Eileen Shaffer, Administrative Director of ALLY Advocacy Center, ext. 208
Eileen received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Mary Washington College where she was awarded the Jean Donovan Award to promote human rights. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Specialization in Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in group homes with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. As the Resident Services Director of a large Continuing Care Retirement Community in North Carolina, she worked with individuals across the spectrum from independent adults, assisted living, skilled nursing, adult day care and dementias. Eileen has experience providing social work in both hospital and home care settings. She has also been trained as a Mediator. After returning to Virginia, she worked as a Care Manager in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties with older adults as well as individuals with developmental disabilities. She has experience coordinating care and services for her clients with community and healthcare resources. While working in care management, Eileen began volunteering at ALLY and was later hired as the Advocacy Coordinator. As the Administrative Director of ALLY Advocacy Center, she provides resources and referrals to families and clients; empowers families to advocate for their children in the IEP process; works with self-advocates and supports a variety of educational outreach programs to educate families and caregivers. ALLY Advocacy Center fills an unmet need in Loudoun County and Eileen is able to walk families through the process of supporting a child with a disability and understanding the array of resources available and how to access them. Eileen has been an active volunteer in Loudoun County, initiating volunteer programs with Backpack Buddies, Girl Scouts and the Loudoun Homeless Shelter.
Nyteisha Stith, Disability Advocate of ALLY Advocacy Center, ext. 200