Our Directors

Christie Lavin


Christie is deeply inspired by the backgrounds of our students and the obstacles that each of them had to overcome to achieve their academic goals.  She feels tremendously privileged and honored to be part of these women's lives and academic pursuits.


Christie has many years of volunteer and non-profit experience, serving in school and church communities.  She is a former Board President for Visual Aid in San Francisco.  She has a Master's Degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and worked in the San Francisco art world before relocating to the East Coast.  Christie enjoys restoring and painting vintage furniture while staying home with her three children.

Kim Finch


Kim is a native Washingtonian who joined GFFN 2 years ago and became a member of the GFFNSF Board this year. 


After 17 years in the corporate world in the Public Accounting and Consulting arena focusing on audit, human resources, recruiting and operations, Kim shifted her focus to serving children and families in our community, while raising her daughter.  She has been very active in the local school and church community, serving on the PTA Executive Board for Forestville for 3 years, including President, and now serving on several committees at Langley High School.   


She and her family are also very dedicated to Jill's House, a local non-profit that provides short term respite care for families raising children with intellectual disabilities, which provides much needed support to these families and their children. 


Kim is excited to expand her focus to now work with GFFNSF in supporting women in the Northern Virginia area as they pursue their educational goals. 

Candace Bovee


Candace has been involved with GFFN for over fifteen years.  Having graduated from the University of Notre Dame with the help of grants and scholarships, she understands how important financial assistance is to students, as she would not have achieved her own academic and career goals without it.  


Candace strongly supports the Board's mission to help deserving young women in northern Virginia further their education. 

Emma Reynolds

Director of Public Relations

Emma joined GFFN in 2019 and is excited to be a part of the Scholarship Fund and helping to make a difference to the lives of other women.


With a background in IT, specializing in Software Engineering, Support and Training, Emma feels very lucky to have had the opportunity to have lived in both the UK and Japan as well as the US and has been a member of many non profit boards, assisting with Social Media, Publicity, Fundraising and Events. 


Bringing women together and women supporting women is a huge passion. After moving to the US she founded the International Women’s Club of Western New York, bringing together women of more than 30 nationalities living in the Buffalo area. Providing a network for those women, fundraising for local charities and providing personal links for employment and local women owned businesses.

Tressa Mattingly

Director of 

Tressa is an award-winning communicator with expertise in internal communications to media relations and crisis communications. She has experience in diverse fields, ranging from healthcare to finance to transportation, and has served as Social Media Manager at the Air Line Pilots Association and Airlines for America, Communications Officer at Georgetown University Medical Center, Senior Communications Specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Associate Manager Marketing and Communications at the American Diabetes Association. Tressa has her M.S. in Corporate and Professional Communication & B.S. in English from Radford University and holds advanced degrees from Georgetown University & University of San Francisco.  She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America and locally in the Washington Women in PR. 


She is also a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation, for which she is grateful for the numerous scholarships she received so she could attend college. 


She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband Greg, two children, Alexa and Dean, and dog, Jasper.

Jackie Hughes


Jackie recently joined GFFN and is excited to be a part of the Scholarship Fund. She has a passion for education and looks forward to supporting other women pursuing their educational goals. 


Jackie has over 16 years experience in the Government Contracting industry.  In her current role she enjoys working across the company to drive effective change and improve business processes that assist with the successful implementation of the corporate strategy and vision.


Jackie completed her undergraduate degree in finance and obtained a Master’s at George Washington University, where she currently sits on an advisory board for one of the Executive Programs.  She lives in Great Falls with her husband and children. 

"Our mission is to provide scholarships to local women attending George Mason University."
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Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund, Inc.

P.O. Box 611, Great Falls, VA  22066


Tax ID - 52-1300501