Officers

Andrew Aurbach, Co-Owner, Capital Sustainability
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

Marilyn Charity, Realtor, Washington Fine Properties

Marilyn Charity was born and raised in Washington, DC. She is a product of DC public schools and a magna-cum-laude graduate of Howard University. A 10-year veteran of law firms prior to entering the real estate profession in 2001, Marilyn became a full-time agent in 2002 and was her previous firm’s Rookie of the Year in 2003. She is proud past PTA President of Janney Elementary School and a Deal Middle School and Jackson-Reed High School parent alumni. First and foremost in everything that Marilyn does is her commitment to client service and satisfaction.

Michael Fitzpatrick, Director of Strategy & Innovation, Google

Michael is a lifetime Washingtonian who grew up in Friendship Heights and has been an AU Park resident since 2006.  For several decades, Michael has worked at the intersection of law, policy, and regulation at GE, the White House, and currently, at Google where he is Director of Strategy and Innovation.  Michael has a deep commitment to Washington’s arts, culture, and history, currently serving on the board of Woolly Mammoth Theater and as past board chair of Cultural Tourism DC.  Michael published an historical analysis of the emergence of the U Street corridor as America’s first great African-American business neighborhood.

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, community member

Karen Harris is a performing artist, educator, and theater director. She has produced shows at schools in the DC metro area including at Jackson-Reed High School, Janney Elementary School, and Alice Deal Middle School. As a parent and staff member, she has served on multiple LSAT, PTSO, and citywide education committees. In her spare time, she consults as an attorney and project manager for individuals and organizations. Karen has lived in AU Park/Tenleytown for 23 years.

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, community member

Myrna Sislen is classical guitarist, writer, educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and native Washingtonian. Following a concert career that spanned 30 years and multiple continents, Myrna owned Middle C Music, the city’s only full-service music store, from 2002 to 2021. Myrna is a graduate of American University and was an Associate Professor of Music at George Washington University for nearly three decades. She serves on the Board of Mosaic Theater and the Board of Marlow Guitar International and is the sponsor of the Marlow Youth Competition.

Debbie Sliter, community member

Debbie Sliter is a long-time resident of Tenleytown with more than 30 years of experience in non-profit management and public engagement. She has worked as a campaign consultant, on Capitol Hill, and held senior management positions in the non-profit sector. In addition, she has served on non-profit boards including the Friends of the Tenleytown-Friendship Library, Northwest Neighbors Village and the Institute for Conservation Leadership, as well as volunteered with numerous other community organizations.

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 lived in DC since 1998 and resided in Tenleytown since 2005, where she is proudly raising a fourth generation Tenleytowner on her husband’s side.