Board Member Profiles


  • Ragan P. Folan, Chair


    Ragan Folan joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2011. She began her term as vice chair in 2015.

    Ragan Portaro Folan is president and CEO of Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    She was formerly president of Winghaven Consulting, LLC, which she founded after working for AT&T, Lotus Development, and IBM in various sales management and marketing positions. Ragan is active in her community. She is the board chair for Old Salem Museum and Gardens, a board and executive committee member of the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, and a board member of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. In addition, she is a previous board member of Summit School and has served Wake Forest University Medical Center in a variety of volunteer roles.

    Most importantly, Ragan is a dedicated and loyal supporter of the University of Virginia. Ragan serves on the National Committee on University Resources (NCOUR) while also serving on the Jefferson Scholar Committee for the Piedmont Triad. Ragan is the mother of a recent Curry School of Education graduate.

    Ragan holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia (1982) and a M.B.A. from the University of Richmond (1985).

  • Michael B. Baughan, Vice Chair


    Michael B. Baughan joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2013

    Mike provides private investment and strategic advisory services to aerospace and industrial manufacturing companies through his firm, Osprey Capital. Additionally, he serves on the executive board of ATL Partners, a New York based private equity fund focused on the aerospace and logistics markets. Previously he was Pres/COO of B/E Aerospace, Inc. He is a 1981 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Kristin Merlo, Vice Chair


    Kristin Merlo joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2016.

    Kristin Merlo is chief marketing, information, and sales officer of Delta Dental of Washington. She is responsible for Delta Dental’s information technology strategy and delivery, new sales and client retention, broker management, advertising and marketing communications, product management, digital strategy, and government relations. Prior to joining Delta Dental, Kristin held a variety of sales and marketing management positions with Eli Lilly and Company. Kristin earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and her master’s in business administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. She completed a certificate in executive leadership at Seattle University.

    Kristin currently serves on the Board of Lumenal Lighting, LLC and on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Dental Service Foundation. She is also active in education reform efforts. Kristin is married and has two children.

  • William A. Marr, Jr., Treasurer


    Bill Marr joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2012.

    Bill is an attorney, practicing community and condo association law in Fairfax, Va. He graduated in 1967 from U.Va. College of Arts & Sciences and in 1976 from Georgetown University Law School. He is a member of the Fairfax and American Bar Associations, the District of Columbia Bar and Virginia State Bar. Bill is also a member of NCOUR and headed the U.Va. Class of 1967 Reunion Giving Committee.

  • Merrill S. Woodriff, Secretary


    Merrill Woodriff joined the Curry School Foundation board in 2012.

    Merrill is co-director of Bend Yoga Charlottesville. She has always loved working with children. She graduated from the Curry School in 1998 with a master’s degree in elementary education and moved to Europe to teach students from diverse backgrounds at the Munich International School. After two years abroad, Merrill returned to the States and continued to teach at independent schools in DC, San Francisco, and most recently Charlottesville.

    Merrill started practicing yoga while living in San Francisco in 2002. When vacationing at the beach three years ago, Merrill was practicing yoga in the sand when her cousin’s child, who was age 6 at the time, asked her what she was doing. Merrill told the child she was doing the eagle pose and asked her to join in. The child loved the challenge and the novelty of the eagle pose and was quickly hungry for more. That day on the beach, Merrill realized that she could integrate the two things she was most passionate about in life: children and yoga.

  • Richard R. Abidin


    Dick Abidin joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2012.

    Dick is an emeritus faculty member of the Curry School and a noted psychologist who has devoted much of his career to studying the relationships between parents and children. He is a fellow of the American Board of Professional Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology, and the Academy of Clinical Psychology. He has been active with the Curry Foundation since its founding.

    He resides in Charlottesville.

  • Peter C. Brooks


    Peter C. Brooks joined the Curry School Foundation in 2014.

    Peter is a managing director with Cornerstone Partners, the endowment/foundation investment office he cofounded in 1997. Prior to establishing CornerStone in 1997, he founded and managed his own private equity firm, Naushon Capital LLC, Boston through which he participated in the acquisition, financing or restructuring of over twenty companies in a variety of businesses ranging from sophisticated medical research to high technology and innovative sports equipment manufacturing. Before establishing Naushon Capital, Peter was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in their Washington D.C. and New York offices.

