The Middleburg-based nonprofit Windy Hill Foundation, which provides safe, decent and affordable housing to lower income families in Loudoun, Fauquier and Clarke counties, has named former board member Bob Dale as its new Executive Director.

Kim Hart, who has served as the Foundation’s Executive Director since 2005, will now be able to work full-time as Executive Director of the Windy Hill Development Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Foundation that was founded in 2006. Previously, Hart had been responsible for both entities.

The appointment of Dale was approved by the Foundation’s board of directors on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

“The Board is delighted that Bob was willing to be persuaded by Kim and the Board to limit his ‘retirement’ to only three months,” Windy Hill President Jonathan Catherwood said. “We are also deeply indebted to Kim for his patience managing both jobs while the board searched for someone who would truly ‘get’ the importance of the Windy Hill Foundation to our community. With Kim bringing our affordable housing projects to fruition at the development company, and Bob leading our Middleburg-based efforts at the Foundation, we feel doubly blessed.”

Dale, a long-time Middleburg resident, recently retired as a partner in the accounting firm of Yount, Hyde & Barbour. A 1976 graduate of the University of Richmond, he became a partner in the firm in 1983 and worked out of the Middleburg office until his retirement on June 30. His work was concentrated on providing tax services to high net worth individuals along with advising on equine tax issues and conservation easements. 

Catherwood said Dale’s main focus will involve expanding the services the Foundation provides to its core community in Middleburg, The Plains and Marshall.

“I’m honored to have been approached to take on the position of Executive Director of the Windy Hill Foundation and I’m very excited to once again be part of this great organization,” Dale said. “I’m especially looking forward to working with the Foundation’s Family Development Committee on expanding the services the Foundation provides for the families residing in our core community properties in Middleburg, The Plains and Marshall. I’m passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.” 

Hart, also a long-time Middleburg resident, joined the Windy Hill board in 1991. He served as the Foundation’s voluntary president for 13 years, and then as part-time Executive Director for the past 11 years, overseeing 24 years of tremendous growth. A 1970 graduate of Yale, and earning an MBA from Yale in 1980, Hart’s mandate as head of the development company will include oversight of multiple projects that will provide affordable housing in Loudoun and Fauquier counties and help to secure the long-term financial health of the Foundation.

“Given the almost exponential growth of the activities of Windy Hill Foundation in both rental properties and programs over the last decade, the Foundation has grown far beyond what two staff people can do,” Hart said. “We couldn’t be happier that Bob is joining the team, and that we’ll have enough hands on deck to meet the demand for both developing affordable workforce housing and delivering our unique, critical family programs.”

The Foundation, founded in Middleburg in 1981, offers a variety of programs for its tenant residents under the guidance of a Family Development Committee. Two of the primary programs are the After School Program for grades 7-12 and the Study Buddy, one-to-one tutoring program for elementary-aged children.

The Windy Hill Foundation consolidated budget is approximately $2 million a year, including both property operations and funds to provide senior services and family programs for many of its residents.

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