Annual Meeting

This year's Annual Meeting will be held on November 16, 2017.


NOTICe Board of Directors

The NOTICe board holds monthly business meetings and quarterly membership meetings, which are listed at the bottom of this page.  When available, board minutes are posted to the minutes page of this website.  The following are the current members of the board.




Tom Soapes, President

Tom Soapes has lived in Alexandria since 1978 and at the Watergate of Alexandria in North Old Town since 1985. At Watergate, he served 15 years on that condominium’s board of directors. He is retired from the federal civil service, working for sixteen years with the National Archives and Records Administration, mainly with the presidential library system, and for seventeen years with the Smithsonian Institution. At the Smithsonian, he was Chairman of the Archives Division of the National Air and Space Museum and, later, director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives and Archivist of the Smithsonian. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri with undergraduate and graduate degrees in history. Tom is a U.S. Army veteran with service in Vietnam.

He has served on the NOTICe board as treasurer and membership chair and, since 2013, as president. He was appointed by the Alexandria City Manager as NOTICe representative on the Alexandria Bus Garage Advisory Committee and the North Old Town Small Area Plan Advisory Group.




Clarence Tong, Vice President

Clarence Tong joined the NOTICe board in 2015 after learning about its role in the closure of the neighboring coal-fired power plant. By day, Clarence is the Legislative Affairs Manager at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), working very closely with Virginia's federal delegation to protect clean air and take action to address climate change. His previous professional experiences include serving as an Obama appointee at the Department of Energy (DOE) and as a staffer on Capitol Hill.

Clarence currently serves in a number of community and political roles in the City of Alexandria. In addition to serving as Treasurer of NOTICe, he has served for the last four years as a member of the City's Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee (BFAAC) and is the City's Alternate Representative to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Community Noise Working Group. Originally from Philadelphia, Clarence also serves as a regional alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania.

Active in Virginia politics, Clarence is the Chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee and is a member of the Democratic Party of Virginia's Central Committee. Clarence and his wife Alice are proud homeowners in Portners Landing.




Matt Hennesey, Treasurer

Matt Hennesey has been a North Old Town resident since 1984. He served in the United States Army as a tank company commander and then worked at the US Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.  At Treasury, he served in the International Division where he held a number of senior positions including as the US Representative on the board of directors of several international development banks, in Washington, London and Abidjan. He retired in 2000 as Director of Financial Services Negotiations at Treasury.  Matt has a special interest in preserving the Mount Vernon Trail and in the future development of the power plant site.




Frances Zorn, Secretary

Frances Zorn has been a resident of North Old Town since 2005, living at Alexandria House, where she is on the board of Directors. She retired in 2007 after 30 years with USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. She helped found one of the government’s first policy analysis and research offices, and later worked as Regional Administrator for the Northeast Region. She finished her career as national manager of the regional offices.

For 15 years she was a Girl Scout leader, volunteer manager for other scout leaders, and was also Association Chair of Arlington Girl Scouts. She is currently the volunteer treasurer of Libby Garvey’s Arlington County Board political campaign.

Her community interests for Alexandria center on smart planning and quality development.




Agnès Artemel, Member at Large

Agnès Artemel has lived in Old Town North for more than 20 years (at the Rivergate townhouses) and in Alexandria neighborhoods for a total of more than 40 years. Her work focuses on urban planning, real estate, and economic development. She heads Artemel & Associates, Inc., an economic analysis consulting firm, where she does market studies for proposed new museums and for residential, office, hotel, and retail projects. She also provides consulting services to local governments and non-profits seeking to revitalize older commercial districts – most recently along Route 1 south of Alexandria and in Baileys Crossroads and Seven Corners. As an Alexandria resident she has been appointed by City Council to a number of Boards and Commissions and has been active with local civic groups. A past president of the Old Town North Community Partnership, she was instrumental in forging a partnership with the City to improve Montgomery Park with a gazebo, pathways, and a redesigned dog park.

Ms. Artemel has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the George Washington University. She also holds a number of appointed positions in Northern Virginia, including the Alexandria Board of Zoning Appeals and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee; previously she served on the Alexandria Industrial Development Authority and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors. She is currently Vice-President of the Eisenhower Partnership. She is a member of Lambda Alpha, the honorary land economics society.




Howard Middleton, Member at Large

Howard Middleton has lived in Alexandria since 1968 and in North Old Town (Alexandria House) since 2011. He served as Assistant then Deputy City Attorney in the 1970s before entering private law practice with Thomas and Fiske, then Hazel and Thomas, and ?nally Reed Smith. He retired from the practice of law in 2012 after specializing for many years in land use law and real estate development in Northern Virginia. Over the years, he has been active in many voluntary associations , including the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Senior Services. He holds degrees from Haverford College (Bachelor of Arts), Union Theological Seminary in New York City (Master of Divinity) and Georgetown University Law Center (Juris Doctor).




Christa Watters, Member at Large

Christa Watters has been homeowner at Canal Way in North Old Town since 1983. She was elected to the NOTICE Board at the 2010 Annual Meeting. She served as president in 2012 and has been a contributor and editor for the NOTICe newsletter since its first issue in 2010. She serves as a member of the Alexandria Waterfront Commission and as a member of the Old Town North Small Area Plan Advisory Group.

She participated in the Royal Breakfast Group, organized largely by NOTICe members to monitor the operation and regulatory compliance of the power plant. The group advocated on behalf of local air quality and residents’ interests in the negotiations among the City of Alexandria, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Mirant (now GenOn) Potomac River Generating Station until the plant’s closing in 2012. A former board member and president of the Canal Way Homeowners’ Association, Christa is a retired community newspaper reporter and editor who still does some free-lance technical editing and writing. She bikes and walks along the Potomac River and is a volunteer with the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. She would like to see a lot of green open space left on the NRG site, particularly along the waterfront, when redevelopment occurs.




Roger Waud, Member at Large

Roger Waud has been a resident of North Old Town for the past nineteen years. Over the years, has served NOTICe as president, vice president, and treasurer. He is past President of the Board of Directors of the Marina Towers Homeowners Association.

He is also a member of the City's NRG Community Monitoring Group, was co-chair and currently is a Board member of the Alexandria Federation of Civic Associations, is a committee member of the North Old Town Urban Design Advisory Committee (UDAC), and has been a Board member of Agenda Alexandria.

He is focused on seeing that the size and mix of ongoing commercial and residential development in North Old Town contributes to, rather than detracts from, the historical character of the city.




Anne White-Olson, Member at Large

Anne White-Olson moved to Old Town Alexandria when she and her husband decided to downsize and relocate to a vibrant and walkable community. Anne has retired from the Federal government after 23 years as a librarian at the National Institutes of Health, with over 40 years of service in academia, the private sector and the Federal government. Since her retirement, Anne has volunteered at the U.S. Holocaust museum and as a reading tutor for first graders in Alexandria City Public Schools. She is a book club member in the Watergate Condo Association and a member of the Encore Creativity Rock 'n Roll group for 55 year olds and over. She is the mother of two grown sons. You may see her walking around town with her Labradoodle, Frank, and her grand-dog, Winston the Welsh Terrier.

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2017 Membership Meetings

February 23 (Winter Social)
May 18
September 21
November 16 (Annual Meeting)


2017 Board Meetings

January 16
February 13
March 13
April 10
May 8
June 12



August 14
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11


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