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Landmark Board of Trustees Biographies

As of June 1, 2020

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. 

Jeffrey Alpaugh P'21

Growth and Industry Practices Leader, Marsh & McClennan 
Jeff Alpaugh leads growth and industry practices for Marsh US and Canada in their global real estate and hospitality practice. He is a member of the US Executive Committee and is responsible for growth, retention, innovation, client service, and market delivery. Prior to this role, Jeff was the Client Executive Practice leader for the US Northeast Zone. He founded the Boston Real Estate Practice in April 1998; in June 2001, he assumed the additional responsibility of leader for the industry practice groups. Jeff received his BA in political science from Kenyon College in 1989, where he was also a member of the men's lacrosse team. He received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2006. Jeff and wife, Larisa, live in Wellesley, MA. Their son Landon has attended Landmark School since 2015. 

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

Chief Marketing Officer, Carling Technologies, Inc.
Jennifer joined our board in June 2017. She is the parent of two boys that attended Landmark EMS for 3 and 7 years and proudly watched them graduate in June 2019. Jen is CMO at Carling Technologies, Inc., a privately-held global manufacturer of switching, circuit protection, and power control products for a diverse market portfolio. 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.

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 oversaw the completion of an $8MM building project, the launch of a $10MM 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 Massachusetts and New York.  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 M. Dachs is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Fremont Group, a San Francisco-based private investment firm. Mr. Dachs is a member of the Board of Directors of Bechtel Group, Inc. and Chair of the Bechtel Finance Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and X2X, LLC. Mr. Dachs is a Senior Trustee of the Brookings Institution. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Chair of the Academy’s Trust and Vice Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Dachs is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of The Conference Board. He retired from the Board of Trustees of MIT Corporation where he also served on the Corporation Visiting Committees for the Dean for Undergraduate Education; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Sponsored Research; and Chemical Engineering. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The Landmark School. 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. Mr. Dachs has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from New York University. 


Julie Donovan P'23, '28

Former Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments
Julie Donovan spent more than twenty nine years with Fidelity Investments, during which time she held various management and leadership positions. Starting in 2007, she served as a Senior Vice President within the High Income division of Fidelity Asset Management where she lead the global business operations, including the development and implementation of key initiatives and strategic plans, oversight of operational risk management, directing the investment technology program, and management of all operational and administrative support functions. Julie received her BA in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and her MBA from Boston College. Julie and her husband, Peter, reside in Marblehead, Mass. with their three children, two of whom are current students at Landmark. Julie enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and running marathons. 


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.


Thilo Henkes P'24​

Landmark School Board Chair
Managing Director and Partner, L.E.K.Consulting

Thilo joined Landmark School's Board of Trustees in 2018. He and his wife Lucy have three sons, the youngest of whom is a student on the High School campus. The other two boys attend Governor’s Academy. Thilo is a managing director and partner in the Boston office of L.E.K. Consulting, a global strategy consulting company. Thilo has served as a trustee at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill for six years and for ten years at the First Lutheran Church of Boston. Thilo earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and his BA in Mathematics from Hamilton College. Thilo is an avid triathlete and enjoys sailing, tennis, and squash with his family.  


John Leslie P’21

IHS Markit, Office of the CTO
John is a partner with the firm IHS Markit, an information, insight, and data science company. Currently a member of the office of the CTO, John is product lead for the firm’s major data aggregation and distribution technology platforms. Prior to this, John was a founding member of Wall Street On Demand, where, as CTO, he lead the effort to build a technology platform that now hosts web sites for a majority of North American brokerage and financial media firms. Wall Street On Demand was sold to IHS Markit upon which John and his family moved to London, IHS Markit’s headquarters, where he served a variety of technology roles. John graduated from Princeton University where he majored in Political Economy. John, his wife Heather, and their twin boys moved to Boston in 2017. Their son Nick started Landmark in eighth grade and is currently a junior.


Moira McNamara James P'10

Landmark School Board Secretary
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 nearly 30 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 25 years and raising over $150,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Moira and her husband Lance have four grown children and live in Marblehead.

Nicholas A. Lopardo P'92, GP'20, '22, '23, '24

Chairman Emeritus  
Retired Vice Chairman, State Street Corporation
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 was the longest-running Chairman of the Board serving 19 productive years for the institution and also co-chaired 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 Sanibel, FL. They have three children and 10 grandchildren. His son, AJ, and daughter-in-law, Amanda, were 1992 graduates of Landmark and all five of their children proudly attend 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 attended the high school for one year. 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 chairs their Endowment Board and Investment Committee. He also serves as a member of the Investment Committee for Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Joe 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 and bicycling.

Shelley Moses-Reed P'23

Customer Experience Executive, Medallia
Shelley discovered Landmark School by way of Woodin Math in 2012 while searching online in the middle of the night to find tips on teaching math facts to her son. This led to her son attending two Landmark Summer programs in 2013 and 2014. The family then decided to co-locate for middle school between Colorado and Massachusetts from 2016-2019. Shelley is currently with Medallia, a leader in providing companies with experience management feedback and data-driven decision software. She works with top brands on their transformational growth and experience strategies. She holds a certification in Operational Customer Experience Management and a B.S. in Administration and Management from the University of Kansas. In Denver, she served on both the Executive Committee and general boards of Craig Hospital and the International Dyslexia Association-Rocky Mountain Branch. Shelley enjoys entertaining family and friends, gardening, and hiking.

Michael Pehl P'21

Landmark School Board Vice Chair
Managing Partner, Guidepost Growth
EquityMike 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 child who attended Landmark from 2014 - 2019.



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 leads the Board’s Outreach and Education Committee and formerly served on the Development, Finance, and Investment Committees. Cathy took a leadership role in the school’s $6MM Landmark Matters capital campaign which was completed in under two years. 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 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. 

Martin Slark P'01

Retired CEO, Molex, Inc.
Martin Slark retired in 2019 as the 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 served as the Vice Chair of Landmark’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee for many years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Liberty Mutual, Northern Trust Bank, and the Hub Group. Martin 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.

Spencer Smitherman '08

Director of Client Onboarding and Technical Support, Returnly
Spencer is a former student and graduate of Landmark School. He attended both the Elementary•Middle School and High School over the course of eight years. After Landmark, Spencer attended Bentley University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors focusing on Entrepreneurial Studies and Global Perspectives. Spencer lived in San Francisco for several years where he was the Manager of Solutions Architecture for the North American region of Optimizely. Spencer, and his wife Holly, recently relocated to Denver, Colorado. He is currently working at Returnly as their Director of Client Onboarding and Technical Support.

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 and develops 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.