Trudy Harsh founded The Brain Foundation in 2003 and chairs the board of directors. She received a BA in European History from Gettysburg College and began her work career as a teacher of German language I and II, European History and Texas History in the Houston Independent School district. She was then an instructor of German language at Oklahoma State University. After settling in Northern Virginia, Trudy turned to real estate and has been an agent for 30 years. Trudy established White Oak Properties and has served as their Property Manager for over 20 years. Her experience serves the foundation well in selecting and maintaining properties.
She understands the needs of those challenged by brain injury and disease based on her experience with her daughter Laura who suffered a brain tumor at age 8 and survived until age 38. Also, Trudy served six years on the Northwest Advisory Board for mental health and over ten years on the Fairfax, Falls Church Virginia Community Services Board (CSB) Housing Subcommittee. Currently, Trudy represents the Sully District on the CSB and is on the Mental Health committee.
Trudy and her husband Joe have been married 43 years and residents of Centreville for the past 33 years. She and Joe had three children - Laura and two sons, Greg and Drew - and five grandchildren. Trudy is a member of the Centreville United Methodist Church and an avid bridge player, reader, bird watcher, and gardener.
Ted Moriak retired in 2004 with 39 years service to the US Department of Agriculture and joined the board of Directors of The Brain Foundation in July 2006. Ted brings to the organization his expertise in the areas of budget and legislative analysis including evaluating the cost effectiveness of projects and programs. This background will enhance the foundation’s ability to obtain loans and grants while assuring that the delivery of services are performing at a high level.
He has had extensive experience in analyzing the effectiveness of government programs, preparing budget justifications and analyzing the cost and benefit impacts of legislative proposals. He has been a management analyst for the Interstate Highway system at the State of Minnesota, an economist for the USDA’s Economic Research Service and Chief of the Marketing and Inspection Services Programs for the USDA’s Office of Budget and Program Analysis.
Ted has been a resident of Centreville, VA since 1971. He has held community leadership positions such as President of the Southwestern Youth Association, Vice President of the Chantilly High School PTA, member of the Fairfax County Athletic Council, first Sully District representative to the Fairfax County Park Authority, a founding charter member of the Knights of Columbus in Chantilly, VA, youth soccer coach and CCD teacher. Ted has received numerous awards and commendations for his outstanding performance from the Federal Government, local government and community organizations.
Ted received a B.A. in Economics from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California in Davis, CA.
Delegate Chuck Caputo serves the 67th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Chuck and his wife of 41 years, Barbara have lived in the 67th District for nearly their entire marriage. As a civic activist and volunteer, Chuck has served in numerous leadership roles over the past four decades.
In addition to his service in the House of Delegates, where he sits on the Finance and Health, Welfare and Institutions Committees, Chuck also serves on the Northern Virginia Community College Education Board of Directors. As the former Vice-Chair of the Fairfax County School Board as well as the Northern Virginia Community College and a past PTA President of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Chuck has a passion for public education. He feels strongly that schools are the foundation of our community; not only determining the success of our children; but also training a work force and insuring a strong local economy. He loves the classroom, and makes time to visit students across his district.
His resume reveals an impressive list of contributions to local and national associations, boards and councils. When his children were growing up he was involved as a coach in many sports, from soccer to wrestling. Chuck enjoys hunting, fishing, jogging, hiking, bridge and spending time with grandchildren.
Dotti McKee is the founder of Wings House, Inc., which received its non-profit status in September, 2002. Wings is dedicated to providing safe, healthy, and affordable residential homes for adults with psychiatric disabilities so they may become independent, self-assured and productive citizens within the community. Wings House joined with The Brain Foundation in January 2007 to form one dynamic team in their endeavor to purchase and maintain homes for adults with brain disease.
Dotti became an active advocate for persons with mental illness when her son became ill with schizophrenia during his senior year in college. She learned first-hand the challenges of this horrid disease during his days living at home, in 17 different hospitals, shelters, jails, rooms-for-rent and the difficult months living alone in apartments. Dotti believes in the importance of independent living with others who are similarly challenged. Shared-living in homes where love, respect, safety and caring services can make a huge difference in the level of their recovery and wellness. Her story, “Surviving my Son’s Mental Illness” is featured in Sandy Strauss’ new book “Dancing through Life with Guts Grace and Gusto” and is available from Dotti upon request.
