Supporting Board


Supporting Board engages community members in supporting the initiatives of the Center.

Alma Gildenhorn, Chair

Alma Gildenhorn has been a recognized leader in civic, cultural and charitable organizations for many years. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she is a trustee of its Foundation Board and a co-chair of “Great Expectations: The Campaign for Maryland.”  A former interim co-chair and vice-chair of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mrs. Gildenhorn is now an honorary trustee of the Center and serves on its Executive Committee. She is a trustee of the Aspen Institute and chairman of its Ad Hoc Washington Committee. She was recently appointed a member of The Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a member of the Overseas Schools Advisory Council of the Department of State. Her many awards include “Washingtonian of the Year” and “Philanthropist of the Year” from the National Society of Fundraising Executives.

Barbara Alving, M.D.

Dr. Barbara Alving, who received her medical degree cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Medicine (1972) followed by an internal medicine residency and fellowship in Hematology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, is a Research Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland in College Park and Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  Dr. Alving’s career has included serving in the military as the Director of Hematology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  She was awarded the Legion of Merit for her research and retired at the rank of Colonel. She also has served as the Deputy and then Acting Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH and Director of the NIH National Center for Research Resources (2005-2011). Dr. Alving is a Master in the American College of Physicians and has served as a member of the subcommittee on Hematology of the American Board of Internal Medicine, as well as the FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee and the Institute of Medicine Drug Forum. 

Matthew Brockwell

Mr. Brockwell has been an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers since 1998. He is a member of the Central Banking Advisory Group, a specialist team that supports audit, regulatory, and advisory services and serves central banks in seven of the ten leading industrial countries. Mr. Brockwell has worked in the financial services industry for 19 years. 

Alexander Chester, M.D.

Dr. Chester graduated from Georgetown University in 1969 and completed medical school at Columbia University in 1973. He then returned to Georgetown where he completed an internship, residency, and a fellowship in nephrology. Dr. Chester joined the Georgetown University Medical Center faculty as a clinical instructor of medicine in 1980. He became an associate professor in 1985 and a full professor in 1990. Dr. Chester’s research focuses on the relationship between sinus disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. He has presented 45 research papers and has approximately 100 publications. He also reviews scientific studies related to his research area for Annals of Internal Medicine and other medical journals. Dr. Chester has been named a Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine and an Area Outstanding Specialist by Checkbook Magazine.

Thelma Duggin

Thelma Duggin currently serves as President of the AnBryce Foundation which provides long-term academic and leadership enrichment programs to underserved youth. Prior to joining the AnBryce Foundation, Ms. Duggin spent nearly 20 years in the health care arena. She most recently served as Senior Vice President at UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 20 company and one of the largest health and well-being companies in the US. She began her career in the healthcare industry at AmeriChoice focusing on government sponsored health care for underserved and uninsured populations. While there, she served in various senior level corporate positions and led their New York and New Jersey health plans from start-up to operating entities with combined revenue of nearly $1 billion. Ms. Duggin served in a number of senior positions in the federal government before joining the healthcare industry. She began her federal service at the White House, where she served as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Public Liaison and later joined Elizabeth Dole at the US Department of Transportation. She was a Resident Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics and serves on the Boards of the National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Jesuit Academy and Weeksville Heritage Society.

Melvyn J Estrin

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, and holds a Masters degree from American University. He was recipient of the 1986 Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and of the 1994 Joseph Wharton Award. Mr. Estrin is Chairman and CEO of University Research Co., LLC (URC). URC is involved in HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and healthcare delivery. Mr. Estrin is on the Board of Directors for Chem-Link, LLC; University Research Co., LLC; Washington Gas Light Company, and Center for Human Services. He served as Chairman and CEO of two Fortune 500 companies. He is a current member of The Economic Club of Washington, WPO/YPO, CEO, and the Drug Enforcement Foundation. He served as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Business Round Table.

