Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the day-to-day governing body of the Rollingwood Citizens Assocation. Board members serve three-year terms. Approximately one-third of the board is elected each spring by the general membership at RCA’s annual meeting.  All dues-paying RCA members are eligible to run for the Board. Officers are elected to executive positions by the Board each year. Current directors and officers are:

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Jennifer Iras-Helminski, Co-President, Rolling Rd

Jennifer Iras Helminski grew up in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University.  Upon graduation, Jennifer moved to the DC area and began her extensive career in media and entertainment holding various executive leadership roles at Discovery Communications, Comcast/NBCU and Turner Broadcasting.

An active volunteer wherever she lived, Jennifer co-founded the Dress for Success Chapter in Philadelphia and has held numerous board positions including Vice President, Michigan State Alumni (Atlanta); President & Chapter Mentor, Women in Cable (Atlanta and Michigan); Girls on the Run (Atlanta).  She also mentors new college graduates and volunteers with Big Family of Michigan where she recently re-designed their website.  She also co-chaired several RCA Halloween parties. (Term through May 2018)

 

 

Lauren Pacuit, Vale Street

Lauren Pacuit, Co-President, Vale Street

 Lauren Pacuit moved to Rollingwood in 2012 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, having also lived in Palo Alto, CA, and Brooklyn, NY.  Originally from Westport, Connecticut, she holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MA in Educational Psychology from New York University. Over the course of many moves with her family, she has worked as a private practice therapist, group therapy leader, and most recently as a Yoga Instructor. After years of living in many places and working in a variety of jobs, Lauren has chosen a life centered around child-rearing, family, community and part-time work.
She has served on Blossom Birth’s Board of Directors, a non-profit organization serving new and expectant parents in the bay area. She currently serves on the Child Center of NY advisory board. She loves volunteering in the community and helping to bring people together. For the past two years, she co-chaired the RCA Halloween party. (Term through May 2018)
 
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Ganon Rich, Lenhart Drive, Vice President

Ganon Rich and his wife and I moved to Lenhart Street in 2008. Ganon has been on the board since 2009.  He grew up in Kensington, MD and attended Westland Junior HS and Bethesda Chevy Chase HS.  Ganon and his wife Karin have three young children.  He has been in commercial real estate in Washington, DC for almost 20 years and given Ganon’s deep roots in the area and community, he’s committed to maintaining all the attributes that lured his family to this wonderful area and neighborhood.  Ganon has been the RCA representative overseeing the Chevy Chase Lake Redevelopment through membership with the Connecticut Avenue Corridor Committee as well as the RCA representative involved with the Bethesda Redevelopment Plan through the Coalition of Bethesda Area Residents.  Additionally, Ganon enjoys coaching his kids’ sports teams.  He is committed to making Rollingwood the best community for his family and neighbors.   (Term through May 2018)

 

David Putnam, Pomander Lane

David Putnam has lived with his wife, Shirley, on Pomander Lane since 1995. He has been on the RCA Board since 1996 and has served as Treasurer for many of those years. Coming to Chevy Chase from 16 years in small town Stowe, VT, David recognizes the value of local community. It is all too easy in our hectic suburban lives to not know our neighbors. David believes RCA provides the primary vehicle in the Rollingwood area for neighbors to connect, join together in activities, and build a sense of small town community. David’s background includes law and finance. (Term through May 2019)

 

 

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Jenny Dowling, Secretary, Brennon Lane

 

Jenny Dowling has lived in Rollingwood since 2013.  Though currently a stay-at-home mother, Jenny is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who worked for many years as a therapist and social advocate in Baltimore City. She volunteers locally at Rosemary Hills Elementary School and the Manna Food Center. She is delighted to reside in the neighborhood and is invested in preserving and enhancing the beauty, vitality and social connectedness of the Rollingwood Community. (Term through May 2017)

 

 

Sue Ducat, Brooklyn Terrace

Sue Ducat, Brooklawn Terrace

Sue Ducat has lived on Brooklawn Terrace since 1994.  She has been an RCA board member for most of that time.  After helping organize a town meeting a few years ago with Pepco officials about the frequent power outages, Sue continued serving as the neighborhood Pepco liaison, getting information for residents about the status of repairs, the removal of poles not in use, and other matters. In addition, she regularly interacts with staff members of the International School about community affairs.  Sue enjoys living in Rollingwood, and meeting neighbors at community events and on early morning walks.  (Term through May 2018)

