Meet The Team
Paula Manion, Founder and Chair
Paula Manion is the Founder and Chair of City Center NOVA, and also serves the community as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Primary Mental Health Care Specialist at Children’s Medical Associates of Northern VA. Paula has over 25 years experience caring for children from birth through age 22 with a special focus on advocacy and care of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and mental health issues. She is a strong passionate leader for this mission to create affordable, inclusive communities and meaningful lives for adults with disabilities in Northern Virginia. She is married to Joe Manion, the president of City Center NOVA, a vital support to the mission. She and her husband have 3 children. Their oldest son Michael is an adult with autism, who continues to experience daily challenges and barriers as an adult with a disability. She is also a board member for the Northern Virginia Pediatric Society.
Larysa Kautz, Legal Committee Chair
Denise Garcia, Legal Committee Co-Chair
Denise Garcia, Lawyer, DGG Consulting, LLC, and Management Consulting Board of Directors, Legal Committee Co-Chair.
Denise Garcia has served as a Director to the City Center NOVA Board since March 2019 and serves on the legal and strategic planning committee. Denise is an attorney in private practice representing emerging and mid-stage businesses, including startups and nonprofits, by providing daily operational support and guidance regarding corporate law, transactional, technology, healthcare and regulatory law. She is also the mother of four, including twins with neurodiverse abilities.
Jacqui Winters, Strategic Planning Committee Chair
Maureen Waters, Director
Bruce Finland, Director
Joe Manion, Co-Founder and President
Mark Lowe, Treasurer
Mark Lowe serves as Treasurer for City Center NOVA and is a member of the corporation’s Financial Committee. Mark is also Vice President of Gas Supply and Engineering for Washington Gas and an active member of the American Gas Association and the Southern Gas Association. Sixteen years ago, Mark and his wife Julie adopted Matt from Russia and shortly after returning home determined he was intellectually disabled and socially challenged. Now a wonderful young adult, Matt continues to be challenged by many of life’s routine, and struggles to develop those relationships essential to a full and happy life. Mark and Julie are focused creating homes and safe, inclusive communities for Matt and his peers to live independently. Mark holds degrees in Geological Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, an MBA from Pepperdine University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Kris McHarg, Secretary
Kris McHarg is a retired Navy Nurse, who has been working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for over 20 years. She is an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and is a Past President of the Virginia Chapter. She was also a board member and President of the Washington-Tokyo Women’s Club. After living in multiple states, Guam and Japan, she and her husband, Rick, settled in Fairfax Station, VA. They have 2 children and one grandson who also live in the DC area and will welcome twin grandbabies in the spring. They also have a 10 year old Golden Retriever. She enjoys being a grandma, boating, traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and Jazzercize!