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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 12 items.

  • Allison Carpenter, President

    Executive Committee
    Aly is the Deputy Public Defender 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, have three children at MSNV: Safia (Upper Elementary), Noah (Lower Elementary), and Salma (Primary).
  • Stacy King Scanlon, Vice 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 24 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 Lower Elementary student. 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.
  • Nicole Kaeding, Treasurer

    Executive Committee
    Nicole is a tax economist and has more than a decade of expertise in federal and state taxation. She currently works at Amazon advising the company on federal tax issues and has worked at several think tanks in Washington, D.C. Before moving to the area, Nicole managed retail bank locations in Illinois and Indiana.

    She’s the mother of two MSNV students, Noelle and Owen, both in Lower Elementary and lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, Jason, kids, and two dogs.

    She graduated from DePaul University with a M.S. in Economic Policy Analysis and holds undergraduate degrees from Miami University in both Finance and Political Science.
  • Daryn Cambridge, Secretary

    Executive Committee
    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.
  • Kent Allen

    Member at Large
    Kent is a journalist and sometime teacher who is currently a senior editor at New Lines Magazine, an online publication that focuses on coverage of the Middle East with reports also from around the world. 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, having worked at The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Congressional Quarterly and the news site for AARP. From 2011 to 2016, he taught history and journalism full time 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 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.
  • Devon Kuehne

    Member at Large
    Devon is currently a Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships at UNICEF USA, where she works directly with private sector partners to maximize impact for children. She has a master’s in communication and has worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years. Devon has three daughters – Louisa, who is a first year, Lower Elementary student, Ingrid, who is a second year Primary Student at Valleybrook, and her youngest daughter, Vivian, will join MSNV in Preprimary this Fall.
  • Frauke Nitschke

    Member at Large
    Frauke grew up in Germany and Brazil and came to the U.S. in 2002 on a scholarship to work at an international organization. She has an LLM and a JD and currently works in international arbitration at the World Bank. She is passionate about amicable conflict resolution and also volunteers for an NGO. Her son, Luca, is a second-year student in Lower El, and her daughter Lelia is a fourth-year student in Upper El.
  • Shania Pride

    Member at Large
    Shania has a master’s degree in education and counseling and experience as a consultant for nonprofit and federal programs and initiatives, with specific experience in the fields of grants and education. She currently serves as the Director for Grants and Federal Affairs for McAllister and Quinn. She recently contributed significantly to planning MSNV’s Spring Fling. Her daughter, Rania, is a Primary student.
  • Malini Sekhar

    Member at Large
    Malini and her husband Anoop Kumar are proud parents of Surya Kumar - an Upper Elementary student (time flies!) with the awesome Ms. Catherina and Ms. Kristan. When she is not learning and laughing from and with her son, Malini is a storyteller, strategist and guide who relishes supporting heart-centered changemakers of all shapes and sizes identify and unleash their superpowers in the world. Her journey thus far has included work in a variety of sectors with individuals and organizations such as: Namati, Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Ashoka, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), HHS, and New America to name a few. Malini holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Wellesley College and a Master's degree in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. As a student of Montessori herself, Malini is ever grateful for the seeds and gifts of endless curiosity and the love for learning that the Montessori philosophy sows and empowers.
  • Subodh Sundaram

    Member at Large
    Subodh is a critical care (ICU) physician, currently at Inova Alexandria, Sentara Woodbridge, and University of Maryland BWMC hospitals. Subodh’s daughter Laila is an Upper Elementary student.
  • Christian Tansey

    Member at Large
    Christian holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Columbia University and currently works as a Product Manager in Global Finance at Capital One. He has years of experience across finance having worked in private equity and venture capital prior to Capital One and as a derivatives trader in Chicago and London prior to business school. Christian also works with companies committed to sustainable agriculture. Christian’s daughter Cara is currently a Lower Elementary student, and his daughter Cora is a Primary student.
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 Allison Carpenter.

You may fill out the Board of Trustees application here.