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  • ​​​​​​​​​​​Cornelius (Neal) Perry (Chairman)

    Hospitality Consultant, Adams Burch
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2015
    A native of DC, Neal Perry attended St. Francis de Sales Elementary School and Archbishop Carroll High School (1967- 1971) and then completed his education at Howard University (1971 – 1975).

    Neal majored in Economics and minored in Marketing at Howard University. Between classes and in the evenings, he worked as an insurance salesman for Supreme Life Insurance Company and Allain, Barnes & Associates. In addition, Neal served as President of Howard University's Economics Club from 1974-1975. Before graduating, Neal's sales talent was recognized by a senior executive of Adams-Burch who offered him a position in the hospitality supply industry. Neal accepted the position where he has been since 1975. Neal continues to achieve Top Producer recognition at Adams-Burch and is the Director of Hospitality Development and Executive Hospitality Consultant.

    Neal has built a reputation nationally and International of being a leader in the Hospitality Industry.
    Along with his professional accomplishments, Neal volunteers and donates his time and services to many local charities. Neal's most recent passion is for the young boys and girls of Boys Town DC located near his childhood home.

    Currently, Neal lives in Cheverly, Maryland. He has one daughter, Jennifer, who resides in Florida with her husband and their three children – Neal's adorable grandchildren.

  • Tracy L. Collins (Chair-Elect)

    Director Talent Acquisition, Redhorse Corporation
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2018
    Tracy L. Collins, Director of Talent Acquisition for Redhorse Corporation, has more than 20 years of experience performing and managing staffing, recruiting and placement functions within government, for large and small federal consulting firms, the financial sector and the not-for-profit sector.

    Mr. Collins is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he was trained as a Russian Cryptologic Linguist at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. He served overseas tours of duty in the United Kingdom and Germany. After returning to the United States, Mr. Collins completed his USAF service while assigned at Headquarters, National Security Agency. Since leaving active duty service, Mr. Collins has led staffing efforts in support of Y2K Remediation, the Global War on Terror, Sarbanes-Oxley Act Compliance, Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation. He has managed the staffing component of large environmental, energy, and information technology programs for clients.

    Tracy Collins has been a congregant at Foundry United Methodist Church since 1997 and has been an active member on committees and ministry teams since 2007. He currently serves as a Laity Delegate to Baltimore – Washington Annual Conference, the church's regional legislative body.
    Tracy studied engineering at Boston University and completed a computer science fellowship at the University of Maryland. He is a recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. His hobbies include gardening, grilling, reading presidential biographies, traveling, theatre and biking. He volunteers with organizations dedicated to social justice, creating inclusion and diversity in society, ending chronic homelessness and healing and strengthening families.

  • Rich C. LaPerch (Secretary)

    Founder/Partner, The 2nd Half
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2020
    Rich C. LaPerchRich LaPerch is a passionate, hands-on leader whose focus has been the development of multi-million-dollar organizations within a rapid growth environment with over 35 years of experience in the software and telecommunications industry. Rich has successfully led 3 venture backed firms and 2 of his own startups over the past 25 years. He has raised multiple rounds of financing which has led to 3 successful exits. Rich has an excellent understanding of technology and its value to the market and has used this knowledge as a successful investor in over 20 different companies with several exits from those investments.

    Most recently Rich has started another firm with a partner. PanaceaPT is focused on disrupting the physical therapy marketplace by gamifying PT. Prior to starting his most recent venture, Rich has been the CEO/President of Aegis Mobile,, Intersect Software, Vibrant Solutions, and Call Technologies. In addition to making several acquisitions during his tenure at the three companies, Rich executed a successful exit for Call Technologies when he sold it to 3Com in March of 2000. In 2012 Rich sold the company he founded, Aegis Mobile, to a PE firm. After selling the firm he established himself as a seed investor as well as assumed responsibility for a family owned real estate investment business. Rich is a former Army helicopter pilot and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • Kichelle L. Coleman (President)

    Executive Director, Boys Town Washington, DC
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2019
    Willam HaunKichelle Coleman assumed the position as Executive Director of the Washington, DC site, October 21, 2019.

    Kichelle is a native of Paterson, New Jersey and always had an interest in working with vulnerable populations and communities, much like the one she grew up in. She came to the DC Metropolitan area in August of 1994 to pursue a degree in Social Work and live out her purpose in Life. She believes that 'If she can help someone during her lifetime, her living will not be in vain".

    Kichelle began her career of serving children and families here at Boys Town in 1996 and served a total of 12 years before leaving in 2012. Prior to returning to Boys Town, Kichelle spent 7 years as a servant in non-profit leadership with Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. There she developed, implemented and managed programs serving children, families and communities such as foster care, private adoption, refugee support, and health and wellness services.

    As the current Executive Director of DC, Kichelle oversees all programs and operations. This includes the Behavioral Health Clinic, Family Home Program and Care Coordination Services. More than 700 children and families are served annually through Boys Town Washington, DC's integrated continuum of care.

  • David Child

    General Manager, Renaissance DC
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2014
    Originally from England, David graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a higher national diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 1991. He then worked as an intern in the front office at the Newport Marriot in Rhode Island for 1 year.

    In 1993, after a brief return to the UK, David returned to the United States where he started his hotel management career as an Assistant In-Room Dining Manager at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. During his seven years at the Mayflower Hotel he also held the positions of Assistant Executive Steward, Banquet Manager, Restaurant Manager, Sales Manager and Director of Restaurants for his final 2 years. David was, during this time part of the birth of the Renaissance Hotels and Resorts brand which became part of the Marriott portfolio in 1996. In 2000 David joined the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains New York as the Director of Food and Beverage and ultimately the Director of Operations in 2003. He then returned to Washington DC as The Director of Food and Beverage at the Renaissance Washington D.C. in 2007. David joined The Ritz-Carlton Brand in 2011 as the Hotel Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C. where he was an ambassador and presenter for The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center until the end of 2012, when he returned to the Renaissance brand as the General Manager of the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Dupont Circle Hotel.

