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.


Welby Lynn Griffin, Chair

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.

Chris Scoville, Vice-Chair

Parent Representative

Chris Scoville grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and after having lived in Georgia, Toronto, El Salvador, and California, he and his family decided to settle in Flint Hill, Virginia, near WCDS.  Chris and his wife Elizabeth have 3 children who attend WCDS.  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.  His wife Elizabeth is a Fulbright Scholar with a PhD in structural Engineering and a member of the WCDS Adjunct Faculty.

Fred Diehl, Treasurer

Parent Representative

Mr. Diehl has lived in Warrenton, VA, since 2001 with his wife, Elisabetta Babolin, and their 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, Secretary

Faculty Representative

A WCDS faculty member since 2004, Suzanne Zylonis began her WCDS career teaching Art, Art History and Yearbook before moving into the role of Director of Admissions in 2019.  She continues her coaching duties with JV and Varsity Volleyball where she has led the team to five consecutive championships during her tenure.  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 students.  She is also the Wildlife Conservation Club sponsor, partnering with both the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to further the club's members' conservation knowledge. Prior to coming to WCDS, she helped run a successful business with her husband in Sperryville, Virginia, was the Director of Sales at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia, and worked as a market analyst for commercial real estate firms Smithy Braedon and Julien J. Studley in Washington, D.C.  She is excited to serve as the Faculty Representative to the WCDS Board.

Sarah E. Mattingly

Alumni Representative

Sarah E. Mattingly, nee McGovern, entered Wakefield Country Day School as a 11th 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.

Jessica Andrus Lindstrom

At-Large Representative

Ms. Lindstrom began her tenure as Head of Wakefield Country Day School in July 2012. She lives in Williamsburg 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 and William and Mary Law School, is currently a judicial clerk in Vermont. 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.

Nan Butler Roberts

At-Large Representative

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.

Cole Johnson

At-Large Representative

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.

Kate Wofford

At-Large Representative

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.

Paul Larner, Head of School

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.