Meet the NPO Board

President - Kristen Rogers

Kristen Rogers and Family

 

Kristen Rogers is the Head of School at The Academy of Christian Education.  She began teaching Junior Kindergarten at the Academy in 2002 until 2004.  From 2004-2006 she taught in both Price William County Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools.  She then left the public schools to return to ACE where she taught Preschool and ran the ACE’s Summer camp.  In 2011, she began serving the ACE as the Vice Principal.  In 2013, she became the Principal until 2016 when she took over as the Head of School.  She earned a degree in child development psychology and holds a Commonwealth of Virginia Teaching License.  She is a mother of two children who attend ACE. Kristen, her husband Ben, and their two children attend New Life Church in Chantilly, VA.

 
 
Chairperson & Treasurer - James Tong
James Tong and Family
 
James Tong is the Senior Director for Digital Health at Perspecta, Inc. 
Prior to joining Perspecta, James held management positions at IQVIA and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  James and his wife, Tina, an Associate Director for the Vaccine Research Program at the Division of AIDS at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, have 2 children at ACE.  James holds a B.S. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also completed the Kenan-Flagler Leadership Initiative.  James and his family are actively involved in short-term missions trips to Kenya through David's Hope International.  James and his family attend McLean Bible Church, where he volunteers in Kids Quest.
 
 
Secretary - Sharon Mendis
Sharon Mendis and Family
 
 
Sharon Mendis is a mother of two children who both attended ACE.  She holds and Applied Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto and prior to leaving the workforce to raise her children, worked as a design engineer in land development.  During her children's six years at the school, Sharon volunteered her time in various capacities, including the Academy Parent League.  She is also a previous employee of the school, where she worked as an aide for first grade.  Sharon, her husband Richard, and their two children attend St. Mark's Church in Vienna.
 
 
 
 
 
Director of Community Engagement - Owen Reese
Owen Reese
Owen Reese is an Emergency Management professional with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquartered in Washington, DC.  Over the past 16 years he has helped state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) governments and their citizens prepare for and respond to all types of disasters.  He currently serves as the Executive Officer of the FEMA Integration Team program that is co-locating FEMA staff with state, local, tribal and territorial partners.  Owen has volunteered as a youth leader for his local church, participated in the 2008 Convoy of Hope in Washington, DC and mentored new FEMA employees.  Owen currently lives with his wife and two sons, who are students at ACE, in Northern Virginia.
 
 
Director of Development - Daniel Butler
Dan Butler and Family
Daniel Butler serves as the Senior Director of Development for the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  He came to nonprofit fundraising following a career as a floor trader on the American Stock Exchange in New York.  Mr. Butler and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and attend Vienna Presbyterian Church.  They have one child enrolled at ACE.  Dan volunteers with the Great Falls-Reston Soccer Club, Pennsylvania Olympic Training Center, and Vienna Youth Soccer.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Finance Committee of Penn Wrestling's Grapplers Club.
 
 
 
Student and Family Representative - Justin Ciaccio
Justin Ciaccio and Family
 
Justin Ciaccio is the Director of Sales leading ViON's national sales team, which is focused on Fortune 500, state, local, and education (SLED) clients.  Previously, Mr. Ciaccio served as Business Sales Manager for Sprint.  Mr. Ciaccio earned his Bachelor's of Business Administration from James Madison University.  Justin and his wife, Emily, have been ACE parents since 2017 and they have two children attending ACE.  Emily has recently made the decision to stay home and raise their two children.  Before choosing to leave the workforce, Emily was an Executive Account Manager at AT&T Federal Solutions and also worked at Sprint.  Emily earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration from James Madison University as well.  Justin and Emily attend New Life Church in Chantilly, where Emily volunteers with the children's ministry and leads at MOPS.