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Foggy Bottom West End Village




Executive Director Denise Snyder

Denise Snyder has 40 years of experience running small and mid-sized nonprofits in the Washington area. She brings experience with volunteers, program development, organizational management, and fundraising. She has been involved with villages for several years and is energized by the sense of community they create. Denise joined our village in April 2019.


Board of Directors:
  • Myrna Fawcett, President
  • David Ucko, Vice President
  • Pat Kellogg, Secretary
  • K. Burke Dillon, Treasurer
  • Mary Bernstein
  • Jean Manning
  • Ris Lacoste
  • Phyllis Kramer
  • C.B. Wooldridge
  • Bernie Witter
Past Founding Board Members:    
  • Beverly Gyllenhaal
  • Jackie Lemire
  • Monroe Wright
  • Rebecca Coder
  • Lorna Grenadier
  • John Seichter
  • Susan Haight
  • Carl Vacketta

Board Bios

Pat Kellogg
Retired Internist

As a long term resident of Watergate West (25 years) and a retired internist (after 39 years in practice), Pat Kellogg has both a personal and professional interest in “aging in place” and the mission of the Village.


She is a born and bred New Englander who moved to Bethesda after college. Then followed a career in medicine in Bethesda and Rockville while raising her family. She retired from the practice of General Internal Medicine last summer. Now she enjoys classes at Georgetown University and OLLI in Art History, understanding ballet and classical music. Her longtime hobby is reading fiction with her book club. Washington’s vibrant theater and travel are interests to share with her husband, Amitai Etzioni. They have family both here in Washington and overseas.


Mary Berstein

Mary Bernstein
Retired Human Resources Executive

Mary has been a health care executive in government, corporations and nonprofits developing health care policy, programs and regulatory processes. She has served as a consultant and was director of the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance of the U.S. Department of Transportation. She is an employee assistant program professional who also held management positions with GTE and Trans World Airlines.

Why she supports FBWE Village:  “As an aging Baby Boomer who has been widowed, the Village gives me the chance to help build community for both myself and my neighbors.”



K. Burke Dillon
Global Economist

Burke set out to be a journalist but ended up an economist. She served on the staff of Jimmy Carter’s Council of Economic Advisers, then settled down to a quarter century at the International Monetary Fund.

Her assignments at the IMF included Argentina during the transition from military government; coordinating inter-government debt rescheduling during the 1980s debt crisis; heading the division supporting the frontline states facing South Africa in the late 1980s, and IMF resident representative to Russia setting up the Fund’s first office in Moscow as Yeltsin took over.  

Her final IMF job was Director of Administration, including HR, security, buildings, and procurement worldwide.  She moved in 1998 to the Inter-American Development Bank as Executive Vice President (COO) from which she retired in 2002.


Phyllis Kramer
Retired Therapist


In nearly 30 years in private practice, Phyllis Kramer has counseled scores of clients working through isolation and illness and depression and dysfunction. As a therapist, Phyllis focused on areas of treatment particularly relevant to Village members – social isolation, grief and caregiver counseling.


Although retired, Phyllis is active in Foggy Bottom area as a Board member for St. Mary’s Court in and she teaches a course in professional development at GW’s School of Medicine. She holds several certifications, among them gestalt therapy, family therapy and hypnosis for specific disorders.


Phyllis and her husband James M. Banner Jr. have traveled widely in Europe and Asia, but especially enjoy walking near their home along the banks of the Potomac River. Phyllis also enjoys the area’s museums, and is an avid theater-goer and movie buff.


Myrna Fawcett
Myrna L. Fawcett
Elderlaw Attorney

Myrna specializes in Elderlaw and representation of adults with special needs. She is a member of the board of many prominent Washington and national organizations. She has participated in multiple programs on issues involving hoarding, advanced directives, bioethical issues and financial options for seniors.

Why she supports FBWE Village: I always want to be engaged and vital within my community. FBWE village will offer me that support as I grow older.


Ris Lacoste
Award-Winning Chef


Village members may already know Ris from her namesake restaurant RIS at 2275 L Street NW, where she and her staff serve seasonal American cuisine. But fewer members may be familiar with Ris’ long professional path to her own concept that wound its way from her hometown New Bedord, Massachusetts through San Francisco and then to Paris. Paris was a life-changing move that led her to work at the famed La Varenne École de Cuisine, where she was hired to type and edit recipes, then eventually earning a culinary degree. After a stint as a sous chef in Burgundy, Ris returned to the states where she worked with celebrated chef Bob Kinkead beginning in 1985, helping him open 21 Federal in Nantucket, MA, and Twenty-One Federal in Washington, DC.


Ris has earned numerous awards as well as a nomination from the legendary James Beard Foundation, and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) named her "Chef of the Year" in 1999 and awarded 1789 Restaurant its "Restaurant of the Year" prize in 2000.


Ris is a Board member for several local organizations, including the RAMW, where she is a member of its Education Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of DC Central Kitchen and she is on the Advisory Board of the Hospitality High School of Washington, DC. Ris was also the first recipient of the Village’s Torch Award for Community Spirit for her service to the community. It is this service that she hopes to extend further as a new Board member for the Village, promoting Village services, and of course the benefits of great food and drink and her love and connection to cooking.


Jean M. Manning
Chief Counsel on Employment for U.S. Senate

Jean has retired from her position as Head and Chief Counsel for the Office of the U.S. Senate for Employment. She provided advice to and defended all Senate offices in employment matters.

The mission of the Village made a strong impression on Jean because she had witnessed the heartache of family members who had moved to assisted care living because they felt they had no other option. Jean states: "I committed that once I retired I would use my skills and knowledge to support the Village goal of assisting individuals who wish to remain in their homes and to continue a healthful, quality lifestyle in an affordable manner."

Jean offers the Village her skills in managing budgets, developing strategic plans, creating marketing and public relations campaigns, and providing expertise in legal and employment matters.



David Ucko
Longtime Science Educator


In 2001, David and his wife Barbara moved to Foggy Bottom from Kansas City, Mo., where he had developed a new museum, Science City, at Union Station. Previously, David served science museums in Los Angeles and Chicago, and he was a member of the National Museum Services Board, appointed by President Clinton. In DC, he focused on furthering informal science education, first with the National Academy of Sciences and then the National Science Foundation.


David grew up in New York City, beginning his career as a chemistry professor and textbook author after receiving his Ph.D. from MIT and B.A. from Columbia. He now consults part-time, and while busy, he particularly appreciates his Village membership and taking part in social activities and events.


David and Barbara enjoy their three grandchildren, who live in Rockville. He also spends his spare time playing iPad word games and going to the gym religiously. He keeps his Kindle full of library books (mostly nonfiction) and enjoys reading fiction in English and Spanish.


Bernie Witter



C.B. Wooldridge

C.B. Wooldridge
Meeting/event manager

C.B. is a professionally trained social worker, (MSW), who came to Washington to join Health and Human Services to write national welfare policy. He later managed regional offices.He’s now an independent meeting professional, managing meetings and special events. C.B. is very active with St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish, especially active with services for and involving seniors.

Why he supports FBWE Village: “I see it as a multi-pronged opportunity: to honor and respect our older citizens; to celebrate and give back to our special community; to be a voice on the Board for us “renters,” and hopefully, encourage us savvy seasoned seniors, sages and seers to stay engaged, active and involved.”



:: Foggy Bottom West End Village: 
2430 K Street, NW : Washington, DC 20037 : 202-333-1327 ::