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Frank L. Finamore, Jr.,  Executive Director. Frank brings two essential qualifications to his role: a background in organization development and a passion for service to older adults. “Leading the Village is the job I have been preparing for all my life but didn’t know it.” He lives with his family and mother (a Village member!) in Woodley Park. You may pass Frank in the neighborhood walking his rescue pups, Lucy and Rosie.

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Claire Thompson, Assistant Director. Claire graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2013 with a BA in English Literature and began working at the Village in the summer of 2016. Though she lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, she also considers herself part of the Cleveland and Woodley Park community. Claire is passionate about serving our members and is proud to be part of the Village movement!


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Joan Dailey. Joan is a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and lives in McLean Gardens.  “The Village has connected me to my neighbors, and I love knowing that I’m helping to build a community where older adults are valued and can age well.”  Joan began serving on the Village Board in 2020 and chairs the Communications and Outreach Committee.


Ruth Faden. Ruth is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. She lives in Cleveland Park with her husband, Tom Beauchamp, who first moved into the neighborhood in the 1970s. “I still remember the first coffee I attended about the Village. I was so moved by the palpable commitment to community and to caring for one another and continue to be truly grateful to be part of this amazing organization.”


Paul Frick. Partner at the communications and government affairs firm Subject Matter, he and his family are long time residents of Woodley Park."I first learned about the Village at the farmers market and I was immediately hooked. Enlisting neighbors to support our seniors is a brilliant concept for both the seniors and volunteers."

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Tom Helinski.  Tom has lived in Woodley Park since 2003 and spent most of his career in development at the Urban Institute, NPR, CSIS and Catholic University. "Had a village existed in their Baltimore County neighborhood, my parents would certainly have benefitted -- and I would have had greater peace of mind over many years.  I am so pleased to now be a part of the Village dynamic."  Tom serves on the Development Committee. 

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Maria Nagorski.  Maria is a recently-retired nonprofit leader working in leadership development, advocacy, and social justice in the US and internationally. She also served as a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. A long-time DC resident, Maria is a Village member. "I strongly support the mission and vision of the Village and am a believer in neighbors helping neighbors and building communities that embrace all ages."

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Joe Oppenheimer. A partner in the law firm Oppenheimer, Fleischer & Quiggle, Joe has served  on the Village Board since 2014 including terms as Co-Chair and Treasurer. “The Village does what no one else does as well– provide our neighborhood’s older residents access to social activities and services that are critical to their well-being.”


Sandy Rubin, Co-Chair. After a 20-year teaching career in New York City, Sandy relocated to DC where she owned several neighborhood shops, including the Woodley Park card and gift shop All Wrapped Up. She is delighted to observe the vital role the Village has had in building a spirit of community - of "neighbors helping neighbors" - among its members, volunteers and supporters.

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Carla Saenz. A bioethicist at the Pan American Health Organization, Carla lives with her family in Cleveland Park. "I started volunteering for the Village with my kids, who were in high school then. I thought it was a great way to promote intergenerational dialogue and support in our community." Carla has served on the Village Board since 2019. 


John Wiecking.  A Washington area native and State Department retiree, John moved to the Woodley and Cleveland Park area in 1981. An early believer in the Village mission, he has been a devoted volunteer and supporter since its founding. He sees the creation of social connection as the Village’s most important mission.

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Pat Wittie, Co-Chair. Pat is a retired lawyer who represented contractors in their disputes with the US government for more than 40 years. "I first learned about the Village when a member -- a fellow gardener at the Newark Street Community Gardens -- invited me to Lunch Bunch; I decided right away that this would be a major part of my volunteer endeavors after retirement."  Pat has served on the Board since 2019 and is active with communications, fundraising, and planning, as well as assisting several Village members.


Mary Worstell. Mary is a retired senior public health advisor who for 40 years directed health and safety policy and programs to protect people with chronic diseases and disabilities. "Actively engaging with our community and neighbors, of any age, helps all of us maintain our sense of self, feel alive and is a safety valve when we are older.  Volunteering with the Village is a joy because I meet new friends and help my community at the same time."  Mary, a founding board member of the Village, focuses on Village governance and partnerships. 

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