Our Leadership

Board of Trustees

Michael J. Policicchio, Chairperson
Partner, Ernst & Young

Megan Malone, Vice-Chairperson
Senior Director, Visa, Inc.

Scott Heimberg, Secretary
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

George Napier, Treasurer
Formerly ICF International

David Perry

Joseph Burke
Grant Thornton

James Ward, IV
Georgetown University

Michael Barr
Director of Technical Services, ALTA IT Services, LLC

Elena P. James
Former Parent

Melissa Panagides-Busch
Management Advisory Services, BDO

Janet Parker
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Michael Condro
AERS Partner, Deloitte

Dan Irvine
3 Summit Investment Management, LLC 

Erik Linn
CrossCountry Consulting

Stephen J. Masten
Allegiance Advisory Group 

Honorary Trustees

James W. Dyke, Jr.
McGuireWoods, LLP

Robert E. Lee, IV

Paul Tagliabue
Former Commissioner, National Football League

Diane & Leland Brendsel

The Honorable Tom Davis
Former Congressman

Martha & John Schwieters


Our History

50+ Years of Responding to the Special Needs of Children & Families

2017 — PHILLIPS Programs celebrates 50 years of providing services to youth with behavioral health needs

2016 — PHILLIPS Programs launches Career Partners

2016 — PHILLIPS Programs opens PHILLIPS School ~ Fairfax

2015 — Trudy Bell named one of The Washington Post 2015 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award winners

2014 — PHILLIPS Family Partners receives national recognition from the Center for the Study of Social Policy for promoting Youth Thrive framework

2014 — PHILLIPS Teaching Homes program closes after more than 30 years of providing therapeutic foster care in Northern Virginia

2010 — PHILLIPS Programs wins The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

2004 — PHILLIPS Board and staff develop “The Cultural Values of PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families” planning document

2001 — PHILLIPS Teaching Homes program becomes licensed in Maryland

2001 — PHILLIPS School ~ Laurel honored as U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon” secondary school

1998 — Board adopts PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families as new organization name

1998 — PHILLIPS School ~ Laurel builds new addition to serve additional students

1995 — SCE hosts first gala event

1994 — PHILLIPS School ~ Laurel opens; SCE’s Baltimore unit closes

1994 — Freddie Mac hosts SCE-sponsored regional conference for home-based family program professionals

1994 — Founder, president and chairman Dr. E. Lakin Phillips dies following brief illness; Diane Brendsel takes on role of chairperson

1993 — SCE launches community/home-based family preservation program (later renamed PHILLIPS Family Partners)

1993 — PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale honored by U.S. Department of Education as “Blue Ribbon” secondary school

1989 — PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale opens, with First Lady Barbara Bush and U.S. Senator John Warner attending dedication ceremony

1987 — Robert E. Lee, IV chairs SCE capital campaign to raise $3 million

1979 — SCE receives start of federal funding for Community Teaching Homes (later renamed PHILLIPS Teaching Homes)

1977 — At request of the State of Israel, SCE sends two staff members to Israel for one year to establish autism program

1975 — SCE receives 3-year federal outreach grant to support product development, training and consultation activities

1975 — Congress passes Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, reflecting SCE input on regulations

1972 — SCE receives 3-year grant to develop model pre-school program in church near Tysons Corner

1972 — SCE becomes founding member of Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities (VAISEF)

1972 — Program expands to serve approximately 150 students

1967 — Psychologist E. Lakin Phillips, along with family and friends, founds the School for Contemporary Education