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2017 Board of Directors Candidates

Candidates for the OLLI Board of Directors 2017


Evan Douple

Evan Douple is a radiation health effects specialist with a Ph.D. in Radiation Biophysics from Kansas University. As a Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School for 22 years he conducted research to improve the treatment of cancer using radiation therapy. In 1992 he moved to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, became Director of the Board on Radiation Effects Research, and spent 2008-2013 living in Japan as Associate Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research

Foundation studying the health of the atomic-bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now, in his third year as an OLLI member, Evan has taught four courses and two Trip Tales. He is a member of the OLLI Dirty Knee Club, serves on the Science, Technology and Health Committee and attends Reston Program Planning Group meetings. He has served on several boards and chaired the Hiroshima International School Board. He has lived in Reston 28 years and is currently President of the Board of the Solaridge Cluster Association. A firm believer in the mission of OLLI, Evan would like to do everything he can to ensure the Institute remains a stimulating environment for learning and teaching as OLLI starts its next 25 years.


Paul Howard

OLLI’s greatest strength is our classes. We need to insure that all we do strengthens our course offerings and supports the program committee and subject area program planning groups. We should embrace membership growth to constantly renew our instructor pool, fill volunteer ranks, and help overcome the impacts of inflation on our budget. We must formulate sound plans for enhancing facilities and fund growth with prudent investments.

Paul joined OLLI in June 2006, and established the Investment Forum’s website in November ‘06. He joined OLLI's Finance Committee in '07. Paul served as appointed member of the board of directors from July, 2007 - May of 2008, and completed two elected terms on the board in June, 2015. Other committee service included Nominating, Strategic Planning, Facilities, and Ad Hoc Bylaws Review.

In September, 2007, Paul organized the AV Support Committee, assisting the staff with audio visual and technology issues. Paul spearheaded the acquisition of improved video projectors, document cameras, BluRay players, videoconferencing equipment, improved sound and other capabilities for OLLI’s use at all OLLI locations, including UCP, COGS and Lord of Life facilities. In 2009, he founded the OLLI Personal Computer User Group.

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Gloria Loew

A member of OLLI since 2009, Gloria Loew appreciates the quality and diversity of the programs offered and the excellence of the administration. She works with the Humanities and Social Sciences committee to develop new courses, and enjoyed facilitating philosophy and activism courses.

She has Master’s degrees in Education and in Human Resource Development. After teaching elementary school, she worked in all areas of software systems. In her last job, as staff development manager for an IT organization, she was most proud of her work developing teams. Past volunteer activities were with the Fairfax County Commission for Cable and Consumer Protection and the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. She especially values her current volunteer work with Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), where she is on the Executive Board as co-chair of the Business Relations Committee. Her newest project is organizing a PeoplePower group to generate grassroots support for the ACLU’s causes.

The aspect of all her work and volunteer experience that she enjoyed the most was when she could analyze and solve problems. She wants to bring that interest and talent to OLLI to find creative ways to deliver and expand services to our growing membership.

Jeffrey Rosendhal

Dr. Jeffrey D. Rosendhal was born in Brooklyn N.Y. He received a B.A. in Physics from Williams College, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Yale University . Dr. Rosendhal then served as a member of the Astronomy faculties at the Universities of Washington, Wisconsin, and Arizona. He came to NASA in February 1974.

While at NASA, Dr. Rosendhal held a diverse set of positions dealing with many different aspects of the space program. During his last 10 years at NASA, he served as the Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Director for the Office of Space Science (OSS). Over that period, the OSS E/PO program went from a few ideas and some good intentions to one of the largest programs in astronomy and space science education ever undertaken. Dr. Rosendhal retired from NASA in September 2004.

His work has been recognized by the receipt of many honors and awards including two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Awards, election as a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and election as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2006, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific presented him with its Klumpke-Roberts Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Public Understanding and Appreciation of Astronomy.”

