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Trustee Biographies

Justin Nonemaker, 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.

Bruce Armistead, Vice President

A former Country School trustee and Board President, Bruce served a 6 year term which ended in 2006 and has served on the Finance and Investment Committees ever since. Bruce’s daughter Corrine is a member of The Country School Class of 2005. He is an attorney with Armistead, Griswold, Lee, and Rust, and has served on numerous Boards in our area, including leadership roles with the Waterfowl Festival and Chesapeake College Foundation. Bruce’s wife Blenda also served 12 years on the Board and as President.

Jenny Benson, Secretary

Jenny is the mother of  Gray (’14) and Caroline (’15), both third generation Country School students.  She served as room parent for multiple years, Flower Market Chair, Hospitality Chair, Auction Co-Chair, and President of the Parents’ Association Board.  She also served the Board of Trustees on the Anti-Bullying Task Force, the Diversity Committee and the Committee For Trustees.

Bradley V. Hill ’86, Treasurer

Brad is a partner in the Hill Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, which consists of 9 members who comprise over 100 years of experience. The Hill Group manages over $825 million in assets and is registered in 37 states.  He was recognized in December 2006 by On Wall Street as one of the Top Advisors Under 40. Additionally for 2011 Barron’s magazine ranked the Hill Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as one of the Top 5 Advisors in Maryland.  Brad and his wife, Allison, have three children, Grace, Jane and John and reside in Easton, MD. Brad is a past director of CASA of Talbot County and is a past president of the Talbot County YMCA. Brad has also served as the Treasurer of the Talbot County Country Club and the Talbot County YMCA.

Pam Andrews, CSPA President

Pam has served as Vice-President and Volunteer Coordinator for the CSPA Board, co-chair of Grandparents & Special Friends Day, the Holiday Breakfast and Room Parent. Pam graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Business Administration. She is the President of Paul T. Ewing Inc., a store providing landscaping, masonry and general contractor materials as well as excavation services to both contractors and homeowners in Easton. Pam resides in Easton with her husband, Charlie and her three children, Tucker ’17, Avery ’20 and Kate ’22.

Gray Boutté '98

Gray is a member of The Country School Class of 1998 and a graduate of Episcopal High School and the University of Vermont.  In school Gray enjoyed wrestling, boxing, and rugby.  He is currently Senior Vice President - Investment Officer with Wells Fargo Advisors in Easton.  He also worked in boat yards and as a mountain guide before becoming a financial advisor.

Gray resides in Easton with his wife Krista and their two children, Mason and Lea ’21. Gray’s father-in-law, Henry Dunning, is the School’s network administrator. Gray was named The Country School’s Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2014.  He has been an active volunteer for the US Coast Guard, District 05-S; Mates of the States Leadership Society; Character Counts; and The Country School. He has also served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Trust for the National Mall and a Partner of Habitat for Humanity.

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.

Bernadette Devine ’95

Bernadette Devine grew up in Easton, MD, and attended The Country School and St. Andrew’s School. She graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a B.A. in psychology where she was awarded The Harvard College Scholarship and the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Certificate of Merit for academic achievement. She was a four-year member of the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team.

Upon graduating from college, Bernadette worked in feature film production and in sports marketing as a consultant for American Express in New York. In 2008 she returned to her high school alma mater to work in Advancement. She is the Director of Parent Relations & Giving and the Director of Young Alumni Relations at St. Andrew’s School. She is the class advisor to the Class of 2014, an advisor to six students, Co-Director of the Women’s Network, and Co-Director of the College Network.  She also works with her brother on their family oyster farm, Barren Island Oysters, as the Director of Marketing and Social Media.

Zuleika Ghodsi

Zuleika and her husband Ali Soulati moved to Easton in 2001. Zuleika is the president of Delmarva Laser Eye Center. She has practiced Ophthalmology in Easton for thirteen years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University after which she attended Medical School and continued with her Ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa. She is currently a board member for the United Fund of Talbot County.  At the Country School, Zuleika has served as a room parent for multiple years, Hospitality Chair, Chair of Grandparents and Special Friends Day, rummage sale volunteer, and is a member of our Diversity Committee. Their daughters Heleah ('17) and Anya ('21) currently attend The Country School.  Her oldest daughter Hanna graduated from The Country School in 2014 and now attends St. Andrews School.

