BOARD OF DIRECTORS/STAFF

Neighbors serving neighbors.

Margaret "Margie" Eulner Ott, President

Margie Eulner Ott, a 25-year resident of the Crestview neighborhood, brings substantial non-profit management experience to the LFV Board. Margie held various positions with Youth for Understanding International Exchange between 1983 and 2013, including serving as Director of US Programs. Margie is currently working as a non-profit executive management consultant. She is leading LFV’s Volunteer and Operations committees, while also assisting with grant writing. She secured a Montgomery County grant for LFV in 2016.

Susan Harding, Vice President

Susan Harding worked for more than 25 years publishing national equine magazines and now is on the boards of several equine nonprofit organizations, including Equine Land Conservation Resource and the International Museum of the Horse. A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Business School, Harding worked for the Congressional Research Service and Newsweek. She has been a resident in Sumner Village for more than 15 years, where she has been involved as chair of the Pool Committee and on the Management Search Committee. She leads the LFV Development Committee which spearheaded the successful “Trash or Treasure” fundraiser in 2016.

Cecilia Bacigalupo, Treasurer

A Peruvian native, Cecilia came to the US and started working for the Inter-American Development Bank in various capacities. In her last position, she was Chief of the Conference Section, which entailed organizing and coordinating meetings worldwide. A Bethesda resident for more than 25 years and a mother of a college student, has found time to give back to society. Cecilia became involved as a volunteer in the village through her husband, Manuel Valencia who is operations director for LFV.

Peter Loew, Board Member

Peter Loew played a key role as an initial founder of Little Falls Village. He was key to the initial organizational development of village operations. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the senior care industry and is credentialed as an Aging-in-Place Specialist. Currently, he heads the Human Resources Department at Lifematters USA. Lifematters is the largest employer-based home care and care management company in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Elissandra "Sandy" Roy, Board Member

Sandy and her husband Stapleton, are founding members of Little Falls Village. Sandy has been an active volunteer serving on the Little Falls Village Development and Fundraising Committee where she has led Village efforts to identify and file a series of successful grant applications. She continues her Village fundraising efforts as a member of the board. Sandy frequently opens her home to host Village events.

Gary Ender, Board Member

After college Gary was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, where he lived in a village and helped farmers become more productive; his friendship with his “older brother” in Nepal continues. Gary obtained a PhD in agricultural economics and worked at USDA for several years. For most of their careers Gary and his wife worked in international development; Gary worked at Abt Associates for 23 years. From 1984 to 2002, he and his family lived in the Philippines, Pakistan and Egypt, and in the DC area. Now retired, Gary enjoys volunteering for LFV and Food & Friends, traveling, gardening, and birdwatching. Gary is overseeing LFV’s automation project.

Mary O'Donoghue, Board Member

Mary O’Donoghue started Corewood Homecare after caring for her father, a well-respected physician in Washington D.C., who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. As the disease progressed, Mary and her family wanted her father to remain in a familiar environment in their family home. With the help of two professional caregivers, Mary’s father did stay home and, because of the exceptional care he received, Mary started her company to help other families. Mary serves on the board of the Senior Connection, a countywide organization dedicated to providing programs and help that preserve and foster independence, mobility and quality of life for seniors. Mary is co-chair of the LFV Volunteer Committee.

Jane Croft, Board Member

Jane Croft is a longtime resident of Bethesda, Maryland and is a founding member of Little Falls Village. She joined the Village Board of Directors in 2015. With a degree in education, Mrs. Croft taught school in Chicago and White Plains, NY before working in the New York City office of renowned rheumatologist, Dr. Walter Bauer of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Jane has been an enthusiastic exercise instructor for the past 37 years, was a DC Hospice volunteer and served as a volunteer at Sibley Memorial Hospital for more than twenty years.

Gabrielle Grunau, Ph.D., Board Member

Gabrielle Grunau is an Associate Member of LFV and volunteers as Co-Chairperson of LFV's monthly Game Day. Her interests in fund raising and expansion of LFV's mission brought her onto our LFV Board of Directors. Gabrielle is a retired Organizational Psychologist whose professional career was in educational settings. Her career spanned four decades with her most recent work in the District of Columbia where she studied and reported on work place bullying. Gabrielle is married to Bill Grosshandler and is a Mom to three. Gabrielle is a Step-mom and Step-grandmom with children and grandchildren on several continents. Bethesda is all her and Bill's families' home


Staff

Todd Smith, Executive Director

Todd is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Little Falls Village. His interest in aging issues was born during 15 years of lobbying on behalf of seniors and long-term care providers while at the American Health Care Association. Todd lives with his wife and two sons in Glen Mar Park.

Manuel Valencia, Director of Operations

Manuel assists the executive director on a day-to-day basis. He received a double Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design and printmaking from American University. He is also a certified Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages teacher, with a degree from Montgomery College. Currently in semi-retirement, he attended a Little Falls Village informational meeting and joined as a volunteer.