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The Robert C. Parker School's Board of Trustees is a devoted group of individuals, consisting of community members, school friends, parents, grand parents, alumni, teachers, and the Head of School, who bring a wide range of expertise and perspectives from various fields, including law, education, medicine, business, finance, engineering, technology, and design.

The Board's primary responsibility is to govern the school by establishing policies that align with the school's mission and ensuring its long-term financial stability. It convenes regularly and its members actively participate in subcommittees such as Finance, Governance, Development, Head Support and Evaluation, Marketing, and Community Engagement. Every board member serves on at least one subcommittee.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to Parker's mission and the Board reflects this commitment by actively seeking nominees from diverse backgrounds. The Governance committee nominates potential board members and the full Board elects them each spring.

2022-23 Board of Trustees

Margery Whiteman

Margery Whiteman

President

Education:

BA E, Brown University; MAT Harvard School of Education; PhD, SUNY Albany

Professional Credentials:

Director of Development, Emma Willard School 1981-91;

Director Development Services, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1991-2001;

Director of Development, Riverside Church, 2011-2015.

Marjorie Castro

Marjorie Castro

Vice President

GP '27, '32

Education:

BS, Bucknell University; MA and EdD, Columbia University, Teachers College

Professional Credentials:

Head of School, Eagle Hill School, Retired;

Superintendent of Schools,

Croton-Harmon School District, Retired

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Treasurer

Education:

BA, Reed College, SUNY Albany; MSEd, College of Saint Rose

Professional Credentials:

Head of School, Saratoga Independent School, Retired;

Interim Head of School, Associate Head of School, Doane Stuart School, Retired

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Amelia Sessions

Secretary

Jennifer Gresens

Jennifer Gresens

Head of School

Education:

MS, Hunter College; BA, University of New Hampshire

Professional Credentials:

Head of School, Robert C. Parker School

JoAnn Bennett

JoAnn Bennett

Education:

BA, Canisius College; MA, Early Childhood Ed., University of Southern Connecticut

Professional Credentials:

Teacher, Robert C. Parker School, Retired;

Co-Director, Teacher, Child’s World Pre-School/Beth Emmeth Pre-School, Retired

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Jan Coles

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Catt Gagnon

Kori A. Graves

P '25

Education:

BS, Appalachian State University; MA, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Credentials:

Associate Professor of History, University at Albany, SUNY

Gemma Halfi

Gemma Halfi

Education:

BA, Douglass College, MSEd, Sage Graduate School

Professional Credentials:

Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion, Emma Willard School

Chris Jeansonne

Christopher Jeansonne

P '27

Education:

BA, Loyola University New Orleans & L’Université Catholique de l’Ouest; MFA, Ohio University; PhD, The Ohio State University

Professional Credentials:

Lecturer, Communication and Media Department, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Stephanie Long

Steph Long

Education:

BA, Sarah Lawrence College; MS, Columbia University

Professional Credentials:

Director of Communications, Buckley Country Day School

Anne Maxwell Foster

Anne Maxwell Foster

P '27, '29

Education:

BA, Boston College

Professional Credentials:

Co-Founder and Principal, Tilton Fenwick LLC

Claire Sherwood

Claire Sherwood

Education:

BFA, Bowling Green State University; MFA, University of Maryland

Professional Credentials:

Teacher, Robert C. Parker School

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Stacia Snow

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Jane Carol Glendinning

Trustee Emeritus

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Susan Merrett

Trustee Emeritus