Our Board of Directors

ECC's Board of Directors is responsible for the policies, finances, fundraising and administration of the school.  Our Board is currently made up of dedicated parents of former and current ECC students.  If you have any interest in joining the Board, please email The Board.    
Sarah Chiriaco (she/her)
President
Sarah joined the Board in 2022. She has a background in operations, business development, and recruitment with a focus on international programs. She currently oversees HQ Operations at Creative Associates International; she brings 12 years of experience to the role, including travel to more than 20 countries. Sarah attended The George Washington University, where she received her BA in International Affairs. Sarah currently lives in the Rockville area with her family, including one child in ECC, another who will join in the near future, and their 15 year old cat. She is a passionate runner who has done more than 25 marathons (and is always happy to talk running with anyone who will listen).
Amy Castner (she/her)
Treasurer
Amy joined the Board in 2021. She is currently a member of the principal professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where she leads technical research projects and serves as a line manager. Amy's background is in Computer Science and Mathematics and she attended the University of Maryland in College Park and The Johns Hopkins University. Amy grew up in Rockville and returned to raise a family. She and her husband have three children, including two ECC alum and a future ECC student. In her spare time, Amy enjoys making pottery and spending time with her family around Rockville and beyond.
Laura Martens (she/her)
Secretary
Laura is thrilled for this opportunity to join the Board in 2022. She views it as the perfect way to give back to ECC, the school her oldest son graduated from and her youngest son is attending. This year, her son is currently enrolled as an Owl.

 

A lifetime ago, Laura edited for a private surveillance company, designed yearbooks for middle and high schools, and joined the service department at a luxury car dealership. Her passions then drew her to the world of retail. She was often incredulous that she would receive paychecks for working dream jobs at Bath and Body Works and DSW. Nowadays, she's found herself addicted to vanilla lattes, she's quite loyal to her Bravo shows, and she's up for any podcast while out walking her dog multiple times a day.

 

Her heart belongs to her husband, Luke, her two sons, Nate and Zachary, her beloved dog, Ribsy, and their three fish, Coral, Diamond, and Dory. Laura is originally from the suburbs of Chicago but is now truly attached to ECC and its welcoming community.

Jocelyn Lewandowski (she/her)
At-Large
Jocelyn joined the Board in 2020. She currently works as a Project Manager and Senior Preparedness Analyst for Argonne National Laboratory's Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division. Prior to joining Argonne, she worked as a Project Manager and Business Management Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 15 years, specializing in stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, policy development and implementation, and program development. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she received a BA in Psychology and Sociology. Jocelyn resides in Rockville with her husband and two sons - both former ECC students. 
Kristen Konopka Pazan (she/her)
At-Large
Kristen joined the Board in 2022. She is the proud mother of two empowered young women, including three year-old Opal who currently attends ECC. Kristen has worked in healthcare consulting for over a decade and is currently with Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. Kristen has undergraduate and graduate degrees from The George Washington University. She and her family live in the Woodley Gardens neighborhood of Rockville, where she was also born and raised. They are thrilled to be part of the ECC community and she appreciates the opportunity to give back through serving on the Board.