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 always 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. The Head of School sits on the Board of Directors as an Ex Officio Member.

Pending Nominations: Two At-Large Seats


Paul Larner

At-Large Representative

3017 Slate Mills Rd.
Sperryville, VA. 22740

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 working at The Charles E. Smith Company in Arlington, VA, where he became Chief Financial Officer in 1998 and later Chief Operating Officer. After Smith merged with a $13 billion publicly traded REIT named 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. Mr. Larner has been instrumental in the Advisory Program at WCDS for the past several years, both as a guest speaker in the "Expert Series" talks and as an internship host for several of our seniors. 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.

Chris Scoville

Parent Representative

PO Box 577
Flint Hill, VA 22627

Chris Scoville grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and, after having lived in Georgia, Toronto, El Salvador, and California, he and his family have decided to settle in Flint Hill. Chris and his wife Elizabeth have 3 children who attend WCDS and will be in grades 10, 7, and 3 for the coming year.  Chris is a Technical Services Manager in R&D at Trex Company in Winchester, VA, and has spent 18 years in R&D, overseeing the testing and certification for building materials. He has both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Wood Science with a focus in wood structural products and durability of composite materials.

Fred Diehl

Parent Representative

7752 Neavils Lane
Catlett, Virginia 20119

Mr. Diehl has lived in Warrenton, VA since 2001 with his wife, Elisabetta Babolin, and two children Alex and Emily. Both Alex and Emily have attended WCDS since pre-school. As a Director of Consulting with CGI Inc. for over 25 years, he has experience in providing management and information systems consulting to the Government and the private sector. His experience spans IT architecture and transformation, data analytics, software development, financial analysis, and project management. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers University with majors in Computer Science and Economics, and a minor in Mathematics. He then earned an M.S. in Management from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management with a focus on Corporate Strategy, Finance, and Information Technology.

Suzanne Zylonis

Faculty Representative

PO Box 42
Sperryville, Virginia 22740

A WCDS faculty member since 2004, Suzanne Zylonis teaches lower, middle and high school art, Yearbook and Art History, and enjoys knowing every Wakefield student. She coaches JV and Varsity Volleyball and led the team to five consecutive championships. As Dean of Upper School Advisory, she directs the Senior Internships and Life Skills Programs, as well as the "Experts in their Fields Series" which secures notable speakers to share their knowledge with the students. She also
sponsors the Wildlife Conservation Club, partnering with both the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to further the club's members' conservation knowledge. She is excited to serve as the Faculty Representative to the WCDS Board.

Welby Lynn Griffin

Lynn Family Representative

5124 Laurel Ln
Broad Run, VA 201237

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 rising 4th grader.

Sarah E. Mattingly

Alumni Representative

6343 Crosswoods Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22044

Sarah E. Mattingly, nee McGovern, entered Wakefield Country Day School as a 10th grader and was a member of the Class of 1983. She was part of Wakefield’s short-lived girls boarding program and came from Miami, FL. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. Currently she is the Director of Business Development for ESCgov, a boutique finance company and technology reseller to the Public Sector.  Some of Ms. Mattingly’s previous employers include the American Red Cross, Oracle, SPSS and IBM. In 2015, Ms. Mattingly was appointed by her Fairfax County School Board Representative to the Fairfax County School Budget Task Force, convened by the School Superintendent, to address a likely school budget shortfall for FY2017 and later for FY2018. Ms. Mattingly is married to husband Matthew and they reside in Falls Church, Virginia.

Jitu Patel

At-Large Representative

251 Carriage Chase Circle
Warrenton, VA 20186

Jitu Patel moved to the United States from the United Kingdom in 1967 after being self-employed designing and selling kitchens. In 1993 he moved to Warrenton and began building and overseeing the management of Subway restaurants, which he still runs today. Mr. Patel is an avid follower of world football and is particularly knowledgeable of English football. He and his wife Tina have two children, Hannah, who graduated from Shenandoah University in 2018, and Nile, who graduated magna cum laude from WCDS in 2018 and currently is enrolled in the nursing program at George Mason University.

Jessica Andrus Lindstrom

Head of School
Ex Officio Member

108 Grand View Drive
Washington, VA 22747
Office: 540-635-8555, ext 223
Home: 540-987-8749

Ms. Lindstrom began her tenure as Head of Wakefield Country Day School in July 2012. She lives in Little Washington with her husband, attorney Tim Lindstrom. Her daughter, Harmony, graduated summa cum laude from WCDS in 2018 and is currently a student at Vassar College. Her son, a graduate of Amherst College, is
currently a law student at the College of William and Mary. Ms. Lindstrom earned her B.A. from Smith College (having studied also at the University of Hamburg in Germany) and her M.A. from Indiana University, graduating with honors from both institutions. She also completed additional graduate studies at the University
of California, Berkeley.