BCA Annual Meeting

Originally posted on October 7, this article includes the agenda and updated meeting details.

The annual meeting of the Burleith Citizens Association will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 6:15–9:20 pm, at Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Since 1925, the BCA has been promoting the interests and advocating policies for Burleith residents and homeowners. As elected representatives, the Board provides a strong, unified voice to the community’s concerns, communicates important and timely information, engages and advises governmental and other agencies, institutions, and neighboring civic associations on important issues. As the community grows and changes, the Board is tireless in its efforts and works with members and friends to ensure Burleith stays safe, strong, dynamic, engaged, and diverse.

Per the BCA bylaws, BCA members who are Burleith residents or who own property in Burleith are entitled to vote. For voting purposes, membership must have been current 30 days before the vote (i.e., on October 10) and on the day of the vote (i.e., November 9). Resident-owner households have two votes, and other qualified voters have one vote. Procedures for additions to the proposed slate of officers and non-officer directors appear at the end of this post.



President: Eric Langenbacher. Eric and his wife, Kayoko (Kay), have lived on T Street since 1997, a year after they moved to Washington. They have two boys, Adam (19), who attends the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Max (15), who is at School Without Walls. Eric is the director of the Honors Program and a teaching professor in the Department of Government, Georgetown University. He studied German and political science in Canada before completing his PhD in government at Georgetown in 2002. He spends his free time gardening.

Vice President: Nan Bell. Before becoming vice president of the BCA, Nan served as president and treasurer. As VP, Nan sits on the Georgetown Community Partnership (GCP) steering committee and works closely with the six GCP working groups that have Burleith representation. Most of Nan’s professional career has been in the field of international educational and professional exchange at the U.S. Department of State. She holds an MA in French literature from George Washington University, a BA in French from Rhodes College in Memphis, and a certificate in executive international business from Georgetown University. Nan travels to France with her partner, Robert Kane, whenever possible and has lived in Burleith since the late 1970s.

Co-Recording Secretary: Robert Russell. Robert and his wife, Emily, moved to Burleith in 2004 (which makes it the longest he’s lived in one place), a year after moving to DC from Manhattan. Heidi, their dog, was the first addition to the family soon after buying the home. They now have two daughters: Annika (7) and Ingrid (4), who attend Stoddert Elementary. Robert, who grew up mostly in Europe and graduated from Colgate University, works for SRA International serving the federal government as a consultant on national security and emergency preparedness issues. He coaches Annika’s soccer team, loves winter weather and is an avid skier, and looks forward to continuing to support the great community of Burleith.

<NEW> Co-Recording Secretary: Brian Garback. Brian and his wife, Alison, moved to Burleith in 2013 shortly after being married. After renting a lovely house on T Street and the arrival of their first child, they decided to join the other 535 homeowners and buy a place of their own. Today, after a full home renovation and with daughters Eloise (3) and Gwyneth (1), Brian and Alison are looking forward to a lifetime of memories in Burleith. Brian earned a 5-year Master’s in Computer Science at UVA, and spends his days working at IBM in Analytics Solutions. You’ll catch him tending his garden, chanting om at Down Dog Yoga, and biking his girls to school. He’s committed to building a tighter community among Burleith’s young families with a focus on social activities, “bikeability,” parks, and schools.

Corresponding Secretary: Linda Brooks. Originally from Southern California, Linda moved to Burleith in 1983. She holds a master’s degree in mathematics and worked in software development, metrics, cost estimation, and process improvement for many years before retiring from Northrop Grumman. In 2009 she set up Burleith’s online membership database and joined the board in 2012 as corresponding secretary, responsible for membership. Since then BCA membership has increased 35%. Linda's other two passions are hiking and Scandinavian folk dancing. She and her husband, Ross Schipper, spearheaded the startup of the now-popular Burleith Special Interest Groups, led the BCA’s fire call box restoration project, and host the Winter Gløgg Party. She also represents Burleith on the GCP Metrics and Data and the Safety and Student Life working groups.

