CHCA Board Members
Here are the current board members who have been elected to serve through September 30, 2018:
President – Sarah McKinley is a long-term member of the Columbia Heights Civic Association, having served in various capacities on its board, including past President, Secretary and Member-at-Large since the 1980s. She has participated on behalf of Columbia Heights in a number of County initiatives, including the Facilities Committee and the South Arlington Working Group to identify a new elementary school in South Arlington (see reports on this web site). She has lived in the Commons of Arlington and now resides in a duplex in the west end of the neighborhood with her son.
NCAC Representative – Sarah McKinley also serves as Columbia Heights’ representative on the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC), the organization that provides funding for infrastructure improvements to neighborhoods. She has served on the NCAC’s Executive Committee since 2014 and has been its Chair since February, 2016. Her term as Chair ends in February, 2018. She was responsible for preparing the neighborhood plan that enabled the CHCA to join the NCAC and has shepherded over $1 million of infrastructure improvement projects for our neighborhood.
Vice President – Sara Kessler is a resident of Arlington Village and has served as a board member for two years. This past year she represented Columbia Heights on the County committee to name the new elementary school at Thomas Jefferson. The name that was selected – the Alice West Fleet Elementary School – was put forward by Sara Kessler, based on historic information contained in the history of Columbia Heights and South Arlington in our neighborhood plan.
Treasurer – Joshua Folb is a resident of the east side of the neighborhood. With his wife and son, he represents the many people who live in the high rise apartments. Josh is also a block captain for two NCAC projects on the east side. In the spring of 2018 the County will break ground on the first of these projects near 12th and Courthouse, which includes wider sidewalks and off-street space for the school bus stops at that intersection, ensuring children’s safety. He is a math teacher for Arlington County.
Member – Takis Karantonis is the past Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and immediate past president of CHCA. He brings more than 20 years’ of experience as an economist and planner specializing in urban, regional and environmental economics. His experience includes managing public and joint private-public (multi-stakeholder) investment projects in urban revitalization, housing and environmental protection. His civic volunteer work is focused on the fight against urban poverty and on the furthering of environmentally, economically and socially sustainable communities. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. He is a member of the Congress for a New Urbanism (CNU) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). A long-time Columbia Pike resident, Takis and his wife live in historic Arlington Village.
Member – Ed Miltenberger is a former President of CHCA and has held positions on the CHCA Board of Directors since 2005. He has also served on the Board of Arlington Village, including as its President, for several years. Since moving to Arlington in 1999 he served as the Chair of the Village Covenants Committee and the Grounds Committee. He also actively represents the CHCA on the Form Based Code Working Group and the Land Use and Housing Study.
Member – Ron Haddox is a 30-year plus resident of Columbia Heights and a 35-year Arlingtonian. Since 2000, Ron has served as a board member, Vice President and past President to Columbia Heights Civic Association, as well as one of its delegate to the Arlington County Civic Federation (Civ Fed). Currently, he is active on the Civ Fed’s Legislative Committee, responsible for writing and passing resolutions on legal form for the Virginia legislature. Ron has also been a member of the Columbia Heights/Douglas Park Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) since 2013. Ron has participated in Columbia Pike redevelopment planning as a member of the former Streetspace Planning Task Force, the Columbia Pike Streetspace Implementation Team, Traffic Calming Committee Commissioner and member of the Arlington County Bicycle Advisory Committee.