2018 Board of Directors
Elizabeth Carriger Erwin, Secretary
Stanton Jones, Member-at-Large, Executive Committee
Rachel Kanter, Vice President
Sarah Willens Kass
Kim Langenhahn, Treasurer
David Lenter, President
Beth McHugh, Immediate Past President
Megan Yanik, Faculty Representative
Ada Fernandez Johnson, Legal Counsel
Martine Combal is Vice President in the Public Institutions group of JLL for the Mid-Atlantic region. She recently joined JLL in January of 2017 to support a broad range of clients, including several federal agencies. Martine is currently managing and supporting several due diligence and feasibility reports for the General Services Administration, as well as lease valuations and negotiation strategies for Florida International University and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. She has extensive knowledge and experience with public sector acquisitions through friendly sales, foreclosures, tax foreclosures and eminent domain, as well as strategic public sector real property dispositions including negotiating disposition agreements, covenants, leases, and ground leases. Martine also has extensive experience with District of Columbia and federal affordable housing programs. She has over 15 years of real estate and urban development experience. She has a Master’s of City Planning and a Certificate of Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University. As an avid runner, Martine actively trains for 10-mile and half marathon races and enjoys running and exploring the District’s diverse neighborhoods. Martine served in various capacities on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors from 2015 to 2012 and has been a member of the Board since 2011.
Maria Conticelli currently serves as the Manager of Operations at Operation Pathways, Inc., an affiliate of the NHP Foundation. Operation Pathways provides place-based programs and services to individuals living in affordable housing communities. Over the past 10 years, Maria's focus has been non-profit program management and leadership development to improve organizational outcomes and success. As a child, Maria was a ballet dancer and performed in the Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker. As a former actress, some of her favorite theatrical roles include the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Florence Unger in the female version of The Odd Couple. Maria received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Communication Studies from Saint Mary’s College and a Master of Science in Child Development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago. In her free time, Maria is a yoga teacher and fitness enthusiast.
Patrick Crowley, a Capitol Hill resident since 1979, comes to CHAW with a solid background in hands-on community involvement. In his 20+ years of leadership in the rescue of Historic Congressional Cemetery, he participated in every aspect of its transition from a forlorn local burial ground to a vibrant, nationally renowned historic landmark. Patrick’s professional work as an energy economist included 27 years at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He is currently at Brown Williams Moorhead & Quinn. Patrick’s home in northeast Capitol Hill is filled with art: clay, bronze, and steel sculptures; watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings; a collection of world globes; faux finished walls in every room; hundreds of novels; and his own drawings.
Elizabeth Carriger Erwin currently serves as public art project manager for Arlington, VA’s nationally-renowned public art program where she develops and manages various community-focused public art projects and advises on developer-initiated design enhancements. Prior to joining Arlington County, she most recently served as Public Art Coordinator for the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities where she managed a number of rewarding temporary and permanent public art projects throughout the District of Columbia. The Chattanooga, Tennessee native previously spent three years as Program Assistant with Public Art Chattanooga. Before entering the field of public art, she was Assistant Director of Washington, DC’s Nevin Kelly Gallery. Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts (2000) and a Master of Arts (2008) in Art History from the George Washington University. She resides on Capitol Hill with her husband and daughter.
Cynthia Jarrin is currently an Investment Coordinator at Grosvenor Americas’ Washington, DC-based office, where she supports the investment team in the acquisition, marketing, management and disposition of commercial real estate properties. She also plans, coordinates and executes Grosvenor’s staff functions, corporate receptions and team bonding events. Prior to joining the commercial real estate industry, Cynthia worked with the National Park Service’s Heritage Education Services department, where she contributed to the development and content of the “Discover Our Shared Heritage” travel itinerary series featured on the NPS website. Cynthia developed her passion for the arts while growing up in Quito, Ecuador. At a very young age, she began performing with Fundacion Navidad, a holiday choir that performed throughout the city to help raise funds for families in need. When she wasn’t singing, Cynthia was always at the theater or at her school’s black box rehearsing and performing for various theatrical programs. Her favorite and most memorable performances were as Peppermint Patty in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” and Sweet Little Saccharin in “Dirty Work in High Places.” Following high school in Ecuador, Cynthia moved to Washington to attend The Catholic University of America, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History. She also holds a Master of Arts in History from American University.
