They inspire us — to learn more, to do more, to be more.
Leadership is more than a title. Great leaders combine the vision to move things forward with the ability to inspire greatness in others. At Pomfret, we are re-imagining what a boarding school education can be, and this inspiring group is leading the way.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
A self-described boarding school lifer, Tim Richards grew up at Phillips Andover and worked at St. George's for 23 years. He earned his B.A. from Connecticut College and his M.A. from Middlebury College. Tim and his wife Anne are parents of Max, Molly, and Lucy, and trusty lab Baloo.
ASSOCIATE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Rich Dempsey has over 23 years of experience. Prior to Pomfret, Rich was the Head of Upper School at Rocky Hill School, and the Director of Summer Session and Associate Dean of Students at St. George's School. He earned his B.A. from Bowdoin College and his M.Ed. from Boston University. Rich lives on campus with his wife Mary and son Teddy.
DIRECTOR OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
Amy Graham comes to Pomfret from Midland School in California. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from California Polytechnic State University. She lives on campus with her husband Andy and their daughter Paige.
DIRECTOR OF THE GRAUER INSTITUTE
A veteran of independent school education, Gwyneth Connell has served as a leader and teacher at Blair Academy, Berkshire School, and Millbrook School. She holds a master's degree in private school leadership from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in American studies from Amherst College.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ed Griffin brings over 20 years of administrative experience to Pomfret, most recently as the Controller and Business Manager of Choate Rosemary Hall. Ed and his wife Lauren have three children: Julia, a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Kevin ’17, and Brandon ’19. They also have two dogs, Charlie and Porter.
DEAN OF ACADEMICS
The son of a Griffin ('65), Don Gibbs joined the Pomfret faculty in 2001. Before taking the reins as the head of academics, Don was the Director of Studies and Institutional Assessment. He holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, the College of William & Mary, and Trinity College.
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Vassar Pierce has worked at Pomfret since 2014. A graduate of St. George's School, he holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS from Bucknell University. He lives in Pomfret and Boston with his wife, Laura Keeler Pierce ’03, and their two golden retrievers.
- Justin Klein — Chair
- Monique Miles — Vice Chair
- Lindsay Belew Paul — Treasurer
- Stephanie Schuetz - Secretary
- Mark W. Blodgett
- Daryle Lamonica Bost
- Thomas J. Campbell
- Mark A. Cohen
- Tiffany Ding
- T. Wilson Eglin
- Meredith J. Hanson
- Rebecca D. Henry
- Jay Luchs
- Scott Maker
- Michael Marrus
- Gregory W. Melville
- Nick Mettler
- Robert K. Mullarkey
- David M. Murray
- Dena Cocozza O'Hara
- Robert M. Olmsted
- Hui Peng
- Judson P. Reis
- Amy R. Salerno
- Arnoldo Wald
- Katheryn E. Wilson
- Robert J. Yudell
Mark Blodgett ’75, P ’04, ’06 is the President and owner of Myers & Co. Architectural Metals, a long-established fabricator of structural steel and ornamental steel products based outside of Aspen, Colorado.Prior to acquiring Myers, Mark was the Managing Partner/CEO at Schoeller Polymer Industries GmbH. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.
Part of a Pomfret legacy family, as a student Mark was active in tennis and cross country. He was also an active volunteer for the Priorities for Pomfret Campaign, where he was instrumental in building the new boathouse and the new tennis facilities, which bear his family’s name.
Mark attended Vassar College and earned an M.A. with Honors in Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Mark is the father of five children, two of whom are Pomfret graduates: Oliver ’04 and Natasha ’06. He and his wife, Mareike, live in Aspen, Colorado.
Daryle Bost ’89 is a Senior Development Officer at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. His previous experience includes Sales Director at Womble Carlyle, Private Banker at Wachovia Bank and RBC Centura, and Major Gift Officer at Johns Hopkins University and Wake Forest University.
Daryle came to Pomfret from the Green Vale School on Long Island, where his mother was a member of the faculty. While at Pomfret, Daryle played on both the lacrosse and the football teams.
He has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Guilford College since 2007 and chaired the Advancement Committee until 2014. He also serves on both the Buildings and Grounds, and Student Affairs Committees.
He received his B.S. in Business Management from Guilford College in 1993, where he was the captain of the lacrosse team. He is married to Alison Bost, Deputy General Counsel at Womble Carlyle. Alison and Daryle met at Guilford College, and she received a J.D. from Wake Forest University. They live in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with their dog, Walter.
Thomas Campbell P ’09 is Founder and President of DC Capital Partners, an Alexandria, VA investment firm which focuses primarily on making controlled private equity investments and selectively investing in public equity and fixed income securities in a broad range of U.S. government and infrastructure related companies. Prior to founding DC Capital Partners, he was a Partner of Veritas from 1992 through 2006 having been an original Partner of Veritas, one of the two Managing Members of The Veritas Capital Fund I, L.P. and The Veritas Capital Fund II, L.P., and a Partner in The Veritas Capital Fund III, L.P., immediately prior to his departure. Prior to that time, he was a Senior and Founding Member of the Merchant Banking Group of Wasserstein & Perella Co., Inc. since its inception in 1988.
Currently, he serves as Chairman of: Michael Baker International LLC, SC3 LLC, Sallyport LLC, The Spectrum Group LLC, Cipher Systems LLC, QRC LLC, and Velox Visa & Passport Services LLC, all of which operate in government and engineering markets.
Tom is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lehigh University and a member of the Board of Directors of Center for a New American Security. He also serves on the Board of Directors of USO-Metro and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute.
Tom received a B.S. degree with a double major in Finance and Accounting from Lehigh University. He is the father of T. Justin ’09. When not involved in one of the above endeavors, he enjoys time out on the links and is an avid reader.
Mark Cohen '82 is Deputy General Counsel at Deloitte LLP. He joined the Office of General Counsel in 1997 and became a principal in 2000. Since joining Deloitte LLP, Mark has handled a wide range of matters, including engagement matters, counseling in connection with practice matters, acquisitions and dispositions, regulatory matters and governance-related matters. Since June 2011, Mark has led the Office of General Counsel’s engagements group, which includes more than 50 lawyers and professionals.
Prior to joining Deloitte LLP, Mark was a corporate associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He served as a law clerk to The Honorable Lawrence M. McKenna, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, from August 1992 to September 1993.
Since June 2012, Mark has been a member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City. Mark was also a member of the Financial Reporting Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from June 2006 to June 2009.
After graduating from Pomfret, Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in 1986 and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Fordham University School of Law in 1992.
Mark lives in New York City with his husband, Jerry, and their dog, Pluto.
Tiffany Ding P ’21, ’22 graduated from the City University of New York with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance, and she is the independent founder of Beijing OV-Colletta Jewelry Studio.
In 2010, Tiffany founded her own brand and jewelry studio in Beijing. She is committed to bringing the jewelry art and treasure which almost got lost to China, passing on her concept of “conveying profound beauty” through jewelry. Tiffany’s jewelry studio has designed and tailor-made jewelry pieces for a lot of women entrepreneurs and female celebrities. Currently, OV-Colletta has exclusive licenses of renowned brands from Spain, Germany and Italy in the region of China, and it has also launched a line of Chinese-style works, and won recognition and love of Chinese customers. OV-Colletta is highly praised by Chinese customers and media as the “Jewelry keeper of Chinese women entrepreneurs.”
In 2018, Tiffany Ding founded Top Tier Consulting Company with two partners. The company specializes in consulting Chinese students to apply boarding high schools, colleges and graduate programs in the United States. It is aimed at bridging the gap between Chinese students and American universities, providing students and parents with professional advice from former American college admission officers and helping students build a bright future.
Tiffany is also active in social activities, She is the Chairwoman this year for The Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts (CISCA) and Tian Art Foudation. CISCA organizes Gala Performance every year to offer a unique opportunity for students to get an unforgettable stage experience, enhance technical skills, develop expressive and cognitive abilities, and build up their self- confidence and learn to work as a team. In the meantime, it aims to raise funds in order to stimulate and support highly talented, but under-privileged children in their development within the performing arts through Tian Art Foundation.