    Peter graduated with honors from Harvard College and received his MBA and MA degrees from Stanford University.

  • Courtney Brown


    Courtney Brown joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2016.

    Courtney is the Director of Organizational Performance and Evaluation for the Lumina Foundation. In this role she directs the Lumina Foundation’s research, data and evaluation work and uses the results to determine strategic impact, provide strategic direction and offer recommendations for current and future work. She has worked in evaluation, performance measurement, and strategic planning for almost 20 years. Prior to her position at Lumina, she served as a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University, where she managed a portfolio of evaluation and research projects primarily focusing on postsecondary education. She received a B.A. from James Madison University, an M.A. from the University of Virginia and earned her Ph.D. in education evaluation from the Curry School.

    Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60% by 2025. It is the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education.

    Courtney resides in Zionsville, Indiana.

  • Kari Couling


    In her teaching career, Kari was a former learning specialist in Newport News, Virginia and Atherton California, and an elementary school teacher in the Darien, Connecticut Public Schools. She is a recent past trustee of St. Anne’s-Belfield School and a Community Advisory Board member of the Virginia Institute of Autism. Kari, her husband Kent (COMM ’97), and their 3 children reside in Charlottesville and Wintergreen Virginia. Kent Couling is affiliated with King Street Capital in Charlottesville after a career as an executive director at Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers.

  • Martha Downer-Assaf


    Martha Downer-Assaf joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2013

    Martha is director of Keeping PACE in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is developing a summer program in partnership with the United Way to serve inner-city youth. She previously served as the evaluation specialist for The Rollins Center at the Atlanta Speech School.

    Before joining the Foundation board, Martha served for two years on the board’s Engagement Committee.

    She completed a M.A. in Economics from U.Va. in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 1997. Martha, her husband Fred Assaf (M.Ed. '94 English Ed) and their five boys reside in Atlanta.

  • Douglas M. Dunnan


    Douglas M. Dunnan joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2016.

    Doug founded The Grosvenor Funds in 1994 and has made over 60 venture capital investments with his partners in the past ten years. Prior to co-founding the firm, Doug spent ten years at Salomon Brothers—in his final two years heading the private placement of equity.

    Doug graduated from Cornell University, Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Business School. He lives in Rye, N.Y., with his wife Calvine. Their daughter Calvine Harvey is a 2008 graduate of Curry’s dual degree bachelor of arts/master of teaching program, and their son Morgan is currently a student in the Darden-Curry MBA/MED program.

  • PATRICIA FRIST ELCAN


    Trisha Elcan joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2019.

    Trisha Elcan currently serves on the Board of The Frist Foundation and is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Ensworth School. She was instrumental in the expansion of the school from a K-8 to a K-12. She and her husband, Chuck, are owners of The Loveless Cafe and Barn which they purchased and restored in 2002 to save a local landmark and the jobs it continues to provide

    Previously, she served on the Jefferson Scholars Board and Alumni Association Board of Managers of the University of Virginia and is now a member of the Emeritus Society.

    A committed philanthropist, especially dedicated to education, Trisha has found her highest calling in helping the underserved and disadvantaged through many social justice efforts. She is passionate about offering educational and career opportunities to those who might not otherwise have them due to socioeconomic, family, or other circumstances. She is also fervent about enhancing communication and understanding across people of various backgrounds with the ultimate goal of a more peaceful and harmonious world.

    She served as Chairman on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee where she was a founding member with other community leaders who were looking for long-term solutions to transform the lives of women and girls. She has served on many non-profit boards including the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center, the Princeton University Parents Fund, and the Family Foundation Fund/Restoring Fatherhood. She continues to promote her social justice agenda using her personal and professional relationships in support of these organizations and many others. Trisha participates regularly in alternative healing classes/practices and conflict resolution workshops and is an advocate for making these opportunities accessible to all.

    Trisha worked at the Andersen Consulting Group and Equitable Securities. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987 with a B.A. in Economics. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and three daughters.

  • David M. Foster


    David Foster joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2016.

    David Foster has been a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP since 1990, handling antitrust, trade regulation and other litigation matters. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous federal circuit and district courts.

