Board of Trustees
See below for the biographies of all Concord Academy trustees.
Jennifer Burleigh ’85 – Co-President
Jennifer Burleigh ’85 is a retired partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, an international law firm, where her practice focused on advising managers of private equity funds and other alternative asset pools. She served on the Private Investment Funds Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and on the board of trustees of Prep for Prep. Ms. Burleigh is also a trustee of The Caedmon School. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a managing editor of the Columbia Law Review. She received her B.A. with honors from Stanford University. She lives in New York City with her husband, William Regner, and daughter Sarah.
Jennifer A. Pline P’13 ’15 – Co-President
Jennifer Pline is an investment executive who spent her 40 year career in the financial services industry. She retired as the head of wealth management at Cambridge Trust Company in 2023, where she was also a member of Cambridge Trust Company’s Management Committee. Her previous experience includes 11 years at Harvard Management Company and 18 years at Standish Mellon Asset Management. Jennifer received an MBA from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College and a B.A. from Boston College. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is an advisor emerita at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, a Trustee at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and serves on the investment committee at Mass Audubon. Jennifer and her husband, Hans Oettgen, reside in Wellesley, Mass. They have two daughters, Hannah Oettgen ’13 and Charlotte Oettgen ’15.
Henry Fairfax – Head of School, Dresden Endowed Chair, ex officio
Before joining Concord Academy as its 11th head of school in July 2022, Henry Fairfax was the founding head of school at Revolution School in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for appointing the founding educators and core academic team, curriculum development and design, and establishing effective advancement strategies in support of their commitment to provide access to all deserving students. Under his leadership, Revolution School earned its license and initial accreditation in record time and moved to a new, permanent home in Center City Philadelphia. Prior to Revolution, Fairfax overhauled the admissions and fundraising operations at Girard College in Philadelphia, a tuition-free boarding school that enrolls underserved youth from single-parent/guardian homes, as its vice president of enrollment management and institutional advancement. He also served as director of admissions at The Haverford School in Haverford, Penn. (his alma mater), director of the Foundations Program at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., and program director for the Middle Grades Partnership, an enrichment program he developed with funding from the Baltimore Community Foundation. Fairfax has also taught English and coached basketball. A graduate of Drexel University, where he majored in marketing, Fairfax played four years of Division I basketball and served as captain his senior year, earning a trip to the NCAA NIT Tournament. He holds an M.Ed. in school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a university mentor within its Graduate School of Education. Fairfax lives on campus with his wife, Ivy, and their children, Brooklyn, Bryce, Cassius, Prime, and Apollo.
Kevin Parke P’12 ’15 – Vice President
Kevin brings extensive experience as a volunteer and board member to the CA Board of Trustees. He served as Annual Fund chair for Concord Academy for two years and also co-chaired the 2012 Senior Parent Gift Committee. Kevin also serves on the board of Beacon Academy and has previously served on boards for Boston Trinity Academy, Park Street School, Park Street Kids, Inc., and, as chairman of the board at The Fenn School. He also served nine years on the investment subcommittee of Lehigh University and as a member of the capital structure subcommittee. Kevin has an undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and an MBA from Harvard University. He is the former president and CIO of MFS Investment Management. Kevin lives in Concord, Mass., with his wife, Leila, and has four sons, including Oliver ’12 and Tyler ’15.
John Grossman P’17 ’19 ’26 – Vice President
John’s vocation is using finance, data, evidence-based practices, and the law to drive outcomes, create greater equity, and enhance accountability in the public and social sectors. He has co-built a 45-person national non-profit consulting firm helping government achieve better outcomes for those most in need, led the Massachusetts agencies responsible for forensic science and public safety technology, and worked as a prosecutor, launching the country’s first statewide computer crime division and investigating a fatal accident in the country’s largest infrastructure project. He currently serves as a senior fellow to Third Sector Capital Partners and a senior advisor to the Roca Impact Institute. He holds an MBA from MIT, a J.D. from BU, and a B.A. from Penn. He lives in Newton, Mass., with his wife, Kate Olmsted, a literacy specialist in a Boston public charter school, and their three children, Charlotte ’19, Eliza ’17, and Xander ’26. In college, he worked summers at a dude ranch for kids in Arizona’s high desert. At CA, he chairs the Board’s Community and Equity Committee.
