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Board of Trustees

Board Members

List of 24 items.

  • Christopher R. Ryan, Chair

    On July 1, 2016 trustee Christopher R. Ryan assumed the responsibility of chair of the Board of Trustees for a three-year term.

    Mr. Ryan joined the board in 2013 and most recently served as the board’s treasurer. He has served as chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Advancement, Education to Mission​,​ and Strategic Planning committees. He also served as chair of Annual Giving from 2011-2014.

    Mr. Ryan is a managing director and member of the Management Committee of Moelis Asset Management, an alternative asset manager in New York City.

    Mr. Ryan has more than 30 years of banking experience, including trading, structuring, capital markets, research, sales​,​ and risk management. He has extensive experience building and managing fixed-income businesses around the world. Prior to joining Moelis, he spent nine years at UBS Investment Bank, where he was global head of Credit Fixed Income and regional head of Fixed Income, Commodities and Currencies for the Americas.

    Before UBS, Mr. Ryan was global head of Syndicated Loans at Lehman Brothers, which he joined in 1992. He was the founder of Lehman’s syndicated loan business. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he worked for Salomon Brothers for nearly nine years in M&A, Restructuring and Distressed Loan Trading.

    He graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in mathematics and economics from Duke University. He is a member of the Duke Financial Economics Steering Committee and he has been a frequent guest lecturer for the Duke Economics Department for nearly a decade.

    He and his wife, Cynthia, were Sacred Heart parents from​ ​1997 through 2016: Wilhelmina, Margaretta ’12 and Agatha ’16. He looks forward to “serving the School and providing energy and effort to continue the tradition of educating and preparing young women for the world ahead.”
  • Dreux Dubin Claiden ’77, Vice Chair

    Dreux Dubin Claiden is an alumna of Sacred Heart Greenwich, an alumnus of Georgetown University and the parent of a 2013 Sacred Heart graduate.  
     
    Mrs. Claiden graduated from Sacred Heart in 1977 and from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 1981.
     
    Following her college graduation, she worked in New York City as a buyer for Macy’s. She joined the Associated Merchandising Corporation, where she was a product manager, helping to develop private labels for major U.S. department stores.
     
    Currently, Mrs. Claiden serves on the board of Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library.  As a Georgetown alumnus, she interviews prospective students.  At Sacred Heart Greenwich, Mrs. Claiden served as a class parent for the eleventh grade.  She has just completed her term as president of the Greenwich-Maplehurst Alumnae Association.
     
    Mrs. Claiden and her husband, Richard, have two daughters, Schuyler, who graduated from Georgetown University in the Class of 2013, and, Sydney, who graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich in 2013 and Georgetown University in the Class of 2017.
  • Timothy C. Muccia, Treasurer

    Timothy Carrol Muccia joined First Manhattan Co. in 1999 and manages portfolios for high net worth individuals and institutions.

    Mr. Muccia is a Senior Managing Director who works with his brother, David, along with a team of research analysts. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and is a co-portfolio manager of the FMC Select Fund.

    Mr. Muccia is a trustee of the Inner City Scholarship Fund, which changes lives by providing families with financial assistance in order to give their children the opportunity for a values-based K-12 Catholic education within the Archdiocese of New York. He previously served as a co-chairman of Project YESS, now known as the Capital Improvements Committee of the ICSF.

    He is a graduate of the Portsmouth Abbey School and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service.

    He is the parent of three Sacred Heart students, Katharine ’18, Margo ’19 and Emma ’21. They are all actively involved at Sacred Heart, where Mr. Muccia has been a member of the capital campaign steering committee. His son, Jack, graduated from Brunswick School and will attend Miami University (Ohio) in September 2016.
  • Kathleen Plunkett O'Connor ’89, Secretary

    Kathleen Plunkett O'Connor is an attorney with a concentration in administrative and regulatory law who provides regular advice and counsel to commercial and nonprofit clients interfacing with all levels of government.

    After graduating from Sacred Heart Greenwich in 1989, she went on to attend Georgetown University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She graduated from the University College of London with a MSc degree and received her Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law.

