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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 11 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 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.
  • Ruba Afzal, Vice President

    Executive Committee 
    Ruba has over 15 years' experience working with global and local organizations in different parts of the world, cultivating collaboration across community levels and sectors to organize and advocate for their interests. She has recently been named Chief Executive Officer of Indy Reads, an adult literacy and education nonprofit organization based in Indianapolis. For more than 10 years prior, Ruba served as Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV), Virginia’s oldest and largest adult literacy organization. Ruba loves generating strategic, creative, and collaborative responses to questions of organizational mission, sustainability and advancement and is excited to contribute her talents and curiosity to MSNV. She received her BSc from University of Maryland and her MA from Duke University. More personally, Ruba is a first-generation American, fluent in Arabic. Her two children, Kamran and Lina, are graduates of MSNV's Preprimary and Preprimary programs at Valleybrook. Ruba has reveled in seeing them both grow in their self-confidence and love for learning and for others while at MSNV. She enjoys learning and growing with them, dancing, and sharing a great meal - and a good laugh - with family and friends.
  • Allison Carpenter, Secretary

    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).
  • Kelly Engstrom, Treasurer

    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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nicole Kaeding

    Member at Large
    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.
  • 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.
  • Malini Sekhar

    Member at Large
    Malini and her husband Anoop Kumar, are the parents of Surya Kumar, a third year elementary student (gasp) with Mr. Tim and Ms. Angela. 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 Allison Carpenter.

You may fill out the Board of Trustees application here.

2016-2021 Strategic Plan

  • View the Strategic Plan.

    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.