Ms. Chalmers, born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, has had a long-standing interest in addressing the needs of disadvantaged women and children in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. She has been a community volunteer since the inception of Crossway Community, Inc. Ms. Chalmers has served in numerous positions on the Board of Directors and has served as chair of the fund-raising committee.
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Ms. Elkins is a clinical, assistant professor at the University of Maryland Social Work School. She has spent more than 30 years in the practice of social work focusing on family and child welfare. Her particular areas of interest are the links between school, community, and family within the framework of social work. She has served on the Crossway Community, Inc. board guiding the organization’s evolution with attention to evidence-based best practices.
Ms. Fine is an editor and producer who has won 75 Local Emmys, 10 National Emmys, and four Peabody Awards for her remarkable documentary film vision. Her work is unique because it is produced entirely in film rather than video. Her work on CBS's "60 Minutes" has kept her atop the documentary world during the past three decades. Ms. Fine founded, with her husband, Paul Fine, Fine Films, Inc.
Mr. Kirby was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Winston & Straw, where he represented corporate clients on a wide range of matters. During the course of 25 years of practice, he represented electric utilities, energy companies, major domestic and international airlines, international pharmaceutical companies, and food and beverage companies. Throughout his career, Mr. Kirby has been particularly active in the energy policy arena and has addressed both U.S. and international groups regarding energy policy trends, as well as electric utility industry restructuring. He recently formed Palisade Holdings, a company that manages a variety of business activities, including real estate investments and various energy projects. Mr. Kirby is a generous philanthropist and an active Georgetown alumnus. He is a member of the Blue and Gray Society and the Hogan Society. He and his brother John have also established the John J. Kirby Scholarship Fund at the Law Center in memory of their father, a 1936 Georgetown Law graduate and close friend of Paul Dean. Kirby's former leadership roles include serving as an Alumni Senator, a member of the Board of Governor's Executive Committee, and Chair of the National Law Alumni Board.
Ms. Morea holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA with high honors from Wesleyan University. She is currently a member of CGI's senior management team, leading the business in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and the global delivery operations in India. Ms. Morea began her career at American Management Systems, Inc. in 1980 and has more than 25 years’ experience developing IT solutions and business process services practices that focus on strategic, enterprise-wide solutions for both private and public sector clients. She serves as the Chair for the Northern Virginia Technology Council. She also serves as the Secretary of the Board for the George Mason University Foundation, is a trustee with the Committee for Economic Development, and is a member of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.
Mr. Nields is an attorney at Covington & Burling, LLP, with more than 30 years of experience in government and private practice. He specializes in white-collar criminal defense, civil litigation and arbitration, and has particular expertise in criminal appeals and cases involving the U.S. Congress. Mr. Nields received his BA from Yale University and his LLB from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Nields formerly served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York (1969-1974); senior law clerk to Associate Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court (1974-1977); chief counsel to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, U.S. House of Representatives (1977-1979); special counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice (1979- 1980); chief counsel for the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran (1987); and special counsel for Rhode Island's commission to investigate the failure of Rhode Island's Insured Financial Institutions (1991-1992).
Mr. Poretsky is the CEO of Poretsky Properties and Poretsky Management Co. In his capacity as president of the Poretsky Family Foundation, he has focused primarily on the needs of under-served parents and children. His philanthropy and commitment have been instrumental to Crossway Community, Inc.