MEET OUR BOARD

 
 

 

Nalini Rogers, President

Mrs. Rogers currently works at Compass as program manager for the On Board program and most recently served as Chair of the Board of Norwood School for four years.  Mrs. Rogers has been active and on the Board of a variety of education and non-profit organizations, including the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Enablis Corporation,  Compass, The Women’s Board of the American Heart Association and The Family Place.   Mrs. Rogers holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Dickinson College.

 

MARY PAT ALCUS, Vice-President

Mrs. Alcus is an institutional investment advisor and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Over her 21-year investment career she has advised numerous foundations and endowments and corporate and public pensions in the areas of investment strategy, investment policy development, manager selection and performance monitoring. She worked for Mercer Investment Consulting in Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C. where she was a Principal and Senior Consultant. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and received her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Mary Pat has served on the Board of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County since 2010, and began serving as Board Chair in 2013. She was Chair of the Grants Committee for the Sharing Montgomery Fund in 2012. She also serves as a Board Member and the Chair of the Investment Committee for The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Her children Claire (17) and Colin (15) attended the Norwood School, which is how their family began supporting Horizons Greater Washington.  In 2013, Mary Pat and her husband Darren served on the Host Committee of the Horizons Fiesta and Mary Pat joined the Development Committee of Horizons Greater Washington. For the most recent Fiesta, she served on the Steering Committee and on the Corporate Sponsorship Team.

 

Andrew Fairbanks, Secretary/Treasurer

Andrew Fairbanks is an IBM Vice President who leads the IBM Public Sector Services business. In this capacity, he leads the organization that delivers all services to IBM's Federal, State, Local, Education and Health Care clients. Prior to his career at IBM, Andrew was an Associate Dean of Admission at Wesleyan University. He co-authored The Early Admissions Game, published by the Harvard University Press in 2002, which provided detailed insight into the highly selective college admissions process. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the highly successful Boston Collegiate Charter School, founded in 1997 to provide new secondary school opportunities to children in the city of Boston. Throughout his career, Andrew's efforts have focused on expanding access to education to people who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

 

Peter Barrett

Mr. Barrett is Head of School at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. Appointed in 1994, Mr. Barrett came to St. Patrick's with 17 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, much of it at St. Albans School, where he taught Grades 4 through 6 and served as Director of Studies in the Lower School. He is a member of the governing boards of the Bishop Walker School for Boys, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, where he is vice president and president-elect. Peter earned is bachelor's degree in English at Trinity College and his master of arts in teaching in elementary education at Northwestern University and completed doctoral-level coursework in education policy, planning, and administration with a concentration in curriculum theory and development at the University of Maryland.

 

Yve Dinte

Ms. Yve Dinte has a wealth of Board Volunteer and Financial Management experience in the school and education sector as developed over the last 20 years. She began her career after completing her BBA, Accounting Major in 1983, and subsequently becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 1985. Her first professional position was in 1984 with the accounting firm of Touche Ross (now Deloitte) in the New York Office Audit Division - Industry Focus - Banking and Finance. In 1993 she started and operated a small private accounting practice providing services to small firms and not-for-profit organizations.

Tomi Fadeyi-Jones

Tomi Fadeyi-Jones is a Senior Human Resources Advisor currently working with CNA, a federally funded research and development center.  Throughout her career in Human Resources, she has provided subject matter expertise to fortune 500 and non-profit organization in various areas including Compensation, Equal Employment, Performance Management, Organizational Design and Change Management, Employee Relations, Diversity & Inclusion and Leadership Training & Development. 

During her middle/high school and college years, Tomi was a beneficiary of Horizons-like programs.  Through her experience as a beneficiary of these programs, she found a strong connection to the mission of the Horizons program.  Tomi began working with Horizons as a parent volunteer during the summer program at Norwood School.  Over the years, she joined the volunteer council, led the development and coordination of the Norwood Build-a-Book events, served on the Annual Gala Host Committee and the planning committee for the Horizons at Norwood 5K Race & Fun Run.  She also serves on the Horizons Greater Washington Development Committee. Tomi holds an M.B.A from University of Maryland, and a B.S from Iowa State University.

 

Matthew Gould, Ph.D.

Mr. Gould is Head of Norwood School. Matthew is an experienced head with a passion for educating young children. He shares Norwood’s commitment to educating the whole child in a joyful and nurturing learning environment.  Prior to joining Norwood School, Matthew was the Head of Community School in St. Louis, Missouri, a position he has held since 2004. Matthew earned his BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago. Matthew began his career in education as a Kindergarten Teacher at Newtown Friends School in Pennsylvania, where he also taught second grade. While studying at the University of Chicago, Matthew taught at the Murray Language Academy, serving as Assistant Kindergarten Teacher and providing individual instructional support. In 1997, Matthew became Assistant Head of School and Head of Lower School at Far Brook School, Short Hills, New Jersey, where he served until 2004. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Field School, Washington, DC, where he attended high school.

JOHN KING

John King, President of Chieftain Productions, is a producer and director for documentary films and communication projects.  His credits include “New Orleans Rising” and “Gearing Up: First Robotics, which aired as specials on PBS, and “Countdown to Ground Zero,” which aired on The History Channel. John completed the program in Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University. At Horizons, John previously served on the Horizons Advisory Board at Maret School, and he currently chairs the Governance Committee for the Board.

Prior to working in media and film, John directed international communication and democracy building programs at Meridian International Center, and he worked as an organizational and strategy consultant at Bain and Company. Active in the community, John currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Initiatives for China and for the Jung Society of Washington.  John is also a student of psychology and mind-body practices for health and well-being. He recently completed the Professional Training Program at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. John graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., and he received an M.B.A. and completed The Public Management Program at Stanford University. John and his wife, Rachel, enjoy living close by the Potomac River in Cabin John, Maryland.

