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2020 Board of Directors

Winnette McIntosh Ambrose
Maria Conticelli, President
Patrick Crowley
Elizabeth Carriger Erwin, Secretary
Samantha Grunberg, Treasurer
Lauren Harper
Stanton Jones, Member-at-Large, Executive Committee 
Rachel Kanter
Tigist Kassahun
Kim Langenhahn
Beth McHugh, Immediate Past President

Ashley Shah
Victoria Stattel Kinsler
Jenny Werwa, Vice President
Megan Yanik, Faculty Representative
Ada Fernandez Johnson, Legal Counsel

Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose

Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose is an engineer-turned-entrepreneur and two-time Food Network Champion. Winnette is the owner of The Sweet Lobby, a Washington DC artisanal bakery, specializing in French-inspired pastries for wholesale and retail.

Dr. Winnette McIntosh Ambrose is an engineer-turned-entrepreneur and two-time Food Network Champion. Winnette is the owner of The Sweet Lobby, a Washington DC artisanal bakery, specializing in French-inspired pastries for wholesale and retail. Winnette emigrated from her native Trinidad and Tobago to attend MIT. After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and French Language and Literature, Winnette went on to a career in the cardiovascular device industry and holds the patent for the first FDA-approved device for carotid stenting. Following her time in industry, Winnette earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. As a biomedical engineer, Winnette combined stem cells and biomaterials to rebuild the layers of the retina and cornea, with the ultimate goal of restoring vision in patients with damaged or diseased ocular tissue. Winnette opened The Sweet Lobby in June of 2011, during the last year of her postdoctoral fellowship. Within months of opening, Winnette’s baking talents gained international attention when she won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. In the eight years since its inception, Winnette and her team have grown The Sweet Lobby from neighborhood treasure to national brand, with its multiple retail locations in DC and wholesale clientele throughout the USA, including some of the nation’s premier food retailers, luxury brands and coffee shops. The Sweet Lobby’s signature products include French macarons, croissants, kouign amann, canelés, madeleines and gourmet cupcakes. In January of 2018, Winnette won Food Network’s Chopped, becoming the first person in the history of the network to win both C

In June of 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser awarded Winnette the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs (MACCCA) Award for her contributions to the city of Washington DC.  Winnette is a sought-after public speaker and is passionate about the role of STEM education in creating successful entrepreneurs. Winnette lives in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill with her husband and two sons.

Maria Conticelli

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.

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

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 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

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.

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.

Samantha Grunberg

Samantha Grunberg is currently an associate in the Litigation Department at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  She works primarily in the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group, focusing on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement defense, and internal investigations.

Samantha Grunberg is currently an associate in the Litigation Department at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  She works primarily in the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group, focusing on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement defense, and internal investigations. Before starting at Debevoise, she was in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Samantha and her husband moved to Capitol Hill in 2018. Samantha grew up playing the trumpet in both jazz and concert bands.  She and her husband enjoy attending the theater and various musical performances, as well as visiting art museums. Samantha received her B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Applied Economics and Finance from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.

Lauren Harper

Lauren Harper is the Director of Communications at the nonprofit National Security Archive in Washington, D.C. Lauren has been with the Archive, a research organization and leading user of the Freedom of Information Act, since 2011.

Lauren Harper is the Director of Communications at the nonprofit National Security Archive in Washington, D.C. Lauren has been with the Archive, a research organization and leading user of the Freedom of Information Act, since 2011. She writes a highly-regarded weekly round-up of federal secrecy news, manages all of the Archive’s social media accounts, and conducts the Archive’s widely-cited FOIA audits, which chart how well government agencies administer the FOIA. Harper also enjoys speaking with university classes and visiting professionals about the state of transparency and how to use the FOIA. Both a novelist and an artist, Lauren brings a life-long love or art and learning to CHAW. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies and a Master of Public Policy degree, both from the University of Chicago, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps College.

Stanton Jones

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.

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

After 10 years in Education, Rachel Kanter is currently working as a full-time mom to her son Isaac. A lifelong musician and aspiring crafter, Rachel is committed to supporting community arts programs.

After 10 years in Education, Rachel Kanter is currently working as a full-time mom to her son Isaac. A lifelong musician and aspiring crafter, Rachel is committed to supporting community arts programs. Rachel has previously worked as an Education consultant, as well as a portfolio manager for several National nonprofits including First Book and Breakthrough Collaborative. Rachel also has 5 years classroom teaching experience and has taught in a variety of school settings including public, charter and independent schools. Rachel holds an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Yale University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, son and labradoodle Bruce.

