Lynnie Genho – Executive Director

In 2005, Lynnie Genho and her husband brought their little family, with just one baby, to Rappahannock County to manage Eldon Farms, a large cattle operation. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 2003 with a BS in Animal Science and being a heifer manager at a dairy in upstate New York while her husband finished graduate school, Lynnie was excited to finally LIVE the farm life here in Virginia! Over the next decade her family was blessed with four more little ones, leaving Lynnie occupied full-time raising five kids, now ranging from kindergartners to teens. Realizing that her passion for childbirth and motherhood might afford her an opportunity to break free from the farm occasionally, she went back to school and in 2012 received her RN degree with the goal of pursuing midwifery in the future. In between carpools for practices and playdates, Lynnie serves on the board of the local county soccer association, as well as being very active with her church youth group and as a coach to the littlest soccer players in Rappahannock. She has a passion for education and is a strong member of the PTO organization at RCPS. She also sits on the newly formed communication committee to increase communication between the schools and families. In her free time, she loves showing her kids the eye-opening wonder of travel, both abroad and nearby, or holding her own on the soccer field, and is active documenting her family’s adventures online through photography and social media.

 

Brittany Dwyer – Deputy Director of Programs

Brittany Dwyer began her journey in the nonprofit world in 2011 at the Headwaters Foundation as a 16 year-old high school intern. Her internship ran slightly longer than expected and she ended up at Headwaters for nearly five years, eventually becoming their Executive Assistant. After leaving Headwaters in 2016, Brittany worked for other nonprofits including Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County. Through her various roles, she developed an affinity for working with young people and implementing youth programs in school and community settings. She graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, and completed a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University of Southern California, where she specialized in working with children, youth and families. Brittany is a lifelong resident of Rappahannock County and worked her way through the local educational system, beginning with CCLC in the 90’s and ending with RCHS in 2013. When Brittany isn’t in the office, you can usually find her near the water or being a dog mom to her 4-year-old coonhound, Blue Belle.

 

Cierra Chambers – Executive Assistant

Born and raised in Rappahannock County, Cierra Chambers is a Rappahannock County Public Schools alumna and avid supporter of the Headwaters Foundation. Cierra’s affiliation with Headwaters began when she became a mentee in the Starfish Mentoring Program as an elementary school student, and continued when she earned multiple Headwaters scholarships to pursue her college education. She enjoys working with Headwaters because it allows her to fulfill her passion of giving back to Rappahannock County. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2021 with a BA in Communication & Public Relations with a focus in social media and writing development. When Cierra is not in the office, you can find her organizing her Pinterest boards, watching The Home Edit or spending time with family and friends.

 

Lacey Jenkins – Program Manager, After-School Enrichment Program

Lacey Jenkins is the Program Manager of the Headwaters Foundation After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) and Assistant Program Director of MyFuture with Rappahannock nonprofit FamilyFutures. In addition, she volunteers as U6 coach for the Rappahannock County Soccer Association (RCSA). After high school, Jenkins attended Michigan State University studying Hospitality and Tourism Management while working in the food service industry. After meeting her now husband in 2011, her life path moved this Michigan native to the Old Dominion. In 2014, she was brought on as a workshop instructor for Headwaters’ ASEP and quickly realized that her passion was to work with elementary aged students and local non-profit organizations that help fund such programs. In the fall of 2020, she took on a leadership position at the Wonderful Wednesday day camp that brought life back to a gloomy year for Rappahannock youth of all ages. This mom of two small boys loves exploring new vacation spots with her family, restoring antique furniture and playing tennis.

 

Nancy Studds – Program Manager, READ Mentoring

Born and raised in Arlington, VA., provided her with a happy, stable life full of many of the same experiences that transplants to this area experienced. Nancy graduated from Georgetown Visitation and started her college career in New Jersey but that’s where the similarities ended. She completed her college many years later in North Carolina having married, had two sons and a Montessori career. Her Montessori career of 40 plus years has taken her to the South and the West where she has taught children from 3-12 and administrated several schools as well as worked as a consultant for Montessori schools. Nancy has a Masters in Education from Vancouver University, as well as AMI degrees for Montessori, both primary 3-6 and elementary 6-12 levels. Her philosophy is that if you can tap into the child’s interest, you can teach them whatever skills necessary as they explore their interest. Love of dogs, children, books and our natural world are Nancy’s passion so now that she finds herself living here in this beautiful inspiring community, she has all she could wish for – living on a farm with two wonderful dog companions, READ, and the everyday wonders of nature.