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. Molly’s 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 — government, education, non-profit and private — 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.
Molly’s family is from Youngstown, OH, although she grew up in Lewisburg, PA. Molly’s 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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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 University’s accelerated Master’s degree program in human services, Tamara is the mother of two children and lives in Upper Marlboro, MD.
HEATHER FOOTE, Transportation Outreach Manager
Heather Foote joined Capitol Hill Village as Transportation Outreach Manager in May
2017. She will work with Capitol Hill Village and Villages citywide to assess current
volunteer driving models, arrange trainings, and assist more members to explore alternate
modes of mobility. Her role also involves outreach to provide community groups in
and beyond the CHV service area with discussion opportunities and resources that
foster skills and confidence-building in using public transport.
Heather is excited about bringing to the Village her passion for “all things transportation” that was central to her policy advocacy and community outreach work with a DC senior services coalition chaired by Iona Senior Services and AARP-DC. This work took her across the city to senior wellness centers, DDOT, DC Council hearings, DC Commission on Aging meetings, and trainings on how community groups and agencies can work together to foster information-sharing and problem-solving on transportation for older adults.
KATIE GARBER, Director of Care Services and Community Outreach
Katie Garber is the Director of Care Services and Community Outreach. She is a native of Takoma Park, and has lived in several parts of the district, including Capitol Hill. Katie started her social work career as a master's student in the Probate division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia evaluating adult guardianships, and then at Iona Senior Services in NW DC. Most recently, she was part of the social work team at Riderwood Village, where she worked with seniors living in the facility's Independent Living section connect with resources to allow them to age happily and healthily in place.
Her husband Adam and she currently live in Silver Spring with their two cats. As an English major and history buff she is an avid reader and podcast consumer and loves hearing recommendations - what to read or what to avoid. She looks forward to getting to know and working with this exceptional community.
TOMEKA LEE, Membership Champion
Tomeka Lee joined Capitol Hill Village in May 2017 as the Membership Champion. She has a background in social services, serving in a case management capacity for both adults diagnosed with a mental illness and in youth development. As a Washingtonian, Tomeka is excited about the opportunity work with identifying new CHV members and getting to know existing members. Tomeka received a Bachelor of Science degree in rehabilitation services from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and she is currently working on a Master’s degree in public health with a concentration in global health. In her spare time, Tomeka enjoys spending time with family and her dog.
CHRISTOPHER RIOS, Capitol Hill Office Manager
Christopher Rios joined the Village May 2016. With a background in top tier event management and a commitment to fabulous customer service, he looks forward to getting to know all members of Capitol Hill Village. Prior to joining, Christopher recently owned a bespoke bakeshop in Camden Maine.
Christopher has a degree in Hospitality from University of Las Vegas and Classic
French Baking from the French Culinary Institute. In his spare time, Christopher
likes to spend inordinate amount of time playing video games, watching movies and
traveling to new places trying to find the best croissant. FYI: it is at Tartine
Bakery in San Francisco!
SAMANTHA SCHIFFMAN, Care Services Coordinator
Samantha Schiffman joined Capitol Hill Village as the Care Services Coordinator. She recently moved to Washington from Boston to continue her work within social work.
With experience in an intergenerational literacy volunteer organization, a council on aging, and an independent living residence, Samantha is excited to work with CHV members in improving their quality of life as they age in place.
Samantha is a recent Master in Clinical Social Work graduate from Boston College having concentrated in older adults and families. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from The State University of New York at New Paltz. In her free time, Samantha enjoys being outside, hiking, swimming, and exploring DC.
PHIL GUIRE, President
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. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a member of the team that oversaw the church’s $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.
JOHN GORDON, Vice President
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.
ELVIRA (VIRA) SISOLAK, Secretary
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 Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s 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.
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. John’s 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.
Maygene Daniels has recently retired from her position as head of Gallery Archives at the National Gallery of Art, a position that she held for more than thirty years. Before joining the Gallery, she worked at the National Archives where, among other things, she was responsible for archival education programs. She holds degrees in art history from Carleton College and Yale University. On the Hill, Maygene was involved in historical research on the Old Naval Hospital and played a central role in preparing descriptive signage. Recently she became co-manager of the Overbeck Capitol Hill history lecture series. Maygene and her husband Steve Daniels have lived on the Hill for more than 40 years and raised their two children here. Their daughter Leah is the owner of Hills Kitchen, a gourmet kitchenware store at Eastern Market metro plaza.
