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Landmark Board of Trustees Biographies

As of March 1, 2018

Landmark is governed by a capable and diverse group of trustees whose commitment to the organization is deep and meaningful. Our trustees oversee the fiduciary health of Landmark School and Landmark School Outreach and establish and steer key policy decisions. 

Harvey Alter '82

Executive Vice President, The Alter Group
Harvey attended Landmark School for his senior year of high school graduating 1982. He is an Executive Vice President of The Alter Group in Lombard, IL, a family-run corporate real estate company. As a key member of The Alter Group’s business development and tenant relations team, he is responsible for overseeing more than 17 million square feet of space. Harvey brings his very relevant business skills and experience to the deliberations of Landmark’s board and Facilities Committee. He received his BS from Southern Illinois University and lives in Glenview, IL with his wife, Amy, and two children. Harvey is a sports enthusiast and is part owner of The Chicago Sky, WNBA team.

Robert J. Broudo

President and Headmaster, Landmark School
Bob met Dr. Charles Drake, Landmark's founder, while he was a student at Bates College, and worked in "pre-Landmark" summer programs held in Maine. Bob then became a founding faculty member of Landmark as the school opened on the present high school site in 1971. At Landmark, Bob's roles evolved from teacher, supervisor, department head, house parent, residential coordinator, founding Director of Outreach, founding Director of the Prep Program, to Head of the High School, and he was elected as Landmark's President and Headmaster in 1990. Bob received his undergraduate degree from Bates College and his Master's Degree from Boston University in Psycho-educational Training. Bob lives with his wife Maida in the headmaster’s home on campus and has four children. Emma, his youngest, graduated from Landmark School in 2011. Bob sits on several national and local non-profit boards and advisory boards and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and entertaining family and friends.

Jennifer S. Buddenhagen P'23, '27

Executive VP, SR. VP Global Marketing, Carling Technologies, Inc.
Jennifer joined our board in June 2017 and has been an involved parent of two children at Landmark School. Jen has been with Carling Technologies for 16 years, a privately-held, family-run global manufacturer of switching, circuit protection, and power control products for a diverse market portfolio. Jen oversees all aspects of the company’s advertising, literature, website, exhibitions, and marketing systems. Jen holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business with distinction in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont with distinction in Mathematics. In her free time she enjoys boating, skiing, hiking, and spending time in the New Hampshire mountains with her husband, Erich, and their four sons.

Jeffrey R. Carney P'16, '18

President and CEO, IGM Financial Inc. & Investors Group
Jeffrey R. Carney, CFA, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Group, and President and Chief Executive Officer of IGM Financial Inc., in May 2016, after serving President and Chief Executive Officer of Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of IGM Financial Inc. since 2013.

Jeff is a native of Red Deer, Alberta and also spent his formative years in Edmonton and Regina. He has more than 25 years of experience at investment management firms and banks across both retail and institutional platforms in Canada and the US. He has held senior executive positions at some of the most prominent financial organizations in North America.

Jeff is a graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce program at Queen’s University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

He serves on the board of the Landmark School in the metropolitan Boston area and the advisory board for Queen’s School of Business. He has also served on the corporate boards of The New England Council, Employee Benefit Research Institute and Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association.  

Jennifer Casey P'02, '06

Community Volunteer and Artist
Jennifer served on the Landmark School board of Trustees for two terms from 1998 – 2004 and is delighted to be back to deepen her involvement with an organization that has played an important role in her life. Jenny’s sons, Oliver and Forrest Schwab, both attended Landmark school for several years before graduating from Proctor Academy. Jenny runs the Casey Family Foundation and is an active volunteer having served on a variety of non-profit boards including the Peabody Essex Museum, Anchor To Windward, and Tower School, among others. She enjoys sailing with her husband, Gerry Johnston, and is an avid folk artist exhibiting her work in galleries, shops, and fairs all over New England. Jennifer and her two sons Oliver Schwab ‘02 and Forrest Schwab ’06 founded Pinkham Management, LLC, a real estate investment and property management company.

