Meet the Board
Elise Burns has lived in Arlington since 1998. After downsizing from their Arlington home in 2010, she and her husband, Tim have embraced condo living on the Orange Line in Virginia Square. She became involved in Arlington Neighborhood Village through her Virginia Square neighborhood which has an active group of members and volunteers. Elise co-chairs the ANV Events Committee and believes social activities are key to enhancing the quality of life for Arlington Neighborhood Village members and volunteers. Members rate social activities as a main reason they joined and continue to engage with Arlington Neighborhood Village. Elise is an experienced government relations professional with more than 25 years of political and legislative experience. She has held senior positions at public policy organizations and on Capitol Hill and has led Government Affairs for a Fortune 100 health care company. In that capacity, she worked on a wide variety of legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting seniors health care including the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs. She is excited to put her energy and experience towards ensuring Arlington residents have a choice to remain in their homes as long as they are able.
Brenda Cox grew up in Arlington, attending Drew Elementary and Hoffman-Boston Junior-Senior High Schools. She graduated in the 1965 class of Wakefield Senior High School, which was the first fully integrated class to graduate after integration came to Arlington. She has been an advocate for Arlington’s senior residents for approximately fifteen years. She has served six years on the Commission on Aging and three years on the Long-Term Care Commission. She chaired the Public Information and Outreach Committee of the Commission on Aging for several years. Her emphasis has been on ensuring that seniors and their families get pertinent information on the programs and services available to them BEFORE there is a crisis in the family. Being a former public as well as a university librarian, she has a special appreciation for the role that information can play in helping us and our neighbors to plan to have the best quality of life as we/they age. She firmly believes that people need not and should not be in crisis having to make significant quality of life decisions. Since January, 2002 she has served as the coordinator of the Lomax Senior Ministry at her church. It meets monthly to give information on topics of importance to seniors and their families. She is looking forward to sharing what she has learned to further enhance the quality of life to the members of the Arlington Neighborhood Village.
An Arlingtonian for 45 years, William (Bill) Gainer is committed to helping residents make Arlington their home for a lifetime. Bill recently retired as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the National Governors Association. Earlier in his career, he was Deputy Assistant Comptroller at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). During the Clinton administration, Bill was appointed Executive Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He also served as Associate Director (COO) of the Congressional Budget Office and as Commissioner of the Congressional Commission on the Education of the Deaf. Bill served on the Arlington Affordable Housing Task Force and currently serves as Director of the State Services Organization, a 501(c)(3) which provides office space and services to state-oriented associations and state offices located in Washington DC. Bill is looking forward to retirement and serving on the Arlington Neighborhood Village Board. He lives in Arlington Ridge.
Danny Guenther has lived in Arlington since 2003. After condo living along the Orange line for a few years, he and his wife settled into the Barcroft neighborhood. Once putting down roots in Barcroft, he embraced the community aspect and social responsibility of living in a neighborhood. Danny is an active member in the Arlington County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and has been volunteering with ANV since 2015, most recently serving as chair of the Finance committee. Having spent his career to date working in Accounting and Finance at start up and technology companies in Northern VA, he is currently the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at a technology company in Reston. While employed full time and commuting outside of the county, he remains committed to serving the community he calls home by serving on the Arlington Neighborhood Village board.
Charles (Charlie) W. King is a recent transplant to Arlington from his former home in the Mt. Vernon District of Fairfax County. Charlie recently retired from an extended career as an economic consultant in public utility and transportation regulation. His firm, Snavely King & Associates, represented the interests of consumers of electricity, gas, water, telephone and railroad services before state and federal regulatory commissions. In that role, Charlie appeared as an expert witness before the utility regulatory commissions of most of the states and before nine federal (U.S. and Canadian) regulatory commissions. Prior to his move to Arlington, Charlie had been a board member and Vice President of United Community Ministries (UCM), which is the principal public service agency in the Route 1 corridor in southern Fairfax County. During Charlie’s tenure, UCM served over 12,000 individuals in 5,000 families with emergency food, clothing and shelter; child care; career counseling; English, and job training, Charlie was also active in Mt. Vernon at Home, the equivalent of ANV in southern Fairfax County. Charlie is married to Elisabeth (Lee) King; they have three children and six grandchildren.
