• About The Chamber
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  • Executive Board

    James Lawson
    Impact Business Solutions, LLC
    James Lawson is very active in the Northern Virginia business sector and holds a number of positions with local chambers, boards of trade and other organizations.  He has a strong reputation for helping executives understand and implement what it takes to be successful.  He also helps to create relationships between businesses that have mutually beneficial products, services and contacts.
    Robbin Shefski,
    USI Insurance Services
    Robbin Shefski, With over seventeen years in the insurance arena, Robbin has acquired a considerable depth of industry knowledge. Consulting with thousands of companies in all aspects of benefits, she is passionate about understanding the specific needs of her clients in order to provide an unparalleled organizational experience. She is committed to providing organizations with a benefits platform in which to engage the best people to champion their ideas and keep those great ideas moving forward.
    2nd VP, Social Responsibility
    Patricia D. Williams,
    GraceFul Care
    Pat Williams, MAT,CSA, Certified Senior Advisor, founder of award-winning GraceFul Care, is the area leader in senior and dementia care.  She earned her MAT degree at Northwestern University.  Pat was Chairman of the Board of this Chamber in 2005-6 and is now Vice President for Social Responsibility. A member of the Herndon Rotary, she served as Rotary Assistant Governor and on the boards of Insight Memory Care Center and Leadership Fairfax. Her awards include Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year and Leadership Fairfax’s Community Trustee Award.

    John Boylan DRCC President and CEO
    Dulles Regional Chamber

    John Boylan is an Air Force veteran with a background in the defense and technology industries. Boylan was formerly a principal with Bridget Partners, a business consultancy based in Centreville, Va. He was previously an Executive Vice President at lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates, specializing in national security and federal marketing. He also worked in business development at Lockheed Martin Corp and was a Vice President of Government Relations with Riverside Research, a nonprofit focused on scientific research in support of the Federal Government. Boylan served in the Air Force for 20 years, working as a Navigator on a KC-135 tanker as well as in Geospacial Intelligence and in Political-Military Affairs. He and his wife, Ellen, have called Centreville home since 1993.
    VP, Finance

    W. Thomas Miller III
    Thompson, Greenspon
    W. Thomas Miller III, CPA, CFE, MST, is a tax principal with Thompson Greenspon, a CPA firm located in Fairfax. Tom’s experience has been extremely beneficial in analyzing and advising clients on complex business and individual tax matters. He has developed an area of specialization in the nonprofit sector, where he works closely with organizations to assist them in performing within the 501(c) guidelines. Tom also has expertise in IRS representation and negotiation and Forensic Accounting. Tom currently serves as Treasurer of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    Valerie Kaiser,
    EldenStreet Financial
    Valerie Kaiser is the co-founder and partner of EldenStreet Financial, specializing in financial, business and estate planning. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial planning, implementation and service, working with families and business owners who want a realistic approach to wealth accumulation and reduced investment risk with better coordination of personal and business assets; all to enhance retirement security and improve family wealth transfers.
    Valerie is a graduate of The College of William and Mary with a B.B.A degree in business management with a minor in mathematics. Presently, she is actively involved in the community through her work for several organizations and memberships including board member of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce; Committee Chair for Dulles Executive Women, a select group of women CEOs and leaders; board member for Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association; and Women in Financial Services (WIFS) where she mentors other women advisors.
    Legal Counsel
    Past Chairman

    Mary Gayle Holden, Esq.
    Mary Gayle Holden, Esq.
    Mary Gayle Holden is an attorney whose clients include many area leaders. She helped start DRCC’s executive women’s group  Power of Thirty  before becoming Chairman of the Board in July. Her many past roles include President of the Committee for Dulles, Commissioner on the Loudoun Economic Development Commission, and an appointee on the Advisory Committee to the General Assembly on Emerging Technology for the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.
    VP, Friday Night Live!
    Doug Downer
    CIC, HRI Associates
    Doug Downer is the President of HRI Associates, an independent insurance company based in Herndon since 1952.  Doug is a past chairman of the chamber, a graduate of Leadership Fairfax and served on  the board of Volunteer Fairfax.  Doug is the founder and chairman of Friday Night Live!, begun in 1995, a summer music concert series that takes place on the lawn of Herndon’s Town Green. 
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