Board of Directors

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Barr Weiner (President)
Alice Kelley (1st Vice President)
Elizabeth Ferenczi (2nd Vice President)
Hans Miller (Treasurer)
Alli Bernstein (Corresponding Secretary)
Tom Miller (Recording Secretary)

Isaac Bowers
Naihua Duan
Melody Molinoff
Todd Pearson
Mike Rifer
Susan Shinkman
Sauleh Siddiqui
Jennifer Ward
Jamie Wickett

Who We Are

Alli Bernstein, Corresponding Secretary
Cleveland Park has been my home since 2005, first as a renter, then as a homeowner in a wonderful condominium building on Connecticut Avenue. I went to American University for my B.A. and M.A. and moved from AU Park to Cleveland Park when I was hired by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Unsure on which side of the county I would be teaching, I decided Cleveland Park provided easy access to wherever I landed. I continue to live in Cleveland Park for the wonderful neighbors, reverse commute and easy access to DC. I have worked for MCPS as a Special Education classroom teacher working with highly impacted kindergarteners and today as an Early Interventionist visiting homes and childcare’s in Silver Spring and surrounding communities. I recently completed a graduate program in Social Justice Education and consistently work to help marginalized populations feel welcome in our greater school community. I bring to the CPCA board years of out-of-the-box thinking, school and community leadership and a progressive vision of how Cleveland Park can embrace the changing world while still keeping its charm.

Isaac Bowers (At-large)
My wife and I moved to Cleveland Park in 2011 because we loved its proximity to Metro and downtown; walkable, tree-lined streets; unique local businesses; and easy access to Rock Creek Park. Our appreciation has deepened as we have learned about the area’s character and history and met our diverse and accomplished neighbors. We have chosen to raise our family here (Eliot is now almost 4 and Maxine is almost 2). I would like to serve on the Board because I believe that as citizens we can have the most impact closest to home. I will work cooperatively to preserve and improve our community. I hope my various perspectives – as a father, former environmental and land use attorney, and current Executive Vice President of the family real estate business – will be useful.

Naihua Duan, At-large
My wife, ChihMing, and I moved from New York in 2016 to be near our grandsons. Living in the Kennedy Warren, we fell in love with this fabulous community for the wonderful neighbors, proximity to natural beauty, convenient access to public transportation, and charming shops and restaurants. Last year I participated in a successful campaign to save the bus stops at Conn Ave and Devonshire Place when WMATA considered eliminating bus stops along the avenue. I believe in the motto “think globally, act locally” vis-à-vis a “bottom up” paradigm for a healthy society, with strong local communities leading the global society towards harmonious and positive outcomes. I’m a statistician, worked at RAND (Health and Environment Programs) in Santa Monica, CA for twenty years, then as a Tenured Professor at UCLA and at Columbia, primarily in health services research and environmental health, focused on engaging and empowering patients and communities to take a more active role in health care, life style, and environmental decisions. On the CPCA Board, I look forward to learning more about the community, and working diligently and collaboratively with fellow board members and association members to make contributions towards the quality of life in the community, especially in the areas of public transportation, communication, outreach, education, inter-generational connection, and a sustainable environment for our children and grandchildren. FYI, my first name “Naihua” is pronounced like “nice without c” + “what without t”; my last name “Duan” is pronounced similar to “Duane”.

Elizabeth Ferenczi, 2nd vice President
I have lived on lower Macomb Street for the past seven years and served for four on the CPCA Board. Originally from New York City, our family moved permanently to Washington in 2007. We did a great deal of research before choosing to live in Cleveland Park, prioritizing a strong, walkable community where we would know our neighbors. My special interests are schools and education, and I look forward to the upcoming renovation of John Eaton. I have a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia Teachers College. I worked for over 15 years as an elementary school teacher and as an admissions director. I currently direct the sponsorship of and scholarship programs for The Hope for Children Fund which serves vulnerable children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In Washington I volunteer as a Reading Boosters tutor at Eaton and as an adult ESL teacher at The Washington English Center. On the CPCA board, I have learned a great deal about citywide and local issues. I support sensible growth in our neighborhood and believe I am well positioned to act as a bridge between those who would preserve Cleveland Park as it is and those who envision a more lively and densely-populated neighborhood that is attractive to singles, young families and sustainable businesses.

Alice Kelley, 1st Vice President
I moved to Cleveland Park in 1986 when my two children were 10 and 13. I liked the suburban-urban feel, the tree-lined streets and gardens, the easy access to shops and downtown and the fact that I have friends from graduate school in the neighborhood. I joined the CPCA, the Cleveland Park Club and the then new CPHS. At the time, Saturday night square dances were held monthly at the CP Club. For at least a decade I sat on the board of the Cleveland Park Club and organized talks by CP notables. Over the years and now again I represent the CPCA at meetings of the citywide DC Federation of Civic Associations. In 2013, after 30 years, I retired as Senior Producer from ZDF German Television’s North American Bureau in Georgetown. I went to Berlin for 2 ½ years to reconnect with friends and former colleagues. In late 2015 I returned home to Cleveland Park and to be closer to my daughter and her 6 children in Baltimore. I joined the CPCA board in 2017. After years of covering national and international news, it has been fascinating to now focus on the local level. It is also a challenge to become informed about housing, safety, environmental and other policy issues and to consider their impacts on Cleveland Park. In an effort to spur greater community involvement and as head of CPCA’s Greening Committee, I helped organize an outdoor meeting with Riversmart in April 20I18 and the Sustainability Fair held at the CP Library earlier this month. At a time of great change in the city, getting neighbors to become and stay involved will remain a challenge. Just getting to know my neighbors on the board of CPCA has made the challenge that much more worthwhile.

