Board of Trustees
James Cigliano, Chair
Jim Cigliano is the proud father of 3 boys, including Ben who attends McLean School and loves it. He is the proud husband for over 20 years to Jennifer Rosen, MD, who is Chief of Endocrine Surgery and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Professionally, Jim is Chief Revenue Officer for WorldStrides, the nation’s largest accredited and most trusted educational travel organization. WorldStrides provides a variety of educational travel and study abroad programs throughout the United States and globally (more than 100 countries). Prior, Jim was Chief Marketing Officer and WorldStrides’ lead customer advocate and marketing strategist.
Prior to WorldStrides, Jim served at Time Warner Cable, leading Customer Marketing and Retention. He also led Strategy and Retail Store Transformation for Staples, co-led Customer Retention for America Online, and worked at McKinsey as a leadership member of the Marketing and Retail practices. Jim received his MBA from MIT Sloan and his undergrad in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Jennifer Anopolsky, Vice Chair
Jennifer Anopolsky is the proud mother of three children. Her youngest son, Max, is in the Class of 2026 at McLean School. Jennifer is currently Global Head of B2B marketing for Visa, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience growing the world’s most widely recognized brands across financial services, and entertainment industries.
Prior to Visa, Jennifer was Managing Vice President for Capital One’s Card Partnership business, delivering marketing and strategic services to such brands as General Motors, Sony, and Sak’s Fifth Avenue. Additionally, as a corporate consultant, Jennifer led Hilton’s co-branded credit card with American Express.
Beyond her work in financial services, Jennifer held several positions at The Walt Disney Company including SVP of Corporate Responsibility and was a Trustee of The Walt Disney Company Foundation. While there, Jennifer spearheaded Disney’s efforts to improve kids’ health and nutrition with public service announcements on the Disney Channel featuring Michelle Obama and re-conceived millions of meals with healthier choices at the Disney Theme Parks.
Jennifer received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer is fond of family hikes, game nights, and her Labradoodle.
Dev Talvadkar, Treasurer
He has completed financings on behalf of a variety of education and non-profit clients. Independent schools served by Mr. Talvadkar include, Georgetown Day School (DC), Groton School (MA), Sidwell Friends School (DC), Grace Church School (NY), Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (MA), Dwight-Englewood School (NJ), Washington International School (DC), Westtown School (PA), Millbrook School (NY), Noble and Greenough School (MA), The Bolles School (FL), Waynflete School (ME), Bullis School (MD), and The Lab School (DC).
Additionally, Mr. Talvadkar has worked with a number of higher education clients including Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA), Gordon College (MA), Colby-Sawyer College (NH), Rivier College (NH), New England College (NH), Assumption College (MA), St. John’s College (MD), and Merrimack College (MA). He has also executed financings for independent research institutes and hospitals including Benaroya Research Institute (WA), Concord Hospital (NH), and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (ME).
Mr. Talvadkar has been a presenter at a range of industry conferences, including the National Business Officers Association Symposium, Association of Independent Schools New England Business Officer Conference, Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority Client Conference, Mid-South Independent School Business Officers Annual Meeting, The Association of Boarding Schools Annual Meeting, and National Business Officers Association Summer Institute.
Mr. Talvadkar joined the board of the National Business Officers Association in July 2018, serves on the Alumni Association Executive Board at Sidwell Friends School, and received a BA in Economics and History from Middlebury College and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Johnson School at Cornell University.
Mary Murphy, Secretary
Mary is an experienced attorney in energy regulation, with a deep expertise in litigating regulatory matters, drafting contracts, and managing compliance risks. A Massachusetts native, Mary moved to the Washington, DC area upon her 1986 graduation from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she earned a BA, magna cum laude to attend the George Washington University Law School.
