Ernie Parizeau is a venture partner at Norwest Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. He joined the firm in 1984 and opened its Boston office in 1989. Ernie is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College and the Olin College of Engineering. He is a trustee of the Noble and Greenough School, the Charles River School, and the Newton Wellesley Hospital. His daughter Kate attended The Island School in Fall 2003 and went on to Dartmouth, where she pursued environmental interests, while also serving on The Island School Alumni Advisory Board. Ernie’s son Doug attended Island School in Spring 2006, and has secured his 50-ton offshore captain’s license. His daughter Molly recently attended The Island School in Spring 2010. Ernie competes with the Boston Sledgehammer rowing team.
Mary Kate Barnes began her business career in the reinsurance industry in New York and Chicago. She came to The Lawrenceville School in 1991 at the start of their successful $125M Leadership Campaign. At the conclusion of the campaign, in 1997, she was appointed as the first woman director of alumni and development, and a member of the head master’s senior staff. Since then Mary Kate has served four head masters at Lawrenceville. In addition, she serves on the Bowdoin College Alumni Council, as an advisor to the Friends of Russian Orphans, and in the past, as a class agent and reunion volunteer for Bowdoin. She joined the Cape Eleuthera Foundation board in 2010. Mary Kate lives in Lawrenceville with her husband, Dave, and their three daughters, including Emma, a Spring 2009 alumna of The Island School.
Ken Beal has been a partner at the law firm of Gunster, Yoakley, et al. in West Palm Beach since 1964. He is the director of the Whitehall Foundation and the Wells Family Foundation and serves as secretary and trustee of the Caribbean Latin American Action organization. His daughter Baret attended The Lawrenceville School during Chris Maxey’s tenure there, and Baret worked at the Deep Creek Middle School during its first two years.
Stephen Holowesko and his wife Alessandra have 4 kids & 3 dogs and live in Nassau, The Bahamas. His family has roots in Eleuthera, stretching back to the early 1700′s. Stephen is a graduate of Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI, and from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His career stops include teaching English in Japan, Television Tokyo’s Washington, DC bureau, and Goldman Sachs, in New York and London. Stephen is currently a partner at a Nassau-based hedge fund. He and his sister co-founded the Ride for Hope Bahamas, a cancer-related charity in The Bahamas.
Daniel Benetti is associate professor and director of the aquaculture program in marine affairs division at the Rosenstiel School of Atmospheric and Marine Sciences at the University of Miami. He was master’s degree advisor to Chris Maxey in 1995. He has partnered with CEF to develop the offshore aquaculture cage project, modeled after a similar system he developed in Puerto Rico.
Leita Voss Hamill is a retired member of the faculty of The Lawrenceville School, who also is currently serving as the Vice President of its Board of Trustees. In addition, she serves as a trustee of The Oliver Scholars Program, an organization that creates opportunity for talented black and Hispanic teenagers to attend independent schools in New York and New England, and of the Ausable Club Preservation Foundation. She is the mother of three grown children and resides in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, William H. B. Hamill.
Elaine (Winky) King has been involved with horses for over thirty years and is currently involved with fundraising for Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program in Lincoln, MA. She is on their board as well as working with the kids and the horses. She is also involved with fundraising for the Cotton Bay Foundation, which raises money to help support the communities of South Eleuthera. Her family has spent the past ten years visiting South Eleuthera on a regular basis. Winky lives in Dover, MA with her husband and they have three children.
Peter Meijer graduated from Columbia University in 2012 after deploying to Iraq with the US Army. He attended The Island School in Spring 2005 and has served as Cacique, Class Agent, and a member of the Island School’s Alumni Advisory Board. Peter is also on the Board of Directors of Student Veterans of America and active in governmental affairs, development, and strategic partnerships. He works as a veteran advocate in New York in between assignments as a team leader for Team Rubicon, a veteran disaster response and humanitarian aid organization. Peter most recently led a medical mission in a South Sudanese refugee camp.
Wendy Siegel is an engineer by training, with degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering. Her daughter Cassie attended The Island School in Spring 2006. Wendy and her husband Stephen have contributed significantly toward medical research, establishing the Stephen B. and Wendy Siegel Fund for Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Research. Wendy has served on the board of several organizations, including the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, a pediatric foundation at NYU Medical Center called “KIDS”, Big Apple Circus, and the Horace Mann School.
Ben Snyder is head of the upper school at the Noble and Greenough School, which has sent more students to The Island School than any other school since 2000, with Ben’s direct support and leadership. His daughter Abby attended the Island School in Spring 2006. He helped launch both a software technology start-up and a new college in California before ending up in Massachusetts, and brings his perspective and expertise at dealing with clients in the high-expectations environment of a selective school. His love for breaking students out into the world as part of their high school experience is evident in the increasing commitment he has fostered on the part of Nobles to international learning. He has personally has led student trips to many places; Vietnam and South Africa among them.
Tricia Vanacore graduated from Dartmouth College in 1985 with a B.A. in Economics. She worked for 10 years in sales and marketing management for high tech firms. She has served on the board of trustees for Greens Farms Academy for over 6 years and is currently the chairman of the board. She has also served on the board of trustees for The Children’s School for over 6 years and is currently the Vice President of the board. Tricia lives in Darien, CT with her husband and 4 children.
David Verdier and his wife Beverly have sent daughter Renee (Spring 2003) and son Travis (Spring 2005) to The Island School program. Dave is a doctor of ophthalmology in private practice in Grand Rapids, MI. He is a member of several medical associations and serves in an advisory capacity to many community-based organizations including the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, Macatawa Park Cottagers Association, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Margaret Wilson earned her AB degree in 1976 from Wellesley College. She received an MBA from The University of Chicago in 1983 while working at The Northern Trust Company. In 1984, Margaret and her husband Loyal moved to Cleveland where they have lived for over 26 years and raised 4 daughters. For over 25 years, Margaret has been an active civic volunteer in the greater Cleveland area. Since 1998, Margaret has been a member of the Women’s Council of The Cleveland Museum of Art, where she currently serves on the executive board. She is a past chairman of the board of Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, and a past trustee of The Cleveland Music School Settlement. Margaret has also contributed her time to The Western Reserve Land Conservancy. In addition, she and Loyal have contributed significant time and energy to The Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, OH. Together, Margaret and Loyal focus their philanthropic efforts on a variety of organizations related to the arts, health care, and education.
Lucinda Ziesing Lucinda Ziesing is a writer, actress, producer, and teacher. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she later taught acting. She founded the Landing Zone Inc., a stage and film production company in New York. Her most recent Screenplay, Strike, is a true story based on the lives of her great grandparents. Lucinda lives in Camden, ME with her husband and they have 4 children.
John Zweig is chairman of a group of companies owned in whole or in part by WPP. Prior to joining WPP, John was president and co-founder of CommonHealth. Before entering the advertising business, John had a successful career in marketing and management with Procter and Gamble, where he was product and category manager for a variety of consumer brands. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War on a destroyer and patrol gunboat. He attended both Washington University and the University of the State of New York where he earned a bachelor’s degree. Prior to entering business, John was a professional jazz guitarist and studio musician. He continues to perform in New York area jazz clubs. John’s board service has included The National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Foundation, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Elderhostel, Far Brook School, and the International Leadership Center on Longevity and Productive Aging, an affiliate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with wife and son.