MSNV Board of Trustees

The MSNV Board of Trustees is made up of parents and community members committed to the mission and vision of MSNV. Trustees are elected at the Annual Meeting in May to serve terms of up to three years. The Board is responsible for establishing and promoting MSNV’s mission, vision and strategic goals, and ensuring the long-term financial stewardship and governance of the school.

List of 17 items.

  • Stacy King Scanlon, President

    Executive Committee
    Stacy is the Executive Director of the Federal Bar Association and its affiliated foundation. A native Texan, Stacy moved to the D.C area 19 years ago after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Stacy and her husband Matt have a son, Sammy, who is a second year Primary student at the Valleybrook campus. As a side gig, Stacy is a certified Jazzercise instructor and teaches classes in Arlington. In her spare time, she can be found hanging out with family including her two step-daughters, Sophia and Stella, or playing with the family's rescue mutts.
  • Kelly Engstrom, Vice President

    Executive Committee
    Kelly is a Managing Director at Ward Circle Strategies, a strategic communications and public policy consulting firm based in Washington, DC.  She attended Swarthmore College for her undergraduate degree, and holds an MBA in Finance and Operations from Columbia Business School, and a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. Kelly and her husband Eric are parents to Annie, a 5th year in Jackie & Amy’s Upper Elementary class, and two boys, Allan and Russell, who previously attended MSNV. Kelly grew up on the island of Maui in Hawaii, and in her spare time enjoys sailing, running, and coaching a girls’ soccer team..
  • Ann Ferris, Treasurer

    Executive Committee
    Ann is an economist with the National Center for Environmental Economics at US EPA. She previously served as a Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change on the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a Senior Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Ann previously served on the boards of rowing clubs in Boston and Chicago. Ann completed her undergraduate training at the University of Chicago and received her PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. Ann and her husband Thorsten have children named Alex, currently a third year primary student, and Mia, currently a first year primary student, both at Hillbrook.
  • Jennifer O‚ÄôSullivan, Secretary

    Executive Committee
    Jennifer and her husband Bob have one daughter Tilly who has been at MSNV since Preprimary. She is currently in Ms. Amanda and Mr. Pierce’s Lower Elementary classroom. Jennifer grew up in a military family, living mainly in different cities in the South. She considers San Antonio, TX home. After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in French and International Relations, Jennifer moved to the D.C. area in 1996 to join a web start-up and is surprised to have stayed put for 20 years! Jennifer has expertise in online marketing/communications, web graphic design and front-end development, as well as iOS apps. She offers consulting services to small businesses, companies and non-profits that work to support a healthy planet and improve the quality of life for people everywhere. Jennifer also teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation throughout the metropolitan region
  • Sabrina Rose-Smith, Advancement Committee Chair

    Executive Committee
    Sabrina is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Financial Industry practice group, where she represents financial services companies in class actions and in government enforcement actions.  Sabrina earned her undergraduate degree from Hollins University in 2000 and she graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2003. Since then, she has served as a founding board member for an Atlanta-area charter school, on the alumnae board for Hollins University, as a corporate board member for the America Diabetes Association, as Chair of the Board of Directors for Lawyers for Good Government Foundation, and as a District Activist Leader for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She and her husband John have two children, four month old Jaden, and six-year-old son Julian, who is a Lower Elementary student at the Hillbrook campus.
  • Ruba Afzal

