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 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 BA from Connecticut College and his MA from Middlebury College. Tim and his wife Anne are parents of Max, Molly, and Lucy, and trusty lab Baloo.
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL
The son of a Griffin ('65), Don Gibbs joined the Pomfret faculty in 2001. Before taking the reins as associate head of school, Don was the dean of academics at Pomfret. He holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, the College of William & Mary, and Trinity College.
DEAN OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
Susan Mantilla-Goin has held a number of leadership positions during her long career in school admissions, most recently at Fay School in Southborough, MA. She holds an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA in Communication & English Literature from Denison University.
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.
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.
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Before joining Pomfret, Will Mitchell ’84 was the Director of Advancement at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. Prior to St. Andrew’s, Will spent ten years at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. He lives on campus with his wife, Kathy. Together, they have (not one) but two sets of twins.
DEAN OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Before joining Pomfret, Dr. Cory McCarter worked for the MA Department of Education. A product of New York City Public Schools, Dr. McCarter holds an Ed.D and C.A.G.S. in Ed. Leadership from American International College, plus an MA and BA from The City University of New York.
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Garry Dow has worked in the field of marketing and communications for more than 15 years. He holds a BA in communications from Roger Williams University and an MA in education from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Pomfret with his wife, Beth, and their two young children.
DEAN OF FACULTY
Martha Horst first came to Pomfret in 1997. Before becoming dean of faculty in 2020, she taught math and served as the learning and teaching coordinator. Martha has also taught at Oregon Episcopal School (OES), Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), and Deerfield Academy. She and her husband, Art, have five children.
Board of Trustees
- Justin Klein — Chair
- Monique Miles — Vice Chair
- Lindsay Belew Paul — Treasurer
- Stephanie Schuetz — Secretary
Stephanie Schuetz ’00 has spent her career as an educator, serving as a teacher at Rippowam Cisqua School, Indian Mountain School, and Moorestown Friends School. While at Pomfret, Stephanie was a member of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. Following high school, Stephanie graduated from Vassar College ’04 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and then from the University of Pennsylvania ’08 with a Masters in Education. Stephanie lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Jonathan, two children, and three cats.
- Tiffany Ding
- T. Wilson Eglin
- Trina Gary
- Brendon Giblin
- Meredith J. Hanson
- Rebecca D. Henry
- Lisa Noble Kaneb
- Jay Luchs
- Scott Maker
- Michael Marrus
- Gregory W. Melville
- Nick Mettler
- Robert K. Mullarkey
- David M. Murray
- Dena Cocozza O'Hara
- Robert M. Olmsted
- Esezele Payne
- Hui Peng
- Christina Murphy Pisa
- Laura Pierce
- Judson P. Reis
- Arnoldo Wald
- Katheryn E. Wilson
- Robert J. Yudell
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.
Trina Gary is an experienced independent school educator, administrator, and leadership coach with a demonstrated history of working in schools to affirm identity, build community and cultivate inclusive practice and programs. Trina is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Brown-Gary Associates, LLC; Founder and Executive Director of Independent Trust, a professional development and social impact network of independent school alumnae/alumni of color; Director of Inner City Lacrosse, and a consultant with Diversity Directions, where she also works as the resident faculty during the week-long summer seminar. Trina also serves on the Board of Trustees at The Community Partnership School in Philadelphia, PA. Trina has held a variety of positions during her tenure in four independent schools, including Pomfret. She has served as Associate Dean of Faculty and Director of Multicultural Education, Associate Director of Admissions, academic advisor, and as an Instructor in English and history. Trina has also served on the summer faculty of the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute (gcLi). Prior to working in independent schools, Trina was a commercial lender for Connecticut Bank and Trust which was ultimately acquired by Bank of America. Trina holds an MEd in Leadership in Learning and Instruction from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, and a BA in Urban Studies with a concentration in Economics from Trinity College, Hartford, CT. She and her partner, Michael Gary ’82, are also the parents of three independent school graduates.
Brendon Giblin ’95 P ’24 is President/CEO of Brendon Properties, Inc., a real estate development company that specializes in building residential and commercial projects of distinction in Central Massachusetts. The company has received regional and national recognition for its excellence in the construction and marketing of its projects. Brendon is a graduate of the class of 1995 where he co-captained the men’s soccer and lacrosse teams and was the recipient of various leadership and achievement awards. After Pomfret, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Roger Williams University majoring in Business Management. Brendon captained the men’s lacrosse team and received All-Conference Honors while at Roger Williams. In addition to Pomfret’s Board, Brendon serves on the Board of Trustees for Fay School, Spectrum Health Systems, The 200 Foundation, and a local after school program known as Hoops & Homework, as well as coaching youth soccer and lacrosse. Brendon is a past member of the Framingham State University Board of Trustees. Brendon is married to Robin Giblin and is father to Kenley (13), Brody (11), and Jack (7). Kenley is a member of Pomfret’s Class of 2024.
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.
Lisa Noble Kaneb '86 has been a classroom teacher, outdoor educator, ski instructor, and consultant in the private sector. She has worked for Outward Bound, Framingham [MA] Public Schools, Sugarbush Ski Resort, Sapient, and Scient. Lisa also has years of athletic coaching experience including time at Shady Hill, BB&N, Shore Country Day, Governors, St.Mark’s, Rivers, and Cambridge [MA] Youth Lacrosse. In addition to Pomfret's Board, she has served on the Boards of Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and Cambridge Youth Lacrosse. Lisa earned her BA from the University of Vermont and her MEd from Lesley University. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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 ’76 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.
