Jubilee foundation board
Front Row: Karrie Peterson, Graciela Sanz, Carolyn Post, Susan Hoffmann, Melissa Siegel, Terry Gyi, Linda Mericle Back Row: Ben Apt, Rolando Santiago, Kathy Ulman, Eivind Bjerke, Tim Wiens, Neil Ellis, Steve Brent, Gal Mesika, and Robert Zimmerman
Hon. Susan R. Hoffmann, President – Susan is the former Mayor of Rockville, Maryland. Currently she serves as the Manager of Communications and Public Outreach for Montgomery County Recreation. Susan also serves as the Chair of the Jubilee Roast Committee. In her other public service, she serves on the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities, the Public Arts Trust of Montgomery County, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival Committee, the Board of the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring, the Board of the BlackRock Center for the Arts, and the Board of the Spirit Club Foundation. Susan received her degree in Communications from Temple University.
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 – Margie 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 is 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 – Steve is the Receptionist at Jubilee Association of Maryland.
John Darvish – John 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.
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.
Angel Livas – Angel is a Gracie Award-Winning Executive Producer, a Multi-Media Personality, the President and CEO of DC Media Connection, LLC, and the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Introduction, LLC. Prior to developing DC Media Connection, she oversaw six-nationally syndicated talk-radio shows, and transitioned several of them into award-winning programs. Angel has completed two certificate programs (Advanced Project Management, Stanford University; Mini-MBA: Social Media Marketing, Rutgers University). She received her master’s degree at The American University, with an emphasis in interactive journalism. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism.
Linda Mericle – Linda 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. Since 1992, she has been focused in Condominium and Homeowner Association representation and collection, commercial landlord/tenant, real estate matters, and general collection matters. 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. She is now working only part-time and spending time traveling and playing golf with her husband and volunteering as much as possible.
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 – Carolyn 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 – Paul 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 – Detta 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. – Dr. Zimmermann is a parent of Lisa, who receives services from Jubilee.
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