Board of Directors
While sustaining the unique history, character, and Salesian tradition of Georgetown Visitation, the Board is responsible for the operational integrity of the school and the visionary planning to ensure that the school remains strong both financially and academically.
2021-2022 Board Members
Shawn P. McLaughlin
Diana Vilmenay Hammond '00
Sister Mary Berchmans Hannan ’48 & '50
President Emerita & Monastery Superior
Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson
Anne Dammen Boyden '76
Kathleen Brogan '99
William T. Crittenberger
Maureen Davenport ’93
Veronica Ewald '89
Sister Joanne Gonter, Ex Officio
Anne Griffith Hennessy '79
Julie O'Malley Moeller '93
Pam Oetgen, Ex Officio
Megan Lucy Rounsaville '99
Tanya Washington Stern '88
Rev. Michael C. Vannicola, OSFS
Natasha Zech '95
Georgetown Visitation is an independent Roman Catholic school that has been sponsored by the Georgetown Visitation Monastery since its founding in 1799. The Monastery role is one of oversight: to ensure that the school continues its mission and is in communion with the Church. As such, it has reserve powers over the Board of Directors, such as approval of board members and explicit responsibility for matters involving religious identity.
As they have for over 200 years, the Sisters of the Visitation are planning for the continued vitality of Georgetown Visitation for generations to come. One aspect of their planning relates to the Catholic sponsorship of the school. Under canon law, all Catholic schools are required to have a sponsor. Diocesan schools are sponsored by the diocese; Visitation has always been independent, sponsored by the Sisters of the Visitation.
In the event that the Monastery wishes to share or transfer sponsorship, canon law permits a group of lay people, called an Association of the Christian Faithful (ACF), to act as the canonical sponsor of a Catholic institution. The Monastery is forming a group of candidates that could become an ACF. When the ACF receives approval from Cardinal Gregory, it will begin working with the Monastery to sponsor the school. The creation of the Visitation ACF will not affect the Monastery at all. Even as the Sisters plan for the school’s future, they are also continuing their ministries and reaching out to women interested in joining their community. The Sisters embrace this joyful partnership as God’s good pleasure, the next step in a decades-long process of sharing responsibility for the school with lay brothers and sisters.