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Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board

Members  Biography


Delia Aguilar


Jonathan Bernstein, Chair, Transportation, Energy and Environment Committee

Jonathan Bernstein joined the SSCAB in March 2013.  He and his wife Linda raised their daughter in Silver Spring, first in the Indian Springs neighborhood and then in Seven Oaks-Evanswood. Long a government campaign finance lawyer, he writes in the field but spends more time contributing to a wealth of community projects. Jonathan is president of   Washington Apple Pi, a Metro area Mac User Group.  In his  SOECA neighborhood, he moderates the list serve and helps with the civic’s website.  He is in the leadership group for the  Silver Spring Timebank, a grassroots organization that shares services and builds a more cohesive community “one exchange at a time.”  He strongly supports  One Montgomery Green, that aims for social, economic and environmental sustainability, and spreads word at every opportunity of  A Wider Circle, a local antipoverty nonprofit. 

Mandisa Berry

Stacey Brown, Chair, Commercial Economic Development Committee

Stacey Brown and her family have resided in Silver Spring since 2005. She has also owned a business in Silver Spring (Signarama Silver Spring) since May 2010. She brings a particularly broad perspective on relevant Silver Spring issues through her participation and leadership in organizations established to further community goals, such as PTA Co-President and NAACP Parent Council Representative at a local elementary school, the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, the MD97 Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study Stakeholders Group and as an advocate for the Lyttonsville Business District. She is currently the chair of the SSCAB Economic Development Committee.

Barbara Darko

Barbara Darko is an Editor, Communications and Public Affairs Consultant, having served as a Newspaper Publisher & Editor (Montgomery Times), Magazine Editor (Heart&Soul) Executive Editor (The Afro), Contributing Writer (The Gazette, Huffington Post, AOL), Political Aide (Councilmember Tom Perez), Television News Producer (CBS, CNN), and Diversity Outreach & Event Management Consultant (Montgomery County Public Affairs Office, Office of Community Partnerships). Her communications and public affairs background incorporates social media platforms in marketing strategies, and it encompasses diverse and global activities that advance government, corporate and nonprofit goals. She specializes in community outreach, custom publications, event management, media relations and multicultural/diversity news. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Johnson C. Smith University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. 


Jay Elvove, Representative to the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee

Since retiring from the Division of Information Technology at the University of Maryland in July  of 2014, Jay Elvove has taken on the self-appointed task of getting better acquainted with the Silver Spring community, where he has lived since 1975.  On November 13, 2015, he shared some of what he had learned as the lead-off speaker at PechaKucha Night with a presentation titled “Why I Like Silver Spring.” He is President of the North Hills of Sligo Creek Civic Association, an appointee to the Bicycle Master Plan Community  Advisory Group, a member of the Board of Directors of Docs in Progress, and a volunteer at the AFI Silver’ Educational Screening Program.  He is also a participant in the 2016 Senior Leadership Montgomery program.  He has a Master’s degree in Computer Systems  Management and various undergraduate degrees, including English, Film, Computer & Information Science, and Psychology, all from the University of Maryland.

Patricia Germann

Mulugeta Habteselassie 


Lysette House

Lysette House has been working with Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC) since June 2016, currently serving as Programs & Membership Coordinator. In this role, Lysette ensures the successful production of a multitude of events to support Montgomery County Public Libraries, including the kickoff to Library Lovers Month in February, Literary Lunches at the Mansion at Strathmore, the Seasoned Spellers Senior Spelling Bee, and the Mosaic Creative Writing Program held in conjunction with Montgomery County Public Schools, among others. She also maintains the membership database for FOLMC and it's 17 Chapters located throughout Montgomery County, including multiple in Silver Spring. Ms. House has also served as the Secretary for the Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter since 2014. Lysette has rented in the Downtown Silver Spring area with her husband and two excitable puppies since 2011, making her not only an avid advocate for the library, but renters rights as well.

Matt Losak, Chair

Mr. Losak has over 25 years of community activism.  Most recently, his work has focused on building an active and organized voice for renters in Montgomery county, including leading the County’s Tenants Work Group from 2008-2010 and followed immediately after with the establishment of the Montgomery County Renters Alliance in 2010 – the first non-profit in the County and State dedicated exclusively to advancing renters’ rights and security. Previously, Mr. Lasak worked with – among others – the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Peace Corps, and the White House.


Ed Levy, Vice Chair

Ed serves as Vice Chair of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.  The Board was the first advisory group established by the Mont gomery County government, and work s to improve communications between County citizens and County government.  Ed earlier served as Vice Chair of the Board’s Commercial and Economic Development Committee. Ed also currently serves as Vice President of the Northwood Four Corners Community Association, and has recently joined the board of Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. He serves as Precinct Chair and Acting Area Coordinator for the Democratic Party in Four Corners and surrounding areas. He spent 32 years working at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the last 15 of which as Deputy Director of the Office of the Secretary’s Executive Secretariat responsible for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary’s daily briefing books, and also responsible for their correspondence and public e-mail. Since leaving Commerce, Ed has worked as a freelance editor/writer for several non-profits and has written for the Silver Spring/Takoma Voice.  He remains deeply committed to the success of our diverse, economically vibrant, and naturally beautiful county. Originally from Baltimore, Ed moved to the DC area ‘temporarily’ in 1974. He loves international travel and has visited 76 countries, all 50 states, and all Canadian provinces.


