Donalda Lovelace moved to LOW in 2011, following a 40 plus-year-career of service to persons with disabilities. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University, Donalda began her career by developing a comprehensive rehabilitation training and employment center at San Diego State University, including a graduate curriculum for persons with disabilities -- one of the nation’s first community-based programs. After moving to Washington, D.C., she served as Asst. Executive Director of the Arc of Washington, D.C., where she established a comprehensive residential program of apartments and group homes for persons with mental retardation. Donalda’s dream of running her own agency serving people with intellectual and developmental challenges was realized fifteen years later when she became Executive Director at Ardmore Enterprises, Inc. Over the course of her career, Donalda has served on many state and national boards. She has been appointed tothe Orange County Board of Social Services, the LOW Environmental Control Committee and LOW Pool Committee. She also was elected to the board of the ARC of Virginia and the Arc of North Central Virginia. Donalda is a member of the LOW Lioness Club and volunteers at the Wilderness Pantry.
After enjoying five years as a week-ender, Jean moved to the Lake full time in 2006 when she retired as Director of Finance at the Arlington Free Clinic. Prior to that, she worked in financial reporting for MCI and WorldCom for ten years, and was active as a volunteer in Fairfax County and Arlington during her 34 years in Northern Virginia. She studied Liberal Arts at Vassar College before transferring to Cornell University to receive a BS degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. She was Director of Public Relations at The Drake in Chicago before moving to Virginia and becoming active in a hospitality consulting firm with her husband.
Mary Jane Oldham
Mary Jane became a LOWLINC volunteer in early 2017 and joined the Volunteer Committee where she was instrumental early on in helping to shape the committee’s programs. Mary Jane became Volunteer Committee Chair in January 2019. During her tenure she has rolled out the new Volunteer Self Signup, introduced a meal preparation service for members and worked with the Member Outreach Committee to implement the Spring Planting Days service. In her career Mary Jane served for 12 years as Volunteer Services Coordinator for the INOVA Health System and volunteered at Mary Washington Hospital after she retired. She and husband Jim are active LOWLINC volunteers, particularly as drivers.
Carol Simpson retired in 2019 from Aging Together, a partnership organization serving older adults and caregivers in Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. She was Aging Together's Executive Director for three years and worked with Lowlinc in that capacity. Carol holds a Master's degree in Biostatistics from Georgetown University. She was the first paid Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Washington (now of the National Capital Area), and grew the organization from 1.5 staff to 13 in her 8 year tenure. Carol also worked for assisted living facilities in the DC area, wrote a book for caregivers of those with dementia, and was national spokesperson for one of the largest providers of long-term care in the US. Carol has lived in Culpeper since 2013 and has two grandchildren. She will serve as Regent of the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Daughters American Revolution until 2022.