Arc of Loudoun Executive Director Lassiter Resigns

The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus announced this week the resignation of its executive director, Jennifer Lassiter.

She is taking a new post as executive director of the Paxton Memorial Trust, a charitable trust established in 1921, under the will of Rachael Paxton to serve the “needy children” of Loudoun.

Since 2000, Lassiter has worked to grow The Arc of Loudoun into the organization that it is today, moving the nonprofit’s major program, The Aurora School, from Purcellville to the Paxton Campus in Leesburg, and establishing three new programs since 2009: Open Door Learning Center, ALLY Advocacy Center and the STEP Up Program. The programs help children and adults with disabilities.

Melissa Heifetz

Melissa Heifetz, who is the administrative director of ALLY Advocacy Center, will serve as the interim executive director. She has been with The Arc of Loudoun since 2014 and in that time has worked to grow its advocacy and supported employment programs.

Heifetz said she is honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the organization in the interim. “I fell in love with this campus from the moment I arrived as a volunteer several years ago and have continued to be impressed with the commitment and hard work of the staff and all the good that we accomplish together,” she stated. “I look forward to a bright future for all of our programs.”

In a prepared statement, Lisa Herndon Broyhill, President of the board of directors of The Arc of Loudoun, thanked Lassiter for her longtime leadership and vision and her dedication to grow The Arc of Loudoun. “We would also like to inform our community that we will continue to move forward with our programs in 2017, celebrating The Arc of Loudoun’s 50th Anniversary,” she stated. “Our future is certain and our mission is clear: Paxton Campus maximizes the potential of children while supporting families and individuals with disabilities so that they may thrive in the community.”

Fiftieth celebration festivities will continue throughout 2017, kicking off with The Arc of Loudoun’s annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The annual meeting will take place in the ALLY Advocacy Center building on Paxton Campus, 601 Catoctin Circle NE in Leesburg. Contact Rachel Roseberry to RSVP or for more information, Learn more about Paxton Campus at

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