Esezele Payne ’00 is the Assistant Vice President of Operations & Environmental services for Atrium Health. She is responsible for Environmental Services, Financial Planning, Communications, Talent Development, and Program Management. She manages a $300M operating budget and her team provides support services for 1,800 teammates and 18.5M square feet.
Esezele has more than 15 years of professional experience in contracting, strategic communications, project management, and vendor management. Prior to joining Atrium Health, she worked at CB Richard Ellis, Inc. where she managed $50 million of vendor spend on the Global Corporate Services team. In that role, she drafted and negotiated hundreds of contracts which yielded cost savings, developed national sourcing strategies, established performance management tools, and created sourcing strategies for key clients.
While at Pomfret she played soccer, tennis, and basketball. She was a Dean’s Assistant and an Admissions Key Tour Guide. After leaving the Hilltop, she received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from American University. She is an active member of The Women’s Impact Fund and a member of the Atrium Health Women’s Executive Leadership Group. In 2019 year she was named 40 Under 40 by the Charlotte Business Journal.
In her free time, she is busy with her two children (Sloan and Tripp) and her husband (Richard).
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.
Christina Murphy Pisa P ’22 graduated from Georgetown College in 1993 with a degree in Art History. She spent the first ten years of her career working in advertising, overseeing campaigns for British Airways, Four Seasons Hotels, and MasterCard International. After receiving a graduate degree in Interior Design in 2000, she worked at Kemble Interiors before starting her own design firm, Christina Murphy Interiors, LLC in 2006. Her interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and Coastal Living as well as on ABC’s The View. Christina’s most recent projects have included houses in Great Guana Cay Bahamas, Amagansett, and Martha’s Vineyard. She is active with Georgetown University, Central Park Conservancy, and God’s Love We Deliver, as well as The University of Michigan, her late mother’s alma mater. Christina was born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, and currently lives in New York City with her husband Albert, a partner at a New York law firm; sons Aidan and Owen ’22; and French bulldog, Remy.
Laura Pierce ’03 is the founder and principal designer at Keeler & Co., a Boston-based boutique interior design firm. She also owns Rusticator, a home furnishings and interiors shop located in the village of Seal Harbor, Maine, on Mount Desert Island.
Laura holds a Certificate in Interior Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA in Art and Art History from Colby College. Before founding Keeler & Co., Laura worked in development at Rectory School and St. Mark's School, special events at Corinthian Events in Boston, and fine art in the New York City area.
Laura is the former president of the Alumni Association Executive Council, and was first elected to the Pomfret Board of Trustees in 2014 as an ad-hoc member. Laura served on the Headmaster's Council and continues to be a class agent.
At Pomfret, Laura played varsity field hockey and lacrosse, and JV ice hockey. She was an honor roll student, dean’s assistant, and Science Award recipient. Her brother, William “Jack” Keeler '08, is also an alumnus. Laura lives in Boston and Maine with her husband, Vassar Pierce, who formerly served as Pomfret’s associate director of Advancement, and her golden retriever, Henry.
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.
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.
- Sarah Howie – Ex Officio Trustee
- Toyin Moses – Ad Hoc Trustee
- Jim Seymour – Ad Hoc Trustee
- Etienne Vazquez – Ad Hoc Trustee
Sarah Howie ’09 is currently an MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Previously, Sarah spent three years as an Investment Manager within the Investment Office of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, an Atlanta-based Pediatric Healthcare System. Prior to joining Children’s, Sarah worked for Gulfstream Alternative Capital, a healthcare-focused private equity firm, and Quadriga Partners, an investment bank offering M&A and capital raising advisory services to healthcare companies. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Political Science from Emory University.
While at Pomfret, Sarah participated in the Pomfret Dance Company, in addition to playing tennis and squash. She was also a Prefect, Dean’s Assistant, Head Waiter, and Tour Guide during her four years. Sarah is currently President of the Pomfret Alumni Association Executive Council.
In addition to the AAEC, Sarah serves on both the Young Professionals Board of Foreverfamily, a nonprofit supporting children of incarcerated parents, and the Future Leaders Board of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. Sarah grew up in Amagansett, New York, spent twelve years in Atlanta, Georgia, and now resides in Evanston, Illinois.
Toyin Moses ’98 is a Los Angeles based actress working in film, television, and theatre. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Best Actress NAACP Theatre Award for her work in Knock Me A Kiss. In addition to acting, she is the Special Projects Manager for California Lawyers for the Arts, focusing on Arts in Corrections projects throughout the country. She also teaches Theatre Arts at California State Prison, Los Angeles County.
While at Pomfret, Toyin was a member of VOICE, active in the drama department, was a dorm prefect, key head, and class agent. She played varsity basketball and was co-captain of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. Currently, she is co-vice president of the Alumni Association Executive Council, a class agent and most recently, a member of the DEI Task Force.
Since 2010, Toyin has served on the Young Professionals Advisory Board for Inner-City Arts, a non-profit organization located in Los Angeles' Skid-Row that provides arts education to low income youth. She received her BA in Theatre from Occidental College. She and her husband, Ian, live in Los Angeles with their son, Marcelino.
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.
Etienne Vazquez ’04 is the Head of Entry Level Business Recruitment for the Americas region at Bloomberg LP. Etienne first joined Bloomberg in 2011 following prior roles at hedge funds Bridgewater Associates and Palm Ventures. Etienne is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in History, and has served as chapter co-lead for the Bloomberg Latino Community and Global Diversity and Inclusion Champion at Bloomberg. Etienne also serves as the Executive Vice President for Corporate Development for the New York ALPFA Chapter. While at Pomfret, Etienne served as class president. He continues to serve the School as Vice President of Engagement on the AAEC.