BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Much of our school's vitality and success may be attributed to the passion and commitment of our faculty along with the leadership and skill of our Board. By working collaboratively with our school community and managing key initiatives our Board helps us achieve our mission.

 

Our Board of Directors meet once per month in addition to actively participating in various project-based committees throughout the year. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and as a result they bring a wealth of professional expertise to our organization. 

If you are interested in serving as a Board Member for PCWS, or would like to learn more, please contact: board@potomacwaldorf.org

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Board Chair

Josh Hartman

Josh Hartman is a partner at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP who specializes in intellectual property and unfair competition disputes before the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. district courts. He represents companies ranging from growth stage to Fortune 500 in industries as diverse as life sciences, cleantech, cybersecurity, and automotive. Josh received his law degrees from Columbia Law School and the London School for Economics & Political Science, from which he graduated with distinction. Josh is a PCWS parent; his two sons are enrolled in the Grades and Early Childhood programs, respectively. 

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Treasurer

Rene "Rod" Rodriguez

Rod is an executive with a US Defense Contractor. Before entering the defense industry, he spent a career as a USAF officer flying F-16s around the world. Rod attended Rutgers in New Jersey for his undergraduate degree and Southern Methodist University in Texas for his MBA. He is married and the father of four children, with one currently enrolled at PCWS. Rod is actively engaged in scouting as a Den Leader at Pack 658, has also coached baseball with Little League, and coached ice hockey as part of Northern Virginia Ice Dogs and USA Hockey. When not chasing around after his youngest, he spends his free time boating on Chesapeake Bay. He lives with his family in Alexandria, VAIntroduce your team! Click here to add images, text and links, or connect data from your collection.

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Secretary

Zak Butterfield

Zak has been an IT professional for almost 20 years and currently owns J9 Solutions LLC, a professional services company that assists private and federal organizations with their intelligence needs. J9 Solutions provides support at all tiers of the BI stack including requirements, data warehouse architecture, dimensional modeling, ETL, and the semantic/reporting layer. Zak received his BS in Computer Science from UCLA. He has been a PCWS parent for five years and his child currently attends the school. 

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Director

Ildiko Gal

Ildiko is originally from Romania and worked as a mechanical engineer in a factory there for several years. She relocated to the United States in 1990 and decided to pursue training to become a Waldorf kindergarten teacher. Twenty years ago, she worked very closely with a group of individuals to establish a Waldorf school in northern Virginia - this school became Potomac Crescent Waldorf School. She and her son attended the first Parent-Child class that PCWS officially offered and both of her children continued to attended the school for several years. Ildiko has been working at PCWS for over 15 years as an Early Childhood teacher and active faculty member involved with several committees. She is committed to contributing to the future success of the school in her current role as Early Childhood Faculty Co-Chair.

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Director

Simi Nary

Simi joined the PCWS Board of Directors in 2020. She currently teaches Second Grade at PCWS and has taught at the school since 2019. Simi taught previously at Primrose Hill Waldorf School in New York. She began her experience with Waldorf education in 2000 as a co-founder of the Riverbend Garden Waldorf Homeschool Cooperative based in Northern Virginia. While living in Geneva, Switzerland and Nairobi, Kenya for over 10 years, Simi took a very active involvement in her children's education, including at L'Ecole Rudolf Steiner de Geneve, and later decided to pursue her Waldorf Teaching Certificate. Upon returning to the U.S., she accepted a job as an Early Childhood Teacher's Assistant at Primrose Hill and worked as the Lead Teacher for the Afternoon Program. In addition to her work in Waldorf education, she has an extensive background in dance/ movement and Pilates and has taught in French and Russian. Simi holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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Director

David Brodersen

David is a senior investment professional with an extensive range of asset management experience analyzing, acquiring, constructing, managing and disposing of companies and portfolios for institutional investors. He was a Senior Manager responsible for the Heitman Value Add Funds, building on previous experience as Development Director and Asset Management Leader for GE Capital. Prior to that, he was Director at CBRE. David holds professional designations from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI). He was Founder and Executive Committee member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) District Council and a member of the ULI Sustainability Product Council. 

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Jeff Michels

Jeff is Chief of Staff for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and has worked with Senator Wyden for 24 years. Prior to that, Jeff led business planning and fundraising for a variety of business ventures. He was Convention Manager for the Democratic Leadership Council. And, he co-founded the New Orleans Brewing Company! Jeff holds a BA in Communications, Economics and Political Science from American University.

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Director

Steve Alvarez

Steve Alvarez is a Virginia resident since 2009, and originally from Wichita, Kansas. He owns a private business services company providing strategic and operational solutions in strategic planning, data analytics, program management and continuous process improvement. He currently works for the Defense Information Services Agency, Joint Service Provider in the Pentagon and has been supporting the Department of Defense as a contractor or a civilian since 2004. He graduated from Wichita State University in 1987 with a degree in Mathematics Education, and from 1987 to 1997, he taught math in University, Community college and high school classrooms, as well as being a teacher trainer in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer.

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Director

Linc Kinnicutt

Linc Kinnicutt is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University. He has worked in Waldorf Early Childhood education since 2003 first at the Waldorf school of Saratoga Springs New York, the at PCWS from 2006-2015 where he was the lead teacher in the Oak Tree Kindergarten. In Fall 2015 he started the forest kindergarten at the Washington Waldorf School, where he teaches now. During his time at PCWS he served as both a board member as well as faculty chair. Linc currently lives in Arlington.