Mr. Estrin served as Chairman and CEO of FoxMeyer Drug Co., Phar-Mor, Inc., American Health Services Inc., and Director of Spectro Industries, a major pharmaceutical distributor. Mr. Estrin was a founder and Chairman of First Women's Bank of Maryland. He served on the Board and the Executive and Loan Committee of American Security Bank and Trust Company and MNC Financial Corporation (founder of MBNA). Mr. Estrin was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to be Commissioner of the National Capital Planning Commission and a Trustee to the John F. Kennedy Center by President George W. Bush. He is currently a Trustee Emeritus and a member of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts. Mr. Estrin is a Tony nominee as Producer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hurlyburly and Blood Knot. He is a Trustee of Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

Samia Farouki

Samia Farouki is the founder and President of HII-Finance Corporation (HFC), an investment company. Since its establishment, she has been responsible for originating and overseeing HFC's diverse investment portfolio and leading numerous U.S. businesses in their growth across national and international markets. Mrs. Farouki has also served on the boards of many educational and cultural institutions. As an executive and active board member, she was instrumental in forming the vision and strategy for the Lab School of Washington DC, a leading school for the learning disabled. Currently, Mrs. Farouki is a member of the board of trustees for Vital Voices, the King Hussein Foundation, the King Hussein Cancer Center, the World Conference on Religions for Peace, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Arab American Institute, and the International Committee for the Arts of the Kennedy Center. Mrs. Farouki received her Bachelor of Science degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and her Masters of Science in Education from the George Washington University.

Gary McDavid

Professionally, Gary McDavid is a lawyer, now retired. He went to undergraduate school at Ohio State, spending one year studying at the University in Bonn, Germany, and received his JD at Georgetown University Law Center. He had a corporate and tax practice in DC for 33 years, testifying several times before Congress on corporate and tax issues. Additionally, he taught in the Masters in Tax program at Georgetown University Law Center. Recently, he has been working to help "at risk" children in DC. Through his church, Westmoreland Congregational UCC, he has established reading and math tutoring programs at the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center -- an elementary school in the DC school system. In this program, 70 reading tutors and 20 math tutors assist a child each week. They also run math and science clubs at the school.

Vasilios Papademetriou, M.D.

Vasilios Papademetriou, MD, is a professor of medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and staff cardiologist at Veterans Affairs Medical Centre in Washington, DC. He is the director of cardiovascular research, and co-director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre.

Dr. Papademetriou's clinical interests include cardiac catheterization, PCI/STENTS, myocardial biopsies, pericardiocentesis, transesophageal echocardiography, stress and transesophageal echocardiography, and percutaneous revascularization of high risk lesions. He also runs a large clinic of high risk patients with resistant hypertension and dyslipidemia. His research is concentrated on hypertension and vascular biology, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis prevention, acute coronary syndromes/acute MI, and cardiovascular complications of diabetes. He has been a principal investigator for many “investigator initiated” and multicenter clinical trials and received numerous research grants from both public funding and industrial sponsors. Dr. Papademetriou has lectured nationally and internationally for over 20 years.

He has published over 220 peer-reviewed research papers, review articles, editorials, and book chapters and presented over 400 abstracts at national and international meetings . He serves as a reviewer of several prestigious journals such as Circulation, JAMA, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, American Journal of Hypertension, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

His extensive professional associations include founding member and past president of the Hellenic American Society for the Health Sciences and governor of the American Society of Hypertension Mid-Atlantic Chapter; He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the Council of Clinical Cardiology, the American Society of Hypertension, American College of Chest Physicians, and the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure.

He also serves as a member of the Joint National Committee on Detection Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension. He was recently elected as a member of the Cardiorenal panel of the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Papademetriou received his medical degree from Athens University Medical School followed by an internship at the Hellenic Anticancer Institute in Athens, Greece. He pursued a residency at General State Hospital and the International Kidney Unit, both in Athens, Greece. He then completed a residency and Fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre and Georgetown University in Washington, DC . He became a research fellow in chemical pharmacology at NIH and a clinical fellow in hypertension and cardiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre. Dr. Papademetriou is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease.

Richard Waldhorn, M.D.

Dr. Waldhorn is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh. He received a AB degree from Columbia University in 1972 and received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1976. Dr. Waldhorn trained in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at GUMC. He joined the GUMC faculty in 1981. During his tenure at GUMC he directed the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He also established the Georgetown University Hospital Sleep Disorders Center. From 2001 to 2004 he served as the Anton and Margaret Fuisz Professor of Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Physician in Chief, and from 2004-2011, he was a Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC.

John Voorhees Wylie, M.D.

Dr. Wylie graduated from Columbia University Medical School and remained there for two years in surgical internship and residency. He then changed fields and completed his psychiatric residency at Georgetown University. Dr. Wylie recently retired from private practice. During the years he was in practice, he was on the staff at Patuxant Institution (MD) and served as chairman of the department of psychiatry at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Since his retirement, Dr. Wylie has written a book on mental illness and is presently working on one about evolution.