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Susan joined DACOR in June 2013, bringing with her 20 years of experience in non-profit, educational and museum settings. She mastered the ins and outs of non-profit management during her 15 years at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a national, membership-based organization in Washington, DC. She also served as Assistant Dean at the University of Southern Maine’s College of Education before pursing her love of history through part-time work at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. Prior to joining DACOR, Susan served as a high school history teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she taught 20th century U.S. international relations at the honors level. She loves working at DACOR because it allows her to combine the two things she enjoys the most: working for a membership organization and engaging in great conversation about the world—past, present and future.
Director of Operations
Meg commenced work at DACOR in March of 2013, shortly after returning from a posting to Mexico. Meg has had the opportunity to represent the United States Government at receptions and events throughout Latin America and Europe. While posted in Mexico City, Meg worked at the U.S. Embassy, one of the largest missions overseas. Meg worked in the Management Section and Human Resources, providing support to State Department employees and their family members at post. During her time overseas, Meg has volunteered with Operation Smile and the Red Cross, coordinating their volunteers during fundraising events. She has worked for over 20 years in the food and catering industry, from small restaurants to organizing elegant balls for over a thousand people.
At DACOR Meg reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the upkeep and preservation of the DACOR Bacon House, and the sale and execution of private events. She manages the House Staff and ensures the readiness of the house, grounds, and kitchen for all programs and private events. Meg works closely with professional contractors and the House and Garden committee in accordance with the regulations of the National Trust of Historic Preservation. In addition, Meg supports the Library and Historical Committee, the Memorial Committee and the Docent Program.
Brett Alison Gold
DACOR Bulletin Editor
Brett started at DACOR in 2012 as Director of Programs and Communications soon after returning to the states following 21 years as a “trailing spouse,” accompanying her FCS husband to five posts on three continents. While living abroad Brett continued to use and hone the marketing and design skills she developed during her previous career at IBM as a Printer/Publishing Specialist.
Most recently she was the Communications Manager at the American Association of Singapore where she was both the editor and art director of the monthly Singapore American Newspaper and the 11th edition of the Living in Singapore guidebook. Being part of the “Foreign Service family,” Brett is right at home at DACOR. In May of 2015, Brett started her new role as DACOR Bulletin Editor.
Director of Finance
Kastriot has been part of the DACOR staff since 2006. His career started by teaching math and software programming at the University of Tirana (Albania), but very soon he was orientated in software design focused in accounting/finance. After political changes in Albania, in early 1990, he was free to pursue his dream of studying accounting and finance and creating accounting software for the market. A software house was created, a team of 10 was gathered and the dream became reality: in 2002, before his emigration to the U.S., his software program, Financa, was in use by hundreds of Albanian companies.
Kastriot’s introduction to the non-profit world began when implementing the software to non-profits like Pharmacists without Borders and Don Bosco, a charitable educational institution. This was an amazing working experience and relationship. In the U.S. he found DACOR as an ideal environment to continue this kind of relationship.
At DACOR Kastriot manages all financial activity including investment portfolios and annual budgets; he also covers Human Resources duties, payroll and employees’ benefits. Kastriot provides timely financial analysis through reports and advice to the Executive Director and Finance & Budget Committee; he prepares the Annual Combined Financial Statements and manages all coordination with the auditor and the Audit Committee. Kastriot develops and applies accounting policies to make sure compliance with GAAP standards and establishes internal controls.
Aubrey graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with degrees in International Business and Finance. After graduation, he became a Financial Service Intern at Transamerica World Financial Group. Later, he was introduced to the non-profit world as an Accounting Assistant at the Center of Hearing and Communication, a non-profit rehabilitation center whose mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive services to empower people affected by hearing loss, deafness or listening challenges.
Aubrey joins DACOR as the staff accountant in May of 2018. His responsibilities include processing, reviewing and monitoring payments and donations; reconciling DACOR's bank accounts; following up with members and businesses to ensure invoices are paid; helping with payroll; and assisting the finance director as needed.
Communications and Programs Manager
As a Foreign Service Officer’s dependent, Christine lived in many countries growing up. After graduating from the University of Chicago, she worked in Japan as an English teacher for 2 years and spent 3 years at a Maryland bakery among other jobs.
