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Current Capital City Fellows

Nimotalai Azeez
 

 

Taylor Battle

 

Faith Broderick

 

Aima Corinaldi

 

Sandra N. Crespo

 

Lisa Ferguson

 

Zelalem Gerima

 

Thaddeaus W.Green

 

Stephanie Hall

 

Kevin Hundelt

 

Jayla Johnson

 

Karie Kvandal

 

Trevor Langan

 

Kate Osterback

 

Diane Patterson

 

Nigist Raru

 

Faith Roderick

 

Sharada Strasmore

 

Patrice Swift-Taylor

 

 

 

Nimotalai Azeez

Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Undergraduate School and Degree: University of Washington, BA in Community, Environment, and Planning with minors in Geography and Diversity
Graduate School and Degree: Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Degree: Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)
DC Government Email:  [email protected]

1st Rotation: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME)
2nd Rotation: Office of Budget and Performance Management (OBPM), Office of the City Administrator
Fellow Bio: Nimotalai is currently working on the FY 2020 budget formulation process at OBPM. She collaborates with transportation-related agencies in her portfolio to provide analysis and recommendations on the Mayor's proposed budget to departmental officials. In her first rotation at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, she worked on safety and transportation initiatives for students around the District. Such as Safe Passage to School community engagement and the School Transit Subsidy Program, Kids Ride Free. Prior to the fellowship, Nimotalai worked as a Program Associate at the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America where she provided guidance to local, regional, and state governments on Complete Streets policy development and implementation.

Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: I enjoy attending cultural events, brunch, live music shows, and exploring DC with fresh eyes when friends or family visit.

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Taylor Battle

Hometown: Clinton, MD
Undergraduate School and Degree: Syracuse University, BA in Policy Studies
Graduate School and Degree: American University, MA in Strategic Communication
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: DHS, Family Services Administration
2nd Rotation: DHS, Office of the Director
3rd Rotation:ONSE, Office Of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement

Fellow Bio: Taylor is currently in her second rotation at the Department of Human Services in the Communications Department which lies within the Office of the Director. She is currently working on a various of internal & external communication projects that range from customer success stories, campaign development, blog posts, event management and developing content on social media and online platforms. Taylor’s first rotation was at D.C. Department of Human Services in the Family Services Administration Division. She worked on the planning and implementation of the District’s plan for the closure of DC General Family Shelter, along with various communication and outreach efforts for the affordable housing programs offered by the District. Prior to coming to DC government, she worked  at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: One of my favorite places in DC is Georgetown Waterfront area. Hobbies include traveling, reading and watching educational documentaries.

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Faith Broderick

Hometown: Washingtonville, NY
Undergraduate School and Degree: Brandeis University, International Global Studies and Politics
Graduate School and Degree: Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Master of Urban and Regional Planning
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: DGS, Portfolio Management Division
2nd Rotation: DDOT, Project Delivery Administration & Traffic Operations and Safety Division
3rd Rotation: Office of planing,Office of the Director
Fellow Bio: Faith’s first rotation was with the Department of General Service in their Portfolio Management Division. She worked on several projects including a comprehensive audit and solicitation to manage the District's leased telecommunication assets. Additionally, Faith worked on consolidating District owned lots by coordinating efforts with the Office of Zoning and the Surveyor’s Office. In her second rotation, Faith worked with the Project Delivery Administration on public transit policy and launching a District-wide bus priority program. She also worked with the Transportation Operations and Safety Division promoting and leading efforts to implement an Agency-wide operations framework. In her previous role as a Research Associate for the International Downtown Association, Faith conducted research initiatives, published industry-wide studies, and ran downtown charrettes for urban place management organizations.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: I’ve called Cleveland Park home since 2014, making it by default (and by choice) my favorite neighborhood in the city. You can always find me on my bike or taking advantage of DC’s great outdoor amenities.