Will Eglin P ’21 is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lexington Realty Trust, a NYSE- listed real estate investment trust that develops, owns, and manages industrial real estate throughout the United States. He also is Chief Executive Officer of Lexington Realty Advisors, Inc., an affiliate which provides advisory and asset management services to institutional and offshore investors. He is a trustee of Connecticut College, The Watch Hill Conservancy, a director of Phantasos Foundation, and a member of the Urban Land Institute. Eglin was a founding director of Africa Schoolhouse, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality schools, medical care, job training and clean water to rural villages in Northern Tanzania. Will graduated from Connecticut College. He resides in Darien, Connecticut, with his wife Ellie and two sons, Thomas and Sam ’21.
Meredith Hanson ’00 is a Vice President and Client Advisor at Bernstein Private Wealth Management. A Certified Financial Planner, she is responsible for providing investment and wealth planning advice to individuals and families and to their trusts, estates, foundations, endowments and pension plans. In conjunction with Bernstein Global Wealth Planning and Analysis Group, she provides counsel to clients and their professional advisors on a variety of matters, including tax and estate planning, multigenerational asset allocation, individual and corporate retirement planning, and the sale of closely held businesses.
Prior to Bernstein, Molly was an Education Consultant at the Wall Street Institute in Bangkok, Thailand and in the Ad Sales and Strategic Planning Division of The CNN Networks.
Molly attended Pomfret for her junior and senior years. She played varsity soccer and squash, and served as a Prefect. Since graduating from Pomfret, Molly has twice been featured at the Pomfret Career Expo discussing a career in finance with curious students.
Molly has a B.A. in economics from Bates College where she also played soccer and squash. Molly completed postgraduate work in statistics at Northwestern University. A native Chicagoan and lifetime Cubs fan, she now lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her husband, Greg, their toddler son, Bauer, and their Boston Terrier, Buckingham. She is a regular Pan Mass Challenge rider and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Rebecca Henry P ’13 has taught Upper School History and American Studies, most recently at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland (1986 to 2012), before that at the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts (1984 to 1986), and before that at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1981 to 1984). She has served on the board of the Johns Hopkins Libraries and is currently President of the Cylburn Arboretum Board of Trustees in Baltimore. She is also actively involved in the Garden Club of America.
Part of a Pomfret family, Becky is the daughter of Charles V. Henry III ’52, and the parent of Charlie Gruner ’13. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in 1977 and received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University in 1981.
Becky lives in Stevenson, Maryland, with her husband, Harry Gruner, and their dog, Rooney. In addition to Charlie, she has two other children, Emma and George Gruner.
Becky currently serves on the Diversity, Engagement and Strategic Planning Committees.
Part of a Pomfret family, Becky is the daughter of Charles V. Henry III ’52, and the parent of Charlie Gruner ’13. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in 1977 and received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University in 1981.
Becky lives in Stevenson, Maryland, with her husband, Harry Gruner, and their dog, Rooney. In addition to Charlie, she has two other children, Emma and George Gruner.
Jay Luchs ’91 is a Vice Chairman at Newmark Knight Frank. He handles the leasing and sales of investment properties with a focus on representing fashion brands and entertainment companies in finding both retail and office locations. He has over 100 exclusive listings throughout Los Angeles, including West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Venice Beach, Brentwood, and Malibu. Jay has grown his business in representing fashion brands by finding locations in every major city in the US. He also has exclusive landlord listings in San Francisco, Georgetown, and New York City, where he is rapidly growing his landlord representation business.
Regardless of deal size, Jay loves working with brands from smaller start-ups to larger nationally known retailers, including the fashion industry’s most exclusive and highest end luxury brands. Jay may be best known for having been a part of Rodeo Drive’s growth over the last fifteen years, leasing over forty stores on the street and having sold ten buildings on Rodeo Drive. Luchs recently sold the former Brooks Brothers building at 468 N. Rodeo Drive to Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. He also arranged the sale of two adjacent buildings to the same client that was considered one of the most important commercial transactions in the US in 2018.
Jay came to Pomfret as a junior and made lifelong friends very quickly. While at Pomfret he played lacrosse, soccer, and wrestled. He was a proctor in Pine Dorm and took sports photographs that were published in The Pontefract.
