Board of Directors

  • It is an amazing thing to watch your son come into himself, doing something he loves, among people who truly understand who he is.

    – Parent of a Young Musicians Program student

The purpose of the Board of Directors is to carry out the Mission of The Walden School.

Current Board Members

James Athey
Ellen Bernard
Carol Brown
Thomas Ewing, Treasurer
Corty Fengler, Secretary
Jamie Hamilton
Rebecca Hawkins
Anne Haxo
Lucy Henningfield
Andrew Jacobs, Chair

Robin Kenney
Amelia Lukas
Laura Mehiel
Steve Messner
Bob Passmore
Chad Shampine
Noël Theodosiou, Vice-Chair
Michael Cornog, Emeritus
Charlton MacVeagh, Emeritus
John O’Meara, Emeritus
 

James Athey

James first joined the Walden community as a student in 1997 and 1998, after hearing about the program from other students in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. As a singer, pianist, electric bassist, arranger, and composer, he has performed with three church choirs, two a cappella groups, and a jazz big band, among others. His first major professional musical opportunity came at age 11, when he was cast as one of the Three Boys in the Wolf Trap Opera Company’s 1992 production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He currently sings tenor with the Washington, D.C.-based 18th Street Singers as a member and occasional soloist.

Between musical activities, James found the time to study Computer Science at Yale University, graduating with a B.S. in 2003. He now writes augmented reality software for APX Labs in Herndon, VA, and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Gillian and an ex-racing greyhound named Graham.

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Ellen Bernard

Ellen Bernard was introduced to the Walden School through her children, who have participated in the program as students, faculty and staff members. Ellen has sung with both the Chestnut Ridge Women’s Choir and the Larks, a project of the Junior League of Baltimore, with Leo Wanenchak, Director. She is a founding member of the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle, and serves on the boards of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Baltimore Chamber Jazz and the Walters Museum of Art. She previously served on Walden’s board of directors, including several terms as Chair of the Board.

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Carol Brown

Carol is President of the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Sinfonia, a 150-member youth orchestra association. She was introduced to The Walden School in 2000, when her younger daughter, Eliza, became a student. Carol and her husband, Baird, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker, Biddle and Reath, are actively involved with numerous cultural and educational institutions in Philadelphia and each has served on the boards of several of them. Carol has a degree in Women’s Literature and has held various jobs in quite divergent areas. Her favorite was coordinating a history project for Friends Select School in Philadelphia, in which she researched, wrote, and published the school’s history with the help of students learning to use primary source materials. She is also a self-taught fiber artist whose work has been exhibited in Chicago and Philadelphia. Carol has maintained an on-going connection to The Walden School through Eliza, who progressed from student to staff and ultimately to faculty in 2008. Eliza is a doctoral candidate in composition at Northwestern University. Carol and Baird’s older daughter, Hannah Marzynski, is the married mother of two sons and a historic preservation architect.

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Thomas Ewing

Tom is chairman and publisher of Keene Publishing Corporation, a multimedia news and information company which publishes The Keene Sentinel and SentinelSource, the daily newspaper and online news service serving Keene and southwestern New Hampshire, and a number of other regional business, cultural and other specialty publications. Prior to coming to Keene, Tom held positions with investigative staffs of the House Ethics Committee and the Department of Justice in Washington and also practiced corporate and international securities law in New York City before resigning from his law partnership to purchase The Sentinel. A Hamilton College and Duke University School of Law graduate, Tom has served on the boards and executive committees of N. H. Public Radio, the N. H. Humanities Council and Leadership New Hampshire and on the audit committee of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. He is also an advisor to the board of the Monadnock Region’s Raylynmor Opera.

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Corty Fengler

Corty learned of The Walden School through Seth Brenzel was surprised to find out that it originated in the city where she grew up long ago. A “chorus junkie,” she has sung with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus since 1993 and still takes voice lessons. She majored in Music at Wellesley College and received her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, also in music, but ended up with a career first in computers in the late 60’s and then in fund raising for the most recent 30 years. She keeps trying to retire (in 2009 from the position of Canon for Development for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, in 2012 from Wellesley College) but still serves as a fundraising and management consultant. She serves on the board of Chorus America, the national service organization for choruses (42.6 million Americans sing in choruses) and is Chair of the Board of Cappella SF, a new professional chamber choir. Two sons, their wives, two grandsons and twin granddaughters living in Germany and California keep her and husband Alf very happily busy.

