Board of Directors

Our Board brings a variety of viewpoints to the table reflecting the organiziation’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. A team of highly experienced community leaders, these strategic thinkers are committed to the long-term growth and mission of ATMTC.


Leslie is the principal at Topside, which she founded in 2010 after five years as a legal recruiter with a Washington legal placement firm and a wide career in law, politics, and public service. A former Board member of the Women’s Campaign Fund, she now lives with her family in suburban Maryland, where she served as Member and Chair of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, served as Chair and as Trustee of the Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation, and is a member of the Class of 2015 of Leadership Montgomery.


Richard is an Affordable Housing and Community Development Consultant who has had a varied career in affordable housing development and finance; community economic development; civil rights (housing desegregation, voting rights, marriage equality); education (clinical law professor, school boards, parent association president); fundraising (foundation, corporate, capital campaign, auction, gala); and non-profit leadership and strategy (executive director, board chair, legal counsel, consultant). In addition to Adventure Theatre MTC, his volunteer board service has included Habitat for Humanity, Rainbow Families DC, New Community Trust, Dwight Hall at Yale, Maret School, National Child Research Center, and Children of Vietnam.


A former Picturebook Player and Adventure Theatre Board President, Trish is the Executive Director and Founder of the glowmedia project. She is a filmmaker, writer, and songwriter who has written many short stories and is working on a novel. Trish has served on many different boards in the D.C. area and is involved with several volunteer organizations.


Formerly Musical Theater Center Board Chair, Melissa has lived in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area for 16 years where she has served the area as a volunteer with several organizations and enjoyed a career in broadcasting. Melissa is President of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners, President of her neighborhood Home Owners Association, Chair of the Jubilee Gala Committee, and a director with both National Capital Area Garden Clubs and the Women’s Heart Board.


Mayra is a recognized force in multicultural and underserved environments with a career as a community development relationship manager. Currently she is Legislative Aide, Community Outreach, Scheduler in the office of Montgomery County Council Member Gabe Albornoz. Her career spans 34 years of experience in community planning, customer relations, community development, and community outreach, and has worked primarily in diverse, multi-cultural and often times disadvantaged neighborhoods.


Kay Bowman recently retired from Montgomery County Public Libraries where she worked for over 30 years as Branch Manager of the Aspen Hill, Davis, and Bethesda libraries and, most recently, the newly rebuilt Gaithersburg Library. In addition, Kay was active in the Maryland President of the Library Association and Chapter Counselor to the American Library Association.


Christina is a finance and real estate professional and currently is Vice President and Assistant Portfolio Manager at ASB Real Estate Investments. Previously, she was a VP, Residential and Retail Asset Management at JBG Smith, providing strategic direction and financial oversight over a portfolio of assets while also managing and overseeing major renovation construction and capital projects. She has been incredibly involved in the arts and arts education programs, supporting and volunteering at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, as well as previously joining the Board of the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, PA.


Jeanne is Executive Director of the American Music Therapy Association. She has been a communication strategist for the government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors—including outreach, strategic planning, marketing, media relations, lobbying, and legislative review. Prior to starting her consulting firm, Jeanne worked on mission-focused clients, including Prevent Cancer Foundation, New Profit, Inc. for SolomonMcCown, a Boston based public relations firm. Jeanne previously served as a Special Assistant to President Clinton in the Office of Public Liaison, where she was responsible for Jewish Outreach.

Kymberly Escobar

Kymberly is the Communications Director at the Pew Charitable Trusts. For more than two decades, she has specialized in strategic communications on environmental issues, including efforts at the National Environmental Trust and the Greenpeace USA media team. She served as Deputy Communications Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, helping the Clinton Administration roll out its landmark protection for 60 million acres of roadless forests and numerous new national monuments. Kymberly holds a master’s degree in Political Management from the George Washington University and earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

Gaynelle Evans

Gaynelle Evans is the executive producer at Montgomery Community Media. She is a journalist and media producer who has created and directed award-winning projects for clients and employers, such as National Geographic, TV One, Middle Eastern Television Networks, ARD-German Television, TLC and Discovery Channel. A graduate of Medill School of Journalism (IL) and Stephens College (MO), Gaynelle is a storyteller who is the daughter of a teacher and an artist. That combination influences her work with an instructive and artful flair. 


