NAN MORING, CO-PRESIDENT
Nan Moring became a Certified Fundraising Executive in 1999 and has been fundraising for over 20 years. She is a proven leader and raised funds at a wide variety of charities ranging from local charities such as The Washington Ballet to national ones like the American Red Cross and United Negro College Fund. Starting with her experience as a Captain in the Air Force she has demonstrated leadership experience and constantly seeks new challenges. Nan holds MPA from Troy State University and a BA in philosophy from the University of Oregon. She has served as Chapter II President for the Capital Speakers Club and serves on St. James Vestry and Finance Committee.
CYNTHIA SHOUP SCHIFFRIN, VICE PRESIDENT
Cynthia is a registered architect with over 25 years of professional experience in design, project management and construction of office, university, research & development and residential buildings. She brings both a strong design and concrete business sense to her work, as well as a commitment to energy-efficient, sustainably designed buildings. She practiced architecture in Philadelphia for 20 years prior to moving to Washington DC with her husband and son. Her lifelong love of dance and the visual arts have led her to pursue numerous artistic endeavors which include working with her son’s school on theater set design and construction, as well as painting, book making, and dance classes. A former board member of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks and a co-chair of various arts endeavors, she has substantial experience with artistic not-for-profit board-level work. She is always interested in new ideas and experiences, especially in the arts, which is what led her to Chamber Dance Project. She also enjoys skiing, yoga, photography, and food.
JASON JARRELL, CO-PRESIDENT
Jason C. Jarrell is a Washington, D.C., resident and leads the global practice for Interel, a European-based international public affairs firm. His background spans both the public and private sectors, with more than fifteen years of experience in diplomacy, international trade, executive education and corporate public affairs. As both a professional communicator and a lifelong supporter of the arts, Jason has a passion for the innovative and the creative, taking original ideas from thought to reality to inspire and make an impact. A native of Illinois, Jason grew up in an artistic household and has enjoyed discovering hidden and unique museums and theaters around the world, particularly in St. Petersburg and Moscow Russia where he lived for several years. When not helping his clients with international issues, Jason likes to spend time hiking in the Shenandoah mountains or exploring the Eastern Shore.
JOY TREUTEL, TREASURER
Joy is a manager at KPMG LLP. Her specialties include audit and advisory services, focusing on the Federal government. She has been in public accounting for over 7 years and has experience with a wide variety of clients. Joy’s passion for the arts began at a young age, with her first art class in middle school. She continued developing her love of art by learning more through theater classes and attending plays and musicals. Living in Washington, DC, she enjoys visiting local art museums and exploring their permanent and temporary exhibits. Joy brings a love for the arts and accounting experience to the Board and Chamber Dance Project.
GEORGE STAUFFER, BOARD SECRETARY
George M Stauffer serves as General Counsel and Senior Vice President for the MLF Financial Group, the holding company for a diversified portfolio of asset management and financial planning companies. George, is a seasoned attorney with an extensive background in mergers & acquisitions, corporate transactions, and regulatory law. Throughout his career, George has advised clients on a broad spectrum of legal issues, including advising some of the world’s largest corporations on industry leading mergers and acquisitions, large finance deals, and the business of insurance and insurance related financial products. Prior to joining Maple, he was a senior attorney at the law firms of DLA Piper, Mayer Brown and Crowell & Moring.
When not practicing law, George is an avid traveler, having visited over 50 countries on five continents. George loves to cook and is particularly fond of making Persian and middle eastern cuisine (not to mention Italian given his Sicilian blood). A former all-american Division 3 collegiate football player, he is also a lover and patron of the arts who believes that dance music, and all forms of artistic expression are the foundations upon which everything else in a society is built.
Susan Vallon has operated her own interior-design business in Washington since 1976. She has designed hundreds of residences, as well as the headquarters of the National Pharmaceutical Council; and the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge
at the National Institutes of Health; and numerous law offices.
