Palisades Village is led by a highly qualified executive staff and board of directors with decades of high-level experience in a wide range of fields, who tirelessly work to help the organization fulfill its vision. Learn more about our staff and board below.
Andrea Saccoccia, Executive Director
For over a decade, Andrea Saccoccia has been an advocate for senior care issues. She was the former Director of Project Mend-A-House, a volunteer-based organization that provided home repair and home modification services to seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income residents so they could remain safely, independently and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. Under her leadership, Andrea partnered with the local Area Agency on Aging and other non-profit organizations to expand programs and services. As a member of the Fall Prevention Coalition, she secured funding and designed fall prevention workshops and performed personalized fall risk assessments. Under Andrea’s leadership, the organization prospered and received several honors including the Prince William Human Rights Award, Commonwealth of Virginia’s Innovation Award and was recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the finest organizations in the greater metropolitan Washington DC area. Andrea also served on the executive board of the Greater Prince William Coalition for Human Services and is an advocate for senior services and providing accessible housing. Andrea and Ken have been married for over 29 years and have two adult children, Chris and Elizabeth.
Erica Blanton. Office Manager
Board of Directors
John Stiner, President, Spring Valley
John’s has co-owned a marketing, branding and design firm, Breckenridge Design Group, for 30 years and provides clients with strategic marketing advice. The firm also designs and develops marketing products such as logos, websites, annual reports, magazines, advertising and other products. Prior to starting his business, John practiced law with Baker & McKenzie and Nickerson & Stiner. He served in the US Department of Commerce as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Trade and other positions in the 1980s. He was a senior marketing executive at L-3 Communications, focusing on technology and services for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.
He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut Law School (Law Review) (1980) and Connecticut College (1974). He is a Member of the DC Bar. John has been a volunteer at Palisades Village for about one year and volunteers at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. He has been a resident of DC since 1980 and Spring Valley since 1987. He is married with two adult sons.
Char Mollison, Secretary, Palisades
Char Mollison is currently Senior Fellow of the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy and Policy and a Member of the Affiliated Faculty at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. She began her career in 1977 at a national advocacy organization called WEAL where she developed the team of volunteers and staff and raised the financial support that resulted in several new laws relating to women’s legal and economic advancement. For the next 17 years she held senior positions at the Council on Foundations, an association of grantmakers, and at Independent Sector, a coalition of US-based nonprofits and philanthropies. She has been teaching graduate courses in nonprofit management for 20 years, first at Georgetown University, then at Johns Hopkins University and George Mason University.
Her current national board service includes the Wise Giving Alliance of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, which sets standards for nonprofit organizations, and Charities Aid Foundation America, which manages the international grantmaking of corporate, foundation and individual donors. Locally, she has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood and the House of Ruth. She is a member of the Pan Handlers, the volunteer chefs for Palisades Village events.
Her late husband was Andy Mollison, a former board president of Palisades Village and leader regionally and nationally in the aging-in-place movement. She lives with her big orange tabby cat in a 1926 Sears kit house in the Palisades and is an opera and baseball fanatic.
Ellen Myerberg, Treasurer
Ellen has 40 years of experience as an accountant or Director of Finance for a variety of non-profit or governmental organizations including the Montgomery Housing Opportunities Commission, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Environmental Law Institute, and the Wellness Community. Her duties during this period varied from overseeing all accounting and finance activities to being responsible for various specialized accounting activities.
I currently volunteer at Palisades Village in the office. I also volunteer with The Smithsonian Associates, Learning Ally, and at the Blackwater Wildlife refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. Ellen holds a BA from Duke University, and MPA from Cornell University and an MBA from University of Maryland.
Lydia Benson, Spring Valley
We are excited to have a new member of the board, Lydia Benson, who co-chaired the 2016 house tour with me. Lydia is a resident of Spring Valley and a Realtor with WC&AN Miller. Lydia has been President of the All Hallows Guild at the Washington Cathedral and a leader in organizing the National Cathedral Flower Mart and many other local events. Lydia and her husband, veterinarian Dr. Randy Benson, raised two daughters in Spring Valley. She will be featured in next month’s issue. Please welcome Lydia to the board and I’m sure you will meet her soon.
Janet Bullinger, Palisades
Janet is a native of a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and arrived in Washington, DC, in 1965. She has lived in the Palisades since 1976 and formerly worked as a legal assistant in law firms and then part-time until retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court Reporter’s Office. Currently she is a docent at the U.S. Supreme Court, a volunteer at Sibley Hospital, and the treasurer of the Widowed Persons Outreach Service through Sibley Seniors. She is also actively involved with a lawyers’ wives group on a local and national level. For fun and exercise she enjoys walking her Tibetan terrier, Mickey Mouse, through the streets and pathways of the Palisades. Her other interests include reading, gardening, and needlepoint.
