Biographies of Candidates for the Board of Trustees

The Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW. All members are encouraged to attend.

The agenda is as follows:

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Breakfast reception, refreshments provided
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Historical Society meeting and board elections

There are 7 nominees to the Board of Trustees who will be up for election to a three-year term during the annual meeting. Their biographies are as follows:


Eileen Andary
First Term

eileenandaryEileen O’Connell Andary is currently Senior Advisor and Board Liaison for the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID). She joined the DowntownDC BID in 1998, shortly after its inception, and was instrumental in establishing the Downtown Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance (SAM) Program. Since that time, Downtown SAM teams in their distinctive red uniforms have continued to offer a friendly presence throughout DowntownDC, keeping the area clean, attractive and welcoming for visitors. Three-quarters of the Downtown SAMs are DC residents, which is reflected in their pride and dedication to Downtown.

In 2002, Eileen became Director of Human Resources for the Downtown BID, a role that quickly expanded to Chief Administrative Officer, including responsibility for employment, compensation and benefits, employee relations, training and regulatory compliance activities. She was also responsible for office management, facilities, and contracts, in particular the BID’s service contract with the US General Services Administration. Currently, as Senior Advisor, she is responsible for Board management, outreach and new program initiatives such as workforce development.

Throughout her career, Eileen has focused on human resources in the tourism and hospitality fields. For ten years she served as Vice-President for Personnel and Training, and later as General Manager, of Tourmobile Sightseeing, a concessionaire of the National Park Service that provided interpretive shuttle tours around the National Mall, through Arlington National Cemetery, and to Mount Vernon and the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. She was also Director of Washington Resources and Personnel at the National 4-H Council and Conference Center in Chevy Chase for five years, and later, through her own company, Andary Associates Inc, managed and staffed the Visitor Center and Information Services at Arlington National Cemetery, welcoming four million visitors annually.

A third-generation Washingtonian, Eileen earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Trinity College DC,(now Trinity Washington University) and her MBA, emphasis in Personnel Management, from George Washington University.

Thomas Cook
First Term

thomascookThomas Cook specializes in global communications. His extensive background also includes new business development, public relations, corporate partnerships, government relations, and strategic alliances. Some of his various projects in the past have included the US-Ireland Business Summit, the American-Ireland Fund, the Innovation in Prevention Awards Dinner, Project Children, Vital Voices, the 10th Anniversary of the United States Holocaust Museum, the WWII Memorial Dedication, the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Dream Team, the National Hospice Foundation, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, and the Robert F Kennedy Memorial.

Thomas has also worked in close alliance with the Department of Health & Human Services, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the National Guard Youth Foundation, and the Department of Defense “America Supports You” campaign, and NASDAQ.

Cary Hatch
First Term

caryhatchWith more than 30 years of experience in advertising and marketing communications, Cary Hatch, CEO of MDB Communications has established a formidable track-record in business and consumer communications, both domestic and international. Her broad-based client experience includes National Geographic, Fannie Mae, Destination DC, the International Spy Museum, Sprint, the U.S. Mint, the Newseum and many others.

Cary Hatch has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal, on their POWER 100 list, as one of the region’s most influential business leaders. She currently serves on the national Government Relations Committee for the American Association of Advertising Agencies and is the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Board of Governors for the 4A’s. Additionally, Hatch is a trustee of the Federal City Council, and is a board member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the ($1.7B) University System of Maryland Foundation.

Cary has also served on the boards of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, DC and is a member of Heroes, Inc. and The Economic Club of Washington DC. Previous Board of Directors positions include Leadership Greater Washington, Samaritan Inns as well as serving on the Executive Committee of The Greater Washington Board of Trade. A member of the 2012 class of The Leadership Foundry, Cary has recently completed the National Association of Corporate Directors Professionalism Program.

She is a noted lecturer at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland, and is a regular on TV and radio outlets commenting on branding, advertising and marketing communications.

Client work has appeared both nationally and internationally in Graphis, Print, and Communication Arts. Creative recognition includes numerous, London International Awards, Tellys, Silver Microphones, and ADDYs as well as MAXI Awards for excellence in direct marketing.

A native Washingtonian, Cary Hatch joined MDB in 1981 as an account executive. After her promotion into a management position in 1983 and growing the business for several years, she purchased the company in 1987. MDB was recognized as an Inc. 500 company in 1996.

