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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 gelliott@aypo.org.

 

Michael Blakeslee, Acting President*
NAfME: National Association for Music Education

Robert Sollinger, Past President*
Gensler

Ben Baldanza, Treasurer*
Former CEO of Spirit Airlines

William S. Hong, Secretary*
Institute for Defense Analyses

Bob Cunningham
Cabot Consultants

Keth Ditthavong
Ditthavong & Steiner, P.C.

Neeta Helms
Classical Movements

Kurt Huffman
Director of School, Business and Community Partnerships
Alexandria City Public Schools

Jeanie Kartalian
Physician (ret)

Karen Leyva
Business Strategy Consultant
Leyva Strategies, LLC

John Thomann
Gensler

Patti Reid
Civic Leader

Carl Smith
Principle Consultant
PlatinumSmith LLC

Brad W. Spencer
Attorney

 

*indicates 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
Musician

Leonard Slatkin
Music Director, Detroit Symphony Orchestra