Board of Directors

Anthony Tambasco, President

TambascoAnthony (Tony) Tambasco enjoyed a life in academia, highlighted by thirty-five years as a professor of biblical studies and social ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University.  He also taught in the University’s evening Graduate Liberal Studies Program for most of those years.  His academic duties included two three-year terms as chair of his department and five years as an Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.  He is author of five books, editor of three, and was a frequent speaker in adult education venues across the area, including at the Smithsonian Institution Associates Program, where he pioneered lectures on biblical topics and ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.  

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Anthony Tambasco, President

Frank Burgess, Vice President

LaTasha Barnes, Treasurer

Janie Powers, Secretary

Valerie Amerkhail

Jan Augustine

James L. Brooks

Jackie Barbarito

Jan Bloom

Dr. Jeffrey Redding

Rich Taylor

Sylvia Winik

Frank Burgess, Vice President

BurgessFrank Burgess came to Encore in 2014. He was a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1983 through 2013.  During his tenure, he presided over criminal, civil, tax, family, probate and tax cases. He served as Presiding Judge of the court’s Criminal Division and Presiding Judge of the court’s Probate and Tax Division.  Among committee posts, he was Chairperson of the court’s Rules Committee.  He is now retired.

Prior to joining the bench, Frank was a staff attorney at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, and served for one year as the Chief of its Appellate Division.  Before joining the Public Defender Service, he was an associate at the firm of Palmer & Dodge in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was law clerk to the Honorable Levin H. Campbell when Judge Campbell was both a United States District Judge and United States Circuit Judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  Frank holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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LaTasha R. Barnes, Treasurer

LaTasha BarnesLaTasha R. Barnes, Assistant Vice President, Orlando Health, Inc. West Region and Chief Financial Officer, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare finance. She oversees all aspects of financial operations at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, including strategic planning and capital investments. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is a 480-bed, comprehensive care hospital and the only Level II Trauma Center in Pinellas County.

LaTasha joined Orlando Health in February 2018 serving both Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies and Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Orlando Health, LaTasha worked for nearly 15 years with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in Nashville, TN and Florida and is a former auditor for Arthur Andersen, LLP and Deloitte & Touche, LLP (Chicago, Illinois).

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Janie Powers, Secretary

Janie Powers

Janie Powers joined Encore in 2010. She currently sings with Annapolis ROCKS and with the Chorale at AACC, where she is Co-Chorale Master. Janie served on the Board of Queen Anne School, an independent school in Upper Marlboro, where, for several years, she chaired the school’s annual fundraising auctions. Janie also served as both Board Member and Treasurer of The Roedown Races and The Marlborough Hunt Club.

At age 50, Janie chose to begin a career as a Mediator. Janie is a Harvard Law School trained Mediator and holds a Certification by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution. To augment her mediation skills, Janie earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. For the last 22 years, Janie has maintained a private Mediation practice focusing primarily on property, financial, and domestic disputes and serves on the Circuit Court Panel of Mediators.  

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Valerie Amerkhail, Board Member


Valerie Amerkhail joined Encore in 2010 and currently sings tenor with Capitol Encore and Encore Rocks - DC.  She originally came to DC after graduating from Swarthmore College, to work as an economist at the U. S. Department of Commerce and then the Department of Agriculture. After marrying a visiting economist, she lived in Afghanistan and Germany, and then returned to DC, first working for the Congressional Research Service, then joining the private sector to analyze and forecast government economic policy, and later forecasting corporate taxes for the Congressional Budget Office.

For the past 30 years she has specialized in Transfer Pricing, helping companies that do business with related companies in other tax jurisdictions to ensure that the prices of the goods, services, and intangibles in their intercompany transactions are consistent with the "arm's length pricing" requirements of the governments that tax the resulting profits, and helping the companies defend their prices when governments question them.

