About FISH

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. is a volunteer, nonsectarian, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help to local residents in short-term crises. FISH has assisted Herndon-Reston residents since 1969.

Every year, FISH strives to help thousands of people in all demographics in predominantly very low income levels.  FISH responds to requests for rent, utilities, medical items and prescriptions, household items, and other short term emergency needs. We help to keep people in their homes with necessary utilities, and ensure they have necessary medicine when they get hurt or sick. We work closely with social workers from Fairfax County, local schools, hospitals and other nonprofit organizations.

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. operates an Assistance Phone Line at (571) 267-2980 to receive requests for assistance.  We also accept direct referrals electronically from Fairfax County. Everyone we assist is invited to attend a Financial Literacy Class on basic budgeting and money management.  If a client wants additional financial mentoring, we offer it as a longer term program.

FISH manages and operates The Bargain Loft – a thrift store providing affordable shopping to the community and fundraising for local residents in short term crises. Finally, FISH supports healthy nutrition through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) at the Herndon Farmers’ Market, and provides hundreds of holiday food and gift baskets to people in need.

Executive Director:

Lisa Groves
Lisa Groves, Herndon-Reston FISH Interim Executive Director


Karen Stevens, President
Evea Newsom, Vice President
Mary Jo Baedecker, Vice President
Clara Chambliss, Treasurer
Peggy LeReche, Secretary (Dominion Virginia Power)


Melissa J. Collins
Janet Hyman
Alice Morris
Janie Odlen
Kathleen Powell
Stephen Reber
Robert Reed
Felicia Roney (NRTC)
Susan Sather

Grant Administrators:

Melissa J. Collins
Lisa Groves
Ralph Harvey
Renette Oklewicz

Bargain Loft Managers:

April Elliott
Barbara Williams

FISH Executive Director

In April 2015, Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. announced the selection of Lisa Groves as its Executive Director (ED). Lisa served an initial six month period as an Interim ED following the departure of Christine Poward.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Janet Hyman, Herndon-Reston FISH Board President. “Lisa has been a FISH volunteer since 2005. She has participated as a Board member, designed and coordinated FISH Fling Galas, and supported marketing for the organization. She understands Herndon-Reston FISH, its history and mission. As a long time Reston resident, she has shared her talents with many organizations and demonstrated a strong commitment to our area.”

Over the past ten years, Lisa has supported non-profit and community-based events, focusing on communications, marketing and fundraising, school and art programs, and developmental and competitive swimming. Lisa earned a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. She spent 14 years working internationally in financial services, strategic and management consulting.

“I look forward to helping FISH help others, and working with FISH board representatives, volunteers, and supporters. I believe in partnering with local nonprofit organizations to provide the most value to all families and individuals,” remarks Lisa. “I am dedicated to this effort and encourage others to learn more about us, visit our website, and join our efforts. There are opportunities for all ages.”

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. (Friendly, Instant, Sympathetic Help) is a volunteer, non-sectarian, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping people meet emergencies and short-term needs.