The Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees has named Stephanie Kenyon as the new executive director of Morven Park.
Kenyon’s hiring was approved Monday and came after a six-month search. Frank Milligan retired from the post in November.
“Her extensive experience in fundraising, strategic planning, educational programming, and marketing for non-profit organizations, as well as her active interest in historic preservation and equestrian sports made Stephanie a clear choice,” Board of Trustees President Clark Davis said in a statement announcing the hiring. “We feel very fortunate to have her join us in directing Morven Park’s current and future initiatives; including the ever-expanding civics program and the development of Morven Park’s world-class equestrian venue.”
A 22-year resident of Loudoun County, Kenyon most recently served as vice president of the AOPA Foundation, the charitable arm of the 400,000-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. She also was the architect of a STEM education initiative designed to incorporate aviation studies into high school science, technology, engineering, and math programs across the country.
“I’m looking forward to working with the board and the staff to build upon the strategies put in place by my predecessor,” Kenyon, a Waterford resident, stated. “The framework for the future is solidly in place, and it’s an honor to have been chosen to guide Morven Park into the next chapter of its long history.”
In 2007, Kenyon helped launch HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, formerly the Loudoun Community Health Center. During her tenure, HealthWorks grew from a small clinic into a network of federally qualified health centers providing medical, dental, and mental health care to tens of thousands of low-income patients. As associate executive director and COO, Kenyon secured millions of dollars in capital development funding and oversaw the construction and launch of clinics in Loudoun and Fairfax counties.
Kenyon was a founding partner at Point to Point Communications, advising organizations on marketing, communications, fundraising, and strategic planning. The firm’s clients included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, state government conservation agencies, and nonprofit conservation and outdoor recreation organizations.
Other experience includes executive and management positions at the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Air Serv International, and the American Red Cross, where she first served as director of financial development and public relations at the Palm Beach County Chapter, and then at the organization’s national headquarters in Washington, DC, as national disaster spokeswoman under former Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole.
Recently, Kenyon helped found and now serves as the managing partner of Waterford Conservation Associates, a group of preservationists that fought to save the 73-acre Hague-Hough House property, the oldest property in the National Historic Landmark villiage, from development as a commercial center.
Morven Park, the former home of Gov. Westmoreland Davis, includes 1,000 acres of woodlands, pastures, and open spaces as well as three museums and a sports/equestrian complex. The nonprofit receives no operating support from federal, state, or local governments.