Meet the LHSN Executive Committee and Staff
Executive Director, Loudoun Cares
Valerie Pisierra has always encouraged people to strive to be a contributing force in their community; she believes getting involved is a great way to enrich your life and the lives of those you serve. Her journey with LC began as a part-time employee in 2016; she was named Executive Director in October 2017 and appointed to the Loudoun County Human Services Strategic Plan Advisory Committee in 2019. Valerie is the Chair of the Loudoun Human Services Network and Co-Chair of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Committee. Valerie grew up in Arizona and attended college and graduate school earning a BS and an MBA in Business. She spent the greater part of the last three decades as a military spouse, living and working overseas in Japan, Germany, and England.
A large part of her 25-year career has included volunteering and organizing nonprofit groups. For 10 years (2 of which she served as Vice Chairperson), Valerie worked with Americans Working Around the Globe (AWAG), a European nonprofit organization focused on training and connecting volunteers. She has been honored to be presented with the Department of the Army Commander’s Public Service Award, the United States European Command Award Certificate of Achievement, the European PTA Volunteer of the Year and most recently she has been named the 2022 Nonprofit Executive Leader by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce during their Community Leadership Awards. Under her leadership, Loudoun Cares was honored to be named 2021 Nonprofit of the Year and 2021 Small Business of the Year by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. Only one of two nonprofits that have ever received this honor. Valerie is thrilled to have landed in Northern Virginia and believes serving her community is the biggest honor of all.
Executive Director, Women Giving Back
Nicole Morris began serving as the Executive Director for Women Giving Back in July 2018. Prior to her role as Executive Director, she served as the Operations Manager for the organizations since September 2016. Since its inception in 2007, Sterling based, Women Giving Back has served over 7,000 women and children in crisis each year with clothing and a spectrum of services to help them start to rebuild their lives. Nicole has a wealth of experience in affordable housing, homeless services and nonprofit management and finance.. She was inducted into the Virginia Housing Alliance’s Top 40 Network in 2015 and has been actively involved in both Fairfax and Loudoun County’s affordable housing and human services advocacy efforts.
Jennifer Lassiter Smith
Executive Director, INMED Partnership for Children and Families
Jennifer Lassiter Smith is the Director of US Programs for INMED Partnerships for Children since June of 2019. Prior to joining the staff of INMED, Jennifer served as a volunteer with INMED on the INMED Board of Trustees. INMED is dedicated to building pathways for vulnerable children, families, and communities to achieve well being and self-reliance. At INMED’s Opportunity Center in Sterling, they provide education to help children get a healthy start in life and opportunities to achieve academically and socially, while teaching parents to build financially stable, nurturing environments for raising resilient children.
Executive Vice President of Programs, Northern Virginia Family Service
Andrea Eck has worked in the nonprofit human service field for 25 years and has been an employee of Northern Virginia Family Service for 20 of those years. She has held several positions from direct service to executive leadership, administering programs for individuals and families with low incomes in Northern Virginia. As the executive vice president of programs, Andrea provides critical leadership in the key areas of strategic planning, program development, quality assurance and grants administration. Andrea has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA., and a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in nonprofit management from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
LHSN Immediate Past Chair
CEO, Loudoun Hunger Relief
Jennifer Montgomery currently serves as the President and CEO of Loudoun Hunger Relief, Loudoun’s largest charitable food pantry. Jennifer brings almost 25 years of experience working in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. Jennifer has served in a leadership role with the Loudoun Human Services Network since 2018 as vice chair, chair and currently the immediate-past chair. She was named the 2020 Loudoun Chamber Nonprofit Executive of the Year. She holds a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and a Master’s Degree from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She lives in Leesburg with her husband and two children.
LHSN Program Manager
As a nonprofit consultant based in Loudoun since 2020, Sapna serves as the Program Manager for the Loudoun Human Services Network.She also has worked with other Loudoun based nonprofits and initiatives such as the Community Foundation of Loudoun, the Loudoun Pediatric Obesity Coalition, and Legacy Farms. Sapna received her Masters in Public Health from George Washington University in 2012. After receiving her degree she worked with a variety of public health focused nonprofits, including the Washington AIDS Partnership, the Maryland Assembly on School Based Health Care, and Action for Healthy Kids.