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's long-term strategic vision and fiduciary health.
Wakefield follows the general Board Committee structure as recommended by the National Association of Independent Schools. Board committees include: Executive, Finance, Compliance, Trustee, Development, and Mission and Excellence.
Eileen is Managing Director of Health and Benefits at Aon Hewitt, where she helps companies and health care systems improve the cost and quality of health care. She has 26 years of experience in the field of employee benefits, health strategy and workforce health improvement. Eileen has a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from St. John Fisher College in her hometown of Rochester, New York.
Eileen has three children: Max ’12, Mia, Class of 2022, and William, Class of 2024. She is married to Steven Penders and resides in Warrenton, VA.
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 has two children: Joshua, Class of '21, and Sophia, '22, Piers is married to Amber and they reside in Middleburg, Va.
Bob 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, safe and affordable housing to low and lower income families.
Bob has been on Wakefield School’s Board of Trustees since June 2007. Bob has three children: Emily, Carter '12, and Maddie.
Karen's 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.
Karen Way has one son and is Godmother to three Wakefield students. In addition to spending time with her husband and son, she is known for her friendly cows and leading hiking adventures around her family's farm, Ovoka in Paris, Va.
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 wife Laura have four children at Wakefield School (graduating classes of 2026, 2027, 2029, and 2031). His interests include reading, traveling, and acting.
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 has three children: Byron '16, Sadie '18, and Horatio, Class of 2022. They reside in Warrenton, Va.
Kevin has been in the construction industry for 30 years. He is 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.
Kevin and his wife, Karen, have three children and have been Wakefield parents since 2005. His children are Rachel '11, Hannah '16, and Jared '18.
Ashley was previously at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, PA as the Director of Advancement.
In her acceptance, Ashley noted "From the first moments on campus, I was struck by the deep engagement of everyone in the Wakefield community, and the commitment to building the future together. Students poised to take on the challenges of the twenty-first century; expert, dedicated faculty investing in students both in and out of the classroom; trustees giving time and talent; and parents and alumni who are 'all in' are testaments to the strength and promise of the school. There is a unique story to be told at Wakefield and the potential for the future is great."
Ashley Harper became Wakefield's Head of School in July 2018. She and her husband, Doug, have two children: Jack, a college student, and Riley, Class of 2024.
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.
Rustom is also step-father to Avery Valentine, Class of 2024.
Guy Gravett joined the Board of Trustees in 2007. 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 has four children and he and his wife, Kathy, have been Wakefield parents since 1995.
Kevin joined Wakefield’s Board of Trustees in 2013. 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 School, and the community and networking that can be fostered in such an environment.
Kevin and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters: Gabriella and Brianna, Class of 2020, and Natalie, Class of 2025 . The Handford family has been at Wakefield for eleven years.
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 School, Class of 2020.
Stamatina McGrath was elected to the Wakefield Board of Trustees in 2018. Stamatina earned her B.A. in History at The College of William and Mary, and both her M.A. and PhD (Byzantine History) at The Catholic University of America. She teaches History at George Mason University. Dr. McGrath is very active in the Wakefield community and looks forward to continuing to help improve the educational experience for all students.
She and her husband Jim have two children: Nicholas '17, and Anna, Class of 2021. The McGrath’s have lived in the Centreville area for the last twenty-six years.
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.
She and her husband, Bill Ballhaus, have two children: Brooke, Class of 2022, and William, Class of 2025.
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.
John and his wife, Jennifer, have two children: Michael , Class of 2020, and Kate, Class of 2023.
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.
She and her husband, Peter, have three children: Mackie '18, and Will and Walker, Class of 2021.
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.
He and his wife, Alison, have four children: Grace '18, Jackson, Class of 2021, Jess, Class of 2023, and Sadie, Class of 2025.
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.
John joined Wakefield's Board of Trustees in June 2004. 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.
John and his wife, Donna, have one daughter, Kelsey, and one granddaughter, Mariah '13.
Susan joined Wakefield's Board of Trustees in 2005 and took over as Chairman in 2008. 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.
She and her husband, Steve, have two children: Kelly, and Brenton '09.
Paul joined the Board in 2003. 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.
Paul became a Trustee Emeritus in 2016.
Paul and his wife Susan Southard have one daughter, Juliet Mayer '14. He lives in The Plains, and enjoys tennis and Nationals baseball.