Meet The CAF Team
Ginny Atwood Lovitt
Ginny Atwood Lovitt is Executive Director and co-founder of The Chris Atwood Foundation. She is certified by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health as a Master Revive trainer and has taught over two thousand individuals, families, and professionals how to save a life with narcan.
She has spearheaded the unanimous passage of three Virginia state laws that pioneered community based access to Narcan for all Virginia residents, and collaborated on a team that advocated for three more state laws increasing the health and safety of people impacted by substance use.
Ginny is an award-winning advocate for substance use disorder issues, and is particularly passionate about defeating the many stigmas surrounding this disease. She has shared her family’s story and her work with The Chris Atwood Foundation on outlets such as A&E, NBC, NPR, the Washington Post, in international news in over a dozen countries, and at the White House.
She loves nature, God, writing, and being a mom - to her son Caleb, her three geriatric pugs, and her ever growing collection of house plants.
Sonya DelVecchio is Program Manager for The Chris Atwood Foundation. Sonya manages the Revive 2 Thrive program. which provides our members in the community with the support and resources they need for their health and wellbeing.
She has created an amazing team of peer support specialists who work directly with the CAF’s members. Forming relationships and partnering with other local organizations, she has created a powerful supportive network that is saving lives. Sonya has lost close friends and family members to substance use disorder and has dedicated her life to supporting families impacted by addiction. Sonya works hard to erase the stigma associated with substance misuse, by using positive person first-language along with striving to bring hope and understanding to the rest of the community.
Sonya is a transplant from the Midwest and has lived in the Northern Virginia area since getting married in 2016 after a 7-year long distance engagement to her husband. She is mother to two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, cooking exotic meals and swimming and is passionate about world travel. Next destination, Thailand!
James Purcell is Office Manager and Housing Specialist for The Chris Atwood Foundation. Prior to working at The CAF, James worked for the nonprofit, The Delaney Bay Fund, worked as an administrative assistant at the law firm, Woodruff, Spradlin, & Smart, and created
the import/ export business, Simpply LLC. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of San Diego.
James has experience with substance use disorder and has been fortunate enough to come out on the other side. He has experienced many different approaches to treatment and has found that harm reduction, coupled with recovery support, is the most effective. This fuels his passion for The Chris Atwood Foundation’s mission and programs. He has seen them work in his own life and in the lives of his friends.
At The CAF James handles day to day administration including donation management, grant reporting, technical support, and the monthly community newsletter. James is a certified REVIVE! Trainer. He manages The CAF’s Recovery Housing Grants Program, which as of October 2020, has helped almost 600 people move into a recovery homes. He also spearheaded the creation of The CAF’s Mail Based Naloxone Program, resulting in over 200 reported reversals, He is proud to be a part of such a force for good and he is excited for the future of the organization.
Lead Peer Recovery Specialist
Kristy Howard is the Lead Certified Peer Recovery Specialist for The CAF and a Revive Overdose Reversal Trainer. She is knowledgable about resources throughout Northern Virginia and a tenacious advocate for the individuals she serves.
She is passionate about harm reduction and provides counseling and support services to help reduce the health and social harms related to substance use. Kristy strives to reduce the stigma and barriers individuals with substance use disorder face in her community.
When she's not helping people in the Northern Virginia community where she grew up, she's spending time with her 3 kids and 2 cats. She loves animals and volunteers at area animal rescues.
Peer Recovery Specialist
Daniel Adams is a returning citizen who was recently released after 30 years of incarceration. As a Peer Recovery Specialist he aids and assists other citizens who are going through crucial transitions phases of recovery. While incarcerated, Mr.Adams worked to rehabilitate himself and rectify the thinking errors that led to his incarceration. He earned academic diplomas and vocational certifications. He also participated in and graduated from several cognitive behavior change programs. He became a champion and a leader in re-entry programs as an elder, Restorative Justice (How to handle conflict), Mindfulness (DBT), and The Hero Within.
As a Peer Recovery Specialist, he strives to be a beacon of hope and a living example for those who are persevering and recovering from life challenges; who are seeking to be helped, not fixed, and who sometimes simply need to be heard, not preached to.
"The quality of my life is based on the positive contributions that I make to increase the quality of others' lives. By learning to empathically assist and listen to others, I've learned to better understand my own strength and opportunities for growth."
