PNC Biographies

Alison W. Bennett Bennett is a retired Federal employee, committed volunteer, artist, singer and amateur chef. For 21 years, she worked at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one of the National Institutes of Health. After her retirement she was the Director of Communication for the International Neuroethics Society and served as Secretary to the Board of the Pain Connection, a non-profit focused on helping people with chronic pain receive adequate treatment and support. She has volunteered at Crossway Community since 2012. She has been a member of Saint Mark Presbyterian Church since 1982, served as Deacon, and has been an elder on Session three times. Currently she is serving as the pledge secretary for the capital campaign, is the elder for Earth Care, and sings soprano in the Saint Mark Choir. Alison earned her BA from Bucknell University and a Masters in Education from Towson University. She has been married 49 years to David Bennett and has two adult daughters and a son-in-law.

Susan Burns Burns began attending WMPC in the fall of 1991 and joined the church, along with husband Bill in 1992. Although raised and educated in the Catholic church, she has found her faith nurtured, renewed, and sustained as a Presbyterian.  Her two boys, Christopher, now 32 and Alec, 29 grew up at Warner and benefited from all the programs in place throughout their time here. Sue and hubby Bill quickly found themselves placed into service by Rev. Graham Bardsley and just as quickly discovered a warm and welcoming church family that has supported them in countless ways ever since.   Sue feels lucky to have been a choir member since 1992 and chair of Hospitality since the mid 90’s.  At the urging of Charity Singletary, she became active in Warner’s Presbyterian Women and served two terms as Secretary and two terms as Moderator. She is currently a member of Warner’s PW Coordinating Team as well as serving a second term as Search Committee moderator for National Capital Presbytery’s PW Coordinating Team.  In 2018, she was installed as a Deacon and continues to enjoy that new role of service. She has been reporting to work for almost 27 years at the Biomedical Headquarters of the American Red Cross in downtown DC and continues to find great rewards in supporting an organization whose mission is service to others. Warner is the only Presbyterian Church home Sue has known and she looks forward to whatever lies ahead for such a wonderful congregation of folks who love the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Joel deJesus deJesus has been a member of Warner Memorial since 2015 and a Ruling Elder on Session since 2017.  He currently serves as chair of the Administration and Finance Commission and President of the WMPC corporation.  He served as chair of the interim search committee in 2017 and the stewardship teams since 2016.  He also regularly attends and occasionally leads Adult Sunday School.  He is an attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and his wife Hati is a clinical research nurse at the National Institutes of Health.  Joel and Hati have a talented 16-year-old daughter, Sophie, who attends Albert Einstein High School.

Dr. C. Mark Eakin Eakin is an Elder at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, MD where he has served multiple terms chairing the Commission to the Community. He is active in the National Capital Presbytery’s Earth Care Network and for the last five years he has served on the Presbytery’s Mission Coordination Committee, which he currently chairs. He also serves as the Fossil-Free PCUSA liaison to PC(USA)’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee and led the passage of the fossil fuel divestment overtures by National Capital Presbytery in 2016 and 2018.

Dr. C. Mark Eakin has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for over 25 years and directs Coral Reef Watch, a program that forecasts coral reef bleaching and other threats through satellite remote sensing and climate models. Dr. Eakin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Miami and publishes on coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change on coral reefs, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and coral paleoclimatology. He has testified before the US Congress on the impacts of climate change, has been a contributing author on two Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, and was Chief Scientific Advisor for the film Chasing Coral, winner of the Best US Documentary award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Nature Documentary.

Benjamin Fulton Fulton has been a member at Warner since 1968.  He sings in the choir and has served as Deacon, Elder and Clerk of Session.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, an Army veteran, and a retiree from an executive position at the National Institutes of Health. He and Susan have two adult children and two grandsons.  This is his third PNC.

Kabara Korth Praskavich Korth Praskavich is one of the newest members of Warner and has been attending since March 2018. Serving on the Pastor Nominating Committee is Kab’s first opportunity to serve the congregation. Kab joined Warner in part because of the incredible hospitality of its members, and the loving and friendly atmosphere that produces. Kab went to college in Chicago and moved with her husband, Michael, to Maryland to attend law school. Since law school, she has been practicing in the area of family law, joined Warner, and had a daughter (Ovilee).

Dawn Rhine Rhine was in search of a church home for numerous years and walked into Warner’s doors seeking comfort after the horrific acts of September 11th.  After several years of attending, Dawn ultimately became a member in 2006.  Over the years, her involvement grew by participating in Joy Circle, Rainbow Place, and helping with various activities.  Dawn has served several ad hoc roles including on Stewardship and Nominating Committees, as usher and greeter, as Co-Lead for Team 6’s Fellowship Team, and most recently as counter.  Through a fellow Warner member, Dawn discovered Meals on Wheels and has volunteered as “deliverer” for over 10 years. 

In her professional life, Dawn is a Certified Professional Facilitator™ (CPF™) and has had her practice, Synergy Forces, for almost 15 years.  With this expertise, Dawn was happy to serve as facilitator to guide the efforts of Warner’s Re-Visioning Committee (see below) and the Bequests and Undesignated Giving (BUG) Committee.  Dawn is honored to now serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) to help pinpoint a great match for Warner’s future. 

Barbara Shaw Shaw has been a member of Warner since the early 1980s and is ordained as a Deacon and Elder. She is currently serving on Session as chair of the Personnel Committee. In addition she has been involved as a Sunday School teacher; as part of the Staves, Revisioning, building renovation, and Interim Search Committees; as a member of the Environmental Stewardship and LCYC Teams; and as consultant for the installation of the Rainscapes and conservation landscaping.

Claudia Stalker Stalker was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland and Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church has been her church home for sixty years.  She has been married to her husband, Don, for thirty-two years  and together they raised two children.  Her career as a Senior Governmental Accountant spanned thirty-two years at Montgomery County Government and eight years at MNCPPC, after which she retired in December 2018.  During her many years as a member of WMPC, she taught Sunday School for more than twenty years, serves as an Usher, and has been ordained as a Session member.  Currently, she is ordained as a Deacon and serves on the PNC.