Margaret “Margie” Eulner Ott, President

MargieEulnerOttMargaret “Margie” Eulner Ott brings substantial non-profit management experience to the LFV Board. Margie held various positions with Youth for Understanding between 1983 and 2013, including serving as Director of US Programs. Youth for Understanding is a non-profit international educational organization in more than 50 different countries. YFU is one of the world’s largest and most respected intercultural student exchange programs. Margie is currently working as a non-profit executive management consultant. She is leading LFV’s grant search, application and management efforts.

Susan Harding, Vice President

Susan Harding worked 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.

June Gardner, Secretary

June GardnerA native Floridian, June Gardner migrated north attending Duke University and then Boston University. In 1985, she arrived in Washington, D.C., where work included positions as a congressional press secretary and then a part-time political consultant. Gardner became a real estate agent in 1999 and continues to work full time at Evers and Company Real Estate Inc. The Gardner family have lived in the Wood Acres neighborhood since 1989, and she has been an active member of the community, serving on the PTA Board at Wood Acres Elementary School and as co-chair of the Whitman Arts Festival. She served on the Board of the Wood Acres Citizens Association and has a position on the association’s Architectural Covenants Committee.

Cecilia Bacigalupo, Treasurer

A Peruvian native, came to the US and started working for the Inter-American Development Bank in various capacities. My last position, was Chief of the Conference Section, which entailed organizing and coordinating meetings at our DC headquarters, and wordwide. A Bethesda resident for over 25 years and a mother of a college student, have found time to give back to society. Through my husband, I became involved as a volunteer in the village.

Gary Ender, Board Member

After college Gary Ender 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, travel, gardening, and birdwatching.

Laurene Sherlock, Board Member

Laurene Sherlock is an accredited member of The American Society of Appraisers and holds the Personal Property Discipline designation in Antique and Decorative Arts. She has served on numerous ASA organizational committees and represented the public relations arm of ASA in the media. Laurene was an invited guest by The Antiques Road Show on PBS. In 2010, she founded Greystone Appraisals; a practice that includes appraisal consultation for insurance, estates, equitable distribution, dispersal, downsizing, positioning property for sale, museum gifting and collection management. She attended Sweet Briar College and graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. She is a 25-year resident of Sumner Square and currently serves as President of its Homeowners Association board.

Mary O’Donoghue, Board Member

Mary O’Donoghue started Corewood Homecare after caring for her father, a well-respected physician in Washington D.C., that was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s. As the disease progressed, Mary and her family wanted her father to remain in a familiar environment at in their family home on Corewood Lane in Bethesda. Not being able to provide the full-time care he needed, they sought outside the help from two caregivers who, not only care for her father, but provided the care and emotional support the family needed. With the help of these two extraordinary individuals, her father remained at home with his family. Mary saw the need for home care throughout the community and started Corewood Homecare to provide professional care, quality assistance and trustworthy support to individuals in their own home. Mary also serves on the board of the Senior Connection, a countywide organization that is dedicated to providing programs and services that preserve and foster independence, mobility and quality of life for seniors.

Nancy Wehr, Board Member

Nancy WehrA native of Washington state, Nancy Wehr is “at home” in the lab. She worked as a chemist at Oregon State University for 22 years before moving across the country to Bethesda, Maryland, in 1993. She was a biologist at the National Institutes of Health for 18 years, retiring in 2011 and returning to the same laboratory as a special volunteer to continue work on detection methods focusing on oxidative damage implicated in aging and disease. To this Board’s treasurer position, Wehr brings great familiarity with calculations and spreadsheets, years of household accounting, and attention to detail. When she and her husband, Michael, aren’t with their grandchildren, you’ll find them at their home in the Wood Acres neighborhood, hoping to age in place.

Jane Croft, Board Member

Jane CroftJane Croft is a long time 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 from the National College of Education in Evanston, IL, Mrs. Croft’s career began as a teacher at Hull House in Chicago and she later became an elementary school teacher in White Plaines, NY. While her husband was attending medical school, Mrs. Croft worked in the New York City office of renowned rheumatologist Dr. Walter Bauer of the Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been an enthusiastic exercise instructor for the past 37 years Mrs. Croft’s interest in serving others grew as she worked as a DC Hospice volunteer for several years. She served as a volunteer at Sibley Memorial Hospital for over twenty years. Mrs. Croft loves reading, traveling, tennis, caring for her grandchildren and her dog Bantry, and has been a devoted member of 4th Presbyterian Church for 45 years.

Alvin Sacks, Board Member

AlvinSackswBorn in Sioux City Iowa. Taught first aid and water safety in high school. Joined the Navy at the end of the 2nd World War. Graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota. Alvin worked in the cattle family business, where he became an accomplished rider. Became a private pilot, flying airplanes to and from the DC area. Worked many years in the construction business, developing land and building homes. He also was a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Wrote and published “Residential Water Problems”, as well as, many columns in the Washington Post and Remodeling magazine. He has been an expert witness in the field of construction.

Lyn Ermer, Board Member

Lyn Ermer smLyn Ermer was a labor lawyer and labor arbitrator until opening a yarn store in downtown Bethesda. She has 4 children and one husband.


Staff

Todd Smith, Executive Director

Todd SmithTodd Smith 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. Prior to joining the association in 1996, Smith spent nearly 30 years as a TV correspondent working for various stations across the country. In Washington, D.C., he served nine years as a regional correspondent for CBS stations in the Pacific Northwest. Smith and his family live in Glen Mar Park.

Manuel Valencia, Director of Operations

Manuel Valencia 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.