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About Us

Board of Trustees

Burke's Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the school’s financial health and determining its strategic direction consistent with the school’s mission. The Board works in close partnership with the Head of School and senior staff, and is currently composed of 21 voting members, most of whom are parents of current or former students. In addition, the Board has two non-voting Ex- Officio members: the Head of School and the Faculty Representative. The Board is governed by By-laws that are reviewed and updated regularly, consistent with internal policies and the recommendations of leading independent education associations. Click here for a copy of the current Board By-laws.

The Board generally meets 10 times each year. Board members serve a three year term, and may be re-nominated for a second term of three years, for a maximum of six years’ service. The Chair of the Trustees Committee solicits board nominations each year.

The Board accomplishes most of its work at through standing committees, formed to address specific, time sensitive issues. All voting members of the Board volunteer their time, skills and resources to the school.

Trustee News

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  • New Trustees

    The Board of Trustees is excited to announce the election of six new Trustees for terms beginning on July 1. We welcome:
    Ruta Puskorius (Sigita '21)
    Kira Swencki (Eli '22)
    Nick Keenan (Brayton '18, Eddy '18, Paul '20)
    Angela Jaffee (Jacob '22)
    Monique Willard (Morgan '21)
    Hadley Boyd (Julia '21)

    Our officers for 2018-19 are:
    President — Janine Goodman (Orly '17, Oren '20)
    Vice President — Sharon Davis (JJ '19)
    Secretary — Meredith Jason (Billy '18)
    Treasurer — Norman Dong (Eddie '20)
     
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Janine Goodman










President -
Janine Goodman
Joined the Board in 2014 and currently serves as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Implementation Committee and on the Trustee Affairs Committee. She is a co-founder of Avenue4, an Internet asset advisory firm. Previously she served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital. Janine is the parent of Oren ’20 and Orly ’17.

Sharon Davis










Vice President - Sharon Davis

Joined the Board in 2016. Sharon is a partner at Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C., where she specializes in patent litigation. She previously served on the fundraising committee and as vice president of the Board of Temple Micah, and as an active volunteer over a decade as a parent at Lowell School. Sharon is the parent of Jack ’19.

Norman Dong










Treasurer - Norman Dong

Joined the Board in 2017. He is Managing Director at FD Stonewater, a real estate brokerage, investment, development and asset management firm. From 2014 to 2017, he was Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at GSA. He also served as Deputy Controller at the Office of Management and Budget, City Administrator/Deputy Mayor for Operations in the District of Columbia, and Vice President at ACS State and Local Solutions. Norman is the parent of Eddie '20.

Meredith Jason










Secretary - Meredith Jason

Joined the Board in 2013 and serves as co-chair of the Development Committee and on the Trustees Affairs Committee. Meredith is Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch of the National Labor Relations Board and the parent of Billy ’18.

Emily Alexander

Emily Alexander
Joined the Board in 2017. Emily has served on the Burke Development Committee for the last three years and has assisted with the annual Burke auction for many years. She has been an instructor of English as a Foreign Language at George Washington University and is active in the child passenger safety field as a nationally certified car seat technician and instructor. Emily is the parent of Nicholas '16.

Susannah Baruch










Susannah Baruch

Joined the Board in 2016. Susannah is a consultant specializing in legal, policy and ethical issues related to women, reproductive health, and genetics. She recently served as interim President & CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. She has worked for Johns Hopkins University, the National Partnership for Women & Families and United States Representative Nita M. Lowey (D-NY). She is Chair of the Council of Advisors to the Wellesley Centers for Women, a research institute at Wellesley College. Susannah is the parent of Daniel ’18 and Jeremy ’21.

Sydney Bath










Sydney Bath

Joined the Board in 2015. She is co-chair of the Development Committee and serves on the Committee on Trustees’ Affairs. Sydney spent the early part of her career as a securities lawyer for DC firm Hogan & Hartson (Hogan Lovells) before turning her attention to volunteer and board service, including fundraising work for Duke University, the National Cathedral School, and St. Albans. Sydney is the parent of Parker ’18.

Hadley Boyd

Hadley Boyd

Joined the Board in 2018.

Hadley is the parent of Julia '21.

Joe Clark










Joe Clark

Joined the Board in 2014. Joe is a Vice President at Hewlett Packard Enterprises leading a global team of attorneys conducting internal investigations. Previously, Joe was a partner at Jones Day where his practice centered on business and tort litigation; and corporate and criminal investigations. A longtime resident of the District of Columbia, he serves as a trustee on the District of Columbia Retirement Board. As an adjunct at the University of Maryland, Joe teaches a course that examines the application of constitutional law principles to African American and other minority communities. He is the parent of Amira '18.

