Heifetz appointed Executive Director of The Arc of Loudoun
LEESBURG, Virginia – May 19, 2017 – The Board of Directors of the Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus voted unanimously to appoint Melissa Heifetz as its Executive Director. Melissa had been acting as Interim Executive Director since late January. She has been with The Arc of Loudoun since 2014; previously serving as the Administrative Director of the ALLY Advocacy Center. During her tenure at ALLY, she grew its advocacy, supported employment and law enforcement interaction training programs.
“The Board recognized Melissa’s outstanding performance as interim Executive Director and believes that her successful experience working with the disability community, her business acumen and leadership traits will lead our organization as we embark on a plan to improve and grow the programs at Paxton campus,” said Board of Directors President George Pellicano.
Melissa received her undergraduate at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Juris Doctor degree from University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. After graduation she worked as a Staff Attorney in New York City’s Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, where she advocated for children in Bronx Family Court. She later received a fellowship to work in New York University School of Law’s Public Interest Law Center. Melissa also interned at the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, The Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Montgomery County and The Public Justice Center in Baltimore.
She has previously served as the Vice Chair of Communication for the Loudoun County Special Education Advisory Committee. Melissa is a member of the Virginia Ability Alliance and the Loudoun County Human Services Board. She also Chairs Loudoun’s Disability Response Team, a collaboration with Law Enforcement. She lives in Potomac Falls with her husband and 2 children.
The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus is a (501)(c)(3), non-profit organization that advocates for, and provides direct service to, adults and children with disabilities, as well as their families and caretakers, through its many programs: The Aurora School, Open Door Learning Center, ALLY Advocacy Center, STEP Up and Maggie’s Closet. The Arc of Loudoun is celebrating 50 years serving people with disabilities in Loudoun since 1967. www.paxtoncampus.org