Zoe Sharp, Board Chair
Deputy General Counsel, Optoro, Inc. Elected Winter 2016 Zoe Sharp joined the Board in 2016 and is thrilled to contribute to the effort to provide services to domestic violence victims and survivors. “I have previously tried to contribute on a case-by-case basis by providing legal services to victims of domestic violence, but I am so inspired by My Sister’s Place and its structural and cultural efforts to really end the cycle of abuse through a variety of approaches. I wanted to help out on the Board and provide support to these efforts in a more sustained way.” Zoe Sharp serves as Chair of the the My Sister’s Place Board of Directors, and was previously a member of the Governance Committee. Zoe works at Optoro, Inc. as Deputy General Counsel and teaches as an Adjunct Instructor for American University’s Kogod School of Business. She graduated from Yale University and Stanford Law School, and has a M.S. in Accounting from American University and is both a lawyer and a CPA.
Shawn Wright, Board Vice Chair
Partner, Blank Rome LLP Elected Spring 2018 Shawn M. Wright concentrates her practice in the area of white collar criminal litigation, with a specific focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and international anti-corruption laws; criminal antitrust; public corruption; and government contracts matters. She represents corporations, boards of directors, and corporate executives in a wide range of internal and government investigations, audits and risk assessments, parallel proceedings, and before enforcement agencies and bodies such as the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and other authorities. Shawn’s practice includes internal compliance program development for the FCPA, including establishing workplace compliance policies and procedures, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, third-party relationships, and other transactions. She also conducts internal investigations and provides counsel on violations of the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). Additionally, she represents companies and nonprofit organizations and their boards of directors regarding corporate governance, compliance, and internal controls issues. Shawn is a member of the Women President’s Organization – Greenbelt Chapter, which supports and promotes women-owned companies. She is also a tutor and mentor to diverse women law students. She is an enthusiastic football and basketball fan, both professional and collegiate.
Elected Winter 2018
Elected Winter 2018
Beverly Allen, Esq.
Chief Integrity Officer, MedStar Washington Hospital Center Elected: Spring 2013 Beverly R. Allen is an attorney with more than 20 years of legal, business and consulting experience across multiple industries. Beverly joined the My Sister’s Place Board of Directors in 2013, and was initially drawn by the core mission of the organization as well as the opportunity to support and make a difference in the local community. “I believe that being a part of this Board enables me to give of myself in a meaningful way while working toward the shared goal of breaking the cycle of domestic violence.” Currently, Beverly is the Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Inovalon, a leading healthcare technology company. Beverly has also worked with corporate, government and not-for-profit entities on a variety of strategic, operational and transformative initiatives across multiple sectors, including health care, academia and financial services.
Elected: Fall 2019 Amy Berger is currently teaching English to adult immigrants at the Washington English Center (WEC), where she has been teaching for the past fifteen years. She also served as a WEC board member for seven years. During that time, she was Vice Chair of the Board and Development Chair. As head of the Development Committee, she chaired four major fundraisers which raised over $100,000 per event. She is now an Emeritus Board Member.
In Amy’s other volunteer work, she served as a Board member of the Jewish Council for the Aging, tutored DC elementary school children through Reading Partners, mentored at-risk students at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, and was the found and co-editor of a bi-weekly publication for parents at Georgetown Day High School.
Prior to “retiring” from the paid work force to pursue volunteer work and family matters, Amy was a lawyer/ lobbyist at two DC law firms, Legislative Counsel at the National Science Foundation, Legislative Counsel to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Deputy Director of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, and a lobbyist for the American Association of University Women.
Partner, Brody Kling pllc Elected: Fall 2019, Jenny Brody has practiced family law in Washington, DC for more than ten years. As the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, from 2008 to 2016, Ms. Brody provided legal assistance to hundreds of domestic violence survivors in Civil Protection Order cases, as well as in divorce, custody and child support matters. As a member of the DC Superior Court Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect Panel, Ms. Brody represented children as a court-appointed Guardian ad litem and also represented adoptive parents in adoption petitions. Ms. Brody has devoted substantial time to improving the court system, as a participant in the DC Superior Court Domestic Relations and Domestic Violence Implementation Committees. She also played a role in promulgating Guardian ad litem Practice Standards, through the Council for Court Excellence and in DC Superior Court. Ms. Brody is a recognized expert in domestic violence and family law issues, presenting numerous training programs in these areas for lawyers, judges, social workers, medical professionals and domestic violence advocates. Prior to practicing family law, Ms. Brody worked in private practice, at Rogovin, Huge & Schiller and at Powers, Pyles & Sutter. She also served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Appellate Staff. She clerked for the Hon. Irving L. Goldberg, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Associate, Goodwin Elected: Winter 2017 Noelle Dubiansky joined the Board of Directors in December 2017. Noelle is an associate in Goodwin’s Technology & Life Sciences Group. Ms. Dubiansky represents biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and other life science companies in a wide range of intellectual property and commercial transactions. She regularly advises private and public companies on complex commercial transactions, including strategic partnerships, licensing, technology acquisition, research and development collaborations, clinical testing, contract services, distribution and manufacturing agreements. Ms. Dubiansky also regularly counsels clients in connection with private financings, public offerings, spin-outs and M&A transactions with respect to intellectual property rights and operational risks.