    Kathleen has served the chair and a member of the Judicial Selection Commission for the State of Connecticut for six years, as an appointed member of the Connecticut State Board of Education, and a representative on the Connecticut Energy Advisory Commission. She served as a trustee for six years at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Kathleen is currently an active member of the Malta House of Care in Hartford and works with Shatterproof, a nonprofit combatting the opiate epidemic ravaging our country.

    Mrs. O'Connor and her husband, Kevin have four children. Their three daughters attend Sacred Heart Greenwich, Erin '20, Mary '21 and Annie '22. Their son, James, attends Rye Country Day School.
  • Emily Bailey Berry

    Emily Bailey P ‘27, ‘28 is Co-Founder & President of GGBAILEY, LLC and Co-Owner and CMO of RACEMARK International, a certified tier-one global OEM supplier of automobile floor mats and interiors. Ms. Bailey manages all aftermarket activities for GGBAILEY including direct to consumer and B2B sales channels for Amazon, Carmax, Home Depot and Walmart. Ms. Bailey is also Founder & CEO of BAILEY BERRY, LLC a children’s brand with distribution online, in department stores, hotels, private clubs and boutiques. Additionally, Ms. Bailey provides ongoing marketing and music support for LORTON ENTERTAINMENT, a vertically integrated entertainment business that develops, produces, finances and distributes film content.

    Ms. Bailey is a graduate of the Emma Willard School and has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lehigh University. She completed additional studies at the Irish-American Institute in Leuven, Belgium and the Universite de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Ms. Bailey and her husband, Joe Berry, have two daughters at Sacred Heart Greenwich: Sawyer ‘27 and Riley ‘28, their son Joe attended the Barat Center for Early Childhood before moving on to Hackley School. In addition to her involvement at Sacred Heart as Co-Chair of The Fund for Sacred Heart, Ms. Bailey is on the board of the Double H Ranch, a Paul Newman SeriousFun Camp for seriously ill children. She is also involved in the Historic Hudson Valley organization and the National Trust site, Lyndhurst Castle.

    The Berrys reside in Westchester, NY.
  • Erinn Laragh Denson ’85, Alumnae President

    Erinn Laragh Denson is a graduate of the Class of 1985 and has actively supported the School for many years, first as a student volunteer and then later as an alumna and parent.

    She entered Sacred Heart Greenwich as an eighth-grader in 1980 after her family moved here from Toronto, Canada. In 1989, she graduated from Providence College, where she met her husband, John. They are the parents of two daughters and a son. Elizabeth graduated from Sacred Heart in the Class of 2015 and Emma attends our Middle School. Their son, Peyton, attends Fairfield College Preparatory School.

    Mrs. Denson began her professional career in development and membership at The Paley Center for Media in New York City. She then spent many years working in early childhood education.

    In 2012, she was elected to the board of the Greenwich-Maplehurst Alumnae Association and in 2014 was named treasurer. In this capacity, she serves on the School’s Institutional Advancement Committee and is co-chair of the Parents of Alumnae Committee. She has been active as a class parent for both her daughters’ grades. She served as co-chair of the Father-Daughter Dinner Dance. Her leadership extends to the Annual Giving campaign, where she served on the class committees.

    Mrs. Denson’s connections to Sacred Heart are numerous. Her father served as a trustee of Sacred Heart Greenwich (1983-84) and her sister, Darcie Laragh, is a graduate of the Class of 1988. Mrs. Denson’s grandmother graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Montreal in 1924.
  • Jan Dunn, RSCJ

    A native of Houston, Texas, Jan Dunn entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1969. She attended Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, and graduated from Maryville College in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her master’s degree in English from St. Louis University and a master’s in Administration from the University of Houston.

    Sr. Dunn has served the Network of Sacred Heart Schools since 1969. She has been an English teacher and dean of students at three Sacred Heart schools, the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana; Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans; and Villa Duchesne in St. Louis. She served as headmistress of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, Nebraska and of Duchesne Academy in Houston, Texas.

    Jan Dunn, RSCJ has served as the interim executive director for the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.