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Jan Augustine, Board Member

Jan AugustineJan Augustine started her participation with Encore as an enthusiastic audience member for Capital Chorale in its early days.  When evening rehearsals became available, Jan joined the tenor section first with the Chorale and then with the nascent DC Rocks.  Since that beginning, she has sung with the Capital and Schweinhaut Chorales and with DC Rocks. Jan has been thrilled to sing in the 10th Anniversary Concert and at many of the Kennedy Center Holiday concerts. She has also enjoyed summer sessions at Washington College, Chautauqua, and the 2018 trip to Canada.  She currently serves as the co-Chorale Master for the Capital Chorale.

In addition to Encore, Jan keeps busy volunteering with the Smithsonian’s American Art/Portrait Gallery Museums, Ford’s Theatre, Chevy Chase At Home (a community-sponsored “senior village”), and most recently with the Capital Area Food Bank where she helps load emergency food relief boxes in a setting reminiscent of “Lucy and the Chocolate Factory.”  When not in lockdown, Jan travels extensively and has visited all 7 continents.

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Jackie Barbarito, Board Member

Rick Ritter 1Jackie Barbarito, MHA, LNHA
As Assisted Living Administrator for Goodwin House Alexandria, Jackie Barbarito provides leadership, management, and overall regulatory compliance responsibility of the assisted living and memory support household.Jackie fell in love with the senior living industry at an early age. Jackie pursued her passion throughout the years by advocating and serving older adults. She seeks to improve the quality of life of her residents, one day at a time. Jackie is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She holds a B.S. degree in Health Promotion from the American University and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from The George Washington University.

Jan Bloom, Board Member

Jan Bloom WebJan Bloom has been singing with the Scheinhaut Chorale in Silver Spring since 2011. She has also participated in many summer camp programs. She has enjoyed singing all her life.

Before her retirement in 2009, she was an elementary school teacher for 28 years. She taught all the grades from one to six. Teaching was all she ever wanted to do since she was a child herself.

Jan has given many volunteer hours throughout her teaching career and in her retirement. She has held leadership positions in her synagogue, in the Brandeis Women’s Committee, and in Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

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James L. Brooks, Board Member

James BrooksJames L. Brooks serves as AARP’s Director of Community Engagement, and helps lead the charge for AARP to connect locally with the organization’s nearly 38 million members and the public nationwide. He and his team focus on deepening and maturing AARP’s presence in 134 target communities—he will lead AARP’s integrated local strategy that includes virtual, in-person, and low tech offerings in 2022. Prior to AARP, Brooks served as E.D. of Project Compassion, a non-profit that creates community and provides support for people living with serious illness, caregiving, end of life, and grief. Brooks holds an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and a Master of Divinity degree. He is originally from North Carolina and resides in Fort Myers, FL.

Jeffery Redding, Board Member

Dr. ReddingDr. Jeffery Redding, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor is the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, is the newly announced Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Redding has led his choirs in performances at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, his chorus from West Orange High School received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director.

Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in approximately forty states.

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Rich Taylor, Board Member

Rich TaylorRich Taylor is an accomplished professional with career chapters as live entertainment executive, college dean andprofessional entertainer. He began his career as aprofessional vocalist, producer, director and teacher with Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. He then joined Walt Disney Entertainment, and for the next 27 years advanced through executive leadership roles. Taylor transitioned to higher education as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma, and was adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida. Through RICH IMAGINATION he now provides fresh eyes, sensible solutions and multi-faceted expertise to those seeking inspiration or enhancement of their creativity, communication, operation, or process.

Sylvia Winik, Board Member

Sylvia WinikSylvia Winik brings experience from dual careers in law and special education. After practicing law for 16 years, Ms. Winik shifted her professional focus and returned to school, receiving a master's degree in learning disabilities from American University. Winik gained practical experience at the Lab School. There she worked with moderately to severely learning-disabled kids with average to high intelligence, and studied with Sally Smith, founder, and then-director of Washington’s Lab School. Ms. Winik has worked as a learning specialist at several Washington, D.C. area schools, primarily at the Washington International School. Ms. Winik currently is an educational advocate and consultant, working as an independent consultant at Winik Educational Consulting.