Our Staff

 

 Eileen SEileen Shaffer, Administrative Director of ALLY Advocacy Center, ext. 208

Eileen received her undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College in Sociology where she was awarded the Jean Donovan Award to promote human rights.  She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Specialization in Health from Virginia Commonwealth University.   She has worked in group homes with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  As the Resident Services Director of a continuing care retirement community in North Carolina, she worked with individuals across the spectrum from independent adults, assisted living, skilled nursing, adult day care and dementias.  She works as a Care Manager in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.  She has experience coordinating care for her clients with community and healthcare resources.  As the Advocacy Coordinator at the ALLY Center, she provides resources and referrals to families and clients; empowers families to advocate for their children in the IEP process; works with self-advocates and supports a variety of educational outreach programs to educate families and caregivers.  Eileen has been an active volunteer in Loudoun County, initiating volunteer programs with Backpack Buddies, Girl Scouts, the Loudoun Homeless Shelter.  Eileen lives in Leesburg with her husband and two daughters.

 

 

Tammy GTammy Goddard, Program Director, ext. 207

Tammy received her undergraduate degree from George Mason University in Psychology and has taken several post graduate classes for School Counseling. She was a peer counselor at GMU, and active in the Big Brother, Big Sister program for seven years through the Fairfax DFS, and still loves working with the community, especially in the areas of giving back.  She transitioned to ALLY from The Aurora School. One favorite thing that she feels very proud of is the creation of Maggie’s Closet.  She saw a need in the community, and with the generous support of the Paxton team, Maggie’s was born and has helped thousands of local families in need with free clothing, and it created the first worksite for our self-advocates and Step Up students.  At ALLY she worked with our adult rep payee clients and self-advocates, and provided support to various programs. Tammy transitioned to Paxton Campus staff in early 2013, as the lead in volunteer coordination, event planning and overseeing the staff of self-advocates, while continuing her rep payee and Maggie’s Closet work.   She is now back at ALLY as the Program Director, she still manages the volunteer program which now has several hundred volunteers from the community; she also plans and manages all of the events and programs! Tammy lives in Leesburg with her husband and two children.