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Meet the Board

The Board of Directors provides policy,
management and financial oversight.

Cathy Liverman

Cathy got involved with The Lamb Center through getting to know the guests at the Hypothermia Prevention Program each winter. She and her husband Andy enjoy time with family, including 3 grandchildren. Cathy is active in social justice-related ministries at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Burke, Virginia where she has served as lay leader and chair of the ministry council. She helps lead the Grace Ministries efforts and is active on the Church and Society committee. She works at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a study director focused on health policy issues.

Carol Dieterle

Carol Dieterle retired from the Federal Government in 2012, allowing her to more actively serve the local community. As a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia, Carol volunteers as the children’s liturgy coordinator, baptism catechist, and an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. She also is the St. Mark lead for providing hot meals to the homeless through FACETS’ Hot Meals program. Carol serves The Lamb Center in several volunteer capacities—you may find her staffing the front desk, participating in Bible study, or working in the laundry.

Julie Bryant, MBA, CGFM, CPA

Julie started volunteering at The Lamb Center in early 2017 in the laundry. She later moved to the front desk. She is a CPA and retired from Federal accounting after 30. Since 2014 she has kept the accounting books for Mutt Love Rescue. She taught college-level accounting for over 25 years, and project management for 4 years. St Stephen United Methodist Church is her church of 28 years, serving on Trustees, Endowment, Finance, and several other committees. Julie serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee for Camp Rainbow Connection; two week long camps for adults with intellectual challenges. She is married to Ken, has two children and three grandsons with a granddaughter due in December 2019.

Shannon Allen

Shannon L. Allen began attending Bible study at The Lamb Center in 2016, enjoying the opportunity for community, engagement and encouragement. A year later, she began volunteering in the laundry, kitchen and at the front desk, continuing that work today. Shannon has been a Bible study and fellowship group leader and active lay leader in the church and women’s ministries throughout her adult life since graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary. Shannon is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Trinity Christian School. She and her husband Marc are raising four children in Fairfax, VA after calling Beijing, China and Seattle, WA home as well. When not chauffeuring kids across the DMV region, she enjoys coaching middle school soccer. Shannon and her family worship at Alexandria Presbyterian Church.

Edwina Bates

Edwina grew up and graduated in Halifax County, Virginia. She received her Associates in Opticianry at J. Sargeant Reynolds in Richmond, Virginia and quickly moved to Florida. There, she practiced Opticianry for 10 years after receiving her State Board and National Certifications in 2010. Now newly married and without children, Edwina lives right here in Fairfax and worships at Zion Church in Landover, Maryland. In her personal time, she enjoys outdoor and water sports, shooting pool, and trail hikes. Her volunteer roles at The Lamb Center include duties in Laundry, the Clothing Closet, Front Desk, and the Pantry.

Lisa Hess

Lisa was introduced to The Lamb Center in March, 2017 when IBC first served breakfast on a Thursday morning and led chapel. She was so impressed with the ministry that she started volunteering regularly in the Clothing Closet. She loves being part of a faith-based mission where volunteers and staff are able to encourage people in their spiritual walk as well as provide them with materiel needs. Lisa is a retired Air Force logistics officer, who has lived (mostly) in Fairfax County since 1996 and is active in music and women’s ministries at Immanuel Bible Church (IBC) in Springfield, VA. She has particular compassion for people who have been made in God’s image but struggle in this world plagued by sin. She and her husband, Dave are enjoying parenting a teenage son.

Karen Kershenstein

Karen Kershenstein has been an active Lamb Center volunteer since December 2013. She serves as a regular kitchen volunteer and as the coordinator of the kitchen volunteers. Karen has been an active member of St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church since 1958. She serves as a Eucharistic Minister and coordinates bringing Communion to the sick and homebound members of the parish. In addition, she sings in several parish and diocesan choirs. She also serves as docent for St. Mary’s Historic Church. Karen earned her Ph.D. in physics from Georgetown University. She taught physics at Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) for several years before becoming a member of the administration at Trinity, first serving as Registrar and Director of Institutional Research and then as Academic Dean. Karen worked at the U.S. Department of Education in higher education accreditation and runs a small consulting business that focuses on helping accrediting agencies improve their effectiveness.


Alan MacDonald

Alan MacDonald has over 30 years of experience working with global faith-based non-governmental organizations (including Wycliffe and SIL International) on efforts to promote Bible translation and on the role of language and culture in education and development. He spent 15 years in field assignments in Mexico, Philippines and China and served as the director of SIL’s work in China from 1987 to 1995.  He has served on numerous boards including those of Wycliffe USA, Stone Forest Leadership Alliance, All Kids Can Learn International, and Marketplace Development and Enterprises. Alan served for 11 years on the staff of Fairfax Community Church in Fairfax, VA where he served as the pastor of global engagement.  His responsibilities involved reaching out to those “outside the walls,” both locally and globally, in need of compassion, justice and the Good News of the Gospel. Alan lives with his wife, Doris, in Fairfax, Virginia.  They have been married for 41 years and we have three adult children.


Christine Martinson

Christine Martinson grew up in Guam, graduated from the University of Oregon, and served in the U.S. Army for 26 years where she served as a Human Resources & Administrative Officer. She started volunteering at the Lamb Center in 2016 where she has served in the laundry, clothing closet and the kitchen, where she continues to serve today. She and her husband Phil are parishioners at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church where she has been involved with the Hypothermia Prevention Program, Martha’s Table and So Others May Eat ministries. They have 1 adult daughter.

Lori McLean, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Lori was born in Boston, Massachusetts and after graduation from high school, she worked for a couple of years as a telephone operator before attending Salem State College where she majored in goofing off. In 1981 she graduated from Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and the next day moved to Fairfax, Virginia where she began her career at Fairfax Hospital. She subsequently worked at Alexandria Hospital, Fair Oaks Hospital and finally the Health Department where she fell in love with Public Health. After graduate school, with no Nurse Practitioner jobs available at the Health Department, she tried several other venues. However, Public Health remained her one true love, and she joyfully accepted the position of coordinator of the newly formed Homeless Healthcare Program in 2006, remaining there until her retirement in September of 2017.

Linn Williams

Linn Williams has had more than 35 years of experience in business, law, and government, working mostly in matters where business and public policy interact.  Most recently, he was in the global independent electricity generation business at Edison Mission Energy and Mirant Corporation, from which he retired in 2009.  He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, and by President Reagan to be General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.  Linn practiced corporate law in Washington D.C. and Tokyo in the 1970s and 80s.  He grew up in Oklahoma City, and was educated at Princeton College, Harvard Law School, and Cambridge University (to which he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Ford Foundation Fellowship).  He has served on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards, including corporate joint ventures in the US, UK, Italy, and Turkey, the East West Center, the World Affairs Council, the Benham Group, and the Hill Manuscript Library.  Linn started volunteering at the Lamb Center about four years ago and is now the regular Monday morning laundry guy.  He has been married to Noriko Kurosawa for 45 years, lives in McLean and Tokyo, has two grown children, and attends McLean Presbyterian and Falls Church Anglican.