Peer Recovery Specialist
Beth Cline is a Peer Support Specialist with the Chris Atwood Foundation. Beth grew up in Reston, Virginia, and has stayed pretty local ever since. She has an extensive background in customer service and administrative skills. She takes pride in any job that she has and loves to be a wealth of knowledge. Her passion for learning has made her a “Jill of all trades” at most jobs. If she doesn’t know the answer to something, she will track down an answer for you.
She has lived experience with substance use disorder and PTSD which has propelled her to want to help others in the community. It’s a community effort to recover from the past and Beth utilizes the most readily available resources.
When she is not working to help others in the community, whether at work or in recovery groups, she is an avid painter. She spends her free time painting and creating. Art has always been something that Beth relied on to express emotions but, using typically held her back. Now that she is in recovery, she has found new ways to paint, craft, and create. She lives with a very supportive family.
Peer Recovery Specialist
Brittany Roberts joined our CAF team as a Peer Support Specialist in August 2020. Since then she is always excited to share her personal experience in recovery since 2017 to help anyone seeking support with substance use disorder. She is an Alumni of Roseberry Oxford House in Manassas, VA and continues to work closely with the organization. When not working, Brittany enjoys going to the movies, spending time with family and trying to learn to cook.
While Brittany believes there are many pathways to recovery, she’s found AA/NA most useful in her own journey and is always willing to take someone along to a meeting. She welcomes anyone to contact her to learn about her story, Oxford houses, AA/NA meetings & CAF services.
Peer Recovery Specialist
Roman Martinez is a Peer support Specialist for the Chris Atwood Foundation. Roman moved all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico to make an impact in the surrounding areas one individual at a time. Roman cares about the individual, seeing each person as a living, breathing, human being with immense potential to do something amazing. Faith plays a big role in Roman's life and he has extensive experience in outreach from volunteering at his local church back in Albuquerque.
At the end of his high school years, Roman began to deal with substance use disorder and would continue to do so for the next 3 years. Now being in recovery for over 2 years he uses his journey to empathize with and help every individual he comes in contact with.
Director of Development
Lindsey Kearney is Director of Development at The Chris Atwood Foundation. She comes to us from the Northern Virginia Family Service, a $38 million nonprofit serving vulnerable populations throughout Northern Virginia. Lindsey brings over 14 years of experience and expertise in corporate relations, event management, and grant writing. Through various roles at consulting firms and in-house, she has successfully raised more than $10M for programs and projects ranging from student athlete scholarships to homeless shelter operating support, and everything in between.
Sean Fitzgerald is the Program Coordinator for the Chris Atwood Foundation’s Comprehensive Harm Reduction program. Sean is an advocate for compassionate drug policy and is currently earning a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University where he studies issues effecting drug user health.
Sean cares deeply about people who use drugs and has worked to help drug users stay safe for a long time. Sean is a Virginia Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and has been employed as an Addictions Counselor since 2014. He has been affiliated with the Chris Atwood Foundation for almost as long! Sean began helping out as a volunteer revive trainer shortly after the Virginia Revive program began and over the years he has gone on to assist the CAF in many other ways as well. In 2019 the Chris Atwood Foundation recognized Sean’s contributions with our ‘Recovery Hero’ award, he sees this as the greatest honor of his career.
Sean sees harm reduction as a practical solution to a range of social problems but more importantly he thinks that harm reduction is the right thing to do. Sean believes that all human beings are deserving of compassion and that there is a moral imperative to help people to stay safe even when they do things that we don’t understand and even when they do things that we disagree with. It has been a longstanding ambition of Sean’s for Syringe Access to be available in Virginia and it is a dream come true for him to see the CHR begin to operate in his home state.
Sean grew up in Northern Virginia and has lived here for almost his whole life. He loves this state and this regions and he loves Virginians who use drugs.
Jennifer Harman is the Deputy Director for the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), providing support to local governments nationwide on communications issues impacting local government interests.
Jennifer recently celebrated 20 years with NATOA and is responsible for in-person and virtual event planning, facilitation of the Government Programming Awards program, and member relations.
Prior to joining NATOA, Jennifer worked at Association Management Bureau, where she provided administrative support to numerous associations, and Saks Avenue Off 5th, where she assisted Human Resources with the establishment of a new store location. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has several years of salon experience.
Jennifer serves as the Housing Specialist for the Chris Atwood Foundation, helping individuals in recovery gain access to a safe and sober home environment, and volunteers her time with the Lorton Community Action Center food pantry and Arcadia Farm.