Church Council: Floris UMC/Restoration Church

Allan Ballenger
Executive Director

Allan Ballenger

Tom Berlin
Lead Pastor

Tom Berlin

Pam Borland
Recording Secretary

Pam Borland

Joyce Braithwood
Trustees Chair

Joyce Braithwood

Dan Brodhead
At Large

Dan Brodhead

Heather Futrell
At Large

Heather Futrell

Doug Horner
Chair

Doug Horner

Mary Ann Kral
At Large

Mary Ann Kral

Alison Malloy
At Large

Alison Malloy

Jan Massey
SPRC Chair

Jan Massey

Todd Morgan
Lay Leader

Todd Morgan

Anne Muindi-Shemenski
At Large

Anne Muindi-Shemenski

Mark Plecity
Finance Chair

Mark Plecity

Thanhia Sanchez
At Large

Thanhia Sanchez

Rhonda VanLowe
At Large

Rhonda VanLowe

Allan Ballenger

Executive Director

Allan Ballenger

Native Virginian, grew up in Annandale, Staunton and Lincoln. Graduated from Loudoun Valley High School and UVA (Electrical Engineering) and married his high school sweetheart, Judi, who graduated from Loudoun County High School. Allan is a retired Air Force Colonel; he spent 30 years in Program Management and Acquisition, managing large aircraft and space programs. Allan then spent 10 years in the Defense & Aerospace industry as a Corporate Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, then in 2020 he felt called to serve the church and community more directly.

Allan’s role at Floris UMC is to execute the Lead Pastor’s strategic vision of the church by directing the overall programmatic and operational aspects of the church, ensuring that focus areas of our church (Worship, Serve, Grow, Share and Give) are fully integrated across all ministries, staffing needs are addressed and managed accordingly and that the administrative operations (finance, administration, facilities, human resources, technology and communication) of the church are run effectively and support programs.

Email:aballenger@florisumc.org

Phone:703-793-0026 x115

Tom Berlin

Lead Pastor

Tom Berlin

Rev. Tom Berlin is Lead Pastor of Floris UMC. Tom was raised in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and has lived in Virginia most of his life. He attended Virginia Tech and received a BS in business with a major in public administration. His Master of Divinity is from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is married to Karen, and they have four daughters.

Tom began working at Floris UMC in 1997. As Lead Pastor of the church, Tom’s main responsibilities are to provide spiritual leadership to the congregation and staff of Floris UMC. He leads worship, preaches, shares the sacraments and enjoys teaching. Tom works with the Church Council to discern and cast the vision for the church and leads the staff to create ministry strategies.

Favorite Bible verse: Romans 1:16-17

First job: Delivering papers for the Winchester Evening Star

Idea of a perfect day:
 Spending a day at the beach – any beach, any time

Email:tberlin@florisumc.org

Phone:703-793-0026 x104

Pam Borland

Recording Secretary

Pam Borland

Pam grew up in Arizona, Southern California and suburban Chicago. Her family’s roots are in Alabama, and she loved going back there every year when growing up. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, majoring in accounting. She has three beautiful children and a wonderful son-in-law. Her family has attended Floris UMC since 1994.

Pam began working at Floris UMC in June 2002 as the church secretary. Her role has changed over the years. Although she works closely with the communications team and others on staff, her primary responsibility is to provide administrative support to the lead pastor.

Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11

First job: Helping at the front counter at Leo’s Cleaners in Lisle, Illinois.

Most interesting vacation: 
Traveling to the Holy Land with Floris UMC in 2011 and 2014.

Email:pborland@florisumc.org

Phone:703-793-0026 x123

Joyce Braithwood

Trustees Chair

Joyce Braithwood

Joyce was born in West Virginia and has traveled and lived in many states, as well as Edsell, Scotland and Okinawa, Japan. This has given her the opportunity to experience many new locations. But, her perfect vacation is the beach to embrace the beauty of God’s creation.

Joyce has loved being a Realtor for over 30 years and has enjoyed helping many families purchase and sell homes. She has assisted many clients with multiple purchases, as well as worked with their children and other family members. Volunteering and helping the less fortunate is where her heart is. Her favorite week of the year is the Floris Guest House where our church provides shelter, food and warm clothes to our brothers and sisters who do not have a permanent home. It’s such a pleasure to visit and hear their stories.

Joyce has attended Floris UMC since 1994 and loves her church and community – Floris is her church family!

Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 41:10

Dan Brodhead

At Large

Dan Brodhead

Dan grew up in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania and lived most of his life in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dan has a BA in Psychology from Moravian College and has worked in various industries as a human resource professional. Currently, Dan is Human Resource Director at Atos responsible for leading a team supporting colleagues in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Dan moved to northern Virginia in 2013 and began attending Floris UMC in 2014. He has been an active member of the Floris LGBTQ workstream, the 2020 UMC VA Conference Lay Delegate and a member of the Floris UMC Council. In his spare time, Dan enjoys spending time with his daughter, son and domestic partner.

Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 4: 7-8

First job: Parking lot attendant at the Pocono Wild Animal Farm

Idea of a perfect day: Spending time with loved ones hiking, boating or sitting around a crackling fire.

Heather Futrell

At Large

Heather Futrell

Heather (she/her/hers) grew up in a military family, relocating often to new locations, including two years in Japan. Eventually, her family settled in the state of Illinois, where Heather attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I) and majored in Aerospace Engineering. During this time, she also studied French and completed a semester in Compiègne, France. At U of I, Heather found community at the Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation and served as a Peer Minister her final year there.

From here, Heather traveled to California where she began working for Northrop Grumman and quickly discovered a young adults’ group in Santa Monica, CA. Three years later, she swapped coasts to Virginia with a contracting job for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she ran into a former colleague who told her about Floris UMC.

One day in 2013, she visited Floris UMC and never looked back. It was, at first, a 45-minute drive that turned into a 12-minute walk when she moved to Herndon in 2016. Today, Heather works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the Heliophysics Division and enjoys spending time with her recently adopted black lab puppy, Orion.

First job: Teaching swimming lessons at the local YMCA

Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 23; a scripture memorized under my Grandma Lasater’s guidance, some hot summer day, long ago, on a porch swing under a large maple tree.

Doug Horner

Chair

Doug Horner

Doug grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and had his faith in God nurtured early on by his mother and father, the latter a Presbyterian minister. He attended Duke and Harvard and then moved to the DC area to start a 20-year career in the Federal government.

He is now an executive at an international non-profit that works primarily in Africa to help end AIDS globally. He is married to Cynthia Horner and they have two daughters. Doug and Cynthia have been active at Floris UMC for 20 years and in particular with mission work in Sierra Leone. Doug joined the Church Council in 2018 as the Lay Leader and will serve as Council Chair starting in January 2021.

First job: delivering an afternoon newspaper to homes on a bicycle (remember news on paper?)

Favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8

Favorite pastime: International travel. Doug has been blessed to visit over 20 countries and he can’t wait to get back on a plane for either business or pleasure!

Mary Ann Kral

At Large

Mary Ann Kral

Mary Ann grew up in the Chicago suburbs, finally landing in Wheaton, Illinois.  After a psych major at Miami University (OH), she married Ron, moved to the East Coast and worked 10 years for American Can Company. Ron’s job brought them to Virginia where she “retired” to raise two children. She’s now the proud grandmother of four!

Mary Ann joined Floris UMC in 1998, where she has been active in small group leadership and SERVE ministries. She has also served on the Arlington District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Virginia Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Mary Ann is one of the “founding” members of Restoration-Reston, attending since January 2015. She loves being in a smaller congregation where it’s easy to get to know and care about everyone!

Favorite Bible verse:  Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Alison Malloy

At Large

Alison Malloy

A lifelong United Methodist, Alison grew up in the Shenandoah Valley attending Hollins University and Virginia Tech. Over the years, Alison has been an educator by trade and a volunteer by call. Alison now serves a congregation in DC as chief operating officer. This is a beautiful intersection of two of her great loves – preparing a place and space for others to be successful and the church.

Alison enjoys being an advocate for the under-served, finding new ways to best use community resources, and working to ensure each person she encounters knows they are a beloved child of God.

As a General Conference Delegate from Virginia, Alison has sought to advocate for and work toward full inclusion, welcome, and affirmation of our LGBTQIA+ siblings.

Favorite Bible verse: Joshua 24:15

First job: Sandwich Artist at Subway

Jan Massey

SPRC Chair

Jan Massey

Born in South Carolina, Jan grew up in and has never left Virginia. After graduating from high school in Newport News, Jan graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in secondary education and married her high school (and current) sweetheart. After earning her JD at the University of Richmond, Jan moved to Northern Virginia and practiced law as a trial lawyer for 30 years while raising two beautiful daughters.

The search for a new church home in 2003 brought her and her family to Floris UMC, where over the years she has taught children and adult classes and volunteered as children’s ministry coordinator. Currently, she chairs the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Moved by the events in Charlottesville in 2017, Jan joined the Racial Reconciliation team and helps lead The People’s Supper events.

