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Board of Trustees for 2016-17

Chair: Deborah Juantorena
Vice Chair: Anne Giddings Kimball ’55 IVAc
Treasurer: Karen Snow
Secretary: Karen Tayeh


David Bell
Stacy Blain
Geoffrey Brewer '82, Alumni Association President
Nicholas Brumm ’85
Paul Burke
Gwenn Cagann
Bruce L. Dennis, Head of School
Steven Fineman
Cynthia Gardstein ’66 IVAc
Lauren Glant
Jamillah Hoy-Rosas '94
Anthony Guarna

Ronan Harty
Deborah Juantorena
OhSang Kwon
Lisa Lambert, Parent Association President
Hillary Ripley
Evan Roth
Megan Sheetz
Karen Snow
Mimi Somerby
Richard Story
Demetrios Yakatris '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 Diversity and Faculty & Staff Compensation Committees.
Stacy Blain
Stacy has been a Packer parent since 2006, and her children are now in 3rd, 7th, and 10th 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 Buildings & Grounds, Development, and Diversity Committee, and the Financial Aid 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 2nd 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. In his second year on the Board, Geoff is a member of the Audit and Pension Plan Committee, the Diversity Committee, and the Identity Task Force.
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. He is an alumnus of Harvard, with advanced degrees from the University of Paris, Oxford University, and Columbia University. In addition to being the chair of the Investment Committee, Nick serves on the Finance Committee.
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 on the Financial Aid Task Force and the Identity Task Force.

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. She is on the Buildings & Grounds and Diversity Committees, the Committee on Trustees, and is a member of the Identity Task Force.

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 12th year leading Packer.

Steven Fineman
Steve has been a Packer parent since 2007 and has sons in 6th and 8th Grades. 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. This year, Steve chairs the Development Committee and serves on the Finance Committee and the Financial Aid 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. 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 serves on the Buildings & Grounds, Development, and Faculty & Staff Compensation Committees this year.

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 Committee and serves on the Committee on Trustees, the Financial Aid Task Force, and the Identity Task Force.
Anthony Guarna
Anthony has been a Packer parent since 2005 and his children are in 8th and 10th Grades. 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 a co-chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee, and a member of the Executive and Investment Committees and the Head of School Compensation Task Force.
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 two younger daughters are in 11th and 8th Grades and his eldest daughter graduated in 2015. In his fourth year as board chair, Ronan is an ex officio member of all board committees and task forces.
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 2nd and 7th Grades.


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 9th 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 & Pension Plan Committee and a member of the Committee on Trustees and the Faculty & Staff Compensation Committee.

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. Anne is Vice Chair of Packer's Board, chair of the Faculty & Staff Compensation Committee, and serves on the Development, Executive, and Investment Committees. She is the Chair of the Head of School Compensation Task Force and a member of the Financial Aid Task Force.

OhSang Kwon
OhSang has been a Packer parent since 2004. He currently has the distinction of having a child in each of the three divisions at Packer. He is a graduate of 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 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 first year on the Board, OhSang is a member of the Finance Committee and the Audit & Pension Plan Committee.

Lisa Lambert
Lisa Lambert has been a Packer parent since 2010 and has children in the 7th and 4th Grades. 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.

Hillary Ripley
Hillary has been a Packer parent since 2010 and has a daughter in the 11th Grade. She is a vice president at IFM Investors, LLC, an infrastructure investment firm, where she focuses on business development in North America. Prior to joining IFM in 2012, Hillary 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 and has served as Technology Chair for Packer’s Parent Association.

Evan Roth
Evan co-founded and is a managing partner of BBR Partners. 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 development chair of the Jewish Community Project; a life trustee of the Kentuckians of New York; and is actively involved with the Mary Byron Foundation and Bancroft NeuroHealth. 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 4th and 2nd Grades.

Megan Sheetz
Megan joined the Board in 2014. She has been a Packer parent since 2010, and her three children are in 5th, 4th, and 2nd Grades. 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 serves on the Development and Buildings & Grounds Committees, the Committee on Trustees, and the Identity Task Force.
Karen Snow
Karen was elected to the Board in 2014. She has been a Packer parent since 2008, and her children are entering 3rd and 7th 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. Karen serves on the Development, Finance, and Investment Committees, and she is a member of the Head of School Compensation Task Force.

Mimi Somerby
Mimi has been a Packer parent since 2004 and has children in the 10th and 12th Grades. 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.
Karen Tayeh (image)

Karen Tayeh
Karen has been a Packer parent since 1997. Her son is in 11th 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. Karen is Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Committee on Trustees, and serves on the Executive Committee. She is a member of the the Financial Aid, Identity, and Head of School Compensation Task Forces.

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 11th, 9th and 4th Grades. 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 serves on the Development and Faculty & Staff Compensation Committees and chairs the Identity Task Force.

Demetrios Yakatris '01
Demetrios is a partner and co-founder at Lonicera Partners, a real estate development company. He is also an associate at Granite International Management. 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, a member of the Prospect Park Development Committee, and a member of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn Now Board.

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