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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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 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.