Board of Visitors & Governors

Leading the way.

Since George Washington first served on the Board, Washington College has asked its governing body to provide the vision, the philanthropic support, and the leadership needed to strengthen the College’s position among the nation’s best small liberal arts colleges.

Executive Officers

Stephen T. Golding ’72 P’05, Chair

Richard T. Wheeler ’86, Vice Chair

Valarie A. Sheppard ’86, Secretary

Peter Maller '90, Treasurer


Board Members

Jim Barossi '05

Jim Barossi is the Chief Operating Officer for Permit Capital. Barossi was a four-year letter winner on the men’s baseball team and was named one of the team’s captains in 2005.  The former economics major worked in the alternative investments group for SEI Investments Company and Morgan Stanley’s AIP division prior to joining Permit Capital in 2014. Barossi earned an MBA from Villanova University as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. 

Barossi is a member of the Drawbridge Special Opportunities fund RCA Advisory Board for Fortress Capital Management.  He is also a Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Registered Director and serves on the Board of Directors for the Permit Capital Cayman Fund, Ltd. 

He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Hamilton, New Jersey with their three children. 

Alumni Elected (2023), Term Expires June 2029

Thad Bench

Thad Bench serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Benchworks, Inc., a family of companies that specializes in the health care and pharmaceutical industry. Headquartered in Chestertown and Cambridge, MD, it also has offices in Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami. Under his leadership, Benchworks has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the last 4 years, and has grown sixfold since 2014.

Thad is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in marketing, brand positioning, and product launch management. He was named one of the 2016 ELITE 100 in the Entrepreneur category by PM360 magazine, an honor given to the 100 most influential people in the health care industry. He has managed hundreds of large-scale marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies with a particular emphasis in the pharmaceutical industry, including 9 product launches. 
Thad has owned and continues to own a number of closely held family businesses, including manufacturing and distribution operations and commercial real estate holdings. Formerly he held senior corporate marketing positions with St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products and with Jeld-Wen Inc, one of the country’s largest forest product companies. 
Thad graduated from Elmira College in 1984 and lives with his wife Renee in Chestertown, MD.

Gubernatorial Appointment (2019), Term Expires June 2024

Rebecca Corbin Loree headshot

Rebecca is founder and CEO of Corbin Advisors, a leading research and advisory firm, and a pioneer in investor relations globally. Over her 20-year career in capital markets, she has architected a proprietary and proven methodology to drive sustained value creation based on extensive and unparalleled Voice of Investor® research and insights-driven strategies that have consistently been validated by the global equity markets.

As a subject matter expert and renowned capital markets and investor relations strategist with a demonstrated track record of rerating companies, Rebecca is a trusted advisor and partner to boards and executives who continually seek her research-based insights and counsel. She serves a broad range of global clients across sectors, industries, and situations.

Rebecca was in her mid-20s when she founded Corbin Advisors in 2007 and, under her leadership, the company has developed a reputation as a best-in-class partner. She serves as Editor-in-chief of Inside the Buy-Side®, a leading research publication covered worldwide that identifies and reports on investor sentiment trends globally and best practice. Rebecca is a highly sought after and prolific public speaker, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and is a recurring guest on CNBC.

Long committed to giving back, Rebecca dedicates significant time and resources to helping advance social services, the arts, humanities, and education. In 2020, she created Corbin for Nonprofits and committed to donating 20% of that practices’ annual operating profits to nonprofit organizations. Rebecca serves on the boards of Washington College and The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and is a past director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She is President of the Jim and Rebecca Loree Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable organization she co-founded with her husband in 2009, which is focused on supporting secondary and higher education.

Rebecca has been a frequent honoree for business and community leadership and most recently received Hartford Business Journal’s Annual Women in Business Award, which recognizes outstanding Connecticut-based female CEOs, entrepreneurs, and senior-level executives who have mastered their industry and are admired by the business community. She holds a B.A. in Business Management from Washington College, the first college chartered in the sovereign United States of America, where she graduated cum laude and with Honors.

Rebecca resides in the Nutmeg State with her husband and their four daughters.

Board Elected (2015), Term Expires June 2024

Larry Culp

Larry Culp is the Chairman and CEO of General Electric and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, focusing on leadership, strategy and general management in the MBA and executive education programs. He is also a Senior Advisor at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the T. Rowe Price Group Board of Directors.  

Larry served as the Chief Executive officer and President of Danaher Corporation from 2000 to 2014, during which time the company increased revenues and its market capitalization five-fold to $20 billion and $50 billion, respectively. Investors and analysts alike consistently ranked him as one of the top CEOs in annual Institutional Investor surveys. Harvard Business Review named Mr. Culp one of the Top 50 CEOs in the world. 

