Board of Directors

Executive Committee

JC croppedJeremy Cullimore, Chair

Jeremy Cullimore is the Director of Communications and Outreach for WACIF, a nonprofit community loan fund supporting local small businesses. He has lived and worked in Ward 5 since moving to the District in 2009 from Southern California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in U.S. History from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and has worked in the community development field since graduating in 2007. Jeremy enjoys watching the Detroit Lions win on Sundays and is a strong supporter of the Michigan State Spartans. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys reading and continuing to explore all that the District has to offer.

DM croppedDarryl Maxwell, Vice-Chair

Darryl has been a District resident since 2003, living in Ward 4’s Manor Park neighborhood with his wife Janice for the past year. He is the Managing Attorney for the DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Community Economic Development Project. The Community Economic Development Project provides pro bono counsel to community-based nonprofits, disadvantaged small businesses, low income tenant associations, and limited equity co-ops. When he’s not working, Darryl is an avid runner & cyclist. A native Brooklynite, Darryl continues to root for the New York Knicks, Yankees & New York Football Giants. Darryl serves on the Organization Committee.

Amber NoelAmber Noel, Secretary

Amber moved to DC in the summer of 2000 to attend George Washington University, and loved the humidity so much she never left. A resident of Brentwood since 2012, she loves seeing smart, positive growth along RIA that benefits all residents. By day, she’s a statistician, using concrete numbers to shape policies and procedures (sometimes hearts and minds) at FEMA. When not talking about math, you can often find her out for a stroll with her enormous dog, training for long-distance cycling events, and working in her garden. She has also served as chair of the Design Committee.

Allyson Boucher. Treasurer

Bio and picture coming soon.


Celia BassolsCelia Bassols

Celia has lived in DC since 1982. She manages and markets Institutional Dental Care and the offices of Dental DC on 20th Street, NE. Celia began working as a volunteer and Friend of Rhode Island Avenue since 2012. The proud mother of two DCPS graduates, she often runs between Brooklyn and Philly keeping up with their careers. When she’s not her daughter’s performances, she enjoys bird watching, family and friends.

Michaela Blanchard

Photo and Bio coming soon

cleashayCleashay China-Sutton

Cleashay China Sutton has been a Washington DC resident for over 30 years. Her civic involvement in Ward 5 began during her teen years, when she joined Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church and began volunteering for non-profit organizations in the area including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Goodwill.  A graduate of the University of Maryland, Cleashay is passionate about helping Northeast DC thrive. In 2004 she contributed to the burgeoning cultural renaissance on Rhode Island Avenue by opening the award-winning full-service salon and day spa Studio E-lan.  She pours her heart and soul into bringing a beautiful, upscale experience to her clientele and the community. In her spare time, Cleashay enjoys supporting the arts, traveling abroad and exploring nature with her family. Cleashay serves on the Design Committee.

Michael Meers Michael Meers

Michael Meers has served as the Executive Vice President of Mid-City Financial Corporation since joining the Company in 2009. In this capacity, he manages the development and acquisition activities for the company.

Michael is currently responsible for the redevelopment of the 20 acre Brookland Manor Apartments community in Washington, DC into a 1.9 million square foot mixed-income, mixed-use redevelopment and has directed a team of consultants to submit a Stage One PUD Application that is under consideration by the District of Columbia’s Zoning Commission. In this connection, Michael has also led the Company’s community outreach efforts with the Brookland Manor revitalization and has worked closely with City officials/agencies, Ward 5 civic associations, the property’s residents, and other community leaders to garner support for the renewed property.

Michael’s other responsibilities at Mid-City extend to the asset management and capitalization of the Company’s 10,000 unit apartment portfolio which includes a variety of market rate and government assisted affordable rental properties. In addition to his responsibilities at Mid-City, Michael is also involved in numerous apartment trade organizations.

Michael is a native of Bethesda, Maryland, holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and is married with three daughters.

Robb ParkerRobert (Robb) Parker

Robb Parker is a second generation Washingtonian and he has been a Michigan Park homeowner since 2001. As General Manager for Vornado/ Charles E. Smith (VNO/CES), he. oversees retail property management for Crystal City’s interior Shops and Crystal Drive’s streetfront retail and restaurants. He also works with senior management and leasing in evaluating and planning retail operations within commercial office building located in Northern Virginia and Washington’s CBD. In addition to Robb’s volunteer work with Rhode Island Avenue Main Street, he is an Ambassador for National Museum of African American History and Culture, and serves on the Board of Arlington County Chamber of Commerce.

Robb refers to Rhode Island Avenue as “one of the city’s best avenues” and he is very excited that he was recently named Chair of Economic Restructuring.


Kyle Todd - head shotKyle Todd, Executive Director

Kyle Todd has been a resident of Woodridge in Ward 5 since 2004. In his free time, Kyle is a fan of baseball, NCAA football, and tries to improve his golf game to something better than “embarrassing.”

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