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Stacy joined the Board after many years of being a Bokamoso program supporter. Her connection to Bokamoso began when the first group of Winterveldt youth came to St. Andrew’s several years ago. The first time she heard the youth perform at chapel she felt an immediate and intense emotional connection with them. She cites the richness of the music and the depth of the performer’s passion as prime factors that built her connections with the program.
In 2008, her daughter had the opportunity to work with the Bokamoso youth in chorus class and Stacy observed how meaningful and intriguing that experience was for her as well.
Stacy continued to deepen her connections with Bokamoso by working with Roy Barber to develop materials and school exhibits that document the impact of the exchange program on St. Andrew’s curriculum. Stacy has been a host with the Bokamoso Dream Breakfast annual fundraiser and a mentor for new volunteers. Her family has hosted Bokamoso youth during the performing arts tour and she chaperoned the St. Andrew’s students on the 2011 South Africa trip.
She has a strong commitment to help develop a sustainable Bokamoso Centre, capable of providing critical services to the youth of Winterveldt. Stacy is particularly interested in the continued improvement of the scholarship process and the academic support to the tuition recipients. She has a keen interest in the effectiveness and efficiency of the program’s activities, the Centre’s physical facilities, and to strengthen communication among the network of supporters.
Stacy is the Diversity Director and a Spanish teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She has been in the teaching profession for over 15 years, including two years at Benjamin Banneker High School and teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Adams Morgan, both located in Washington, D.C. She is a former U.S. House of Representatives Banking Committee staff member, specializing in international development and finance.