Our Team

OUR TEAM

James J. Laychak, President & Chairman

James J. Laychak is currently the Associate Vice President of University Advancement & Alumni Relations at George Mason University (GMU). In this role he works with Deans and Directors of Development in the various academic units at GMU to achieve annual fundraising goals. Prior to working for GMU, Mr. Laychak was employed for two years as the Chief Operating Officer of Center City Public Charter Schools (PCS). He also has 26 years of varied experience in the consulting industry as Senior Executive with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. In addition, since 2003, he has served as the volunteer President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc (PMF). The PMF is the organization that led the effort to raise the funds needed to design, build, and maintain the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.

After losing his younger brother in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Mr. Laychak became involved in the process of creating a memorial on the grounds of the Pentagon to honor the 184 men, women and children killed there on September 11, 2001. Mr. Laychak worked to establish the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF), the non-profit tax-exempt organization responsible for raising the funds to design, build and maintain the Pentagon Memorial. From the earliest stages, Mr. Laychak served as Member of the Steering Committee that helped guide the project’s site selection and design competition, including the juried process to pick final concept design.

Mr. Laychak has led the Pentagon Memorial Fund since its inception and has served as primary public spokesperson for the Fund with the press and television news organizations. Mr. Laychak developed and executed the strategic vision for the organization that enabled the PMF to raise the money needed to design and build the Memorial which was dedicated on 9/11/2008 (five and a half years after the PMF was created), and developed and executed the fundraising plan that raised $25M over a four and a half year period.

Mr. Laychak acted as the primary liaison between family members, senior leadership within the Pentagon, and the design-build firm throughout the construction phase of the Memorial. He also co-executive produced a documentary on the creation of the Pentagon Memorial that is currently airing on local television stations around the country.

In conjunction with developing and leading the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Mr. Laychak served as Senior Executive in Accenture’s Public Service Operating Unit in Washington, D.C. As a member of Accenture’s Federal Sales Team, Mr. Laychak helped identify and track various opportunities within Accenture’s target US Federal Government Agencies. Mr. Laychak facilitated strategy sessions with internal client teams and teaming partners to identify buyer values, key differentiators and win themes for targeted opportunities. In addition, he led teams to develop multimillion dollar proposals to win work and acted as mentor to train other professionals in Accenture’s Sales Methodology.

Mr. Laychak was named one of 12 Washingtonians of the Year for 2008, recognized for his efforts in helping to create the Pentagon Memorial, the first National 9/11 Memorial dedicated in this country. He also received Fox News Sunday “Power Player of the Week” in both September 2006 and September 2008.

Mr. Laychak earned a B.S. in Accounting and Decision Services (double major) from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is married to Lynn Gumowski and has a son Ryan (UVA 2015) and a daughter Megan who will attend college in the fall of 2015. 

C. Andrew Ammerman, Executive Director

Mr. Ammerman has managed the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF) operations, fundraising, national partnerships, and education outreach since the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial groundbreaking in 2006.  Once the Pentagon Memorial opened to the public in 2008, Mr. Ammerman led the organization in shifting its focus from fundraising for the memorial to educating the visitors about the memorial, the events on 9/11, and the nation’s response. Mr. Ammerman directed a team of top consultants to conduct research, interviews and focus groups to develop a business plan, conceptual renderings, an experiential narrative and implementation plan for a visitor education center to complement the Pentagon Memorial.  Working with the Board of Directors, Department of Defense and Virginia Department of Transportation, Mr. Ammerman identified and coordinated the designation and transfer of property for the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Visitor Education Center (VEC) project. To support the project, Mr. Ammerman established working relationships with the FBI, TSA, VDOT, Arlington County, U.S. National Park Service, National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution –National Museum of American History, US Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Simon Properties, Washington Nationals, and established executive level stakeholder advisory groups to engage in the project.  As Executive Director, Mr. Ammerman is leading the design and construction effort for the VEC project and managing PMF’s daily operations.

In 2009, Mr. Ammerman founded CAA Consulting, LLC a strategic planning and management firm that specializes in building comprehensive mutli-sector partnerships to achieve its client's program and fundraising goals. Prior to working with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Mr. Ammerman was the Vice President for Business Development at America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth where he helped establish, build and lead the organization’s development department. Prior to America’s Promise, Mr. Ammerman worked for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) as Manager of Corporate Relations where he expanded partnerships through cause-marketing, public relations and sponsorship opportunities. He also worked in the Development Department at Meridian International Center for several years.  Mr. Ammerman has a Master’s of Business Administration from John Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University, Maryland and attended Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand.

 Paige Lance Hahn, Chief Development Officer 

Mrs. Hahn currently serves as our Chief Development Officer. With over twenty years of fundraising experience, Mrs. Hahn specializes in individual and corporate major gifts fundraising. Through the company she founded in 2007, Hahn Group, Paige has led fundraising campaigns including the $80 million dollar campaign for the Cleveland Host Committee in 2016, the $200 million fundraising campaign for the Republican Governors Association from 2011-2014, and the $40 million dollar campaign for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2010. Paige works directly with sitting Govenors and gubernational candidates and, finally, as a proud Virginian, Paige enjoys working with Virginia legislative and state-wide candidates - both on a volunteer basis and professional one.

Taylor Crowley, Marketing and Operations Manager

Ms. Crowley serves as the lead administrative professional representing the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF). Ms. Crowley manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and is responsible for executing special projects and making sure the objectives for the organization are met. Ms. Crowley also supports the Executive Director in maintaining and cultivating relationships with key stakeholders and client donors.

Prior to working with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc. Ms. Crowley was the Operations and Human Resources Associate with Rubin and Rudman, LLC where she worked closely with the Executive Director and HR Director on processes and procedures, assisting in development and implementation of proper personnel, and was in charge vendor relationships as well as the non-legal staff employees. Prior to Rubin and Rudman, Ms. Crowley worked as a Recruiting Specialist at The Bank of New York Mellon, where she provided overall support to the recruiting team in the U.S. as well as in the U.K. Ms. Crowley has a Master’s of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

 

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