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:

Brian J. Rupert

Board Chair

Brian has worked for 18 years in technology and IT operations. Currently, he works as a Sr. Solutions Architect for CSRA, Inc. building, managing, delivering and ensuring continuity of operations for new and existing technology solutions for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Brian joined the PCWS Board in January 2018 as Board Chair. He has been a proponent of Waldorf education for over 15 years and became inspired when he witnessed the growth and development of children who were attending a Waldorf school. He knew then that Potomac Crescent Waldorf School would be the first phase of educational growth for his own children. Brian has been involved, in various capacities, with our school for over eight years. He and his wife Cindy have three children attending PCWS.

Zak Butterfield


Zak has been an IT profession 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. He received his BS in Computer Science from UCLA. Zak has been a PCWS parent for four years and his child currently attends the school. 

Corie Driscoll

Corie holds a law degree and previously worked as an attorney practicing family law/general contract law. Corie is also involved in her husband's consulting business, MXA LLC, in a legal/financial capacity. Corie is an active member of the PCWS community and served as the Parent Association Chairperson and Handwork Coordinator for two years. She is drawn to Waldorf for its hands-on learning, appreciation of art/beauty/imagination and nature, and its ability to teach a love of learning. Corie has been a school parent for five years and currently has three children attending PCWS.

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.

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. 

Karin Peeling

Karin served on active duty for over a decade as an attorney in the United States Air Force.  While she continues her legal career as a Reservist, she primarily spends her days as a stay-at-home mom to twin boys, Ben and Nate.  This is their second year in the mixed-age kindergarten classes and Karin’s first year on the Board.  


Karin and her husband Brett have enjoyed being a part of the PCWS community of kind, like-minded families who appreciate spending time in nature and experiential learning.  Karin joined the Board to reflect her commitment to the Waldorf educational philosophy, to contribute toward the development of PCWS, and to more actively participate in the PCWS community.  

Joshua Hartman

Joshua Hartman is an intellectual property and international trade attorney and currently represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including medical devices, smartphones, consumer products, telecommunications, semiconductors, automotive, and construction equipment. Prior to working for his current firm, Josh practiced at a large, international law firm, specializing in intellectual property and business litigation at the ITC and in district courts throughout the country. Josh earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he received a certificate of achievement from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, served on the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, and interned for the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts.

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, one of which is currently enrolled at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School. He 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, VA.

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