    David was appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Virginia Board of Education in 2010, and the board elected him to a two-year term as president in 2012. In 2013 the Curry School awarded him its Distinguished Service to the Commonwealth Award.

    David and his wife Martha reside in Arlington. Martha is an alumna of the Curry School (currently working on her third Curry degree) and a past member of the Curry Foundation Engagement Committee. They have two children who graduated from Virginia colleges

  • Suhrid Gajendragadkar, BOV Representative


    Suhrid joined the Curry Foundation Board in 2019. He is a leader in McKinsey and Company’s global Financial Services Practice. He advises financial institutions and regulators on issues related to strategy, operations, customer experience, digital, and analytics. He also oversees client strategy for banking in North America.

    As the leader of McKinsey’s work on B2B customer experience in banking, Suhrid works with a range of institutions to enhance customer experience, top-line value, and efficiency. He has designed and led some of the most ambitious customer-centric transformations in banking. For example, he recently supported a Fortune 50 financial institution on a holistic, multiyear transformation that quadrupled the client’s customer-satisfaction score and resulted in more than $300 million in impact.

    Suhrid formerly led the firm’s work on corporate business functions in banking. Over the years, he has helped dozens of clients build world-class support functions and improve general and administrative effectiveness in financial services, energy, and industrials, among other sectors. Previously, Suhrid cofounded and led McKinsey’s legal-services work. In this capacity, he helped corporate legal departments, law firms, and other clients improve strategy and operations.

    Suhrid is a board member of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. A Jefferson Scholar, he also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation of the University of Virginia.

  • IRAN HOPKINS


    Irán Hopkins is Of Counsel to Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP’s Corporate and Real Estate Departments, where she advises clients across a range of industries in all aspects of real estate and business transactions and day-to-day operations, including structuring ownership and joint ventures, equity investments, capital structure and debt financing, M&A transactions, commercial contracts, service and use agreements, purchase and sale of real estate, commercial and residential leasing, construction and development, property management, insurance and business succession planning, disputes and risk management, branding, licensing, intellectual property rights.

    Among others, Ms. Hopkins works with landlords, tenants, lenders, legacy operators, new operators, investors and other stakeholders in the cannabis industry in all aspects of real estate transactions, business operations, getting products to market, and regulatory compliance with California law on a local, county and state level.

    Ms. Hopkins serves on the Board of Directors of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, where she has been a regular volunteer since 2006, working primarily with monolingual Spanish speaking clients, serving as an instructor in volunteer training seminars and CLEs, and as a public speaker on behalf of the Center.

    Irán is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Los Angeles and supports the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

  • Jennifer Hunter


    Jennifer Hunter joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2012.

    Jennifer serves as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for Altria Client Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Altria Group. In her current position, she leads the following functional areas that provide services to Altria Group and its operating companies:

    • Corporate Affairs Research and Corporate Responsibility
    • Corporate Communications
    • Corporate Contributions & Community Relations

    She also oversees Altria’s tobacco operating companies’ efforts to help prevent underage tobacco use and help adult tobacco users who decide to quit be more successful.

    Jennifer resides in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Paulette Goerig Katzenbach, Immediate Past Chair


    Paulette Katzenbach joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2001.

    The first generation of her family to attend college, Paulette Katzenbach is an unwavering advocate for education as a gateway to a fulfilling life. “Each of us has children or grandchildren, brothers or sisters, nieces or nephews who will need a wonderful education and teachers who will inspire them to be the best that they can be,” said Paulette, who has devoted many of her adult years to championing the importance of good schooling.

    Two of Paulette’s daughters earned their degrees from the Curry School of Education. Paulette received her bachelor of arts degree from Dickinson College and serves on Dickinson’s board of trustees. She is also president of the KKC Foundation, board chair for the Episcopal School of Los Angeles, and CFO of GirlSportWorks.

    She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

  • CAROLINE KECK


    Caroline Keck joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2017.

    Caroline is a pediatric occupational therapist with eleven years of experience practicing occupational therapy. Caroline completed a M.A. in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Upon graduating from USC, Caroline worked at a private clinic in Santa Monica, then went on to work for the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District as a school based occupational therapist. She currently has a private practice in Manhattan Beach, California where she and her family resides.

