Building Alexandria's Most Innovative Place

2019 Board of Directors


President, Chhaya Muth, Access National Bank

Chhaya Muth is a Virginia native.  He started his career in banking as a part-time teller in high school.  Chhaya joined Access National Bank a little over a year where he manages an office in the Carlyle District of Alexandria.  Specializing in cash flow management, Chhaya enjoys working with business owners to identify all of the cash flow needs necessary for a business to operate efficiently.  Chhaya is very active in the local community and is currently serving on the Board of New Hope Housing.  When he isn't meeting with clients Chhaya enjoys inshore fishing with his wife and daughter.  Chhaya and his family reside in Alexandria.

Vice President, Daniel Beason, Townes at Cameron Parke

Daniel has lived in the Eisenhower Valley since 2009, first in Carlyle, then at the Townes at Cameron Parke.

Daniel grew up in Roanoke, VA, then moved to Richmond to attend art school at Virginia Commonwealth University. He began volunteering in Virginia politics and switched his major to political science. He worked in the Warner administration while completing his degree.  After college, Daniel moved to Washington DC to work in media, first as an intern with National Public Radio, then as a freelancer at WTOP News. He began working as a federal contractor, serving as the lead designer for a 90-Day White House redesign of, after which he was hired as a federal employee. Daniel specializes in leading communications and technology teams and projects.

Secretary: Karen Pallansch, Alexandria Renew Enterprises

Ms. Pallansch currently serves as chief executive officer for Alexandria Renew Enterprises , one of the most advanced water reclamation facilities in the United States. As chief executive officer, Ms. Pallansch leads a team of more than 100 employees on a 33-acre campus that renews 13 billion gallons of wastewater per year. She has served in her current capacity since October 2005 and has worked at Alexandria Renew Enterprises for more than 20 years.

During her decade of service as CEO, Ms. Pallansch led an organizational repositioning and rebranding effort that incorporated a successful public-developer partnership, creating a neighborhood from an industrial area that once served as the City landfill. The site, slated to open this year, will use AlexRenew’s bluRenew reclaimed water.  BluRenew will be used in a signature water fountain feature that will anchor AlexRenew’s treatment tanks, which will be topped by a regulation-size multipurpose field operated and maintained by The City of Alexandria Parks and Recreation Department.  The reclaimed water will also be used for irrigation along the South Carlyle residential development project, including landscaping and water features to be installed by the developer on the north end of the site.

Prior to leading AlexRenew, Ms. Pallansch worked in various roles at the agency, starting as the staff engineer. She also worked for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as a senior engineer and engineer with the Department of the Army, managing rehabilitation of army ammunition bases and conducting research that helped to improve the safe and efficient production of explosive materials.

Ms. Pallansch holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Texas A & M University, Texarkana. She is a registered engineer in Virginia, has a Class I wastewater license, and is Board Certified in Environmental Engineering by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Ms. Pallansch volunteers with several water leadership organizations, including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) where she serves as board member and just completed her term as president. She is currently chair of the Virginia Municipal League Insurance Pool and was previously chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) Research Council, also serving as an ex officio member of the WERF board. Ms. Pallansch recently had an essay entitled “Water-Maintaining the Miracle Molecule” published in the book, “The Value of Water: A Compendium of Essays by Bright CEOs.”

In Alexandria, Ms. Pallansch serves on the boards of First Night Alexandria and the City of Alexandria Eisenhower Partnership.


Treasurer: Morgan Babcock- Carlyle Council 


Agnes Artemel, Artemel & Associates

Agn├Ęs Artemel is active in real estate and development in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  She heads up Artemel & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in market and feasibility studies, development approvals, public outreach, and management of economic development organizations.  Notable projects have included several multi-family buildings in the Braddock Metro Station area, and studies for the Marine Corps Museum, Cold War Museum, and Museum of Americans in Wartime.

She is also a licensed real estate broker with Barnes Real Estate Co., specializing in properties that have potential for significant increases in value.

Ms. Artemel was the founding Executive Director of the Eisenhower Partnership.  She defined the mission and activities of the Partnership, grew the membership, and implemented a broad communications program that included newsletters, emails, public outreach meetings, and special events.  She is currently representing the Eisenhower Partnership as an appointed member of the Eisenhower West Plan Steering Committee.

She served on the board of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the Alexandria Industrial Development Authority for a number of years, and is currently a member of the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals. Ms. Artemel has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the George Washington University.

