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Board of Trustees

Kaye Savage – Founder 

Kaye Savage began her career as a certified special education teacher working with low-income students in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her passion to make a difference led to policy research work at the Urban Institute and later into the public service arena concentrating on local and federal government programs targeting urban economically distressed communities. Kaye worked in the White House on the Historical Black College and Universities (HBCUs) Initiative. Most recently, she served the Program Manager for the District of Columbia Family Education Network, a special parent training initiative of Fight for Children.  She has also worked as the National Director for the 21st Century School Fund and as special Project Manager on a staff augmentation contract in the Office of Facilities Management of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Kaye began her college education at Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and completed her undergraduate work with high honors at Howard University where she also earned a Master’s of Science degree with distinction with a concentration in developmental psychology. Kaye was an Intergovernmental Fellow during her tenure at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and earned her MPA from the University of Southern California. Kaye is a Building Excellent Schools Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees for the National Coalition of Girls Schools and National Network of Schools in Partnership.

 

Deborah Lockhart – Chair

Ms. Lockhart’s expertise lies in the areas of human resources, marketing, and technical services. She has successfully launched and operated programs for corporate entities for more than two decades. Among the clients served, both domestically and internationally, are the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Washington, DC; Riverside Hospital/Riverside Treatment Services, Inc., Washington, DC; Orion Marketing & Engineering Services, Frankfurt, West Germany; and International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, Riverside, CA.

Ms. Lockhart’s most fulfilling achievements are those associated with the success of the many young people that she has been fortunate enough to mentor and assist in their development. She also counts among her achievements the development of the Human Resources Department for a major hospital, including its recruiting, hiring, orientation and training, and retention of personnel functions; the establishment of a broad-based marketing and technical services firm for sales and installation of office products, telephone systems, intercom systems, and other support services; and spearheading the development team transitioning the human resources system at one of the largest airport facilities in the United States from a family of antiquated software and hardware systems to a multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art system affecting hundreds of employees at multiple base sites; and the development of a student program which seeks to optimize the potential of young people.

Ms. Lockhart’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are from California State University in Northridge, CA. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in human resources at Villanova University.

 

Elizabeth J. Heider – Vice Chair 

Elizabeth Heider is Senior Vice President of Green Markets for Skanska supporting the development, design, and construction of high performance green/LEED projects throughout their lifecycle. Her 34-year career encompasses all phases of design and construction from master planning through project closeout as architect, construction manager, cost manager and VE facilitator.

Ms. Heider founded Skanska USA’s Green Council which marshalls all of Skanska’s sustainable preconstruction and construction capabilities nationwide, encourages and supports training and technical competency, coordinating sustainable expertise and information. In addition to leading Skanska USA’s eco-efficient building initiatives, Ms. Heider remains involved at the project level, participating in projects ranging from the Energy Optimization Curriculum for the United Nations School and value management work on the United Nations Renovation, both in New York City and pre-construction support of the Oregon Sustainability Center and The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s new Environmental and Education Center in Virginia.

One of ten women named “pioneer in green building” by the Green Economy Post, Heider served as 2012 Chair of USGBC’s Board of Directors. From 1999 to 2004 she was an Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University of America. She is an alumna of The University of Virginia and its Graduate Program in Venice, Italy.

 

Valerie Holt – Treasurer

Valerie Holt is the Vice President for Audit for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.  Her responsibilities include providing audit services to ensure that the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has an effective system of internal controls for its accounting, finance, administration, operations and technology management.  She also oversees the conduct of the annual financial statement audit.

Ms. Holt previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and the Controller for the District of Columbia, as a Director for the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, and as a Deputy Director for the District of Columbia Public Housing Authority.  Her 30 years plus work experience also includes eight years of public accounting experience including two “Big Four” firms.  Ms. Holt holds undergraduate degrees from George Washington University (B.A in accounting) and Eastern Michigan University (B.S. in Sociology) and a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Ms. Holt is the President of the Association of Airport Internal Auditors.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Internal Audit Institute and the Associate of American Airport Executives. She is the past president and state representative for the Greater Washington Area Government Finance Officers Association.  Ms Holt also served as the past chairman of the Committee on Auditing and Financial Reporting and as the President of the Black Caucus of the Government Finance Officers Association of North America.

 

Pamela G. Montgomery – Secretary

Pamela G. Montgomery is the Director and Chief Counsel of the Office of Education and Sentencing Practice at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C.  She is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives to meet the Commission’s training goals.  Ms. Montgomery previously served on active duty as an attorney in the US Army Judge Advocate (JAG) Corps and with the Georgia Legal Service Program.