    Member at Large
    Ruba has over 15 years of international development and nonprofit experience, ranging from the United Nations and World Wildlife Fund to small non-profits in different parts of the world cultivating collaborative partnerships among communities and stakeholders to organize and advocate for their interests. Ruba currently works with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, a local organization that teaches 1,500 adult English language learners annually. In her role as Associate Director of Community Engagement, Ruba cultivates and fosters strategic relationships with corporate, civic, foundation, and government entities that generate new opportunities for growth, revenue, and expansion. Ruba is alumna of the Princeton AlumniCorps’ Emerging Leaders program for nonprofit leaders. She received her BSc from University of Maryland and her MA from Duke University. Ruba loves generating strategic, creative, and collaborative responses to questions of organizational mission, sustainability and advancement and is excited to offer her talents and curiosity to MSNV. More personally, Ruba is a first-generation American, fluent in Arabic, and a published photographer and photo-editor. She and her husband Daniel are the parents of Kamran (who is completing his 3 years in Ms. Rachel and Ms. Jackie's Primary class at Valleybrook) and Lina, who is excited to graduate from Preprimary to Primary, also at Valleybrook. Ruba has reveled in seeing them both grow in their self-confidence and love of learning and for others while at MSNV. She enjoys learning and growing with them, and sharing a great meal - and a good laugh - with family and friends.
  • Kent Allen

    Member at Large
    Kent is a journalist and teacher who at present works at AARP for its phone news app as a writer and editor. Early in his career, Kent worked as a reporter and editor at several newspapers in the Northeast, including the Bergen (N.J.) Record. Since 1991 he has lived in the D.C. area, working at The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and Congressional Quarterly. From 2011 to 2016, he taught history and journalism at The Field School in Washington. Kent holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. He and his wife, Karen, live in D.C., where they raised their two sons, now adults. A former MSNV student (1963-69), Kent is the son of the late Joan and Bill Allen, who were instrumental in founding the school in 1962.
  • Alex Attard

    Member at Large
    Alex and his wife Maria Swainson are the parents of Roman who is an Upper Elementary student with Ms. Catharina, Mr. Baylen, and Mr. Dave. Alex is an alumnus of the Montessori school in Malta before attending The Lyceum. After receiving his undergraduate in Sydney, Australia, he won a scholarship to attend post graduate studies in insurance technical underwriting and insurance company management in Zurich, Switzerland. Following executive level careers in insurance and IT, he moved with his wife (a native of Virginia) to the DC area in 2000, where he worked with such Fortune 500 companies as Verisign and Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2006 Alex returned to Malta as CEO of a leading IT services company. Currently he is a Principal at ABS Group, a leading Risk Management and Compliance consulting company, within their operations division. Previously he served as board member of several non-profit and for-profit organizations in Malta and chaired committees for those same organizations. Alex is a member of Rotary International and a Paul Harris fellow.
  • Daryn Cambridge

    Member at Large
    Daryn works at Training Resources Group, Inc. where he currently serves as the Professional Development Portfolio Manager for the EPIC project. In this role he helps the United States Agency for International Development Office of Education manage the coordination, design, production, and facilitation of a range of professional development learning opportunities for education officers in all 45 Mission countries and the broader international education sector. For over 15 years, Daryn has been an educational creative, producer and facilitator who has cultivated a career in the fields of peacebuilding, civics education and engagement, nonviolent action, community organizing, and international education. Prior to joining TRG, Daryn worked for The United States Institute of Peace, the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, Common Cause, the Democracy Matters Institute, the Close Up Foundation, and the Student Conservation Association. He is also an adjunct professor at American University where he has taught courses on Education for International Development, Peace Pedagogy, and Nonviolent Action. He serves on the board of One Common Unity – a DC-based non-profit that works with young people to break cycles of violence and build compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts and peace education. He also serves on the board of the Democracy Matters Institute. Daryn lives in Falls Church, VA with his partner, Alyson and their two daughters, Kaiya (rising 2nd year Elementary student at Hillbrook) and Zoey (Rising Preprimary student at Valleybrook). He enjoys cycling, running, and vegan baking and cooking.
  • Allison Carpenter

    Member at Large
    Aly is a Senior Trial Attorney at the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, where she represents indigent clients charged with criminal offenses. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University in 2003 and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2008. She and her husband, Nabeel Yousef, will have three children at MSNV as of fall 2018: Safia (Lower Elementary), Noah (Primary at Valleybrook), and Salma (Preprimary at Valleybrook).
  • Dennis Cotto

