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Staff and Board of Directors

Staff

Len Bechtel, Executive Director

Len Bechtel joined Waterfront Village in December 2019 after a 33-year career in the Federal Government, where he served in the Department of Transportation, the FDIC, and the EPA. Len has a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton. Len has lived in Southwest DC since 2015 and is a member of St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church where he serves as a lector, Finance Committee member, and Food Bank volunteer. You may see Len running around the neighborhood or swimming at nearby pools in his spare time.

 

Pam Troutman, Member and Volunteer Services

Pam Troutman was hired in June 2021 after previously working as a teacher for 13 years. Prior to teaching, Pam directed two programs in Philadelphia, the In-Home Support Program and the Family Caregiver Support Program, both of which supported individuals and families who were aging in place. Pam has a Master's in Social Work from Catholic University and a bachelor's degree from George Washington University. Pam enjoys reading, cooking, and walking her senior dog, Honey.

 

Board of Directors

Carroll Quinn, President, joined the board in 2016 and her current term runs through 2023. With a PhD in Nursing, she spent many years teaching nursing and sociology students about issues related to aging. Carroll has served on several non-profit boards, and she also volunteers for the Capital Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She moved to Southwest in 2015.

James Burleson, Board Member, joined the board in 2018, and is serving his second term, which will expire in 2024. He brings extensive public service experience to the board, having served in prominent roles at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, as president of the local chapter of the National Treasury Employees Union, president of the Town Square Towers' condominium association, and as a longstanding volunteer with the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. For 40 years, James has delighted audiences worldwide as a choral singer and member of the Washington Performing Arts Society. He has lived in Southwest for 25 years.

Peter Eicher, Vice President, joined the board in 2019, and his term runs through 2022. He is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer and subsequently worked for the United Nations and other organizations on international human rights issues. A longtime resident of Southwest with his wife Stephanie, Peter is President of Friends of Southwest DC and is involved with other volunteer work.

Ardith Harle, Board Member, joined the board in 2022 to complete the term of a retired board member. Her term will thus expire in 2023. Ardith has an extensive background in education, as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, and a college professor. In addition, she has previously served on a preschool board, volunteered in her county library system and at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Ardith enjoys quilting, knitting, reading, and travel.

Andy Peers, Board Member, joined the board in 2018 and serves his current term through 2022. A realtor at Compass Real Estate who specializes in Southwest DC, Andy frequently connects the Village with local service providers, potential sponsors, and prospective members. He has lived in Southwest for fifteen years.

Ed Peterman, Board Member, joined the board in 2019, and serves his current term through 2022. As a Certified Senior Advisor, he founded TrustEd Champions for Seniors, which helps seniors with home, health, and estate issues. Ed also brings to the board decades of federal leadership experience focusing on ethics and compliance. He has lived on Capitol Hill since since 1996.

Diane Renzulli, Secretary, joined the board in 2021 and serves her current term through 2024. She brings to the board a background in public health, gerontology, and communications. She has lived in Navy Yard since 2015.

Judith Winston, Treasurer, joined the board in 2019 and she serves her current term through 2022. She brings to the board decades of experience in law, education, and civil rights, with leadership positions in the federal government and the private sector. She and her husband Michael moved to Southwest in 2017.

Non-Board Officers

Angela Beckham, Senior Financial Advisor

Kathy Trickey, Assistant Secretary to the Board