Dear Friends of Headwaters,
On behalf of the Headwaters’ Board of Directors, it’s my pleasure to announce two recent personnel changes.
As some of you may know, Headwaters’ Executive Director Lynnie Genho has been on a leave of absence for the past two months in order to devote herself to the needs of her family. In mid-August, Lynnie met with members of the Executive Committee to discuss her plans for the fall. After sharing the continuing uncertainty of her family needs, and her regret that she would not be able to provide the time and consistent presence that the job Executive Director requires, Lynnie agreed it would be best if she stepped down from the position of Executive Director of Headwaters, effective September 1. The Executive Committee concurred, but expressed the hope that she might be able to remain involved in Headwaters work in appropriate ways in the future.
A former Headwaters Board member herself, Lynnie brought to the Executive Director position years of experience with the Rappahannock County public school system, and worked with energy and enthusiasm to further Headwaters’ mission despite the challenges that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board appreciates her dedication and commitment as Executive Director, and wishes Lynnie and her family all the best going forward.
As a consequence of Lynnie’s departure, Brittany Dwyer—who had been serving since early July as Acting Executive Director—was approved by the Board to become Headwaters’ new full-time Executive Director starting September 1. No stranger to Headwaters or to Rappahannock County, Brittany is a graduate of Rappahannock County High School, and a former Headwaters’ intern and scholarship recipient. Graduating with a B.A. in Social Work from George Masson University, she recently completed her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Southern California. Before joining the Headwaters staff, Brittany worked for the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County.
In addition to Brittany, the Board is pleased to announce that another Rappahannock native, Cierra Chambers, has been hired as Headwaters’ new full-time Executive Assistant. Like Brittany, Cierra graduated from Rappahannock County High School and was a Headwaters scholarship recipient. She went on to earn a B.A. in Communications from Virginia Tech, where she graduated with the Class of 2021.
We’re pleased to welcome both Brittany and Cierra to the Headwaters team. For additional information, please go to the Headwaters website at www.headwatersfdn.org and click on “Staff Members” under the “Who We Are” tab.
All the best,
Gary J. Aichele
Chair, Headwaters Board of Directors