Mission & Board of Directors
Fenton Village, Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of the community known as Fenton Village through the promotion and support of small and local businesses located in the area. Fenton Village, Inc. seeks to brand the community and, in furtherance of that goal, will provide support for promotional events, including, but not limited to, Taste the World in Fenton Village and The Best of Fenton Village, and will encourage and coordinate business to business cooperation.
Tax deductible donations may be sent to:
Fenton Village, Inc.
88639B 16th St. #104
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Solomon Abdella, President – Solomon is the owner of Abyssinia Restaurant in Fenton Village.
Damon Callis, Vice-President – Damon is the owner of Urban Winery in Fenton Village.
Karen Burditt, Secretary – Karen Burditt is the founder of Best of Fenton Village, and has managed that competition for the past five years.
She is also an At Large Board Member of Montgomery Preservation Inc. and currently serves as MPI’s secretary. As a member of MPI Karen has testified before the Zoning and Planning Boards and the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee of the Montgomery County Council.
Karen is a registered architect with 30 years of experience in the DC area.
Carmen Camacho, Treasurer – Carmen Camacho is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce. She is also past Chair of the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee. Ms. Camacho is a small-business executive with over 30 years of successful leadership experience in policy development and administration/management. She is also skilled in grassroots political advocacy and outreach. She is Vice President/Owner, Bud Miller Associates Inc., a distributor of advertising specialties and awards based in Silver Spring MD. Prior to joining her husband at Bud Miller Associates Inc., she served as Vice President of Panorama Communications, Inc., a publisher of in-flight magazines for the airline industry in Latin America. Prior to becoming a small business owner, Ms. Camacho had a high level of successful civic and community involvement working as a liaison between the Montgomery County Hispanic community and the local, state and federal governments. She sits on various for profit and non profit boards. In 2006 she was named as one of the 25 most influential women by Women Business Owners of Montgomery County.
Lene Tsegaye, At-Large – Lene is the owner of Kefa Café and Kefa Kiosk in Fenton Village.
Deborah Linn, At-Large – Debbie has lived in Silver Spring for over 30 years and has been involved in economic and community development for even longer, both personally and through her work. Prior to serving on the Board of Fenton Village, Inc., she was a member of the Silver Spring Citizens’ Advisory Board and a founder of Taste the World in Fenton Village. Debbie is an attorney currently focusing on assisting start-up businesses.
Karen Roper, Director of Community Development & Outreach – Ms. Roper has been an activist in East Silver Spring and Fenton Village for over 10 years and was instrumental in saving 20 small businesses from demolition for the Purple Line. She also successfully lobbied the County to redesign the Purple Line configuration on Bonifant Street to protect an additional 21 small businesses. She is currently working with both the County and Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce to protect small businesses in Fenton Village during the construction of several major development projects.
Ms. Roper is also a member of the Board of East Silver Spring Citizen’s Association (ESSCA). As ESSCA’s Chair of Land Use and Zoning. Ms. Roper created the Micro to Macro© process for community inclusion in development design. The Micro to Macro© process proved so successful that the Montgomery County Planning Board invited, Ms. Roper to present the Micro to Macro© concept at their Makeover Montgomery conventional 2016.
Ms. Roper received a Community Hero Award from the Montgomery County Civic Federation for ….”her defense of the right of residents and small business owners to participate in government decision making which impacts the quality of life in the East Silver Spring/Fenton Village Community.