Board of Directors

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Gary Sturm

Chair

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.

Craig Mehall

Vice Chair

Craig analyzes and summarizes legislation scheduled for floor consideration in the House of Representatives for CQ Roll Call’s CQ House Action Reports. 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.

Allen Herzbergherzberg

Treasurer

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.

Jennifer Case

Secretary

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Jennifer Case 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.

Beth Burrous

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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.

Diane Greenlee

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Diane  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.  Diane is a retired attorney who represented a tax credit syndicator in llow-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.

Jordan Howard


Jordan is the Director of the Federal and Heavy Construction Division at the
Associated General Contractors of America. He received his J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law
School at George Mason University and earned his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in English and Political Science from Texas Tech University.

David Isaacson

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.

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Sally Kaplan

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.  She and her partner Larry live in Arlington with recently adopted Emmi, a lab mix puppy.

Ed Kussy

Ed KussyEd is a 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.

Diva Nagula, D.O.

Diva is a physician who recently moved back to the DC area. He was previously in Florida and had his own practice in the field of interventional pain management. He is a first term board member. In his free time, Diva enjoys playing golf and tennis and trying new restaurants in the area.

Jeffrey Newman

Jeffrey Newman, DVM

Jeff Newman has volunteered with the AWLA for the last 13 years. A graduate of 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.

Sheila Raebel

Sheila has spent the majority of her career providing integrated payment solutions for state and local government agencies. Also, as the owner of a local pet store, Dogma Dog Bakery, Sheila has been a long-time supporter of the League, as well as many local and national animal rescue organizations. Her understanding of the complexities of local governments and the budgetary challenges they face made her realize that there should be a better way to support open access shelters than just limited funding through tax dollars. So, she works with local rescues and small pet and feed stores in rural areas to help support their local shelters. She lives in Arlington with her husband and 16-year-old former shelter dog, Bailey.

 

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