Maureen Markham has lived coast to coast and has over 35 years of effective community leadership experience. She currently serves as a Housing Development Specialist for Arlington County Department of Community Planning Housing & Development. She has held Executive Director positions with three non-profit agencies including a neighborhood-based housing agency in Washington state that made loans to senior citizens to rehab their homes, and the Farthest North Girl Scout Council in Fairbanks, Alaska. Maureen has start-up experience with several organizations including a community health clinic, Community Economic Development Corporation, and various small businesses including her own consulting business. Maureen’s expertise and community leadership will help ANV continue to grow as a self-sustaining organization serving Arlington’s senior residents. Maureen has been an Arlington resident since 2005 and lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. She is excited about continuing her service to the community on the Arlington Neighborhood Village Board.
Peter Olivere and his wife are 36-year residents of Arlington and raised their two daughters here. Pete lives in Glencarlyn. He has been actively involved in numerous civic organizations since he arrived. He has served as Treasurer of the Arlington County Scholarship Fund for Teachers Inc., the Arlington County Civic Federation, and the Wakefield High School Booster Club. He has held various leadership positions within the Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor. He has over 30 years of work experience in budget and financial management at the Department of Commerce, both as a federal employee and consultant. Peter is a Founding Director of Arlington Neighborhood Village. He has contributed to the development of and has been a leader in Arlington Neighborhood Village since its inception. He has also been very active with the Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE), including serving as its webmaster. Peter is committed to enabling residents make Arlington their home for a lifetime through his service as an Arlington Neighborhood Village Board member.
Donna Pastore has been a resident of Arlington since 1971, when she moved here from her native New York to work for the Library of Congress. In addition to serving as technical editor of an instruction manual, she recruited and trained a nationwide cadre of volunteers for one of this agency’s programs. After leaving the Library, she worked as an assistant technology consultant to various school districts and state education agencies throughout Virginia and also taught high school mathematics primarily to disabled and at risk students. She maintains a successful small business and still works under contract for education agencies in Florida. Donna is personally invested in the mission of Arlington Neighborhood Village to enable seniors to age in place. Her involvement with the organization extends beyond the Board to engage the practical work of organizing and administering members’ events and serving on the volunteer and information technology committees. She is extremely excited to help grow the scope and direction of Arlington Neighborhood Village by sharing her unique perspective and enlisting her considerable talents and unflagging energy.
Anita Wallgren volunteered with ANV’s planning team in 2013, bringing more than 30 years’ experience as a business executive, government attorney, and program director. Her career in media technology regulation led her to work at the Federal Communications Commission (twice), in diversified public companies in Cincinnati and New York City, and in a Silicon Valley media technology start-up company. She retired from the federal government after managing the TV Converter Box Coupon Program to complete the nation’s shift from analog to digital television. Anita joined the ANV Board in September 2014 and served as Secretary through 2015. She chairs the communications and marketing committee. As President in 2016, she believes ANV will build on its solid start to become even more valuable to its members, more rewarding to its volunteers, and more financially sustainable. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Anita holds a J.D. and bachelor’s degree in Journalism education from the University of Michigan. Anita lives in Virginia Square and embraces Arlington’s “car-free” lifestyle.
Caroline Wertz moved to Arlington in 1993 and is currently the Senior Director of Grantmaking Programs at the Scheidel Foundation. Previously, she worked throughout the DC region and nationally providing organizational development/capacity building training and advising to nonprofit and government organizations at Fair Chance, Quatt Associates, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Environmental Support Center. She also served on the board of Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia and volunteered with Compass. She loves to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities the area has to offer for learning and fun with her husband, daughter and friends. By working with ANV, she hopes to help support the effort to ensure Arlington seniors remain in their homes and are able to be part of those opportunities, too. Caroline received an M.A. in Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).