Ohana Means Family
Ohana Preservation Foundation would not exist without it's amazing Ohana of Volunteers, Program Partners, Animal Partners, Employees and Board of Directors.
We have a small number of employees, who wear multiple hats and over 130 volunteers, who collectively volunteered over 7,000 hours.
Meet Our Team
Melissa Pankas is the President and CFO of the Ohana Preservation Foundation. Melissa and her husband, Jim, are also the Owners of Ohana Equestrian Preserve. Melissa generously donates her time to the foundation and the use of the Ohana Equestrian Preserve property.
Melissa honors the legacy of John and Tess Jubinsky and thanks them for supporting the mission of the Ohana Preservation Foundation.
Kristin Stewart, Director of Programs. Kristin is a Virginia native and currently lives in Aldie with her husband and three children. Kristin spent many years in corporate HR and project management. She joined Ohana Equestrian Preserve in 2019 and now focuses on Programs and Operations for the Ohana Preservation Foundation.
Tara Hoit is a Certified Children's Grief Counselor, Certified Horticultural Therapist, and Virginia Master Gardener. Tara spent many years in non-profit program development and fundraising. Tara joined the foundation in 2022 and now leads our Therapeutic Horticulture program.
Our Board of Directors
Melissa Pankas- President & Treasurer; President & CFO of Ohana Preservation Foundation and Owner of Ohana Equestrian Preserve (Ohana Aina LLC). Retired Corporate Finance Consultant- worked for various companies including Ducommun Technologies, DIRECTV and Twentieth Century Fox. Expertise: Finance
Carl Pike- Vice President; Retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge Special Ops Division for DOJ; Chief Strategy Officer at WMR and Senior Consultant for Intelligence and Operations at GTAC.
Kristin Stewart- Secretary; Director of Programs of Ohana Preservation Foundation Expertise: Special Event Planning
Mike Overson- Board Member- Partner- Moyes Hanssen Overson PLLC. Focal points- Real estate, estate planning and business law. Expertise: Equine Law
Laura Tekrony- Board Member- Currently running for Supervisor of Little River District in Loudoun (The district that Ohana Preservation/Equestrian reside in). Legislative aide to Chair Phyllis Randal - Chair At-Large, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Board Member of Aldie Heritage Association since 2013. Expertise: Land Preservation
Heather Hess- Board Member- Teacher at Tuscarora High School teaching AP Psychology and Intro to AP World; Co-Sponsor of the Tuscarora Key Club. Working on getting PATH Certified to become an Equine Specialist in Mental Health for OPF. Expertise: Equine Support, Volunteer Coordination Leadership
Dominique Duong- Board Member- New York Life DC Region Director of Development; Part of New York Life Community Impact Grant Committee; Volunteer Coordinator for the Northern Virginia and Greater Washington General Offices; Board of Directors of CaringMatters and LightHouse DC and a member of The Women of the Inn at The Children's Inn at NIH. Expertise: Children's Grief Support Programming Advocate, Resource Development Support