Board of Directors

Executive Board

Jerry Papazian, House 1971-72, President

Jerry Papazian began his career as a House Page, serving from 1971 to 1972. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Pediatric Therapy Network. He has served as Managing Director of Fountainhead Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm he founded in 2002, which specializes in helping entrepreneurs start and grow new businesses. Jerry began his career as a corporate securities attorney with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, followed by service as Vice President in the investment banking division at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. and subsequently as President and Chief Operating Officer of a publicly traded technology company. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from USC in 1977 with a degree in Economics and received his JD and MBA from UCLA in 1981, where he was a member of the law review. Jerry served as president of the University of Southern California Alumni Association from 1995 to 1996, and as a member of the USC Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1999.  He is Chairman of the Armenian Film Foundation and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pomegranate Foundation, the Los Angeles Sports Council, and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Beth Ambrose, House 1990-91, First Vice President

Originally from Pittsburgh, Beth now lives on Capitol Hill, not far from where she lived as a House Page in 1990-1991. Beth currently works in the Government Relations department of the National Association of Home Builders, where she helps direct the legislative priorities of the residential construction industry. Previously, Beth worked at Honeywell and briefly at the White House during the Clinton Administration. Since 2008, Beth has served as Vice President of the Capitol Page Alumni Association.

Peter Darby, House 1983, Second Vice President

Peter served as a United States House Cloakroom Page, appointed by Henry Hyde (R-IL), in 1983 and was present to see the last senior class to graduate from the Capitol Page School. Peter is originally from Wheaton, IL and has an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Peter was the president of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association New England Chapter for over 15 years and recipient of the Virginia Tech Chapter Officer of the Year Award. Peter also served on the National Board of Directors for the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and installed as a lifetime member of the Virginia Tech Gateway Society and Ut Prosim Society. Peter is currently active with the Harvard Club of Dallas and the Jose Lluís Sert Council at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Peter is an architect based in Dallas, Texas and providing senior management and leadership guidance on projects nationally with transportation and commercial development, including urban mixed-use projects, airport/transportation oriented developments and commercial office design. Peter specializes in several areas including physical security design for airport, federal and corporate facilities and mixed use development that interface with multiple types of transportation modes and urban infrastructure components. Peter is actively involved at the local level, addressing urban design and transportation challenges in and around Dallas through several different organizations including the Greater Dallas Planning Council and Dallas American Institute of Architects.

Peter is chair of the US Capitol Page Alumni Association’s Events Committee and leads the planning of regional alumni events and activities across the US and the upcoming 2016 Homecoming in Washington DC.  Peter is married to Michele who is an attorney and serves as legal counsel for Fidelity Investments and both love to travel and enjoy entertaining with many friends, colleagues and family both at home and when traveling.

Michael Esposito, Senate 1984, Secretary

Michael Esposito is co-founder of 3B Independent Publishers, following a 28-year career as an award-winning journalist with the Chicago Tribune. With 3B, he puts to use his skills developed as a writer, editor, and designer for nearly every section of the newspaper, as well as his final, production-planning role for the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s 39 Chicagoland area newspapers. Mike has won awards for both headline writing and page design, and contributed as an editor to four Pulitzer Prize-winning reports. An avid sailor, he crewed aboard the Santa Cruz 70-class sailboat, Nitemare, in winning the 2002 Queen’s Cup. Mike served as a Senate page in 1984, appointed by Senator Charles Percy.

Board Members

Katherine Alesse Abbott, House 2001-02

Kate Abbott was inspired to pursue international development after learning more about the field as a U.S. Congressional Page. Kate subsequently accrued global experience in Africa, Asia, and Latin America working within organizations ranging from large multinationals to small non-governmental nonprofits. Prior to becoming a consultant, Kate earned a position as a Junior Professional Associate at The World Bank Group where she performed fraud and corruption investigations for the Bank’s projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Passionate about building and strengthening communities, Kate has served in leadership roles with the Junior League of Washington and as secretary on the board of directors for Waterfront Academy, a new bilingual (Spanish/English) Montessori school in Southwest DC. A supporter of the arts, Kate previously managed the front of house operations at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and currently manages the usher staff at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater. Mrs. Abbott is a first-generation college graduate earning a degree magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in economics. Her academic pursuits included an academic year at the prestigious Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico; summer programs at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City, and at Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China. Born and raised in the Buffalo-Niagara region in New York, she resides with her husband, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Jeff Clark, Senate 1967-69

Jeff Clark is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider. He maintains a private practice called Towards Healing as a Psychotherapist, and also serves as the Administrative Assistant to the President of AgriLogic Insurances, Inc. After serving as a Senate page and graduating from Capitol Page School in 1969, Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Salisbury State University in 1974, and later received his Bachelor of Science Social Work (1993) and Master of Science in Social Work (1994) from the University of Texas at Arlington. Jeff is a member of the Texas Regional Advisory Board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and is a Member of the Tarrant County Sexual Abuse Advisory Council. He is an accomplished pilot and flight instructor and has served numerous stints in the U. S. Navy, U. S. Army, and the Army National Guard in the states of Maryland, Arkansas, and Texas.

