About Bullis

Board of Trustees

Blair Family Center for the Arts

Board Overview

Governance for Bullis School is provided by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board carries the overall and ultimate responsibility of the School’s management, policies and financial well-being. It hires and evaluates the Head of School, who is responsible for the oversight of the daily operations and for the implementation of Board policies. The Board of Trustees serves as a major resource for the support and growth of the School.

The Board’s responsibilities include:

  • Providing sound and competent management of the School’s financial, physical and human resources
  • Ensuring the School’s long-term financial health
  • Establishing policy
  • Understanding and perpetuating the School’s mission, keeping in mind its unique history and tradition.

The Board is comprised of no less than eight members and no more than 26 elected and ex-officio members. It strives to reflect diversity consistent with the stated mission of the School. Its members include alumni, current parents, past parents and individuals from the broader community who bring particular expertise and perspective. The length of an initial term is one year; elected trustees shall serve no more than three consecutive regular terms, or nine successive years.

As a team, the Board of Trustees and the Head of School work to maintain the vision for the School, consistent with its mission, and to develop and approve long-range and strategic plans.

Board Committees

The Standing Committees of the Board of Trustees are the Executive, Finance, Governance, Development, and Buildings and Grounds. Three other committees have been formed to assist the Board in the execution of its responsibilities. They are: Ad Hoc Marketing, Head of School Search Committee and Ad Hoc Capital Campaign Steering. Additionally, in any given year, task forces may be created to address other strategic issues.

2013-2014 Board Members

Officers of the Board are nominated by the Executive Committee and are elected by the full Board each year. For biographical information, please click on the Trustee name.


Chair: Andrew Blair '86

Andrew Blair

Elected to Board: 2003

Occupation: President and CEO, Federal Medical Bank

School Affiliation: Bullis graduate, Class of 1986; Daughters Abigail ’11, Alexandra ’12 and Sarah '17; Son, Lane ’20; Brother, David ’87; Sister, Jennifer ’89; Former Alumni Board Member

Professional Background: President and CEO, Federal Medical Bank

Board Committees: Executive, Treasurer; Finance, Chair; Finance; Investment

Vice Chair: Adam Greenberg

Adam Greenberg

Elected to Board: 2009

Occupation: President and founder of Restaurant Zone, Inc.

School Affiliation: Daughter, Amanda ’14; Son, Kyle ’16, Blake ’19

Professional Background: A lifelong Marylander, is the president and founder of Restaurant Zone, Inc., the company that manages Potomac Village Deli Catering, as well as four Potomac Pizza restaurants located in Potomac, Chevy Chase, Rockville and Gaithersburg. In his previous life he started and ran the Cone Zone ice cream parlors.

Secretary: Lesley Lavalleye

Lesley Lavalleye

Elected to Board: 2010

Occupation: Worked as a manufacturing engineer and financial analyst after graduating from MIT with an SP in chemical engineering and an MBA from The Wharton School. 

School Affiliation: Daughter, Alexandra ’06; Daughter, Courtney ’08; Daughter, Jacqueline ’10. Served as president of the Bullis Parents Association, 2007-2009.

Professional Background: Volunteers with a number of organizations including Cause (Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services), an organization providing services to soldiers at military hospitals. Serves on the board of directors of Cause.

Board Committees: Governance. 

Treasurer: George Mavrikes

George Mavrikes

Elected to Board: 2010

Occupation: President of Mavrikes and Associates, representing and managing National Football League players; Managing member of Blue Skye Construction and Development.

School Affiliation: Son, Paul ’14; Son, Christopher ’17

Professional Background: Vice chair for the 2011 US Open at Congressional Country Club, Board member of Randall Communications. Has served on a number of other boards. Varsity golf coach at Bullis.


Patrick Caulfield

Elected to Board: 2012

Occupation: Co-owner and officer in charge of operations, human resource management and financial activities of Coakley & Williams Construction, Inc.

School Affiliation: Son, Owen ’14; Daughter, Fiona ’20

Professional Background: Joined Coakley & Williams in 1977 and has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company since 1984. He has overseen the construction and renovation of hundreds of commercial, government and institutional projects throughout the U.S. and overseas, including many award winners recognized by leading national and regional industry organizations. Also serves as chairman of the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area and is on the board of advisors for the Universities at Shady Grove.

David Fink

Elected to Board: 2012

Occupation: President and founder of Finmarc Management, Inc.

