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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Josh Hartman
Board Chair

Josh 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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Rod Rodriguez
Treasurer

 

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 the Chesapeake Bay. He lives with his family in Alexandria, VA. 

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Zak Butterfield
Secretary

 

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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Ildiko Gal
Director

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 attend 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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Simi Nary 
Director

Simi currently teaches Third Grade at PCWS. 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 active involvement in her children's education, including at L'Ecole Rudolf Steiner de Geneve. She later decided to pursue her Waldorf Teaching Certificate and upon returning to the U.S., worked as an Early Childhood Teacher's Assistant and Afternoon Program Lead Teacher at Primrose Hill Waldorf School in New York. Simi 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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Jeff Michels
Director

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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Steve Alvarez
Director

A Virginia resident since 2009, Steve originally comes 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. From 1987 to 1997, Steve taught math in university, community college and high school classrooms. He was also a teacher-trainer in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer.

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Kensei Phillips
Director

Kensei has extensive experience directing and advising nonprofits, foundations and national associations committed to social change, including: the Council on Foundations; the Greater Washington Community Foundation (GWCF); and, Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc., which combines the power of education with access to figure skating for girls of color. She is currently on the board of directors of the Williams-Franklin Foundation and is co-chair of the Community Service Committee of the Alexandria-Mt. Vernon chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Kensei is deeply committed to advancing educational and leadership opportunities for young African Americans.  

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Jakob Wolf-Barnett
Director

Jakob supports private and non-profit organizations in planning for and implementing organizational change and development initiatives, specifically for clients interested in creating more equitable workplaces.  Born and raised in Germany, Jakob lives in Alexandria with his family and is in his second year as a PCWS parent. He holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from James Madison University, and is fairly certain he hasn’t used his degree since graduation.

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Tiffany Dovey Fishman
Director

Tiffany has worked in management consulting for over a decade, helping public and private sector organizations navigate and respond effectively to technology disruptions, new business models and broader societal shifts. Her research and client work focuses on developing innovative, yet practical ways organizations can transform the way they deliver their services and prepare for the challenges ahead. Her work regularly appears in the business, education and government trade press. Tiffany holds a BA in philosophy and public health and community medicine from University of Washington and a Master’s in Public Policy from The George Washington University. She is the proud mom of 3 PCWS students.