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.

Jack Ballinghoff is currently the chief operating officer/president of Ourisman Automotive and the chief operating officer of the Graham Ourisman Company headquartered in Bethesda, MD. Jack has spent 32 years in the automotive retail and service industry. His current role encompasses overseeing all operational and financial aspects of both companies. Enlarging the footprint and scale of these companies while developing progressive strategies in business practices also falls under his scope of duties. Jack holds a B.S.F.S. from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 

I-Min Chao was born and raised in Taiwan. She co-founded edHelper with her husband, Russ, in 2000, and oversees operations and customer service. Previously, she was marketing (frequent flyer) system manager at US Airways. I-Min received her M.B.A. degree from Wake Forest University School of Business and her undergraduate degree in transportation management from Tamkang University in Taiwan. She served as Langley’s PALS chair during the 2017-2018 school year.

Alifia Doriwala is a partner at RockCreek, an asset management firm. As a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and co-CIO on multi-asset class portfolios, she focuses on portfolio management and asset allocation. Previously, Alifia was an equity arbitrage trader at Wolverine Trading, L.P., where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and modeling equity linked trades together with equity options, and an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch. She is a frequent panelist and speaker at investment conferences focused on sustainable investing, diversity, and alternative investments and also supports various nonprofit organizations focused on education and women’s initiatives. Alifia graduated from Georgetown University Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in economics and English. She also holds 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 a Girl Scout troop 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 serving on Langley’s Board, volunteering at Langley, and working with various nonprofit organizations. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior 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 an M.Phil. in economics from the University of Sussex in England, and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of economics from the London School of Economics.

Denise Haselhorst is the chief people officer at Blackboard, an education technology company based in Washington, DC, where she is responsible for all aspects of global human capital. Denise drives the design and implementation of human capital solutions to positively impact levels of leadership effectiveness, organizational performance, and employee engagement, all aimed at delivering business and financial results. Prior to joining Blackboard in 2004, she worked for American Management Systems and CGI, both global information technology professional services firms. Earlier in Denise’s career, she worked in both student affairs and residential life at the University of Michigan. Denise holds an M.A. in human resource management from the Kogod School of Business at American University and a B.A in psychology 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 served as the corporate secretary and general counsel of Minera S.A. from 2010 until 2019. Sara 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, she 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. Sara holds a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Emory University.

Zac Merriman (Chair) 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 the associate dean of master’s programs, dean’s professor of marketing, and co-director of the Smith Analytics Consortium at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business where she develops models for online and social media marketing. Her research in web analytics was the foundation for NetConversions, an early innovator in the area of online data collection and analysis. Wendy was also part of the founding team that brought the company from start-up to acquisition in 2004. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Marketing Science Institute and the advisory board for the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, consults for numerous corporations and government agencies, and frequently serves as an expert witness in litigation. Wendy earned B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. 

Kate Pinkerton manages priority strategic initiatives as a practice manager 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 (Vice Chair/Treasurer) 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.

Shireen Zaman is the director of the RISE Together Fund at the Proteus Fund, where she leads efforts to mobilize resources to grow promising, innovative, community-based organizations in America’s Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) communities. Shireen has two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, spearheading organizational transformation, resource development, and program management. In 2013, she was recognized as a White House "Champion of Change" for her work as an Asian-American woman leader. She holds a B.A. in human development from Boston College and an M.A. from the School of International Service at American University.