Board of Trustees

Pamela G. Montgomery – Chair

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.

Elizabeth J. Heider – Vice Chair

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Elizabeth (Beth) Heider, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, translates Skanska’s commitment to sustainability into action while serving on Skanska USA’s Management Team. She supports Skanska’s four US business units: Building and Civil (construction), and Commercial and Infrastructure Development with combined annual revenues of approximately $8 Billion. Her career encompasses all phases of design and construction as architect, construction manager and sustainability leader.  An intrepid researcher and tireless advocate, she emboldens the design, construction and business communities to create a more sustainable future. She has been invited to present at over 150 international conferences focusing on the nexus of design, sustainability and good business. Heider served for six years on USGBC’s national Board of Directors which she chaired in 2012.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Beale

Leonard Manning