Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board

Members  Biography



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.

Michelle Foster, Vice Chair, Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board and  Co-Chair, Transportation, Energy and Environment Committee

Michelle moved to Silver Spring in 1994 from New York City in search of a walkable, transit-oriented neighborhood with a strong sense of community.  Having found what she was looking for, she never moved again.  As planner and environmental policy analyst, Michelle has sought to develop market solutions to solve environmental issues without compromising housing affordability.  Michelle developed Fannie Mae’s Smart Commute Mortgage, revamped the Energy Efficient Mortgage, and developed a methodology to calculate the carbon reduction from efficient homes so that they could be sold on the emerging greenhouse gas market. She is also a proud co-founder of the Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills.

Patricia Germann

Patricia Germann has lived in downtown Silver Spring since 2012 and works in the public sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Arts Management and worked for nearly a decade in the non-profit arts sector. A trained dancer and choreographer, she is active in the local arts community and enjoys attending Silver Spring's many festivals and international events.

Mulugeta Habteselassie, Chair, Commercial Economic Development Committee

Mulugeta Habteselassie is an UNO translator and communicator for various events particularly health issues. He has participated in community awareness sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. He volunteers with the Ethiopian community and is the founding and executive member of the Ethiopian Community in MD. Mr. Mulugeta received his education from Addis Ababa, India, Oxford University College, and USA.

Lysette House, Parliamentarian & Vice Chair, Neighborhoods Committee

Lysette House has been working with Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC) since June 2016, currently serving as Deputy Director. 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 Twinbrook Library, the Seasoned Spellers Senior Spelling Bee, and the Mosaic Creative Writing Program held in conjunction with Montgomery County Public Schools, among others. She also liaises with FOLMC’s 17 Chapters located throughout Montgomery County, including in Silver Spring. Ms. House has also served as the Secretary for the Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter since 2014 and, in 2018, was elected to her current role as Vice-President. 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.

Melanie Fonder Kaye

Melanie Fonder Kaye has lived in the South Four Corners area of Silver Spring since 2008. She currently lives there with her husband, three children, and rescue dog Riley. Fonder Kaye is a communications strategist with more than 20 years of experience in communications, media, and journalism. Before founding her communications firm MFK Strategies, she served as Director of Communications to Dr. Jill Biden in the White House. Currently, she serves as Communications Director for the Biden Foundation, and provides strategic communications services to several other clients. She has also worked at GMMB, an agency dedicated to creating real and lasting change in the world, as press secretary for former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, and as a reporter for The Hill, among other publications.


Ed Levy


Ed formerly served on the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board as Vice Chair before stepping down to become a regular member.  The Board was the first advisory group established by the Mont gomery County government, and works 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.


Katherine Lucas McKay


Katherine Lucas McKay is a Program Manager at the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program (FSP), leading research initiatives on household finances and identifying strategies to increase financial security for millions of households. Katherine is an experienced policy researcher and advocate in the fields of economic inequality and financial inclusion, and has worked on issues including consumer debt, credit reporting, access to safe and affordable financial products and services, mortgage lending, retirement savings, and safety net policies. Prior to joining FSP, Katherine was the Associate Director of Government Affairs at Prosperity Now; she has also held positions at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Georgetown University. Katherine holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Information Systems and a BA from Wellesley College. She lives with her family in downtown Silver Spring, one of her favorite places on Earth.


John Seelke


Dr. John Seelke has spent his entire career in education, at the high school level, the university level and now the district level. Currently, he serves as a manager for secondary mathematics in DC Public Schools. He has lived in the Silver Spring area since 2003, when he served the local community as a baseball coach in TPSS Baseball. He is the proud parent of twin fourth graders at East Silver Spring Elementary School, where he is active in the PTA helping work towards issues around equity. He is excited to be on the SSCAB and looks forward to working with hisfellow board members in supporting the region.

