Before retiring in 2013 from the Institute for Defense Analyses, Richard’s entire working life was in the field of information technology. After earning his Ph.D. in computer science in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to the Washington area and never left. He worked on projects related to computer assisted instruction and software development environments before turning into a consultant on a wide variety of IT issues.
Richard first got involved in volunteering by tutoring. Initially, he tutored first graders in reading at John Adams ES in Alexandria. Now, close to 15 years later, he is still tutoring first graders in reading under the auspices of the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. More than 10 years ago he was trained by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia to teach English to adults. In addition to his current assignment teaching English to a woman from Afghanistan for the Literacy Council, he recently became one of their student assessment specialists.
The training from the Literacy Council directly led to tutoring high school students, particularly new immigrants, with the Building Better Futures program at about the same time BBF became a program of The Campagna Center. Tutoring with BBF is still Richard’s favorite volunteer activity. The students are so energizing!
Richard also serves on the Board of the Lake Barcroft Village, where he co-chairs the Volunteer and Services Committee and serves as the database administrator. Previously, he adapted the information system used by At Home in Alexandria for use by the Lake Barcroft Village. He is also active with the IT committee of the Washington Area Village Exchange.
When not being involved in one of his volunteer responsibilities, Richard enjoys playing golf, skiing, and reading.