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Board of Trustees

The Berwick Board of Trustees is currently comprised of 22 members of the community who serve without compensation. There are two ex-officio seats on the Board of Trustees: the Head of School and the president of the Berwick Parent Community (BPC). The Board of Trustees at Berwick, as is the case with similar nonprofit institutions, has three fundamental roles: 1) To ensure that the mission of the school is being delivered and supported fully; 2) To protect and support the long-term financial viability of the school; 3) To hire and evaluate the Board’s singular employee, the Head of School. No individual Board member is invested with authority to act independently; all decisions regarding policy are voted on by the Board as a whole.

The Berwick Board consists of two major committees to which each Board member is assigned. These two committees are the Mission, Innovation, and Policy Committee and the Financial Affairs Committee. The Board also has an Audit Committee, Committee on Trustees as well as a small Executive Committee. The Mission, Innovation, and Policy Committee is charged with ensuring that the School is meeting its mission and that it has the support to innovate within the curriculum in a way that fosters meeting the School’s Vision. This Committee encompases a number of smaller sub-committees that are created to address timely and important issues at the School. Current sub-committees of Mission, Innovation, and Policy are the Cultural Competency Committee and the Policy Committee. The Financial Affairs Committee is tasked with ensuring that the School is fiscally healthy and that it is utilizing resources in the most prudent and effective manner. This committee coordinates the activities of its four sub-committees; the Investment Committee, the Advancement Committee, the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and the Finance Committee.

Fundamentally, the Board operates collaboratively in the realm of strategy and policy, while the Head of School is responsible for the day to day operations of the Academy. Trustees offer their time, talent, and treasure to the school based on their commitment to the mission of Berwick Academy. The Committee on Trustees is charged with supporting best practices for non-profit governance, but they also serve the critical function of sustaining the board by considering future candidates for trusteeship. The Board of Trustees is in a constant process of linking needs from its Long Range Plan with potential talents of members of the Berwick community. Occasionally non-trustee community members also serve on Board sub-committees or task forces. In addition to helping to cultivate future trustees, the Committee on Trustees serves as the nexus for both the annual evaluation process for the Head of School as well as a sophisticated trustee evaluation process that provides feedback to individual trustees as well as the group as a whole.
 
Each fall, the Board offers a presentation on finances and governance practices to new families, but they are always willing to help educate any Berwick community member on the role of the trustees. Families are always welcome to contact Head of School Greg Schneider directly with questions, or they may reach out to Susan Noerdlinger, who currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Trustees. The Committee on Trustees hopes that you find this resource to be a useful educational tool and that it engenders a sense of deep appreciation for what our volunteer trustees give to the Academy. They are truly motivated by the purpose of serving Berwick students – past, present, and future  to the best of their ability.
 

2017-2018 Board Members

President: James Jalbert
Vice President: Paula Reid
Treasurer: Barbara O'Connor
Secretary: James Lawson
 
Dr. Talal Al-Shair
Steve Boyle
Lisa Goulemas
Robert Hoy
Kennett R. Kendall, Jr.
Jason Kroll
Susan Noerdlinger
Clare O'Brien
Greg Raiff
Robert Richard
Michael J. Schafer
Gregory J.  Schneider
Malcolm E. Smith, III
Patrick Spearman
Mark H. Tay
Karen G. Walsh
Mary Dempsey, ex officio
Mark Tay, President
Matthew Friel, Treasurer
Eric Katz, ’84 , Secretary
 
Alex Auty
Nina Binnie
Phil Cavanaugh
Jameson French
Kate Glasson
Robert Hoy
James Jalbert
Caroline Levine
Holly Malloy
Peter Martin
Lucas Merrow, ‘81
Susan Noerdlinger
Michael Schafer
Greg Schneider
Fred Siegel
Malcolm Smith
Margaret Talcott
Karen Walsh
Lesli Friel (ex-officio)
Ginger Mathews, ’94 (ex-officio)
 
Mark Tay, President
Matthew Friel, Treasurer
Eric Katz, ’84 , Secretary
 
Alex Auty
Nina Binnie
Phil Cavanaugh
Jameson French
Kate Glasson
Robert Hoy
James Jalbert
Caroline Levine
Holly Malloy
Peter Martin
Lucas Merrow, ‘81
Susan Noerdlinger
Michael Schafer
Greg Schneider
Fred Siegel
Malcolm Smith
Margaret Talcott
Karen Walsh
Lesli Friel (ex-officio)
Ginger Mathews, ’94 (ex-officio)

Serving Maine, The Seacoast of New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts

Berwick Academy is Maine's oldest, independent Pre-K through Post Graduate private school. Our community is dynamic, offering challenging academics, competitive athletics, and creative arts programs. Members of the community operate within a context of caring and respect as we pursue our quest for "useful knowledge" as "one school with three divisions." Students and faculty are encouraged to expand their horizons by balancing academics with athletic, dramatic, and musical options.