Fauquier Habitat for Humanity is governed by a Board of Directors, which includes an Executive Committee. Each board member serves a three-year term, and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
Leslie Wise, President
Tom Bartkiewicz, Vice President
Dana Pappas, Treasurer
Michelle Hale, Secretary
The Board of Directors
Leslie Wise, President
Leslie is a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Telecommunications. Leslie has spent more than 15 years dedicated to volunteerism in a number of capacities throughout the Fauquier County community. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Foundation as well as the former Race Director for the Bodies in Motion 5k & 10k, which raises money for more than two dozen non-profit organizations within Fauquier and Prince William counties. She has also served on the Board of the Wakefield Booster Club including as President, the Snow Hill HOA Board of Directors, Fauquier Jewish Congregation Board of Directors, and the C. Hunter Ritchie PTO Board as Treasurer. She has also served on two FCPS Redistricting Committees. Leslie and her family have lived in Warrenton for 19 years. Her husband, Jeff, is an orthopaedic surgeon at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Warrenton. They have two children, a daughter who attends Virginia Tech and a son who attends Miami University (OH). In her spare time, Leslie enjoys working out at the gym doing HIIT classes, yoga, running, golf and skiing.
Tom Bartkiewicz, Vice President
Tom received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University but upon graduation fell in love with systems and software engineering. He is president of Sand Dollar Software, Inc., a small software development company that he and his wife Donna founded in 1989. Tom is active at his church, Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Warrenton, where he has served as Financial Secretary and Council President. Among his current activities, he is one of the leaders for the Senior High Youth Group and is the leader of the senior adult ECHO Ministry. Since 2009, Tom has been involved with the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace program, leading Financial Peace in his congregation, helping other congregations get started, and as a trained financial counselor, providing one-on-one help for families in need.
Dana Pappas, Treasurer
A native Bostonian who relocated to Warrenton in 1997 Dana is currently the CFO of Plow & Hearth, LLC a privately held retailer of products for the home. He was the COO of the company from 2006-2016. He began his career at the women’s apparel company, Talbots and has also worked at J. Jill, Appleseed’s and Faith Mountain, all in the Finance and Operations side of the business.
Dana holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bentley University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Babson College. His wife, Marisa, is the art teacher at Warrenton Middle School. His two adult children are both graduates of Fauquier High School. He enjoys, reading, gardening and golfing and previously sat on the Habitat board from 2012-2017.
Michelle Hale, Secretary
Michelle moved to Northern Virginia with her family in 1983 and has been a resident of Fauquier County since 1995. She became a Virginia licensed Real Estate Sales Agent in June 2002 and then an Associate Broker in April 2011. Prior to joining the real estate industry, Michelle worked in information technology. Michelle studied interior design and architecture in college and puts her education to great use with her successful real estate career, her family’s homes (she has built two), and her support of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity. Michelle has been married since 1992 and has two daughters.
Kelp Armstrong is a retired Special Education teacher with Fauquier County. She has a Masters in Education and holds several specialized certificates to teach Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Low Vision students. As an Army brat, born in Ft. Bragg NC, she traveled with her family to South America, then back to the United States. She has continued her love of traveling by visiting 5 different countries, kayaking on both the East and West coasts, traveling to Hawaii and Alaska, and visiting states in between. She lives with her husband, Michael, in Marshall, VA, is a mother to two children and Oh!ma to three grandchildren. A volunteer at heart she has been part of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity for 7 years by being a member and then the Chair of Women Build. She participates with several environmental groups as a “citizen – scientist”, volunteers with the Fauquier Community Theater, hikes regularly with two groups, and helps out with various programs at her church.
David Couk, Jr.
Dave has been in the financial services industry since 1986 and has served in many capacities as a financial advisor before switching to the mortgage side in 2010. Dave is currently a mortgage loan originator at Integrity Home Mortgage Corporation; a locally based, but privately owned direct lender, specializing in quick close times on residential mortgages.
Dave has deep roots in the community. He is a graduate of Fauquier High School, and received his BS degree in Business from VCU. He was a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister program for many years, & has served on local boards such as the Partnership For Warrenton, and previously on the Habitat For Humanity board. His father started Blue Ridge Orthopedic Associates, and served many years at the Fauquier Free Clinic. Dave was recently married, and lives in Warrenton. Having played both tennis and basketball in college, Dave still considers fitness training one of his outside passions.
Kees (pronounced Case) and his wife Kathi retired to Rappahannock county about four years ago. As a former small real estate developer and residential general contractor in the Washington D.C. area, he soon became interested in issues related to affordable housing. Previously as a Board Member of Rebuilding Together, a national organization that assists low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, he saw first hand the challenges people with modest incomes face in purchasing and maintaining a home. Soon after moving to Rappahannock, he was asked to start a home repair program which is still ongoing. Kees is a Member of the Boards of Headwaters, the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund, and Rappahannock Communities. In his spare time, he likes to study local history and to tend his pollinator garden. Decades ago he earned a BA from Chapman University and MBA from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Bob is an Emeritus Professor of Marketing at George Washington University. His BBA and MBA are from Bowling Green University and his PhD from the University of Maryland. He has done consulting and executive training for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, IBM, and Lockheed Martin. Bob was the Associate Dean of GW’s Graduate Business Programs, and Chair of the Business School’s Marketing Department. He is the former VP of the Collegiate Activities Division of the American Marketing Association (AMA); President of the Washington, DC Metro Area AMA, and National AMA Board Member. Bob and his wife Ann-Marie have three children and six grandchildren. He plays for the senior men’s team at Fauquier Springs Country Club and has volunteered for the Brentmoor Foundation and the Mosby Museum.
