BOARD MEMBERS (Executive Committee with *)
Charles Barnett – Charles is the President of Capitol Hill Little League one of three founding organizations of CRYSP.
Michael Barrette* – Mike is active in the Capitol Hill community where he lives with his wife, Marilyn, and three boys. He is co-founder of four organizations - Capital Futbol Club (now Washington CapitalFC), Capitol Hill Energy Co-op, DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DCSUN) and Friends of Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park. Mike loves many sports with soccer being his passion - as both a player and youth coach. Mike has a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College an M.P.A. from Rockefeller College for Public Affairs in Albany, New York. He moved from upstate NY to DC in 1992 to work for the Environmental Protection Agency where he is a manager focusing on enforcement, data analytics and transparency. He spends much of his free time at his kids’ soccer games or fly-fishing in the Adirondack Mountains.
Alex Bearman – Since 2009, Alex has served as the Executive Director of District Sports - the largest adult soccer organization in DC. In this capacity, Alex builds and maintains relationships with school and government entities and drives new organizational initiatives. Over the years he has created robust partnerships with organizations such as the DC Ed Fund, DC SCORES, and DC United. Alex holds a Master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.
Lisa Brooks - Lisa has served in District government working in the areas of justice policy and administration and as an educator at the Van Ness Elementary School and now at St. John’s Episcopal Preschool. She has volunteered with organizations on and off The Hill, including DC Reggio Emilia Alliance, Capitol Hill Cluster School, and Watkins Elementary School. She is co-founder and facilitator of Reading Group on Race, Class and Equity in Education.
Lee Cain – After a decade of community engagement, education work, restoration and supporting advocacy efforts to clean up the Anacostia River with the Anacostia Watershed Society, Lee is now the Director of Kingman Island with Living Classrooms and board chair of the Anacostia Trails and Heritage Area. He also was an 8th grade science teacher in DC. He graduated from Juniata College in with a degree in Physical Science, Culture and Writing. Hobbies such as kayaking, sailing, fishing, and playing in a band called Blue Plains, but considers is most important “full-time” job to be the best Dad and partner he can be for his family.
Dennis Chestnut – Dennis is the Internship Instructor at the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School in Washington, DC, and founding Executive Director of Groundwork Anacostia River DC (retired). Born in Washington, DC and raised in the Hillbrook neighborhood of Ward 7 where he and his family live. Dennis is a vocational and environmental educator, and community organizer. Dennis is a civic ecologist and works to improve the quality of life for DC youth through building trade skill development and stewardship of their natural environment and local community.
Fiona Campbell - Fiona is a student at Washington Latin Public Charter School, Class of 2021. There she serves on the Student Council and has played soccer and is a member of the swim team, which she helped establish. She is a US Soccer Federation certified soccer referee. She volunteers for many organizations, including Armed Forces Retirement Home, Tyler Elementary School, and Capitol Hill Group Ministries. A youth member of the board, she has full voting rights.
Robert Coomber – Bob completed his second term as the ANC Commissioner for ANC 7D01 (the Kingman Park neighborhood) in 2018. He has served in leadership positions in several neighborhood organizations, including the Friends of Kingman Park Civic Association; the Kingman Park-Rosedale Community Garden; and the Friends of Kingman and Heritage Islands. During the day, Bob works as a senior labor attorney for the federal government. He lives with his wife, Nicole, their four sons, Tony 6; Gus 3; 1-year-old twins, Cassius and Lucien; and their dog, Penny.
Ziad Elias Demian* – Ziad is a Capitol Hill Resident for 18 years. He is a founding partner of demian\wilbur \architects, who brings over 25 years of experience in architecture, urban design and planning. His work includes local, national and international projects. Ziad combines his professional expertise and his passion for local community development by supporting grassroots community projects. He is one of the founders of Two Rivers Public Charter School and served on its Board of Trustees for 3 years. He is currently serving on the Firm Advisory Board of the Virginia Tech, Washington Alexandria Architectural Center (WAAC).
Matt Doherty* – Matt Doherty has lived on Capitol Hill with his wife and two children for almost 15 years. Over that period, his teenage daughter and son have been active in Sports on the Hill (SOTH), Capitol Hill Little League, and CapitalFC. Matt has coached youth soccer for SOTH, served as the President of CapitalFC Board of Directors, and has established and currently leads the Development efforts for the travel soccer club. Matt joined the CRYSP board in early 2018. In his professional life, Matt has been a business executive in the K-12 education industry for nearly 20 years and currently is the Principal of The Trailhead Group, a business advisory firm.
