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Board of Trustees for 2017-18

Chair: Deborah Juantorena
Vice Chair: Cynthia Gardstein ’66 IVAc
Treasurer: Karen Snow
Secretary: Richard Story
At-Large: Steven Fineman


David Bell
Stacy Blain
Geoffrey Brewer '82, Alumni Association President
Paul Burke
Gwenn Cagann
Bruce L. Dennis, Head of School
Steven Fineman
Dawn Fischer
Cynthia Gardstein ’66 IVAc
Lauren Glant
Jamillah Hoy-Rosas '94
Anthony Guarna

Ronan Harty
Deborah Juantorena
OhSang Kwon
Lisa Lambert, Parent Association President
Reed Lowenstein
Hillary Ripley
Evan Roth
Megan Sheetz
Karen Snow
Mimi Somerby
Richard Story
Demetrios Yatrakis '01

David Bell

David Bell
David joined the Packer community in 2012 when his son entered 9th Grade. In 2014, he was a guest speaker for the Parent Association, with a talk entitled “Sex and Your Teenager.” He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population & Family Health at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. David is an active volunteer, having served as part of a team fostering improved care for adolescents in Uganda, as well as on Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative Advisory Board and as a consultant for the Federal Office of Population Affairs and the Pan American Health Organization. David is a member of the Committee on Trustees, and the Faculty & Staff Compensation Committees.
Stacy Blain
Stacy has been a Packer parent since 2006, and has children in the classes of 2018, 2021, and 2025. 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 Buildings & Grounds and the Committee on Trustees.
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 member of the Class of 2026 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. In his third year on the Board, Geoff is the Chair of the Audit and Pension Plan Committee, and a member of the Identity Task Force.
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. This year, he is a member of the Diversity & Financial Aid and the Faculty/Staff Compensation Committees.

Gwenn Cagann
A former president of Packer's Parent Association, Gwenn joined the Board in 2010. She was a Packer parent for 11 years, 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 and a consultant at Wingo NYC. She is on the Buildings & Grounds and Diversity/Financial Aid Committees.

Head of School Bruce L. Dennis

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. This is Bruce's 13th year leading Packer.

Steven Fineman
Steve has been a Packer parent since 2007 and has sons in the Classes of 2029 and 2020 at Packer and a son in the Class of 2022 at the Windward School. Steve is the Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, a nationally recognized plaintiff-side litigation law firm. Steve is a past President of the Public Justice Foundation and currently serves as an ex officio member of the Board; the immediate past co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s Securities Litigation Group; a member of the Board of the American Constitution Society; a member of the Advisory Board for Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession; a member of Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute Advisory Board; and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the New York Region of the Anti-Defamation League and a member of the ADL’s National Commission. Steve is in his fifth year on the Board, and his fourth year as the Chair of the Development Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee.

Dawn Fischer Dawn Fischer
Dawn has been a Packer parent since 2008 and her children are in the classes of 2021 and 2022. She has served as the Packer Book Fair Co-Chair for three years and as a Class of 2021 PA Grade Representative for two years. Active in the LGBT community, she was a member of the Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) Board from 2009 to 2016 and serves as secretary for the 31-year-old Prospect Park Women’s Softball League. She serves on the Buildings and Grounds and Diversity/Financial Aid Committees.

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. The immediate past president of the Alumni Board, of which she has been a member since 2007, Cynthia joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. She is Vice Chair of Packer's Board and serves on the Buildings & Grounds and Executive Committees.

Lauren Glant
Lauren was a Packer parent for fifteen years and was an active member of the Parent Association. Her two sons are members of 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/Financial Aid Committee and serves on the Identity Task Force.
Anthony Guarna
Anthony has been a Packer parent since 2005 and his children are in the classes of 2018 and 2020. He was a member of a Packer Strategic Planning Task Force in 2011. 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 an Officer of the board, the Chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee, and a member of the Development Committee.
Ronan Harty
Ronan is a partner at 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 youngest daughter is in the Class of 2020 and his eldest daughters graduated in 2015 and 2017. Now in his eighth year as a trustee, Ronan served for four years as Board Chair. He is a member of the Development and the chair of the Faculty/Staff Compensation Committee.
Jamillah Hoy-Rosas '94
Jamillah Hoy-Rosas '94 is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who currently works as the director of health coaching and clinical partnerships at City Health Works. Jamillah serves as the Chair of the Packer Parent Association’s Diversity Committee and is active on the Community Service Committee. She serves as the chair of the missions committee at her church, where she has also run a girl scout troop for the past six years. She is married to Jason Rosas '94 and their children are in the classes of 2020 and 2026. Jamillah is a member of the Diversity/Financial Aid Committee and the Committee on Trustees.


