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Marie came to DSANV after more than 18 years of experience in the non-profit world. Marie has extensive experience as a COO, Executive Director and Vice President of Finance and Administration. As the COO of DSI, Marie was responsible for operations and supporting all non-profit clients. As an Executive Director of the Animal Welfare League, Marie was responsible for rebuilding an animal shelter into a successful non-profit organization with a “No Kill” policy. As a Vice President of Finance and Administration with CRA, Marie was part of senior management responsible for implementing processes to build a strong and sustaining foundation. Marie has a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Development/Human Resources, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Post College and received her Non-Profit Management Certification from Georgetown University. Marie is the mother of two sons and three fur babies.
Ms. Phares joined DSANV as a member in 2006, volunteered in the office in 2011, and has been serving in the role of Program Assistant since 2012. Her background is in computer programming and management information systems with a Masters in Information Systems from Virginia Tech. She has worked with constituent management systems, multiple listing services and mortgage payment processes. Ms. Phares is delighted to be involved with all things technical and functional and to work alongside the dedicated volunteers and knowledgeable staff of DSANV. She and her husband Wayne live in Chantilly with her four children: Aubrey, Rebecca, Owen and Mia (who is diagnosed with mosaic Down syndrome) and her husband Wayne.