Originally from Potomac, Maryland, Jay has proudly lived in Los Angeles since graduating from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA in 1995.
In addition to serving on the board of Pomfret, Jay is also on the Acquisition & Collections Committee board at the Los Angeles based Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
Scott serves as Deloitte & Touche’s Government and Public Services Quality and Risk Management Leader. In his more than twenty years at Deloitte, he has served in a variety of leadership positions and industries, focusing in the Aerospace, Government and Defense Industries. His other Deloitte responsibilities have included roles in Deloitte’s Global Center of Audit Excellence and in Talent, combined with multiple secondments in Europe and Asia. While the risk role takes the majority of time, he continues to serve as a specialist in audits of Aerospace, Defense and Government Contracting companies and as the lead advisory partner for Georgetown University. Prior to joining Deloitte, Scott was a Director of Internal Audit at SallieMae. Before SallieMae, Scott started his career as a computer programmer and IT consultant moving to program managing director before making the career change to public accounting. With his love for soccer, he became professional soccer referee, retiring from running the diagonals in 1997. He is a member of the Executive and Student Life Committees and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Scott attended Pomfret on a merit-based scholarship, graduating in 1976. He played soccer and baseball and managed the basketball team. In addition, he played trombone in the orchestra pit for school musicals. He has a BA with honors in History and Art History from the College of William and Mary. Scott lives in Washington, DC with his wife Susanna.
Michael Marrus has over twenty-five years of experience as an investment banker and financial executive on Wall Street. Today he is a Managing Director for The Special Equities Group, a division of Chardan Capital Markets, a privately held investment banking firm. Before joining Chardan, Michael was a Senior Managing Director at Dominick and Dominick, a wealth management and investment services firm, and a Managing Director of Merriman Capital, Inc. From 1998 to 2009, he was a Managing Director of C.E. Unterberg, Towbin & Co., an investment banking firm that was acquired by Collins Stewart plc. Prior to joining Unterberg, Towbin, Michael was a Principal and founding member of Fieldstone Private Capital Group. Following graduate school, he was employed at Bankers Trust Company, initially in the Private Equity and Merchant Banking Groups and subsequently in BT Securities, the securities affiliate of Bankers Trust.
Since October of 2007, Michael has served on the board of directors of a public company, Arotech Corporation (ticker: ARTX) sitting on various committees including audit, compensation and nominating. He has been a member of the board of a private company as well as various non-profit organizations and is a strong supporter of many educational institutions with a focus on independent secondary schools. He began a three year term as a Trustee of Congregation Emanu-El in New York in June, 2016.
Michael attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, has an A.B. from Brown University and an MBA from the Booth Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. He lives in New York City with his wife, Lauren. They have two children, Samantha, a recent graduate of Wellesley College, and Jacob, a rising junior at Williams College. A lifelong New Yorker, he supports local sports teams and enjoys running, reading and playing golf with a handicap which shows no signs of decreasing.
Greg Melville ’68 is a retired, self-employed writer and freelance editor. Greg brings a love for Pomfret and a long legacy that includes his father, uncle and a cousin. He is passionate about helping those less fortunate. In 2007, he founded the Melville Scholarship Fund at Pomfret for students with financial need and the Melville Fund for Faculty to support faculty enrichment. He has served as a Pomfret Free Agent for his class since 2004 and is a member of the Pontefract Society (the planned giving recognition society); is a former member of the Headmaster’s Council and the Alumni Council and returns to campus frequently for reunions, phone-a-thons, and other special events.
Greg has extensive experience working on the boards of several nonprofits, including as co-chair of the Capital Campaign of Friends Center for Children, Inc. of New Haven, Connecticut; the Board of Trustees of the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation in E. Setauket, N.Y.; the Board of Directors of the Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Deerfield, Massachusetts; former chairman of the Board of Directors of PeaceJam Northeast and NextGen Leaders, Inc., the Northeast affiliate of PeaceJam Foundation, in Guilford, CT. He is also a founder and lifetime member of the Boulder Knoll Community Garden, a CSA in Cheshire, Connecticut.