Jan finds purpose in Paul’s direction to “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18. She finds hope in Jesus’s promise that “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.” John 14:2-3

Idea of a perfect day: Reading a good book on a rainy day, preparing a meal with a new recipe, decorating for and celebrating any of the holidays with family, driving through the country, visiting a vineyard with friends, chatting with her neighbors, hugging her girls and playing with her four grandchildren.

Todd Morgan

Lay Leader

Todd Morgan

Todd grew up in Maryland, attended college in North Carolina, and spent two years in Africa before settling in Northern Virginia. Todd and his wife Amanda have three wonderful boys and enjoy lots of outside time, whether it is on the soccer field, tennis court, beach or ski slope. Todd works primarily in the data and technology space as a people leader and problem solver.

Todd grew to love hands-on service work while in high school, taking summer mission trips with his youth group through  Appalachia Service Project (ASP). After a few summers on staff with ASP, he spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, teaching math and science.

Favorite Bible verse: Matthew 6:34

Most interesting vacation: Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta

Most people don’t know this about him: Todd enjoys finishing home improvement projects and training for triathlons.

 

Anne Muindi-Shemenski

At Large

Anne Muindi-Shemenski

Anne was born and raised in Kenya and came to the US for college. She met her husband, Dave, in graduate school. They got married in Kenya in 1992 and have two grown children. Together they have lived and worked in Poland, South Africa, and Canada. They started attending Floris UMC in 2010.

As a management consultant, Anne is passionate about bringing her skills to bear in service of the church and community. In 2019, Anne co-led the “One Church for All” Racial and Ethnic Diversity workstream. She was tasked with identifying solutions that would celebrate and enhance diversity and inclusion at Floris UMC.

One of the ways Anne stays connected to her home town in Kenya is through Learn for Life Kenya. She co-founded this US-based non-profit organization to build and operate a vocational training center to alleviate youth unemployment and address poverty issues.

First job: 9th grade English and Geography teacher during a high school gap year

Favorite Bible verse: Proverbs 19:21

Idea of a perfect day: Wildlife safari

Mark Plecity

Finance Chair

Mark Plecity

Mark Grew up in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Both he and his wife, Kathy, attended Grove City College. They were married after graduation and started their life together in Arizona, followed by Dayton and Medina, Ohio, and now Virginia. They have three children who live in Virginia. Mark is a telecoms engineer who was previously a USAF flight test engineer and NASA engineer.

Mark has held various leadership positions in the UCC, Presbyterian and now Methodist church. His faith journey started in high school and has continued throughout his life. He particularly enjoys the assistance and missionary ministries. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Finance Committee. He looks forward to working with the leadership team and enabling Floris UMC’s mission.

Idea of a perfect day: spending it at the beach with family, friends and dogs.

 

Thanhia Sanchez

At Large

Thanhia Sanchez

Thanhia grew up in a US military family and spent her childhood living in various parts of the United States as well as in Japan and Germany. Her parents met in Vietnam where her father served three tours of duty. Her mom is Vietnamese and her upbringing in a family steeped in the combined American, Vietnamese and military traditions along with other life experiences have shaped her views of the world including the imperative for social justice and equality.

Thanhia and her husband joined Floris UMC in 1998 and married shortly thereafter. They have two wonderful children and are grateful to the Floris UMC and Restoration community which has supported them through so many seasons. She enjoys spending time with her family, in particular traveling and vacationing together.

Thanhia graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Computer Science and has spent her career in the technology industry. She’s held a number of leadership positions in companies like IBM, Deltek and Salesforce. She has also enjoyed serving in a number of capacities at Floris UMC throughout the years with children and student ministries as well as leadership committees including worship, lay leadership and most recently as church council chair. She completed her three-year term as church council chair at the end of 2020 and will continue on the council as an at-large member.

Rhonda VanLowe

At Large

Rhonda VanLowe

Rhonda experienced two worlds growing up. During the school year, Rhonda was an urban kid in West Philadelphia navigating busy sidewalks and crowded subways. When summer came, she headed to rural Virginia (Blackstone) with her cousins to “work” on her uncle’s farm, where she loved and cared for all sorts of critters. Given her fond childhood memories of Virginia, making a home in Virginia is not surprising.

As a 42-year Reston resident, Rhonda raised two children here, earned her law degree, and practiced corporate law for over 30 years. Community service is an important part of Rhonda’s ethos. Rhonda has many cherished memories from her time as chair for the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program. Through this work, she experienced firsthand the power of achievement when a community works together. Rhonda’s daily prayer is that God will direct and use her energy for a positive effect in and impact on people in our community.

First job: Babysitting for neighbors.

Favorite Bible verse: Lamentations 3:22-23

Idea of a perfect day: Spending a warm autumn day walking my dogs, riding my horse at the barn and sharing a meal with my family.