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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board members are volunteers who comprise the governing body of AYPO. The Board of Directors meets bi-monthly and is responsible for approving policy, provides leadership in fundraising activities and is legally responsible for the organization. Members interested in learning about board service or attending a meeting should contact the Executive Director at (703) 642-8053 or

Board of Directors

Robert Sollinger, President*

Michael Blakeslee, Vice President of Education, Past President*
NAfME: National Association for Music Education

William S. Hong, Secretary*
Institute for Defense Analyses

Larry Lu
Open Concept Systems

Ben Baldanza, Treasurer*
Former CEO of Spirit Airlines

Bob Cunningham
Cabot Consultants

Peter de Boor
Professional Musician

Neeta Helms
Classical Movements

Tim Hoechst
Accenture Federal Services

Jeanie Kartalian
Physician (ret)

Francisco Duran*
Chief Academic Officer, Fairfax County Public Schools

Karen Leyva
Business Strategy Consultant
Leyva Strategies, LLC

John Thomann

Patti Reid
Civic Leader

Brad W. Spencer

*Indicates member of the Executive Committee

Honorary Board of Directors

Margaret Adams, Past President
Civic Leader

Luis Haza
AYPO Music Director Emeritus

Margaret Makris
Civic Leader

William McSweeny
Chevy Chase Bank

Alma Powell
America's Promise Alliance for Youth

Arturo Sandoval

Leonard Slatkin
Music Director, Detroit Symphony Orchestra