A native of New York, Mr. Ron Fitzsimmons has spent his working years in the political arena. He has worked for three Members of Congress, was the Director of Government Relations for a national consulting firm and for 15 years lobbied to preserve reproductive rights and affordable housing. In 1994, the “Washingtonian Magazine” named him one of the “Top 50 Lobbyists” in Washington, D.C. On a local level, Mr. Fitzsimmons was a staff person for Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland for 5 years and has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the Landlord-Tenant Board, the Consumer Affairs Commission, United Community Ministries, the Wessynton Homeowner’s Association and the Fairfax Partnership for Youth. He was the President of the Mount Vernon High School Academic Boosters Corp and served on the Advisory Board for “Students Under Suspension.” He manages a popular Facebook page called “Mount Vernon News” and is the creator of the website Mount Vernon Businesses. Mr. Fitzsimmons received his B.A. in Political Science in 1977 from the State University of New York at Stonybrook. He is married and has two children.
Ms. Barbara Baker is a real estate photographer for Home Focus and also specializes in digital photo restoration. In addition to proudly serving on the Board for Alice’s Kids, Ms. Baker also designs and electronically distributes the monthly newsletter, both to our supporters and via social media; manages aliceskids.org; and designs and coordinates with vendors for print and event media. She is very involved in her children’s schools: Mount Vernon High School and Walt Whitman Middle School where she is also a liaison for Alice’s Kids and a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. After studying broadcasting and graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991, she was promoted in her U.S. Postal Service position to Video Technician, and subsequently moved to the position of video editor in the private sector. In 1996, Ms. Baker moved to the Washington, D.C. area and worked as a freelance video editor until the birth of her 2nd child in 2004. Ms. Baker captains a team, “Bosom Buddies” every October for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk in downtown Washington, DC.
Ms. Laura Fitzsimmons Peters is a native New Yorker who worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 35 years and served in many positions, working her way up to Senior Manager. During her years of service she won several awards including Manager of the year and the Criminal Investigation Outstanding Trial Witness. In her collateral position as Combined Federal Campaign Chairperson, she won the Long Island United Way Chairman’s Award for raising the most money during the 1998 campaign. She was also nominated twice for the prestigious New York State Federal Executive Board’s Outstanding Executive award. Ms. Peters retired in 2009. She is no stranger to volunteer work, giving of her services over the years in many capacities. She has been a volunteer at ST. Charles hospital, where she was presented with the Volunteer of the Year award; Worked with mentally challenged toddlers at the ST Paul and James preschool; was a Den mother, Class Mother and President of the local PTA. Ms. Peters was active with the local shelter for many years, collecting thousands of personal hygiene products to be dispersed to the homeless. She has recently been selected to sit on the board of the Home Owner’s Association for her complex. Ms. Peters lives in Florida with her husband Gary.
Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Hayden moved to Washington, D.C. in 1984 and has lived in the Mount Vernon area since 1987. She worked for Bank of America for 22 years in various capacities in Corporate, Private and Non-Profit Banking. She left Bank of America in 2003 as an Assistant Vice President in the Treasury Management Division. After taking some time off, Ms. Hayden worked at UCM as the Director of Development and at St. James Episcopal Church as the Office Manager. Since 2009 she has been the Office Manager and Assistant Treasurer at Heritage Presbyterian Church. Ms. Hayden has been active in the community for several years, serving on the board of Hannah House, DC and United Community Ministries (UCM), and in numerous volunteer activities through PTA, Boy Scouts and Friends of UCM. She is currently on the board of the Riverside Gardens Citizens Association and active in the Youth Ministry Program at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
Mr. Patrick Fitzsimmons has spent his entire professional career in education. After earning his Masters degree in public policy at the University of Virginia, Mr. Fitzsimmons relocated to San Antonio, TX to teach high school math through the Teach for America program. After three years in the classroom, he joined TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project) as a Training and Instruction Manager. In this role Mr. Fitzsimmons traveled the country studying schools and teachers in order to fully understand the educational experiences of students. Prior to entering the education field, Mr. Fitzsimmons engaged in the political arena interning for Congressman Gerry Connolly on Capitol Hill and serving as a Summer Organizer for Organizing for America, Barack Obama’s grassroots reelection campaign. Mr. Fitzsimmons still resides in San Antonio, TX and is happy to be back in the classroom - teaching high school philosophy at KIPP University Prep High School.