    Sister Dunn teaches a course in creative writing at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, in New Orleans, where she is the chair of the Bicentennial Committee and moderator of the Children of Mary. In 2016, she served at Schools of the Sacred Heart, in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, where she was a member of the Formation to Mission Committee, a position she earlier held at Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st Street, in New York City.

    Sr. Dunn has written a biography of Ursula McAghon, RSCJ and is presently writing the life of Catherine Collins, RSCJ who started the Network. She also wrote a book for children about St. Philippine Duchesne, entitled Under the Pear Tree.
  • Gregory A. Gilbert

    Gregory Gilbert P ’21 is the co-founder and managing partner of Agilic Capital, a boutique investment and advisory firm with portfolio companies focused in consumer and financial technology, based in Greenwich, CT. Prior to founding Agilic, Mr. Gilbert practiced law for almost two decades in large corporate firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and O’Melveny & Myers. At O’Melveny, he was a partner and the Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital Groups. Additionally, Mr. Gilbert served on the O’Melveny Policy Committee and the Executive Committee. Prior to O’Melveny, he was an early Silicon Alley entrepreneur, having co-founded, built and sold two technology companies.
     
    Mr. Gilbert received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a French minor from Dartmouth College.  He graduated summa cum laude from Boston University School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and edited the Law Review.
     
    Mr. Gilbert grew up in Old Greenwich and attended Greenwich High School. His daughter Piper ’21 attends Sacred Heart; his son attends Brunswick School.
  • Paula S. Gruner, RSCJ

    Paula S. Gruner, RSCJ is a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart with a ministry in higher education and professional experience in both finance and education.

    She has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri since 2003, where she is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. Sr. Gruner is employed by the Society of the Sacred Heart’s Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, New York as the finance and accounting manager.

    Sr. Gruner served as assistant to the Provincial Bursar for the Society of the Sacred Heart’s Uganda-Kenya Province from 2010-2013. Before that, Sr. Gruner served for 11 years as assistant treasurer and accounting manager for the Society of the Sacred Heart’s U.S. Province (1997-2008). She has held a number of other positions with Sacred Heart Schools, including Josephinum High School in Chicago, Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco, and Doane Stuart School in Albany.

    A graduate of Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, she went on to receive a master of divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. In 1995, she received a master of business administration with a concentration in management accounting from DePaul University in Chicago. She joined the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1980.
  • Karen Finneran Hamilton

    Karen Finneran Hamilton P ’19 ’22 ’27 graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. She received her MBA from the Yale School of Management. Mrs. Hamilton went on to work for Coach, Inc. and Prada in business development before deciding to stay home with her children full-time.
     
    Mrs. Hamilton and her husband, Tom, have three daughters at Sacred Heart Greenwich: Catherine ’19, Anne ’22 and Mary Grace ’27. Their son, Tommy, attends Fordham Preparatory School. She and her husband have been very involved in the Sacred Heart Greenwich community since their eldest daughter started at the school in 2006. Mrs. Hamilton has served as either a class parent or on the Parents’ Association Board each year. She has also served on several fundraising committees and worked with The Fund for Sacred Heart on annual giving. Mr. Hamilton also served on the “Framing Our Future” capital campaign steering committee.
     
    In addition to her involvement at Sacred Heart, Mrs. Hamilton also devotes her time to the CureFA Foundation, which she co-founded with her husband, to help find treatments for their daughter Anne, who has a rare disease.
  • Pamela Juan Hayes ’64, Head of School

    Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 became Head of School for Convent of the Sacred Heart on July 1, 2009. Mrs. Hayes was appointed Head of School beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year. The Board of Trustees reached its unanimous decision following a national search and with the enthusiastic participation of more than 400 parents, alumnae, faculty and staff, students, and friends. 

    Mrs. Hayes' experience with Sacred Heart began when she joined the first grade at Convent of the Sacred Heart. After graduation, she pursued a bachelor’s degree at Briarcliff College, and then received her master’s degree in teaching from Manhattanville College. She brings a strong record of experience in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools as a faculty member and administrator for three Sacred Heart schools – Greenwich, New York and San Francisco.

