Oversight of Grace Episcopal Day School has been delegated by the Grace Church Vestry to the Grace Episcopal Day School Board of Governors. Board members include current and former parents, Grace Church members, and members from the community at-large. Standing Board committees include: Buildings and Grounds, Advancement, Finance, Planning, and Trustees. From time to time, additional task forces or workgroups are also formed to focus on specific issues.
Grace Episcopal Day School Board of Governors
Cristal Baron McKenzie is President of Rice Financial Products Company, a boutique investment bank that provides financial services to municipalities and not-for-profit institutions. Before joining Rice Financial, Cristal was a Vice President at the JPMorgan Private Bank, where she assisted high-net-worth individuals and their families with investment management and management of concentrated stock positions through the use of derivative products and other strategies. Prior to JPMorgan, Cristal worked for seven years as a municipal derivatives professional at Merrill Lynch, ultimately serving as a Director in the Municipal Markets Division. She received a bachelor’s degree cum laude in journalism from Howard University and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal. Cristal is the parent of two current Grace students.
Carriellen Beaudreau is in her tenth year as a Grace parent, with a Grace graduate and a current Grace student in the fifth grade. Carrie previously served as Development Associate at Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, a non-profit organization that provides weekly activities, healthy snacks, and opportunities to play and learn for children at emergency shelter and transitional housing sites in the District of Columbia. Her experience also includes several years as an assistant public defender in Baltimore, where she represented youth in the juvenile delinquency system. Carrie has taken a leadership role in her community, serving on the board of the Friends of 16th Street Heights Parks and as Vice Chair of the 16th Street Neighborhood Association. Carrie received her undergraduate degree from St. John Fisher College and her JD from Georgetown University.
Paul Brown is a Managing Director at Prime Policy Group, one of Washington’s premier public affairs consulting firms. He has been with the firm since 2002 and works with a wide range of firm clients including those in the telecommunications, energy, local government, and hospitality sectors. Previously, Paul worked on Capitol Hill for former Senate Democratic Leader Thomas Daschle (D-SD) as floor assistant and as a domestic policy advisor to the Senate Democratic Policy Committee under Senators Daschle, George Mitchell (D-ME), and Harry Reid (D-NV). Before his service on Capitol Hill, Paul worked in Austin for Texas Governor Ann Richards and in Washington for Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer in the Maryland Office of Federal Relations. Paul began his career as a research assistant at Congressional Quarterly magazine. Paul earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, from Kenyon College. He and his wife Marnie have been members of Grace Episcopal Church for 15 years and Paul has served on the Vestry, co-chaired the Rector Search Committee in 2010-11, been a delegate to the Diocesan convention, a Lector, an Usher, a member of the Worship Committee and the Children and Youth Committee, and chaired the Welcome Committee. Paul and Marnie reside in Kensington, two blocks from the school, and their three children all attended Grace.
Stephen Brundage is the Counsel for Policy and Administration in the Counterterrorism Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has been with the Justice Department, in various roles, since 2001. From 2007 to 2011, Stephen served on the Board of Directors of Just Us Kids Child Development Center, including three years as President of the Board. Prior to his experience with the Justice Department, Stephen worked for a number of years in the non-profit field, with stints at the California Science Center in Los Angeles and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College, a Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis in non-profit management, from the College of William and Mary, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. Stephen is the father of a current Grace Student.
Kitty Bartels Di Martino serves as Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic consulting firm. Kitty’s experiences range from forming an investment fund for emerging markets to holding senior communications positions in the private and public sectors. Kitty served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of State where she helped to better align public diplomacy resources and personnel to support U.S. foreign policy, national security and national economic interests outlined by the President and Secretary of State. She also served in the Clinton Administration under Madeleine K. Albright, first when Albright was posted as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and then as Secretary of State, on her communications and public affairs staff. In the private sector, Kitty worked in partnership with the Global Environment Fund to develop a private equity fund focused on providing expansion capital to small and medium-sized businesses in African markets. At Discovery Communications, she helped promote executive execution to deliver entertainment and educational content to a broad set of U.S. and international audiences. Kitty holds a BA with Honors from Loyola University Chicago. She is married to David Di Martino and they have three children, a current Grace student and two Grace graduates.
