Board of Directors
Kathy Petitt (Board Chair)
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.
Chris Andracsek, CPA
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 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.
Tom retired from his law practice at the end of December 2012. He has utilized his time during retirement to actively participate in various Think Tanks, write a novel, volunteer for public service organizations, pursue his interest in the arts, participate in book and retirement clubs, travel throughout the world and enjoy with his wife Claudia their ever-expanding family. Before retiring Tom was with the law firm of Kleinfeld Kaplan and Becker (KK&B). He joined KK&B in July 1969 and became a Partner in January 1974. Tom was Managing Partner of KK&B for approximately two decades. Immediately prior to joining KK&B he was a law clerk for the Honorable David T. Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
During his tenure at KK&B he was the recipient of several honors, including FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation and Wiley Bronze Medal, FDLI Distinguished Service and Leadership Award, Best Lawyers in America FDA Law, Chambers USA FDA Law, Washingtonian Best Lawyers FDA Law, Washington DC Super Lawyers-FDA Law, AV Preeminent Attorney-Martindale & Hubbell and International Who’s Who of Life Sciences Lawyers FDA Law. Tom received his J.D. law degree from the University of California Law School (Boalt Hall) in 1968. He received a B.S. degree (magna cum laude) and a Certificate in International Relations from the University of Utah in 1965. Tom was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies upon graduation from University of Utah.
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.
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.
Clay Miller (Treasurer)
Clay is a retired MCPS middle school math teacher (36 years) and a retired summer swim team coach (46 years). He is in his 8th year of doing volunteer taxes for AARP. He is very involved in many Outreach concerns and other groups at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in N. Bethesda. His pastimes include gardening and walking.
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, Paul 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.
Paul 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.
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.
Tom Hohman (deceased)
George Huckabay (deceased)
Rev. Dr. Robert W. Perry
Rabbi William D. Rudolph