Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board

About the CAB

Director: Pete Fosselman, Peter.Fosselman@montgomerycountymd.gov

Matthew Herrmann is a long time resident of Montgomery County.  He served as Chairman of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pike District Partnership, a new non-profit supporting economic development of the North Bethesda area.  He currently serves as Senior Advisor at the Roosevelt Group a federal affairs and consulting practice in Washington, DC.
Matt joined the Roosevelt Group after over 10 years of service on Capitol Hill. He served as Chief of Staff to the former Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. As Chief of Staff he served as primary policy and political advisor. Matt also has extensive background in policy issues impacting the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. He participated in public forums with CSIS, Banyan Analytics and the Singapore International Foundation to discuss the importance of the U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific region. Prior to joining the Office of Congresswoman Bordallo, he served as Executive Officer for the National Guard Bureau's Office of Legislative Liaison where he provides counsel to senior National Guard leaders on legislative matters. Matt also serves as an adjunct faculty member at American University teaching a course he developed entitled "Politics & Policy in the Digital Age".  Matt, his wife, son and daughter currently reside in Potomac, Maryland.

Katya Marin has lived in Bethesda since 2005, when she moved here from New York. She is the Financial Controller at QED Investors, a venture capital firm specializing in early-stage fintech. She has also worked and consulted with local companies such as Webs, Collage Group, LiveHealthier, Green Generation Solutions and Project Create. Katya is active in the community, volunteering with the PTA, EBCA, Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Green. On the weekends you can often find her watching her daughter row for the B-CC crew team.

Troy is a lifetime Montgomery County resident who is passionate about building stronger communities and fostering civic engagement. Outside of the Citizens Advisory Board, Troy is a law student and serves with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. Before law school, Troy studied at Princeton University and worked as an engineer. In his spare time, Troy enjoys reading, chess, and fixing his perpetually broken MG.

Vashti Van Wyke, a resident of Cabin John, is an attorney and mom to four MCPS students. She grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Norman H. Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She has taught in law school and worked in private practice. In Cabin John, she has served as Content Editor of the Cabin John Village News; Board Member at the Clara Barton Center for Children; and co-President of the Cabin John Citizens Association. She and her husband spend weekends cheering on their kids at soccer and basketball games, ballet recitals, and chess tournaments. 

Elizabeth Kellar is Director of Public Policy for the International City/County Management Association where she also has served as Deputy Executive Director and Ethics Advisor.  With advice and guidance from ICMA’s 12,000 members, she works with local and state government organizations to bring the local government management voice into national policy debates over regulatory matters, legal issues, and legislation. Ms. Kellar also is Senior Fellow for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, an organization she launched and served as President/CEO from 2006-2016. Ms. Kellar is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and has served as chair for NAPA’s Standing Panel on the Federal System. When her children attended Montgomery County Schools, she served as a PTA President and Cluster Leader. She served two terms on the Montgomery County Maryland Ethics Commission and was chair of the commission for three years.

Kristen Nelson is a consultant and writer who advises corporations and government organizations on management, legislative, and communications strategies. She has worked as an independent consultant and freelancer for most of her career. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Washingtonian, Car & Travel, Hydro Review, and Association News. Kristen is a native Washingtonian, who grew up in Montgomery County and attended the Connelly School of the Holy Child. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She also received a Master of Science in International Finance from Johns Hopkins University.

Nancy Abeles has lived in Montgomery County for four decades. She served as chair of the Bethesda BRAC Integration Committee. She currently serves on the MD355 BRT Community Advisory, NIH’s Community Liaison Committee, and on the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board, which she has also chaired. She is a graduate of TPB’s Institute for Community Leaders. She was formerly Outreach & Innovations Director of System 1, Inc., a consultancy based in Bethesda, after a previous career in public relations and advertising in the Washington DC and New York markets. Nancy currently serves on the BOD of Artomatic, an interdisciplinary arts festival that “pops up” around the DMV, and has served previously on boards of Adventure Theatre, National Philharmonic Orchestra at Strathmore, and the Glen Echo Park Foundation. She also served, for elementary through high school levels, as a MCPS PTA Cultural Arts Chair, and on the MCPS panel for Cultural Arts Programming, as well as on education committees for the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Originally from Northwest Ohio, Gary Fahle moved to Bethesda/Chevy Chase in 2006. After 32 years at the National Institutes of Health, he recently retired as the Director of the Microbiology Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. He has been an advocate for issues affecting the community related to the Purple Line project, pedestrian safety and dog parks in the B-CC area. In his spare time, Gary enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with his husband.

Janet Shatz is the owner of JSS Properties, LLC and acquires, renovates, and manages townhouses located in Frederick, Maryland and Bradenton, Florida for low and moderate-income renters. She served as a consultant managing apartment rentals and has a long time career in housing. Janet created and ran the Mortgage-backed Securities Trading Desk for Fannie Mae and was a Vice President for Lender Marketing. Janet holds an MBA from George Washington University in Finance and Investments.

A longtime resident of Bethesda, Janet has served as President and current Board Member of the American Technion Society for the DC Metro area, and President and current Board member of the Capital Speakers Club of Washington, DC. Janet has two adult daughters and is active in her Edgemoor neighborhood.

Michael Chiswick-Pattersona resident of Chevy Chase West since moving from downtown DC in 2015, is the father of three children in local elementary schools.  Michael works as an investment funds lawyer at Goldman Sachs & Co.  Since moving to the Bethesda area, Michael has served as an officer on the Somerset Elementary PTA and representative to the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, and has been an advocate for pedestrian-oriented public spaces and improved public transportation.  Michael graduated from Princeton University with a focus on European history, and from Columbia Law School.

George Wolfand is a lifelong resident of Bethesda and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. Cum Laude in Information Systems Management & Accounting and is a CPA. George and his wife of 35 years have 3 grown children – all engineers! George has an extensive career as a Management Consultant with both Accenture & Ernst & Young, and has also held senior Management positions with Oncor Communications, VeriSign, The TSA (post 9/11 federalization of the U.S. Airports), and InPhonic. Seventeen years ago, George co-founded the Washington D.C. office for Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) – a strategic cost management consultancy. Today, ERA has over 700 consultants in 20+ countries. George is a Managing Director for the company, a Telecommunications/IT specialist, and assists clients across the world in this capacity. George is also active in the community and has served as President of the West Fernwood Citizens Association for the last 6 years and now also a WMCCAB Residential Representative.