The Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees has approved the selection of Stephanie Kenyon as the new executive director of Morven Park.
Kenyon’s hiring was approved Monday, Dec. 14, during a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, which oversees the operation of Morven Park. Kenyon’s selection came after a six-month-long search, precipitated by the November retirement of former Executive Director Frank Milligan.
“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,” said Board of Trustees President Clark Davis. “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 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. While leading the philanthropic strategy for the 400,000-member organization, she was the architect of a successful STEM education initiative designed to incorporate aviation studies into high school science, technology, engineering, and math programs across the country.
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, D.C., as national disaster spokesperson under former Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole.
“I’m looking forward to working with the board and the staff to build upon the strategies put in place by my predecessor,” said Kenyon. “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.”
Recently, Kenyon helped found and now serves as the managing partner of Waterford Conservation Associates, a group of historic preservationists who fought to save from inappropriate development the 73-acre Hague-Hough House, the oldest property in the National Historic Landmark of Waterford, Va.
Kenyon, a life-long horse owner and rider, also holds a private pilot’s license. She and her husband Bill Mayer live in the Village of Waterford, where they raised their two children.
Morven Park preserves and advances the ideals of its final owner, Gov. Westmoreland Davis: civic responsibility, sustainable agriculture, and enhancement of life in rural Virginia. Its educational and recreational programming utilizes the site’s 1,000 acres of woodlands, pastures, and open spaces as well as three museums and a sports/equestrian complex. The non-profit organization receives no operating support from federal, state, or local governments.