TAMA DUFFY DAY
Tama Duffy Day has a career focused on raising awareness of the impact that design has on health. A Principal at Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning consultancy, she leads the firms Health & Wellness practice. In a career that spans three decades, she has a significant body of knowledge in designing projects ranging from academic medical centers and community hospitals to senior living facilities and community health centers.
A frequent columnist, lecturer and spokesperson on designing healthy experiences, she has received more than 60 awards and honors for this meaningful work. For three consecutive years Tama was named one of the “Most Influential People in Healthcare Design” by Healthcare Design magazine. Tama is married to Michael Day, an architect. A few years ago they completely renovated their 1860’s row house near Eastern Market. When not cheering for the Capitals or Nationals, they travel extensively and are fly fishing enthusiasts.
Joseph Fengler has twenty-five years’ experience in defense programming, congressional oversight, and government affairs. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of La Verne, California; a Master’s degrees in international studies from Claremont Graduate University in California; and a Master’s 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.
Jeff is the retired General Counsel at the DC Health Benefit Exchange. Prior to that he the senior vice president of state affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the health insurance industry’s Washington DC-based trade association. In this capacity, he led the lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry in the states. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, he coordinated AHIP’s implementation efforts at both the federal and state levels. Prior to this, he served as General Counsel for the Health Insurance Association of America, a trade group that merged with another to form AHIP in 2003.
Before his time at AHIP, Mr. Gabardi was General Counsel to an insurer and insurance holding company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, having earlier served four years as the Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Utah. Mr. Gabardi is a member of the Board of Directors of a DC-based non-profit, STRIVEDC which seeks to provide job acquisition skills to hard-to-place people. He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Council. Mr. Gabardi has been a resident of the District since 2004. He lives on the Hill with his husband Paul; they have no dogs. Once, Jeff shilled himself as an Italian tour guide.
Linda has lived and worked in New York, Virginia, California, New Mexico, Korea and now has settled on Capitol Hill. A Capitol Hill Village member since 2015, Linda is an “empty-nester” transplant to DC. She spent many years in Chicago as a small business owner and event planner. Her skills include events planning, marketing and fundraising. She has distinguished herself in managing large corporate events. Through her company, Linda Goodman & Co., she has worked with a nationwide clientele. She is also a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier,
the prestigious organization of women in the food industry. Linda has also lived in Pecos, NM where she owned and operated a bed and breakfast.
Earlier in her career she was a school teacher. Linda has two adult children, both married, two grandchildren all of whom live in the area. Beyond her skills, Linda brings a tremendous energy and Midwestern friendliness to the Village which is contagious. Linda also volunteers for N Street Village and Mundo Verde Public Charter School.
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 – 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.
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.
Susan Sedgewick moved to Capitol Hill in 1979 upon her marriage to John Sedgewick. After retiring in 1996, from a career in federal service, she served as a contract congressional investigator and volunteered in the community. In the latter role, she has met many neighbors while having fun pursuing a patchwork quilt of opportunities which have included supporting her son’s sports and school activities, finding props for community theater productions, serving as an election day precinct captain, etc. For many years she has actively supported Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Inc, programs helping our less fortunate neighbors. While at the Group Ministry, she was awarded the 2011 Ruth Rappaport Wisdom award. Susan was unanimously selected from an extensive pool of nominees for her invaluable volunteer services to our Capitol Hill community. The Sedgewicks are members of St Mark’s Episcopal Church where Susan currently serves as co-coordinator of their Third Agers Group. She is also part of St. Mark’s care-givers ministry.
Kathy Truex enjoyed life as an Army brat, especially postings in Japan and Germany, but after 29 moves was eager to put down roots when she came to Washington for graduate school in 1966. She stayed in Washington to pursue a career with the Federal Government and moved to Capitol Hill in 1973. Kathy retired in 2011 after 44 years of service at the departments of Defense, Education, and Health, Education, and Welfare. During her career, she had the opportunity to work on policy initiatives pertaining to a wide variety of civil as well as military and international issues, in addition to the design and implementation of new programs responding to Congressional and Executive mandates. Since retirement, she has enjoyed volunteer opportunities with Capitol Hill Village, the Kennedy Center, and the Hill Center, as well as with Common Cause and the Library of Congress. Kathy holds undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and graduate degrees from George Washington University and the National Defense University.
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 women’s 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 Master’s 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