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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Xaio-Yin-Byrom-webPresident Elect
Tang’s Alterations

Xiao-Yin Byrom is an award-winning Chinese-American artist whose great love for clothing design, interpretation and creation led her to open Tang’s Alterations in Manassas. Xiao-Yin came to the United States in 1979, moving first to Alaska and then to California where she won numerous art awards in high school. She received her fine arts degree in 1990 from Auburn University. Rotary Club of Manassas named her Volunteer of the Year in 2013. The Inter-Service Club Council recognized Xiao-Yin as the Volunteer of the Year in 2014.  She is the proud mom of three boys.

Apple Federal Credit Union

Bill White is the Regional President of the Prince William County Apple Federal Credit Union. Prior to this, he was CEO of Synergy One Federal Credit Union for 20 years before it merged with Apple Federal. He graduated from Frederick Military Academy in Portsmouth, Virginia and attended Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C. majoring in finance and computer science. Bill is currently serving as chair-elect for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and has been on the chamber board of directors for over five years. He has received several awards from the American Diabetes Association and from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) of Brentsville High School. Bill also won the small business of the year award from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and the City of Manassas while heading Synergy One Federal Credit Union. He resides in Manassas.

Opera House Gourmet, Retired

Jan Alten retired in 2015 after 18 years of owning and running Opera House Gourmet, a wine and specialty food and gift shop located in Old Town Manassas. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia and attended George Mason University. Jan and her husband, Peter, moved to Manassas in 1973. They have two children and five grandchildren. She was a member of the board of directors for the Old Town Business Association for 15 years. In retirement, Jan is an active member in the local chapter of the American Wine Society, a board member of the Manassas Ballet Theatre, and a volunteer at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. She and her husband live in Manassas.

Metro Sign & Design, Inc.

Bob Anderson is President and CEO of Metro Sign & Design of Manassas Park. He attended the University of Virginia.  Bob is past President of the Virginia Sign Association.  He has always been active in community service. Currently he is secretary/treasurer of Manassas Park Education Foundation. He is the past president of SERVE, Rotary Club of Manassas, Center for the Arts and the Prince William County Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce.  Bob and his wife Maureen have lived in Prince William County for 40 years. They have three grown children and four grandsons.

Retired Novant Health

Donna Ballou is retired from Novant Health Prince William Medical Center in Manassas. She was the director of Public Relations for 38 years. Donna earned a Master of Business Administration from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She and her husband live in Clifton, VA. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Deeni Bassam

The Spine Care Center


Dr. Deeni Bassam spent most of his childhood and adolescence as a local of Northern Virginia before graduating from Virginia Tech in 1993 with a B.S. with honors in Biochemistry. His undergraduate thesis and research project was published in the journal Science. Dr. Bassam completed his MD in 1997 at the University of Virginia and then spent a surgical internship year at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Bassam completed his residency in Anesthesiology in New York City at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Bassam completed his formal education with a specialization year in spinal procedures at the Texas Tech Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. In 2004 Dr. Bassam returned to his native Northern Virginia and founded The Spine Care Center, a four physician multi-specialty group dedicated to the treatment of spinal conditions.

Dr. Bassam has always been active in his professional and local community serving as president of the Prince William Medical Society. Through this involvement in the Medical Society of Virginia Dr. Bassam was appointed by then Gov. Tim Kaine to serve a four year term on the Virginia Board of Medicine which ended in 2012. His experience on the medical board included chairing formal administrative hearings involving complaints against physician licensees. After completing his term he then went on to serve on the Nominating Committee of the Federation of State Medical Boards. Since then Dr. Bassam has been involved in various efforts with the FBI and DEA in raising awareness surrounding the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Dr. Bassam lives and works in Manassas, Virginia. He and his lovely wife Laura are raising three boys and one girl ranging in ages from 3 to 8. His interests include reading, traveling, and acting.

Manassas OB/GYN – Capital Women’s Care Div 45

Dr. John Gonzalez is an obstetrician and gynecologist with Capitol Women’s Care in Manassas. He is a past Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at Prince William Hospital. Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Columbia University and received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at George Washington University Hospital in DC. He is Board Certified and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has served on the clinical teaching faculty of George Mason University. Dr. Gonzalez is recognized consistently in the Washingtonian Magazine’s annual survey of “Top Doctors” as one of the best 100 OB/GYN physicians in the Washington area. He also volunteers his time at the Prince William Free Clinic. Dr. Gonzalez and his wife live in Manassas and have two daughters and two sons.

Supervisor of the Office of Community and Business Engagement for PWCS


Sharon Henry is the Supervisor of Community and Business Engagement for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) and the Executive Director of SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University. Her work experience includes Prince William United Way and the Potomac Hospital Foundation as a fundraiser. Sharon serves as a director of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 SPARK was named the non-profit arts and education member of the year by the Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Leadership Prince William class of 2010 and serves on the advisory council of the VA STAR program. Sharon is also a director on the Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William Board and serves on the advisory council of Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers. She has been with the School Division for seven years and a resident of Prince William County for 20 years.

Internet Ad Management, Inc.

Bruce Moore is the President of PowerQuote Software, a developer of management software for commercial printers. He is also President of Internet Ad Management Inc driving sales and leads to his client’s websites.  He has been a resident of Manassas since 1996 and remained involved in the community ever since. Bruce was formerly on the City of Manassas Business Council and currently on the board of directors of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Manassas Rotary club. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Prince William. Bruce has a passion for the arts, especially music—he performs and records with “The Fringe Benefits”, his band that plays 80’s Motown and more.

