Sandy Rubin, Board Co-Chair, is a longtime DC resident and business owner who has always been involved in the community. A native of the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, NY, Sandy spent 20 years in the NYC public school system teaching English, working with special education students, and developing special education programs for teachers. Deciding she wanted a change, Sandy moved to DC in 1983 and settled in Woodley Park. When Sandy wants change, she means it: she became a successful local business owner, starting with an antiques store in Adams Morgan (“Endangered Species”), and then a card and gift shop in Woodley Park (“All Wrapped Up”). And when Sandy sees a community need, she commits her time and talents to the charge because “We all need to help one another, don’t we?” In addition to serving as Co-Chair of the Village Board of Directors, she has served on the boards Friendship Place and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, organizations where she currently serves on the Development Committee and Leadership Council, respectively. When Sandy heard about the Village from one of its founders, she recognized its potential value to the neighborhood and its residents. Sandy quickly became an active member and volunteer. In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Village Board of Directors, she serves on the Village Communications and Outreach Committee, helps organize the Village’s annual Spring Fling fundraising event, and participates in many of the Village’s ongoing activities (walking group, book club, Lunch Bunch, etc.).
DC-area native John Wiecking, Board Co-Chair, has been a resident of the Cleveland & Woodley Park neighborhoods since 1981. An economic analyst for the U.S. State Department until retiring in 2015, he now devotes himself to the Village, the St. Alban’s Opportunity Shop, learning Italian, and choral singing. As a musician, he has sung with many of the principal volunteer and professional ensembles in the area. He is a parishioner of All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Woodley Park.
Vera Brown grew up in Laurel, MD, in Prince Georges County. She received an BS and a Masters degree in social work from Howard University and spent the first few years of her career in various social work positions working in Baltimore and Cleveland. She moved back to the DC area in the mid 1960s to take care of aging parents, married (a family physician) and continued her social work career working for the DC Department of Welfare, the Mental Health Administration, and Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital where she was a principle liaison with the federal government.
Beginning in the early 1980s she retired from being a social worker and devoted her time to parenthood (one daughter and two step children) and various volunteer positions. She was a volunteer at the Greater Southeast Hospital Foundation where she headed the auxiliary and became a member of the foundation board. She also started a successful tutoring program called “Tutor Connection.” Following the death of her husband, she moved from Temple Hills to the Kennedy-Warren in 2013. Her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also moved into the K-W to a separate apartment and continue to live there now. She became a full member of the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village in 2015 and actively participates in social activities. Her primary activity right now is completing her memoirs.
Marjorie Dick Stuart is a real estate advisor and negotiator with Long & Foster/Christie’s International Real Estate. She advises senior leadership as a member of the firm’s Luxury Alliance, a group of elite agents with significant impact and influence in the luxury home market. Marjorie hosts DCLuxuryDefined.com and broadcasts its content monthly.
She co-authored the best-seller, UNcommon with Brian Tracy and recently released a new book, Selling Secrets You Can’t Afford to Miss. Her interview on Success Today TV aired on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the country. She was featured in The Washington Post series on creativity in real estate sales which highlighted three of Marjorie’s “Under the Radar” success stories; and as the guest expert on the Post’s “live” web-chat Q&A. Washingtonian Magazine recognized her as a “Best Agent.” Marjorie was named one of the “100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents” by Real Estate Executive Magazine and was a featured speaker at its Real Estate Summits in Atlanta and at the D.C. Convention Center. She partners with the Current Newspapers to post its community content online at DCHomeNews.com. Each month, Marjorie records “What’s Working Now,” real-time video tips for neighborhood buyers and sellers which can be viewed at MarjorieDickStuart.tv.
Marjorie has been involved in a number of charitable causes over the years, including coordinating fundraisers for “The Sunshine Kids,” children with cancer, and the Children’s Inn at NIH, auctions at the Sheridan School and Georgetown Day School. She was one of a small group of neighbors in Cleveland Park who provided support and raised funds for three families displaced by hurricane Katrina. For the past eight years she’s served on the board of Friendship Place: Ending Homelessness. Rebuilding Lives. Marjorie continues to serve on the board of the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Oppenheimer 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).
David Shulenburger, 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.
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!