Jubilee foundation board

Front Row: Melissa Siegel, Joyce Lipman, Robert Zimmermann, Joan Fidler Back Row: Steve Keener, Graciela Sanz, Ben Apt, Maite Ballestero, Steve Brent, Rolando Santiago, John Munson
Not Photographed: Kathy Ulman, Chris Urban, Margie Billian, Eivind Bjerke, Gal Mesika, Linda Mericle, Terry Gyi, John Darvish, Carolyn Post, Paul Sexton, Detta Voesar

John Munson, President  –

John Munson is the father of Tyler Munson, a Jubilee Association of Maryland client for four years. John and his wife, Julee, and daughter, Honorine, are time-tested advocates for all persons with disabilities.  John has served on several advisory boards, Maryland city and county commissions, as well as several private, nonproft boards of directors. Mr. Munson’s most recent board memberships include the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, and CHI Centers. Previously, John served as a parent advocate with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and the Jewish Social Services Agency. In addition, Mr. Munson has directly advocated with elected officials and agency leadership, and, on occasion, testified on behalf of the disability community to the MCPS School Board, County Council and several Maryland General Assembly hearings.

Neil Ellis, Vice-President – Neil is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in DC and is an experienced international trade attorney. Neil’s wife Bonnie participated on the 2013 Roast Planning Committee, and we serve their daughter Asher. The family and the law firm were sponsors of the Roast for the past four years. Neil is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Jubilee Foundation, and he was one of the co-chairs of Jubilee’s 40th Anniversary Gala Committee in 2018.
Kathy Ulman, Secretary –  is a member of the Jubilee Foundation Board’s Executive Committee, has served on Jubilee’s Roast Planning Committee from 2013-17, and most recently helped plan Jubilee’s 40th Anniversary Gala in May 2018. Wearing a different volunteer hat, Kathy is a dedicated 15-year member of the Washington National Cathedral’s Flower Guild.

Before retirement, Kathy’s career was in public and media relations in both the Federal government and private sector.

Chris Urban, Treasurer – Chris Urban is Senior Manager for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Rockville. In this role, he fosters relationships with key community leaders to improve Kaiser’s positioning and relevance in public and commercial sector accounts. He has a Master’s degree from George Mason University in Public Policy with a focus on global public health policy. Chris has been Jubilee liaison with Kaiser to secure their top level sponsorship of our last three Roasts.
Benjamin Apt – joined the Jubilee Foundation Board in FY17. He is also a volunteer with Jubilee. Ben lives with his wife in Washington, D.C. and currently works at the U.S. Department of Labor on employee benefits protection.
Maite Ballestero – Maite is the Executive Vice President, Programs and Administration, at the Center for Excellence in Education. She served as the President of the Jubilee Association of Maryland’s Board of Directors from 2009-2015. She has been a member of the Jubilee Foundation Board since 2015.

Margie Billian – is the Sole Proprietor of The Studio of Colour and Design by Margie Billian. She is a member of the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County. She served on the Roast Planning Committee for the past four years. She is the mother of James, who receives services from Jubilee.

Eivind Bjerke – a hairdresser by profession at Eivind and Hans of Georgetown. He was introduced to Jubilee by newly appointed Foundation Board member, Graciela Sanz. Eivind served as an essential committee member on Jubilee’s 40th Anniversary Gala committee. He learned that others volunteering on the committee had a mission and were dedicated to making the Gala a success.

Steve Brent, Client Council Representative – is the Receptionist at Jubilee Association of Maryland.

John Darvish – is President and CEO of DARCARS Automotive Group. He attended Valerie Ervin’s Roast and met Curtis Cooper and has been a strong supporter of Jubilee ever since. He has funded our staff awards lunch, held a birthday party for Curtis, made the “ask” at this year’s Roast and has been a Roast sponsor of the last five Roasts. John and his family are very committed to what Jubilee is about.

Joan Fidler – retired from the US Government serving the last 11 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service at the Environmental Protection Agency in its Office of International Affairs.  She has a B.A from Osmania University in Hyderabad, and a M.A from Panjab University in Chandigarh, both in India. She also has a master’s in public administration from The American University in Washington, DC. Joan Fidler and her husband, Bethesda residents of 40+ years, have three sons who live in the Washington area, one of whom lives in a Jubilee residence.

Terry Gyi – is the widow of Dr. Felix Gyi who served as a member of the Jubilee Association of Maryland Board of Directors. Terry lives in Ellicott City is committed to Jubilee’s mission and is willing to serve as a member of the Jubilee Foundation Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the University Of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Linda Mericle – is an attorney at Cameron Mericle P.A. (formerly Linda Mericle P.A.). She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law and has been a licensed attorney in Maryland since 1991. Linda has been in private practice for over 25 years with a concentration in Homeowner and Condominium Association work (including collections, ACC, easements, Board matters, bankruptcy, and most issues confronting Boards and Associations). Her practice employs 28 people in Greenbelt, Maryland. Linda is a member of CAI and author of two lead articles for Quorum Magazine. She has also taught paralegal classes at the University of Maryland, University College. 

Israeli born Gal Mesika has been a Maryland resident for over 30 years with short stints in San Antonio, TX and Mobile, AL, before arriving in Maryland. He grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from the University of Maryland College Park. Gal has served his community for over 15 years and prides himself on building and maintaining long term relationships based on honesty, integrity and exceptional service and performance. Gal is licensed in DC, MD and VA.

Carolyn Post – is the parent of Kirsten, who receives services from Jubilee. She also serves on the Board of the Aid Association for the Blind.

Graciela Sanz was a member of the Jubilee Association board for nine years. In addition to fulfilling all of the normal duties of being a board member, Graciela contributed in many other ways. She served on the Model Housing Partnership Committee finding new ways to create housing opportunities for the people Jubilee served. She has served on the Jubilee Roast Committee and helped Jubilee raise lots of money. Graciela organized a Jubilee trip to Cuba for fellow board members to visit programs for persons with intellectual disabilities, to learn from them and to find ways to support them. And most of all Graciela has been a tireless advocate for her son Tico, who receives services from Jubilee.

Paul Sexton – is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Inc., with an office in Kensington. He is a former member of the Kensington Town Council, on the Board of the Kensington/Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and on the Good Counsel Alumni Committee. He has served on the Jubilee Roast advisory Committee for the past three years.

Melissa Siegel – Melissa has lived in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area for 16 years and served the area as a volunteer with several organizations. Originally from Arizona, her background is in the broadcasting field.  Melissa is president of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners, is President of her neighborhood Home Owners Association, and a director with both National Capital Area Garden Clubs and the Women’s Heart Board. Melissa also serves as the Chair of the Jubilee Gala Committee. Traveling, gardening, and cooking are among her favorite things to do.

Detta Voesar – is Vice President of Susan I. Wranik Associates. The firm specializes in communication skills training. Previously, she directed commercial banking policy at FDIC. During her tenure there she conceived of, and helped to implement, the establishment of the International Association of Deposit Insurers based in Basel, Switzerland. Detta is a member of The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, eWomen Network, GROWS, and DCSRG. She lives here in Kensington. Detta also serves on the board of the Kensington Historical Society. She has served for five years on the Roast Planning Committee and has been responsible for selling all the ad space in the program book. Detta enjoys travel, performing arts, and reading. Her proudest moment is the re-establishment of Estonian independence.

Robert Zimmermann, M.D. – is a parent of Lisa, who receives services from Jubilee.

Jubilee Foundation
of Maryland, Inc.

10408 Montgomery Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

Tel. 301.949.8628
Fax. 301.949.4628

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