Neil Grammer is the Senior Vice President of Internal Audit for Interstate Hotels and Resorts, the nation’s largest independent hotel management company. Neil has over 20 years of internal controls, enterprise risk, public accounting and business process experience with various companies including United Healthcare, Marriott, Gannett and Arthur Andersen. He is a former Treasurer of the Collington Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville, MD and a former Vice Chair of the Prince George’s United Way and member of Rodney Slater Task force for Ethics and Financial Operations for United Way of National Capital Area. He is the father of two Grace graduates.
Anthony W. Hayter joined IvySys Technologies, LLC in 2009 and is the Vice President of Operations and Business Development where he serves as a strategic advisor to the CEO, assisting in the management of operations and implementation of policies and procedures while leading the charge of developing new business and furthering existing contracts. Prior to joining IvySys, Mr. Hayter was the Director of Business Development at Kapow Software, a Silicon Valley software technology firm.
While at Kapow, Mr. Hayter focused on the sale of their software to key industry players for embedding into their products, with the responsibility for value proposition and market strategy creation. He also owned and cultivated key relationships with EMC, SAP, and NEC. Prior to his time at Kapow, he spent four years as an entrepreneur, being owner and operator of several ice cream stores that were part of a national franchise. He was elected and served on the franchise's National Advisory Council based on his success and ingenuity. Mr. Hayter's history also includes several Sales and Business Development executive roles at various communications based Silicon Valley start-ups namely: Crystal Voice Communications, HearMe and AudioTalk. He began his career with Texas Instruments in technical sales and marketing.
Anthony W. Hayter received his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was a GEM Fellow, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. He currently resides in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife and 3 children, who all attend Grace Episcopal Day School.
Founder of Golf. My Future. My Game., a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the sport of golf as a means for developing the whole person. Craig Kirby is one of the nation's premiere political strategists. Mr. Kirby's thought provoking strategies galvanizing the "essence of uptown with the common sensibilities of downtown" has led to issue advocacy and electoral successes for candidates at all levels of government. Craig Kirby is the Managing Partner of Savannah LLC, A firm that specializes in creating, communicating, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives that advance his clients vision. In this capacity, he leverages his more than two decades of political experience to build vast and diverse coalitions among financiers, grassroots activists and local, state and national governments to enhance internal objectives while encouraging external participation. Mr. Kirby is a master of the details. As a former advance man, he arranged the domestic and international scheduling, publicity and security details of United States Presidents, Vice Presidents, Members of the U.S. Congress, and local and state elected officials. His strong acumen in day to day operations and data analysis aided him in running successful campaigns for US Senators, Governors, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Mayors throughout the nation. He is actively involved on two boards associated with the United States Department of Interior National Park Foundation serving on the Board of Trustees of the African American Experience Fund and Chairing the Colonel Charles Young National Legacy Capitol campaign. He also sits on the Grace Episcopal Day School Board of Governors and Co-Chaired the 2013-2014 Grace Episcopal Day School's Parent Teacher Organization. Mr. Kirby is a graduate of Albion College and the John F. Kennedy School of Government leadership in the 21st Century Executive Program at Harvard University. He has been honored by the Center for Popular Economics at Amherst College and served as a Guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife Sophia and daughter Hannah Grace.
The Lee family has a long history in Montgomery County and with Grace Episcopal Church, dating back to before the Civil War. Sewall Lee, an alumnus of Grace Episcopal Day School, is excited to have the opportunity to continue this relationship as a Board member. He is currently an Assistant Director with the Market Regulation Department of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), with whom he has been employed for fifteen years. Sewall also served as President, Director, and a Trustee for one of the Lee family real-estate businesses and a family Trust. When not at work, he enjoys taking care of the family farm in northern Montgomery County and travelling with his wife and two children.