Kelly Shea Hitchcock, House 2001

Kelly S. Hitchcock joined the Investment Company Institute (ICI) in September 2017 as Director, Financial Services Policy. Prior to joining ICI, Ms. Hitchcock worked for the House Appropriations Committee, serving as a member of the senior staff on the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee. Over the course of 11 years with the Committee, she helped to analyze Federal budget requests to Congress and craft annual appropriations legislation. Ms. Hitchcock earned an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University; additionally, she holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from American University. She was a Senior Fellow of the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership in the 113th Congress and a House Page during the 107th Congress.

James Nuzzo, House 1971

James L. J. Nuzzo is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Colchester Group. He is an expert in macroeconomic, trade and regulatory policy, having spent the last twenty-five years as a senior governmental official, private consultant, media figure, university lecturer, and angel investor. Nuzzo was originally trained as a neurologist; following his chief residency at Harvard Medical School, he was awarded the White House Fellowship where he became George H. W. Bush’s Deputy Director of Policy. During his time at the White House, Nuzzo was responsible for the Vice President’s economic, trade, budgetary and domestic policy briefs. Because of his long-standing interest in the environment, he was later asked to establish the Environmental Protection Agency’s international finance expertise. Upon returning to Massachusetts, he founded The Colchester Group. He is an honors graduate of the Harvard Law School and has been a teacher, tutor and advisor at Harvard University for nearly thirty years. He has been a resident and visiting scholar at a number of scholarly and public policy institutions. He is presently researching a book analyzing the importance of intentionally teaching living in community in residential colleges. Nuzzo is very involved with philanthropic work concentrating his efforts in education and the arts. He is a member of the Board of the Boston Ballet, Harvard Pieran Foundation, Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Harvard University Arts Resources Council and the American Friends of Eton College.

Jason R. Rae, Senate 2003-04

Jason Rae served as a United States Senate Page appointed by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) from September 2003 to January 2004. Jason works in Milwaukee as a partner at Nation Consulting, a public affairs consulting firm, and as President & CEO of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Jason was elected as the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee. He had previously been elected as a DNC member back in 2004 at the age of 17, becoming the youngest person ever elected to that role. Jason is a Director of the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District Board and on the board of the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission. Jason graduated from Marquette University with an Honors Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and History in 2009. He currently lives in Glendale, Wisconsin, with his husband, Phillip Bailey.

Audrey Scagnelli, House 2009

Audrey Scagnelli served as a House Page during the summer of 2008 and the spring of 2009. She is the Founder of Sanity Media, an outlet that spotlights leaders tackling today’s politics of division and works as a communications consultant in the bipartisan space. She joined forces with former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey in 2018 to launch Millions in the Middle, a summit assembling those working across the aisle. Audrey served as National Press Secretary for the 2016 Republican National Convention and has appeared on Fox Business, MSNBC, ABC and other national outlets. She managed regional press for the New Day for America PAC, which supported Governor John Kasich, and before that, for the CARLY for America PAC, which supported Carly Fiorina. Prior to the 2016 election cycle, she served as Press Secretary for House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. While a student at The George Washington University’s School of Media & Public Affairs she founded College & Cook Magazine, the first national food magazine for college students, which partnered with USA Today. Audrey is passionate about helping those with dementia connect with their loved ones. Audrey holds an MBA from Babson College and resides in Boston.

Shelley Thomas, House 1989-90

Shelley Thomas served in the House with the U. S. House Page School class of 1989-1990; in addition to her service on the Alumni Board, she is also contributes as her school year’s 1989-90 Class Whip. Following her Page experience in Washington, Shelley returned to Capitol Hill for one summer to work in the U. S. Army Senate Liaison office. A graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Shelley worked for 25 years in various support and compliance positions. She is now happily retired and living in York, Pennsylvania, with her husband. Shelley’s hobbies include hanging with the grandkids, RV-ing, and following both DC United soccer and UConn basketball.

Sean E. Tucker, House 1984

Dr. Sean E. Tucker currently serves as the Internal Controls Manager in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration John Glenn Research Center. Prior to joining NASA, Tucker worked as a full-time Senior Investigator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He graduated from the first class of the Cleveland Federal Executive Board’s Cleveland Federal Community Leadership Institute and has served twice as a Loaned Executive to the Combined Federal Campaign. Dr. Tucker holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University’s School of Business and Public Management located in Washington DC. He earned his undergraduate degree in Government and Political Science from Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio), graduating with numerous honors. Notably, Dr. Tucker is a Truman Scholar; as such, he had the opportunity to work as an Assistant to a British Member of Parliament in the House of Commons while studying British Literature. Dr. Tucker is a graduate of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Executive Leadership Program. Furthermore, he is an ordained minister, having graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a master’s degree and doctorate in theology. Dr. Tucker considers himself a boxing historian and also enjoys reading, writing, water sports, and hiking.

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