Don Slater, Co-Chair, Transportation, Energy and Environment Committee


Don Slater and his wife, Tina, have lived in Silver Spring since 1983.  They moved from Indian Spring to Park Hills in 2005, in part to be closer to downtown Silver Spring.  Don studied technical theatre at the University of Pittsburgh and computer science and math at the University of Maryland.  He works as a systems engineer for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (one of the Alaska Native Companies) on a satellite weather data distribution system project for NOAA.  Theatre remains an important part of his life.  He is a board member and the resident lighting designer for Quotidian Theatre Company in Bethesda.  He is a past board member and occasional lighting designer at Silver Spring Stage.  As a civic activist, most of his efforts have been toward improving transit and land use in the county.  He is a two-term member of Ride-On’s Transit Advisory Group and is an active supporter of Action Committee for Transit and Purple Line NOW.  He is active with the Park Hills Civic Association (unsuccessfully running for president) and with local politics.  Other interests include mental health advocacy (board member and 1st VP of NAMI Maryland) and gardening (Chair, Philadelphia Flower Show, 2018-2019).


Debra D. Wylie


Since June 2004, Debra has worked for Holy Cross Health in Silver Spring, MD. Debra's current position is Program Coordinator of Health Equity, focusing on the needs of community members who face persistent barriers to health care and targeting clear solutions that enable them to live healthier lives. Debra worked for Southern Management Corporation from June 1989 to June 2004, where she acquired her knowledge of the need and the importance of affordable housing and environmentally safe homes in Montgomery County.  Debra has held many numerous appointed and volunteer positions in Montgomery County, Maryland throughout the years.


Janice Marquez


Ms. Janice Marquez made Maryland her home over a decade ago and works in the private sector.  Since moving to Silver Spring, she has worked diligently to serve her local community.  An attorney with a business background, she has dedicated her career to access to justice, designing and implementing systemic change.  She looks forward to this opportunity to continue to serve her local community through the work of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.


Sophia Bushen

Sophia Bushen is Ethiopian born, she spent most of her adult life in the United States. She lived in Tenessee for eight years before moving to Maryland in 2014. Currently, she is working at Medstar Health as an Inpatient Medical Coding Team Lead, in the Rates and Reimbursement Department. She has both a Master’s degree in Healthcare Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management.  While pursuing her Master’s in Healthcare Law, she worked on various projects that dealt with both healthcare regulatory and statutory analysis, and policy recommendations. These projects include: Healthcare Reform for undocumented immigrants under the Affordable Care and Medicaid Acts, the Racial Impact of Unconscious Bias on Mental Healthcare Access and Treatment Disparities Among African American Women.

In addition, she was crowned Miss Ethiopia USA 2010 during the Miss Africa USA pageant. The Pageant provided her with a platform committed to promoting self-esteem and leadership skills in women’s lives. She also collaborated and organized fundraising events with the YWCA Domestic Violence Center, to have items donated for women, and their children, who are escaping domestic violence.

She is empathetic to societal adversities, and has a vast compassion for resolving these problems. Her commitment to community matters and services are evident throughout her active community services and work experience in the areas of Silver Spring; including Ethiopian communities. She is proud to continually deliver services with integrity, authenticity and compassion. 

Daniel Moijueh

Daniel Moijueh, Jr. is the founder of Moijey Fine Jewelry & Diamonds, a United Stated based company.  Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Mr. Moijueh’s, family comes from the diamond land of Kenema Province in Sierra Leone.  After witnessing firsthand the heavy damage that his home-country endured during Sierra Leone Blood Diamond Civil War, Moijueh launched a conflict-free diamond vertical integrated business in 2002 at the age of 17.

His academic credentials include a Bachelor Science in Business from Bowie State University and a double masters  from University of Maryland in Supply Chain Management and Acquisition, and a Masters In Business Administration with a concentration in Global Management.  Mr. Moijueh is also a decorated U.S. Army Iraq War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army for 14 years before becoming the first American/Sierra Leonean-born diamond jeweler in America.

Mr. Moijueh is also the founder of the Beyond The Carat Foundation (, an organization guided by his foresight to rebuild countries affected by illegal gold and diamond mining. Through fundraising and community awareness events, he pledges to make noticeable and positive impact, one step at a time.