School Affiliation: Son, Gregory ’09; Son, Alec ’14; Daughter, Mira ’19

Professional Background: President, Finmarc Management, Inc., a commercial real estate management company based in Bethesda, Md., that manages and owns a portfolio of retail, office, flex and industrial properties in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Debbie Friedlander


Elected to Board: 2013 (ex-officio)

School Affiliation: Spouse, Gary Friedlander ’79; children Marni ’11, Melanie ’14 and Michael ’19 

Professional Background: Bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Florida; master’s in deaf education from Gallaudet University. Taught preschool and kindergarten special needs students in Prince George’s County. Worked as an academic therapist for dyslexic students. Has volunteered for many years in Washington, D.C., area charities including Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day, The Race for Hope, Golf for Hope and the Susan G. Koman 5k race. An active volunteer at Bullis for over 12 years, including serving on the Parents Association Board as Community Service chair, Bullis Gives Back 5k race co-chair, vice president and now president.

Gary Friedlander, M.D. '79

Gary Friedlander

Elected to Board: 2009

Occupation: Private practitioner, Urological Consultants

School Affiliation: Bullis graduate, Class of 1979; Daughter, Marni ’11; Daughter, Melanie ’14; Son, Michael ’19

Professional Background: Chairman, Department of Urology, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital; Formerly served on the Bullis Alumni Board

Jonathan Halle '88

Jon Halle

Elected to Board: 2012

Occupation: Architect and real estate developer 

School Affiliation: Bullis graduate, Class of 1988; Daughter, Lauren ’15; Son, Benjamin ’17, son Matthew (future Bulldog  ’26)

Professional Background: Master ’s in architecture from Tulane University; master in science in real estate from Johns Hopkins University.

Board Committees: Advancement

Kathryn Hanley

Kathryn Hanley

Elected to Board: 2005

Occupation: Executive Director, The Hanley Foundation

School Affiliation: Son, Connor ’03; Daughter, Casey ’05

Professional Background: Board member, Wendt Center for Loss and Healing; Steering committee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Women’s Leadership Group; Weekly podcast for the Georgetown Women’s Bible Study.

Board Committees: Capital Campaign Steering; Buildings and Grounds; Development, Chair; Head of School Search; Executive

Claudia Helmig '88


Elected to Board: 2013

Occupation: Developed Fair Oaks Golf Park, a state-of-the-art golf practice facility in Fairfax, Va., that was nationally recognized as one of the premier golf training facilities in the Mid-Atlantic. Managed development and sales and merchandise strategies. Currently a residential interior designer.

School Affiliation: Alumna '88; children Camille ’17, Charlotte ’20 and Billy ’22

Professional Background: Board member at Washington Hebrew Congregation (Chair, Youth Committee and Second Sunday Soup Kitchen Program); volunteer with development efforts at Miriam’s Kitchen; active volunteer at Harbor School, Norwood School and Horizons of Greater Washington

Richard Kay


Elected to Board: 2013

Occupation: Chairman and CEO of Sentrillion Corporation, a total security management solutions, biomedical life-sciences, and healthcare managed service provider. Owner/partner Monumental Sports & Entertainment which owns NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

School Affiliation: daughter, Alexandra ’12, son, Brandon ’14, son, Bradley ’18 and daughter, Amanda ’18.

Professional Background: Rick has been co-founder, Chairman and CEO of a number of companies specializing in data management, collaboration solutions provider and data storage. He has a BS in Business Administration from University of Maryland. He is a founding member of Venture Philanthrophy, a philanthropic investment organization, a member of the Board of Directors for Best Buddies, International and Chairman for “Fight Night” to benefit Fight For Children’s organization.

Board Committees: Governance Committee; Advancement Committee; and Capital Campaign Steering committees

Tammy McKnight

Elected to Board: 2012

School Affiliation: Daughter, Fallon ’15; Daughter, Siena ’18, co-chairing the Bullis 2013 Gala

Professional Background: Worked in data telecom for 15 years and now volunteers with several charitable organizations.

Alan L. Meltzer

Bullis School Board of Directors

Elected to Board: 2013

Occupation: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Meltzer Group

School Affiliation: Daughter Elizabeth '98; Sons, Max and Mark, attended Bullis.

Professional Background: Since founding The Meltzer Group in 1982, CEO Meltzer has transformed the company from a single insurance agent selling life insurance to one with over 100 employees in five divisions, offering not only life insurance, but group benefits, investment services, retirement plan services and property and casualty products. He has been named to the Million Dollar Round Table every year since 1978 and Top of the Table every year since 1980. In 2011 he was named one of the 25 CEOs You Need to Know by The Gazette Newspapers. Alan is one of the top corporate philanthropists in the Washington, D.C., area as sited by the Washington Business Journal. He has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Wolf Trap Foundation, For Love of Children, United Jewish Endowment Fund, Junior Achievement and the Washington Hospital Center Foundation.

