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Board of Directors/Staff

Peter Loew, Board Member

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

 Steve Herman       and his wife,   Sally, have lived   in Westmoreland   Hills for over 35   years. Steve joined the Board because he believes that the village movement provides an attractive option for neighbors to age in place.  Steve’s responsibilities as the LFV Treasurer include overseeing the management and reporting of LFV ’s financial resources.  Steve’s work career was in the energy field with a focus on the development of new energy assets, including major renewable energy projects. Also, Steve is on the Boards of the Westmoreland Citizens Association, Virginia Humanities and Bluegrass Country Foundation. 


Gabrielle Grunau, Ph.D., Board Member

Gabrielle is a retired Organizational Psychologist whose career spanned four decades with her most recent work in the District of Columbia where she studied and reported on workplace bullying. Gabrielle served on the WRJ North American Board of Directors (2013-2018) where she is a life-long member of the Chai Society. Gabrielle joined the LFV Board of Directors in 2018 serving both on the grant-writing committee and as chairperson of LFV volunteer training. Gabrielle (with her husband, Bill) is actively building the Village-to-Village Network in her Bethesda, Maryland community. Gabrielle and Bill have four grown children.


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.


Karen Riibner

Karen Riibner, Board Member

Karen is a native of Washington (D.C.), and came to Bethesda (Sumner) in 1997. She moved to Glen Echo Heights in 2018. Karen holds a Masters in Social Work, is clinically licensed to practice independently, and maintains a psychotherapy practice in the private sector. She also consults for Montgomery County Health and Human Services in the area of service integration for complex cases in the public sector. Karen spent most of her professional career treating those with substance use disorders and working in various managerial capacities for Montgomery County Government. Most recently she managed the County 24 hour Crisis Center. For fun, she loves to spend time with family (including two adult daughters), travel, bake (she had an early career as a professional pastry chef), read, garden, and eat at all the terrific restaurants the DC Metro area now has to offer. She is eager to share her experience and talents with Little Falls Village (LFV) as a Board Member joining in 2020.

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.

preview  Janet Moyer,   Secretary

Janet worked in   the early decades   of her career in   research in   mental health at   George   Washington University, followed by a stint at a small non-profit focused on workplace wellness.  From 2002 – 2017 she was the Membership Coordinator at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ on Westmoreland Circle in Bethesda. In additional to guiding first-time visitors on their journey to membership, she worked extensively with the “senior” members, arranging social events, conducting friendly visits to their homes and via phone as well as visits to area hospitals.  She continues her work part-time at Westmoreland as the Weddings and Memorials Coordinator. Volunteer work at Westmoreland included serving on several boards and as the recording clerk for the governing body of the church.
Janet and her husband, Ed Moyer, have lived in Bethesda since 1975.

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.

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.  


Harriet EdlesonHarriet Edleson, Board Member

Harriet Edleson is a journalist and author who writes about retirement, real estate, and travel. Her writing credits include The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Kiplinger's Retirement Report. A native of Tarrytown, NY, she began her career with the Gannett Westchester (NY) Newspapers and the Houston Chronicle.
Her book, 12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future, is to be published by Littlefield & Rowman, May 2021. She lives in Fort Sumner.



Lisa Rosenthal, Executive Director

Lisa Rosenthal is excited to work with Little Falls Village members, volunteers and the Board to build on the Village’s programs and services and expand for the future. 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’s volunteer work at a local Village inspired her current passion for 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



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