Leadership & Senior Staff

Lieutenant Colonel Ted Probert USMC (Ret.)

President and CEO

Ted Probert joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2018. Serving in the Marine Corps Reserves for 21 years, he retired as a LtCol in 2014. Ted brings over 28 years of development experience to MCSF, highlighted by his time at Phillips Exeter Academy as both campaign director for The Exeter Initiatives, which raised $352 million, and...

Ted Probert joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2018. Serving in the Marine Corps Reserves for 21 years, he retired as a LtCol in 2014. Ted brings over 28 years of development experience to MCSF, highlighted by his time at Phillips Exeter Academy as both campaign director for The Exeter Initiatives, which raised $352 million, and the Director of Institutional Advancement. Currently the President and CEO of the Scholarship Foundation, Ted works closely with the Board of Directors on strategic direction, attends events across the Nation and manages all business affairs. A large focus of his work is achieving strategic goals through campaign initiatives, including launching the Honor and Education campaign, which aims to raise $225 million over seven years. Ted and his wife, Andi, reside in Alexandria, VA and have two children, Campbell and Tanner.

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Ashley Saville

Chief Development Officer

Ashley Saville joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in 2014. Most recently, she served as the Senior Philanthropic Officer where she led the Directors of Development across the nation on identifying, qualifying, and growing the pipeline of major gift investors, as well as prospecting, cultivating, and stewarding new investors. In her current role as Chief...

Ashley Saville joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in 2014. Most recently, she served as the Senior Philanthropic Officer where she led the Directors of Development across the nation on identifying, qualifying, and growing the pipeline of major gift investors, as well as prospecting, cultivating, and stewarding new investors. In her current role as Chief Development Officer, Ashley leads the Development and Events teams. In addition, Ashley is responsible for coordinating and developing initiatives for principal level partnerships which allows the Scholarship Foundation to work together with top companies, corporations, and organizations to advance our mission of Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children.

As the daughter of dual spouse Air Force Senior Master Sergeants,  she was led to serve after completing her undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University. Ashley commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 2009. While on active duty Ashley served as a platoon commander in Helmand Province, Afghanistan where she led convoy operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Her last duty station was Marine Barracks Washington.

Ashley currently resides in Virginia with her husband Major Mark Saville and their son Robert.

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Jeanna Adams

Director, Scholarship Programs

Jeanna Adams joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in December 2010. During her time at the Scholarship Foundation, Jeanna has overseen the awarding of $80 million in scholarships and 24,000+ awards while developing programmatic strategies to achieve measurable results. A California native and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Jeanna has an...

Jeanna Adams joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in December 2010. During her time at the Scholarship Foundation, Jeanna has overseen the awarding of $80 million in scholarships and 24,000+ awards while developing programmatic strategies to achieve measurable results. A California native and a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Jeanna has an extensive background in non-profit development and growth strategies and has been an active member of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) since 2010. Jeanna and her husband, veteran Marine Dustin Adams, reside in Reno, Nevada with their cat Oliver.

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Courtney Balson

Director of Advancement

Courtney Balson joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2011 as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. Courtney quickly became involved in assisting the Foundation in its stewardship efforts and was an integral part in establishing the Foundation’s dedicated Stewardship Department. As the Director of Advancement, Courtney is responsible for recognizing investors, cementing them to...

Courtney Balson joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2011 as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. Courtney quickly became involved in assisting the Foundation in its stewardship efforts and was an integral part in establishing the Foundation’s dedicated Stewardship Department. As the Director of Advancement, Courtney is responsible for recognizing investors, cementing them to the mission, and advancing their long-term involvement with the Scholarship Foundation through a comprehensive donor relations and stewardship program. In addition, she is responsible for the oversight and execution of the Scholarship Foundation’s Fidelis Fund which supports the Scholarship Foundation’s mission-critical annual initiatives.  Courtney holds an undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Communication Studies and a Master’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in Education. Courtney is dedicated to helping Marines and their families through the power of education and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with twin sons, Shane and Jackson.