Under his leadership, Danaher expanded international sales from 40 percent to 60 percent, and deployed nearly $25 billion for strategic acquisitions. Larry was instrumental in the establishment and growth of their health care, environmental, product identification and test and measurement platforms and in the evolution of the Danaher Business System, the common operating philosophy and model deployed company-wide. 

Larry joined Danaher in 1990 at Veeder-Root, becoming president in 1993. He was appointed Group Executive and Corporate Officer in 1995, with responsibility for Danaher’s Environmental and Electronic Test and Measurement platforms. During this time, he also served as President of Fluke and Fluke Networks. In 1999, he became Executive Vice President, in 2001 Chief Operating officer, and in 2001 President and CEO. 

Mr. Culp is the past chair the Board of Visitors and Governors of his alma mater, Washington College, and is a member of the Wake Forest Board of Trustees. Previously, Larry served on the board of GlaxoSmithKline and chaired the board of the Potomac School.

Board Elected (2003), Term Expires June 2026

Ryder Daniels '90

Ryder has spent his career harmonizing complex data to enable transparency and storytelling that make better decisions possible. As Founder & CEO of Capsaicin, he led the team that built next-generation analytics products used by companies like P&G, Disney, Microsoft, Coke, Mattel, Samsung, GM, Bank of America, Nielsen, Honda, and others. Capsaicin was acquired in 2015. Prior to Capsaicin, Ryder was a founder and President of a spend management company acquired by D&B. He was also a partner at a venture consulting firm focused on the creation and management of intellectual property assets, and holds several patents. At Citibank, Ryder led strategic data mining and analytics and worked on early e-commerce initiatives. Prior to Citibank, he co-founded Document Concepts, a pioneer in technology-enabled proposal management. In 2016, Ryder founded Epitage and now advises early-stage startups. Previously, Ryder served as a Trustee and Board President for seven years at High Mowing School in New Hampshire. Ryder received his BA with departmental and thesis honors from Washington College and lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire with his wife Deborah and two daughters.


Myrt Gaines

Myrt Gaines is the vice president of Gaines & Company, a Maryland utility contractor, joined the BVG in 2020. As a student, he majored in psychology, was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and played varsity lacrosse.  He was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.   

Mr. Gaines also has close family ties with Washington College. His wife, Mary Walsh Gaines ’79, attended WC, as did his brother Thomas Gaines ’86, father-in-law Harry Walsh ’48, brother-in-law Patrick Walsh ’85, nephew Evan Gaines ’22, and niece Sara Walsh ’22. 

A former member of the President’s Leadership Council, Mr. Gaines served on the Johnson Fitness Center Renovation Committee and the Kirby Stadium Committee.  A member of the Athletics Director Circle, he hosts the annual Fish Fry event at his Chestertown home in support of the College’s lacrosse program.   

He and his wife reside in Chestertown Maryland.  

Alumni Elected (2020), Term Expires June 2025

Hilary Harp Falk

Hilary Harp Falk is President and CEO of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She has spent her career building strong, authentic partnerships, and is a proven expert in large-scale ecosystem restoration and leading organizational change. 

Falk’s national conservation leadership includes several executive roles at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) culminating in Chief Program Officer. During her time at the Federation, she created and directed the Choose Clean Water Coalition, and led programs including wildlife conservation, coastal resiliency, water policy, greenhouse gas reduction, and environmental education. 

Throughout her career, Falk has championed women’s leadership and advancing equity in the conservation movement. She was a 2016-2017 fellow with the International Women's Forum and co-chaired the National Wildlife Federation’s Women in Conservation Leadership Advisory Council. She led the implementation of NWF’s foundational 2018 strategic plan and was a champion for a more equitable and inclusive workplace. 

Falk began her career in environmental conservation as an intern with CBF in 1997. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Franklin and Marshall College and her Masters of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.  She holds an honorary degree as Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Virginia Wesleyan University. Falk also serves on the External Advisory Board of Virginia Tech’s Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two children. 

Gubernatorial Appointment (2023), Term Expires June 2029

Michelle Gibbons-Neff, BVG

Michelle Gibbons-Neff is the Executive Vice President of BSC America, a group of companies that offer vehicle auction, finance, appraisal, and insurance services. BSC America is a family business, founded in 1964 by her parents. Ray Nichols, her father, continues to serve as Chairman. Gibbons-Neff earned a degree in political science from Washington College in 1995. As a student, she was a member of the women’s rowing team and Alpha Omicron Pi. She formerly served on the President’s Leadership Council, as well as the 1782 Society Executive Committee.   