While a student at Pomfret, Greg was the sports editor for the Pontefract and The Griffin Newsletter; a dorm assistant; played and lettered in both ice hockey and soccer; received a National Merit Letter of Commendation; and participated in student government and The Key Club; and was an A.A. Manager. Greg volunteered as a reading tutor for inner-city children at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford, and he spent six weeks in the spring of his senior year off-campus, living in Camden, New Jersey, as part of an urban studies program.
Greg received a BA in English Literature from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in 1972, and took several writing courses at Wesleyan University in 1998. While attending college he was the co-editor of The Carletonian; played Varsity Soccer, Club Hockey and Rugby; was a resident advisor for Burton Hall and was a 1972 Representative on the English Dept. Comprehensive Exams Committee. Greg was nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship and selected as a finalist for the Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship, which provided funding for a “trial” year in seminary to students not planning a career in the ministry,.
He served as a volunteer on the 1970 Abourezk for Congress campaign (SD) and in 1972 volunteered in several primary states on behalf of U.S. Senator George McGovern’s campaign for President. In 1992, Greg volunteered during NH ‘s Democratic primary and later served as a writer on the campaign staff of the late Sen. Paul Tsongas (D- MA) at the Democratic National Convention that summer in New York City.
Nicholas Mettler ’95 is the CEO of No More Dirt Inc., one of the largest building maintenance companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously he worked at Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns.
Nick was born and raised in Hong Kong and came to Pomfret School after two years at the Fay School in Southborough, MA. While at Pomfret, Nick served as captain of both the boys varsity soccer and tennis teams. He was also a dorm proctor, key head, and class agent.
Nick received his BA from Hobart College in 1999. Nick met his wife Barrett while attending Hobart. They live in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, with their two boys, Spence (9) and Brooks (6), and puppy Dash.
Bob Mullarkey ’79, P ’10 is a partner of Double T Management, a real estate owner and operator of commercial and residential properties in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas of southern California. Prior to that, he worked for more than twenty years in the securities industries and with some of the top names in the hedge fund business.
He has been an actively engaged member of the Pomfret community for decades. He is a former Board member, class agent, parent, and past president of the Alumni Association.
While at Pomfret, Bob was School President and played football, hockey and baseball. After graduating from the Hilltop, Bob earned a B.A. from Kenyon College in 1984, where he was a three-year co-captain of the school's rugby team.
Bob was a member of the Board of the Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club of Locust Valley. He enjoys tennis, squash and golf at the Creek Club on Long Island and skiing in New Hampshire. He lives with his partner, Nina Ritter, in the Rolling Hills area of Los Angeles.
David Murray ’97 is a Managing Director at Murray Trading Partners, a privately held investment fund where he primarily deals with early stage venture investments. He sits on the Board of Directors of Cohesive Networks, a Chicago-based cloud computing company and The Guardsmen, a San Francisco non-profit benefiting at-risk youth. Prior to Murray Trading Partners, David worked at Catamount Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture firm, and Sapias, a San Francisco company providing internet-based tracking of assets for large enterprise companies.
David graduated from Pomfret in 1997. He played one year on the Varsity Golf Team and served with distinction on the Junior Varsity of a variety of other sports. His senior year he was a member of the Dean’s Assistants.
David has B.B.A with an emphasis in Marketing from The University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance from the University of San Francisco. He currently lives in San Francisco.
Dena Cocozza O'Hara P ’13, ’15, ’16, ’18, ’20 joins the board after twenty-seven years in the Pomfret School family. First arriving in 1992, she served as a Spanish teacher, coach, advisor, and dorm parent in Orchard and Upper 1. More recently, five of her seven children have attended Pomfret: Dylan ’13, KC ’15, Rhone ’16, Duun ’18 and Teagan ’20.
Dena is the chair of world languages at Rectory School and the public speaking coordinator for Woodstock Public Schools. In addition, she has been the director of the summer day camp at Rectory School for twenty-four years. She earned her BA from the University of Connecticut and her MEd from the University of Bridgeport.
In the nonprofit sector, Dena serves as vice chair of the Woodstock Education Foundation and is a twenty-year trustee of the Follett Educational Foundation — a college scholarship endowment fund. Dena is the founder and CEO of Advantage Tennis and has been a teaching tennis professional since 1983. Dena has also completed fourteen marathons. She loves international adventure and has traveled with the Pomfret chorus to Bolivia and Ireland.