Treasurer: Francine Steininger. Francine has been a resident of Burleith for over 15 years and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Professionally, she has managed international and U.S.-based energy and environment projects working with a wide variety of stakeholders and cultures. As the BCA’s first sustainability coordinator, Francine looks for ways to help residents transition to “greener” living, starting with the rooftop solar cooperative effort. She also serves as treasurer of the Burleith Community Fund. Francine likes to spend weekends on the Chesapeake Bay, getting back to nature, hosting friends, and sailing. In Burleith she likes to spend time in her garden and hopes to one day install a green roof on the top of her garage.


Ann Carper. Ann is the BCA webmaster and a former editor of the Burleith Bell. Now retired, she held writing/editing, marketing, and public affairs positions with the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations. Ann has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from Vassar College. She moved to Washington in 1980 and has lived on 39th Street with her partner, Beth McKinnon, since 2001. Ann occupies her time by vegetable gardening, traveling, and occasional freelance editing.

Edith Cecil. Edie has been a resident of Burleith for over 20 years and has served on the board as treasurer and at-large member since 2012. She spends her professional time as vice-president of the Institute of International Education (IIE), a global non-profit focused on providing opportunities for higher education worldwide. When not working for IIE, you will see Edie in her garden, where she tries to contribute to the beautification of the neighborhood.

Stacy Bernard Davis. Stacy is the editor of the Burleith Bell. She has lived in Burleith for 22 years with her husband, Rich, two college-aged sons, and a daughter. She leads a team at the Department of State to promote religious freedom in Europe and combat anti-Semitism. She has degrees from Cornell University and The Fletcher School and enjoys traveling, going to the theater, gardening, and practicing yoga.

Liane Jones. Liane has served four years on the BCA Board focusing on advertising for the Burleith Bell and the Burleith website.  She has also served three years on the board of the Burleith Community Fund as vice president.  With over 25 years in the financial services business, Liane works at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC as a financial advisor. Liane is FINRA registered Series 7, 63, and 65, insurance licensed, is certified as an Accredited Asset Management Specialist, a Charted Retirement Plans Specialist from the College of Financial Planning, a Certified Financial Divorce Analyst, and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary.  She has an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a master’s degree from American University.

<NEW> Kishan Putta. Kishan has lived in the District since 2005 and in Burleith since 2016. He has worked in federal and district health policy for over a decade; currently, Kishan is the community outreach specialist at DC Health Link where he coordinates efforts to help DC residents enroll in health coverage. He has been a journalist and co-wrote two travel guides in the Let’s Go series. Kishan served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Dupont Circle from 2013–2015, during which time he successfully advocated for the creation of four new affordable childcare facilities, for greatly improved bus service for thousands of residents using the most popular bus route in the District, for better law enforcement, and for making the District’s most popular bike lanes safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. He is vice president of Friends of Stead Park and serves on a Department of Transportation Citizens Advisory Group. He also served on the 2015 Metropolitan Police Department‘s Community Engagement Academy. Kishan holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard University.

Kay Twomey. Kay has served as vice president and member at large on the BCA board and is president of the Burleith Community Fund. As the BCA events chair, she lends her organizational skills and signature energy to produce memorable events like the Burleith summer picnic. She is the founding executive director of Mountbatten Associates, a communications and consultancy firm. She grew up in Jamaica and these days happily calls beautiful Burleith home. In her down time, she shares her curiosity and love of reading with children with learning differences, helping them build confidence.

Additions to the proposed slate of officers and non-officer directors may be made according to the current bylaws, which read:

“…any individual not nominated by the Nominating Committee, who is eligible for an officer or non-officer director position under the bylaws and wishes to be considered for such position by the membership at the Annual Meeting, shall be deemed nominated for such position if he or she submits a written petition signed by individuals representing no less than 30% of the voting membership of the Association, to the Corresponding Secretary of the Association no later than 14 days before the day of the Annual Meeting.”