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Board of Trustees for 2014-15

Chair: Ronan Harty 
Vice Chair: Anne Giddings Kimball '55 IVAc
Treasurer: Michael Malter
SecretaryKaren Tayeh 


Abigail Bedrick
Stacy Blain
Geoffrey Brewer '82, Alumni Association President
Nicholas Brumm ’85
Paul Burke
LisaMarie Casey
Gwenn Cagann
Bruce L. Dennis, Head of School
Steven Fineman
Michael Fleisher
Cynthia Gardstein ’66 IVAc, Alumni Association President 
Lauren Glant 

Melissa GlassParent Association President
Anthony Guarna
Deborah Juantorena
Anne Giddings Kimball ’55 IVAc
Andrzej Rojek
Megan Sheetz
Carla Shen '95
Lilla Smith ’78 
Karen Snow
Matthew Spiro ’02, Recent Graduate Trustee

Abigail Bedrick
Abigail has been a Packer parent since 2002, and now has a 6th Grader at Packer. She served on a strategic planning task force in 2011, was a co-chair of Annual Giving from 2009-2011, and co-chaired the PA’s book fair from 2007-2010. She is also a volunteer for the annual fund at the Brearley School, her alma mater. After many years in book publishing, Abigail is now a member of the alumni and development team at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Abigail is on the Diversity and the Faculty and Staff Compensation Committees, as well as the Mission, Program, and Affordability Task Force.
Stacy Blain 
Stacy has been a Packer parent since 2006, and her children are now in 2nd, 6th, and 9th Grades. Stacy has a PhD in molecular and cellular biology and is a professor at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Campus in Brooklyn, where she teaches medical and graduate students and runs a research group studying cancer biology. Stacy serves on the Faculty and Staff Compensation Committee, as a liasion to the Upper School Committee on Advanced Placement, and a member of the Mission, Program, and Affordability Task Force.
Geoffrey Brewer '82
Geoff is the editorial director of Gallup Press, a book-publishing unit of The Gallup Organization. A seven-time recipient of the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award from American Business Media, Geoff also edits Gallup’s online business journal. He attended Packer from Pre-K through 12th Grade, and went on to Oberlin College. His son is a 1st Grader at Packer. Geoff is President of Packer’s Alumni Board and previously served on Packer’s Board of Trustees as the Recent Graduate Trustee, from 1989-93.
Nicholas Brumm ’85
Nicholas is a managing member of QVT Financial in Manhattan. He attended Packer from 4th Grade through 11th Grade. He spent his senior year in France with School Year Abroad and returned to graduate with his class. Nick is the chair of the Philanthropy Council for School Year Abroad and a director and the treasurer of the Center for Fiction. Nick is also a director and the treasurer of the Center for Fiction. He is an alumnus of Harvard, with advanced degrees from the University of Paris, Oxford University, and Columbia University. Nick serves on the Faculty and Staff Compensation, Finance, and Investment Committees.
Paul Burke
Paul joined the Packer community in 2000 as a college counselor and an American history teacher. After working for three years in that capacity, he assumed the responsibilities of Dean of Students for Grades 9 and 10, a role he held until he left Packer in June 2008. Paul is the head of school at the Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan, where he was head of the upper school for four years. Paul joined Packer's Board in 2010. He is on the Faculty and Staff Compensation Committee and is a member of the Mission, Program, and Affordability Task Force.

Gwenn Cagann 
A former president of Packer's Parent Association, Gwenn joined the Board in 2010. She has been a Packer parent since 2004, and her sons are members of the Classes of 2012 and 2015. Gwenn is a co-founder of New World Coffee, a chain of coffee bars. She is on the Development and Diversity Committees and is a member of the Major Gifts Task Force and the Mission, Program, and Affordability Task Force.

