LEADERSHIP

Meet Our Accomplished Leadership Team

Paul Donohue, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer

Paul is an accomplished leader, with more than 30 years in developing and executing strategy, team-building, change-management, operations and sales. His focus at ECHO is to protect and expand the mission, diversify operating revenue, and to stay resilient in the face of pandemic shutdowns, increasingly complex regulations and changing public funding priorities. Prior to ECHO he served as Assistant Vice President of SourceAmerica’s Commercial Sales division where he spearheaded the development and launch of new lines of business. Before his time in the non-profit sector, Paul spent over 20 years in Fortune 500 commercial business development. He is an Army veteran and served in Desert Storm for which he was awarded The Bronze Star. Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management from Lehigh University and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University. He lives in Round Hill, Virginia with his wife Gail and together they raised four children.

David E. Ives, CPA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer

An enthusiastic, conscientious seasoned financial professional with integrity and proven expertise in financial management, reporting and analysis. Strengths include detailed knowledge of US GAAP (esp. ASC 606 – Revenue Recognition), audits, accounting controls, experience with ERP systems implementation, development and administration of policy and procedures, 10 plus years experience with Quickbooks, staff development and a commitment to excellence.

Kinta Carter

Director of Transportation Services

Kinta Carter is the Director of Fleet Services for ECHO Works, LLC. He is responsible for the overall safety of the participants and drivers to and from ECHO. He takes pride in the fleet and ensuring that each individual needs are met! Kinta is also responsible for the training of all drivers and ECHO staff in therapeutic options. This ensures all employees are adequately trained and ready to handle all daily situations that occur. Kinta has been with ECHO for 8 years and has had great opportunity to grow within the organization.

Todd Goldian

Director of Community Outreach and Fundraising

Todd’s job at ECHO is to help tell our story in the community, to raise awareness of what we do, and to raise funds that will allow us to further our mission of empowering the individuals with disabilities that we support.

After Todd graduated from Johnson and Wales with his culinary degree, he spent 20 years as a hospitality professional at venues such as The Ritz-Carlton, The Willard Intercontinental, The Inn at Little Washington, and The National Conference Center. The last 5 years have been spent in Loudoun County cultivating relationships within the business community that have focused on cross promotional marketing value and bringing people together.

Todd currently resides in Herndon, Virginia with his wife Courtney and their daughter Claire.

Amber Gollner

Director of Human Resources

We are very pleased to announce that Amber Gollner has joined the ECHO team as our new Human Resources Manager. Amber has more than 20 years of diverse experience in the field of Human Resources within both the government and private sectors. We are excited for the expertise that she brings to the organization and to have her on Team ECHO. Some of Amber’s specialty in her field are team building, compliance, recruitment and retention, performance management, and strategic planning.

Amber resides in Ashburn, VA with her husband of 25 years, Bill Gollner with whom she has two loving sons, William and Seth.

Brenda Fry

Director of Quality Improvement and Program Integrity

Brenda Fry, Director of Quality Improvement & Program Integrity
As the Director of Quality Improvement & Program Integrity, Brenda is responsible for developing,
organizing, and managing continuous quality improvement standards, program integrity and regulatory
compliance at ECHO.

Brenda’s extensive experience advocating for persons with disabilities, creating standard operating
procedures based on best practices, and internal auditing procedures paired with her extensive
knowledge of licensing requirements in the state of Virginia make her a valuable member of the
leadership team at ECHO.

Brenda’s passion for ECHO’s mission has been evident as she has worked tirelessly to ensure that we stay
compliant with all regulations while simultaneously offering our ECHO participants the best possible
experience.

Howard French

General Manager, Blue Elegance by ECHO

Howard’s journey has been defined by transformative leadership and unwavering dedication to excellence. Howard has served in numerous leadership roles in the Technology, Insurance, and Risk Management industries. Starting with American General/AIG as the Global Operations Manager of Desktop Services to Chief Customer Officer for Iscential, which Higginbotham recently purchased. Howard now looks forward to Mondays as the General Manager of Blue Elegance. Howard and his wife Jo have been blessed with five children and two grandchildren and have lived on all three coasts of the US.

Adam Mahmud

General Manager, Inclusive Solutions by ECHO

Adam has more than 20 years of experience in leading businesses across different industries and at varied stages of the organizational lifecycle. He is experienced in managing transformational initiatives and cross functional teams to exceed customer experience, quality, growth, and financial goals. As General Manager of Inclusive Solutions, Adam is charged with building and managing a robust contract packaging and assembly business to help fund ECHO’s mission. His previous experience includes running a $70M line of business for Asurion and helping drive 600% growth at Europa Stone Distributors as Vice President and co-owner. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University and his MBA from Virginia Tech. Adam lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his three sons. His middle son, Shane, has autism and is the inspiration behind Adam joining ECHO and its mission.

Pete Yuska

General Manager, ECHO Barkery

Joining the ECHO team in March of 2021, Pete Yuska leads the ECHO Barkery, a social venture within ECHO. Under his dynamic leadership, the ECHO Barkery has achieved remarkable growth within its initial two years of operation, making a resounding impact in the lives of the adults with disabilities that are employed at the ECHO Barkery.
 
A seasoned professional with a history of achieving exceptional outcomes through his extensive project and people management acumen, Pete brings a wealth of experience cultivated across diverse landscapes, ranging from fast-paced startups to well-established organizations.
 
Prior to his role at ECHO, Pete’s career was marked by spearheading the orchestration of large-scale national and international trade shows for some of the nation’s most prominent trade associations. His adept management and strategic vision ensured the seamless execution of these complex events on a global scale.
 
Pete earned a BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech, followed by an MBA from the George Washington University. Beyond his professional endeavors, Pete finds solace in the company of his wife and three children, calling Purcellville, VA, their home.

John Graham

Program Manager, Individual Supported Employment

John started at ECHO in 2020 as a job coach for our Individual Supported Employment (ISE).  Since then, we are pleased to have program John to Program Manager for ISE. 

John is a Navy veteran who proudly served in Iraq and Afghanistan during his time in the military. Upon his departure from the Navy, John was a first responder for 10 years. During this time, John also earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

John’s experience in the military and as a first responder make him a great leader for our ISE program, his education and experience with individuals with disabilities make him an asset for the people that we serve.  

Jacob Brown

Program Manager, Day Support

Jacob Brown has been on the ECHO team since 2019 and has been an integral part the LIFE Day Support program. In 2023, he accepted the promotion to Day Support Manager and he now oversees the LIFE and LIFE+ programs here at ECHO.

Jacob is originally from California where he worked with students with disabilities in various programs in elementary school, middle school, high school, at home services, and at the college level. Jacob has over 15 years of valuable experience and we are glad that he is on our team.

Jacob decided to move to the East Coast with his family after an 8-year adventure as Foster parents. They have since adopted 4 children and are grateful to be a part of a community that is so conducive to raising a family.

Bobby Reynolds

Program Manager, Group Supported Employment

Bobby is the Program Manager for Group Supported Employment at ECHO. He leads a talented team of Program Coordinators and Employment Support Specialists that assist our participants in working in the community and achieving their goals.

Bobby has over ten years of Emergency Medical Services and leadership experience. He graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and has a master’s degree in history. Bobby’s background and education make him a welcome addition to the team. His devotion to our mission and to our participants is clear in his work, Bobby consistently ensures that our employment opportunities are comprised of enriching activities for everyone in the Group Supported Employment Program at ECHO.