    Caroline is passionate about children and philanthropy. She is part of the charity group Children’s Chain, which is an affiliate group of Children Hospital Los Angeles where she raises money for the hospital.

    Caroline also serves on the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Foundation Board and the William M. Keck Jr. Foundation.

  • STEPHEN KECK


    Stephen Keck joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2017.

    Mr. Keck is a Corporate Credit Research Analyst for the TCW Emerging Markets Group, with a focus on metals and mining, and TMT (technology, media and telecom). Prior to joining TCW in 2003, Mr. Keck was an Analyst/Trader in the Private Client Group at Bear Stearns in Los Angeles and, prior to that, he was a Project Manager for an Internet start-up in Los Angeles. Mr. Keck holds a BA in Business Administration with a triple emphasis in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Business Communication, and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Strategy, both from the University of Southern California. He is a CFA charter-holder.

  • Peter C. Kelly


    Peter Kelly joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2013.

    Peter Kelly is a senior vice president, senior counsel, and a director at Capital Guardian Trust Company. He participates in business and legal management for the Capital Group, a global investment management firm. Peter received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his B.A. (cum laude) from Harvard College. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Pamela, who is an active alumna of the U.Va. College of Arts & Sciences, and their four children. Their eldest of four children is a recent graduate of the College.

  • Christine Lotze


    Christine Lotze joined the Curry School Foundation in 2014.

    Christine is a founding partner at Philosophy IB. Her strength is in developing business solutions that enable the behavioral change required to implement strategy and improve performance. She is an analytical leader who identifies and develops team member strengths, facilitates understanding and performance in multi-cultural environments, and translates organizational theory into actionable tools and techniques.

    Prior to starting Philosophy IB, Christine was director of Global Executive Development at PricewaterhouseCoopers; a senior manager/principal in PwC's Strategic and Organizational Change Consulting Practice; and co-founder of Ernst & Young's European Global Client Consulting People Effectiveness Center. She authored many consulting methods and tools during her tenure at these firms.

    Christine earned a BA at Wesleyan University in German Literature with high honors, a MA at UCLA in Comparative and International Education, and a joint PhD/MBA from U.Va. and Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, where she was a president's fellow.

    When not immersed in work, you can find Christine enjoying a Pilates class developing her strength, flexibility, and coordination – or enjoying all of her son's new discoveries.

  • MICHAEL MARINO


    Mike received his bachelor of arts in history from New York University and a master of counseling education from the University of Virginia.

    Mike Marino is an executive vice president and the managing partner of the Culture Shaping Practice based in Heidrick & Struggles’ New York City and Huntington Beach offices.

    Mike leads Senn Delaney, Heidrick & Struggles' culture-shaping business, and served as partner and executive vice president since 1992. He has led strategic accounts in global and Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries, including transportation, retail, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and financial services. Mike also has been instrumental in new product development for the culture-shaping business as well as integrated products for the Heidrick & Struggles enterprise.

    Prior to joining Senn Delaney, Mike was an executive at Chase Manhattan Bank. During his 10-year tenure at Chase, he served as a senior human resources executive for the Asia-Pacific Region, helped establish the Chase-AMP Bank of Australia, and served as country manager of consumer banking for Chase Thailand. In addition, he developed strategic plans for Chase Consumer Banking in Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia and spearheaded the Manpower Planning and Development group for the Chase Metropolitan Community Bank in New York City.

    As a leader and advisor to leaders for more than three decades, Mike understands the unquestionable importance of creating a healthy, high-performance work culture to meet the challenges created by changing customer needs, government regulation, technological advances, and global market dynamics.

    Throughout his career, Mike has developed the perspective and skills to bring clients the most current, time-tested approaches to organizational culture change that deliver results and create a meaningful and fulfilling work experience for all employees.

  • Daniel M. Meyers


    Dan Meyers joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2000.

    Dan co-founded First Marblehead and has served as its Chief Executive Officer and as a director since 2008 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2010. From 2008 to 2013, he served as President. He also served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors from 1994-2005. He is immediate past chair of the Curry Foundation Board and still sits on the University of Virginia Campaign Executive Committee and serves as the Council on Foundations representative to the U.Va. Board of Visitors.

    Dan received an A.B. in Economics from Brandeis University and completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • ELIZABETH B. REICHERT


    Beth Reichert joined the Curry School Foundation Board of Directors in 2017.