Ted Chaconas, Palisades
Ted is Managing Partner of Chaconas & Wilson, CPAs in Washington, DC where he has been in practice for over 40 years. He is a graduate of The American University. Ted is past president of the Rotary Club of Washington and The American University Alumni Association, and past director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Carol Lynn Halal, Kent
Carol Lynn holds a Masters in Social Work and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She served as Director, Patient Services, Dupont Dialysis Center for ten years, and thereafter as Vice President of Programs for the American Kidney Fund for eighteen years.
Sharon Dalton Hays, Palisades
Sharon lived on Long Island as a kid, then moved to Iowa. She attended college at University of Wisconsin, graduated with a BA. Sharon resided in San Francisco and eventually ended up in Boston where she received a Masters and married her husband, John Hays. While in Boston Sharon established a group home for teenagers who were wards of the state. She remained there for seven years and had two daughters. John and Sharon spent 8 years on a 100 acre farm in Maine tending chickens, goats, cows, horses, turkeys, sheep. In 1977, the Hays family moved to DC to try managing the Phoenix, located in Georgetown. The store specializes in Mexican imports and was started by John’s parents in the 1950’s. Shortly after they moved into the area, John’s father died and they have been involved in the business ever since. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Sharon has traveled the world and visited over 10 countries, volunteered with USAID and mentored small businesses in remote locations and through enjoyed this experience.
As Sharon tells it, “It’s been quite an adventure, and I always tell the story about how we, and several other neighbors, read about this cool idea in Boston — a Village! We met at a picnic table on Sherier Place in 2007…and the rest is history — Palisades Village!”
Frank L. Langhammer, Kent
Frank grew up in a suburb of New York, and has lived in the same house in Kent since moving with his family to Washington in 1983. A banker, Frank worked for a large bank in New York for thirteen years, and then for Riggs Bank in Washington for ten years, where he was the senior executive vice president and member of the board of directors. Subsequently he was Vice President for Finance at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a United States agency, in charge of its lending activity. Returning to the private sector, Frank worked for a small project finance advisory firm before starting his own consulting firm, which also specialized in infrastructure project financing, primarily for companies and investors in the energy industry. Frank was a member of the board of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, and subsequently at the National Cathedral School, and is a past vestry member of St. David’s Episcopal Church. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a member of the DC Bar. Frank and his wife Betty have been associate members of Palisades Village for three years.
Arne Paulson, Foxhall
A native of Washington DC, Arne moved to Foxhall Village in 1956 and still lives in the family home bought by his parents in 1961. He is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in 1976. Professionally, Arne pursued a career in international development, working as an economist in a number of international organizations, including the World Bank, UNCTAD (Geneva), the International Energy Agency (Paris), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), from which he retired in 2007. Arne has been active in community service work, including participating as a past Board member and Vice President of the Foxhall Community Citizens Association. Currently, Arne is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Retirees of the IDB and the Friends Meeting of Washington. Arne and his wife Sara have been active members of Palisades Village, and are credited with developing Palisades Village’s “associate member” category, which has successfully increased the association’s membership and financial base. He has previously served on the Palisades Village board and chaired the Fundraising Committee. He is a current member of the endowment campaign committee.
Kate Montague Perry, Palisades
Kate graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in English Literature, with a semester at the University of London while interning for a Member of Parliament. She also earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kate retired three years ago from the Environmental Protection Agency after 25 years of natural resource protection and public policy advocacy, after having worked first in historic preservation law at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and National Trust for Historic Preservation. She currently volunteers as a Trustee of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City doing both natural and historic resource protection, serves on the Holton-Arms Alumnae Board, and volunteers at the Thurgood Marshall Academy. Beginning with her retirement Kate has volunteered for Palisades Village’s House Tour and events and social activities.
Elizabeth Schueler, Palisades
Lizzie joined the Board in December 2012. She lived in the Palisades from 2000-2003, and recently moved back in 2010. She is a Senior Director of Markets Transformation at the World Wildlife Fund where she has been since 2008. Beforehand, she was with Microsoft, based in Istanbul and then in Redmond, WA where she led two different global Corporate Social Responsibility Programs for the company. Lizzie also has worked for USAID, Waste Management International and the United Nations Environment Program, based in Nairobi.
She started and chaired the Lewis and Clark County Community Foundation, and has been a board member of the Yellowstone Parks Foundation and a Member of the Corporation of the Winsor School. She is a native Bostonian, and holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.A.L.D. from Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.