Shannon Crocker became interested in horses at a young age and subsequently also fell in love with Middleburg. She advanced through the young rider ranks and graduated with an Engineering degree from the University of Virginia. Her thesis was being able to do MRI’s on horses which is now common practice.
Over the years, focus shifted from horses and career to taking the next step focusing on career and has been with Microsoft for 11 years now. In addition to regular job responsibilities, opportunities at Microsoft included creating and leading the “Culture Club” to improve culture within the National Security Group and leading charitable efforts through the Microsoft Give Campaign, being a Vice President appointed lead for the efforts, helping with communications to raise millions of dollars.
Shannon has been supporting the Department of Homeland Security for over 8 years and now her team has responsibilities across the Department of Justice as well. Her passion is empowering customers in both the mission space and cybersecurity, enabling greater customer success across these organizations and helping solve tough challenges. She has found new ways to impact her customers by facilitating cross collaboration & bringing together Microsoft’s resources to help customers achieve their goals.
Previous experience ranges from dynamic flight controls and navigation systems for UAV’s supporting aviation companies and the Army to helping facilitate Neuroscience research with observational and behavioral software. She has participated in various organizations including the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council (HSDBC), ACT-IAC and AFCEA.
She is married to Sean and has one son Brodie (12) who reside in Middleburg, VA. In spare time, she enjoys hiking, tennis, skiing, yoga and cooking.
A lifelong consumer and devotee of classical music and myriad additional genres from jazz, to pops, to country and contemporary Christian, Shannon studied piano for many years before realizing the arts world was better served by her fundraising skills. Shannon is currently serving as a director for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC as a member of the Development Committee and Director Recruitment. As well, for the past nineteen years, Shannon has served as a trustee for the Washington Bach Consort and served as Board Chair from 2008 – 2011. Shannon currently serves as Co-Chair of the Development Committee of the Consort and is Chair of the Planned Giving Committee. A zealous supporter of children’s music and arts education, Shannon co-founded The Community Music School in Upperville, Virginia in 1994, and served as Board President until 2002. Shannon also served as Trustee for the The Hill School in Middleburg, Virginia (2013 – 2017) as Co-Chair of the Development Committee. As a former nurse, community healthcare, particularly combating addiction and homelessness, is a keen interest; Shannon currently serves on the The Samaritan Inns’s Campaign for Hope of which husband Jim is Co-Chair. An amateur sports photographer, Shannon’s latest subject is her first grandson, Edwin James Davis, born in November2015. Shannon is mother to three daughters, Meg, Kara and Charlotte Davis all avid concert attendees and former students of the piano, flute, violin and ‘cello. An avid fox hunter, Shannon will hang up her spurs for any concert, any time. As well, her husband’s general contracting firm also brings Shannon frequently to the District and she is proud to state that his firm has renovated and constructed the following arts supportive organizations: The National Theater, Constitution Hall, the headquarters and studio of National Public Radio, Arena Stage, the Round House Theater, Wooly Mammoth Theatre, Avalon Theater, the Media Campus of BET, the Performance Hall of Georgetown Visitation, and the most exciting to date, the expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Drew is the managing director of the Synopsys Software Integrity Group’s North American security consulting practice. He has 35 years of experience in the software industry, working to implement security strategies and solutions within the telecommunications, financial services, television, healthcare, and real estate industries.
He spent 11 years of his career at Cigital where he played a key role in growing the firm from a small start-up through to its $200 million acquisition by Synopsys in 2016.
During his tenure at Cigital, Drew also acted as the president of the Cigital Software Security Vendor Assessment Center, a non-profit venture supporting organizations’ evaluation of their software supply chain to ensure security measures were implemented accurately and effectively.
Drew and his family have been actively involved with A Place To Be since 2011 when his son, Jack, joined the music therapy program. Over the following months and years, Jack gained a great deal from the program.
Inspired by the positive impact that A Place to Be has had on families such as his own over the years, Drew is thrilled to join the Board of Directors in 2019, and to continue extending the mission of A Place To Be in the years to come.
Mary’s love and appreciation of music was fostered in her early years when she studied classical piano in her native Oklahoma. After graduation from the University of Oklahoma Mary went on to a career in finance and banking as partner and co-founder of a company that assisted financial institutions with balance sheet restructuring with a particular emphasis on asset liability and risk management. She represented clients in the valuation and negotiation of the merger and acquisition process as well as composition of investment portfolios.
Doug Meeker is an accomplished technology executive with a broad range of experience in digital media and software. As a senior leader for AOL, Best Software, Examiner and Gannett, he has built and managed P/L responsibility for a variety of sales, marketing and operations organizations from start-ups to $100M business units. Currently, Doug is the CEO/Co-founder of LifeSherpa a SaaS digital coaching platform for human service organizations. In LifeSherpa, Doug is channeling his technology background to fulfill his passion to help people with disabilities become self-reliant and lead more independent lives.