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Jamie Hamilton

As teacher-priest, The Rev. Jamie Lynn Hamilton engages with children as they discover their creativity and intellect. She enjoys helping them find their enthusiasm for life and learning. Besides teaching courses in religion and philosophy at Phillips Exeter Academy, in 2012 she became the Associate Dean of Students, who oversees student health and welfare by working closely with the school’s doctors, nurses and psychologists. In 2005, she was also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, working with a project regarding “Religious Life in Nonsectarian, Multi-Religious Educational Settings.” Ordained in the Episcopal Church since 1991, she was the Priest-in-Charge of the summer chapel, Emmanuel, in Dublin, New Hampshire from 1996-2011. She has two beautiful adult daughters, Cahaley, 23 and Lizzy, 19.

Jamie’s current writing focuses on the need for our educational institutions to help students create room for a practice that speaks to making meaning, to moving into one’s own growth of character, to reflecting, to owning one’s decisions, and to serving one’s community. What are the markers that would help educators know that they have created a healthy place for the spiritual development of their students? How do we set up conversations, classes, dorm life in a way that provides the students the “skill set” to challenge and transcend the fragmentation that our own educational offerings often promote? A grace, without justification, truth without alibis, and responsibility without guilt are to be pursued. It isn’t so much about teaching students what to see, but rather to see. Simply put, it is about creating the occasion for relational experiences to hold power as students transform the polarization of intellectualizing, in order to gain a deeper sense of their own meaning, coherency and resiliency.

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Anne Haxo

Anne discovered The Walden School while searching the internet for music camps for her daughter, Cara, who attended Walden for six glorious summers. During those summers, Anne and her husband Thom faithfully attended concerts, Festival Forums, and Choral Concerts. Anne is a special education teacher and a founding faculty member of the Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where she continues to work with high school students. She chairs the Williamsburg Board of Library Trustees and sings in the First Church of Williamsburg choir. She lives in Haydenville, Massachusetts, with Thom, a sculptor and a professor at Hampshire College, and Cara, when she is in town.

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Lucy Henningfield

Lucy has come to know and appreciate the Walden School through the participation of her son, Vincent, in the summer program beginning six years ago. Seeing Vincent find a place that truly understood and nurtured his artistry and helped him to mature and grow has truly been a blessing. She could appreciate what Walden means to him from her perspectives as a parent, as well as a person with a commitment to nurturing the place of the arts in society. Lucy has BFA and MFA degrees in modern dance performance and production and can personally appreciate the challenges facing aspiring artists and the organizations that nurture and support them. She performed in various modern dance and ballet companies in San Diego, San Francisco and Baltimore. In Baltimore she performed with the Mt. Vernon Ballet Company and taught at the Cultural Arts Institute, and served as Artistic Director of the Ballet School of Glyndon for ten years. Lucy has become increasingly involved with the Baltimore Ballet and has served on its Board of Directors for 4 years. She worked with Walden on several of its fund-raising events, including hosting its May 2011 fund raising event and concert in her home. In addition to Baltimore Ballet and Walden, she collaborates with her scientist husband, Jack, on other fund-raising events and appreciates the synergies that can come from serving more than one organization.

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Andrew Jacobs

Andrew was a student at The Walden School from 1985 to 1990, together with Executive Director Seth Brenzel. Andrew is currently the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of Jamison Capital Partners, LP, which acts as investment adviser to the Koppenberg Macro Commodity Fund. Before joining Jamison, Andrew held similar roles at Millennium Management LLC (2006-2008, Managing Director & Associate General Counsel), Hutchin Hill Capital, LP (2008-2009, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel), and BAM Capital, LLC (2009-2011, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel). Andrew began his legal career as a commercial bankruptcy lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, after serving as a law clerk to Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and was a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Wasserstein Perella & Co. from 1997 to 1999.