Hans Miller, Treasurer
My wife, Shari, and I moved to our home on Quebec Street seven years ago from Woodley Park. We love Cleveland Park and feel fortunate to be here with our many interesting and welcoming neighbors. I am an attorney in the Organized Crime Section of the Department of Justice. I joined the CPCA Board in 2018. I have worked with neighbors to try to ensure that the much needed renovation of Hearst Park is done in a thoughtful way that preserves the natural beauty and multi-use functionality of our community’s largest publicly-owned open space. I enjoy serving on the Board because I believe a strong neighborhood association that represents all facets of Cleveland Park strengthens our neighborhood and gives us an opportunity to positively influence and support the renewal of the Connecticut Avenue commercial district.

Tom Miller, Recording Secretary
After serving abroad for most of my career as a foreign service officer with the Department of State, I finally moved into our house in Cleveland Park in 2016. My wife, Eleni, and I love the historic nature of the neighborhood, the greenery, the proximity to amenities within walking distance, the easy bus or metro ride to most events, and most importantly our great neighbors. This has been a draw for my three sons and my four young grandchildren who take every opportunity to visit. I spent most of my career at State analyzing foreign cultures and institutions and then designing educational and exchange programs as well as messaging campaigns to promote mutual understanding and support of U.S. policy. I retired from the State Department two years ago and now have time to teach at George Washington University and to serve on two boards devoted to public diplomacy. I also volunteer to assist at the Village. After receiving an M.A. in English as a Second Language from the University of Minnesota, I became a Fulbright Professor at the University of Karachi in Pakistan and for years advised ministries of education and universities abroad on effective educational policies. I welcome the chance to serve on CPCA’s board and will make every effort to help Cleveland Park adapt to the challenges and opportunities the city has to offer while preserving the features that make the neighborhood so unique.

Melody Molinoff, At-large
My husband, Jeff, and I moved to Cleveland Park in 2006 because it seemed an ideal neighborhood in which to raise our family. It has exceeded our expectations! We decided to send our sons to John Eaton Elementary and invest in the community public school. When we started at Eaton, over eight years ago, less than 40% of the student population was from our neighborhood. Today, 70% of the students live in the neighborhood. During our Eaton days, I served as chair of the Local School Advisory Team, a member of the Ward 3 Short-term Housing Advisory Team, and a member of the School Improvement Team which is overseeing the Eaton modernization. I currently co-chair the Ward 3 – Wilson Feeder Education Network and am involved in cross sector efforts to improve public education across the city. I work as a freelance editor/writer for the World Bank, focusing primarily on population health.

D. Todd Pearson, At-large
My wife and I have lived in our neighborhood for the last eight years. We were attracted to Cleveland Park because of its historical character, walkability, proximity to transit, retail amenities, and strong community. We initially moved into the Kennedy Warren and purchased a home on Cathedral Avenue two years later. We have four children: two will attend Eaton in the Fall, where my wife serves as the Home and School Association co-treasurer, and two attend Washington Latin. I am interested in joining the CPCA board to help preserve the qualities that attracted my wife and me to Cleveland Park and to ensure our community and commercial corridor remain vibrant. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech and a MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. I am Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development with the B.F. Saul Company. Some of my recent projects include the renovations at the Kennedy Warren, Park Van Ness, and a mixed-use development in Rockville, MD. While I know adding a “developer” to the CPCA board may be concerning for some, I believe I can bring a unique perspective. My work has been focused on building consensus within communities, mixed-use smart growth development, and creating vibrant retail environments. I am extremely knowledgeable of the local residential and commercial real estate market and efforts to foster successful neighborhood communities. I believe we can do some things to support our commercial corridor but I think our biggest strength is our historical charm and authenticity.

Mike Rifer, At-large
My wife, Tara, and I moved to Cleveland Park in 2014 after many years abroad. I work in international development – presently with USAID. We bought a beautiful 1940s mid-century on Rodman Street and have spent the past five years making this house and this community into our home. We brought our first daughter, Maya, home here in 2016, and are expecting a second baby daughter this Fall. One of the most fun parts of parenthood has been watching Maya begin to explore and connect with her neighborhood. This is the perspective that I hope to bring to the CPCA Board: that of a father who views our community through the eyes of his two-year old, and through needs and experiences of a young and growing family. Our neighborhood’s distinctive, historic character is its greatest asset. But I also believe that, to remain vital and best serve the needs of its residents, Cleveland Park must also be willing to evolve. I support sensible growth, an economically vibrant commercial corridor, and a walkable, family-friendly community. I’m confident that we can thread that needle in a way that preserves the unique character of Cleveland Park, which we all cherish.