Sean M. Dalton P’16 ’19 ’23 – Vice President
Sean Dalton has led early-stage technology investments for over twenty years. Sean is the founder of METEOR Venture Capital, focusing on “first check” investments in technology-based companies. Previously Sean served as Managing General Partner of Highland Capital Partners, a global venture capital firm. Sean has been recognized multiple times by the Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry. Sean holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware. Sean and his wife Julie live in Winchester, Mass.; together they have four children.
Carolyn Stafford Stein P’11 ’14 ’17 – Secretary
Carolyn Stafford Stein served for more than 20 years in Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising, counseling Harvard Law students and alums regarding public service careers. As a lecturer at HLS, Carolyn taught government lawyering and supervised students in clinical placements. A former assistant United States attorney, Carolyn prosecuted white-collar crimes for the Department of Justice in Boston and was special counsel to the assistant attorney general in Washington. At CA, Carolyn has volunteered in a variety of CA Parents programs and served as a member of the CA Parents executive committee and, with her husband Eric, as co-chair of the 2011 Senior Parent Gifts Program. She is the board chair emeritus of Acre Family Child Care in Lowell, Mass., and she continues to be active in nonprofits in Lowell dedicated to economic independence for women and high quality early childhood education. Carolyn is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brown University. She lives in Carlisle, Mass, with Eric and their three daughters, Natalie ’17, Audrey ’14, and Lena ’11.
Sunredi Admadjaja ’90, P’15 ’20
Including Sunredi, 12 members of his immediate and extended family have attended Concord Academy. Sunredi brings to the board an intimate understanding of this institution that spans four decades, as well as almost as many years of experience in both corporate and private business. In 2006, Sunredi founded the Selaras Group, a privately held commercial real estate development company with a portfolio of office buildings and hotels in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia; He has been the CEO from inception to date. Prior to this venture, Sunredi spent 12 years in investment banking, first at Morgan Stanley and later at HSBC. Sunredi earned a B.S. in Management Science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Sunredi is an Indonesian citizen and is currently living in Jakarta with his wife, Debby Katharina Setiawan. They have two sons, Arick ’15 and Aidan ’20. In his free time, Sunredi enjoys scuba diving and fishing in any of the numerous incredible locations Indonesia has to offer.
Tess Munro Bauta ’94, P’25 – Co-Chair, Alum Annual Fund, ex officio
Tess is one of six siblings to attend CA. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a major in East Asian studies, she worked with international companies listed on the NYSE while pursuing a master’s in international affairs at the New School. She and her husband, Christian, live in Nahant, Mass., with their children, Ever ’25, Bo, and Bay. Tess is an avid tennis player, dog lover, and volunteer.
Charles E. Carter Jr.
Dr. Carter is the CEO and head of school at Beacon Academy. Before joining Beacon, Dr. Carter was a founding member of the leadership team for Project Evident, a national organization focused on helping not-for-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations harness the power of evidence to achieve greater impact. He also co-created and led a virtual learning program for practitioners and leaders called Talent Accelerator. Similarly, Dr. Carter designed and piloted the Data & Evidence Equity Guide, a tool to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into evidence building. Prior to that, he served as deputy director and chief strategy officer at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, where he created a learning strategy and built the capacity of individuals, organizations, and systems to drive and scale innovation.
Dr. Carter is currently a trustee for the Foundation for MetroWest and a past member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Evaluation Advisory Committee. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and guest lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Simmons College Graduate Schools of Management and Social Work. He earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in social work from Boston College.
Irene Chu ’76, P’20 ’22
Irene is a graphic designer with over 30 years of experience working on her own, primarily with educational institutions and other mission-driven organizations. She started her career on Wall Street with J.P, Morgan’s in-house design department, created to standardize and oversee their corporate communications worldwide. After moving back to the Boston area, she worked as project manager and senior designer for Shepard Quraeshi Associates, a multidisciplinary design firm. Irene’s interest in education has also led her to the classroom: She has taught graphic design at Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts, and the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art). Irene graduated from CA in 1976, and received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MFA from Yale University. She served on CA’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1995, and was vice president of the Alumnae/i Association and chair of alum giving. She is currently a parent co-chair of CA’s faculty-staff appreciation luncheons and a member of the Parent Annual Fund Committee. Irene lives in Lincoln, Mass. with her wife, Cindy DeChristofaro, and their two children, Sofie ’20, and Nicolas ’22.
