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

Linda Russ, Associate Director

Linda has served in an administrative role with the Foundation since 2008 and has been the bookkeeper since 2009.  In this capacity, she has worked closely to support the Executive Director and the Treasurer.  Her responsibilities include managing many of the programs and maintaining the office files. She is also responsible for maintaining the checking accounts, preparing the reconciliation statements, and assisting the Treasurer. She also volunteered extensively at Potowmack Elementary School, River Bend Middle School, and Potomac Falls High School.  Linda began her career with Grumman Corporation on Long Island.

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.