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Meet Our Leadership Team


Meet Our Staff


Lynn Golub-Rofrano, Executive Director

Lynn Golub-Rofrano is the founding Executive Director of Georgetown Village which launched in 2011.  Since launching Georgetown Village, Lynn has guided the Village’s expansion to almost 200 members while increasing the level of services to meet the needs of some of our aging and frailer members. In addition, Lynn has worked to increase the number of programs and activities for the many active members of Georgetown Village.

Lynn strongly believes in the Village movement and the concept of Neighbors Helping Neighbors as well as the value of community building.  Her husband is a federal employee and like many of you, they have lived overseas while working for the government.  These experiences definitely reinforced the importance of community and neighbors helping neighbors. In her spare time, Lynn enjoys going to the theater, reading, knitting, traveling, and spending time with her two grown children.

Lynn has a Master’s degree in Social Work and an Education Specialist (Masters +30) in Education and Administration Supervision.  As Executive Director of Georgetown Village, Lynn also serves on faculty for Catholic University of America as a field supervisor for social work students.

During her time at Georgetown Village Lynn completed the Washington Area Geriatric Education Consortium Master Faculty Certification in 2015.  In 2017, Lynn attended the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, and holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Varnita Holtzclaw, Administrative Assistant

Varnita joined the staff of Georgetown Village in 2017.  Since that time, Varnita has taken an active role in Village Administrative and Member Service Coordination.

In addition, Varnita works closely with GV Committee Chairs and Board Members to assist them as they fulfill their roles and responsibilities.  Prior to working at Georgetown Village, Varnita served as an Executive Administrative Assistant and Office Administrator for ACAP.  She has more than twenty years of experience in Customer Service, Human Resources Management, Database Management, and various Operations and IT Support roles for non-profit, State, Local, and Federal Government agencies.

Varnita has three children Patrick, Dorian, and Taylor ages 15, 14, and 12.  Our members and volunteers often comment on how much they enjoy Varnita’s can do attitude, and positive approach.  Give us a call and we’re sure you’ll enjoy speaking with Varnita as well!

 


Meet Our Board of Directors


Carol Kelly, President

With forty years of successful advocacy work, Carol A. Kelly is the founder and CEO of Kelly Advocacy Outcomes which assists clients in Washington and across the country with their legislative and regulatory needs for healthcare matters.  She currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (George Washington University) and has served previously on the board of the Society for Women’s Health Research.

Ms. Kelly has worked twice for the public sector and has represented companies and trade associations, giving her a wide-ranging view of the advocacy and policy environments of Washington. She joined the Board and Executive Committee of the American Benefits Council serving as its first Chairwoman from 2002-2003.  Ms. Kelly has an MA from the University of    Virginia and a BA from the University of Delaware.

Josh Kuhnert, Treasurer

Josh grew up in South Louisiana and has lived in Georgetown since 2007 on Volta Place and Q Street. He holds a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Northwestern, MS in Financial Engineering from Columbia and studied in the Finance PhD program at UT Austin. He has focused professionally on investment management and currently manages Institutional and Private Client portfolios for Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Josh and family are devoted to the Georgetown community, volunteering with Georgetown Village, Citizens Association of Georgetown, Friends of Volta Park, Concerts in the Park and other neighborhood groups.

Emily Sommers, Secretary

Ms. Sommers is a Washington, DC native. She has a J.D. from Catholic University Law School, where she was a teaching assistant and an editor on the Law Review; an M.A. from George Washington University; and a B.A. from the University of Maryland. She retired from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2018, where she had worked since 1990.

