Our Staff

Dr. Sarah Kranz-Ciment, PT, DPT

Founder and Executive Director of Friendship Circle of Virginia

Dr. Sarah Kranz-Ciment (she/her) is a physical therapist and has been a strong advocate for the disability community for more than fifteen years. She serves on the Virginia State Board for People with Disabilities and the Disability Board for Jewish Federations of North America. She is also a proud mom of 5.

Tanya Buresh-Werby

Assistant Director of Friendship Circle of Virginia

In her 5 years as Director of Marketing and Office Operations at the Friendship Circle of San Diego, Tanya (she/her) contributed to the organization's growth and success via her involvement in event management and numerous other functions. In her prior roles with state government organizations and within the private sector, Tanya honed her project management, personnel management, and administrative skills.

Alana Miller

Director of Engagement

Alana Miller (she/her) a dedicated advocate and founder of Say Hello Threads, brings a wealth of experience in therapeutic foster care to her work. With a passion for supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities, Alana's journey was inspired by her own son's experiences. Her commitment to fostering inclusivity and raising awareness within the disabilities community drives her efforts, making her a compassionate and impactful figure in the field.

Carolyn Marks O'Donnell, M.A.T.

Teen Leadership Board Director

Carolyn (she/her) joined the Friendship Circle of Virginia after experiencing LifeTown in Columbus via the Friendship Circle of Ohio. She looks forward to supporting the Teen Leadership Board. Carolyn has ten years experience as a special educator, working with children K-12. Most recently, Carolyn worked as a teacher in the Integrated Services program at Glen Allen High School.

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