Bob Olmsted ’59, P ’89 is an investment advisor and consultant at Auchincloss, Lawrence, Inc., in New York City. A Pomfret trustee since 1977, Bob served in many leadership roles including Vice President and Treasurer. After a brief year hiatus from the Board (as required by the by-laws), we welcomed Bob back to the Board in 2010.
Through the years, Bob’s volunteer efforts have extended beyond service to the Board, including Alumni Association President, Class Secretary, Annual Fund Volunteer, and Campaign Steering Committee member. He was instrumental in bringing his classmates together to celebrate their fiftieth Reunion and at that time was awarded the William Beach Olmsted Distinguished Service Award for his years of service to Pomfret. Bob is also a trustee of the Windham Foundation and the MacDowell Colony and is a member of the Princeton Club.
Bob graduated from Princeton, and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He is an avid collector of antique watches and continues his interest in photography (developed at Pomfret), still spending time in a home darkroom, and travels with photography in mind. Bob has two daughters, one of whom, Kate ’89, was also a Pomfret trustee. Bob and his wife Stephanie live in New York City.
Hui Peng is the Professor of Economics and Finance, Ph.D. Supervisor and the Director of Internet Finance and Financial Innovative Research Center at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). She is also an honorary Professor and MBA Supervisor of Financial MBA Center at Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Studies.
Professor Peng teaches many undergraduate and graduate courses, such as: Money Economics, Investment, Public Finance, Macroeconomics, Financial Risk Management, International Finance. She recently offers a series of new courses for the university: Internet Finance, Personal Finance and Financial Planning, Entrepreneurial Finance, Crowd Funding, Commercial Bank Management etc. Powered by her profound financial industry working experience and her in-depth research, Professor Peng has been able to teach sophisticated economic and finance courses in a simplest way and help students understand the mechanism behind real world phenomenon.
Her cross-disciplinary research covers Finance, Regional Economy, E-commerce, Consumer behavior, Internet Finance and Online game etc. She has published 4 books and nearly 100 papers (40% are in English) in many International journals and Chinese journals in areas of natural science and social science. She has won grants from National Natural Science Foundation and various government research grants. She has extensive experience in directing academic research and consulting projects, in which she exhibits strong implementation and problem-solving skill. Her acute insight, creative and critical thinking always bring new perspectives in her research. She was awarded as “Outstanding Researcher of SEM BUPT 2017” and 2018 Emerald Literate Highly Commended Paper. Professor Peng excels at guiding students immersed into academic research and fostering their critical thinking ability, helping Ph.D., graduate and undergraduate students under her supervision won academic excellence. Her advisee Graduate students won best paper award in 2016 and Ph.D. student won best dissertation in 2018 and best foreign students award by National Foundation. Professor Peng was selected as Marquis Who’s Who, Economics, 2011，2014. She is peer reviewer for Journal of Finance Research, National Natural Science Foundation, Ministry of Education, Journal of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication.
Professor Peng is accredited as qualified Independent Director certified by SEC and Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certified by Global Association of Risk Professionals. She is also senior member of International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology, member of Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA). She was visiting scholar of Stephan Ross Business School at University of Michigan during 2009-2010.
Before she realized her passion for academic research and higher education, Grace spent six years in two large commercial banks (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Merchants Bank) and she has extensive knowledge of financial industry practice. After she did two years of Postal Doctorate research jointly sponsored by Renmin University and ICBC, she decided to join BUPT in 2005 as a full-time professor.
Grace graduated from The Graduate School of People’s Bank of China (Renamed as PBC School of Finance, Tshinghua University) in 1998 and obtained her Ph.D. of Finance. She earned her M.A. of Economics and B.A. of Economics from Wuhan University.
Professor Peng has two daughters. She is actively engaged in her children’s education. She was Girl Scout Troop Leader, and lead an ES girl soccer team, also started and lead an Elementary Student Entrepreneur Project before she moved to United States. Professor Peng now lives in Wellesley, MA. She is now member of Trustee in Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF), serving the Investment Committee and STEAM Committee of WEF.
