Board of Directors

Anne C. Tilney, Jr. – Board Chair

Anne’s experience at Columbia University and subsequent graduate work at the Curry School of Education, UVa, helped set the stage for her keen interest in differing educational needs in our Society. After working on Wall Street for 3 years combined with 5 years in Commercial Travel in New York City she decided to raise her family in Charlottesville. She has developed skills serving over 35 years on organizational Boards that range from a NYC Cathedral, an all women’s college preparatory school to many local Charlottesville organizations. Apprenticeship Connections is the culmination of Anne’s enriching experiences that range from farming to working in the corporate sector.


Karen Shapero Jones

Karen has had a forty plus year career in the mental health and special education field.  After obtaining her masters degree in Social Work from Syracuse University, she worked for over fifteen years in upstate New York in Human Services. She moved to Charlottesville 26 years ago when she began a career as Program Coordinator and Administrator at the Ivy Creek School where she worked with children with emotional disabilities. It was through her work at Ivy Creek , that she developed a strong interest in, and passion for developing and implementing enrichment programs  in the arts, and  employment opportunities  for students to  further pursue their interests, develop their talents and  explore their potential.


Lynne Conboy

Lynne currently volunteers as a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children though Piedmont CASA and as a reading tutor through the Book Buddies program. Lynne has over 25 years of experience working with nonprofits. She was involved with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville for over 13 years, serving as a board member for nine years and as the Chair for three. Lynne was co-founder of Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS) in Atlanta. She was also on the founding board of The Oakland Foundation which supports The Oakland School, a boarding and day school in Keswick, Virginia specializing in the education of children with learning disabilities. Lynn holds a B.A from Tulane University.


Saamia Noorali


Susanne Tilney

Susanne started her career in education teaching history, economics, political science, and geography to 6th, 7th, and 9th grade students in a private school in Connecticut. Fascinated by students who struggled with learning disabilities, she earned her special education credential at Boston University, moved to Montana and taught middle and high school students in a public school resource room. After moving to Berkeley, California, she pursued further study in special education and taught in both a Masters of Education and Teacher Credential Program in a small university in East Oakland for 17 years. She also assisted Spanish speaking parents advocate for special education services in local public schools. She has volunteered with the non-profit Writer’s Coach Connection to coach students at Berkeley High School in writing for 12 years. She continues to mentor high school and college students.  Susanne holds a B.A. in History and M.A. in Education from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.