About Us

The Lake Youth Foundation was formed in 2005 by Lake of the Woods residents to help support the youth in our community.  LYF is an non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to funding programs that promote the values of community service, citizenship and leadership.

LYF About us

Our youth need you! Your contributions or voluntary service to LYF means a great deal to us and even more to the young people who benefit from our foundation. Through these contributions - individuals, organizations and businesses can promote a brighter future for our youth. Your generosity will help us sponsor educational programs and fun family events for the Lake of the Woods community and, at the same time, help LYF raise funds to support our scholarship program.

Mailing Address:     P.O. Box 964, Locust Grove, Virginia 22508
Email Address:        info@lakeyouth.org
Phone Number:       540-972-8634

A financial statement is available upon written request from the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs.

Directors and Officers

Terry Hileman, President & Treasurer - Terry is a founding member and has served as LYF's Treasurer since 2005.  He is the event coordinator for LYF's annual "Children's Fishing Tournament". Terry is a Special Olympics basketball and softball coach and also helps the Orange County High School Anglers with their annual Sportman's Expo. Terry has been a LOW Lions Club member since 2006.

Diane Hileman, Vice President & Secretary - Diane is a founding member and she started the cardboard boat regatta in 2005 which has become a very popular event at LOW. Many of you know Diane from working at the front desk at the Holcomb building.

Lois Powell, Director - Lois is a founding member and is the chairperson for the LYF scholarship program. She is a retired teacher of 25 years who taught Writing and Social Studies. Lois is also the chairperson of the LOW Lions Club Scholarship Committee. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award in 2009.

Mary Lou McFarland, Director - Mary Lou has been an LYF board member since 2007 and is a former teacher who has worked with children at the library, Childhelp, and here in Lake of the Woods.  She coordinates and teaches the Super Sitter classes that train LOW students in proper babysitting skills.

Connie Buttimer, Director - Connie is a founding member and she is the coordinator for LYF's annual "Visit With Santa", the LOW Lioness Youth Outreach representative, and the coordinator for the Children's Butterfly Garden sponsored by the LOW Garden Club. As an Air Force wife for 27 years, Connie has been involved in many activities pertaining to children (Scout Leader and Leader Trainer, PTA President, Treasurer and VA PTA Life Member, and several LOWA Committees). She is the mother of two sons and one daughter, and is now the proud grandmother of six grandchildren!

Judy Sheridan, Director

Jim Flood, Director

Dee Flood, Director

Gayla Gamble, Director

Jane Haltmaier, Director

Kelley Cianci, Director

Advisory Committee

Hank Lewis - Hank was LYF's Vice President from 2009 to 2011 and was the coordinator for LYF's Annual Children's Fishing Tournament. He has been appointed to the Orange County Youth Commission and served as an alternate on the LOW Community and Youth Activities Committee (CYA). Hank was the School Safety Resource Officer for the 2nd District in Washington DC and was director of the annual School Safety Patrol Parade. He also founded the Fun Bunch in 2006 and is still very active with the group.

Melanie Philipp - Melanie was a founding member and served as LYF's Vice President from 2005 to 2008.  She also served on the LOWA Board of Directors and the LOW Youth Activities Committee (YAC).

Katie Yarrow

Timmy Barr