Susan Shinkman, At-large
In 2012 I moved from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to accept the position of Director of Civil Enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency. Although I had lived in DC before, Glover Park, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, I decided to try an apartment on Connecticut Avenue, in the Kennedy-Warren building. While I had expected the neighborhood to be interesting, I was pleasantly surprised at how much it had to offer. The diversity and convenience of commercial establishments; the variety of residences, single family homes and apartments; and abundant greenery for walks, made me realize that I wanted to stay here. I would like to work with CPCA to ensure that these advantages remain and grow. I have been particularly attracted to the Cleveland Park Library, which is already providing substantial services to the community, but seems to have potential for even more. I began volunteering at the library when I moved here and since I retired from EPA in 2017, I have been volunteering as a docent at the Library of Congress. As a lawyer, I represented the city of Philadelphia for many years, and understand the political and financial challenges facing neighborhoods trying to represent their interests within the city structure. At EPA and at Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection I worked on a wide variety of environmental issues. I hope that my experience, and genuine interest in using my time in retirement to help keep Cleveland Park vibrant, would be helpful to the CPCA Board.

Sauleh Siddiqui, At-large
I have lived in the Washington area since 2007. My wife and I bought a condo at Ordway and Connecticut in 2013 after living on Porter Street in 2011. We did a great deal of research before choosing to live in Cleveland Park, prioritizing public transit, walkability, restaurants, and proximity to outdoor activities. I am a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and was trained as an applied mathematician at UMD, College Park. My area of research is understanding how we can incorporate mathematical optimization into multidisciplinary decision-making in areas such as energy, healthcare, public health, and urban issues. My interests relevant to Cleveland Park include transportation, housing, and making our community sustainable. I have volunteered in Baltimore elementary schools for the past 5 years, and look forward to continuing that activity in DC as well. I hope I can provide a perspective of someone who believes Cleveland Park can continue its tradition for being a community welcome to all, and a place that thrives for community engagement that can be a model for others.

Jennifer Ward, At-large
My husband Bob and I moved to Macomb St in Cleveland Park in 2004. Our two kids, Conor (12) and Bridget (8) were born here, and attend school in the neighborhood at Maret. We love that our neighborhood is urban and walkable. Our daily strolls to Connecticut Avenue make me grateful for the quality services and retail that our businesses provide to our community. Watching my kids run through the paths of Tregaron and Rock Creek Park inspires gratitude for the natural beauty and green spaces in our neighborhood. My career has been focused on information technology, and I am currently a director of solution engineering at I have held various volunteer positions at my kids’ school and am currently coaching Girls on the Run. I have served on the CPCA board since 2015 and for the past two years have served as Vice President. I believe that through public service in the CPCA I am helping our neighbors connect and our neighborhood thrive.

Barr Weiner, President
My wife and I have lived in DC for over 20 years, moving from Georgetown to Cleveland Park seven years ago. Having grown up in New York City, I continue to marvel at being five minutes from downtown by Metro while living among trees and birds, rabbits and foxes, and still having wonderful, walkable amenities. We love it here, and I’ve always believed in supporting the things that matter to you. So, I joined the CPCA board three years ago and am excited to continue working on issues important to Cleveland Park. Two major, related goals I have for CPCA are (1) to grow and diversify our membership and enhance opportunities for members to inform and support CPCA’s activities, and (2) to enable CPCA to provide the community with as effective and informed a voice as possible on topics important to us, such as how to maintain and promote vibrant Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues in a manner that will protect and enhance what makes our neighborhood extraordinary. Collaborative engagement and outreach have been recurring themes of my volunteer activities, including on community needs, municipal and societal issues. In private law practice I represented clients before regulators and Congress, at international bodies, and during treaty negotiations. I currently serve in the Commissioner’s Office of FDA, helping to guide regulation of complex medical products. I look forward to continuing to support CPCA’S efforts to inform and represent our community.

James (Jamie) Wickett, At-large
With my wife Jessica and daughter Helen (age 15, at NCS), I moved to Newark Street in Cleveland Park in 2015. Since then we’ve added daughter Liza, now nine months, to the family. We also have a dog, Lucy, and cat, Sylvester. I spent most of my childhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated from Tulane before going to law school at GW. Before Cleveland Park, I lived in Georgetown and Foxhall Village. We love living in Cleveland Park particularly because of the community of great neighbors, the beauty of the area, the convenience of the location, the proximity to resources like the commercial centers on both Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues, the library, parks, the Cathedral and Rosedale. I started my career as a Capitol Hill staffer while attending GW Law School at night, and am now a partner at the DC/London based law firm Hogan Lovells where I specialize in tax policy. When we lived in Georgetown, I volunteered at Christ Church, serving for three years as chair of the Youth and Family Ministries Committee. I have also spent a good deal of time volunteering for DC non-profit organizations. I appreciate being considered for a position on CPCA’s board and look forward to getting more involved in issues affecting the daily lives of Cleveland Park citizens.