Meet PATC’s Two New Staff Members

PATC recently welcomed two new members to our staff: Finance Coordinator Nicolas Haynor and Cabin Coordinator Martha Reynolds. Please stop by next time you are at Headquarters to meet these enthusiastic new additions to our staff, both of whom look forward to working with you.

Nicolas grew up outside Philadelphia before moving to Vienna, Va. PATC’s headquarters building was a familiar sight when he lived in this town and attended Madison high school. He then enrolled at William and Mary, graduating in 2010 with a degree in finance. He subsequently worked for Educational Connections and for Electric Power Systems, International.

Nicolas says he applied for the Finance Coordinator job because “the role appealed to me; this is exactly the type of responsibility I was looking for, and I appreciate that PATC is a socially conscious organization.” He enjoys hiking at Old Rag, Great Falls, and other parks in our region. His other interests include tennis and acrylic painting, especially landscapes. He recently purchased a house in Centreville, and has dived into a number of projects, including the type familiar to PATC’s cabin crews. He brings a decade of progressively responsible experience in budgeting, financial planning, and operational planning that he looks forward to transitioning into the nonprofit sector, an arena he previously dabbled in but that was not his primary focus.

In an organization noted for low turnover and long tenures, Nicolas held the distinction of being PATC’s newest employee – but only for three weeks before Martha came on board.

Martha grew up in a small town in the northern part of Culpeper County, nestled between Rappahannock and Fauquier. After graduating from Fauquier High School she earned an undergraduate degree at Randolph-Macon College, where she studied political science and art history. “These fields developed my interest in the nonprofit sector, and influenced the path of my graduate education,” says Martha, who is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in nonprofit management. Martha also has extensive experience working with volunteers, including through Circle K and Service Fellows while in college, and appreciates the volunteer ethos that drives PATC’s success.

“Recently, I began searching for a career in this area, and was thrilled to discover that the PATC was seeking a cabin coordinator. As a lover of Virginia State Parks, I have frequented their cabins for many years, with special affection for those constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. I thoroughly enjoy visiting state parks because they illustrate Virginia’s diverse topography, flora, and fauna and offer a range of hiking trails. I am looking forward to experiencing these elements at the PATC cabins. I can’t wait to explore PATC’s cabins and surrounding hiking opportunities,” Martha says. Art is another of her core interests, and she enjoys traveling to galleries, museums, and new exhibitions in the area. She also enjoys nonfiction books—especially those pertaining to colonial history—film, and animals. “My dog, who loves to accompany me on hiking adventures, and cats are a significant element in my life,” she says.

Members and volunteers can reach Nicolas by email or at 703/242-0315, extension 106; and Martha by email or at 703/242-0315, extension 108. Nicolas’s regular hours are 8:30 to 4:30, while Martha’s are 9:00 to 2:00, Monday through Friday.

A number of members commented that the transitions of our staff felt seamless. Credit must be given where due! In the Finance department, Tom Driggers worked hard to complete work on the audit and get all books in order before he moved to Texas to tend to family matters. Then our previous Finance Coordinator, Mona Filchock, tag-teamed with consulting controller Cheryl Topping to get Nicolas up to speed. Prior Cabin Coordinator Anne Corwith likewise came by to spend time with Martha and show her the ropes of that department, in coordination with Anstr Davidson. Anstr, who had filled in for Anne when she took an academic sabbatical last fall, assumed the Cabin duties again as a volunteer for the two months the position was vacant – an exceptional contribution of time and energy that ensured all went smoothly until Martha arrived.

-Brewster Thackeray, PATC Staff Director