Officers

Wendy Messenger, Realtor, Compass; Founder, Confetti
President, Tenleytown Main Street

Wendy Messenger is a Realtor with Compass and Founder of Confetti, a community play café. With a background in urban planning, experience in managing a $23B federal investment portfolio, and hands-on experience working, living, and raising a family in NWDC, Wendy understands it take a village in the modern world and has a passion for helping people find their home and their community.

Andrew Aurbach, Co-Owner, Capital Sustainability
Vice President, Tenleytown Main Street

Andrew Aurbach is Co-Owner of Capital Sustainability and is a communications consultant helping clients through various aspects of outreach and engagement with their respective communities. He serves on the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board and holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning with a focus on Sustainability.

Jeffrey Houser, CFO, Georgetown Day School
Treasurer, Tenleytown Main Street

Jeffrey Houser is the chief financial officer for Georgetown Day School, the first racially and religiously integrated school in Washington, DC, established in 1945. With a professional background that includes education management, education consultancy, fundraising, financial advising, general contracting, and real-estate advisement, Jeffrey enjoys helping not-for-profit institutions and organizations thrive. With a passion for sustainability, Jeffrey was thrilled to help build a new LEED Gold Lower/Middle School building on GDS’s unified campus. Jeffrey and his wife, Kristine, like living in beautiful Tenleytown after a surprisingly long stint in the American Southwest.

Maria Barry, Director of Community Relations, American University
Secretary, Tenleytown Main Street

Maria Barry is the Director of Community Relations at American University. She has worked for numerous nonprofits and campaigns in senior development and external affairs roles over the past 20+ years. Maria serves on the boards of Northwest Little League, Wilson Tigers Athletics, and Tenleytown Main Street and is the 4C02 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.

Directors

John P. Duffy, Member, Commercial Real Estate

John P. Duffy is one of the founders of Summit Commercial Real Estate. During his 35 years of commercial real estate experience John has provided transaction management and consulting for prominent clients including universities, non-profits, law firms, corporations, small businesses and healthcare organizations in Washington, D.C., the Mid-Atlantic Region, and elsewhere in the United States.

Matthew Frumin, Attorney, Frumin Law

Matthew Frumin, an attorney, is a 25 year resident of Tenleytown/AU Park. He served for 6 and 1/2 years on the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission and has been a civic leader in other capacities, including in support of schools, parks and facilities serving senior citizens. He has also served on numerous citywide task forces and organizations relating to school boundaries, education policy, utility service, transportation, and senior issues.

Karen Harris, Theater Director, Performer, Managing Director Survivor Corps

Karen Harris has lived in Tenleytown/AU Park for 22 years. She has directed theater productions at Janney, Deal, and Wilson schools, teaches performing arts and voice, and has served on multiple LSAT, PTSO, and citywide committees. She is the Managing Director of Survivor Corps, a national COVID advocacy organization, and consults as an attorney on personal and policy matters. She is a singer, and performs as often as possible in theaters in DC as well as with local musicians in the Tenleytown area.

Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins, President & CEO, PAI

Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins is President & CEO of PAI, an international organization that champions policies that put women in charge of their reproductive health. Nabeeha resides in Tenleytown with her husband and two young children, and is an active member of the community, working on a range of topics including educational quality and achievement, environmental conservation, youth empowerment and equity, and resource mobilization to support critical community and business priorities.

Rink Battiata Kunk, Associate Broker at Compass

Rina Kunk has been selling real estate in the DMV since 2004 and is a Realtor/Associate Broker at Compass. She has lived in the American University Park neighborhood since 1992 with her husband Steve, where they raised their (now grown) three sons (4th generation AUPark family), who attended various DC local schools, including Janney, Deal, Wilson, School Without Walls, and The Lab School. Rina is a former teacher and social worker and brings those skills and more to her work with her clients.

Carolyn Morrow Long, Independent Scholar

A Tenleytown resident since 1987, Carolyn Morrow Long is a writer, photographer, artist, neighborhood activist and historian.

Myrna Sislen, Owner, Middle C Music

Myrna Sislen is the owner of Middle C Music, which just celebrated 18 years of service to the Washington, DC community. Myrna also serves on the Board of Marlow Guitar International and is the sponsor of the Marlow Youth Competition. She also serves on the Board of Mosaic Theater and is chairperson of the Marketing Committee.

Rob Wolcheski, Acquisitions & Development, Roadside Development

Rob Wolcheski works in acquisitions and development for Roadside, a Washington, DC based real estate company that specializes in catalytic urban redevelopment projects and community focused placemaking. He is currently managing the firm’s City Ridge project, a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Fannie Mae headquarters just south of Tenleytown on Wisconsin Avenue.

Executive Director

Leigh Catherine Miles

Leigh Catherine Miles is the Executive Director of Tenleytown Main Street, a position she has held since January 2016. She works with local business owners, community leaders, and city agencies to strengthen the economic vitality of DC’s second oldest commercial district. Immediately prior to joining TMS, Leigh Catherine founded a website covering local news, business, and commercial development in upper northwest DC.

Prior to her work in community and economic development, Leigh Catherine spent nearly two decades working with democratic activists worldwide to build effective, transparent, and accountable governing institutions. She previously held positions with the National Democratic Institute, The Brookings Institution, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. She is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Leigh Catherine has resided in Tenleytown since 2005 and is proudly raising a fourth generation Tenleytowner on her husband’s side.