Trelane Clark ’92, P’22 – CA Alumnae/i Association President, ex officio
Trelane is currently principal at Edgar F. Hooks Elementary School in Chelsea, Mass. After graduating from Concord Academy, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and African American studies and a master of arts in teaching elementary education, both from Simmons College. She embarked on her teaching career in the Boston Public Schools and has since served students in public, private, urban, and suburban settings in Virginia, D.C., and Boston and its surrounding areas. After matriculating from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, with a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational administration, Trelane served as an assistant principal for nine years before assuming her current role. She has presented workshops at local and regional conferences for educators throughout her career, including Massachusetts ASCD, Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA), and the Leading Equity Center. She was also a contributing author to the anthology Women Who Lead Featuring School Principals Vol. 2. Trelane serves as the national vice president for Black Women Education Leaders, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the accomplishments and supporting Black women in educational leadership. In recent years, she has also contributed in many valuable ways to the Alum Steering Committee as a co-chair of the Alum Community and Equity Committee. She enjoys spending time with her two children, family, and friends and stays grounded by faith, gratitude, positivity, family, books, music, writing, and laughter.
Jon DeSimone P’20
Jonathan (Jon) DeSimone is a senior investment and financial management executive with 20+ years’ experience at leading alternative asset management and management consulting firms. He currently serves as a strategic advisor and board member, helping investors and asset managers improve performance. He served as the CEO of Alcentra, a $40 billion alternative credit manager, from 2020 to 2022. From 2002 until 2019, he worked at Bain Capital Credit (fka Sankaty Advisors) in Boston and London. Jon was a portfolio manager in the firm’s liquid credit business and a member of the BCC Credit Committee. Prior to that he worked at Bain & Company from 1992 to 2002 supporting a variety of clients in the consumer, industrial and private equity sectors. Jon received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA from Georgetown University. He is a Trustee at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Concord Academy in Concord and Franciscan Childrens Hospital in Brighton. Jon and his wife, Vicki, reside in Breckenridge, CO. They have two sons, Brendan and Christian, and a daughter, Portia.
Jane Du P’15 ’16 ’23
Jane served as an executive of the famous Chinese foods and beverages company Wahaha Group for almost 20 years and has been awarded many honors, such as “Top Ten Outstanding Youths” in Hangzhou and “National Outstanding Female Entrepreneur” in China. She established the 3Js Investment Group in 2010, focusing on investments in innovative technologies and products in the biomedical and consumer goods markets. Jane is also a promoter and charitable donor passionate about innovative and international education. She founded Hangzhou Wahaha Bilingual School, Hangzhou Wahaha International School in China, and New England Innovation Academy in Boston. She is a founding donor and honorary trustee of West Lake University, China. She is a trustee of Concord Academy and the parent of three CA graduates, Jacky ’15, Jessie ’16, and Jerry ’23. She served as a co chair of CA’s Centennial Campaign.
Rachel Lipson Glick ’77
Dr. Rachel Glick grew up on the east side of Detroit and was a boarder at CA, graduating in 1977. She then attended the Integrated Premedical-Medical Program (Inteflex) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving her B.A. in 1981 and her M.D. in 1984. She completed an internal medicine internship and residency in New York City at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center before moving to Boston for her psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School after one year as a clinical instructor at Harvard. She served in a number of roles at the University of Michigan Medical School, including associate dean for student programs, director of medical student education in psychiatry, associate chair for clinical and administrative affairs in psychiatry, and medical director of psychiatric emergency services. She retired from UM in 2019 but continues to do some clinical work in the psychiatric emergency services as an active clinical professor emerita. She has been involved in multiple state and national professional organizations, holding a number of leadership roles. She completed seven years of service on the Temple Beth Emeth (Ann Arbor, Mich.) board of trustees in 2020, including three years on the executive committee as vice president for membership. She is married to Gary Glick, a former professor of chemistry at UM and biotech CEO. Her daughter, Hannah, is a third year medical student at UM, and her son, Jeremy, is a first-year law student at George Washington University.