    While at Greenwich, she taught English and drama, served as head of the Middle School, and directed the Middle School’s community service program. In 1996, she became Head of Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School at San Francisco. In 2000, Mrs. Hayes was appointed Director of the Schools of the Sacred Heart at San Francisco, a position she held until becoming Greenwich’s Head of School.

    As a member of the Program and Planning Committee of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools (1989-1996), Mrs. Hayes deepened her understanding of Sacred Heart schools as transformational in nature. Her educational philosophy is aligned with St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who said: “I would have founded the Society for the sake of a single child.” She is dedicated to educating girls and young women to become leaders and play transformative roles in society.
  • Sarah Jorquera ’79

    Sarah Jorquera graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich in the Class of 1979. Following CSH, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, graduating cum laude. She received a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law where she was Notes Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts.

    Sarah is a member of the law firm Kulowiec Jorquera & Whalen LLP in Pound Ridge, New York. She concentrates her practice on aviation leasing and finance and general corporate work. Sarah started her legal career at a large Wall Street law firm and went on to work in the legal department of a multinational financial services company and at the New York affiliate of a national not-for-profit.

    Sarah has served on the board of the Greenwich-Maplehurst Alumnae Association since 2011. From 2013-2015, she was treasurer. In July 2015, she became vice president.

    Sarah and her husband, Dave Kulowiec, have two children, Catherine, a member of the Class of 2017, and Peter.
  • Julie Keller, Parents' Association President

    Julie Keller P'24 graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Mrs. Keller previously worked in the retail field for 13 years with Coach Inc., JCrew Group Inc., and Gap Inc. before deciding to stay at home full time and raise her children.

    Mrs. Keller and her husband, Jonathan, have one daughter at Sacred Heart Greenwich, Rory ‘24. Rory began at Sacred Heart when she was just 3 years old at Barat Center for Early Childhood. Their son, Reed, is in the third grade at Brunswick.   

    Mrs. Keller has been very involved at the school since Rory started in 2009. She has served as a class parent and was the chairperson for the Book Fair. She has been on the Parents Association Board for the past 3 years as the Nominating chair and the Vice President. Mrs. Keller has also chaired the school benefit as well as participating as a volunteer for The Fund for Sacred Heart.
  • Katherine "Kate" Lavin ’98

    Kate Lavin ’98 is a managing director at Hall Capital Partners LLC and a member of the firm's portfolio management practice in New York City. She is responsible for developing investment strategy and constructing, monitoring and rebalancing client investment portfolios.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Ms. Lavin was a vice president in the private equity group at Fortress Investment Group, where she focused primarily on transportation and infrastructure investments. Previously, Ms. Lavin was a senior analyst in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco. She started her career as an analyst in Morgan Stanley's Public Finance Department in New York. She is a board member of the non-profit Summer Search in New York City.

    At Sacred Heart Greenwich, she serves on the Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee.

    Ms. Lavin entered Sacred Heart Greenwich in first grade and graduated in 1998. She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Political Economy and from Harvard University Business School with an M.B.A.

    Her sisters, Margaret ’00 and Jane ’08, graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich and her mother is an alumna of Sacred Heart 91st Street.
  • Thomas D. Lehrman

    Thomas D. Lehrman P ’22 is Managing Partner of Haystack Partners. Mr. Lehrman was formerly the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) and has been involved as a founding or seed investor in numerous early stage ventures. Mr. Lehrman previously served as a director of the Office of WMD Terrorism at the U.S. Department of State and as a member of the professional staff on the President’s WMD Commission. Earlier in his career, he worked as a financial analyst at Tiger Management.

    Mr. Lehrman has been a board member of several educational institutions including KIPP NYC Public Charter Schools, Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Mr. Lehrman graduated from Duke University and Yale Law School and his writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.  His daughter, Isabel ‘22, is an Upper School student.
  • Peter A. Marshall

    Peter A. Marshall P ’22 is a managing director of the Risk Strategies Corporation, which is the nineteenth largest insurance brokerage in the United States. In the 118 year-old DeWitt Stern section of the firm, Mr. Marshall heads the company’s national practice serving motion pictures, television, and new media for their cyber, security and production risks covering 60-80 films and hundreds of hours of television produced globally per year.

