2017 Board of Directors
James Baucom, Jr.
Sarah Dobson, Secretary
Patricia Jackson, 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
James Baucom, Jr. “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. Mr. Baucom’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 Lonestar Toastmasters, in addition to being an active member of the Fairlawn Neighborhood Association in Ward 8.
Elizabeth Carriger With over a decade of arts management experience, Elizabeth Carriger 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. Notable projects include a way-finding project for the burgeoning St. Elizabeth’s East Campus in Congress Heights; light art projects designed to activate two National Parks on Pennsylvania Avenue; and a highly-lauded program called “Designed to Recycle” which wrapped city recycling trucks in work designed by local artists. 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. Deeply knowledgeable about the Washington area’s cultural landscape, Carriger received a Bachelor of Arts (2000) and a Master of Arts (2008) inArt History from the George Washington University. She has served on various boards and committees including the Board of the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, where she was instrumental in boosting the organization’s membership; the Board of Trustees for the Bright School, increasing young alumni support for her beloved elementary school; and the Steering Committee for the young professionals group of the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN, where she assisted in planning a number of social, educational and fundraising events.
Martine Combal is the Deputy Director of Real Estate in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, DC Government. Previously, she served as Director of the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) within the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. As the LRA Director, Combal managed the base realignment and closure process and proposed redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Ward 4. Prior to joining DMPED, she was the Manager of the Property Acquisition and Disposition Division (PADD) at the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for three and a half years. 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. Combal is also a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners. As an avid runner, Combal actively trains for 10-mile and half marathon races and enjoys running and exploring the District’s diverse neighborhoods. She is in the mid-point of her second term as a member of CHAW’s Board of Directors. Combal served as Vice President (2013-2014), Secretary (2012-2013), and Member-At-Large (2011-2012) on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.
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, Crowley participated in every aspect of its transition from a forlorn local burial ground to a vibrant, nationally renowned historic landmark. Crowley’s professional work as an energy economist included 27 years at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He is currently at Brown Williams Moorhead & Quinn. Crowley’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.
Sarah Dobson is a 15-year resident of Washington, D.C. with over a dozen years of experience in government affairs. She began her career working on legislative policy for two different members of the House of Representatives, and since early 2013 has been a Senior Government Relations Representative at Independent Sector. IS is a membership coalition for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate philanthropies committed to advancing the common good by advocating public policies that support a dynamic nonprofit sector and providing resources so that nonprofits can improve their organizations and better serve their communities. Sarah and her husband live in Southeast D.C.
Ivan Frishberg has lived in Ward 6 for 20 years. From 2011 through 2014 he served as the Vice-Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B, representing the Eastern Market Neighborhood, where he has been involved in local development, transportation and school issues. He served as the ANC representative to the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee. He is First Vice President, Sustainability Banking, Amalgamated Bank. Prior to that position, he served as the Senior Advisor for Climate Change at Organizing for Action and as a coordinator for the Climate Briefing Service, focusing on U.S. engagement in international climate negotiations. Previously he was a senior advisor to the Climate Action Campaign, a coalition of the national environmental community focused on defending the Clean Air Act and supporting new federal policies on climate and public health. He has more than 20 years of experience and state and national advocacy and electoral campaigns. Over that time he has worked on environmental, good government, higher education and civic engagement issues. Frishberg has two children who attend Brent Elementary; they have both been students at CHAW.
Dustin Hanks grew up in Norfolk, VA but relocated to Orange Park, FL when my father’s position with the U.S. Navy was transferred to Naval Air Station Jacksonville. I spent the last 3 years of high school in Jacksonville before attending the Florida Community College of Jacksonville (FCCJ) for two years. I received my Associate in Arts from FCCJ and transferred to Florida State University to pursue a Bachelor’s in Criminology. Since graduating from FSU I have had the distinct pleasure of an exciting career in national security with the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of State. I’ve met people and been to places that do not exist, traveled around the world, and sat down for interviews inside some fascinating federal buildings. Life isn’t all about work, however. I have a wife and three boys whom I love deeply. I enjoy spending time with them and experiencing my city, Washington, with them to the fullest. Living on Capitol Hill allows me to take my boys to the Smithsonian museums any day and to the zoo, for free, when the weather is nice. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and riding my two bikes, a mountain bike and a single speed, for recreation. I have also enjoyed mentoring young men through my church’s youth group. I was a volunteer leader there for 8 years and watched my students grow immeasurably in their faith and maturity. Last year I became a volunteer Den Leader with the Pack 380 Cub Scouts out of St. Peter’s. I love living in and being a part of this great neighborhood, Capitol Hill.
Patricia Jackson is an experienced publicist and communications and public relations executive with extensive event planning experience. She recently started PLJ Publicity after many years as the Director of Publicity at Regnery Publishing, Inc. She has a BA from Wellesley College and an Apparel Construction Certificate from Parsons School of Design. A former ballerina, she is now the parent of a blooming ballerina.
Kim Langenhahn recently relocated to Washington, D.C. from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 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 having previously served as Product Manager at CustomInk. She is responsible for identifying key opportunities for the business and works with a team of engineers to implement enhancements to the website. More recently, she was a part of building a brand new product, Booster (booster.com), where anyone can raise money through selling t-shirts. 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.
Candy Schibli is a local mixed media artist, environmental and economic information manager and a resident of Washington D.C. since 2006. Prior to moving to Washington D.C. to attend graduate school she received a bachelor of science from Florida A&M University in chemical engineering and a master of arts in international affairs and natural resources and sustainable development from American University. She has worked for private, non-profit, and government organizations in the U.S., Liberia, Uganda, and Costa Rica since 2000 and has contributed to individual and collective art shows throughout the U.S.. As a volunteer, Candy has served on the host committee for the Green Cup of Polo, has participated in children's environmental arts education with the Anacostia Watershed Society, and has served as a missionary to the Bromley Mission School with St. David's Episcopal Church. Her commitment to open access to the arts stems from her view of it as an important enhancement to the natural environment.
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 an 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, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Toledo Symphony and Richmond Symphony. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with Ida Kavafian, Andres Cardenes, Mack McCray, Paul Katz, Yang Wei of the Silk Road Ensemble, percussionist Joe Gramley, and performed on numerous occasions with the Michigan Chamber Players presented by University Musical Society (UMS) and National Public Radio. Her festival appearances have included the American-Romanian festival, Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen, Spoleto USA, and Blossom. She has won prizes in several competitions, including first prize in the National ASTA solo competition. Dr. Yanik’s educational outreach has included teaching for the Young Audiences program “Bring Back the Music” (Dorchester, MA) and consulting for NPR’s “From the Top”. Dedicated to the education of young people, she also has taught at the Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA) and served as faculty at New England Music Camp, Phoenixfest!, and the Zephyr Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy.Dr. Yanik holds degrees in viola performance from Rice University (BM), the New England Conservatory (MM), and the University of Michigan (DMA), where her teachers have included Karen Ritscher, James Dunham, Martha Katz and Yizhak Schotten. She received her Suzuki training from Ronda Cole. Formerly on faculty at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Yanik currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, saxophonist Jonathan Yanik, and lab-terrier mix Hannah. She will teach and perform this summer at the Wintergreen Performing Arts festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains.