Board of Trustees
Wakefield School's Board of Trustees serves as the guardian of the school's mission.
Our Trustees bring their varied and valuable wisdom and expertise to the table, helping guide the school toward a longterm and strategic vision. The Board is also responsible for the financial stability and financial future of the school.
Wakefield follows the general Board Committee structures as defined by the National Association of Independent Schools: Each of the Board Committees faces off with a specific operational area of the school; the Chair of each committee is responsible for serving as the liaison between the Board and the school manager responsible for each area.
Committees are: Admission and Marketing Committee, Alumni Committee, Building and Infrastructure Committee, Compensation, Benefits & Personnel Committee, Development Committee, Executive Committee, Finance and Administration Committee, Innovation Committee, Investment Committee, Technology Architecture Review Board, and the Trustee Committee.
Father of two Wakefield students: Michael – 9th grade and Kate – 6th grade. John is a partner at Akre Capital Management in Middleburg, Va. Prior to coming to this area, John worked for the William Blair and Company in their equity research department. He holds a B.A. in English from Colgate University and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. John is married to Jennifer and they reside in Marshall, Va.
Kevin joined Wakefield’s Board of Trustees in 2013. He serves as the Chair of the Compensation, Benefits and Personnel Committee. Kevin and his wife Jennifer have three daughters: two ninth graders and a fourth grader. The Handford family has been at Wakefield for ten years. Kevin is a Certified Financial Planner, and the owner of Handford Financial Strategies, a financial management firm. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in Economics. He is a strong believer in small schools such as VMI and Wakefield, and the community and networking that can be fostered in such an environment.
Bob has been on the School’s Board of Trustees since June 2007 and has served as Treasurer since 2010. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Executive and Trustee Committees. Bob has three children. His son Carter is a 2012 graduate of Wakefield.
Bob recently retired as a partner with the public accounting firm Yount, Hyde & Barbour, P.C. after 40 years of service with the firm. He is now the Executive Director of the Windy Hill Foundation, Inc., a local non-profit that provides safe, decent and affordable housing to low and lower income families.
Mother of Contessa (2nd grade). Tara is an attorney and has worked in the areas of intellectual property litigation, estate planning and family law, with an emphasis on domestic abuse at non-profit organizations. She has worked at the MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Childhelp, the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Tara's non-profit work has primarily focused on matters of public policy, awareness campaigns and legal education for attorneys, legislators and members of the judiciary. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University in Maryland and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
Dr. Deeni Bassam grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech in 1993 with a B.S. with honors in Biochemistry. he completed his MD in 1997 at the University of Virginia. Dr. Bassam has always been active in his professional and local community serving as President of the Prince William medical Society. He recently concluded a Governor-appointed term to the Virginia Board of Medicine.
Dr. Bassam has his medical practice in Manassas, Virginia. he further serves his community in various efforts with the FBI and DEA in raising awareness surrounding the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. he and his lovely wife Laura have three children in Wakefield (JK-2nd grades) with a fourth soon to join. His interests include reading, traveling, and acting.
Father of three Wakefield students: Byron - 2016 graduate, Sadie - 11th grade, and Horatio - 7th grade. Leon is an independent consultant to companies, investment funds and non-profits within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. He holds A.B. Degrees in Economics and English and American Literature from Brown University. Leon is married to Daniela and they reside in Warrenton, Va.
Father of two Wakefield students: Joshua - 7th grade and Sophia - 6th grade. Piers is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Teneo Group with offices in the United Kingdom and four other countries. Teneo Group provides professional services to the Information Technology community. He was educated in the United Kingdom at Reading University and holds a B.A. degree with honors in Geography and English. Piers is married to Amber and they reside in Middleburg, Va.
Kevin has been a Wakefield parent since 2005. He chairs both the Building and Infrastructure Committee and the Admissions and Marketing Committee. He is also a member of the Endowment Committee.
Kevin and his wife, Karen, have three children. Rachel graduated from Wakefield in 2011 and is now graduated from American University, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Government. Hannah graduated from Wakefield in 2016 and is attending James Madison University. Jared will graduate from Wakefield in 2018. All three children have been active in Wakefield sports, especially the swim team, on which Karen is the varsity coach.
Kevin has been in the construction industry for 30 years and is currently the Executive Vice President of Ennis Electric Company, an institutional/industrial electrical contractor that operates in the Washington, D.C., area and employs approximately 200 people. He also serves on the boards of Ennis Electric, the Career and Technical Education Foundation (a charity serving non-college track children in the public school system) and is very active with the Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center in Haymarket, Virginia (a charity serving neuro-atypical children and wounded veterans). He has previously served on the boards of the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Prince William CTE Advisory Council.