Andrew holds an B.A. in music from Harvard University, where he studied composition with Mario Davidovsky and Bernard Rands, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. From 1991 to 1993, Andrew attended the Curtis Institute of Music, and is the recipient of composition awards from BMI and ASCAP. Andrew lives in New York City with his wife Kathy Park and two children.

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Dr. Robin Kenney

Robin maintains a statewide behavioral and educational consultation practice in New Hampshire, dividing his time between the Concord, Keene, Manchester and the Lakes Region. His work focuses on making behavioral health services available to individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Throughout his career he has presented at numerous conferences on this subject, and has assisted in the development of services in Massachusetts and California as well as New Hampshire. He currently sits on the Eligibility Advisory Committee of the NH Bureau of Developmental Services on matters related to acquired brain disorders. Robin received a BA from Boston College and a Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from Boston University.

Building on his lifelong interest in music, he served as founding President of the board of directors of The Raylynmor Opera during its first seven years (1996-2002), seeing the company through twenty fully staged and orchestrated productions and numerous concert events. He remains an adviser to the company at the invitation of the current Board.

In 2008, Robin joined the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire (BIANH), and was recently elected to the organization’s executive committee.

In 2010, he was elected to the Board of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, a grant- making organization seeking to foster life-long learning and civic discourse by connecting people with ideas through public television and radio, libraries, forums, conferences and speakers on topics across the humanities spectrum. He currently serves as Chair of the Board.

Robin and his wife Leslie came to Peterborough from Newton, Massachusetts, in 1992. They have two daughters: Elizabeth of Peterborough, and Leah, who is married to Australian Anthony Butler and resides in Concord, Massachusetts, with son William and daughter Abigail. Robin served two previous terms (2004 to 2009) on Walden’s board, during which time he chaired the Development Committee on two occasions.

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Amelia Lukas

An accomplished performer and presenter, Amelia Lukas is an active and innovative contributor to the New York music scene. As a flutist, Amelia performs with “a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry” (Allan Kozinn, The New York Times) and has “a buoyancy of spirit that comes out in the flute, a just beautiful sound” (The Boston Globe). Recent projects include performances at Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls, The Stone, Bargemusic, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Orford Sound Art Festival, and premieres of works by Columbia University composers at Lincoln Center. Lauded for her skilled interpretation of new music and “considerable technique” (NY Times), she is a member of the American Modern Ensemble, the Nouveau Classical Project, Ensemble Sospeso, and Trio Kavak. She has also appeared with such orchestras as the London Sinfonietta and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Amelia manages the chamber and dance catalogues for renowned music publisher G. Schirmer, and as such, has close relationships with many of the country’s finest chamber ensembles and dance companies. Her writing on music for dance has been published by the Dance USA ejournal, and she is a featured speaker at this year’s Dance USA Conference. Amelia is the founder and director of the “scintillating” and “impeccably curated” (Time Out NY) Ear Heart Music series at Roulette, a multimedia showcase of highly talented and adventurous performers, composers, and collaborative artists. Since September 2009, this “impressive (and)… feisty contemporary-classical concert series” (NY Times) has produced over 75 unique concerts with over 50 world premieres. The current season includes ten world premieres, five US premieres, and consists entirely of music written in the last 25 years. She also acts as music advisor to Chicago arts service organization High Concept Laboratories. Amelia holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London where she won three prizes for musical excellence. Amelia’s prior experience includes work for the Walden School, as a Walden School Player (2010), Assistant Director of Operations (2007), Project Manager (2006-2007), TTI Attendee (2005-2006), and Office Manager (2005-2006).

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Laura Mehiel

Laura began her relationship with The Walden School in 1973, when she attended the school’s second season at Hannah Moore Academy in Reisterstown, Maryland. She was a student for a total of 8 summers, and later served as staff, faculty, and as the Chair of the Board of Directors for 5 years (2000-2005). She is a registered professional engineer, and currently employed at HNTB Corporation. Laura holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree with Distinction from the University of Delaware, cum laude, where she minored in violin. Laura also studied violin, piano, musicianship, and cello at the Peabody Preparatory. She has continued her involvement in music throughout her adult life by teaching Musicianship and Theory at the Peabody Preparatory, and by singing in choir performances for holiday and other special events. Laura currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Steve Messner

Steve Messner has over 30 years of experience in finance, general management, operations, and strategy.  He works with the top management of small and medium-sized companies as a financial advisor or part-time CFO or COO to help them increase profitability and cash flow and improve operations.