Nancy Crate P'17, '21 

Past Parent and Volunteer
Nancy was former Chair of the Board at Brookwood School where she served as a trustee from 2011 to 2017. Prior to joining the board, she was co-chair of The Time is Now Campaign helping to raise over $12 million for the school’s endowment. While serving as Chair, Nancy has overseen the completion of an $8 million building project, the launch of a $10 million capital campaign, and the search for and transition to a new Head of School. In addition to her roles at Brookwood, Nancy has been a member of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts Board of Overseers since 2006, served as a trustee for the Montserrat College of Art from 2009-2015, and is a founding member of the Leadership Council for Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. Nancy earned her BA from Bucknell University and her MBA from Columbia Business School. Following her undergraduate years, Nancy worked at JP Morgan until 1998. There she held positions in Corporate Trust, as well as College and MBA Recruitment for Sales, Trading, and Research and Asset Management in New York and London. From 1998 to 2001, Nancy worked at Cambria Consulting in Boston as a management consultant. Nancy splits her time between Manchester and New York City.  She has four children – three of whom, Emma, Audrey, and Ellie attended Landmark EMS between 2010-2015.    

Alan Dachs 

President and CEO, Fremont Group
Alan has been an enthusiastic supporter of Landmark School for many years. He is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Fremont Group, a San Francisco-based private investment firm.

Alan is a member of the Boards of Directors of Bechtel Group, Inc., the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and PIX System, LLC.  He is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Dachs is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Chair of the Academy’s Trust and Vice Chair of its Board of Directors. He is on the Board of Trustees of MIT Corporation and serves on the Corporation Visiting Committees for the Dean for Undergraduate Education; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Sponsored Research; and Chemical Engineering. Alan is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of The Conference Board. Mr. Dachs is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university in 2007. He has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from New York University. Alan enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid bicyclist.

Lynne Darling-Melochick '98

Director of Community Relations, Darling’s Automotive Group
Lynne graduated from Landmark School in 1998 and went on to receive her BS in Political Science from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Lynne joined Darling Automotive, a family-run business in Maine, after a number of years working at PBS’s Boston affiliate, WGBH. Lynne has worked in a variety of areas at Darling including leasing, sales, and finance management. She is an active community volunteer participating in the Pine Tree Woman’s Association, Business Networking International, and is a Board of Directors Member of the Bangor Y and Junior Achievement of Maine. Lynne is a longtime member of the Landmark Alumni Council and has stayed close to Landmark participating in alumni panels for students, and volunteering for alumni events such as Homecoming and Alumni Casino Night and is the first female alumna serving on Landmark’s Board of Trustees. In her free time Lynne enjoys outdoor adventure, traveling, and enjoying live music with her husband, Mike.

Jim Duffy P'14

President, Ravago Holdings America
Jim and his wife, Cynthia, have five children and their son, Luke, graduated from Landmark School in 2014. He co-chaired the Landmark Matters capital campaign committee with fellow trustee, Nicholas Lopardo. Jim founded Performance Polymers in 1989 and in 2002 started the North American Group, a polymer distributor and manufacturer of plastic compounds. The company merged with Entec Polymers in 2006 with Jim serving as President. Entec was acquired by Ravago Holding America (RHA), a distributor, reseller, manufacturer, and recycler of plastic. Jim is currently RHA’s President and sits on their Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of several small to medium sized, privately held, manufacturing companies. Jim graduated from Villanova University and enjoys golf, skiing, running, and spending time with family in the mountains and coast of New England.

Nadine Gaab

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical School and faculty member of Harvard Graduate School of Education
Nadine has had a relationship with Landmark School for numerous years and has enjoyed working with many of our students and their families through her Gaab Lab at Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her research within the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on auditory and language processing in the human brain and its application for the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills. The Gaab Lab utilizes structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as well as behavioral measurement tools to identify possible pre-markers of developmental dyslexia in the pre-reading and infant brain, the identification of the underlying neural mechanism between dyslexia and ADHD, brain plasticity following sound - and music-based remediation for reading and language impaired children, and much more. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and did her postdoctoral training at Stanford University and MIT. Nadine lives with her husband and three children in Cambridge. In her free time she enjoys reading Scandinavian mystery novels and indulging in New England oysters.

