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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Brookwood School, and is comprised of dedicated individuals who collectively possess the expertise and resources needed to carry out our mission and achieve our strategic goals. The Board is responsible for overseeing the financial health of the school, setting policy and planning for the school’s successful future.

Theresa Ellis P ‘24

Board Chair

Dartmouth College, A.B.

Theresa EllisTheresa is the Founder and CEO of Liminality Partners, a philanthropic advising firm that helps individuals and families create greater impact with their philanthropy. Specifically, she helps clients craft strategy, bring this strategy to life, and govern the organizations that enable their work. Theresa joined the Board in 2017. Theresa enjoys gardening, hiking with her family and curling up in a hammock with a good book. She learned to read and write Danish in college so that she could study Kierkegaard, the topic of her senior thesis.

Paul Bolno P ‘19, ‘21

Vice Chair

Emory University, B.A.; Drexel University, M.B.A.; Hahnemann School of Medicine at Drexel University, M.D.

Paul BolnoPaul is President and CEO of Wave Life Sciences, a biotech company focused on delivering transformational therapies to patients with genetically defined diseases. Paul joined the Board in 2018. He chairs the Institutional Advancement Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. He brings independent school board experience through his prior involvement with a merger of two independent PreK–12 schools, a head of school search and implementation of an initiative to embed an entrepreneurial mindset into curriculum.

Stratton Lloyd P ‘19, ‘21, ‘24

Vice Chair

Yale University, B.A.; Harvard Business School, MBA.

Stratton LloydStratton is a lifelong education and healthcare leader with a passion for social entrepreneurship. He has managed, led and operated large and small-scale organizations with strategy, technology, operations and P & L responsibility. Most recently, Stratton served as the Chief Operating Officer and VP for Community Leadership at Essex County Community Foundation. Stratton joined the Board in 2013 and serves on the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees and most recently served as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Team. He enjoys coaching, triathlons, skiing, sailing, and playing the guitar. Stratton lived in Chile for four years where he learned Spanish, fly fishing and started an education nonprofit.

Jennifer Perkin P ‘18, ‘20, ‘23

Vice Chair

Denison University, B.A. in Psychology; Wheelock College, MA in Education.

Jenny PerkinJenny taught middle school for over ten years. In addition to her experience in the classroom, she also led faculty professional development initiatives and was instrumental in developing innovative curriculum district-wide. Jenny’s professional experience as a teacher as well as serving on other boards gives her insightful perspective on all the constituencies, from faculty and parents to what it means to be a Trustee. Jenny joined the Board in 2015 and serves on the Executive Committee, and is currently serving as the Co-chair of the Head of School Search Committee as well as the Chair of the Committee on Trustees. Aside from her nonprofit work, Jenny enjoys skiing, tennis, and visiting family in Wisconsin. In college, Jenny traveled around the world on a ship exploring many different cultures from Japan to Morocco.

Rebecca Riff P ‘23, ‘26, ‘26

Secretary

Bates College, B.S. in Biology; University of Pennsylvania, M.S.W.

Rebecca RiffRebecca has extensive experience in nonprofit management, board governance and child health advocacy. Rebecca was a partner at Social Ventures Partners in Denver, Colorado and a founding member of the Board of Directors at Roundup River Ranch. Rebecca is currently a member of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Cancer Advisory Board and Essex County Community Foundation’s County Leadership Council. Rebecca joined the Board in 2014 and serves on the Executive Committee, and the Committee on Trustees. Rebecca was also a writer for the AISNE accreditation team. Rebecca enjoys playing tennis, running and reading. In addition to being captain of her college rugby team, Rebecca has run 5 marathons.

Amy Murphy Dowd P ‘20

Treasurer

Saint Michael’s College, B.S.; Babson College Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business, MBA.

Amy Murphy DowdAmy has served in Chief Financial Officer roles in the digital marketing industry for such organizations as SapientRazorfish, DigitasLBi, and currently at Publicis.Sapient. Amy joined the Board in 2012 and serves on the Executive Committee and is also Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee. Amy is a frequent traveler and spends a great deal of time at youth regattas, hockey tournaments, skiing in Vermont, and sailing. Amy came very close to attending Culinary School instead of getting an MBA.

