Ann Vaughn began teaching music at Holton-Arms School, an independent school for girls in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1992. During her tenure there, she taught general and choral music to girls in grades 3 though 8. As Chair of the Music Department, she supervised music faculty in all three school divisions. She led curricular review and development for the department, as well as departmental participation in school-wide strategic initiatives. Ms Vaughn served for three years on the Holton-Arms Board of Trustees as the Faculty Trustee.
Ms Vaughn was active throughout her career in the Maryland Music Educators Association, the State’s professional association for music teachers, serving as President from 2003-2005. She presented over the years at state, regional and national music conferences on a wide range of topics in general and choral music education. Of particular interest throughout her career was global music education. She travelled twice to Ghana to study traditional music in a small village in the Volta region, and she became known as a area resource for incorporating Ghanaian music into school programs. She was a strong advocate for Holton’s now well-established Global Education Program and served as a trip leader to Senegal for the first group of Upper School students to participate in the Junior Journeys program.
During her last several years of teaching, Ms Vaughn became immersed in community outreach efforts on behalf of the School. She was instrumental in establishing a partnership around arts education projects with the Washington School for Girls, a Catholic school for girls in Anacostia. She continued to volunteer as a music teacher at WSG after her retirement from Holton and tutored at-risk students through a program to help with mastery of basic reading skills.
Ms Vaughn received a B.A. In English from Ohio Wesleyan University and earned her Master of Music degree from the Catholic University of America.
“For me the most compelling idea in the Impact 100 model is that individual women – who join together, who pool intellectual and financial resources, and who educate themselves about the greatest unmet needs and inequities in their community – can become significant agents of change.”
Ms. Dennis began her career in social justice and child advocacy when, as a recent college graduate, she joined the National Black Child Development Institute, which focused on improving conditions for Black children in the areas of education, child welfare, and health. There, she helped develop a program to mobilize the community in five pilot cities to work one-on-one with at-risk youth to increase their chances of success in school and beyond. Following law school, Ms. Dennis worked as a staff attorney for the National Audubon Society, where she built a powerful coalition that brought social justice groups to lobby alongside the environmental community on a range of issues. While stepping away from the law to raise two daughters, she volunteered as a community leader in her children’s California school district, where she was active in fundraising and promoting student achievement, as well as outreach to new immigrant communities. Upon her return to DC in 2009, Ms. Dennis received specialized student advocacy training from the Took Cowell Institute for At-Risk Youth at the U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law. She went on to co-found and direct a DC-based nonprofit that paired volunteer mentors to work individually with homeless middle school-aged youth. There she was responsible for all facets of board development, community outreach, program administration, and fundraising. Ms. Dennis received a B.A. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
“After years of providing direct services through a number of nonprofits in DC, I’m drawn to the idea of creating a single transformational grant that can change an organization – and the people it serves.”
Betty currently serves as Vice President-Controller at Hines, a global real estate investment, development and management firm. Over the past 25 years, she has gained experience in all aspects of real estate accounting and financial reporting for office, apartment, condominium, and multi-use developments.
Since 2012, Betty has had responsibility for the Hines East Region Accounting Group, comprised of over 50 real estate accounting professionals in Boston, New York and D.C. In this role she provides oversight and supervision of 9 controllers responsible for the financial management and reporting for projects in the region. Betty also oversees compliance with internal controls at Hines and coordinates with external audit and tax firms to ensure timely completion of annual audit reports and periodic tax filings.
Betty received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ellen Sivon began her career as a senior administrator and legislative director for the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA), administering professional development programs in international education through contracts with the Office of International Training of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). As part of her MA in International Development she authored a study for NAFSA, Private Sector Funding Available to Foreign Students in the United States. After earning a Certificate to Teach English as a Second Language, she was a private ESOL tutor and substitute ESOL teacher for Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools. Her volunteer work has included Board membership and fundraising for The Center to Prevent Childhood Malnutrition and serving as a host for international visitors arriving in the DC area through Meridian House International. Ellen also had a 20-year volunteer affiliation with the St. Columba’s/Truesdell Education Partnership (STEP) in Washington, DC, a program that provided academic and extracurricular activities to enhance long-term educational opportunities for 73 inner-city students. Her responsibilities included Board membership, tutoring, mentoring, fundraising and serving as volunteer coordinator responsible for recruitment, training, and assignment of volunteers. Ms. Sivon has two grown daughters in the DC area and lives in Bethesda, MD.
“What attracted me to Impact 100 is the simplicity of the model: one woman/one vote/big impact! Each member has a stake in the outcome and thus a real connection to her giving, and an opportunity to make a real and visible difference for those in need in her community.”
Latina Fauconier, CPA, is currently a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC. Prior to joining the SEC, Latina spent 17 years in public accounting at PwC and most recently led PwC’s Capital Market Accounting Advisory Services Deals practice in Detroit Michigan. Latina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Latina is passionate about community service, having served on the executive board of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (“NABA”) for over 8 years, mentoring college students at Wayne State University’s Mike Illitch School of Business through PwC’s Multicultural Professional Readiness Education Program (“MPREP”) Scholars program, teaching financial literacy to high school students through the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (“DAPCEP”) in partnership with Wayne State University. Latina has also been a regular leader and advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives within PwC and Michigan’s Association of Certified Public Accountants (“MICPA”).
