The Village has a new president, three new board members and two new committee leaders. All are neighborhood residents. The Village board made the selections last week.
Jane Scholz will succeed Susan Haight as president of the board. Susan, the founding president of the Village, held this office for three years. Under her leadership, the Village was formed, obtained several large grants that enabled it to get started, acquired an office and its first executive director. Susan will continue on the board and executive committee. She will also work to recruit volunteers to provide services to Village members.
Jane is a six-year resident of Foggy Bottom who has been a Village member for three years and a board member for a year. She is a retired journalist.
Bill Armistead succeeds Rebecca Coder as treasurer. Rebecca, who is commissioner for ANC 2A02, was a founding board member of the Village and has served as treasurer for three years. Bill, a retired businessman who teaches at American University, has lived in West End since 2008. He has served on the board for two years.
Three neighborhood residents are joining the board:
K. Burke Dillon worked as an economist overseas and in the U.S. on the President's Council of Economic Advisers staff and at the International Monetary Fund. At the IMF, assignments included Argentina during the transition from military government and the debt crisis; the frontline states facing South Africa in the 1980s; IMF representative to Russia, setting up the first office in Moscow, and director of administration, including HR, security, buildings, and procurement. She ended her career as executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Leah Webb Schroeder spent more than 25 years in the political world as chief of staff to a congressman, a campaign manager and speechwriter and lobbyist. Before retiring in 2010, she worked 15 years for a local private school, her last position as head of fundraising.
Jane Selby is a retired RN/Nurse Practitioner who moved to West End with her husband six years ago. In California, she was a founding board member of Ashby Village. She and her husband started a neighborhood health center. She also served as the clinic director for a large community clinic in before moving to Washington.
Two new committee chairs were named.
Sally Willis will chair the volunteer committee, recruiting and retaining volunteers to provide services to Village members. She worked at the U.S. Department of Justice for 45 years on projects including school desegregation and the Watergate Special Prosecutor's staff. Later in the Civil Rights Division she specialized in explaining the Americans with Disabilities Act to businesses, governments, people with disabilities and the general public.
Beverly Mills Gyllenhaal will chair the membership committee, recruiting new members and encouraging current members to renew. Beverly has been involved with Villages for the past nine years, having helped start a Village in Coral Gables, Fla. She joined FBWEV as a founding board member shortly after moving to the West End neighborhood six years ago, and has served as co-chair of the Village’s volunteer committee and chair of the program committee. She was a journalist and syndicated columnist. Her husband and daughter are both Village volunteers.
Beverly succeeds Lorna Grenadier, who chaired the membership committee. Lorna, who is retiring from the board where she was a founding member, chaired the committee for more than three years.