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About

Board of Trustees

Sanford’s Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring that our Preschool through 12th-grade college-prep school continues to remain a leader among private schools in the greater Wilmington area and throughout Delaware. The board’s leadership, strategic focus, and commitment to the school’s mission and principles have directed unparalleled growth in recent years.

Meet Our Trustees

List of 21 items.

  • Desmond Baker

    Desmond Baker is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. He holds Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of The City University of New York (CCNY–CUNY). Desmond began his engineering career with the Proctor & Gamble Company in Cincinnati Ohio, and joined The DuPont Company in 1980. In 1985, Desmond started Desmond A Baker & Associates, LLC., a full-service consulting engineering firm located in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1996, Desmond was selected as one of two engineers in the state of Delaware as Fellow in Consulting Engineering Council of America. Desmond has professional engineer registrations in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Jamaica, West Indies. He is a member and vice chair of the Riverfront Development Corporation, vice chair of the City of Wilmington Planning Commission, a member of the City of Wilmington Zoning Board, a member and vice chair of The State of Delaware Heath Facilities Bond Committee, a board member of the State of Delaware Work Force Investment Board, a board member of the State of Delaware Higher Education Commission, a member of the board of Christina Cultural Arts Center, a member of the board of DOEC, and a member of the Delaware Chapter of the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU). A Rotarian for 24 years and a past president of the Wilmington Caesar Rodney Rotary Club, Desmond is also an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and The Kappa Achievement Center. He is married to Dr. Glenda Smith-Baker and the proud father of Norkia, Ian (Tay) and Haley '17, and a granddad to twins Sage and Somry.
  • Ted H. Dwyer III

    Ted Dwyer is a senior vice president in Global Human Resources at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ted joined MBNA in 1994 and has held numerous leadership positions in both MBNA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Global Human Resources in 2006, Ted was the chief of staff for the chairman of MBNA’s Global Card Services international businesses. Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University and earned his Executive MBA from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business in 2008. Ted is a previous board member of the B+ Foundation in Wilmington, Delaware and is the past-chair of the Four Diamonds Fund Board in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Both organizations' goals are to conquer pediatric cancer. Ted is president of the Sanford Board of Trustees and past chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. He lives in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife (Heather) and two children (Brandon '21 and  Ashley '23).
  • Chai Gadde

    Chai Gadde is chief executive officer of Biotek reMEDys, in New Castle, Delaware, which he founded in 2011 to provide specialty pharmacy, home infusion and specialty infusions solutions and services. Chai has more than 23 years of management and senior management experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in the area of startup ventures, with particular expertise in biotech pharmaceutical supply chain management and contract negotiations with manufacturers and managed care organizations (MCOs). In 1998, he co-founded InfuRx, a specialty bio-pharmaceutical/infusion services management company, which he later sold to Priority Healthcare Corporation, a company then acquired by Express Scripts. Chai has been instrumental in various startup businesses and endeavors, including land development projects, hospitality ventures, and technology-based companies and uses his business and management experience to advise companies in diverse fields in strategic and operational areas.

    Professionally, Chai's industry affiliations include American Managed Care Pharmacy, American Pharmaceutical Association, Delaware Pharmacists Society, National Home Infusion Association, a number of cancer care organizations, and the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. He currently serves as chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Delaware Pharmacists Society.

    Dedicated to civic engagement, Chai has been active with the Delaware Community Foundation, Premier Charities, and Social Venture Partners, and is a former vice president of the United States of America Cricket Association. Chai proudly serves on the board of trustees at the University of Delaware and sits on Grounds and Building committee and Investment committee.

    Originally from Hyderabad, India, Chai earned his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Bangalore University, did graduate work in pharmaceutics at Long Island University, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware. Chai lives with his wife Neelu and two children (Nia, Sanford Class of 2019 and Rohan, Sanford Class of 2025) in Hockessin, Delaware.
  • Laura Giardina

    Laura Giardina is president of the Sanford Home and School Association.

    After beginning her undergraduate studies at Ripon College, Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in political science from Indiana University South Bend. During that time she did what few undergraduates can—she presented an academic paper with Dr. Elizabeth Bennion at the National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association. After leaving IU, she went to Whirlpool Corporation and worked as a legal specialist in marketing law. Laura left the Fortune 500 company just before the birth of her son William '27, so she could focus on her growing family. She has always enjoyed volunteering in a variety of ways, supporting organizations and causes that include Habitat for Humanity, children's literacy programs such as the Benton Harbor, Michigan Help One Student to Succeed Program (HOSTS), Read Aloud Delaware, and her son's soccer team.

