Board of Directors

** = Living Legend


Jeanne Theismann, Journalist

Jeanne Theismann is an award-winning journalist who serves as Special Assistant to the Publisher of the Connection Newspapers, a 15-strong group of community newspapers that includes the Alexandria Gazette Packet. Ms. Theismann began her journalism career at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn., where she was a weathercaster and reporter for local news programs including “Good Morning, Connecticut.” She went on to spend four years in Tokyo working for the Yomiuri Shimbun, the world’s largest daily newspaper, before relocating to Northern Virginia. Her nonprofit endeavors include delivering medical supplies to orphanages around the world on behalf on Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu’s St. George’s Cathedral Foundation.  Ms. Theismann is a member of the Alexandria Rotary Club and serves on the board of directors for the Alexandria Police Foundation, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Vice President

Martha Lloyd, Owner, StratPaths

As a visionary and strategist, Ms. Lloyd has lead or contributed to strategic plans, new business development, capture plans as well as robust go-to-market approaches to industry specific markets. Ms. Lloyd has three (3) decades of experience developing a strong track record closing large, multifaceted government and commercial contracts. She has worked with a varied customer base, senior level management and complex business operations and holds an active Top Secret clearance.


Donna Walker James, Consultant

Donna Walker James  serves as Treasurer of Living Legends of Alexandria. She joined the Board in July 2017.  James is Executive Director of Agenda: Alexandria. She also works with several Alexandria non-profit organizations including First Night Alexandria and the Goodwin House Foundation. Previously, James held positions at Volunteer Alexandria, Senior Services of Alexandria, Friends of Guest House, and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.  She was Vice President for a family-owned real estate company and still serves as Operations Manager for her husband’s heating and air conditioning business, HonestAire. She is a T.C. Williams Graduate and received a BA in Urban Studies and a Master’sin Education from the University of Pennsylvania. James’ mother Lois Walker was named a Living Legend in 2010.


Janet Barnett

(Bio coming soon)

Past President

Jennifer Ayers, Management Consultant

Jennifer Ayers is an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations. She is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of PRS, Inc., an organization serving Northern Virginia and D.C., providing a myriad of services to those with mental illness or facing a crisis. She is an active member of her community and has resided in Alexandria since 2000 with her husband, two children and dog.


Audrey Davis, Museum Director

Audrey P. Davis is Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia. On January 5, 2018, Ms. Davis was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Task Force for the Identification of the History of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in Virginia. On November 30, 2018, Ms. Davis was reappointed by Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam, reappointed her to the State Historical Records Advisory Board fora term of three years beginning November 1, 2018, and ending October 31, 2021.It is her fifth gubernatorial appointment.

Tavares Floyd, Attorney

Tavares M. Floyd, Esq. boasts an array of political, community development, advocacy, and legal experience. Tavares is currently a Lawyer at Floyd Legal Services, specializing in Civil Rights. Tavares is also the CEO/Founder of the BeWell Project, a non-profit centered on ending systems that limit Black wellness and emphasizing the urgency of protecting folks living on the margins of the margins, including men, women, boys, girls, the gamut of LGBTQA folk, and other minorities. Tavares serves on the Board for the Charles Houston Recreation Center as Vice President, Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria (CCNA) as Secretary, the Departmental Progressive Club of Alexandria Board of Governors, ECHO Virginia Coalition, Ambassador for the Trevor Project (DC), Commissioner with the City of Alexandria’s Commission on HIV/AIDS, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Tavares has previously served on the National Board of the NAACP and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Tavares has received numerous awards including being selected as a 2018 recipient of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 40 under 40.

Kone Fseha, Program Manager

Kone Fseha is a socially-engaged technology and leadership enthusiast with in-the-field of Program Management. His passion is in leveraging technology to bring people together for a common purpose with a focus on building and maintaining a career where a combination of analytical thinking, attention to detail, and social skills will be put to use on a regular basis. Kone is a fulltime Program Manager, Part-time Human Rights Activist, Blogger and a Community organizer in west-end Alexandria among the immigrant community.

Marcus Henderson, Northern Virginia Community College

(Bio coming soon)

Florence King**, Co-Chair and CEO of FMK Financial Literacy Center

Florence King brings over 25 years of financial experience to FMK Financial Literacy Center. She is Chair of the Alexandria Regional Council of the United Way, NCA and Chair of the Alexandria Commission on Employment.  She also serves as Board Secretary for Agenda:Alexandria.  A graduate of George Mason University, Florence majored in Sociology and Business Administration. She regularly conducts a series of money management courses to improve financial literacy by utilizing systematic approaches to building assets, savings, and offers real time solutions to implement practical ways to live within your means. Florence has been serving as a Financial Counselor for over fifteen years at McLean Bible Church – a congregation of over 20,000 attendees located in Tyson Corner, Virginia. She is a certified Chartered Financial Consultant and Money Management Coach under the Crown Financial Ministries. She has a partnership with the Alexandria Re-Development Housing Authority in which she provides financial literacy workshops for city residents who live in low income and subsidized housing.

Gregg Murphy**, Attorney

Gregg is a 2014 Living Legend. More than 30 years as a practicing attorney (labor and employment focus) who has been peer-recognized as a “super lawyer” multiple times. Extensive nonprofit board leadership roles,including board Chair of Alexandria Hospital negotiating its merger with INOVA, the board on which he also served. Board member and subsequent Chair of Senior Services of Alexandria, where he guided its financial turnaround. Active in additional volunteer and pro bona activities. Murphy’s greatest contribution while on the Alexandria Hospital board was his role in leading the merger of the hospital into the INOVA Healthcare System, thereafter serving on its parent board from 1998-2008 and chairing its Strategic Alliances Committee.

Fernando Torrez, Owner, NanoTech

Fernando, a natural born leader who honorably served in the United States Air Force. He was the recipient of the 2003 Supply Airman of the Year, the highest worldwide award within Air Force Space Command. Fernando is the President of Nano Tech, founded in 2008, a firm that provides Information Technology services and cybersecurity services,supporting the public and private sector in the metropolitan area. As a result of the proven track record and successful partnerships with vendors and industry leaders, NanoTech is Small, Women and Minority (SWaM) certified and a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small-Business (SDVOSB) currently pursuing opportunities with the Department of Homeland Security, Veteran Affairs and the U.S Air Force. The latest recognition are the 2017 40 Under 40 and the 2015 Best Veteran Owned Business – both from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Director Emeritus

Nina Tisara, Founder, Living Legends of Alexandria

Artist/Photographer Nina Tisara’s love of photography and the people of Alexandria, led her to develop a photo-documentary history of people who make extraordinary contributions to the City. The Living Legends project both chronicles and celebrates the work of these leaders to improve lives in Alexandria. Beginning her career as a part-time photojournalist, Nina has photographed Alexandria people and places since 1980. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Nina received Volunteer Alexandria’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2011.