Meet The Team


Board of Directors

ChairmanJoseph F. Collum

Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust

Chairman-Elect, Ryan Touhill 


Treasurer, Mark Mahar

Ernst & Young

Secretary, Tony Harney


Director, Amanda Chandler

Focus Data Solutions

Director, Tim Clewell

Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh

Director, Aurora Ferrari

World Bank 

Director, Christine Friedberg

Griswold Home Care

DirectorJane Hughes

Silverado Alexandria Memory Care Community

DirectorDon Kent

The Nickles Group

DirectorJohn Ray

TEC, Inc.

Director, Jessica Richardson 

Compass Real Estate

DirectorVanessa Rodriguez

Remax Executives

DirectorGina West

Fannie Mae



Katharine Dixon

Katharine Dixon, President & CEO, has been with Rebuilding Together Alexandria since 2003 and has more than 25 years of project management experience. She sits on the Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee, the Advisory Councils of Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, and the Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, and has held leadership roles on the Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations, the Alexandria Housing Master Plan Committee, and the Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Alexandria with her Great Danes.

Haig Paul

Haig Paul, Director of Programs, has volunteered with our organization as a House Captain and Team Leader for several years. Haig’s extensive construction and remodeling knowledge, customer service experience, and project management skills are put to daily use for our clients and projects. Haig is a native of Northern Virginia, and lives in Springfield with his wife and two children.

Ann Nguyen

Ann Nguyen, Office Manager, is the glue that holds everything together. She assists in the day to day management of the office and works directly with the President/CEO. Ann has lived in Alexandria for 47 years. She enjoys volunteering with the elderly, walking her two poodles, and traveling with her husband of 29 years. 

Karen Pena

Karen Pena, Program Assistant, moved to the DC metro area 35 years ago from Delaware. She has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sector focusing on HR, Finance and Office Administration. She enjoys cycling with her husband, kayaking and spending all her “extra” time in her garden. Karen lives in Arlington with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs, Cooper and Roxy.

Laura Smith

Laura Smith, Bookkeeper, in addition to a degree in Economics, has 40 years of experience in bookkeeping for small businesses, having started bookkeeping for her father’s business at age 12. This is her first foray into non-profit bookkeeping. She lives in Annandale with her husband, two teenage kids, and two dogs.

Robert L. Doyle III

Robert L. Doyle III, a Project Manager in our Programs Department, is also a lighting expert after working for the Lamp Factory Outlet. Rob has lived in Northern Virginia for 10 years moving from Richmond, Virginia. During his time off he enjoys playing soccer, Camping, Traveling, Grilling BBQ/Cooking, and is also a huge sports fan (he tried out for the Atlanta Braves in 2002).

Michael Spaeth

Michael Spaeth, Communications and Development Coordinator, works to enhance the organization’s communications, outreach, and fundraising efforts. He is originally from Dayton, Ohio and has a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, creative writing, and playing jazz saxophone.

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