Nancy joined COV as a volunteer serving on the board for 5 years before being asked to become Executive Director and COV’s first US-based employee. Since 2011, she has overseen the expansion of Children of Vietnam including programs serving children with disabilities, single mothers with dependent children and C’tu ethnic minority children and families.
During her time at COV, Nancy has overseen the strengthening of the COV Board, the expansion of both the US and Vietnam staff, and the redesign of its website and communications strategies. She is also responsible for the development of key partnerships and collaborations with a range of foundations, corporations, and nonprofits whose missions and goals align with COV.
Nancy graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia. She worked as a Director of Development with Children, Youth, and Family Services, the Boys & Girls Club in Charlottesville and established a grant writing consultancy before joining the COV board. She lives in Charlottesville, VA with her family and dog Toby.
In 2015, Suzanne came on board as Director of Donor Relations. She had over 15 years of Development experience at both large and local nonprofits. Suzanne believes in relationships and uses her skills to further the outreach of COV. She earned a BA in English Communications from High Point University in 1997, and has a background in journalism and writing for local news. Her commitment and enthusiasm for COV can be seen in the events, campaigns and relationships she has built in her 4 years. Suzanne lives in Greensboro with her husband, two daughters, and two lap-loving dogs. She enjoys traveling, cooking, history, and concerts.
Jennie joined the COV team in fall 2019 after hearing about the organization’s good work from a former board member. She loves the people and mission of Children of Vietnam and looks forward to helping build brighter futures. When she first arrived in North Carolina in 2016, Jennie managed an organic vegetable farm where she grew food that was good for people and planet. Before relocating, she lived in Blacksburg VA where she co-founded and managed a weekend feeding program for children and a community garden for people from low-resource families. She has written extensively about this work in journals and a book as well as freelancing on other topics like gardens, local history, and high school sports. She earned a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia in 1991 and a MALS in Humanities from Hollins University in 2009.