Virtual Panel Discussions

Our congregation and Lewinsville Presbyterian Church are sponsoring a series of virtual panel discussions on “Pathways Out of Poverty in Northern Virginia – Promising Policies and Approaches.” 

See below for upcoming topics, past recordings and volunteer forms.

Pathways Out of Poverty in Northern Virginia




March 20, 2022   

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

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Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church of McLean, and the Tysons InterFaith coalition are sponsoring a series of panel discussions on Pathways Out of Poverty in Northern Virginia.

This third episode in the series explores how job preparedness training is helping our vulnerable neighbors improve their prospects for better jobs and livelihoods in our region. Michelle Morgan, Administrator of the Fairfax County Adult High School, will describe FCPS efforts to help adult students obtain high school equivalency credentials and technical skills certification.

Laura Siko, Director of Enrollment Management at NOVA’s Loudoun campus, will describe NOVA’s new Virginia G3 (Get trained. Get a job. Give back.) free community college tuition program for low/moderate-income Virginians seeking jobs in high-demand fields. 

Joan Wise, Director of Self Sufficiency Services at Cornerstones (Reston), will discuss how soft skills training is helping convert the possibility of a better job into a reality. 

James Foster, Academic Administrator at the George Washington University, will moderate the discussion and Q&A.

The goal of the “Pathways…” series is to explore policies, programs, and individual actions to address barriers that low-income Northern Virginia residents face. Other panel discussion topics include:

  •          Accessing Affordable Housing – October 2021
  •          Improving Financial Empowerment – March 2022
  •          Easing Reentry for the Convicted and Incarcerated – June 2022
  •          Obtaining Community Services – [to be decided]


To view videos of earlier panel discussion topics visit:

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The first two sessions: Accessing Affordable Housing and Financial Empowerment  attracted participants from across the Fairfax and Arlington area, including members of Redeemer Lutheran, Lewinsville Presbyterian, Tysons Interfaith and others with an interest in the topics.


The first session, Accessing Affordable Housing  heard from Christopher Fay (Executive Director of Homestretch) and Carmen Romero (President and CEO of Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)).  In the past Redeemer has supported Homestretch programs. The recording of the discussion is available here. Homestretch and APHA have volunteer opportunities. They can be found at:





 The second session, Financial Empowerment. The session, moderated by Irene Foster, professor at George Washington University  featured panelists:  Dr. Anamarie Lusardi, Founder and Director of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at the George Washington University School of Business;  Maria Jose Cantoni, Director of the Financial Empowerment Center in Fairfax County, a division of Britepaths, Inc.; and Donna Snyder-White, Vice President for Financial Empowerment at StandByMe (UnitedWay/Delaware).

Dr. Lusardi introduced the multi-generational study on financial literacy


Maria Jose Cantoni reviewed Britepaths work in Fairfax County, while Donna Snyder-White presented another program out of Delaware.  The link to this session's video is here.


If you’re interested in volunteering with the Financial Empowerment Center  of Fairfax County,