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.

John Neff, Chairman

Father of two Wakefield students: Michael – 10th grade and Kate – 7th 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 P. Handford - Vice Chairman

Kevin joined Wakefield’s Board of Trustees in 2013. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and as Chair of the Compensation, Benefits and Personnel Committee. Kevin and his wife Jennifer have three daughters: two tenth graders and a fifth grader. The Handford family has been at Wakefield for eleven 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.

Robert B. Dale, III, CPA, Treasurer

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.

Eileen Quenell, Secretary

Mother of Mia (8th grade) and William (6th grade). Eileen is Senior Consultant and leader of the Washington D.C. Health and Group Benefits practice for Towers Watson. She also serves as the Middle Market Health and Group Benefits Business Leader for North America. She has 23 years of experience in the field of employee benefits, health strategy and workforce health improvement. Eileen is a graduate of St. John Fisher College.

Deeni Bassam, MD

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 four children in Wakefield (JK-4th grades). His interests include reading, traveling, and acting.

Jay Bryant

Leon Bushara

Father of three Wakefield students: Byron - 2016 graduate, Sadie - 12th grade, and Horatio - 8th 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.

Piers Carey

Father of two Wakefield students: Joshua - 9th grade and Sophia - 8th 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 Cole

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 Colon

David became the Headmaster of Wakefield School in July, 2014. He and Nancy have three children: Phillip, a senior at American University, Drew, a Class of 2015 Wakefield graduate, who is attending University of North Carolina - Wilmington, and Eloise, a senior 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.

Rustom Cowasjee

Stepfather of Avery Valentine (6th grade), Rustom is the Managing Director of Design and Construction for Tishman Speyer, currently responsible for the Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C. markets. He spent eight years as an architect for I.M. Pei & Partners. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Guy M. Gravett

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 Upper 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.

Scott Lustig


Scott Lustig recently retired from Lockheed Martin where he served as Senior “In-Country” Executive for the People’s Republic of China. Prior to this, Scott had a 17-year career with the U.S. Navy which included leadership positions aboard a guided missile frigate and guided missile cruisers. Scott is a graduate of The Citadel and received a Master Degree in National Security Affairs from Georgetown University. He and his wife Mercy have a son at Wakefield (’20).

Andrea Comes McAleese

Andrea McAleese is the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and co-founder of McAleese & Associates, P.C., a Washington, D.C. defense government contracting and technology firm. In business for over 25 years, the company assists both government contractors and technology firms in doing business with the United States Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the various U.S. Intelligence Agencies. Andrea earned her BA in French from Dickinson College and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She and her husband James have a daughter at Wakefield (’21).

Darrin Mollett

Mother of Wil (5th grade) and Brooke (8th grade). Darrin is the Owner/Founder of Beverly Equestrian. She was instrumental in bringing together an Equestrian Program at Wakefield School and serves as Co-Chair for the Great Meadow Eventing Committee. Darrin is an attorney and has worked in the field of litigation with an emphasis on employment and intellectual property law. Darrin holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mark J. Ohrstrom

Molly Dunning Ohrstrom

Linda Rich

Mother of Will and Walker (9th grade) and Mackie (12th grade). Linda is a Senior Managing Director for Government Relations and Legislative Affairs for the CME Group. She is responsible for developing and implementing CME Group’s U.S. and global legislative and policy strategy. Linda has also worked on Capitol Hill as a Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services and Commerce. She holds an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Don Seaborn

Father of Grace (12th grade), Jackson (10th grade), Jess (7th grade), and Sadie (4th grade). Don is the Founding Partner of Angler Environmental, an environmental consulting, engineering and construction firm, which specializes in the restoration of wetlands, streams and other natural resources. Don was Chair of the Board of Trustees for Wakefield Country Day School in 2010. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University, a Master’s in Oceanography/Aquatic Chemistry from Old Dominion University, and a J.D., Environmental Law from the University of Maryland.

Bob Sedivy

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.

Valerie Simon

Valerie Simon is a former teacher. During her 10 years of classroom experience in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina she taught students in kindergarten through third grade. Teaching in different states and school districts afforded Valerie the opportunity to take on many unique teaching endeavors including a self-contained Gifted and Talented class for 3 years.

Valerie earned a BS in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Development from West Virginia University where she was an NCAA Division 1 Academic All-American and Olympic Trial Qualifier. She and husband, Esan, have three children enrolled in Wakefield.

Glen A. Thomas

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.

Karen Way

Karen Way is a mother of one and Godmother to three Wakefield students. Her professional background focused on real estate development, urban planning and revitalization, and environmental issues, both as an urban planner and thereafter, a lawyer. She has always had a strong commitment to pro bono activities and enhancing the lives and infrastructure in urban and rural communities. After a ten year tenure with law firm DLA Piper in Chicago, her family moved to Virginia in 2007. She has her own Virginia pro bono practice serving those in our larger community to find creative solutions to legal problems.

In addition to spending time with her boys, she is known for her friendly cows and leading hiking adventures around her family's farm, Ovoka in Paris, Va.

Lieutenant General John S. Fairfield USAF (Retired) - Trustee Emeritus

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.

Susan W. Lewis

Susan joined Wakefield's Board of Trustees in 2005 and took over as Chairman in 2008. Sue was 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.

Sue became a Trustee Emeritus in 2017.

Paul G. Mayer, Trustee Emeritus

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.

Paul became a Trustee Emeritus in 2016.

Gary Squire, Trustee Emeritus

James R. Treptow, Trustee Emeritus

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