Bill Gersh '06

Agent, Alternative and Digital Packaging Division, The Gersh Agency
Bill Gersh ’06 graduated from Emerson College in 2010 with a degree in Studio TV Production. For the next four years he held production positions on live television shows such as The Golden Globes, Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and large-scale televised events including the Super Bowl Halftime Show and two Presidential Inaugurations. In addition, Bill was a Director and Technical Director on the CBS reality show "Big Brother" for three seasons. Since 2014 Bill has been working at The Gersh Agency, the oldest talent agency in Hollywood that was started by his grandfather in the 1940's. The agency represents actors, writers, directors, cinematographers, editors, and comedians in television, film, and theater. Bill is currently an agent in the Alternative and Digital Packaging Division, which represents many of the people in the fields in which Bill worked prior to joining the agency.

Emily Haggman 

President, Director of Client Services, Haggman, Inc.
Emily Haggman is the proud aunt of a former Landmark High School student and is a passionate and dedicated supporter of the school. Emily has spent her career in marketing, advertising, and public relations holding senior positions at Mullen Advertising promoting national consumer product brands and at Dun & Bradstreet overseeing multi-million dollar marketing programs in 20 countries. Most recently she founded and serves as the President of Haggman, Inc., an advertising, public relations, and design firm on the North Shore specializing in national clients in healthcare, energy efficiency, food and hospitality, and retail. Emily earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her Masters in Mass Communication from Emerson College. In her free time Emily loves to travel with her husband, Eric, absorbing all the wonderful people and cultures along the way.

Moira McNamara James P'10

Landmark School Board Chair
Director of Video Operations, The Conference Board

Moira’s son Jake, graduated from Landmark School in 2010. Moira was elected to the Board of Trustees in June of 2002 and brings a multitude of leadership and board management skills to her position. She currently works for The Conference Board in New York City, a non-profit business and research group, where she is Director of Video Operations. A broadcast journalist and freelance television producer of major political and sports events, she previously won four regional Emmy awards and numerous other “best” awards from state and regional news services. Moira has also had extensive experience in non-profit governance and committee work. She is a Trustee Emerita at her alma mater, Wesleyan University, where she has been engaged with the Board of Trustees for some 25 years. When Moira finished her active trusteeship at Wesleyan she was Vice Chair of that Board and had served as chair of its Governance Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and Chair of its Alumni Association. She also served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, based in Washington, D.C. She has recently been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Essex County Community Foundation, which promotes philanthropy and community leadership in her home county. Moira was a founding member of the Brain Tumor Society and is a tireless fundraiser for cancer research, cycling the Pan Mass Challenge for over 20 years and raising over $85,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Moira and her husband Lance have four grown children and live in Marblehead.  

Sandra L. Jesse P'13

Sandra is the proud parent of Landmark alum, Nicholas Carter ’13. Sandy most recently served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer at Haemonetics in Braintree, MA. Prior to this she served as the Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Her experience preceding her most recent corporate positions included journalism and politics where she served as legislative assistant and press secretary to two U.S. Congressmen. Following her receipt of a law degree from Boston College, she entered corporate law practice with Bingham, Dana & Gould and later was a partner at Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston. In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees, she has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Sandra has held a number of legal and business affiliations including Board Member and President of the Boston Bar Foundation, and she was one of the first commissioners appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She is also a trustee of the Longy School of Music.

Nicholas A. Lopardo P'92, GP'22, '23, '24

Chairman Emeritus  
Founder and President, NAL Group
Nick Lopardo distinguishes himself among his fellow trustees as the parent, father-in-law, and grandparent of two Landmark alumni and five current students. Nick is the longest-running Chairman of the Board serving 19 productive years for the institution and also co-chairing the Landmark Matters capital campaign. He is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of NAL Group, a privately held investment holding company with properties in sports and entertainment, promotional marketing, golf shoe company, and real estate. Prior to forming NAL, Mr. Lopardo retired as the Vice Chairman of State Street Corporation where he served as the Chairman and CEO of its global investment management arm, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). Throughout his career, Nick has been active on the board of directors of corporations as well as non-profit institutions. Nick and his wife, Diane, live in Danvers, MA. They have three children and 10 grandchildren. His son, AJ, and daughter-in-law, Amanda, were 1992 graduates of Landmark.

