Save the Date - March 28th Event w Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
John Whitbeck is the founder of Whitbeck & Associates, P.C., now Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy, P.C., where he is a partner with three other attorneys. The firm provides legal services to families and businesses and John’s passion is helping individuals impacted by mental illness. The firm is built around a belief that balancing work and family is most important, and almost all of the attorneys and staff are working moms.
John earned an A.B. in Politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles. While at Occidental, John was a starting tight end and offensive lineman on the NCAA-affiliated football team, a member of the Occidental Rugby Club, and served as the President of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. John attended law school at George Mason University where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Trial Advocacy Team.
After graduating cum laude from George Mason, John started his career working as a lawyer in Leesburg and immediately looked for other ways to serve the community. As an Adjunct Professor, John helped re-start the George Mason University Law and Mental Illness Clinic to provide pro bono legal representation to the families of mentally ill individuals needing psychiatric treatment. John also regularly represents children with disabilities in special education cases in Virginia.
John has served on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Bar Association, as the At-Large Representative to the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission and as the Broad Run District Representative to the Loudoun County Criminal Justice Board. He served as President of Lansdowne on the Potomac Homeowner’s Association and on its Board of Directors, was appointed at age 29 to be a Substitute Judge in the Loudoun County Courts and is a member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.
John has appeared on and been quoted in various national and local media, including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, NPR, Leesburg Today, Loudoun Times Mirror, Richmond Times Dispatch, Roanoke Times, Virginia Pilot, Washington Post, and Winchester Star.
Matthew F. Letourneau was elected to represent the Dulles District on the Board of Supervisors in 2011 and reelected in 2015 with over 70% of the vote. He serves as chairman of the Board's Finance, Government Operations and Economic Development Committee, where he works to maintain Loudoun's top credit ratings and ensure effective, efficient government.
In 2018, he served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors--the first Supervisor from Loudoun to chair that body in 35 years. In January 2019, he became the first Loudoun County Supervisor to Chair the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), which oversees public transit in Northern Virginia. He was also selected to serve as a member of the Metro Board of Directors as an alternate. Through his work at NVTC, Supervisor Letourneau has been a leading voice for reforming Washington's Metro system.
He currently serves as Managing Director Director of Communications for the Global Energy Institute at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining the Chamber, he was the Republican Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Early in his career, he served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico, as an aide to U.S. Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona and as a White House intern.
In Loudoun, he was formerly president of a large condominium unit owners association and served as Dulles District chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee.
Originally from central Massachusetts, he was a cum laude graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. While at Catholic University, he met his future wife Margaret. They were married in 2005. They have four children – Patrick, Emily, Brendan, and Caitlin. They currently reside in Little River Commons in Chantilly and attend Corpus Christi Catholic Parish in Stone Ridge.
Suzanne Volpe, Loudoun Supervisor for the Algonkian District since January 2012, has been a groundbreaking leader in reforming government and politics and improving life in her community for more than two decades.
A life-long resident of Northern Virginia, as Supervisor Suzanne has made enormous strides toward her goals of giving the Algonkian community a voice and making Loudoun County the best place in America to live, work, learn, run a business and raise a family. As promised, she has led efforts to improve service, responsiveness and accountability to residents; address the County’s growing traffic problems; increase efficiency; reduce waste and bureaucracy and attract business, while striving to lessen the tax burden on residents.
Among Suzanne’s key accomplishments have been the establishment of the Government Reform Commission as well as increasing investment in our transportation infrastructure by designating two pennies on the tax rate for road construction as well as including transportation projects in the County’s Capital Improvement Program.
Suzanne prepared for her leadership on the Board through innovative service in dozens of community and political positions – a number of them listed below. In particular, she served on the Loudoun County Planning Commission, where she worked to promote family-friendly communities along with much needed road improvements for the county, as well as President of the Cascades Community Association, where her growing understanding of the neglect of our neighborhoods inspired her commitment to give Algonkian a voice on the Board of Supervisors.
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Suzanne is a 20-year resident of Sterling and a graduate of Virginia Tech and Bishop O’Connell High School. Her dedication as a wife of 21 years and mother of a 12-year-old daughter has given her insight into the challenges of raising a family in our community.
Ram Venkatachalam is a business consultant, community leader and ten-year resident of Loudoun County. He and his wife, Seetha, live in Brambleton and are raising a daughter who is in kindergarten and a three-year-old son. Ram is the product of a diverse educational background, starting in a home school environment, followed by a small community school, then moving to larger public schools when he was older. He has a deep appreciation for education and the importance of providing the best opportunities possible for Loudoun’s children.
Ram has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering and master’s degree in Computer Science. In his consulting capacity, Ram specializes in strategy work for Business, Technology, Management areas and plays key leadership roles for organizations.
Ram has been involved in public service since 2013. He currently serves on the Loudoun County Transit Advisory Board (TAB) as the Blue Ridge District Representative and has served the Brambleton Home Owners Association (HOA) as resident elected Vice-President and Director and has served as an election officer in local, state and federal elections. He graduated from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Police Academy in Fall 2016, where he learned of issues facing the county and how quickly issues can be resolved with community engagement.
As Brambleton resident elected Vice-President, Ram helped establish the Brambleton community center as one of the host sites for the Community and Schools Togetherprogram to help students with special needs transition out of high school, which has helped fuel his desire to maintain and expand LCPS’ community partnerships. CAST program is now moved to the newly opened Brambleton library since December 2018. He understands the importance of attending to kids with special needs. Ram also worked with Loudoun County Public Libraries to offer Tamil books collection.
Ram was elected to the Brambleton board in November 2015. He worked to introduce Residents 101 program for the HOA to be engaged with residents. Before being elected to the Board, he served as a resident volunteer on the Covenants Committee. As a Committee member, his responsibilities included regulating the external appearance, use, and upkeep of properties in Brambleton, which helps maintain homeowner values. He also helped to revise the home owner guidelines, offered recommendations on a variety of covenants-related matters, and advised on the same to the Board of Directors.
Ram also volunteers at various community events in Brambleton, Blue Ridge District and in Loudoun County. Ram and his family also volunteer at local food pantries and DC Central Kitchen to prepare meals for the underprivileged.