AVA BENACH – PRESIDENT, BOARD CHAIR, AND HEAD COACH
Ava Benach is President and Head Coach for DC Girls Baseball. DCGB got started after Ava's daughter, Paloma, participated in an all-girls team sponsored by Baseball for All that won a major tournament in Chino Hills, CA in 2014. Ava has been a coach with the Capitol City Little League (CCLL) since 2012. She has served on the Board of Directors and as a league commissioner with CCLL. Ava has taken DCGB to a regional tournament in Georgia in 2015, Baseball for All Nationals in San Francisco in 2016, and two regional tournaments in the DC area in 2016. Ava and her wife, Mona, have three children, Paloma, Alex and Teddy, all of whom pitch and play first base. When not on the dugout step, Ava is the Managing Partner at Benach Collopy LLP, a Washington DC law firm specializing in immigration.
MONA LUDDY BENACH - TREASURER
Mona Luddy Benach is the Treasurer and one of the founding members of DC Girls Baseball. Mona and her wife Ava have three baseball players: Paloma, a pitcher on the U13 DC Force team, and Alex and Teddy who play for Capitol City Little League. Mona, Ava, and their children live in Chevy Chase, DC. When she’s not watching her kids play baseball, Mona is Associate General Counsel for Raymond James Financial Services.
LISA B. COHEN
Lisa Cohen is a founding board member of DC Girls Baseball. Ella, her 12yo daughter, followed her big brother Luke onto the diamond when she was 4, and hasn’t put down her glove since! When not cheering on her kids, Lisa attempts to herd cats as a longtime lawyer and Congressional Chief of Staff.
Mary Kmiecinski is a Board member and serves as DCGB’s liaison to the Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference (EWBC). She has coached youth baseball for the past 15 years. Both of Mary’s kids (Kahlan, 13, and Adam, 20) started playing baseball when they were 5, and continue to play for Howard County Youth Program (HCYP) in Maryland. In 2017, Mary found DCGB and immediately signed Kahlan up so she could play the game she loves with other girls. Through that connection, Mary discovered EWBC and signed up to play too! She plays catcher, 3rd base and outfield for EWBC’s Baltimore Blues. When not playing baseball, Mary is a Senior Software Engineer with Credible Behavioral Health, Inc., and co-owner of Qui Qui Catering, LLC.
Ned Lazarus is a Board Member of DC Girls Baseball. Ned and his wife Nahanni Rous have two baseball players at home: Shalvah joined the DC Force 11U team in 2017 and plays for the AAA Cabbies in Capitol City Little League; her little brother Omri enjoys Home Run Baseball Camp and will start Little League in the fall. Ned teaches Conflict and Conflict Resolution at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
Marc Schindler is a board member for DC Girls Baseball. Marc and his wife Alison Auerbach have two baseball playing kids: Maya, a member of the U11 DC Force, and Jacob, a member of DC Dynasty’s U10 team. Marc and his family live in NE DC. Marc has over 20 years experience as a civil rights attorney and currently serves as Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute.
JEN STILLERMAN – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND SECRETARY
Jen Stillerman is Director of Operations, Secretary, and a founding Board member of DC Girls Baseball. Jen was inspired to help launch DCGB by her 10-year-old daughter, Alice, who plays on the U11 DC Force team and in Capitol City Little League. Jen is a volunteer attorney with the Child Advocacy and Domestic Violence Family Law Programs at the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.
TOM TRENDL – DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Tom Trendl is a board member and Director of Development for DC Girls Baseball. Tom and his wife Jennifer’s daughter, Sophia, has been with the team since she was 8 (now 10). Sophia plays on the DC Force 11U team, as well as on a Northwest Little League team (2017 AAA Champions!). Sophia’s younger brother Devin also plays baseball in NWLL. When Tom is not playing catch or practicing grounders with Sophia and Devin, he spends his time as an International Trade Partner at Steptoe & Johnson.