Susan has been an active member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and in 2017 was co-chair of its annual Craft Show, the most prestigious such event in the nation. She and her husband are members of the Smithsonian Legacy Society, with a special interest in the Hirshhorn Museum. Susan was also a board member of the Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids; and Faces of the Fallen, a tribute at Arlington National Cemetery to U.S. soldiers who had died in Afghanistan and Iraq. Susan was captivated by contemporary dance in the mid- 1970s and has been a season-ticket subscriber since that time. She was formerly a member of the Women’s Committee of the Washington Ballet.
She is also a painter, specializing in pastels; a yoga practitioner; and an accomplished cook. Since 1987 she has been married to Andrew Beyer, a former Washington Post sports columnist and author of books on horse racing, They have traveled extensively together, usually with a focus on art. They have explored galleries in many parts of the world—including Vietnam, Argentina and Australia—to acquire works for their home in northwest Washington.
Paula Franklin Lytle is a native Baltimorean and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she met her future husband at an audition. After finishing her PhD in political science at Yale, she taught comparative politics at Lewis and Clark College. Her research focus on the former Yugoslavia led her out of academe and into international development; she began working at the World Bank focusing on post-conflict reconstruction in 1998. As a senior social scientist, she has worked and traveled throughout Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Since moving to D.C., she and her family have supported both dance and theatre. She is currently working on a manuscript about Chester Wickwire and the role of cultural institutions in the civil rights movement in Baltimore. Her particular interests are in community engagement.
Lindsay Neinast is an Associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C., where she litigates employment discrimination and sexual harassment disputes in federal and state courts around the country. Prior to joining Littler, Lindsay was an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where she handled jury trials in federal and state court. Lindsay holds a B.S. from the University of Texas and a J.D. from the University of Richmond. Having lived in Austin, Lindsay is passionate about live music, particularly jazz. She has enjoyed dance since she started classes at the age of 5, and is particularly passionate about combining her two passions (dance and music), which led her to serve on the Board at Chamber Dance Project. As a resident of the District, Lindsay is active in the arts community, a member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, and particularly passionate about enriching underserved communities with live performances. When she is not in court, Lindsay is hiking the Blue Ridge mountains, enjoying museums, or exploring a new coffee shop or restaurant in the District.
Guy Morgan Williams is the president and founding principle of DCA Landscape Architects, Inc.
His firm, based out of Georgetown, was founded in 1983. Guy has been practicing for more than 35 years and in addition to design is recognized for his technical expertise and leadership capabilities in carrying a project from conception to completion. His projects range from high-end residential and urban and suburban gardens to large scale master planning for estates, farms and escapes, to embassies, commercial, academic, and public endeavors. As well as working in the DC metropolitan area Guy has projects spanning from Maine to the Caribbean to the West Coast and abroad. His award winning work has been featured in hundreds of publications and books. Many of his projects are the result of successful collaborative efforts with other design professionals, artists and crafts persons.
Guy received his BSLA in Landscape Architecture from Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Guy is a patron of the arts and education recognizing that as a child, his early exposure to music and the arts and the natural world by his family taught him to “see”, opened up a world of possibilities for his direction in life, and fueled his passion for creative problem solving. Family and friends, art and travel, painting, drawing and learning are what he enjoys most.
Alix was born in Seattle, Washington. She attended the University of Oregon where she received a BA in Creative Writing. After graduation, she worked for five years in Paris, Geneva and Copenhagen. Returning to the US, she attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she earned a Master’s degree in architecture. She practiced commercial architecture in Seattle and Chapel Hill, NC. until moving to Washington DC where she worked for Kemnitzer, Reid, Haffler Architects until retirement. She supports CDP by fundraising and writing blogs about dancers, choreographers, musicians, directors and CDP’s costume designer.
Julia Erickson, Davit Hovhannisyan, Francesca Dugarte, and Jonathan Jordan in Rondo Ma Non Troppo
Mariah Miranda Photography