Dennis Goldstein P’20 ’25
Dennis Goldstein is the founding partner and CIO of Rip Road Capital Partners LP, an investment firm in Boston. Previously, Dennis was a managing director at Bain Capital in the firm’s public equity business (Bain Capital Public Equity/Brookside), where he focused primarily on the global consumer space. Earlier in his career, Dennis was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, after beginning his career as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley. Outside of work, Dennis currently serves on the board of trustees for the Epiphany School, an independent school for economically disadvantaged families in Boston. In addition, he serves on the board of advisors of the Center for Social Impact at Dartmouth College. Dennis earned an A.B. in English from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University. He and his wife, Beth, live in Weston, Mass., and are the proud parents of Ryan, Devin, Sara ’20, and Aspen ’25.
Alexis Goltra ’87, P’26 ’27 – Co-Chair, Alum Annual Fund, ex-officio
Alexis graduated from CA in 1987, then attended Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Alexis started as a litigator at Palmer & Dodge in Boston and then joined Oracle as an in-house counsel in 2001. He served as its chief privacy officer from 2013 through 2018 until joining Citrix in 2019, where he is also the CPO. Alexis lives in Concord, Mass., with his wife, Lynne, and two daughters, Charlotte and Josephine, who attend the Nashoba Brooks School. His mother, Catherine Petersen Mack graduated from CA in 1964 and his step-sisters Aeron and Megan Mack graduated in 1983 and 1984. Alexis previously served on the CA Board between 2003 and 2007 and is looking forward to reprising his role as co-chair of the Alum Annual Fund.
Kerry Hoffman P’14 ’20
Kerry worked as a trial lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice for 10 years, handling criminal antitrust cases in Washington and Atlanta. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings. Since moving to New England, Kerry’s volunteer efforts have focused on the arts, education, and the environment. She taught as a gallery instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for five years. She served as co-chair of CA’s 2017–18 Parent Annual Fund and as CA Parents president from 2018 to 2020, and she is a member of the school’s Centennial Campaign Steering Committee. She also sits on the council for EarthJustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm based in San Francisco. Kerry and her husband, Paul, live in Lincoln, Mass. They have two children, Martha ’14 and Samuel ’20.
Nicole Koch P’24 – CA Parents President, ex officio
After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in communications, Nicole spent years working in community-based organizations in Arizona focused on wellness, sustainability, and social impact. For over 15 years, she has been co-owner of Technicians For Sustainability (TFS), concentrating on renewable energy technologies and social impact business. She helped transition the company to an employee-owned organization and continues to speak across the nation about the move to more equitable and democratic business models. Over the past decade, her volunteer work has been in education-based board service with a focus on advocacy and development for several public school districts in Arizona. Most recently she has been involved at Concord Academy as Parent Council member and CARE Program co-chair. Nicole moved from Arizona to Somerville, Mass., with her family in 2020. She and her husband, Kevin, have two children, Emerson ’24 and Aiyana.
Steve Kramarsky ’85
Steve is a commercial litigator who also advises clients on complex issues arising in the litigation and transactional context, with a particular focus on technology, complex financial instruments, intellectual property and employment matters. He regularly practices before financial industry arbitral panels and represents clients in related state and federal court actions. Steve also has an active intellectual property practice, and he has written extensively and taught CLE courses on issues of electronic discovery and document management for large organizations in the litigation context. He writes a regular technology law column for the New York Law Journal. Steve was recognized as an elite boutique trailblazer by the National Law Journal in 2019. Before resuming private practice, Steve served as general counsel and senior vice president for applications development of the Gryphon Group LLC, an internet company based in New York City. Steve began his career as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he worked on antitrust matters, bankruptcy cases, and telecommunications litigation. After graduating from CA in 1985, Steve received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1989 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993. Steve lives in New York City with his wife, Elise, and their two sons.
Brendan Largay P’23 ’25 ’27
Brendan has been the head of school at Belmont Day School (Belmont, Mass.) since 2016. He has been a member of the board of the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) since 2018 and has also served as a trustee of the Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA) since 2019. Brendan also served as a member of Concord Academy’s Head of School Search Committee in 2021–22.
