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Mayor Makes Appointments to Board of Education, NCRC, and Various City Agencies
May 14, 2003




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Mayor Makes Appointments to Board of Education, NCRC and Various City Agencies

(Washington, DC) Mayor Williams announced appointments today to the Board of Education, the National Capital Revitalization Corporation (NCRC), and seven city positions.

Carrie Thornhill and Robin Martin were appointed to the Board of Education, and Jim Hudson and Marie Johns were appointed to the Board of the NCRC.

The Mayor also appointed Yvonne Gilchrist as director of the Department of Human Services; the Honorable Tyrone Butler as Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Independent Office of Administrative Hearings; Robert Spagnoletti as the Corporation Counsel; Leonard Becker as the Mayor's General Counsel; Brian Wilbon as director of the Office of Medicaid Public Provider Operations Reform; Kenneth Saunders as the director of the Office of Human Rights; and, Gerry Roth, as the District's Healthcare Privacy and Confidentiality Officer.

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Carrie L. Thornhill

Carrie Thornhill has been actively engaged in public education reform, community development, research for action, social action and community building work for over 40 years. For seven years, Thornhill has served as Vice President for Youth Investment and Community Outreach with DC Agenda, a nonprofit civic organization that brings together diverse groups of leaders to address complex urban problems in Washington, DC. Her leadership, programmatic and management responsibilities include: Youth Investment, School-to-Careers, Neighborhood Support Programs-DC Neighborhood College, and Neighborhood Information Services. Thornhill is a member of the DC School-to-Careers/Youth Investment Council and oversees resource development, compliance with program and contracting requirements and evaluation. She is a founder of DC VOICE and serves as convener of the Supports for Quality Teaching Policy Advisory Group. Thornhill is the founding President of the DC Childcare Corporation, a unique federal, District government, private public partnership for children and families.

From 1987 to 1995, Thornhill was President of the Committee on Strategies to Reduce Chronic Poverty, and Project Manager for DC Kids Count Collaborative from 1993 to 1995. Prior, Ms. Thornhill was Deputy Director of Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Inc. for seven years. Other community action positions include: Acting Director, Response to Educational Needs Project in Anacostia and Coordinator of police and youth community relations and school desegregation programs for the National Conference of Christians and Jews in the Distirct, Prince Georges County, and Northern Virginia. From 1982 to 1993 she served as a member of the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the District of Columbia -- ten of those years as Chairman.

Thornhill is a graduate of the District of Columbia Teacherís College, a predecessor institution of the University of the District of Columbia. She is a life long learner and an avid civic activist. She considers community building her profession and life mission.

Mayor Williams cited not only Thornhillís extensive experience in civic engagement, but also her passion for and dedication to public education as key reasons for his selection. Thornhill chairs the Education Committee for the Hillcrest Community Civic Association. She was formerly Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia, the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation, co-chair of the DC Committee on Public Education and member of the Public Charter School Resource Center.

Ms. Thornhill is a resident of the Ward 7 and resides in the Hillcrest community.

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Robin B. Martin

Martin, an effective member of several private, public and charitable boards, was selected to fill one of two recent vacancies on the DC Board of Education. Martin, 54, serves as Vice Chairman of the Smithsonianís Museum of Natural History and Chairman Emeritus of the Corcoran Gallery of Art here locally. He also serves as a director of LML Payment Systems, Inc., Vancouver, BC, and Dallas, and as a 17-year trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Martin also has been a member of the Federal City Council and of the Commission of the Smithsonianís Museum of African Art here in Washington.

From 1995 to 2002 Martin was a member of the board of trustees at St. Albans School in Washington. In this capacity, he had a leadership role as a member of the search committee for the new headmaster. He has extensive experience in fundraising for nonprofits and attracting philanthropic and corporate support for a wide array of cultural and educational purposes.

Mayor Williams cited not only Martinís extensive board experience but also his financial acumen as another key reason for his selection. Martin, a 25-year broadcast owner and President and CEO of the Deer River Group, is a frequent speaker on media acquisitions, mergers, and financing in the broadcast and cable industry. Previously he was Director of Corporate Affairs for the Outlet Company and served on the boards of two Washington based organizations, Allied Capital Corporation and Broadcast Capital, Inc., a minority enterprise SBIC. Martin is the author of various books and articles relating to finance in the broadcast and cable industries including, with Erwin Krasnow, Buying A Broadcast Station: A Guide to Due Diligence.

As a long time resident of Washington, former Assistant to the Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, and Staff Assistant to President Gerald R. Ford at the White House, Martin is no stranger to the problems facing government services. "Both Mayor Williams and the School Board are focused on improving our schools. Everyone knows our challenges, and establishing financial priorities, metrics and accountability must be a critical part of any solutions," Martin said.

