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-chaired the ANV Events Committee for several years 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.
Maureen Markham has lived coast to coast and has over 40 years of effective community leadership experience. She is retired from the Arlington County Housing Division where she worked on financing affordable housing developments, and still does consulting and teaching in Housing and Community 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.
Larry Padberg, and his wife Rose Mary, moved to Arlington in 1991 from Kansas City, Missouri. Larry’s career has included teaching high school biology (4 years), 26 years in higher education administration, and 11 years as Director of Development for New Hope Housing, a homeless services nonprofit in Fairfax County. Since retiring from full-time work, he has been a grants development and strategic planning consultant for several nonprofit agencies. Larry serves on the Executive Committee for the Arlington County Plan for Ending Homelessness and as co-chair of the Outreach, Education & Advocacy Committee; chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Grants Committee of the Arlington Artists Alliance (he is a watercolor painter); chair of the Development Committee for his church, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown; and a past member of the Board of the Alliance for Housing Solutions. A graduate of Leadership Fairfax, he served as a volunteer in several roles from 2006 through 2017. Larry began as a volunteer with Arlington Neighborhood Village in late 2016, and is happy to be able to participate in the work of Village in helping fellow Arlingtonians to remain securely in their homes.
Mary Beth Chambers has lived in Arlington since 1986, raising her three children here. She has primarily worked in public finance, retiring in 2011 from Arlington Public Schools (APS) after serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Finance. After retiring from APS, she worked part-time on special projects for Arlington County’s Department of Management and Finance and in July 2015 assumed the role of Acting Director of the Department for ten months. She then went on to Alexandria City Public Schools serving as the Acting Chief Financial Officer there for one year, fully retiring in September 2017. Mary Beth began volunteering for ANV in July of 2019 primarily providing transportation for our members. She also performed an internal review of the financial procedures of ANV, providing a comprehensive report to the Board in March 2020. Mary Beth is committed to the Arlington community, also volunteering at Clothesline for Arlington Kids that provides clothing for school-aged children in need. She is excited about being a part of the ANV Board and supporting all of the work the organization does to serve Arlington’s seniors.
Cheryl Beversdorf and her husband moved to Arlington in 1995 and live in Cherrydale. She spent much of her career working for not-for-profit associations including serving as President/CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and chief staff executive for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Washington, DC and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Park Ridge, IL. Currently, at Arlington Independent Media, Cheryl produces and hosts a weekly radio interview program called AGING MATTERS, which features topics of interest to older adults and their families. She also produces and hosts a monthly television version of AGING MATTERS. Previously, she partnered with an elder mediation attorney to create Talking About the Tough Stuff, interactive dramatizations and commentary for families needing to have difficult conversations about aging issues. Cheryl is a member of the Arlington County Commission on Aging (CoA) and Chair of the CoA Public Information and Outreach Committee. A registered nurse and Vietnam era veteran, she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Maryland, Master of Health Science degree in health services administration and health planning from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a Master of Arts degree in public communication from American University.
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.
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 has three children and six grandchildren.
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.
Sara Pappa is a faculty member at Marymount University where she teaches in the Health and Human Performance department. She also manages the regional falls prevention initiative, including the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance. She has worked as a Public Health Project Manager at the Fairfax County Health Department, managing public health projects at local, regional and state levels. Her experience includes implementing and evaluating health promotion programs and policies; media outreach and public relations; grant research, writing and administration; budget development and management; coalition development and leadership; volunteer management; public speaking; fundraising and strategic planning. Sara and her family moved to Arlington in 2013 from Ohio, where she also worked in public health. Together with her husband, Gerard, Sara has three young adult children. They live in Lyon Village and love the walkability of Arlington! The family enjoys the bike trails and the wide variety of restaurants and shops along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Sara is excited to join the ANV Board and looks forward to sharing her expertise in the area of healthy aging with others.
John Richardson’s career focused on international affairs and the Middle East/Muslim World in particular, with residence in Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, and Indonesia. After some forty years divided between non-profit and government sectors, he retired from the CIA in 2005 and began to focus on domestic issues. He spent 10 years completing a biography of Gov. Alexander Shepherd of the District of Columbia, while devoting time to local non-profits as a director of the Arlington Committee of 100 and a director and president of the Arlington Historical Society, along with service on the boards of American Near East Refugee Aid and the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia. He learned about the neighborhood village concept through talks to area groups about the Shepherd biography and has volunteered as an ANV driver since mid-2017. John is a member of the Historical Society of Washington and the Cosmos Club. He holds an M.A. from George Washington University and a B.A. from Williams College. He is married and lives in the Tara-Leeway Heights neighborhood.
Connie Sorrentino moved to Arlington in the 1950s and attended Washington-Lee High School. She enjoys living in her rambler and is pleased to join the ANV Board to help others who choose to age-in-place. Connie is retired from a career as an economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics where she managed the international comparisons program. She served at two international organizations, in Paris and Geneva, leading the development of new statistical indicators. Since retirement, Connie has devoted herself to volunteer work. She is a member of the Board of the nonprofit Lymphoma Foundation of America. At the Unity of Fairfax Church, Connie led the Helping Hands Ministry – matching volunteers with congregants seeking help. She is a member of Unity’s Benevolence Fund Committee which provides emergency financial aid to congregants. At ANV, Connie has been a volunteer since 2014. She currently serves on the Fundraising Committee, researching prospective grant funders and enhancing ANV’s profile on charity rating sites. Connie received a degree in economics from the George Washington University.
Cathy Turner is the Director of Health Promotion & Senior Health at Virginia Hospital in Arlington where she has worked for the past 29 years. These departments provide a variety of health & wellness programs to the community including fitness classes, healthy aging lectures, support groups, health screenings, and corporate wellness. Through her role in the Senior Health Department, Cathy has been working with Arlington Neighborhood Village since its inception providing wellness lectures and the Philips Lifeline Medical Alert. Cathy is excited about being part of the ANV board and sharing her passion for helping people age in place. Cathy has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Richmond and a Master’s Degree from The American University. Cathy is married to Rob Turner and they have three children.