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 SUSSER (Nee ZIMMERMAN), Care Services Manager
Melissa Susser, AM, LICSW, serves the Care Services Manager for Capitol Hill Village. Melissa joined the Village in January 2015. 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 DC 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.
PRIYANKA DINODIYA, Outreach and Membership Services Champion
Priyanka Dinodiya is the latest addition to the Capitol Hill Village staff as an
Outreach and Membership Services Champion. With an educational background in psychology
and a passion for meeting people, she is looking forward to getting to know the existing
members and welcoming new members. Priyanka has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology
and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University
of La Verne in California. Priyanka grew up in Myanmar and has lived and traveled
around the world. She is knowledgeable about different cultures and people and 14
languages. Priyanka is enjoying her time in Washington, but misses her two dogs in
Singapore. When she is not working, she spends her time reading and learning new things!
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!
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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff is the retired General Counsel at the DC Health Benefit Exchange. Prior to that he the senior vice president of state affairs for Americaís Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the health insurance industryís 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 AHIPís 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 Campaignís 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 ďempty-nesterĒ 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 DíEscoffier,
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 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.
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 sonís 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 Markís Episcopal Church where Susan currently serves as co-coordinator of their Third Agers Group. She is also part of St. Markís 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 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