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.

Tim LaCasse

1466d81Tim LaCasse is a proud member of the Board of Directors for the Capitol Hill Group Ministry. As a small-business owner of the Timothy D. LaCasse State Farm Agency on Capitol Hill since late 2010, he has actively worked with CHAMPS, Habitat for Humanity, and CHGM on a variety of projects as a means of “giving back” to the community. Always believing in giving back, he had a nine-year philanthropic stint with Charity Newsies, a 100% Non-Profit Organization clothing needy children in Central Ohio since 1907. Tim has coached youth sports, volunteered at food banks, and given freely to organizations such as CHGM, American Red Cross, United Way, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and S.O.M.E.

Tim is married to Ann-Marie and they are on-the-go with their five children ranging from 20 to 14 and their two dogs Toby and Farley. Residents of Davidsonville, MD, they are actively looking for a home on The Hill where they can continue to be engaged members of the community.

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

Jane Rutherford


A 35-year resident of Capitol Hill, Jane worked for a number of years for a consortium of financial institutions whose mission was to provide affordable housing financing for low to moderate income DC residents. She served several years as part-time Community Resource Coordinator for CHGM, working to broaden and strengthen the organization’s base of support, and has provided writing and editing services for a number of clients. Currently, she directs as much time and energy as possible to her family’s farm in Danville, KY, as they transition from one generation to the next and to more sustainable farming practices (more than 800 grass-fed lambs and ewes, and counting!). Jane has an undergraduate degree in political science and a graduate degree in Philanthropic Studies. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, who also live in the DC area.

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!

Kaparah Simmons

Kaparah Simmons is a native of the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan area, having grown up in nearby Arlington, VA. Kaparah graduated from Marymount University in Arlington with a B.A. in Communications and went on to complete his Executive M.B.A. from the Howard University School of Business. Kaparah presently serves as Small Business Liaison Officer, Eastern & Southwest Regions, at The Boeing Company, and oversees the small business portfolio for Autonomous Systems and Vertical Lift divisions within the Boeing Defense, Space, & Security business unit. Kaparah is passionate about servant leadership and helping those in the communities where he lives and works. Kaparah co-founded the Potomac region chapter of Boeing’s Employee Volunteer Council in 2014 and has been a longstanding member of Boeing’s Potomac Region Diversity Council and continues to support outreach events around Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) for students and engaging the disability and veteran’s communities for employment and subcontracting opportunities within Boeing. In his spare time, Kaparah enjoys writing and performing music as a vocalist.

Elizabeth Stanley

Elizabeth Stanley has lived on Capitol Hill since 2001.  A native of Grove Hill, Alabama, she graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Communications and has worked on Capitol Hill and for political campaigns and committees since 1998.  Elizabeth currently serves as a Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and was chosen to participate in the Stennis Congressional Staff Fellows Program (2009-2010), a bipartisan leadership development experience for senior-level staff.

From a long line of social workers and educators, Elizabeth has sought opportunities to give back to her community. In college, she mentored a local underserved student through Project Uplift, and today she funds the annual Betty Seale Barlow and Freida Scoggins Baker Scholarship, named for her mother and aunt, to assist students in need of financial assistance in the Auburn University Social Work Program. She and her husband support various service projects through their church, Saint Monica and Saint James Parish, and Elizabeth has served as Vice President of CHGM’s board since 2013.

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