    Born in the Chicago suburbs, Laura is a proud graduate of Prospect High School and lover of all the culinary delights of the Windy City such as deep dish pizza, dipped beef sandwiches, and the Chicago-style hot dog; her favorite meal of all time came from a quaint, back street café in Rome featuring a carbonara to melt your soul and the finest table wine in the world.

    Laura is married to her loving husband Matthew, a Ph.D. chemist at Agilent Technologies. She enjoys being a dog mom to the beloved family pet Butters and is a devoted mother to William. William is the reason Laura dedicates her time and talents to support Sanford School.
  • Christopher Grundner

    Chris Grundner is the president and CEO of the Welfare Foundation, a private Delaware-based nonprofit organization that uses the income generated from its assets to make philanthropic grants that promote the social welfare of people and communities across the state of Delaware and in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Fredonia and also graduated summa cum laude with an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining the Welfare Foundation, Chris enjoyed many professional successes with The Sabre Group, JPMorgan Chase, and, most recently, as president and CEO the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (best known as DANA). Chris also founded The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Brain Tumor Foundation in 2005 after his wife, Kelly, lost her battle against the disease. Through this foundation, two awareness initiatives were created—GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME and Tulips Against Tumors—which became national programs with the National Brain Tumor Society after the two organizations merged in 2010. The foundation also started Delaware’s first-ever brain tumor awareness walk in 2008, which has raised over one and a half million dollars for the cause since its inception. Chris and his wife, Susan, are the parents of Cooper '26 and Cameron (CJ) '29. In addition to trying to be the best husband and dad he can be, Chris is also a member of the Vestry and a Eucharistic minister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, a member of the board of Philanthropy Delaware, and an avid cyclist.
  • Andrew Jefferson

    Andy Jefferson, J.D., is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The 6Ds® Company in Wilmington, Delaware. Andy is an author and frequent and popular global speaker on the subject of turning talent development into competitive advantage. Andy is an accomplished executive with a career spanning executive, operational and legal roles. Andy is a co-author of the bestselling The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results (San Francisco: Pfeiffer, 2006, Second Edition Pfeiffer 2010, Third Edition Wiley 2015) Getting Your Money’s Worth from Training and Development (San Francisco: Pfeiffer, 2009) and The Field Guide to the 6Ds (Wiley 2014), among others. Prior to founding the 6Ds Company, Andy served as the Chief Executive Officer of Fort Hill Company and of Vital Home Services, L.L.C. Andy is admitted to the Bar of the State of Delaware. He serves on several corporate and non-profit boards including as Chairman of The Graham Foundation, Trustee of The Unidel Foundation, and Trustee of The Pilot School. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and graduated with honors from the Widener University School of Law, where he served for many years on the school’s Board of Overseers. Andy and his wife, Heather, are the parents of Sanford student McKinley '26.
  • Holly Kalish

    A resident of Avondale, Pennsylvania, Holly Kalish holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Delaware. An accomplished industry-honored professional, Holly is an adult nurse practitioner at Glassner Family Practice in Newark, DE. She has contributed her time, talent, and expertise to Sanford in countless ways—serving as a homeroom parent, a Home & School grade representative, a parent ambassador, and member of several school committees including the Website Committee and the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee. Holly and her husband, Eric, have three children: Lindsay, Carson '25, and Morgan'27. When she is fortunate enough to find free time, Holly enjoys running, reading, and hiking with her family. She looks forward to many future opportunities to continue to serve the Sanford community.
  • Diane Kedash

    Diane Kedash was born and raised in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Delaware with a communications degree, Diane worked at MBNA America for 24 years where she met her husband, David. She held a variety of executive positions, primarily in the operating areas (e.g. customer satisfaction, credit, and fraud) and personnel. In 1994, Diane and David lived in Chester, England, working as part of the start up team of MBNA International. During that year, they had an opportunity to travel throughout Europe. Diane and David have four children (Matthew '21, Andrew '22, Lauren '26, and Miles '26), all of whom attend Sanford. Diane enjoys spending time with family and friends, locally and at the beach, and she loves traveling, cooking and reading. From 1994 through 2002, she served on the board of directors at the Delaware Nature Society. Diane, who returned to volunteering after the twins began preschool, currently serves on Sanford’s Committee on Trustees and Advancement Committee.
  • Susan Keiser

