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Pingree School Board of Trustees 2015-16

Richard Tadler, President
Claudia Reynders, Vice President
William Grinnell, Secretary
Jeffrey Rawlins, Treasurer
Timothy M. Johnson, Head of School

Richard Tadler, President

Richard is a senior advisor at TA Associates, a private equity firm with $18 billion raised since inception. He specializes in investments in healthcare and consumer businesses. Prior to joining TA in 1987, he was a general partner with Investments Orange Nassau, a venture capital firm located in Boston, and an assistant to the president of several divisions of ARMCO Steel. He received a BS degree, with distinction, in finance from the University of Virginia (1978) and an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Finance (1982). Richard is a member of UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce Foundation Board, the Cape Ann Museum Board, and the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Board of Trustees.

Richard, his wife Donna, and their children Devon ’09 and Conor ’13, live in Rockport.


Claudia Showalter Reynders, M.D., Vice President

Claudia Showalter Reynders, MD, a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University School of Medicine, is currently a radiologist at North Shore Medical Center and Commonwealth Radiology Associates, Inc., as well as chief of breast imaging for her practice and co-medical director of Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care Breast Health Center. She is the author of several research publications, a member of many professional organizations, and the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

In her free time, Claudia enjoys music (she was a soloist with the Boston Pops a few years ago at an annual Partners at the Pops event), gardening, and cooking. She has done volunteer work for the Children’s Trust Fund, a Massachusetts organization that works to eliminate child abuse. 

A resident of Hamilton, Claudia is the mother of two recent Pingree
grads, Clare ’15 and Charlotte ’15, and a fifth grader at Brookwood, Chase. Her husband, Chat, is chairman and CEO of Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management LLC, and currently serves on the board at Brookwood School. 


Bill Grinnell, Secretary

Bill is a director in private banking North America for Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC. He has worked for 30+ years in the investment business as a fixed income portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York City, and in the Private Wealth Management Divisions at JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers in San Francisco, before joining Credit Suisse in Boston. Bill received his BA from St. Louis University.

Bill is former chair of the board of trustees at the Tower School in Marblehead, MA, where he also served as head of the finance and investment committees.

Bill and his wife Deanna have been married for 24 years and have four children: Grace ’11 (recently graduated from Colgate University), Maggie ’13 (currently at Elon Unviersity), Charlotte ’16, and Will, a sixth grader at the Tower School. 


Jeffrey A. Rawlins, Treasurer

Jeff joined Eaton Vance in June 2005, where he is vice president and co- director of Customized Solutions. Previously, beginning in 1989, he was affiliated with State Street Research as managing director/fixed income portfolio manager. His other experience includes serving as vice president of Institutional Sales for Shearson Lehman Hutton (1984 – 1989) and as a senior fixed-income analyst at State Street Bank (1983 – 1884).

Jeff earned a BA Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Jeff and his wife Martha have been involved with Pingree since 2005. They have two sons who have attended Pingree, Campbell ’09 and John ’12, and Nathan ’16 is now a Pingree student. Jeff has been a member of the Board’s Investment Committee since its inception. Martha and Jeff co-chaired the 2009 – 2010 and 2010 – 2011 Parents Annual Fund Committee.

Jeff enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, running, tennis, and coaching. 


Clare Byrne

For the last eight years, Clare Byrne has been a dedicated member of the
Glen Urquhart School community. During her tenure there, Clare has been a Board member, a member of the Committee on Trustees, and a member of the school’s Search Committee. She has also served as chairperson of the Annual Fund and interim director of development, and is currently chairperson of the Advancement Committee. She has an extensive history of being involved in education, having taught at Notre Dame Children’s Class for a decade. While at NDCC she served as the Parents Association president and launched what has become their Annual Fund.

During her time at Pingree, Clare has greeted and toured prospective families, as well as serving as a member of the Capital Campaign and the Pingree
Fund committees. Clare is a graduate of Endicott College. She is a native of Hamilton where she now resides with her husband, Michael, and their three children, Michaela ’15, Olivia ’14, and Jackson ’19. In her free time, Clare enjoys running, gardening, and skiing and boating with her family.