Ms. Gibbons-Neff lives in Annapolis with her spouse, Stormy Gibbons-Neff. They have two children, a daughter who attends Elon University and a son who attends Severn School. Two of her nephews are also graduates of Washington College, as well as two of her aunts. 

GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTMENT (2022), Term Expires June 2028

Steve Golding

Steve Golding, a member of the BVG since 2003, now serves as Chairman of the Board. He chairs the Executive Committee and is a member of the Financial Affairs, Trustees, and Investment committees.   

Steve is retired as the VP for Finance and Administration at Ohio University. Before this he was VP for Finance and Administration at Cornell University and the former chief financial officer for the University of Colorado System and the University of Pennsylvania.  He now serves as a Senior Fellow with Association of Governing Boards, a non-profit that works with colleges and universities, and Director of the 1782 Group that provides higher education consulting services.   

In addition to his degree in history and political science from Washington College, he also holds an MA in political science from the University of Delaware.   

He and his wife, Cally Golding ’74, live in Stratham, New Hampshire and have a home in Edgartown, Massachusetts.  

Alumni Elected (2003), Term Expires June 2024

Margaret Stevens Jacks is Chief Operating Officer of MNSG Acquisition Company, in addition to maintaining a private business law practice in Baltimore. Previously, she held the position of EVP Legal & Administration for Sandler Systems, a sales and management training firm. A member of the Class of 1979, Jacks earned a degree in political science and then went on to earn her law degree from the University of Maryland. As an undergrad, she was a member of the Volleyball team.  After graduation, she served as co-chair of the Alumni Annual Fund, was a founding member and President of the Sho’Men Club, and assisted in the establishment of the Penny Fall Endowment Fund. 

Jacks’ spouse, Tad Jacks, is also a Washington College graduate.

Board Elected (2021), Term Expires June 2027

portrait of Kirk Johnson

Kirk Johnson was formerly General Counsel for the American Medical Association, and Partner with the law firm of Sidley Austin in Chicago. He also served as Chairman of Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital Research Center for twenty years, where he continues as a Senior Trustee and received the Hospital’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Mr. Johnson is the grandson of Benjamin Alvin Johnson, for whom the College’s Fitness Center is named. He is also the son of the late William B. Johnson ’40 H’75, an emeritus member of the BVG and a recipient of both an Alumni Citation Award and an Alumni Service Award. He resides in Lake Forest, Illinois.

On Washington College’s Board, Mr. Johnson is Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.  

Board Elected (2013), Term Expires June 2025

Jim Lim
 Lim is a partner at StepStone Group and a member of the private equity team, focusing on venture capital and growth equity investments.

Prior to StepStone, Mr. Lim was a managing general partner with Greenspring Associates, a venture capital and growth equity investment firm that merged with StepStone in 2021. Before that, he held senior investment positions at Commonfund Capital and Pfizer, where he helped lead venture capital manager selection, due diligence, and monitoring.

Mr. Lim graduated cum laude from Washington College where he received his degree in economics. He earned his MBA in finance from Indiana University.

He and his wife Ann reside in Berwyn, PA with their two children.

Alumni  Elected (2015), Term Expires June 2027

Peter Maller, BVG

Peter Maller, a founding partner with Maller Wealth Advisors, joined the BVG in July 2020. He serves on the Financial Affairs and Investments committees.    

A certified financial planner highly regarded in the field, he was named one of Baltimore Magazine’s 2019 Five Star Wealth Managers 10 times, most recently in 2023. He has received the Lincoln Financial Planner of the Year 11 of the past 14 years. Mr. Maller has been named to Barron’s Top 1200 Advisors, most recently in 2023, and has been named to Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors four times, most recently in 2023. He is a qualified member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table and has achieved Top of the Table Status. 

A former member of the President’s Leadership Council, Mr. Maller was on the Hillel Campaign Committee and the Gift Planning Advisory Board. He received an Alumni Service Award in 2013, and he was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 for his excellence in tennis. He previously was a member of the Visiting Committee and the Sho’men Board.    

In addition to his degree in business management from the College, he also has an MBA from Florida State University, where he served on the MBA Advisory Board.    

He and his wife, Trisha, reside in Owings Mills, Maryland, with their four children. 

Alumni Elected (2020), Term Expires June 2026

Shep Miller

William S. (Shep) Miller III P’14 

Shep Miller is the Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the president and CEO of Light Tech Fiber Optics. He has been a member of the BVG since 2015. In addition to chairing the Advancement Committee, he serves on the Executive Committee and the Admissions & Student Financial Aid Committee.  

