Our Board

Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s vital work and service to the Capitol Hill/Ward 6 Community would not be possible without the invaluable leadership and assistance provided through our Board of Directors and the support of our special advisers. CHGM is proud to have an extensive and diverse leadership team made up of community members, congregational partners, and local entrepreneurs.

Each member serves a term of two years up to a maximum of 8 years. If you are interested in serving on the CHGM Board of Directors or as an advisor, please send an e-mail inquiry to info@chgm.net with a subject line “Board of Directors” along with your resume and a short note about your interest in CHGM and motivation for serving.

Steven Koons


Steven M. Koons, CPA, PMP, is a partner at Cotton & Company LLP, a certified public accounting partnership headquartered in the historic area of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. He joined Cotton & Company in 2010 following his work at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Mr. Koons is a member of a Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board task force on public private partnerships, serves on the Alvernia University President’s Advisory Council, and is a former adjunct professor of accounting at Northern Virginia Community College. He also is a member of Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Government Accountants. Mr. Koons holds a BA in accounting and management from Alvernia University (2005) and a MAcc in accounting from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University (2006). Originally from Palmerton, PA, he currently resides in Washington, DC and is a member and lector at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill.

LaKeesha Butler

Vice President

LaKeeshaButlerPhotoLakeesha, a native of Augusta, Georgia, is a six-year resident of Capitol Hill. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a BS degree in Chemistry. Employed by GEMS Corporation as a contractor to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Lakeesha supports a demonstration and technology development group whose research is assisting in the modernization of the National Air Space (NAS) system. This effort known as NextGen is transforming the nation’s aviation system from radar- to satellite-based capabilities and procedures.

As a former laboratory analyst Lakeesha was employed with Medstar Research Institute, Geologics Corporation; Proctor and Gamble; and the Washington Hospital Center supporting medical and clinical trials.

Lakeesha is an active member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, working to find solutions to end chronic homelessness in her community. She also enjoys assisting students, volunteering as a tutor for math, science and GED prep. Her other interests include yoga, Zumba, dragon boat racing and flight lessons.

Joel Kelty


JoelJoel is President of Century Associates, a hybrid architectural practice and real estate development firm.  Over the past 12 years, Joel has fulfilled both the roles of architect and developer while managing the design and construction of office, institutional, retail and residential projects in the Washington, DC metro area. Joel established Century Associates in 2004 with the goal of developing workforce housing and mixed use projects that reinforce community and foster social interaction among residents. Joel is a licensed Architect in Washington, DC, Maryland, and West Virginia. He has lived on Capitol Hill since 2000 and is a member of Hill Havurah.

Suzanne Fenzel


Karen Cunningham (ex-officio)

Rita Cohn

Barbara Dash

Barbara Dash is a 2016 graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC with a B.B.A. in Accounting. She is actively growing her experience in both Finance and Non-Profit Management. Originally from Philadelphia, her passion for serving the community emerged at a young age. Since, she continues to aid non-profit organizations in actualizing their visions and fulfilling their missions. She is a proud member of a community-serving organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

She has previously worked with the Office of the Inspector General of the General Services Administration Forensics and Evaluations Department as well as Truth Initiative, a non-profit organization that educates the community about the effects of tobacco. Barbara is currently a Program Manager for the MusicianShip, a local non-profit organization that fosters musical experiences for DC youth; she is also an Audit Associate for Grant Thornton in Alexandria, VA.

Patricia Joseph

Patricia has been a Capitol Hill resident for over thirty years. She relocated to Washington from Los Angeles where she graduated from the University of California at Long Beach. She worked as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines and American Airlines until retiring in 2011. Patricia also pursued her love for cooking and attended Stratford School for Culinary Arts, graduating with honors and starting a small pastry business.

She was hired by former Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells as Constituent Services Specialist and now works for At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman as Director of Constituent Services. She is a member of St. Monica & St. James Episcopal Church and enjoys spending time traveling, cooking and visiting our local museums.

Amy Muhlberg

AmyAmy Muhlberg joined the Life Technologies Government Relations team in September 2010. In her position, Amy is responsible for defining and advancing the company’s public policy agenda in the areas of personalized medicine, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, FDA regulation, and biofuels. Prior to joining Life, Amy was Senior Health Policy Advisor for Ranking Member Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) on the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee where she specialized in issues related to the Food and Drug Administration, including human and animal drugs, biologics, devices and food safety.

Amy has also served as a Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Director of Food and Agriculture Policy in the Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Amy earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, where she studied the domain structure and function of dynamin, a human brain protein, and was an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellow. She received her undergraduate Honours degree in Biology from McGill University in Montréal, Canada.

Chris Ray

Meg Shapiro

Meg-pic-profile-cropMeg grew up nearby in Rockville, Maryland, and attended Georgetown Visitation High School. She then spent 12 wonderful years living in New Orleans (Tulane University), and then Atlanta, working first at CNN’s Turner International Sales Office, and then owning & operating a little dive restaurant called Just Around the Corner with her husband Seth.

They settled in Capitol Hill in 2002, and Meg has been a realtor with REMAX Allegiance since 2004.  The couple owned the Hill’s market extraordinaire, The Silver Spork, from 2006 – until 2013.  They are still foodies, and are now busy raising their 2 lovely children, complete with DCPS, sports, gymnastics and all the neighborhood has to offer.

Meg has helped Moms on the Hill (MOTH) contribute towards CHGM’s Thanksgiving Baskets since 2005. Her husband sits on the board of Capitol Hill Little League and Capitol Hill Community Foundation.  They support: Capitol Hill Village, Capitol Hill Restoration Society, Barracks Row, Capitol Hill Public and Charter schools. Other interests: New Orleans, live music, cooking, wine, Harold’s class at Results, baseball on the Hill, & the NATS of course!