Staff

Cele Garrett

Executive Director

Prior to joining AHA, Cele provided marketing/fundraising copy writing, project management, and media outreach on a freelance basis for both not-for-profit and for-profit clients. Projects include writing a chapter in the book Secrets of Successful Fund Raising, managing a series of workshops geared to science and health journalists, and writing on-air television scripts and national direct mail campaigns. She brings extensive volunteer experience for local nonprofits and causes. Cele spent ten years at the national office of the Public Broadcasting Service, where her work included in-kind fundraising, project management, development training, and member relations.

Tegan Cohen

Operations and Member Services Co-Manager

Tegan shares the role of Operations and Member Services Co-Manager with Elizabeth Donovan. Tegan attended Sweet Briar College and The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts in Washington D.C. She is pursuing an acting career in the Washington D.C. metro area, which occupies her evenings and weekends. Tegan has recently worked in retail and property management, where she developed her sharp customer service skills. Tegan works on Thursdays, Fridays and alternating Wednesdays.

Loretta Darst

Marketing and Membership Manager

Loretta works with the Executive Director on marketing and membership-related activities. She came to AHA with a deep background in educational publishing for such companies as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson Education, and Scholastic Inc.  She received her master’s degree in education from the University of Houston, and worked as an elementary school teacher prior to going into educational publishing.

Elizabeth Donovan

Operations and Member Services Co-Manager

Elizabeth shares the role of Operations and Member Services Co-Manager with Tegan Cohen. Prior to coming to AHA, Elizabeth worked with women experiencing homelessness at Calvary Women’s Services in Washington, DC. She worked with over thirty clients in a transitional housing program, conducted outreach with 25 organizations to strengthen Calvary’s volunteer pipeline, and managed inventory and maintenance for the program’s facility. Elizabeth also has experience working with domestic violence survivors and underserved elementary school students. She earned a B.S. in Intelligence Analysis from James Madison University and is now pursuing a degree in Social Work. Elizabeth works Mondays through Wednesdays.

Veronica Ferris

Veronica works with AHA’s Executive Director on marketing and membership-related activities and assists with volunteer coordination. She also provides programmatic support to Iona Senior Services’ Age Well/Live Well program. She is passionate about community service and is an alumna of both Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. She enjoys being with friends and family, spending time in nature, and traveling. Veronica typically works Tuesday through Friday.