Loudoun County, Va. (March 31, 2015) – Donna Fortier and Jim Mayes received the top two awards – the Make a Difference and J. Hamilton Lambert Exemplary Leadership Award, respectively – at the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Recognition Breakfast Program on March 13, at the National Conference Center.
Fortier is the founder and CEO of Mobile Hope, which serves members of the Loudoun community, including students, in need.
The “Make a Difference Award” recognizes Loudoun school-business partners and individuals who make a significant, lasting, positive difference in the lives of our children, our community and our future through innovative programs, leadership, and partnerships benefitting Loudoun County Public Schools.
Fortier helped create Mobile Hope, which rallies the services of several community entities, including Loudoun County Public Schools, in 2011 while employed by Inova Loudoun Health Services. After realizing an unmet need existed in the community, Fortier left her job at Inova to pursue a full time position with Mobile Hope.
A 13-year resident of Loudoun County, Fortier has served as chair and vice chair of the Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Council; as president of Concerned Citizens of Broadlands; and as a board member of the Loudoun First Responders Foundation and Northern Virginia Community Foundation.
She has been honored as the Citizen of the Year by the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary; voted one of the 100 Top Women by the Loudoun Business Journal; and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2013 by Rotary International. Fortier lives in Broadlands and is the proud mother of Lauren, a junior at James Madison University, and Jared, a junior at Briar Woods High School.
Mayes, the former president of Colorcraft of Virginia, is the fifth recipient of the J. Hamilton Lambert Exemplary Leadership in Education and Community Service Award.
This award is presented to an individual with the following attributes:
- Demonstrates leadership within the community.
- Has formed a notable partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools.
- Demonstrates and encourages creativity and innovation.
- Fosters cooperation between the school and the community.
- Dedicates themselves to demonstrated community service efforts and a willingness to help others.
- Keeps abreast of developments in the field of education.
- Demonstrates leadership and exemplifies commitment.
Colorcraft of Virginia, Inc., is a mid-sized, high-end, commercial offset and digital printing company in Sterling. Mayes began his printing career in 1974, and acquired Colorcraft in 1986.
Mayes has devoted years of service to the printing industry and the Loudoun County community. He was Chairman of the Printing Industries of Virginia (PIVA) in 1995 and 1996 and served as the Virginia representative to the national organization, Printing Industries of America from 1996 to 2013. He again served as the Chairman of PIVA from 2006 to 2008. He also is a past chairman for the Virginia Printing Foundation.
Mayes was inducted into the Printing Industry Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Mayes recently retired as a 12-year member of the Advisory Board of BB&T Bank in Loudoun County. He also works closely with the Monroe Technology Center; serving as chairman of its Advisory Board for the Graphic Arts Department since 2006. His business philosophy is that of honesty and integrity, combined with a strong work ethic. Mayes is a staunch supporter of education and training, one of the main reasons for his extensive involvement with Monroe.
Mayes has been a supporter of the Loudoun County Head Start Program as well as the School-Business Partnership Executive Council.
An Eagle Scout at 14, Mayes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Kathy attend the Scottsville Independent Baptist Church where he serves on the Church Board. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.