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Aima Corinaldi

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School and Degree: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Communications Media with a Minor in Dance
Graduate School and Degree: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Adult Education Communications Technology
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: Department of Human Services, Youth Services Division
2nd Rotation:  Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services communication Department
3rd Rotation: Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services communication Department

Fellow Bio: Aima is currently in her first rotation at The Department of Human Services, 64 New York Avenue NE in the Youth Services Devision, where she is working with Program Analyst Tamara Mooney on the development of a 24 hour drop in center for homeless youth in the district. In her role, she manages a variety of projects ranging from the drafting of a Request for Proposal (RFP), to evaluating current programs with the creation and implementation of a provider report card that tracks information being uploaded to HMIS. Prior to joining the Capital City Fellowship, Aima worked in the Department of Adult and Community Education as Editorial Assistant of the  25th Edition of the PAACE Scholarly Journal for Education and Executive Editor for 2 Editions of the ACE Communicator Newsletter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During that time she also taught a career development course to inmates at a local county jail. She enjoys service work especially working with the youth and homeless population.  
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: I love Georgetown, H Street, and U Street. I love the arts -- I enjoy going to exhibits, dance classes, art galleries, and all of the wonderful free museums DC has to offer. My hobbies include dance, music, yoga, modeling, and photography

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Sandra N. Crespo

Hometown: Boston, Ma
Undergraduate School and Degree: Suffolk University, BA in Sociology
Graduate School and Degree: "Wheelock College - Masters in Social Work Simmons College - Post Graduate Clinical Certificate Program - The Relational and Multi-Contextual Treatment of Trauma"
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Youth & Family Engagement Division
2nd Rotation: Children & Families Service Agency / Office of The Director
3rd Rotation: Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Youth & Family Engagement Division

Fellow Bio: Sandra's is currently in her second rotation at Children & Famlies Service Agency at the Office of the Director. She’s engaged in full scope of agency budgeting process as well as working to improve contract administration procedures. Sandra comes with 10+ years of experience in child welfare with child protective services as a focus. Prior to joining CCF, Sandra served as a Supervisor for Child Protective Services in Boston, Ma. Sandra has a wealth of experience & involvement in Community Engagement with a special focus in Foster Care & Adoption through her work in both recruitment and education of the field. In MA, she was a State Licensing Officer for perspective foster/adoptive applicants. She's currently licensed as an LGSW preparing for her LICSW.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: Hanging out on U St. with friends. Checking out fun happy hours throughout the city and discovering new places. Oreo Shakes from Potbellys. Im an avid biker and enjoy discovering new trails in and out of the city with my pup.

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Lisa Ferguson

Hometown: Dover, New Jersey
Undergraduate School and Degree: University of Baltimore, Government and Public Policy
Graduate School and Degree: University of Baltimore, Public Administration and Public Policy
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
2nd Rotation:  District Department of Transportation
3rd Rotation: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Fellow Bio: Lisa started her first rotation with the Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services. Located specifically within the medical division of behavioral health. Her role became focused within the medical department reviewing annual health policies. She also spearheaded quality control measures and assisted with revisions to the agency's Behavioral Health policies and medical procedures. She accomplished this by bench-marking best practices to ensure value-based training documentation for staff development. Simultaneously, Lisa is enhanced her skill sets with preparation for NCCHC certification and is leveraging her wealth of experience in the healthcare industry to audit electronic health records compliance, monitoring and accountability practices to improve quality of care, As of October 2018, Lisa's second rotation with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), has gotten off to a great start. So far DDOT's projects include, the development of Safety & Securities first Post Safety Survey Action Plan ensuring the capabilities to reduce and protect employees against workplace hazards. Next, she has become a part of the Legal Sufficiency Division examining compliance measures which will impact the terms and conditions of dock less bike permits in the District in association with the usage of public space.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: I enjoy, attending think tank events and policy forums, particuraly in the areas of poverty, housing  disparities in access to economic empowerment and eductaion. I have a passion for art  history  and I revel in  visiting the plethora of cultural exhibitions within the District. Favoraite area : Adams Morgan . I am also a Global Give Back Mentor  just finishing this years school session with my mentee from Kigali,Rwanda

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Zelalem Gerima

Hometown: Washington, DC
Undergraduate School and Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University B.S. Sociology
Graduate School and Degree: Louisiana State University Masters of Public Administration
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: DYRS, Office of Human Resources
2nd Rotation:  PLA
Fellow Bio: Zelalem is completing her first rotation as a Capital City Fellow in the Human Resources Office of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. She contributes to process improvement projects as part of a culture shift initiative within the HR Office. Prior to joining the CCF program she conducted public policy research at LSU and the Louisiana Department of Transportation. Zelalem earned her Master’s in Public Administration in 2017 at Louisiana State University.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: My favorite pastimes include reading, arts and crafts, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.   

