Board of Directors
Gary Sturm retired after 34 years of work at the Smithsonian Institution. He is also the founding President of the Capitol Skating Fund, a charitable public foundation that nurtures figure skating in the metropolitan DC region. Gary began as an AWLA volunteer in 2010 and joined the Board in 2013. He enjoys outdoor sports, especially downhill skiing, and is a regular on the jogging trails in Northern Virginia. Gary lives in Alexandria with his wife, Carlene, and two Great Danes, Danny and Ripley.
Carrie L. Ciliberto
Carrie L. Ciliberto, Esq. is the Senior Director and Counsel of Contracts and Construction Law, for The Associated General Contractors of America. Prior to selling her law firm and moving to DC, Ms. Ciliberto was the founder and principal of Ciliberto & Associates, LLC, a Colorado law firm emphasizing water, natural resources, environmental, real property and land use law. Her clients included municipalities, special districts, corporations, banks, developers, ditch companies, investment groups and private individuals. Ms. Ciliberto has authored articles for the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Ground Water Association, Construction Business Owners, and others. She speaks frequently at industry events across the nation.
Allen is in his first term with the Board. He also volunteers regularly at AWLA, helping with dog play groups. Allen runs a corporate and individual tax practice in McLean, serving his clients as a CPA for the past 23 years. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in McLean with their two high school age children, Grant and Lauren, and their dog Kenny, a very active yellow Labrador Retriever.
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 Lulu, who was adopted through Homeward Trails, 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, and grandson, Charlie; Emily, who lives in San Francisco; and Dana, who lives in New York. 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 participating in the Arlington Women’s Civic Alliance and working in the gift shop at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church.
Beth Burrous is a first term Board member who has been volunteering at AWLA since 2007. She was the AWLA Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Beth also volunteers as a docent and instructor at the United States Botanic Garden. Originally trained as a biochemist, Beth retired in 2008 after a 20 year career in patent law. Beth lives in Arlington with her husband and their beloved dogs Niko and Scout, both adopted from AWLA.
Jennifer Case is a first term board member. She is a CPA and has an MBA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She spent eight years in public accounting and has over 10 years of experience in industry accounting working primarily with non-profit organizations. Jennifer is the Controller of the Archdiocese of Washington and is a member of the KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women. She previously volunteered for the Washington Humane Society and has a passion for helping animals. She currently lives in Rockville, Maryland.
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.
David is founder, President and CEO of Beach Geeks, Inc., an established international IT area resource for excellence in planned technology management. Previously, he held senior leadership positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, Microtech-Tel, and IBS Networks and began his career working with IBM, Microsoft and various dot-com startups. David is a graduate of Leadership Arlington’s Class of 2013, and in 2014 he was elected to the Vice Chairman of Membership for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of six non-profit organizations and has recently started The TMI Foundation, an International NGO involved in the establishing of technology education centers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Isaacson has also been a long-time animal foster working with Homeward Trails and various other organizations.
Sally retired in 2010 from ABC News after 33 years. Since then she has volunteered at the AWLA, working in the dog kennel, dog walking and helping to supervise doggy play groups. She and her late Golden Riley loved participating in dog assisted therapy with the group at Manor Care for 5 years. Sally is a first term board member. She and her partner Larry live in Arlington with recently adopted Emmi, a lab mix puppy.
Ed is in his first term with the Board. He is partner with Nossaman LLP in Washington, DC. His legal practice focuses on the construction of large transportation projects, public private partnerships, and environmental law. Prior to joining Nossaman in 2008, Ed worked for 34 years in the Chief Counsel’s office of the Federal Highway Administration. He was the Deputy Chief Counsel for the last 18 years of his federal service. Ed’s affection for AWLA comes from his dog Nicki, who his late wife, Erika, and he adopted from the League in 1996. She was part of their family for 17 years and was 21 when she died. Ed lives in Alexandria.
Craig is an analyst at CQ Roll Call and reports on regulatory, legislative, legal and industry developments pertaining to financial services, technology, energy and environment. He also teaches in the graduate program at Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and has extensive experience in public policy, securities, financial services, business and law. In addition to the AWLA, Mr. Mehall serves on the board of the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation and has served on committees convened to advise the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County School Board and the Superintendent of the Fairfax County Public Schools. He grew up on a farm where a strong belief in humane treatment for all animals was instilled at an early age.
Eileen Merton joined the AWLA board of directors in 2016. Eileen also serves as the immediate past president on the Women in Defense Capital Chapter Board of Directors. She is an accomplished cybersecurity professional with over 25 years of experience, she has led teams providing cybersecurity support for a variety of Department of Defense (DoD), and civil clients. Eileen currently resides in Old Town Alexandria with her cats Ashley and Jordan.
Mark is serving his first term on the Board. Mark has spent most of his professional career as a finance executive in community banking and a CPA in public accounting. He recently co-founded a social good and technology startup, Sidewalks, focusing on making charitable giving more accessible, convenient and successful for individuals by supporting local businesses backing their customer’s purpose. He lives Arlington with his family and his cat, Wonder, adopted from AWLA. He grew up with cats and dogs and has a passion for helping animals find caring homes.
Jeffrey Newman, DVM
Jeff Newman is serving his first term on the board. He has volunteered with the AWLA for the last 13 years and is currently on the Development and the Ethics committees. A graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1992, he has practiced veterinary medicine in Georgia, Nevada, and in Virginia. He is a co-owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospitals, a group of eight hospitals in Virginia and Maryland. Additionally, he is President of CHASE (Caring Hands Animal Support and Education), a non-profit that promotes veterinary engagement in shelters and provides low-cost surgery for community cats, and is also the immediate past president of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children: a daughter, Virginia, and twins, Elisabeth and Jack. His extended family consists of two dogs (Honeysuckle and Daisy May), three cats ( Kip, Tangerine, and Three), a horse (Charlie), and bird (Spencer), and two guinea pigs (Noni and Swirl).
Ron Novak is currently serving in his second 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.