Kira Fabrizio P ‘20, ‘23

Assistant Treasurer

Wesleyan University, B.A.; Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Ph.D. in Business Administration.

Kira FabrizioKira was most recently a professor at Questrom Business School at Boston University. Her areas of interest involve knowledge exploitation, firm strategy, innovation, intellectual property rights and environmental policy. She has developed the MBA curriculum on energy and environmental sustainability at Questrom, and currently leads the Sustainable Energy minor for undergraduate students.

Her research has been published in economics and management journals, and she has received various awards for her scholarly work. Kira joined the Board in 2018 and she serves on the Finance and Investment Committee.

Meg du Four P ‘17, ‘18, ‘20

Member at Large

Boston University, B.A. Economics.

Meg du FourMeg is currently a community volunteer, having served on several boards throughout the North Shore, and has a professional background in finance. She joined the Board in 2015 and serves on the Executive Committee and is also the Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Meg was a Co-Chair of the Today, Tomorrow, Together Capital Campaign. Meg appreciates and values Brookwood’s strong board and the high standard it places on governance, financial sustainability and innovative education. She enjoys downhill skiing, running, tennis, trekking and music. Her first live concert was at the age of 9 to see Elvis Presley perform.

Laura Caron P ‘22, ‘24

Head of School

Brown University, B.A.; Harvard University, Ed.M.

Laura CaronLaura has over two decades of experience in the field of education. From classroom teaching to leading senior academic, leadership and operations teams, Laura brings a keen understanding of the complexities of leading a school. Laura began her work as a middle school history and English teacher and has served as a Dean, Middle School Division Head, and Professional Development Consultant in the greater Los Angeles area. Laura has also been an instructor for Outward Bound and worked for the Harvard Negotiation Project. She has been a member of the Brookwood Board of Trustees since joining the School in 2015.

Anne Bolno P ‘19, ‘21

Parents’ Association Representative

Bryn Mawr College, A.B.; Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.

Anne BolnoPrior to the birth of her daughter in 2007, Anne worked for a large law firm in Philadelphia where her area of concentration was legal ethics. Since 2007, Anne’s work has been primarily volunteer including positions at schools and neighborhood organizations. In addition to her board work, she has run major fundraising events for her school in Philadelphia as well as the Chestnut Hill Conservancy. Anne loves to play an active role in the communities in which her family lives and goes to school. Anne has been on the Board as Parents’ Association President since 2017 and she serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Committee on Trustees. Anne loves to spend time with her family in nature, traveling and she enjoys reading.

Erich Buddenhagen P ‘19, ‘20

University of Massachusetts, B.A., Economics and History.

Erich BuddenhagenErich has worked as a sales executive for the Stephen Gould Corporation for over 30 years and specializes in packaging for the biotechnology industry. He has been a member of the Board since 2014 and serves on the Committee on Trustees. Erich joined the board because he truly loves Brookwood and wanted to help ensure the long term success of the institution. Erich enjoys traveling with his wife, Jen, and their four boys. Together, they enjoy skiing and hiking in the White Mountains. Erich travels the world chasing both fresh and saltwater fish and has caught and released all nine Billfish species.

Molly Cook P ‘26, ‘29

Hamilton College, B.S.; William James College, PsyD

Molly Cook

Molly is a clinical psychologist and the founder of the North Shore Center for Neuropsychology in Marblehead, where she provides evaluation and treatment services to children, adolescents, and young adults. Her passion for psychology developed in her undergraduate years while studying at Hamilton College. Molly joined the Board in 2019 and brings independent school board experience by serving for seven years on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Charles River School, where she was involved with the search for a new head of school and a capital campaign. She serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee as well as the Head of School Search Committee.

John Corcoran P ‘24

Harvard College, A.B.; Northeastern, MA; Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, MA.

John CorcoranJohn is the Founder and President of Trinity Partners, a global life sciences strategic consulting company. John is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Catholic Leadership Institute and is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary. John has served on the Board since 2017 and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee as well as the Head of School Search Committee. He also chairs the Audit Committee. John enjoys genealogy, working the land and cutting trees.

