ERCV BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DAVID MACKOFF, PRESIDENT
David Mackoff moved to Washington in 1997 and became a homeowner in the Brightwood neighborhood in 2010. Originally from Chicago, he has an MBA from Northwestern University with a focus on urban economic development and non-profit management. David has provided consulting services to small businesses, local governments and non-profits.
Over the years David has been a teacher and tutor to students of all ages in a wide variety of subjects. He has helped build, refurbish and repair homes and offices and enjoys assisting behind the scenes in the production of public events and local theater.
David believes in the value of local civic organizations that work to do good and
build community. He served as treasurer and board member to one such, Jews United
for Justice, for over a decade. David will help ERCV to become a vibrant community asset.
SUSAN LEARMONTH, VICE PRESIDENT
Susan Learmonth has been a Shepherd Park resident for 40 years and a homeowner since
1974. She and her husband raised three children who attended DC public schools. A
teacher by training, she taught in the public schools for 25 years and worked for
a national organization to promote integrated housing. Susan held PTA offices in
her neighborhood school and offices in North Washington Neighbors Inc. Since retiring,
she has volunteered in the Early Readers program at Shepherd Elementary School.
NANCY FOSTER, SECRETARY
Nancy Foster and her husband Bill moved to DC in the summer of 1968 and chose to settle in Shepherd Park because they were aware of the mission of Neighbors Inc. Nancy was active in Neighbors for several years, including the babysitting co-op and co-editing the newsletter, until she began work as an early childhood teacher. She taught for over thirty years at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery in Silver Spring, where she also served on the Board. She was a visiting faculty member for many years at Sunbridge Institute, a Waldorf teacher training institute in New York. She recently retired from an administrative position as school membership coordinator for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America and continues to mentor Waldorf teachers.
Nancy’s husband and younger son are both violists in the National Symphony, and she
attends concerts regularly. Nancy and Bill have four grandchildren, two of whom live
close by, and all are a great joy to them.
MARJORIE ODLE, TREASURER
Margie Odle has lived with her husband in Shepherd Park for over 30 years. Together they raised two children who both attended DC public schools before college. Margie served on the board of directors at one of the local synagogues for over 15 years. In addition, she has been active in the Shepherd Elementary Early Readers program since its inception in 2008. She has taught technical courses with ByteBack, a DC-based non-profit providing basic computer training to the community and is active in the AARP VITA/TCE tax assistance program as a local coordinator at the Anacostia Library site.
Margie was an applications software developer for 44 years, working in private industry
primarily on public health research projects sponsored by the federal government.
SUSAN DAVIS, AT-LARGE DIRECTOR
Susan Davis has lived in Shepherd Park since 1978 and plans to live there for 20 more years—eventually with the help of East Rock Creek Village. She has a Master’s Degree in social work, and has worked as a health educator and counselor, as a volunteer coordinator, and for the last 20 years as a research interviewer.
Through the years, Susan has worked as a volunteer with Neighbors Inc., the Rock Creek Community Garden, Shepherd Elementary School, and the DC Chapter of Amigos de las Americas which trains and supports area high school students who do summertime community service in Latin American communities.
Before becoming an ERCV Director, Susan was a member of ERCV’s Volunteer Committee.
She organized coverage of Ward 4 polling places on April 28, 2015 where over 60 seniors
interested in joining our village filled out contact cards at Coolidge High School,
Shepherd Park Elementary School and the Takoma Education Campus.
KRAYNA FEINBERG, AT-LARGE DIRECTOR
Krayna moved to DC in 2006 from Vancouver, BC. She grew up outside of Boston and has also lived in NYC, Madison, WI, and Poughkeepsie, NY. She has a Master’s degree in special education, is a reading specialist, and has volunteered at Capital City Public Charter School for the past four years. Krayna also has a small sewing business making personalized gifts.
She has been married to her husband, Chuck, for almost 48 years and they have 3 children; their 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren live in the DC area. Their son stayed in Vancouver when they moved to DC.
Of ERCV, Krayna says: "I look forward to serving on the Board and eventually becoming
a service member."
LINDA GLASS, AT-LARGE DIRECTOR
A native of Sumter, South Carolina, Linda C. Glass has been a resident of DC for the past 40 years. She has lived in Shepherd Park with her husband Roger for over 20 years. They have two daughters: Sydney and Kelcie. A graduate of Hampton University, Linda holds an MBA from Long Island University and a law degree from Howard University. She was employed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a protest hearing examiner for over 25 years. Linda’s hobbies include raising 3 cats, DC sports teams, Zumba dancing, reading, piano, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and occasionally volunteering with the Animal Rescue League.
PATI GRIFFITH, AT-LARGE DIRECTOR
Pati Griffith is a novelist and playwright. She was an Associate Professor of Creative
Writing and Contemporary Drama at George Washington University. She is a former
President of the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation which gives an
annual prize for American fiction and conducts a citywide Writers in Schools
Program in DC public high schools. She has lived in Shepherd Park for
over forty years.
PETER KRAMER, AT-LARGE DIRECTOR
Peter Kramer joined his wife Diane to live in Takoma DC when he retired in 2005. He is a biologist who worked for 40 years as a scientist, university teacher and conservationist in Europe and South America. During much of his professional life he was an employee or volunteer for non-profit organizations, always focusing on conservation of nature and environmental policy promotion. Now he promotes native plants, butterflies and birds within, and he keeps pesticides out of, his yard.
Within their blended family he and Diane have five children and three grandchildren.
They all support Peter and Diane’s wish to remain and grow old in their house in Takoma DC.
VANESSA SAMPSON-STROMAN, AT-LARGE DIRECTOR
Vanessa Sampson-Stroman recently retired from Kaiser Permanente after 26 years as
a radiologist in DC. As a member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, Vanessa actively
participated on the Teens at Risk Committee for over 10 years. She also served on
the Wilson Senior High School and Shepherd Elementary School Local School Restructuring
(LSRT) Teams while her two sons, Jarrett and Jordan, attended DC public schools.
Vanessa was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and has lived in DC for 36 years. She and
her husband Ron have treasured their time in the Shepherd Park community and look
forward to continuing to help foster its growth and development.
GLORIA SULTON, AT-LARGE DIRECTOR and IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Gloria Sulton has resided in the Colonial Village neighborhood of NW Washington,
DC for over 45 years. Her son attended Shepherd Elementary School and a Montessori
pre-school in the neighborhood. She was active in North Washington Neighbors, Inc.,
a non-profit organization promoting integrated neighborhoods, participating in its
“babysitting coop,” serving as an officer, and otherwise volunteering as needed.
When she heard about the meeting to gauge interest in a “village” in NW, she was
anxious to learn more. Since that first meeting, she has participated in many meetings
to establish East Rock Creek Village.
Gloria pursued a career as an attorney with the federal government for over 31 years, retiring in 2005. She was active in local and national bar associations, serving as President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association. Additionally, she was on the Board of the National Bar Association for many years.