Paul O. Wilson is president and founder of the Kathy Wilson Foundation. Mr. Wilson established the Foundation after his wife of 31 years passed away due to an unexpected heart attack in 2005. Because Kathy was a long-time advocate for children with disabilities, and had even directed a pre-school for 11 years, Mr. Wilson sought to honor her life and work through a foundation that would continue her legacy. Mr. Wilson assembled a team of friends and family to create the Kathy Wilson Foundation.
Along with overseeing the Foundation, Mr. Wilson is also a Chairman and CEO of Wilson Grand Communications, an advertising agency in Alexandria, Virginia. Furthermore, Mr. Wilson has devoted more than 40 years of volunteer service to the American Legion Boys State of Missouri, a youth government program. Mr. Wilson resides in Alexandria with his wife Marjorie.
Casey and Fletcher Wilson are the children of Kathy and Paul. They were both impacted by their mother's fierce inclusionary mindset and her encouragement for them to achieve their dreams. Casey is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles who was a featured cast member on Saturday Night Live, appeared in the TV show Happy Endings as Penny, and many others. She is the co-writer of the movie Bride Wars and Ass Backwards, and appeared most recently in David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Casey says "there's no greater work" than serving on the board. She lives in California with her husband David and two sons.
Fletcher has served on the board of the Kathy Wilson Foundation since its start, but his involvement in helping children with special needs goes back to high school. Fletcher strives to continue his mother’s legacy and celebrate her values as a member of the board. Fletcher is currently a medical technology entrepreneur whose company, InterVene, Inc., is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fletcher lives in San Fransico with his wife Kathleen, and their daughter.
Early Childhood Director and Consultant
Sissy Walker has been an Advisory Board member of the Foundation since its start over a decade ago. A friend and early childhood colleague of Kathy Wilson’s, Sissy has been involved in the early care and education field for twenty-five years as a teacher, program director, mentor and consultant. Now retired from her professional life, Sissy is able to devote herself more fully to community initiatives that benefit young children in and around Alexandria. Sissy has been able to serve with the Advisory Boards of Children Together and the Kathy Wilson Foundation, as a Program Coordinator and Tutor with the Reading Readiness program of the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium, and as a member of the City’s Playspace Technical Advisory Team (P-TAT), and the Active Living Healthy Eating (HEAL) Committee.
Director, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
Kelley Organek is a STEM Specialist in the Alexandria City Public Schools, where she facilitates interdisciplinary learning experiences for students in preschool through grade 5. Kelley is also co-founder of UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, a non-profit organization that inspires all people to explore and create with reuse materials. Through UpCycle, Kelley has inspired teachers and parents to incorporate open-ended materials into school curricula and creative activities through workshops, teacher training, demo lessons and materials memberships. Kelley received her Masters of Teaching in Special & Elementary Education and Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Virginia in 1997. She also holds an endorsement in Administration & Supervision from UVa. After college, Kelley began working in the Alexandria City Public Schools as a special education teacher. Since then, she has also worked as a first and fourth grade teacher and as an assistant principal in three ACPS schools. Kelley also directed the Beverley Hills Church Preschool for four years and worked as a School Coordinator for the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium.
Kelley lives in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria with her husband, Danny, and their three children who attend ACPS schools. Kelley is chair of the Alexandria Arts Alliance, a member of the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, a member of the Alexandria Commission for the Art's Education Committee, and a board member of UpCycle Creative Reuse Center.
Former School Board Memeber, ACPS
Kelly Carmichael Booz’s passion for education can clearly be seen in her numerous accomplishment within the education system. She serves as Partner Development Lead for ShareMyLesson.com with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Education Advisor to Virginia Delegate Mark Levine, and in 2014, Kelly was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee to evaluate the Virginia accountability and assessment systems. Kelly was elected to the Alexandria City School Board in 2012 and served on the Board from 2013-2015 as the Manager of Resources and Dissemination. Kelly has excelled in her leadership roles through her development and implementation of programs and services that enhance civic engagement, constitutional education, and many other educational necessities. Kelly has a M.Ed. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Women’s Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Kelly is married to William Hendrick Booz V, who is a high school English teacher and they have two children.
Natalie Szemeteylo serves as treasurer for the Kathy Wilson Foundation. In addition to working for Wilson Grand Communications, Natalie has several charitable and community organizations she helps including being a member of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, DC. Natalie has been instrumental in helping the Foundation with Spring2ACTion, a fundraising drive in Alexandria. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science at the University of Akron, and then went on to earn her Master's in Political Management at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. and enjoys going to the Kennedy Center, cheering for the Buckeyes, and watching the Olympics. Natalie chooses to designate time to the Kathy Wilson Foundation because she believes "providing vital resources to under-served populations, especially within an early childhood education, is one of the most valuable and rewarding ways to help within the community."
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