Meet our Board of Directors
Ben Forman is the founder of Teens Run DC. He is a clinical psychologist with a strong commitment to community mental health and work with children and families. For over 25 years, he has worked with adults and children, individuals and families; in addition to his therapy work, he has consulted with professional and paraprofessional staff at community agencies in both Montgomery County and DC Ward 8. For the past several years, he has chaired the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program and the Community Outreach Program, both at the Washington School of Psychiatry. In 2004, he developed Through My Eyes: the DC Photo Narrative Project. In 2009, he started Teens Run DC. Both these projects/mentoring programs reflect his conviction that positive change and growth occur within the context of caring relationships and a welcoming community that emphasize our clients’ strengths and problem-solving abilities to improve their lives. He is himself both a documentary photographer and a runner.
Andrew N. Goldfarb is the Chair of the Board of Teens Run DC. He is a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, a Washington, DC law firm. He is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on food and drug law, as well as complex civil litigation. He is also an avid runner who has run races of all distances in and around Washington. Throughout Andrew’s 20+ years in the Washington area – in law school, at the Department of Justice working on an anti-tobacco lawsuit, and now in private law practice – running on the trails of Rock Creek Park and the roads of DC has been a constant source of strength, happiness, and health. Andrew has been involved in a range of community service and nonprofit organizations, and looks forward to helping to lead the valuable efforts of Teens Run DC at this exciting time for the organization.
Tim Hughes is the External Relations and Outreach Manager at TFAH. He works to connect with current and new strategic partners to mobilize advocates in support of TFAH’s priorities and manage efforts to engage elected officials, public health partners, and non-traditional partners on prevention priorities. Prior to joining TFAH, Tim worked at the Center for Community Oral Health Programs at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California — a non-profit, community-based organization providing comprehensive dental services, including oral health promotion and prevention, to underserved communities across Southern and Central California where health disparities are the greatest. Mr. Hughes has a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University with a concentration in physical activity, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, Management and Planning from the University of Southern California. He is a runner, triathlete, and outdoor enthusiast.
Sonie Kalidindi is a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a multinational professional services network. Sonie supports the dedicated government practice that helps federal, state & local and multilateral development agencies address complex business issues; manage risk; improve financial measures; and improve the overall quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of public service through disciplined program oversight. Sonie is an avid believer in the social and emotional benefits of incorporating physical activity such as running into our day to day lives. Through her positive experiences, Sonie always looks for opportunities to inspire others to incorporate physical activity. Sonie received her Master’s in Computer Science from George Mason University and currently resides in Fairfax, VA where her family is active in county level cross country programs.
Gerry Stevens-Kittner serves as Beacon House’s Deputy/Development Director. He spent the first 25 years of his career as a lawyer and businessman in the telecommunications field. He became involved with Beacon House as a volunteer and Board member at its inception in 1991. He joined the staff of Beacon House as Development Director in May 2003 and became Deputy Director in May 2005. Gerry is a founding and current Board Member of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, a coalition of some 95 youth serving organizations that work for policies that better the lives of children and youth in the District.
Paul Meloan is a native Washingtonian and 40+ year resident of the metro area. By day, he is a partner at Aegis Wealth Management, LLC in Bethesda where he advises individuals and families on personal wealth issues such as investment, tax and philanthropic planning. His firm manages over $400 million in assets and advises families throughout the United States. For over 15 years, he has been an avid runner and triathlete, and is a multiple marathon and Ironman finisher. He is a RRCA-certified running coach who works with runners through the Montgomery County Road Runners Club and a cofounder of the Montgomery County Multisport Club. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the American University in Washington, DC.
Lawrence Swiader has spent his career at the intersection of technology, media, and education in service of how it can better people's lives. Currently, as Director of Digital Strategy at the American Battlefield Trust he oversees all aspects of Trust's digital presence⏤websites, apps, marketing, fundraising, video production⏤in support of protecting battlefields and informing the public about the vital role these battlefields played in determining the course of our nation’s history. Formerly, he was the creator of the Bedsider.org program which made use of digital and traditional media to change the reproductive health behaviors of young adults in the U.S. The intervention was proven to work in a ground-breaking study published in 2015. Previous to that experience, Lawrence was the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum where he led all technology initiatives in support of the teaching of Holocaust history and to motivate people to act to end contemporary genocide. In his second home of Athens, Greece, he has consulted on various projects including the Athens Metro and museums of Greek history. Lawrence graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1989 with a degree in Television, Radio, and Film and in 1993 earned a Master's degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University's School of Education. He has a Greek wife, a 17-year-old daughter, and finds inspiration from playing tennis, travel, sea kayaking in Greece, art, and a good book. He is delighted to be a member of the board of Teens Run DC and looks forward to bringing his knowledge of digital media and fundraising to the organization in service of improving health and social outcomes for underserved youth.
Ilene Trachtenberg is the former executive director of the Weissberg Foundation of Arlington, Virginia. The charitable foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that advance social justice for youth and adults in underserved communities, as well as international organizations that advance human rights in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Latin America. Ilene is an alumna of the Georgetown University Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Staten Island-CUNY. She served on evaluation and steering committees of major philanthropic organizations in the Washington, DC region, including projects of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She has been invited to present and speak at annual meetings of regional and national nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including Washington, DC-based Exponent Philanthropy. Ilene held senior management positions with large national associations, including the American Chemical Society and National Association of Realtors. She lives in Vienna, Virginia, and with her husband, enjoys regional and national car shows and driving events.