ECHO and Friends Celebrate Russell’s 40 Years of Service

One of Loudoun’s oldest charities celebrated the dedication—and community impact—of one of Loudoun’s longest serving charity leaders last week. Karen Russell retired in December after 40 years with ECHO.

The Lovettsville native joined Every Citizen Has Opportunities in 1977—a year after its founding—as a secretary, bookkeeper and transportation manager. She retired as the agency’s longtime marketing manager, responsible for finding jobs for residents with developmental disabilities.

During a March 1 reception at the agency’s Leesburg headquarters, ECHO clients, board members and volunteers recalled the lasting impact Russell has made on their lives and on the community during her tenure. Russell, in turned, thanked the volunteers and partnering businesses for their years of support.

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard joined the March 1 celebration of Karen Russell’s 40 years of service to ECHO.

Karen Russell and ECHO CEO Paul Donohue accept a $10,000 contribution from the Blossom and Bloom thrift store to support of the agency’s employment services for developmentally disabled residents.
Karen Russell retires after 40 years with ECHO.

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