Eileen Kessler
First Term

1207_Eileen 08For more than 30 years, Eileen Kessler has led an expert creative and technical team to produce publications, brand identities, marketing communications and informational materials that build constituencies, inform, educate, and inspire advocacy for positive change in our society. OmniStudio has been instrumental in the communications activities of local, national and international institutions. Eileen has served on the boards of Companies for Causes and Empowered Women International. She received the Washington Literacy Center’s Lifetime Champion of Literacy award. Eileen was born in Washington DC and is third generation Washingtonian.

Julie Koczela
Third Term

Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Board of Trustees. Shot 5/21/2015Julie Koczela has been involved in community and real estate development both professionally and through service for over 40 years.  Early in her career, she managed a DC government neighborhood grant for local youth programs.  Soon thereafter she moved to the redevelopment of the McLean Gardens condominium conversion for a Chicago based firm. As Vice President of Crowell and Baker, a Montgomery County, MD development and construction company, she oversaw acquisition and development of numerous commercial and residential projects.  As a Principal of Koczela & Associates, she has provided project management services for several DC public and charter schools and community facilities undergoing extensive renovation; assisted banks in loan work outs; and provided strategic advice to various landowners, developers and tenant groups.

Julie joined the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society in 2010, served as Treasurer and then Chair since 2012.  She has steered the society through financial struggles, negotiated the lease amendment with the Washington Sports and Entertainment Commission (Events DC) and hired John Suau as Executive Director.

Julie is a native Washingtonian, married to another one, Jack, and they have raised two children who were educated in the DC Public Schools and are now out of college.  She lives in the Palisades where she has been very active with the neighborhood schools and recreation center.

Christopher Ross
First Term

Chris RossChristopher Ross is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Washington, DC office of BNY Mellon Wealth Management.  He leads client relationships and their investment strategy. Chris currently serves as a voting member of the BNY Mellon Investment Strategy Committee and formerly served on the BNY Mellon Equity Strategy Committee.

Chris has more than 20 years of industry experience with more than 15 years specifically focused on managing investments for wealthy families and institutions. Previously, he was with Wells Fargo Private Bank, where he was responsible for his clients’ investment management, planning and balance sheet management needs. Prior to his role at Wells Fargo, Chris was the Branch Office Manager for the DC office of Neuberger Berman, where he successfully grew the office to one of the most profitable at the firm. Mr. Ross has held advisory and management positions within the industry for leading investment firms and has vast experience working with wealthy families and institutions.

Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary. He also holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Salisbury University.  Additionally, Chris has completed post graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University.

Joseph Svatos
Second Term

joesvatosJoe Svatos is responsible for the acquisition and development of new projects, including strategic planning, structuring, and implementing project development and team management. He has been involved with the entitlement and development of award-winning office, industrial, and mixed-use projects in Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland, and Washington, DC, for over 30 years. Throughout his career, he has developed more than 30 buildings totaling 2 million square feet.

Some of Joe’s most recent projects include One Reston Town Center, One Tysons East, Westfields, and 555 Mangum Street in Durham, North Carolina.

One Reston Town Center will be a 400, 000-square-foot trophy office building developed in the nationally recognized Reston Town Center. Joe structured a joint venture with the existing land owner.

One Tysons East in Tysons Corner will be developed into a 220,000-square-foot trophy office building adjacent to a recently opened suburban transit station. The transaction was a complicated, tri-party agreement that involved relocating the existing property user to new space and acquiring their existing land.

Westfields involved the acquisition of 70 acres in a suburban office park that will subsequently be rezoned to mixed-used, increasing its value significantly.

555 Mangum Street, a 240,000-square-foot trophy office buildng in downtown Durham, marks the company’s first project in the Carolinas as part of a strategic geographic expansion.

Twice, Joe has been instrumental in the largest land sale in the state of Maryland. The first sale was 125 acres to Coca-Cola, and the second was the sale of 65 acres to the Social Security Administration for its $400 million National Data Center.

In 2010, Joe led the team securing the award for the development of the 115,000 square-foot headquarters for Legal and General America, and master planning for the 2 million square-foot Villages of Urbana in Urbana, Maryland.

He has also successfully completed entitlement work for mixed-use projects including the $100 million Spectrum in Falls Church, Virginia, and the $250 million Fitzgerald in Rockville, Maryland.

Joe formed The Svatos Company in 1988 (a joint venture with Akridge), which developed office and flex/industrial projects throughout Maryland. Prior to operating his own company, Joe managed Lee Sammis Associates Inc., in which Copley Real Estate Advisors invested $200 million. He also worked for the Washington office of Prudential Real Estate.

Joe is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and the Northern Virginia and DC/Maryland chapters of NAIOP. Joe earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia.