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Meet the Board

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


Tara Ruszkowski

Tara and her husband, Andrew, have been married for 21-years and are enjoying the adventure of raising two teenage boys. They are members of Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church in Vienna. Tara is an active parishioner and has served as a small group leader in OLGC’s confirmation program. In 2015, she began volunteering in the Lamb Center kitchen and joined the Board in March 2016. Tara is a communications and public affairs strategist and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication at George Mason University.


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.


Colleen Wade

Colleen Wade and her husband have lived in Fairfax County since 2003 and have raised two children. It was through the youth group at their church, Reston Presbyterian, that they first learned about The Lamb Center. They have been supporters for many years, including their son’s Eagle project at the previous location. Colleen has been active in the Presbyterian Church, including serving as an elder. After sending her youngest child off to college, Colleen began to volunteer in the clothing closet at The Lamb Center and joined the Board.


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.


Tom Basham

Tom Basham has been a volunteer at the Lamb Center since 2007, working in the laundry and as a Bible study leader on Monday mornings. He retired from lengthy government service in 2010, and is currently involved as an associate broker in residential real estate in Burke, VA. He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children in the area, as well as three grandchildren. Burke Community Church is his home church, and he has served in a variety of capacities, including elder, and home group leader.


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.


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.


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.


Bernie Lessard

Bernie is a retired Naval officer, who has lived in Fairfax County since 2001. He is active in community and men’s ministries at Burke Community Church in Burke, VA. He and his wife, Melanie, a Fairfax County school counselor, have two grown children and one adorable grandchild. Bernie first became involved with The Lamb Center through getting to know the guests at the Hypothermia Prevention Program, which led to cooking and providing warm lunches at the Lamb Center. After getting to know the outstanding staff at TLC, he began volunteering in the kitchen, and is presently working at the front desk.


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.