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)
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, 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).
Kristen Konopka Pazan (she/her)
Kristen joined the Board in 2022. She is the proud mother of two empowered young women, including four 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.
Laura Martens (she/her)
Laura is thrilled to be a Board member since 2022. She views it as the perfect way to give back to ECC, the school both of her sons attended.
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.