2023 Board Nominee Bios

(The By-Laws set the terms for each new board member at two-years. A maximum of 9 fully-vested members can serve on the board.)

2-Year Term:

Geryl Baer
Geryl Baer has been a member of the Wildwood pool for two years. In her professional life, she is the director of Bethesda Jewish Congregation where she manages the membership recruitment and engagement as well as the finances of the organization.  She loves swimming and was on her high school swim team.  Her son, Lyle, is looking forward to being a part of the Wombats this year and her daughter, Faryn is looking forward to joining the Minibats. Geryl is married to Louis who is a lawyer who loves taking the kids to the pool each summer.

Melissa Dickinson
Melissa and her family relocated to Bethesda from Las Vegas, Nevada in 2021. Her husband Nick is a federal employee, and she  works  as a Training Support Analyst in the accounting department at Lincoln Property Company.  The Dickinsons  have two daughters, Natalie (11) and Regan (8), who swam on the Wombats swim team in 2022.  The whole family enjoyed going to the Friday night dinners and other events hosted by Wildwood Manor pool.  Melissa would like to become more involved in her new community. She has worked in accounting for over 20 years and loves bookkeeping (really, she does!) so being Treasurer would be a good fit for her!

David Gruner
Dave lives on Farnham Drive with his wife, Veronica, and two kids, Oliver (12) and Elisabeth (8). Dave has had the fortune to live in a few countries, outside the US, throughout his life including Brazil, France, Belgium, UK, and Sweden. He and his family moved to the Wildwood neighborhood in 2020; summer 2022 was their first season as Wildwood Pool members. Sports are a big part of Dave’s interests including running, soccer, football, and crossfit. Sharks are a personal passion. Dave works at a global professional services organization where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, risk, responsible business, strategy and governance. He has degrees in Law, Politics, and History. As Wildwood Pool anticipates a large renovation, Dave is keen to get involved and contribute to a long term plan for the continued enjoyment of the pool by all members. 

Dani Jahn
This past summer, Dani, Matt, Tyler (13), and Carson (11)  joined the pool.  Raising sport loving boys, the pool community has been a great way to enjoy the summer.  When not on the pool deck, Dani is Senior Counsel to the Pardon Attorney at the Department of Justice.  Prior to that role, Dani was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Washington, D.C. In addition, Dani is an adjunct professor in a Trial Advocacy course at American University, Washington College of Law. Matt is a corporate controller for a privately held company in Washington, D.C. Dani and her family love all sports, especially baseball – and are super fans of the Washington Nationals.

Cliff Shore
Cliff grew up in New York and moved to Bethesda with his wife Andrea in 2008. He has two children, aged 12 and 9, who attend North Bethesda Middle School and Ashburton Elementary. He has been a member of the Wildwood pool for nine years. He’s interested in becoming a board member to help contribute to the Wildwood Manor Pool and continue to make it a welcoming, safe, and fun place for all. Cliff received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison—Go Badgers! He is currently the Chief Procurement Officer for George Mason University. Cliff has 25 years of experience in areas of purchasing, contracts and operations.

Adam Sowalsky
Relaxing at the Wildwood Manor Pool with his family is what helps Adam Sowalsky get through the cold winter and rainy springtime in Bethesda. Together with his wife Jessica, Ari (4), Shira (2) and Raya (newborn), Adam is already looking forward to spending weekend afternoons by the pool next summer. During the week, Dr. Sowalsky is a Principal Investigator at the National Institutes of Health, running a prostate cancer research lab at the National Cancer Institute. Adam hopes his children will follow in his footsteps with respect to his major hobbies—playing piano and cooking—but for now, appeasing both the musical and dietary preferences of young children is enough of a challenge. Adam is selfishly hoping that by serving on the Wildwood Manor Pool Board with other volunteers, the experiences he and his family have enjoyed over the last two years at the pool continue to be a highlight of his and other pool members’ future summers.

1-Year Term Extension:

Toni Lewis
Toni is a life-long Marylander now in her second stint of living in Montgomery County. She has four kids aged 13 – 17 who attend North Bethesda MS and Walter Johnson HS. She has worked in association management in Washington, DC for 25+ years and currently serves as the Vice President, Member Services & Engagement for a financial services trade association. Toni has previous experience serving on volunteer boards and also worked at a pool management company in Rockville after college. The Lewis/Bennett family have been members of the Wildwood Manor Pool community for 6 years and have had a wonderful experience. Both Toni’s daughters swam on the Wildwood swim team for 2 of those years. Toni looks forward to the opportunity to give back.