Donna Barbisch is a retired Army major general and a well-known expert on emergency preparedness, with many publications on the subject. Donna holds a Bachelorís degree from California University of Pennsylvania, a Masterís degree in public health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. degree in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. She speaks widely on leadership, threat reduction, and emergency preparedness. Locally, she was instrumental in developing the Districtís public health disaster plan and has lectured and led discussions on building community preparedness for the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals (CHAMPS) and a number of local businesses. Donna has been a resident of Capitol Hill since 1999, and she is an energetic community advocate. She speaks regularly for the neighborhood with local businesses, led a beautification effort for the adoption of the pocket part at North Carolina and E Street, SE, and has become active in the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (opening her home for the CHRS house tour in 2009).
Dr. Deborah Edge is a physician who has practiced internal medicine on Capitol Hill for more than 25 years. In 1981 Dr. Edge founded the medical association now called Washington Primary Care PhysiciansĖa group of eight internists with offices located near Eastern Market. Deborah received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, and her medical degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She did her internship at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her residency at Rush-PresbyterianĖSt. Lukeís Medical Center, Chicago. Dr. Edge is an active amateur musician (string bass), who enjoys playing chamber music. She plays with several community orchestrasĖthe McLean Orchestra, Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra, and the Capitol City Symphony. She has been on the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Board (a raptor/wildlife conservancy in Pennsylvania) for more than twenty years, and has served on the board of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. She lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, Neal Mann, who serves jointly with his wife on the CHV board. They have two grown daughters.
Joseph Fengler has twenty-five yearsí experience in defense programming, congressional oversight, and government affairs. He received his Bachelorís degree in political science from the University of La Verne, California; a Masterís degrees in international studies from Claremont Graduate University in California; and a Masterís degree in national security studies from California State University, San Bernardino. Joe has been a budget officer for the U.S. Army; staff member for the Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and currently is Director of Military Logistics Policy for Honeywell International, Government Relations. Joe was a member of the H Street Revitalization Committee, 2002-2005; served seven consecutive years as president of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A of the District of Columbia; and served on the Ward Six Redistricting Committee, 2011. He lives near Lincoln Park with his wife, Doriann, and their dog, Missy.
Jon Genderson has been the owner of the one of the nationís top wine shops, the popular Schneiderís of Capitol Hill, since 1978, the same year he graduated with a BS in Plant Genetics/Horticulture from the University of Maryland. He writes a monthly wine column for The Hill Rag and is also the managing member of Karajoel, LLC, a commercial real estate company. He has been a board member of Barracks Row Main Street since 2008. He and his wife, Lori, live on Capitol Hill and are the parents of two adult daughters.
Lori Genderson grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and received a Bachelorís degree in marketing from the University of Maryland. Working in the family business, United Wholesalers, 4th and Florida Avenue NE, alongside her parents, brothers, uncles, and cousins, she gained experience serving customers and contracting with suppliers. When she married and became a mother, Lori worked part-time and focused her efforts on volunteer activities at her daughterís school, the synagogue, the UJA Federation, and parenting groups, where she gained organizational experience serving on committees and planning events. Taking classes at the Parent Encouragement Program over twenty years ago, Lori was so impressed with the program she became a volunteer and was then invited to join the staff as the volunteer coordinator. Currently, she is an office volunteer at Capitol Hill Village. She is married to Jon Genderson, who also serves on the Board.
Enrique Gomez retired from the USDA/Food and Nutrition Service in April 2010 as its Associate Administrator for Management, Technology and Finance. Prior to that he served as its Chief Information Officer. He began his career in the federal service in 1977 as an international technical advisor at the U.S. Census Bureau providing Information Technology and statistical assistance to National Statistical Offices in developing countries around the world. Enrique and his partner Gene have resided in Capitol Hill since 1988.
Ann E. Grace was born and raised in El Salvador. She moved with her family to Washington in 1967, and has been in the area ever since. Ann moved to Capitol Hill with her husband, Michael Grace, in 2005. Ann retired from her position at the Department of Justice in 2007, and shortly thereafter she became an active volunteer and Board member at Capitol Hill Village, serving for several years as coordinator of volunteer services and assisting the Director was many aspects of office administration.
James Hardin retired from federal service in 2004, after twenty-six years as a writer-editor at the Library of Congress, where he specialized in folklife publications and public information presentations, and served as assistant to the director of the American Folklife Center (1995-2000). He holds a Ph.D. degree in English and American literature from Syracuse University and has taught composition and literature at Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Maryland. In addition, Hardin served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps in Stuttgart, Germany, and worked for the McGraw-Hill Book Company as a sales representative in Virginia. At the Library of Congress, he was associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress (1978-83), the editor of Folklife Annual (1965-90) and Folklife Center News (1987-2004), and the author of The American Folklife Center: An Illustrated Guide (2004).
Anne Kraemer is originally from New England, and she came to Washington to work for the federal government after graduating from Regis College, in Weston, Massachusetts. She has lived on Capitol Hill since the late sixties and raised three children here. In 2004, Anne retired from her position at the National Security Agency (NSA), where she worked for 31 years as a senior editor and supervisor. She has extensive ties to the Capitol Hill community and has been an active volunteer with various church, school, and community organizations, including Capitol Hill Village. She served as co-chair of the 2010 Stardust Gala and is co-chair of the Membership Committee.
