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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.

2023-24 Board of Trustees

Chris Jeansonne

Christopher Jeansonne

P '27

Education:

BA, Loyola University New Orleans & L’Université Catholique de l’Ouest

MFA, Ohio University

PhD, Ohio State University

Professional Credentials:

Lecturer, Communication and Media Department, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Board Placeholder

Fletcher Haulley

P '27, '32

Education:

BA, New York University

MA, Columbia University

Professional Credentials:

Managing Director, Morning Consult

Stacia Snow

P '25

Education:

BA, SUNY New Paltz

MSIS, SUNY Albany

Professional Credentials:

Senior Director, New Tech Network

Claire Sherwood

Claire Sherwood

Education:

BFA, Bowling Green State University

MFA, University of Maryland

Professional Credentials:

Art Teacher, Robert C. Parker School

Anne Maxwell Foster

Anne Maxwell Foster

P '27, '29

Education:

BA, Boston College

Professional Credentials:

Co-Founder and Principal, Tilton Fenwick LLC

Stephanie Long

Steph Long

Education:

BA, Sarah Lawrence College

MS, Columbia University

Professional Credentials:

Director of Communications, Buckley Country Day School

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 of Development Services, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1991-2001

Director of Development, Riverside Church, 2011-2015

Gemma Halfi

Gemma Halfi

Education:

BA, Douglass College

MSEd, Sage Graduate School

Professional Credentials:

Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion, Emma Willard School

Kori A. Graves

P '25

Education:

BS, Appalachian State University

MA, UNC – Greensboro

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Credentials:

Associate Professor of History, University at Albany, SUNY

Catt Gagnon

Education:

Alumna – Robert C. Parker School

BA, Archaeological Studies, SUNY Potsdam

BA, Anthropology, SUNY Potsdam

MAA, University of Maryland

 

Professional Credentials:

Archaeological Field Technician, New York State Museum

Clare Dunn

Education:

BA, SUNY Albany

MA, SUNY Albany

Professional Credentials:

Senior Analyst, Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification, National Grid

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

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

Board Placeholder

Amelia Sessions

Secretary

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

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

Kristen Williams

P '28

Education:

BS, Carnegie Mellon

Professional Credentials:

Senior Recruiter and HR Manager, Talent Acquisition and Management

Brett LaFave

Education:

BA, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University

MAT, SUNY Empire State College

Professional Credentials:

Math Instructor, Emma Willard School

Founder and Owner, BL Tutoring

Board Placeholder

Jane Carol Glendinning

Trustee Emeritus

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Susan Merrett

Trustee Emeritus