Since her teens Gail has actively volunteered for non-profit organizations. She worked in the Office of the President of the U.S. for two years; then volunteered actively until her two boys were in school full time. Later as a certified fundraising executive, she headed development offices at the Jewish Community Center, League of Women Voters of the US, American National Red Cross and Washington Hospital Center Foundation. As President of Gail Nordheimer Associates, she provided fundraising and organizational development counsel to close to 100 non-profit organizations.
In 2009 the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) named her Fundraising Executive of the Year. During four terms on the AFP board, she headed committees that established an annual Mid Atlantic educational conference and National Capital Philanthropy Day. Most recently she was active in the founding of Georgetown Village and now serves as its President and is a board member of the Hillandale Homeowners Association. She and Gary share the pleasure of five grandchildren who live in Bethesda.
Thomas L. Birch, Vice President:
An attorney by training, Tom received his J.D. degree from George Washington University and his undergraduate B.A. degree in history from Lehigh University. He was a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Morocco. After law school, he worked on Capitol Hill as legislative advisor to members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Now retired, he served for more than 30 years as legislative counsel to non-profit organizations in public policy development and advocacy in child welfare, human services, and cultural affairs. A native of California, Mr. Birch, came to Washington in 1971. Since then he has volunteered as a board member for a number of charitable organizations, including the Ellington Fund of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Family Stress Services of the District of Columbia, the D.C. Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Children's Trust Fund, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, the Leadership Task Force on Religion and Public Values of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Crafts Center, Folger Poetry Board, the American Humane Association, and the Vestry of Christ Church Georgetown. In 2012, he was elected to a sixth term on the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission. For his legislative advocacy work, Birch has received the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Child Advocacy, and Casey Family Programs’ Leadership Award. In 2012, he was elected to a sixth term in public office on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Georgetown, where he received the 2006 Belin Award from the Citizens Association of Georgetown for distinguished community service.