Christy Gibson

Christy Gibson has been a part of The Country School family for three years now. Her two sons are currently in the first and second grade. Christy is no newcomer to Country School events though. She has been involved in the school’s fundraising and volunteer activities since day one by serving as a Buddy Family, an Auction Co-Chair, a Golf Tournament Co-Chair, a Room Parent, a Committee Member in the Lower Head School Search and participating in several CSPA events in one capacity or another.
 
Prior to her life at The Country School, Christy spent more than ten years in Washington, D.C. in government relations working with national organizations in corporate, non-profit and for-profit sectors with a focus on fundraising, advocacy and technology. Locally, Christy is a member of the Mid-Shore League of Republican Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, General Perry Benson chapter and the Christ Church of Easton where she served as a member of the Vestry for three years, during their most recent Capitol Campaign. She is also involved in the fitness programs at Hearthstone Health and Fitness.
 
Previous professional and social affiliations in Talbot County include serving for the Republican Central Committee as Treasurer and Member and working on several local and national political races. Christy served Christ Church Day School as President of the Parents Association and on various other committees, as well as volunteering for Talbot Hospice Festival of the Trees, The Waterfowl Festival, among others. Christy earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and currently resides in Easton.

Lee Gordon

Lee Gordon is an attorney at Parker Counts where she focuses on estate planning and estate administration.   Lee is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Politics from Washington & Lee University’s Williams School of Commerce and graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law with honors.  She resides on a family farm with her husband, Will, and children, Bennett (’24) and Mary (’25).  Lee has served as the President of the Board for Christ Church Day School, Treasurer for the Baker-King Fund,  and is a member of the Talbot County Advisory Board for Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

John Hockmeyer

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 property; his wife Tracy Hockmeyer, PhD., a former research scientist, is a licensed acupuncturist and adjunct faculty at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. They have two young children, Boden and Grace.

Brian McCalmon

Brian is a partner in the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Group of K&L Gates LLP, a multinational law firm with 41 offices spanning four continents.  A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Brian graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Letters, then received his J.D. and Master’s in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in 1996.  From 2006-2011, Brian served on the Board of Trustees of National Presbyterian School in Washington, DC, where he chaired the Investment and Governance Committees and served three years as the Board’s Vice President.  Brian has also served as an ordained Deacon at the National Presbyterian Church in DC, and as a member of its Stewardship and Strategic Planning Committees.  Previously from Arlington, VA, Brian and his wife, Julia, live in Easton and have three kids:  Joe (’14), Ben (’18), and Ellie ('22).

L. Nash McMahan

Nash is a third generation McMahan owner in the family business Tri Gas & Oil Co., Inc., a 50+ year old petroleum/propane marketer headquartered in Federalsburg, Md. In June 2000 he devoted full attention to Tri Gas & Oil and today serves as the company’s President. Today Tri Gas & Oil serves customers for home, commercial and Ag delivery in Delaware and Maryland. Nash is proud to serve alongside his sister, Julie, and brother, David, under the guidance of their father, Keith.

He is a Past President of the Mid Atlantic Propane Gas Association and is actively involved with its Legislative Committee, serves on the Mid Atlantic Petroleum Dealers Association Board of Directors, serves M&T Bank-Mid Atlantic on their Directors Advisory Council and is a Trustee for Chesapeake College. He served on the Board of Directors for Caroline Chamber of Commerce, the Mid Shore Council on Family Violence and represented Caroline County on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Board. Due to the nature of the business he frequents Annapolis during session and is involved with industry associations and serves on various committees.

Nash graduated from Towson State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science. He and his wife Melanie are lifetime residents of Caroline County, attend Ames United Methodist Church, and reside in Williston with their son, Brennan '23, and daughter, Rilynn '24, who attend The Country School.

Robert McWilliams

Robbie is the Owner and CEO of Federal Resources Supply Company. He has been with Federal Resources since 2003. For the past 10 years, Mr. McWilliams provided the vision and mission of Federal Resources Supply Company to be successful in the extremely competitive Department of Defense (DoD) and Military markets. Under his direction, the company has experienced an average annual growth of 40%.  This growth is attributed to his leadership in the improvement of business processes and contract execution of projects within the Federal government in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) markets. Mr. McWilliams works tirelessly to streamline contract execution for government customers and warfighters ensuring they receive the critical equipment needed to protect the United States from both, foreign and domestic, threats. Robert’s passion for our servicepersons and first responders is rivaled by none.  His corporate vision and morals have provided a new standard for contractors conducting business with the DoD. 

