Board of Governors

The Chelsea Board of Governors is a voluntary board representing a cross-section of interested persons from the community and the population whom we serve. Chelsea's Board of Governors meets monthly with our Head of School, and individual committees meet multiple times during the month.One-third of the members of the Chelsea Board of Governors are elected each year. Each member of the Board is obligated to attend meetings of the Board regularly; to serve on a minimum of one Board committee; to contribute financially to The Chelsea School, either personally or by soliciting others; to volunteer services in the School, and to attend the School’s special events.

Autumn Leatham

Chief Strategy Officer, The Wealth Factory

As a former investment management professional for a PNC Wealth Management and Finance & Operations Manager for a large charter school network in Washington DC, Autumn has developed a high level of expertise for procuring and cultivating relationships. Most she developed innovative platforms and resources to promote financial inclusion in underserved communities. Beyond her professional work, Autumn has volunteered with a number of non-profit organizations that align closely with her passions. As an advocate for education, Autumn is committed to her role on the Board.

Autumn serves as Chair of the Board

John Rouse

Disability Support Services Counselor, Montgomery College


John works as a Counselor in the Disability Support Services office for Montgomery College on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. John has 10+ years working with students with learning differences and other disabilities. He has also been affiliated with Chelsea since 1989 and is committed to its mission.

John Serves as Treasurer on the Board.

Cherise Lesesne

Program Manager, NYC Department of Education


Cherise Lesesne is a program manager in the Office of Periodic Assessment within New York City’s Department of Education. She is dedicated to providing guidance and support to urban education and advocating equality among both public and private education.

Cherise Serves as Secretary on the Board.

Rebecca is a local attorney in the Hyattsville area. She is passionate about equitable education that allows every child to excel to their full potential. The is an advocate for community and public engagement in the schools.

Rebecca Letsome

Attorney, Letsome Legal & Financial


Eleanor works in management consulting in the Washington, DC area. She is a leader in her community and also serves on the board for the Junior League of Washington Women. Eleanor, named after her grandmother, is the granddaughter of Chelsea’s co-founder. She has a strong passion for students with learning disability and looks forward to carrying out her grandmother’s legacy and vision for the school.

Eleanor Worthy

Account Coordinator, Odell, Simms & Lynch, Inc.