Vassar Club of Washington, D.C. Annual Meeting

Please join us for the 

Vassar Club of Washington, D.C. Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 30, 2013
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

KaBOOM! Offices
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite ML-1 (M Floor)
Washington, DC 20008

You are invited to join the Vassar Club of Washington, D.C. for a lively panel discussion on the state of early childhood and elementary education, and the work being done to strengthen crucial resources for our nation’s children. The discussion will feature wide-ranging perspectives in policy, practice, and resource development.


Jake Berzoff-Cohen ’11 is a Community Organizer with the Child First Authority. Child First is a non-profit organization committed to developing healthy, well-rounded youth, strengthening schools, and building community power in the City of Baltimore. Originally from Massachusetts, Jake began organizing in Baltimore during the summer of 2010. He was instrumental in organizing last year’s passage of the Baltimore City School Construction Authority Act: a $1 billion commitment from the MD General Assembly to rebuild over 35 Baltimore City Public Schools before 2020. Jake graduated from Vassar in 2011.

Ann-Barron Carneal ’92, has worked in the independent school setting for over 15 years. She received her Master’s in Middle School Education from Shady Hill School’s Teacher Training Course and Lesley University. Prior to taking time off to raise a family, she was a 6th grade homeroom teacher at Sidwell Friends School. Currently, she is back at Sidwell part-time, teaching math to 5th and 6th graders. Ann-Barron loves working with young middle schoolers, especially because of their openness to new ideas and to taking risks and because of their burgeoning capability to reason abstractly. 

Susan K. Sclafani, Ph.D. ’66, serves as Vice President for Program Management for Pearson Education. She manages the development of a digital system of courses for K-12 English language arts and content literacy and K-11 mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Prior to that she served as Director of State Services for the National Center on Education and the Economy. From 2005-2008, Dr. Sclafani served as Managing Director of Chartwell, working with US and international governmental and non-profit organizations on education issues. As Assistant Secretary of Education for Vocational and Adult Education and Counselor to the Secretary of Education from 2001-2005, Dr. Sclafani was the US education representative to OECD and APEC. Dr. Sclafani had served as Chief of Staff for Education Services in the Houston Independent School District. 

Meg Taylor ’12, graduated from Vassar College in 2012, double majoring in Russian Studies and Religion. After graduation, she joined Teach For America in Washington, DC and became a 1st and 2nd grade special education teacher at Truesdell Education Campus, where she also coaches soccer. At the end of this school year, she will take on the role of Executive Director of Capitol Squash, a nonprofit after-school program in Hartford, Connecticut. Capitol Squash strives to provide better educational opportunities to students in underserved communities, by bringing together academics and athletics.

Lenny Steinhorn ’77 (moderator) is a professor of Public Communication and an affiliate professor of History at American University. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, race relations, the 1960s, and recent American history. He is author of The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, co-author of By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race, and founding editor of PunditWire, where political speechwriters comment on the news. Steinhorn was twice named AU Faculty Member of the Year, and he also was named Honors Professor of the Year in 2010. Before joining the AU faculty, he spent 15 years as a political consultant and speechwriter.

 Prior to the panel discussion, you will be asked to participate in our annual business meeting at which dues-paying members will be eligible to vote on the confirmation of our new slate of officers and proposed changes to the organization’s by-laws.

Reception begins at 6:30 pm, with the program beginning at 7:00 pm. This event is free.

RSVP by visiting the OAAD website here or by calling 978-600-8124.

Published January 21, 2014