Board Committees: Governance and Advancement Committees.

Chris Nordeen

Chris Nordeen

Elected to Board: 2008

Occupation: Former President, International Business Group, GMAC-RFC

School Affiliation: Son, Davis ’12; Son, Maxwell (Max) ’13

Professional Background: At GMAC, Nordeen was responsible for securitization, mortgage lending, servicing and investments in Europe and Latin America. Previously, Nordeen worked for Drexel Burnham Lambert in Dallas, Texas, and Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation in Texas and Michigan.

Board Committee: Finance

Milton Theo

Milton Theo

Elected to Board: 2009

Occupation: Retired practice in international law

School Affiliation: Daughter, Oriana ’14; Son, Maximillian ’17.

Professional Background: Business ventures include mining and steep refractories in Germany, wind farms in France and a film company, Earth Touch, in South Africa

James Berry Trimble

Berry Trimble

Elected to Board: 2010

Occupation: Managing director, political affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

School Affiliation: Son, Ware ’10; Daughter, Cassie ’13; Daughter Darby '13

Professional Background: Executive director of the Democratic House and Senate Council, Democratic Congressional Dinner Committee

David Trone

David Trone

Elected to Board: 2006

Occupation: CEO, Total Wine and More

School Affiliation: Daughter, Natalie ’12; Son, Rob ‘14

Professional Background: Trone has been involved in the alcohol beverage business since 1985. With his brother Robert, Trone entered the wine business in 1991 in Delaware.

Board Committees: Finance; Capital Campaign Steering; Head of School Search

Cyndi Bullis Vasco '83, Chair, Alumni Board

Cyndi Bullis Vasco

Elected to Board: 2009 (ex-officio)

Occupation: Nurse practitioner

School Affiliation: Bullis graduate, Class of 1983; Spouse, Kevin Vasco ’84

Professional Background: Holds a B.S. in nursing from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in nursing from the University of Massachusetts and a graduate certificate in business of medicine from Johns Hopkins University, Carey School of Business. Has worked at the Washington Hospital Center as a nurse practitioner in cardiac surgery and interventional radiology since 1999.

Dell Warren

Dell Warren

Elected to Board: 2008

Occupation: Discovery Communications, Inc.,; Director, Hard Copy Field Sales – Discovery Education

School Affiliation: Son, Dell ’10; Son, Dexter ’13

Professional Background: Over 20 years of experience in education, consumer products and technology sales for major businesses in the Washington metropolitan area.

Board Committees: Development; Head of School Search

Mark Weinberger


Elected to Board: 2009

Occupation: Ernst & Young Global Management Group

School Affiliation: Daughter, Rachel ’14, Son, Noah ’16; Sons, Ben ’18 and Sean ’18

Professional Background: Ernst & Young’s Global Management Group; heads their Tax Executive committee; previously served as assistant secretary of the United States Treasury/Tax Policy; holds a B.A. from Emory in Georgia, an M.B.A. and J.D. from Case Western, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University.

Paula Widerlite


Elected to Board: 2012

Occupation: Chief Development Officer and Vice President for System Strategy, Adventist HealthCare

School Affiliation: Daughter, Elise ’11; Daughter, Chelsea ’14; former Parent Association President

Professional Background: Strategic planning, market and business development, public relations/communications, marketing, physician relations and philanthropy for the healthcare industry. Active in a number of professional healthcare associations and community organizations.

Kerry Wisnosky

Elected to Board: June 2013

Occupation: Co-founder of Millennium Engineering and Integration Co.

School Affiliation: son, Wyatt ’17; daughter, Sydney ’21; son, Troy '24

Professional Background: Mr. Wisnosky has approximately 30 years’ experience in engineering and leadership of aerospace and defense systems. He cofounded Millennium in 1995 and served as the company’s CEO from 2004-2009 and COO from 1995-2004. He has had an extensive career in systems engineering, hardware integration and testing, flight testing, mission operations, missile and spacecraft development and infrared sensors. Prior to Millennium, Mr. Wisnosky worked for Stand Missile Company (Raytheon/Hughes Joint Venture), General Electric, Martin Marietta, Navy Surface Warfare Center and ANSER.

Board Committees: Capital Campaign Steering Committee

Trustee Emeriti

Edmund Bartlett
Bryant F. Foulger ’73
Jerome Friedlander
Ronald A. Howard
Bruce Kogod
Thomas L. Nordlinger
BGen Lewis S. Norman, Jr. ’39, USAF (Ret)
David H. Pensky
James F. Rill
Melvin O. Wright