Gautam Chitnis

For the past five years, Gautam has served as the president & chief executive officer for Caso Global Corporation, which is a privately held company with a focus on global infrastructure and energy management. He helped grow the company annually by 20% in important international and domestic markets with customers such as the US Federal Government, European Governments, African Governments, Asian Governments and Leading Facilities Operators in the field of Aviation and international property developers.

Prior to Caso Global, Gautam was managing partner and director at
Chitnis Ground Investment Holdings and president & CEO of GCI Renka Corporation out of Boston. Gautam has served on various boards including PK Electronics Malaysia, VideoCon Corporation, and Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. He was also an advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Relations for the Government of South America and the advisor for the Ministry of Telecom for the Government of India.

Gautam graduated from PSG College of Technology at Madras University
in India where he received a BS in mechanical engineering. He received his MBA from the University of Rhode Island. He truly values the importance of access to education and views education as the single most important asset he shares with his children, Renuka ’13 and Kanika ’16.  

Brendan Greelish ’97

Brendan is President of Compass Facility Services, Inc. a commercial janitorial and facility service company that covers New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. He owns and operates the business with his brother Daron ’99.

Brendan is currently the president (2013 – present) of the Alumni Leadership Board, after having also served as Vice President (2009 – 2012) and Secretary (2007 – 2009). He is the co-chair of the Athletics Honor Society Committee. After graduating from Pingree, Brendan attended St. Lawrence University and graduated in 2001.

Brendan is a key supporter of the Deveney Golf Tournament, Pingree Fund and recent Capital Campaign.

Brendan and his wife Sita live in Amesbury with their two daughters Isla, 6 and Sienna, 3.


Bill Heffron

Bill is a partner at Regiment Capital Advisors, where he specializes in fixed income and equity linked securities. Focused on managing fixed income credit-related strategies, including high yield hedge funds, direct lending middle-market loan funds and bank loan structured products, the firm manages approximately $6.75 billion for investors, which include leading US endowments, foundations, financial institutions and family offices.

Bill joined Regiment with extensive experience in fixed income and high yield securities’ businesses, having worked for Harvard Management Company (1991 – 1999), State Street Bank (1986 – 1991), and Boston Five Cents Savings (1984 – 1986).

Bill, who grew up in Malden, earned a BA from Saint Anselm College in 1985 and a MBA from Suffolk University in 1990. He and his wife Nancy live in Lynnfield with their three children: Sean ’17; Allison ’13, and Michael,
age 26.

Bill has been a longtime youth hockey coach in various town and select programs, a former Malden Youth Hockey board member, co-founder of the Red Rangers boys hockey program, and a leader in the North Shore Vipers girls program. Bill also enjoys golf and tennis. 


Amanda S. Jackson ’96

As a senior director for SRS Acquiom, Amanda builds relationships for SRS Acquiom with the private equity, venture capital, legal, and M&A communities in the Eastern US and Europe. Amanda focuses on working with prospective clients and outside counsel to streamline the process of engaging SRS Acquiom during the final stages of a transaction.

Amanda brings more than ten years of business experience from the financial printing industry, where she assisted clients with initial public offerings, M&A transactions and compliance filings at R.R.Donnelley and Bowne as vice president of sales. Her prior experience includes working in corporate communications at Quantum Bridge Communications, a venture-backed provider of optical networking technology.

Amanda graduated from the University of Richmond, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. Amanda lives in Danvers with her husband, Ned, and their sons Nate and Cole. Prior to joining the Pingree Board, she was an active member of the Alumni Leadership Board and involved in establishing the annual Career Development Seminar for Pingree’s senior class. 


Lisa Jones

Lisa M. Jones is head of the US, president and chief executive officer of Pioneer Investment Management USA Inc., the US Division of Pioneer Global Asset Management S.p.A. She has over 25 years of experience in global financial services developing and building asset management businesses.

Prior to joining Pioneer Investments, Lisa was global head of distribution at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and president of MSIM Distribution Inc., from 2010 to 2013. In this role, she oversaw distribution across all MSIM distribution channels globally, including retail and institutional. From

2005 to 2010, she was head of the Global Institutional Division at Eaton Vance Management. She also spent more than 16 years at MFS Investment Management in leadership roles across both the retail and institutional divisions. She began her career at E.F. Hutton & Co. in New York.

