Board of Directors

Lydia Adelfio, Chair

Lydia W. Adelfio served as Assistant Head of School for Administration at Sidwell Friends School as well as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. She touched on myriad functions of the School including governance, development, special events, strategic planning and community and Quaker Life. Her support of the School continues on the Alumni Association Executive Board, fundraising for financial aid and other volunteer capacities. Ms. Adelfio also serves on the Siena School Board, a school in Silver Spring, MD for children with mild to moderate language-based learning disabilities, on the Edgemoor Club Board, as Membership Chair and Board Secretary, and directs an annual fundraiser for Bethesda Friends Quaker Meeting to raise scholarship funds for Ramallah Friends School. A graduate of Vassar College, Ms. Adelfio was an Institutional Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst covering the Telecommunications Sector at Kidder Peabody Inc.

F. John Duncan, Vice-Chair

John Duncan is a Principal at Meridian Research Group, which he co-founded.  Meridian provides public policy insight to leading investment management firms. John brings a perspective developed from his time in various senior-level government and corporate roles. John has served as Director of Policy for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and as acting Chief of Staff to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He also served as a senior advisor and campaign manager to Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Throughout his time in government, John has worked with the White House, Congress, and federal agencies to develop policy across a broad variety of issue areas. John also brings a rigorous analytical perspective to his role in developing and advising on public policy. He has led corporate strategy, industry analysis and new technology initiatives at Microsoft Corp. and SEVEN Networks. In addition, he has worked in the venture capital community at Ignition Partners, a leading Seattle-based firm, where he contributed to investment decisions. John Duncan has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Betsy Hanlon, Treasurer

Betsy Hanlon is a senior financial executive who has held financial, strategic and administrative positions with private, public and non-profit companies. Since 2011, Ms. Hanlon has served as Chief Operating Officer of Dutko Grayling, where she is responsible for several functions, including finance, human resources, legal affairs, facilities and IT. For four years Ms. Hanlon held senior positions with Cambridge Information Group, a privately held investment and management company with 2,100 employees in 29 countries. From 2007 to 2010, she directed all financial operations of CIG and the company’s Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Bach to Rock, and Jindy Stores after serving as Controller of Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York. Previously, she was associated with prominent telecommunications, public relations, biomedical and law firms in the DC area. She began her career at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Ms. Hanlon holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and as a consultant to non-profits through Compass DC.

Diedra Henry-Spires, Secretary

Diedra Henry-Spires is the staff professional for human services and income security for the United States Senate Committee on Finance, where she began her tenure in 2006 as a Brookings Institute LEGIS Fellow. Her legislative portfolio includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, child support enforcement, child welfare, maternal and child health, social services, unemployment insurance and women’s issues. Mrs. Henry-Spires also served for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was the Principal Public Health Advisor on violence against women and developed national policies to address violence against women, HIV/AIDS and young women’s health. She holds a degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program in Shaping the Health Care Delivery System. Mrs. Henry-Spires is the parent representative from the Congress Heights campus.

Chantal Eldridge, Member, Parent Representative

Chantal N. Eldridge serves as the Section Chief, Installation Personnel Readiness section of the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, District of Columbia. The command’s 900 military and civilian employees are responsible for providing joint installation support to over 17,000 military and civilian employees and their families throughout the National Capital Region. This responsibility includes engineering, information technology, logistics, personnel, procurement, security and morale, welfare and recreation services. Ms. Eldridge enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 18 and began her career as a Unit Deployment manager with the 343d Reconnaissance Squadron. She was awarded an Outstanding Performer and Airman of the Year award for her pivotal response to the events of September 11, 2001. Throughout her 13-year active duty career, she served at Offutt Air Force Base, NE; Osan Air Base Republic of Korea; Pentagon; Randolph Air Force Base San Antonio, TX; Seymour Johnson Air Base, NC. One of the most rewarding experiences of her career was serving as an advisor to Afghan women during her deployment to Shindand Air Base Afghanistan. Ms. Eldridge organized several morale events for women only, building strong relations with female Afghan counterparts. She also volunteered with the United Service Organizations (USO).

After separating from the Air Force, Ms. Eldridge relocated back to the National Capital Region and joined the civil service. She has been a part of the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Air Force Element for four years, assisting Air Force members and their families prepare for various deployments around the world. Ms. Eldridge is the parent-representative from the Shaw Campus.

Margaret Horn, Member

Margaret Horn, who joined the Center City PCS Board in 2012, is CenterPoint’s Chief Development and Partnerships Officer. In this role, she is responsible for expanding business opportunities across the K-16 spectrum and deepening the organization’s external partnerships to advance its mission of empowering educators and readying all students for success after high school.

Margaret began working in the education field at an EdTech startup focused on providing technology-based tools to support teachers in the classroom. From there, her career in education has included roles at the local level, in state government, and in higher education. Margaret served as the education advisor to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, where she led the development of the state’s successful Race to the Top proposal. She also led an eight-campus higher education service-learning program based at Duke University and served as Tennessee’s AmeriCorps Program Officer. Prior to joining CenterPoint, Margaret worked at Parcc Inc. and Achieve, leading the organizations’ state and higher education engagement strategies.