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Thaddeaus W. Green

Hometown: Orange, TX
Undergraduate School and Degree: Lamar University, B.S. Communication
Graduate School and Degree: The Catholic University of America, Master of City & Regional Planning (M.C.R.P)
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: DDOT, Office of the Director, Safety & Security Division
2nd Rotation: Department of General Services, Portfolio Division
3rd Rotation: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Fellow Bio: Thaddeaus is currently in his second rotation under the Capital City Fellowship Program at the District Department of General Services (DGS) in the Portfolio Division. He is currently serving as the agencies point of contact for the implementation of the Rave Panic Button. Along with working to create an SOP and RFP for the management of the District’s telecommunication portfolio. His first rotation was at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Office of the Director/Safety & Security Division. At DDOT, he is administered an agency-wide Safety Survey that served as the basis for an overall internal safety campaign. In this role, he managed a variety of projects ranging from creating an incident-reporting portal, working alongside the Transit team on the drafting of a Request for Information (RFI), evaluating clean energy options for DDOT locations, and performing asset management duties. Prior to becoming a Capital City Fellow, Thaddeaus worked as an Associate Dean of Admission for The Catholic University of America where he was principally responsible for the admission department’s special events.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: My favorite places in DC are Ben’s Chili Bowl for a Half-Smoke on U Street, and BBQ from Hillcountry in Chinatown. I enjoy running and biking through Northeast, and exploring each of the unique neighborhoods that make up our great city.

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Stephanie Hall

Hometown: Manassas Park, VA
Undergraduate School and Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University, B.A. Social Work with a Minor in Sociology
Graduate School and Degree: George Mason University, Masters in Social Work with a Concentration in Social Change
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: DMPSJ, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
2nd Rotation: DYRS, Office of the Director- Restorative Justice
3rd Rotation: DYRS, Office of the Director- Restorative Justice
Fellow Bio: Stephanie is currently in her second rotation at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in the Office of the Director working on Restorative Justice initiaties. In her current role, she assists with the training and implementation of Restorative Justice practices, drafting of standard operating procedures and is on several steering committees for various DYRS hoted events. Stephanie’s first rotation was with the Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) where she assisted with the implementation of the Pathways program. Prior to joining as a Capital City Fellow, she worked in recruiting for a private education company and in outreach and advocacy at the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Stephanie is eager to work with this administration, expanding her knowledge and experience related to service and justice.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: I love relaxing in Meridian Hill Park and trying new resturaunts throughout the District. Currently, my favoritre resturaunt is Supra and my favorite place for cocktails is The Left Door. My hobbies include eating, traveling and discoviering new street art in the city.

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Kevin Hundelt

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate School and Degree: The University of Kansas, Architectural Studies
Graduate School and Degree: Syracuse University, Master of Public Administration
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: OP, Citywide Planning Division
2nd Rotation: OCA, Government Operations

3rd Rotation: OCFO, Office of Revenue Analysis
Fellow Bio: Kevin's first roation was with the Office of Planning, Citywide Planning Division. He worked on developing a Citywide Green Area Ratio (GAR) tool, a study on affordable housing preservation, and a family sized housing supply and demand study. In his second rotation at the Office of the City Administrator, Kevin helps manage the communication and information flow from the 9 Government Operations agencies to the City Administrator while adding in the execution/improvement of already implemented policies. Prior to joining the Capital City Fellows Program, Kevin interned at the DC Fiscal Policy Center researching and analyzing a range of DC focused topics including regional migration trends, education, and workforce development. Kevin is excited to learn more about and contribute to the bureaucratic and finacial systems that help everyone.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: Favorite area: U St. Corridor and Mount Vernon Square. Favorite activity: Exploring new resteraunts and bars. Hobbies: Watching movies, playing video games, and watching/playing sports

