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.
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.
Brittany Dwyer – Program Manager, Starfish Mentoring
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 the Headwaters Foundation for nearly five years, eventually working up to being their Executive Assistant. After leaving Headwaters in 2016, Brittany worked for other nonprofits including Northern Piedmont Community Foundation as well as the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County. Brittany has been in her current position at the Mental Health Association since 2018, where she has served as their Community Education & Outreach Coordinator. Brittany continues to work for the Mental Health Association full time, while serving as the Starfish Director part-time. Through both nonprofits, she developed an affinity for working with youth and implementing prevention 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. When she’s not working, you can find Brittany serving as a board member of the Come As You Are Coalition or making friends with animals big and small.