left to right, top: Tammy Rickman, Cliff Scharman,* Penny Veerhoff, Donna Savage
bottom: Sharon Parver, Jennifer Ivory, Carolyn Lichtenstein, Mike Landa
not shown: Laurie Pross, Toni Ward
* no longer on the Board
Short bios, in alphabetical order:
Jennifer Ivory: A native of central Ohio, Jennifer witnessed the benefits of a Village first hand in 2014. Seeing how Village Connections in Columbus supported residents of German Village and its surrounding downtown neighborhoods was impressive. Its help to a relative who'd broken her ankle was invaluable. Jennifer believes that having VoK in Kensington will only add to our already wonderful community. Jennifer's professional career of helping colleges raise funds has taken her to campuses nationwide. She, her husband Bill, and daughter Nora have lived in Kensington Heights for 26 years.
Mike Landa: Mike and his wife Michele and their son Adam have lived in Kensington since 1992. Jesse, a Papillon, Chihuahua, terrier mix joined the household in 2016. Mike began volunteering with VoK in spring 2017, joined the Board in early 2018, and took the position of Volunteer Coordinator in spring 2018 when Cliff Scharman, VoK’s first Volunteer Coordinator, relocated to Florida. Mike retired in 2015 from a career that included two tours in the practice of food and drug law in government, with a hiatus of seven years in private practice, and finished with stints in leadership and management in the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Favorite activities in retirement include travel, listening to music, and catching up on reading.
Carolyn Lichtenstein: Carolyn got involved in VoK early on in its development and is serving as VoK’s treasurer. She recently retired from a job as a federal government contractor evaluating social programs, including some related to supporting the aging population. One of her retirement goals is to support local charitable efforts, a welcome change after years spent working with the federal government. Carolyn is also president of a nonprofit group that performs shortened versions of stage musicals at retirement communities and nursing homes (Mini-Musicals on the Move). She has lived in Kensington Heights for the past almost-30 years and is very committed to its well-being.
Sharon Parver: Sharon has resided in the Parkwood neighborhood in Kensington since 1983. She is currently Education Manager at LeadingAge, a membership association for not-for-profit aging services providers, where she contributes to the development of educational programming for the field. Sharon’s career has focused on aging services in the not-for-profit community. Prior to joining LeadingAge, Sharon served as assistant administrator at the National Lutheran Home and the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. She holds an MA in Health Services Administration from George Washington University and BS from Penn State. In addition to serving on the Board of VoK, Sharon is a member of the Residential Services Board of Maplewood Park Place, a senior co-op community in Bethesda. Sharon is married to Alan Parver and is the mother of Michelle and Stephanie.
Laurie Pross: Laurie was raised in Richmond, Virginia. She received her Masters degree at UVa in French Language and Literature but changed courses when she began working in a clinic for the indigent population in Richmond at The Medical College of Virginia. Laurie received her second Masters degree from The George Washington University (where her husband Jim is a professor of medicine) and continued her career in health care administration there. Laurie and Jim have lived in Rock Creek Hills for 27 years, where they raised their daughter. They walk their dog, Tucker, all over Kensington, enjoying the greenery and the quiet. Laurie spent several years volunteering at Kensington Park Senior Living. She joined the VoK Board of Directors in early 2017.
Tammy Rickman: Tammy and her husband, Peter, and their three daughters have lived in Kensington since 1990 and two of her daughters have recently purchased their own homes in the neighborhood, anchoring the Rickman family in Kensington for years to come. Tammy began volunteering with VoK in spring 2017, joined the Board in early 2018, and took the position of Treasurer at the end of May 2018, when Carolyn Lichtenstein relinquished the position to pursue other interests. Tammy practiced commercial and corporate transactions law in the Washington DC area for more than 20 years, retiring in 2004 for health reasons. Retirement has given Tammy time to enjoy travel, reading, and helping with her grandchildren – Peter born in 2015, and Fiona born in 2017 – who live right next door and flow freely between home and grandma’s house.
Donna R. Savage: Donna currently serves as VoK’s Board president; she is a founding member of VoK. Although partially retired, she continues as president and CEO of Intelligent Fingers Writing & Editing, and has focused for more than 20 years on public health and medical writing. She has a Masters of Education in College Administration and Counseling. Donna has been active for 20+ years in the Kensington Heights Civic Association, formerly as president, vice president, and KHCA’s Land Use Committee chair. In recent years, she’s had first-hand experience in caring for aging parents and in-laws, and hopes, through VoK, to provide support for other Kensington residents with similar responsibilities. Donna lives in Kensington Heights (since 1992) with her husband Allan Savage, two cats, and "Hermie" the tortoise.
Penny Veerhoff: Board member Penny Eisenhart Veerhoff has been a child and family advocate in Maryland since 1974. She first heard about community villages in Montgomery County a couple of years ago, and she was delighted to learn that a group was working on developing one in Kensington. Her interest in villages stems from a relative’s need to move from the neighborhood she loved to a more supportive community after developing a progressive disability, and her own experiences as a parent. Two of her children were preemie medically fragile twins and an older son had a brain tumor removed in his teens. Support from family, friends, and neighbors made a huge difference. Penny grew up in Rock Creek Hills. She, her husband Al, and the youngest of their five adult sons live in the Town of Kensington.
Toni Ward: Toni grew up in the Town of Kensington and sought to learn about the Villages concept because she had managed living circumstances for an aging grandparent and parent. In addition, Toni found herself in need of the types of services offered by VoK – she now lives at Kensington Park Senior Living in Rock Creek Hills and is pleased with the VoK services she has received. Toni has degrees in music and special education and served for many years as Chapel organist at military bases in the U.S. and three European countries. She retired as a school administrator in Los Angles and Montgomery Counties. Toni has three children and six granddaughters all living in the Kensington area.