Deborah Juantorena
Deborah is a global leader in business, analytics, and insights 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 a member of the Class of 2019. 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. In her first year as Board Chair, Deborah is an ex officio member of all board committees and task forces. She is the Chair of the Executive Committee.

OhSang Kwon
OhSang has been a Packer parent since 2004 and has children in the classes of 2017 and 2020. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (where he has served as a class agent for many years), Harvard College, and Columbia Law School. OhSang was a founding partner of Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm, which he left in 2014 to invest on his own. Prior to Avista, OhSang spent his career at DLJ Securities Corp and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. Previous to his banking and private equity career, OhSang clerked for the Hon. William C. Conner, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. In his second year on the Board, OhSang is the Investment Lead on the Finance Committee.

Lisa Lambert
Lisa Lambert has been a Packer parent since 2010 and has children in the classes of 2022 and 2025. Lisa joins the Board this year as President of the Parent Association. She has served as PA Programs Chair and led the Community Service Committee. Lisa is also an active volunteer outside of Packer, serving various community organizations. She previously worked at American Express as director of securitization funding. Lisa is a member of the Diversity/Financial Aid and the Development Committees.
Reed Lowenstein Reed Lowenstein
Reed is a partner at Capital International Investors, where he has managed portfolios and analyzed investments since 1998. Reed became a Packer parent in 2013 and has children in the classes of 2024 and 2026. Reed currently co-chairs Kane Street Synagogue’s Hebrew School Committee. He is a native of Kansas City, MO, and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Tufts University. He is a member of the Faculty & Staff Compensation and Finance Committees.

Hillary Ripley
Hillary has been a Packer parent since 2010 and has a daughter in the Class of 2018. She is a Managing Director at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, where she focuses on business development in the buyout space for private infrastructure and other real assets. Hillary previously worked in private equity and capital markets for 22 years. She also volunteers her investment management expertise at Old First Reformed Church in Park Slope. Hillary is a member of the Audit/Pension and Finance Committees.

Evan Roth
Evan co-founded and is a managing partner of BBR Partners, a multi-family office. Evan graduated from the Wharton School and holds an additional degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. Evan is the treasurer of both the Gotham chapter and the Northeast Region of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO); the co-president of the Jewish Community Project; a life trustee of the Kentuckians of New York; and is actively involved with the Mary Byron Foundation. Evan is a co-host of the business podcast “Breaking the Mold” and resides in Tribeca with his wife and three children, who are in the classes of 2024 and 2027. He serves on the Finance Committee and the Committee on Trustees.

Megan Sheetz
Megan joined the Board in 2014. She has been a Packer parent since 2010, and her three children are in the classes of 2023, 2024, 2026. She has been 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. This year, Megan is a co-chair of the Development Committee and serves on the Committee on Trustees.
Karen Snow
Karen was elected to the Board in 2014. She has been a Packer parent since 2006, and has a daughter in the Class of 2021. She has been an active Annual Giving volunteer since 2008, co-chairing Pelican Society for two years. Karen was actively engaged in helping to build Packer’s endowment, and she served on the Strategic Planning Task Force regarding financial stability in 2011. Karen runs NY Equity Sales and is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Equities division. Karen serves as the chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Development and Executive Committees.

Mimi Somerby
Mimi has been a Packer parent since 2004 and has children in the classes of 2017 and 2019. She is the co-owner of a design/build firm in Brooklyn with her husband, Richard. As an active member of the Parent Association, Mimi has co-chaired the Winter Skate Party, served as a Class Rep, and sat on the Food Committee. She also served on the Strategic Planning Task Force for Buildings and Grounds. Mimi has been a member of several non-profits including the advisory board at Grace Church School in Brooklyn. She is a member of the Buildings & Grounds and Faculty/Staff Compensation Committees.
Karen Tayeh (image)

Karen Tayeh
Karen has been a Packer parent since 1997. Her children graduated in 2009 and 2017. 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 received a Masters in Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University and previously worked in financial services at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Karen is Chair of the Committee on Trustees, and serves on the Faculty/Staff Compensation Committee.

Richard Story
Richard has been a Packer parent since 2009, when he and his family moved to New York from England. He has children in the classes of 2017, 2019, and 2024. Richard has been active at Packer, volunteering his time and expertise with the Parent Association and donating distinctive auction items to the Spring Gala. Richard is Secretary of the Board of Trustees, a co-chair of the Committee On Trustees, chairs the Identity Task Force, and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Demetrios Yatrakis '01
Demetrios is a partner and co-founder at Lonicera Partners, a real estate development company. Mr. Yatrakis received both his BA and MBA from Columbia University. Demetrios is the chair of the Atlantic Avenue BID as well as a member of the Columbia College Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Previously, Demetrios was the director of Soccer Without Borders, a member of the Prospect Park Development Committee, and a member of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn Now Board. He serves on the Buildings & Grounds Committee.


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