Dear Fellow Members of the Oakcrest Family,

Our beloved school continues to flourish and mature in its permanent home.  The Oakcrest Board of Directors wants to offer gratitude and congratulations to Dr. Mary Ortiz, our Head of School, and her team for a peaceful and joyful first year in our permanent campus.  They hit the ground running last summer, preparing the building in a very short period of time for the arrival of the students. In addition, they hosted a series of special events, such as the dedication of the chapel, an open house for neighbors, and the spectacular Homecoming celebration.  They showed tremendous flexibility and sporting spirit throughout the school year in a brand new and unfamiliar facility. We are very grateful for such a successful inaugural year in our Vienna campus.

I also would like to give thanks to all of you who referred new families to our outstanding school.  You have helped us exceed our enrollment goals for the 2018-19 school year. This, along with your continued generosity to our fundraising efforts, enables us to keep tuition as low as possible and continue to enhance our beautiful campus so that it can fully support the rich and diverse programs offered at Oakcrest.

I am happy to share that the Board of Directors recently approved the construction of our gymnasium, which will be dedicated to our thriving athletics program and to large school gatherings.  In addition, the Board approved the completion of the west academic wing, which will help meet the demands of our growing student body by providing additional classrooms and faculty areas. These spaces have been designed and are included in our Fairfax County Special Exception Amendment (SEA), so we anticipate  a much shorter time frame compared to the first phase of construction. We have begun the planning process and hope to have the projects completed by 2021. We will continue to count on your prayers and financial support to help complete these vital additions to our campus home.

Thanks to the generosity of our faithful donors, Oakcrest now has a scholarship fund as well as an endowment fund.  In April, we were blessed to dedicate the Kate O’Beirne Scholarship Fund in the presence of her family and friends. This fund, along with the newly-named Dorothy Duffy Endowment Fund, will help make an Oakcrest education accessible to many more families, regardless of their financial means.  They are significant steps forward in the history of the school for which we are truly grateful.

Continuing on the theme of gratitude, I would like to thank Mr. Horace (Chip) Jordan (Jennifer, ‘15) and Dr. Othon Wiltz (Katerina, ‘11; Natasha, ‘15), who have recently stepped down from the Board of Directors.  They have served the school faithfully during the challenging years of the permanent campus project and during the critical transition year. I am very grateful for their generous dedication to the Oakcrest Board of Directors and look forward to their continued involvement with the school in other capacities.  

I welcome to the Board Dr. Robert Gasser (Mary ’08; Maggie ’13; Kate ’17; Theresa ’20).  Along with his wife, Sue, Bob has been a dedicated ambassador for Oakcrest for many years, and we look forward to his participation on the Board of Directors.

I know you share my joy at the beauty of our Vienna campus, and I invite you to continue to spread the word about our excellent school.  I look forward to another great year for Oakcrest!


Miriam Buono
Oakcrest School
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

List of 10 items.

  • Amy Spence (Laura ’14, Lucy ’22, Lily ‘25)

    Amy graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and has worked in journalism and archival research at the Kennedy Presidential Library. The mother of six sons and four daughters, she has been involved in numerous initiatives to strengthen families and promote an appreciation for the vocation of women in modern society.  Nearly thirty years of experience with schools in Dallas and Washington have given her a keen interest in educational curricula and pedagogical practices.
  • Bob Gasser (Mary ’08; Maggie ’13; Kate ’17; Theresa ’20)

    Bob is a physician and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, his medical degree from the University of Rochester, and performed his post-graduate residency and fellowship training in the Air Force and at Walter Reed.  His career focus has been on infectious and tropical diseases.  In the course of his career, he has served as Chief of Medicine at two Air Force medical centers, Deputy Director of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and as Assistant Physician to President Ronald Reagan and Personal Physician to Vice President George H.W. Bush.   He is currently a medical director at MedImmune, where he manages clinical studies on therapeutic antibodies and other investigational biologic therapies, and an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University’s medical school, where he continues to teach.
  • Chris Tierney (Emma ’14, Grace ’17)

    Chris is a Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of The Kenrich Group LLC, a national business and litigation consulting firm.  Chris has been consulting with Fortune 500 Companies, law firms, government entities, and other organizations for over 25 years.  His work has focused on financial, accounting, and economic damages analysis and expert testimony on commercial disputes, regulatory investigations and other matters.  Chris obtained his Masters of Business Administration degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Civil Engineering degree.
  • Mary T. Ortiz (Head of School)

    Mary holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from New York University, and Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. While completing her doctorate, she taught writing and composition at NYU, and began a 15-year career of developing supplementary educational programs for girls throughout the U.S.  Mary first joined the Oakcrest faculty as an English teacher and Assistant Head of School in 2009. She became Head of School in 2012, bringing to Oakcrest her love of literature and the humanities, and experience and commitment to the education of young women.
  • Maureen Ferguson (Grace ‘18, Rose ’21)

    Maureen is the Senior Policy Advisor for The Catholic Association, a consultant for the Susan B. Anthony List, and an opinion contributor for The Hill and The Washington Examiner.  She writes, speaks, and provides commentary on issues of faith, religious freedom, the family, and the right to life.  Previously Maureen was the Senior Congressional Liaison and spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Committee.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the Franciscan University.
  • Michele Casey Bueno (’99)

    Michele holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Smith College, and a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. She has applied her technical skills at several different government contractors in the DC area and currently works as a software engineer. She also just recently completed a Master’s degree in Theological Studies at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. She is the second Alumna to serve on the Board of Directors.
  • Miriam Buono (Sophia ’14, Elena ’21)

    Miriam has over 30 years of experience in marketing, management, and sales. Her career history includes serving as the Mid-Atlantic Sales Manager for TV Guide Magazine and helping to launch The Weekly Standard magazine. She has also served as adjunct professor of marketing for Marymount University.  Miriam has a Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
  • Paul Waddelove

    Paul has been practicing as a construction consultant since 1973.  After receiving professional registration from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in London, he was employed in the Alexandria, Virginia office of an international construction management consulting firm. In 1985 he established PWA Consultants, which provides professional services in cost management, owner representation, project management, value engineering, and other construction-related services.
  • Shaun Pacious (Kathleen ‘04, Monica ‘08, Annie ’16)

    Shaun is a Managing Director and Senior Counsel of a large international bank. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University. He has served the Board of Directors for many years, both as a committee member and as a Board member.
  • Steve Payne (Mary ’18)

    Steve is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s FDA and Healthcare Practice Group and a member of the Life Sciences Practice Group.  Steve is a graduate of Yale Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, where he finished first in his class.
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