Conrad Heer - President and Board Member
Conrad first started coming to Colvin Run Dances in 2002. The Colvin Run school house brought back warm childhood memories of an old school house near his home town that was no longer used as a school, but was used for social events in the community. In addition to the charm of Colvin Run School, he enjoyed the people and found them to be outgoing, friendly and sincere. As the old saying goes, “You ‘bump’ into the nicest people on the dance floor.”
After enjoying the Colvin Run Family for about a year, Conrad decided he needed to contribute more to the preservation of Colvin Run School and volunteered to serve on the Board of Directors.
He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Dunn Loring, VA since 1998, serving as Sergeant at Arms, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. In 2003-2004 he served as its President. Conrad currently serves on the Board of Directors as chairperson of the Community Service and International Service Committees.
In 2001 Conrad became a member of the Capital Cotillion Dance Club. He has served on the Capital Cotillion Board of Directors since 2002, working with the Events and Membership committees.
Conrad has been in commercial real estate in the Washington, DC area since 1976. His primary activities are in the areas of commercial development, brokerage and property management.
Conrad has two adult daughters, one living in Annandale, VA and the other in Jersey City, NJ. His hobbies include ballroom dancing, skiing/snowboarding and home improvement projects. He enjoys and appreciates nice people, which is what makes Colvin Run a special place for him.
Bill Rosenbluth - Vice President and Board Member
Bill has lived in Reston, VA for 37years. He and his wife Jean have been coming to Association dances for over 20 years. For many of those years, Bill has helped the organization by serving as an officer and by contributing to building maintenance. Bill and Jean also help the Association with computer related reservations, planning and photography. Many of Bill and Jean’s photos and period graphics are used in Association wall decorations. Bill and Jean regard their Association friends as a part of their extended family and very much enjoy participating in Association activities.
Bill and his wife Jean are still active in business and have their own company in Reston. Bill is a forensic engineer who investigates electronic data associated with vehicle crash events. Over the last 21years, he has investigated over 1,000 such cases, and he is the author of Investigation and Interpretation of Black Box Data in Automobiles, jointly published by ASTM and SAE in June 2001.
Bill and his wife, Jean are also members and active in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Jean Rosenbluth - Treasurer and Board Member
Jean and her husband, Bill, came to the Colvin Run Schoolhouse in 1985 looking for a good place to dance with good ballroom music. Not only did they find a charming, historic building with a beautiful oak dance floor, with bands playing great music, they found some wonderful people who were very welcoming and friendly. In a very short time, Jean was volunteering as an officer in the Colvin Run Citizens Association, which owns, operates, maintains and preserves the Colvin Run Schoolhouse. Since that time, Jean has served in various offices, including Secretary, Vice President, President and Treasurer for the past 10 years, as well as on the Board of Directors. "During these years, these people have become like another family to me. To know them is to love them."
She was appointed Chair of the Historical Committee in 2012 and is currently working with the Great Falls Historical Society to have the Colvin Run Community Hall be approved as an historical landmark in the State of Virginia. Jean says, "This building is such a treasure that we want to do all we can to preserve it for decades to come."
Jean works full time as business manager with her husband, Bill, in their forensic engineering consulting business. When she is not working, she enjoys exercising, Yoga, gardening, traveling and photography. For the past 10 months, she has been studying the violin, with Chelle Fulk, of Reston. The real joy of her life is spending time with her beautiful granddaughter, Cara Jean, who is 9 yrs old, and who is also learning the violin.
Jean and Bill joined the Capital Cotillion Club in 2010 and very much enjoy attending their dances. They are also members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and attend many activities associated with that organization.
She also served on the Board of Directors of the Heart of America Quilt since from 2002 to 2012. The HoAQ is an international memorial for 9/11. The Colvin Run Citizens Association was a sponsor of and contributed a panel to the HoAQ, which has been displayed around the country. Jean received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the years 2004 and 2005.
Al Wolden - Secretary and Board Member
Al and his wife (now with two horses and a dog named Rio) have been residents of Great Falls for over twenty years. They (including dog Rio) enjoy genre and freestyle dancing, and subscribe to a philosophy of preserving the Colvin Run School House for posterity.
Al earned a BA in Speech and English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA in Economics from Temple University. He has held management positions in finance, advertising, marketing and sales with various major corporations, has served as an adjunct faculty member for both undergraduate and graduate schools at several universities, and is an accomplished airline transport rated pilot with over 8,000 flight hours. He earned the FAA distinction of Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor, and was appointed FAA Designated Flight Examiner for single/multi-engine airplane pilot ratings through ATP.