Robert S. Merowitz P'06

President and CEO, Universal Realty Corporation
Bob has had extensive real estate experience in commercial, multi family, and condominiums. His company owns and manages 1,500 units in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also is the owner of several commercial projects, many of which are in the entertainment area. A graduate of Husson University in Bangor, Maine, Robert was recently inducted into their Alumni Hall of Fame. He is on the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center and its Floating Hospital for Children. He also serves of the Board of the American Liver Foundation. Bob and his wife Myrna, have two children, one of whom, Lisa, is a 2006 graduate of Landmark. 

Joseph H. Morgart P'12

Alternative Investment, Amundi Pioneer Investments
Joe’s son, Alexander, attended Landmark School from 2007 to 2010 and his daughter Sarah is a current student at our high school. Professionally, Joe is responsible for Alternative Investments at Amundi Pioneer Investments. Prior to Amundi Pioneer, he most recently served as a Senior Vice President at Pyramis Global Advisors, where he was integral to the articulation, architecture, and implementation of growth for the firm’s alternative investments. Prior to 2007, he co-founded Boldwater Capital Management, a company specializing in credit-oriented hedge fund investment strategies and before that Joe spent seven years at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown. Earlier in his career, Joe held various roles at Anchor/Russell Capital Advisors, Bank of Boston, and IBM. Joe earned a BA from Johnson State College and his MBA from Northeastern University. He chairs the Investment Committee of The Landmark School. He is a past Board Chair of Jewish Big Brother and Big Sister and currently sits on their Endowment Board and Investment Committee. He also serves as a member of the Investment Committee for Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Mr. Morgart has been a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He has four children and in is free time Joe enjoys tennis, golf, yoga, snowboarding, and bicycling.

William T. Patten P'07

Director of Administration for Brookline Bancorp
Bill has served on the Landmark Board of Trustees since 2007 and is the father of Taylor who graduated in 2007. Bill is currently serving as the Director of Administration for Brookline Bancorp. Brookline Bancorp is a bank holding company and is headquartered in Boston, MA and operates as the holding company for Brookline Bank, Bank Rhode Island, and First Ipswich Bank. Bill and his wife, Beverly, and their daughter, Taylor, reside in nearby Hamilton where Bill served on the Hamilton/Wenham Regional School Committee. In his free time Bill enjoys playing golf and relaxing on the coast of Maine.

Michael Pehl. P'21

Managing Partner, Guidepost Growth Equity
Mike Joined Landmark’s board of trustees in June of 2017. He has extensive experience working with growth-stage businesses as both an investor and an operator. He is a founder and multiple-time CEO with a deep understanding of the unique operational challenges that growing companies face. He has taken several companies public and has worked at Advent International, Razorfish, i-Cube, International Consulting Services, and is the co-founder of SAP America. Mike and his wife Randa, have a daughter who is currently attending Landmark’s High School.

Edward W. Probert, Jr. P'15

Chief Advancement Officer, With Honor
Ted’s current role is the Chief Advancement Officer for With Honor. For the last 25 years, he has spearheaded the fundraising efforts of four independent schools: Lawrenceville, Kent, Westminster, and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he served as campaign director for the Exeter Initiatives, raising $352 million for the school.Ted’s fundraising experience and his interactions with independent school boards and campaign teams make him an invaluable asset to Landmark. He earned his B.A. and Certification in Secondary School Education from Duke University. Ted retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserves after 21 years as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ted’s son, Tanner, is a graduate of the Landmark School class of 2015. In addition to Tanner, Ted and his wife, Andi, have a daughter, Campbell.

