Kathy Hedge

Executive Director

Colleen Reed

Program Director

Iris Vukmanovic

Program Coordinator

Hope VanDross

Business Development Director

Lynne Ticknor

Education Director

Gabriela Cordero Rodriguez

Latino Programs Coordinator

Alison Collins

Office Administrator



Pascale Brady | President

Founder and principal of Global Life Coaching. Formerly with Aurora Technologies, Sodexo Alliance Group, and UNIX LAN/WAN. Pascale is also a certified Adlerian Parent Educator at PEP.


Leanne MacDougall | Vice President

Program analyst at Peace Corps. Former senior Communications specialist with USAID; 15 years of experience working in the communications field with NGOs and government organizations in the U.S., Africa and Asia.


Margaret Klotz | Secretary

ASL interpreter and nationally certified with the Registry of the Interpreters for the Deaf; former teacher/researcher teaching English to deaf students, using ASL and written English; former adjunct instructor, Gallaudet University; masters degree in American Sign Language Linguistics from Gallaudet University.


Julie Baron | Treasurer

Partner, Price Waterhouse Coopers (26 years of experience managing client tax issues including tax planning, tax return compliance, and international policies). Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Michele Dreyfuss | At-Large

Former assistant professor in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Former board member, Green Acres School.


Susan Milner | At-Large

President of the Sherwood Elementary School PTA and on the board of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Maryland chapter. Former policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Program.


Jessica Muse | At-Large

Student Engagement Associate at Future Link, a Montgomery County based organization that provides low-income, first-generation-to-college young adults with the tools, skills and resources to achieve lasting economic self-sufficiency. Also founder and principal of Modern Muse Education.


Eileen O’Grady | At-Large

Certified nurse practitioner, wellness coach, and founder of the School of Wellness which promotes the practice of extreme self-care so that people can reach their greatest potential. Holds three graduate degrees from George Washington University and George Mason University in nursing as well as public health and a PhD in nursing.


Kelly Van Orden | At-Large

Formerly held IT project management positions with Marriott International (25 years).


Kristen Waskberg | At-Large

Realtor, Long & Foster Real Estate. Formerly in relationship marketing with AOL and development/membership at The League of Women Voters of the United States.


Kathy Hedge | Executive Director

PEP Executive Director since 2014. Former Deputy Director for the Center for a New American Dream. Former Chief Development Officer at BoardSource. Author of the book Engaging Your Board in Fundraising: A Staff’s Guide (BoardSource, 2014).

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