ALUMNI STORIES

Creating A Legacy Through Mentorship: Mary Ellen Payne Alumni Story

February 8, 2022

Mary Ellen Payne’s (LA ‘11) personal and professional life has always been dedicated to mentorship and service. Although she is now retired after a successful career as an executive at Verizon, Mary Ellen has never stopped her work to serve community needs or to grow the next generation of leaders. If you talk to Mary…

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Lifting Up Voices to be Heard: Elizabeth Jones Valderrama Alumni Story

December 12, 2021

Elizabeth Jones Valderrama has called Arlington home since she moved here from Costa Rica at nine years old.  Today Elizabeth is the Executive Director at Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church, Virginia. OAR is a community-based nonprofit organization working with individuals of all genders returning to the community from incarceration…

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