Who We Are

Robbie Schaefer, Founder and Executive Director

rschaefer6811-301[dropcap2]R[/dropcap2]obbie has been a professional musician for over 20 years, touring and recording with the folk-rock band Eddie From Ohio, as well as on his own. He has lived in India, Switzerland, and Virginia, which explains his love for chai tea, chocolate, and tri-cornered hats. From 2007-2012 he served as Music Director for Kids Place Live, the children’s programming channel on SiriusXM Radio. He is the father to three boys, and cultivates an abiding love for olives, tall trees, and small people. During Board meetings Robbie is prone to using phrases such as, “that being said”, or, “dynamic initiative”, or, “shifting paradigm”, because he thinks they make him sound more Executive Director-ish. The rest of us smile and nod politely. His Mexican Wrestler name is Brazo Fantastico. Yes, we looked it up.

 

Lori Diguardi, Vice President

lori d[dropcap2]L[/dropcap2]ori holds a BS in Computer Science, summa cum laude (we won’t make a snarky comment on the BS thing because that would be childish of us). In 1994 she switched careers from IT consulting with Fortune 500 companies to the biggest job of her life: becoming a mother. Today she is mother to two teenagers: Carolynne, a senior in high school, and Patrick a sophomore. She is also known as mother to hundreds of children in Uganda. Since 1999, Lori has raised awareness and funds, fostered friendships and goodwill, and facilitated multi-cultural sharing and communication, as International Director of Brain Tree Primary School in Uganda. Other things Lori loves: Argentine tango (duh), public speaking, and looking excellent in her fashion-forward glasses. Oh, and did we mention she has a BS in Computer Science? Ha ha! Get it? BS! Well, well,  it seems childishness got the best of us once again.  Mexican Wrestler Name: El Pedo Verde

 

 

Alicia Todd, Secretary

alicia head only 2[dropcap2]A[/dropcap2]licia is a Clinical Psychologist in Falls Church, VA, which means that as you read this, she knows why you are reading it. She has been involved in fund-raising for the John Dau Foundation as well as Madre, a non-profit with a mission “to advance women’s human rights by meeting immediate needs and building lasting solutions for communities in crisis.” Specifically, Alicia became involved with a Madre project which enables Afghan women who are threatened with violence to escape to safety. Alicia is also Irish, which means she cries a lot. She even cried during the movie version of Eat, Pray, Love (and not for the same reason as the rest of us–geez that movie was awful). While we don’t know this to be fact, now that it’s in print, it might as well be. Mexican Wrestler Name: Zorro Especial

 

 

Sameer Patel, Treasurer

[dropcap2]S[/dropcap2]ameer grew up in Western, NY in a small town called Lewiston, bordering Ontario, Canada.  His parents were born in East Africa– mom in Tanzania and dad in Uganda.  They met on the boat to college in India and fell in love, eventually eloped and married in London before moving to Canada and then, the US. The union resulted in a half Muslim, half Hindu, subtly African, modestly Indian, but mostly American kid.  We think of him as the modern day South Asian Clark Griswold, with a tiny bit more style. Sameer has sung with a capella groups, taught English in Tanzania,  been a banker, a real estate developer, and a professional wrestler (ok, we’re not sure about the wrestling thing, but he does look like he’s been working out recently). Currently, Sameer runs the Bristow Montessori School in Bristow, VA, which he founded in 2009.  On the education front, he received his BA with Honors from Georgetown University, and an MBA in Corporate Strategy from the Smith School at The University of Maryland, College Park… blah, blah, blah. He lives with his wonderful wife of 10 years,  Zeena, and 2 inspiring boys (Rumi is 5 and Rayn is 2).  His life’s pursuits are to find the perfect coffee bean and roast, to try every tea strain on the planet, to listen to the music of everyday life, and to try and do “a little freaking good in this world”. That’s his tale, and he’s sticking to it. So are we. Mexican Wrestler Name: Sameer Patel

 

 

Sarah Craven, Board of Directors

[dropcap2]S[/dropcap2]arah serves as Chief of the Washington Office for the U.N. Population Fund and has worked for years as a consultant, advocate, and Board member for Kakenya Ntaiya who founded and runs the Kakenya Center for Excellence in Kenya. Like most people who are unbelievably busy, Sarah seems to always somehow create time for meaningful things. We are so grateful she’s decided OneVoice is one of those things. Oh, and the word on the mean streets of Bethesda, MD is that she listens to Kids Place Live even when her kids aren’t actually in the car. Mexican Wrestler Name: Roboto Rapido

 

 

Anieca Lord,  Executive Dream Catcher

[dropcap2]W[/dropcap2]e were having trouble coming up with the right title for Anieca (ah-nee-sa). First of all, she’s the only Anieca Lord in the United States. For real. Look it up. And yet, she’s kinda hard to pin down. Administrative Assistant? Nope. Corporate Manager? Lordy, no. Here’s the thing: if you’re interested in talking to us about helping to spread Love and Music around the world, contact Anieca. If you have a brilliant idea for or burning question about OneVoice, contact Anieca. If you have an abiding love of Labradors, spicy food, or the color orange, contact . . . well, you get the idea. You want some deets? Here ya go: Anieca has a BA in Theater & Communications and over 15 years of project management experience, currently working as Manager, Region Relations, at the Design-Build Institute of America, in Washington, DC (Really? Manager, Region Relations? Couldn’t they come up with a better title? Our eyes just glazed over).

Anieca’s passion has always been working with children through the arts, to empower them to recognize their gifts and similarities, regardless of their place of origin. She understands first-hand how the arts have the power to change lives, cross cultures, and inspire. She has been a volunteer youth adviser for Pacific Missionary Aviation, Kwaj Kids, Sasha Bruce House, and City at Peace.  She has a fondness for anything international, having grown up in places such as Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Greece, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. She is however, originally from Texas. We know this because she reminds us. Constantly.

Oh, and by the way, if you ever need a ride through a snowstorm or perhaps a magician’s assistant for any reason whatsoever . . . that’s right–contact Anieca. Here’s how: anieca@onevoicecommunity.org. Just make sure you start with “howdy”. She’s from Texas, you know. Mexican Wrestler Name: Pantalones Inutil

 

Lizzy Nicastro, Event Coordinator

[dropcap2]L[/dropcap2]izzy is in charge of event planning for OneVoice. For anything from fundraisers to concerts to school programs to conferences to square dances, Lizzy’s your gal. She graduated from Penn State in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and is a Strategic Communications consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.  Her musical story starts in Santiago, Chile, where her family moved when she was five years old.  The school there had a good Suzuki program and before Lizzy could say “Quiero tocar la violin,” her mom had signed her up for lessons. Her first instrument was a cardboard violin and a wooden bow with no hair – critics say she played beautifully, and we’ve been lobbying for a recital for quite some time now. Before long, she graduated to a real violin and by high school saw the light and switched to viola. At any given moment, she is probably either singing or dancing , or both. She loves puns, her cowboy boots, and anything with sparkles or sequins. We think that’s quite a promising combination. So stop fiddling around and send her a note. Bwahahahahaha! Aha! Whew! Ahem. See what we did there?  lizzy@onevoicecommunity.org. Mexican Wrestler Name: Rey en los Pantalones

 

 

 

 

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