Doug has been involved in a number of disability-related initiatives since his son was diagnosed with Autism at age 3, including creating a localized search engine called the Autism Help Network. He also serves on Verizon’s Consumer Advisory Board, where he advocates for the need to expand opportunities for neurodiverse individuals in the workplace.
Donna Hickman Moore
Donna Hickman Moore is the newest addition to A Place To Be’s Board of Directors. She currently serves as the acting Treasurer. Donna brings to the table a wide range of experiences acquired over years of working within the banking world. She has served as a Market Leader and Vice President for BB&T Bank, as well as a Vice President of Commercial Lending for Middleburg Bank.
Donna’s excellent track record in lending and financial expertise makes her an excellent Treasurer of the Board for A Place To Be. Her son Noah has participated in several A Place To Be Summer Camps and Social Groups.
Stephanie is a charter member of 100 Women Strong, a private foundation serving Loudoun County and serves as Grant Coordinator. Stephanie serves on the boards for A Place to Be and The Arc of Loudoun. She owns her own tennis company, On The Line Tennis, who teach juniors and adults tennis and pickleball. Stephanie also works with USTA Mid-Atlantic on the committee to build their new facility. She volunteers with The Equine Rescue League and with other animal organizations. Stephanie is also active in bringing awareness to Childhood cancer.
Stephanie was born in Southern California and moved to Northern Virginia at the age of 13. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with an Animal Science Degree. She is a stay at home mom, currently lives in Broadlands with her husband of 27 years, 24-year-old son, one dog, two cats and two horses. Stephanie has owned and showed horse since she was eight years old. She has competed in Hunters, Jumpers, Western and Eventing. Stephanie currently rides Dressage and competes with her Morgan Pony at Prix St. George.
She is an avid sports fan especially anything related to The Washington Nationals and Virginia Tech Hokies. In her spare time, she loves playing tennis, riding her horses and training dogs.
A Texas native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, John Price was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Eau Claire; Pampa, Texas; and Annapolis., Md., before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1987. He served as the entertainment, travel and books editor at Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service and McClatchy-Tribune News Service for nearly 30 years before joining The Washington Post’s News Service in 2014. He retired in July 2023.
Price has been a Leesburg resident since 1996. He and his wife, the late Lori Price, became involved as parents with A Place To Be soon after its inception; their son Jack was one of Tom Sweitzer’s first music therapy clients.
Taylor Price is the Head of Marketing Business Operations for Corporate Impact at EVERFI, an international technology company driving social change through digital education. Previously, he worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC serving as the Campaign Manager of the national “If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign and in roles within the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He also interned at The White House in Washington, DC, Merrill Lynch in New York City, NY and Vineyard Vines in Stamford, CT.
On July 8, 2004, at the age of 18, Taylor was involved in a catastrophic ocean diving accident when he fractured his C5-C6 vertebrae and instantly became a quadriplegic. Since his accident, Taylor has become an advocate for The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and works passionately to increase the employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Furthermore, he is philanthropically committed by serving on the Board of Directors of the Delbarton Alumni Association and A Place To Be ® and working with organizations such as NextStep Fitness, Inc.
He graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2010 and then earned a Masters of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management in 2012. During graduation weekend, Taylor was presented with the Ignatian Student Award, given to one student who embodies Georgetown’s Jesuit ideals and makes a significant impact to the community while maintaining academic excellence.
Taylor loves sports, spending time with his friends, enjoys a good movie, likes to laugh and is always searching for ways to make a difference in this world.
Atoosa Reaser, a Loudoun community member for nearly 20 years, lives in the Algonkian District with her husband and son, where she volunteers for LINK Against Hunger and as a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts. At LCPS, she has served as an executive board member for the Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, a classroom volunteer, PTA leader, and substitute teacher.
Atoosa is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to teach and has personal experience with the gifted and talented programs, special education, and Individualized Education Programs.
As a member of the Virginia State Bar, Atoosa practices law part-time. Combining her interest in youth, government, and law, she has been qualified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a guardian ad litem (an attorney who represents the best interest of children) and was unanimously appointed by the Board of Supervisors to a team that administer services for at-risk youth.
Atoosa pairs her vision of providing our children opportunities to reach their full potential with a belief that the integrity of our community depends on each member participating in their own government, which led to her running for local office in 2019. She has served as the Algonkian District Representative to the LCPS School Board since January 2020, including two terms as its Vice Chair.
Judy was born and brought up in California but moved to Washington, DC after University to be an Administrative Assistant to General Lucius Clay at the State Department and later at the Republican National Finance Committee. While working there she met her husband. For many years they were very much involved in the early days and development of The Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts.
After moving to Middleburg, Judy served on The Hill School Board, the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation and the Windy Hill Foundation Board which she has served on almost since its inception in the early 1980’s, Judy is thrilled to now be serving on the Board of A Place To Be.