Ms. Montgomery volunteers as a literacy tutor for Prince William County Literacy Council, serves on the Steward Board of Bethel A.M.E. Church, and has served on the boards of the National Bar Association, the National Association of Sentencing Commissions, and the Thurgood Marshall Building Child Development Center.  Ms. Montgomery is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Georgia School of Law School.

 

Laura S. Caldwell 

Laura serves as the President and CEO of Make-A-Wish, Mid-Atlantic.  She manages a team of professionals to generate millions of dollars through special events, major gifts and annual fund program.  Her efforts create once in a lifetime experiences for children who have life threatening illness.

Laura’s rich history of successful fundraising effort’s includes work at The March of Dimes, The American Liver Foundation, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Her proven track record of developing successful media plans, establishing strategic direction and engaging corporate support have created new market opportunities for advancement.

 

Vito John Germinario – Chairman Emeritus

Vito John Germinario is the President and Co-Owner of GPR, Inc., a commercial glazing company and LGV group LLC, a commercial real estate development company. He is first generation Italian-American. He grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey and is the oldest of four children. His parents stressed education from an early age. He was taught by the sisters of Saint Francis in grammar school and by the Jesuits in high school and college.

Vito arrived in Washington from New York in 1994. He came to be part of the team that built the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Since then, Vito has been involved with such notable projects as the National Museum of the American Indian, The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse and most recently, the GSA Headquarters Building, all in Washington D.C. He is very proud to have been associated with the building of the National Intrepid Center for Excellence at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Vito has a passion for helping children. He believes that each and every child should be given each and every opportunity to live a happy, healthy and productive life. He dedicates much of his time, energy and resources to a number of non-profit organizations, all to benefit children.

Vito has supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for many years. He serves on the Breath for Life gala committee and is fully committed to help find the cure.

In July of this year, Vito completed his three year term as Board Chair at Excel Academy, an all-girls public charter school in Washington D.C. He remains active at the school, and serves as chair of the advisory board.

In addition, Vito is a member of the board of directors at Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic. He serves on the executive committee and is chair of the governance committee.

Vito serves as a trustee and chairman of the finance committee at his alma mater, St. Peter’s Prep, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Vito is the newly elected board chair at Feathers From Devon. It is a New York based 501 c3 that gives children with developmental challenges the opportunity to engage in non-traditional therapies, to increase the quality of their life.

He is past board chair of the Lily Fund and past board vice chair of the Friends of Jaclyn. Both foundations worked to raise the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors.

Vito has been married to Kristi since 1997. They have residences in Alexandria and Middleburg, Virginia.

 

Malcolm Poole 

Malcolm Poole is a professional educator with more than 13 years of experience. Currently, he works in education policy as a Senior Project Associate for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), where he oversees national initiatives to improve student achievement, increase graduation rates and improve student fitness, health and well-being. Mr. Poole specializes in working with at-risk-youth and special needs students. Prior to joining NASBE he worked in various administrative capacities, most recently as an Assistant Principal and Dean of Students in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He began his education career as a Special Education Teacher in Camden, NJ.

Mr. Poole received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice and Spanish from Mount Saint Mary’s College, where he still holds national titles in Track and Field. He also holds a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from George Mason University. He is the father to one very bright and precocious daughter, the apple of his eye. Committed to improving the lives of youth, Poole mentors several young-men and works with youth to improve their health and physical condition through exercise and nutrition. Recently appointed to serve as a member of the Board of the Excel Academy for Girls, Poole is pleased to share his knowledge and resources with the Academy and its students.

 

Dr. Edwin Witt Powell

Dr. Edwin Witt Powell is a seasoned executive and program developer with more than ten years of leadership and experience in human services and education.  Currently an Assistant Professor/Educational Psychologist at the Howard University School of Medicine, Dr. Powell’s experience includes appointments to the District of Columbia Board of Nursing Home Administrators and the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights.  Dr. Powell has several years experience working with adjudicated youth and young adults and has been responsible for the reform, development, and administration of treatment programs for emotionally disturbed and mentally retarded adolescents in the District of Columbia Public School System.

Dr. Powell is a frequent speaker and presenter on topics including special education, psychosocial development, behavioral monitoring, multiple intelligences, and community health systems.

Dr. Powell received his B.A. degree from Rutgers University, M.A. degrees from College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD and Liberty University, M.Ed degree from Howard University, and his Doctor of Arts in Education in Education from George Mason University.