Micheline Castan-Smith, - Paradigm

Micheline Castan-Smith is Assistant Vice President /Project Manager and handles the development, design, construction and management of high-rise and mid- rise residential properties, and common areas renovations from development through implementation.  She also handles Paradigm’s for-sale development, construction and sales division.  Ms.Castan-Smith has been with Paradigm since its inception and over the past 25 years has played a key role in its strategic direction and capacity building.  She is also committed to ensuring that quality housing is accessible to all.  She serves as a board member for Culpepper Gardens in Arlington as well as the Eisenhower Partnership.  She received her degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Washington Adventist University and is pursuing an MBA

Amy Jackson - City of Alexandria

Neal Kumar  -  Rushmark 

Neal Kumar is Vice President of Development at Rushmark.  He brings 12 years of experience in real estate development, finance and asset management. Neal previously served as a consultant to various real estate ventures, worked for Ozymandius Development, a Lower Manhattan developer, as well as AvalonBay Communities, a publicly-traded multi-family Real Estate Investment Trust.  Prior to beginning his career in real estate, Neal worked in corporate finance at MCI Worldcom and Feld Entertainment.   Neal earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University and his Master of Science in Real Estate Development (“MSRED”) from Columbia University. 

Christina Mindrup - AEDP

Christina Mindrup is the Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Inc. (AEDP). The AEDP is a public/private 501(c)(6) corporation, which plans, directs, manages and implements its efforts to attract, expand and retain business operations in the City of Alexandria.  The AEDP has worked since 1992 as a facilitator to establish Alexandria as a nationally recognized City, and uniquely, a community-compatible business center.

Christina is responsible for all aspects of commercial real estate at AEDP.  She regularly assists businesses with the real estate process of leasing and sales as well as works with investors, developers and other clients with finding desirable locations for future development.   A twenty year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Christina worked as a commercial broker with Grubb & Ellis, Jones Lang LaSalle, ING Clarion as well as CarrAmerica where she oversaw a 2 million square foot portfolio in the Northern Virginia area which included several noteworthy Alexandria projects, King Street Station, Canal Center Plaza.   Some noteworthy clients of hers were The Carlyle Group, Lend Lease, Cornerstone Realty Advisors, IBM Corporation, CarrAmerica, Oliver Carr Company, Columbia Equity Trust, ING Clarion and TIAA-CREF.

Christina is a member of Northern Virginia NAIOP, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as well as serves on various committees related to economic development in helping businesses in the community meet their real estate needs.  Christina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Consumer Psychology from Miami University of Ohio.  She holds a Real Estate License with the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a member of Northern Virginia National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.  Christina and her family reside in Old Town Alexandria. 

Bob Neuman - JM Zell Partners, Ltd.

With over 27 years of experience as a Senior Principal and Project Manager at JM Zell Partners, Ltd., Bob Neuman brings a depth of knowledge of the real estate industry in the Greater Washington area.  His past clients include a wide range of organizations from different sectors, including large nonprofit organizations, corporations and small startups. 

Bob Neuman is involved in Alexandria and the Eisenhower Valley since the early 1990’s when JM Zell Partners, Ltd. brought Time Life Books to 2000 Duke Street.  Subsequent to that, he provided services to Norfolk Southern Corporation as the rest of Carlyle was developed.  Today, he remains active in Carlyle and the Eisenhower Valley, as a partner in the 1.7 million square foot mixed-use development known as 765 John Carlyle Street and Carlyle Plaza.

Bob has experience in every aspect of leasing and brokerage combined with strong financial and analytical abilities.  He has assisted clients from a user and an owner’s perspective in leasing space, marketing, lease negotiations and construction monitoring.  This experience in project management would make him a strong, contributing member to both the Eisenhower Partnership and the greater Alexandria community.

His experience serving on several boards has taught Bob valuable lessons in successful Board membership.  Bob have served as Treasurer for the National Aquarium Institute and on the boards of several community associations and is currently serving on the Carlyle Community Council.

Donnie Simpson - Simpson Properties

Simpson Development    Don has worked with Simpson full time since 1982 and oversees all of the Company’s Real Estate Development and new Construction projects located throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. He is a 4th generation Alexandrian who graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction & Engineering. Don started his career in the Construction industry working with Eugene Simpson & Brothers General Contractors working in various capacities including field supervision, scheduling and project management. He then moved over to the Development and Property Management firm to focus on Commercial Development and Asset Management for the Simpson portfolio. Don is directly responsible for providing overall team leadership, coordination and supervision on all new Development, Construction Management and interior renovation projects. The firm currently manages over 1.5 million SF of Commercial Office space and develops approximately 100,000 SF of new mixed use space annually. Don is also very active in the local Community and is currently serving on a number of non-profit organization board’s including Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria Youth Sports, Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and Eisenhower Partnership. Mr. Simpson resides in Alexandria with his wife Stacey and their two sons, Cole and Max. 

Karyle Thornton  -  CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union

CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union, Karyle Thornton is the Chief Marketing Officer at CommonWeath One Federal Credit Union.  Ms. Thornton holds an MBA from the University of Maryland in Marketing and Market Research: she is a Certified Strategic Marketing Executive and Credit Union National Association Certified Financial Counselor.  Ms. Thornton has over 30 years credit union and commercial bank management experience in marketing programs, research, strategic planning, project management and product development.  Ms. Thornton currently serves on the Credit Union Marketing and Business Development Council, is a member of WEBA, works with several local charities and belongs to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

 Kay Tyler - Tyler Business Services


Eisenhower Partnership   1500 Eisenhower Avenue,   Alexandria VA 22314

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