An independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, DC

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 17 and 26 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, Advancement, Audit, Committee on Trustees, Diversity & Inclusions, Finance, Investment, and Master Plan/Buildings and Grounds. 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 Sameer Bhargava
Vice-Chair Norma C. Ramsey
Secretary Karen Sonneborn
Treasurer Tom Rietano
Member-at-Large Michael L. Davis
Member-at-Large Charles O. Rossotti
Member-at-Large Abigail Spangler
Head of School John Kowalik
Audit 
Chair Tanya La Force
Members Dan Fisher
  Charles Rossotti
Committee on Trustees
Chair Norma Ramsey
Members Sameer Bhargava
  Natalie Bush
  Tanya La Force
  Eric Rosenthal
  Karen Sonneborn
  Martin Sumner
Advancement
Chair Karen Sonneborn
Members Noha Abdalla
  Natalie Bush
  Mina Faltas
  Chris Graham
  Reed Landry
  Maryanne Lavan
  Norma Ramsey
  Susan Schieffer
Diversity and Inclusion 
Chair Michael Davis
Members Noha Abdalla
  Natalie Bush
  Ellen Dwyer
  Won Kim
  Kim Kuryea
  Tanya La Force
  Eric Rosenthal
  Stefanie Thomas
Finance 
Chair Tom Rietano
Members Sameer Bhargava
  Ellen Dwyer
  Kim Kuryea
  Maryanne Lavan
  Eric Rosenthal
  Paul Sheridan
  Abigail Spangler
  Martin Sumner
Investment 
Chair Jim Rooney
Members Mina Faltas
  Dan Fisher
  Charles Rossotti
  Paul Sheridan
Master Plan/Buildings and Grounds 
Chair Eric Rosenthal
Members Chris Graham
  Reed Landry
  Norma Ramsey
  Jim Rooney
  Charles Rossotti
  Susan Schieffer
  Stefanie Thomas
Mental Health & Wellness
Chair Natalie Bush
Members Won Kim
  Jim Rooney
Liaisons 
Board Liaison to PA Tanya La Force
Board Liaison to AGC Reed Landry
Board Liaison to FAPS Jim Rooney

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Learn more about our trustees. 

Officers 2021-22
Sameer Bhargava, Chair
Norma C. Ramsey, Vice-Chair
Karen Sonneborn, Secretary
Thomas J. Rietano, Treasurer
Michael L. Davis, At Large
Charles O. Rossotti, At Large
Abigail Spangler, At Large
John J. Kowalik, Head of School
Trustees 2021-22
Noha Adballa
Sameer Bhargava
Natalie F. Bush
Michael L. Davis
Ellen M. Dwyer
Mina C. Faltas '96
Daniel I. Fisher
Christopher D. Graham
Won Kim
John J. Kowalik
Kimberly A. Kuryea
Reed W. Landry '99
Tanya L.R. La Force
Maryanne R. Lavan
Norma C. Ramsey
Thomas J. Rietano
James H. Rooney
Eric W. Rosenthal '03
Charles O. Rossotti
Susan N. Schieffer
Paul F. Sheridan, Jr.
Karen Sonneborn
Abigail Spangler
Martin W. Sumner
Stefanie A. Thomas '03