COVID-19 News & Statements

Statement of Endorsement from the STJES Medical Advisory Board

The STJES Medical Advisory Board has reviewed and discussed the “Fall Plan” with school administration officials and is satisfied the plan is in compliance with current CDC & Maryland state Department of Education guidance to re-open Saint John’s School for the 2021 fall term.  The plan outlines reasonable steps to mitigate incidence of COVID-19 disease and will be modified as appropriate in response to future state guidance and local conditions.

Norvell (Van) Coots M.D., MSS, FAAD, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired, (STJES Parent)

Dr. Coots is the president and CEO of Holy Cross Health and president and CEO of the Maryland Region of Trinity Health. He is a retired Brigadier General, former Commanding General, and CEO of Regional Health Command Europe, and Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Europe, and Seventh Army. He is a board-certified dermatologist, trained in disaster medicine, and has served as a member of the Governor’s Covid19 task force.

Ricardo D. LaGrange, Ph.D., M.P.H. (Current STJES Parent)

Dr. LaGrange is a Licensed Psychologist, behavioral scientist, and public health specialist.  He is co-founder of BASICS Group Practice, a private mental health practice in the Washington, D.C. area that provides comprehensive psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults, along with a host of other community-based health and wellness programs that drive social progress. Dr. LaGrange is currently the Vice President, US Health for ideas42, a non-profit consulting agency that uses insights from behavioral science to improve lives, build better systems and policies, and drive social change.

Charles E. McQueen M.D.  (St. John’s Episcopal Church member)

Dr. McQueen is a board-certified physician in gastroenterology and internal medicine.  Retired from the U.S. Army after serving in a variety of positions that included patient care in the gastroenterology clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and as commander of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  Member of Saint John’s Church and the board of African Palms. Dr. McQueen currently serves as volunteer faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, on monitoring boards at the National Institutes of Health, and at the Smithsonian Institution.

Autumn Richards, MD.  (Current STJES Parent)

Dr. Richards is a board-certified pediatrician serving as the Quality Deputy Director for Medicine (QDDM) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).  After growing up near Los Angeles, CA, she graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish. She earned her commission in the United States Army in 2001 through the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC), and completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2005. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the National Capital Consortium Pediatrics Residency Program in 2008.

Also in Attendance: Margery Bank


Updated August 19, 2021