Board of Directors
"I am honored to serve as the President of the Laila Rose Foundation. The tremendous work started by my mother, Patricia Engh, and my uncle, Mike Flynn, continues today through the work of the dedicated Board of Directors of the foundation. "Having lost a child, it brings me a great deal of joy to help children of others. To see happiness and the improved self esteem of the children the foundation helps, I am reminded of the smile my daughter carried throughout each day she was with us."
Patricia Engh, Director
Having lost our beautiful granddaughter, Laila and her mother, Lisa, our family strives to cherish each other every day. It's our desire to nurture and be thoughtful to the needs of everyone God brings into our lives. The Laila Rose Foundation was established out of our family’s desire to turn tragedy into triumph, so that no child would have to feel that they were unimportant, unworthy, or without beauty.
Jill has her Bachelor of Science from West Virginia University and her Master in Education from the University of Mary Washington. She was a public school teacher for almost 10 years, until she recently left to work from home for the family business and raise her 6 children. Since 2007, Jill has been an active board member for the foundation, serving as the Administrator. She is passionate about helping families find strength and courage during difficult times.
Mike Wicks, Certified Public Accountant, is one of the principal members of Kositzka, Wicks & Co. accounting firm located in Alexandria, Va. The firm recently celebrated over 25 years in the industry. Mike is one of the original board members for the Laila Rose Foundation and is the current Treasurer. He shares his business and background knowledge and wisdom to the foundation.
Katie Werner, MEd. has worked for Stafford County Public Schools since September of 2002. She taught high school English for 11 years and now serves as Assistant Principal at a middle school. Katie has her BA in Public Relations with a concentration in School and Community Relations and her MEd. in Leadership and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. Katie joined the Laila Rose Foundation Board in 2009 and serves as the Event Chair for the Spring Festival.
Peg has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Business. For 25 years, she has enjoyed a diverse and exciting career at AT&T and have supported their most complex projects and implementations in support of our largest Global Customers. She has enjoyed mentoring and supporting young leaders in the business in the United States, Singapore and Australia.
It is heartwarming to Peggy to honor Lisa and Laila Engh and enhance the lives of children with special needs. As a board member, her experience as a licensed social worker in child welfare and pediatric health blends with the mission of the Laila Rose Foundation. Peggy is employed by the City of Alexandria and Children’s National Medical Center and have a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Social Work.
Dr. Jonathan Engh
Dr. Engh is assistant professor of neurological surgery and director of the Neuroendoport® surgery program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Engh specializes in multi-modality management of brain and spinal tumors, including minimally invasive Neuroendoport surgery, intraventricular tumor surgery, intra-operative cortical mapping, and microscopic tumor resection. Dr. Engh holds a medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed the seven-year residency program.
Dr. George Beller
George A. Beller, M.D., has more than 30 years of experience as a distinguished cardiologist. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology. He specializes in nuclear cardiology/stress testing, general cardiology and chest pain evaluation. Dr. Beller's clinical interests also include lipids, which are important in the development of atherosclerosis, a major risk factor for vascular disease.
It is an honor to serve as a Board Member for the Laila Rose Foundation. As a mother of 2 and Grandmother of 5, it brings me great joy to see The Foundation bring smiles, happiness and a feeling of self worth to all of God's children in need.