Headwaters names new Executive Director

      [January 24, 2020]


Headwaters Foundation has announced the appointment of Lynnie Genho of Woodville as the organization’s new Executive Director.

A member of the Headwaters Board of Directors for the past 18 months, Genho was an active and effective member of the strategic planning process that led to the adoption of Headwaters’ new five-year strategic plan.  She has also worked both as a volunteer and a member of the planning committee for Headwater’s premiere annual event—”The Taste of Rappahannock.”

Genho (center) at 2019 “Taste of Rappahannock” with Lacey Jenkins (left) and Sarah Moore (right).

In addition to her work for Headwaters, Genho brings to her new position a wealth of experience working in the local schools and wider community. The mother of five children–all attending Rappahannock public schools—Genho is known for her commitment to promoting an environment rich in opportunities for educational excellence. A member of the Board of the Rappahannock County Soccer Association, she has also worked as a member of the PTO to increase communication between the schools and the families they serve.  More recently, she has organized the annual “Fun Runs” at Rappahannock County Elementary School to raise money to support special projects like installing the shade structures at the playground and providing funds for special trips.

Genho also brings to her new job the strong support of the Headwaters Board. “In addition to her intelligence, creativity, and vision, her experience with the RCPS community will be a real asset as Headwaters moves forward to implement our strategic plan,” noted Gary Aichele, Headwaters new Board Chair. Continuing, he added, “But more than that, it’s her energy, enthusiasm, and personal passion for the mission that made her the obvious best choice for the job.”

Genho moved to Rappahannock County fifteen years ago with her husband, John Genho, when he became manager of Eldon Farms in 2005.  A graduate of Brigham Young University, she more recently completed a nursing degree at Lord Fairfax Community College.  In her free time, Genho enjoys furthering her interest in photography, and developing her tech and social media skills. Shaped by her vision of making “this distinctive county we call home” an even better place in which to live and raise a family, Genho says she’s “eager to get started” as Headwaters next Executive Director. She begins her work officially in early February.



 Adopted by the Board of Directors of the Headwaters Foundation to support its mission “to foster educational excellence in Rappahannock County by cultivating the cooperative spirit and resources of the whole community to benefit students.”


Goal 1


“Continue to build and strengthen a collaborative partnership with the Rappahannock County Public School community.”

 Strategies supporting goal:

  •  Define and understand what “Profile of a Graduate” means, and how Headwaters might support its implementation and goals
  • As appropriate, have Board members attend School Board and Board of Supervisors meetings
  • As appropriate, continue to have Board representation at various RCPS community gatherings
  • Explore ways to engage more of the RCPS community with Headwaters
  • Continue and increase recognition/appreciation activities with RCPS teachers/staff
  • Increase opportunities to engage Superintendent and School Board representatives in substantive exploratory discussion

Goal 2


“Promote the fulfillment of Headwaters purpose by collaborating with local organizations and other interested individuals.”

 Strategies supporting goal:

  •  Identify and monitor local groups and interested individuals with whom Headwaters might more fully collaborate, e.g., other schools, home schoolers, program sponsors
  • Select local organizations and individuals to pursue more intentionally to increase collaboration
  • Find ways to bring other organizations and individuals into a conversation regarding shared purposes and goals


Goal 3


“Develop a communication plan and a fund-raising plan to promote the purposes and accomplishments of Headwaters.”

Strategies supporting goal:


  • Support creation of a “common calendar” for Rappahannock County
  • Develop a communication plan
  • Develop a fund-raising plan
  • Broaden and expand communications methods and products, e.g., a quarterly newsletter, articles in the Rapp News and other media outlets, use of RCPS “Tuesday Folders” and other resources, web page, social and digital media, etc.

Goal 4

 “Review programs and activities and evaluate effectiveness in promoting Headwaters purposes based on measurable criteria.”

 Strategies supporting goal:

  • Programs and activities to be reviewed and evaluated include the following: Scholarship Program, EEG, READ, Starfish, Next Step/Family Financial Education Coordinator, After School, TOR, Summer Chorus, Romp & Ride
  • Develop an evaluation plan for specific programs, projects and activities, establishing measurable criteria for each
  • Review reserve fund policy—especially, how the fund should be used to support Headwaters programs, projects and activities
  • Based on review and evaluation of existing programs, projects and activities, identify unmet needs and possible new programs, projects and activities