Wendy Cividanes










Wendy Cividanes

Joined the Board in 2016. Wendy serves as co-chair of Trustees' Affairs Committee and is a member of the Development  and Equity & Inclusion Committees. She was an officer of the Edmund Burke Parents Association and a member of the Burke strategic planning committee. She was a Lowell School trustee for six years where she served on the executive committee, chaired the diversity committee and was an active member on the Lowell admissions task force. She was also on the board of Amazing Life Games Nursery School in Washington, DC. She is self-employed as an educational consultant. Wendy is the parent of Isabela ’21.

Lucinda Eng Garcia










Lucinda Eng Garcia

Joined the Board in 2016. An Interior Designer by trade, Lucinda worked in NYC, Boston and DC in architectural firms for 20 years. In 2006, she launched Eng Garcia Properties, a top-producing real estate sales team at Keller Williams Realty. As part of its mission, her firm supports entrepreneurial NGOs such as EL Haynes Public Charter School, City Year and Higher Achievement Program. Lucinda is the parent of Gabriel ’18.

Richard Gersten










Richard Gersten

Joined the Board in 2017. Since 1981, Rick has developed, owned, and/or brokered commercial property throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic area. He is a board member of Freedom Capitol, an investment firm. Rick is the parent of Jonah '20 and Gabriel '21.

Suzanne Hudgens










Suzanne Hudgens

Joined the Board in 2015. Suzanne is a Senior Associate Recruitment Coordinator for Hogan Lovells and serves on the Equity & Inclusion and Strategic Planning committees. Suzanne is the parent of Asia ’12 and Alea ’13.

Angela Jaffee

Angela Jaffee

Joined the Board in 2018.

Angela is the parent of Jacob '22.

Nick Keenan

Nick Keenan

Joined the Board in 2018.

Nick is the parent of Brayton '18, Eddy '18, Paul '20

Sue Keisler










Sue Keisler

Joined the Board in 2015 and co-chairs the Trustees’ Affairs Committee and serves on the Equity and Inclusion Committee. A graduate of the University of Chicago with both a JD and MBA, Sue has practiced tax law, tutored and advocated on behalf of children and adults with learning disabilities, and has served as a parent volunteer over the years at Burke and other independent schools in a variety of leadership roles. Sue currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of Strategic Planning for the Partnership for Extraordinary Minds, an autism advocacy organization. Sue is the parent of Philip ’18.

Morgan Landy










Morgan Landy

Joined the Board in 2013 and serves on the Finance Committee. Morgan is Director of IFC’s Environment, Social and Governance Team and helps leads the Corporation in fulfilling its strategic commitments to sustainable development. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. He is a member of IFC’s Client Solutions Committee and chairs IFC’s Advisory Panel on Business and Sustainability. Morgan is the parent of Brendan ’18.




Brian McMaster










Brian McMaster

Joined the Board in 2016. Brian is a residential real estate agent with Long and Foster in Bethesda, Maryland.  He has been part owner of a healthcare IT business; an independent consultant in strategic and risk communication; a professional actor; an executive speech writer for TVA Nuclear; a PR representative for a commercial nuclear power plant near Columbia, SC; a construction manager and the Executive Director of a performing arts center in Chattanooga, TN. Brian is the parent of Nat ’17 and Elliott '22.

Ruta Puskorius

Ruta Puskorius

Joined the Board in 2018. Ruta is the Academic Technologist, Learning Commons Manager, and Digital Literacy Coordinator at McLean School. She has worked as an instructional designer, curriculum writer, and consultant for organizations including PBS and affiliates, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Scholastic Publishing. She led teacher training workshops and produced online courses on the integration of technology in the classroom for educational software publisher Tom Snyder Productions (now under Scholastic). Previously, she was a classroom teacher for nine years. Ruta is the parent of Sigita ’21 and Aidas ’22.


Kira Swencki

Kira Swencki

Joined the Board in 2018.

Kira is the parent of Eli '22.

Monique Willard










Monique Willard

Joined the Board in 2018. Monique is an accomplished Realtor in the DC area, with 23 years of management experience. In addition to real estate, Monique is familiar with the health care field, having worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the United Health Group, Georgetown University Medical Center, Children's National Medical Center and McKesson HBOC. An active volunteer at Burke, Monique also served on the boards of Piney Orchard HOA, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Caucus of African American Leaders. She also proudly volunteers at Pretty Girls Academy and Sarah's House in Anne Arundel County. Monique is the parent of Morgan '21.

Faculty Representation

Damian Jones (Head of School)
Sarah Schriber (Faculty Representative)

Board Committees

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  • Executive Committee

    Chair - Janine Goodman
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  • Finance Committee

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  • Development Committee

    Co-Chairs - Sydney Bath & Sharon Davis
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  • Equity and Inclusion Committee

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  • Committee on Trustees Affairs

    Co-Chairs - Sue Keisler & Wendy Cividanes
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  • Strategic Planning Implementation

    Chair - Janine Goodman
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  • Facilities Planning and Construction Committee

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