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.
Acting Business Development Manager: Pamela Okumura
Rachel Williamson: Senior Program Director
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.
Teresa Landon: Children’s Program Coordinator
I am a Virginia native and have lived in Stafford County for 25 years. I am a proud mom to two amazing sons, three spoiled rescued cats, and Oliver, my very-needy cocker spaniel. My background is in volunteer program management and youth mentoring. I served as Volunteer Coordinator for both Carriage Hill Nursing Home and the Moss Free Health Clinic, where I developed successful junior volunteer programs. This inspired me to expand my work with youth and earn my Masters in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
I am excited to bring my experience and a heart for serving the disadvantaged population. I share Stafford Junction’s vision of strengthening our community and providing futures and unlimited possibilities for the underserved population. I look forward to recruiting new volunteers, so they can share their skills with at-risk kids, as well as strengthening our current program.
Olga Escobar: Adult Life Skills/Healthy Living Pays Program Manager
I was born and raised in Colombia where I graduated in political Science with emphasis in Social Psychology. I’ve had the opportunity to live and travel abroad developing a keen sensitivity for people from diverse backgrounds. I truly believe in the power that education and coaching can have on the solution for many of the problems that disadvantaged communities face in their daily lives.
While working for Stafford Junction, I hope to continue the wonderful job they have been doing in educating the community about the importance of health and wellness. I recently became an American citizen; therefore I feel truly privileged to be a part of Stafford Junction and its mission to give back to the community and help to build a better country. I love spending time with my husband, my three children and my pets. I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling and visiting art museums.
Born and raised in Fredericksburg. Graduated from James Monroe High School. Graduated from Virginia State University with a degree in Visual Communications. Served as a multimedia illustrator in the U.S Army, stationed in Alabama. Lived and worked in Alabama for a few years before returning to Virginia in 2003, and moved into the Olde Forge Community. Became close to kids in Olde Forge over the next couple of years. 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. Greg has recently become a part-time staff member, and plays a key role in connecting Stafford Junction with the Olde Forge Community.
Meet Our Board Of Directors:
Chair: Mary Louise Holmes
Vice Chair: Steve Aycock
Treasurer: Paul Wormeli
Secretary: Lee Ann Reaser
Chaplin: Pastor Almond
Members include: Tim Abbott, Anita Abram, David Bohmke, Sam Cachola, Lance Deffenbaugh, Cyril Hart, Chris Quinn