- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 23, 2004

Judi Campbell is trying to get more low-income children in Loudoun County into day care and summer camp as the new head of the Piedmont Community Foundation.

Mrs. Campbell, 67, has been the executive director of the foundation, which is based out of her home in Ashburn, since February.

The organization, which has a board of five directors, was set up in 1999 as a nonprofit public entity to work with government agencies to improve Loudoun County.

The foundation heads the Fresh Air/Full Care program, which raises money to help the Loudoun County Social Services Department get more children from low-income families into registered day care and summer camps.

The foundation pays for 90 percent of the day care or summer camp costs for Loudoun County children whose parents have full-time jobs.

Last year, the foundation helped send 78 children to four-week day camps in the area. About 450 children, from infants to 12-year-olds, are on the group’s waiting list for day care funding.

Mrs. Campbell, who has a one-year contract to serve as the executive director, said her main responsibilities are running the program and setting up a business model for collecting donations to cover the group’s annual budget.

She said she hopes to raise about $100,000 for the group’s main program this year.

Before taking the job, Mrs. Campbell was an independent consultant for five years. She had spent two decades at Xerox Corp., working her way up to technology vice president for the engineering division of the company’s Herndon office.

Tim Dimos, foundation president and a Middleburg, Va., lawyer, said the board chose Mrs. Campbell because of her business background. “We felt her executive-level background made her a take-charge person, which is exactly what we need to coordinate our organization,” Mr. Dimos said.

Mr. Dimos said he did not expect Mrs. Campbell to stay on longer than a year.

“That remains to be seen. Our mutual goal is to get [the Fresh Air/Full Care] program running efficiently,” he said.

Mrs. Campbell said she plans “to get the basics together” so that the foundation can expand into other funding programs. “Down the road, the foundation may even be in a position to have a physical office,” she added.

Mrs. Campbell lives with her husband, Archie.

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