His current work includes serving as the corporate development and strategic planning department of a rapidly growing, $40m security company; as the part-time COO/CFO of a $4m testing lab; as a member of the advisory boards of a $30m IT services firm and a $15m financial modeling company; and as a financial advisor to several start-up CEOs.

He has been a trustee of the Levine Music, the largest community music school in Washington, DC, with over 3000 students, since 2003.  He chaired the strategic planning committee from 2004 to 2010 and has served as chair of the Finance and Investment Committees since 2010, as Treasurer since 2011, and as Secretary/Treasurer since 2014.

Steve received a BA and an MS in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, an MS in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  He attended Walden’s Creative Musicians Retreat in 2011, 2012, and 2014, each year that it has run.

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Chad Shampine

Chad is an Executive Director in the Fixed Income division of Morgan Stanley, managing currency and swaps trading in the Foreign Exchange and Emerging Markets department. In this role, he works with clients in meeting their international financing and risk management needs. He received his B.A. from Columbia University in 2000, summa cum laude, in economics and mathematics. He subsequently attended the University of Cambridge and Princeton University on a National Science Foundation Fellowship, graduating with degrees in statistics and finance. Chad works and lives in New York City, where he is privileged to support a range of musical organizations including the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Chad was introduced to The Walden School in 2008 through Andrew Jacobs and Seth Brenzel, joining the Board in 2010.

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Noël Theodosiou

Noël is founder of her own business, Luminous International LLC., which works with global organizations to develop growth strategies, enable decisions and overcome challenges. She has two decades of international business experience, and has worked and lived in London (UK), Athens (Greece) and New York, as well as in Central & Eastern Europe. Noël became familiar with and began supporting The Walden School while studying at Swarthmore College, where she was a member of the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter String Quartet, as well as a principal player in the Swarthmore College Orchestra and Early Music Ensemble. She previously studied violin with Marylou Speaker-Churchill, Eric Rosenblith and David Arden, attended the New England Conservatory Prep Division and Yellow Barn Music Festival.  She lives in Cambridge, MA and is also on the board of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Charlton MacVeagh, Director Emeritus

Charlie graduated from Harvard College in 1957 and spent the next thirty years in banking, first with JP Morgan in New York City and London, then two small banks in London, and finally (in 1979) as Chair of the First National Bank of Peterborough, NH, which he merged into Granite State Bankshares Inc. He held the presidency there until he retired in 1989. Charlie was a consulting partner of Touche Ross & Co. in New York City for two years before coming to New Hampshire. In 1990 he helped develop, finance, and build RiverMead, a continuing care community in Peterborough. He was CEO there until retiring again in 1998. Since 1979 he has served a number of organizations in a variety of capacities, including director of the New Hampshire Land Conservations Program (five years) and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (four years), Trustee and Board Chair for Franklin Pierce College (ten years), Director and Treasurer, State of New Hampshire Business Finance Agency (six years), Chair of the New Hampshire Retirement System (three years) and Antioch New England’s Board of Visitors. Charlie is presently a Trustee of Trust Funds for the Town of Marlborough, New Hampshire, and Vice Chair of Antioch University of New England.

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Past Board Members

Stephen Astle
Anne Deane Berman
Sandra Bessières
Seth Brenzel
Michael Brotchner
David Callan
Todd Cleary
Michael Cornog
Sarah Cornog
Stephen Coxe
Arno Drucker
David Drucker
Ruth Franklin
Bill Gilbert
Cynthia B. Harkum
Lia Haskin Fernald
Lynn Taylor Hebden * In Memoriam
David Hogan * In Memoriam

Tonya Y. Ingersol
Rita Mitra
Jim Mobberley
Gary Monheit
Nnenna Ogwo
John O’Meara
Mary Anne O’Meara
Denise M. Ondishko
Molly Pindell
Patricia Plude
Pamela Layman Quist *
Susan Rosen
David P. Ruschke
David Saslav
Leslie Stephens
Marissa Tirona
Leo Wanenchak

 

* Founding Director