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Deidra M. Barksdale


leonie stephenson
Co-vp, fundraising & events



laura cloutier
recording secretary

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Hugh Morris
Co-VP, Communications

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Meagan Cahill
Co-VP, Communications


Julie Chen
LSAT Representative

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Federiga bindi
VP, marketing & external relations


Joshua gordon
VP, extracurricular activities

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Maan is a parent of an 8th grader. Currently ADCA's Co-President, she has also served as VP of Fundraising and gala co-chair in the past 2 years. Prior to that she served as PTA President, VP of Communications and Fundraising at Hyde-Addison Elementary. Maan is creative, innovative and has been called the mind, hands and heart behind so many of PTA successes in the past several years. She has a career as a web designer with 10 years of experience in non profit communications, fundraising and event planning here in Washington, DC.



A former attorney, retired intelligence analyst and writer, I'm the proud father of four sons, all of whom were educated, or are being educated, at DCPS. In the position as Co-President, I hope to bring my life experience, people skills, power of communication and an unyielding pledge to the best benefits for all children to ADCA. In 2018-19, my commitment to Deal will be undistracted because I have a sixth grader and an eighth grader under the trusted care of Principal Neal. I am happy to be serving.



Jenny Backus is the mother of a 7th grade boy at Deal. She and her husband Ed Pagano believe in strong and diverse public schools, the promise of public education and the importance of public service. A member of the DC Public Library Foundation Board, the World Learning Board, and Chair of the Board of the National Network Against Domestic Violence, Jenny is also the founder and president of Backus Consulting LLC, a strategic consulting and communications firm. As Co-Treasurer to the ADCA, she uses her professional experience with national campaigns, corporations, communications companies and consumer advocates, to promote transparency, accountability and long-term financial security for Alice Deal and the ADCA. This is her second term as Co-Treasurer.



Deidra M. Barksdale is a CPA with over 26 years of finance and internal control acumen.  She is currently employed at UNCF as Director of Financial Services where she provides financial and analytical support to various programs including the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, a $1.6 billion dollar initiative funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the UNCF STEM Scholars Program, a $20 million grant from the Fund II Foundation, as well as UNCF’s $50 million Career Pathways Initiative.  Prior to joining UNCF, Deidra was the CFO of Center City Public Charter Schools (2009-2011) and Community Academy Public Charter Schools (2007-2009).

Deidra has previously held positions with John Eaton’s Home and School Association in the roles of Co-President and Treasurer.  Deidra has two children, a 6th grader and an 8th grader, both at Deal.  Deidra and her husband have always been active in the community and is excited to be working with Deal families in the treasurer role.



Leonie believes that involved parents, no matter the amount of time and talent they are able to contribute, really make the overall school experience more fulfilling and happier for our students. Leonie started at Deal in Fall 2016 as a 6th grade parent of twin boys coming from Shepherd Elementary, where she was a very active parent volunteer. Since coming to Deal, Leonie also jumped right in and was on the committee that coordinated the Spring 2017 Deal Gala and Auction; Fall 2017 International Night; and the Spring 2018 Gala and Auction. Leonie works as a Management Consultant, and lives in Woodridge, Washington, DC with her husband and children. For the 2018 – 2019 school year, Leonie is honored to be serving as the Co-Vice President of the ADCA Fundraising and Events team.


This is Laura's fourth year on the ADCA; her third year serving as Recording Secretary.  She has a son in seventh grade and a daughter who completed eight grade at Deal last year.  Laura believes that a strong and active ADCA is an important component of Deal's success.  While working full-time in the financial services industry, Laura finds time to support Deal's administration, teachers and community.  As Recording Secretary, Laura seeks to provide effective organization and communication to enable all parents to be engaged with the school.


Hugh has two daughters at Deal in SY18-19, one in 6th grade and one in 7th grade. Having served three years on the ASAT and LSAT at Janney ES, he is happy to be supporting the Deal Community. Hugh’s career has focused on urban planning, including ten years at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He currently spends his days as a smart growth advocate, awarding grants to local Realtor associations to support main street revitalization, open space preservation and efforts to make communities more walkable and bikeable. Hugh is a D.C. native and his father went to Deal and Wilson.


Meagan Cahill has a 7th grader at Deal and a 4th grader at Janney ES for SY18-19. Her daughter's first year at Deal was great, and Meagan appreciated all of the volunteer work that clearly took place behind the scenes. The efforts allow students to have great experiences in middle school, and Meagan is excited to be a part of that effort. She currently works for the RAND Corp. as a criminologist, studying and working to improve various aspects of the criminal justice system. She grew up in Northern Virginia but is very happy to be raising city kids over the border here in DC. She is excited to make sure the entire community is in the know about goings-on at Deal!


Julie Chen is serving her second year as liaison between the ADCA and LSAT.  She has a 7th and an 8th grader at Alice Deal Middle School. Julie grew up attending public schools in New York City and California and believes in the strengths of a public school education for students and for the community. Julie has contributed to activities at Lafayette Elementary and welcomes opportunities to serve ADMS.


I am a Professor of Political Science, mainly focused on foreign policy. I have held several senior administration and advising positions, both in academia and in government, on both sides of the Atlantic. The past year was our first year at Deal, and in the public system for that matter, and we were overwhelmed by how great the school is, by its incredible leadership, and by the teachers! Giving it back is the minimum I can do!


Josh Gordon is the father of two seventh graders. As the VP of Extracurricular Activities, he hopes to help Deal's Administrators and teachers in their huge task of keeping the numerous after-school sports and club opportunities available and organized for all students. This follows in-depth involvement in Lafayette Elementary's HSA. Josh is the Policy Director for a non-profit federal-budget focused organization.