    Prior to relocating to New York from Los Angeles and joining DeWitt Stern in 2005, Mr. Marshall held senior production executive titles at Lionsgate Films and Trimark Pictures Television, and produced both television and film projects prior to and after those positions.

    He attended Yale University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, and attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

    As the father of Alexandra ’22, he has been an active parent volunteer. He has served on the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart Greenwich for the past two years, and he is delighted to deepen his commitment to the School with his service as a member of the Board of Trustees, commencing as of July 1, 2017.

    Mr. Marshall and his daughter regularly volunteer in their community, providing service at at the Ronald McDonald House, in Valhalla, N.Y. In addition, he continues to stay active as a Yale alumnus and guides the Yale Club of New York City and the Yale Water Polo Association. He is active in the Phelps Association of New Haven, CT.
  • Dolly Mayer

    Dolly Mayer, P ’22 is a member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee. She served as co-chair of the parent division for the School’s capital campaign and has been active in the Parents’ Association. Mrs. Mayer served as co-chair of the Come Home for Christmas holiday boutique, a major fundraiser in support of professional development for faculty and staff.

    Mrs. Mayer’s philanthropic work includes volunteering at the Parkway School in northern Greenwich where her son was in attendance for six years. During that time, she served as a member of the annual benefit committee and parent-teacher association.

    Mrs. Mayer philanthropic support includes the American Ballet Theatre, Bruce Museum, Metropolitan Opera, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, New York Botanical Garden, St. Vincent’s Hospital of Westchester, and the Westchester Country Club.

    Mrs. Mayer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University’s School of Continuing Education. She worked for Goldman Sachs as a member of their IT Market Data Analytical team. She supported the firm by delivering real time market data to both trading and sales. Along with this endeavor, she maintained a close relationship with their accounting and legal departments, while managing the market data budget and associated contracts. Prior to her role as a market data analyst, Mrs. Mayer held an operations analyst position at Goldman Sachs Asset Management division. Here, she liaised with business leaders and computer programmers to assist in maintaining the systems for the division.

    Mrs. Mayer resides in Greenwich with her husband, Charles, and their two children, Nicole, a student at Sacred Heart Greenwich, and a son, Andrew.
  • Douglas M. Mellert

    Douglas M. Mellert is a managing director and co-partner in the Mellert/DiScala & Associates Wealth Management team at Merrill Lynch & Co.

    Over the past 25 years at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Mellert has provided preeminent wealth management advisory services to corporations, ultra high-net-worth individuals and families. He has held several managerial roles overseeing institutional credit sales teams. His current team helps manage more than $5 billion in institutional and individual assets. Mr. Mellert has been recognized by leading wealth management periodicals including Barron’s for “Top 1,000 Financial Advisors” (2012, 2013) and the Financial Times “Top 400” (2013).

    Mr. Mellert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University and an M.B.A from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He served as co-chair of Sacred Heart’s successful capital campaign.

    He and his wife, Anne Marie, have three children, a son and two daughters, both of whom are and will be “lifers” at Sacred Heart Greenwich (Classes of 2014 and 2020).
  • Lynne Newman

    Lynne Newman P ’17 ’21 ’26 graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and was a three sport collegiate athlete. After Amherst, she worked in sports marketing developing sponsorships in Major League Baseball and with the US Soccer Federation on behalf of corporate sponsors. She was also a member of the NY Host Committee for the World Cup. Mrs. Newman then received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where she was an FC Austin Scholar.  After receiving her MBA, she spent many years at Dove Consulting, a boutique management consulting firm in Boston, working on strategy and organizational development for multiple Fortune 500 companies. During her time at Dove, Mrs. Newman also led many of the firm's MBA and undergraduate recruiting programs.
     
    Mrs. Newman and her husband, Brian, have been parents at Sacred Heart Greenwich since 2008. Their eldest daughter, Kendall ’17 is now a student at Georgetown University. Shay ‘21 started at Sacred Heart in the third grade and Finley ‘26 has been a student since pre-school. The Newman's son, Conor, attends King School. Mrs. Newman has been a dedicated volunteer at Sacred Heart, with leadership roles such as the Lower School Parents’ Association Representative, Chair of The Fund for Sacred Heart, and Chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee.
     