An educator for 23 years, Ms. Sharon Aldredge began her career at Garfield Elementary School in the Springfield area of Fairfax County Virginia. She was a Special Education teacher, General Education Teacher and Central Office Specialists and currently is a principal. She is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia in School Administration and Supervision. Ms. Aldredge also holds an Educational Specialists degree in Administration and Supervision from The George Washington University. In 2007, she was named Principal of the Year for the Greater Washington Reading Council. Ms. Aldredge serves on several committees and panels within the school system and is also on the board of company based in Fairfax County. She has a passion for education but also has an interest in the political arena. She has volunteered for various political campaigns since her high school years. She currently resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Mr. Lloyd Tucker is the Division Director of Regional Services with the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. He is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Mr. Tucker earned his Masters (MA) in Counseling from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and Masters (MS) in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His experience is extensive with backgrounds working with adults, senior adults, youth, and people with disabilities. It includes human service program oversight, and finding ways to improve access and service integration within County human services, non-profit, and faith-based programs in Fairfax County. In addition, he ensures programming and service delivery is consistent with the solicited input from stakeholders, and needs and concerns identified by the community in Fairfax County human service regions.
Bill Perry is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A retired Navy chaplain of nearly 27 1/2 years, Chaplain Perry retired with the rank of Captain. He holds a bachelor's, master's and an honorary doctor degree. He has taught ESL (English as a Second Language) for 11 years, has been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children) for 12 years. He continues to make regular pastoral calls and plays banjo/mandolin for Aldersgate UMC and at The Fairfax, plus leads worship in Metro DC area many Sundays. While on active duty, he ran Special Olympic events for multiple counties in Florida. For nearly 20 years he conducted ceremonies for the White House Commission on Remembrance and No Greater Love, both organizations dedicated to honoring the memory of those who died in the service of our nation. His wife is also retired from the Navy, CAPT Carol G. Ricciardello, JAGC, USN is now a judge at DOD. Their daughter, Kate, is a college senior in Wisconsin. Except for Navy assignments in Italy and Guam, they have lived in the Mt Vernon area since 1990.
Amy McCarty has been a resident of the Mount Vernon area since 2000. Originally from Upstate New York and Connecticut, Ms. McCarty moved to Northern Virginia to attend George Mason University, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology. For eight years, she worked in the Hematology Department at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where she met her husband. After branching into education and earning her Masters Degree in Teaching from Ashford University, she became the Medical Laboratory Science Training Program Director at MedStar. Ms. McCarty remained at MedStar for 24 years and recently accepted an Associate Professor position with the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Northern Virginia Community College. She has been active in the Mount Vernon community serving as a catechist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church for nine years, delivering Meals on Wheels for three years, and as a substitute teacher at several local schools for the past year. She has a daughter who is a student at Mount Vernon High School and is a member of the Parent Council. Ms. McCarty participated in several of Alice's Kids events, including the annual Wrap It Up event held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and is currently responsible for the distribution of gift cards to clients. In the fall, she plans to serve as a liaison to counselors and social workers at schools in the Mount Vernon pyramid.
Kay Casstevens' public service career in Washington D.C. spanned several decades. She recently retired from the National Gallery of Art where she served for ten years as the deputy chief development officer. Prior to that, she worked in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. On Capitol Hill, she served as chief of staff to Congressman (now Senator) Chris Van Hollen and also to Senator Tom Harkin. Earlier, she worked on the policy staffs of Congressman John Seiberling and Senator George McGovern. During the first term of the Clinton Administration, Kay was appointed assistant secretary of education. Later, she worked in the White House as Vice President Al Gore's Director of Legislative Affairs. During the final year of the Clinton Administration, Kay was deputy director of White House legislative affairs and deputy assistant to the President. Kay has a law degree from the George Washington University Law School, and she received a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is active in the DC area community theater as a choreographer and performer in local productions. She also teaches tap dance classes. For many years, Kay volunteered at Luther Place Night Shelter.