Board of Directors

At Home in Alexandria is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are current members of the organization. Board meetings are held monthly and are open to members.

Pam Nelson, Chair

Pam Nelson has extensive experience in leadership and program management of major engineering and communications programs serving various Government agencies. She retired in 2015 from Harris Corporation as a Senior Program Manager. Her career began at Ohio Bell in customer service, where she completed her education at Ohio State. She and her husband Steve are Charter members of AHA and active volunteers. Pam has served as Chairman of the Annual Gala and, with Steve, manages the monthly Happy Hour. She serves on the Program committee and as Chair of the Governance committee. She brings strong organizational and leadership skills, gained throughout her career. She is appreciative of the opportunity for growth, fun and friendship provided through AHA.

Jim Woolwine, Treasurer

Jim Woolwine has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University. He retired in 2022 as treasurer and financial officer of the Diplomacy Center Foundation, a non-profit affiliated with the U.S. Department of State to create the National Museum of American Diplomacy. He also held chief Financial officer positions with other nonprofits. He is a retired Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State having served overseas in West Africa and Europe. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Jim has been an AHA member and supporter and has agreed to transition into the role of treasurer for the board.

Jane King, Secretary

Returning to the AHA Board after a hiatus, Jane King brings her experience as a previous board member when she served as secretary as well as board chair. During her career, Jane was involved in developing livable communities that support the ability of their senior residents to stay in their communities as they age. On retirement, Jane was encouraged to join Alexandria’s Commission on Aging. She served on the Commission for ten years before term-limited and served as its chair for two of those years. While on the Commission, she led the development of Alexandria’s comprehensive Age Friendly Plan, approved by the City Council and AARP. Jane was recognized for her contributions to the City of Alexandria with the Commission on Aging’s Excellence in Aging Award for Lifetime Achievement and has been designated a Living Legend of Alexandria.

Ray Biegun

Ray Biegun is a long-time resident of Alexandria who holds a master’s degree in organizational development and knowledge management from George Mason University. He has served in the United States Air Force; and has worked for the public and private sectors as a management consultant and leadership coach. He currently serves on the Alexandria Commission on Aging and is a Senior Ambassador for Senior Services of Alexandria. He is very active in his church where he helped lead a successful effort to develop affordable rental housing on church property. He has also volunteered for many other community organizations.

Alan Dinsmore

Alan Dinsmore has lived in Alexandria since 1968. His work career began with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and continued at the American Foundation for the Blind. He specialized in aging concerns and issues throughout this career. Since he retired, he has been an active volunteer. He is returning to the AHA Board after serving for the maximum number of years in earlier terms. He has also returned to the Alexandria Commission on Aging for a second time where he chairs the Transportation Committee. Alan is a stalwart AHA volunteer and has led several programs for AHA, including co-chairing the Program Committee.

Bob Eiffert, Emeritus non-voting member

Bob has worked in local government for nearly 30 years.  In 1993, he became director of the City’s Area Agency on Aging, later expanded and renamed the Office of Aging and Adult Services. In 2002, Bob was promoted to Deputy Director of the City’s Office of Housing, where he oversaw the City’s $6.5 million local and federal grant programs to promote, develop and maintain affordable housing in the City. In 2005, Bob was able to combine his aging and housing experience when he moved to Fairfax County to become the Director of Senior and Specialized Housing. Bob supervised the management and operation of six independent living facilities with over 400 housing units for seniors, two assisted living facilities and nine group homes for adults with disabilities. In 2007, Bob was promoted to the position of Long Term Care Program Manager in the Fairfax County Health Department. Bob has been an active volunteer with the City’s Commission on Aging since 2010. He served as the Chair of the Commission’s Advocacy Committee and he is currently the Vice Chair of the Commission. In 2012, Bob was elected to the board of directors of the Goodwin House Foundation.

Ruth Arnold

Ruth was born and raised in England; she moved to the US in 1970 and in 1986 became a US Citizen. She served for nearly 40 years in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, assigned first to Bonn, Germany, and then to Washington, D.C. where, for over 20 years, she held the position of Accommodation Officer, with responsibility for the buying, leasing and furnishing of properties for Diplomatic Service personnel and the British ambassador’s residence. Since retirement, Ruth has been an active volunteer with her church (including the Meals on Wheels and Bag Lunch programs, and in the church Gift Shop). Ruth serves on her condominium association board, and that of the MG Car Club, and is a Senior Services of Alexandria Senior Ambassador.

