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Meet Our 2021 Board

Eckington Parks & Arts' Board Members are neighbors who volunteer their time. They are elected by Friends of Eckington Parks & Arts each winter and serve calendar year terms. Efforts are assisted by the neighborhood-driven Greenways Committee and Children & Families Committee, which are led by Chairs appointed by the Board. Please contact us if you would like to help out or get involved in specific committee efforts!

Shoshana Sommer


Shoshana grew up visiting family in D.C., and has been in the area full-time since 2013. She lives in Eckington with her partner (Mark), their Aussie puppy (Zahvi), and her red-eared slider turtle (Gilly). As a veterinarian, she previously practiced on birds and exotic animals, and now advises on infectious diseases and global health. Shoshana's passion for green spaces, urban wildlife, and community engagement led her to Eckington Parks and Arts, where she served as the first Greenways Committee Chair in 2020. In her free moments, Shoshana enjoys exploring D.C. by foot, admiring the city’s architecture and parks, urban bird-watching, gardening, and visiting with friends and neighbors.

Mark Galvan

Vice President

Mark moved to D.C. from Southern California in 2009 to begin his engineering career in public service, and has never looked back. He has lived in Eckington since 2016, where he loves connecting with neighbors and is a proud mentor of a McKinley Tech graduate. Mark has a passion for architecture, historic preservation, and sustainable building projects. He is inspired by his mother's art, and appreciates the diversity of art mediums throughout the city. He enjoys staying active in local parks, riding the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), and exploring neighborhoods in the district with his partner (Shoshana) and their gold Aussie pup (Zahvi).

Nicole McEntee

Communication & Public Relations Director

Admittedly, Nicole lives just over the border from Eckington, in Truxton Circle, but she finds herself spending most of her free time in Eckington enjoying Tanner Park, the MBT, and Harry Thomas Rec Center with her husband and two year old son. Nicole is a former twice-elected ANC Commissioner and Commission Chair and also currently serves on the ANC 5E Alcohol Licensing Advisory Committee. Nicole comes from a background in real estate operations and social media and currently works for the DC Government. Though Nicole lives one block over from the boundaries of Eckington, she feels a strong connection to the neighborhood and is always working to encourage her neighbors – who use the MBT and Tanner Park all the time – to get involved in the community they love.

Lyndsi Sitcov


Lyndsi is a twelve-year DC resident and has had the pleasure of calling Eckington home since 2015. She and her husband Peter, along with their dog Janet Reno, love taking strolls through the neighborhood to admire the architecture and say hello to neighbors and friends at our new dog park. When not at home, Lyndsi enjoys house hunting for clients, popping into an oyster bar for happy hour, and checking out a Nats game where she can be found cheering on the local team, hotdog (with mustard!) in hand.

Leslie Barron


Leslie has been a proud Washingtonian since 2005. She is a management consultant-turned-chief of staff for a large professional services firm who is passionate about leadership development, community engagement, and anything that brings people together. Eight years ago, Leslie and her husband, Jamie, moved from the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC to Eckington… and never looked back! Leslie loves the tree-lined streets, rich history, community vibe, and beautiful green space that Eckington offers. When not working from her home office, you can find Leslie walking or jogging along the MBT, riding her cruiser bike around the city, tinkering in her garden, or watching Ted Lasso for the 12th time.