Board of Directors/Staff
Margaret "Margie" Eulner Ott, President
Margie Eulner Ott, a 25-year resident of the Crestview neighborhood, brings substantial non-profit management experience to the LFV Board. Margie held various positions with Youth for Understanding International Exchange between 1983 and 2013, including serving as Director of US Programs. Margie is currently working as a non-profit executive management consultant. She is leading LFV’s Volunteer and Operations committees, while also assisting with grant writing. She secured a Montgomery County grant for LFV in 2016.
Peter Loew, Vice-President
Peter Loew played a key role as an initial founder of Little Falls Village. He was key to the initial organizational development of village operations. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in the senior care industry and is credentialed as an Aging-in-Place Specialist. Currently, he heads the Human Resources Department at Lifematters USA. Lifematters is the largest employer-based home care and care management company in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Steve Herman, Treasurer
Gabrielle Grunau, Ph.D., Board Member
Gabrielle Grunau is an Associate Member of LFV and volunteers as Co-Chairperson of LFV's monthly Game Day. Her interests in fund raising and expansion of LFV's mission brought her onto our LFV Board of Directors. Gabrielle is a retired Organizational Psychologist whose professional career was in educational settings. Her career spanned four decades with her most recent work in the District of Columbia where she studied and reported on work place bullying. Gabrielle is married to Bill Grosshandler and is a Mom to three. Gabrielle is a Step-mom and Step-grandmom with children and grandchildren on several continents. Bethesda is all her and Bill's families' home.
Gary Ender, Board Member
After college Gary was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, where he lived in a village and helped farmers become more productive; his friendship with his “older brother” in Nepal continues. Gary obtained a PhD in agricultural economics and worked at USDA for several years. For most of their careers Gary and his wife worked in international development; Gary worked at Abt Associates for 23 years. From 1984 to 2002, he and his family lived in the Philippines, Pakistan and Egypt, and in the DC area. Now retired, Gary enjoys volunteering for LFV and Food & Friends, traveling, gardening, and birdwatching. Gary is overseeing LFV’s automation project.
Elissandra "Sandy" Roy, Board Member
Sandy and her husband Stapleton, are founding members of Little Falls Village. Sandy has been an active volunteer serving on the Little Falls Village Development and Fundraising Committee where she has led Village efforts to identify and file a series of successful grant applications. She continues her Village fundraising efforts as a member of the board. Sandy frequently opens her home to host Village events.
Lisa Owen, Board Member
Lisa Owen believes in the words of Harvey Milk, “The American dream begins in the neighborhood”. Lisa is an active member of her community and sits on several boards that directly impact her neighborhood. In addition to the LFV Board, Lisa is President of the Glen Echo Heights Citizens' Association and VP of Pool for The Mohican Swim Association. Lisa balances her civic work with studying community health with a gerontology focus at UMD. She paints as often as she can, and works domestically and internationally to help combat violence against women as a trained black belt and Krav Maga instructor . Lisa was a small business owner in Bethesda for four years, spent six years as the Director of Government Affairs for Communities In School, Inc., and worked six years as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for Members representing districts in Chicago and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Glen Echo Heights with her husband, Dan, their four children and dog, Gifford.
Anne Humphrey, Board Member
Ann Humphrey has lived in Sumner for over 35 years. She served on the Sumner Citizens Association board in the 1980's and was co-editor of the association's newsletter. She is now a precinct chair for the area. Her first career was as a press secretary and legislative aide. During a long hiatus to raise her children, Ann developed a second career as a volunteer focusing on adoption and later on Maryland congressional campaigns. She returned to congressional work for then-Congressman (now Senator) Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Working in the Congressman's district office, she provided constituent services in the areas of consumer protection, housing, and veterans affairs and organized forums on various topics including the Congressman’s annual forum on health insurance options for retired federal employees. Ann's interest in the Village movement grew out of her work in Congressman Van Hollen's office.
Lisa Rosenthal, Executive Director
Lisa Rosenthal is excited to work with Little Falls Village members, volunteers and the Board to grow and strengthen the Village’s programs and services, expand for the future and build community networks. Lisa has over 40 years’ experience working in health care, including over 30 years in the DC area. Prior to joining Little Falls Village, Lisa was Director of Health Planning at a large national post-acute provider, and prior to that position Lisa worked in the development group of Marriott’s Senior Living Services Division and as a healthcare consultant. Lisa is passionate about Villages and the vital role they play in our communities. Lisa moved to DC from the Philadelphia suburbs in the 1980s, and currently lives with her husband in Silver Spring. They enjoy all the treasures that the DC area has to offer, as well as trips to Manhattan to visit their son.
Louise Smoak, Operations Manager