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 elected members, most of whom are parents of current or former students, as well as two 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

List of 1 news stories.

  • 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 (Jack '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 President of the Board. Previously Janine was vice president of the Board, chair of the Committee on Trustees Affairs and co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She is a co-founder of Avenue4, an Internet asset advisory firm. She has 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 and currently serves as Vice President of the Board, and co-chair of the Development Committee. Sharon is a partner at Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C., where she specializes in patent litigation. She has 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 2017and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board, chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Development Committee. Norman 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 Secrtary of the Board, co-chair of the Development Committee and is a member of the Trustees Affairs Committee. She is Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch of the National Labor Relations Board. Meredith is the parent of Billy ’18.

Emily Alexander

Emily Alexander
Joined the Board in 2017and serves on the Development Committee. 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 and serves as a co-chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the Committee on Trustees’ Affairs. 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 and is co-chair of the Development Committee. 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 and is a member of the Development Committee and the Committee on Trustees Affairs. Hadley earned an MBA from Georgetown University and has spent her career in non-profits. She worked for 22 years at Share Our Strength as director of programming, overseeing their national and international grant making and managing a national nutrition education program for low income families that she founded in 1994. Now home with her children, Hadley volunteers with A Wider Circle and at her kids’ schools. Hadley is the parent of Julia '21.

Joe Clark










Joe Clark

Joined the Board in 2014 and is a member of the Finance Committee. 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 and is a co-chair of the Committee on Trustees Affairs and a member of the Development Committee. Wendy also served as 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 and is the chair of the Facilities Committee. 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 and is a member of the Finance and Facilities Committees. 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 and serves on the Equity & Inclusion Committee. 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
and is co-chair of the Equity and Inclusion Committee and a member of the Committee on Trustees Affairs. She has been a class representative for the Class of 2022 and served as president of the Parent’s Association (EBPA). Angela's prior community service includes serving as president of the Private Law Librarians & Professionals SIS, and as president of the District of Columbia Library Association. Additionally, she served as chair of the board development committee for Calvary Women’s Services, and on the Board of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Angela is currently a National Library Program Administrator at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars and a proud graduate of Howard University School of Law (an HBCU). Angela is the parent of Jacob ‘22.

Nick Keenan

Nick Keenan
Joined the Board in 2018 and is a technologist and entrepreneur. Nick created several online research systems for securities professionals. He worked as the Chief Technology Officer for the Global Securities Information business unit of Thomson-Reuters. He has served as a trustee or officer on the boards of several DC non-profit organizations, including as the Chair of DC Stoddert Soccer and the President of the Palisades Citizens Association. Nick is the parent of Eddy '18, Brayton '18 and Paul '20.



Sue Keisler










Sue Keisler

Joined the Board in 2015 and is a co-chair of 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 and is chair of the Real Estate subcommittee and serves on the Development, Facilities and Finance Committees. 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 and serves on the Development Committee. Kira is the founder and president of Strategic Consulting, where she works on the creative development and execution of media, branding campaigns, project management and advocacy initiatives. With over 20 years of experience working with companies, political parties and trade associations, her work and clients include some of the largest public affairs campaigns and Fortune 500 companies across the nation. Outside of her professional endeavors, Kira has been an active participant with the Parent and Teacher Organization at Francis Scott Key Elementary School and is an active supporter of the Colon Cancer Alliance. 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

List of 6 items.

  • Executive Committee

    Chair - Janine Goodman
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  • Finance Committee

    Chair - Norman Dong
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  • Development Committee

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

    Co-Chairs - Susannah Baruch & Angela Jaffee
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  • Facilities Planning and Construction Committee

    Chair - Lucinda Eng-Garcia
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  • Real Estate Subcommittee

    Chair – Brian McMaster
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