Carolina Gomez Salagdo
Carolina is a Habitat homeowner and has been involved with the organization for ten years. Carolina has always been a strong ambassador of our organization and is a proud representative of our homeowners serving on the board.
Barrie Newman is a local Fauquier County Native. Barrie attended Virginia State University located in Petersburg, Va from 2005 to 2007 where he was pursuing a bachelor's degree in the School of Business in Computer Information Systems. In April of 2008, Barrie decided to enlist in the United States Navy Navy. After a six-month school, he was sent to the fleet to become a new crew member on board the USS Porter DDG-78. While on his first sea tour, he did everything from fire fighting to becoming a Master Helmsman. During his time at sea, he visited over seven wonderful counties where he absorbed and enjoyed local culture.
After three years on board he was then given staff duty orders to SPAWAR Space Field Activity in Chantilly, Va. He spent 3 years supporting MID as a Project manager and was responsible for planning and conducting tests and evaluations designed to evaluate the capabilities of national technical means (NTM) against current and evolving commercial and Government technologies. While on active duty supporting MID Barrie won several Group and Directorate level awards and obtained his associate degree.
In 2015 he separated from active duty and joined SPAWAR 366 reservist unit and became a contractor where he continued to support the NRO by working in the MOD and MID program offices. Barrie separated from the United States Navy Reserves in October 2017 with an Honorable Discharge, and still supports the NRO and the MID program offices as a System Engineer Technical Advisor (SETA) to this day.
Nigel R. Ogilvie
Nigel Ogilvie retired from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors staff in November 2020 following a career of nearly 42 years in bank supervision with that agency and with the Department of the Treasury's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). His work in bank supervision has spanned research, policy, and direct oversight of banking institutions. At the OCC he began as a research assistant in 1979 and was promoted to the position of senior economist by 1989. He has authored and co-authored numerous official publications and articles in banking industry magazines including The Bankers Magazine, The Journal of Commercial Bank Lending, and Journal of Bank Research.
In 1996 Nigel was recruited by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as the electronic banking specialist for bank supervision, where he developed training courses for bank examiners on internet banking, smart card applications, and other emerging uses of technology that were revolutionizing retail banking.
In 2000, Nigel transferred to the staff of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve to coordinate the Supervision and Regulation Department’s Operations Review Program. Later he undertook oversight responsibility for regional bank supervision at several Reserve Banks, served as the Division’s lead analyst for Puerto Rico, and coordinated the Regional Bank Outreach Program.
Nigel’s academic training includes MBA, Finance, George Washington University, MA, International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy; and BA, International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Nigel is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has taught CFA preparation courses in Atlanta, San Francisco, London, Zurich, Milan and Washington D.C.
In addition to his volunteer work on the Fauquier Habitat board, Nigel also serves on the vestry of Grace Episcopal in The Plains, Virginia, and is active in other civic groups.
Charles Robinson has serves as a professional insurance agent with State Farm Insurance Companies since September, 1990. He also served as an Agency Field Consultant for the company from September 1995 until December 31, 1999. Prior to entering the insurance business, he worked for the U.S. Government as Director of Logistics for Engineering and Housing, Army Corps of Engineers and from 1987 to 1990 in addition to working as a Systems Engineer with the Corps from 1983 - 1986. Charles outstanding career also includes, seven years in the United States Army where he served as a Logistician for the United States Army Security Agency. He served as supply officer responsible for establishing the Patriot Missile and the M1 Tank Warehouses.
Graduate of the University of the State of NY with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies. He is a licensed insurance instructor, for the state of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Charles is also a Certified Long-Term Care Instructor in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. A member of Fauquier Springs Country Club since May 1, 1996 where Charles has served on the Grounds Committee for approximately nine years and as chairman for the last five years. He has also served on the House Committee for the past six years.
John was born and raised in Arlington, VA. After earning his BS in Photographic Science he joined the Air Force where he served for 20 years in developing unclassified and classified tactical and strategic photo reconnaissance and remote sensing capabilities. Upon leaving the Air Force, John worked in business development for BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman pursuing strategic opportunities in remote sensing and tactical photo analysis and identifying new markets. In retirement John has continued to pursue his love of country by serving as a docent for The Cold War Museum in Vint Hill, VA; his love of the outdoors as a longtime member of the Isaac Walton League, Winchester, VA Chapter; his love of helping others through his service as a Board Member and as a volunteer “builder” for Fauquier Habitat of Humanity, VA; his love of animals through his volunteer work at Middleburg Humane Foundation, Marshall, VA; and his love of science through his support to the Marshall Middle School and Fauquier County Science Fairs.
John has two grown children and 4 grandchildren who he loves to spend time with. He is married to Linda and they live on a small farm in Delaplane, VA sharing their house with their much loved dog, Samantha, 3 rescued indoor-outdoor cats, and one rescued feral cat. They both love to travel and experience the world, and in addition to having visited many U.S. National Parks, they have been to over a dozen countries overseas.