Geoff Drucker is currently President of the NVMS CRC Board of Directors. He serves as the Senior Director of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Dispute Resolution Service and teaches mediation at the George Washington University School of Law. Geoff presided over the transition to a new name and new executive director. He has also helped shape a new fundraising strategy geared toward community foundations.
Steve Kramer is currently Vice President of the NVMS Board of Directors. Steve joined our organization in September 2019 and he offers more than 30 years of communications and program development experience in corporate, association, and non-profit sectors in Washington, DC. Steve’s most recent work serving as a communications executive in the restaurant sector has allowed him to develop programming partnerships and has garnered widespread awareness for priorities and initiatives of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, serving as the organization’s vice president, communications and external affairs. Previously, he directed a business unit for the Home Builders Institute, developing training, standards, and certifications for the residential construction sector. Steve advises the NVMS Conflict Resolution Center on communications outreach and mediation and facilitation service expansion.
Guillermo Birmingham is currently Treasurer of the NVMS Board of Directors. He has over 35 years of experience in financial, administration and operational leadership positions, with a background in developing policies and programs to manage billion-dollar and multimillion-dollar functions. He applies excellent analytical skills to financial, business and technology operations with a track record of success in achieving multimillion-dollar cost savings and the development of ground breaking operational programs. He is also a retired US Air Force colonel, having served 26 years across the world before his retirement in 2008. Birmingham is an advocate for those who need social, legal or financial assistance. He has been appointed to many boards, commissions, and committees throughout his career. In May 2020, he was appointed to serve a second two-year term on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Laurina Spolidoro is currently Secretary of the NVMS Board of Directors. She joined the NVMS CRC Board of Directors in January 2021 and is an accomplished attorney with remarkable careers in the judiciary branch government and the U.S. Coast Guard. Laurina is currently assistant general counsel at the Office of General Counsel at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts where she is counsel to the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on Financial Disclosure. She was a former special assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern Districts of Virginia and North Carolina, where she advised on criminal investigations, analyzed the law and evidence, and assisted in prosecutions. As an appellate judge on three-judge panels for the Coast Guard of Criminal Appeals from 2015-2017, she assessed the legal sufficiency of court martial convictions. She graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with honors and went on to serve as a deck watch officer in USCGC MORGENTHAU, and later as executive officer in USCGC ADAK and USCGC NORTHLAND. Laurina is a current volunteer as court liaison/roster mediator with NVMS Conflict Resolution Center where she schedules roster mediators for in-person and remote mediation. She also mediates cases pro bono in the General District Court. Laurina lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Sonia Aranza joined the NVMS CRC Board of Directors in January 2021. She is an accomplished global diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist with 25 years of experience serving top organizations including the Central Intelligence Agency, NASA, U.S. Department of Labor, Coca-Cola Company, McDonalds Corporation, Oshkosh Corporation, to name a few. She mentors emerging leaders worldwide. She is a past chairperson of the Diversity Professionals Expert Group of the National Speakers Association. The Society of Human Resource Management selected Sonia as a featured diversity and inclusion expert in HR Magazine in 2019. She was named on the 100 Most Influential Filipina-Americans in the United States. She authored “Transformational Leaders Begins Within,” featured in the book Disrupt 2.0, first published in 2016. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Sonia served as director of constituent relations for former Congressman Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii where she provided advocated for underserved communities on complex legislative issues such as immigration. She is recently on the faculty of Howard University’s Executive Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Program that is set to launch in April 2021. Sonia lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz, executive director of NVMS CRC in July 2020, is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors. Arleen has 30+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector, both in volunteer and paid positions. Her prior work includes serving as director of development and communications at United Community, a direct service agency supporting low-income families in Alexandria, Virginia. Before that, she was the fundraising officer at Ayuda, a Washington, D.C.-based legal immigration services nonprofit, and the vice president for external affairs at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, also based in Washington, D.C. She has robust experience in board stewardship, strategic planning, fundraising, communications, and program and administrative management. Arleen serves on the Advisory Council of Ayuda, and serves on the Board of Directors of Resolution Virginia.
