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, 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 2020-21
Chair Sameer Bhargava
Vice-Chair Mary Lou Leipheimer
Secretary Karen Sonneborn
Treasurer Tom Rietano
Member-at-Large Jim Fleming
Member-at-Large Robby Moser
Member-at-Large Abigail Spangler
Head of School John Kowalik
Audit 2020-21
Members Dan Fisher
  Tanya La Force
Committee on Trustees 2020-21
Chair Norma Ramsey
Members Sameer Bhargava
  Dan Fisher
  Tanya La Force
  Mary Lou Leipheimer
  Karen Sonneborn
Development 2020-21
Chair Jim Fleming
Members Natalie Bush
  Dax Cummings
  Mary Lou Leipheimer
  Norma Ramsey
  Eric Rosenthal
  Susan Schieffer
  Karen Sonneborn
Finance 2020-21
Chair Tom Rietano
Members Sameer Bhargava
  Natalie Bush
  Ellen Dwyer
  Jim Rooney
  Eric Rosenthal
  Abigail Spangler
  Martin Sumner
Investment 2020-21
Chair Jim Rooney
Members Michael Davis
  Charles Rossotti
Master Plan/Buildings and Grounds 2020-21
Chair Robby Moser
Members Dax Cummings
  Dan Fisher
  Won Kim
  Norma Ramsey
  Eric Rosenthal
  Charles Rossotti
  Susan Schieffer
Liaisons 2020-21
Board Liaison to PA Tanya La Force
Board Liaison to FAPS Jim Rooney



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Board Officers 2020-21
Sameer Bhargava, Chair
Mary L. Leipheimer, Vice-Chair
Karen Sonneborn, Secretary
Thomas J. Rietano, Treasurer
James B. Fleming, At Large
Robert D. Moser, Jr., At Large
Abigail Spangler, At Large
John J. Kowalik, Head of School
Trustees 2020-21
Noha Adballa
Sameer Bhargava
Marjorie P. Brennan
Natalie F. Bush
Dax Cummings
Michael L. Davis
Ellen M. Dwyer
Daniel I. Fisher
James B. Fleming
Won Kim
John J. Kowalik
Reed W. Landry
Tanya L.R. La Force
Maryanne R. Lavan
Mary L. Leipheimer
Robert D. Moser, Jr.
Norma C. Ramsey
Thomas J. Rietano
Raymond A. Ritchey
James H. Rooney
Eric W. Rosenthal '03
Charles O. Rossotti
Susan N. Schieffer
Paul F. Sheridan, Jr.
Karen Sonneborn
Abigail Spangler
Martin W. Sumner