Jud Reis ’60, P ’98 spent twenty-two years at Morgan Stanley, the majority of which as a Managing Director, before founding Sire Management Corporation, a New York City-based firm which manages multi-manager investment partnerships. He was a visiting professor at Darden, the University of Virginia’s graduate business school, from August 1987 through May 2008; was a Director of Pilobolus, a modern dance company, for several years; and served as the President of the Board of Trustees of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture for fourteen years. He remains a trustee of Skowhegan.
As a student at Pomfret, Jud was co-editor in chief of the Pontefract, played basketball and tennis, was a dorm head and counselor in his senior year, and was active in the drama society. He was selected to be Pomfret’s American Field Service (AFS) summer exchange representative between his junior and senior years and spent the summer in Germany under the auspices of AFS.
After Pomfret, Jud graduated cum laude and received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and received an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. He has five sons, including Curt ’98. Jud and his wife, BB, live in Manhattan.
Amy R. Salerno, MD ‘79, P’18, P’20 is the physician Site Lead for Zufall Health Center in Hackettstown, NJ. Dr. Salerno oversees the care of medically vulnerable communities: migrant farmers, unaccompanied minors from Guatemala and Honduras and refugees fleeing war torn countries in the Middle East and Africa. Her current work is a direct extension of her lifelong mission to serve the medically indigent. Previously, Dr. Salerno practiced Obstetrics and Family Medicine with the Spanish-speaking communities of Providence, RI and Mount Kisco, NY
Amy graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in Political Science and Psychology. After medical school and Residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Amy completed a Fellowship in Maternal Child Health at Brown Medical School. She has spent time in Latin America and the Caribbean as a medical missionary. While her work as a physician and missionary have been fulfilling, Amy firmly believes her most important role is as mother to her two daughters Francesca María and Dorsey-Camila — both of whom arrived from Guatemala as newborns. Raising her daughters as a single parent has been challenging; however, for Amy, being a mother is the most amazing blessing of her life.
Arnoldo Wald P ’22 CP holds a bachelor's degree in law from Cândido Mendes University (1986) and a certificate in advanced mediation from Harvard Law School (2017). He is currently Federal Counsel of OAB São Paulo, President of the Institutional Relations Commission of OAB/SP, President of the Center for Mediation and Arbitration of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in Brazil, and arbitrator of the Ciesp/Fiesp and FGV Chambers. Since 1986, he has been the Honorary Consul of Monaco in Brazil. For his performance in relevant cases of Brazilian law, he is among the most admired lawyers, according to Latin Lawyer 250, The Legal 500, and Analysis 500.
Born in the United Kingdom, Kate Wilson P ’20, ’21 is a UK and Australian citizen and has lived in Singapore, Sydney, London, New York, San Fransisco, and Hong Kong. Kate worked for several years in interior design in Hong Kong and in London, as well as fashion recruitment in London, before her marriage and move to New York in 1999.
Kate has been involved in various charitable activities. While in New York City, she volunteered at St. Bartholomew's Church, helping to organize the volunteer center. In Hong Kong, she served on the Parent Representative Committee at Harrow International School. During this time, Kate was also heavily involved with Mother's Choice, a local Hong Kong charity that helps pregnant teenagers and many children without families. Her role has varied over twenty-five years with Mother's Choice, from looking after the babies before they are adopted to acting on the gala committee.
Kate graduated from Ascham School in Sydney and later studied at The Inchbald School of Design in London. She lives in London with her husband, Murray John, and their three daughters, Isabella ’20, Clementine (Minty) ’21, and Florence.
Buzz Yudell ’65 is an architect, author, teacher, and founding partner, in 1977, of Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, which now has more than sixty employees. His award-winning architectural firm has had significant projects in the U.S., including such colleges and universities as Dartmouth, UCLA, and MIT, as well as Sweden (Tango sustainable housing project in 2005), Ireland (Grangegorman Master Plan, Dublin), the US Embassy in Berlin, Macau (resort development), and Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong Master Plan). The firm’s primary work began with residential designs and has since evolved to a broad spectrum of public and private projects, as well as institutional and cultural spaces. In addition to his responsibilities with his firm, Buzz has also taught at a number of universities, including Yale, and is an adjunct professor of architecture at UCLA.
