About Us

Committed to Making A Difference

What We Do

The mission of ECHO is to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their optimal level of personal, social and economic success. ECHO is a nonprofit that offers lifelong support for adults with disabilities. We provide skill building, job placement and transportation. Our services empower individuals to be active members of the community.

Who We Are

ECHO was established in 1974 to offer vocational training, community integration, and comprehensive, individualized disability employment. ECHO provides services from our Leesburg, Virginia facility, as well as on-site at businesses throughout Northern Virginia.

What We Offer

ECHO provides competitive business services for offices, operations, and facilities. The services we offer include packaging and kitting, dish washing, sorting and tagging, secure document management, mail room management, fulfillment, manufacturing, packaging, retail assistance, warehouse assistance, administrative assistance and grounds keeping. Call for a Solutions Assessment.


We are:

  • An equal opportunity employer, complying with federal and state laws concerning nondiscrimination, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • An approved vendor for the Loudoun and Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Boards for vocational and day support services.
  • Licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).
  • An approved vendor for the Virginia Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS).
  • A qualified provider of the Intellectual Disability Home and Community Based Waiver Services (Medicaid Waiver) through the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).
  • CARF accredited for Organizational Employment Services and Community Employment Services: Job Development, Employment Supports, and Employment Planning Services.
  • A non-profit designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowable. Please see your tax advisor for further details.
  • Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.


David Ludwig, Esq., President
Roy Weidner, Vice-President
Richard Jollon, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
Marantha Edwards
Paula Harper
Laurraine Landolt, Chair of the Board Development Committee
David MacDonald, Chair of the Planning and Personnel Committee
Leiah Rocheleau
Betsy Sue Scott, Esq.
Dave Snyder
Tony Summers, Chair of the Fundraising Committee


Paul Donohue, Jr., Chief Executive Officer
Zanelle Nichols, Senior Director of Operations
Greg Roberts, Senior Director of Finance
Erica Lengermann, Marketing Manager
Lana Heaslip, Business Development Manager
Deidre Williams, HR Generalist
Deby Dyson, Office Administrator and Board Liaison


ECHO is growing in dynamic ways and we recognize that the right people, offering their ideas and expertise, will enable us to continue our success.

ECHO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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