Caroline Isber (Vice-Chair/Treasurer)

Caroline serves as the Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee at The Family Place. She joined The Family Place Board after a former chair convinced her it was a wonderful organization.

For 10 years, Caroline was the Washington Consultant for Legislative and Executive Policy Affairs for the Garden Club of America, helping the organization to become a significant player in environmental issues on Capitol Hill. She has also worked in the Secretary’s Office at the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Global Climate Change at NOAA, and in the Environmental Protection Agency.

She is currently a Climate Policy Center Consultant and Senior Advisor at Clean Air-Cool Planet. She received her B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College.

Oralia Puente, Ed.D.

Oralia Puente has served at The Family Place since 2006. Much of her life has been in the service of people and community, and that passion has driven her professional, volunteer, and civic work.

Oralia has served on several boards and community organizations in the D.C. area, founded three charter schools, and run for several community offices. Until recently, she was a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Project at The Academy for Educational Development. She has also worked with UNESCO, USAID, UNIFCEF and the World Bank. She is now an independent consultant.

Oralia is one of 12 children, a native Spanish speaker, and speaks Bahasa Indonesian and Malay as well. Her formal education started in California and ended at Harvard with a master’s degree and doctorate in education and a Fulbright at Colombia.

Judith Watson

Judith Watson, now a board member, originally became involved at The Family Place by serving as a volunteer for the preschool classes. She had recently retired, and a friend suggested volunteering at The Family Place. She had spent many years living in Latin America and the organization seemed a perfect fit.

A pediatric nurse by education, Judith has traveled throughout Central and South America providing medical training and education. She has also worked at the United States-Spain Council, the Council of the Americas, and several non-governmental organizations.

In addition to The Family Place, she also volunteers at the Palisades Village and the Post Classical Ensemble.

Judith received her nursing degree from Children’s Hospital School of Nursing/Simmons College. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Lawrence Garr (Chair)

Lawrence Garr has served as the Chair of The Family Place for the past year, and had previously served on the Board of Directors for about two years. He became involved with the organization through the request of another board member and because of his belief in giving back to his community.

With more than 30 years of experience in tax law, Lawrence currently works as a tax attorney and a partner at the law firm Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Prior to his law career, Lawrence was a special education teacher for three years.

Lawrence has an AB in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a juris doctor from Temple University School of Law and a master’s in tax degree from the Georgetown University School of Law.

Kendall Dorman

Kendall Dorman has been a member of The Family Place’s Board of Directors since 2007, and currently serves as the head of the Facilities Committee. He became involved upon the request of the organization.

Kendall is a principal at Wiebenson & Dorman Architects PC, a company he helped form. He has previously practiced in Chicago, Los Angeles and Phoenix.  He has been lead architect for a variety of projects including Bread for the City’s recent clinic addition, Martha’s Table, Emmaus Services for the Aging, Pyramid Atlantic, 410 GoodBuddY and a variety of residential projects. He is a founding member of Kill Architects, a group that investigates social issues through architecture and art.

Kendall was born in Nebraska, and earned a MA from Arizona State University.

Jonathan Willen

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