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 14 items.

  • Jennifer O‚ÄôSullivan, President

    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
  • 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..
  • Stacy King Scanlon, Treasurer

    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.
  • Malini Sekhar, Secretary

    Executive Committee
    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. 
  • 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 Primary student at the Hillbrook campus.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Michael Cranna

    Member at Large
    Michael, along with his wife Becky, have been enthusiastic supporters of the school since they first arrived at the Hillbrook campus in 2004. All three of their kids have attended or are attending MSNV, with their youngest child, Colleen 11, currently a 6th year student in the Upper Elementary program. Michael has expertise in business valuation and energy infrastructure development, and held various senior director levels positions in corporate finance and business development during his more than 20 year career at The AES Corporation. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Engineering Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for Wesley Housing Development Corporation, a non-profit based in Alexandria, Virginia dedicated to expanding affordable housing options in D.C. and Northern Virginia.
  • Ann Ferris

    Member at Large
    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.
  • 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. 
  • Zachia Murray

  • Gozie Nwabuebo

    Member at Large
    Gozie is a Strategy and Programs Lead at Google, responsible for developing strategies and transformative programs to advance Google’s mission.

    Prior to joining Google, Gozie impacted over 200,000 students, as he helped numerous prominent organizations worldwide deliver sustained increases in education achievement. He founded and served as CEO of T21, a global education technology platform that advanced skills and employment opportunities for youth in emerging markets. He has founded and led several highly successful mentoring and career readiness programs for high school students in America, Africa and the Middle East. Gozie spent many years living in the MENA, Sub Sahara, and Europe, and has significant personal and professional experiences in the region. Gozie also has over eight years of experience as a management consultant serving clients (Government and Private Sector) worldwide across numerous industries, developing expertise in education and workforce development sectors. His previous work experiences also include NASA, Accenture, and KIPP. Gozie holds a Master’s in Computer Engineering, MBA in Strategy and Social Entrepreneurship, and a Master’s in Public Administration.
  • 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!
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

  • 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.