About Us

Judith Beermann, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Judith is publisher and editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Dish. Since its 2009 launch, Judith has directed marketing and business development for the publication in addition to reporting. After a government career at The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Judith returned to her love of the arts full-time. As associate publisher for The West End Guide, a local … [read more]

Beth Solomon, Founder

With journalism in her genes — her mother was a society reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Chicago Tribune; her aunt was Nina Hyde, the Washington Post Fashion Editor — Beth Solomon began her career as a radio reporter in East Africa for the Voice of America, Radio France, and Deutsche Welle. As a freelance producer for ABC News, she covered the fall of the … [read more]

John Divney, Chief Software Engineer

John is founder and CEO of divbox llc, a leader in web technology development, with over 15 years of experience in the web development industry. John's expertise spans business and technical management in internet product development and web analytics. He worked at America Online for 13 years, working his way up to Technical Director of AOL's Registration Team. Leading a … [read more]

Janet Staihar, Editor-at-Large

Janet “Jan” Staihar is a writer, communications strategist, and sometimes photographer. Her DC-based company is Staihar & Associates LLC. She is a native of Oregon where she attended the U of O, and is a journalism graduate of the University of Iowa. She wrote and edited for the Associated Press in Newark, Baltimore, Atlantic City and Washington DC. She covered … [read more]

Fatema Sachak, Author

Fatema is a passionate writer and food enthusiast who started her own food blog, fattsoo's cravings whilst in college. Originally from Zimbabwe, she moved to DC in 2018 after graduating from Dickinson College and fell in love with the city. As an avid adventurer and traveler, Fatema loves to explore all areas of DC and beyond, excited to discover new cuisines and … [read more]

Katherine Tallmadge, "Living Lite" Columnist

Katherine Tallmadge, president of Personalized Nutrition and author of "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations," is internationally recognized and respected in the nutrition and weight loss field. She is a popular nutrition and weight loss counselor, speaker and author here in Georgetown. Media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and … [read more]

Peter Rosenstein, "Community Palette" Columnist

For the past 25 years Peter Rosenstein has served in the non-profit field as CEO of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Physician Assistant Programs, Accountants for the Public Interest and the National Association for Gifted Children. In September 2005 Mr. Rosenstein joined the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists as their Executive Director. Mr. … [read more]

Gwendolyn van Paasschen, Correspondent

After a career as a Senate staffer on Capitol Hill, Gwendolyn van Paasschen left politics in 1990 to study garden design. She began her education at the George Washington University School of Professional Studies, working as a volunteer at Tudor Place in Georgetown, designing a roof garden in downtown Washington DC, and working on other small projects. She completed her … [read more]

Simon Jacobsen, Architectural Correspondent

Simon Jacobsen was born and raised in Georgetown and has never left. He is the Managing Design Partner of the Georgetown architectural firm Jacobsen Architecture, LLC and practices internationally with his father Hugh Newell Jacobsen. Simon Jacobsen is an award winning designer and a member of Architectural Digest's AD100, the alpha list of the best architects and … [read more]

Page Evans, Author of "Page's Turn"

Page Evans lives in Georgetown with her two daughters and Angus, their black Lab. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian and various other publications. Her essay on motherhood, “Sharks and Jets,” is in “Mommy Wars,” (Random House, 2006). She also has a piece in “2 To Do Before I Die,” (Little Brown, 2005). She is currently working on a book of … [read more]

David H. Rothman, "Rothman At-Large" Columnist

David Rothman's most recent book is The Solomon Scandals (Twilight Times Books), a gritty mix of suspense, satire and tragedy set in the Washington of several decades ago. An ancestor was a Jewish tax collector under the Tsar, and bureaucracy and hierarchy fascinate David today. He is now at work on his second novel. He founded TeleRead, one of the Web's leading sources … [read more]

The Georgetown Current, Contributor

The Georgetown Current publishes weekly on Wednesdays. It is part of The Current Newspapers group, whose combined circulation of more than 52,000 attests to the continued popularity of its mix of local news, human interest and community-based reporting. … [read more]

Ada Polla, "King Cake" Columnist

In 2004, daughter and co-creator of Alchimie Forever, Ada Polla set out to launch her family’s Swiss based skincare line in the US. Today, the brand boasts global visibility and distribution, thanks to her focus and determination, which have yielded double-digit annual growth and garnered her several press-worthy opportunities to communicate her family’s knowledge and … [read more]

Kristen Coffield, Lifestyle Arts "Create & Curate" Contributor

Kristen is passionate about helping individuals create and curate their lives to achieve greater mindfulness, productivity and joy. Kristen founded “In Good Taste Catering” and spent 15 years customizing congressional fundraisers to reflect unique regional flavors for dozens of US Senators and Members of Congress. An accomplished chef and hostess, Kristen has orchestrated … [read more]

Oliver Devine, "Visual Currency" Photojournalist

Oliver Devine is an award-winning photographer who has also spent over 17 years leading sales and marketing teams for large-scale projects and corporations. As a founder of Devine Visual Branding, he has combined his photographic vision with his sales acumen to offer unique consulting services, which draw from his client’s strengths and goals to customize a creative … [read more]

Barbara Morana, "Made in Sicily" Correspondent

Barbara is an art historian, a graduate of the Paris Sorbonne University. Born in Italy she has lived 20 years in France, United States, and Chile as an art curator, critic, and restoration expert. She has advised international organizations on culture, communications, and web design. Returning to Sicily four years ago, Barbara lives with her two daughters where she … [read more]

Janet Donovan, Author of "Hollywood on the Potomac"

Janet Donovan is President, Creative Enterprises International, a Washington-based publicity firm. She has lived in France, Spain and Italy and is conversant in the three languages. Her column, Hollywood on the Potomac, appears in Washington Life Magazine and can also be found at HollywoodonthePotomac.com. She plans to re-launch her radio show The Beltway Broads in the … [read more]

Dr. Tina Alster, "Dr. T's Rx"

Dr. Tina Alster is the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and is a clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. She received her B.S. and M.D. degrees with highest honors from Duke University and post-graduate training at Yale University. Widely regarded as the “Queen of Laser” because of her … [read more]

Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Correspondent

As founder and president of Flying Colors Broadcasts based in Georgetown, Constance Chatfield-Taylor assists clients in the design, development, integration and ongoing management of communications networks. Her company has provided live broadcast coordination to the White House, Senate and House Committees, USIA and VOA for both democratic and republican administrations … [read more]

Leslie Kamrad, Photographer and Reviewer

Leslie Kamrad is an attorney at the National Trust for Historic Preservation when she is not using her artistic talents in Georgetown as a photographer. As an active member of the Citizens Association for Georgetown on its Historic Preservation Committee, she loves architectural photography and the study of history and culture, and is a member of the DC Historic Districts … [read more]

Leslie Maysak, Contributor

Leslie Maysak is a local writer and longtime Georgetown resident. A Boston native, Leslie moved to Washington in 1999 and has been an active member of various community organizations and initiatives including Share Our Strength, The Citizens Association of Georgetown and Friends of Volta Park as well as a board member and committee member of several non-profit … [read more]

Dakota Ross-Cabrera, Editorial & Marketing Consultant

Dakota Ross-Cabrera, a native Washingtonian, is studying at Columbia University Columbia College with plans to pursue a career in journalism. She enjoys working as a Senior Staff Blogger for Columbia University’s blog Spectrum and an Associative Editor for Columbia University’s 292 Magazine. She has interned for the Syracuse University Newhouse School for Public … [read more]