While at the FDIC, Ms. Sommers worked as a supervisory counsel in the failed bank section of the General Counsel’s office, supervising a staff of 13 employees in investigating failed banks and analyzing and determining whether litigation should be instituted against professionals associated with failed institutions. If so. Ms. Sommers and the staff worked to develop a case to present to the FDIC Board of Directors for authority to sue. After she graduated from law school in 1977, and prior to coming to the FDIC, Ms. Sommers worked for the Department of Energy, supervising a litigation staff of 11 employees in preparing and trying violations of DOE oil pricing regulations by major U.S. refiners before the agency administrative bodies and the federal courts.  Ms. Sommers lives in Hillandale, where she is co-chairman of the Program Committee with Carol Kelly, and enjoys travel, theater, walking/hiking, 2 book groups, and the many wonderful museums, lectures, concerts and other activities life in Washington offers.

Motrya Hanas Calafiura

Motrya Hanas Calafiura was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Motrya attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA where she was an Economics major and studied Chinese abroad in Beijing, China. Throughout her career, Motrya has held various positions in Finance, Operations, Management, IT, and Government. In addition to her volunteer service hours with Georgetown Village, Motrya currently works at Georgetown University as the Special Assistant to the Provost. Motrya lives in Georgetown with her son and husband Peter, who has lived in Georgetown for over 25 years working at his own Commercial Real Estate firm.

Diana Dennett

Diana Dennett was born and grew up in the United Kingdom then moved to the United States shortly after graduating from the University of Leicester, England.   In addition to volunteering for the Georgetown Village, she recently qualified as a Master Gardner where she volunteers in the National Parks Service gardens in Georgetown as well as in programs in Southern Maryland on gardening practices to support the health of the Chesapeake Bay and teaching children and adults about gardening.    She also served for several years on the board of her community association, Scientists’ Cliffs in Maryland, and is a charter member of the American Chestnut Land Trust.

Diana began her career in Washington as a member of the professional staff of the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. She worked on a wide range of Medicare legislative issues and had lead responsibility for the development of the legislation to establish the Medicare hospice program.

John Doolittle

John Doolittle grew up in LaGrange, Illinois a western suburbs of Chicago. He took an early interest in public speaking which lead to a fascination with first radio and by 1949 television. He attended Northwestern University majoring in communication with a specialization in Radio-TV and Film.  After graduation he joined WBBM Radio, Chicago as a producer and later as the station’s press information director. He worked on air for stations in Hammond and South Bend, Indiana before moving to Atlanta to join WSB Radio where he covered the growing racial and anti-Viet Nam War events. The station is also where he met his future wife, Ellen Baker, who was employed in the television side of the facility.

In 1970, John received a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. From there, he and his wife moved to Madison to pursue doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin, his in Communication Arts, hers in Psychology. After finishing their degrees, John and Ellen moved to Indiana University where he taught in the School of Journalism and she was a Post Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. In 1980  Washington beckoned with new challenges.

John joined the American University School of Communication faculty where he designed and taught courses in radio-television news production. He also served as Director of the Schools Journalism division for several years. In addition he kept his skills sharp working one summer as producer of WRC’s morning hours of talk radio and writing and producing news for the Voice of America. Subsequently, he was a visiting professor at Stanford University where he pioneered the Journalism programs which included student-produced newscasts on local cable tv outlets.  Later years at A.U. he became an associate director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence which helped faculty develop their technical teaching skills. Research interests included studies of the effects and history of mass media. His book, Don McNeill and His “Breakfast Club” chronicled the development and growth of early morning network programing and sparked a renewed interest in one of the pioneers of broadcasting.

Now an Emeritus Professor from American University since 2013, Doolittle volunteers with: The National Park Service and member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Washington National Cathedral, the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive, and Georgetown Village.  Doolittle and his wife are original owners of their Cloisters home moving there in 1987.  As a Georgetown Village volunteer John’s most frequent assignment is to assist Village members with computer-related issues. His years working in electronic media environment and experience preparing faculty and students to use technology more effectively have paid off handsomely.

