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Board of Trustees

The Berwick Board of Trustees is currently comprised of 20 members of the community who serve without compensation. There are two ex-officio seats on the Board of Trustees: the president of the Alumni Advisory Board 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 an 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 may encompass a number of smaller sub-committees that are created to address timely and important issues at the School. Currently, the Cultural Competency Committee is a sub-committee of Mission, Innovation, and Policy. 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 Jim Hamilton 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.
 

2018-2019 Board Members

President: James Jalbert
Vice President: Paula Reid
Treasurer: Barbara O'Connor
Secretary: James Lawson
 
Dr. Talal Al-Shair
Alice Bentley
Steve Boyle
Lesli Friel
Lisa Goulemas
Jim Hamilton
Kennett R. Kendall, Jr.
Jason Kroll
Holly Malloy
Susan Noerdlinger
Clare O'Brien
Karen Parker-Feld
Greg Raiff
Patrick Spearman
Kristin Bailey, ex officio
Catherine Powell, 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, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.