As a Pomfret student, Buzz was editor-in-chief of the Pontefract; served on the executive committee of his form, was a dorm assistant and vestry member; and served on the International Affairs Committee. He credits the environment of the School and the powerful influence of certain faculty for his lifetime involvement with the arts and architecture. He stayed on campus after his May ’05 reunion to work with students and faculty as a Lasell Visiting Fellow. Buzz helped lead his class’s fiftieth reunion, a group that currently holds the record for the largest class gift raised for a fiftieth.
He is married to Tina Beebe who is an artist. Tina has been an integral part of the Moore Ruble Yudell architectural firm for the past twenty-five years as resident colorist, working on projects throughout the U.S., Scandinavia and Japan. Buzz received both his B.A. and M.A. in Architecture from Yale.
- Laura Keeler Pierce — Ex Officio Trustee
- Daniel J. Thompson III — Ad Hoc Trustee
- Jim Seymour - Ad Hoc Trustee
Laura Pierce ’03 owns Keeler & Co., a Boston-based boutique interior design firm. Prior to working in interior design, she has held roles in development at Rectory School and St. Mark's School, as well as working in special events at Corinthian Events in Boston and in Fine Art in the New York City area.
Laura is an active Pomfret volunteer: She has been a Class Agent since 2003, is a former member of the Headmaster’s Council, and served as Vice President of the Alumni Association Executive Council (AAEC) for three years. Laura has sat on the AAEC since 2011, participating on the Events, Awards & Nominations, and Engagement Committees. She was elected an ad hoc member of the Board of Trustees in February 2014.
While at Pomfret, Laura was a member of the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams and the JV ice hockey team. She was an honor roll student, dean’s assistant, and the recipient of the Science Award at her 2003 Commencement. Her brother, William “Jack” Keeler '08, is also an alumnus. After Pomfret, she received a B.A. in Art/Art History from Colby College in 2007. Laura lives in Boston and Pomfret with her husband, Vassar Pierce, Pomfret’s Associate Director of Advancement.
Dan Thompson ’95 is currently employed by SoundExchange as a Project Manager for information technology and business operations. SoundExchange is the non-profit independent performance rights organization appointed under federal law that collects and distributes the royalties from digital media services.
Most recently he worked at Monumental Sports & Entertainment managing finance projects. Previously he was with Sun Life Financial as a Senior Program Manager in Marketing and Strategy, and early in his career at John Hancock Financial, he was an IT Infrastructure Lead, Development Lead, and Project Manager.
Dan has served Pomfret for many years as a Class Agent and is a two-time recipient of the Headmaster’s Cup for the highest participation in the Pomfret Fund among the youngest classes. As a member of the Alumni Association Executive Council, he has served as Secretary, chaired the Awards and Nominations Committee, and is currently serving as co-vice president. He has also presented at Pomfret’s Career Expo and hosted events in Boston.
Dan graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with an A.B. in Mathematics followed by an MBA from Babson and an MPS from Georgetown. He lives in the Washington DC area.
Jim Seymour ’65 has over forty-four years of investment experience in international and emerging markets. He spent eighteen years at Bankers Trust, living and working in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America; thirteen years at Commonfund Capital, managing international private equity funds for school and university endowments; and four years at EMP Global, a Washington-based emerging markets private equity firm. Since 2010, Jim has worked at Pontefract Global Strategies, LLC (PGS). PGS advises private equity firms on global best practices with a focus on social impact investing in frontier emerging markets.
Jim is also active in pro-bono activities as a board member of Social Enterprise Greenhouse, an accelerator in Providence, Rhode Island; the Advisory Council of the International Business Program at Bryant University; and coach to several social enterprises as well as a mentor to numerous young adults.
Jim is a graduate of Yale University in International Relations and Harvard Business School in International Finance. He also served four years in the US Navy submarine force. Jim is the current co-vice president of the Pomfret Alumni Association Executive Council. He lives in Wickford, Rhode Island, and Naples, Florida, with his wife, Sharon.