Capitol Hill Village Staff
MOLLY SINGER, Executive Director
Molly Singer is excited to work with Capitol Hill Village board, staff, volunteers and members to help envision and build CHV for the future. Mollyís work experience is based in helping individuals and organizations move through change. As the CEO of Dexterity Management, she has taken her skills and experience to help clients from all sectors ó government, education, non-profit and private ó collaboratively advance their ideas for making the world a better place.
Molly has lived on the Hill for 12 years during which time she has been active in community activities including serving on the Board of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, volunteering for Capitol Hill Community Foundation, serving on the Hill East Task Force. Molly is currently on the Board of Theater Alliance which started on H St NE and now has a home in the Anacostia Playhouse.
Mollyís family is from Youngstown, OH, although she grew up in Lewisburg, PA. Mollyís love of details and order translate into her personal life where she enjoys rehabilitating historic homes, knitting and gardening. She also has a deep aesthetic appreciation of urban infrastructure, adaptive reuse of materials and functional art. When not in DC or the Shenandoah Mountains, Molly may be travelling the world, making crayon rubbings of urban infrastructure elements like sewer covers or signs.
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MELISSA ZIMMERMAN, Care Services Manager
Melissa Zimmerman serves as a Care Coordinator for Capitol Hill Village. Prior to joining CHV, Melissa served as a housing caseworker at Heartland Human Care Services, a social service agency based in Chicago. Melissa received a masterís degree in social work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and a bachelorís of arts degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. Melissaís commitment to working with the aging population has continually grown through her social services and clinical work. Although a Chicago native, Melissa is glad to call the Washington area home.
TAMARA COLN, Programs & Services Coordinator
Tamara Coln serves as Programs & Services Coordinator, coordinating the day-to-day
activities that support member services and events. Tamara has been a mental health
case manager at the Washington Hospital Center, where she assisted the community
dwellers with medical management and linkage to community resources, and performed
other case-management duties. She has also served as a community case worker for
Community ACT (Accelerated Community Treatment), where she assisted DC residents
with severe mental health challenges. Currently enrolled in Lincoln Universityís
accelerated Masterís degree program in human services, Tamara is the mother of two
children and lives in Upper Marlboro, MD.
KARA COOKE, Care Coordinator
Kara serves as CHV's Care Coordinator along side Melissa.
Kara most recently came from So Others Might Eat, where she worked alongside Julie Maggioncalda in the Homebound Senior Program. She has four years experience working with the aging population in hospice care, at a senior apartment complex, and with the Homebound Program. Kara earned both her undergraduate degree in Social Work and her Masters of
Social Work degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
She is originally from Clarkston, Michigan, but now calls Southwest home.
ANNA KURZER, Office Manager
Anna Kurzer is the new office manager at Capitol Hill Village. She is responsible
for tracking all incoming and outgoing financial transactions, memberships and renewals,
as well as day-to-day office tasks. Anna is passionate about giving back to her community!
She currently volunteers as the Director of the Non-Profit Foundation ďColor Me
A CureĒ, which supports Pediatric Oncology Programs Worldwide. Anna joined the Washington
community after moving from New York, and immediately fell in love with the SE side
of the city. She enjoys the arts and supports local and international exhibits across
the city. Anna received her BA in Business Management and Finance, but she also favors
creative endeavors such as graphic design and website building.
Board of Directors
MARY PROCTER, President
Mary and her husband Bill Matuszeski raised their three children on Capitol Hill and served on the boards of several Hill organizations along the wayóboth Mary and Bill on the board of CHAW (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop) and Bill on the board of the Capitol Hill Day School. They ran auctions and galas for both organizations as well as for the Brent School. For almost 25 years, Mary was a Federal civil servant in agencies including the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Labor, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the State Department. After taking early retirement Mary served seven years as the Chief of Staff (equivalent to Chief Operating Officer) for the Friendship Public Charter School group of campuses in Washington, DC, which includes Friendship Chamberlain on Potomac Avenue. Mary also draws on her experience on many non-profit Boards, including the D.C. Student Support Center, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), the Harvard Board of Overseers, and the board of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. She served as President of the Capitol Hill Village from 2008-2012 and is pleased to be serving again.
