Susan Stoney, Chair
Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc.
Susan Stoney is a graduate of the University of Virginia and William & Mary Law School. She clerked for now retired Judge James W. Benton, Jr. on the Virginia Court of Appeals before beginning her career as a Legal Aid attorney. Susan has worked for programs throughout Virginia, including Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Potomac Legal Aid Society, and Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Most recently, Susan served as the executive director of Potomac Legal Aid Society, which merged with Legal Services of Northern Virginia in January 2010. She now serves as the Deputy Director for Client Services for Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV). Her duties include coordinating litigation efforts for lawyers at LSNV, and working with community agencies to identify needs and address systemic issues facing low-income individuals in Northern Virginia.
Sally A. Sibley, Vice Chair
Sally Sibley spent 42 years as President & CEO of PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families, a nonprofit serving youth with disabilities – retiring in 2011. A constant champion for children, Sibley was instrumental in the establishment of a community network of associations who work together in advocating for the rights of children and their families. This work included the creation of the Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities, Northern Virginia Coalition (NOVACO), and the National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC), of which she was the first woman president. Sibley maintains that given the current economic climate it is critical to keep the needs of these children and families in the forefront and continue to focus on providing the best educational opportunities.
Abdul Omar, Treasurer
Abdul Omar has over 17 years of experience in business operations, strategy development and implementation, financial management and reporting, accounting, treasury, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Abdul is currently the Vice President of Finance, Controlling and Administration for Software AG’s Americas Region, where he oversees the financial management and controlling functions of the company’s subsidiaries in the region. Abdul is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has lived and worked in the Fairfax County area for over 20 years.
Michael Kim, Secretary
ACS, A Xerox Company
Michael has 16 years of experience in technology and business. He is currently with Xerox Business Services as a Business Development Director, focusing on the transportation industry. He was introduced to FACETS through a pro-bono, strategic consulting engagement sponsored by Compass. Michael studied Engineering at Columbia and George Washington, and Business at Duke. He and his family are members of Floris United Methodist Church and live in Herndon.
Cristian has worked in the housing industry for over 10 years, primarily working with the federal government in programs that help homeowners avoid foreclosure and stabilizing the country’s housing market. His current responsibilities include management oversight on governance, finance and affordability. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a double major in Finance and Business Management. He has been involved with FACETS working at hypothermia shelters at various churches across Northern Virginia as well as volunteering in other capacities in his local community and church. He lives with his wife and three children in Herndon, VA.
Blankingship & Keith, PC
Peter Everett is a trial lawyer who devotes his practice to representing persons injured by the reckless or careless acts of others. Mr. Everett represents clients seriously injured as a result of motor vehicle collisions, with special emphasis on tractor-trailer accidents, as well as individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries resulting from tractor-trailer crashes, defective products, motor vehicle collisions, bicycle accidents and other circumstances. He represents victims of violent crimes in inadequate security cases. Finally, Peter litigates on behalf of persons injured by defective conditions in buildings or real estate with a special emphasis on representing injured children. Peter received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Virginia.
OAR of Fairfax County
Nidiah currently works as a Case Manager for OAR of Fairfax County where she supports community members in taking steps towards obtaining employment, and in coping with the emotional impact of having a family member incarcerated. Nidiah also serves as a member of the Motivational Interviewing Committee and as OAR’s Mentoring Program ambassador, playing a vital role in building meaningful relationships which helps to reduce the challenges associated with release and builds a foundation for ongoing success. Committed to providing a helping hand to those in need, Nidiah serves as the CEO of Building Futures, a program which provides support to troubled and pregnant teens who are homeless or unemployed. Nidiah is currently studying Business Management at the University of Potomac.
John C. LaPorta
Brandywine Realty Trust
John LaPorta serves as Brandywine’s Vice President of Construction. He has been with Brandywine/Prentiss since 1997 and has over 28 years of engineering/construction management experience. Throughout his career, John has been involved with the design and construction of more than 8.0 million sq. ft. of Class A office base building work and has directly managed over $56 million of building capital/tenant improvement projects. Additionally, while at Brandywine/Prentiss, John has had leadership roles in building acquisition due-diligence, sustainable building processes and energy saving initiatives for Brandywine/Prentiss. Before joining Brandywine/Prentiss, John was a Principal at GRD Construction Consultants and a project manager at KCE Structural Engineers. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University. John is also a member of Northern Virginia NAIOP, a member of the golf committee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser and a volunteer for the Duffy House.
Mimi Mazarei has over nine years of executive leadership overseeing human resources, operations and accounting. Mimi was introduced to FACETS through her work with the Taproot Foundation where she played a lead role in assessing our volunteer management program. Her professional experience includes over two years of work with five nonprofit organizations where she has put her passion for implementing aligned organizational strategies and plans designed to drive the success of the business to play. Mimi has been recognized for her ability to motivate employees to achieve peak productivity and for continuously improving organizational and operational effectiveness through innovative solutions.
laura b creative
Laura is a renowned thought leader, guiding clients through the changing electronic marketing and social media environment. Her public seminars have helped hundreds of business owners learn and employ affordable marketing solutions. Since 2000, her company, laura b creative, has managed clients’ online presence, maximized their social media and electronic marketing to positively impact their bottom line and enhance audience engagement. She has served as a Senior Marketing Analyst for international telecom company, Equant. Prior to that, she worked in the sporting goods industry for over 7 years directing a wide variety of marketing programs from logo design to catalog photo shoots to international billboard campaigns around the world. Laura serves on the Board of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Advisory Board of ITT Technical Institute’s Chantilly campus. She is also the founder of the Great Falls Women’s Business Luncheon.
Mani Qazi is the Founder/Principal of Lion Federal, an Information Technology consulting provider to the federal government. He has volunteered in Washington D.C. homeless shelters and other charity organizations such as Hands on D.C., since the early 2000s. In 2013, he was in search of an organization that made a difference in his local community, so he and his wife could give back. Mani found FACETS to be that organization, where he could see the difference they were making around him. He, his wife, and daughter live in McLean, Virginia. He has a bachelors in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from George Mason University.
Marques Richeson’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. He represents and advises clients on a wide variety of matters, including government contract disputes, privacy and data security issues, business torts, shareholder and securities litigation, class actions, and products liability. Marques has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the country, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations. Marques also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing individuals in death penalty, innocence, and voting rights cases. As part of his pro bono practice, Marques has also filed multiple amicus briefs on behalf of business and trade associations in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals.
Rutledge leads or is involved in significant transactions and initiatives related to acquisitions, investments, intellectual property, housing development, social media, public awareness campaigns, litigation management, employee relations, commercial contracts, and board governance. As a law firm lawyer, he managed or worked on public offerings, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, SEC compliance, and technology start-up issues. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.