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Lea Fitzpatrick

Director, Development Strategy

Lea joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2010.  Her nonprofit career spans more than 15 years, including with the Development teams at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.  During her time at the Scholarship Foundation, Lea has held several roles focused on event and major gift fundraising, and stewardship.  Currently,...

Lea joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2010.  Her nonprofit career spans more than 15 years, including with the Development teams at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.  During her time at the Scholarship Foundation, Lea has held several roles focused on event and major gift fundraising, and stewardship.  Currently, she serves as the Director, Development Strategy. In this role, Lea oversees the strategic direction of the major gifts fundraising team, including planned giving and the Rockmore Society. Much of her work is cross-departmental, coordinating with internal teams to support investors in achieving their philanthropic goals with the Scholarship Foundation. A graduate of Wake Forest University and a proud military spouse, Lea resides in Charlotte, NC with her two children and her husband, a Navy pilot currently serving in the Reserves.

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Rita H. Hsieh

Comptroller

Rita joined the Scholarship Foundation in April 2011. She brings to the senior leadership team over twelve years of profit and non-profit accounting experience. Previously a Project Accountant for M.C. Dean, a design-build and systems integration corporation, she managed multiple construction projects, including $80 million budgeted for the recently developed Military Department Investigative Agencies Headquarters...

Rita joined the Scholarship Foundation in April 2011. She brings to the senior leadership team over twelve years of profit and non-profit accounting experience. Previously a Project Accountant for M.C. Dean, a design-build and systems integration corporation, she managed multiple construction projects, including $80 million budgeted for the recently developed Military Department Investigative Agencies Headquarters in Quantico, VA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Roanoke College and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from George Mason University. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband.

 

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Renee Laflam

Director, National Events

Renee Laflam joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2013 as part of the Events Department. As Director of National Events, Renee is responsible for the strategy, direction, planning, and execution of all Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation events. With nearly 40 annual events across the country, Renee works closely with local volunteer committees and vendors towards the...

Renee Laflam joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2013 as part of the Events Department. As Director of National Events, Renee is responsible for the strategy, direction, planning, and execution of all Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation events. With nearly 40 annual events across the country, Renee works closely with local volunteer committees and vendors towards the successful execution of established organization, brand, development, and operational goals. A large focus of her work is the development and implementation of short and long-term event strategies to enhance their role as an efficient and effective platform for cultivation, revenue generation, stewardship, and brand awareness. Renee holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Wheaton College (MA) and resides in Boston, MA.

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Dana Mills

Director of Communications

Dana joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2013 and quickly became involved in the development and execution of Scholarship Foundation messaging. She was promoted to Communications Manager in 2016, where she was responsible for maintaining and leveraging the Scholarship Foundation’s presence in areas of paid, earned, owned and shared media. In her current role as Director...

Dana joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2013 and quickly became involved in the development and execution of Scholarship Foundation messaging. She was promoted to Communications Manager in 2016, where she was responsible for maintaining and leveraging the Scholarship Foundation’s presence in areas of paid, earned, owned and shared media. In her current role as Director of Communications, Dana oversees all messaging for the Scholarship Foundation, elevates the Scholarship Foundation’s brand, and is passionate about building an engaged and supportive community of supporters nationwide. Dana holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and resides in Alexandria, VA.

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Candice Thomas

Director, Data Operations and Integration

Candice Thomas joined the Scholarship Foundation in July of 2012 as a part of the Data Operations Department. As the Director, Data Operations and Integration, she is responsible for gift entry, donor communication, and streamlined reporting. Since her tenure at the organization, Candice has developed processes and procedures to ensure the integrity of the database...

Candice Thomas joined the Scholarship Foundation in July of 2012 as a part of the Data Operations Department. As the Director, Data Operations and Integration, she is responsible for gift entry, donor communication, and streamlined reporting. Since her tenure at the organization, Candice has developed processes and procedures to ensure the integrity of the database that support the overall goals and mission of the organization. Candice holds an undergraduate degree from Kentucky State University and a Master’s degree from Oakland University. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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