She is a member of Nami National and has been Chairperson of the Housing Committee for Nami NoVa for the past several years. She attended Brigham Young University and came to Washington DC to work on Capital Hill during the exciting decade of the ‘60’s. She was an active stay-at-home Mom and later a Legal Admin Assistant employed in various local law firms. She is the mother of one daughter, Kris, sons Mike and Mitch and the proud grandmother of three grandchildren.
Gloria Kozich serves on the Board of The Brain Foundation in the capacity of Community Relations Chair. Born in Tacoma Washington, Gloria arrived in Fairfax County in 2000 by way of New York City and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Gloria was a Board member of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra for four years and served as the chair for the Special Audience Program (people with special needs). Gloria was a member of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and supported them for three years as well as the Washington Performing Arts Society. Gloria is current activev member of National Alliance on Mental Illness (known as NAMI), Northern Virginia.
She supports the Food Bank of Washington DC, The Humane Society of Fairfax County, and The Shelter House, Inc., for abused women and children. She is currently a member in good standing of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since 2000, Gloria has been a member of the Ski Club of Washington, DC where she served as Membership Chair for three years. Gloria is active in her church and a member of a woman’s study group.
Gloria has been employed at Freddie Mac, McLean, Virginia since 2003 in the National Sales Department. She was previously employed with BearingPoint, Inc., (formerly KPMG Consulting, Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, and then in McLean, Virginia).
Personal interests include classical music, snow skiing, tennis, kayaking, gardening, professional theatre and travel. Gloria has two grown sons and two grandsons in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Judith M. Betz joined The Brain Foundation in 2009 and brings 40 years of experience in sales management, customer service and small business accounting to the organization.
After graduating from Western College For Women in Oxford, Ohio, she started her career in sales management, working for Associated Dry Goods Stores in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the same time, she helped with her parents business, in both sales and accounting. When Judy moved to Minnesota, she left retailing and worked for AT&T as a part of their customer service group.
In the years that followed, Judy worked as a small business accountant for firms in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In addition to doing the accounting work for The Brain Foundation, she currently manages a family business and several accounting contracts.
Judy has a personal understanding of brain disorders. She is both the legal guardian and court appointed fiduciary for her brother, who experienced brain damage as a child.
Judy and her family moved to Centreville in 1988. She enjoys gourmet cooking, genealogy and her grandchildren.
Pearl Hartley joined The Brain Foundation as treasurer in 2010 and brings 30 years of experience in financial services. A Pennsylvania native, Pearl moved to Virginia in 1976. Pearl was a volunteer at Alternative House, a runaway shelter for teens from 1977 to 1982 and served on their Board of Directors from 1982 to 1988. Over the past 12 years, she has also been very active in her local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop supporting her son and her daughter.
Pearl joined Connecticut Mutual Insurance Company in 1981 and began her career in financial services. Now with MassMutual Financial Group, after the merger of Conn. Mutual and MassMutual, she is now a financial advisor to families with special needs individuals.
She loves spending time with her family and enjoys the beach, Kennedy Center and traveling.
Patty Shumaker comes to the Board of Directors with hands on experience as the mother of a brain diseased adult. Her daughter, Amy, showed signs of illness early in her teens and is now 42 years old and a tenant of Armstrong, Laura's house.
Patty attended Northern Virginia Community College where she majored in Interior Design and worked full-time to support 2 children, while Amy was in and out of institutions and group homes. She has been a strong advocate for the mentally ill. In her advocacy role, she testified before the Commonwealth of Virginia legislators in an effort to help stop program cancellations and to curb funding cuts for programs in Prince William County.
She retired as Director of Presidential Support at the White House in 2005 after serving 3 Presidents. Retirement was needed to enable her to care for an aging parent and to monitor Amy's needs more closely during a difficult time in Amy's life.
Patty's education has enhanced her full-time hobby of improving her home and furnishings. Her business and design sense as well as her organizational skills will be invaluable to our Board and Laura's Houses as we grow and partner with other organizations.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Jack Censer became the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. After three years at the College of Charleston, Dr. Censer came to George Mason in 1977. Beginning as an assistant professor, he was promoted to full professor in 1987. He served as the Chair of the Department of History & Art History from 1995-2006. He has given numerous guest lectures and regularly presents his work at national conferences. He has held visiting professor appointments at Cornell University and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Censer's research has examined the French Revolution, intellectual history, and the press. Previous publications include: Exploring the French Revolution; Visions and Revisions in Eighteenth-Century France; The French Press in the Age of Enlightenment; and The French Revolution and Intellectual History. Dean Censer’s latest work, On the Trail of the DC Sniper: Fear and the Media, was published in March 2010 by the University of Virginia Press.