Following graduation from GW in 1989, Mary began a 20-year legal career in federal energy regulation. From 2004 to 2010, she was a Senior Attorney with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) based in Washington, DC. As a lead attorney of FPL’s federal energy regulatory practice, she oversaw compliance with federal energy regulations and led risk management efforts for the company. In that role, she personally advised the CEO and Board of Directors on federal regulatory standards and codes of conduct. She also led the regulatory compliance efforts and developed training programs for all regulated business units. Additionally, she conducted internal investigations and coordinated the company’s response to federal regulatory investigations and audits. Prior to joining FPL, Mary was Counsel at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, a large international law firm for eight years. At LeBoeuf, she represented the nation’s largest electric utilities and natural gas companies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their state equivalents. She litigated issues ranging from electricity pricing to marketplace practices to bankruptcy proceedings. She provided advice to a wide variety of energy clients on compliance matters, contractual drafting and transaction issues.
She resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Bill, their two daughters, Catherine and Vanessa, their golden retriever and golden doodle. She stepped back from practicing law when she and Bill adopted their two daughters from Russia between 2008 and 2010. More recently, in addition to raising the two girls, she has focused her involvement on organizations that address educational and family issues.
Harris M. Bergman '09
Harris Bergman is a process and sustainability leader with a penchant for organizational development and change management. Harris serves as the Director of Process and Technology at FIRST ONSITE, Inc., an international disaster restoration and decontamination firm, where he leads a team working on the creation and implementation of new, industry-leading technology and process change initiatives.
Prior to his role with FIRST ONSITE, Harris worked as a consultant with The Collective Good, LLC helping community serving organizations of all types change the way they change the world. His clients have included a collection of the largest national nonprofits and local grassroots organizations focused on issues like education, housing, racial equity and inclusion, and LGBTQ+ rights. Harris has also spent time working as part of the team of a multinational infection control technology start up.
Harris holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Management from American University and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Tampa. Harris is a proud alumnus of McLean School’s Class of 2009.
Jeff Berman, Co-Head of School
Jeff joined the McLean School Administrative team in 2016, serving first as Chief Financial Officer and later adding the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer. A graduate of Georgetown University with a BSFS and MA in International Security Studies, Jeff worked on educational projects and professional development initiatives in Latin America and the Middle East for over 30 years. His experiences in financial, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial management and as a longtime trustee and parent at an independent school all feed his passion for making a difference and helping young people reach their true potential. “I learn so much from watching our students and the effort they put into learning every day, our teachers and their incredible creativity and dedication, and the thoughtful and smart team of administrators here at McLean. It’s the nicest group of hardworking people I’ve ever known, and I feel truly fortunate to be here.”
Lesli Creedon is the President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, a position she has held since 2018. Lesli has over 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector in Washington, DC, having led major fundraising and marketing campaigns for preeminent institutions including the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, United Nations Foundation, The Brookings Institution, Aspen Institute, and Resources for the Future. She enjoys building meaningful relationships with donors to fulfill their philanthropic visions and working with Boards of Directors on strategy and governance. Her passion for Make-A-Wish stems from her family’s receipt of a life-changing wish four years ago when her son was battling leukemia.
An Ohio native and rabid Cleveland Browns fan, Lesli graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, political science, and diplomacy and international affairs.
Lesli and her husband, Dan, have two children – Catherine and Jack – whom they adopted from Russia at 18 months of age. Catherine is a 2023 graduate of McLean and is now attending Longwood University (Farmville, VA) where she is majoring in nursing. Jack is a graduate of the GW Community School (Springfield, VA) and is attending Otterbein University (Columbus, OH) where he is majoring in Zoo and Aquarium Science. They love to travel and spend time at their beach house in Bethany. Catherine and Jack are the proud “parents” of one dog, one bearded dragon and, at last count, four hermit crabs!
Jeremy Dresner is the father of three girls, including Taylor ’27, who has enthusiastically attended McLean School since the second grade. His wife Meredith is an active member of the School’s Parents Association Executive Board.
