Annual Meeting

This year's Annual Meeting will be held on November 15, 2018.


NOTICe Board of Directors

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




Clarence Tong, 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.




Frances Zorn, Vice President

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.



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.




Anne White-Olson, Secretary

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.




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.



Mary Harris, Member at Large

Mary Harris lives in Marina Towers.  She has been a resident of North Old Town since 1994 and a member of NOTICe since 1999.  She has served on its Board of Directors and as Treasurer.

Mary also was Treasurer and Board member of the Marina Towers Condominium Association and appointed by the City of Alexandria to the Mirant Community Monitoring Group (now known as the NRG or power plant site) to provide an information loop between the City, company and residents on clean-up of the plant site.

Recently retired from Winrock International, Mary had a long career in the field of sustainable development. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund and the DC-based Immigration FilmFest.  She has a Masters degree in business and finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary is passionate about preserving the history, environment and community of North Old Town as it develops.



Penny Laporte, Member at Large and Newsletter Editor

Three years ago, Penny Laporte and her husband, Pierre, moved from Pelham, New York, to Northern Virginia to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law.  They currently reside at Watergate of Alexandria.

Penny brought with her many years experience as a teacher, publisher, writer, and editor of academic textbooks.  She has served as Director of Development for Pearson Education, Publishing Manager at Cambridge University Press, and freelance consultant, editor, writer, and project manager at Oxford University Press, among others.  She currently has her own publishing services company specializing in textbooks for teachers and students of English as a second language.

Penny received a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in African Area Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a second M.A. certificate in TESL from UCLA.  She has taught in France at the University of Bordeaux, in California at UCLA, and in New York at Columbia University.

Penny joined the NOTICe Board in 2017 as a way to get involved in the community and help others become aware of the developments in Old Town North.  She is especially interested in the expansion of Old Town North into a center for the arts.  In her free time, Penny is a member of a book club at Watergate of Alexandria, has participated in Encore Rocks (a 55 and older choral group), helped form a Social Committee at her condo, and co-administers the condo’s Facebook page.




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).


2018 Membership Meetings

February 15 (Winter Party & Auction)
May 15
September 20
November 15 (Annual Meeting & Election)

2018 Board Meetings

February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14
June 11


July 9
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10


Board Minutes

Past board minutes are posted below in Portable Document Format as they become available and when the links are activated.  If you need a PDF reader, you may click here to download a free copy from Adobe.  PDF readers are also readily available from other vendors and are often included with Internet browsers.


2018 Board Minutes

December 10, 2018
November 12, 2018
October 9, 2018
September 9, 2018
July 9, 2018
June 15, 2018
April 9, 2018
March 12, 2018
February 12, 2018
January 9, 2018


2017 Board Minutes

December 11, 2017
November 14, 2017
October 8, 2017
September 11, 2017
August 14, 2017
June 12, 2017
May 8, 2017
April 10, 2017
March 10, 2017
February 13, 2017
January 16, 2017

2016 Board Minutes

December 12, 2016
November 14, 2016
October 12, 2016
September 12, 2016
August 8, 2016
June 13, 2016
May 9, 2016
April 11, 2016
March 14, 2016
February 8, 2016
January 18, 2016

2015 Board Minutes

December 14, 2015
November 10, 2015
October 22, 2015
September 14, 2015


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