Martin, who received his B.S., cum laude, in electrical engineering and M.S. in communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his wife Lucinda, have three children and reside in the Kalorama neighborhood in Northwest.

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B.A., Morehouse College (1961)
J.D., Boston University School of Law (1965)


Chairman, JAH Development Co. Current activities include involvement in real estate and investor directed entities. JAH's principal actitities are venture capital projects including real estate holdings, energy, bio-mass development, and broadband communications (1985-present).

Senior Partner, Hudson Leftwich & Davenport. Principal area of practice:

Municipal representation. Special Legislative Counsel for the cities of Detroit, New Orleans, Oakland and Kansas City. Provided legal and executive department support on city finance and economic development plans. Principal city liaison with the U.S. Congress and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Labor and Transportation (1970-1982).

(a) Finance Counsel, District of Columbia Government (1974 - 1982)

Research Fellow, The Urban Institute. Principal area of research: The study of the management of housing services. Research concerned housing management and ownership, evaluating housing systems; deriving program implications from the evaluation (1968-1970).

Member of the Firm, Rhyne & Rhyne. Principal area of practice: Municipal lega1 problems involving all phases of city goverment; advertising city legal officers and preparation of city law briefs; counsel to municipal officials on city government problems; counsel to municipal officials on Federal government contracts (1966-1968).


(Current Associations)
District of Columbia Tax Revision Commission
Chairman, Delta Bluff, LLC
District of Columbia Bar Association

(Past Associations)
Chairman, Morehonse College Board of Trustees
Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, Board of Directors
Smithsonian Institution, Board, National Museum of African Art
Altresco Financial, Inc. (Board)
Georgetown Day School (Board)
Levine School of Music (Board)
District of Columbia General Hospital (Board)
Municipal Finance Forum of Washington
District of Columbia National Bank (Advisory Board)
Carson Products, Inc. (Board)


Associate Editor, Law and Judicial Systems of Nations (1965, a one-volume edition of the legal systems of virtually every independent country in the world. The volume contains basic information concerning the requirements to practice law, the organizations of the Bar, information dealing with schools, law students, and court systems.

Associate Editor, 1967, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers Law Review. A collection of articles and court decisions on municipal law, which reflects the experience of city attorneys.

Associate Editor, 1968, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers Law Review.

Municipal Regulation of Cable Communications (1972).

Legal Issues in New Community Governance (1974).

Capital Project Financing: A Critical Analysis of a New Approach. A report on Bond Financing for the District of Columbia under the Home Rule Act (1975).

"The Residential Real Property Transfer Excise Act of 1978." Realtor February 1979.

"District of Columbia Revenue Bonds." Realtor, June 1983.


District of Columbia Bar
U.S. Supreme Court

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Marie Johns is President, Verizon Washington, DC and is responsible for Verizon's nearly $700 million operations in the District of Columbia. Ms. Johns is an engaged business leader in the Washington metropolitan region. She has provided leadership in a wide range of professional, civic and cultural organizations. She has worked to enhance and improve the District's viability on several fronts, particularly in efforts related to strengthening education, health care and economic development systems in the District of Columbia.

Ms. Johns has participated in a wide range of organizations that support education and youth. Under her leadership, Verizon was instrumental in the effort to obtain a $10 million grant for the DC Public Schools to implement a school to careers reform initiative. She co-chaired this effort with the Superintendent of the DC Public Schools and continues to co-chair the District's Youth Investment Council. Out of School to Careers, Ms. Johns spearheaded a Verizon sponsored program called SEEDS (Students Educated for Economic Development Success) that trains out of school youth for jobs in information technology. In addition, Ms. Johns served as a director of a non-profit organization that provided funding for every public school and library in the District of Columbia to install cabling to provide high speed connections to the Internet and local computer networks and provided training to teachers and library personnel.

Ms. Johns brought together committed members of business organizations, educational institutions, non-profit entities and the government to form the Washington DC Technology Council. She currently serves as the Council's Founding Chair. In 2001, Secretary Spencer Abraham appointed Ms. Johns to the US Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Board (EAB). Ms. Johns also is a mayoral appointee to the Health Services Reform Commission which provides oversight for the health care delivery system for uninsured residents of the District of Columbia and she co-chairs the Steering Committee for the $35 million New East Capitol Hope VI initiative.

Ms. Johns is a Trustee of Howard University, a Director of the DC Chamber of Commerce, the Federal City Council, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Economic Club of Washington. She is a member of the Senior Board of Stewards of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church and has served as a Director of Landmark Systems Corporation and WLR Foods. In addition, Ms. Johns is a member of the International Women's Forum and has served as past Chair of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors, past President of the DC Chamber of Commerce and past Chair of Leadership Washington.

