John Hockmeyer, Co-Chair

John is a lifelong advocate of education as a vehicle for people to improve their lives. John has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, M.Ed. from George Washington University, and M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. John taught high school level English in Charleston, SC, at the county magnet school for at-risk youth. He then changed career fields and worked for MedImmune-AstraZeneca, a global life sciences company, for 17 years. He held several roles of increasing responsibility in Sales & Marketing, Corporate Development & Strategy, and Biologics Manufacturing Operations Strategy. John and his family moved to Talbot County in 2013 from Bethesda, MD. John left the pharmaceutical industry and now manages agricultural properties; his wife Tracy Hockmeyer, PhD., a former research scientist, is a licensed acupuncturist and co-owner of EbbTide Wellness Studio in Easton. They have two young children at The Country School, Boden and Grace.

Richard Ward, Co-Chair

Richard Ward is the Vice President and owner of Rockville Fuel and Feed Company, Inc., a family business in Rockville, MD with a main product of ready-mixed concrete for commercial construction projects. He is also President and Founder of RFF Properties, a commercial real estate and property management firm and President of Richards-Wilbert, Inc. a funeral products supply and service company. Richard has a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He is a Board Member Emeritus at The Treatment and Learning Centers in Rockville, MD. At TLC Richard was a board member for 14 years, Board President for 3 years and was instrumental in adding a high school for severely learning-disabled children. Richard is very familiar with the independent school world having attended Georgetown Preparatory School, and serving on the boards of The Christ Episcopal School in Rockville, Saint Anne’s School of Annapolis, and Trinity School of Frederick where he also served some time as Head of School. In his spare time, Richard enjoys boating and spending time with his family. His twins, Lilli and Colin, graduated from The Country School in 2017.

Justin Nonemaker, Board President

Justin Nonemaker is co-founding partner of ShoreGate Partners, a privately held real estate company based out of Easton, Maryland.  ShoreGate invests and manages a real estate portfolio for close family and friends with a wide range of holdings including commercial and multi-family properties located throughout the Mid-Atlantic as well as several thousand acres of timber and farmland on the Eastern Shore.  Prior to founding ShoreGate Partners, Justin was a Managing Director of the New York and Mid-Atlantic region for Meritage Properties, a private equity firm focused on commercial real estate investment.  He was responsible for the asset management of over 1.4 million square feet of office space spread over seven assets located in the New York City metropolitan area and greater Washington, DC. Prior to joining Meritage in December of 2005, Justin spent nearly four years with Goldman Sachs & Co. in downtown Manhattan, working within the Equities Division. Justin graduated from Colgate University in 2002 with concentrations in both Economics and Spanish. 

Justin met his wife, Chesley, in Manhattan in 2005 and they married on April 5, 2008.  They have three children, Camilla (5), Sage (4), and James (2).  Justin and his family moved to Easton in June of 2013 from Potomac, Maryland.

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, MBA, Trustee

Lakshmi is a physician who specializes in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is currently the Medical Director of the Palliative Care Program at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. In addition to the clinical care of patients, Lakshmi has leadership experience in health care, having chaired and served on a number of hospital committees and initiatives. Her passion is innovation in health care delivery that can improve quality and affordability.
 
Lakshmi completed her medical school at Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India. She then went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. A life-long learner, Lakshmi recently graduated from the Executive MBA program at the University of Maryland R. H. Smith School of Business. Lakshmi lives in Easton with her husband, Dr. John Foley and their children Tara (‘23) and Arjun (‘25).
 
 

Chad Hill '94, Trustee

Chad Hill was born and raised in Easton, Maryland, and is a member of The Country School Class of 1994. He is a 1998 graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, and a 2002 graduate of Elon University, where he earned a Business degree with a concentration in Marketing.

Upon returning to the Eastern Shore, Chad lived in Salisbury, where he owned and operated a successful full-service car wash. In 2010, Chad married Lindsey Moore. They moved to Easton in 2014 and now have two children: Laurie (Class of ’26) and David (age 4). 

Chad is vice president of Hill Hospitality, a hotel management and development company based in Easton, which operates a number of hotels along the East Coast. He is vice president of Caulk Management company, which manages various commercial buildings and businesses in Maryland. He serves as a Board member for Channel Marker, Inc. and is passionate about mental health awareness and advocating for the fight against the stigma of mental illness. He is also a proud and active volunteer for Character Counts and Junior Achievement.

Chad’s many interests include playing golf, traveling, surfing, and spending time with family and friends at the beach.

Jean Waller Brune

Jean Waller Brune was Head of Roland Park Country School from July 1, 1992 until her retirement in June of 2016 when she became Head of School Emerita. She was the sixth Head in School history and the first alumna to serve in this position.  She graduated from Middlebury College, magna cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Jean holds a Master’s in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University.

Before RPCS, she worked at Gilman School for 24 years as a teacher and administrator, serving as Lower School Head from 1988-1992.  She has served on the AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland Schools) Academic Advisory Board, chaired the AIMS Accreditation Committee and is a past President of the AIMS Board of Trustees.  She is also past President of the IAAM (Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland) and has served as a member of the Landon School Board of Trustees. Additionally, Jean serves on the Executive Committee of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust and has been the District IV Regent for Cum Laude for the past several years.  Jean was named one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Maryland Women in 2012.

She received the Rotary Club of Baltimore Paul Harris Fellow in 2011 for service to the community and a Fullwood Foundation Honor in 1997 for Roland Park Country School’s commitment to diversity. Jean also received the Gilman School Edward K. Dunn Fellow for exceptional contribution to the development of character of students. She is active in Roland Park Presbyterian Church, where she has contributed as Clerk of Session, taught Sunday School, and chaired the Stewardship and Worship Committees.

Dorothy Johnson, CSPA President

Dorothy Johnson was born and raised in Caroline County, where she lives with her husband C.O., son R.P. '21, and daughter Reagan '24.

Dorothy has been involved with The Country School in many volunteer capacities, including as a room parentand as current Parents' Association president. She is passionate about her work with the CSPA Board and involvement with the student/parent body.

Previously, Dorothy was the Logistics Director at Paris Foods Corp for 14 years, and as a child greeted customers in her family's Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, New York City. Dorothy enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family.
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