Resha M. Putzrath, PhD, DABT

Resha M. Putzrath is a toxicologist and risk assessor who retired in September 2019 from the Environmental Programs of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. Prior employment included at EPA, at several consulting firms, at the National Academy of Sciences, and as adjunct faculty of Johns Hopkins University and National Institutes of Health. She is a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.

She earned A.B. in physics from Smith College and M.S. and Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, with postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health. She has held elected and appointed positions in the Society for Risk Analysis, Society of Toxicology, and Association for Women in Science, as well on advisory/consultation panels for federal agencies and professional societies.

 Frederick R. Rickles, MD, FACP

Frederick R. Rickles, MD FACP, has retired from active practice at The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, as of July 1, 2021. Dr. Rickles was recruited to GWU as the Associate Vice President for Health Research and Technology Transfer in 1998, and joined the Division of Hematology/Oncology as Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Pharmacology and Physiology. He established a practice in his area of expertise, disorders of blood clotting (e.g. thrombosis and hemostasis), and has had a thriving practice with referrals from all over the world. Author of 110 peer-reviewed publications, 69 books, book chapters, editorials and reviews, and 115 abstracts, Dr. Rickles served as Vice President of the National Hemophilia Foundation and a member of multiple Study Sections of the NIH, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. As an acknowledged expert on cancer and thrombosis, he was one of the co-founders of the Subcommittee on Cancer and Thrombosis of the International Society of Hemostasis and Thrombosis and a member of multiple scientific and education committees of the American Society of Hematology. He was an editorial board member of the Journal of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Thrombosis Research, Thrombosis and Hemostasis and Blood Coagulation and Fibrinolysis.

Before coming to GWU, Dr. Rickles had been on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, Emory University and was the Deputy Director of the Hematologic Disease Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Rickles continues to teach and see patients with GWU residents and fellows at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, DC, and remains an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at GWU, an honor he received in 2016.

Jessica Salgado 

Jessica Salgado is a graduate of Georgetown University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as a Master’s in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. She started her career in sales with Grainger and quickly became the youngest Account Manager in the country. She has worked for Georgetown Home Care (GHC), where she is served as COO, helping GHC become one of the fastest growing home care companies in the United States. Jessica finds enjoyment in understanding the minutia of every situation, picking it apart and putting it back together in a more streamlined, efficient way.

In her free time Jessica has traveled to over 25 countries, relishes in new cultures, loves to dance and most of all enjoys spending time with her children, husband, and dog.

Michele Seiver

Michele Seiver is a well-known and active resident of Georgetown and has volunteered her time for many worthwhile organizations. She has been a volunteer for Georgetown Village for almost 5 years and has a special interest in helping senior citizens. Michele was extremely helpful during the vaccination assistance program that Lynn directed for us, cheerfully driving our members across the city to ensure they were able to receive a vaccine. In conversations with our leadership, Michele has stated she is willing to serve as the chair of the Event Committee that would focus on our annual fundraiser, coordinating with the Development Committee and other member entertainment events, in addition to assisting with membership. Michele is a talented interior designer and has been recognized for her award winning work.

Rebecca Risser Siemer 

Originally from Dallas, Texas;  I have a Bachelor’s in International Comparative Politics from the University of Central Florida and a master’s in Global Security and Strategy from Johns Hopkins University.  I’ve lived in DC for 15 years, I met my husband here and we have two beautiful boys. I have worked in politics and policy as well as the Tech industry. I discovered my talent for fundraising while serving as Political Assistant at the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and have put this to use recently raising money for Classroom Grants as a volunteer with the Daughters of the American Revolution.  For many years I volunteered as a museum docent at Anderson house and have been volunteering with Georgetown Village since its 2nd year.

Michael D. Usdan, PhD

Michael Usdan served as President of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) from 1981 through 2001.  As of July 1, 2001, he became a Senior Fellow at the organization.  Before joining IEL Mr. Usdan was Connecticut’s Commissioner of Higher Education from 1978 through 1981. From 1974 through 1978 Michael was President of the Merrill-Palmer Institute in Detroit.

