Our Board

Tammy Patrignani, Board Chair

Before joining the Choices team, Tammy served at Assist Pregnancy Center in Annandale as the Director of Outreach for three years. One of the founding members of Choices, Gloria Whitley, called Tammy to ask if she would be interested in serving in a new pregnancy center ministry in Fredericksburg. She said yes. Tammy began working at Choices in May of 2012 and was elected to the Board of Directors in July of 2012.

Tammy has a strong conviction and empathy for women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy (having been there). She wants a woman to be empowered by knowledge in her decision regarding her unborn baby.

Tammy has been married to her husband for 34 years. They have one son and two grandchildren. Tammy’s hobbies include photography, coloring scripture, reading, and travel. She loves to travel, meet other people, and learn of their cultures. She also loves to share Christ with others. Tammy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications and Biblical Studies.

Dan Donehey, Vice-Chair

Dan Donehey has been active in the pro-life movement since 1978 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He served a variety of positions with local and state right to life groups and in 1981 he chaired the National Right to Life (NRL) Convention held that year in Omaha.  He then moved to Washington DC and served as NLR’s Director of Public Relations from 1981-90 where he interfaced daily with national media promoting the pro-life message.  In 1990 he began producing and directing pro-life documentaries for American Portrait Films as well as independent film projects including “Reversing Roe: The Norma McCorvey Story” and “The Procedure: The Whole Truth About Partial-Birth Abortion.”  He later directed and co-produced the award-winning syndicated television series “Celebrate Life! TV” for the American Life League.  Dan has stayed involved with the pro-life cause and presently serves on the board for Choices Women’s Center.

Dan is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Elite as well as an Air Force veteran.  He is married to Sharon Effrein Donehey and they’ve raised their five children in the Fredericksburg area. They now have eight grandchildren.  He and Sharon attend New City Fellowship, PCA, a local church they helped start back in 1994.

Julie Wallace, Treasurer

Julie Wallace served as the Finance Officer for Choices Women’s Center and now serves as Treasurer for the Board.

Julie holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She believes in influencing society through the ethical development of business professionals. She also believes in serving small businesses and non-profit entities by supporting sustainable, viable businesses through high ethical accounting standards. Julie believes that businesses run by the principles in God’s Word prosper and are a light to the community. A business entity’s financial information is only as accurate as the quality and integrity of the individuals who are developing that information. Julie has provided twenty-seven years of accounting services to small businesses and non-profit entities in the private sector.

Julie teaches accounting courses at the local community college and Liberty University. She resides in Fredericksburg with her four children.

Missy Stone

Missy became involved with the pro-life movement when she was just 14, when she first began volunteering with Rock for Life. She became instantly passionate about the issue of abortion. As a Hispanic woman, she saw the devastation of abortion in the Latin community and decided to take a stand. She earned a Certificate of Ministry from Hillsong Leadership College in Sydney, Australia and attended the University of Southern Mississippi upon returning from abroad. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish.

Since joining the Students for Life team in January of 2013 as the National High School Program Coordinator, Missy helped more than double Students for Life groups in public and private high schools all over the nation. She created high school specific resources and programs to grow the pro-life presence within this student population. Once successful in this area, she created a Middle School specific pro-life curriculum so that SFLA can reach an even greater audience.

Missy now leads SFLA’s National Field Program, assisting over 1,000 student groups. She manages 16 Regional Coordinators and helps create vision and strategy to reach students with the pro-life message in their perspective areas. Missy is SFLA’s official spokesperson on the ground and has been featured in the New York Times, as well as many other media outlets. 

Eileen Roberts

Eileen Roberts is the firstborn child of parents who were 16 and 17-years old at her birth and unmarried. Eileen then became a single mom at age 23. During her career as a medical transcriptionist, she began transcribing obstetrical ultrasounds in the 1970s and it occurred to her that ultrasounds were going to change the lives of many moms when they saw their unborn children through technology. 

In 1986, Eileen’s family experienced a tragedy when a family member had an abortion. It was then that she began working in the right-to-life movement. 

For more than 30 years, Eileen has been serving alongside legislators, an adoption agency, pro-life organizations, churches, and Choices Women’s Center—sharing hope and empowering women.

Dan Cook, Ph.D.

Dan Cook has volunteered as a Board Member with Choices Women’s Center for over two years. He has been the Minister of Education at Spotswood Baptist Church since 1994.

Pastor Dan holds a master of arts, a master’s degree in Religious Education, and a doctorate in Education. He and his wife, Valerie, have three children and one grandson. His hobbies include reading, spending time with his wife, and sports. He joined the pro-life movement because of his strong burden for the most vulnerable among us. His favorite aspect of working with Choices has been the ability to make a Kingdom difference. He feels that his experience as a board member has created a greater burden in him for those hurting from the effects of living in a broken world.

Shanda Moss

Shanda Moss, a retired Education and Training Specialist, faithfully served over 24 years in the United States Air Force. She has passionately supported numerous life-changing agencies in the DC Metropolitan area as well as Fredericksburg (i.e., S.O.M.E. in DC, Special Olympics, Thurman Brisben Center, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and Beauty for Ashes just to name a few). She is currently a member of the Choices Women’s Center Board and a volunteer consultant. She counts her blessings daily for the opportunity to intercede and support the life-affirming choices fostered through CWC.

She is married with two children, a boy and a girl. She enjoys reading her Bible, ministering to wounded women, and volunteering on the Prayer, Prison and Outreach ministries at Strong Tower Ministries, a local church. She loves spending time with her children, traveling to foreign countries, authentic Italian food, listening to worship, jazz music, and loving on God’s people.

Shanda holds a bachelor’s degree in crisis counseling from Liberty University. She graduated magna cum laude with an associate degree in early childhood development and completed an AAS in Education and Training–all vital and significant to her Kingdom Building Connections.

John Hinson

John retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2009 and transitioned to commercial/private industry. For over 14 years, he has served as a Deacon in a local Fredericksburg church, assisting men, women, children and families through the Deacons’ Mercy Ministry, sharing the grace, mercy, love and healing available to them through the Gospel. Both experiences cultivated an understanding that voiceless generations have succumbed on the Sanctity of Life battleground, that a voice is required on their behalf, and it is the present generation’s need to stand for life. Married over 19 years and a father of 4, John fully appreciates the gift of life and the need to save the unborn, which is our generation’s greatest human rights issue.    

 

Dr. Steve Mandell

Dr. Steve Mandell, received his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Kentucky, and then his internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Virginia (VCU), prior to opening a private practice in Bowling Green, Va and serving both Caroline County and the Fredericksburg region for over 30 years.  He currently serves as the Senior Medical Director at Mary Washington Hospital.

Steve has served on various boards, including Fredericksburg Christian School, where he served as chairperson for over 15 years, and also served on the boards of CRU’s international humanitarian ministry of GAIN, as well as Caroline Christian Health Center. 

He is the grateful husband of Ellen for 36 years.  They are grateful for their 2 daughters and their husbands, and one son and his wife. They have 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, and another on “the way.” They are members of Grace Church of Fredericksburg, where they have been involved in numerous ministries including medical missions to Haiti.

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