2015 Board of Directors


President: Frank Cole - SHRM/Society for human resource management

Frank Cole is currently Director of Administrative Services for The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He has over thirty years’ experience as a leader in the areas of Administration, Technology, Project Management and Training, gained in the for- profit and not- for- profit world. His career has led him to several cities across the United States, but he now calls Alexandria’s Eisenhower Valley home.

Vice-President: Agnes Artemel, Artemel & Associates

Agnès Artemel is active in real estate and development in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  She heads up Artemel & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in market and feasibility studies, development approvals, public outreach, and management of economic development organizations.  Notable projects have included several multi-family buildings in the Braddock Metro Station area, and studies for the Marine Corps Museum, Cold War Museum, and Museum of Americans in Wartime.

She is also a licensed real estate broker with Barnes Real Estate Co., specializing in properties that have potential for significant increases in value.

Ms. Artemel was the founding Executive Director of the Eisenhower Partnership.  She defined the mission and activities of the Partnership, grew the membership, and implemented a broad communications program that included newsletters, emails, public outreach meetings, and special events.  She is currently representing the Eisenhower Partnership as an appointed member of the Eisenhower West Plan Steering Committee.

She served on the board of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the Alexandria Industrial Development Authority for a number of years, and is currently a member of the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals. Ms. Artemel has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the George Washington University.

Secretary: Karen Pallansch, Alexandria Renew Enterprises

Ms. Pallansch currently serves as chief executive officer for Alexandria Renew Enterprises , one of the most advanced water reclamation facilities in the United States. As chief executive officer, Ms. Pallansch leads a team of more than 100 employees on a 33-acre campus that renews 13 billion gallons of wastewater per year. She has served in her current capacity since October 2005 and has worked at Alexandria Renew Enterprises for more than 20 years.

During her decade of service as CEO, Ms. Pallansch led an organizational repositioning and rebranding effort that incorporated a successful public-developer partnership, creating a neighborhood from an industrial area that once served as the City landfill. The site, slated to open this year, will use AlexRenew’s bluRenew reclaimed water.  BluRenew will be used in a signature water fountain feature that will anchor AlexRenew’s treatment tanks, which will be topped by a regulation-size multipurpose field operated and maintained by The City of Alexandria Parks and Recreation Department.  The reclaimed water will also be used for irrigation along the South Carlyle residential development project, including landscaping and water features to be installed by the developer on the north end of the site.

Prior to leading AlexRenew, Ms. Pallansch worked in various roles at the agency, starting as the staff engineer. She also worked for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as a senior engineer and engineer with the Department of the Army, managing rehabilitation of army ammunition bases and conducting research that helped to improve the safe and efficient production of explosive materials.

Ms. Pallansch holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Texas A & M University, Texarkana. She is a registered engineer in Virginia, has a Class I wastewater license, and is Board Certified in Environmental Engineering by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Ms. Pallansch volunteers with several water leadership organizations, including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) where she serves as board member and just completed her term as president. She is currently chair of the Virginia Municipal League Insurance Pool and was previously chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) Research Council, also serving as an ex officio member of the WERF board. Ms. Pallansch recently had an essay entitled “Water-Maintaining the Miracle Molecule” published in the book, “The Value of Water: A Compendium of Essays by Bright CEOs.”

In Alexandria, Ms. Pallansch serves on the boards of First Night Alexandria and the City of Alexandria Eisenhower Partnership.

Treasurer: Amanda Prather- Post Properties

Past President: Kay Tyler - Tyler Business Services, Inc.

Kay Tyler is CEO of Tyler Business Services, Inc. Tyler offers printing, copying, design and mailing services as well as office supplies and promotional products. Established in 1959 by Kay's father, Charles, in Washington, DC. Kay purchased the company in 2003. She relocated the business to the Eisenhower corridor in 2005. Tyler Business Services has one of the highest customer service satisfaction ratings in the printing industry.

Kay also volunteers for the Capital Speakers Club, at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia State Golf Association (Women's Board) and the Women's District of Columbia Golf Association.


Councilman John T. Chapman

John Taylor Chapman was elected to the City Council in November 2012. As a member of City Council, John serves on the following local and regional boards: the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Public Safety and Human Services Committee, Eisenhower Partnership Board of Directors, Eco-City Alexandria Environmental Action Plan Steering Committee, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, Sister Cities Committee, Gang Prevention Task Force, and the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission.

Prior to his election to city council, John served as an appointee to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission, Vice President of the Volunteer Alexandria Board of Directors, Vice President of Membership for the Taylor Run Citizens' Association, First Night Alexandria Board of Directors, former Vice Chair of the city's Youth Policy Commission and a former President of the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP, the youngest in the history of the branch. He also remains an active member of the Xi Alpha Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network and Alfred Street Baptist Church.

Chapman, who is born and raised in Alexandria, graduated from Saint Stephen's and Saint Agnes School. He is also a graduate of Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, having obtained his Bachelor's degree in Social Studies Education. Chapman is also a 2008 graduate of the Minority Political Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University and a 2010 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at University of Virginia. Professionally, Chapman is a career educator and currently works as a Community Use Program Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools.

Scott Kersjes - Innovative Facilities Solutions, Inc.

Scott Kersjes attended Indiana University reserving his BS from School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  After college, Scott serviced in the US Army as an Infantry Officer in US and Germany.  He completed his military service in the US Army Reserves until he retired in 1995.

Scott’s civilian career in commercial real estate management he has worked for Charles E. Smith, Carr America, Mark Winkler, Leggat McCall Properties, and several small local firms.  His duties include Asset Management, Property Management, and Construction Management.  In 2005, Scott started Innovative Facilities Solutions, Inc. a construction and facilities management business located in the Eisenhower Valley.  Innovative Facilities manages The Royalton Condominiums.  In addition, Innovative Facilities managed construction projects for several US government agencies, local commercial property owners, private schools, and non-profit organizations.