Professionally, Jeremy is a government, regulatory and internal investigations partner in the Washington, DC, Office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jeremy’s practice focuses on government and internal investigations, regulatory counseling, and crisis management assistance. He regularly counsels market-leading companies, global financial institutions, and senior executives facing high-stakes reputational matters at the intersection of law and policy, and frequently before Congress.
Jeremy received his BA in Public Policy from Duke University, and JD from Duke University School of Law. Jeremy and Meredith reside in Washington DC with their three girls, and one very large dog.
Dr. Mya Fisher
Mya is a trained sociologist and passionate international educator with more than two decades of combined expertise as a cross-cultural trainer, program development and management specialist, non-profit leader, international education, and exchange professional, specializing in programming related to Japan and China. She also identifies as a black woman who has greatly benefited from and been transformed by various international experiences. She leverages these experiences, skills, and knowledge together into her current two leadership roles.
She is Founder and Chief Executive and Transformation Officer for Global Equity Forward, a strategic consulting and advisory company for international inclusion, diversity, and racial awareness. Mya’s unique international lens, grounding in sociological principles, and excellence in cross-cultural communication, regularly attracts organizations and engages people from around the world to her transformational learning offerings. Her trainings and workshops create “spaces of inclusion” where people can ask the uncomfortable questions about racial justice and work through developing their “voice” with which to engage in constructive conversations with others. Her goal is for participants to be engaged, critical thinkers who will contribute to the reimagining of societies grounded in principles of equity and inclusion.
Additionally, Mya is Director of the Richard U. Light Fellowship at Yale University. The fellowship provides full-funding support for intensive language study by Yale students in Japan, China, South Korea, or Taiwan. As Director, she is responsible for leading the administration and management as well as setting the strategic vision of the fellowship. She is passionate about international exchange and brings extensive experience studying and working in Japan notably as founding administrator of the Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship, and former Director of Education and the TOMODACHI Initiative at the U.S.-Japan Council.
She is an enthusiastic supporter of next-generation leadership development. Encouraging young people to embrace their leadership potential, pursue interests in international opportunities, and discover their place and purpose in the world motivates and inspires her every day. Mya holds degrees from Williams College (BA, Psychology and Sociology), New York University (MA, International Education) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MS and PhD, Sociology). In her free time, she enjoys watching movies in the theater, spoiling her two pet guinea pigs (Ralphie and Magik), listening to audiobooks, traveling, practicing yoga, and doing Zumba.
Dr. Mark Granada
Dr. Mark Granada is a partner at Northern Virginia Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates and a board certified pulmonary and critical care physician. He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital and the Washington DC VA Medical Center, where he served as chief medical resident. He completed his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Boston University/Boston Medical Center.
Mark currently serves as the Director of the Inova Fairfax Hospital Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT), a multi-disciplinary team tasked with urgent management of high risk pulmonary embolism cases. He previously served as the Associate Medical Director of the Acute Pulmonary Unit of Inova Fairfax and as co-managing partner at Northern Virginia Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates. He enjoys teaching rotating medical students and residents from Georgetown, George Washington University, and Virginia Commonwealth University and was awarded the Golden Apple Teaching Award by GWU medical students.
His research has been published in the journals of Allergy and Immunology and Clinical and Molecular Allergy and he has been an invited guest speaker on the topics of asthma, COPD, and pulmonary embolism. He was also recognized by Virginia Living as one of the areas “Top Docs.”
When not taking care of patients, Mark spends time with his wife Christine and two young daughters, Lucy ’31 and Clara ’34, both students at McLean School. Mark and Christine recently welcomed their third daughter, Alice, into the family over the summer.
Melissa Gray-Hughes, Co-Head of School
Prior to McLean, Melissa spent more than 13 years in marketing and brand management across several industries. Melissa officially joined the Development Office in 2016 to help launch the Envision McLean Campaign. She was excited by the opportunity to tell McLean’s unique story while building a culture of philanthropy at the School. Melissa earned a BA in English at Spelman College and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Melissa is also well acquainted with McLean as an Alumni Parent. “My son Leander enrolled at McLean as a fifth grader, and when I saw the work of the teachers and the incredible progress he made, I wanted in; I wanted to be part of something so special, to understand how and why, and to be part of the team that makes it happen. I am grateful I get to do this work, and to ensure that these same extraordinary opportunities exist for other children like mine, now and in the future.”