Lisa is a member of the Foreign Policy Association in New York, the Advisory Board of the Institutional Investor Institute, and the Board of Fellows at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She has a BA in economics from Trinity College. 


Karla Kaneb

Karla has devoted much of her time to volunteer work including being treasurer of the Pingree Parents Association and Manchester Summerstage, Inc. Additionally, she was a member of the Board of Trustees for Shore Country Day School for six years, where she served on committees including Education, Buildings and Grounds, Diversity, and Mission Strategies. She also served as treasurer and on the board of North Shore Nursery School. Before choosing to stay home to raise her children, Karla was an interior designer, most recently as the sole proprietor of her own firm from 1995 – 1999.

Karla graduated from Rice University with a degree in art history and got her certificate in interior design from Pine Manor College. She has two children, Nicolas and Anna ’17 and has rescued her fair share of dogs over the years including Duke, the family’s most recent addition. In her free time she enjoys boating, kayaking, and crossword and jigsaw puzzles. 


Eileen Kelly

Eileen has been employed by Analog Devices since 1988, and currently works part-time in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Department. She has served on three parent association leadership teams and has worked on many Pingree auction committees both live, silent and online.

Eileen holds an undergraduate degree from Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland in applied physics and a graduate degree from University College Cork (UCC) in modeling and numerical computing. She has twin sons, Max ’15 and Peter ’15. Eileen looks forward to working with the Board of Trustees on continuing to build connections within the Pingree parent community.  


Ralph Massillon

Ralph Massillon is father of Danny ’16, David ’18, and Stephen, age 11. Married to Rebecca Loyer Massillon, Ralph is associate pastor of the Haitian Baptist Church in Lynn where he works with the senior pastor and other staff to provide pastoral care, preach, teach, counsel, translate, oversee the youth ministry, and supervise all external communications and relations. Concurrently, he is a buyer for Christian Book Distributors, LLC.

A graduate of Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, Ralph is currently a candidate for a master’s degree in divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously, Ralph served on the Board of North Shore Christian School. 




Mary McGrath

Mary Bliss McGrath, mother of Sarah ’17 and Cooper ’19, is a graduate of Noble and Greenough School and Sweet Briar College. For several years, she worked in the financial world, for Harbor Capital Management as a portfolio assistant and chief administrative officer (seven years); at Pioneer Group

in institutional marketing (five years); and at Putnam Investor Services in shareholder services and wholesale support (three years).

As a Glen Urquhart parent, Mary has been a room parent, GUS Parents Association secretary and treasurer, and chair of the SummerScape Camp Fair for two years. She is married to Sandy McGrath. 



Therese Melden

Therese and her husband Kurt live in Manchester. They have two daughters: Emily ’09 and Annie ’11.

Therese received her BS from Boston University and MBA. from Northeastern University. She has worked as a Service Coordinator for the Department of Mental Health and Retardation, and as a training consultant and partner at Innovative Concepts in Worcester.

Therese has served on the Board of Trustees at both Shore Country Day School in Beverly and Summit Montessori School in Framingham. At Shore she served on the Diversity, Development, Nominating, Marketing and Education Committees and was chair of the successful “Streetball” event, which raised financial aid funds for students of diversity. At Summit, she led the Parent Association. From 2008 – 2012, Therese co-chaired the Donor Relations Committee at Beverly Bootstraps. Therese currently chairs the Prep@Pingree Advisory Board. She serves on Pingree School’s Committee on Trustees, Capital Campaign Steering Committee and Development Committee. She is also a member of the Dean’s Leadership Board for Sargent College at Boston University. 


Timothy Menzie

Tim Menzie is the father of Lauren ’16 and Matt ’15. He is married to Lynne Menzie, an active volunteer for the Pingree Parents Association, the Pingree Fund, and the Parent Campaign Committee.

Tim, a member of Pingree’s Audit Committee of the board for the last several years, is the chief operating officer of InterGen, a global power generation company with locations worldwide. A certified public accountant with a master’s degree in taxation, his present position includes responsibility for all operational related activities including global health, safety, and environmental programs.




