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Board of Trustees

Our trustees are volunteers who offer St. John’s sound judgment, professional expertise, practical skills, and donations.

As an independent school, St. John’s Parish Day School is governed by a Board of Trustees whose members serve the school on a voluntary basis.


The Board of Trustees is responsible for the following:
  • assuring the relevance and fulfillment of the school’s mission;
  • hiring, supporting, and evaluating the Headmaster;
  • securing the financial sustainability of the school.
Stewards & Cheerleaders. As stewards, Board members guard the school's human, physical, and financial resources. As cheerleaders, they embrace the school's mission, promote the school in the larger community, and support the school's development efforts.

Visionaries. Board members see the school's current reality with clarity, deeply understand its mission and potential, and think toward the future. They see the school as a whole (even as their vision is informed by their particular experience of the school) and understand it in a larger context. In a way, Board members are more focused on how the school could serve their grandchildren than on how it serves their own children today.

Active Planners. Board members create a strategic orientation or plan and use it as a living document to keep them focused on goals (and not personalities, passing crises, or minutiae).

Collaborators. Board members work extensively with one another, with committee members from across the school community, and especially with the Head of School, whom they hire, evaluate, and support. Authority is vested in the Board as a whole, and each Trustee must support the decisions of the Board and respect confidentiality.


Executive Committee – Consists of Board's officers, the church Rector, and the Head of School. Reviews all matters which it determines to be of strategic importance to the school that will come before the full Board. The Executive Committee also evaluates the Head of School.

Committee on Trustees – Determines and evaluates the composition of the Board and its leadership, takes responsibility for policy and by-laws, and leads the on-going effort to support the growth and development of the Board and its individual members.

Finance Committee– Develops and monitors the long-range financial plan and annual budget of the school and oversees the endowment, audit, and financial policies of the school.

Development Committee – Oversees all advancement activities of the school including fundraising, marketing, communications, and enrollment management.

Buildings & Grounds Committee – Oversees all aspects of the campus grounds and physical plant, including monitoring the cleaning service as a joint schoo/church committee.

The Board of Trustees pursues best practices and often refers to standards set by NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools, which publishes these Principles of Good Practice for a school's Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees
Kathy Carter
Board of Trustees, President
It is an honor to serve as President of the Board of Trustees for SJPDS. When asked to join the Board I was thrilled to give back to this wonderful school, which provided an enriching and wonderful education for my daughter. I have 19 years as an administrator for the public school system. Nine of those years were at Pre-K to 8th grade school, while also serving as the administrator liaison for the only Judy Center in Howard County serving children from birth to age 5. Before becoming an administrator, I taught special education for students in Pre-K to 5th grade in several schools in the county.

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom"--Aristotle
Faculty Representative
Board of Trustees, Member
Professionally, I am the VP of North American Television for Sesame Workshop, the independent non profit organization which produces Sesame Street and so much more. My work focuses on getting Sesame Street in front of as many preschool children as possible so they can benefit from the rich curriculum and be ready for school when they begin formal learning -- especially disadvantaged children.

I have been a parishioner at St John's for 18 years. We have raised 2 daughters in the St. John's youth program. I have enjoyed being a Sunday school teacher, Discovery Weekend DGL and a youth leader from Breakfast club, Rite 13, J2A, YAC and currently SWAGG. I have participated in mission trips and the 2014 Pilgrimage to Ireland. 
Board of Trustees, Member
I have been a resident of Ellicott City for ten years and Howard County for 17 years. I am a lawyer by training, and I work for TD Ameritrade as their Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel for Information Protection. My group handles legal questions regarding both handling of personal information, and protecting other information assets of the company , such as patents and confidential information. I also handle legal issues related to social media. I received my law degree from the George Washington University Law School and my undergraduate degree from Rice University. 
My family and I began coming to St. Johns about four years ago after searching widely for a church home that felt comfortable with the right combination of spiritual growth, opportunities for children’s education, and welcoming community. Since then we have become involved mostly through programs that involve the youth, but also participate in other programs.
John Hendon
Board of Trustees, Treasurer
Sandy Hornor
Board of Trustees, Sr. Warden, St. John's Episcopal Church 
Sandy has been a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellicott City since 1995. He and his wife, Cynthia, were married at St. John’s in 1996 and their three children were each baptized here and also attended the Parish Day School. Since 1995 Sandy has enthusiastically served St. John’s in a variety of different capacities. His service includes: Junior Warden, Investment Committee (chair), Buildings and Grounds (chair), Vestry Nominating Committee (chair), St. John's Parish Day School Board (trustee), member of the Vestry, Rector Calling Committee, Finance Committee and the Rector’s Strategic Visioning Task Force. Sandy enjoys contributing to St. John’s through these various roles and being an active participant in many of our ministries. Professionally, Sandy has worked in the financial services industry since 1987.
Brad Lieberman
Board of Trustees, Junior Warden
Brad has been a member of St John's since the early nineties. His wife Debbie is very active in the life of the church as well. Their children graduated the day school, were confirmed at St. John's, and were eager participants in the various youth programs. Brad started volunteering with the youth program prior to the church’s introduction of Journey to Adulthood. He has served on the Youth Leadership Committee which was instrumental in hiring two youth directors as well as once associate rector.

