With only ten miles separating the 1.1 million residents of Northern Virginia from the Nation’s Capital, it is apparent that the families within these communities are diverse, ambitious, and continuously expanding. Yet despite the cultural and communal abundance, Northern Virginia still lacks many of the critical resources required to reach educational and economic heights. 

Since its inception, the Educational and Charitable Foundation has been dedicated to pairing programs, providing resources, and helping those in need in order to ensure a transformative and sustainable community. We realize change does not occur overnight. That’s why our investment in our community is a long-term commitment and has been for 14 years. 

ECF prides itself on our ability to partner with community leaders and organizations who share our passion to serve. Over the years we have supported numerous community programs, including MLK Day of Service, Stop Hunger Now, Relay for Life, Foundations (for at risk teenage girls), Foster Care for Success, and ECF’s signature trademarked Kozy Kerchief® & Kozy Kaps Program®, which focuses on hand-knitting and providing head coverings for women and children undergoing chemotherapy.

Whether it’s a Community Marathon for Health awareness, a Book signing and Scholarship Awards Luncheon for deserving students, a local concert fundraiser to support Cancer Survivors or even an event to support graduates of the foster care system, the Educational and Charitable Foundation is committed to empowering our community for a brighter tomorrow. 

Board Of Directors
Sharolyn Paschal

Sharolyn Paschal serves as the Educational and Charitable Foundation's President who has served on the board since 2010 in various positions.  Sharolyn is a highly-qualified real estate, economic development, and market research professional with seventeen years’ experience in residential, commercial, multi-family real estate.  She holds various degrees in Political Science - International Relations and Comparative Politics and Economic Development, Finance, and Real Estate Development along with certifications in Real Estate and Government Contracts. 

Shivon P. Kershaw
Director of Communications & Marketing

Shivon Kershaw serves the Education and Charitable Foundation’s efforts to communicate and market to audiences on the Board of Directors as the Director of Communication and Marketing.  Shivon’s professional background consists of leadership experience from Time Warner, Allstate Financial, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and even the White House. Named one of two young people in the country to receive the ‘U.S. Youth Medal of Honor for Service,’ Shivon has been presented by the late Attorney General Janet Reno based on her passion to serve her community-at-large and recorded in history in the U.S. Congressional Register for her front-line involvement with many civic associations world-wide.

Ms. Kershaw holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing, as well as a MBA from Hampton University and more recently earned her Global Emerging Leaders Certification from Harvard University. 

Caleen Sullivan
Director of Community Outreach

Caleen Sullivan serves the Educational and Charitable Foundation as the Director of Community Action, where her goal is to directly engage with and plan programs  to serve the needs of the surrounding community. Caleen's professional background is in Intellectual Property Law and Chemical Engineering. She is currently a Primary Patent Examiner with the USPTO where she examines Patent applications in the area of semiconductor devices and semiconductor device fabrication processes. Caleen Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Juris Doctor with a Certificate of Concentration in Intellectual Property Law from the University Of Toledo, College of Law. Caleen Sullivan is currently licensed to practice in the state of Ohio. Caleen Sullivan is also an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor specializing in interval training and a certified Spinning® Instructor.
Amy Sansbury
Vice President

Amy Sansbury serves as the Educational Charitable Foundation's Vice-President.  She holds a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University and a M.A. in Sociology with an Emphasis on Law, Inequality, and Society from the University of Toledo.  Amy is active in the community and is involved in many community organizations.
Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson, Ed.D (Educator) serves the Education and Charitable Foundation’s Secretary.  In her professional career, she served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, Education Leadership Graduate Program. A retired Special Project Administrator in Fairfax County Public Schools in 2016, she was assigned to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. In HR, she led the work on the design and implementation of the school system’s new teacher and administrator evaluation (effectiveness) initiatives.  Known as a leader in adult learning and innovator at educating students from all income levels and learning abilities, she has been an educator for 30 years.

