Founder and Chair
Carol Kost helped create LY and currently serves as Board Chair. She is a past Chair of the Loudoun County Advisory Commission on Youth and is a former Chair of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council for the State of Michigan. Earlier in her career, she was involved in the launch of Saturn Corporation and also worked for the Governor of the State of Michigan. In the course of 25+ years of youth leadership development, Carol has worked with various state and local government agencies and commissions to build an understanding of youth issues and challenges, enabling real change by forming lasting coalitions. Carol also serves on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and co-founded the Loudoun Chamber’s Non Profit Initiative (NPI). Carol calls Ashburn home and has two teens of her own now attending Stone Bridge High School.
Why Loudoun Youth: “Loudoun Youth wants to assist Loudoun County is being the Best Place to grow up…..listening to youth, engaging with them to become active leaders in their community, especially outside of school hours, is the best way to grow a great community.”
President & CEO
Jared Melvin is the Health & Life Director for Loudoun Insurance Group. He began his insurance career in 2005 and joined Loudoun Insurance Group in 2010 to grow their employee benefits division and oversee the individual life and health insurance business. Today Jared enjoys working with many prominent businesses and individuals in the DC metropolitan area. Additionally, Jared has worked on the board of directors of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce since 2009 and has held numerous leadership roles in different organizations throughout the County. Jared has lived in Loudoun County since 1998 and resides in Leesburg with his wife and son.
Why Loudoun Youth: “Looking back over the years, there have been several key individuals and events in my life that have motivated me to be all that I could be in life. It is my desire to have Loudoun Youth be that motivating factor in thousands of young peoples’ lives.”
Ron recently retired as Executive Director of the investment bank, Morgan Stanley. He joined the company following a three year tour in the U.S. Coast Guard. As Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. area ,Ron directed five branch offices, with over two hundred financial advisors managing over five billion dollars in client assets. Ron graduated from the College of William and Mary with B.S. degree. He also received advanced management and leadership training at the Wharton School of Finance. He currently is Chairman of the Board of For Children’s Sake of Virginia, coaches in Loudoun Little League as well a being VP of Loudoun Youth. Ron resides in Loudoun County, Virginia with his wife.
Why Loudoun Youth: ”I’m involved with Loudoun Youth because I feel it’s important that teens be involved in their community. Democracy only works when citizens are informed and involved.”
John Wolff, CFPR, AIFR, CLU, ChFC
John began his career in the investment consulting and wealth advisory industry in 1987 and currently serves as President and Managing Director of Capital Fiduciary Advisors, an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). Before forming Capital Fiduciary Advisors, John was a Managing Director at Wealth & Tax Advisory Services (WTAS, a division of HSBC Private Bank in McLean, Virginia]. Prior to Wealth & Tax Advisory Services, John spent 16 years with Prudential Financial and Securities, Inc. in Washington, D.C. as a Managing Director and Financial Advisor. He resides in Loudoun County, Virginia, with his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters: Madison, Hannah and Emma.
Founding Board Member
Product Specialist, Data Center Solutions, Cisco Systems
Joey Darley is the owner of Joey’s Smiles Photograpy. He began his career working for the Department of Justice as a Congressional Liaison between Congress and The Federal Bureau of Prisons in the mid 80′s. He worked in Washington, DC before he took an early retirement in the mid 90′s. After retirement, he and his family moved back to GA where he grew up and opened up several successful restaurants. After the passing of his wife, he moved back to Virginia in 2006 and remarried his first sweetheart. He decided to go after his passion and become a photographer. He became the Managing Editor of Bizloudoun.com for the Loudoun Times Mirror in 2008, and, in October, 2011, Joey decided to start his own business and produce a widely viewed website. He started Joey’s Smiles Photography and is launching two websites in March 2012 called Scene2bseenloudoun.com and Scene2bseenNova.com. Joey resides in Leesburg with his wife and three kids.
Vinnu Kudva is President/CEO of Events by Design. It was during her pursuit of her Bachelors of Science from Vanderbilt University and her Masters of Public Administration that Vinnu’s passion for events ignited. When Vinnu first moved to the DC area, she landed her dream job of organizing public events and exhibitions at DC’s historic Union Station. Throughout her career, Vinnu has organized high-profile events across the country for Fortune 500 companies, foreign embassies, world-renowned museums and nonprofits. With her flair for event design coupled with her ability of incorporating ROI into events, Vinnu has enjoyed working in the event management sector since 2003. Originally from Morganfield, KY, Vinnu now calls Ashburn home with her husband, two daughters and two cats.
Why Loudoun Youth: “I believe intently on preserving and enriching the community in which I live, not simply as a sense of civic responsibility, but instead because this is where my family lives and our community is an extension of our family.”
Leigh is an attorney, former law professor, and the founder of NiceShoesNoDrama.com. She is working on her first book series and appears regularly as a Style Guru on local network news stations, including Fox 5 DC, NBC Washington, and WJLA’s News Channel 8. She contributes written content to all 53 of WUSA9′s hyper-local websites and speaks regularly at events in Northern Virginia and the District. Leigh lives in Leesburg with her husband and two children, and she has an affinity for beautiful shoes, white chocolate, authentic smiles and smart girlfriends.
Bill May is Vice President of Miller and Smith, one of the largest privately owned homebuilders and developers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is currently the Managing Director of One Loudoun, a premier 358-acre omni-use, master planned community in Ashburn, VA. Bill is very active in Loudoun County and serves on the Board of Directors for the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and the NAIOP Loudoun Subcommittee.
Why Loudoun Youth: ”Loudoun Youth has been the charitable focus of One Loudoun since its inception and we look forward to continuing our support of the youth in the county.”
Brian McGuinness is Vice President of Sales & Business Development @ JK Moving Services, headquartered in Sterling, VA. He is a retired military officer and graduate of Norwich University / Military College of Vermont. A United Way volunteer, Brian has been very active in Loudoun Youth League sports coaching football, baseball, wrestling & lacrosse. A former New York / New England Golden Gloves boxer, Brian has been a boxing instructor at the Olympus Gym & Purcellville Sports Pavillion for the past 12 years. Brian resides in Loudoun County, VA with his wife Susan and two sons: Brad & Matt who currently attend JMU & VA TEC.
Why Loudoun Youth: “I enjoy volunteering and helping young men and women become the kind of leaders that people would follow voluntarily, even if they had no title or position.”
Mike graduated from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA in 1987; graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce in 1991 and an M.S. in Management Information Systems in 1992 ; worked for Andersen Consulting / Accenture in Communications & High Tech throughout the U.S. and internationally from 1992 to 2002, until 1st son was born; stay-at-home Dad from 2002 to present; part-time consulting with Infinitive (founded in Loudoun County in 2003) in 2003 and 2004, until 2nd son was born. Mike, his wife Jen, and their 2 sons live in Potomac Falls.
Susan Schuster is the president and founder of Stage2 Marketing. She began her professional career as a Graphic Designer with a small company in Scranton, PA before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area as a Marketing Manager for one of California’s largest foodservice brokers. Sue moved back East to accept a position as Director of Marketing for a Fortune 500 Co. In 1998, Sue set out on her own and founded Stage2 Marketing. Stage2 Marketing has a history of delivering customized, progressive, strategic marketing plans that boost clients’ visibility. Susan now resides in Loudoun County Virginia with her husband, Chris and two children: Carter and Lucy.
Why Loudoun Youth: “Loudoun has been a wonderful place for me to live and and raise a family, so it is only natural I’d want to find a way to ensure my own children will enjoy our area just as much.”