The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing broad policy goals that align the operation of the school with its mission, providing fiduciary oversight of the school’s operations, and supporting long-range strategic planning to ensure Potomac’s future.

The Board is comprised of between 15 and 22 members. It strives to reflect diversity consistent with the stated mission of the School. Its members include alumni, current parents, past parents, grandparents and individuals from the broader community who bring particular expertise and perspective.

Members may serve two three-year terms. Requests for trustee nominations to fill Board vacancies are made each fall to the parent, faculty, and alumni communities. The Committee on Trustees then selects its candidates based on a set of specific criteria and presents a slate to the full Board for election in the spring.

Committees of the Board of Trustees currently include the Executive, Finance, Investment, Audit, Development, Master Plan/Buildings and Grounds, and Committee on Trustees. In any given year task forces may be created to address other strategic issues. Officers of the Board are nominated by the Chair of the Board and are elected by the full Board each year.


Executive Committee
Chair Larry Culp
Vice-Chair & Chair-Elect Marjorie Brennan
Secretary Mary Lou Leipheimer
Treasurer James Socas
Member-at-Large Steve Quamme
Member-at-Large John Delaney
Head of School John Kowalik
Chair Ron Peele
Members Patty Coleman
  Michael Davis
  Bill Kilberg
Committee on Trustees
Chair Mary Lou Leipheimer
Members Marjorie Brennan
  Patty Coleman
  Larry Culp
  John Delaney
  Grace Guggenheim
  Mark Lowham
  Rob McDowell
  Linda Turner
Chair Jim Fleming
Members Keith Ausbrook
  Patty Coleman
  Stephanie Kapsis
  Mary Lou Leipheimer
  Ron Peele
  Steve Quamme
  Alan Dabbiere (advisory member)
Chair James Socas
Members Sameer Bhargava
  Marjorie Brennan
  Alan Dabbiere
  David Dupree
  Jim Fleming
  Steve Quamme
  Linda Turner
Chair David Dupree
Members Michael Davis
  John Delaney
  Steve Quamme
  Jamie Sullivan
Master Plan/Buildings and Grounds
Chair Mark Lowham
Members Torie Clarke
  Grace Guggenheim
  Bill Kilberg
  Lynne O'Brien
Board Liaison to PA Patty Coleman
Board Liaison to AGC
Stephanie Kapsis
Board Liaison to FAPS Ron Peele


Trustee Bios

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Board Officers 2014-15
H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., Chair
Marjorie P. Brennan, Vice-chair
Mary L. Leipheimer, Secretary
James R. Socas, Treasurer
Steven J. Quamme, At Large
John K. Delaney, At Large
John J. Kowalik, Head of School
Trustees 2014-15
J. Keith Ausbrook '73
Sameer Bhargava
Marjorie P. Brennan
Victoria Clarke
Patricia D. Coleman
H. Lawrence Culp, Jr.
Alan J. Dabbiere
Michael L. Davis
John K. Delaney
David W. Dupree
James B. Fleming
Grace Guggenheim '74
Stephanie Amann Kapsis '01
William J. Kilberg
John J. Kowalik
Mary Louise Leipheimer
Mark C. Lowham
Robert M. McDowell '78
Lynne F. O'Brien
Ronald H. Peele, Jr.
Steven J. Quamme
James R. Socas
Mark J. Sullivan '96
Linda D. Turner