David Shulenburger, Board Co-Chair, An 8-year resident of Cleveland Park, David is an active volunteer with the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, currently serving as Chair of the Volunteer Committee. An active supporter, Dave participated in the CWPV 2015 and 2016 strategic planning meetings of the Board. He is frequently found helping CWPV members with a variety of tasks, including changing light bulbs. David is a Senior Fellow of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. He received his PhD. in Economics from the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois in 1974. Over his 40-year career, he served in multitude of leadership roles with the University of Kansas, culminating in the position of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Upon leaving the University, David has dedicated his considerable skills to leadership of the Association of Public and Land-grant University, where he served for a time as Vice President of Academic Affairs. He is a member of the Forum on Open Science, National Academy of Science since 2014. David has received numerous awards for his teaching and academic prowess.
Joe Oppenheimer, Board Co-Chair, is a principal in the law firm Oppenheimer, Fleischer & Quiggle, PC, in Bethesda, MD. Joe’s professional work has included advice and counsel to private family foundations and other non-profit organizations exempt from taxation under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). His practice also includes estate planning and trust and estate administration. He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Joe is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia law school. In recent years Joe has served on the board of directors of IONA Senior Services and acted as its Treasurer. Joe is now a member of IONA’s Board of Associates. He has served for many years on the board of directors of Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP).
Cathy Crouch grew up in the DC area, raising her 2 daughters, and recently returned to Cleveland Park after time in Maine. She attended the Institute of European Studies and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. Cathy spent 18 years with Xerox Corporation in various sales, marketing and communication positions. She then co-founded a decorative painting business, working with residential, commercial, and corporate clients. During her time in Bath, Maine she was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Maine Maritime Museum. A life-long commitment to community service has found her working with school and church organizations, Habitat for Humanity, the Bath Area YMCA, Ingleside at Rock Creek Families Group, the Alzheimer’s Association… She joined Cleveland &Woodley Park as a volunteer, joining the Communications & Outreach Committee, which she currently co-chairs.
Marjorie Dick Stuart is currently in the real estate business with WC & AN Miller in the District of Columbia and has been in this business for a number of years. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology and served as president of the Insiders Club, a group of local business leader. She was chairman of the MLS Committee and is currently on the board of Friendship Place, an organization serving homeless individuals and families. Marjorie has been involved in a number of fundraising activities over the years including coordinating fundraisers for “The Sunshine Kids”, children with cancer, and Children’s Inn At NIH, auctions at Sheridan School and Georgetown Day School as well as organizing a group of residents in Cleveland Park to raise funds for three families affected by hurricane Katrina.
Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH, is the Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute. Dr. Faden is the author and editor of many books and articles on biomedical ethics and health policy. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the American Psychological Association. She has served on numerous national advisory committees and commissions, including the President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, which she chaired. Dr. Faden is a co-founder of the Hinxton Group, a global community committed to advancing ethical and policy challenges in stem cell science, and the Second Wave project, an effort to ensure that the health interests of pregnant women are fairly represented in biomedical research and drug and device policies. In 2011, Dr. Faden was the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR) .Dr. Faden’s current research focuses on justice theory and on national and global challenges in learning health care systems, health systems design and priority setting, and access to the benefits of global investments in biomedical research. Dr. Faden also works on ethical challenges in biomedical science and in women’s health.
Elizabeth Fox has been a leader in the nonprofit world of aging programs for the past 30 years. With a degree in social work and field experience in community organizing and social policy, she began by founding a church-based program of group homes for low-income seniors. She directed IONA Senior Services for 16 years, including oversight of the building of a state-of-the art center for older adults in Northwest Washington. This multi-faceted community services organization engaged professionals and over 750 volunteers to serve about 6000 seniors annually. Ms. Fox founded Experience Corps Washington, DC in 1999 and moved on to policy work for the national office of Experience Corps in 2002. She has been instrumental in the provisions of the 2006 Older Americans Act and the Edward M Kennedy Serve America Act, signed by President Obama in 2012. Elizabeth currently serves as Coordinator for the D.C. Senior Advisory Coalition.
Paul Frick is Founder and partner of Subject Matter. He has more than 30 years of experience designing and executing communications strategy in the public and private sectors. At Subject Matter he directs work for a wide range of association, corporate, government and non-profit clients, and helped lead legacy firm Home Front Communications’ expansion into content and digital development and engagement. Paul learned the value of integrated strategic communications early in his career, working on political campaigns for members of the U.S House of Representatives. He served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senior Communications Strategist for House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt. During the 1998 election cycle, he was political director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Paul, his wife and two children reside in Woodley Park.
Thomas Fox, Treasurer, has lived in Cleveland Park since 1982, and, with his wife Elizabeth, has been an active volunteer from the very beginning of the Village. After four years as a school teacher, his career has been international development, starting in 1965, when he was hired by the Peace Corps as a staff member in Africa. Highlighted by a Presidential appointment as Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination at the US Agency for International Development, he has held senior management and leadership positions in a number of governmental and non-profit organizations, primarily in Washington but also five years living in Africa. He is very active in his Unitarian church; and as a trustee of World Learning, including as a teacher on sustainable development at the graduate level.