    Susan Keiser is a CPA and financial manager specializing in accounting policy, SEC reporting, and executive compensation. After earning her BS in Accounting from Wake Forest University in 1988, Susan went on to work for Pricewaterhousecoopers, Marvel Entertainment, and GE Capital (among others), before taking a position at JPMorgan Chase in 1999. Outside of work, Susan has taken leadership roles with the Delaware Society of CPAs; the Champions Task Force of the AICPA Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee; the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn, Delaware; and the Accounting Advisory Board at Wilmington University. Her three children, Christopher ’19, Brian ’22, and Sean ’24, are all Sanford Warriors. Susan has been a grade chair for the Sanford Annual Fund and has served on a feasibility and steering committee for the Board of Trustees. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and running. Susan looks forward to working with the Board to make a difference for Sanford.
  • William Lafferty

    William M. Lafferty is a partner at the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. Bill’s law practice involves corporate and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving mergers and acquisitions and other shareholder disputes. Bill received his B.S. in Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance) from the University of Delaware in 1985 and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1989. Bill’s three children—Aaron '19, Jacob '19, and Ava '20—joined the Sanford community as prekindergarten students. Bill and his wife, Melissa, have been active in their children’s classroom activities since they started at Sanford in 2005. In addition to volunteering at Sanford, Bill has served, pro bono, as a guardian ad litem for a number of young children involved in Family Court proceedings, served six years on the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, served as chair of the Delaware Continuing Legal Education Commission, and currently serves on the Delaware State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics and on the Executive Committee at his law firm. In his spare time, Bill enjoys biking, running, swimming, and spending time with his family.
  • Lisa Lloyd-Washington

    Lisa Lloyd-Washington has more than 30 years diversified experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She is currently an independent consultant providing market access expertise to various pharma and biotech clients. Lisa retired from AstraZeneca after 27 years of service. During that time, she held various executive positions and successfully acquired skills and knowledge in several functional areas such as finance, market access, insight, marketing, operations, and disease management. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Spanish and an MBA from the University of Delaware. On the Sanford Board of Trustees, Lisa enjoys serving on many committees including development, strategic planning, finance, and diversity. Lisa, her husband Shun, and their cherished daughter, Jana ’26, are Delaware residents. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys supporting Jana’s various activities and interests, reading, tutoring, traveling during family vacations, and cheering for her beloved Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Helen Mccollough-Duzy

    Helen Mccollough-Duzy is a gynecologist and founding partner at All About Women. Her small practice has grown from five physicians to 18 providers and 60 staff, making her well aware of the balance that must be achieved to continue growth of a business and addressing financial concerns to keep it viable and thriving. She has been on staff at Christiana Care Medical Center for almost 25 years and participated in many parts of its organizational hierarchy. Her responsibilities have included leading committees on value and improvement in the operating room, peer review, and physicians' credentialing. A passionate supporter of medical mission trips that go to Haiti two times a year, Helen is grateful to the middle school faculty and students who have contributed to this worthy cause and hopes to expand that support in the future.

    In addition to serving as a trustee, Helen is also a Sanford parent Her daughter Maddy is an eighth grader. Helen says the experience at Sanford has been very transformational for her family, noting that Maddy has blossomed in an environment that has supported her in academics as well as athletics and sharing that it has been a joy to get to know many families, administrators, and faculty at Sanford.

    Helen, who has an older daughter at the Villanova University School of Business, says, "We are a basketball fanatic family, and we enjoy cheering on teams both here at Sanford and at Villanova."


  • James McKeon

    Jim McKeon is the managing partner of Valentine Associates LLC, a Pennsylvania-based advisory practice specializing in strategic planning, finance, performance improvement, and mergers and acquisitions. Jim has served in executive positions of service organizations for more than 25 years while also pursuing his entrepreneurial interests.

    Throughout his career, Jim has been successful at growing several businesses by focusing on the fundamental strategies of improving infrastructure, aligning interests of constituencies, and ensuring accountability of execution while maintaining fiduciary responsibility.

