Evangeline (Vonnie) Calland, Board Convener, joined the board of trustees in 2015. Vonnie is a member of the Charlottesville Friends Meeting, where she has served as Presiding Clerk and Recording Clerk. Vonnie holds a master’s degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in religion from Kenyon College. She currently teaches first-year medical students, works as a hospital chaplain, and does freelance technical writing. Vonnie graduated from Sidwell Friends School and taught at Brooklyn Friends School. She is active in Quaker committee work locally and regionally. Vonnie’s daughter, Julia, is in the TFS class of 2018.
Margaret McNett Burruss joined the board of trustees in 2017. Margaret, a 1983 graduate of Tandem, holds a BA from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce, as well as an MA in East Asian Studies from UVA. Margaret has a professional background as a business and systems analyst in addition to more than 15 years’ experience in nonprofit management. She most recently served as the first Executive Director of Charlottesville’s Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry from 2013-16, during a period of dramatic growth for the organization. Prior to joining Loaves & Fishes, Margaret worked for 11 years as an associate director with China Harvest, a non-profit providing humanitarian and other assistance to the poor and underserved in China.
Geoffrey Carter joined the board of trustees in 2017. Geoff received his BA, with distinction, from Stanford University, and his JD from the University of Chicago, where he wrote for the law review. In 2010, Geoff was appointed as an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board. He has also served as a judge for both the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and the Social Security Administration. Before becoming a judge, Geoff worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, a trial attorney in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, an appellate attorney for the EEOC, and as a law clerk to Judge Diane Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Geoff’s daughter, Casey, currently attends Tandem Friends School, and Geoff attends Charlottesville Friends Meeting.
Laurel Reiman Henneman joined Tandem Friends School's board of trustees in 2016. She graduated from Friends Seminary, a Quaker school in New York City, and holds a BA from Wesleyan University (elected Phi Beta Kappa) and a JD (cum laude) from New York University School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the law review. She worked for three years as a management trainee at JP Morgan & Co. between college and law school. When her first child was born, Laurel took a hiatus from full-time work at the New York law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. In 2004, her family relocated to Charlottesville so that her husband, Charlie, could take a position with CFA Institute. Since 2006, Laurel has worked as a freelance writer and editor, primarily on projects for local nonprofits. From 2009-14 she served as the Foundation Relations Manager at the Legal Aid Justice Center and continues as an active member of legal aid’s fundraising advisory council. She has also served as an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church, an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, and as Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee at Molly Michie Preschool. Laurel’s son, Wyatt, is in the TFS class of 2019.
Jake Minturn graduated from Tandem Friends School in 2003 and from UVA in 2007 with concentrations in History and Urban & Environmental Planning. After college, he worked for the digital agency RKG, first as an account manager and then as RKG's brand manager, focusing on marketing, sales strategy, and growth. During his time with RKG, the agency earned spots on both the Inc. 500 and the Deloitte Fast 500. Jake has worked in higher education and nonprofits since 2013, first working on advancement strategy and communications for Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA, and then as Director of Digital Media at the UVA Alumni Association, leading a team overseeing digital engagement and commerce through the web, Virginia Magazine online, social media, email, and mobile. He is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Curry School of Education Foundation. Jake joined the Tandem Friends board in 2016.
James H. Scott, III joined Tandem Friends School's board of trustees in 2017. Jay holds a BA in economics and an MBA, both from UVA. Since 2007, Jay has served as President and Managing Director of CBO Partners, consulting to institutions of higher education and academic medical centers. He previously held the position of Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at UVA’s School of Medicine for nine years, where his responsibilities included accounting, budget, and compensation operations; administrator development programs; capital projects and space management; grants and contracts management; information technology management; and marketing and public relations. Jay has also served as Director of the Budget for UVA, and Director of Administration for the Department of Ophthalmology, and Director of Budget and Payroll at UVA’s School of Medicine. Jay has additional previous career experience in management of small businesses and investment management. Jay is also involved in a number of community philanthropic organizations and serves as an Outdoor Emergency Care Technician with the National Ski Patrol. Jay’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law are Tandem graduates, and his two sons, Ford and Alden, currently attend Tandem Friends School.
Patrick Tennant has an MA in English from Trinity College, Cambridge and an MBA/MA from the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences at UPenn. He worked in marketing and advertising in the UK and New York after college, and at Olivetti in Italy after business school, in strategy and development. Thereafter he worked in the hotel and leisure industry as a director of Trusthouse Forte International, in both strategy and operations, and as Managing Director of a startup hotel development business. Patrick’s sons, Barnaby and Oliver, graduated from Tandem Friends in 2012. Patrick was previously volunteer Governor of a large inner city middle school in England. Patrick joined the board in 2011.
Melissa Warren, Board Secretary, joined the board of trustees in 2016. Melissa is a 1996 graduate of UVA with a BA in Economics and a BA in French (Distinguished Major). Melissa worked at SNL Financial where she met her husband, Galen. At SNL, she served in several capacities including Research Analyst and DataSource Manager. Melissa later taught and tutored French at the International School of Charlottesville and the Alliance Francaise of Charlottesville. After having two children, Josh and Anna (both of whom currently attend Tandem), she took on volunteer roles including Religious Education Leader at Church of the Incarnation and Greenbrier Elementary School’s representative to the Charlottesville City Schools Quest Advisory Committee. In 2015-16, she served as TFS’s PTA President. Melissa enjoys watching her children play Tandem Friends volleyball, soccer, and basketball. She and her daughter Anna sing together in Quaker Notes.
Susan Weiner has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and worked in banking and investment banking for a decade before staying home with her three children. She has also been President of a software company, and has recently launched the Orange Dot Baking Company, baker of fine gluten free breads. She has two children who graduated from Tandem Friends, Sarah and Andrew Weiner. Susan joined the board in 2012.
Bernard D. Whitsett, II earned a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and a MBA in Finance and Managerial Economics from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Bernard has spent his career in the investment industry, and is currently working with fellow professionals identifying and pursuing consulting and business opportunities from Northern Virginia to NYC. Bernard has served on many boards in the Charlottesville area, including the Charlottesville Regional Chamber Minority Business Council, the Face Project, UVA’s Ridley Scholarship, 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, and Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Diaconate. Bernard joined the board in 2015.
Richard Zakin graduated from the University of Rochester in 1974 with a BA in History. He spent his early career in consumer product marketing, including advertising (Compton, Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, Saatchi and Saatchi) and branded companies (Thompson Medical). From 1988 through 2011, Richard was involved in the over-the-counter private label industry, from its relatively early white box generic days, through its more sophisticated current formats. In 1999, Richard and his family moved to Charlottesville to join PBM Products, overseeing sales, marketing, and its international businesses. Following the company’s sale in 2010, he retired to pursue other interests. He and his wife, Meg, have twin sons, one of whom, Daniel, graduated from TFS in 2012. Richard joined the board in 2011.
Tandem Friends School is a co-ed Quaker day school for grades 5-12 in Charlottesville, Virginia.