LisaMarie Casey 
LisaMarie is a substitute math teacher at Léman Manhattan Preparatory and previously taught at St. Joseph's in Downtown Brooklyn. She was a founder of an angel investing group and a managing director at JP Morgan. LisaMarie is an advisory board member of St. Joseph’s and a former advisory board member of Grace Church School in Brooklyn. Her children have been at Packer since 2003 and are in 10th and 11th Grades. LisaMarie is a member of the Committee on Trustees and the Finance Committee, is the chair of the Major Gifts Task Force, and serves as a liaison to the Upper School Committee on Advanced Placement.

Bruce L. Dennis
As Packer’s Head of School, Bruce is a member of the Board of Trustees. He is an ex officio member of all committees and task forces.

Steven Fineman 
Steve has been a Packer parent since 2007 and has a son in 7th Grade and a son in 5th Grade. He has been an active Annual Giving volunteer, co-chairing the Parent Pelican Society for two years. In 2010-11, he was a member of the Size and Shape Task Force that worked on the strategic plan. Steve is the Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and the immediate past president of the Public Justice Foundation. He serves as the co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s Securities Litigation Group, as a member of the American Constitution Society’s Judicial Nominations Task Force, and as a member of the Advisory Forum for Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession. In his first year on Packer's board, Steve serves on the Development Committee and the Mission, Program, and Affordability Task Force. 
Michael Fleisher
Michael is chief financial officer of Wayfair.com, where he drives finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business strategies at the largest online retailer of home products and funishings in the United States.  He has been a Packer parent since 2003, with sons now in 8th and 10th Grades. He was elected to the Board in 2006. Michael is the secretary of Packer's Board, a member of the Executive Committee, the chair of the Committee on Trustees, as well as a member of the Major Gifts Task Force.

 

Cynthia Gardstein ’66 IVAc
Cynthia is a senior vice president of Steven Winter Associates, Inc., an architecture and engineering consulting firm. Cynthia holds a BA from Skidmore College, an MS from St. John’s University, and a B Arch from Pratt Institute. She joined the Packer Board in 2010 as President of the Alumni Board, of which she has been a member since 2007. Cynthia serves on the Buildings and Grounds and the Development Committees and is a liaison to the Upper School Committee on Advanced Placement.
Lauren Glant
Lauren was a Packer parent for fifteen years, up until 2014. Her two sons were in the classes of 2011 and 2014. Lauren serves as board chair of ArtWorks for Youth and is a trustee of the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is a former president of the advisory board of Grace Church School in Brooklyn. Currently, she is a management consultant associated with Strategic Horizons Inc. On Packer's Board since 2009, she is the chair of the Diversity Committee and serves on the Committee on Trustees and Buildings and Grounds, as well as the Mission, Program, and Affordability Task Force.
 Melissa Glass
Melissa has been an active member of the Packer community since 2003. Her son is now a junior at the school. Melissa has been a leader in the Parent Association for many years, serving in positions ranging from Class Representative to PA Board Member, where she served as Programs Chair, VP of Class Representatives, Nominating Chair and At-Large Representative. Melissa has also been an Annual Giving volunteer. She has been on the Board of the Dodge YMCA for seven years, serving as Chair for three years, and she is currently chairing the YMCA’s annual campaign. Brooklyn Courier Publications named her one of Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction in 2011. Melissa was a managing director at TD Securities where she raised funds for media and telecommunications companies.
Anthony Guarna
Anthony has been a Packer parent since 2005 and his children are now in 7th and 9th Grades. He was a member of a Packer Strategic Planning Task Force in 2011 and is a Pelican Society Annual Giving volunteer. Anthony is the president of Urban Equities, LLC, a Brooklyn-based boutique real estate investment firm. He also sits on the boards of a privately held distilled spirits company as well as a Brooklyn-based, not-for-profit, youth sports organization. Anthony is a co-chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and a member of the Finance and Investment Committees.
Ronan Harty 
Ronan is a partner in the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where he focuses on antitrust law. He serves in leadership positions in national and international bar associations. A Packer parent since 2003, his three daughters are in 7th, 10th, and 12th Grades. As board chair, Ronan is an ex officio member of all board committees and task forces.