Brendan earned a B.A. in English and drama at Connecticut College and an M.Ed. in educational administration at Boston College, Lynch School of Education. Prior to joining the Belmont Day community, he was head of middle school at The Meadowbrook School (Weston, Mass). At Belmont Day, Brendan led the creation of the school’s newest mission and strategic plan. His work to establish a creative and responsive plan for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic was instrumental in successfully supporting the needs of the school’s students, families, and faculty. With a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, he established the school’s first DEI leadership position in 2019.
Pauline Lin P’21 ’23
Pauline graduated from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Taiwan in 1982 with a concentration in English and has embraced a love of learning throughout her adult life. Pauline took several advanced business administration courses in Hong Kong and Shanghai before enrolling in a business administration program at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom in 2013. She graduated with her MBA in 2015 and went on to earn an executive doctorate in business administration (EDBA) from the ICD International Business School, located in France, in 2018. Her professional career began in sales, for companies in both Taiwan and the United States. In 1992, with almost 10 years of sales experience, Pauline accepted the position of deputy general manager with the Shanghai HJH Catering Group, comprising three catering chains. After seven years with HJH, Pauline moved on to the Shanghai HJW International Hotel Management Group, where she has served as vice-chairwoman of their board for the past 20 years. Outside of her professional career, Pauline currently serves as a member of the board of the Overseas Chinese Union, a role for which she was appointed by the Shanghai municipal government. She has also volunteered in several roles for the Shanghai American School, which her children attended. Despite her physical distance from Concord Academy’s campus, Pauline has also contributed to the Faculty/Staff Appreciation and International Potluck events, demonstrating her strong commitment to the school community. Pauline lives in Shanghai with her husband, Richard, and their children, Liliane ’21 and Eric ’23.
Karen McAlmon ’75
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Karen attended Concord Academy on an A Better Chance scholarship. She completed her education at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. After pediatric and newborn medicine training at Boston Children’s Hospital, she became a staff neonatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. Her career has included clinical work, basic science research, and administrative and policy work. Karen currently serves as the medical director of the Special Care Nursery at Winchester Hospital and medical director of the Beth Israel Lahey Neonatology Network and works clinically and administratively. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and current chair of the chapter’s Legislative Committee. As an advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, she has served on the state’s Perinatal Committee, Birth Defects Monitoring Program Advisory Committee, Newborn Screening Advisory Committee, and the Task Force on Management of Maternal and Neonatal Substance Exposure. She is a long-term, dedicated volunteer for the Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association, which she served as president from 2020 to 2022. Previously she was co-chair of the Alum Community and Equity Committee and helped to imagine, create, and execute CA’s Alum and Students of Color Conference. Karen is also a trustee for The Governor’s Academy. She has received leadership training with Boston’s The Partnership program. Karen is married to Kwame Ofori-Asante and has two sons, Alexander and James. They reside in Lynnfield, Mass.
Carol Moriarty P’02 ’05 ’07
Carol is a 1974 graduate of Lesley University, after which she taught in both public and private schools for 10 years. She is the parent of Kate ’02, Claire ’05, and John ’07. She was on the CA board when she served as president of the Parents Association. In addition to her work at CA as co-chair of the Centennial Campaign, Carol serves on the Fenn School board as advancement chair, the Westport River Watershed Alliance board as vice president of development, and the Mission of Deeds and A.R.T. boards. She remains active at the Winchester Community Music School, where she was previously board chair, and at Lesley University where she is a trustee emerita. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, her book group, and playing tennis and golf.
Andy Ory P’16 ’21
Andrew Ory, one of the co-founders of 128 Technology, has served as the company’s chief executive officer and board member since inception. Prior to 128 Technology, Andrew co-founded Acme Packet in August 2000 and served as its chief executive officer and president until Acme Packet’s acquisition in 2013 by Oracle Corporation. Andrew also founded Priority Call Management and served as its chief executive officer and chairman until its sale to LHS group in 1999. Andrew is involved in several educational and philanthropic organizations. He is a trustee at the Fenn School in Concord. He is the board chair at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University. He also is a board member of the Lincoln, Mass., Historic District Commission and the Lincoln Historic Committee. Andrew holds a B.A. from Harvard University. Andy lives in Lincoln, Mass., with his wife, Linda, and their children Abigail ’16, Audrey, and Tyler ’21.
