Executive Director/CEO: Mark F. Cartledge
Mark Cartledge joins Stafford Junction after more than three decades of leadership experience as the Executive Director/CEO of YMCA’s in NY, PA, MO, and IA. He most recently provided consulting services to financially challenged YMCA’s in the Midwest. Mark has spearheaded efforts to build healthier communities through developing unique partnerships that resulted in the construction of new multi-million-dollar recreational facilities and child development centers. Cartledge earned multiple degrees in recreational management and criminal justice from the State University of New York.
Rachel Dano: Grants Manager
My name is Rachel and I am a Navy brat, so the closest I have to a hometown is Altoona, PA. I have three dogs, three cats, two nephews and one niece – all on whom I dote, they are my happiness. My background is in education and youth programs, so I hope to bring some experience and a learning heart to my new role at Stafford Junction. I greatly look forward to becoming part of the team and meeting the community we serve!
Rachel comes to Stafford Junction with several years experience providing Leadership and Management to YMCA Before and After-school Programs. Rachel supervised 16 elementary school locations with over 500 students. She has extensive budgeting, accounting, marketing, and organizational skills. Rachel earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Pennsylvania State University.
Sharon Reik: Program Director
Sharon Reik and her husband moved to Stafford County twenty plus years ago. They lived in Japan for five years, traveled to Bali, Guam, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska, and lots of states within the US. Sharon calls Stafford County her home and is a die-hard fan of the Washington teams. Sharon has been a volunteer for Stafford Junction and now is excited about being a Team Member.
Sharon graduated from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She also earned an associate degree from Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge and has earned credits towards a master’s in special education from University of Mary Washington. Sharon has worked for the YMCA Butler Road, for the past, ten years. In her tenure at the YMCA, she has held positions of Lead Counselor for school age childcare and Summer Camp, and Preschool Teacher.
As a member of the Stafford Junction Team, she looks forward to enhancing the already established programs and creating new programs down the road. “We will continue to grow/expand the awesome work that is being done at Stafford Junction.”
Crystan Rice: Program Coordinator
Crystan Rice is the Program Coordinator at Stafford Junction. She graduated from North Stafford High School and is currently a sophomore at Germanna Community College studying education K-8. After she earns her degree, she plans to transfer to Longwood University to get her master’s in special education. Crystan enjoys being able to work with the children at Stafford Junction. She shared “after being introduced to Stafford Junction 5-years ago, I always knew I would have a future here.”
Crystan started volunteering as tutor with Brain Builders, then a volunteer with Summer Junction, and most recently she was the Youth Program Intern. Crystan looks forward to being a part of the Stafford Junction Team and having the opportunity to learn and connect with the children and families in our programs.
Crystan teaches children at Fredericksburg Church of Christ and has a strong faith. She has been to 27 different countries due to her father’s job with NCIS. She also enjoys spending time with her pets, two cats and two dogs.
Gail Leitch: Program Administrative Assistant
A native of Stafford County, I graduated from Stafford Sr. High School and James Madison University with a BS in Communication Arts/Data Processing. I enjoyed many years in Direct Marketing from data entry to software engineer positions but found my greatest joy as the office coordinator for community outreach. This led to volunteering and working for other Rappahannock area non-profit organizations and now Stafford Junction. I am excited to help, learn, and grow as a Program Administrative Assistant.
Greg Minor: Field Manager
Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Greg graduated from James Monroe High School. He continued his education at Virginia State University with a degree in Visual Communications. Greg then served as a multimedia illustrator in the U.S Army, stationed in Alabama, where he lived and worked for a few years before returning to Virginia in 2003. Greg then moved into the Olde Forge Community becoming close to the kids in Olde Forge over the next couple of years. He then met Theresie, former director of Stafford Junction, and began to volunteer with Stafford Junction in 2006.
His varied volunteer roles have included bus driver, HUGS participant, and Brain Builder site coordinator for Drew Middle School. In the summer of 2010, Greg served as a summer intern at Summer Junction. He also began working as a Program Assistant for the Healthy Living Pays program. As a Field Manager, Greg plays a key role in connecting Stafford Junction with the Olde Forge Community and beyond.
Myriam Brown: Administrative Assistant
I was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated to the United States as a child. I spent most of my formative years in the Northern Virginia area, going through the Arlington County Public School system. I was very lucky to grow up in such a vibrant and diverse community and it helped shape the person I am today. In the 1990’s I helped start and grow a family business and was lucky to have that experience for over 10 years. I then took an opportunity in the nonprofit field and although it only lasted one year, a new interest was sparked. I spent the next 10 years working in support of the Department of Defense and the Department of State but ultimately left to start a family. I have over 20 years of experience as an administrative professional and I am now looking forward to igniting that passion for nonprofit work once again. I am a recent transplant to the Stafford area and I look forward to fully immersing myself in the community.
Carroll Jordan: Accountant
Hi…. I am Carroll Jordan and a native of Stafford County. I graduated from Stafford High School and I am a proud mother of 4 children and a precious grandson who all, also graduated from Stafford High School.
I obtained my accounting degree from Smithdeal-Massey Business College and quickly thereafter, began my career in accounting with the Central Intelligence Agency.
My entrepreneur spirit took hold and more than 30 years ago, I became founder/owner of my own accounting/consulting business. With this decision, I flourished focusing my attention on the small business owner and non-profit in the community in which I live and work. In building these relationships, I have been privileged to help many of my clients grow from start to their dreams.
Once given the opportunity to join Stafford Junction’s team, I did my due-diligence. I share their commitment to our community and share their vision for programs to help grow and keep our community going and improving. I appreciate the opportunity afforded to me and I am enthusiastic about my role with Stafford Junction.
Meet Our 2021 Board Of Directors:
Chair: Cyril Hart
Vice Chair: Gene Brown
Treasurer: Paul Wormeli
Secretary: Jaime Garza
Chaplain: Pastor Johnny Almond
Members include: Marylin Carter, Kim Cummings, Lance Deffenbaugh, Angela Foroughi, Tisha Johnson-Crump, Diane Reynolds, Jane Smith, Leigh Anne Van Doren, and Rob Wise