David became the Headmaster of Wakefield School in July, 2014. He and Nancy have three children: Phillip, a junior at American University, Drew, a Class of 2015 Wakefield graduate, who is attending Champlain College, and Eloise, a junior at Wakefield. David was previously at Collegiate School in Richmond as the Academic Dean. He has a B.A. in History from American University and an A.M. from Harvard University.
Guy joined Wakefield's Board of Trustees in 2007. All of his four children have attended Wakefield with the first beginning in 1995 and the fourth currently in Middle School. Guy has been a Realtor specializing in land transactions since 1986. He is a Trustee of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Arrowbrook Management Corporation and is Principal Broker/Partner at B.M. Smith and President/Principal Broker at Farms & Acreage, Inc. Realtors. Guy is married to Kathy and they reside in Warrenton, Virginia.
Chuck and his wife, Stacey, have been part of the Wakefield community since their oldest daughter enrolled in 1994. Since that time, six of their nine children have attended the school. Since joining the Board of Trustees in 2006, Chuck has participated in several growth initiatives to benefit the school, including the Admissions Committee, the Marketing Committee, and the Endowment Committee. Currently, Chuck chairs the Development Committee, working to ensure a strong endowment for future generations of Wakefield students. In his professional life, Chuck is the Founder, CEO, and President of JK Moving Services, a moving and storage company he founded in 1981, now with offices in Sterling, VA and Gaithersburg, MD. From its humble beginnings 30+ years ago, JK has grown to become the third largest
independent moving and storage company in North America, providing local, long distance, and international relocation services to commercial, residential, and government clients. In addition, Chuck is the Chairman of CapRelo, an employee relocation management firm that delivers comprehensive mobility services to global organizations, Fortune 500 corporations, and the federal government.
Susan joined Wakefield's Board of Trustees in 2005 and took over as Chairman in 2008. Sue is an active member of the Board's Executive, Finance, Admission, Development, and Trustee Committees. She and husband Steve have two children. Their son Brenton (Wakefield '09; UVA '13) is now working as an Account Strategist at Google. Daughter Kelly (Choate Rosemary Hall '03; UVA '07) is married and works as a Senior Online Merchandiser for RetailMeNot in Houston, TX. Professionally, Sue had a 25-year career in banking and commercial real estate investment. She retired in 2005 as Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Investment Officer for Citigroup's Alternative Investment Group where she managed their $12 billion portfolio of worldwide commercial real estate investments and partnerships. Sue holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Rollins College.
Bob served as Vice President, Treasurer and Senior Financial Advisor at the Collegiate School in Richmond for 21 years. He currently is an independent consultant working with non-profit organizations advising on general management, budgeting and financial planning. Bob has been employed at Loyola College (Baltimore, Md.) and Trinity College (Washington, D.C.). He received his A.B. from Loyola University of Chicago, his M.A. from University of Denver and his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organization Development from American University. Bob and his wife Betsy Curtler live in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
Glen joined the Wakefield Board in 2006. He is most unique as he has no direct relationship to Wakefield and lives in Phoenix, Maryland. Glen has a long career in education and expressed his desire to serve on our Board in these words: "I hope to bring my experiences as a university administrator, independent school counselor, College trustee, and enrollment management consultant to the Wakefield Board of Trustees so that I can contribute to the ongoing development and well being of the school."
Glen is the President, of G.A. Associates specializing in school Enrollment Management and Marketing Consultants. He serves on Wakefield’s Admission and Marketing Committee.
John joined Wakefield's Board of Trustees in June 2004. He serves as the Chair of the Trustee Committee and also serves on the Academic Committee, the Compensation, Benefits and Personnel Committee, the Technology Review Board and is the Board liaison to the Wakefield Parents Association. John and his wife Donna have one daughter, Kelsey, and one grand daughter, Mariah who graduated from Wakefield in 2013 and is now attending George Mason University.
John served in the Air Force for 35 years where he had extensive combat and Pentagon level assignments. Upon retirement in 1997, John worked for DynCorp and the Computer Science Corporation. For the past ten years, he has served as the Director of IBM's Strategic Business Relationships Team. He holds a bachelors degree in Social Sciences from San Francisco State University and has advanced studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John became a Trustee Emeritus in 2016.
Paul joined the Board in 2003, and has served at various times as Chair of the Finance, Investment and Head of School Search Committees. Paul and his wife Susan Southard have one daughter, Juliet Mayer, who began Wakefield in the first grade and graduated with the Class of 2014. Juliet is now attending Amherst College as part of the Class of 2018.
Professionally, Paul is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development (M&A, strategy) for Navient, which was created via a recent spin-off from Sallie Mae. Before Sallie Mae, Paul was a partner with a strategy consulting firm, and also worked at J.P. Morgan and for a member of Congress. As a consultant, Paul served a number of education-related clients, including the College Board and Educational Testing Service. He has a B.A. degree from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in The Plains, and enjoys tennis and Nationals baseball.
He became a Trustee Emeritus in 2016.