Theodore E. Ober

A graduate of the Hill School and Boston University, Ted was elected to the Board in 1996 and currently serves as the chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. Ted is a partner at Welch & Forbes LLC, which manages trusts and personal assets for individuals and families, as well as managing charitable foundations and endowments.

Ted and his wife Kimberly have a son, Sam ’16, and a daughter, Kate ’12. They live in South Hamilton. In his spare time, Ted enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and fishing. 




Vania O’Connor

Vania, founder and former president of Portside Technologies, a website de- sign and web application development company, is a graduate of Northeastern University. Prior to founding Portside Technologies, Vania worked in the field of electronic records and information management and automation with or- ganizations including the Boston Globe, Fiduciary Trust, Mellon Trust, Time Warner Publishing, and the City of Boston, helping to eliminate waste in paper production and automate the archiving, retrieval, and distribution of reports.

Currently on the Board of Trustees of Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School, Vania has served on or chaired the school’s Development, Integration, Strategic Planning, Facilities, and Head Search Committees over the past five years.

Vania is the father of three children: Patrick, Berklee College of Music ’13; Nicole ’16; and Evan. Currently a stay-at-home dad, Vania coaches soccer for the Newburyport Youth Soccer League, is an avid skier, sailor, and musician (violin, guitar, singer, songwriter), and is keeping his eye out for his next pos- sible venture. Vania’s wife, Barbara, is a partner and the chief financial officer for the Baupost Group. 


Michael Patrican

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1989 with a bachelor of science degree, Michael joined his family business, Ipswich Bay Glass Company. Michael is currently a partner in the largest glass, glazing, and aluminum contracting firm in New England. He oversees the company’s sales and operations, as well as the management of over 200 employees.

Michael has earned extensive training accreditations from various trade organizations and councils. Additionally, Michael provides consulting services to architects, engineers, general contractors, and property owners in the Northeast.

Michael has previously been a coach for the Boxford Youth Lacrosse and Soccer leagues. His family’s past philanthropic endeavors include the North Shore Association for Retarded Citizens, the Berry Fund and the Perkins School for the Blind.

He and his wife Kristin have been married for 20 years and live in Boxford with their three children: Morgan ’12, Jackson ’13, and Griffin ’16. In addition to spending time with his family, Michael enjoys skiing, boating, and fishing. 


Kaisy Rosario

Kaisy is both a Prep@Pingree and a Pingree alumna and currently works as the associate director of projects at the Youth Development Organization in Lawrence, where she designs curricula, leads middle school clubs, and plans
a variety of events, gatherings, and fundraisers. She works closely with the Board of Directors, executive director and senior management to develop short and long term strategic plans. Prior to YDO she worked at Apple, Inc. in Salem as a computer specialist.

Kaisy served in the US Army Reserves as a human intelligence collector
and was deployed in support of JSOC during Operation Ensure Freedom.
As a graduate of the military 35M 10 course, she is proficient in screening human intelligence sources and utilizing intelligence concepts, guides, and methodologies to identify and analyze security threats. Kaisy also currently attends Middlesex Community College where she seeks an associate’s Degree in Science and Criminal Justice.

A member of the Pingree Class of 2008, Kaisy attended Lawrence Family Development Charter School, which was founded by past Pingree parent Pat Karl P ’98. 


Cliff Rucker

Cliff Rucker has been president of NFS Leasing since its inception. Prior to his tenure at NFS, Cliff was founder and CEO of NEXL, a national provider of IT services and outsourcing. Cliff oversaw the successful sale of NEXL to publicly traded NASDAQ Company MTM Technologies, in 2005. Cliff is also the principal owner of Porzia Properties, a national real estate investment firm, and Fulcrum FXT, a global asset management company. He has been featured on the cover of Computer Reseller News and served on various technology industry councils including those for Sun Microsystems, EMC, and Hewlett Packard.

Cliff is also a trustee at the Brookwood School and is on the advisory board for Citizens for Adequate Housing and Kids Kicking Cancer. He is a significant supporter of the Wellspring House, Beverly Bootstraps, EMARC, Haven from Hunger, and many other not for profit organizations. 

Cliff resides on the North Shore of Massachuseets with his wife and five children.