Kathie Fricke

Kathie retired from Georgetown University in 2014 after more than 35 years. During her time at Georgetown, she served as Executive Assistant to the Treasurer of the University. She prepared and reconciled budgets. She is a former member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.   She studied at the University of Wisconsin. Kathie is a member of various societies and is a volunteer at The American Horticultural Society, Campagna Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital and At Home in Alexandria. Kathie has been an active associate member of AHA and a stalwart volunteer, including serving on the Gala Benefit, Anniversary party and program committees as well as coordinating and managing the monthly “lunch around.”

Sandy Heistad

Sandy received a BA in English and taught in the Chicago Public Schools. She also has an MA in Counseling and College Student Development and held a number of positions in Student Services at the University of Iowa, culminating in the position of Senior Academic Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts which she held for 25 years. The University of Iowa Advising Center program was recognized as outstanding by the National Academic Advising Conference. She has always been active in community work including serving as Board President of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) in Iowa City and Board member of University of Iowa performing arts center. She worked to establish a village in her neighborhood in Iowa prior to moving to Alexandria to be near family. She is an active associate member of AHA, serving on the Gala Benefit and program committees.

Gretchen Klimoski

Gretchen graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in fine arts. She served as the director of the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art in Indiana for three years before moving with her husband to Columbus, Ohio where she worked for the Ohio Historical Society in a new, federally funded office focusing on the preservation of the state’s historic sites. She earned a master’s degree in Historic Preservation and Architectural History and was appointed Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the state of Ohio. After 10 years in this position, she then opened GLK & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and board development for nonprofit organizations. She and her husband, Richard, moved to northern Virginia in 1995. Currently she creates one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jackets and shirts under the name Toad Hollow Designs. She is a member of Studio Fiber Arts at the Workhouse Arts Center and Potomac Fiber Arts located in the Torpedo Factory in Old Town.

Virginia Kress

Virginia Kress worked at U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo as a Loan Administrator in their Commercial Real Estate divisions, prior to retiring in 2018. She served as the Loan Administrator Manager for the McLean office of U.S. Bank.

Virginia currently volunteers as a docent at The Anderson House in Washington, DC and until the pandemic, volunteered in their Library, as well. For several years, she has been a volunteer with the furniture committee at ALIVE as a warehouse coordinator. Virginia is also a member of the Alexandria branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) and is currently their public policy coordinator.

In addition to participating in and enjoying the social activities of AHA as an Associate Member, Virginia plays with several tennis groups, most recently with the Golden Racquets.

Susanne O’Neill

Susanne has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a specialty in Gifted Education from University of Virginia. For 18 years she did extensive work in identifying and serving minority gifted students in Prince William County schools. After moving to Alexandria in 2009, she worked as Director of Basic Literacy at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, where she later worked as a Development Specialist. Through volunteer teaching with Campagna Center, she was named the Director of New Neighbors Adult ESL Program. Most recently, she was one of the Tutoring Coordinators for Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. She currently volunteers with the Outreach and Refugee Committees at Christ Church, as well as several service groups in Manassas. Susanne and her family have a non-profit for kidney cancer research through NIH in memory of her husband Dean. She looks forward to working with such a dynamic group of people.

Rochelle (Shelly) Schwab

Shelly and Dick Schwab moved to Alexandria in 1962; two months before his death last year they celebrated 60 years of marriage. Shelly is from New York City, and has a BA from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and an MA from Howard U – both in sociology.

After working in that field for a few years, she started writing instead. At one time she wrote an advertising column for the Alexandria Gazette (Walking Through Historic Old Town with Shelly) and feature articles about the North Ridge neighborhood happenings. Writers never retire, so she’s now struggling with two novels. (She has four in print, one of which AHA chose for a book club half a dozen years ago.)

In the past she has been active in PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and was on the board of their metropolitan DC chapter for several years. Shelly has been a member of AHA for since 2016, shortly before moving to North Old Town.

Karen Streich

Karen Streich had an eclectic career in engineering and management where she specialized in change leadership and facilitation helping people think strategically, align and move forward. After moving to Alexandria three years ago, she discovered AHA and was able to take advantage of all her mother had taught her about effectively helping older people. She served on AHA’s recent strategic planning initiative. She loves her interactions with AHA members and staff and looks forward to expanding her interaction with AHA.

John Veldhuis

John is a retired educator who has been a teacher, principal, superintendent of education, professor, and university president. He has lived, visited and/or worked in 26 different countries. It is obvious John loves to travel. He enjoys reading and gardening and learning new things. He is also an active person who has ridden his bicycle around the perimeter of the United States (that is how he met his wife Nancy) and climbed Mount Trail. He has a wide variety of interests and is a lifelong learner. John and Nancy moved to Alexandria in 2009 and have made it their home, making new friends through the membership of AHA.