Board & Staff

Board of Directors


Chair

Diaa Elbashir

EMA Architecture + Interiors

Treasurer

Mike Dawson

Freddie Mac

Secretary

Denise Noel

Department of the Treasury

Immediate Past Chair

Ryan Touhill

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

Director

Ned Goodwin

Cushman & Wakefield

Director

Rita Grazda

SICPA

Director

William J. Barrow

Mayer Brown LLP

Director

Rita Grazda

SICPA

Director

Tony Harney

Director

Hannah Inman

Director

Don Kent

The Nickles Group

Director

Christopher K. Landis

Landis Architects/Builders

Director

Jasmine Leonard

CareFirst

Director

Mark S. Mahar

Ernst & Young

Director

Jeremy R. Moss

Bonaventure

Director

Presley Nelson,Jr.

Wells Fargo, Assistant VP

Director

Jessica Reid

Alliance for Safety & Justice

Director

Gina West

Fannie Mae

Staff


Katharine Dixon

Katharine Dixon, President & CEO, has been with Rebuilding Together DC • Alexandria since 2003 and has more than 25 years of project management experience. She sits on the Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee, the Advisory Councils of Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, and the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, and has held leadership roles on the Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations, the Alexandria Housing Master Plan Committee, and the Chamber of Commerce. She lives in DC with her Great Danes.

Haig Paul

Haig Paul, Director of Programs, has volunteered with our organization as a House Captain and Team Leader for several years. Haig’s extensive construction and remodeling knowledge, customer service experience, and project management skills are put to daily use for our clients and projects. Haig is a native of Northern Virginia, and lives in Springfield with his wife and two children.

Maggie Klefstad

Maggie Klefstad, Director of Development, has worked in direct service for 10 years, both in program development and fundraising. She’s an extroverted extrovert and enjoys building meaninful relationships with donors, volunteers, and clients. She’s lived all over, but is happily settled in DC with her cat Munchkin, and loves to take advantage of everything the Capital has to offer.

Ann Nguyen

Ann Nguyen, Office Manager, is the glue that holds everything together. She assists in the day to day management of the office and works directly with the President & CEO. Ann has lived in Alexandria for 50 years. She enjoys volunteering with the elderly, walking her two poodles, and traveling with her husband of 33 years. 

John Baudassi

John Baudassi, Project Manager, started volunteering with the organization during the summer of 2018. He has extensive experience in home building and remodeling, having owned and operated a remodeling company. John is a native of New York and has lived and worked in northern Virginia since 1985. 

Anne Holic

Anne Holic, Project Manager, has a Master’s degree in Architecture. Recently, she was Lead Professor and Department Head of Interior Design at the Art Institute of Washington. Previously, she ran her own Architectural Design company overseeing residential additions and renovations. Anne worked four years with Habitat for Humanity guiding affordable home construction. She enjoys travel, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Chris Moore

Christopher C. Moore, Project Manager, began his career in project management over 15 years ago. This experience, collaborating with clients and various DC government agencies, has prepared him for his role with Rebuilding Together DC • Alexandria. A native of Pasadena, California, he graduated from Howard University with a degree in Architecture and Planning. Chris enjoys quality time with family, friends and good food. 

Karen Peña

Karen Peña, Program Assistant, moved to the DC metro area 35 years ago from Delaware. She has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sector focusing on HR, Finance and Office Administration. She enjoys cycling with her husband, kayaking and spending all her “extra” time in her garden. Karen lives in Arlington with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs, Cooper and Roxy.

Shalawn March

Shalawn March, Project Coordinator, graduated from Howard University in May 2020 with a degree in Political Science and a focus in legal communications. She has worked with the Fund for the Public Interest, interned with Zellibelous Law Firm, and served as the Federal Relations Intern with Habitat for Humanity. She lives in DC and loves going out to see the ever-changing creative scene. 

Diona Boler

Diona Boler, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator, graduated from Temple University with a BA in Advertising and certified in Event Leadership. During her time, she gained skills in Art Direction, Advertising, Marketing Communications and Hospitality. She was the Marketing and Communications intern with Visit Bucks County. She volunteers regularly in Philadelphia and in her community in Washington, DC. She looks forward to making an impact on the DMV community!

Val Pehrson

Val Pehrson, AmeriCorps Project Coordinator, is a DC native who is passionate about and eager to help people in his hometown and the surrounding area. A graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, he worked in the garden center and rental team for Frager’s Hardware. In his free time, Val enjoys reading, biking, and learning new things!

Kelvin Galos

Accountant