Board of Directors Biographies

Dana Pauley
Board Chair; Chair, Executive Committee
President & CEO
Leadership Montgomery

Dana Pauley is the President & CEO of Leadership Montgomery, a community leadership organization whose mission is to educate, inspire, convene, and connect leaders to advance Montgomery County. Together with staff and board, Dana leads the organizations’ strategic direction, program development, and day-to-day operations to serve an alumni network of more than 2,500 leaders. Before joining LM in 2018, Pauley served as Development Director for MdBio Foundation (now called Learning Undefeated), where she was instrumental in growing revenue more than forty percent during a three-year period. She has held leadership positions in development and marketing for education and health nonprofits after a career transition from retail management. Across her nonprofit career, she has partnered and worked with global companies, foundations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to further collaborative leadership that achieves access, equity, and inclusion. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Counseling and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She resides in Montgomery County with her husband and three children.

Rose Garvin Aquilino
Board Vice Chair; Chair, Grants Committee, 
Associate Senior Vice President for Advancement and Community Engagement
Montgomery College

Rose Garvin Aquilino has more than 20 years of grants experience. She is one of the Associate Senior Vice Presidents for Advancement and Community Engagement at Montgomery College, and has served as Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs and the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the College. Prior to joining in Montgomery College in 2007, Garvin Aquilino held senior development positions with St. Coletta of Great Washington and the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and formerly worked for several for-profit, arts-related companies in sales and operations. In addition, she was a curator and collections manager for a family foundation and several history museums. Garvin Aquilino holds a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Rochester, and a M.A. in Anthropology and Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University.

Ryan Lorey
Board Treasurer; Chair, Finance Committee; Public Arts Trust Steering Committee

Elaine Robnett Moore
Board Secretary, Grants Committee 

Artist and CEO
Elaine Robnett Moore Collection

Elaine Robnett Moore is a jewelry artist, international business consultant, teacher, and author. As an artist/international development consultant, she works through governments, foundations, NGOs and private companies – assisting artists, artisans, and women’s coops in developing skills, establishing cottage industries, and refining products for export to western markets. Robnett Moore’s work has been published and exhibited internationally and she was recently commissioned by the Rwandan government to write their first “how to” book “Professional Jewelry Making With Beads”, an initiative being used to provide an income stream for women and girls throughout the country. Her second book, “The Art of Bead Stringing: Artist to Entrepreneur”, was published in November of 2014.

Alan Heymann, Esq., ACC
Chair, Governance Committee; Audit Committee

Peaceful Direction

Alan Heymann is President of Blue Drop, the sales and marketing arm of DC Water, and a certified executive coach. He has more than two decades’ experience in public and nonprofit communications, beginning his career as a reporter in his native Illinois and leading teams of 2 to more than 100. Alan also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Barker Adoption Foundation. Alan and his family (including his wife, an art teacher) live outside Wheaton. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and The George Washington University Law School, and holds an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.

Regina ‘Reggie’ L. Oldak, Esq.
Chair, Audit Committee; Executive Committee

Reggie Oldak is a tax attorney focusing on nonprofit organizations at the IRS and in private practice. She served on the staff of the 2005 Panel on the Nonprofit Sector convened by Independent Sector to help strengthen transparency, governance, and accountability of charitable organizations. Prior to practicing law, she coordinated exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and worked in the legal offices of the National Gallery of Art and the American Institute of Architects. Oldak has held leadership roles on numerous nonprofit boards and commissions, including the Alexandria (VA) Commission for the Arts and the Montgomery County (MD) Commission for Women. She is currently president of Montgomery Women, an organization whose mission is to advance women to leadership positions in all sectors. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Eleanor Park Choi, AIA, LEEDap BD+C
Chair, Public Art Trust Steering Committee
Associate, Project Manager and Architect 

Eleanor Park Choi is an Associate, Project Manager and Architect at Page. Through her work on award winning, LEED certified, historic and institutional projects- both locally and nationally, she promotes sustainable design and place-making. By engaging the public through every stage of each project and continuing to build relationships even after project completion, she has seen the positive impact that these buildings have had on their communities. She had the honor of working directly with local artists to elevate the architecture of the building with the installation of their meaningful, authentic works of art. Combining her passion for music and architecture, Eleanor played the violin and presented a lecture titled “Architecture as Frozen Music,” with three of her colleagues. Born and educated in Montgomery County, a proud graduate of University of Maryland at College Park with a Masters of Architecture, and having served on the Friends of White Flint Board, Eleanor is committed to supporting local artists and encouraging opportunities for diverse cultural expression.