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Jayla Johnson

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate School and Degree: University of Michigan, BA in International Relations
Graduate School and Degree: The London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc, Department of International Development
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: DHS, Economic Security Administration
2nd Rotation: DHCD, Affordable Housing Preservation Unit
                                                 3rd Rotation: WIC, D.C Workforce Incestment Council
Fellow Bio: Jayla is currently in her first rotation at the Economic Security Division of the Department of Human Services. In this role, she develops communication and outreach materials for SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which informs D.C. residents of their eligibility for the voluntary SNAP employment and training program. She researchs best practices by State for SNAP education materials, designs resources that will help SNAP customers maximize their benefits, and creates presentations to brief various D.C. Government entities on how to increase enrollment and participation of customers in offered services. Additionally, she designed a baseline assessment for the current culture in the five DHS service centers and will use the survey results to recommend a suitable framework for future culture-shaping activities. Prior to joining the fellows program, she worked in the international development space at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: My favorite thing to do in D.C. is attend events at the Kennedy Center. I love the film nights - Most recently, I watched "Get Out"  while the National Symphony Orchestra played the movie's score live.

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Karie Kvandal

Hometown: East Aurora, NY (but I've called DC home for 11 years now!)
Undergraduate School and Degree: American University, BA Public Communication
Graduate School and Degree: University of Maryland, College Park Master of Public Health (MPH)
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: DYRS, Office of the Director
2nd Rotation: DC Health, Center for Policy, Planning, & Evaluation
3rd Rotation: DC Health, Center for Policy, Planning, & Evaluation
Fellow Bio: Karie is currently in her second rotation at DC Health working in the Center for Policy, Planning, & Evaluation. She is assisting the DC Healthy People 2020 team to achieve outlined health goals for DC residents. Her first rotation was with the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) working in the Office of the Director on agency policies and procedures. Prior to becoming a Capital City Fellow, Karie worked in development and event planning for 8 years.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: Some of my favorite DC spots include Federalist Pig for BBQ, 9:30 Club for a show, and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for a walk with my dog.

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Trevor Langan

Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Undergraduate School and Degree: American University, BA Political Science
Graduate School and Degree: American University, Master of Public Administration
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: OCA, Government Operations
2nd Rotation: Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3)
3rd Rotation: DDOT, Performance Team
Fellow Bio: Trevor's second rotation is in the DC Office of Public-Private Partnerships, supporting the Smart Street Light procurement and developing the District's pipeline of major infrastructure projects. His first rotation was in the Office of the City Administrator working with the Government Operations cluster of agencies. Prior to the fellowship, Trevor was a Research Associate at the National League of Cities, where he published research on city governance and intergovernmental relations.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: "Favorite place: Bishop's Garden @ Washington National Cathedral
Favorite activity: Riding the bus"

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Kate Osterback

Hometown: Spokane Valley, WA
Undergraduate School and Degree: Western Washington University, Political Science
Graduate School and Degree: American University, Master of Public Policy and a Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Managment
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Legislative Affairs
2nd Rotation: Department of Human Services, Economic Security Administration
3rd Rotation: Department of Transportation, performance Team
Fellow Bio: Currently Kate is working at the Department of Human Services in the Economic Security Administration. She is working with the Strategic Policy team making programmatic improvements to SNAP and TANF. In her first rotation, Kate worked in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) as a member of the Legislative Affairs team. She helped coordinate policy efforts at DMPED and its cluster agencies, in addition to working with the DC Council. Prior to joining the DC government Kate worked as a Congressional staffer, political campaign staffer, and at the World Wildlife Fund.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: Favorite Museum: National Gallery of Art, Favorite Brewery: The Public Option, Favorite Distillery: Green Hat, Favorite DC-specific activity: Spotting the original boundary stones

