Board of Trustees

John Asadoorian is president of Asadoorian Retail Solutions, a real estate brokerage company specializing in the development, marketing, and leasing of retail real estate and the offering of consultation services to expanding retailers and restaurants. A native Washingtonian who has been in business for 32 years, he continues to play a key role in the development of many of the Washington region’s shopping and dining districts. Prior to Asadoorian Retail Solutions, John was an executive board member of Grubb & Ellis and senior vice president of The Oliver Carr Company. He began his career at Price Waterhouse as an auditor after graduating from Syracuse University with a B.S. in accounting. John serves on the Advisory Board of Sweetgreen and the Executive Board of the Georgetown Business Improvement District.

Kevin Bell is currently the managing principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman’s Washington, DC, office and head of the firm’s intellectual property department. His practice focuses primarily on litigating complex intellectual property disputes in Federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and alternative dispute resolution forums. Kevin also advises and represents clients on matters before the FTC and FDA, and maintains a practice in the area of sports and entertainment law. Prior to opening Porzio’s Washington office, he was a partner at Patton Boggs, LLP for 12 years. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Miami and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law.

Cathy Bernasek (Chair) balances stay-at-home-mom responsibilities with serving as a board member and volunteer for Compass, a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports teams of MBAs and other business professionals to provide pro bono strategic consulting services to local nonprofits. In addition to her board responsibilities with Compass over the past decade, including two years as board chair, Cathy has led strategic planning projects for The River School and The Lab School. Prior to becoming more active in the nonprofit community, she was a vice president at the healthcare consulting firm, Avalere Health. Cathy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

William “Tate” Cantrell serves as chief technology officer and media spokesperson for Verne Global, a UK-based data center development company with a secure campus located in Iceland, where 100% of the power generated is from renewable energy sources. Widely recognized as one of the IT industry leaders in data center design and development, Tate has built and operated data centers for Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and others over a career that started more than 20 years ago in a supercomputer lab at Tulane University. He is also a founding partner and active technical advisor for a local start-up company based in Ashburn, VA, that provides outsourced IT managed services for a variety of private companies. An engineer by trade, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane University, Tate currently holds a professional engineering stamp in the state of Alaska, where he previously worked on a variety of large construction projects.

Alifia Doriwala is a managing director and partner at The Rock Creek Group, an asset management firm based in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Investment Committee and involved in portfolio management and asset allocation for endowment, foundations, and other institutional clients. Prior to joining Rock Creek, Alifia was an equity arbitrage trader for the proprietary trading desk at Wolverine Trading, L.P., where she traded equity strategies. She has also served as an investment banking analyst in Merrill Lynch’s Financial Sponsor Group, where she assessed the suitability of potential targets for private equity portfolio companies as well as the capital structure for the financing portion of the transactions. Alifia graduated from Georgetown University magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics and English and has an M.B.A. in finance and marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Karen Frana is a business executive with more than 20 years of sales, marketing, and operational management experience in the high-tech industry. While at Hitachi Data Systems, Karen held positions as district manager, VP of corporate marketing, VP of strategic planning, and VP of enterprise servers, a $900 million line of business. Upon moving to the DC area, Karen ran worldwide sales for startup Artesia Technologies and later, North American sales and service for Convera Corporation. She began her career at IBM after graduating with a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University. Karen currently consults part-time, coaching CEOs and operational executives on company-wide performance issues.

Jennifer Graham is currently a stay-at-home mom who is dedicated to volunteer work at Langley and her church, McLean Presbyterian. Throughout her daughters’ years at Langley, she has served as chair of several PALS events, as PALS chair, and as a member of the Head of School Search Committee and the Committee on Trusteeship. Jennifer also co-leads two Girl Scout troops at Langley. With a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, Jennifer’s professional background includes commercial banking and corporate finance.

David Halwig is a senior principal and co-founder of IntelliVen, Inc., an executive services firm which helps leaders develop and align strategy to more fully realize enterprise value. Previously, he spent over 25 years with KPMG LLC and KPMG Consulting as a general partner and senior vice president - public sector, Latin America. David is a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Georges School in Newport, RI, where he chairs the Audit and Risk Management Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. He is a past member of the Key Executive Board for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and currently sits on the Chief Risk Officer’s Council for George Mason University. David earned a B.S. in management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Makiko Harrison (Secretary) is currently a stay-at-home mom who also enjoys volunteering at Langley and working with various nonprofit organizations. Earlier in her career, she worked as an economist at the World Bank. Born and raised in Japan, Makiko earned an undergraduate degree from Keio University in Tokyo, an M.A. in international economics and M.Phil. in economics from the University of Sussex, and a Ph.D. in philosophy of economics from the London School of Economics.

