About Us

Board Members

Christopher Bonner, Communications Director, is a journalist, Pulitzer Prize nominee and communications expert with more than 50 years’ experience. He is a member of the board of the conservation group Citizens for Fauquier County.


Eileen Burgwyn,  EdD,  Co-Chair of Learning Starts Early, is a retired Fauquier County Public Schools teacher and administrator with 41 years of experience in public schools. Dr. Burgwyn was the Supervisor of English and Reading and Title I and has worked with programs for at-risk populations. In addition to her work with LSE, she also serves on the board of Fauquier Excellence in Education.


Robert Dart, M.D. shares responsibilities as Co-Chair of Learning Starts Early. Dr. Dart’s interest in children’s readiness for kindergarten is a direct result of his thirty-three years of medical practice in Fauquier County and his involvement in organizations benefiting citizens of the county. 


Ms. Stacey Irvin became the Head of School at Saint James’ Episcopal School in 2008. Prior to her work at Saint James’, Stacey taught in the Fauquier County Public School system and served on the Saint James’ Episcopal School Board of Trustees. She has led numerous accreditation team visits with the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and currently serves as a Director-at-Large on the VAIS Board of Directors. 


The Rev. Benjamin W. Maas is an Episcopal priest in his 18th year of ordained ministry and in his 8th year as rector and chaplain for Saint James' Episcopal Church and School.  He has been involved with LSE since its inception and has served as a weekly reader for the Head Start program.


Ms. Kristen McAuliffe holds a Master’s Degree as a reading specialist. She has 10 years of classroom experience and has taught part time for the University of Virginia. She is currently the supervisor of the FRESH Program for Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS).  Prior to joining the FRESH team, Ms. McAuliffe was the preschool coordinator for FCPS and worked collaboratively with area preschools and daycares to provide services to children throughout Fauquier County.  She also served as the Supervisor of Family and Community Engagement.

Dolly Workman, Treasurer, is a Certified Public Accountant at Updegrove, McDaniel, McMullen & Chiccehitto PLC. She handles personal and business taxes for local businesses and non-profits. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2011. Dolly joined LSE in September 2020.