Beth Ising is a proud McLean School parent, and her son, Theo, is in the Class of 2024 attending McLean since grade 3. Beth is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, DC office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance and its ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) practices. She advises public companies and their boards on corporate governance, securities law and, ESG and sustainability matters. Beth also regularly counsels non-profits on governance matters.
In 2022, for the second year in a row, Beth was named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmakers in America list for Corporate Governance and Securities Regulation, which recognizes lawyers who “set the pace for lawyering in the financial world.” BTI Consulting named Beth an MVP to its 2018 and 2019 BTI Client Service All-Stars lists, as determined by a poll of corporate counsel. Chambers USA has recognized Beth as a top Securities Regulation attorney in each of the last six years. She also has been named to The Best Lawyers in America list annually since 2018. In 2017, Beth was elected as a fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. She is a member of the advisory boards of Northwestern University’s Securities Regulation Institute and the University of Delaware’s John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance. Early in her career she was named a “Rising Star of Corporate Governance” by Yale School of Management’s Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. Beth previously served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Corporate Governance.
Beth received her JD with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her BS in Political Science and a minor in Journalism from James Madison University. Beth is a rabid UNC Tar Heels fan and was “rescued” by her two dogs.
Brian Jacobson, President, Parents Association
Brian is a McLean School parent and his son (Class of 2033) started at the school in second grade. A Colorado native transplanted to the East Coast, Brian lives with his husband and son in North Bethesda.
Brian graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was the Director of Environmental Affairs for Qwest Communications in Denver, CO before making a career transition to technology which is one of his life-long passions. His consultancy, STUDIO 34, specializes in web design and development, social media strategy, and mobile application development. Most recently, he was Chief Digital Officer for a diversity, equity, and inclusion technology firm before stepping back to devote more time to his son.
To better support his son, Brian volunteers at McLean and is the Parents Association President.
Dr. Leah Larson-Rabin
Leah received her undergraduate degree from Williams College and her MIPA./JD and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having attended a progressive school from kindergarten through grade 12, she recognizes and values the importance of teaching kids how to think, not what to think. Moreover, Leah deeply appreciates McLean’s approach to cherishing the diverse gifts and abilities every child has to offer, while helping them all to be empathetic and engaged citizens of the world.
Matthew McNally brings over 30 years of experience supporting technology and administration within higher education at Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, and, most recently Catholic University where he serves as the Senior AVP of Administration. With an eye towards process redesign – aligning an institution’s goals with its existing and developing capabilities – he brings in-depth experience with the operations of educational, mission-driven institutions. He lives with his wife, their twin daughters, who are proud Mustangs, and his adopted poodle son in Rockville, Maryland. Time not spent skiing in the winter is spent camping in the summer. He is a passionate advocate for education in general, and the McLean model in particular.
Joy Arnold Russell
Joy Arnold Russell is a senior level executive with over 25 years of government affairs, stakeholder engagement, and issues management experience, directing major government, corporate, and non-profit strategies and initiatives. Her strategic and political acumen has led to a track record of accomplishment in government affairs, public relations, business negotiations, and partnership development. Ms. Russell has spent her career developing and executing strategies and initiatives to drive new business development and help achieve organizational priorities and goals. She is recognized for her ability to navigate our region’s ecosystems with a results-oriented disposition.
Ms. Russell currently serves as Chief of Staff for Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and is responsible for developing, advocating for, and communicating the County Executive’s policy based and public agenda. She leads the County’s local state and federal governmental affairs efforts, as well as the Communications, Stakeholder, Policy/Planning/Public Affairs, and Strategic Partnership Divisions. Ms. Russell advises the County Executive on matters ranging from economic development to health and human services and everything in between. She addresses and mitigates hot button issues across the government and navigates the political environment to solve problems and drive results for the Alsobrooks Administration.
