Jubilee foundation board

Standing: Chris Urban, Dr. Robert Zimmermann, Terry Gyi, Tim Wiens (Executive Director, Jubilee Association), Carolyn Post, Joe Fitzgerald, Margie Billian, Susan Hoffmann, Neil Ellis, Linda Mericle, Maite Ballestero, Ben Apt, Steve Brent. Seated: Samantha Morash (representing John Darvish), Melissa Siegel, Kathy Ulman, Detta Voesar, Steffi Benjamin (Director of Development) – not pictured: Angel Livas, Paul Sexton.

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.

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.

Kathy Ulman, Secretary – Kathy is the parent of Preston, who receives services from Jubilee.

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 – Ben 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 Vice-President of Programs at the Center for Excellence in Education.

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.

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.

Joe Fitzgerald – Joe is Vice-President of BB&T Bank. His sister, Kathleen, receives services from Jubilee.

Terry Gyi – Terry 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. She 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 20 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 22 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 is looking forward to part‐time work in her practice and to spending time traveling with her husband and volunteering when possible.

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 and TransCen Inc.

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 Siegel has lived in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area for 16 years and served the area as a volunteer with many organizations. Her love of working with children, developmentally disabled adults, and the elderly fuels everything she does. Whether she is teaching youth about growing food and flowers, doing horticulture projects in adult care homes, working on several non-profit Boards, or sleeping (which is hardly ever), she is committed to helping others. Originally from Arizona, her background is in the Broadcasting Field. Melissa is a Montgomery County Master Gardener, works with Jubilee Association of Maryland, is President of her neighborhood HOA, and works with the National Capital Area Garden Clubs. 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.

Jubilee Foundation
of Maryland, Inc.

10408 Montgomery Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

Tel. 301.949.8628
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