Ruby Lopez Harper
Chair, Advocacy Committee; Grants Committee
Director of Local Arts Services
Americans for the Arts

Ruby Lopez Harper is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH where she focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.

Raesharn Spain Beam
Advocacy Committee
Project Design Manager

Raesharn Spain Beam is an interior architect, space planner and project manager for Davidson Brown. She serves as a contractor for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, DC. She has over 25 years experience in design, graphic art, furniture, construction and project management with projects from Washington, DC to Guam. She is CEO/artist of Zaneta P. A jewelry and design company where she is committed to creating unique art and design elements. She designs jewelry,  produces graphic art interior design pieces. She volunteers her services at First Baptist Church of Glenarden as an art ministry member and Banner Specialist. She is also a member of the Charles County Arts Alliance. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1993 from Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, Chicago, IL & Castiglione Fiorentino, Arezzo, Italy.

Eric L. Siegel
Governance Committee
Of Counsel
Kalbian Hagerty LLP

Eric L. Siegel, a principal at the real estate development firm Cohen Siegel Investors and a former civil rights attorney, is responsible for financing acquisition and development opportunities and overseeing the firm’s leasing and property management operations. Siegel appears before governmental bodies regarding zoning issues, signage, permitting and urban strategic planning. As a LEED accredited professional, Siegel focuses on sustainability and green initiatives for company projects. He formerly practiced as a civil rights lawyer.

Mamie Bittner
Advocacy Committee
Executive Coach, Communications Strategist

Mamie Bittner is a career and leadership coach based in Takoma Park, Maryland. She focuses on resilient leadership helping clients develop the skills they need to maintain a positive attitude during periods of turbulence and find creative ways of moving forward. Most recently she was director of communications and congressional relations for the Architect of the Capitol. In this role she directed all internal and external communications and client relations for the 2100 person agency that serves the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court.  Previous to that she held a series of leadership positions at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grantmaking agency, the primary source of federal support for U.S. libraries and museums. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Fairfield University and a M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. She is currently pursuing International Coach Federation certification through the George Mason University Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being.

Lauren Cook
Public Arts Trust Steering Committee
Visual Artist

Lauren Cook teaches visual arts at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, serving four terms as department head, and is a committed advocate of arts education for all ages.  She has experience as a consultant on K-12 arts curricula and teacher training, as an independent curator and jurist for art competitions, and designed and ran an accredited overseas summer studio program for K-12 art teachers.  Cook is a trained facilitator in educational neuroscience research for the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s and previously worked for the Council on Foundations and the Council of Governors’ Policy Advisors on intersectional policy development.  She maintains an active studio art practice and holds a M.A. in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art, a M.B.A. from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Grand Valley University.

Norman Rogers
Advocacy Committee
American Gene Technologies

Norman S. Rogers has over 10 years of experience in the biotechnology field with the last two spent in the heart of Montgomery County. In his position as a business development lead for American Gene Technologies, Norman promotes the positive growth of the Montgomery Country biotechnology market as a leader in life-saving medical advancements. As a graduate from a liberal arts college and an avid “artistic tinker and part-time ice sculpture”, Norman has a deep respect for the arts and their role in the preservation and articulation of Maryland culture. Norman is honored to bring together his role in the biotech sector and love of the arts to support AHCMC’s mission and development.  

Suraya Mohamed
Grant Committee
Producer, Programming & Partnerships
NPR Music

Suraya Mohamed is a three-time Peabody Award-winning producer, sound designer and editor. As NPR Music’s Producer of Programming & Partnerships, she serves as the Project Manager for Jazz Night In America, a multi-platform cooperative between NPR Music, WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. She is also the Project Manager for Slingshot – a new artist initiative designed to boost public radio music station collaboration, develop and diversify digital content to incorporate new methods of storytelling and accelerate the careers of multi-genre, exceptional, emerging artists. She works on a variety of NPR Music projects including the Tiny Desk Concert series and also produces the NPR holiday specials package that includes Tinsel Tales, Hanukkah Lights, Toast Of The Nation, Hamilton: A Story Of US and others.