Homestretch Announces Addition of Four New Board Members


Jul 2017


FALLS CHURCH, Va., July 19, 2017 – Homestretch, a Northern Virginia-nonprofit that helps transition homeless parents with children to financial independence, recently elected four new members to its Board of Directors for three-year terms. The new members are:

David Chavern, president and chief executive officer of News Media Alliance and American Press Institute. The News Media Alliance is the news industry’s largest trade organization. David joined the Alliance as president and CEO in October of 2015. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce. He served as President of the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation at the Chamber.

Lisa D’Ambrosio-Irons, vice president/relationship manager for Access National Bank, who has served in the banking industry for 25 years. She is also the chair of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, a basketball coach for Mclean Select, and a co-founder for the Annual Run for Dyslexia 5k Race.

Michael Leavitt, PE, Principal with general contractor John Moriarty and Associates.  In his role as regional director, he is responsible for the complete delivery chain management of all construction projects in the mid-Atlantic region. He has worked in the Washington, DC, construction market since 1993 and joined John Moriarty and Associates in 2010.

Amy Thorn, CPA, Assurance Partner with BDO in Greater Washington, D.C.  In this role, Thorn contributes her more than 20 years of experience in audit and consulting engagements, working in a variety of industries, including government contracting, qualified settlement funds, employee benefit plans, and professional services firms.

“Our newly elected Board members bring a breadth of experience, energy, and passion to the table,” said Christopher Fay, executive director of Homestretch. “We look forward to their contributions in advancing our mission to empower families to rebuild their lives.”

The President of the Homestretch Board, Jen Dalton – CEO of BrandMirror, has been with the organization for five years and is excited about what lies ahead. “Homestretch has led the way when it comes to monitoring the success of our graduates and understanding what works to move families from chaos into stability. I am excited to have a Board that is so passionate about ending homelessness.”

Homestretch empowers homeless parents with children to move from crisis to long-term stability and financial independence. The organization makes a long-term investment in its clients through a two-year comprehensive, individualized program. Parents participating in Homestretch work hard to improve their lives and build a future for their children. They graduate with a job, an affordable home, no debt, and savings in the bank.

To learn how you can get involved in Homestretch, visit