The recipient of numerous awards for her business and civic leadership, Ms. Johns was presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Trinity College in May 1999 and was named as on of the Twenty-five Most Influential Black Women in Business by the Network Journal in April 2003.

An alumna of Indiana University, Ms. Johns earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees and has completed graduate management studies at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Ms. Johns is married to Wendell L. Johns, Vice President of Multifamily Affordable Housing for Fannie Mae. Marie and Wendell, their son and daughter-in-law reside in Washington, D.C.

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Yvonne D. Gilchrist brings to the District of Columbia more than 30 years of managing governmental social service programs for adults, children, youth, families, and physically and mentally challenged individuals.

Ms. Gilchrist has spent 14 years in the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR), and is currently the Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. During her tenure, she has managed a staff of 3,000 and a budget of more than $600 million and directed a variety of services, including foster care, child protective services, medical assistance, and homeless services. She has also served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Social Services Administration and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary for Programs.

Prior to working at DHR, Ms. Gilchrist spent 10 years at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she served as Chief of Program Planning and Monitoring, Addictions Administration, and Director of SSI Disabled Childrenís Program, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration. Ms. Gilchrist also worked for the Maryland Department of Education and the Baltimore City Government.

Ms. Gilchrist has filled leadership roles in community organizations such as the Child Welfare League of America, the National Administrators in Child Welfare Association, the United Way of Central Maryland, and the Baltimore Commission on the Homeless. In 1999 she was inducted into the Baltimore City Womenís Commission Hall of Fame for contributions to the women and children of Baltimore, and in 2001 she received the Social Work Leadership in Education/Practice Award from Morgan State University.

Ms. Gilchrist graduated with a bachelorís degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, and received a Masters of Education degree in Counseling from Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Tyrone T. Butler is the Chief Administrative Law Judge and Director of the Bureau of Adjudication, Division of Legal Affairs, New York State Department of Health. He has held this position since 1991. Prior to that he has held appointments as: an Administrative Law Judge in the New York State Department of Health; Assistant District Attorney, Dutchess County, New York State; General Counsel, Connecticut Inspector General's Office; Inspector General, New York City Corrections Department and Lieutenant, New York City Police Department.

He currently serves as the Treasurer of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges (NAALJ). He was the NAALJ's, "Year 2000" Annual Conference organizer and Chairperson; the conference was held in Albany, New York, October 14, 2000 to October 18, 2000 and hosted over 300 participants from the United States and Canada.

Judge Butler also serves as Chair-Elect of the National Conference of Administrative Law Judges (NCALJ), American Bar Association; Vice Chair of the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service, New York State Bar Association; he is a past President of the New York State Administrative Law Judges Association and he has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Judge Butler has recently been elected to serve in the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar association and as a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. His two-year term began after the 2002, ABA Annual meeting in Washington, DC, he served as an alternate in the 2002 ABA House.

Judge Butler is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 1977, Summa Cum Laude, with a BA in English and received his JD from New York Law School in 1981. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1981, and to the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts in 1982.

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Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia

Robert J. Spagnoletti brings to the District more than 15 years of legal experience, including 4 years as a litigation associate and 13 years as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Since 1998, Mr. Spagnoletti has served as the Chief of the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section of the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, following his appointment in 1995 as Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit. As Chief, Mr. Spagnoletti is currently responsible for the more than 50 Assistant United States Attorneys and support staff who prosecute nearly 8,000 cases each year. He has briefed and argued criminal appellate cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

For the past 5 years, Mr. Spagnoletti has taught a one-semester course in trial practice at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the government, Mr. Spagnoletti was a litigation associate for Mayor Day Caldwell & Keaton, in Houston, Texas; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and Washington.

Community involvement is also important to Mr. Spagnoletti, who has served on several councils and committees, including the Mayorís Commission on Violence Against Women, the D.C. Superior Court Domestic Violence Project, the District of Columbia Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and the Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project.

Mr. Spagnoletti has received several awards during his career, including the 2002 Sullivan Award, presented by the Assistant United States Attorney Association; the 1997 Young Lawyer of the Year award, presented by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia; and Special Achievement Awards for four years in a row from the Office of the United States Attorney.

