Board of Directors
Carrie Thornhill, Chairperson
Actively engaged in public education reform, community development, research for social action, and community building work for over 40 years Carrie Thornhill is a resident of Ward 7 and resides in the Hillcrest community.
She considers community building her profession and life mission. To that end Ms. Thornhill has served as Vice President for Youth Investment and Community Outreach with DC Agenda, President of the Committee on Strategies to Reduce Chronic Poverty and Project Manager for DC Kids Count Collaborative, District of Columbia School Board Member, and chair and CEO of Pre-K for All DC.
Eugene D. Kinlow, Vice-Chairman
Eugene Dewitt Kinlow is a native Washingtonian living in the Bellevue neighborhood of Far Southwest Ward 8, with his wife, Tonya, and teenaged son. Mr. Kinlow is the Outreach Director for DC Vote.
Coming from a long line of community and civic activists, Kinlow serves on several boards across the District, including the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia, the DC Branch of the NAACP, the Anacostia Coordinating Council, as well as the Workers Rights Board.
Hanani Wade, Treasurer
Mr. Hanani Wade is a native of Greensboro, N.C. who currently resides in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Ward 7, with his wife, Lucinda. He serves as a consultant with a leading strategy and technology consulting firm.
Mr. Wade is passionate about giving back to the community. Helping the less fortunate, cleaning up our neighborhoods and parks, and supporting community economic development are all never ending tasks in which he has found satisfaction. His civic activities have included membership and participation in Calvary Women Services, So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.), American Cancer Society, DC SCORES, Camp High Hopes (YMCA), Casey Trees, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.
Villareal Johnson, Secretary
Villareal D Johnson, II is a fourth generation Washingtonian, who grew up in Ward 8’s Hillsdale neighborhood. He is a graduate of the DC Public School system. Receiving his undergraduate degree from Savannah State University and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College, he works as an Organizational Development Consultant and is the Principal of JP& Associates, LLC bringing over 10 years of community, human and organizational development experience to meet his clients’ needs. He loves reading, the outdoors, and being active.
Mr. Johnson is a youth advocate and is dedicated to ensuring community residents are informed, engaged, and active. He is an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.
Mr. Johnson is currently a Ward 7 resident and has lived in Twining since 2002.
Richard P. Evans, a native Washingtonian, lives in the Hillcrest area of Ward 7. Mr. Evans has been involved with community programs and projects since college and continues that work today. He serves as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in 7B and is chair of the Deanwood Heights Main Streets Board of Directors. He also sits on the boards of the Hillcrest Community Civic Association and the Washington East Foundation.
Mr. Evans is the President of New Columbia Solutions, an advertising and marketing company in Washington, DC.
Mr. Evans is married with one son.
C. Vannessa (Connie) Spinner is a long time resident of Ward 7 and has served in a variety of capacities in public education. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Workforce Development and Community Outreach in the Community College, University of the District of Columbia. Connie also has a long time association with the local non-profit community where she has provided both technical assistance in organizational development and facilitation and meeting management services.
Connie is deeply committed to Ward 7 and Ward 8 communities and enjoys volunteering to support efforts to improve the outcomes for youth in her Ward and the city.
Kenyan is a Trial Attorney with the Federal Government, where he conducts investigations and handles litigation throughout the United States and its territories regarding enforcement of federal civil rights statutes. Prior to joining the Federal Government, he worked as a criminal prosecutor in Prince George’s County and as a judicial law clerk for an Associate Judge on the 7th Judicial Circuit of Maryland.
Prior to attending law school, Kenyan worked on the staff of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and as a community liaison for a community development corporation.
Kenyan is a third generation Washingtonian. He was educated in the District of Columbia Public Schools, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School. A summa cum laude alumni of Howard University, Kenyan has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Community Development. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Dameon Proctor is an Information Technology and Project Management consultant with a leading strategy and IT consulting firm.
Mr. Proctor graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He subsequently obtained a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a certificate from the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program
He serves as the chairman of the Leadership Development Institute, a program of the Eastern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., an intensive leadership training program for high school-aged black male leaders. One of his passions is to help black males see their potential and guide them to engage in behaviors and actions that lead to success.
Mr. Proctor is a member of the Reid Temple AME Church, the Project Management Institute, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, and the Historic Anacostia Block Association. He is a native of Washington, DC, and resides in the Anacostia neighborhood in Ward 8.