Stanton Jones is a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP where he focuses his practice on appellate and Supreme Court litigation. From 2012 through 2016, Stanton also taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned in law degree magna cum laude in 2007. Before law school, Stanton taught second and first grades in the Baltimore City Public Schools as a member of Teach for America. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. At some point before all that, he was an aspiring musician (guitar, bass, a bit of mandolin, and most recently ukulele). For the past few years, Stanton’s daughters have taken violin lessons at CHAW, and both he and they have loved every minute of it.
Rachel Kanter is a nonprofit consultant with expertise in the education sector. Rachel has consulted for the Bainum Family Foundation, where she also worked as a Manager of Early Learning. Rachel has worked for several national nonprofits including First Book and Breakthrough Collaborative. Prior to that, Rachel was a classroom teacher for five years and has taught students in 1st, 4th, 9th and 11th grades. Rachel holds a M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education and B.A. from Yale University. Rachel is an avid fan of the arts, and has sung with the Washington Chorus and Choral Arts Society. She plans to start her son on music lessons as soon as he can sit up!
Sarah Willens Kass is a native Washingtonian with a lifelong passion for both working with children and supporting the arts, making her a good fit as a member of the Board at CHAW. Sarah was active in music, dance, and theater from a very early age. Over the past 30 years, Sarah has worked as a teacher, teaching English to students from grades 6 to 11, and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to undergraduate and graduate students at Bar- Ilan University in Israel, retiring in 2018. In her free time, Sarah writes essays and stories, and works as a patient care volunteer at Children’s National Health System. Since age 11, Sarah has studied dance locally at Joy of Motion, Dance Place, and Maryland Youth Ballet. Her ballet days are probably behind her, but Sarah now studies tap dance at CHAW!
Kim Langenhahn moved to Washington, D.C. from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in October of 2016 and brings over ten years of management consulting and nonprofit advisory experience along with a love of the arts to the CHAW Board. Through her work with US and MENA-based healthcare, retail, energy, and international nonprofit clients, Kim has gained a deep understanding of the critical strategic issues that confront all organizations, from small nonprofit community hospitals to billion dollar retailers. In the winter of 2018, she joined Terrapin Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy that serves individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses, to help build their medication adherence technology business. Kim holds a joint MBA/MPP from The University of Chicago and a BA from Duke University.
David Lenter is deputy chief of staff with the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress. He works primarily on matters related to U.S. federal taxation of cross-border income. David began his career in the tax group of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He has had a legal research fellowship with the University of Michigan Business School’s Office of Tax Policy Research and a research and teaching fellowship at the University of Virginia School of Law. David graduated from Harvard Law School and holds a tax LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He has an A.B. in history from Brown University. As a loyal resident of Capitol Hill for over a decade and as a fervent supporter of the arts, David was drawn to serve on the board of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in part because his daughter has loved summer camp, music, and ballet at CHAW. He also thinks CHAW is a vital part of the community, both the Hill and beyond, and deeply believes in CHAW’s mission of bringing together people of all backgrounds for engagement with the arts.
Beth McHugh is currently a Senior Product Manager at LearnZillion, a social impact organization focused on empowering teachers to meet the needs of all students. She is responsible for identifying key opportunities for the business through research and works with a team of engineers and designers to implement new products or updates to existing products. She holds a BS from the University of Richmond with a major in computer science and minors in studio art and math. She has been a student of CHAW teaching artist Ellen Cornett and has participated with her son in Music Together for multiple semesters at CHAW.
Jenny Werwa is the Director of Communications for the Council of Large Public Authorities. She also has communications and outreach experience from Capitol Hill, the National Association of Realtors, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American College of OB-GYNs, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, a non-profit in Washington, DC. She has a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a MA in philosophy and social policy from George Washington University. Jenny has enjoyed several classes and the open darkroom at CHAW and is always eager to learn new things. She and her husband live in Mt. Pleasant with their two cats and a dog named Tobias.
Megan Yanik serves as the Faculty Representative on the CHAW Board of Directors. Violist Dr. Megan Fergusson Yanik enjoys a multifaceted career as both a performer and teacher. She has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and is principal violist of the Grammy nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra. She has served on the music faculties at Bowling Green State University and George Mason University, and has taught at music festivals throughout the country including Wintergreen Performing Arts and The Brevard Music Center. Dedicated to the education of young people, Megan currently teaches violin and viola at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) where she is the Chair of the Music Department.
She holds degrees in viola performance from Rice University (BM), the New England Conservatory (MM), and the University of Michigan (DMA), and is a certified Suzuki instructor. She currently works at the Library of Congress in addition to her duties at CHAW. Megan resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, saxophonist Jonathan Yanik, and their two children.