JAMES HARDIN, Vice President
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
MICHAEL NEUMAN, Secretary
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.
ANGELA BECKHAM, Treasurer
Angela Beckham holds a B.A. degree in economics from The University of Michigan and an M. A. degree in business administration from New York University Stern School of Business. She has held various positions in banking and finance, and since 2012 has been working as a financial advisor in the Investments Department at the National Capital Bank, with certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner. Angela has a long history of volunteer work and has served on the Finance Council of the Junior League of Washington, as treasurer of the US Kids Child Development Center, and currently as vice-chair of the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees of St. Johnís Community Services. Originally from Rochester, New York, Angela lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, John, and three children.
Candace Baldwin is Director of Strategy for Aging in Community at Capital Impact
Partners. She assists communities, foundations, states, and the federal government
in developing adequate long-term support options, systems, and infrastructure to
expand access to community-based innovations for the elderly and for individuals
with disabilities. She also directs strategy for the Village replication initiative
through the National Village to Village Network, a joint partnership between Capital
Impact Partners and Beacon Hill Village that assists communities in over 40 states
to replicate the Village model. Ms. Baldwin served as the Co-Director for the Village
to Village Network during its initial start-up phase. She is Secretary of the National
Family Caregiver Association and serves on the Leadership Council for the national
CCAL, an initiative to advance the person centered living approach along the continuum
of long-term services and supports. She holds a B.S. in Public Policy from Indiana
University and a Masters Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New
Hampshire University, and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional
by the National Development Council.
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.
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, Immediate Past President
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.
John Gordon retired from The National Capital Bank (NCB) of Washington in December 2013, as Vice President of Technology & Loan Servicing. His entire banking career was spent with NCB, where he began as a teller in 1974. He attended Fullerton College and served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, which brought him to the Washington, DC, area in the 1960s. He is a member of the Board and Treasurer of Barracks Row Main Street and the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District. He also served on the board of the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals. John has lived on Capitol Hill for over 40 years, the last 15 with his wife Debra. They enjoy, with their 6-year-old grandson Blake, exploring the many wonders that our city has to offer.
ANN E. GRACE
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.
L. MARIE GUILLORY
Marie Guillory holds a B. A. degree from Blessed Sacrament College (formerly an affiliate of Catholic University of America), an M.A. degree from Loyola University of the South, and a J.D degree from Rutgers School of Law, Newark. She was vice-president of Legal and Industry at NTCA Ė The Rural Broadband Association until 2005, and then founded Guillory & Hjort, PLLC, a small firm that represented rural telecommunications providers. She has lectured widely on regulated utilities and telecommunications, and has served on nonprofit boards in Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In DC Marie served on the board of the Washington Hospital Center, Serenity Players, Inc., SAPTA Foundation, and Big sisters of the Washington Metropolitan Area and Housing Counseling Services, Inc. She and her husband, Joe Cooney, live on Capitol Hill and have been members of Capitol Hill Village since they signed on as charter members in 2006.
Phil Guire moved to Capitol Hill in 1997 from Michigan to work as a fund-raiser for the Washington Performing Arts Society, while also moonlighting for several political candidates. He moved to the Senate to work for Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and left when his daughter was born in 2004 to begin a successful career in real estate. Currently, he and his partner Jeanne Harrison are helping to launch New York-based Compass Real Estate in Washington, DC. Phil has already played major roles for beloved Capitol Hill organizations. He served as Junior Warden for St. Markís Episcopal Church, a member of the team that oversaw the churchís $5 million renovation and expansion. He served on the Board of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, chairing its Gala for four years. In 2015, as he had in 2014, he was the main organizer of the Barracks Row Fourth of July parade, encouraging high spirits despite the downpour.
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, EMERITUS
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.
ELVIRA (VIRA) SISOLAK
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.
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