    Member at Large
    Dennis Cotto is a Principal of The Argos Group, LLC, Fahrenheit Capital Advisors, LLC, and Absolute Hospitality, LLC specializing in the finance and real estate development of office, multifamily and hospitality sectors. Projects include the development of a Cambria Suites hotel in Washington, DC as part of a $325 million mixed use project, The Montrose luxury condominiums in Georgetown, Washington, DC and 2100 L Street, NW which will be a 10 story 190,000 square foot trophy project located in the Washington, DC Central Business District. Mr. Cotto is a Principal of Absolute Hospitality, LLC who’s Principals have developed and operated over 17 hotels in the Greater Washington area including the St James, St Gregory and Beacon hotels. In addition, Mr. Cotto is a Principal of Fahrenheit Capital Advisors, LLC, a full service financial advisory firm. Prior to these endeavors, Mr. Cotto founded and served as Chairman of Real Estate Technical Advisors, Inc. (RETA), a full service real estate consulting firm serving institutional and government clientele in the North and Mid-Atlantic states. Prior to RETA, Mr. Cotto Co-Founded Legal Outreach, Inc., a not for profit educational organization with accredited clinical programs at New York University and Columbia University Law Schools.

    Mr. Cotto holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College, Amherst Massachusetts and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Cotto previously served on the boards of the Whitman Walker Clinic, Hispanic College Fund and National Property Trust, Ltd. Mr. Cotto is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association and the United States Supreme Court.

    Mr. Cotto is married to Jessica Hernandez Cotto and they have two children, Isabella and Santiago.

  • Christine Griggs

    Member at Large
    Christine Griggs, her son David, and husband Bill have been part of the MSNV community since 2014. Christine’s experience having attending Montessori as a child led she and her family to MSNV. Christine has been a public servant for over 25 years working in the federal government for the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management. Christine’s background has primarily been in civil aviation security and investigations, but her most recent position is within the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement. She manages the day-to-day operations of five divisions in the office responsible for ensuring that TSA employees and the traveling public are treated in a fair and lawful manner, consistent with federal laws and regulations protecting privacy, affording redress, governing freedom of information and prohibiting discrimination and reprisal, while promoting diversity and inclusion. Her son David is entering Lower Elementary this fall after spending the last 3 years in the Primary program at Hillbrook in Jared and Atim’s class where Christine was a Room Parent for two years and was very active in the MSNV community. 
    Christine and her family are originally from New Jersey and enjoy sporting events and outdoor activities. 
  • Michele Ney

    Member at Large
    With over fifteen years of marketing experience, Michele has helped non-profits and for profit brands promote their points-of-view on timely issues through stakeholder analysis and development of effective marketing programs. Since 2016, Michele has focused on childhood cancer advocacy. She’s taken part in legislative initiatives to push for passage and full appropriations of the Survivorship, Treatment, Research and Access (STAR) Act, sat on the Planning Committee for the Sarcoma Foundation of America’s Race for Cure 5K in Richmond and supported a well-respected childhood cancer health institution’s development of a web portal for patients and caregivers. Michele is excited to be able to support the mission of MSNV as a Board member. The Ney family has been part of the MSNV community for nearly nine years.
  • Michael Ramires

    Member at Large
    Michael is the father of a soon to be 1st grader who loves MSNV with all the wonderment a boy can possess. Michael is also an investment banker that specializes in the purchase and sale of low income housing, historic, solar and movie tax credits. Michael has syndicated approximately $3 billion of tax credits throughout the United States. Michael is the President of Richman Affordable and Richman Renewable Energy, both affiliates of the Richman Group based in Greenwich, Conn. Prior to joining the Richman Group, Michael helped found the Tax Credit Investment Group at what is now Wells Fargo. Michael also worked for Goldman Sachs as a consultant for the successful creation of the Goldman Sachs Tax Credit Investment Group. Michael is a current board member for the Mid-South Housing Foundation in Mississippi and a past board member of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation in Washington DC. Michael is a graduate of American University, tries to play golf, and one day hopes to competently play the uke – maybe even with his son unless outlawed by a certain 1st grader.
  • Larisa Sawhney