    Jim has served on several boards and in governance roles in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves on the board of directors of Genesis HealthCare Inc. (NYSE: GEN) and is chair of the Governance, Quality and Compliance Committee. Jim also serves on the Board of ECMC Group, a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students recognize and realize their potential by investing in, creating and providing innovative education solutions that support schools and improve student educational outcomes. At ECMC Group, he serves as the chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee and the Governance and Compensation Committee. Jim also serves as an advisor to a number
    of start-up and development stage companies.

    Jim has been active in advocacy causes having previously served on the board of directors of The Tug McGraw Foundation, which is focused on quality of life for brain tumor patients and their families. Jim also served on the Finance Committee of Bancroft, a non-profit organization that assists children and young adults with developmental challenges.

    Jim holds a B.S. in accountancy from Villanova University. He and his wife Nancy are the parents of Sanford Class of 2019 member Ryan McKeon.
  • Kenny Mitchell ’93

    Kenny Mitchell is the chief marketing officer at Snap Inc. Kenny has a reputation for building iconic brands and driving industry-leading performance through innovative, fully-integrated and award-winning marketing programs.

    Prior to joining Snap, Kenny was the vice president of Brand Content & Engagement for McDonald’s USA. He was also an accomplished leader at Gatorade, serving as head of consumer engagement, leading all global integrated marketing efforts.

    Additionally, Kenny delivered industry-leading, award-winning creative, including multiple Cannes Lions, film festival selections including Tribeca, and two Emmy nominations. This success led to Kenny being recognized by Fast Company as one of the “Most Creative People in Business” in 2017.

    Prior to Gatorade, Mitchell oversaw Brand and Consumer Marketing for NASCAR, leading development and execution of the annual marketing plan and media strategies. Before NASCAR, Kenny served as vice president and general manager at the Dew Tour, a division of the NBC Sports Group. Here he was responsible for managing all aspects of the Dew Tour including partnerships, marketing, content, events operations and execution.

    Kenny holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He was inducted into Dartmouth’s Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the men’s basketball team. He and his wife, Heather live in Los Angeles and have a daughter, Carte
  • Kathryn Nachbar

    Kathy Nachbar was graduated from Bryn Mawr College in  1979 with a B.A. in economics. She worked for Merrill Lynch in New York and Wilmington, and E.F. Hutton in Wilmington. After the birth of her first child, she left Hutton to become a stay at home mother. Her two sons, Michael (Class of 2005) and Brian (Class of 2008), were Sanford lifers, so Kathy spent many happy years involved with the school. During those years, Kathy was a room mother, Home & School class representative, Home & School officer, and co-chair of The Home & School Auction. Kathy has volunteered her time to community organizations including Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults, Meals on Wheels, and Friends of the Hockessin Library.
  • Barton Reese

    Barton Reese is the Head of Centreville Layton School in Centreville, Delaware. He has more than 25 years of educational experience in independent school education. He has extensive experience providing direct student services (teaching, advising, and coaching) and educational management and administration (business, marketing, admissions, and development). Bart grew up in Delaware and attended The Tatnall School from kindergarten through twelfth grade. He earned a B.S. in Education from Ursinus College, an M.S.M. from Wilmington University, and has completed his coursework for an Ed.D. at Wilmington University. He is scheduled to defend his dissertation in the spring of 2015. Bart, who served previously as Sanford School’s Director of Admission and Financial Aid, co-founded the Layton Preparatory School in 2004 with friend and Sanford colleague Patricia McLaughlin. In his spare time, Bart serves as a board member of Christ Church Episcopal Pre-School;, as treasurer of the Swiftwater Preserve (a fly fishing club), and as treasurer of the American Eagles Lacrosse Club. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Kathryn, and daughters Landon, 13, and Elliot, 11.
  • Katherine Rosenthal

    Kate Rosenthal is the volunteer and site manager at PAWS for People, a pet therapy nonprofit serving Delaware and the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Kate leads the organization’s reading and children’s initiatives, matching volunteer therapy teams with the facilities which need them. Previously, she was the pastry chef at Bistro Jacques in Wilmington from 2013 until 2016. She earned a Diploma in Baking and Pastry from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2011, thus turning a delicious hobby into a professional endeavor. Kate also holds a bachelor's degree in English from Villanova and spent two decades using her writing and management skills in both the educational and nonprofit sectors. Kate served Sanford as a longtime volunteer, including as president of Sanford’s Home and School Association. She and her husband, Ted, have two children, Matthew ’16 and Ali ’19. Kate enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
  • Jason Russell