 

Jane Korhonen

Jane W. Korhonen, CFA is a Partner at Brown Advisory and works in the Washington office. She is a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for balanced portfolios for both institutional clients and high net worth families. Previously she was an analyst responsible for industries within the Health Care and the Technology sectors for both the Large Cap Growth Portfolio and Large Cap Value Portfolio. Prior to joining Brown Advisory in 1994, she worked as an equity research analyst for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the organization’s investment group. She serves on numerous boards including CFA Institute, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School and the Advisory Board for FairChance.

Kevin McShane

Kevin McShane is Assistant Principal at Holy Trinity School in Georgetown.  He previously taught and coached at St. Albans School.  He holds a Master's degree in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree from Harvard College.  He has also served on the board of St. Andrew's Episcopal School.  His daughter is a former Horizons Assistant Teacher at Horizons at St. Patrick's. 

Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan is the proprietor of Morgan Group Ventures, Inc. (formerly Pen & Prose, Inc.).  Mary possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  She also possesses a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Marketing, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  Mary is a Senior Examiner for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and an avid volunteer.  In addition to leading Morgan Group Ventures, over the past 20 years Mary has held several senior-level consulting positions within the American Association for the Advancement for Retired People, (AARP), for both public and private, domestic and international clients.  She is married to Joseph Morgan and has 2 children, Joseph, Jr. and Shannon. Joseph is currently a sophomore at Bard College, and Shannon is a senior at Sidwell Friends.  The family loves to travel internationally and resides in Washington, DC.

 

Niranjan Ravindran

Niranjan Ravindran is a Senior Vice President with EIG Global Energy Partners.  Niranjan received a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia, an MS from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Active in the community, Niranjan currently serves on the board of Capital for Children.  Niranjan and his wife, Muhuntha, are the parents of two middle schoolers and live in McLean, Virginia.  Niranjan’s other interests include being a soccer dad, biking and avoiding politics. 

Ellen Safir

Ellen B. Safir, CFA, is the Chief Executive Officer of New Century Advisors, an institutional investment advisory firm located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Prior to founding the firm in 2002, Ms Safir was Managing Director in the investment department of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, one of the largest philanthropies in the US, with oversight of its $4.5 fixed income and currency program. Previously, Ms. Safir was Assistant Treasurer of the American Red Cross.   She began her career as a financial analyst at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Ms. Safir received a B.A. from Bennington College and an M.B.A. from George Washington University School of Business and Public Management.  Additionally, Ms. Safir holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She serves as Vice-Chairman of the Investment Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Foundation for the Advancement of Education in Science at the National Institute of Health. She served on the Board of Directors of AARP Mutual Funds and is a past President of the Washington Society of Investment Analysts. She is a past President of the Washington Association of Money Managers.

Sally Sloan

Sally Sloan moved to Washington, DC to work for National Public Radio where from 1992 to 1999, she was the General Manager of New Business Initiatives and Budget Director.  Before getting her MBA at the Darden School at University of Virginia, she was an Associate Producer at ABC News in NY.  She also has a MS in Journalism from Columbia University, and a BA from Yale.  Sally has been active in the volunteer community for many years, and is currently on the Advisory Boards of Compass and Girls on the Run-DC and the Parents Executive Committee at Bowdoin College. She has served on the boards of Compass, CCBC Children’s Center, and most recently, Girls on the Run-DC where she was board chair from 2014-2015.  She has been a committed volunteer at Maret, including chairing the Annual Fund and serving as a Parent Association representative.  She coached Stoddert Soccer for many years and was a U6 Commissioner and was selected as Volunteer of the Year in 2006.  She coaches the Girls on the Run team at Maret and has since starting it in 2010. She has served as co-chair of the Horizons Council at Maret, and is still an active member.  Sally lives in DC with her two children and husband, and is a certified yoga teacher.  

 

Marjo Talbott

Ms. Talbott is the Head of School at Maret School. Previously, she was assistant head of school of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, in Cambridge, MA, where she also directed college counseling and taught history. She also worked for six years for the National Association of Independent Schools as director of the Boarding Schools Program and director of NAIS Admission Services. She started her career at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Ms. Talbott earned her B.A. cum laude at Williams College and her Master's in education from Harvard. 

 

Courtney Weir

Ms. Weir came to Washington from New York, where she spent five years working on Wall Street. She started her career at Legg Mason in New York City as a marketing associate for the Private Client Group. She later joined Citigroup/Smith Barney as a Financial Advisor and Wealth Manager for high net worth individuals, corporations and foundations. Mrs. Weir has worked to pursue her passion for education while managing the DC and Northern Virginia sales territory for Ruxton Chocolates, a high-end chocolate company. She has spent the past two school years substitute teaching at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School. Her enthusiasm for education stems from her mother having spent the last 24 years as an educator in the Baltimore Public Schools. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she continues to stay involved with her elementary and preparatory schools. Mrs. Weir is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Frank Zarb

Frank is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Proskauer Rose, LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York.  He concentrates his practice under the U.S. federal securities laws, as well as on equity finance transactions regulated under those laws.  Prior to his joining Proskauer, he served at the Securities and Exchange Commission as Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel and in the Office of International Corporate Finance, Division of Corporation Finance. He also served as Vice President and Chief Securities Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb.   

Frank is active in community service.  He serves as a Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.  He also serves as a member of the board of directors of CAFA, the Charities Aid Foundation of America, and on the Alumni Governing Counsel for the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia.   


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