    Member at Large
    Larisa and her husband Mike (Frutchey) are parents of Dallen (age 9). Dallen began at MSNV in Mr. Jared’s and Mrs. Atim’s primary class and is looking forward to his third year in Lower El in Mr. Tim and Ms. Elizabeth’s class. They love to be outdoors enjoying biking, camping, fishing, and hiking! As a former diving and swim coach she enjoys any day at the pool. Her family is very active in their local church and in opportunities to serve the community in meeting the needs of the homeless and underfed. Larisa’s real estate career began in the mid 1980’s. While attending GMU she worked for a local builder as a sales assistant during the early land development and sales of Kingstowne. She was also involved in the sales of The Pinecrest, Foxfield, and Century Oaks neighborhoods. Larisa earned her bachelor’s degree from GMU in 1990 and has been an Associate Broker with Re/Max since that time. As a Re/Max agent she has earned the recognition of Re/Max Circle of Legends and Lifetime Hall of Fame member. She served at the local Realtor board level as a member of the Fair Housing Committee and she served as the president of her Home Owners’ Association for nine years. She is looking forward to serving this wonderful MSNV community and being a part of their amazing future!
  • Malini Sekhar

    Member at Large
    Malini and her husband Anoop Kumar, are the parents of Surya Kumar, a first year elementary student (gasp) with Mr. Tim and Ms. Elizabeth. Malini loves learning and laughing with him every day. 
    At other times, Malini is a creative problem-solver with 10+ years of experience building, growing and improving organizations through a combination of strategic thinking, hands-on implementation, communications skills, and a sense of humor. She most recently left a role as Director of Marketing and Communications at the HHS IDEA Lab/Office of the Chief Technology Officer, an innovation space within the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Malini received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and her Master's degree in International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Malini is also always engaged in a random side-project or two such as creating multicultural children's books like, Maya and Leela Present: Dances of India through her company 2Lokas. In the hours that remain she enjoys playing tennis, writing, meditating, enjoying art and nature and learning new things (right now it's Design Thinking/Human Centered Design!). 
    Malini hopes to bring to bear her abilities to help further MSNV's vision, and support its wonderful community of children, families, faculty and staff. 
  • Subodh Sundaram

    Member at Large
    Subodh is a critical care (ICU) physician, currently at Inova Alexandria, Sentara Woodbridge, and University of Maryland BWMC hospitals. He earned his BA at Case Western Reserve University, MD at Medical College of Ohio then went on to an NIH extramural fellowship in hearing research at University of Michigan. He completed medical residency at University of Cincinnati, then moved to New York City, where he provided primary care services for economically disadvantaged patients. He returned to fellowship training in critical care at George Washington University after gaining 10 years of medical and administrative experience in inpatient medicine. Subodh enjoys racquetball, Aikido, and has recently started indoor bouldering and climbing. Subodh, his spouse Nausheen, and their daughter Laila (second year at Hillbrook) moved to the DC area in 2008 and have lived in Annandale since 2013.
The Board selects, supports and evaluates the Head of School, and works with the Head to cultivate good relations with our stakeholders and members of the broader community.

Join the MSNV Board of Trustees

If you are interested in joining the MSNV Board of Trustees or serving on a Board Committee, please contact Jennifer O'Sullivan.

You may fill out the Board of Trustees application here.

2016-2021 Strategic Plan

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    The 2016-2021 MSNV Strategic Plan
     charts a course that reflects our mission and vision as well as the values and hopes of the community and school leadership. We aim to build upon accomplishments from our previous strategic plan by imagining new possibilities in support of the transformational experience we envision for our students.  In order to continue offering an inspiring educational environment, our plan seeks to:
    • expand our educational programs;
    • enhance school spirit;
    • strengthen advancement efforts; and
    • promote our tradition of strong corporate governance.