Board of Directors

Patricia Ragan


Pat Ragan is an Arlington resident and has adopted several dogs from AWLA over the past 15 years.  Pat consults to various animal protection organizations on campaign development, including the Pegasus Foundation, and the Shark Free Marina Initiative.  In 1993, Pat co-founded the Arlington Women’s Civic Alliance, an organization that provides programmatic and financial support to a variety of local charities and community projects in Northern Virginia. She and her husband Bob share their home with their two dogs and one cat.

Lisa Tudor

Vice Chair

Lisa Colón Tudor has been involved with animal rescue and sheltering in the Washington, DC area for more than 10 years. As a certified dog trainer and behavior specialist, you’ll usually find Lisa working with the dogs at AWLA. While she has been a long-time volunteer with the League, she is serving her first term on the Board of Directors.  She and is a chair of the Ethics Committee and serves on the Development Committee.  Lisa and her husband currently reside in North Springfield with their two adopted dogs, Jack and Betty.  She is the founder of KissAble Canine Training.


Patricia Romano


Patricia is the retired Director of the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Services Unit. She has dedicated her life to working with children and dogs. She started working with dogs in the third grade and won her first obedience trial at the age of 11. She is currently active in sheep dog trialing. Patricia has been a volunteer at the League for 12 years.

Jack Hobbs


Jack spent his career working for the Department of the Army and doing independent consulting. His areas of concentration were financial management and long range planning. He and his family have been the proud guardians of two cats and one dog.


Karen Albert

Karen Albert is in her first term on the Board. A long time animal lover, Karen has parented birds, squirrels, dogs, snakes, lizards, turtles (for the kids), and backyard deer. Karen wants to provide a safe home for all adoptable animals. In addition to serving on the AWLA Board of Directors, she serves on the Ethics Committee and the Development Committee. A criminal justice planner, Karen lives with her family in Arlington.

Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes is in her fourth term on the Board and has been a volunteer with AWLA for the past 20 years. She has volunteered as an adoption counselor; wildlife driver; pet-assisted therapy group member; as a member of the Special Events, Development, Governance, and Ethics Committees; and as past president of the AWLA Board. She has adopted two cats from AWLA, one with special needs who benefited from the AWLA Healthy Pet Fund. She works for the U.S. Department of Justice and lives in Alexandria.

Jeanne Broyhill

Jeanne is serving her second term on the Board. She is retired from marketing and communications at Freddie Mac. She lives with her husband, Joe, and dog, Benny. She grew up with cats and dogs and has always valued the need for good care for all animals.

Alissa Curry

Alissa Curry is in her first term as a Board Member for AWLA. She lives in Arlington with her partner, children, dog, and two cats. Their dog, Emma, was rescued from Rockin’ P Boxer in Atlanta and their two cats, Molly and Madison, were rescued from Atlanta Pet Rescue where they lived prior to moving to Arlington three years ago. They have a full house, but have always enjoyed animals and could not imagine life without them. Alissa works for Cardinal bank as a commercial lender. She serves on the Finance committee and the Ethics committee at AWLA.

Diane Greenlee

Diane is a first term board member who has adopted several dogs from AWLA over the years, all of whom have been beloved members of her family. She and her husband, Allen, live in Arlington with their dogs Chloe (an AWLA alum) and Sabra (a rescue dog from Israel), and beautiful cat, Isabel. Diane has three grown daughters, including one who is an Arlington teacher and who has provided Diane with her first granddogs, Maggie and Cassie. As a day job, Diane is an attorney representing a tax credit syndicator in low income housing tax credit transactions. Her other community activities include tutoring at an Arlington school and participating in the Arlington Women’s Civic Alliance.

Patti Mugavero

Patti Mugavero is in her second term on the Board and is the Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee. She has a long history of volunteering with animal welfare organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of the League, she is currently a foster mom to an ever-changing group of cats and kittens on behalf of another local animal rescue group. She has also: served as the Volunteer Coordinator for MetroPets, a group that promotes adoption and provides technological assistance to local rescues; provided pro bono legal services to MidAtlantic Samoyed Rescue, Inc.; and worked with the Equine Rescue League in Middleburg. A banking regulatory attorney, she lives in Alexandria with her husband Tom, one dog, and their three cats.

Ron Novak

Ron Novak is currently serving in his first term on the Board of Directors and is chair of the Governance Committee. He also serves on the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and previously served on the Arlington Food Assistance Center Young Professional Board. Ron is an Executive Vice President with Segue Technologies, Inc., an Information Technology company focused on providing web and mobile application development. He and his wife live in Arlington.

David Rose

Dave Rose is Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and also serves on the Finance Committee. He has volunteered at AWLA for about 15 years, first as a dog walker/meeting assistant and now as an adoption counselor and front desk volunteer. He also served as the treasurer for his church for many years and is very active in his condominium association, serving as the chair of its grounds committee. Dave retired from the Navy and a consulting firm. He and his wife Debra, a past Chair of the AWLA Board, live in Arlington with their two ever-curious cats, Ed, 19, and Tug, 11.


Gary Sturm

Gary Sturm retired after 34 years of work in the Smithsonian Institution’s collections of musical instruments, with a special interest in the violin family. As Emeritus Curator, he works as a consultant to national and international museums. Gary is also the founding President of the Capitol Skating Fund, a charitable public foundation that nurtures figure skating in the metropolitan DC region.  As he joins the AWLA Board in 2013 he has logged two years as a dog walker, kennel assistant, and volunteer trainer. Gary enjoys outdoor sports, especially downhill skiing, and is a regular on the jogging trails in Northern Virginia.  He lives in Alexandria with his wife, Carlene, and two Great Danes, Danny and Ripley.

Mark Treadaway

Mark Treadaway has completed his second term as Chair of the AWLA Board of Directors. He is also a “gold” card-carrying Golden Retriever Rescue (GRREAT) member. He and his partner have adopted three goldens over the past 15 years with two currently in residence at their Arlington home. In his day job, Mark works in communications and marketing at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Jim Whittaker

Jim joined the Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in July 2012. He also serves on AWLA’s Development and Long Range Planning Committees. In addition, Jim serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation and was its President in 2010-2012. He is also a member of the Board of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN).  Jim served on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce for 10 years and was its Chairman in 2003. He was a member of Leadership Arlington, Class of 2003, and also served on their Board of Trustees in 2004.