Born and reared on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Robert attended Towson University on a golf scholarship and was awarded degrees in 1998.  While attending Towson University, Robert met his future wife, Chrissy Cerutti. Robert and Chrissy have four children, two girls and two boys. Ethan, their oldest son, is in 4th grade at TCS  They have both stayed close to their roots settling not only Robert’s business, but their family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Their family enjoys the closeness of the Eastern Shore communities and are regular attendees at their local church and community activities. Robert currently serves on the C2C board as a young entrepreneur advisor and has advised multiple charitable organizations.

Chad Nagel

Chad Nagel is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore where he resides with his wife, Stephanie and 3 children, Rex ('16), Caroline ('18) and Clay ('21), all students at The Country School.  Currently, Chad is Executive Vice-President of Nagel Farm Service, Inc. which is an agri-business firm in the Mid-Atlantic focused on trading physical agricultural commodities and providing risk management services to grain producers.  His day-to-day activities include directing the company’s risk management practices, grain merchandising efforts, transportation logistics, and crop insurance agency.  He has also worked for the Linn Group on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and for Frost Brown Todd in Chicago, a 500+ attorney national law firm, where he directed the firm’s estate plan administration service. Chad also has his CPA.

When not at the office, Chad enjoys waterfowl hunting, skiing, boating, golfing and spending time with his wife and three children.  Chad is very active with Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, MD where he and Stephanie lead an affiliated group on the Eastern Shore.  Presently Chad is Treasurer of the Advisory Board for The Salvation Army of the Mid-Shore, a board member of the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce and a director for the National Grain and Feed Association where he also serves on the country elevator committee.

Jennifer Runz

Jennifer has served as President of the CSPA, Co-Chair of the auction, Treasurer for the CSPA board, room parent, and on several other school committees. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She worked 8 years in the acute care setting on the parental and enteral nutrition team and 5 years in the pharmaceutical industry in sales and management. Jennifer and her husband Christopher, a urologic surgeon, have 2 daughters Ava (’20) and Alivia (’21) and live in Easton.

Bob Statkiewicz

Bob grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern’s Graduate School of Business.  He has spent most of his career as a commercial real estate developer specializing in shopping centers and pharmacies.  He has served on the Boards of The Country School, Roland Park Country School, Gunston School, and Initiative for the Development of an Eastern Shore Alternative High School (IDEA).  At Country School, Roland Park, and Gunston, he chaired the Buildings & Grounds Committee, and he served as the Chairman of the Board at Gunston.  In addition, Bob is an Eagle Scout and has served as an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts in just about every capacity, having been involved with scouting for 55 years.   He is an amateur arctic explorer and collector of Inuit art.  Since 1997 he has explored most of the Canadian Territory of Nunavut, Manitoba, and northwestern Greenland by dog sled, kayak, and backpacking.  In celebration of his 60th birthday, Bob skied 186 miles over the Arctic Ocean to the North Pole, and he has climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  He is an avid winter camper and a certified wilderness first responder.  Bob and his wife Paula have three daughters, two of whom graduated from The Country School before the family relocated to Baltimore for his middle daughter’s high school years.

Luther Tucker

Luther grew up outside Cincinnati, attended St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, majored in English at Hobart (B.A.), served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama in 1965-67 where he taught English and helped start a fishing co-op. After being discharged from the U.S. Army in 1970, Luther worked at the Smithsonian Institution, and later at the Chesapeake Biological Lab. He returned to school for a B.S. in zoology at the University of Maryland, and a master’s in fisheries at Auburn University. At Auburn, he taught aquaculture to foreign students, then moved with his family to Cameroon, West Africa, to coordinate a program in aquaculture for USAID (1981-1983).   “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day.  Teach a man to grow fish and feed him for a lifetime.” Luther recently retired after 24 years as president of the Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation.  He has served on the board of the Maryland Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, The Country School (1989-1995 – as board president 1993-95), Adkins Arboretum, the Vestry of Christ Church, Easton, and The Cathedral Chapter of the Diocese of Easton.  Luther and his wife Cordelia (Cordy) bought their home in Easton in 1981 and moved here permanently with their daughter Elisa in 1984. Cordy and Luther are happy to have their grandsons nearby – David ’22 and Aidan ’24 Ford.

Richard Ward

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, will graduate from The Country School this year.

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