    Beth is a graduate of Northwestern University, as well as Teachers College of Columbia University, where she received a Master of Arts degree with a focus on Secondary Education and Teaching.

    Beth is also the owner a Quattro Tizi, a men’s and boy’s clothing store. She lives near Charlottesville with her husband and four sons.

  • XAVIER R. RICHARDSON


    Xavier Richardson joined the Curry School Foundation Board of Directors in 2018.

    Xavier, a native of Fredericksburg, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Mary Washington Healthcare. In this capacity, he also serves as President of Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and President of Stafford Hospital Foundation.

    Previously, Mr. Richardson served as an Assistant Director of the U.S. General Accounting Office in Washington, DC for nine years, and also worked on Wall Street for five years. Prior to that he was employed by McKinsey & Company in New York

    He is also the founder and executive director of The Partnership for Academic Excellence which has assisted over 5,650 minority students over the past 29 years in their quest for a college education. He is also well known in the community for work with mentoring young adults as well.

    Xavier is a member of numerous local, state, and national boards, including the boards of Fredericksburg Academy, ArtsLive, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Moss Free Clinic, the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Home Society of Virginia Foundation, the University of Mary Washington Foundation, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Foundation.

    Mr. Richardson was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine and Governor Bob McDonnell as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Mary Washington. Governor McAuliffe named him to his Higher Education Transition Team; the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University, and most recently, to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

    Mr. Richardson has received numerous honors, including the first James Farmer Distinguished Lecturer Award by the University of Mary Washington. He was also awarded The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare System’s Meritorious Service Award for outstanding contributions to the community and healthcare industry and, in 2008, he was the recipient of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce highest honor, the Prince B. Woodard Award for exceptional leadership. In 2010, the City of Fredericksburg named Mr. Richardson “Fredericksburg’s Hometown Hero” in conjunction with the Fox 5 News Hometown Hero program. In 2012, he was chosen as a recipient of the “Strong Men and Strong Women in Virginia History” Award sponsored by Dominion and the Virginia Public Library. He’s also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient and a Boys Scouts of American Good Scout Award recipient.

    A graduate of James Monroe High School, he is also a graduate of Princeton University where he received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and the Harvard Business School from which he earned his MBA. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Saint Paul’s College.

    Xavier lives in Chancellor with his wife, Dr. LaZalia Richardson. They are the parents of three adult children, and proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

  • Andrew J. Rotherham


    Andy Rotherham joined the Curry School Foundation Board of Directors in 2009

    A 2000 graduate of the Curry School’s masters of education program in social foundations, Rotherham is a cofounder of Bellwether Education Partners.

    Andy also cofounded EducationSector, an independent education policy think tank. Rotherham has served in policymaking roles at the national and state level and helped launch several educational reform organizations. He writes a monthly column for US News & World Report, as well as the blog, Eduwonk.com.

    In 1998, Andy launched the Progressive Policy Institute’s 21st Century Schools Project, which he directed until 2005. He served at the White House as the Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration. He managed education policy activities at the White House and advised President Clinton on a wide range of education issues, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, charter schools and public school choice, and increasing accountability in federal policy.

    In 2005 Governor Mark Warner appointed Andy to the Virginia Board of Education, a position he served in until 2009.

  • LES SNEAD


    Les Snead joined the Curry School Foundation Board of Directors in 2009.

    Les Snead is in his eighth season as general manager of the Los Angeles Rams. Snead’s tenure has been marked by strategic, aggressive moves that has created a strong core nucleus of talent and improved depth throughout the roster. Snead set his philosophy in motion just days after his hiring and has continued through the 2019 NFL Draft.

    After guiding the organization through the building and breakthrough process of constructing the Rams roster, Snead and the Rams are now thriving in the contention phase of NFL roster building

    Since being named general manager, Snead has orchestrated 48 trades, which is the seventh-most in the NFL since 2012. The Rams have selected 63 players in the NFL Draft under Snead, six of which have been named All-Pro, which is tied for the most drafted All-Pro selections since 2012.

    The Rams have reaped early dividends from many of Snead’s initial selections, particularly in the early rounds. Of the 13 players Snead selected in the first or second rounds of his first four drafts, seven were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team following their first season. In total, 10 players drafted by Snead have made an All-Rookie Team.