    David is very proud to be on the Board of Directors for Boys Town of Washington DC since 2014 and resides on the outskirts of Washington D.C. with his wife of 25 years and five teenage children.

  • Dr. Joseph Leonelli

    Vice President, Engility Corporation
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2016
    Dr. Joseph Leonelli is vice president for National Intelligence Group of the National Security Business Area of Engility in this role, he develops and drives the strategy for new business growth in the Intelligence Community market sector. His responsibilities include advising Engility senior leadership on strategic merger and acquisition opportunities as well as assessing internal investment priorities to align business objectives with emerging customer needs.

    Dr. Leonelli was vice president for National Security Services and Solutions at Dynamic Research Corporation prior to its acquisition by Engility in January 2014. Before that, he was vice president, Strategic Initiatives at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology. There, he oversaw business capture and technology development for tactical and national signals intelligence capabilities, including airborne and ground-based SIGINT and electronic and communications intelligence payloads for manned and unmanned aircraft.

    Dr. Leonelli's prior executive management roles at include serving as vice president at Dynamics Technology Inc. of its Homeland Defense business area. Before that, he was vice president of the Applied Science and Technology Group at Veridian Corporation, which was later acquired by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Prior to joining Veridian, Dr. Leonelli was director of Special Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory UT-Battelle, LLC; vice president and general manager of the Special Programs market sector for the Battelle Memorial Institute; and associate laboratory director for the electromagnetic and optics laboratory at SRI International.

    A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Leonelli served on active duty as a Chemical Officer at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Upon completion of this assignment, he continued his military service in the Army Reserves. There, his varied assignments included Commander, 455th Chemical Brigade and Chief of Staff of the 9th Theater Support Command at Ft. Belvoir, Va. He retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of Colonel.

    Dr. Leonelli earned a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Indiana University and a master's degree in inorganic chemistry from Saint Louis University. Engility is leading professional services provider to the US government supporting advance Information Technology; software sustainment; and systems engineering programs.

  • Alfonso Pearson

    Community Engagement Manager
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2019
    A professional results driven senior manager with over 20 years of banking and investment experience, in a position in a major financial institution where my sales, marketing and relationship building skills will be utilized to promote growth in all areas of the communities that they serve.

    Experienced Community Development professional and financial educator with a passion of effecting change in the community. Working to develop partnerships with organizations which help LMI individuals realize their potential in financial management and homeownership which will result in the creation of wealth.

  • Dr. Susan E. Ashton-Lazaroae

    Pediatric Specialist, ALL Pediatrics
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2019
    Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. She studied Biology, Chemistry and Music at Milligan College in Tennessee, then returned home to complete her Medical Degree at Indiana University in 1993.

    Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae completed her pediatric internship and residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1996. After two years of private practice in Rochester, NY, Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae joined All Pediatrics in 1998. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with a special interest in infectious diseases, pediatric nutrition and asthma.

    In addition to her work at ALLPeds, Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae serves on the Board of Directors for the Sanctity of Life Ministry of Northern Virginia.

    Dr. Ashton-Lazaroae resides in Springfield, with her husband Bob and her sons Nicholas and Stefan. If she is not chauffeuring to soccer practice and musical activities or reading medical journals, she enjoys cooking, gardening, running, and cheering for the IU Hoosiers!

  • Dr. Tracee Walker Gilbert

    Founder/CEO, System Innovation
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2021

    Tracee GilbertDr. Tracee Walker Gilbert is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at System Innovation. System Innovation has provided engineering services to various clients in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) and the Department of Navy Modeling and Simulation. Additionally, System Innovation is engineering next generation technologies (i.e., blockchain, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing). Dr. Gilbert is also the Chief Executive Officer of Rapid System Innovation (RSI), which is a Digital Manufacturing joint venture between System Innovation and RGBSI Aerospace and Defense. Dr. Gilbert has over 22 years of experience leading large- scale initiatives and driving strategy and implementation for digital engineering, engineering research, and engineering programs across various domains including: defense, homeland security, medical and public health, commerce/census, and the education sector. She has held various leadership positions at Lockheed Martin, MITRE, Engility, and served as a fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) at Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD). She received her B.A. (Physics, Minor Japanese) from Lincoln University and her M.S. (Systems Engineering), and Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering) from Virginia Tech. She also studied abroad with the Institute for the International Students in Tokyo, Japan while working as a staff editor for Tokyo Classifieds.

  • ​Samuel Collin “Chip" Taylor III​

    Vice President, Government-Wide Procurement Advisory Center
    Washington, DC Board Member since 2020
    Chip Taylor is a three-decade information technology market veteran. As Vice President of ManTech International's Government-Wide Procurement Advisory Center, Chip oversees operations that leverage ManTech's portfolio of Government-Wide IDIQ contracts; understands, communicates, and enables procurement trends and best practices; and performs contract vehicle competitive intelligence.

    Throughout his career, Chip has planned, established, managed, and controlled multiple contracts in complex environments with strict adherence to cost and schedule milestones. Chip previously served as a Business Development Senior Manager at Perspecta, VP IDIQ Operations Center at Vencore and IDIQ/GWAC Director at Engility. His industry career also includes various positions at Raytheon, STG, ActioNet, Harris IT Services, Apptis and Electronic Data Systems.