Board of Directors


Tonya Vidal Kinlow, M.P.A.

Tonya Vidal Kinlow, M.P.A., is Vice President of Community Engagement, Advocacy & Government Affairs at Children’s National Hospital. She leads local and national advocacy and education efforts under the umbrella of the Child Health Advocacy Institute. In this role, Ms. Kinlow leads the hospital’s mission to advance policy and systems changes to achieve health equity for all children. She also works with federal and local government stakeholders to ensure that the needs of children are kept in the forefront of the development of policies and regulations.

Prior to joining Children’s National in 2014, Ms. Kinlow was the vice president of Government Affairs for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in the National Capital Area. Her career has been focused on leading and managing government relations for associations and health care payers including the District of Columbia Hospital Association, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., and the National Medical Association.

As a prominent community leader, Ms. Kinlow has held elected and volunteer leadership positions with Washington, D.C., metropolitan area community organizations. Her advocacy on behalf of children extends beyond her work inhealth care. Ms. Kinlow is a former member of the D.C. Board of Education and was the first ombudsman for D.C. Public Schools. In both roles, she fought to makesure all District children had access to quality, free public education. Currently, she is the 1st Vice Chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Strategic Partnership for if, a Foundation for Radical Possibilities and co-chair of the Federal CityAlumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Educational Development Committee. She has served on the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and the Greater Washington Urban League boards.

Ms. Kinlow received her master’s degree in public administration from American University and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University of New Orleans, LA. 

2024 Board Officers

  • Chair – Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Children’s National Hospital
  • Chair-Elect and General Counsel – Earl “Chico” Horton III, Esq, Tiber Hudson
  • 1st Vice Chair – Stacy Burnette, Comcast
  • 2nd  Vice Chair – John Tucker, TD Bank
  • Secretary – Heather Ness, The Robert Bobb Group
  • Treasurer – Winell Belfonte, CohnReznick

2024 Board of Directors

  • Daniel Aberra,  Bank of America
  • Lisa Brown Alexander, Nonprofit HR
  • Vida Ali, Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • William Alsup, Hines Interests Limited Partnership
  • Felis Andrade, Giant Food LLC
  • Joseph Askew, Verizon
  • Claude Bailey, Venable LLC
  • Emmanuel Bailey, VSC, Inc.
  • Winell Belfonte, CohnReznick LLC
  • Brian Burke, Microsoft Corp
  • Stacy Burnette, Comcast
  • Wendy Carr, Deloitte
  • Ryan Chaffo, City National Bank
  • Evens Charles, Frontier Development & Hospitality Group LLC
  • Colette Chichester, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Karen Dale, AmeriHealth Caritas DC
  • Robert Duru, M & T Bank
  • Andres Echeverri, ACSI Translations
  • Connie Russell, C. L. Russell Group, LLC
  • Brett Greene, American Management Corp.
  • Seth Grossman, American University
  • Delicia Gunn, HEMPSULATION LLC
  • Jacquay Henderson, Square Peg Technologies
  • Zach Heng, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Carolyn Howell, Events USA
  • Earle C. Horton III, Tiber Hudson
  • Rose Johnson, United Way of the National Capital Area
  • Scott Kinlaw, EagleBank
  • Tonya Vidal Kinlow, Children’s National Hospital
  • H.H. Leonards, The O Museum in the Mansion
  • James Martinko, CohnReznick LLP
  • Valencia McClure, Pepco
  • Garrett McGuire, AT&T Services Inc
  • Marissa McKeever, Sibley/Johns Hopkins University
  • Renee McPhatter, The George Washington University
  • Michael McPhillips, Astound
  • Ronnette Meyers, JLan Solutions LLC
  • Heather Ness, Robert Bobb Group
  • Apera Nwora, DC Water
  • Sindara Oyekola, Clark Construction
  • James Page, Page After Page Business Systems, Inc.
  • Necole Parker, ELOCEN Group
  • Dr. Carolyn Rudd, CRP, Incorporated
  • Rudy Seikaly, MCN Build
  • David Smith, PNC Bank
  • Benjamin Soto, Premium Title & Escrow, LLC
  • Jim Steffes, Washington Gas
  • Henoke Tesfaye, U Street Parking
  • John Tucker, TD Bank
  • Sonja Wells, City First Bank
  • Annie Whatley, The University of the District of Columbia
  • Simone Williams, Williams Global Law, PLLC
  • Regina Knox Woods, MedStar Health
  • Rashad Young, Howard University

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Audit Committee – Jim Martinko
  • Finance Committee – Winell Belfonte
  • Government Affairs – Brett Greene
  • Membership Committee – John Tucker and Robert Duru
  • Health & Wellness Committee – Colette Chichester and Regina Knox-Woods
  • Small Business Advisory Council – Ryan Chaffo and Jacquay Henderson
  • International Business Dev. Committee – Simone Williams and Henok Tesfaye
  • Retail Workgroup – Katie McEvoy
  • Governance Committee – Earle C. Horton, Tonya Kinlow, and Bill Alsup
  • Workforce Development – Jim Steffes and Connie Russell


Women in Business Subcommittee

The objective of the Women in Business Subcommittee is to create a network of women professionals who can collaborate, share resources and opportunities, and cultivate strong partnerships to increase the equity and inclusion of women business leaders in the District. In the spirit of “Lifting As We Rise”, the committee will develop an mentor program for young women who are focused on their professional development. The Women in Business Subcommittee falls under the Small Business Advisory Council.

Construction Subcommittee

The local construction industry is an integral part of Washington, D.C.’s growth and development. A committee of construction contractors representing the various trades is an important resource for the D.C. Chamber in gaining new insights and expertise on a variety of issues such as workforce development, building standards, codes, licensing, indoor air quality, fire life safety, creating and maintaining energy efficient buildings. As such, the construction industry’s interest are compatible and aligned with the interest of the business community.