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Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Board members are volunteers who comprise the governing body of AYPO. The Board of Directors meets bi-monthly and is responsible for approving policy, provides leadership in fundraising activities and is legally responsible for the organization. Members interested in learning about board service or attending a meeting should contact the Executive Director at (703) 642-8053 or

Karen Leyva, President*
Business Strategy Consultant
Leyva Strategies, LLC

Robert Sollinger, Past President*

Ben Baldanza, Treasurer*
Former CEO of Spirit Airlines

William S. Hong, Secretary*
Institute for Defense Analyses

Bob Cunningham
Cabot Consultants

Keth Ditthavong
Ditthavong & Steiner, P.C.

Kurt Huffman
Director of School, Business and Community Partnerships
Alexandria City Public Schools

Jeffrey Hunter
Attorney Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Jeanie Kartalian
Physician (ret)

John Thomann

Patti Reid
Civic Leader

Chris Sanchez
Northern Virginia Music School & Director at Capitol City Strings, LLC

Marty Smith
Chief Operating Officer, Fairfax County Public Schools

Brad W. Spencer


*indicates Executive Committee


Honorary Board of Directors

Margaret Adams, Past President
Civic Leader

Carl J. Bianchi
AYSO Conductor Emeritus

Michael Blakeslee, Past President
NAfME: National Association for Music Education

Luis Haza
AYPO Music Director Emeritus

Margaret Makris
Civic Leader

William McSweeny
Chevy Chase Bank

Gianandrea Noseda
Music Director, National Symphony Orchestra

Alma Powell
America's Promise Alliance for Youth

Arturo Sandoval

Leonard Slatkin
Music Director, Detroit Symphony Orchestra