In 1997, Miller founded KITCO Fiber Optics, which installs fiber cable on Navy ships. He sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway’s Marmon Aerospace & Defense in 2017.   

Mr. Miller, who holds an MBA from The College of William and Mary, is a trustee of his alma mater, Hampden-Sydney College. He was formerly Chairman of Hampton Roads Ventures and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.   

He and his wife, Gigi, are the parents of Katharine “Trinka” Miller ’14, a psychology major now teaching at St. John’s Parish Day School in Baltimore County. Mr. Miller and his wife served as the inaugural co-chairs of the Washington College Parents Council, remaining in that role for four years. They reside in Norfolk, VA. 

Board Elected (2015), Term Expires June 2029

portrait of Ed Nordberg

The former chair of the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors, Ed Nordberg has served on the BVG since 2004. He currently chairs the Investment Committee and the Real Estate Committee. He is also on the Executive, and Buildings & Grounds committees. He previously chaired the board and co-chaired the Gibson Center for the Arts Committee and was a member of both the JFC Committee and the Kirby Stadium Committee.

Mr. Nordberg is the executive director of Wakefield Capital Management, a commercial real estate investment firm with a focus on senior living facilities and medical office buildings. He is also a Senior Managing Director of Alex. Brown Realty, Inc. He was previously the CEO of Medical Office Properties, a healthcare REIT sold in 2004.

In addition to his undergraduate degree in economics, Mr. Nordberg holds an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland and a JD from Georgetown Law Center. The former student-athlete is the former chairman of the board of USA Lacrosse Foundation and is former Chairman of Rebuilding Together, USA. He is a recipient of an Alumni Service Award (2017) and a Gold Pentagon Award.

He and his wife, Carolyn, have two children. They live in Potomac and Easton, Maryland.

alumni elected (2003), Term Expires June 2024

Burt Rein

Bert Rein, an attorney renowned for his experience in Constitutional litigation including First Amendment and Preemption challenges, has served on the BVG since 2014. He serves as Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee and is on the Executive, Academic Affairs, and Financial Affairs Committees. In April 2013, he gave a talk at the College, "Taking it to the Supreme Court: How does that really happen?" as part of the George Washington Leadership Series.

Mr. Rein is a founding partner of the Washington, DC-based law firm Wiley Rein. His areas of expertise include litigation, appellate and antitrust cases, food and drug law, intellectual property, and aviation law. He is a longstanding antitrust counsel to the world’s largest airline trade association. He has also been instrumental in leading tort reform initiatives for major pharmaceutical companies. In 2013 he was named Washington’s Lawyer of the Year in administrative and regulatory law by “Best Lawyers in America” directory. Early in his career he was on the Reagan Administration Transition Team and was on the Key Issues Committee for the Nixon Presidential Campaign.

He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.

Mr. Rein and wife, Barbara, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and also own a home in Chestertown.

Board Elected (2014), Term Expires June 2025

portrait of Brandon Riker

Brandon Riker, Senior Manager with ProShares, has served on the BVG since 2017. He is on the Advancement and Student Affairs Committees.  

Before joining ProShares, a leading provider of exchange traded funds, Mr. Riker was Executive Director for Strategic Planning with Teucrium Trading, a single commodity trade firm in Vermont. In addition to his degree in economics, he holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. He was a candidate for Lt. Governor of Vermont. 

Mr. Riker lives in Palm Springs, California. 

alumni Elected (2017), Term Expires June 2028

Rebecca Rimel

Rebecca W. Rimel is an emeritus trustee of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Rimel joined Pew in 1983 as health program manager, became executive director five years later, and served as president and chief executive officer of The Pew Charitable Trusts from 1994 to 2020. 

Prior to joining Pew, Rimel built an exemplary career in health care. She was the first nurse to hold a faculty position at the University of Virginia’s (UVA) medical school, serving as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. She was head nurse of the emergency department at the University of Virginia Hospital and has authored numerous scientific articles on head injury. The Rebecca W. Rimel Dean’s Chair in the UVA School of Nursing was established by the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2020 to honor her contributions during her 37-year tenure. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award from UVA and the UVA Women’s Center Distinguished Alumni Award. She was also awarded a Kellogg National Fellowship, a four-year professional enrichment opportunity for emerging leaders.  

Rimel earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from the UVA School of Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from James Madison University. She serves on the board of directors DWS Mutual Funds and The Bridgespan Group. She also is a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, along with its prestigious Wistar Association.  

Rebecca and her husband Patrick Caldwell have lived in Kent County since 2001 and enjoy their time on the Bay and being a part of the very special Eastern Shore community. 