Faith Emerson P ‘13, ‘16

Middlebury College, B.A.

Faith EmersonFaith is an active volunteer in a variety of North Shore non-profit organizations and is committed to making a difference in the communities and institutions that are important to her and her family. Faith joined the Board in 2017 and serves on the Committee on Trustees. However, this is a return engagement for Faith, as she served previously on the Board in her role as PA President from 2011-2013. In addition to Brookwood, Faith volunteers and serves in a number of leadership roles in organizations including Wellspring House, RootNS Inc., the Town of Manchester Sustainability Committee and the Bucks Harbor Yacht Club. In her free time, Faith enjoys spending time in Maine with her family, hiking and walking with her dog.

Kerri Foley Richard P ‘24, ‘27

University of New Hampshire; Institute for Integrative Nutrition of NYC.

Kerri worked in pharmaceutical sales at Pfizer for 5 years and is currently a busy mom to three young children and a community volunteer. Prior to her work at Pfizer, Kerri volunteered for “at risk” youth through the YMCA of Portsmouth while at UNH. Kerri has held various volunteer jobs throughout her youth and adult life working with children, which is her true passion. Kerri is also a certified health and wellness coach, and volunteers as a tour guide at Brookwood. Kerri lives in Manchester with her husband and three children. Kerri joined the Board in 2019 this year and is a member of the Committee on Trustees.

Paul George GP ‘11, ‘13

Harvard College; Boston University School of Law; Officer, U.S. Navy; Chef de Mission, 1998 U.S. Olympic Team.

Paul GeorgePaul is the principal attorney at Kellogg and George, a business law firm in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A past grandparent, he has been on the board since 2014 and serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee. Family, sports administration, law practice, and nonprofit governance occupy much of his time. Current offices include: chairman of the board, USS Constitution Museum; president and trustee, U.S. Figure Skating Foundation: treasurer, chairman of the board, Decision Resources International; USA Hockey Foundation; member, nominating and governance committee, U.S. Olympic Committee; trustee, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; and advisory committee, Harvard Varsity Club. Paul enjoys the Boston Symphony Orchestra and traveling, and has had a lifelong involvement in sports, having won the 1962 National Junior Pair Skating Championship with his sister, Elizabeth. Having been involved in a wide variety of the U.S. Olympic Committee activities for many years, Paul attended the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, his 18th Olympic Games.

John Godfrey P ‘19, ‘19

Harvard College; Harvard Business School, MBA.

John GodfreyJohn is a developer of alternative energy facilities and has 35 years of experience in development, construction, operation and ownership of manufacturing facilities for engineered wood products including oriented strand board (OSB) mills in the Northeast United States, Eastern Canada, and Scotland, where he developed the first OSB mill in Europe. John is a founder and partner at FTE Solar, a company that leases solar-qualified roof or ground space where it installs, owns and operates solar electricity generation facilities. John has been on the Board since 2014 and serves on the Finance and Investment Committee. He is a pilot and flight instructor, enjoys playing squash and was once King of the Maypole Festival in Bangor, Maine.

Brian Hanrahan P ‘21, ‘23

Long Island University, B.S.; UMass Amherst, M.S.

Brian is currently working as Director of Product Management at a security software provider (Remediant) based in Silicon Valley. He works to establish and maintain strategic objectives for the business while ensuring continuous delivery of product. Prior to living the startup life, he lead enterprise technology groups at Morgan Stanley creating technology platforms that enabled productivity securely. With his background focused on business development, this is Brian’s first year on the Board and he serves on the Finance and Investment Committee.

Katy Langhorst P ‘21, ‘23

Phillips Andover Academy; Yale University, B.A.; Lesley University, M.Ed. 

Katy LanghorstKaty is currently the National Director of Enrollment and Service at StudyPoint Tutoring. Katy has an extensive background as an educational and business leader. Since leaving classroom teaching in 2007 and prior to her current role at StudyPoint, Katy worked as an educational consultant helping companies to establish and improve their employee training and professional development programs. Katy joined the Board in 2019 and is a member of the Committee on Trustees as well as the Head of School Search Committee.

