The church council is the governing body of our congregation.
Members of the council are elected for two year terms and can renew once, for a total of four years. The council meets on the second Thursday of every month. If you have a matter for the council, please email the president. Our current church council members are:
Norm Philion, President, was born in Colchester, Vermont. He served in the Air Force from 1965 to 1969 as a Russian linguist/interpreter. He graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1972 with a BA in History, and from Duke University School of Law with a JD in 1975. He was an associate and partner in the Washington office of a Cleveland-based law firm from 1975 to 2000. He retired from the practice of law in 2000 and took on a second career as a middle school teacher of math and literature at schools in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington. After 18 years of teaching, Norm retired in 2017, and currently volunteers his time as a docent at both the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library. He looks forward to serving the congregation and the greater church in ways that benefit everyone.
Kathleen Wage was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and lived in Florida, Colorado, Tennessee while growing up. She graduated high school in Tennessee and studied electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. After a short stint working at Oak Ridge National Lab, she headed to MIT for graduate school. She signed up for the joint program between MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution when she found out the first requirement was a 10 day cruise around Cape Cod on a 125-foot sailboat. Her doctoral work focused on sonar signal processing and deep water acoustic propagation, topics she continues to pursue in her current work as an associate professor of electrical engineering at George Mason University. Kathleen is a life-long Lutheran and was welcomed by the people of Peace when she moved to Virginia in 1999. She is grateful for this opportunity to serve the Peace community.
Stu Whitehead was born and lived in Libertyville, Illinois, but him and his family moved to Burlington, Vermont when he was 9. He returned to the Midwest for college and earned his B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and then moved to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to earn his Ph.D. in organic chemistry and meet his future wife, Marissa (Wilson). He currently works as a scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, MD. In his free time he enjoys practicing and playing in amateur golf tournaments around the DMV, discovering new craft beers, playing board games, and bar trivia. He and Marissa currently live in Alexandria and have been members at Peace since April 2019. He’s relatively new to church, but dedicated to the Peace community and confident in learning from the diverse voices here at Peace.
David Whitten (Treasurer, Liaison to Stewardship) has been a member of Peace since 1994 with his wife Anne. Their two daughters, Brena and Rebecca were baptized and confirmed at Peace. David has served as chair of the Constitution Committee, on the Capital Campaign committee, and enjoys being in the choir and playing handbells. He works as a contractor for the Missile Defense Agency in between watching the Nationals, Redskins, Wizards, and Capitals.
Itosi Marealle was born in Tanzania and migrated to US in 1984. He is currently an Allstate Exclusive Agent in Alexandria VA since 2016. Graduate of T.C Williams and Strayer University with a B.S in Networking. He has property and casualty, Life and health as well as series 6 and 63 license. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding motorcycles and improving himself and helping others. He currently resides in Alexandria VA.
Rose Stillwell was born and lived in Trenton, New Jersey until she attended college at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. After college, Rose worked as a consultant implementing learning management systems for clients across numerous industries. She now works at Deloitte as a Manager on their Global Learning Operations team where her team works with stakeholders to optimize their current usage of global learning and curation platforms. When Rose isn’t working, she loves to travel and experience new cultures with her fiancé, Nate. She joined Peace in November 2019 and is excited to get involved in the church and meet more of the Peace community.
Mary Dallao grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and currently lives in Arlington with her husband, Dan, and two sons. In college she majored in Print Journalism and Literature, and she has spent her career working as a writer and editor for nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves as program manager for WalkArlington, Arlington County’s walking education and encouragement program. She enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time in nature. She also loves running and is a dedicated bike commuter who will ride in any weather. She is new to Peace and is grateful for the opportunity to serve this open and welcoming congregation.
Hanna Kebbede is an entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, management consultant, wellness coach and visual artist. She is passionate about helping others and serving the Lord when and where called upon. She is especially dedicated to the work of healing from a traumatic past and helping to transform lives by sharing her own experience of loss and persecution during tumultuous times in her native land, Ethiopia in the 1970s. Hanna is the founder of the Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation and the creator of Transmit Awareness and Support Trauma Transforming Approaches (TAASTTA). Hanna received a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, a BA in Sociology from Washington State University in Pullman, WA in 1972 and she studied figure drawing at the Art Students’ League in New York City 1987-1990.