Meet the Board

Seth Brennan, Chair 

Male Trustee

Seth has been a long-time volunteer at Park, soliciting for the Annual Fund and Park21 and serving on the Major Gifts Committee. Seth joined the Park Board in 2014 and has co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee and served on the Finance, Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committees, the Committee of Trustees and HOS Search. A graduate of Hamilton College and Deerfield Academy, Seth is a cofounder of Lincoln Peak Capital, which makes private equity investments in asset management companies. Seth has four children - Annabelle '19, Jack (Grade 7), Sophie (Grade 5) and Nate (Grade 3).

Polly Crozier, Vice Chair

Female Trustee

Polly serves as Vice Chair and Chair of the Committee on Trustees. On the Board since 2014, Polly co-chaired the Board’s portion of the AISNE self-study, co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, and has served on numerous board committees including Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Educational Policy, and Buildings & Grounds. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, Polly is an attorney at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, working to create a just society based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status. Polly has two children at Park - Hannah (Grade 7) and Miriam (Grade 2).

Peter Barkan '86, Secretary

Male Trustee

Peter works at The Barkan Companies, a regional competitor in multifamily real estate development and property management, where he oversees affordable housing. Before joining Park's Board in 2016, Peter was an active volunteer, serving on the Alumni Committee and on the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Peter chairs the Buildings & Grounds Committee , led the Master Planning Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. He has a BA in urban studies and the history of architecture from Brown University and an MBA from Duke University. Peter has two children at Park - Lila (Grade 5) and Seth (Grade 7).

Sam Wilderman, Treasurer

Male Trustee

Sam attended Yale University where he majored in Economics. After graduation, Sam joined Grantham, Mayo, Van Oterloo and Company, LLC (GMO) working in their San Francisco and Boston offices for 20 years. Prior to stepping down from GMO in the winter of 2016, Sam held the title of Co-Head of Asset Allocation. He is currently setting up a new investment partnership. Sam joined the Park Board in 2012 and serves as Treasurer, chairs the Finance Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. Sam has two children - Nate '19 and Jonas (Grade 6.)

Neeraj Agrawal

Male Trustee

Neeraj is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York, Cornell University, and Harvard Business School. He is a General Partner at Battery Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm, where he invests in technology companies. On Park’s Board since 2017, Neeraj serves on the Finance Committee. Neeraj has two children - Devan '21 and Dillan (Grade 4).

Rahul Ballal

Male Trustee

Rahul was born in a small town in the UK and immigrated to the US when he was four. Growing up in Michigan and later Ohio, he attended a small independent day school similar to the Park School. He traveled east to attend Brown University to study biology and then moved to San Francisco to run a knowledge management startup, which eventually brought him to Washington DC. In DC, he met his wife Sonia and they together completed graduate work and moved to Boston for jobs and additional training. Rahul is currently the CEO of a venture backed biotech startup developing novel drugs for patients suffering from sickle cell disease. He has three children,  Meenu (Grade 4), Shyla (Grade 1), and Saavin (3 years).

Nicole Danforth 

Female Trustee

Nicole graduated from Amherst College and soon after, competed around the world on golf tours in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. After several years of competing at an elite level, Nicole parlayed her curiosity and interest in young people and healthy development to attend medical school at Dartmouth.  Following a fellowship in child psychiatry at the McLean/MGH program, Nicole worked as the Medical Director of the MGH Sports Psychology Program while serving as the psychiatric consultant to an outpatient addictions program. This has evolved into her dream job, where she wears three hats: as the Director of Outpatient Programs in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital; is a psychiatric consultant for local college and professional sports teams; and has a private psychiatric practice in Newton. Nicole and her wife Judy juggle two careers, three children; Elias (Grade 4), Jordan (Grade 4) and Sam '05  and their oversized well-loved dog, Moxie.

 

 

 

 

Mark Dolins 

Male Trustee

Mark attended Weston High School and holds a BA from Denison University and a JD from Duke University. He co-founded the Boston office of Lazard in the fall of 2007, a financial advisory and asset management firm. Prior to joining the Board in 2017, Mark was an active Park volunteer and served as a member of the Major Gifts Committee. On the Board, Mark serves on the Development and Finance Committees. Mark has two children - Grayson (Grade 6) and Avery '19.

Sara Leventhal Fleiss '95

Female Trustee

After graduating from Park, Sara attended Milton Academy and Harvard College, where she studied applied mathematics. She then went on to receive an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she is now a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration. Sara was the co-founder and coportfolio manager of Emeth Partners, an emerging markets arbitrage hedge fund. Sara joined the Board in 2016, co-chaired the Head of School Search Committee and currently serves as chair of the Investment Committee, on the Committee on Trustees and co-chaired the Transition Committee. Sara has three children - Solomon (Grade 4), Morris, and Annabel.