Board Elected (2023), Term Expires June 2029

Laurie Salladin
Laurie Salladin served as Director of Human Resources at All Risks, Ltd., a national Specialty Lines insurance underwriting and brokerage company founded by her grandfather in 1964. She retired from All RIsks, Ltd. in 2000 when she and her husband started a family and founded Chesapeake Medical Imaging, an Annapolis based Radiology firm.

Over the past twenty years, Ms. Salladin has been involved in many philanthropic causes and volunteer activities in the Annapolis and Baltimore area. She has served as Chair of the Mitchell Gallery Board of Advisors, since 2020. The Mitchell Gallery is an art museum on the campus of St. John’s College in Annapolis. She is also a member of the St. John’s College Board of Friends and is a trustee of the Chesapeake Medical Imaging Foundation.

She graduated from Washington College with a B.A. in History. Laurie and her family live in Edgewater, MD and Chestertown.

Gubernatorial Appointment (2022), Term Expires June 2027

Nayef Samhat, BVG

Nayef Samhat, Ph.D, is the 11th President of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, a position he has held since 2013. Previously he was the Provost and Professor of political science and international studies at Kenyon College. Dr. Samhat holds a B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. 

Dr. Samhat serves on the executive committee of the Annapolis Group of Liberal Arts Colleges, the SACSCOC Board of Directors and IES Board of Directors. His past national service includes the Council of Independent Colleges and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) boards of directors, as well as serving on the NCAA Division I board of directors and the NCAA board of governors. Current Washington College president, Michael Sosulski, most recently served as Provost at Wofford College and was part of Samhat’s Cabinet. 

Dr. Samhat and his spouse, Prema, reside in Spartanburg, SC. 

Board Elected (2022), Term Expires June 2028

Valarie Sheppard

Valarie Sheppard, the Senior Human Resources Consultant for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Dept of Homeland Security (ICE), has served on the BVG since 2017. She is on the Executive, Admissions & Student Financial Aid, Student Affairs, and Trustees committees.  

Ms. Sheppard is the former chair of the Alumni Board and is one of the longest serving officers of the Alumni Association. She has served as a member, vice president, and president of the former Alumni Council. In 2017, she received an Alumni Service Award.  

In addition to her undergraduate degree in psychology, she holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Akron. 

Before joining ICE in 2012, Ms. Sheppard worked in HR for SRA International. She has also worked for the U.S. Federal Election Committee, Infotech Research & Development, DC Public Schools, and Human Performance Systems. 

She lives in Owings Mills, Maryland. 

Gubernatorial Appointment (2017), Term Expires June 2025

Hugh Sherman

Hugh Sherman was named the President of Ohio University in May 2021. He was Dean at Ohio University’s College of Business from 2007 until 2021 and joined the BVG in 2020. He holds a master of business administration from Northeastern University, as well as a doctoral degree in strategy from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.  
Following a 20-year career in business, Sherman moved into academia in 1995. He subsequently rose into a number of critical leadership positions, including Associate Dean of Operations and Strategy, Associate Director of the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, and Assistant to the University Provost for Strategic Planning.  

He lives in Athens, Ohio.

Board Elected (2020), term expires June 2024

Lisa F. Smith P'23

Lisa F. Smith is committed to business and philanthropic efforts that lead to stronger communities and greater opportunities for people living in the greater Annapolis, Maryland area and the District of Columbia.  

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Lisa worked in retail banking in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia before moving to Annapolis to start and raise a family.  

Lisa serves in several volunteer and leadership positions, particularly with Annapolis-area schools. She’s works closely with Indian Creek School, an independent PK-12th school in Crownsville, MD, and is a Board member at The Summit School in Edgewater, MD, which educates students with dyslexia and other learning differences in 1st through 8th grade.  

Lisa is married to Chris Smith, the chairman and chief executive officer of WC Smith, a leading real estate development and property management firm that has operated in Washington, DC for 55 years. The Smiths have four children.  

Their daughter, Isabella, is a 2023 Washington College graduate, with a Major in Music Performance on the Harp and a minor in Biology.  

Implementing WC Smith community initiatives is one of Lisa’s passions. She played a key role in guiding the company’s Building Bridges to a Better Life program, through which more than 70 homeless families were provided housing at WC Smith properties and offered access to social services.  

Lisa serves on the Building Bridges Advisory Board, the non-profit organization co-founded by Chris, that operates THEARC in the Ward 8 community in Washington, DC. Since March 2020, she has helped coordinate a weekly food distribution program at THEARC, and regularly volunteers at events held on campus.  

Lisa and Chris split their time between Annapolis and Washington, DC.  