Deborah Juantorena
Deborah is a vice president in US commercial operations at Pfizer, Inc, a global pharmaceutical company. She has been a Packer parent since 2002 and has been an Annual Giving and Pelican Society volunteer since 2003. She served on the Community and Identity Task Force for the 2011 Strategic Plan. Her son is in 8th Grade. Deborah is on the Board of Heights & Hills, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization that provides caregiver and case management services for older adults. She is the chair of the Audit and Pension Plan Committee and a member of the Committee on Trustees.

Anne Giddings Kimball ’55 IVAc
Anne is a partner in the Chicago law firm of Edwards, Wildman, Palmer, LLP, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern Law School, and she is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Kent Law School. Anne attended Packer from pre-school through high school, graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. Anne joined Packer's Board in 2008. This year, she serves on the Development, Finance, and Executive Committees and is chair of the Faculty and Staff Compensation Committee.
Michael Malter
Michael joined the board in 2006. He retired as a managing director of JPMorgan Chase in 2005, where he most recently headed the Global Financial Institutions Group of the Investment Bank and was a member of the Investment Banking Management Committee. His children are members of the Classes of 2005 and 2009. Michael serves as treasurer, chair of the Finance and Investment Committees, and is a member of the Audit and Pension Plan and Executive Committees.
Andrzej Rojek 
Andrzej is managing director at Advent Capital Management and serves on several nonprofit boards in the US and abroad. He joined the board of trustees in 2007, and his children graduated from Packer in 2001 and 2008. He serves on the Finance and Investment Committees and is chair of the Mission, Program, and Affordability Task Force.

 

Megan Sheetz
Megan has been a Packer parent since 2010 and her three children are in 4th, 3rd, and 1st Grades. She is a volunteer for Annual Giving and endowment fundraising. Megan has been active in the PA as a Class Representative and as a Gala Committee Head for the last three years. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1998 and worked for five years as a corporate attorney before returning to Brooklyn Law School as an associate director of career services, where she worked until 2010. 
Carla Shen ’95
Carla entered Packer in 1st Grade, graduated in 1995, and went on to Yale. She has been active at Packer as a class agent for Annual Giving, a charter member of the Carol Shen Gallery committee, and a Pelican Society volunteer. Her daughter is a member of the Class of 2027. Carla is a vice president at Sanford C. Bernstein, a subsidiary of AllianceBernstein, and works for the CEO as a communications supervisor. Carla joined the board in 2006. She is the chair of the Development Committee and serves on the Diversity and Executive Committees, as well as the Major Gifts Task Force.
Lilla Smith ’78
Lilla is an active alumna who became a Packer parent in 2004, and her daughter is now in 7th Grade. Lilla is an architect and the Director of Architecture and Design at Macklowe Properties.  She joined the Board in 2007. This year, Lilla serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Diversity Committee.
Karen Snow
Karen has been a Packer parent since 2008, and her children are entering 2nd and 6th Grades. She has been an active Annual Giving volunteer since 2008, co-chairing Pelican Society for two years. Karen is actively engaged in helping to build Packer’s endowment, and she served on the Strategic Planning Task Force regarding financial stability in 2011. Karen is a managing director of Credit Suisse in the Equities division.

Matthew Spiro ’02
Matthew is the Recent Graduate Trustee. He graduated from Packer in 2002 and from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. Matt is an executive director of JPMorgan Alternative Asset Management. He also serves as a mentor for The TEAK Fellowship, a nonprofit that helps talented New York City students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges. He is a founding member of Packer’s Young Alumni Events Group and serves as a career mentor for other alumni. Matt is on the Finance and Investment Committees.

 

 

Karen Tayeh
Karen has been a Packer parent since 1997. Her son is in 10th Grade, and her daughter graduated in 2009. She has been active for many years at Packer, in the Parent Association, as a Pelican Society volunteer, and on the Curriculum Task Force of the Strategic Planning Committee. Karen previously worked in financial services at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and is currently pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Public Health at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a member of the Committee on Trustees, the Development Committee, the Faculty and Staff Compensation Committee, and the Major Gifts Task Force.

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