Lisa Mascolo is a proven C-Suite leader across IT, strategy, business development, change management, and operations with specific focus in the government sector. She is the founder and CEO of Listen Learn Lead LLC, a small business focused on senior executive leadership development and coaching. She served as the CEO of Optimos, a small IT services and solutions business serving the US Federal government for two years. Prior to Optimos, Lisa spent almost 30 years with Accenture, and was a key leader both when the organization was a private professional services firm and a Fortune 500 public company. Mascolo’s capacities and successes have been recognized with several high profile board and leadership roles in both for profit and not-for-profit. Her philosophy of doing good while doing well is resonate in the many hours she has committed to philanthropy. Mascolo is a trustee and a graduate of the premier Stevens Institute of Technology. Her philanthropic focus includes US and international K-12 educational non-profits, and domestic organizations focused on helping veterans.
Andrew and his wife Jennifer are parents of one current and one former Grace student. Andrew is a project manager for an area real estate development firm and holds a BA and an MBA from Loyola College, Baltimore.
Sarah Nealley is the co-founder of Assets Consulting Services, Inc, a political consulting firm based in Falls Church, VA, focused on strategic planning and fundraising for Federal candidates, private corporations and non-profits. Over her twenty-two years as a private consultant, she has worked with such notable Senators as Breaux, Hollings, Bingaman and Rockefeller. Her nonprofit work has included overseeing annual DC events for the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, as well as fundraising for the National Brain Tumor Society through the Race for Hope. She served two full terms on the Grace Episcopal Day School Board from 2003 to 2009. She also serves on the Board of Meadow Farm, Inc., which oversees an historic family homestead. Sarah is the parent of two former Grace students, one of whom passed away before entering second grade in 2006. She and her husband Eric founded the Drew Nealley Walkers’ Award which is presented annually to the student who walks the most miles each school year. In addition, they established the Drew Nealley Fund, which supports the school’s mission of encouraging physical exercise through sports and play. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences.
Rev. Andrew Walter began his ministry at Grace Church on May 15, 2011. Prior to his ministry at Grace Church, Andrew served for four years as Associate Rector at Saint Luke's Parish in Darien, CT where his ministry focused on families, youth and children; and included oversight of the Saint Luke's Parish School. Under his guidance, the parish's Come As You Are contemporary worship service became very popular and saw significant growth. In addition to his ministry at Saint Luke's, Andrew has been involved in the wider church, serving on the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Connecticut and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Bishops' Fund for Children. Prior to his ordination, Andrew spent ten years working in investment banking as a derivatives trader before serving on the faculty of the Upper School Mathematics Department at the Rye Country Day School. Andrew earned his Masters of Divinity at the General Theological Seminary in 2007 and is a graduate of Bucknell University and the Groton School. He has also studied at the University of Chicago and Teacher's College, Columbia University. Andrew is married to Susan, a civil engineer who manages major transportation infrastructure projects in NYC, and together they have three sons: Thomas, a sophomore at Bucknell University where he plays on the golf team; James, a freshman at Wake Forest University; and Timothy, who is a sophomore at the Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, VA.
Jason Washington is Vice President of Partnership Development for Corvias Solutions, a company that helps public sector institutions partner with the private sector to solve infrastructure challenges. Prior to joining Corvias, Jason led the Community Wealth Building Initiative at City First Enterprises that led to the creation of a local employee-owned business that will provide stormwater management services in the region. Jason also served as a White House Fellow, assigned as a Special Assistant to US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. He received a Bachelor of Sciences from Morehouse College, a Master of Education from the University of St. Thomas - Houston, and a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law.
Marcus Washington has served as Headmaster at Washington Jesuit Academy, a middle school whose mission is to provide a high quality and comprehensive education to boys from low-income communities, since 2011. Prior to his time as Headmaster, Marcus taught history at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. In 2014, Marcus was presented with the Pedro Arrupe Service Award by the Gonzaga Fathers’ Club which recognizes his life in service to others and meets the standards of being a “Man for Others.” He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy as well as Government from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Education from Marymount University, and an Education Specialist degree from George Washington University.
Dave Williams has served Grace as Chair of the Board when Grace first leased the former Larchmont School, and later when the school property was purchased from Montgomery County. Last year he returned to serve on the Board. During many other years he served on the Finance Committee. Dave’s daughters graduated from Grace, Rebecca (1979) and Priscilla (1985). He also served as a Vestry member and Warden at Grace Church and is now on the Diocesan Finance Committee.