Latina now resides in Maryland with her husband and two young daughters.
“Impact 100 is an organization of amazing women working together as a collective to provide high impact grants to nonprofit organizations making a difference in the local community where we live, work and play.”
Ilona has worked in the non-profit world for the past 20 years, starting as an intern and moving her way through various roles: from project coordinator to program manager, from proposal writer to proposal editor, from budget drafter to financial officer and literally everything in between.
“Understanding how much work goes into applying for, managing, succeeding in, and reporting on a grant, I am energized by Impact 100 DC’s mission – to provide a transformational grant to a non-profit serving the DMV area. There is so much incredible work undertaken by non-profits in our communities that needs to be supported.”
For the past 15 years, Lori has worked with and for nonprofit organizations designing fundraising campaigns and initiatives to help growing thousands of nonprofits nationwide. She designed and launched a nationwide, community-led, fundraising initiative called Give Local America working with community foundations to generate interest and financial support for nonprofits. The initiative raised over $200 million for nonprofits in three years.
Lori currently works for iDonate, a digital giving software company, as their Vice President of Sales. Previously, she spent six years at The San Diego Foundation where she served as Director of Nonprofit Programs, developing education resources and tools for hundreds of local nonprofits. She holds an MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and a B.S.B.A in Finance from Georgetown University.
Lori lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three young girls.
“I was drawn to Impact 100 as its an opportunity to make a big impact on organizations in our community and a chance to connect with like-minded women supporting our community.”
Stacy has worked as an attorney and communications advisor in Washington DC for more than two decades. She currently owns and operates two businesses: Beck Communications LLC and Stacy Beck Photography. Stacy previously served as the Associate General Counsel at the public health organization Truth Initiative, as a litigator at the global law firm WilmerHale, and on the staff of several Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Stacy graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College and earned her law degree from Yale. She lives in Chevy Chase, DC with her husband and three children.
Vivian Aguayo has been a change agent since the beginning of her career, with over nine years of experience in health and wellness. Her interests in healthcare began as a Student Interpreter at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, in the Washington Metropolitan Area, she is a Practice Transformation Coach with the Maryland Primary Care Program, leading healthcare innovation at the vanguard of healthcare transformation. Vivian has held outreach and healthcare leadership positions at CASA de Maryland and in the Emergency Departments of George Washington University Hospital and Shady Grove Medical Center. At a local Federally Qualified Health Center, she led as Assistant Director of Outreach while serving patients and her organization as a Subject Matter Expert and Navigator certified by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Vivian is passionate about the cause of healthcare for all and completed the Qualified Bilingual Staff program through the Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness. Although a native Marylander, Vivian did her undergraduate studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. She is currently studying for her Master of Business Administration in Leading Innovation and Change at York St. John University. Her passions include yoga, Latin dancing and baroque music for string ensembles. As a Founding Board Member, Vivian chairs the Health and Wellness Committee of Impact100 DC.
Ms. Harkness began her legal career as an estate and trust officer in 1979 in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1981 she moved to Washington, DC and became a legislative assistant to a Senator on Capitol Hill. She managed banking, housing, taxes, and Indian affairs. After a few years, Ms. Harkness started her family and began a career of volunteer service. She was a Girl Scout leader for five years, volunteered in the schools, and at “So Others Might Eat.” Once her children left the nest, she began working at Crossway Community, a three-year skill-building and residential living program for economically disadvantaged single mothers and their children. At Crossway Community, she worked on fund raising, writing grant applications, working in the before school breakfast program, and wrote the application for the first charter school in Montgomery County. She was on the Board of Hope for Children, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the education and welfare of children whose parents were affected by AIDS and poverty. In 2012, after moving to Chicago, Ms. Harkness was on the Board of “Save Abandoned Babies (SAB),” a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of the safe, legal options under the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act. The work at SAB included fund raising, lobbying and educating the community about the law. Ms. Harkness graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in psychology, sociology, and philosophy and a J.D. from the law school.
“My hope is to help unite and empower women for the greater good. Impact 100 accomplishes these goals by bringing women together to support non-profits in a meaningful way in the greater Washington area.”
Fiona Gathright began her career in sales and marketing and currently serves as Strategic Advisor to Limber, an innovative digital therapeutics start up. Prior to this she was the Founder and CEO of Wellness Corporate Solutions, a Bethesda based healthcare company that was a 5 time recipient of the Inc 500/5000 fastest growing companies. Wellness Corporate Solutions was sold to LabCorp Employer Services in 2019. Fiona is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Woman, a 2015 recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award and a member of Fortune Magazine’s 2014 class of Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs. Prior to founding Wellness Corporate Solutions, she served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for 10 years, and held numerous volunteer positions at her daughter’s schools. Fiona is devoted to her yoga practice and is passionate about preventive health and wellness. Fiona holds a BSc in Biology from Georgetown University and has lived in the Washington DC area for over 50 years.
The Impact100 DC Board of Directors is a working, all-volunteer board. Officer positions of Secretary and Vice-President are open. We need the following Directors: Focus Area Committee co-Chairs for grant review in the areas of Education, Arts and Culture, and Environment; NonProfit Liaison, co-Chair Membership; and Friends of Impact Chair to raise funds for operating expenses and our fellowship program.
If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please complete the Impact100 DC Statement of Interest Form. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.