Ken Frieze

Male Trustee

Ken and his wife Tamar have three daughters, Sloane (Grade 4) and identical twins Avery and Marin (Grade 1), all enjoying their time at the Park School.  Ken chairs the major gifts committee of Park's Annual Fund. When Ken can’t spend time with his family, he goes to work as the CEO of Gordon Brothers, a more than century-old global special situations investment company headquartered in Boston. He is a current member of the American College of Bankruptcy and a co-founder of the Boston Corporate Finance Community’s Gathers to Give benefiting More Than Words. He holds a BA from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Abigail Ross Goodman '91

Female Trustee

Abigail is a graduate of Philips Academy, Andover and Brown University. She has over 15 years of experience in contemporary art as a gallerist, independent curator, and advisor. Prior to founding her current firm, Goodman Taft, she was the director and owner of the Judi Rotenberg Gallery in Boston. At Park, Abigail has served as a Class Representative, co-chair of the Alumni Annual Fund, a member of the Alumni Committee, and as a Pre-K Class Representative. A member of the Board since 2017, Abigail serves on the Buildings & Grounds Committee. Abigail has three children - Rebecca '19, Hannah (Grade 7) and Esme (Grade 4).

Greg Kadetsky '96, Alumni Committee Representative

Male Trustee

Greg graduated from Park and studied political science at Muhlenberg College in PA. A dedicated member of the alumni community, Greg joined the Alumni Committee in 2008, and he was the Alumni Committee Co-Chair from 2016-2018. Greg is the media manager at North Star Media Group, an advertising and media buying agency that specializes in strategic planning and placement of radio ads, programs, and print ads both locally and nationally.

Heeten Kalan 

Male Trustee

Born and raised under apartheid in South Africa, Heeten attended the country's only fully multi-racial school five hours from home and then won a United World College scholarship to complete the final two years of high school in Canada. Heeten attended Dartmouth College, where he was a leader in the South Africa divestment movement. Heeten works as the senior program officer and director of the Climate Action Fund at the New World Foundation, where he oversees grant making. Heeten has been a member of Park’s Board since 2015, and co-chairs the Board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, serves on the Committee on Trustees, and served on HOS Search Committee. Heeten has two children - Ravi '17 and Rohan '19.

Heena K. Lee, PA President 

Female Trustee

When Heena was five years old, her family immigrated from Seoul, South Korea to Laguna Hills, CA. She attended public schools and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She later earned her MA in Public Health from Yale University and her MD from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. She is currently Associate Director of the Post-Partum Newborn Unit at BIDMC and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Heena has held a variety of volunteer roles at Park, including Front Desk volunteer, Grade V Class Rep, Middle Division Class Rep Coordinator, Parents’ Association Board member, Co-Chair of the New Parent Dinner Committee and is now honored to hold the roles of Parents’ Association President and Trustee. Heena has two children - Alexander '19 and Justin (Grade 6).

Jessica Lutzker 

Female Trustee

Originally from White Plains, NY, Jessica graduated from Horace Mann and Duke University. After working in NYC, Jessica worked in brand management for Lycos in Boston prior to attending Harvard Business School. After graduating, she worked in marketing for CVS, and now works in admissions at HBS. Jessica joined the Park Board in 2015, is a co-chair of the Development Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. Jessica has two children - Emily '21 and Sam (Grade 5)

Todd MacLean

Male Trustee

A native New Englander, Todd attended St. John's Preparatory School, Dartmouth College, and The Wharton School. Todd has spent the majority of his career in growth equity investing, working at Summit Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, and Accel Partners in the Silicon Valley. In 2015, Todd co-founded Silversmith Capital Partners, a growth equity firm. Todd joined the Board in 2015 and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Committee on Trustees. Todd has two children - Liam (Grade 5) and Stella '18.

Amy Lloyd McCarthy '86

Female Trustee

After graduating from Park, Amy attended Concord Academy and studied international relations at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She worked at Putnam Investments, prior to earning a degree in library science from Simmons College, Amy began focusing her career in education, first at the Roxbury Latin School library and then at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. After guiding her family's real estate business through a generational transition, Amy redirected her focus back to education and to non-profit volunteer work, where she serves in a number of roles locally, including as Chair of Beacon Academy. A member of the Board from 2006-2012 and again since 2014, Amy is currently a member of Park's Alumni Committee and on the Board’s Executive and Development Committees and co-chaired the HOS Search Committee. Amy's daughter, Lilian, graduated from Park in 2014.

Lesley Ryan Miller 

Female Trustee

Lesley Ryan Miller Lesley brings to The Park School Board over 20 years of education experience both in the classroom as a teacher and an administrator for the City of Boston. She is currently the Principal of the John Pierce School, a K-8, public elementary school in Brookline Village with 900 students. Prior to that role, Lesley was Brookline’s Senior Director of Teaching and Learning, where she oversaw the K-8 curriculum in literacy, math, social studies, science and world languages. Lesley has also served as Director of Teacher Development and Advancement for the Boston Public Schools and spent 11 years as a Kindergarten and Grade I teacher. Lesley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Boston University and her MA from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Lesley is the parent of Laila (Grade 2).