    R. Jason Russell is a partner at the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. Jason’s practice generally involves sophisticated commercial transactions, particularly in respect of private equity fund formation and mergers and acquisitions. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Delaware with a major in finance and a minor in economics. He then worked in finance for J.P. Morgan Chase and then Johnson & Johnson before receiving his law degree from Villanova. Jason and his wife, Paige, have a son (Samuel ’29) and a daughter (Sawyer ’33), who both began their Sanford journeys in prekindergarten. Paige has also been actively involved with their children's classrooms and the annual Sanford auction. Jason previously served as a board member of the Wilmington units of the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware and also as the chair of the Commercial Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. Outside of work, Jason and his family enjoy racket sports, golf, and obstacle course racing.
  • Scott Sherr '87 AA

    Scott J. Sherr is a local business owner, a philanthropist, a devoted husband, and a Sanford dad.

    Scott is the president and the third-generation owner of Diamond State Recycling Corporation in Wilmington and a partner in Double Diamond Recycling in Dover. Both are scrap metal recycling businesses that help to divert metals, such as aluminum cans, household appliances and metal construction debris, from landfills to mills that break them down into reusable commodities.

    Scott is an associate alumnus of Sanford School, having attended in fifth through tenth grades, and he has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and philosophy from Loyola College, Baltimore. He is a past president of the regional board of the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries, an international trade organization representing businesses engaging in paper, plastics, electronics, rubber or metals recycling. He currently serves on the board of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, which built and operates Delaware’s only tall ship (a replica of the historical, Swedish Kalmar Nyckel) and which operates a maritime museum at Swedes Landing in Wilmington.

    Scott enjoys skiing in the winter and playing golf almost year-round. He lives in Greenville with his wife Nancy and son Cameron, who is in the fifth grade at Sanford School.
     
  • Stanley Sykora

    Stan Sykora was born and raised in Pitman, NJ. He attended Widener University for engineering and business before moving to Delaware to expand and run his family’s business, Erco Ceilings & Interiors. Stan has actively volunteered in several business and community organizations over the years. While residing in Historic New Castle, he took on the role of chairman of the City of New Castle’s Planning Commission. During his term he lead the charge and process for an updated comprehensive plan and encouraged neighboring community involvement by hosting traveling town meetings, a platform still used today. He has served on and chaired the Board of Directors for the Delaware chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, an organization he is passionate about and continues to serve. In addition he has been actively involved with Sanford’s Building and Grounds committee for the past eight years. Some of Stan’s favorite activities include water and mountain sports such as sailing, boating, and water/snow skiing with his family and friends. He also enjoys camping and has many opportunities to do so as scout leader for Boy Scout Troop 29 in Hockessin. Stan, his wife, Gina, and their children—Julia '18 and Charlie '20—value Sanford’s exceptional and unique community.
  • Kathy Zabel

    Kathy Zabel lived in California and Pittsburgh prior to relocating to the Delaware area. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Kathy earned a master's degree from West Chester University and then worked as a speech pathologist for 15 years. Her extensive leadership experience with numerous charities has exposed her to the many facets of non-profit organizations. Kathy and her husband, David Zabel, live in Kennett Square with their four children—Zoe '14 and current students Brad '17, Andrew '19, and Katie '21. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys tennis and paddle, mountain biking, and water sports.

OUR 2019–2020 TRUSTEES

Ted H. Dwyer III
President

Lisa Lloyd-Washington
Vice President

Kathryn Nachbar
Secretary

Susan Keiser
Treasurer

Desmond Baker
Chai Gadde
Christopher Grundner
Andy Jefferson
Holly Kalish
Diane Kedash
William Lafferty
Helen Mccollough-Duzy
James McKeon
Kenny Mitchell ’93
Barton Reese
Katherine Rosenthal
Jason Russell
Scott Sherr '87 AA
Stanley Sykora
Kathy Zabel
 
Ex-Officio
Mark Anderson, Head of School
Laura Giardina, Home & School Association President

Trustees Emeriti
Thomas Allingham II
John Corrozi Sr.
L. Sandra Hammonds
Sharon Struthers

Special Counsel to the Board
Thomas Allingham II

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