A Place To Be Welcomes Interim Director Judy Hanley

MIDDLEBURG – The Board of Directors of A Place To Be has named Dr. Judy Hanley as the organization’s Interim Executive Director, effective February 9, 2022. A Place To Be is one of Northern Virginia’s leading therapeutic organizations, known for its performance-based approach, clinical music therapy services, and community programs.

In this role, Hanley will manage all day-to-day operations, supervise ongoing community engagement initiatives, and oversee the remainder of the organization’s production schedule, which includes client recitals in late May and the annual Summer Camp show in late June. “We are thrilled to welcome Judy as our Interim Executive Director,” says Drew Kilbourne, A Place To Be Board President. “She will bring experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to the work that lays before our organization. We look forward to her leadership that will build upon A Place To Be’s continued growth and impact.”

Hanley’s background as an executive director, combined with a deep passion for promoting human services programs, will help to further advance the mission of the organization that celebrated its 11th anniversary last year. “We have every confidence that she will bring empathy, kindness and a commitment to excellence, the hallmarks of A Place To Be,” says Tom Sweitzer, Creative Director & Co-Founder. “A Place To Be continues to move forward as a vibrant and important institution that excels for the benefit of our entire community.”

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Hanley served as the Chief Executive Officer of Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice/Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) and from 2007 to 2017 was the Director of the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center (CAC), which is a program of LAWS. In 2018, she was awarded the SCAN Award, which honors five remarkable heroes working to protect children, support families, and prevent child abuse and neglect across Northern Virginia. Dr. Hanley earned her doctorate from the University of Maryland at College Park in human development specializing in child development, with an emphasis on child brain development research in 1999.

Hanley succeeds John Tong, who served as A Place To Be’s Executive Director since 2019.

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