Board of Directors

Chris Andracsek, CPA (Board Chair)

Chris is a partner at the accounting firm Dembo, Jones, Healy, Pennington & Marshall, P.C.   He is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University.   Chris is a licensed CPA in Maryland and the District of Columbia and has spent his career helping businesses and not-for-profit organizations grow and work through their regulatory requirements.  Chris joined Bethesda Cares’ board in 2011 and served as the board treasurer through 2014.

Alicia Beach

Alicia is a native of the DC area, and is a social worker with a specialty in gerontology. Most of her professional life has been working in programs for senior citizens, and assisting in planning and managing their care needs. Alicia has worked in aging programs in Montgomery County Government for many years, and now has a private care management business for seniors.  For fun, Alicia enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, and relaxes as a part-time travel agent.  Alicia served on the Board from 2000-2003, and rejoined the Board in 2012.

Barbara Hilberg

Barbara joined the Board as a representative of Bethesda United Methodist Church, one of Bethesda Cares’ founding congregations. Prior to retiring, she co-owned Electronic Learning Facilitators, Inc., a computer training and interactive multimedia training development company in Bethesda.

Thomas G. Hohman

A Rochester NY native and graduate of Holy Cross College, Tom retired from Xerox Corporation as Regional Marketing Manager. He is a member of St. Elizabeth Parish and lives in North Bethesda. Tom came to Bethesda Cares as a volunteer ten years ago and has assisted in the marketing and financial planning for Bethesda Cares. Tom is also the founder of our long-running Breakfast Roundtable.

Teresa Maguire (Secretary)

A Bethesda resident for over 45 years and a Bethesda Cares Board member for more than 15 years, Teresa has held multiple leadership positions on our Board, including Secretary, Vice President and from 2005-2009 Board Chair. She is a Program Analyst at the US Department of Agriculture and works on developing budgets for the headquarters’ building fund. Teresa is a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church and participates in on their Social Justice committee.

Sharon McShane (Vice President)

Sharon joined the board of Bethesda Cares in 2013. She is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University and has worked at non-profits for the past 12 years.  Sharon currently works at the Pew Charitable Trust.

David Nathan

Dave Nathan is a former newspaperman and long time Congressional staffer who now works as an economics manager in media relations for AARP. He was educated at Columbia University, Stanford University, and the State University of New York at Albany.

Kathy Petitt

Kathy has lived in Bethesda for over 30 years. Kathy served on the Alzheimer Board for six years, and also currently serves on the board of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and is president of the Museum’s National Council. Kathy is Director of Finance for EMJ of Colorado.

Paul Rachetta

Paul Rachetta is Vice President of Commercial Banking with Bay Bank and has more than 17 years of banking experience including working with mid-market and large corporate companies. Prior to joining Bay Bank, Rachetta served as a Vice President in the Large Corporate and Business Banking divisions for M&T Bank. His strengths in sales development, relationship management, credit analysis, negotiations and Treasury Management aided him in receiving the President’s Club award in 2010 and 2012.

Rachetta holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. He lives in Olney, MD, with his wife and two children.

Richard Ruprecht (Treasurer)

Richard is an estate planning attorney in private practice in Bethesda (   Richard is active in various community service activities, including the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda and the Miracle League of Montgomery County.  He has been a volunteer and supporter of Bethesda Cares for many years.  He resides in Rockville and has three adult children, all living and working outside Maryland, with whom he loves to spend time whenever possible.

John A. Whitney

John A. Whitney has been on the Board of Bethesda Cares since 2008, served as vice-president in 2009, and as secretary in 2012. He retired as a lawyer after 47 years of private and governmental law practice. His federal service consists of 3 years as an officer-lawyer in the office of the Navy’s judge advocate general, and 3 years as NASA’s Assistant General Counsel for Procurement Matters. His state and local service included a term in the Maryland House of Delegates, and work on several committees of the State and Montgomery Country Government. He volunteers with Learning Ally, and is a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

Charlene “Chazz” Wilson 

Charlene “Chazz” Wilson attended Syracuse University where she studied finance, economics, and managerial statistics. She also holds an M.S. in statistics from American University. Chazz has spent her professional career working on housing policy and mortgage finance.


Recent Past Board Members:

Arthur Bill, Esq.

Rev. Dr. Robert W. Perry

Rabbi William D. Rudolph




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