Jeanne Kelly, Founder & Artistic Director

Jeanne Kelly InformalJeanne Kelly's career of over forty years has produced a unique blend of experience as a vocal performer, teacher, conductor and music administrator that has prepared her well to serve as the Founder and Artistic Director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults.

As a performer, Ms. Kelly made her professional operatic debut with the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center.  She has also performed major roles with the Baltimore Opera, Opera Delaware, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Annapolis Opera, and the New York City Opera Education Department.  She appeared in the world premiere of Rappaccini's Daughter with the Pennsylvania Opera Theater.

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Dan Martin, President

Dan Martin v2 1Dan Martin, a member of Glen Echo Encore since 2011, has had a career in the public sector, primarily focused on information dissemination and public outreach to help build coalitions of supporters for economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dan worked in the Office of External Relations of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C. for 27 years. The IDB is a multilateral development bank that finances public and private sector development projects in the region. As Chief of the Public Information and Publishing Section of the IDB, he managed outreach programs aimed at key constituencies, including the U.S. government, the private sector, foundations, NGOs, academia and labor organizations. He also managed the institution's website and publications programs; and managed, wrote, edited and produced the IDB's Annual Report for many years

Larry Kelly, Treasurer

Larry DAR 1Larry Kelly has over forty-seven years of management experience with large and small businesses in the private sector, federal government and the U.S. Navy, where he was the program director for a $200M/year revenue generating business.

Larry is a Consultant for Whitney, Bradley and Brown, Inc. He provides information technology capital planning and portfolio management consulting support to a component of the Department of Homeland Security. Previously, he worked as a Program Manager and Principal Consultant for SAIC and Total Systems Technologies Corp.


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Rick Ritter, Secretary

Rick Ritter 1Rick Ritter, a graduate of Denison University and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, has spent most of his career in business of direct marketing of books.  He began his career working for Doubleday Book Clubs on Literary Guild, and Military Book Club. He then joined Macmillan Book Clubs to become Director of Media, where he directed the purchase the space ads and the mailing lists for Macmillan’s professional clubs. When Macmillan purchased Gryphon Editions in Birmingham, AL, Rick relocated to direct the business. Gryphon publishes deluxe leather-bound, facsimiles of classic books in Law and Medicine. Rick returned to New York and briefly worked in mergers and acquisitions with the book club division.  National Geographic’s book division hired Rick to work on its continuity and annuals program.

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David Bernstein, Immediate Past President

David BernsteinAs a two-term board member, David Bernstein brings a wealth of experience to the Encore Board of Directors in the area strategic planning, business, and information technology. Having retired as Captain from the United States Coast Guard after 35 years of distinguished reserve and active duty service, including serving as the Coast Guard CIO, David continued his career as an Enterprise & IT Governance Consultant-Strategist and Senior Consultant for the world's largest information systems outsourcing organization, EDS.


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Valerie Amerkhail, Board Member

AmerkhailValerie 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 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. Jan is the current president of the White Oak chapter of the Friends of the Library and chairman of the Library Advisory Committee. These groups raise money to help the library provide programs for the very diverse White Oak community it serves. She is also an active volunteer with The Metropolitan Washington Ear reading orally and recording print publications for their blind clientele to dial-in and access the news of the day.

Jan welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Encore Board of Directors and to participate in helping to create the future of Encore Creativity.

Frank Burgess, Board Member

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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Janie Powers, Board Member

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.  

Janie brings a sincere love for Encore and the desire to maximize and enhance each singer's Encore experience through the process of lifelong learning. Janie places a high value on the opportunity to contribute to the Board and, more importantly, serve each Encore singer.

Anthony Tambasco, Board Member

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.  

He moved to Goodwin House Life Plan Community in Bailey’s Crossroads, where Encore Chorale had one of its roots, and has sung with the Chorale there since 2010.  He also traveled with the Chorale on its Danube Cruise in 2014 and enjoyed a singing weekend at The Homestead in 2017, followed by a week with Encore Chorale in Chautauqua that same year.  

Since retirement, Tony has been a member of his church choir.  He is also involved with his wife, Anne Stewart, in other activities at Goodwin House.  Among other things, Tony is the only resident on the Goodwin House Board of Directors and also serves with his wife on the Board of Directors of Goodwin House Foundation, the charity-giving arm of Goodwin House.

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