LHSN Board of Directors and Staff
Nicole MOrris, Chair
Nicole Morris is the inaugural Executive Director of Women Giving Back (WGB), a nonprofit organization located in Sterling, Virginia. Under Nicole’s 7 years of leadership, WGB has rapidly expanded to be the largest free clothing provider, serving over 24,000 women and children a year across the Greater Washington DC area. Nicole first entered the nonprofit arena in 2009 when she left her corporate residential property management career to pursue a more fulfilling role in supportive affordable housing at Cornerstones Housing Corporation (formerly Reston Interfaith). During Nicole’s tenure, she helped acquire, develop, and preserve rental properties consisting of scattered site townhomes and a LIHTC multifamily apartment community. Nicole has extensive experience managing the CHDO and working with multiple HUD programs like HCV, Project Based, VASH, CDBG, HOME and NSP. Nicole was inducted into the Virginia Housing Alliance’s Top 40 Network in 2015 for her innovative work and earned her Housing Development Financial Professional designation through the National Development Council in 2016.
lisa kimball, vice-Chair
Lisa Kimball is the CEO of The Arc of Loudoun, a nonprofit corporation in Loudoun County, VA that strives to provide a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities while advocating for, educating, serving, and supporting those individuals and their families. Having spent most of her career in computer engineering, Lisa contributed her cyber expertise in privacy protection and identity assurance to Telos Corporation, serving as Vice President, Identity Management Solutions until her retirement in 2018 when she joined The Arc. A self-described “pathological volunteer since the age of 6”, Lisa’s current volunteer roles include Past Chair and current Board Director, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce; Advisory Board Member, Loudoun County Medical Reserve Corps; and Board Director and Advisory Board Chair, Northern Virginia Science Center. Lisa has extensive experience in governance, operations, people and culture/human resources management, financial administration, strategic planning and implementation, legal advocacy, federal, state, and local legislative work, and service delivery. As a results-driven entrepreneur who fervently believes that compassion is actionable, Lisa is passionately committed to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in starting and running both shareholder-profit and social-profit businesses.
leigh guarinello, secretary
Leigh Guarinello, MPH (she/her/hers) is Director of Community Health Programs for Inova’s Community Health and Health Equity Division where she leads outreach, engagement, and partnerships as part of regional health equity efforts. Leigh grew up in northern New Jersey and received her BA from UVA and her MPH from Yale University. She has spent two decades in community engagement, education, and advocacy and has significant experience developing and delivering trainings, overseeing outreach programs, developing community networks, and providing consultation to healthcare workers. Leigh has combined the creative, interpersonal, and technical throughout her career when managing people, programs, and budgets; writing and administering grants; and facilitating system-level change. She has served as an Adjunct Professor of Global and Community Health at GMU and as Board Member and Inclusion Director of Equality Loudoun/Loudoun Pride. In her 20 years working in Northern Virginia and living in Loudoun County, she has been fortunate to integrate her passion for connecting people, teaching, and improving health equity.
valerie pisierra, Immediate past chair
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 Loudoun Cares 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.