WCDS Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Wakefield Country Day School
is a dedicated group of professionals who work tirelessly to ensure the
School is managed well and runs smoothly.
Positions on the Board of Directors include a WCDS alumna or alumnus,
a current faculty member, a current parent,
and a member of the Lynn family, founders of the School in 1972.
Cole Johnson and her husband Tom live in Woodville, and their two girls, Katie and Sarah attend WCDS. Cole is the Division Director of Advancement and Partnerships for the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Prior to joining SSEC in October 2019, she began her tenure at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute where she was tasked with raising funds for scientific research and facilities to save species. Before coming to the Smithsonian, Cole was the Executive Director of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. She also served as the Executive Director of Headwaters, the Rappahannock Education Foundation. Cole currently serves on the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church. A graduate of The American University, Cole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and is a formerly licensed Certified Public Accountant.
A WCDS faculty member since 2012, Trish Mullins has taught at classes at all three levels during her time at Wakefield. She has taught an array of English and history courses in the middle and upper schools and currently teaches upper school English. In addition, she will be moving into the role of Upper School Dean at the start of the 2021-22 school year. Trish's children have also been attending Wakefield for twelve consecutive years during which time she has developed numerous connections with faculty members and families of the school.
Kate Wofford is honored to join the WCDS board in 2021. She and her husband Jeb live in Sperryville, and their two boys, Will and Mac, have attended WCDS since preschool. For more than 15 years, Kate has worked with local communities to protect their land and water resources. Currently, she serves as executive director of Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley, a place-based nonprofit working to preserve the rural character, scenic beauty, clean water, and vibrant communities in six Shenandoah Valley counties. Locally, she serves on the steering committees of the Krebser Fund and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Virginia Working Landscapes and Changing Landscapes Initiatives. Kate is an honors graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, and she received a master's from Yale University's School of the Environment.
Lynn Family Representative
Given that her parents founded the school, Welby has been a part of the WCDS community for her entire life. She formally entered WCDS at age three and graduated as Valedictorian in 1995. She attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Classical Languages. In 1998 she married fellow WCDS alum Tom Griffin (’95) and began her teaching career that same year. Welby taught Latin and English at five different independent schools before returning to WCDS 13 years ago as a teacher of Latin, History, and English. In addition to her teaching duties, Welby has contributed to the WCDS community by updating the Great 100’s List and all Middle and Upper School WOD lists, organizing the Medieval Banquet and Talent Show (and occasional drama production), planning trips to England and Italy (together with her husband Tom), and co-sponsoring the JCL (Junior Classical League) chapter. She has recently completed a series of Latin texts, Gryphis Latin, which have been adopted or are being considered for adoption, by several schools around the state. Her oldest son Douglas graduated summa cum laude from WCDS in 2018 and currently attends Cornell University. Her youngest son, Brendan, is a 4th grader.
Raised in Huntly, VA, Anna attended Wakefield Country Day School from preschool through 12th grade and graduated in 2015. Anna received a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University where she studied Sociology and Political Science. She has experience fundraising for campaigns on a state and federal level. In Washington DC, she coordinated events at EMILY’s List, a political action committee, and direct marketing at The Strategy Group, a political consulting firm. Locally, she managed Haley Fine Art, a gallery in Sperryville, for over ten years where she created and maintained the website and social media, showcasing regional art. Most recently, Anna joined an environmental think tank, E3G, where she organizes events that foster global discussions on climate change solutions between different nations. She has been an active member of the school community, attending alumni receptions and volunteering her time to help with fundraisers. Being one of the few second-generation graduates of WCDS, she and her family have been committed to the school’s success for many years.
Nan Butler Roberts was born and reared in Rappahannock County, VA, graduated from Rappahannock County High School including four years at the historic, Rosenwald School, Scrabble Graded School, in Castleton, VA. She continued her education with a Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, and a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Nan is a Speaker, Presenter, Trainer, Writer, Singer and Event Coordinator. She was President of the Interest Group/Founding Member for JMU’s Lambda Chi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. As a retiree, Nan spends her time working with several religious and civic organizations in the community, including volunteer work with Wayland Blue Ridge Association, Inc., serving as Interim Center Director, Executive Board Member, and the Scholarship Committee. She has served as the Program Director for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration in Rappahannock County for the past 17 years. The MLK Celebration was sponsored by the Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Board (now under the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation beginning in 2020) in cooperation with the Little Washington Theatre which supports public school students, in need, who wish to further their education. She also currently serves as President of the Scrabble School Preservation Foundation, Inc., in Rappahannock County and has served on the Board at WCDS since September 2020.
Ex Officio Member
Paul Larner began his career as a real estate lawyer at Piper & Marbury in Baltimore in 1985. He switched to real estate finance in 1991 while working at The Charles E. Smith Companies in Arlington, VA, where he became Chief Financial Officer in 1998 and in 2002 Chief Operating Officer. After Smith merged with Vornado Realty Trust he became Chief Administrative Officer of the combined public company. Since 2003 he has been the principal in a number of real estate investment partnerships and he also manages a private investment fund dedicated to real estate income securities. He is a graduate of Haverford College; Kings College, University of London; and the University of Virginia School of Law. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger from 1978-80. In addition to being Chairman, Mr. Larner has been instrumental in the Advisory and Adjunct Faculty Programs at WCDS. He lives in Rappahannock County with his wife Rosita; they have three children. Their youngest, Daniel Larner, is a 2012 graduate of WCDS and a 2016 graduate of the University of Mary Washington.