Al has been retired since 1996 after more than twenty years as an aircraft sales executive. He now spends his time writing fiction, publishing an occasional piece in the Washington Post, and pretty much whatever strikes his fancy.
Ed Cottrell - Board Member
Alane K. Dashner, RN, MSN - Board Member
Alane has been living in Great Falls since 2008. A native New Orleanian, Alane waltzed and polka’d as a child and graduated to tea dances in her teenage years. A ballerina until age 26, Alane moved on to hula dancing and contra dancing here in the DC area following her graduation from Georgetown. But it wasn’t until she and her fiancé Ralph tried a few ballroom lessons before their 2010 wedding that they found their way to the Colvin Run Dance Hall right down the street. “As relatively new ballroom dancers, we find the large dance floor and welcoming smiles very reassuring,” says Alane. “We may not always be on the beat, but we’re always having a great time.”
Alane has two delightful adult sons, Tom and Dave, who are both well-educated, married, fully employed homeowners. When she’s forced to rest from dancing, Alane is the Director of Marketing at Investing Daily in Tysons Corner. She is also a registered nurse with emergency and neuroscience experience. The perfect day, she says, includes “cooking for Ralph, working in the yard, and deciding which dance shoes to wear that night.”
Brenda Hunt - Board Member
Lewis ( Joe ) Manning - Board Member
Taught High School Math for four years, retired from Federal Aviation Administration after forty years. Divorced with four grown daughters. Have been taking Jitterbug dance lessions for six years and ballroom for a year and a half. Enjoy dancing, sailing, hunting, jogging, traveling and tinkering around my house and with my old car .
Kathleen Milks - Board Member
Kathleen has been a resident of Great Falls for 41 years and is a member of the Great Falls Citizens Association and the Great Falls Business & Professional Association. As a member of the GFCA she volunteered on land and zoning issues for a number of years. Kathleen works full time as the Business Development Manager, Asia, for The Association for Manufacturing Technology. She has five sons who have grown up in Great Falls, have completed their educations, and are pursuing their careers in California, Europe, and on the East Coast. In addition to her love of Ballroom, West Coast Swing and Tango Dancing, she enjoys horseback riding, skiing, sailing, and traveling.
Kathleen would like to see the Colvin Run community and the Great Falls community be more involved with each other. This would be a “win-win” situation for both Colvin Run and Great Falls, and she would like to help facilitate the growth of that relationship by promoting the dance program, and assisting in the preservation of the Colvin Run Dance Hall so that nice, friendly people can continue to meet there for years to come!
Tom White - Board Member
Tom and his wife, Susan, first came to the Colvin Run Dance Hall in 2006 in search of a venue to dance social ballroom. They quickly fell in love with the rich history and charm of the old dance hall. "I still enjoy watching a first-time visitor walk in the door; look at the wood panel barrel vaulted hall and say, ‘WOW’! says Tom. "The WOW factor is universal for everyone that walks in the door -- this place affects people that way." Susan adds, "We were immediately struck by how friendly and welcoming the people were towards us."
Tom has served on the CRCA Board of Directors since 2007. He was responsible for soliciting donations from local contractors to install a new air conditioning system, exterior painting and carpentry work, new quarry tile floor in the kitchen area and renovation of both bathrooms. In 2007, Tom and Susan established and co-hosted a monthly Argentine tango dance (milonga). Tom and Susan currently host the 2nd Friday Colvin Run Tango milongas and the 5th Saturday Blue Moon milongas. All proceeds from these dances go to the operation and maintenance of the dance hall. "We knew from the first time we walked in the door that this was a special place and a perfect venue for the local tango community," says Tom. "There is no agenda here, we just want everyone to have a great time in a casual and friendly atmosphere."
In his free time, Tom enjoys designing websites. He designed and built the current Colvin Run website as well as Susan's Tango Boutique website which sells Nueva Epoca tango shoes and Werner Kern dance shoes. He also maintains two business pages for Colvin Run on Facebook: Colvin Run Dance Hall and Colvin Run Tango. He occasionally DJs at Colvin Run and other local milongas.
With a background in engineering, Tom has worked most of his career for the Clark Construction Group. He is currently a senior vice president in its heavy construction division. Tom and Susan live in Vienna, Va. They have two sons, Andrew (20), majoring in photography at New York University, and Mike (18), majoring in Economics and Commerce at Hampden-Sydney College.