Board of Directors

The DC State Fair is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization led by a Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact us at


Paola Bernacchi. Contact Paola.

Deborah BrodersonDeborah is a telecommunications attorney who spent her formative years living on a farm in the Midwest and showing sheep and geese at the county fair. She lives in Tenleytown with her large dog, medium-sized husband, small-ish daughter, and so many frogs. Contact Deborah.

H M Carter. Heather Carter moved to Washington, DC, from New Haven to study at Center for Movement Theatre in Tenleytown. In her six years in DC, “Carter” has lived in Petworth, Cleveland Park, Kalorama, Brookland, and Capitol Hill–and has loved getting to know all of them. She finds that her frequent pet-sitting gigs are a good way to explore DC’s neighborhoods and find their hidden delights. Carter works as a Teaching Artist for Prince George’s County’s mobile arts unit and at DC’s first post-prohibition distillery. You’ll also find her on the campus of Adelphi Friends Meeting, where she is a part-time facilities manager. She has worked on farms, in higher education, as a lighting designer, and as a puppet wrangler on touring shows overseas. In all things, she’s a stubborn Purveyor of Improbabilities, attempting to incorporate the Imaginative into Everyday Life. DC murals put a big smile on her face, and she has a yen for the alt culture of DC in the 80s and 90s. She’s also a new bicyclist, and you can spot her on her granny bike trying to hold it all together. Contact Carter.

Ashley Chaifetz. Ashley is a research analyst who has published research on school and community gardens, emergency food safety, salvage grocery stores, food sovereignty, and the survival programs of the Black Panther Party. When she is not at work, she is likely reading a book, riding her bike, or eating too many carrots. She once won a pie-eating contest and is very good at writing names on cakes. Ashley lives in Pleasant Plains with her husband and two dogs (Huckleberry and Chloe Moses). Contact Ashley.

Catherine Krikstan. Catherine is a web writer, bird watcher and big fan of the Chesapeake Bay. She has worked as an ice cream scooper, a vegetable farmer and a reporter, and now spends her professional life creating web products for a partnership that brings government agencies, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions together to restore the nation’s largest estuary. She lives on Capitol Hill with her pet parakeet. Contact Catherine.

Jenn Nichols. Contact Jenn.

Kish Rusek. Kish is a writer and environmentalist who loves to cook, swim, sculpt, and travel the world. As a grants specialist for the District of Columbia, she secures funding to initiate and sustain educational and environmental programs for the benefit of communities in all wards of Washington, DC. Her proposals have funded school gardens, libraries, bilingual education, STEM learning, multidisciplinary arts, physical fitness, access to health services, improved air quality, water quality, watershed protection, and renewable energy programs. Her efforts have garnered more than $155 million dollars in federal funding for DC programs. A sixteen-year DC resident, Kish is passionate about reducing her carbon footprint through minimalism and vegetarianism. She is a no-recipe chef whose meals are exceptionally nutritious, comprise ingredients from her backyard garden, and take less than twenty minutes to prepare. Outside of work and home, she can be found at a DC Parks and Recreation pool where she swims on a masters swim team. A lifelong learner, Kish is a fourth-year Mandarin student at the Confucius Institute and wood sculpture student at the Brookland Arts Walk. Kish frequently travels the globe to seek out delicious food, art, and people of varying cultures and perspectives. Contact Kish.

Lisa Scott. Contact Lisa.