Kim Langenhahn

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.

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.

Beth McHugh

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.

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

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.

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

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. he has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and is principal violist of the Grammy nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra.

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.

Victoria Stattel Kinsler

Mrs. Victoria S. Kinsler believes that art and creativity is what gives color to the world.  Though her career path does not follow that of a traditional creative, she has found outlets for art throughout her life.

Victoria graduated from the US Naval Academy in May 2000 and holds a graduate degree from St. John’s
College in Annapolis, MD.

Victoria attended flight school in Pensacola, FL, earning her wings in 2002 as a helicopter pilot flying the
MH-60S. Her first duty station was in Norfolk, VA. While in Norfolk, she completed a Persian Gulf
deployment as the detachment maintenance officer. After a second tour in Norfolk at an Intermediate
Maintenance Facility, leading a team of over 600, Victoria transitioned to the Pentagon. While at the
Pentagon Victoria worked in the Navy Irregular Warfare Office focusing on counterterrorism and
counter-insurgency efforts.

While at the Pentagon, Victoria volunteered to serve with the Army for the better part of 2010 at NATO
Training Mission Afghanistan in Kabul. While there she worked extensively with the Department of
State, the European Union Police Mission and the Afghan Ministry of Interior to improve the Afghan
National Police. Ultimately, she was hand selected to travel back to DC to brief other USG agencies on
current strategy and to Jordan and Turkey to coordinate efforts with our allies. Her essay on lessons
learned was posted on Tom Rick’s Foreign Policy Magazine website.

Upon returning from Afghanistan, Victoria left Active Duty, joined the Reserves and entered the
graduate program at St. John’s College. During these two years, Victoria worked at the US Institute of
Peace which allowed her to be a part of the foreign policy conversation between leaders in academia,
the private sector, NGOs and various branches of the government, to include the Office of the Secretary
of Defense. Victoria left the Naval Reserves in 2012, despite being promoted to Commander (O-5) at the
12-year mark, well ahead of her peers.

After graduate school, Victoria began working at Deloitte Consulting, LLC, primarily working for clients in
the Department of Defense and political groups in the areas of strategy and governance.

Victoria choose to stay home full-time during the pregnancy of her second child, in February 2015.
Victoria went back to the workforce in October 2018 as a Senior Strategic Advisor for the start-up
consulting firm, Echo Five Group. In this role, she has direct client engagement with an international
Fortune 5 company and the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Civil-Military Engagement Office.

Victoria has spent many hours volunteering specifically with Veterans organizations such as the
American Women Veterans as an advisor and public speaker, appearing on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. She
has also volunteered over vacation periods in New Orleans post-Katrina and in Lima, Peru. Additionally,
Victoria was a Board Member on her children’s school board for two years in Alexandria, VA.

Victoria has always enjoyed dance – spending many years in Tap classes as a child and ballet classes as
an adult. Additionally, she has taken numerous drawing and pottery classes in her adulthood.

Victoria currently resides in Annapolis, MD with her husband, Robert, and three children, Edith (5y),
Clark (4y) and Gwendolyn (2y).

Tigist Kassahun

Tigist Kassahun is a corporate associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups and is also active in the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice.

Tigist’s practice includes advising on intellectual property protection and licensing, data privacy and cybersecurity matters in an array of industries. She also maintains an active pro bono practice with a focus on arts and cultural organizations, including museums and literary publications.  Tigist earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and B.A. from Pomona College.

Ashley Shah

Ashley is currently a Vice President for ITMS, Inc., a small government contracting firm focusing on professional support services and environmental remediation. In this role, she is responsible for strategic planning and business development efforts, expanding the company’s footprint in the Federal market. Prior to her current position, Ashley worked at CEB, Inc. in Marketing Advisory, helping large businesses augment their marketing strategy using best-practice research and case studies. 

Ashley is currently a Vice President for ITMS, Inc., a small government contracting firm focusing on professional support services and environmental remediation. In this role, she is responsible for strategic planning and business development efforts, expanding the company’s footprint in the Federal market. Prior to her current position, Ashley worked at CEB, Inc. in Marketing Advisory, helping large businesses augment their marketing strategy using best-practice research and case studies. 

Additionally, Ashley participates in local arts initiatives and events around D.C. She is a contributor to the visual arts publication East City Art, a member of ArtTable, and helped organize the arts market, Below Zero. Ashley has taken on a number of personal projects that help residents explore and gain access to the arts world, including the Instagram project @galatgalls and participating as a co-host on The Happenings Podcast. 

Ashley holds Bachelors’ degrees in Art History and Economics from the University of Virginia.