Michelle McDonough Winters, Executive Director, joined AHS on May 28, 2016. Michelle is president of Winters Community Strategies LLC, a consulting practice that focuses on the intersection of affordable housing and sustainable communities and served as Senior Visiting Fellow for Housing at the Urban Land Institute from 2014-2016. She previously led capacity-building initiatives in sustainability and affordable housing preservation for NeighborWorks America and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, two of the country’s largest affordable housing organizations. Michelle worked on housing policy issues for nine years at Fannie Mae and the Fannie Mae Foundation. From 2007 to 2010, she served on Arlington’s Housing Commission, chairing the Bricks and Mortar committee and serving as Commission chair in 2008. She received her BA in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and her Master in City Planning with a specialization in housing, community and economic development from MIT. Michelle lives in Arlington and is currently serving as President of the Tara-Leeway Heights Civic Association.
Kate Dorrell, Communications Associate, is a 30+-year resident of Arlington who has worked with AHS since 2007. A federal retiree, she worked at the Departments of Energy, Army, Education, and Labor, in positions ranging from writer-editor to training developer to mediator/facilitator and equal opportunity specialist. She volunteers with Samaritan Ministry and Arlington Independent Media.
Stephanie Boyer, Administrative and Events Associate, keeps AHS organized and our events running smoothly. She lives in South Arlington with her family.
Board of Directors
C. Eugene Hubbard, Board Chair, has served Arlington over a span of several decades, with tenure on the Fair Housing Board, Human Rights Commission, Long Range Planning Committee, Site Plan Review Committee, Planning Commission, and Transportation Commission. Currently self-employed as a travel consultant, he served for over 30 years as Operations Research Analyst/Intelligence Analyst with the Department of Defense. He holds a MBPA from Southeastern University.
Mary Margaret Whipple, President, represented the 31st District in the Virginia State Senate from 1996 to 2012. She chaired the Senate Rules Committee and was a member of several standing committees and legislative commissions including the Virginia Housing Commission. She was both a member and chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Committee on the Environment. As a member of the Arlington County Board (1983–1995), she worked on transportation issues and served on the WMATA Board of Directors. A former instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, Mrs. Whipple was appointed to the Arlington County School Board in 1976 and was Chair in 1978. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation and an Honorary Member of the Board of Scenic Virginia.
David Leibson, Vice President, has been managing and supporting affordable housing in the United States and abroad for 40 years. He is currently Co-Chair of Arlington County’s 10-Year Plan To End Homelessness and, for 8 years before that, was a member of the County Housing Commission. He recently served on the Working Group for the Columbia Pike Land Use and Housing Plan and is currently on the Working Group for the County Housing Study. Internationally, he has held senior positions with the US Agency for International Development, the US–Asia Environmental Partnership, and the Foundation for Cooperative Housing. He holds a BA in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon.
Martha Bozman, Secretary, a native of Arlington, has worked in various organizations (primarily nonprofits) in the education and training fields. She currently works with The Reading Connection on training workshops and evaluation questions. She served with the GED Testing Service as Director of Operations, working with partners in states, provinces, and territories, and with Reading Is Fundamental as a grant manager and developer of learning resources for families and childcare providers to support language and literature development of young children. Martha also worked for the Peace Corps and volunteered with Save the Children in Nepal. Her undergraduate degree is from Bryn Mawr College, and she earned an MEd from the University of Virginia.
Stuart Raynor, Treasurer, has been involved with affordable housing in both the private sector and the public sector for 40 years—as a developer, asset and property manager, mortgage banker, lender, investment broker, and director of nonprofit affordable housing organizations. He was Director of Housing Management with the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County and served on the Arlington County Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission and the Board of Directors of AHC, Inc., an affordable housing provider. He earned his AB in Economics from Princeton University.
Allison Glatfelter works as a fundraiser for various local members of the Virginia General Assembly. Previously, Allison worked as the Senior Policy Analyst for Votetocracy.com, providing legislative analysis of U.S. Senate and House bills and weekly updates for political and public professionals on trending issues, campaign dynamics, and Congressional inner workings. She has worked as Director of Government Affairs at Alion Science and Technology and as Public Policy Manager at the Northern Virginia Technology Council. She has volunteered on national political campaigns, worked as Campaign Manager on local council and school board campaigns in Cincinnati OH, and is currently a member of Arlington County Young Democrats. Allison earned her BA from the University of Cincinnati.
Takis Karantonis has 25 years of experience as an economist and planner specializing in urban, regional, and environmental economics includes managing public and joint private–public (multistakeholder) investment projects in urban revitalization, housing, and environmental protection. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO). His civic volunteer work is focused on the fight against urban poverty and on the furthering of environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable communities. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, and is a member of the Congress for a New Urbanism and the Urban Land Institute. A longtime Columbia Pike resident, Takis resides in historic Arlington Village (Columbia Heights).
Jenny Denney Lawson is the Executive Director of A Billion + Change a national campaign to encourage more skills based volunteering and pro bono service in the corporate sector. She came to A Billion + Change from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now C2ES). Her career began with community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Virginia where she served as the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Housing Solutions and as a long-time staffer of AHC, Inc., where she helped to form the resident services program. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Leadership Training program of Duke University and the Nature Conservancy.
Laura Martin is Director of Mission Integration and Congregational Care at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ. Prior to this, she was Director, Patrick Henry Family Shelter and Housing Programs, Shelter House for six years, providing leadership, direction, and budget management for four housing programs, including emergency shelter for families of 5 or more and permanent supportive housing for families where the children were at risk of abuse or neglect. Laura’s work with the homeless and at-risk began in 2002 at New Hope Housing where she began as a Volunteer/Community Outreach Coordinator, then Case Manager, Senior Case Manager, and finally Director of Programs for Chronically Homeless Adults—where she managed an emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing programs, and a “housing first” program, as well as writing annual HUD grant applications. Laura is a member of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and in 2015 she was a speaker at the HUD Educational Panel. Laura earned her BA, graduating Cum Laude, from the University of Virginia and her Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, graduating with honors.
Koube Ngaaje is Director of Operations at Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), where she began working in 2007 as a food drive coordinator, then program assistant and Assistant DO. In 2015, she was recognized by Leadership Arlington with a Top 40 Under 40 award (recognizing emerging leaders who demonstrate personal or professional impact through exceptional leadership). She has been a board member at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church since 2014 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Parish Advisory Board. She is also a founding member of NextGenNow, an Arlington Community Foundation initiative consisting of a group of young professionals with a goal of securing the community’s future by making it a better place today. Koube earned her BS in Psychology from Baylor University and MA in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University.