2017 Board of Directors
James Baucom, Jr.
Elizabeth Carriger Erwin
Sarah Willens Kass
Kim Langenhahn, Secretary
David Lenter, President
Beth McHugh, Immediate Past President
Jenny Werwa, Vice President
Megan Yanik, Faculty Representative
Ada Fernandez Johnson, Legal Counsel
Hannah Jacobson, Co-Executive Director
Amy Moore, Co-Executive Director
“The ‘Arts’ helps to remind all human beings of the divinity of life itself. Think about it! Any piece of art stimulates at least one if not more of the 5 basic senses; one doesn’t even have to be literate to understand and or relate to the message(s) conveyed.” Because of this truth, I seek to help advance the mission and purpose of CHAW.
James Baucom, Jr. is a 22-year resident of Washington, DC, with over 17 years of experience in both governmental and commercial contract administration, past clients include BAE Systems, Inc., Vision Technologies, Inc., and Language Learning Enterprises, LLC. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, his active support of the arts began in college while at the University of Kansas, where he organized and produced a variety of endeavors on campus, including co-production of a weekly hip-hop radio show, a speakers’ series, and several art gallery showings. James’s introduction to Washington, DC occurred when he interned on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Senate Minority Leader, Senator Bob Dole in 1992. He enjoyed the city so much he returned in 1994 to attend law school at Howard University. James has served as both V.P. of Membership and President of Lone Star Toastmasters, in addition to being an active member of the Fairlawn Neighborhood Association in Ward 8.
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.
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: with over a decade of arts management experience, 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. She is also responsible for the care and maintenance of over 60 works of public art and planning and implementing temporary interior public exhibitions. 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.
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 an experienced nonprofit development professional with expertise in the education sector. Rachel currently works as a consultant for the Bainum Family Foundation, where she has also worked as a Manager of Early Learning. Prior to her work at Bainum, Rachel worked in corporate social responsibility and fundraising for several national nonprofits including First Book and Breakthrough Collaborative. Before she shifted into the nonprofit space, 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 sings with the Washington Chorus.
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 theatre 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. In her free time, Sarah writes essays and stories, and works as a patient care volunteer at Children’s National Health System. Sarah has studied dance locally at Joy of Motion, Dance Place, and Maryland Youth Ballet. Determined to be a lifelong dancer, she still takes classes now and then. After graduating with a BA in philosophy from Cornell University, Sarah completed teacher certification coursework at George Washington University, where she later earned a master’s degree in American Literature. Sarah and her husband Mark have two sons in their twenties who both live and work in Washington, and one daughter in college. They moved to SW Waterfront in 2016 and love the vibrancy and diversity of the area.
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 fall of 2016, she joined Altruist Partners, a firm that works with ambitious nonprofits seeking transformative growth and revenue acceleration, as the founding partner of the D.C. office. 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 Product Manager at LearnZillion delivering curriculum solutions to school districts and free resources to teachers. She is responsible for identifying key opportunities for the business and works with a team of engineers to implement new future enhancements to the website. 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 taken other CHAW classes.
Jenny Werwa is the Director of Public Relations for the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association where she works to promote the benefits of using home equity in a long-term financial plan and new consumer protections that make reverse mortgages a safe and sustainable retirement funding strategy. 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 public 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.
Sam Weyrauch is a strategy consultant at Kaiser Associates, where he has worked with private and public sector organizations to help solve challenges facing their businesses for both emerging entrepreneurial ventures and well-established industry-leading clients. He got his BA in psychology from Bowdoin College in Maine, and now resides in NoMa. Sam also donates his time as an Officer for StreetWise Partners (a career readiness program that helps low income individuals overcome barriers to employment), a pro bono consultant helping local nonprofits through Compass DC, and an alumni volunteer for Bowdoin.
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.