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 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.

Current Opening: One At-Large Member


Paul Larner

At-Large Representative


Paul Larner began his career as a real estate lawyer at Piper & Marbury in Baltimore in 1985. He switched to real estate finance in 1991while 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.

Chris Scoville

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, VA near WCDS. 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. His wife Elizabeth is a Fulbright Scholar with a PhD in structural Engineering and a member of the WCDS Adjunct Faculty.

Fred Diehl

Parent Representative


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


A WCDS faculty member since 2004, Suzanne Zylonis teaches lower, middle and high school art, Yearbook, and Art History before taking on the role of Director of Admissions in 2019. She enjoys knowing every Wakefield student. Suzanne 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


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


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.

Randall Bartlett

At-Large Representative


Randall Bartlett started as a pilot in the Air Force, then shifted to the Washington DC area for a career in consulting with Deloitte Touche, Resnick Group, and his own firm RGBA Inc.  He later moved to leading technology companies.  He was President of Health Cost Consultants,and later President of NIC Technologies. The focus was creating, installing and operating online systems for private companies and government agencies.   He is a graduate of Brigham Young University School of Business with an MBA from UND.  Other credentials include Commercial and Instructor Pilot; CMC, Certified Management Consultant; and PMP Certified Project Manager.  Randall has always enjoyed non-paid community service. Some examples include nearly three years on a mission to Peru and Ecuador, eight years as a Scout Master, nine years as Stake President leading 10 congregations, and most recently four years as Bishop.  Randall and his wife Dawn have lived for 18 years in Rappahannock County a short distance from WCDS.  They have two children and one grandchild.

Robert M. Talton

At-Large Representative


Rob Talton is Vice President for commercial and retail banking at Atlantic Union Bank having served previously in similar capacities at Wachovia, Wells Fargo and Middleburg Bank. He is also a former Board Member at Lord Fairfax Community College. Mr. Talton lives in Winchester, VA where he is active in numerous community activities. He is an accomplished musician and athlete having played Division One baseball as a pitcher. He holds degrees from Florida State, Penn State, and U Mass at Amherst.

Patrick Finn

Head of School

Ex Officio Member


Mr. Finn started as Head of School for WCDS in July 2020, after having spent his entire career working as a teacher and administrator in independent schools, including Canterbury School, St Timothy’s, and Foxcroft. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he played lacrosse and Penn State University.