The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital has elected Alexia Orr as its 39th president. Orr, an active registered nurse, and a new slate of officers will serve as the leadership team until July 2018.
Orr, who dedicates much of her time to volunteering on Ladies Board projects, including the upcoming Oct. 15-16 Hospital Rummage Sale, said in a statement she is honored “to represent this dynamic group of women.”
Commenting on the camaraderie enjoyed by the group in raising funds for patient care and nursing scholarships, Orr said her position as a nurse enables her to “see first hand the ongoing need for quality health care which is central to our fundraising mission.”
The nonprofit has raised funds and supplies for the hospital ever since its founding in 1912. Many of its members have served for many years, and among Orr’s goals is to attract new members—at least 10 this year—and a larger number the following year.
She plans to reach out to the community and ask others to get involved.
“Like many women, I work part-time, have a family, a very active life … and I make time to give back,” Orr said, expressing confidence there are many women who are just looking for the right opening to help their community and be part of a great organization. “The Ladies Board fits that bill and those are the women I want to reach.”
The nonprofit gave $311,388 to the hospital and awarded another $100,000 in nursing scholarships during the last fiscal year. The funds come from various fundraising efforts including the two retail shops—Twice is Nice and the Inova Loudoun Gift Shop—the Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale, the Polly Clemens Nursery Fund, and the Lights of Love remembrance program. Net proceeds are used to support patient care at the hospital and to provide nursing scholarships each spring.
Orr is joined on the new slate by: First Vice President Susan Mills, Second Vice President Carol Slatten, Treasurer Susan Courtney, Recording Secretary Karolyn Whiteley, Parliamentarian Lillian Brewer, Corresponding Secretary Rene Bradford, and Historian Pat Bigden.