Geoff Lewis holds a B.A. degree from Hobart College, Geneva, New York, and a M.A. degree in public administration from American University, Washington, D.C. He has been a Capitol Hill resident for more than 37 years and retired from federal service in 1997. Geoff has served on the boards of Capitol Hill Day School and the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals (CHAMPS), as well as the Capitol Hill Village. He is a volunteer for Travelers Aid and a soup kitchen, and provides assistance to a veteran. His hobbies include bridge and tennis. He was the founding president of the Capitol Hill Village board of directors.
Paul Malvey is a financial economist who retired in 2003 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was the senior career official responsible for U.S. government finance and debt management policy, and the Treasuryís primary liaison with major financial market participants. Previously, he taught economics at Catholic University for ten years. As a dedicated Village volunteer, Paul responds to numerous service requests, providing transportation and helping with administrative tasks in the office, and as a consequence has first-hand knowledge of the culture and daily work of Capitol Hill Village. Paul was Geoff Lewis Volunteer of the Year in 2010.
Neal Mann holds degrees from the University of Maryland and from the Georgetown University Law Center. He has retired from a career as a data processing consultant. His hobbies include reading, skiing, and hiking. Neal has lived on Capitol Hill since 1977 with his wife, Dr. Deborah Edge, and they have two grown daughters.
Ed Missiaen left his native Wisconsin in the mid-1960s to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia. He moved to Capitol Hill in 1968. He and his wife, Margaret, took an apartment behind the Supreme Court shortly after they were married in 1969, and they have lived in their current house since 1980. Ed retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1997, and since then has divided his time between consulting on agricultural matters and volunteering. Consulting work has taken him from Brazil to China to study markets for sugar, potatoes, broccoli, celery, and pistachios. Volunteer jobs have included lighthouse keeper, compiler of an inventory of D.C. trees, and assistant to the Capitol Hill ďtree lady.Ē Edís interests include travel, hiking, birding, history, photography, and visiting his sons on the West Coast. He can be found these days changing light bulbs all around the neighborhood.
Michael Neuman, recently retired from University Information Services at Georgetown University, holds graduate degrees in English literature from the University of Michigan and an M.L.S from the University of Maryland. Over the past two decades at Georgetown, he directed the Center for Text and Technology (creating digital versions of standard critical editions), led the Research, Curriculum, and Development Group (providing discipline-specific support for faculty who teach and research with technology), and served as Interim Associate University Librarian for Digital Services and Technology Planning. Professional service included a term as president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities. Besides his volunteer work for CHV, Mike is a docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library and a member of the Social Justice Committee at St. Peterís Parish. Mike and his wife, Delia, a professor at Drexel University, have lived on Capitol Hill since 1988, just a half block form the site of the original Providence Hospital, where Mike was born.
Mary Procter received a B.A. degree from Harvard University and an M.A. degree in public affairs from Princeton University. She has lived on Capitol Hill since 1971 with her husband, Bill Matuszeski, and three children, one of whom (Adam) also lives on the Hill. Mary worked for the federal government until 1996, and then helped to found Friendship Public Charter School and served as its first chief of staff. Friendship now operates five charter schools in D.C., including Chamberlain Elementary on Potomac Avenue. Mary has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, the Harvard Board of Overseers, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Since her retirement from full-time charter school work in 2004, she and her husband have studied landscape painting and produced enough paintings to cause a space problem in their house. She also loves to play tennis.
Vira Sisolak has been a senior economist with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of General Counsel, since 1978, providing guidance and advice to the Commission, preparing analysis, reports, and training modules, and coordinating meetings. She has also served as an economist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dallas, Texas, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Economic Development Administration, New York City. Vira holds a Bachelorís degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts and a Masterís degree in economics from George Washington University. She and her husband, Bill Sisolak, are long-time residents and community activists on Capitol Hill, providing leadership and service for a number of Hill organizations, Vira as president of the Capitol Hill Garden Club. They share a seat on the Capitol Hill Village Board of Directors.
William Sisolak holds a Bachelorís degree from Oklahoma State University, a Masterís in business administration from Columbia University, and a Masterís degree in telecommunications from The George Washington University. From 1967 until 1983, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, W.R. Grace & Company, the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, and the Communications Satellite Corporation. From 1983 until 1988, he was an independent consultant with DBA Telecom Associates. In 1988, he became co-founder and president of Global Village Publishing, Inc., a company he sold to his son and two other employees in 2007. Among his many activities on Capitol Hill, Bill served as an ANC commissioner.
Fran Zaniello moved to Capitol Hill with her husband, Tom, in 2008, and soon thereafter
became a regular volunteer for Capitol Hill Village, assisting neighbors with their
yard work and the tasks of everyday life. She retired from the faculty of Northern
Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, after 40 years of service teaching
English composition, literature, and womenís studies. She founded and was director
of the University Writing Center, the Writing Across Disciplines Program, and the
Office of First-Year Programs, aimed at helping first generation students stay in
college. Her administrative work included event planning, marketing, and promotion.
Fran earned a Masterís degree from San Francisco State University and did advanced
work at American University and the University of London. Currently, she is coordinator
of the Village Literary Club. On Capitol Hill, Fran and Tom live across the street
from their daughter and her family.
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