In the more recent years, Brad has served on the Vestry and as Junior Warden. As a Vestry member Brad served on the Buildings and Grounds and Stewardship Committees. The Junior Warden's role gave Brad the opportunity to help oversee the management of the grounds and the facilities of St John’s 13+ acre campus. Currently in the 3rd year of this role, some of Brad’s major accomplishments are the overseeing of capital projects with funds from the Capital Campaign, instituting the church and school green initiatives, and the successful hiring of a professional facilities manager. In addition, Brad oversaw the quick restoration of the campus after several major storm events plagued our area, and co chairs the biannual campus clean up that hosts over 70 participants. Brad serves as chair of Buildings and Grounds, is an active member of the Day School board, and serves on the Stewardship Committee. Professionally Brad is employed in the forest products industry.
Board of Trustees, Member
I am a second grade teacher at Laurel Woods Elementary, a public Howard County school. I have been teaching there for 5 years. I have also taught fourth and first grades. I have my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. I recently received my master's degree in Educational Technology and Leadership from Loyola University.

I have experience working in a Title I school with students coming from very diverse backgrounds. I work with special education and ESOL (English learners) students on a regular basis. My professional interests include using different technologies with my students and writing instruction. I also participate in many extracurricular events at Laurel Woods such as the school play, reading tutoring, and family involvement nights.

I have been attending St. John's for my entire life. I attended the Parish Day School for 3 years. Currently, I am a leader in the Journey to Adulthood program. I have been working with the youth for 7 years.
Jay Huh
Board of Trustees, Parents' Association President
Interim Head of School
Board of Trustees, Member
Dr. Chip Prehn is the Interim Head of School at SJPDS. He formerly served as Headmaster of Trinity School in Midland, Texas, a highly regarded PreK-2 through 12 college preparatory school accredited by the Southwestern Association of Independent Schools.  An Episcopal priest, Dr. Prehn earned the M.Div. from Nashotah House in Wisconsin and the Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in the History of American Education.In 1996, he responded to his “real calling” to teach in and otherwise serve faith-based schools.  A people person, Dr. Prehn loves spending his days with children, youth, and dedicated teachers.  In his spare time, Dr. Prehn enjoys college sports, horses, bird dogs, beagling, and the fine and performing arts.  He writes poetry and enjoys introducing poetry to students.  Celia and Chip just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.  They have three children.
Rector of St. John's
Board of Trustees, Member
The Rev. Ann Ritonia is from Boston, Massachusetts and has her BA in Music Education and performance in Euphonium from The New England Conservatory of Music. Ann also holds a MA in Gerontology from Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She served 17 years in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves. She has sung with professional choirs in Oklahoma and Virginia, been a guest conductor for the Loudoun Symphony, taught junior and senior high school band and choral music in the Diocese of Oklahoma City schools and has been a Music Minister and teacher. Ann graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with a M.Div., completed a year of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary as well as two units of Clinical Pastoral Education most recently at the West Haven CT, Veterans Health Administration. Ann is also a Lily Foundation Preaching Fellow 2016/2017.
Ann Loves all aspects of ministry especially worship, preaching, mentoring youth and young adults, teaching, pastoral care, collaboration and sharing ministry. She most recently comes from St. Peter’s Church in Poolesville, MD where she served as Rector for 2 1/2 years. She has served as Rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange, CT, Assistant Rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Winchester Virginia, Interim Assistant to the Rector for Youth and Family Ministries at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Reston. Ann has also served as Pastoral Associate for Music and Family ministries at Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Leesburg and Pastoral Associate for pastoral care at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Sterling Virginia. She has also done mission work in South Africa, Belize and the Dominican Republic and served on the Commission on Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, as chairperson for the Liturgy and Music Commission for the Episcopal Church in CT and as Chairperson of the South Africa Partnership Commission while serving in the Diocese of Virginia.
Ann is also active in Community affairs serving on the Poolesville Area Senior Commission, Montgomery County Emergency Spiritual Care Givers Response team, is an active member of the Poolesville Interfaith clergy fellowship, and previously served as Chaplain to the Orange, CT Volunteer Fire Association and as Chaplain to the Town of Orange Emergency Management Advisory Committee. Ann has been married to Mike for 30 years and they are the proud parents of four children, Elizabeth (28), Emily (26), John (25), Matthew (24) and their four dogs: Memphis, Isabel and Lucy and Phoebe. Both her daughters were married in 2015 and she welcomes Kip Payne and Gabe Ortiz to the family. Ann enjoys cooking for crowds, singing, reading, playing the Euphonium, swimming, kayaking, travel and spending time with her family. She is is excited to see where and how God is leading St. John’s to participate in God’s mission of reconciliation and Unity.
Harold Sachs II (Hal)
Board of Trustees, Member

Board of Trustees, Member
Dr. Tomayko is an Associate Professor at Towson University where she teaches math content and pedagogy courses. She holds a BA in Secondary Mathematics Education from Washington University in St. Louis, a Masters of Education and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She currently serves as Recording Secretary for the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Dr. Tomayko and her husband, Dave, joined the St. John’s Parish Day School community in 2014 when their oldest child started kindergarten. The nurturing environment and specialists in science, art, music, media & technology, PE, and Spanish are what led them to choose SJPDS. They now have two children who are in the lower school. During her free time, Dr. Tomayko enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, volunteering at SJPDS, and cheering on her children at soccer games.

Board of Trustees, Member
Born and raised in China, Ms. Wang came to the United States at the age of 18. Ms. Wang received her B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology and M.S. in applied molecular biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as well as her M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Wang worked for several years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Human Genome Research Institute. She co-authored multiple research papers in scientific journals such as Nature Genetics, Journal of Cell Biology, and Developmental Biology.
After receiving her J.D. from George Washington University Law School, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Wang worked for a large U.S. law firm focusing on litigating patent cases before the International Trade Commission and patent infringement actions before federal courts. She also supported the firm’s FCPA and Global Anti-Corruption practice, including assisting clients with anti-corruption due diligence for global M&A transactions, including China. Ms. Wang is a member of Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Sally Goss
Board of Trustees 
Sharon Runge
Board of Trustees
Amy Laster
Board of Trustees
Nancy Mason
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