Meet Our Board
Jeffrey Flynn, President
Jeff Flynn has more than three decades experience in sales, marketing and management, first with General Motors (1969 to 1979) and later as owner/manager of Aquia Auto Parts (1979 to 2003). He has a long record of volunteer and community service with the Virginia Automotive Wholesalers (now Virginia Automotive Parts and Service) as member and president, member of the Lake of the Woods Lions Club (1993 to present), and director and president of the Lake of the Woods Homeowners Association (2008 to 2011). He also served in the U.S. Army (1959 to 1962).
Mary-Jane Atwater, Chair, Secretary
Mary-Jane Atwater has been a member of the Lake of the Woods community since 1997 and a full-time resident since 2013. She has more than 35 years of experience in marketing communications and public relations, with service primarily to clients in the nonprofit sector. Prior to the 1989 launch of
Atwater Communications, her public relations consultancy, she worked for a public relations firm and earlier as a rehabilitation counselor. For two years, Mary-Jane managed public relations and publicity for At Home in Alexandria, an “aging-in-community village” in Alexandria, Virginia. Mary-Jane holds an MBA and an MA in Education (with a focus on counseling) from The George Washington University and a BA cum laude from Connecticut College.
Carolyn Rourke, Vice Chair
Carolyn Rourke has lived in Lake of the Woods since 2005 when she retired here after a 20-year career with Marriott International's Information Technology Department. At Marriott she managed large-scale IT projects and was an IT liaison to Marriott's corporate departments. Prior to that, Carolyn spent 15 years in communications with a national trade association in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a BS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College. Since coming to the Lake, Carolyn has volunteered in a number of different capacities, including docent work at nearby Ellwood Manor, canine rescue, and teacher assistant with the Project Excel program at the Locust Grove Elementary School.
John Beisheim, Treasurer
John and his wife moved from Massachusetts to Lake of the Woods in 2011. Now retired, John’s 41-year career was largely in corporate finance and also included manufacturing and IT operations, client contract negotiation, and extensive work with attorneys in commercial law. He worked for 3 ½ years for Xerox, followed by 25 years with Digital Equipment/Compaq Computer and concluded his career with Bureau Veritas. Lines of business included field service, manufacturing, corporate finance and IT controllership, IT outsourcing, and consumer product testing services. His work took him to 16 foreign countries including a 3 ½ year relocation to Germany. John holds an MBA in Accounting from Columbia University and a BA with High Honors in History from the University of Maine, Orono.
Vicky Fleming, Member
Vicky moved to LOW in 1984 when, as store manager for Montgomery Ward, she was transferred to the Fredericksbug store. She also served as store manager for Rite Aid stores in Vermont and Virginia. Since early 2016, Vicky has chaired the LOWLINC Volunteer Committee, orienting new volunteers and planning volunteer appreciation events. She also notarizes background check documents and organizes volunteer meetings and training. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Vicky was raised in Manchester, Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. In retirement, apart from her LOWLINC responsibilities, Vicky hopes to return to playing golf. She loves walking three miles every day on the trails around the clubhouse and lake.
Carolyn Graham, Board Member Emeritus
Carolyn Graham has been a resident of Lake of the Woods since 2009. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and is a certified mediator in Maryland and Virginia. As an educator, she was a teacher, counselor, supervisor, and coordinator for Charles County (Maryland) Schools (CCPS) and served for 37 years. She is also a child specialist and coach for divorce. She teaches parenting classes for the state of Virginia. She has taught secondary through graduate school. She has provided training in the following areas: Communication Skills, Facilitating Skills, Crisis Management, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution. She was also instrumental in creating the highly regarded Crisis Management Program for CCPS. She has presented at the local, state, national and international levels. She co-authored a chapter in a counseling text. She has served on Task Forces at the state and national level. She has also served on educational and community boards.
Donalda Lovelace, Member
Donalda Lovelace moved to LOW in 2011, following
a 40 plus-year-career of service to persons with disabilities. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University, Donalda began her career by developing a comprehensive rehabilitation training and employment center at San Diego State University, including a graduate curriculum for persons with disabilities -- one of the nation’s first community-based programs. After moving to Washington, D.C., she served as Asst. Executive Director of the Arc of Washington, D.C., where she established a comprehensive residential program of apartments and group homes for persons with mental retardation. Donalda’s dream of running her own agency serving people with intellectual and developmental challenges was realized fifteen years later when she became Executive Director at Ardmore Enterprises, Inc. Over the course of her career, Donalda has served on many state and national boards. She has been appointed tothe Orange County Board of Social Services, the LOW Environmental Control Committee and LOW Pool Committee. She also was elected to the board of the ARC of Virginia and the Arc of North Central Virginia. Donalda is a member of the LOW Lioness Club and volunteers at the Wilderness Pantry.
Emily Slunt, Member
Emily Slunt brings to the Board more than 29 years of experience in healthcare, as a nurse, nursing professor, director of nursing and chair of the Health Sciences Division at Howard Community College. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland College of Education, a MSN in Child Health Nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and BSN and RN degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Since 2016, she has co-chaired the LOWLINC Social Activities Committee and serves as an instructor in LOWLINC’s medical note-taking training for volunteers. In addition to her LOWLINC work, Emily heads up the Lioness Scholarship Committee, working with Germanna Community College and the LOW Lake Youth Foundation. She is a member of the Health Ministry Team at her church and serves on the LOWA External Affairs Committee. Retired since 2005, Emily moved to the lake in 2007.
Sparkle Capitano, Coordinator
Sparkle is the cheery voice members hear when they call to request a service. Sparkle’s key role is managing LOWLINC’s day-to-day activities, including ensuring that services are provided to LOWLINC members in a timely, friendly and efficient manner. She is a long-time resident of Lake of the Woods. She worked for Lake of the Woods Church where her many duties included coordinating transportation requests, and was instrumental in the development of a nearby retirement community.