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NVRC Staff

Robert Loftur-Thun, Interim Executive Director

Robert (Bob) joined NVRC as Interim Executive Director in July 2015. Bob has 15 years executive experience in the private sector and over 15 years in the non-profit sector. He has a strong foundation in financial management, with a BS/BA degree in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University, further training and certification as a CPA and executive financial management positions in a number of companies. Bob also has a strong technology background, and was IT Director of the Corcoran Gallery/College of Art + Design. In addition, Bob has been a CEO of a start-up company as well as a non-profit organization, and has taken a company from $2 million to $5 million in two years. Bob has also served as Vice President of Marketing and Development of a non-profit organization.

Andaleeb Elayan - Finance & Administration Manager

Andaleeb joined the NVRC staff in June 2016. She graduated from Gallaudet University in May 2016 with BS degrees in  Accounting and Business Administration. Andaleeb also started working for Global Deaf Muslim part-time in June 2016. She was born Deaf and grew up in Northern Virginia. Andaleeb is pursuing to become a certified CPA in the near future.


Bruce GreenfieldBruce Greenfield, Web Media Technologist

Bruce joined the NVRC staff  part-time starting July, 2012. He brings a broad range of skills related to web technologies, photography, graphics, and mobile communications. A graduate from RIT with a career focused on presentation media, website design, and event audio/video. Previously worked for Apple at the Fair Oaks retail store, and was Vice President for L&M Production Design Group.


Debbie JonesDebbie Jones, Resource and Technology Specialist

Debbie came to NVRC in January 1995 and is most often the first point of contact for NVRC. Debbie answers consumer questions such as where to find audiologists, Sign Language classes, interpreters or support groups. She is also in charge of the Demonstration Room, and is the person to talk to about assistive devices and technology for people with hearing loss. Additionally, Debbie provides technology trainings to individuals with hearing loss, as well as outreach trainings for businesses, agencies and organizations who work with deaf and hard of hearing people.


Bonnie O’LearyBonnie O'Leary, Certified Hearing Loss Support Specialist, Outreach Manager

Bonnie joined NVRC in January of 2002, focusing on outreach to senior citizens who have hearing loss and education for hearing families, caregivers and supervisors.  She completed her two-year certification as a Peer Mentor and Certified Hearing Loss Support Specialist at Gallaudet University in 2007.  A late-deafened adult, Bonnie has led the development of NVRC's 3-part outreach series for seniors, "I Can't Hear You!", and applies her own personal experience with hearing loss to her outreach work.  She also co-created the "Miscommunication or Missed Communication?" workshop teaching communication strategies for families and caregivers.  During her "hearing" years, Bonnie worked in advertising in New York and London and owned a 24-track recording studio in Burke, Virginia.  She has two grown children, a passion for cats, and enjoys all forms of needle arts, cooking, and Scrabble.


Leah Atwa

Leah Atwa, Program Manager Interpreting and Transliterating Services

Leah joined NVRC November 2016 as the part-time Interpreting program coordinator. Leah is a native northern Virginia interpreter for more than 10 years. She handles most of our in house interpreting needs. Leah works with our customers to process interpreting requests to our amazing interpreting team.

Contact Leah with any questions related to our interpreting services.