Scott has lived in the Northern Virginia area since 1987 and lived in Alexandria from 1998 to 2010.  He has serviced as President of the Townes at Camion Parke community, 1998 President of Property Management Association, 2005 Vice President of Eisenhower Partnership, and 2010 President of WEBA.

Scott is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, National Ski Patrol at Timberline Resorts, Davis WV, and National Veteran-Owned Business Association.

Roderick Brooks, Jr. - Covanta Energy

Jay Palermino - Tyler Business Services, Inc.

Jay Palermino serves Tyler Business Services in business development for integrated printing communications, mailing and specialty promotional and advertising products reach.  Jay leads client marketing campaigns within community industry sectors for new market share enrichment and overall business fulfillment.

Prior to joining Team Tyler, Mr. Palermino has enjoyed a decade’s involvement with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, while in part, serving as Director of Development for Membership and Sponsorship Investments.  Jay’s responsibilities ranged from member-to-member engagement, annual event production and to working with the thirty-three seat board of directors in capturing new opportunities to fiscally grow the Chamber’s annual budget.  

Historically, Jay lead annual resource campaigns within key industry sectors for new membership and sponsorship gain as an Alexandria Chamber of Commerce board member and top-producing small business philanthropist.

Mr. Palermino founded Best Solutions Consulting, LLC (BSC) in 2007, an Alexandria, VA-based, boutique public relations/marketing communications firm.  Jay has counseled small business owners and entrepreneurs in increasing their brand identity and market share. 

Outcome-oriented and geared towards the savviest of marketing initiatives, Jay serves as an accomplished devotee to small business development while contributing marketing efforts in two area concerns:  Patricia Palermino Studio and Hollin Hall Pastry Company & Shop, which he is vested.

During non-work hours, Jay enjoys the outdoors and activities involving his appreciation for boating and horticulture.  More professional information about Mr. Palermino may be found by visiting https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaypalermino1101.

Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg

Elected to the Alexandria City Council in 2012, Allison Silberberg is a writer and lifelong advocate for social justice issues. She has worked to promote civic engagement and address unmet social needs.

Allison has over 20 years of experience in community leadership and public service, including: interning for Senator Edward M. Kennedy; working as Chief Editor and Chief Research Assistant for Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen; starting and leading a nonprofit called Lights, Camera, Action! (LCA!), which used film to mentor youth in Anacostia; grantmaking to local nonprofits; and serving on the World Bank's Community Outreach Grants Committee. For nearly a decade, she hosted monthly charitable events, which gave all proceeds to local nonprofits focused on children at risk and families in distress.

From 2004 to 2012, she was appointed to Alexandria's Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC), which serves as an advocate for the city's most vulnerable. From 2010 to 2012, she served as chair, focusing the EOC on job creation and affordable housing as well as initiating the EOC's annual public service day, "All Hands on Deck."

Allison's accolades include New Hope Housing's 2012 Leadership/Servanthood award for her role in leading the EOC's "All Hands on Deck" project, which renovated the Alexandria Community Shelter. Poppy, a short film she directed and produced with Anacostia teens for LCA!, won a CINE Golden Eagle and an award from the American Association of University Women. Seven of the eight LCA! participants went to college.

Currently, she serves as an honorary board member of the National Chamber Ensemble. She served as president of the board of the Georgetown Senior Center, 2010-2012.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Allison has a B.A. in international relations and history from American University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from the School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. An Alexandria resident since 1989, Allison has lived in Parkfairfax since 1992.

Donnie Simpson - Simpson Properties

Kevin Washington - Christopher Consultants

Kevin Washington has been practicing civil engineering in the Washington metropolitan area for 25 years. Kevin has extensive experience with all aspects of civil engineering design, focusing on infrastructure and land planning. Kevin’s primary focus at christopher consultants has been working with clients in Alexandria and he has worked on some of the most significant projects in that jurisdiction and along the Eisenhower corridor. These projects include the Alexandria portion of the Potomac Yard project, the Hoffman Center project, the Old Town North development, the Marriott Spring Hill Suites project and the Mount Vernon Commons residential development.

Kevin has been with christopher consultants for nearly 20 years and is currently a project Group Leader in the ccl Land Development Division and an Associate of the Firm. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Prairie View A&M University and is a member of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association where he served as President of the Alexandria Chapter from 2003 to 2004.


Kerry Donley - Former Vice Mayor & Mayor, City of Alexandria & Virginia Commerce Bank

Kerry Donley was elected Vice Mayor to the Alexandria City Council in 2009. This marked his second stint on City Council, as he was first elected in 1988. Kerry served as Mayor of Alexandria from 1996 to 2003, and he was Vice Mayor from 1994 to 1996 and 2009 to 2012.

During his time on Council and as Mayor, Kerry worked to resolve some long-standing issues such as settlement of the construction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, zoning at Potomac Yards, and the redevelopment of the Samuel Madden Homes. He was also instrumental in the attraction of the Patent and Trademark Office to Alexandria, located in the Carlyle section of the City. While Mayor, the City embarked on a number of capital improvements, namely Samuel Tucker School and the Charles Beatley Library along with renovations to a number of recreation centers. Regionally, Kerry was instrumental in the creation of the Washington Area Housing Trust Fund (now Open Door Housing). For his dedicated public service, he was recognized by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) in 2002 with the Skull Award, and he received the Business Leader of the Year by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in 2004.

Janet Gregor - Carlyle Council & Former Executive Director of the Eisenhower Partnership



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