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Board of Trustees

Germantown Academy’s Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school and is a dedicated partner with the school’s administrative leadership. It is responsible for establishing policy goals that align with the operation of the Academy and further its Mission and Civility Pledge. The Board provides fiduciary oversight and stewardship of the Academy, appoints and oversees the Head of School, and engages in and supports long-range strategic planning.

The GA Board of Trustees Executive Committee is chaired by the President of the Board. The Executive Committee consists of the Committee Chairs, Officers, and ad hoc trustees (if so invited by the Board President), all of whom are nominated by the Board President and elected by the Board annually.

The GA Board of Trustees is comprised of no more than 33 members who serve as volunteers and are elected in accordance with the by-laws of the school. Trustees are invited to serve for a three-year term with a limit of three terms, with a then required one-year roll-off.  At the end of each 3-year term, the Board President and Governance Chair talk with each Trustee to ensure another term is mutually agreed upon by both parties.

There are usually four regular meetings of the Board each year along with a Summer Retreat in which more in-depth policy and strategic planning discussions take place. In addition, Trustees serve on standing committees, to include: Governance, Executive, Finance, Investment, Audit, Facilities and Development and Communications. In any given year, task forces may be created to address other strategic issues (i.e. Strategic Vision, Program & Property Planning, and Marketing). Executive, Audit and Governance membership may only be comprised of Trustees, per the by-laws.

Trustees are nominated to the Board through the Governance Committee, which is responsible for facilitating Board leadership and succession planning. This committee solicits and welcomes recommendations from current Trustees and from all constituencies of the school.  The Governance Committee is responsible for recommending strategies and advising the Board on how to maintain a diverse, balanced representation among its membership. In order to ensure a vast array of backgrounds, experiences and skillsets, the Governance Committee utilizes a Trustee Matrix that includes a current profile of skills and experience for each trustee that is used for Board composition and analysis.  If the Board and/or a specific Committee expresses the need for a specific background or skillset, then such is discussed by the Governance Committee and potentially added to the matrix and/or discussions of potential nominees. For example, if there is a determined need for an individual in the medical/health care field, such will be used as a criterion when reviewing recommendations for Board nomination.

It is important to note that the administration and faculty are the experts in their respective areas of education/school life, and that the Board serves as a supportive advisory team to assist and partner to move the school toward our shared future.

Finally, the majority of Trustees are alumni/ae, parents of alumni/ae, current parents, or some combination of these. Trustees share a genuine love for GA and a dedication to fulfilling our Mission and Civility Pledge to make GA the best independent school it can be.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Board of Trustees, please do not hesitate to contact the current Board President.

2020-21 Board of Trustees

PRESIDENT
Lori R. Griswold 1760

VICE PRESIDENT
Carl D. Rapp

TREASURER
Janet Haugen

SECRETARY
John M. Galloway

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Lori R. Griswold 1760
Carl D. Rapp
Janet Haugen
John M. Galloway
Judy Chang Cody
Anthony DiSandro
Thomas E. Durkin ’89
Michael H. Jordan
Salvatore J. Paone ’95
Rich Schellhas 1760

BOARD MEMBERS
Larry Altman
Bela D. Bagga
Ira Brownstein
Judy Chang Cody
Amy Seyfert Connelly '90
Anthony DiSandro, Jr.
Thomas E. Durkin '89
Judy A. Felgoise
John M. Galloway
Judi J. Goodman 1760
Lori R. Griswold 1760
Janet Haugen
Annamarie Geppert Hellebusch '84
Michael H. Jordan
John P. Korman '76
Carol Momjian
Dr. Linda White Nunes '80
Salvatore J. Paone, Jr. '95
Grace Parker
Carl D. Rapp
George M. Riter '76
Cheryl Ross
Andrew D. Sandifer
Rich Schellhas 1760
Jeffrey T. Sultanik '72
Ted Swanson
Kezirah Linn Vaughters '91
Will B. Weihenmayer, Jr. '03
Kathy Wyszomierski 1760