Team Leadership

Jeannie Shaughnessy, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Jeannie leads the PTNPA in fulfilling its mission and vision. She works closely with the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Strategic Committees to shape and guide the PTNPA in its daily and long-term strategies.

Prior to leading the PTNPA team, Jeannie founded Fortunach Consulting, which provided organizations with Interim Executive Director services, change management consulting and operational support. Jeannie served as Interim Executive Director for Miriam's House and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates. Previously, she held the distinct honor of being the Executive Director responsible for transforming The Carl M. Freeman Foundation (a 50+ year grant-making organization) and launching the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation (a public charity). Before serving these Foundations, she was president and co-owner of Pathwise Partners, LLC.

Jeannie has more than 25 years of management and consulting experience with a focus on business operations, organizational development, change management, and communications. She is a trained Executive Coach and a certified facilitator. She is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Inc., The FBI Citizens’ Academy, and the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Program.

Jeannie proudly served as a Board Member for the Alexandria Community Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of Empowered Women International, a Board Member of the nonprofit organization Running Brooke, and as an Executive Committee Member and Commissioner on the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.

Jeannie is an avid hockey fan, opera enthusiast, loves entertaining family and friends, and can't get enough of her two daughters.

Jeannie can be reached at 301-365-2521 or by email at

Trish Schechtman, Operations and Membership Manager

As Operations and Membership Manager, Trish directs the the ongoing operations of the PTNPA as well as PTNPA event planning, new and existing membership activities and the coordination of all networking, advocacy and educational efforts of the PTNPA.

Trish spent 15 dedicated years working for the Carl M. Freeman Companies and serving the Freeman Foundations. Her most recent role was Operations Manager for the Freeman Foundations and her career accomplishments include leading large-scale special events, project management and volunteer coordination. Trish brings extensive administrative, financial and facilities management experience with both for-profit and non-profit organizations to the PTNPA.

Trish currently sits on the board of Georgia's Friends as the treasurer in Charlottesville. An avid sports fan, Trish spends some of her free time volunteering with youth sports programs and cheering on national and collegiate teams in all sports. She and her husband currently live in Charlottesville, VA, and Trish enjoys spending time with her daughter and son-in-law who live in the Wilmington, DE area.

Trish can be reached at 301-365-2521or by email at


Gretchen Clark, Communications and Events Specialist

As the newest member of the PTNPA team, Gretchen  leads marketing and communications efforts for the PTNPA and supports all PTNPA events and activities.

Prior to joining the PTNPA, Gretchen worked as the Special Events Coordinator for Shenandoah Crossing Resort in Gordonsville, VA. During that time, she led the successful management of important events ranging from corporate retreats to weddings. Gretchen also worked as a member of the Whole Foods Market and Aramark Corporation marketing teams - bringing the PTNPA solid skills and expertise in communications activities and event planning.

Gretchen attended the University of Virginia and spent time in Washington, DC prior to returning to Charlottesville, VA. Gretchen enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family and husband. 

Gretchen can be reached by email at or 301-365-2521.





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