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Emily Slunt, President

Emily Slunt brings to the Board more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, as a nurse at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and nursing faculty member at Hopkins and community colleges in Maryland. During her tenure at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, Emily was appointed director of the nursing program and chair of the Health Sciences Division. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland College of Education, a MSN in Child Health Nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore and a BSN degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Since moving to the Lake in 2007, Emily has held officer positions with the DAR and the Lioness Club and chaired the Lioness Scholarship Committee, working with Germanna Community College and the LOW Lake Youth Foundation. She serves on the LOWA External Affairs Committee.

John Beisheim, Vice President and Treasurer

John and his wife moved from Massachusetts to Lake of the Woods in 2011. Now retired, John’s 41-year career was largely in corporate finance and also included manufacturing and IT operations, client contract negotiation, and extensive work with attorneys in commercial law. He worked for 3 ½ years for Xerox, followed by 25 years with Digital Equipment/Compaq Computer and concluded his career with Bureau Veritas. Lines of business included field service, manufacturing, corporate finance and IT controllership, IT outsourcing, and consumer product testing services. His work took him to 16 foreign countries including a 3 ½ year relocation to Germany. John holds an MBA in Accounting from Columbia University and a BA with High Honors in History from the University of Maine, Orono.

Carolyn Rourke, Secretary
Carolyn Rourke has lived in Lake of the Woods since 2005 when she retired here after a 20-year career with Marriott International's Information Technology Department. At Marriott she managed large-scale IT projects and was an IT liaison to Marriott's corporate departments.  Prior to that, Carolyn spent 15 years in communications with a national trade association in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a BS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College.

Vicky Fleming


Vicky moved to LOW in 1984 when, as store manager for Montgomery Ward, she was transferred to the Fredericksbug store.  She also served as store manager for Rite Aid stores in Vermont and Virginia.  Since early 2016, Vicky has chaired the LOWLINC Volunteer Committee, orienting new volunteers and planning volunteer appreciation events.  She also notarizes background check documents and organizes volunteer meetings and training.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Vicky was raised in Manchester, Vermont.  She graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.  In retirement, apart from her LOWLINC responsibilities, Vicky hopes to return to playing golf.  She loves walking three miles every day on the the clubhouse and lake trails.  


Steve Hein

Steve retired from professional life at the end of 2016 after a 20-year career as a Coast Guard officer and a “second career” in marketing and executive management positions in northern Virginia, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of the nonprofit Germanna Foundation in Locust Grove. Steve is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds an MBA from Strayer University.  Steve’s mom and dad, Lynn and Carol, moved to Lake of the Woods in 2000, and were inaugural members of LOWLINC.  Steve saw first-hand how LOWLINC and its volunteers made it possible for his mom and dad to remain in their “Lakeside Hideaway” home and enjoy life as much as possible in their later years.  He hopes to help LOWLINC continue to do the same for others. 


Donalda Lovelace


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. 

Jean McLallen


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


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.




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