Dawn Meyer, Executive Director
Dawn has been the Executive Director for ten years and has worked on growing the Foundation from a $250,000 to a $2 million dollar education foundation. Prior to joining the Loudoun Education Foundation, Dawn had been active in Loudoun County Public Schools as both a teacher and volunteer. She taught second grade at Potowmack Elementary School from 2002 to 2005. As a volunteer, she worked in the classroom with students on reading strategies. Before working in education, Dawn was a publicist for Simon and Schuster, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Bantam Books, and Hyperion.
Samantha Courtney, Director of Development
Samantha joined the Foundation in March of 2018 after completing a $8M campaign with the TJ Partnership Fund in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to fundraising for education nonprofits, Samantha worked for both Wolf Trap Foundation and Americans for the Arts after earning a Master’s in Arts Administration from Florida State University. She has always had a passion for education and is married to a music educator. This year, Samantha was selected as one of Loudoun County’s 40 Under 40 out 150 nominees for all of her efforts in helping improve Loudoun County.
Linda Russ, Associate Director
Linda Russ 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. Ms. Russ also volunteered extensively at Potowmack Elementary School, River Bend Middle School, and Potomac Falls High School. Ms. Russ began her career with Grumman Corporation on Long Island.
Kelley Wyatt, Marketing and Administrative Associate
After finishing her Bachelor’s in Media and Communication at Shenandoah University in December of 2018, Kelley joined the Foundation in May of 2019 to help with their marketing and administrative tasks. While completing her undergrad, Kelley worked within the Admissions Media Recruitment department where she helped to both recruit students to the University through social media marketing and to help Admissions tell Shenandoah’s story through various media, presentations, and graphics. As a recent graduate, she understands the importance of education and hopes to help encourage donations to help further education within Loudoun County Public Schools.