Mr. Spagnoletti graduated with a bachelorís degree in Mathematics and History, summa cum laude, from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He completed his juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, at Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the State Bar in New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

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Leonard H. Becker
General Counsel to the Mayor

Leonard H. Becker is currently Senior Litigation Counsel in the Districtís Office of Corporation Counsel. Prior to joining the Office of Corporation Counsel in November 2001, Mr. Becker was a partner at Arnold & Porter, in Washington, DC, where he worked for 27 years. During his tenure at Arnold & Porter, he served seven years as Bar Counsel for the Office of District Columbia Bar Counsel. In addition, Mr. Becker has taught ethics as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law, at American University.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Becker served judicial clerkships for the Honorable Edward Weinfeld, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Potter Stewart, Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Becker also spent several years as an associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, in Washington, DC.

Mr. Becker has published a variety of articles in publications such as the Yale Law Journal, The District Lawyer, and The Nation. He graduated with a bachelors degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude, and a law degree from Yale Law School.

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Director, Office of Medicaid Public Provider Operations Reform (OMPPOR)

Brian L. Wilbon brings more than ten years of experience in the healthcare financial and operations industry to the Office of Medicaid Public Provider Operations Reform.

Since 2000, Mr. Wilbon has been the Director of the Revenue Division for MAXIMUS, which provides program management, information technology, and consulting services to government agencies. In this position, he has assisted several clients, including the States of Maryland and New Jersey, in recovering more than $100 million in additional Federal, Medicare and Medicaid revenue. He also has helped to file and settle numerous Medicaid and Medicare appeals.

Prior to his work at MAXIMUS, Mr. Wilbon was a Health Care Consulting Manager at Arthur Andersen from 1998 - 1999, where he managed an operational review of a large, for-profit hosipital conglomerateís Medicare reimbursement practice to ensure compliance. At Andersen, he also audited Medicare cost reports for hospitals and skilled nursing facilities and deeveloped advanced training seminars on Medicare compliance and reimbursement.

At Integrated Health Services, Mr. Wilbon began as a Reimbursement Analyst and was promoted to Director of Coporate Reimbursement between 1994 and 1998. He began his career at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland.

Mr. Wilbon graduated from Hampton University with a BA in Accounting, cum laude.

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Kenneth L. Saunders
Office of Human Rights

Kenneth L. Saunders currently serves as Executive Director of the Greater Shreveport Human Relations Commission.  The Commission was established to assist and consult with the City of Shreveport and its elected and appointed officials on matters involving prejudice and/or discrimination.  The Commission is tasked with educating the community on issues of cultural diversity, identifying and resolving community issues and working to eliminate discrimination in all forms in the Greater Shreveport Community. 

Mr. Sanders served as Assistant Director of the Community Relations Commission in Columbus, Ohio, from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Saundersí efforts were instrumental in establishing a Hate Crimes Task Force, a Task Force on Predatory Lending, a Chamber of Commerce Guide to Religious Accommodations in the Workplace, and a Commission Mediation program for small to medium size businesses. During his tenure at the Community Relations Commission, Mr. Saunders acted as the commissionís EEO officer and legal counsel.

Prior to his work with the Community Relations Commission, Mr. Saunders practiced law with the firm of Saunders, Jackson & Hines, where he was the managing partner, and with the international law firm of Baker & Hostetler.

Mr. Saunders is a graduate of Wilberforce University and received his Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University of Law. 

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A. Gerard Roth
Healthcare Privacy and Confidentiality Officer
Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA)

A. Gerald Roth ("Gerry") was appointed last month as the Districtís Healthcare Privacy and Confidentiality Officer. The Privacy Officer reports to the Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families and Elders and is responsible for maintaining the Districtís HIPAA compliance. He will maintain privacy, transaction code and identifier implementation, and security across District agencies. Mr. Roth brings more than 20 years of high-level technology experience to the District.

Mr. Roth comes to the Deputy Mayorís office from the Districtís Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), where he was Director of Project Management and Agency Liaison. This position entailed developing and implementing District-wide technology standards and served as a liaison with District agencies to manage more than 150 OCTO programs under development.

Most of Mr. Rothís career was spent in the private sector, at GTE Corporation and Verizon Communications Corporation. Following the merger of GTE and Bell Atlantic to create Verizon, Mr. Roth served as the Executive Director of Program Management from 2000-2001. He managed the Merger Compliance Program Office, which tracked thousands of independent merger conditions across 32 states, the federal government, and internationally.

Other positions with GTE Corporation included five years as the Vice President of Technology Programs, during which he served on the Presidentís Council on Y2K. He also worked from 1978 to 1995 with GTE Government Systems Corporation as Director of Systems Development and Vice President and General Manager of National Center Systems.

Mr. Roth also served as a Russian Linguist and Analyst in the US Air Force and National Security Agency. He also worked to develop courses in Asset Protection Risk Management for Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Roth received a Masters of Science in Education and a Masters of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He graduated from the University of Windsor in Canada with a BA in Political Science.

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