Board of Directors

Our Board

The DCB Board of Directors (BOD) meets Monthly with School Leadership and actively sets and monitors school goals and policy. By carefully watching the progress of DCB, the board enables decisions to sustain the school, further Bilingual Education and support the school staff. If you have questions for the board or would like more information on its function, contact

Susan Rosenbaum, Board Chair

I serve DCB because I believe educational excellence is the right of every child. DCB offers choice to families that may otherwise have none and the faculty and staff represent the very best of American education. I’m honored to serve with this exceptional Board committed to doing such meaningful work.

Blanca Guillen, Vice Chair

I serve because I’m committed to helping improve educational outcomes for DC youth. DCB shares my belief that a bilingual education fosters cultural awareness and a greater understanding of our multicultural society.

Abigail Suarez

I serve because access to quality education is a fundamental right of every child. I have a strong connection to DC Bilingual’s mission. I believe a bilingual education builds cultural awareness and is a perfect way to develop the global leaders of tomorrow.

Cydney Peyton, Board Secretary

I serve because education is the most reliable path to socioeconomic mobility in our country. I support DCB because I believe expanding cultural boundaries is how we create effective and responsible global citizens for generations to come.

Michelle Ritchie, Finance Committee

I serve because I’m passionate about DC Bilingual and our mission. All kids deserve a strong foundation ­ great education within a supportive community ­ and bilingual education is an asset to development.

Denise Gershowitz, Finance Committee

I am honored to serve because I believe in DCB’s outstanding mission. The administration and faculty have a strong understanding of how children learn, and their commitment to excellent education is palpable.

John Joaquin, DevComm Committee

I serve because education is a fundamental human right that can have the most positive impact on the trajectory of a person’s life. A high quality education should not be precluded from those with fewer resources, diverse backgrounds or whose families are new to the United States.

Matt King, Independent Committee

I serve because I believe the school environment is the best opportunity for people to build the types of lifelong bonds with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds necessary to generate truthful, holistic and compassionate worldviews.

Aaron Lemon-Strauss, Parent Member

I serve to support outstanding school leadership, motivated teachers, and inspiring students. My son comes home every day beaming about DCB, and I want to do all I can to support the remarkable educators who are doing this profound work.

Dara Zeehandelaar Shaw, Educational Excellence Committee

I serve because DC’s children are tomorrow’s global citizens and leaders. DCB is committed to preparing them for that role, and for success in school, career, and beyond. I’m honored to support DCB in that mission.

Suzi Marchena, Parent Board Member

I serve because I believe in DC Bilingual and their excellence in education. My family has personally benefited from the fantastic teachers and bilingual immersion program and I want to contribute to ensuring that families can take advantage of DCB for years to come.

Lester Matlock Ex-­officio

As a Founding parent of DCB, I wanted my children to have a bilingual education in a multicultural setting that was reflective of the world around them. I have since watched them and thousands of children blossom into confident future global leaders under the guidance and nurturing of amazing teachers and staff at DCB. I serve because it’s up to us to create the opportunities of a top-quality education our children deserve.

Richard Lambert

DC Bilingual is the physical manifestation of several of my core desires for an educational institution that I contemplated building during graduate school. When I walked through DC Bilingual’s doors on February 27, 2016 for an Open House, I knew I wanted to be a part of this school as a parent. I fell in love with the school that day. When the opportunity to serve on its Board of Directors presented, I eagerly broad jumped at the chance to be a part of a leadership team that has helped build one of the most unique schools in the District.

Lori S. Parris

I choose to serve on the DC Bilingual Charter School because I have a passion for children, teachers and bilingual education. As a Board member, I see the importance of parental and community involvement and Board accountability. I believe that all District students should have the ability to participate in a bilingual program. I believe by sitting on the Board, I will be able to advocate for bilingual education for DC residents and families.