Rebecca Nordhaus 

Female Trustee

Rebecca Nordhaus Rebecca graduated from the Foote School in New Haven and Phillips Academy Andover. She received a BA from Yale and a JD from Harvard Law School. She is a partner at Finepoint Capital, a Boston-based private investment partnership. On the Park Board, Rebecca serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Educational Policy Committees. Rebecca has three children at Park - Annabel (Grade 7), Margot (Grade 4) and Alex (Grade 4).

Neela Pal

Female Trustee

Having grown up in India, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan, Neela earned her undergraduate degree at The Wharton School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Currently vice president of brand marketing at TripAdvisor, Neela is helping the company transform from a review site to a travel booking and commerce site. A member of the Board since 2016, she serves on the Committee on Trustees and is cochair of the Transition Committee. Neela is the parent of Nina '17, Nikhil '19  and Devan (Grade 6).

Young Ju Rhee 

Female Trustee

Young Ju attended international schools in Kuwait, Cameroon, Tunisia and France amongst others and also attended public schools in her native South Korea. After further studying in England and the United States, she returned to South Korea to work at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Seoul Office as a Public Relations Officer. Yung Ju received her degree in international development from the University of Oxford, and now teaches in the Global Studies Department at Bentley University. She also serves on advisory board of the Reves International Studies center at the College of William and Mary. While at Park, Young Ju has volunteered as a Class Rep, served on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee as well as the Steering and Strategy Committee of the Parents’ Association. She has three children - Graham '19, Grayson (Grade V), and Griffin(K).

Joe Robbins

Male Trustee

Joe is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He joined Bain Capital in 2007 and is currently a Managing Director in the Industrials Vertical and a member of the North American Private Equity team. Joe has been an Annual Fund volunteer since 2014 and was a non-Trustee member of the Major Gifts and Buildings and Grounds Committees. Joe joined the Park Board in 2017 and serves on the following committees: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Buildings & Grounds and Development. Joe is the parent of four children - Ellen (Grade 4), Alex (Grade 2), Jacob (K) and Lily (age 3).

 Mary Skelton Roberts

Female Trustee

Since joining the Park community in 2011, Mary has volunteered in different capacities, including: helping out with Springfest, serving as the PIN (Parents Independent schools Network) representative, being a Grade 5 class rep, and co-chairing the new parents’ dinners. In her day job, she is a co-director for Climate at the Barr Foundation. In that role she functions as a thought leader, strategist, and change maker, leveraging a multi-million-dollar portfolio to modernize the transportation system and transform communities into more walkable, connected, and thriving places. She also focuses on ensuring that the region is aware of and prepared for the impacts of climate change. Mary holds a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and mediation accreditations from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Center for Dispute Resolution in London, England, where she served as lead faculty. Mary speaks fluent Spanish and during her spare time, when she is not micro-managing Dahlia (Grade 8) she is preventing her dog, Scooter, from catching the squirrels at the Arnold Arboretum, and practicing her salsa moves with her husband.
 

Anna Sinaiko 

Originally from Minneapolis, Anna attended Princeton University and earned a PhD in health policy from Harvard University.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. At Park Anna has served as a Class Representative and gives admissions tours. Anna has three children at Park – Sasha (Grade 7), Talia (Grade 5), and Reid (Grade 2). 

Shadé Solomon 

Female Trustee

A former elementary school teacher in Boston and Wayland, Shadé joined the Park Board in 2016, where she co-chairs the Educational Policy Committee. As a classroom teacher, she organized and led faculty professional development on pedagogy and literacy instruction, facilitated whole school change initiatives and developed faculty evaluation policies. After leaving the classroom, Shadé worked as a researcher and developer at TERC, a not-for-profit STEM education R&D organization in Cambridge. She received a PhD in Administration, Planning & Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also holds an MS in Education from Wheelock College and a BA in Theater Arts from UMASS Boston. Presently, Shadé is an assistant professor of education at Framingham State University. She has two children, Isaiah '19 and Yael '21.

Christina W. Vest 

Female Trustee

Raised in South America and Miami, Christina moved to the Boston area to attend Phillips Academy, Andover and Harvard College and, later, Harvard Business School. Christina is currently a managing director and partner of Hicks Equity Partners, a family office focused on private equity investments. Christina has been an engaged volunteer at Park, having co-chaired Springfest in 2014, co-chaired the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Raffle in 2015, and served on the PA Board in 2016. On the Board since 2016, Christina serves on the Development Committee and Committee on Trustees. She has two children - Ameri '19 and Charles (Grade 7).

Emily Woods

Emily began her teaching career at the Fessenden School in 1997 and joined the Boston Public Schools in 2004 as a seventh grade English teacher in Roxbury. She went on to participate in the pilot study of a New Teacher Development program and helped launch and scale the program district-wide. She currently spends the bulk of her professional time assisting non-profit organizations with strategic thinking and planning professional development around teacher leadership and teacher induction in high-need school systems. She holds a Masters from Boston University's School of Education and earned her AB in French with a concentration in music at Bowdoin College. On the Park Board since 2014, Emily co-chairs the Educational Policy Committee and serves on the Committee on Trustees and served on the HOS Search Committee. Emily has three children - Millie '22, Lizzie (Grade 4) and Gracie (K).