Michael received his masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia University, having previously completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University.  He worked on the staff of the late Dr. James B. Conant in the latter’s famous studies of American education and has taught at Columbia University, City University of New York, Northwestern and Fordham Universities, and in schools in New York City and White Plains, and served as a member and president of the school board in the city of New Rochelle, New York from 1969 to 1974.

Mr. Usdan  has written many articles and books on various aspects of education. Several themes dominate his writing: problems relating to urban education, the relationship of government and politics to education, and the growing interest in developing closer relationships between elementary – secondary and higher education.  He has been a consultant to local and state boards of education and educational organizations throughout the country and has spoken at and participated in numerous meetings, both in the United states and internationally in nations such as China, India, Nepal, Hungary, Russia, and Japan.

Martha Williams 

I am a lifelong resident of the Greater Washington area, born at Columbia Hospital for Women growing up in first in the Glen Echo area and then in post war Rockville. Except for a brief time in New Hampshire where my husband was stationed with the Navy and a few brief years in the Kenwood area of Bethesda, I’ve lived my entire adult life in the city of Washington. I graduated from Hood College in Frederick, prepared to teach English, however by the time my oldest child was college aged and I was ready to return to the work force, I decided instead to try Real Estate. I began with Begg Real Estate, originally a Georgetown firm, then spent most of my 35 plus year career with Evers and Company, now associated with Long and Foster. In order to work in the whole metropolitan area, I held licenses in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

While the children were growing up, we lived in Chevy Chase, DC where along with a lot of volunteerism at Lafayette School, I was an ANC 3-G Commissioner. I have served as a Vestry member and as Junior Warden at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church on Connecticut Avenue just North of Florida Avenue where I have been a member for many years. I have also served on the Board of Directors for both The Westchester where I currently live and The Kenwood House where I lived prior to moving to The Westchester.  My membership in Georgetown Village was the result of outreach done by Lynn and Gail Nordheimer.

As I was considering retiring and wondering what to do with my time, they did a presentation at The Westchester which opened the Village world for me. Up until then, I was unaware of how active and vital the movement was for the seniors of this city. It has enriched my life and been an essential connection with the community and the rest of the outside world, particularly during Covid.

Toni Russin – Past President

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 serves as Past President, and chairs the membership committee for the Village.

Gail Nordheimer, Past President & Advisory Board Liaison

Gail Nordheimer, a certified fundraising executive, served local, national, and international organizations throughout her 35-year career in development. She administered comprehensive development programs at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, the League of Women Voters of the US, The American National Red Cross, and at Washington Hospital Center Foundation.

As President of Gail Nordheimer Associates and in partnership with Staley, Robeson, Ryan St. Lawrence, she provided fundraising counsel and organizational management to nearly 100 non-profit organizations. She was named the “Exceptional Fundraising Executive of the Year 2009” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-DC).

Gail served as President of Georgetown Village for three years and as Co-President of Georgetown Village for one year before being named Immediate Past President. She is President of the Board of the Hillandale Homeowners Association, chairs a committee of Charter 100 and is a member of the Corcoran Women’s Committee.  She and her husband Gary enjoy traveling and appreciate time with their family which includes five grandchildren.


Advisory Board


Thomas L. Birch
John Bradshaw
Nancy Taylor Bubes
E. Hazel Denton
Barbara Hall
Rev. Elizabeth Keeler
Joan Kennan
Henrietta Q. LaMotte
Malcolm Peabody
Nancy Regan
Nancy Roll
Ann Satterthwaite
Patricia Scolaro
Leslie C. Smith
Jessica Townsend
Elizabeth Verville


Board Meeting – April 2020

2019 - 2020 Board Members

Board Meeting – October 2019

Strategic Planning – June 2019

Strategic Planning – June 2019

Anniversary Celebration – December 2018

GV Board Meeting – November 2017