George W. Ratermann '79 

Owner, Ratermann Manufacturing, Inc.
George attended Landmark School from 1973 – 1977 and is the proud father of an alumna, Marie, who graduated in 2009. George is the owner of Ratermann Manufacturing, Inc. and is a developer of a wide range of products and services for markets including the gas and cryogenic industry, the propane and acetylene industry, beverage industry, medical industry, and hose manufacturing industry. Prior to founding Ratermann Manufacturing, George was a business manager (1995 to 1998) for Prax Air in Danbury, CT. From 1980 to 1985 George was president of All Specialty Gas Cryogenics in Santa Clara, CA. George sits on Landmark’s committees on Facilities, Outreach, and Strategic Initiatives. He received his MBA from the University of Berkeley in 2002. George and his wife, Dawn, have four children and live in Livermore, CA where he is a wine enthusiast, avid reader, entrepreneur, and an advocate for special education issues.

Ilan Segev P'18

Executive Director, Private Wealth Management Morgan Stanley, Boston, Massachusetts
Ilan joined Landmark’s board in June 2017. Prior to his work in financial services he served as a career diplomat for the State of Israel where he had been an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces. In his role as a diplomat he opened the first Israeli offices in Qatar and then served in Atlanta as Israel’s second highest-ranking diplomat to the United States. Ilan is the Co-Chair of the Israeli American Council of Boston, and is an Overseer on the Newton Wellesley Hospital Board. Ilan and his wife Shiri, have three sons one of whom attends Landmark’s High School.

Martin Slark P'01

Landmark School Vice Chair
CEO, Molex, Inc.

Martin Slark is CEO of Molex LLC. and a Director of Koch Industries. Molex, a global provider of electronic solutions, is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, one of the world’s largest privately held companies. The company has more than 50 manufacturing locations and employs 45,000 people in 40 countries. Martin joined Molex in 1976 and has served in his current position since 2005. Martin is the Vice Chair of Landmark’s Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Finance Committee. Martin also serves of the Board of Directors of Liberty Mutual, Northern Trust Bank, and the Hub Group. He has an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East London in England and is a Companion of the British Institute of Management and was awarded a Public Service Medal by the Government of Singapore. Martin’s wife, Cathy, also serves on Landmark’s board of trustees. They live in Burr Ridge, Illinois and have a son, David, who graduated from Landmark in 2001 and a daughter, Lizz. In his free time Martin enjoys running and playing golf.

Catherine Slark P'01

Cathy has served on the Landmark School Board of Trustees since 1999 and is the proud parent of David who graduated in 2001. Cathy serves on the Development, Finance, and Investment Committees and took a leadership role as a member of the Steering Committee for the Landmark Matters capital campaign. Cathy is a native of Yorkshire in the north of England and holds a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Bath, England. She is involved in children’s education and is a trustee of two independent schools. Martin and Cathy have a grown son and a daughter. They support multiple nonprofit organizations in the fields of education, medicine, and the environment. In her free time Cathy enjoys gardening, golfing, and walking. 

Michael Tancreti P'09, '11

CEO, Ashwood Development Companies
Mike has seen two of his three children graduate from Landmark School. Son Michael graduated with the class of 2009 and Greg followed three years later. Mike’s companies, Ashwood Development, incorporate the design, production, marketing, and development of residential homes. He has been a leader in an array of national and regional homebuilding, realty, and business associations. Mike serves on the Facilities, Finance, and Investment Committees for the Landmark board. From 1995 to 1997 he served on the board of directors of the Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, FL. A graduate of Merrimack College, Mike and his wife, Christine, have three children and live in Nashua, New Hampshire.

David Tessier P'10

President at Hospitality Gaming Advisors
Dave has served on Landmark’s board for several years and is the President of Hospitality & Gaming Advisors, a boutique advisory firm that specializes in the hospitality and gaming industries developing luxury lifestyle hotels including the W and Edition brands. He has held senior finance positions with some of the most innovative hotel and gaming companies in the industry including Turnberry Associates and Fontainebleau Miami JV LLC., IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group), Kerzner International Resorts (Atlantis Paradise Island and One and Only Resorts), Ian Schrager Hotels, Hilton Hotels Corporation, and Marriott International. David has served on several boards including Avendra, Windsor Capital Group, and Starwood Vacation Ownership and is a member of the Arts and Science Advisory board at Bentley University. David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from Bentley University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Dave’s daughter, Lauren, graduated from Landmark School in 2010.