Jackson has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science, a Master of Business and Public Administration degree and a doctorate of education in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Jackson is licensed as a division superintendent and Administration and Supervision preK-12; and holds instructional endorsements in Gifted Education, Social Sciences, Government, History, and Basic Business.
Marcia Morris
Director of Education

Marcia Morris serves as the Education and Charitable Foundation’s Director of Education.  She leads the efforts to organize and promote financial assistance for educational endeavors. Marcia’s professional background is in Secondary Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English Education from Kennesaw State University and an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from Georgia Southern University. Marcia is a past Teacher of the Year award winner, and an active community volunteer. She is a proponent and champion of public school education and ensuring all students have opportunities to excel academically. 
Claudine Skinner

Claudine Skinner serves on the Educational and Charitable Foundation's Board of Directors as the Treasurer. Claudine's professional background is in Information Technology Consulting where she is an experienced Program Manager specializing in Agile Methodologies. Her experience includes driving the high quality completion of end to end design, development and delivery of digital, and enterprise wide implementation projects for Fortune 500 clients including a trade association, mortgage financing and media companies. Claudine holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Hampton University and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Lyndsay Gates
Director of Fundraising

Lyndsay Gates leads the Education and Charitable Foundation's efforts to organize and promote fundraising.  With a heart for event planning and organizing, Lyndsay seeks creative and fun ways to raise money for ECF.  Lyndsay has a passion for arts & crafts, weightlifting, and a heart for serving others and ensuring they live out their greatness!
Dawn Tucker Thomas
Financial Secretary

Dawn Tucker-Thomas serves as the Educational and Charitable Foundation's Financial Secretary receiving and recording all contributions from individual and corporate donors. Dawn currently works for the federal government overseeing more than $75 million in research grants awarded to universities to conduct surface transportation research and development, technology transfer from lab-to-market, and educate the next generation of transportation professionals.  She holds a bachelor's and master's degree specializing in transportation planning and a law degree.    
Kimberly Highsmith
Member Ex-Officio

Kimberly Highsmith serves as an Ex-Officio Director as member President. Kimberly is a United States Air Force veteran and the Director of EEO/Employee Relations & Diversity for a publicly-traded government contractor with employees all over the United States and abroad. She holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in human relation.
Deirdre Bland
Member Ex-Officio

Deirdre Y. Bland, is the First Vice President of Lambda Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  She is employed with Fairfax County.
Erin A. Watkins
Director of Legal Affairs/Compliance

Erin A. Watkins, Esq. volunteers her time as the Legal Director and Compliance Chair of the Educational and Charitable Foundation.  Professionally speaking, Erin serves as a staff attorney at Greenpeace USA, who works in the General Counsel’s office to assist with the daily legal needs for operating the nonprofit corporation. She works alongside colleagues outside of the legal department, and tailors her services and advice to the priorities of those she works alongside. Her primary responsibilities are reviewing and negotiating contracts, reviewing marketing and campaign materials, overseeing corporate governance, and drafting corporate policy. Often Erin reviews contracts concerning the use of software, online platforms, intellectual property, as well as third party vendor contracts for hotel reservations and conference rooms. Currently she is updating the record retention policy and the corporate credit card user agreement and policy. Erin is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and the New York Bar. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Miami.
Renee Harrison
Member Ex-Officio

Renée Harrison has served on the Educational and Charitable Foundation's Board of Directors for the last five years. In her professional life, Renée is the Director of Operations for a telecommunications company, where she has worked for 19 years.  She leads the team that supports telephone and electric companies in rural America provide video services. She is responsible for maintaining a $25+ million budget and providing support, communications and operational expertise to over 1500 customer companies.  Renée holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master's of Business Administration degrees from George Mason University.
We welcome corporate and community partners as we address the educational and community advancing opportunities within our community-at-large in order to create real change. We invite you to view our Donate Page and friend us on Facebook @facebook.com/ECF.VA and follow us on Twitter @ECFoundationVA .

The Educational and Charitable Foundation (ECF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ECF supports various philanthropic endeavors through partnerships and volunteer work. ECF's educational and social programs include providing collegiate scholarships to students in the Northern Virginia area.