Welcome Taralyn Tharp Kohler

Please welcome to CORE Foundation our new acting Executive Director, Taralyn Tharp Kohler. Taralyn is thrilled to join The CORE Foundation’s leadership team, and shares the belief in the model of social change by giving others a hand up not just a hand out. Taralyn was attracted to CORE Foundation’s social entrepreneur structure which varies from many 501(c)3s which focus on only one “cause.” Instead, CORE Foundation supports many causes locally, and pools together administrative and business resources while offering coaching and mentoring. This allows the causes to focus on generating donor revenue and making a difference effectively. By seeding leadership and skills locally, Taralyn feels that we can make for a stronger sustainable community for generations to come.

CORE Foundation excels in fundraising through events like triathlon and golf tournaments which also mirror Taralyn’s personal passion for sports. Ironically, Taralyn was introduced to CORE Foundation when she participated as an athlete in the 2016 Reston Sprint Triathlon (RST) which was also her first triathlon. RST is the largest triathlon in Northern Virginia, bringing together over 1000 athletes, and has a unique community feel. A portion of each athlete’s race fee is seeded back into the underserved community in Northern Virginia.

Taralyn looks forward to introducing some exciting new programs to CORE Foundation and RST this year that stress the ideas of helping your neighbor and making a difference through sports. These include the opportunity to fundraise and “Race for Free” earning back your race fee as an incentive for fundraising as well as the opportunity to purchase custom RST / CORE Foundation tri tops and tri shorts to further spread awareness of neighbors helping neighbors.

Taralyn is well seasoned in business development, strategy, sales and marketing.  After graduating from the University of Maryland College Park, Taralyn entered into the field of telecommunications. Early in her career, Taralyn was selected for MCI’s Coaching & Leadership Program fast-tracking her into management. An innovative network design which solved a client’s problem resulted in her team’s success story being featured in MCI’s annual report and industry publications: Network World, Call Center Digest, & Converge Network. Under her leadership, her team built the relationship with TWI which resulted in MCI’s acquiring ICF launching a new product line of digital media. Having an interest in being an impactful mentor then led her to seek certification in Executive Leadership Coaching at Georgetown and then shifted her career focus into helping others.
Having worked with charities since childhood, Taralyn is a natural thought leader and philanthropist.  Her intense passion for social good led her to launch “Move Your Mission,” a boutique consulting firm.  “Move Your Mission” does exactly what the name states helping organizations find new and creative ways to execute their vision and achieve sustainability while doing good.  Taralyn specializes in taking clients to a higher level than they dreamed possible.  Her concepts have been published in Grant Watch, Virginia Women’s Magazine, and Loudoun Women’s Magazine.
Outside of her professional work, she serves on the Steering Committee of “In The Bag,” the American Red Cross National Capital Region’s largest all-volunteer run fundraiser, which raises more than $140,000 annually in a one-day event. Taralyn is also part of the National Charity League and the Young Men’s Service League, where she volunteers with her teenage children, leaving a legacy of giving back and fostering leadership in our youth.  For her efforts in serving our community, she has been awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2016 and 2017 for achieving more than 500 hours of community service.
Taralyn is honored to be a member of the Capital Speakers Club of Washington where she elected President of her class.  She enjoys public speaking for the organizations that she champions.
For fun, Taralyn represents causes that she is passionate about through triathlon and is a fitness enthusiast.  She just crossed the finish line of her first Ironman 70.3 and plans to train for more 70.3 distance races in 2018.  She’s proud to have been selected to serve on the 2018 Ambassador Teams for Tritats and Field Work Nutrition Company. Taralyn resides in Fairfax with her two teenage children, and her husband James.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Taralyn, and in wishing her the best of luck in her new position with CORE Foundation.
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Twelfth Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon

RST 2018 Registration Page

Be sure to register now, while you still can…

Only about 100 spots left for this race.


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Radford Rugby Alumni Association Accolades

(From) Annual Rugger Report:
This past year has been an amazing start for the Radford Rugby Alumni Association. In less than a year the Radford Rugby Alumni Association has:
 Sponsored the very first hole of the NOVA/D.C. Golf Tournament. Hosted by Radford’s Office of Alumni Relations the event raised $5,000 that will go towards enhancing the education of a Radford University Student
 Purchased brand new jerseys, pads, and a banner for the team
 Aligned the strategic level goals of Radford Rugby with the goals of Radford University’s new President, Dr. Brian O. Hemphill as well has had Rugby Alumni meet with him at every location across the state as part of his Alumni Tour
 Sponsored the team for multiple tournaments including the historical Cherry Blossom Tournament, the James River’s Christmas 7’s, and the Roanoke 7’s. This was the first time the team has ever played in a 7’s tournament
 Partnered with Radford University and consolidated all Rugby Alumni accounts into one endowment account with over $20,000 which will be used for future rugby scholarships
 Due to the unyielding and steadfast support of the club’s faculty advisor, Drew Dodson, the club has secured Radford University’s Selu Conservancy as their official community service location. Located on 380 acres along the Little River, Selu is an “extended classroom” that hosts an impressive retreat/meeting center and classroom facility

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Reston Sprint Tri MEETUP on 18 Apr at Red’s Table in Reston

Register NOW for the April 18th Meetup

at Red’s Table in Reston 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Speakers from Jackson Clinics will discuss

Physical Therapy & Injury Prevention

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Be AMYazing High School Volunteer for Reston Youth Tri

The Be AMYazing! Reston Youth Triathlon
is looking to fill several chair positions with
motivated and qualified high school students.

Access application form here. Application due March 13th.

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Radford University Sig Ep Brothers by the Wayside is an organization that supports those in need. We have an annual Day of Service Event and a wonderful reflection of our event last year  and its impact on the receiving family was written on our Redford University Alumni Magazine that I like to share.  Below is an excerpt:

On Arpil 2, 2016, Radford University Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni and current brothers converged on the Signorello farm in Leesburg to participate in a day of service in memory of John Signorello ’89.

“Only one guy from the current Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Radford University knew John, but that doesn’t matter. He was a brother,” said Devin Jones, current president of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Four years ago, Signorello passed away from a heart attack

In 2009, Signorello and his wife Carolyn purchased 280 acres of land for which they shared a vision. The couple saw it as their little slice of heaven and were excited for the opportunity to make it their own. Today, John’s four children, who share his passion for lacrosse, often play the sport in a small field on the family’s farm.

“It was always their dream to establish this beautiful farm where he could run lacrosse camps and grow his family,” said Scott Arthur ’91. “The unfortunate thing was that he passed before he could really see it come to life.”

The overall goal of the 2016 day of service was to address some of the immediate needs on the farm. “We basically had Carolyn make a ‘honey do’ list. A bunch of us came out and looked around to figure out what was possible to get done in a day,” said Arthur.

Radford University Sigma Phi Epsilon raised $7,000 to provide food for the volunteers, fund the project supplies and support the Radford University Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter and alumni in the Brother by the Wayside account. This account was created to come to people’s rescue whenever brothers are in need.

“We look out for our own,” said Arthur.

The commitment, love and brotherhood on the Signorello farm that Saturday was unforgettable. 

View full article here

 Our Day of Service event is coming up again in April 2017. 

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