Meredith Lefforge 
Community Outreach Coordinator 

As Community Outreach Coordinator, Meredith connects businesses to needs of children in the community, as well as organizing fundraising and FUN-raising events to continue Rachel Paxton’s legacy of serving children in need in Loudoun.

A California native, Meredith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California.  After a successful 10-year career in public and government relations, she went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in journalism and public affairs and became a news producer in New York at CNBC and Fox News Channel and then at CNN Washington DC bureau.  She then took time off to start a family and relocated to Loudoun County. She felt called to give back to her community and began volunteer work with local nonprofits, which led to her accepting a position with The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus as director of development. After helping build a successful fundraising foundation at the Arc of Loudoun, Meredith left The Arc in 2017; and joined the Paxton Trust in 2018.

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Jennifer Lassiter Smith

Jennifer Lassiter Smith is the Owner’s Representative for the Paxton Trustees as it pertains to the development process in The Trust’s exciting new project with INMED Partnerships for Children. 

Jennifer began leading the Paxton Trust as its CEO in March 2017 and expanded her vision beyond the programs on the Paxton Campus to include all children in need in Loudoun County. The Paxton Trust has now partnered with more than 30 organizations serving children, as well as impacting the community through its own initiatives like “Kids in Business”, “What’s your Word?”, the Tony Seang Memorial Education Fun and the Paxton Trust Emergency Fund.

In June 2019,  joined INMED Partnerships for Children as Director of U.S. Programs. In this role, she will
expand the type and reach of INMED’s services for children and families, including children with autism, in Loudoun County and beyond.

Her passion to help children with disabilities began when her oldest daughter, Katelyn, was diagnosed with autism at age 2.  Realizing she would need to be Katelyn’s advocate, Jennifer embarked on a journey that has now helped hundreds of families throughout Loudoun County and beyond. 

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