Eva Petko Esber
Senior Counsel, Williams & Connolly LLP Elected: July 2018 Eva Petko Esber is now Senior Counsel at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP. She retired from the Williams & Connolly partnership at the end of 2015 after thirty years as an active litigator focusing on employment disputes, fiduciary and trust and estates litigation, banking fraud, and medical malpractice defense. While a partner, Ms. Esber also served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and as Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, Associate Management Committee, Associate Evaluation Committee, and Anti-Harassment Committee. She was twice recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers.” Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ms. Esber obtained her undergraduate degree in 1981 from Saint Joseph’s University. She obtained her law degree in 1984 from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Esber joined the Board of My Sister’s Place in July 2018, and is a member of the Personnel Committee
Hind Advisory Services, LLC, Elected: December 2019 Melanie Hind joined the Board and Finance Committee in December 2019. Melanie is a UK qualified chartered accountant who has been based in the Washington DC metro area since Summer 2018. Melanie brings a wealth of experience in financial and risk management, having previously held roles on the board of the UK’s financial reporting regulator, of UK financial institutions, and as an assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Melanie is currently an advisor to international accounting firms. Melanie has UK non-profit experience and is motivated by making a positive impact on individuals and families in the communities where she lives and works.
Michelle A. Kisloff, Esq.
Partner, Hogan Lovells Elected: Fall 2007 Michelle has served on our Board for nearly a decade, and has been working on domestic violence issues and advocacy for more than 20 years. “In law school, I helped women go to court to obtain Civil Protective Orders in court. I quickly saw that the court orders are an important step, but women need more than legal help alone to get on their feet and away from their batterers. I was thrilled to connect with My Sister’s Place, which provides DV survivors and their children with a safe place to live and connects them with the counseling and social services they need. MSP makes a big impact on our community, and I am proud to be a part of it.” In her day job, Michelle is a partner with the Hogan Lovells law firm, as a member of the Litigation and the Privacy & Cybersecurity practices.
Pastry Director, SRG Restaurants Elected Fall 2018 Alex Levin was hired by Michael Schlow to assume the position of Pastry Director in February 2017. In this role, Alex leads, manages and executes pastry programs, in conjunction with Schlow, at all SRG restaurants around the country including Alta Strada, Casolare, The Riggsby and TICO in Washington, DC; Alta Strada Wellesley and Foxwoods, TICO Boston in the New England area, Adachi Restaurant in Birmingham, Michigan and Cavatina in Los Angeles. Levin brings with him experience and expertise in diverse cuisines all applied to American, Greek, Italian, Latin American, Japanese and Spanish-inspired restaurants. Alex was named best Pastry Chef by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington in 2016 and an Eater “Young Gun” in 2015. He moved to Washington, DC in 2013 and created a reputation for fabulous desserts as Pastry Chef of Osteria Morini. A graduate of Yale and the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, Levin has trained under industry-leading pastry chefs, including Johnny Iuzzini, Francisco Migoya and Noah Carroll at restaurants Jean Georges, Cafe Boulud and the Apple Pie Bakery Café in New York City.
Director, Financial Strategy at Mars, Inc., elected October 2020 – was elected in October 2020 and joined the Board and Finance Committee. Lisa is currently a financial strategist for Mars, Inc, one of the largest privately-held companies in the U.S.. Lisa came to Mars following 7 years of investment banking at Wells Fargo where, as a Vice President, she advised corporate and private equity clients on financial strategy and led deal execution for M&A, LBOs and debt and equity capital raises. Lisa holds both an MBA and Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University and is inspired by roles where business and policy intersect.
Lisa E. Rosenthal
Chief Executive Officer, The Mayvin Consulting Group, Inc. Elected Winter 2015 Lisa joined the Board in 2015 as a result of her passion in working to advance women and women in business. “My Sister’s Places serves an essential place in the community providing a safe place for women. All people deserve a safe place.” Ms. Lisa Rosenthal is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Mayvin, Inc. Lisa is a seasoned project manager with significant government and commercial experience managing a broad spectrum of tasks, functions, processes, and systems from concept to implementation. She is recognized for strong leadership skills, facilitating organizational change, and strategic planning for government organizations. She received her Master’s of Business Administration in International Finance and Management of Global Information Technology from The American University in Washington, DC.
