Many Hands is an all-volunteer organization with a working board of up to 15 members that sets strategy and manages operations. Board members are appointed for three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. Board members who have served two three-year terms are eligible for re-election to the board after a hiatus of one year.

In recruiting board members, we seek to reflect the diversity of our membership, as well as to meet our needs for specific skills. For more information about board qualifications, please click here.

Mary Kwak
Mary KwakPresident
Mary served as acquisitions editor at the Brookings Institution Press, where she developed books on a wide range of public policy issues. She was previously…

…a research associate at the Harvard Business School, where she co-authored case studies, articles, and a book on competitive strategy, with a focus on the tech sector. She serves on the board of Horizons Greater Washington.

Kathryn Zecca
Kathryn ZeccaVice-President
Kathryn is a partner in a boutique litigation firm in Washington, DC. She has lived in the Washington area nearly continuously since moving here in 1987 to attend Georgetown…

…University. Kathryn is an active school volunteer. She resides in McLean, Virginia with her children.

Margaret Vassilikos
Margaret VassilikosTreasurer
Margaret has extensive professional experience in the nonprofit sector, including leadership positions at educational and scientific foundations, a trade association.,…

…and a professional society. She serves as board treasurer for Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital. She also enjoys engaging with visitors as a docent at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

Melissa Rose Dennis
Melissa Rose DennisSecretary
Melissa is a regulatory attorney in the United States Federal Government. For more than a decade she has worked to help assure the security of retirement, health, and other…

…workplace-related benefits of America’s workers and their families. Melissa serves as treasurer for her neighborhood association and on the board of the Parents Council of Washington.

Lynne Battle
Lynne Battle
Lynne worked for many years as Manager of Legal and Governmental Affairs for the College Placement Council (now the National Association of Colleges and Employers).

… She has also been a litigator in private practice. A native Washingtonian, she has lived in the DC area since returning to attend Georgetown Law School in 1974. Lynne has been and remains an active volunteer with various schools and many other nonprofit organizations.

Robin Berkley
Robin Berkley
Robin was executive director of Horton’s Kids from 2014 to 2019. Earlier she worked at EducationCounsel to develop and drive policies that reduce achievement gaps…

and improve education outcomes across the country. In her free time, Robin mentors Anacostia youth. She also serves as board chair of the Blue Igloo playgroup and is an active participant at Christ Church Georgetown.

Wendy Gray
Wendy Gray
For over 20 years, Wendy was a Senior Associate with the Center for the Support of Families, where she worked with the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement and…

…many states on projects including business process improvement; strategic planning, performance measurement; training; meeting facilitation; development of outreach materials; technical assistance; and program assessment. Prior to rejoining CSF in 2005, Wendy was the first Executive Director of the Center for Mental Health Outreach at Georgetown University Hospital.

Charis Keitelman
Charis Keitelman
Charis was a commercial real estate lawyer in Washington, DC for 20 years, serving as a partner at Rudnick Wolfe Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper), before finishing her…

…career in-house as Deputy General Counsel for Quadrangle Development Corporation. She has been an active volunteer at the Lowell and Maret Schools, as well as various community and charitable organizations and political campaigns.

Katy Moore
Katy Moore
Katy has spent 15+ years in philanthropy helping hundreds of grantmakers and individual donors effectively invest in the causes and communities they care about.

In 2019, she joined Orr Group, a full-service fundraising firm that helps nonprofits increase and diversify their revenue streams and enhance their development strategies. Previously, she worked at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, where she founded the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility in partnership with Johns Hopkins University. Katy serves on the board of Leadership Greater Washington, is a member of Miriam’s Kitchen’s Corporate Leadership Council, and serves on Kaiser Permanente’s Regional Grants Committee.

Karen Murrell
Karen Murrell
Karen is founder and president of Higher Heights Consulting and Training, a consulting firm in Silver Spring, Maryland that helps develop programs, products, and policies…

…that improve the financial well-being of all Americans. She previously served as Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and held leadership positions at Fannie Mae. Karen is co-author of  You and Your Money: A No-Stress Guide to Becoming Financially Fit, published by Financial Times Press.

Anna Gunnarsson Pfeiffer
Anna Gunnarsson Pfeiffer
Anna built her career in sales and marketing with AT&T. She has served on the boards of various local and national nonprofit organizations, including Duke University…

…the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the Capital Speakers Club, the Parents Council of Washington, Holton-Arms School, and St. Francis Episcopal Day School. Anna graduated from Duke University with a degree in economics and earned her MBA in marketing from the George Washington University.

Dianne Rudo
Dianne Rudo
Dianne is principal of Rudo International Advisors, a consulting firm based in Washington, DC that supports the financing of private sector infrastructure…

…investment in developing countries. She was previously a vice-president at the Export-Import Bank and a partner at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Dianne chairs the risk committee for the Private Infrastructure Development Group, which mobilizes private investment in infrastructure, and serves on the board of Energy 4 Impact, a nonprofit supporting businesses that offer energy access to off-grid communities in sub-Saharan Africa. She is an active volunteer at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC.

Susan M. Sarver
Susan M. Sarver
Susan is a program officer with a national philanthropic organization, where she has developed a portfolio of projects that support community-based efforts to…

…improve financial security, particularly among vulnerable populations. Susan holds a degree from the George Washington University School of Law, where she developed a passion for consumer protection.

Frazier Schulman
Frazier Schulman
Frazier worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. and in marketing for pharmaceutical and consumer goods companies. She serves on the board…

… of the Parents Council of Washington. She previously served as board treasurer for the Junior League of Washington and Norwood School.

Past Board Members

Sydney Bath*

Elizabeth Bausch

Susie Berenson*

Ana Collins*

Tracy Ganti

Regina Hall*

Ellen Kay

Leslie Lawley*

Noni Lindahl

Betsy Marmet*

Sandra McCoy

Jill Rosenbaum Meyer

Lisa Opsahl

Kim Quyen Pham

Tara Brennan Primis

Madeleine Said*

Julie Citren Smith

* Founding Board member