Joe Howell and his wife, Embry, are long-time residents on Cleveland Park, living and raising their two children in their Macomb street home since 1972. In mid-2015, the Howells down-sized and moved a block away to the Kennedy-Warren. CWPV was the beneficiary of this transition, as Joe and Embry hosted a yard sale with all proceeds benefiting our Village.
Trained as a city planner, Joe Howell has spent his entire career in planning and urban development. He founded Howell Associates, dedicated to providing consulting services to developing senior housing and affordable housing, with all but a few continuing care communities in the metro area. Joe has also taught planning and urban development at George Washington University and University of Maryland. Now retired, Joe is a believer in housing options for seniors, and thinks the field is moving in exciting directions. Joe currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Collington (a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Prince George’s County), and is a board member of Saint Mary’s Court in Foggy Bottom. He has also served as president of Seabury Resources for Aging.
In addition to his life’s work in senior housing, Joe is an avid photographer (see josephhowellphotography.com); writer of Hard Living on Clay Street (1973) and Civil Rights Journey (2012), along with two other books; and a sailor, still cruising and racing on the Chesapeake.
Linda Mahler has dedicated her career to children and adults with disabilities, advocating for their interests and special education needs for neglected and abused foster children with disabilities. For nine years, she served as Executive Director for Independent Living Housing, Inc., a non-profit providing housing and daily living services for wheelchair using adults. Linda advocated for accessible and affordable housing, while expanding services for people with disabilities wanting to live independently at home. This work led her to relationships with community organizations working on behalf of those with similar interests, such as Iona Senior Services. Currently, Linda is a full-time special education teacher and supports students learning English as a second language.
Suzanne Rooney has been a resident of Woodley Park for thirty years. Prior to retirement she served as Grants Administrator for a large family foundation serving education, the arts and social services. She has served as an administrative legislative aide to several members of Congress and Cabinet Secretaries. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Virginia Stern first settled in Cleveland Park in 1963. She and her husband Bob Stern raised their four children in Cleveland Park and continue to be active in community organizations, serving as board members and officers of the Cleveland Park Club and supporting the renovation of the Macomb Street Playground. For 35 years Stern was director of the Project on Science, Technology and Disability of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the country’s largest interdisciplinary science and engineering organization, and developed the Entry Point program, which placed talented students with disabilities in paid internships in the public and private sector. She has been recognized by the White House, the District of Columbia, and many disability organizations as a national leader for raising expectations and opening up higher education for students with disabilities. Inspired by the early Village movement, the Sterns hosted the first Cleveland Park neighborhood Aging in Place meeting in their home in 2008.
Susie Taylor is an advisor to the Board and was formerly President of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, an elected position she held for several years. As President, she led a Board of eleven members. During her presidency CPCA updated bylaws, applied for 501(c) (3) status, and coordinated a $1.5 M streetscape and pedestrian improvement project, initiated Cleveland Park Day and the development of an Aging in Place program. Susie worked in commercial real estate development and then formed and supported programs for children living in the economically impoverished area of Anacostia in Washington DC. She continues to serve as an officer of the Board of the St. Philip’s Child Development Center in Anacostia. She has been a resident of Cleveland Park since 1980.
Mary Worstell is a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health-Woman’s Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. In this role she focuses on the safety and health for older women. Prior to joining the federal government, she provided leadership for over 25+ years in the non-profit health sector, directing a national patient advocacy and education organization and serving on national and international chronic disease advisory boards and committees. She is a 4-term Trustee for her alma mater Central College, a residential liberal arts college in Iowa. Mary is a 15-year resident of Cleveland Park and is primary caregiver to her 89 year-old Mother who recently relocated to the metro Washington area.
Minturn Wright, Secretary, is a real estate title and taxation lawyer in Washington, D.C. He has served on and advised numerous non-profit boards over the years and is a strong believer in participatory democracy. Among the pro bono legal services Minturn has provided to the Board are applications for Articles of Incorporation, nonprofit 501(c) (3) status, and advice regarding adoption of bylaws.
Mark W. Ohnmacht, Executive Director, specializes in governance, planning and development for performing arts clients and has served from 1996 to 2006 as executive director of the Cathedral Choral Society and Washington National Cathedral’s resident chorus. He was executive director of the Fairfax (Va.) Symphony Orchestra from 1987 to 1996, and for 26 years he has been organist and choir director at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Arlington, Va. Educated at Catholic University, Ohnmacht was recently interim executive director of the Montgomery County Historical Society, and previously development manager for the Washington Bach Consort. He is on the faculty of Chorus America’s Chorus Management Institute and serves as a judge for the prestigious Helen Hayes Awards, Washington’s regional theater honors. A resident of the Woodley Park area for over 20 years, Mark has a stellar reputation for building relationships and organizations, and he’s personable and caring!