Board of Directors

 Jean Harris: President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the District of Columbia (NAMI DC) and for past year has been serving simultaneously as the Interim Executive Director, without compensation. Former board affiliations, member on the National Kaiser Permanente Board of Directors, chairperson on the Mid-Atlantic Kaiser Permanente Regional Board of Directors, chair of Mayor, Marion Barry’s Adult Mental Health Transition Team, member of Mayor, Anthony Williams’ Health Policy Council, among others. Project Manager for the Prototype: Behavioral Health Manage Care Project that was the genesis for the current Behavioral Health Delivery System·

Jean, received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is a third generation Washingtonian.

Jennifer Johnson-Calari: Chartered Financial Analyst and has over 30 years experience in finance, risk management and portfolio management at the World Bank, the Comptroller of the Currency and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System· She received an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS and completed the General Management Program at Harvard School of Business.

David Jones: Employment Network Development Consultant  with MAXIMUS Federal Services, Social Security's Ticket to Work Program, speaking at some of the leading conferences on disabilities including NAMI and ICCD. Bachelor's Degree in Social Work: concentration in Mental Health and Transitioning to Employment for individuals with Disabilities, from Humboldt University.

Alessandro (Sandro) Leipold: Member, Clubhouse International Board of Directors; Chief Economist, Lisbon Council, Brussels; Op-ed contributor, Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy. Degree in Economics, Bocconi University, Milan.

Alexandra (Chi-Chi) Nash: Alexandra, known as Chi-Chi, is a native Washingtonian with ties to many local organizations and businesses. She received her B.A. from Tufts University and worked as a journalist and editor in D.C for several publications including The Washington Business Journal, The Washingtonian magazine, and was a founding editor of The Washington Woman magazine. She brings her experience in fundraising, event planning, and writing to help raise awareness of mental health issues and make the Capital Clubhouse a reality.  

Suzanne Ortega: President, Council of Graduate Schools. Previously worked as a university researcher and teacher with expertise in mental health and mental health services. She hold a PhD in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.

Louise Ross: Development consultant, former board member and officer, Smithsonian Women's Committee, Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place,and OpenArms Housing, Inc., policy analyst, Social Security Administration, Special Events manager, Children's National Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Barnard College, New York, B.A.

Eric Scharf: President of Kelsey Consulting, focused on assisting nonprofit organizations with issues of business process improvement and governance issues. He has more than thirty years of experience in association management and a background in health policy and human rights advocacy. Eric has a lived experience with depression; he is active in the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. A Washington, DC resident, Eric currently lives in Columbia Heights.

Yvonne Smith: Wrap facilitator since 1999 and Advanced Level facilitaror since 2003. Ms Smith has served on a number of local Mental health Organizations including NAMI, Laurie Mitchel Employment Center, and the Recovery Group Yvonne is also co-founder and supporter of Patient Council at St. Elizabeths hospital.

Maria Tukeva: Principal of Columbia Heights Educational Campus in D.C. She holds a B.A. degree in Spanish literature and journalism from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. in linguistics and bilingual education from Georgetown University.

Linden von Eichel: Therapist and writer, now a practicing therapist in D.C. and Maryland. She received her B.A. from York University in Toronto, M.A. in Literature from American University and Masters degree in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She taught Freshman Composition for nine years at The American University, and then taught creative writing, grammar and composition to fifth and sixth grades at Horace Mann Elementary School for seven years.

 Adam Tewell: is an international policy analyst with the Department of Health and Human Services. Previously he served as a consultant for various international development organizations. He has been active in various mental health causes for almost two decades with a passion for supported employment. He has an MPA from Cornell University. He lives in Arlington, VA with his wife, son, and their dog.
Executive Director
Maria Nunez:  Bio Coming soon

Capital Clubhouse Inc is a 501(c)3 organization, located in Washington, DC.