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Phil Guire

Phil Guire, President

Phil Guire moved to Capitol Hill in 1997 and has been engaged in a range of community efforts ever since. He works as a realtor and super dad for his two daughters and has 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 and currently serves on the Board of The Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals (CHAMPS). Phil brings a deep knowledge of real estate and development to CHV, useful as we work to create more senior friendly living options. His love for Capitol Hill is only surpassed by his love for Michigan, particularly his alma mater, UM


Bruce Brennan, Vice President

Bruce joined The Capitol Hill Village Board in 2018. He brings his dedication to hard work and commitment to mission, his well hued sense of fun, and a deep knowledge of Capitol Hill and Washington DC. Bruce is a retired attorney from DC government with a specialty in real estate law and has served on the board of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and is a founding board member of the Theater Alliance. Bruce’s sense of fun is balanced with a strong knowledge of organizations, eye on the bottom line, and accountability. Bruce graduated from Middlebury College and Washington and Lee School of Law.

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Rachel Vladimer, Treasurer

Rachel is Assistant Branch Manager at National Capital Bank and will be the successor
to Angela Beckham, current Board treasurer.  Rachel has lived on Capitol Hill for three years with her husband and two cats. In addition to banking, Rachel is an avid volunteer. She also volunteers with the Greater DC Diaper Bank, the Humane Rescue Alliance, Martha’s Table, and Capitol Hill Group Ministry. Rachel attended the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. After law school, she spent a year working in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to Washington.

Ellen Alers

Ellen Alers, Secretary

Ellen is a DC native and has experienced all varieties of services to and from Capitol Hill Village. She first encountered CHV and joined in 2013 when her (now late) wife Jane was sick and they benefitted from our social worker’s support. The experience demonstrated how valuable membership is before a crisis and led her to engage younger community members in CHV. Ellen works at the Smithsonian Institution Archives as a reference archivist. She has a BA from St. John’s College, Annapolis.

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Tama Duffy Day

Tama’s career has 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. She is a frequent columnist, lecturer and spokesperson on designing healthy experiences and has received more than 60 awards and honors. For three consecutive years Tama was named one of the “Most Influential People in Healthcare Design” by Healthcare Design magazine. Tama’s undergraduate degree is from North Dakota State University and a Masters from Marymount University.

Nancy Deck

Nancy Deck

Nancy spent her career in corporate marketing, strategy and brand management at several corporations, including MCI, Claritas, Sallie Mae and Hilton Worldwide.  In 1982, Nancy and her husband settled on Capitol Hill and raised two sons.  She served on the Capitol Hill Day School Board of Trustees and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of PAI, a global women’s reproductive health organization.  Nancy is an active volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, where she is a docent for school tours and assists with tours for adults with memory loss. She holds a BA from Bucknell University and an MPA from Syracuse University.

Jeff Gabardi

Jeff Gabardi

Jeff has a depth of experience and leadership in health insurance practices, which is an essential expertise for CHV. He is the retired General Counsel at the DC Health Benefit Exchange and served as senior vice president of state affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, he coordinated AHIP’s implementation efforts at both the federal and state levels. He also worked for the insurance industry and as the Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Utah. Jeff has supported a range of DC based organizations including STRIVEDC and the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Council. He completed his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Utah.

John Gordon

John Gordon,

John Gordon retired from The National Capital Bank (NCB) of Washington in December 2013, after 40 years. John’s deep knowledge of local community organizations and businesses makes him an asset to CHV. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Baracks Row Main Street organization where he has been active in revitalizing and diversifying businesses across Capitol Hill. John is a veteran and attended Fullterton Collage. He is also an active grandfather to his three grandchildren who keep him fit and busy.

Mike Grace

Mike Grace

Mike brings a love of community service and a military efficiency to CHV.   He is an excellent logistician, able to turn any project into a set of tasks with people matched to complete them. Mike chairs the Governance Committee and is co-leading CHV’s emergency response planning efforts.  Mike and his wife Ann are 10th Anniversary CHV Honorees. Mike graduated from the Coast Guard Academy and spent 27 years in the Coast Guard. He earned a law degree from George Washington University.

