Our Office

One-To-One Support and Office Hours Are By Appointment

Mailing Address:

The Sadie Rose Foundation

P.O. Box 382

Dayton, VA 22821

Physical Address:

Our office is located within First Church of the Brethren; 315 S Dogwood Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.  All events are held at this location unless otherwise noted.


Support: (540) 810-0307

Information: (540) 810-4351

Board of Directors

Vonda D-162

Vonda Driver

Executive Director

Carole Persinger

Board Chair

Calvin Shirk

Director, Secretary

Chris Galloway


Non-Board Personnel

Regina Cyzick Harlow

Co-Founder, Speaker, Support Companion

Lee Harlow


Kassandra Galloway

CFO, Administrative Assistant

300 Club

We are looking for partners to help continue our momentum and are asking you to consider joining our $300 Club. We need immediate and ongoing funds to continue and are seeking individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations to commit to giving $300 a year or $25 a month. Our monthly operating expenses average $5000 with rent, facility, operations, programs, and payroll.

Vonda Driver, Executive Director

Vonda is mom to three adult children and Nan to 8. She lives in Harrisonburg, with her two cats, Ponce and Tagua. Vonda served on the Sadie Rose Foundation Board for two years prior to becoming the 2nd Executive Director. She believes that when a family is walking through grief, it is beneficial to have the support of a community who understands.

Outside of her duties at the Foundation, Vonda stays busy as a, BANK IOS Certified Coach, and pet sitter extraordinaire, and part time Virtual Assistant.

Vonda is 2024/25 President for the Harrisonburg Women’s Service League, Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a member of Rotary Club of Harrisonburg

Carole was born in Rockingham County and has spent the better part of life living here in the valley.  She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University, She has worked in the real estate industry for over ten years, and is currently the Director of Growth Development at Harman Realty Inc. She is a member of the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to obtaining a real estate license she homeschooled her daughter, started a local small business with her husband-which is still in operation and continuing to grow each year, and owned and operated a local vintage/antique shop that grew from a hobby into a business.

Currently she resides on a small homestead in Singers Glen, with her husband, Barry, and has one adult daughter, Alexandrya.  In her free time, she enjoys being outside with her animals, spending time with family and friends, traveling, snorkeling, and finding vintage furniture and antique rugs. She’s also a bit of an adrenaline junkie who enjoys zip lining and skydiving.   When time allows, she enjoys volunteering for various charitable organizations.

Since learning about the Sadie Rose Foundation, Carole knew she wanted to be involved in some way and to help increase awareness of how vitally important the organization is to our community.

Calvin Shirk: Director, Recording Secretary, 5k Event Planning Team

Hi, I’m Calvin Shirk and I was born in Ephrata, Pa. (Lancaster County). I’m the oldest of six children, and for the most part grew up on a dairy farm. The tractors always held more interest than the cows did for me. I met my wife Martha in the youth group of church conference we both grew up in. Our parents knew each other from the same youth group twenty some years earlier. We lived two hours apart, so I spent many hours and miles on the road each weekend of our courtship. We got married in February of 2001 and settled on a acre horse farm. The first of our nine living children was born in December of 2001. I built fence as my first job off of the farm, then moved on to driving big trucks. I’ve had at least part of my work include a CDL class truck ever since. In December 2006 we moved to McVeytown, Pa. and spent almost eight years there before moving to Virginia in September 2014. Two months after moving to Virginia, we were introduced to the Sadie Rose Foundation after experiencing the second miscarriage of our marriage. In 2017 we got a lot more involved with the Sadie Rose Foundation after a tumultuous pregnancy that ended in a live birth, but we were only able to have our dear son earth-side for 23 hours before letting him go as he was born without any kidneys. Regina and the rest of the group has been a real support for our family as we walk this path of grief. As I mentioned earlier we do have nine living children, ranging in age from 17 to 1 year old. And of those nine, 5 are boys, and four are girls. We now live in Broadway, Va on 13 acres that is also home to 5 goats, a few cats and a dog. A local farmer also put some cows on the pasture this summer. We try to do a big garden, and hope to expand our livestock into something profitable. With 11 people in the household, there is always something going on somewhere!

Philip Haddad, Director

Philip moved to the area from Pittsburgh PA to attend Eastern Mennonite University. He has come to the Shenandoah Valley since childhood to attend annual family reunions, and decided this would be an ideal place to raise a family. Philip is married to Rachel, who is also heavily involved with non-profits, currently A Family For Every Orphan, they have three boys, one dog, and four cats. Philip is a financial advisor, invested in his church, and loves serving the community through organizations such as the Sadie Rose Foundation.