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Meet the Leaders of Goodwin Living Foundation

The Goodwin Living Foundation team works with our Board of Directors to further our mission of uplifting, honoring and supporting older adults and those who care for them.

Meet the Goodwin Living Foundation Team

Valerie Burke, Chief Philanthropy Officer
As Chief Philanthropy Officer, Valerie Burke leads the overall fundraising efforts of the Foundation. Valerie works to encourage generosity and foster partnerships to advance the mission of Goodwin Living. With more than 30 years of fundraising experience, she is delighted to share that every day she is invigorated by our mission and has a passion for supporting our community of generosity in new and innovative ways.

Rachel Parrent, Foundation Operations Manager
The newest member of the team, Rachel comes to Goodwin Living from the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, where she led development efforts for their two largest fundraisers. Rachel looks forward to growing donor stewardship through data management processes and strategies to advance the mission of the Goodwin Living Foundation.

Emily Ricker, Administrative Assistant
Emily comes to Goodwin Living with an enthusiasm for supporting her fellow team members and an interest in cross-cultural studies. She is looking forward to utilizing her past experiences to advance the mission of the Goodwin Living Foundation.

Mary Kate Roberts, Director of Development, Goodwin House Alexandria
Mary Kate Roberts first joined the Goodwin Living Foundation in May 2019 as Director of Individual Giving. Her extensive fundraising career includes leadership positions at the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. She is a former fundraising consultant with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society in her hometown, Gettysburg, PA.

Erica Sadiq, Hospice Gifts Officer
Erica Sadiq works to lead and grow  fundraising efforts for our Hospice Fund. Erica has over 15 years of nonprofit fundraising expertise. In July 2019, she became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Before joining Goodwin Living, she led the development efforts of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR).

James Woodward, Director of Development, Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads
With more than 20 years of non-profit fundraising experience, James Woodward joined the Goodwin Living Foundation in September 2022 as Director of Development. In this role, he enjoys meeting and getting to know the residents and colleagues who comprise this warm and caring community and are at the heart of Goodwin Living’s mission.

Meet Our 2023 Board of Directors

The Goodwin Living Foundation Board of Directors is made up of community leaders and citizens who are passionate about our work. Board members contribute more than 1,500 hours of their time on behalf of Goodwin Living. In addition, 100 percent of our Foundation Directors and GHI Board Trustees make financial contributions to the Foundation.

We look forward to working with you as we continue our mission of ensuring the Goodwin Living community is a vibrant place to work and live.

Foundation Board Officers

Joan Renner, CPA, CGMA, Chair
Senior Consultant and Former Managing Shareholder, Renner and Company, CPA

Bob Eiffert, Vice Chair
Retired, formerly Manager, Long Term Care Program, Fairfax County Health Department

Kimberly A. Fiske, Esq., Secretary
Estate Planning Attorney and Partner, Fiske Law Group, PLLC

John H. Komoroske, Treasurer
Retired Vice President, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Foundation Directors

Laura Bailey
Retired, formerly Senior Vice President of Community Finance, Capital One

Laurie J. Blackburn
Vice President, Investments, Caudron • Megary • Blackburn Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Sara DeCarlo
Formerly Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Development, Nortel Government Systems

Jim Hennessey
Director of RP Financial, LC

Robert E. Long
CFA – CEO & Principal, Ariba Asset Management

Melinda Merk, JD, LLM, AEP®
Principal, McCandlish Lillard, PC

Judith Miller
GHBC resident since 2015. Former International Aviation Regulatory Executive and Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation. Founder and partner of consulting company offering services to foreign air carriers and U.S. airports

Gant Redmon
Former Board Chair. Current Attorney at Redmon, Peyton & Braswell LLP and current General Counsel to a major real estate service conglomerate

Anne D. Stewart
GHBC resident since 2010. Retired, Former Intern Coordinator, Semester in Washington Program, Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Anthony J. Tambasco
Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads resident since 2010. Professor Emeritus of Theology at Georgetown University, retired after 35 years. Former Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Liberal Studies

Jim Thessin
Legal adviser for Immigrant Rights Organization, Retired Ambassador and Former Senior Legal Official at U.S. Department of State

Donnan C. Wintermute
Vice President, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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