Christine began working at DACOR in October 2014 as the Administrative Assistant. In May of 2015, she took on the new role of Communications and Programs Manager. She coordinates speaker programs, receptions and the Annual Conference, manages the Education committee’s execution of five scholarship and fellowship programs, develops membership recruitment and retention, and maintains the website.
Director of Development
Kathy, brought up in suburban New Jersey, turned into a bonafide city person after moving to Boston upon earning a B.A. in English literature at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. In Boston, she worked in marketing and communications for Commercial Union, where she became the highest ranking female in the organization. Working and going to school at the same time, she earned her MBA in marketing at Boston University. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, Kathy then started her own marketing and communications consulting firm, working with insurance companies and agents throughout the country.
Upon moving to Washington, DC, Kathy decided to change directions in her career and turn to the not-for-profit world. She has focused on fundraising, working for organizations such as the International Women’s Forum, the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Safe Kids Worldwide. One of her passions is international travel and she has organized meditation retreats around the world. Her other passion is writing and she has just started publishing her blog in the Huffington Post and is hoping to publish her first book in the coming year.
Kathy joined DACOR in early 2015. As the Director of Development, she helps the Foundation with its goals and planning and assists members with their donations. She has been instrumental in starting up DACOR’s Legacy Society.
Sylvia took on the Events Assistant position in June 2018 after having worked at DACOR as Accountant Assistant and part of the "front of house" team. Sylvia was born and grew up in Chile and is part of the Foreign Service family as the spouse of a Foreign Service Officer. She believes that raising their four children in different countries taught them discipline and a sense of community.
Sylvia has volunteered in U.S. embassies in Mexico, Chile and Switzerland and looks forward to applying her skills at DACOR to continue to contribute to the success of its operations.
Receptionist and Membership Assistant
Jessica has been with DACOR since August, 2015. She began as an Event Intern and then moved onto an assistant position helping Meg with private events. In August of 2017, she started as DACOR’s membership assistant. She helps members by directing calls, reserving guest rooms, answering general inquiries and providing assistance around the house as needed. If you need any type of help, ask Jessica!
Jessica received a BA in Global Affairs at George Mason University with a focus in Global Governance in May, 2016. Her interests include global politics, economics, culture and international development. Jessica enjoys working in the beautiful Washington DC area.
Margaret Achieng was born and raised in Kenya, and is currently pursuing her second master’s in public policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University with a focus on Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption.
She has extensive experience in diplomacy and international affairs matters, as she worked with the Kenyan Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Trade, on Capacity Building and Training for Foreign Service officers of the Republic of Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda. In addition, she was a consultant on Cabinet Affairs and External Relations for the County Government of Mombasa, Kenya working with the Governor, Executive Committee Cabinet Members, County Assembly, Investors and Foreign Governments from China, Japan, Netherlands and Germany. She also has a Master of Law Degree in International Relations from China Foreign Affairs University.
Margaret started out at DACOR as the Event Assistant, then moved on to the Program Assistant role.
From the moment you arrive to your time of departure, José is there to assist. Whether you need help with bundles, a spare umbrella, a taxi, or simply a warm smile, José will lend a hand.
Efrain serves our weekend guests and assists with weekend events. If you are arriving or staying at the House Friday through Sunday evenings, Efrain is here to help.
Noel previously served as a Housekeeper and bartender at DACOR. His current position is as Pastry Chef. Noel is known for creating delicious home made deserts and sweets for DACOR events. Noel immigrated from El Salvador in 1999 and joined DACOR in 2005; he has a wife and three beautiful children. His secret passion was cooking and he was known as an exceptional pastry chef which is why he was invited to switch positions!
Front of House and Beverage Manager
Alba has been in the DACOR Kitchen as the Assistant Chef since 1996. In 2016, she took on the new role of Front of House Manager. Instead of staying in the kitchen, she is now in charge of making sure everything is setup when needed, manages event staff and maintains the appearance of the DACOR House. Alba is also responsible for the bar stock and training the bartenders. She is always ready to talk to guests about their needs and help bring something special to events at DACOR.