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On April 8, 2019, Winsor officially welcomed six new trustees and 30 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 re-election of four officers and 52 Corporation members.
Head of School and O'Donnell Family Chair Sarah Pelmas welcomed attendees and introduced Haley Kwoun '20, an accomplished NEC cellist, who performed a beautiful Chant du Menestrel by Alexander Glazunov. After the performance, Allison Kaneb Pellegrino '89, P'21, '22, the Corporation's president, thanked the gathered corporation members for their steadfast support of the school. Ms. Pellegrino recalled her message to students on opening day which included an explanation of the Corporation's role in the life of the school. "They have a whole group of people behind them who care so deeply about them and the well-being of Winsor—and that's all of you. So, thank you," she said.
The evening concluded with a message of gratitude from Head of School Sarah Pelmas for the strong and diverse school community the Corporation has helped to build. The "time, gifts, wisdom and enthusiasm" given to Winsor each year from this dedicated group make it possible to create the kind of school our students need.
Ms. Pelmas also spoke about the important role Winsor plays to prepare girls for a world where it's crucial that more women aspire to lead and achieve leadership positions. At Winsor, each and every student leader is female. "That, in a nutshell, is the extraordinary power and success of Winsor." said Ms. Pelmas. "Winsor students get to internalize the fact that anything can be run by a woman—because everything is—and they go out into the world knowing this in the deepest fiber of their being."
"I am very grateful to you all for being part of this mission and of this extraordinary school."
INTRODUCING NEWEST TRUSTEES
Krishna Palepu P'21, chair of the Committee on Trustees, presented the slate of nominees to those in attendance, including five new trustees:
Mark Condon P'16, '18, '18, '21
Mark Condon has been a longstanding member of the Winsor Corporation, elected in 2011. His many Winsor volunteer leadership roles include serving as class parent from 2010-2012 and as co-chair of the Winsor Parents' Association from 2012 to 2014. He has also co-chaired the Class VIII Gift Committee and, together with his wife, Jean Hynes, was among the leaders of the Parent Challenge in The Winsor Promise campaign. His many civic involvements include being among the partners and supporters of MassArt, the Asian University for Women Support Foundation, and the Stowe Land Trust. He has served on the board of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, Vermont. Mark earned his bachelor's in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and Jean reside in Boston and are parents of four Winsor daughters, Eve, in Class VI, and alumnae Sarah '16 and twin sisters Caroline '18 and Grace '18.
Wendy Cromwell P'21
Wendy Cromwell is a senior vice president, partner, and director of asset allocation at Wellington Management. An experienced investment analyst and portfolio manager specializing in sustainable investing, she has spent more than 20 years at Wellington. Her many leadership roles with the firm include serving on the Advisory Board of the Wellington Women's Network and chairing the Wellington Management Australia Board. A Chartered Financial Analyst, she earned her M.B.A. with honors from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management and her bachelor's in business administration summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi. She serves on Owen's Alumni Board and on the board of the United Nations-supported Principles of Responsible Investment. She served on the Winsor's Investment Committee in 2014-2015 and joined the Winsor Corporation in 2015. Wendy and her husband, Gordon Cromwell, reside in Chestnut Hill with their daughter, Caroline Bridges Cromwell in Class VI, and two sons.
Audrey McAdams Fenton '93, P'26
Audrey McAdams Fenton joins the Board of Trustees as an ex officio member in her incoming role as president of Winsor's Alumnae Board. She is a partner at Blacklight Research, where she is Head of Business Development. Earlier in her career, she worked as a director of business analytics at Fidelity and in global business development roles at Mercer and Marsh & McLennan in New York City. Credentialed in fine art appraisal, she also founded and managed Provenance LLC, a dealer of works by contemporary artists. She earned her M.B.A. at Boston College and her B.A. in art history from Princeton University, where she coxed its NCAA Division 1 champion women's varsity crew team. Devoted to Winsor, Audrey has been active on reunion committees for many years. She joined the Corporation in 2015 and presently serves as the Alumnae Board's Vice President. During the Promise campaign, she stepped up as a leader of the Alumnae Challenge. Beyond the Winsor community, she is a past board member of the Catholic Schools Foundation and a current board member of the Stage Harbor Sailing School. She and her husband, Colin Fenton, reside in Needham with their two children, including daughter Paige in Class I.