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Michael Hash

Mike Hash brings a knowledge of health care and insurance issues to the organization. He served as the Director of the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. Mike also served as the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Health reform helping to coordinate the Administration's legislative and implementation efforts related to the Affordable Care Act. Prior to his federal appointment, Mike was a principal in a health consulting firm specializing in health policy and financing issues for a wide array of provider, consumer, foundation, and corporate clients.

Mike is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, with post-graduate studies in political science at Vanderbilt University. He has held teaching positions at the Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. He is married to Buck Waller.

Geoff Lewis

Geoff Lewis, Emeritus

Geoff is one of the founders of CHV, having seen the model on Beacon Hill in Boston. He has a depth of knowledge of Capitol Hill organizations, networks and individuals that is vital to CHV and has served on the boards of The Capitol Hill Day School and CHAMPS. He is also a trained and dedicated hospice volunteer, fluent in end of life issues and decision making. He holds a B.A. from Hobart College and an MPA. from American University


Elizabeth Cabot Nash

Elizabeth Cabot Nash works with Capitol Hill Village as a volunteer, helping to advance the organizations advocacy initiatives on issues such as long-term care, housing, and care giver workforce needs in the District of Columbia.  During her 18 year tenure with UnitedHealth Group and in executive level positions, Elizabeth led efforts related to new business development and implementation, policy, government relations, compliance, operations and other strategic initiatives.   She has expertise on Medicaid, Children Health and family health insurance programs and most recently, led advocacy and implementation of public health exchanges for UnitedHealthcare’s commercial division.Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Candace Robinson

Candace Robinson

Candace is the person who created the Village to Village Network and has a depth of knowledge about Villages and a range of community-based services for seniors to live independently. She is Director of Strategy for Aging in Community at Capital Impact Partners and assists all sectors in developing long-term options for older adults and individuals with disabilities. She is Secretary of the National Family Caregiver Association and holds a B.S. from Indiana University and a Master’s from Southern New Hampshire University.

Rick Rutherford

Rick Rutherford

Rick brings an expertise in organizational management that is benefitting CHV’s operations and strategic planning. Rick has trained and mentored developing consultants and made formal presentations to a broad spectrum of professional and industry groups. He has authored numerous articles covering topics such as Conflict Management, Decision-Making, Organization Systems and Design, Strategic Plan development and execution and Experiential Education Design and Facilitation. Today, Rick is Boeing’s Senior Organization Effectiveness consultant. Rick holds an MS from American University.

Susan Sedgewick

Susan Sedgewick

Susan brings a career of expertise in project management and engagement to the CHV board which serves her well. She is chair of the Advocacy Committee, leader of CHV’s Advocacy Corp, and leader of the informal team that manages the vetted vendors process. Sedgewick has distinguished herself as an intrepid community member, with her truck “Priscilla”. She has actively supported The Capitol Hill Group Ministry, where she was awarded the 2011 Ruth Rappaport Wisdom award and is active at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Susan has a BA and MS from The University of Oregon.

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Patricia Powers Thomson

Trish is the Dean Emerita of the School of Public Service at the University of Juba (South Sudan). She has over 25 years of management experience, including service as the Founding Director of The Leadership Crucible, as the Executive Vice President of the United States Institute of Peace, and as Senior Governance Advisor with the State Department in Diyala, Iraq. Thomson was also an executive with IBM business consulting and an Associate Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, where she advised a range of clients in the United States and abroad. Before moving to the private sector, she served as an advisor to Vice President Gore’s task force on reinventing government and as the Assistant Director of Evaluation at the Corporation for National and Community Service. She also served as an officer in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

Trish is a volunteer with the American Red Cross and the Academy of Hope GED program. She is also a member of the Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee for ANC 6C. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University. She has been a resident of Capitol Hill for over 25 years.

CHV Board Meetings

Regular Meetings of the Capitol Hill Village Board are held the 2nd Tuesday of odd months at the National Capital Bank Board room from 4-6 pm. CHV members and the community may observe meetings. Community members should let the President of the Board or the Executive Director know if they plan to attend because the bank is closed at that time so security needs to be alerted of guests.

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