Gavin McGrath ’97, P ‘26, ‘28

Brookwood School; Phillips Academy; Boston College, B.A.; Dartmouth College, MBA

Gavin, Principal with L.E.K. Consulting, is a business strategy consultant focused on growth and digital innovation for industrial and consumer sector firms in the U.S. and around the world. Gavin joined the Board in 2019 and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee. He also co-chairs the Head of School Search Committee. Gavin looks forward to bridging his experience as an alumni with a “desire to see Brookwood thrive in a rapidly evolving future”.

Joseph Mueller P ‘17, ‘19, ‘22

Harvard University, A.B. in Government; Boston College Law School, J.D., summa cum laude.

Joseph MuellerJoseph is a Partner in the Litigation Department at WilmerHale LLP. He is a trial and appellate lawyer specializing in complex litigations involving intellectual property. He co-leads the firm’s initiative focused on matters at the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law. In addition, he represents clients who work on wide-ranging technologies in high-tech and other industries. In addition to arguing before federal and state appeals courts, he has experience with courts throughout Europe and Asia. Joe joined the Board on 2016 and he serves on the Finance and Invesment Committee. Joe enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports. He once had a cameo role in an episode of the PBS educational kids’ TV show, Fetch!

Monica Benton Palmer P ‘24

University of California, Santa Barbara B.A.; Columbia University, M.F.A.; Columbia University, M.Ed.; University of Pennsylvania, Ed.D, Educational and Organizational Leadership.

Monica PalmerMonica currently serves as Dean of Faculty at The Governor’s Academy and brings extensive experience in independent school leadership as well as the arts. She inspires faculty members in their teaching by developing and overseeing a faculty development program. Monica has extensive experience with recruiting and hiring faculty, identifying staffing needs and improving the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty members. Monica joined the Board in 2018 and she serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee as well as the Head of School Search Committee.

Akshay Patel ’86, P ‘23, ‘25

Phillips Academy Andover; University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering; Georgia Institute of Technology, Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering

Akshay PatelAkshay is the Chief Growth Officer of Aura, a personal cybersecurity company, and has had prior success as the founder and CEO of LeadKarma, a data-driven marketing company he sold to Bankrate. Most of his professional experience has revolved around entrepreneurship and leveraging advanced data analytics to make informed business decisions. Akshay has been on the Board since 2016 making contributions to the Finance and Investment Committee. Akshay enjoys adventure travel and experiencing foreign cultures. He appreciates architectural design that incorporates nature and “green” building practices and loves outdoor activities with his family. Akshay is a Brookwood School alumnae from the Class of 1986.

Nicole Plante ’93, P ‘24, ‘26

Brookwood School; Governor’s Academy; Brown University, B.A.; Suffolk, Sawyer Business School, MBA

Nicole PlanteNicole is a Trust Operations Administrator with Private Trust Group of America LLC. Prior to this role, Nicole worked at State Street Bank for over 15 years building a strong background in financial services. Nicole’s children are the first third generation attendees at Brookwood and her father Isaiah Suggs ‘74 also served as a trustee. Nicole joined the Brookwood Board in 2019 and is serving on both the Finance Committee and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Rachel Loverme Rosenfeldt ’95

Boston University, B.S. Journalism, B.A. Art History.

Rachel RosenfeldtRachel has been with Kotter, a management consulting firm based in Cambridge, for more than 10 years. In her current role as Director, Rachel spends the majority of her time in business development, where she works with clients to solve some of their most challenging problems. In addition to her business development and account responsibilities, she also oversees the marketing team. Rachel has been on the Board since 2017 and she serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee. Rachel loves art, food and traveling with her family. Since she was a child, Rachel has loved to read instruction manuals, cover to cover! Rachel is a Brookwood School alumna from the Class of 1995.

Cynthia Rusis P ‘19

Lafayette College, B.A. Engineering; George Washington University Law School, J.D.

Cynthia RusisCynthia’s professional career spanned years as an attorney and investment advisor, and she is currently dividing her time between business development in the pharmaceutical and design industries and Board positions on several charitable boards. She joined the Board in 2017 and serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Cynthia enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and cooking. Cynthia is an identical twin.

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