Mary Beth Gordon P'23, '26
Mary Beth Gordon is a pediatrician at Milton Pediatric Associates. She earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where she received the New England Pediatric Society Prize and the Henry Asbury Christian Award, after earning her bachelor's in social studies and fine arts from Harvard College. Mary Beth completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center, and subsequently served as chief resident and then as a staff physician at Children's. She recently completed her M.P.H. at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and consults with the Boston Public Health Commission. She serves on the boards of the Home for Little Wanderers and Buckingham Browne & Nichols. She joined the Winsor Corporation in 2018 and has been active in the Parents' Association as a Class Parent. She and her husband, Chris Gordon, reside in West Newton, with their three daughters, including Amory in Class IV and Riley in Class I.
Charles "Charlie" Hebard P'24
Charlie Hebard is a managing director of research for Fidelity Investments. He has spent 20 years at Fidelity, including 14 years as an analyst and portfolio manager. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he received his M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania after earning his B.A. in economics from Penn. His volunteer leadership roles reflect his commitment to education, including serving as member of his alma mater's Undergraduate Financial Aid Leadership Council. A former trustee and board vice president of the Chestnut Hill School, Charlie joined the Winsor Corporation in 2017. He and his wife, Leigh Hebard, live in Chestnut Hill with their three children, including Kate in Class III.
Israel Ruiz P'25
Israel Ruiz is executive vice president and treasurer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In that role, he is the institute's chief financial officer and a trustee of the MIT Corporation. Earlier in his career, he held management and engineering roles at Hewlett-Packard and Nissan Automotive. He chairs the board of The Engine, a new MIT initiative aimed to accelerate breakthrough innovations, and serves on the boards of edX, an MIT and Harvard online learning initiative, MIT Endicott House, and MIT Technology Review. He is also a director of both Fortive and Moderna Therapeutics. Israel has long been involved in Boston's public schools and chairs the governing board of the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. He received his master's from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his bachelor's in industrial and mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in his native Barcelona. He and his wife, Maria Minguell, reside in Boston with their three children, including Erika in Class II.
RE-ELECTIONS AND TRIBUTES
Four officers of the board were re-elected to three-year terms: president Allison Kaneb Pellegrino '89, P'21, '22, vice president Lori Whelan P'23, '25, assistant treasurer David E. Goel P'23, clerk Elizabeth Bennett Carroll '89.
Allison thanked the five board members who completed their service: Leslie Dewan '02, Jean Hynes P'16, '18, '18, '21, Anne McNay P'16, Jennifer Morgan Peterson '89, P'20, '22, '26, Bruce Shaw, and Forbes Singer '72.
NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE CORPORATION
The following 30 individuals were elected as new Corporators for three-year terms, and 52 members were re-elected. The newest members are:
Lee Lawrence Albright '57, P'88, GP'17
Susan H. Alexander P'03, '05, '08
Edith Bastian P'17
Sheila Borboli P'23, '25
James Carlisle P'25
Kiera Carlisle P'25
Christina S. Condron '92, P'26
Maria Furlong P'20, '25
Iraklis Gerogiannis P'23, '25
Ann Glynn P'23, '24
Jessica Guo P'23
Mia Halfman P'23, '25
Maria Handrinos P'22, '25
Karen Hong P'25
Hongyu Jiang P'21
Joo Kim P'20, '23
Meshal Kirmani '92
Yuchun Lee P'21
Tomoyo Matsuzaka P'24
Suzanne Ranere Norris '94
Holly Oh P'19, '24
Mina Okochi P'25
Robert Park P'19, '24
Catherine Frankl Sarkis '82, P'23
Elizabeth Stanton '97
Michele Toscani P'25
Meredith Traquina '09
Elizabeth Yntema '76
Jeanne Yu P'24
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.