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Executive Director: Leigh Sempeles

Leigh
 Sempeles recently joined the Village as our Executive Director in April 2017. She has more than 20 years of corporate experience in the legal online information industry, holding several senior management roles in strategy, marketing and product development. Her nonprofit background includes serving as the Executive Director of St Vincent de Paul in Dayton, Ohio, a charitable organization aiding the homeless and impoverished by providing emergency shelter services, transitional/ permanent supportive housing programs, food pantries and thrift store operations.

Most recently, Ms. Sempeles was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in the MBA program teaching a graduate-level course in management, leadership, organizational design, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. 

 

Ms. Sempeles received her JD degree from the University of Dayton School of Law, her Masters in Management from Antioch University and her BA in History (Magna Cum Laude) from Wright State University. Upon graduation from law school, she practiced law and remains on active status as a member of the Ohio Bar.









 
 
Board of Directors:
  • Jane Scholz, President
  • Mary Bernstein, Vice President
  • John Seichter, Secretary
  • Bill Armistead, Treasurer
  • Leah Schroeder
  • Myrna Fawcett
  • Lorna Grenadier
  • Jean Manning
  • Peter Sacco
  • Susan Haight
  • Carl Vacketta
  • C.B. Wooldridge
  • K. Burke Dillon
  • Jane Selby
 
 
 
Past Founding Board Members:    
  • Beverly Gyllenhaal
  • Jackie Lemire
  • Monroe Wright
  • Rebecca Coder
  • Lorna Grenadier

Board Bios



Susan Haight
Susan B. Haight
Retail Consultant

Susan is the founder and principal consultant of Retail Connections®, which develops retail strategies for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
 
Previously, she was a leasing executive for Madison Marquette and also held leadership positions with New England Development and The Rouse Company.
 
Why she supports FBWE Village:  “I have lived in the Foggy Bottom West End neighborhood for the past ten years and appreciate its progressive nature, where neighbors help neighbors.   I plan to live here for the next ten years and believe such an organization will help strengthen this well-established culture of lending a helping hand.”

 

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.”

 

John Seichter
John J. Seichter
Attorney

John began his career in 1971 at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he held a variety of positions in both finance and legal affairs including legal responsibility for rescheduling and collecting Mexican public and private sector debt.

John left Eximbank in 1991 to join the legal department of British Aerospace, Inc. (now BAE Systems), retiring as General Counsel of its US regional aircraft business at the end of 2009. In 2011 he was retained to manage the dissolution of the regional aircraft companies. John remains a director and the secretary of BAE Systems Holdings, Inc. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia, and volunteers as a sous chef at Miriam’s Kitchen, a meals and social services programs serving the chronically homeless.

Why he supports FBWE Village:  “I’ve lived in Foggy Bottom for more than 30 years. During that time the neighborhood has developed into a vibrant community. A key element of vibrancy is diversity. I see the Village as a way to retain (and grow) our seniors population and am serving on the board to help accomplish this.”

 

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.


 

William Armistead
William Armistead
Financial Consultant 
 
Bill spent his career in Finance, starting out as a commercial banker in Baltimore then migrating to the DC area, with stops at Martin Marietta and MCI. After MCI was acquired by WorldCom, he became the CFO of a start-up telecom company headquartered in New York and doing business in northern Europe. Since then he has been a consultant, investor, and board member of for-profit and non-profit organizations.
 
Recently, Bill became an adjunct professor at the Kogod School of Business at American University in DC. He is also a member of a local angel investment group which helps fund start-up companies.
 
Bill joined the board of FBWE Village because he believes in the notion of aging in one’s home and the group’s mission of providing assistance to the elderly to help fulfill this goal.

 

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.

 

Leah Webb Schroeder
Private school executive, lobbyist

Leah Webb Schroeder spent more than 25 years in the political world as chief of staff to a US congressman, a campaign manager and speech writer and lobbyist for the medical device industry and association of physician assistants. Prior to retiring in 2010, she worked fifteen years for a private school in the District, her last position as head of fundraising. Since her retirement she has enjoyed singing with the Encore Chorale, a chorus for senior adults, volunteering with her church, organizing a book club and raising money for the Foggy Bottom West End Village as a member of the development committee and by acting as chair and co-chair for galas in 2015 and 2016. 



 

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.

 

Jane Selby
RN/Nurse Practitioner/Clinic Director

Jane Selby is a retired RN/Nurse Practitioner who moved to the West End neighborhood with her husband Joe, from Berkeley, Ca., six years ago. Both are native midwesterners but have lived in the Bay area for 35 years. While in Berkeley Jane was a founding board member of Ashby Village.

Jane attended Marquette University College of Nursing for her BS Degree in Nursing,  then San Francisco State University for her MSN. She first worked as a hospital nurse, then moved into Public Health.

In 1976 , she and her husband helped to start a neighborhood health center in Oakland where she worked as clinic nurse director for nine years. 

After her two children were born, she worked in an OB/GYN private practice and then became the clinic director for Lifelong Medical Care, a large community clinic in Berkeley, before moving to DC.

 



 

Peter Sacco
Executive Director of ANCs 2A, 2B, and 2E

Peter is a 2015 graduate of George Washington University where he studied human services and business administration. He has been a commissioner on the DC Commission for National and Community Service and a board member for the American Association of State Service Commissions. Peter served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Foggy Bottom before becoming the Executive Director of ANC 2A and ANC 2B. He received the Mayor's Community Service Award in 2014. He previously served as the Student Coordinator for GW's Freshman Day of Service, the largest collegiate day of service in the nation.

Peter joined the Village Board in order to help strengthen the Village's existing partnerships with key external organizations in the Foggy Bottom and West End communities and DC in general. With extensive experience using social media, listservs, and other communications channels, he plans to enhance the awareness and the promotion of the Village to members, volunteers, donors, and partners.

 

Jane Scholz
Journalism Editor and Publisher

Jane had 41 years of increasing responsibility, leadership and accomplishment in print and electronic publishing, working for Knight-Ridder, Inc. and the McClatchy Company. For more than 20 years in Washington, DC, Jane was the Editor-in-Chief of the McClatchy / Tribune Information Services, a fast-growing news, photo, and graphics service. She took their services primarily targeted at U.S. print newspapers into new media, including on-line products and foreign markets.

Jane and her late husband, Doug Balz, moved to Foggy Bottom in 2009 and joined the Village when it first began. Jane says, "It's been a great way to meet people and join in the life of the neighborhood. I plan to spend the rest of my life in Foggy Bottom, so the quality of life here and my ability to 'age in place' is very important to me."

Joining the Board of Directors will enable Jane to help the Village serve the many seniors (and soon-to-be seniors) like her who call this neighborhood "home." Jane plans to use her business management, her non-profit board, and her customer relations experience to assist the Village.

 

Carl Vacketta 2
Carl Vacketta
Attorney in law firm

Carl has more than 40 years of experience in government contracts law, including pre-award and post-award counseling on supply, service, and construction contracts with federal, state, and local government agencies and public transit authorities.

He also has led teams of attorneys, accountants, and engineers in the investigation and preparation of multimillion-dollar claims for major shipyards, aerospace, power generating, electronics, and telecommunication companies.

Why he supports FBWE Village: “The idea of seniors remaining in their homes is important to me.  The FBWE Village supports that idea.”

 

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.”

 


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