Our Founders

Lynda Mann is the Co-Founder and President of the Board of The YouthQuest Foundation, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Chantilly, VA.

YouthQuest Co-Founder and President Lynda Mann
Lynda Mann

Lynda has a long-term vision for YouthQuest to provide life-changing opportunities for at-risk youth, particularly high school dropouts. The Foundation promotes academic and vocational development, along with the teaching of fundamental life skills to help these young people fulfill their potential as productive citizens. Most recently, she has led YouthQuest’s 3D ThinkLink Initiative, which uses 3D design and printing classes to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

In 2012, Lynda received the Lifetime Achievement Heroines award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to community service at the 12th Annual Heroines in Technology Awards Gala, sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the March of Dimes.

She served two terms as president of the Commission for Women in the City of Fairfax, where she worked to fight human trafficking by increasing awareness among first responders and was instrumental in providing training for women entrepreneurs seeking to start businesses.

Lynda served in the U.S. Army for 26 years as an organization development consultant and a senior acquisition official. She has successfully launched three consulting firms.

Lynda holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Education, a master’s degree in Sociology, and is ABD on her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She is married to Bill Hall, and has two stepsons, Douglas and Donald, and two grandchildren. Lynda also is a published writer, an avid golfer and a passionate scuba diver.

Allen O. Cage, Jr. is Co-Founder and Vice President of the Board of The YouthQuest Foundation. Allen served honorably in the U.S. Army for 24 years where his contributions ranged from flying the Cobra gunship to managing government procurement and purchase card programs.

YouthQuest Co-Founder and Vice President Allen Cage
Allen Cage

After retiring from the Army, Allen founded AOC Solutions in 1996 with a vision to revolutionize the world of B2B payments. With Allen serving as President and Chief Executive Officer, what began as a small technology startup in a basement office grew into a global payments technology leader, delivering purpose-built platforms that address the payments needs of both buyers and suppliers. 

Allen gives back to his community through The YouthQuest Foundation, the non-profit he co-founded to provide at-risk teenagers with education, scholarships and life-enriching experiences that open doors to success as adults. 

He is also a founding partner of Honor Brewing Company, whose mission is to brew great beer and honor American heroes.

Allen earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from the West Virginia University and his master’s degree in contract and acquisition management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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