Derrick Pang ’93
Derrick is committed to bringing his visionary mindset and international perspectives to the Board of Trustees. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.S. and earned a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a doctorate in civil engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited. Derrick was appointed to the Economic Development Commission and the Land and Development Advisory Committee and served on the Construction Industry Council. He dedicates his time and effort in philanthropy and founded a non-profit organization called Lifewire, an online crowdfunding platform that raises funds to help children who have medical needs. An amateur photographer, Derrick loves to take pictures. He lives in Hong Kong with his wife, Etta, and his son, Darius. Derrick’s sister, Angela ’95, also graduated from CA.
Rose Peabody Lynch ’67
Rose Peabody Lynch ’67 (Podie) has over 30 years of brand management experience in the health, beauty, and fashion industries. She served as a chief operating officer for over 13 years: as president of Danskin, Inc., chief operating officer of LeRoi Princeton, Inc., and SVP General Manager of Merchandising for Victoria’s Secret Fragrance, a division of Victoria’s Secret. She currently serves as a Director on two corporate boards: Steve Madden, LTD, the publicly traded fashion shoe company, and General American Investors Company, Inc., an NYSE closed-end fund. She recently stepped down after 10 years as President of her Princeton Class and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Princeton Varsity Club. Podie is a member of the U.S. Foreign Policy and Women Advisory Council at the Council on Foreign Relations. Podie served as a Trustee for Concord Academy from 2015 to 2021. She has served as a non-trustee member of CA’s Audit and Investment Committees since 2021. She will also serve as a co-chair of CA’s Strategic Planning Committee. Podie is a graduate of Princeton University and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Imani Perry ’90
Imani was born in Birmingham, Ala., and reared in Cambridge, Mass. She is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she also teaches in the programs in law and public affairs and gender and sexuality studies and is affiliated with the University Center for Human Values and the program in jazz studies. After graduating from Concord Academy, Imani attended Yale College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in literature and American studies. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, both in 2000. As a postgraduate fellow at Georgetown Law Center, she earned an LL.M. in the history of property and contract law. Imani was a professor at Rutgers Law School until 2009, when she joined the faculty at Princeton. She is the author of numerous articles and book reviews and of six books, including Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and winner of Pen America’s Pen/Bograd Weld Award in Biography and the Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction. Her book May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem was a 2018 finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Nonfiction. Imani lives outside of Philadelphia with her sons, Freeman and Issa Rabb, ages 15 and 13.
Ashley Shih P’21 ’25
Ashley has spent the majority of his professional career helping companies and organizations grow and improve. He is the founder of Fulcrum Consulting Group, a consulting firm advising private equity and corporate clients in strategic planning and market due diligence. Ashley has over 25 years of experience as a strategy consultant and investment professional. He was previously a principal and managing director at Investor Group Services, a consulting firm; a director at Harbour Group, a private equity firm; a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group; and a process design engineer with Amoco Oil Company. Ashley holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from MIT. Ashley is a trustee of Dedham Country Day School, where he also serves as treasurer. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Natick, Mass., and have four children: Emily ’21, Amanda ’21, Caroline ’25, and younger son David.
Ly Tran P’22 ’23
Ly is a tech entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded AtHoc, an emergency mass communications system for the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security; it was backed by Greylock and Intel Capital and acquired by BlackBerry. His board and advisory responsibilities include serving Jane Technologies, a leader in e-commerce cannabis; Genetica.asia, a leader in Vietnam-based DNA testing for Asian populations; Cirkul, a next-generation personal hydration system; and All American Lithium, which recovers lithium from geothermal brine in the Salton Sea. Ly’s interests include annual team cycling for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Waves-to-Wine ride (San Francisco to Sonoma County). Ly has served as a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations and was nominated and selected as a civilian participant in the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar, Carlisle Barracks. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard. Ly was a member of CA’s International Potluck committee in 2018–19. He lives in Newton with his wife, Lexie Olmsted; two children, Will ’22 and Katie ’23; and two cats.