Denise Haselhorst is currently the chief people officer at Blackboard, and oversees the planning, development, implementation, and management of its Human Capital strategies and programs. Prior to joining Blackboard in 2004, she worked for American Management Systems and CGI, both global information technology professional services firms. Denise holds an M.A. in human resource management from the Kogod School of Business at American University, and holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Joel Kanter (Trustee Emeritus) has served as president of Windy City, Inc., a privately held investment firm, since 1986. From 1995 to 1999, he was the chief executive officer and president of Walnut Financial Services, Inc., a publicly traded company.  Joel serves on the boards of several public and privately held healthcare companies as well as several non-educationally oriented not-for-profit organizations. He is currently chair of the board for the Black Student Fund and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Joel has a B.A. in political science and a B.S. in psychology from Tulane University. 

Sara Magner is an attorney with a focus on corporate and transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and corporate governance issues. She has served as the corporate secretary and general counsel of Minera S.A. since 2010 and has been a member of the board of directors of Orvana Minerals Corp., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed, multi-mine gold-copper producer with operations in Spain and Bolivia, since November 2015. Previously, Sara was an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice at the global law firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP, and spent many years working in various segments of Siemens’ operations in the U.S. and Germany. She holds a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Emory University.

Zac Merriman (Vice Chair/Treasurer) is the chief financial officer at ODC Construction, a residential construction services company. Before joining ODC, he worked as an investment analyst at Capital Research Global Investors, part of the Capital Group Companies. Prior to Capital Research, Zac invested in technology companies as a partner at Integral Capital Partners and an analyst at Silver Lake Partners. He has an A.B. in government cum laude from Harvard College.

Preston Miller is a principal of The Caruthers Cos., his family’s real estate development, management, and investment business. Since joining the company in 2001, Preston has been integral to the planning, operations, and development of Belmont Bay, a riverfront project in Woodbridge, VA. In his role as principal, he is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the many aspects related to planning and executing the renovations and capital improvements to the family’s portfolio of maturing real estate assets, as well as focusing on other investment pursuits for the Caruthers family. Preston graduated from James Madison University with a degree in finance and computer information systems, and earned an M.S. in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University.

Wendy Moe is a professor of marketing and the director of the Masters of Science in Marketing Analytics at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. She develops models for online and social media marketing, and her research in Web analytics was the foundation for NetConversions, an early innovator in the area of online data collection and analysis for which she was part of the founding team that brought the company from start-up to acquisition in 2004. In addition to serving on the advisory board for the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative and the board of the Marketing Science Institute, she consults for numerous corporations and government agencies and frequently serves as an expert witness in litigation. Wendy earned her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

Kate Pinkerton manages the global digital banking and insurance practices for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she also served as a consultant, advising financial institutions on their marketing and growth strategies. Kate was previously a principal with Booz & Company/Booz Allen Hamilton and also holds a professional engineering license from her pre-M.B.A. career as a hydraulic engineer. She received her B.S. in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.B.A. with honors from Carnegie Mellon University.

Ralph “Gerry” Salemme is a private investor and consultant in the telecommunications industry with nearly 30 years of experience in both the private and the public sectors. Since 1997, he has been a partner in Eagle River Holdings, Inc., a private investment firm. Gerry has also held senior positions at GTE, Sprint, and AT&T Corp. In the public sector, he served as senior telecommunications policy analyst for the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance and as chief of staff to then Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Gerry is a member of the Board of Directors of Pendrell, an investment, advisory services, and asset management firm, where he previously served as chief strategy officer and executive vice president. He also serves on EarthLink’s Board of Directors, chairs the Board of Directors for RECON Dynamics, LLC, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Taqua, LLC. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Boston College.

Barbara Toohill recently retired as the vice president and director of the Department of Homeland Security Research and Development Institute at the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation that manages research and development institutes for the Federal government. She has 40 years of technology consulting and development experience and an M.S. in computer science from George Mason University. Barbara is the parent of two Langley “lifers” and enthusiastically participated in the Langley community for 14 years.