ASHA Public Relations, LLC

Asha Sedalia Bruot is president of ASHA Public Relations LLC, specializing in media relations, management and business strategy. She has been working in public relations in the Washington, DC area for almost 20 years. Asha earned her bachelor degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and her master degree in public administration from George Mason University. Her work spans from the hospitality industry to the non-profit sector, as well as law firms and large corporations. Asha also teaches Managing External Communication and Advanced Managerial Communications at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Haymarket-Gainesville Business Association and serves on the communications committee for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. She was noted as one of the “Top 20 Women to Watch" in the Piedmont Business Journal and “Top 20 Innovators” in NOVA Exec Magazine. She lives in Haymarket with her husband Andrew and three children.


Strategic Communications Manager
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Dani Rogero works for defense contractor Lockheed Martin at their Manassas facility as a strategic communications manager supporting over 500 programs distributed throughout the U.S. and around the globe. She received her BA in English from Allegheny College, MA in English from George Mason University, and MS in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University. She has spent over 20 years helping engineers communicate their ideas in order to make a positive difference in the world. Longtime northern Virginia residents, Dani and her husband Phil have lived in Manassas since 2013.

CEO, P3 Innovation Strategies, LLC


Mr. Segerson has an extensive professional background in domestic and international innovation, entrepreneurship, foreign direct investment (FDI), joint ventures, intellectual property commercialization, business development, and internationalization.  His direct experience in sustainable economic development, through the creation and support of public-private partnerships (P3), is demonstrated through his successful development and implementation of business incubators and accelerators throughout the Northern Virginia (USA) region.  Mr. Segerson also served in senior leadership positions within large domestic and international information technology operations in both corporate and higher education environments.


Mr. Segerson, a global leader in the development of public/private partnerships supporting business, government, and university ecosystems, is CEO of P3 Innovation Strategies, LLC (www.p3innovate.com) and also serves as President of ipCrossing, LLC (www.ipcrossing.com).  Prior, he served as the AVP for Economic Development at George Mason University and Executive Director of the Mason Enterprise Center providing professional business assistance services, training, and workforce development to 15,000 entrepreneurs each year from 31 different physical locations across Virginia.


Born in Madrid, Spain, Mr. Segerson soon relocated and was raised in the mid-western section of the United States; lived and worked in Houston, Texas and now resides and works in the Washington, D.C. regional metropolitan area.  Mr. Segerson received his BBA degree in Marketing & Management from Ohio University and went on to receive graduate degrees from Houston Baptist University (MS in Computer Science Management) and George Mason University (MS in Information Technology Management).  He proudly serves on several community service organizations including the Loudoun County Economic Development Advisory Commission, Loudoun County Housing Advisory Board, Northern Virginia Salvation Army Board of Advisors, Manassas Center for the Arts Board, and the Technopolicy Network.  He also actively supports The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation’s high school health care sector educational programs.


Mr. Segerson is frequently asked to speak at professional events and conferences and has extensive work experience throughout much of the world (Central and Eastern Europe, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Malaysia, Canada, Spain, Vietnam, China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, India and Chile).  In his spare time, he enjoys boating on the Chesapeake Bay, hiking, concert performances, art and cultural activities, and valued time with his wife and family.



Vanderlpool, Frostick & Nishanian P.C.

Brett Callahan is a lawyer with Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian in Manassas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 2004 and her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington Virginia in 2007. Her primary practice areas include civil litigation, municipal law, creditor’s rights and real estate. She is a member of the Bull Run Rotary Club in Manassas. Brett is from New Mexico and currently lives in Manassas.

Chuck Leopold 4x6 final copyC.E.O.
Minnieland Academy

Charles Leopold is the C.E.O. of the Minnieland Academy chain, a series of private day schools for kids. Ranging from three weeks to twelve years old, the schools provide high quality education to the local area. Chuck and his wife Jackie founded Minnieland in 1972 in Woodbridge, Virginia. Today, Minnieland has over 100 vicinities in the Northern Virginia area.

Cathy Croft 4x6 finalLawyer
Farrell and Croft

Catherine Croft is among the preeminent lawyers nationwide who practice family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating is awarded to only those attorneys who demonstrate significant experience in their chosen area of law and uphold the highest ethical standards. Ms. Croft was also recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as a Legal Elite in 2006. She remains on the faculty, and has taught the undergraduate upper level course "Family Law in Society", as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. Ms. Croft's passion for family law is longstanding and predates her legal training. As an undergraduate, Ms. Croft obtained her B.S. in Administration of Justice and Public Safety, Juvenile Option, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to law school, Ms. Croft worked as a paralegal for the Veteran's Administration tracking veterans' legislation through Congress and writing for the VA Legislative Status Report. Thereafter she worked as a family law paralegal for a private legal services firm representing local union members. From there, Ms. Croft began her law school and law career.

Carol Hartt 4x6 final copyCoordinator of the Gifted & Talented Program, World Languages and Fine Art
Manassas City Public Schools

In 1989, Mrs. Hartt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Classical Studies. While at William & Mary, she also studied percussion. After graduation, she received a full tuition scholarship to a master's program at Tulane University where she earned an M.A. in Classical Languages. Currently, she serves at the Coordinator of the Gifted & Talented Program, World Languages, and Fine Arts for Manassas City Public Schools. Mrs. Hartt is still very interested in music and plays in various bands and ensembles including drums in a Christian rock band that supports the contemporary worship service held every Sunday evening at Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas. Mrs. Hartt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Manassas Symphony Orchestra.