Gubernatorial Appointment (2023), Term Expires June 2029

portrait of Will Snook

William (Will) Snook is founder & CEO of MUVZ, Inc., the largest privately held distributor of traffic control and safety supplies in the United States. Established in 2002, has 45 employees, 14 distribution centers nationwide, five related business-to-business ecommerce websites and is a six-time winner of the INC 5000 award for fastest growing, privately held, companies in the USA.  
Snook is also the president of the Parking Block Store, a company that makes parking curbs and speed bumps from recycled plastic. He previously owned and operated an aircraft acquisition consulting company. He started his career as an airline pilot having earned a BA in English and History from the University of Colorado in 1990. 
He and his wife, Amy Koban Snook, are the parents of current student Will Snook, IV '25, who is on the men's lacrosse team.  


Mike Sosulski headshot

Michael J. (Mike) Sosulski, a leader in academic and student affairs, financial stewardship and change management, became Washington College’s 31st president in September 2021. He previously served as Provost at Wofford College in South Carolina. During his tenure at Wofford, the college has redesigned or reconstructed a range of vibrant academic spaces. Sosulski also appointed the first academic Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, created the Diversity Search Advocacy Program to diversity Wofford’s faculty, and led comprehensive work to strengthen shared governance, including the creation of an independent Rank and Tenure committee. In addition to serving as Provost since 2016, he was also a full Professor of German at Wofford College. Prior to that, he was with Kalamazoo College, serving first as an Assistant Professor of German and eventually earning the roles of Associate Professor, Department Chair in German Studies and Associate Provost. Sosulski earned his BS in German from Georgetown University, and went on to receive an M.A. followed by a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from The University of Chicago.

Daryl Swanstrom
A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial Management, and of Emory University with a M.B.A., Ms. Swanstrom is President, CEO, and owner of Spyraflo, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty miniature bearings.  The firm is headquartered in the Atlanta, Georgia area with national and international clients including Diebold, NCR, Xerox, and Pitney Bowes. 

Ms. Swanstrom has been a member of several public company and non-profit boards.  She also owns Tourmaline Farms in Idaho. Her 1100-acres in Idaho is participating in several environmental and restoration projects. She is President of the Lawrence and Daryl Swanstrom Foundation. She has served on the Board since 2000. 

Alumni Elected (1999), Term Expires June 2025

John Timken

John Timken, Director of Business Development for Camden Partners, has served on the BVG since 2014. He is Co-Chair of the Advancement Committee and Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. Mr. Timken was a four-year letter winner on the men's lacrosse team and was named one of the team's captains in 2003.  After graduating in 2003, John joined the Stadium Steering Committee, the President's Leadership Council, and has been a consistent member of the 1782 Society.  

The former business management major has worked for Brown Advisory, John Moag & Company, as a partner and director with Langford Creek Capital Management, and as a portfolio manager with Cornerstone Advisory, a financial planning firm. 

Mr. Timken is a trustee with the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust and with the U.S. Lacrosse Foundation. He formerly served on the Living Classrooms Foundation Board of Trustees. 

He and his wife, Read, reside in Owings Mills, Maryland, with their two children. 

Gubernatorial Appointment (2008), Term Expires June 2026

Don Tomasso

Don Tomasso, the retired president of NorthStar Healthcare, has served on the BVG since 2008. He was previously on the Sho’men Board, served on the Kirby Stadium Committee and the Campaign Committee, and chaired the Parents Council.  

In retirement, Mr. Tomasso serves as a Senior Advisor to Great Point Partners and is a Senior Advisor with Wakefield Capital, a commercial real estate investment management firm where Ed Nordberg '82 is CEO. He serves as Chairman of Metro Offices, a company that provides workspace plans and solutions, Formerly, he was the President of Manor Care Health Services and has held a number of executive management positions at the Marriott Corporation. He has a BS, an MS in Environmental Engineering, and an MBA from Drexel, where he’s also a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame.  

He and his wife, Mary Ellen, are parents of Gregory Tomasso ’98, a business management major now working as a principal of Avison Young, a global real estate company. The Tomassos live in Potomac, Maryland, and have a home in Ocean City, New Jersey. 

Gubernatorial Appointment (2007), Term Expires June 2025

Debbie Turner

Debbie Turner is president and owner of DMT Investments, LLC, which concentrates on commercial and residential development and property management. She has served on the BVG since 2009 and is a member of the Buildings & Grounds Committee and the Student Affairs Committee. She previously served as Chair of the 1782 Committee and was on the President’s Leadership Council and the Johnson Fitness Center Committee. Ms. Turner is a former trustee with Franklin Square Hospital.  

She lives at Nubbin Ridge Farm in Havre de Grace, Maryland, and has a home in Naples, Florida. 