Edmond Ebeid joined the NVMS Board of Directors in November 2020. He is a software engineer and a senior data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has over 20 years as a technology leader developing web-based training curriculum, and building web applications. He has packaged and deployed training curriculum to myriad learning management systems, while integrating custom training into many learning environments. He has leveraged both custom and existing products to integrate into a company process and has developed countless products that are both 508 and SCORM compliant for federal clients. Edmond also has over 10 years of owning and managing a software and web development firm, Blue Echo Studios, with expertise in business analysis, project management, web applications, website development, and mobile development.
Amelia Frenkel joined the Board of NVMS CRC in July 2019. She is currently an associate at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, where she has represented clients in complex criminal and civil litigation, including pro bono litigation. Before attending law school, Amelia was a speechwriter and political communications professional. She has worked and volunteered for national, state, and local candidates and organizations, including in northern Virginia. Amelia has also served on the Board of the Arlington Montessori House. Amelia primarily assists the NMVS Conflict Resolution Center with communications and outreach support.
Abe Pollack joined the NVMS CRC Board of Directors in November 2020. He is founder and principal of Pollack Badawi Group, a nationwide attorney search firm based in Washington, D.C. He has counseled hundreds of attorneys on their job searches and fostered relationships with managing partners, general counsels, and recruiting managers. Pollack was the associate dean for professional development and career strategy at the George Washington University Law School and a director at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Office of Career Services. He has worked closely with the hiring leaders at the nation’s top legal employers. In addition, Abe was an attorney at two AmLaw 100 law firms in Washington, DC.
Renee Reynolds is a licensed attorney in DC since 1993 and specializes in family law cases. She served as an attorney for the National District Attorney’s Association in Alexandria, Virginia and The Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington, DC. In 1997, she founded Dinner at 8, a dinner dating service in DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas and was the owner-operator for 10 years. In 2011, Renee served as the family intake specialist at NVMS Conflict Resolution Center and was certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mediator in General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She has experience as a mediator in family, workplace, small claims and elder care cases. Currently, she is a mediator for the Colin Family Mediation Group, NVMS Conflict Resolution Center, Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, Fairfax County Court Juvenile and Domestic Relation Court and the Family Division at the MultiDoor Dispute Resolution Office. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School.
Regine Talleyrand, Ph.D., is an associate professor for the Counseling and Development M.ED and Ph.D. Programs in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Regine’s professional, research and service interests are in studying mental and physical health disparities in Women of Color and developing culturally relevant counseling interventions for communities that have been underrepresented and underserved. She has published and presented extensively in the areas of eating disorders in African American women, multicultural social justice counseling, career counseling, advising and mentoring relationships. Her newest research and community service area has focused on exploring mental health concerns of recently immigrated undocumented youth—a population that has grown in the Northern Virginia area. Regine also served from 2005 to 2016 as an advisor and consultant to the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, a private, non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services for homeless individuals living in the Northern Virginia area.
Walter Tejada joined the NVMS CRC Board of Directors in February 2021. He was on the Arlington County Board from 2003 to 2015, serving as Chair in 2008 and 2013 and Vice Chairman in 2007, 2012 and 2015. He has distinguished himself as a leader committed to enhancing the diversity of Arlington and the region’s community voice. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington & the City of Falls Church, the Arlington Non-Profit Assistance Center, and the Community Volunteer Network. While an elected official, Tejada held leadership roles in the National Association of Counties (NACo) serving on the Transportation, Justice and Public Safety, and Healthy Counties committees. He was appointed chair of NACo’s Immigration Task Force in 2009 and 2012, and vice chair in 2015. Tejada also served in leadership positions in the Virginia Association of Counties and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Walter Tejada was the first chair of the Virginia Latino Advisory Commission, a member of the Governor’s Urban Policy Task Force and the Immigrant Rights Coalition of Greater Washington. He is currently the president of the Virginia Latino Leaders Council. The Governor of Virginia appointed him to serve on the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he serves as Co-chair of the Dulles Corridor and Sustainability Committees. He also serves on the MWAA’s Business Administration, Ethics Review, Human Resources, Risk Management, and Strategic Development Committees. Walter Tejada is a recipient of the Spirit of the Community Award from the Arlington Community Foundation, Outstanding Young Arlingtonian of the Year from the Arlington Jaycees, the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Non-Profit Advancement (twice) and the Immigrant Advocate of the Year Award from the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition.
For more information about volunteer board service, contact Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. NVMS is developing a pipeline for new board prospects who can support the organization’s strategic redirection amid the virtual world that demands change.