    In his role as general manager, Snead partners with Head Coach Sean McVay to direct all personnel decisions for the club. In addition, Snead coordinates all aspects of the club’s football operations with the head coach. He also joins forces with C.O.O/Executive Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff and Vice President, Football & Business Administration Tony Pastoors to direct the team’s business ventures.

    Prior to joining the Rams, Snead spent 13 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He served as the club’s director of player personnel from 2009-11 and also held posts as a pro scout and as the Falcons’ director of pro personnel.

    Snead joined the Falcons after three seasons (1995-97) in the pro scouting department of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was hired by the Jaguars prior to the franchise’s first season and helped put together a team that garnered an AFC Championship game berth in just its second year of existence. Jacksonville won its first division title in Snead’s final year with the team.

    Snead played tight end for Auburn from 1992-93 and was part of the Tigers’ perfect 11-0 team in 1993. He also earned Southeast Region Academic All-American honors during his college career.

    The Eufaula, Ala. native holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and planned to attend medical school until he was offered a graduate assistant coaching position at his alma mater. He earned a Master of Education degree at Auburn while working as a graduate assistant and he also served as an administrative assistant of football operation in 1995 at Auburn.

    In addition to his duties with the Rams, Snead also sits on a pair of advisory boards, including GAMEBREAKER, which is a soft shelled headgear powered by D3O Impact Technology as a way to help alleviate some of the nicks and abrasions that come with playing any contact or non-contact sport. Also Snead serves as a board member on the Curry School Foundation Board at UVA, a dynamic group of professionals who have committed themselves as fundraisers and ambassadors of the school, promoting Curry’s work among their networks of colleagues and acquaintances.

    Snead is married to Kara Henderson Snead, a sports media personality who has worked for NFL Network, and co-hosted NFL Total Access and provided in-depth interviews, pregame and postgame reports and sideline reports for a variety of shows across the network including NFL Total Access, Around the League, NFL GameDay Morning and NFL GameDay Final. Kara graduated cum laude from Duke University. She began her career as a production assistant at ESPN and later ABC News. Her on-air career began at NESN in 1998 as the co-host of NESN’s “Front Row”. From 2000 to 2003, she worked at CNN as a reporter and anchor.

    Together, the couple has three children: a son, Logan, who is a freshman at UVA and a member of the Cavalier football team, a daughter, Cannon, and a son Tate, who are freshmen at Oaks Christian High School.

  • Sandra F. Stern


    Sandra Stern began her term as chair in 2011. She joined the Curry School Foundation Board in 2003.

    Sandra is CEO of Stern Estate, a personal, confidential resource for high-net-worth individuals and their families. She was formerly managing director, Citicorp Global Wealth Management Multiple Residence and Farm Advisory Group.

    She is founder and a former director of the Halifax County Continuing Education Center, now known as the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. In this rural area of the state, many families had never been able to attend college. Her efforts created opportunities for the first time for many students in southern Virginia to pursue higher education.

    Sandra has also served as director of instruction for the Halifax County School System in Virginia and director of executive education in the Darden School of Business. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and on the U.Va. capital campaign’s National Committee on University Resources.

    She received a B.A. from Bridgewater College, an M.A. from Longwood University, and an Ed.D. from the Curry School of Education. She resides in Englewood, New Jersey.

  • W. McIlwaine Thompson, Jr.


    Mac Thompson began a new term on the Board in 2009.

    Mac Thompson practices corporate law representing companies in diverse fields including biotechnology, high-tech, publishing, and oil and gas exploration. He has organized various entities and worked on issues associated with financing and refinancing.

    He serves on the boards of JVI, LLC, a luxury packaging provider, Mestena, Inc., an oil and gas exploration company, Foundation Energy Company, LLC, a purchaser and manager of oil and gas assets for institutional investors, and Thomas Rutherfoord, Inc., a risk management and insurance company. He is on the investment committee of Tall Oaks Capital, L.P., a venture capital partnership based in Charlottesville, and serves as corporate secretary of Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM).

    This is Mac's fifth three-year term on the Curry School Foundation Board.

    He graduated from Yale College in 1969 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1972. He resides in Charlottesville.