Board of Directors and Board of Associates


Board of Directors

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Rita W. Ross, Board Pres.

After 30 years dedicated to public service as in-house counsel for the FDIC, I retired in 2013. Shortly thereafter, I found Iona. I had decided I would make time in my retirement for learning how to navigate planning for my aging…

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Paul Manca, Board Vice Pres.

I am a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Hogan Lovells. My practice encompasses a wide variety of corporate and securities matters for U.S., including both domestic and multinational companies. I have…

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Sam Kilpatrick, Board Treas.

I, Sam C. Kilpatrick, was the Controller of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for forty years and retired in March, 2016. The National Trust provides leadership and advocacy to save America’s…

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Elaine Melmed, Board Sec.

I graduated from the College of the City of New York (CCNY) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. My other degrees include a Master of Arts…

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Ruthann Bates

I am skilled in business development, program development, project management, customer service, and strategic planning—Including mergers and acquisitions. My background includes more…

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Trevor Boothe

I hold a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Military & Strategic Studies from Kings College University of London, England, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science & International Relations from Wilfred Laurier…

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Tom Bowles

I received my medical degree, with election to Alpha Omega Alpha, from Duke University’s School of Medicine. I respectively pursued my residency in general surgery and thoracic surgery at Bellevue…

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Derrick Chin

I am a philanthropist first and a sales engineer second in information technology business for the past 30 years. I worked for a number of innovative companies such as Dell EMC, Hewlett-Packard and SAIC…

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Jennifer Disharoon

Coming soon…

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Corinne Dougherty

I a managing director in KPMG’s Federal Audit Practice in Washington, DC. I have spent over 15 years performing full scope financial statement audits of Federal agencies, as required under the…

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Richard Lake

I am the founding Principal of Roadside Development. Roadside was formed 20 years ago as a Washington, DC-based development company, focused on the creation of retail and mixed-use environments…

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BB Otero

I currently serve as Special Assistant to Montgomery County, MD Executive Marc Elrich providing advice and direction on health, human services, early childhood and immigrant integration strategy. I…

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Jeneen Y. Ramos

Most of my professional career I have been involved with protecting the American public from exploitation, and unfair or fraudulent treatment. Most of my personal and private endeavors involve…

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Sharon L. Smith

After graduating from Wellesley College in 1982, I began my career as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Stamford, CT. I relocated to Washington, DC in 1992, received the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL…

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Elena Tscherny

I am a tax advisor in Washington, D.C. and Spanish language tutor to members of Congress at the U.S. House of Representatives. I taught physics and mathematics to high school students in Peru. Later, I…

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Board of Associates

The Board of Associates is made up of past members of the Board of Directors and other close friends of Iona who continue to offer support and advice to Iona. Active members include:

John Goodman, Chairman
Sam Alward
Deb Englert
Wendy Feldman Block
Elizabeth Fox
Mary Frances McGuiness
John Giacomini
Jeff Gordon
Ann Marshall Schweitzer
Mary Lou McGee
James (Jim) Nathanson
Joe Oppenheimer, Esq.
Brian Rodgers
Frank Ross
Richard W. Snowdon
Elinor Stillman
Chapman Todd
Debra Yogodzinski