Meet Our Board of Directors and Officers
Gail Nordheimer, President:
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.
Leslie Smith, Secretary:
Leslie and her husband have lived in Georgetown for more than 30 years. After working as a legal recruiter with her own company, a partner at a national law firm and a Montessori teacher in several area schools, Leslie retired in 2012. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College (1965,) Montessori Institute International (1967) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1975) and has been an active volunteer in several charitable organizations, including D.C. Hotline, House of Ruth and the National Rehabilitation Hospital. She is Chair of the Georgetown Village Healthcare Committee.
James Smith, Treasurer:
John lives on 33rd Street with his wife Angie and their 3 children. John has been a volunteer with Georgetown Village since 2012 and became a board member in 2016. He and his wife Angie own Georgetown Home Care, a private duty nursing company with 300 employees and offices in Maryland, DC and Virginia. John is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and has completed a Fellowship in Hospital Readmission Prevention. He is a member of the DC Long Term Care Coalition and sits the DC Department of Health Care Finance In Home Support Task Force. The Bradshaw's are members of Holy Trinity Church.
Reverend Elizabeth Keeler
Rev. Elizabeth Keeler was honored to be invited to join the Georgetown Village Board. She immediately saw a fit between the Village's services and her ministry with older parishioners at Christ Church, Georgetown where she has been assistant to the rector since May 2014. A graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary and Davidson College, she lives in Great Falls with her husband and three children.
Henrietta Q. LaMotte
Nancy Regan was born and raised in Massachusetts and moved to Georgetown 3 years ago from Indianapolis, IN. She has two daughters living here who both work for USAID contractors and a grandson, Nate, who she cares for 2 days/week. Nancy has a BS in Chemistry from Boston College and worked for Chevron Chemical mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to her many service hours with Georgetown Village, Nancy volunteers with THIS for Diplomats as Chair of the Art Committee and Member at Large to the BOD, edits and publishes a monthly community newsletter, The Hillandale Herald, and organizes the Hillandale Book Club.
Nancy Roll was born and raised in Michigan, Nancy and her husband David moved to the Washington area in 1972 with their two young children. In 1993 they moved to Georgetown. Nancy has been a special education teacher and has worked at the Lab School of Washington as both a classroom teacher and reading specialist. She additionally spent several years at Georgetown Day School as their elementary level reading specialist. Nancy became a member of the Georgetown Board of Directors in 2013.
Toni joined the board in September 2014. She and her husband Jonathan have lived in Capitol Hill, Cleveland Park, finally settling in Georgetown in the 1990's. During many of these years they worked overseas, in Turkey, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Russia. They raised four sons in Santo Domingo and Washington. In 1990, Toni was the co-founder and head social worker of Hope Housing Inc. providing affordable cooperative housing to formerly homeless families. She also worked as a social worker in the Washington Head Start programs and community organizing at Howard University. She is committed to the village concept of neighbors helping neighbors of all income levels. Toni has a BA cum laude from Smith College and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 1963. She currently heads the volunteer recruitment committee and co-chairs the membership committee for the Village.
Patricia T. Scolaro
Jessica Townsend, Immediate Past President
Jessica has lived in Georgetown for over 40 years where, with her husband Henry, she raised two daughters. She was born in England and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After emigrating to the United States she lived in New York City, worked as a journalist on Business Week Magazine and moved to Georgetown before the birth of her first daughter. She then obtained a master's degree from the George Washington university in healthcare planning and had a long career in health policy at the Institute of Medicine and in the Federal Government. After retirement her greyhound, theater, ballet and Georgetown Village keep her busy. Jessica is currently chair of the Special Events and Program committees of GV.
Elizabeth is retired as the Acting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and the Bureau of Law Enforcement Affairs. Elizabeth led the U.S. Delegation to develop the United Nations Transnational Organized Crime Convention. Prior to that assignment, she was director for global affairs on the National Security Council staff for international crime, counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism and deputy director of the first U.S. inter-agency office to protect the nation's critical information infrastructure. Elizabeth received her A.B. from Duke University in 1961.
Bob vom Eigen
Bob vom Eigen is a retired partner at the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, which continues to support him is his charitable work within Georgetown. Prior to his retirement, he represented freight and passenger railroads, suppliers and government entities in regulatory matters, transactions, litigation and lobbying. Retirement permitted Bob to expand his charitable activities. In addition to his role of Vice President of the Georgetown Village, Bob provides volunteer assistance for members of the Village. He also serves as President of the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park, and Vice President of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, and works for the Historic Preservation and Zoning Committee of CAG.Bob is married to Ann Hadley vom Eigen, and their two children, Paul and Hadley, are pursuing careers in education and the wine business. We all love education and wine.