Dr. James Carr, Ed. D – President
Prince William County Police (retired)
After serving the citizens of Prince William County for over 35-years, Dr. Carr recently retired from the Prince William County Police Department at the rank of Captain. In his most recent assignment, Dr. Carr served as the Commander of the Personnel Bureau, with direct leadership and oversight of Recruiting and Selection, and the Co-Responder Unit. Dr. Carr is a transformational leader and believes that effective leaders are forged in honor, integrity, compassion, ethics, and commitment to public service. In addition, Dr. Carr is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and New England College. Moreover, he has the ability to inspire and empower people through his business management, teambuilding, mentoring, and coaching skills. Dr. Carr was conferred with a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership with a Specialization in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University’s Abraham S. Fischler School of Education. Dr. Carr has a passion for art, literature, and music and plays guitar. His first volunteer experience when he joined the Board was to play guitar for Rooftop Productions’ Godspell (2012). Dr. Carr was elected to serve as President Elect and will assume the role of President of the Board effective July 1, 2021.
Brett Callahan – Immediate Past President
Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian P.C.
Brett Callahan is a lawyer with Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian in Manassas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 2004 and her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington Virginia in 2007. Her primary practice areas include civil litigation, municipal law, creditor’s rights and real estate. She is a member of the Bull Run Rotary Club in Manassas. Brett is from New Mexico and currently lives in Manassas.
Bill White – Treasurer
Apple Federal Credit Union
Bill White is the Regional President of the Prince William County Apple Federal Credit Union. Prior to this, he was CEO of Synergy One Federal Credit Union for 20 years before it merged with Apple Federal. He graduated from Frederick Military Academy in Portsmouth, Virginia and attended Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C. majoring in finance and computer science. Bill is currently serving as chair-elect for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and has been on the chamber board of directors for over five years. He has received several awards from the American Diabetes Association and from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) of Brentsville High School. Bill also won the small business of the year award from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and the City of Manassas while heading Synergy One Federal Credit Union. He resides in Manassas.
Jan Alten – Secretary
Opera House Gourmet, Retired
Jan Alten retired in 2015 after 18 years of owning and running Opera House Gourmet, a wine and specialty food and gift shop located in Old Town Manassas. She is a native of Richmond, VA and attended George Mason University. Jan and her husband, Peter moved to Manassas in 1973. They have two children and five grandchildren. She was a member of the board of directors for the Old Town Business Association for 15 years. In retirement, Jan is an active member in the local chapter of the American Wine Society, chairman of the Architectural Review Board for Manassas, a member of Manassas Landmarks, volunteer with Virginia National Ballet and Ordway Conservatory of Classical Ballet, and a volunteer at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.
Bob Anderson – Director
Metro Sign & Design, Inc.
Bob Anderson is President and CEO of Metro Sign & Design of Manassas Park. He attended the University of Virginia. Bob is past President of the Virginia Sign Association. He has always been active in community service. Currently he is secretary/treasurer of Manassas Park Education Foundation. He is the past president of SERVE, Rotary Club of Manassas, Center for the Arts and the Prince William County Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce. Bob and his wife Maureen have lived in Prince William County for 40 years. They have three grown children and four grandsons.
Kaytera Caison – Director
Apple Federal Credit Union
is the Operations Manager for Apple Federal Credit Union and joins the board to pursue her desire to help businesses thrive; and to enrich her community through her community outreach. Even before her first board meeting, she joined the Marketing Committee of the board and began working to produce the organization’s new marketing video. Kaytera’s dedication to her community as demonstrated by her volunteer service to many organizations including the City of Manassas Public Schools Educational Foundation and Northern Virginia Family Service.
Catherine Croft – Director
Farrell & Croft, PC
Catherine Croft is among the preeminent lawyers nationwide who practice family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating is awarded to only those attorneys who demonstrate significant experience in their chosen area of law and uphold the highest ethical standards. Ms. Croft was also recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as a Legal Elite in 2006. She remains on the faculty, and has taught the undergraduate upper level course “Family Law in Society”, as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. Ms. Croft’s passion for family law is longstanding and predates her legal training. As an undergraduate, Ms. Croft obtained her B.S. in Administration of Justice and Public Safety, Juvenile Option, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to law school, Ms. Croft worked as a paralegal for the Veteran’s Administration tracking veterans’ legislation through Congress and writing for the VA Legislative Status Report. She worked as a family law paralegal for a private legal services firm representing local union members. From there, Ms. Croft began her law school and law career.
