Foundation Staff

Danielle Nadler, Executive Director

Danielle is the daughter of a school teacher and the product of public schools, from elementary through college. She grew up in South Dakota, where a patient writing teacher fostered in her a love for relevant storytelling. That passion drew her to a 15-year career in journalism, where she covered politics and education for newspapers in Minnesota, California, Nevada, and Virginia. Now working in the nonprofit realm, she continues to spur people to dedicate their talents and resources to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers, often leveraging storytelling to do so. Follow her monthly education blog at

Kari Murphy

Kari Murphy, Director of Development

Kari comes to Loudoun Education Foundation after serving the Loudoun community for ten years, both volunteering and on staff, with Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Both of her parents, as well as her paternal grandmother, were career teachers in public schools. She witnessed the time, energy and extra personal funds they dedicated to their respective students and schools. In her role, she oversees fundraising for the Foundation, rallying support for critical and innovative programs for students and teachers. She and her husband live in Leesburg and have two children in Loudoun County Public Schools.

Julie Sproul, Special Programs Coordinator

Julie is a fourth-generation teacher who grew up surrounded by the belief that education changes lives. She earned her Master of Arts degree in teaching at James Madison University. She spent the last eight years teaching middle school students with services and support needs in Charlotte, North Carolina. She simultaneously volunteered and worked for various nonprofits with a common mission of working to rejuvenate, revitalize, and restore marginalized communities. She leads three of the Foundation’s signature programs: Backpack Coalition, Community Schools, and Classroom Grants.

Kirslyn Schell-Smith

Kirslyn Schell-Smith, Program Assistant

Kirslyn comes from a family of social workers and, although she has a Master of Fine Arts degree, has frequently found herself in jobs where she is helping others. She has held many positions from teaching art to incarcerated teenagers to leading mentorship programs to case manager. She is a firm believer that every student can succeed when provided with the proper support systems, outlets, and encouragement. She supports the Foundation’s Backpack Coalition program.

Brian Tinsman, Marketing Specialist

Brian is the son of a teacher and has more than a decade of experience coaching swimming and mentoring young writers. He previously served as managing editor for the Washington Commanders, and recently oversaw marketing and communications for Loudoun Economic Development. In 2022, Brian co-founded POUNCE, a modern marketing firm dedicated to delivering impact for nonprofit and private sector clients. He specializes in storytelling and enjoys helping people and brands find their voice.