School Board Bios
Jon Buttram is serving his eighth term on the School Board. He has been active as member, vice-chairman and legislative liaison for the school board. In addition, he has provided leadership as the chairman of the Northeastern Region of the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) and in support of the most recent School Bond Referendum Committee. He has been active in city schools through multiple PTAs, as an instructor for after school activities (Hands-on-Science), as a high school science fair judge, and Odyssey of the Mind coach and judge.
He has also been active in a number of city and community organizations, holding office with the Park and Recreation Advisory Board and the Southeast Fairfax Citizens Association (SEFCA), as well as serving on the Elementary School Consolidation Task Force and two Southeast Fairfax Traffic Calming Task Forces. He also has served with the ad hoc committee for the disposition of Green Acres, whose purpose was to seek an appropriate community-oriented disposition for the former Green Acres Elementary School.
An engineering consultant for a defense contractor, Buttram holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of captain.
A resident of Green Acres, Buttram moved to the City of Fairfax in 1990 after serving with the U.S. Navy for nine and a half years. He and his wife Sharon have two children.
School Board Member Dr. Mitch Sutterfield
Dr. Mitch Sutterfield is serving his fifth term on the City of Fairfax School Board. Dr. Sutterfield has been a resident of Fairfax City since 1964, moving through Fairfax Elementary, Sidney Lanier Middle, and Fairfax High School (1972). After a B.A. and M.A. in English at the College of William and Mary, he received a Ph.D. in English from The George Washington University in 1992.
In 1977, Sutterfield began a 32-year career as a teacher (English) and a coach (football and wrestling) at Fairfax High School, retiring in 2009. He has been inducted into the Fairfax High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In 2004, he was selected by Rotary International as its Teacher of the Year (among the four schools of Fairfax City). In 2003, he was the Virginia Wrestling Coach of the Year, awarded by the Virginia High School League Coaches’ Association.
Currently, he serves on the Board of the Mosby Woods Community Association. Before joining the School Board, he was its representative to the Fairfax County Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council. This season will be his 39th as a freshman football coach and 40th as a wrestling coach (24 years as head coach). Since his retirement from the classroom in 2009, he has been a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.