    Mrs. Newman is a dual citizen of Ireland and the US and has lived abroad with her family in multiple countries including China, Russia, Spain, Ireland and Canada. The Newmans currently reside in Bedford, NY.
  • Bernadette Prato

    Bernadette Prato joined the Board of Trustees on July 1, 2013 after representing the Parents’ Association as president (2011-13) on the board.

    Mrs. Prato is a graduate of Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Upon graduation, she worked as a nurse in the coronary intensive care unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. After five years in hospital nursing, she transitioned to medical sales and spent the next 10 years specializing in the area of craniofacial implants at two firms, Synthes Maxillofacial and Stryker Leibinger. Midway through her career as a top ranking sales executive, she worked as a product development manager for Synthes Maxillofacial at their research and development center in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

    Mrs. Prato is active in her community of White Plains, where she has served as co-president of the Woman's Club of White Plains.

    Mrs. Prato and her husband, Gregory, are the parents of three children, Juliette ’18, Dominique ’21 and a son, Christian, who is entering his second year at DePaul University (Chicago) in September, 2017.
  • Barbara Quinn, RSCJ

    Barbara Quinn, RSCJ is associate director of spiritual formation at the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) of Boston College. She has served in this position since February 2011.

    Sister Quinn coordinates all aspects of spiritual formation at STM, facilitating the Spiritual Formation for Ministry seminar and other spiritual formation programs. She serves on the Formation to Mission Committee and the Advancement Committee.

    A member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Sister Quinn joined Boston College from the University of San Diego, where she was the founding director of the Center for Christian Spirituality. She has previously served in a variety of ministerial roles as formation director, campus minister, pastoral associate and religious educator. She has also served as a trustee at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, in Lake Forest, Illinois, and The Schools of the Sacred Heart, in San Francisco.

    Sister Quinn earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Rosemont College, in Rosemont, PA, a Master of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Cambridge, MA, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union, in Chicago.
  • Thomas Simisky, S.J.

    Father Tom Simisky, S.J., president of Fairfield College Preparatory School (Fairfield Prep) , is a Jesuit priest originally from Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended St. John’ High School and went on to graduate cum laude from Assumption College with a bachelor’s degree in politics.

    Fr. Simisky's life has included many journeys marked by teaching, leadership and a global perspective. After college, he served as an artillery officer in the Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific, attaining the rank of captain. He then transitioned into a job as a district sales manager for a manufacturer of overhead cranes before returning to school and earning a master’s degree in economics from Boston College (BC). BC is where he first met Jesuits and experienced Ignatian spirituality. Inspired by the Jesuits there and awakened to a potential vocation in teaching and religious life, he taught Spanish and coached football at Catholic Memorial High School in Boston while discerning to enter the Society of Jesus.

    Since entering the Jesuits in 2003, Father Simisky has lived in Jamaica, Bolivia, Chile, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. He speaks Spanish and Russian. He received a degree in philosophy from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Chile, as well as masters’ degrees in divinity and theology from Boston College. He also worked as a campus minister at Boston College High School, taught theology at Cheverus High School, and has served on the boards of Cheverus and Regis High Schools.

    Father Simisky was ordained priest in 2014 and became the president of Fairfield Prep in 2015. In addition to his work at Fairfield Prep, he enjoys celebrating Masses in Spanish at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bridgeport, swimming and tennis.
  • Cynthia van Eck

    Cynthia Lynch van Eck is a dedicated volunteer who actively serves several schools and charities in New York and Connecticut.

    Mrs. van Eck is a parent at Sacred Heart, Greenwich. Her daughter, Skylar ’26, has been a student since preschool. Mrs. van Eck is co-chair of the parent division of the School’s capital campaign, “Framing Our Future.”

    She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in finance. After college, she worked for First Boston, The Boston Company and Ray Bloch Productions, before becoming a full-time mother. Cynthia and her husband, Jan, are the parents of four children.

