Board of Trustees

Meet Our Board

List of 29 items.

  • Sandeep Alva

    Sandeep Alva is the managing partner of Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC.  Mr. Alva is father of Harrison ’15.  He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bombay University and an MBA from Cornell University.  Mr. Alva serves on the Advancement and Investment Committees.
  • Chris Carney ’75

    Chris Carney is both a graduate of the class of 1975 and the father of Annie ’08. Mr. Carney serves as board treasurer and is the chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, and previously was the chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and president of the Alumni Association. Mr. Carney is also a member of the Investment Committee.
  • Randy Dales

    The Rev. Canon Randy Dales was the school’s chaplain from 1971 to 1978 and is stepfather to Leigh Pfosi ’80, Ryan Tyler ’00, and Keith Tyler ’02. He retired as rector of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Wolfeboro, NH, after thirty-four years and has served as a proxy for the former board’s president, The Rt. Reverend Gene Robinson. Randy Dales became an elected member of the board in 2011, is a member of the Governance and Nominating, Compensation, and School Life committees, and serves as secretary to the board.
  • Vicki Frei

    Vicki Frei is the mother of Neal ’03, Lauren ’05, and Landry Frei ’08. A career nurse, Vicki earned a B.S. in Nursing from Texas Women’s University and an M.S. in Nursing from the University of Texas, Arlington. Vicki serves on the Advancement, Compensation, and School Life Committees.
  • Tracy McCoy Gillette ’89

    Tracy McCoy Gillette ’89 is mother to Lily ’19. She serves on the Early Childhood Partners Board, the Vail Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Board, and on the Advisory Council for the Vail Youth Foundation. She represented the board as the Alumni Association President and now serves on the Advancement and School Life Committees.
  • Bob Hall

    Bob Hall is the father of Stepper ’13 and Henry ’16.  As Board Chair, Bob brings with him 28 years of experience with Wall Street firms and has recently been assisting consumer companies through his fund, Andesite Holdings. Bob, a long–time education advocate, chairs the board of Teach for America in Philadelphia and is a member of the Philadelphia School Partnership.
  • Rt. Rev. A. Rob Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire

    The Rt. Rev. Rob Hirschfeld is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and serves ex-officio as the President of the Board of Trustees. Bishop Hirschfeld holds a BA from Dartmouth College and Master and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
  • Rob Kinsley ’88

    Rob Kinsley ’88 is the father of Aidan ’19. Rob holds a B.A. from Colorado College and a Master’s of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania. Rob is the president of LSC Design, an architecture and engineering firm in downtown York, PA, and jointly manages the Kinsley family of construction and real estate development companies. Rob serves on the Buildings & Grounds and Intellectual Life Committees.
  • Tom Phillips ’75

    Tom Phillips ’75 is the father of Cole ’11 and Garrett ’14. He is a managing director at Merrill Lynch, where his career has spanned 29 years. Tom chairs the Advancement and External Relations Committee and serves on the Investment and Buildings and Grounds Committees.
  • Andrew Sawyer ’79

    Andrew Sawyer ’79 is the father of Morgan ’18 and Alden ’20.  Andrew received a B.A. in Business Administration and Finance from  the University of Maine and an MBA from Pace University.  Andrew is currently the chief investment officer for the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS). Andrew chairs the Investment Committee and serves on the School Life Committee.
  • Harry Sheehy

    Harry Sheehy is currently the director of athletics at Dartmouth College and serves on the NCAA’s Championship Cabinet. Mr. Sheehy previously served as the director of athletics at Williams College from 2000–10 and prior to that he was the head men’s basketball coach at Williams from 1983–2000. Harry serves on the Board Governance and School Life Committees.
  • Gary Spiess

    Three of Gary Spiess’s four children - Jamie ’87, Ben ’89 and John ’94 – have graduated from Holderness. After retiring in 2004 as EVP and general counsel of FleetBoston Financial, Gary has been actively involved in non–profit and civic affairs, including board leadership positions in healthcare, children’s education about the justice system, and environmental and outdoor education. Gary chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Finance & Audit and Intellectual Life Committees.
  • Poppy Staub ’85

    Poppy Staub ’85 is a principal with Geosyntec Consultants and has spent most of her professional life working in geology, ecological engineering, and business administration. Poppy serves on the Building & Grounds and Intellectual Life Committees.
  • Sander Van Otterloo ’94

    Sander van Otterloo ‘94 is chair of the English Department at Shore Country Day School, where he has taught for fifteen years. Most recently, Sander was named the school’s director of outplacement counseling. Sander is the chair of the Intellectual Life Committee and serves on the Building & Grounds Committee.
  • Peter Kimball ’72