Vice President, Program & Evaluation at LIFT Elected Spring 2018 Sophie has over a decade of program management and evaluation in the domestic and international anti-poverty space. She is passionate about finding ways to improve program quality by drawing on best practices and continuously assessing where program design and implementation can improve. At LIFT – an antipoverty nonprofit that supports low income parents in urban areas – she helped create the organization’s first learning and evaluation unit before assuming a broader program oversight role that combines program strategy and evaluation. She currently manages the national program team which is responsible for ensuring high quality program design and implementation in LIFT’s Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. offices. Prior to LIFT, Sophie spent seven years at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where she supported design and evaluation of large-scale investments in wide ranging areas including the power sector, vocational education, and government anti-corruption efforts. At MCC, Sophie worked with bilateral partners in Indonesia, Mongolia and Sierra Leone to ensure that investments fostered economic growth and embedded rigorous impact evaluations and performance management systems. Prior to MCC, she worked on refugee issues in Nepal and advocated whistleblower rights in international organizations. Sophie earned a Bachelors degree from Tufts University and a Masters from the Fletcher School.
Associate Director, Savills Studley Elected July 2018 Bailey Williams joined the Board in 2018 to help create and support safe environments for women who are seeking an escape from dangerous situations. “As the father of two girls, I want to be an example for them, and support healthy homes and relationships that are free of violence.” Bailey is a native Washingtonian, and an Associate Director at Savills Studley, a commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents tenants. He serves the real estate needs of law firms, non-profits, associations and technology companies nationwide. Bailey received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Amherst College, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
Advisory Board Members
David Collins has an associates degree from American University in marketing. He spent the next 20 years working in finance for corporations such as Gannet, Cemex and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation . With his father, he started the John Collins Foundation ten years ago and has worked with such organizations as the Boys and Girls Club of Pinellas County Florida, United Way of Tampa, and various other non-profits. He became President of Foundation last year and has served on several nonprofit boards as well as committees. He has supported and been affiliated with MSP for almost five years providing financial and advisory support.
Rebecca Carr Rizzo
Rebecca Carr Rizzo is a special counsel in the employment law group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Rebecca regularly counsels clients to ensure compliance and avoid litigation and investigates and defends clients against discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims. Rebecca also counsels clients on and litigates employment contracts, including non-competition agreements. Rebecca’s clients include nonprofits, large corporations, startups, government contractors, restaurants, hotels and universities. Frequent areas of counseling include internal investigations, disability accommodation, protected leave, FLSA compliance, noncompetition agreements, restructurings and reductions in force, difficult terminations, and employment policies and procedures. Frequent areas of litigation include claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge under discrimination and protected leave laws; whistleblower claims in various industries including restaurant, healthcare, and nuclear; wage and hour claims; and employment contracts. Rebecca also currently serves on the Advisory Council of Collegiate Directions, Inc.
My most rewarding professional experiences have always involved helping others do their jobs better. As a management consultant, who came from a family of medical doctors, I naturally became interested in applying that motivation to health and social services professionals like those at My Sister’s Place. Earlier in my career I saw volunteering on a Board as a means of building my general management and leadership skills by taking on executive level responsibilities that I didn’t have access to as a junior consultant in my day to day work. I quickly got in touch with the idea that when one gets involved with a mission driven organization they take on an unwritten obligation to leave that organization better off than it was when they arrived. Ten years later I like that I have learned a great deal through my collaboration with other Board Members, MSP Leadership and Staff. I continue to learn as we grow and the personal satisfaction from helping advance our mission keeps me coming back for more. Outside of MSP I work as an independent healthcare management consultant. My clients include top tier consulting firms, Federal and State healthcare agencies and private sector healthcare provider organizations. My areas of expertise include policy, business strategy, healthcare payment reform and program implementation. I also teach graduate level public health policy and management at The George Washington University Milken School of Public health. I hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Babson College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston College. In our spare time, my wife Sarah and I, volunteer for the Washington Humane Rescue Alliance. Our dog, Steve, graciously shares his home with the dogs we have fostered over the past several years.
Aspasia Xypolia joined the MSP Advisory Board in 2018 to support the organization’s vision of identifying pathways to permanent, stable housing for the domestic violence survivors it serves. Aspasia’s professional experience has informed her belief that access to safe and affordable housing is the first step toward helping individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency. Since 2016, Aspasia has worked as a Senior Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic office of The Community Builders (TCB), a national, non-profit, mission-driven developer that aims to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. Prior to joining TCB, Aspasia worked as the Director of Development in a community-based organization, formed by refugees, in Boston, MA. Aspasia earned a Master in City Design and Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.