Mark Mendez, Secretary 
Mark Mendez has participated in neighborhood issues for 20 years in Rosemary Hills. He and his family have lived in two homes within three blocks of each other since 1990. Mark is President of the Rosemary Hills Neighbors’ Association. Former SSCAB Member and lifelong Lyttonsville resident, Charlotte Coffield, encouraged Mark to apply to Advisory Board in 2012. She expressed the importance of knowing ‘what was coming down the road’. As a member of the Advisory Board, Mark has witnessed the power of participation or ‘showing up’ but also recognized that not everyone can. He has been pleased to bring his neighbors’ views to board discussions and then relate relevant information back to the broader community. To support this goal, he started a video blog and Facebook page that celebrate and respect the many lives and interests in this area of Silver Spring. Visit


Adburahman Mohammed, Chair, Neighborhoods Committee

An immigrant from Ethiopia, Abdurahman (Abdul) has been a long time resident of Montgomery County in Takoma Park. Abdul and his wife has participated actively in neighborhood issues such as the Boy Scouts and Takoma Youth Soccer. Abdul works for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments as a Transportation Engineer. As one of the founding members of the Ethiopian Community Center in Maryland he also serves as a board member of the community center and the Montgomery County/Gondar Sister City board. He is also a participant in the Montgomery County African Advisory Group. Abdul brings the perspective of the African community in general and the Ethiopian community in particular and their role in the growing diversity of our county.


Dan Morales

Dan Morales is an architect and urban planner who believes that buildings and communities should be designed for the people who will live in and among them.  He volunteers his time to influence project outcomes that are attractive, human scaled, and sustainable over the long term. In collaboration with ESSCA, Dan provided feedback on aesthetics and massing for the Baptist Church redevelopment project at the corner of Wayne and Fenton to reflect the neighborhoods interests. He was able to help the community articulate its needs and help the developer satisfy the community's aspirations.  In collaboration with the SSCAB, Dan contributed to the Taste the World in Fenton Village .   Attracted by Silver Spring's diversity and livability, Dan and his wife Melanie decided to move their young family from DC to make downtown Silver Spring their home.


Vineda Myers

Vineda Myers is a recipient of the Takoma Foundation’s Azalea Award, a Montgomery County resident since 2001, and an experienced community organizer with over 20 years of experience in management, logistics, outreach, and customer service.  In addition to her community development work with a local nonprofit, she is an active volunteer in her community, including the tenant association president of her rental community, a Takoma Foundation board member, and a CHEER Community Advisory Board member.Prior to 2013, she was a stay at home mother of two while serving her community as a two term PTA President, teaching an ESOL class and participating in the Piney Branch Action Team with IMPACT Silver Spring, as well as serving as a member on several committees for the City of Takoma Park. In addition to reading, watching, and spending time with her family, Vineda most enjoys doing work that helps to empower people to improve their lives, and helps neighbors and community members to connect with each other.


Uri Pasternak, Representative to the Department of Permitting Services, and Parliamentarian Vice Chair

As a practicing civil engineer who is also working towards a Masters in Community Planning, Uri Pasternak is tuned in to balancing the need for continued growth and development against the needs and desires of the established community.  With a surge in development underway in Downtown Silver Spring, Uri’s attention is focused on how this is working in our community and how our community’s voice is reflected back to the County government. When Uri, raised in  Wheaton , and his wife, of  New York , returned to  Montgomery County from  Philadelphia (where they attended college), they considered amenities available in various communities and moved to  Silver Spring for its urban accessibility and convenience.  From bagels in the morning to Fillmore events at night, the walkability and offerings of our community present continuing appeal. 


Mary Ann Zimmerman

Mary Ann joined the Advisory Board in March 2013. She retired from the US Department of State where she worked as a contractor for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) and is returning to her “roots” as an active participant in the Silver Spring community.  She has lived in downtown Silver Spring (at the Blairs) since 1993. In addition to SSCAB, Mary Ann has been appointed to the WMATA Riders Advisory Council.  She is also on the Board of Silver Spring Village and the Silver Spring Branch of the American Association of University Women. Past affiliations have included Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. (SSTCi), First Night Montgomery, Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee, and the Montgomery County Blue Ribbon Panel on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety.  She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and the IMPACT Silver Spring community empowerment program. Mary Ann is a civil engineering graduate from Purdue University, has worked for the City of Chicago, Cummins Inc, and as a management consultant in over twenty-five countries primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe.


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