John E. Abele P’86 ’87 ’90, GP’18 ’19
John Abele is inextricably linked to CA — through his wife, an alum, Mary Seton Abele ’56; his three children, Christopher ’86, Alexander ’87, and Jennifer ’90; and his service on Concord Academy’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2002. John is co-founder of Boston Scientific, a medical device company with more than 25,000 employees, and was president of Medi-tech, Inc. He retired from Boston Scientific in 2005. John is the owner of the Kingbridge Conference Centre and Institute in King City, Ontario. He is the vice chair of the board of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Foundation and is a member of the President’s Council of Olin College. John also chairs his family foundation, the Argosy Foundation, and is trustee emeritus of Amherst College, where he received his B.A. John and Mary live in Shelburne, Vt.
Kathleen “Kitty” Fisk Ames ’65, P’95
The first alum to serve as president of CA’s Board of Trustees, Kitty Ames presided over the board for five years, from 1986 to 1991, and served as a trustee for 13, beginning in 1978. She co-chaired the 2000 capital campaign and chaired the board’s Advisory Council. Board affiliations include the Trustees of Reservations preservation group, Steps to Success, the WGBH Ralph Lowell Society, and the Brookline Education Foundation Board of Overseers. She lives in Brookline, Mass., with her husband, Charlie, a former CA trustee from 1993 to 2000; their daughter, Elizabeth ’95, graduated from CA.
Marion Freeman ’69
A longtime supporter of Concord Academy, Marion Freeman began her first term on the Concord Academy Board of Trustees in 1986 and continued until 1997, spending the last six years of that term as treasurer. She stayed off the board only a year, returning as president and overseeing a capital campaign and a head search process, which resulted in Jake Dresden joining CA. To honor outgoing head Tom Wilcox, Marion raised more than $2 million for the Wilcox Leadership Fund. She stepped down as president in 2002, but stayed on the board until 2003, serving on various committees and allowing a smooth transition for the next board president, Henry P. Becton Jr. Marion became a life trustee in 2002. Marion earned a B.A. in romance languages from Princeton and a Ph.D. in French from Yale. At CA, she taught, coached squash, served as a house parent in Phelps House, and was an assistant director of admissions from 1973 to 1974. After earning her Ph.D. in 1980, she taught French at Yale and became a dean of one of the residential colleges there. Shortly thereafter, she began her career in international banking by joining JP Morgan in New York. Marion has served on various boards in Maine, including that of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute; and the Portland Museum of Art. Marion still remains very involved with CA. She has served as a leadership solicitor, a class agent solicitor, a phonathon caller, and a member of her 40th-reunion committee. She has remained on CA’s investment subcommittee since her departure from active board duty. Marion lives in South Freeport, Maine, with her husband Corson Ellis, CEO and founder of Kepware Technologies in Portland, Maine. They have a daughter, Linden, and a son, Francis.
John Moriarty, P’02 ’05 ’07
Linden Havemeyer Wise ’70
Linden Havemeyer Wise shares with CA all she has learned from nearly three decades working with educational institutions and other nonprofits. Long dedicated to CA, Linden served on the Board of Trustees for 19 years and presided over it from 1991 to 1995. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Linden is a special counsel to the board of trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She chairs the board of the Chapin School in New York City, a board she has served since 1992. She also sits on the board of Early Steps, which promotes diversity in New York City independent schools. Linden has served on the boards of the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass.; the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt; and Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, a New York-based adoption agency. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Scott; they have two children, Harry and Lucie.
Kim Williams P’08 ’14
Kim Williams joined Concord Academy’s Board of Trustees in the fall of 2009, and served as president from 2013-2018. Kim holds a Master of Science degree in economics from the University of London and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and French from Kingston Polytechnic, London. She spent the majority of her professional career working in investment management and retired in 2005 as senior vice-president and partner of Boston-based Wellington Management. Kim was a noted leader in the business world, and while advancing her own career, advocated for women in business and brought about progress for women in many industry-leading organizations. She currently sits on the board of several companies involved in a range of production, including forest products, renewable energy, and media. Kim currently lives in Newbury, Mass. with her husband, Trevor Miller. They are the proud parents of Alexander ’08, Ben ’14, and Rebecca ’14.