New Member Notes:

Hi, my name is Vickie Nitschke and I have been hanging around Shoreshim for a few years and finally decided to join. I am a Jew by choice and converted when I was 42. I am from Rhode Island and have lived in Virginia for almost 20 years. I am divorced no children. I am an avid pet lover and foster cats and dogs. I sponsor 4 horses. I work at the VA in Washington, DC. I am an INFP who has dabbled in stand up comedy. I plan on being highly involved.

My name is Stephanie Mardon. I grew up in Albany, NY and enjoyed it except for the very cold weather. I have been in the DC area since 2004 and enjoy the many activities it has to offer. I moved to Reston two years ago and I am continuing to find fun things to do in the community. I work in the Federal Government for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Finance. I enjoy going to the movies, walking, hiking and volunteering. I look forward to meeting members of Shoreshim.

Sharon Price Singer – I live in South Reston with my husband Dan Singer and our three dogs Rosie, Shlomo, and Babka. I grew up in Manhattan where my parents still live (they don’t quite get the whole Reston thing). My brother and his family are nearby in Bethesda. Dan grew up in Reston and his mom Linda lives here as well. According to family lore, the Singers were members of Shoreshim for a year or two back in the ’70s. I went to Bowdoin College and University of Michigan for graduate work (MSW, MPP). I moved to DC in 2001, and have worked on affordable housing and homelessness policy in a range of settings since then (HUD, OMB, USICH, and some other non-federal soup organizations). I currently work for the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness in Fairfax County overseeing all the family programs. Dan and I got married in June 2014 at his mom’s house (by the Rabbi who married my parents, named me, Bat mitzvah’ed me, etc), and we moved to Reston in December 2016. I have been coming to Shoreshim events/services on and off since we moved here, and I decided it was time to join and build some roots. I look forward to getting to know many of you soon!

Ella Barnes – I am very excited to join Shoreshim. My husband (Gene) and I live in Herndon. We are a mixed-marriage family with two adult mixed-marriage sons. We are both retired from the US government. We try to stay active — we love to visit family and friends, take nature walks, enjoy classical music, art, reading and discussing books, and, of course, travel. Lots of travel. I am looking forward to engaging with Shoreshim and meeting you all.