Cliff holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics and international relations from Tufts University. 


Binkley C. Shorts

Binkley was raised in Seattle, Washington where he attended Lakeside School. He went on to Pomona College in California, majoring in economics. After serving in Vietnam as an army engineer, he attended Harvard Business School and then pursued a career in financial management. For 35 years, he worked at Wellington Management until he retired at the end of 2006.

Bink has served on the boards of the Massachusetts Arthritis Foundation (Chairman 1998); North Shore United Way (Chairman 2004); Hamilton- Wenham Open Land Trust; Shore Country Day School; the Boston Foundation (current); College for Every Student (CFES) (current); and North Shore Community College Foundation (current). He is married to wife Paula and they have three children: Stephanie; Elizabeth ’95; and Alex, ’00. Paula and Bink live in Wenham. 



Teresa Soares-Peña

Teresa Soares-Peña is mother of Olivia ’17. Married to James Peña, Teresa holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Dynamics from Boston University, a master’s of public health from Columbia University, and master’s of education from Harvard University.

She has worked in the fields of health and education for more than 30 years, currently as assistant headmaster of Dorchester Academy: Boston Public Schools, where she oversees the effective implementation of core school operation practices for students and staff.

Previously, Teresa was executive director of SquashBusters, a non-profit organization providing college preparatory programs in Roxbury; and principal of Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury. 



Beth Levitsky Stracher

Elizebth W. Levistsky Stracher is a vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Beth joined BBH in 1995 and has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. She currently manages a Middle Office Division, which provides support for the Mutual Fund Services business. Prior to BBH, Beth worked at ABN AMRO Bank in Chicago and Boston.

Beth graduated from Pingree School in 1987 and has a BA from Lake Forest College. She is a current active member of Pingree’s Alumni Leadership Board. Her brother Walter ’85 and sister Kristen ’88 also attended Pingree. She resides in Newbury, MA with her husband David, who works in Waltham at Adnexus Therapeutics, a R&D company of Bristol-Myers Squibb. David also volunteers at the Byfield Fire Department as an EMT and firefighter. Beth and David

have a two-year old daughter, Lilly Elizabeth Stracher, as well as a Bernese Mountain Dog and two cats. 


Joan Cloherty Sullivan

Joan is the chair of the math department at the Waring School in Beverly. She founded a program that provides educational enrichment in math and science to elementary school children and their families, and continues to serve in an emeritus role. Prior to this, Joan taught mathematics at Pingree School, Boston College, and North Shore Community College.

Joan serves as chair of the Education and Identity Committee and chaired the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She is a past president of the Pingree Parents Association.

Her education includes a master’s degree in teaching from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross. She also served two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She has extensive experience in community leadership with an emphasis on empowering people through education.

Joan and her husband Marty Sullivan, a senior vice president at State
Street Bank, live in Beverly. They have three daughters: Kate ’12, Providence College '16; Nora ’14, Emory University '18; and Meggy ’18. 


Lisa Stern Taylor

Lisa is of counsel to the firm of Dionne & White, LLC in Salem, MA, and
has been practicing family law since 1997. Lisa also handles appellate work, including representing litigants in appeals arising from family law matters. From 1986 to 1997, Lisa was with the law firm of Ardiff & Morse, PC, where her practice focused on civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and litigation. Prior to her current affiliation, she was of counsel to the firm
of Legasey & Niarchos, P.C. She is a graduate of Union College and Albany Law School. Lisa also recently received a master of science in clinical bioethics from the Icahn (Mt. Sinai) School of Medicine and Union Graduate College. She serves as the co-chair of the Ethic Committee of Care Dimensions, Inc.

Lisa has served as a member of the Topsfield Zoning Board of Appeals; board member of Care Dimensions, Inc. (formerly known as Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston); fellow in the Massachusetts Bar Foundation;
past board member and president of the Topsfield Athletic Association;

and past board member and secretary of the North Shore Women Lawyers Association.

Lisa and her husband Kevin live in Topsfield. They have three children: Samantha ’08, Boston College ’12; Dylan ’12, Union College ’16; and Bryn, an eighth grader at Brookwood School. 

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