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Welcoming New Trustees and Corporators
Welcoming New Trustees and Corporators

On April 9, 2018, Winsor officially welcomed five new trustees and 16 new Corporators and paid tribute to retiring board members at the annual meeting of the Winsor Corporation, the school's century-old governing body. The business portion of the evening also included the election of five officers and the re-election of two trustees and 37 Corporation members. 

In welcoming attendees, Allison Kaneb Pellegrino '89, P'21, '22, the Corporation's president, reflected on "our long tradition of extraordinary leaders." She gratefully acknowledged the presence of Head of School Sarah Pelmas and her predecessors, Rachel Friis Stettler and Carolyn McClintock Peter.  She also paused to remember Virginia Wing, Winsor's fifth director, who passed away in February. "For more than half a century, Miss Wing was a constant at our annual meetings," she reflected. "As others said so powerfully in the March celebration of her life, Ginny loved this school. She believed with all her heart in the founding vision of Mary Winsor. She kept that vision alive, and we all will keep her memory alive."

Later in the evening, Ms. Stettler received a rare honor: being voted a Life Member of the Winsor Corporation. Allison noted her vital role in "the evolution of Winsor as a 21st-Century school offering a truly world-class education."

The evening concluded with a report by Ms. Pelmas, who added her own thanks to those who came before her. She spoke to what Winsor stands for and the "profound belief in the power of this Winsor education to change not only each individual student but also the larger community."

Illustrating the power of a Winsor education, nanoscientist Dr. Kristin Bennett '85, founder and CEO of KB Science Leadership, reflected on her path. She talked about her efforts to counter the challenges faced by women in science and her lasting gratitude to her Winsor teachers for believing in her, including chemistry teacher Janice Gepner.


Krishna Palepu P'21, chair of the Committee on Trustees, presented the slate of nominees to those in attendance, including five new trustees: 

Eman Ansari P'20, '24
Dr. Eman Ansari is a physician at Boston Children's Hospital and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.  A specialist in pediatric emergency medicine, she is board certified in pediatric pulmonology and critical care medicine. Elected last year to the Winsor Corporation, Eman has served on the P.A. Steering Committee for the past five years and works actively with the Parent Network for Diversity. A native of Saudi Arabia, she earned her medical degree at King Abdulaziz University and a master's from the Harvard School of Public Health. Eman resides in Newton with her husband, Essam, and their four children, including daughters in Classes II and VI.

Larry Cheng P'23, '25
Larry Cheng is managing partner of Volition Capital, which he cofounded in 2010.  He spent the prior five years as a partner at Fidelity Ventures after earlier roles at Bessemer Venture Partners and Battery Ventures. Besides serving on several corporate boards, Larry serves as a trustee of Wycliffe Bible Translators and as an overseer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He also sits on Alumni Association Board of Directors for Harvard University, his alma mater. His Winsor roles include volunteering as a parent agent for the Annual Fund. Larry and his wife, Joanne, live in Lexington with their three children, including daughters in Classes I and III. 

Sam Kennedy P'23
Sam Kennedy P'23 is president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox as well as Fenway Sports Management. Now in his 16th year there, Sam originally joined the organization as vice president of corporate partnerships. An interesting Winsor note: in becoming Sox president in 2015, Sam succeeded another Winsor dad, Larry Lucchino, his early mentor when he first broke into sports management. Sam graduated from Trinity College, where he now serves on the Board of Fellows. He also serves on the boards of Dana-Farber, Camp Harbor View and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Sam and his wife, Amanda, live in Wellesley with their two children, including a daughter in Class III.

Jill Shah P'25
Jill Shah is President of the Shah Family Foundation, which supports innovative solutions to problems in education, healthcare and community. She is deeply involved in its strategic work with the City of Boston and the Boston Public Schools. Earlier in her career, she founded and served as CEO of Jill's List and worked extensively in strategy and business development. A graduate of Providence College, she has served on trustee and advisory boards of several nonprofits, including Beth Israel Deaconess, Citi Center for the Performing Arts, Kingsley Montessori School, and the Boston Schools Fund. She and husband Niraj live in Boston with their two children, including a daughter in Class I.

Kerry Swords P'23
Kerry Swords devotes herself to children's health, welfare and education through many leadership roles across Boston's nonprofit sector. She is a trustee of Nativity Prep, co-chair of advisory board of the Mass. General Hospital for Children, and a regional board member for UNICEF New England. Kerry has also co-chaired fundraising galas for organizations ranging from Friends of the Public Garden to the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. A graduate of Boston College and Harvard Business School, she began her career in marketing and financial services. Very active as a Winsor parent volunteer, Kerry was elected last year to the Winsor Corporation. She and husband Brendan reside in Boston with their three children, including a daughter in Class III.


Six officers of the board were elected to one-year terms: president Allison Kaneb Pellegrino '89, P'21, '22, vice president Lori Whelan P'23, '25, treasurer Bart Epker P'13, assistant treasurer David E. Goel P'23, and clerk Elizabeth Bennett Carroll '89.

Trustee John Barker P'21, '23, was re-elected to an additional three-year term, and Bill Heald P'18, '21, was re-elected to a two-year term ex officio as chair of Annual Giving.

Allison paid tribute to five board members who completed their service: David Belluck P'17, '19, Davis Fulkerson P'17, '18, Elizabeth Lempres P'17, Kimberly Stanfield P'15, '20, John Westcott Jr. P'90.


The following 16 individuals were elected as new Corporators for three-year terms, and 37 members were re-elected. The newest members are:

April Anderson P'23
Colette Aufranc P'20
Ted Berk P'24?
Larry Cheng P'23, '25
Scott Eckert P'24
Kaitlin Yaremchuk Gastrock '00
Lawrence Gennari P'22
Matthew Gibson P'21
Thatiana Gibson P'21
Emma Gilmore '02
Mary Beth Gordon P'23
Sam Kennedy P'23
Michele Norman P'20, '22
Connie O'Hare P'20
Jill Shah P'25
Leah Weintraub '02

The Corporation, a cornerstone of the school's governance structure, approves nominations to the board. Its ranks include many of Winsor's most ardent and loyal supporters and ambassadors.