Board of Directors
Carol Kost helped create LY and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. 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.”
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.”
Jim Bonfils is the Specialist for Data Center Solutions in the Mid – Atlantic area. He began his career years ago working for Hewlett-Packard, joined Cisco in 2005 and is now with Fusion-io. Today, Jim not only enjoys working with several businesses across the DC metropolitan area, he also enjoys giving back to the community. Virginia Youth Soccer Association, Loudoun Youth Inc.(Founding Board Member), Saint Theresa Church, Loudoun Soccer, and University of Dayton are just a few of the organizations that Jim supports with volunteer hours. Jim resides in Ashburn, VA with his wife, Terri and their three daughters: Maribeth, Katie and Kristina. Jim has 20 plus years of experience with the management of Non Profit and Youth organizations, their Finances, operations, Fund raising and risk management.
Susan is the founder of the Wellness Connection. She received both her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy along with her Bachelors Degree in Business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before the Wellness Connection, Susan began her professional career in sales and marketing for high tech companies including MCI, Appnet, and Commerce One. She left business as a Senior Vice President of Sales, and made a shift into mental health after the loss of her husband in 2002. After completing her graduate degree, she was the Director of Family Services for Corpus Christi Catholic Church, and then decided to start her own practice which would include diet and exercise as an integrative approach to treating clients. In 2013, this concept grew into a fully integrative wellness center called The Wellness Connection, which is transforming the way healthcare is delivered to patients. The Wellness Connection offers a wide array of services and workshops that focus on preventative means to attain good health…mind, body, and soul. Susan is also the president of the Cormac Finn McCarty Foundation, a A 501(c)(3) charitable organization which supports families in Loudoun County who have faced adversity.
Why Loudoun Youth: “Because Loudoun Youth just does a body good! Introducing opportunities for kids to explore their inner greatness and unique strengths is a gift that should never be underestimated.”
Catherine Miller is the Activities Director for the One Loudoun Neighborhood Association. Being able to be creative, plan and execute exciting events, and most importantly, being a part of a fabulous community is what Catherine enjoys most about her role. Catherine, her husband Greg, and three daughters, Mckenzie, Madison, and Morgan returned to the United States in 2015 after living overseas for 13 years. The Miller Family called several countries “home” during that period to include Spain, Belgium, and Thailand. Upon returning, Mckenzie moved to New York City to begin her college career at Parson’s School of Design while Madison and Morgan started their American school experience at Rock Ridge HS. Volunteering has been a constant for Catherine as a way to stay involved in each of her daughter’s educational and extra-curricular experiences and to serve the communities in which they lived. Catherine served as a board member to several organizations where she gained extensive experience in working with and leading others.
Why Loudoun Youth: “I see Loudoun Youth as a fabulous organization whose mission is leading, educating, listening, and engaging in our county’s youth. Board members and volunteers alike have come from different backgrounds and experiences that blend together in creating a community like no other. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of Loudoun Youth? I look forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge and help to create and support opportunities for the youth in Loudoun County.”
Alexa Severo was born and raised in Loudoun County. She attended Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA, where she was an active band student and member of the drama department. While at Stone Bridge, Severo became a member of Loudoun Youth in its first year of inception. Under Loudoun Youth, Severo helped develop an anti-bullying campaign, which she presented at a local middle school. Severo earned a BA in History and a Minor in Music from Christopher Newport University (CNU). While at CNU, Severo was a member of the Alpha Phi and Sigma Alpha Iota sororities. In addition, she was a Marching Band Captain and a Resident Assistant. Severo earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary Education from George Mason University (GMU), where she was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. Severo is in her third year of teaching second grade at Sugarland Run Elementary in Sterling, VA. In addition, she is her school's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) coach, a high school marching band instructor, and an active member of the Loudoun Education Association (LEA).
Bob Woodruff is Managing Principal of Rockbridge Alliance LLC providing development management and consulting services. He received his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1983. Bob began his career in Loudoun County and has had the opportunity of working on notable projects including One Loudoun, Dulles World Center, Stonewall, Potomac Green, Broadlands, Red Cedar, Raspberry Falls, Lansdowne Corporate Park and Loudoun Tech Center; as well as municipal engineering for the City of Fairfax, the Town of Leesburg and the Town of Middleburg. Bob and his wife Beth raised their family in Loudoun County and he coached youth soccer and basketball.
Why Loudoun Youth: “Coaching youth sports for 15 years, I quickly realized having a positive influence on young people was one of life’s greatest joys. Loudoun Youth provides a unique opportunity to build upon my fondest memories from coaching by continuing to help the youth of our great community.”