Nisreen is Chief of Internal Communications at the International Monetary Fund, fostering staff engagement and community; promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing; and ensuring consistency of messages for internal staff and external audience. Past posts at the IMF include Deputy Chief: Public Affairs; Senior Economist: Strategy, Policy, and Review Department; Economist: African Department (2007-2009) and Middle East Department (2003-2006); and Advisor to the Middle East Executive Director (2001-2003). Prior to coming to the United States, she was a lecturer at the University of Durham’s Department of Economics and Finance, UK.


Teresa Giral is the Managing Director of Bethesda/Chevy Chase Counseling and Assessment and has been in private practice in Maryland since 2010. Before beginning her studies in psychology, Teresa worked as a litigator for 6 years in Washington, DC. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the DC Bar, and the National Association of Trial Consultants.


Since joining NFP The Meltzer Group in 2001, Roland Hawthorne has focused on providing individuals, small business owners, and corporate executives with life, disability, and long term care insurance to solve their personal, business, and retirement planning needs. Previously in his career, Roland was a consultant in the health care industry. His participation in the community includes fundraising activities and volunteering his time to organizations like the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Junior Achievement, the Greater Washington Urban League, Urban Technology Center, and For Love of Children.


With a professional background in both business and the food industry, Mitchell is President of Dana Creative Concepts Corp., a finance and management consulting company with a diversified client base. Prior to founding Dana Creative Concepts Corp., Mitchell Herman was Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Shoppers Food Warehouse. Mitchell currently serves on the Foundation Board of the Washington Hospital Center and is its Treasurer. Mitchell is a past Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association. Mitchell also has served on the Board of Consultants of Riggs Bank, the Advisory Board of Eagle Bank, and the Board of the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Ebonie Johnson-Cooper

As the principal consultant of Friends of Ebonie, LLC , and founder of the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute (YBGB), Ebonie uses her research, thought-leadership, and expertise on black philanthropy to serve as a bridge, connecting civically engaged black professionals with foundations and nonprofit organizations. As a consultant, Ebonie guides and directs clients through communications and cultivation strategies that will build relationships and increase engagement with diverse next generation stakeholders. A dedicated member of Reid Temple AME Church, Ebonie is pursuing her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary. She holds a Master of Science in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from NYU and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from N.C. A&T SU. She is on faculty with Practice Public Relations and Corporate Communications Program at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.


A longtime supporter and advocate of the arts and humanities, Carol is former Adventure Theatre Artistic Director & Board Chair, having long-running leadership roles with both Adventure Theatre and Silver Spring Stage. With over 30 years of experience, she served as an appointed member of the Superintendent’s Committee for Performances in the Schools and was a Great Books leader for eighth grade students and managed the cultural arts programs for several area elementary and junior high schools, directing after school plays and teaching drama classes.


Scott is a partner at Hogan Lovells, US LLC where he practices law in the area of privacy and data security with a focus on transactional and commercial matters and works with companies to create new products and services that leverage data. Scott counsels companies in responding to data incidents under federal and state laws. Scott teaches courses on constitutional law and American politics at Washington Adventist University.


Lynn Parseghian joined Tregaron as executive director in 2015 with 20 years of experience practicing law in Washington at the law firms of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP, in litigation and regulatory areas ranging from class action litigation to environmental law. Lynn served for many years as outside counsel to the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has held a number of leadership roles in DC’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities including the Board of Directors of Cultural Tourism DC, Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Project, and the Rainmakers Giving Circle of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.


After a lifelong love of performing arts, Mary joined the CIA as a political analyst. While posted in France and Belgium, she studied ballet at the Salle Pleyel in Paris and performed with the Brussels Light Opera Company. She currently volunteers as Secretary for the Women’s Committee of the Washington Ballet and recently became involved at the Hillwood Estate and Garden, training to become a docent.

Thomas Squire

Thomas Squire currently works for TV One and is the Executive Assistant of the Minority Business Economic Council. He is an experienced mass media professional with more than 10 years of experience in the television and radio industries, including work with the branding solutions department with the during the 2018 BET Awards. He has worked on Democratic campaigns as a staffer, most recently with Tom Hucker’s successful County Council bid in 2014 and with the Honorable Herman Taylor in 2007 and 2008. Thomas is Interim President for the African American Democrats of Montgomery County, a 2017 fellow and the Co-Director for NLC Maryland and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated where he mentors young men of color. 


After stepping down as the vice president at major real estate company, Caren Weinreich taught for 10 years and has assisted, volunteered, and substituted in the classroom, library, and theatre. An avid volunteer and performing arts advocate, she has been called on to lead fund raising efforts, organize moves, oversee supply/food drives for those in need, and supervise treatment plans.