Ms. Russell holds a law degree from the University of Maryland and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from James Madison University. Over the years she has held positions on numerous local boards including but not limited to the University of Maryland Medical System’s Capital Region Health Center, the Prince George’s County Community Foundation, the Washington Economic Development Partnership, and Democrats for Education Reform.
Ms. Russell and her family reside in Washington, DC. Her son, Derrick, is in the Class of 2027 at McLean.
Meredith Shears is a proud mother of two McLean School students, Nick ’26 and Chris ’28. Currently, she provides expertise on financial statement audits, accounting, risk management, and internal controls to federal entities.
Prior to being an independent consultant. Ms. Shears was a partner at Cotton & Company, LLP, a regional accounting firm with nearly 200 professionals. She has led financial statement audits; large, multifaceted consulting engagements; and performance audits at numerous federal organizations – all with varying organizational structures, cultures, leadership styles, risks, and in different states of change. In addition to client facing work, Ms. Shears was involved in managing Cotton & Company, including strategic planning, business development and marketing efforts, and mentoring and training its professionals.
Ms. Shears has a BS in Biology from James Madison University, an Accounting Certificate from the University of Virginia, and a MBA from Marymount University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia. Ms. Shears is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). She has served as Institute of Internal Auditors DC Chapter board member and represented Cotton & Company, LLP on the AGA’s Corporate Partner Accounting and Auditing Committee.
Meredith resides in Arlington, VA, with her husband, their two sons, two cats, and their Norwegian buhund. She enjoys family movie and game nights, walking their dog, and traveling.
Jennifer F. Walsh is a Public Affairs Director with Foley & Lardner LLP. She has extensive experience in government affairs, including a lengthy career as a senior staffer in the US Congress and the California Legislature, and as a Vice President for Federal Government Affairs at a top 20 Fortune 500 healthcare company. Jennifer has effectively advanced key issues before the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and the Administration. She is a member of the firm’s Government & Public Policy Practice. Prior to joining Foley, Jennifer served as Vice President for federal government affairs at a leading multinational healthcare company, where she developed and executed strategies to impact policy objectives and y increase the company’s visibility among opinion leaders. Jennifer collaborated with colleagues across the healthcare industry, including third parties and trade associations to ensure effective execution and success of the company’s priorities. Jennifer served nine years as chief of staff to former Congressman Dennis Cardoza, 18th District of California. She was Chief Advisor and Principal Strategist on all legislative and political activity and served as primary liaison with the Bush and Obama Administrations, Members of Congress, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the California Democratic Delegation. She also served as finance director for the Cardoza for Congress campaign, where she developed and managed a $2 million fundraising effort. Previously she served as a Chief of Staff in the California State Legislature as well as a Congressional Field Representative, Deputy Campaign Manager and House Democratic Caucus Program Director to former Congressman Vic Fazio, 3rd Congressional District of California. Jennifer and her husband, Darin, reside in McLean, Virginia with their two children, Dylan ’26, who is a student at McLean, and Kate.
John is a McLean School parent, and his daughter, Jillian, has been at McLean since kindergarten. John is Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer for Albright Capital Management LLC. He brings more than 30 years of interdisciplinary experience managing a variety of investment strategies and emerging markets products in both institutional capital markets and alternative asset management.
Prior to joining Albright Capital, John was Managing Director and lead public markets portfolio manager for Darby Overseas Investments, Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Templeton Investments. He also helped establish ING Groep NV as the preeminent emerging markets investment bank, serving in various roles in trading and analytics. He was Global Head of Emerging Markets Proprietary Trading for ING Barings in London in the 1990’s.
John earned a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. John and his wife, Jeanett, reside in Washington DC with their two children.