CPHS members are invited to the annual meeting of the membership, Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 pm at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street, NW.
We will begin with refreshments at 7:30, followed by a brief business meeting to elect new board members. (See the slate of nominees below.) Then we’ll have a talk by David Maloney, State Historic Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia (head of HPO) on “New Initiatives in DC Preservation Planning.”
New board members are proposed each spring by a nominating committee of the board. The slate of nominees is elected by the membership at the annual meeting. Board members serve a three-year term, after which they may be reelected for one additional consecutive three-year term. Former board members are eligible be reelected to the board after an absence of three years.
The following are nominated for new three-year terms:
Karen Davis, Connecticut Avenue
Karen Davis and her husband, Clark Madigan, have lived in historic neighborhoods since shortly after they were married 35 years ago—first on Capitol Hill and then, beginning late in 1999, when they moved to Cleveland Park with their daughter Caithlin into a house they had begun renovating—with Cleveland Park Historical Society approval, of course!—in 1998. They now live at the Kennedy-Warren. Karen, a military brat, gained a lasting appreciation for historic architecture living in Italy as a teenager, and she has great respect for the role the CPHS plays in our community. Professionally, Karen has always worked in the non-profit sector, typically in fundraising and communications. Currently, as a semi-retired consultant to a project that has had Federal funding, among other tasks she is supporting women with disabilities who are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. As a volunteer, she has served on a variety of different boards and committees over the years, from the auction committee at her daughter’s school, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation local chapter board, to the DC Quality Trust board and, currently, as a member of the board of the DC Rape Crisis Center.
Saveria Emblad, 30th Street
Saveria moved to 30th Street with her husband, Stefan Emblad, son Sebastian (17) and daughter Louise (15) in April 2016. The international family (Saveria is French and Stefan is Swedish) lived in Bethesda 10 years ago and has reconnected with a lot of excitement in the DC area. Before that, she lived in Cambodia, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland. In addition to being an engineer in telecommunications, Saveria became a teacher in 2011 and now teaches at Sidwell Friends School after being at the International School of Geneva. When not in a classroom, Saveria is often seen practicing Yoga and Pilates, running, hiking, skiing or playing golf. She loves gardening and cooking for her friends. She volunteered with A Wider Circle and helped to coordinate the service program in her school. Saveria and her family love Cleveland Park and all it has to offer: friends, school, restaurants, nature, entertainment, and great neighbors. She thinks it is a privilege to live in such a great neighborhood and would love contributing to helping to maintain the atmosphere she loves in this special place in DC.
Vicky Marchand, Rodman Street
Vicky became a Cleveland Park resident in 1972, attended John Eaton and Maret, and returned to raise her three sons in homes on 34th Street and Rodman Street. She has worked on early childhood education and family support initiatives at the Administration for Children and Families and at several think tanks in Washington, DC. Vicky is currently pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science degree and has interned with the Historical Society of Washington, DC. She has served on the Boards of Directors for Woodley House, Inc. and Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).
Ron Ngiam, 34th Street
Ron is an architect in Washington, DC, specializing in multifamily and commercial office buildings. Ron and his wife, Kathleen Claire, also an architect, made a decision to move to Cleveland Park in 2008. Ron is currently working at the DC firm CORE architecture + design. A few notable projects in the DC area include 600 Massachusetts Ave NW in Washington DC, Concord Apartment in Arlington VA, and 2501 M in Washington DC. He has served as a member of the Architectural Review Committee since 2012.
Lois Orr, 34th Street
Lois has been a member of CPHS for nearly all of the 20 years she has lived in Cleveland Park. She has served in a number of CPHS roles during this time, including co-president of the board; currently she is a member of our Architectural Review Committee. One of her favorite CPHS activities was chairing the Call Box Restoration Project. Prior to her retirement, Lois was an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
These current board members are nominated for reelection to a second three-year term:
Christine Hobbs, Norton Place
Shaun Jones, Newark Street
Shannon Penberthy, Porter Street
Frank Swain, Newark Street
Continuing members of the board are:
Leila Afzal, Ordway Street
Hadley Debevoise Allen, 34th Place
Myra Best, Quebec Street
John Chelen, 30th Street
Polly Ghazi, Ordway Street
Mike Goldstein, Lowell Street
Roberta Mathews, Macomb Street
Rick Nash, President, Newark Street
Raina Regan, Connecticut Avenue
Julia Rogers, Macomb Street
Stefan Hurray and past president Nick Netchvolodoff are ending their second three-year terms and retiring from the board, with our thanks for their service. Stefan will continue to serve on the ARC.
Read biographies of current board members at on this page.