New Board Officers Elected in October

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2016) – Mentors, Inc., the first mentoring program for high school students in Washington, D.C., announced new officers at its October Board meeting.  Officers include Board of Directors chair, vice chair, and nominations committee chair.

Stephanie DeLong, J.D., was elected chair of the Board, and was previously a director.  Tim Heaps was previously a director, and was elected vice chair of the Board.  Patrick Rainey, a director, was elected to chair the nominations committee.

“We’re honored to welcome new leadership who have already demonstrated engagement and enthusiasm for our mission and work helping D.C. teens succeed in high school and beyond,” said retiring board chair Ken Williams, Founder and CEO/CTO of Allied Telecom.  Ken served as Board chair for eight years during the program’s growth and development of its new program model for its 30-year anniversary.  “Both Stephanie and Tim already bring significant corporate community engagement, a history of service to youth, and pro-bono support to the organization.  We’re excited about their leadership now in new capacities.”

Stephanie DeLong is Partner with Venable, LLP.  Stephanie has more than 20 years of business and legal experience in commercial real estate.  Stephanie focuses on acquisitions, finance, development and securitization, although her experience extends across all aspects of commercial property matters.  She has handled hundreds of land acquisitions, development agreements, project financings, construction loans, syndications and mezzanine-lending transactions.  She also has experience with government grants and incentives for corporate relocation, and has assisted with corporate mergers.  Prior to joining Venable, Stephanie worked for a Washington, DC, developer on the acquisition, disposition, development and financing of commercial projects.

Tim Heaps is a Principal and Global Engagement Partner in PwC’s International Public Sector business with responsibility for PwC's State Department, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Peace Corps businesses. For the past two decades, Tim has worked with public and private sector clients to resolve complex problems involving strategy, operations, and technology.  He brings to every engagement his commercial business expertise, over a decade of experience working with the Federal Government, as well as the disciplined systems thinking of an experienced engineer. Tim drives measurable operational improvements by applying numerous competencies including business and operations strategy, process improvement, project management, service management, organization effectiveness, and performance management.

Patrick Rainey is Associate Vice President of Global Human Capital Technology at The Carlyle Group.  An accomplished strategic Human Capital Technology leader, he has over twenty years of progressive experience in Human Resources technology, operations and HC metrics. Known for his ability to gain support from all levels within an organization, foster an environment of teamwork and accomplish goals, his expertise encompasses creating a team vision, hiring and leading a team, performance management and career development.


For more information about Mentors, Inc., please contact Deirdre Bagley, executive director, at 202-495-3760, or visit www.mentorsinc.org.

About Mentors, Inc.

Mentors, Inc. may be the most recognized mentoring program in Washington, D.C. because it was the first, even before landmark research spearheaded a surge in other programs.  Mentors, Inc. was founded in 1987 by a parent and a concerned educator who recognized the significant, untapped resource that the large pool of highly educated adults in Washington, D.C. represented for the many disadvantaged, young people in the city’s public schools.  The program has evolved from one focused on matching students from high performing schools with mentors and serving hundreds of pairs annually, to one using research-based best practices to achieve the best outcomes for youth who need mentors most, with a focus on quality over quantity.  This year, we’ve evolved again by enhancing our one-on-one legacy program with a guided approach, supplemented by activities for exploration and planning around academics, college, career, and personal development; and shifted from school to nonprofit partnerships for student recruitment.  Mentors, Inc. has matched and supported over 5,000 students with over $700,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors.  We remain an open-enrollment (motivation is the only requirement), citywide, one-on-one high school mentoring program.  Our mission is to increase the graduation rates and success of students enrolled in our public and charter high schools by pairing them with caring adult volunteers in enriched mentoring relationships that promote their personal, academic and career development. 

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