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Diane Patterson

Hometown: Washington, DC
Undergraduate School and Degree: University of California San Diego, International Studies
Graduate School and Degree: University of Maryland College Park, Masters in Community Planning
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: Department of Transportation
2nd Rotation: Department of Housing and Community Development
Fellow Bio: Diane is currently in her second rotation with the Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) team within the Department of Housing and Community Development, where she is working on finalizing an IZ policy manual and streamlining the team’s reporting systems. In her first rotation with the District Department of Transportation, Diane drafted the District’s first Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Plan, and analyzed bus performance for two transit improvement initiatives. Diane began her career in international nonprofit development, which included working with refugees and for women’s human rights. After spending several years living and working in Peru, Diane returned to the U.S. and began her second career in urban planning. She has worked for several local governments in the transportation field and enjoys using her GIS and data analysis skills to support research initiatives and performance management. Diane grew up in the Washington, DC area and is passionate about helping the District become a more equitable and sustainable place.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: "Favorite areas in DC: Shaw, Mt Pleasant, H Street, Malcom X park
Favorite activities in the city: visiting the Arboretum, Smithsonian museums, trying new retaurants
Hobbies: ultimate frisbee, biking, knitting, reading"

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Nigist Raru

Hometown: Addis Abeba , Ethiopia
Undergraduate School and Degree: Addis Abeba University, BA in Sociology
Graduate School and Degree: George Washington University , Master in Public Health and United Nations University for Peace , Master in Gender and Peace Building Studies
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: The [email protected], Office of the City Administrator
2nd Rotation: The [email protected] , Office of the City Administrator and DC Health, Center for Policy Planning, & Evaluation.
3rd Rotation: Center for Policy, Planning, and Evalution at DC Health
Fellow Bio:  Nigist's first and second rotation is with The [email protected] , an applied  research team within the Executive Office of the Mayor. Nigist works, among other projects, on evaluation and design  of the Pre-arrest Diversion Progream, a pilot program that introduces behavioral health approaches to policing in the District.She also spends time at  DC Health working with the Center for Policy, Planning, & Evaluation. She previously worked in international development on women's rights issues and in the health sector for a private company based in the District. Most recently, she worked with AARP's Livable Communities team where she coordinated a national grant and an award winning publication that features ideas from local leaders to improve their communities. 
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: Nigist enjoys reading , running ,travelling,  trying new foods, and learning new languages.

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Sharada Strasmore

Hometown: Weston, CT
Undergraduate School and Degree: Political Science, Wheaton College in Norton MA
Graduate School and Degree: The Catholic University of America, Master of City & Regional Planning (M.C.R.P)
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: Department of Human Services, Family Services Administration
2nd Rotation:  District department of Transportation, Circulator and Sustainable Transportation Branch
Fellow Bio:  Sharada is currently in her first rotation at the Department of Human Services, Family Services Administration, Office of the Administrator. She is focusing on defining systems for budget tracking and performing a cost analysis for a program redesign. During this rotations, she is working to develop a financial tracking quickbase app with the Office of Information Services and incorporating the District’s new e-invoicing system into the processes for OAS. Prior to becoming a Capital City Fellow, Sharada worked at Goldman Sachs and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: My favorite DC activities include eastern market, biking, and a trip to either the Renwick gallery or the Building Muesum.

 

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Patrice Swift-Taylor

Hometown: Washington, DC
Undergraduate School and Degree: Towson University, BA in International Studies
Graduate School and Degree: Capella University, MPA in Public Administration
DC Government Email: [email protected]

1st Rotation: Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Office of Performance Improvement
2nd Rotation: Office of the State Superinitendent of Education, Division of Student Transportation
Fellow Bio: Patrice is currently in her second rotation with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Student Transportation where she is working on safety and transportation initiatives for the students in Washington, DC. In her role, she is currently working on the Stop-arm Camera Initiative for DC School Buses and a Bus Rider application.
Favorite area in DC; Favorite activities in the city; Hobbies: Patrice's favorite area in DC is Adams Morgan. As a DC native, she grew up in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Patrice's favorite activities in the city are visiting the Smithsonium museums and historic sites that contribute to DC's history and heritage. Patrice's hobbies consist of traveling, reading, watching the Hallmark Channel, and spending time with close family and friends.

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