 

 

Niki Rees Hamilton, Leland Street

Niki Rees Hamilton has lived in Rollingwood since 2014 after relocating from Manhattan with her husband Gavin.  Her volunteer work with the New York and Washington DC Junior Leagues includes teaching financial literacy and life skills to the homeless, families in transitional shelters, and high school students.  She began her accounting career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta and New York before moving to the private sector which included private equity and business-to-business publishing.  She most recently served as the financial controller for a software technology company in Washington DC.  Her current role is being a mom to her twins which were born in September 2015, but she hopes to get back to her other passions soon which include fine dining, cooking, travel, tennis and cycling. (Term through May 2019)
 
 
 
 

 

 

Mike Hottel, Thornapple Street

Mike Hottel, Thornapple Street

Mike Hottel has lived in Rollingwood since 2010 and has been a member of the Board for 3 years.  He is a CPA and is a partner in a national accounting firm.  Mike and his wife Lauren have three children, attending Chevy Chase Elementary, Rosemary Hills Primary and the Outdoor Nursery School.  Mike coaches a number of his children’s sports team and is very focused on maintaining a great community for his neighbors and family. (Term through May 2018)

 

 

 

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Lydia Logan, Greenvale Road

Lydia Logan was born and raised in Washington, DC near Rollingwood in the Colonial Village neighborhood. After graduating from National Cathedral School, she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she eared a B.A. in English Literature. Following graduation, Lydia embarked on a career in non-profit management, education philanthropy and education policy. She has held executive leadership positions at regional and national foundations and national education organizations. Throughout her career, Lydia has been committed to serving the Washington, Maryland and Virginia region. She was a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s class of 2005 and has served on the boards of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and Communities in Schools. Lydia was a long standing member of the Corcoran Women’s Committee at the Corcoran Gallery of Art until it restructured in 2015. Lydia is a volunteer with City Dance, a dance education program serving youth in the region. She and her husband, Scott moved to Rollingwood in 2013 and live on Greenvale Road with their rescue dog, Collins.  (Term through May 2019)

 

Molly Mullally, Woodbine Street

Molly Mullally is a 21 year resident of Rollingwood.  She lives on Woodbine Street with her husband, John, three sons, and Beagle, Winnie.  She and John ran the Rollingwood Halloween Party for many years when their kids were young.  Molly is a real estate agent with Wydler Brothers. (Term through May 2017)

 

 

Judy O’Grady, Cummings Lane

Judy O’Grady has lived in the Washington area since graduating from college and moved to Rollingwood in 2013 with her husband and two children.  She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Maryland. Judy is an attorney at Pepper Hamilton where she represents pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in products liability actions and counsels clients regarding compliance with FDA regulations, the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, and healthcare laws. Judy has volunteered with the National Association of the Deaf Law Center and DC public schools.  She has also represented pro bono clients in a variety of matters, including family, immigration, housing, and criminal matters.  Judy has served on RCA’s Halloween party planning committee.  She and her family love living in Rollingwood and she enjoys the opportunity to serve the RCA community. (Term through May 2017)

Phil Sturm, Rocton Court

Phil Sturm, Rocton Court

Phil Sturm was born in October 1957 in Brooklyn under the new Astrological sign of Sputnik.  His family moved to Chevy Chase DC in 1963.  He is a proud graduate of the D.C. public schools and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees.  He, his wife Terry and three daughters – Alexis, Becca and Carly moved to the idyllic Cul de Sac on Rocton Court in 1999 and Phil has been serving on the Board of the Rollingwood Citizen’s Association as the Social Events coordinator since 2008.
 
Phil is a Realtor for over 25 years and has been with Evers & Co. Real Estate for over 15 years.  When he is not selling homes, Phil enjoys spending time with family, friends and neighbors, travelling, sailing, whitewater canoeing and is an avid skateboarder.  He is hard at work planning the next neighborhood picnic and hopes that you will please attend with a big smile and a big appetite. (Term through May 2019)