    In addition to her work for Sacred Heart’s capital campaign, Mrs. van Eck has been active at the schools of her other children. At Choate Rosemary Hall, she is a member of the Leadership Committee and co-chair of the annual fund. At The Hackley School, she was secretary of the Parents’ Association and a class captain for the annual fund.

    At her alma mater, the University of Southern California, she serves on the Leadership Council for the Marshall School of Business. She is a member of the Giving Committee for the Class of 1986 Reunion.

    In addition to her philanthropic work in education, Mrs. van Eck is active in many organizations, including the Boys Club of New York, where she is a trustee, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She serves on the Advisory board for The Arnhold Global Health Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is active in both her community and church, the Church of the Resurrection, in Rye, New York, where she has taught catechism.
  • Abbas “Eddy” Zuaiter

    Mr. Zuaiter is co-founder and managing member of Zuaiter Capital Holdings, LLC (ZCH), a Greenwich-based private family office established in 2013.

    Mr. Zuaiter currently serves as chairman of the board of Adecoagro, SA (NYSE: AGRO, www.adecoagro.com), and RoC Capital Management, LLC. He is a board member of the Arab Bank plc (ARBK JR: www.arabbank.com) a board member of Capital Holdings Funds plc (LCHUS www.capitalholdings.com) and a member of the Board of Advisors of iMENA Group.

    ZCH was formed after he retired from Soros Fund Management (SFM). During his tenure at SFM, Mr. Zuaiter served in various capacities, including the role of chief operating officer, and as a member of the SFM’s Executive, Investment, Management, Capital Allocation and Risk Committees. He continues to serve as an advisor to affiliates of SFM and the various funds it manages. SFM is a private investment firm founded by George Soros.

    Prior to joining SFM, Mr. Zuaiter was a partner in the financial services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC). At PwC, he served some of the most significant private and public financial institutions in the world.

    Mr. Zuaiter graduated with a BSBA in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University, where he currently serves on the university’s Board of Advisors for the McDonough School of Business, and the university’s Board of Regents.

    In addition to the board of Sacred Heart Greenwich, he also serves on non-profit boards that include the Arab Bankers Association of North America, The Institute for Middle East Understanding, The Welfare Association, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and The Middle East Institute International Advisory Council.

    Abbas and his wife Samar are the proud parents of three daughters.

Board Responsibilities

Board Responsibilities:

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for setting School policy and maintaining the School's financial health, in collaboration with the administration. The Board also employs and evaluates the Head of School. It manages the present needs of the School, while at the same time planning for the future and always remaining faithful to the School's mission, as expressed in the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools in the United States. Sacred Heart’s Board of Trustees plays an active, strategic role in the affairs of Sacred Heart, with the School's daily operations in the capable hands of the administrative team.

All trustees have fiduciary obligations to the School; specifically, they have the duties of care, loyalty and obedience. Trustees must have no conflicts of interest. Trustees have an obligation to maintain confidentiality and to publicly support all board decisions. Trustees have an obligation to be informed, to act in good faith and to act in the best interest of the School.

The board operates through a series of standing committees. Occasionally, adhoc committees and task forces are created for particular needs. Each board member serves on at least one board committee and most members serve on more than one. The full board meets six times during the school year and each committee meets approximately six times annually. There are typically at least five trustees on each committee, and some also include administration members, non-trustee parents and others.

The Board of Trustees is composed of no less than 15 members and no more than 25 members, with the Head of School and presiding officers of the alumnae association and Parents' Association included as ex officio members during their respective terms of office. Members serve one or two three-year terms. At least three members of the board must be members of the Society of the Religious of the Sacred Heart. As is customary in independent schools, the board is self-perpetuating. This means that the trustees select their own successors. Criteria to be considered include diversity of talent and background, willingness to serve and perform the duties required, and prior efforts on behalf of Sacred Heart. The board is diverse in terms of talent, background and stage of life. What trustees have in common is a devotion to Sacred Heart and its mission, as expressed through involvement, hard work and generosity.

Convent of the Sacred Heart

An independent, Catholic school for girls K-12​,​ with ​coed ​Barat Center for Early Childhood Education
1177 King Street
Greenwich, CT 06831
Telephone 203.531.6500
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