Margaret earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. Her favorite teacher was Mr. Price, who in fifth grade taught Margaret to ask tough questions and to approach life with healthy skepticism. Margaret lives in Washington, D.C., where she is active in the community, serving as Academic Committee Chair for the board of Center City Public Charter Schools.

Roneal Josephs, Member

Roneal Josephs is Lead Information Systems Engineer at the MITRE Corporation. She received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Frostburg State University and an M.S. in Information Systems Management from DeVry University. She is a dynamic leader with over 15 years of systems engineering experience in the federal government contracting professional services market and private industry, with an emphasis in systems modernization and systems performance engineering. She has significant expertise in building consensus between IT and business stakeholders by translating technical concepts and requirements. Roneal is a sought-after thought leader adept at building internal and client relationships to identify the right resources to accomplish the task at hand.

Roneal is a native Washingtonian who began her academic career in the DC Public School system. With a passion for encouraging youth to excel in academics and personal development, Roneal has volunteered in several capacities with organizations throughout the DC metro area, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Byte Back, the Higher Achievement Program, the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE), as well as, various STEM outreach activities hosted by MITRE.

Art Moran, Member

Art is a Sales Manager at The CW Television Network, WDCW-TV in Washington, D.C. He has over 28 years of marketing experience in the broadcast, digital and social mediums. He has held various management positions in Pittsburgh, Houston, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, Dallas, and DC. His area of expertise is building high-performance organizations and transforming stagnant business growth to vibrant growth.

Art also serves as a Community Advisory Board Member for the John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, a world premier performing arts organization and the nation’s busiest arts facility, with unmatched theater, dance, and musical performances for all ages. He also serves as a Board Member for the Gala Hispanic Theatre, a groundbreaking theater presenting classical and contemporary plays in Spanish and English, with accompanying programs of dance, music, poetry, spoken word, art, and film. Art holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton. He lives with his partner in DC.

Nasir Qadree, Member

Nasir, who joined the Center City PCS Board in 2016, serves as the Associate Director of Social Investments at AT&T, focusing on education and employment technology investments and philanthropy. Prior to AT&T, Nasir led Village Capital’s economic opportunity portfolio, enabling investors, foundations, and corporations to engage with high-growth businesses to solve pressing challenges in education, health, and financial services. Nasir began his career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and later worked as an associate at the State Street Corporation. In 2014, Nasir was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education and an Education Pioneer Fellow, focusing on improving digital learning and infrastructure to improve persistently low-performing schools.

Nasir has completed 15 full marathons to raise $1 million in scholarship funding for first-generation college students. Nasir also leads Private/Public Sector Friends Brunches, a unique gathering in Washington DC to share lessons learned on the path to leadership. The Atlanta native resides in the Navy Yard Community in Washington, DC and holds a B.S. from Hampton University.

Thomas O’Hara, Member

Mr. O’Hara has served in leadership positions in education in the Washington DC area for many years. He joined the Center City PCS Board in 2010, and served as board chair from 2012 to 2017. He has served on the boards of Archbishop Carroll High School, Oxford House, and the Center City Consortium Schools. He was Chair of the Board of his alma mater, Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg Maryland from 2003 – 2009. From 1980 to 2000, Mr. O’Hara was the Vice President for Government Affairs of Prudential Insurance Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Mt. St. Mary’s, the juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law School and an honorary doctorate from Mt. St. Mary’s.

JD Wilde, Member

Jeffrey D. Wilde is a Managing Partner at Omicelo, LLC, where he oversees acquisitions and asset management. Omicelo is a mission-based real estate investment firm tasked with improving the lives of community members in low to moderate income areas by providing safe and affordable housing along with necessary services to catalyze wholesale economic change. Prior to Omicelo, JD was a Vice President in US Real Estate at The Carlyle Group, where he managed real estate funds and led various housing research projects. As part of the research projects, he developed econometric models to analyze supply and demand imbalances and quantify investment opportunities throughout the US. In addition, he has held various positions in the financial industry ranging from investment management to financial consultant. Mr. Wilde holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and statistics from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in statistics from Purdue University. He lives in the DC area with his wife and two children.

Lydia Adelfio

Chair

 

Lydia Adelfio

Chair

 

Lydia Adelfio

Chair

 

Student

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At @CenterCityShaw, EK12 Bold Improvement school winner, Principal Tyson strategically loops teachers w/ students when student growth & family engagement data is amazing. Love the data-driven decision-making! Find more interesting #BoldImprovement ideas: https://t.co/HBKtJt9xho

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Highlights from #DCDataSummit session titled "Boldly Using Data to Improve Student Success" - @CenterCityPCS Shaw held student-led conferences w parents and teachers. Students owned their own data, which empowered them to take their learning to the next level.

Congratulations to Brandy Tyson, our bold performance principal!

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