Gina Dabney – Director
LLE Education Group, Inc
Since 1998, Gina has served as the Director of Marketing for the LLE Education Group, a family of Early Childhood Education schools in Virginia, including Minnieland Academy, The Merit Schools, Manassas Christian School, and Skipwith Academy. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport and received a master’s degree in business management from University of Maryland University College. Gina began her career as a radio news reporter for the Mutual Broadcasting Network and served as Producer of the Larry King Show. She serves on the advisory board of Youth for Tomorrow and is a proud former Pied Piper mom.
Carol Hartt – Director
Manassas City Public Schools
In 1989, Mrs. Hartt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Classical Studies. While at William & Mary, she also studied percussion. After graduation, she received a full tuition scholarship to a master’s program at Tulane University where she earned an M.A. in Classical Languages. Currently, she serves at the Coordinator of the Gifted & Talented Program, World Languages, and Fine Arts for Manassas City Public Schools. Mrs. Hartt is still very interested in music and plays in various bands and ensembles, including drums in a Christian rock band that supports the contemporary worship service held every Sunday evening at Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas. Mrs. Hartt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Manassas Symphony Orchestra.
Charles Leopold – Director
LLE Education Group, Inc.
Charles Leopold is the C.E.O. of the Minnieland Academy chain, a series of private day schools for kids. Ranging from three weeks to twelve years old, the schools provide high quality education to the local area. Chuck and his wife Jackie founded Minnieland in 1972 in Woodbridge, Virginia. Today, Minnieland has over 100 vicinities in the Northern Virginia area.
Suhail Mir – Director
Attorney & Suhail Mir Photography
is an attorney at the Law Office of Suhail Mir, LLC. Suhail graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a Master of Laws degree. Suhail is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, member of Virginia State Bar, and member American Bar Association. His practice primarily focuses on Immigration matters, Federal Tax Exemption matters, and on Non-Profit Corporate matters. Suhail is also an award winning photographer. He was voted the Best Artist of Prince William County 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Best Photographer 2017, and Best Events Photographer 2017.
Bruce Moore – Director
Internet Ad Management, Inc.
Bruce is the President of PowerQuote Software, a developer of management software for commercial printers. He is also President of Internet Ad Management Inc driving sales and leads to his client’s websites. He has been a resident of Manassas since 1996 and remained involved in the community ever since. Bruce was formerly on the City of Manassas Business Council and currently on the board of directors of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Manassas Rotary club. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Prince William. Bruce has a passion for the arts, especially music—he performs and records with “The Fringe Benefits”, his band that plays 80’s Motown and more.
Helen Taylor – Director
Windy Knoll Farm
Helen is a retired Critical Care nurse. She is a graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and received her BSN from George Mason University. In retirement, she spends much of her time in philanthropic endeavors including Boy and Girl Scouts, Farm-2-Table (PW Soil & Water Conservation district) as well as working with Farm Bureau. She is an English Handbell player with Greenwich Presbyterian Church and is active in the Fiber Arts Guilds in the community. She and husband, Don, spend most of their time on Windy Knoll Farm, a working farm and event venue.
Laura Mills – Director
Marketing Consultant, Performing Artist
Laura Mills is a Marketing Consultant with a B.A. in Communication from George Mason University and Master’s in Management from Liberty University. As a teenager, she frequently performed and worked on the stage crew with Pied Piper Theatre and is excited to return as a volunteer for the ARTfactory. She works with local performing arts groups and area schools with marketing and theatre needs – including The Academy of Russian Ballet, Osbourn Park High School, Osbourn High School, StageCoach Theatre, Gainesville Community Choir, and Prince William Little Theatre. Laura performs regularly in Northern Virginia – most recently in her BroadwayWorld nominated role of Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton) in “9 to 5: The Musical” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. She is currently a lead singer with Uncle Drew and the Scoundrels and a featured vocalist for several other area groups.