    Peter Kimball ’72 is the Executive Director of Gift Planning at Harvard University and brings a wealth of advancement experience to our Board of Trustees.
  • Alex MacCormick ’88

    Alex MacCormick ’88 is the founder of Center Lane, LLC, a consultancy focused on litigation in the generic pharmaceutical industry.  Based out of New York but often finding himself in Colorado, Alex serves as the President of the Holderness Alumni Association
  • Carolyn Cullen '87

    Carolyn Cullen is both a graduate of the Class of 1987 and mother of Craig '17. Ms. Cullen brings a wealth of non-profit and educational board experience to the Holderness School Board of Trustees. Ms. Cullen currently serves on the Governance & Nominating Committee.
  • John Liu

    John Liu serves as the Holderness School Board of Trustees' first Global Board Ambassador and first international board member.  In the capacity as Global Board Ambassador, John works to support and strengthen relationships with many of the school's prospective, current, and past international families.   John holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Technical University of Denmark and currently serves as the Group Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wanda Technology Group.  Prior to his current position, John served as Corporate Vice President and Greater China President of Google Inc, China CEO of SK Telecom, and Country Director of Singapore Telecom.  John's son, Henry, is a 2015 graduate of Holderness School.
  • Bob Cunha

    Bob Cunha is a managing director of Eaton Vance, an asset manager located in Boston. He is the father of Maggie ’16 and Charlie ’19. Bob has previously served on the boards of Milton Academy, the Eliot School, the Points of Light Foundation, and numerous other organizations. He is a graduate of Harvard College.
  • Nell Reynolds

    Nell W. Reynolds is the mother of Peter ’18 and Andrea ’20. She serves on the Board of Trustees at the Fay School in Southborough. Prior to her involvement with Fay, Nell served on the Board of Directors of The Lincoln Nursery School, a cooperative preschool in Lincoln, MA. She also worked for many years as a high school English teacher and coach. Nell graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, from Dartmouth College with an AB in English and from SUNY Cortland with a Masters in English Education.
  • Neale Attenborough

    Neale Attenborough, father of Kelley ’17, serves as an Operating Partner for Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm.  Neale has previously served on the boards of both Pingree School and Brookwood School, where he was the Chair.  Neale sits on the Finance Committee and Board Governance & Nominating Committee.
  • Andrew Davis

    Andrew A. Davis is the father of Weston ’19.  He is the President of Davis Selected Advisers and investment manager for the Davis, Selected and Clipper mutual funds as well as numerous private and institutional accounts.  He has served on the boards of his children’s schools for many years and on the boards and/or investment committees of Colby College (his alma mater) and Friends of Acadia, an environmental organization in Maine. He is the founder of the Davis New Mexico Scholarship, the largest private scholarship fund in the state of New Mexico, which provides four years of tuition, room and board, books, and travel funds to dedicated students who are the first in their families to attend college. He is a member of the Special Projects Committee of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as the Foundation Board of Trustees of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.
  • Susie Hayes

    Susie Hayes is the mother of Annie '15 and Jack '18.  Founder of Access Opportunity, a non-profit working to support talented low-income high school and college students, Susie is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. Susie serves on the Advancement, Buildings & Grounds, and Compensation Committees. 
  • Burgie Howard '82

    Burgie Howard '82 is the Senior Associate Dean of Yale College, Associate Vice President of Student Life at Yale University. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Stanford University, Burgie has worked at Bowdoin College, Colgate University, Santa Clara University, Dartmouth College, and Northwestern University.
  • Chris Keating '81

    Chris Keating '81 is the Director of the New Hampshire Administrative Office of the Courts. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Maine Law School, Chris serves on the Compensation and Finance & Audit Committees and chairs the Risk Management Committee.
  • Sue MacGrath

    Sue MacGrath is mother of Lolo '18.  An active member in the Bozeman, Montana community, Sue is a graduate of Trinity College and holds a law degree from Lewis & Clark College.  Sue serves on the Board Governance & Nominating, Intellectual Life, and School Life Committees. 
  • Kevin Mattingly

    Dr. Kevin Mattingly is a career educator focused on cognitive science and its relationship to teaching and learning, having worked at Lawrenceville School, Riverdale Country School, and Columbia University's Teachers College. Kevin is a member of the Buildings & Grounds, Compensation, and Intellectual Life Committees.
  • Matt Storey

  • Chris Davenport '89

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