Tony Francavilla – Tony Francavilla is the Chief Development Officer of DC SCORES, the largest after school program in the District, which serves 3,000+ kids through an award-winning combination of soccer, poetry, and service learning. Tony has over a decade of fundraising experience with youth-serving nonprofits in DC, and served as Major Gifts Officer at the SEED Foundation before coming to DC SCORES. A lifelong soccer player, Tony is a graduate of Georgetown University and has been a DC resident for 13 years.
Michael Godec* (President) – Mike, a resident of Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia, is Vice President of Sports on the Hill, and has volunteered in the organization in a variety of capacities (commissioner, coach, referee coordinator, etc.). He was also a commissioner for several years of the Capitol Hill Youth Baseball and Softball League. After receiving a M.S. in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to the DC area and has lived on Capitol Hill since 1985. Mike is an energy and environmental consultant in his day job.
Larry Kaufer – Larry has been a Capitol Hill resident for 40 years. He has been active in youth sports for the last 20 years as coach and commissioner of youth soccer, basketball, baseball, and touch football. He currently serves as president of Sports on the Hill, a 501 c (3) volunteer organization serving over 1500 youth athletes with programs in lacrosse, field hockey, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, and touch football.
Thu Pham - Thu Pham has worked for over 20 years on national efforts to advance women’s leadership, environmental protection, progressive movements, and strategic philanthropy. She currently serves as chief of staff at Defenders of Wildlife, a national organization dedicated to the protection of wild animals and plants in their natural habitat. A longtime resident of Capitol Hill, Thu has volunteered with the Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA, a travel soccer club, and as a coach for Capitol Hill Little League.
Miranda Selover - Miranda is a senior marketing manager at the National Association of Independent Schools and has worked in marketing and communications for 10 years. She has lived in the Capitol Hill community for nine years and is invested in its future.
Julie Serfass – Julie is a native Capitol Hill resident and proud graduate of DC Public Schools (the Capitol Hill Cluster School and Wilson HS) and the George Washington University, where she majored in Human Services (nonprofit management). She was a board member for the Washington Area Frisbee Club (WAFC) for about 10 years, and served as the Board President for 5 years. In this capacity, she spent many hours cultivating relationships with field providers, planning schedules and compiling rosters for 15 leagues/events each year.
Jade Stone - Jade is treasurer for Friends of Kingman Park and board member for Friends of Kingman and Heritage Islands. She works for a real estate investment manager and has degrees in accounting, finance, and real estate. She is a life-long athlete, having played softball in college and has played recreationally for co-ed flag football, softball, and basketball teams over the 12-years she has lived in DC. She is passionate about sports and about girls having the same opportunities to play as boys.
Ram Uppuluri* (Treasurer) – Ram Uppuluri, CRYSP Board Member and Treasurer, is an attorney licensed to practice law in Washington, DC and Tennessee. He is a senior policy advisor, creative problem solver, and communicator with more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. Government, local governments, and the nonprofit sector. He has developed innovative policy solutions, forged consensus among stakeholders, and led advocacy efforts in a variety of areas including the environment, energy, and education. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Ram is a resident of Capitol Hill, where he resides with his wife and son, Adam, who plays football and baseball for Gonzaga College High School.
EX OFFICIO AND ADVISORS
Sanju Misra – Sanju is the owner and principal of Misra Law PLLC a boutique law firm focusing on commercial real estate, general real property, and trusts and estates law. Prior to starting Misra Law PLLC, Sanju was with the DC Office of the Attorney General as Deputy General Counsel for the Department of General Services. Prior to working in DGS, she worked in the Office of the Attorney General Real Estate Transactions group where she provided real estate-related legal services primarily to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, but also to other District agencies as needed. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, Sanju spent eight years with Marcus Attorneys, a boutique real estate law firm in New York City. Sanju is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State bars. She graduated cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Fordham University School of Law and was a Curator Scholar at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science (Physics), with honors. Sanju is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section, American Bar Association Section of Real Property Trust and Estate Law, and Commercial Real Estate Women DC. She serves on the Board of the Capitol Hill Day School, for which she is chair of the Facilities Committee. Sanju lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of the District of Columbia with her husband, two children, and dog.