Dr. Rosendhal joined OLLI in September 2009. He has taken OLLI classes on a wide variety of subjects. He has organized and taught classes on Astronomy and the Space Program and has frequently lectured in the Reston Trip Tales series. He spent 4 years as Chair of the Program Committee in Science, Technology, and Health. His “spare time” is spent reading mystery novels, walking his dog, and resting up from all his other activities.

Mel Russell

After retirement 5 years ago Mel Russell made the wise decision to join OLLI. He followed the advice of his wife, a long-time OLLI member, who convinced him this organization would enrich his life in retirement.

Mel holds a degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in television and film production. He served 22 years as an Army officer and an additional 29 years as a senior Department of Defense official, managing audio visual production, radio and television facilities, and public affairs organizations. During the last five years of his career, Mel served as director of the Defense Media Activity, which provides information and entertainment to American military service members and their families worldwide. He managed 2,500 people and a budget of over $70 million with operations in five states and 20 countries. His organization included the American Forces Radio and Television Service, the Stars and Stripes newspaper, the Defense Information School, and a large information technology operation that administered over 200 web sites.

Mel has served as president of his neighborhood homeowners’ board for over 20 years. His interests include photography, genealogy, travel and soccer (he coached for many years). Mel and Kathryn love to hang out with their two married children and four grandchildren.

Mel believes that his managerial and organizational background would make him a valuable member of the board. OLLI has become an important part of his life, and he believes it is time to give back to the organization.

Dave Ryan

Besides making sure that no Great Value Fudge Mint Cookies go to waste in the Social Room, Dave Ryan has devoted most of his six-year membership to chairing the OLLI Outreach Committee – a fairly natural segue from his 40 years as an Army newspaper reporter and media relations specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Washington.

The Outreach Committee helps recruit new members by:

  • Providing personal slide and video presentations (along with corny jokes) to community groups throughout Northern Virginia;
  • Encouraging newspapers and magazines to write favorable articles about OLLI (we’ve had numerous stories published in major local media such as the Fairfax County Times and Connection Newspapers);
  • Staffing information booths at community conferences; and
  • Distributing OLLI information materials to libraries and other public venues in Fairfax and Loudoun counties
  • Dave has also been an office volunteer, and worked with the Program Committee in turning two of his ideas into actual courses on deafness and NASA earth satellites.

    Although never an elected member, Dave feels his regular attendance at Board meetings has given him an instinctive feel for BOD dynamics and how it relates to the Executive Director and the rest of OLLI.

Harvey Schwartz

Harvey Schwartz is delighted at having been asked to be considered for the OLLI Board of Directors. He was a practicing rheumatologist and immunologist for forty years in Northern Virginia. He started the practice and he is proud that it is still going strong after his retirement. Harvey has had community organization experience as treasurer, then president, of a neighborhood swim and tennis club. He was also president of the District of Columbia Rheumatology Society. As a science major he had limited exposure to arts and humanities courses. The OLLI classes are helping to fill in the gaps. And without tests or papers to write! His major contribution to OLLI to date was his presentation of a four week lecture series on rheumatic diseases, given at the Tallwood campus last spring. He anticipates that his strong background in medicine and in the sciences will be an asset to the board for future programming.

Randall (Scotty) Scott

Randall Scott entered his second official retirement in early 2016 after eight years with Fairfax County, where he assisted Seniors and residents generally with DTV (Digital Television Transition) - oftentimes in their homes - and with any of their problems with cable providers for television, Internet, and phone service. As a senior Communications Analyst, he gave many presentations to seniors throughout the County, including teaching at OLLI. Prior to 2008, he retired after serving 35+ years as Executive Director of several national nonprofit organizations including the National Remodeling Industry, National Painting & Decorating Contractors of America, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Scott is a DC attorney; educated at Harvard Law, he holds masters' degrees from Wharton Graduate School and the London School of Economics in public policy analysis and land use planning. He enjoys going to at least five OLLI classes a week. He and his wife Maggie are also class-going members of the Manassas LLI, plus he attends classes at NOVA LLI. For the last 20 years, they have been volunteer ushers at Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts and somewhat more recently, at Signature Theatre.