Gubernatorial Appointment (2008), Term Expires June 2026

Janice Walker

Janice Daue Walker is executive director of Rebuilding Together Boston, a nonprofit with a mission of repairing homes and revitalizing communities.  She previously served as principal of JD Walker Communications, LLC, a boutique communications firm and as the VP of Corporate Communications for the United States Postal Service. Prior to her tenure with the USPS, Ms. Walker was an officer with Fannie Mae and First Marblehead Corporation. Her professional PR experience also includes senior roles with Rebuilding Together and The Enterprise Foundation.   

A member of the Class of 1985, Ms. Walker earned a degree in political science as a Washington College student, and later went on to study at American University.  She also completed a JFK School of Government program at Harvard University. As a student, she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and played lacrosse. She has remained active as an alum as well, including membership in the Alumni Alliance, and serving as chapter chair and reunion chair. She also served on the President's Leadership Council.  

Ms. Walker and her husband, Glenn, reside in Marblehead, MA. 

Alumni Elected (2021), Term Expires June 2027

Beth Warehime, BVG










Beth Warehime joined the BVG in 2020. A former business management major with a minor in sociology, she recently earned her MBA from Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business.  She began her career as a Marketing and Research & Development Coordinator for Snyder’s-Lance “Snack Factory” brand in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and then spent five years as Associate Insights Manager for the parent company. She now works as Director of Marketing and Research for G&S Foods Inc. in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania.  

In 2019, Ms. Warehime directed a $1 million grant to Washington College from the JHC Foundation, a Warehime family foundation. The gift established the Warehime Fund for Student Excellence in Business, which, when fully matured, will provide the department $50,000 a year to support student research, entrepreneurship, professional networking, and other initiatives to complement the department’s curricular offerings. In 2021, the JHC Foundation awarded a $5 million grant to Washington College, one of the largest gifts in the institution’s 239-year history. The gift will enhance the overall student experience while accelerating the pursuit of accreditation for its Business Management department, a longtime goal.  

She and her fiancé Stavros live in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with their fur baby, Meli.

Alumni Elected (2020), Term Expires June 2026

Rick Wheeler

Rick Wheeler, a vice president with Oakland Consulting Group, has served on the BVG since 2017. He chairs the Financial Affairs Committee and Trustees Committee. He is a former member of the President’s Leadership Council and was Reunion Chair for his class’s 25th reunion. 

Mr. Wheeler has more than 25 years of experience in architecting and implementing innovative information technology solutions for state and local government entities. He has worked for Accenture, Cúram Software, and DK Consulting. 

As an international studies major at Washington College, Mr. Wheeler was a member of the rowing team, the SGA, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He now serves on the board of Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association 

He and his wife, Kathleen ’86, live in Annapolis, Maryland, and Bethany Beach, Delaware. 

Gubernatorial Appointment (2017), Term Expires June 2027

Rich Wood

Rich Wood, the Director of Government Relations & Sustainability with Wawa, has served on the BVG since 2016. He is Chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee and he serves on the Executive Committee, Financial Affairs Committee, and the Real Estate Committee.  

In addition to his degree in American studies from Washington College, Mr. Wood holds a master’s degree in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University. Before joining Wawa, he worked for the Coca-Cola Company.  In 2016, he participated in and helped organize an on-campus talk about Wawa through the College’s George Washington Leadership Series.  

He lives in Wawa, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their three children.  

Board Elected (2016), Term Expires June 2027

Michael Woodfolk, BVG

Michael J. Woodfolk is President of the Darden School Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization responsible for raising and stewarding philanthropic funds for the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. In addition to fundraising, the Darden School Foundation operates top-ranked executive education programs, and a world-class boutique hotel and events center for the School’s benefit. On top of leading the Foundation's day-to-day operations, Woodfolk liaises with the School's leadership boards, including the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees. In this position, Woodfolk plays an integral role in managing relationships with stakeholders across the Darden community, including alumni, corporate leaders, and government officials.

Woodfolk has nearly 30 years of experience in educational advancement in both higher education and independent schools. Throughout his career, he has a proven track record of inspiring high levels of alumni engagement — leading to record-breaking fundraising success and needle-moving changes in institutional sentiment.

Since starting as Darden's Director of Alumni Affairs in 2000, Woodfolk has served four deans. He rose to become the School's first Vice President of Alumni Affairs and then Senior Executive Director of Engagement before becoming President of the Darden School Foundation in 2017. Through Woodfolk's leadership, Darden continually boasts one of the most engaged MBA alumni bases in the world — a global network of 18,000 alumni in more than 90 countries.

