Lynne began her career at Hope House Foundation in 1978 as Director of Residential Services, and has been our Executive Director for more than three decades. Prior to joining Hope House, she was a special education teacher. And throughout college, she worked as Direct Support Staff for the Arc of Tidewater, which later merged its services with Hope House.
Under Lynne’s leadership, Hope House has become internationally known for its innovative, person-centered approach. One of her proudest accomplishments was guiding us through our transition from group homes to supporting people in their own apartments in the early Nineties.
In 1986, Lynne was honored as the Virginia Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Community Living Association (CLAMR), and also received an Innovation Award from the same organization. In 1990, she received the Leadership Award from the American Association on Intellectual Disabilities, and in 1998, she received the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation’s International Future Leader Award. In 2011, she was appointed to the Arc of Virginia’s Board of Directors. She has also served on the President’s Commission on Intellectual Disabilities and is on the Advisory Board of the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation.
Lynne is in great demand as a consultant and speaker on the topics of organizational and leadership development, strategic planning, and team-building, both nationally and internationally. She offers these services to local non-profits at no charge or a very reduced rate. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Educational Leadership, both from Old Dominion University.