Before Darden, Woodfolk worked for a decade at St. Anne's-Belfield School, an independent school in Charlottesville, Va., serving students from preschool through 12th grade, which he attended growing up. There, he grew St. Anne’s stature among independent schools, working as a history teacher, three-sport coach, and head of a summer lacrosse camp that attracted talent from around the country. Woodfolk eventually served as the School's first head of alumni engagement — jump-starting meaningful outreach to alumni of the School's two preexisting institutions, which merged in the 1970s.

Woodfolk is passionate about volunteer service. He is an advisor to Harlem Lacrosse, a New York City-based nonprofit, and The House Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors & Governors of his undergraduate alma mater, Washington College, in Chestertown, Md. Previously, he served on the Board of Trustees at St. Anne's-Belfield and the Board of Directors of the Boy & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.

Woodfolk graduated from Washington College with a bachelor's in American History. He also graduated from The Executive Program, the flagship advanced management program for top leaders offered by Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning. Woodfolk resides in the greater Charlottesville area with his wife, Dr. Judith A. Woodfolk, Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. They have three children.

Alumni Elected (2022), Term Expires June 2028

Caryn York '06

Caryn York is the youngest, first Black woman President and CEO of the Women's Prison Association (WPA), the nation's oldest institution to prioritize the needs of women and mothers impacted by incarceration and homelessness. As the former CEO of Baltimore's Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF), Caryn brings over a decade of leadership and experience working with state and local government and community-based organizations in Maryland. In her time at JOTF, her policy successes focused on the decriminalization of poverty and race including, but not limited to pretrial "cash bail" reforms, eliminating punitive driver's license suspensions, debtors' prisons and court-mandated fees, and expanding access to criminal record expungement for workers struggling to secure employment with a criminal background. Now, at the helm of WPA, Caryn's vision is clear: making investments in systems-involved women and their children a societal norm. 

Caryn holds a BA in International Studies from Washington College and currently resides in Manhattan, NY. 

Alumni Elected (2023), Term Expires June 2029

Emeritus Members

Patrick William Allender P’11, Henderson, NV - Executive Vice President, Danaher Corporation (Retired)

Will Baker - President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (Retired)

Jeannie P. Baliles ’62, Richmond, Virginia - Civic Leader

Margaret R. Bennett, Washington, DC - Civic Leader

David Burton M’84 P’84 - President, I.G. Burton (Retired)

Norris W. Commodore, Jr. ’73, Newport, RI - Director, Contracts & Negotiations Group, IBM Credit Corporation (Retired)

Richard L. Creighton ’73, Chevy Chase, MD - Minority Owner, McMurry/TMG

Barbara T. Cromwell ’55, Arnold, Maryland - Civic Leader

Jack S. Griswold P’94 H’07, Cockeysville, Maryland -  Director, Black Oak Associates

Christian Havemeyer, Chestertown, Maryland - Historic Preservationist

Ann Horner ’80 - Director, Bourne Leisure (retired), Charlottesville, Virginia

Beth Kahn Leaman ’73, Columbia, MD - Vice President, Automatic Data Processing (Retired)

Craig Lewis P’79 GP’05, Cockeysville, Maryland - President, Investment Counselors of Maryland, Inc. (retired)

Thomas J. Maher P’83 P’85, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania - CEO, Wachovia/Maher Partners

Holt (Jay) Marchant ’63 - Principal, About Your Benefits, Inc.

John A. Moag, Jr. ’77, Baltimore, Maryland - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Moag and Company

Zung Nguyen ’77, Morristown, New Jersey - Founder and President, ZTN Capital Consulting LLC

Geoffrey M. Rogers ’80 P’06, Managing Director, Glenmede Trust Company, Wilmington, Delaware

B. Francis Saul II H’08, Chevy Chase, Maryland - Chairman and President, B.F. Saul Company

Dr. Mark A. Schulman ’67, Ft. Myers, Florida - Founding Partner, Abt SRBI (retired)

Dr. Henry F. Sears, Chestertown, MD - Surgical Oncologist and Researcher, University of Pennsylvania (Retired)

Linda J. Spire, Willow Street, Pennsylvania - Vice President, Seraph Foundation

Dr. W. Jackson Stenger ’49, Chestertown, Maryland - Assistant to the President (retired), University of Maryland System
Ralph Snyderman, ’61 H’04, Durham, NC - Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University and former Chancellor for Health Affairs, President and CEO of the Duke University Health System, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, Duke University

Peter Van Dyke, Baltimore, MD and Chestertown, MD - Managing Director of T. Rowe Price Associates (Retired)
Jay Young ’81 - Member, PK Law