Board of Trustees

Stephanie Andrews

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Andrews has been a Trustee since 2013 and chairs the Perkins Trust Board. She most recently worked for Fidelity Investments as a vice president.  Andrews is an active volunteer and served two terms as President of the Hellenic Women’s Club, a Greek American fundraising organization based in Boston.  She has served as Chair of the Hellenic Women’s Club annual Mistletoe Ball, The Demetra Fund for Breast Cancer Research and is on the leadership committee of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) Boston. Andrews served on Brown University's Leadership Council and chaired the Brown Sports Foundation Parent Council.  She is a former board member of the Skating Club of Boston and the Marblehead/Swampscott YMCA, and has served as a volunteer at Tenacity, the Dana Hall School, The Governor’s Academy, Tower School, and the Eastern Yacht Club.

Corinne Basler

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Basler currently chairs Perkins’ Board of Trustees, and was founding chair of the Trust Board, where she led the school’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign. She created and co-chairs the annual Perkins Possibilities Gala. Basler has worked as a marketer, advertising executive and advisor to several nonprofits and startups. She has been dedicated to helping charities find their voice for more than 25 years. Basler conceptualized BlindNewWorld, a grassroots movement that seeks to change people’s perceptions of blindness and promote inclusion.

Kevin S. Bright

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Bright has produced and served as co-chair for the Perkins Possibilities Gala since 2011. He was executive producer for the 2016 film Best and Most Beautiful Things, which followed Perkins alumna Michelle Smith in her journey after high school. Over the last 35 years, Bright has gained recognition as one of TV Comedy’s most successful producers. In 1989, he received an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series as surviving producer on Fox’s “In Living Color.” As executive producer of the hit NBC series, “Friends,” Bright received the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. In addition to his work as producer, Bright directed over 50 episodes, including every season finale. He has recently started a new company with a focus on documentaries.

Anantha P. Chandrakasan

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Chandrakasan is dean of MIT's School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He co-chairs the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and is chair of the MIT-SenseTime Alliance on Artificial Intelligence. Chandrakasan received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a co-author of Low Power Digital CMOS Design, Digital Integrated Circuits, and Sub-threshold Design for Ultra-Low Power Systems.

Frederic “Fred” M. Clifford

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Clifford is retired from a management career in the financial services sector, including a long stint at Kidder Peabody & Co. He owned Clifford Associates where he was an investor and advisor to several early stage companies. Clifford has been a Perkins trustee since 1986, is a governor’s appointee, and served as chair of the board from 2008-2014. He previously served as chair of Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth and Jordan Health Foundation where he was also a board member. Clifford is chairman and co-founder of the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, an overseer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partner’s Healthcare, and a director of Pioneer Institute.

RoAnn Costin

Costin is the founder and president of Wilderness Point Investments, a private equity company that focuses on investing in early and expansion stage consumer non-durable product and retailing companies. Ventures in which Costin has invested and sits or has sat on the board of directors include Lululemon Athletica, Genuine Health International, 2020 On-site Optometry and Sarah Flint, Inc. Costin began her career in 1981 working for State Street Research and Management, Co. She was the first woman investment analyst, portfolio manager and partner in the firm. In 1989, Costin joined the Putnam Companies as a member of the Quality Growth group, and in 1992 she founded and was president of Reservoir Capital Management, a firm specializing in quality growth equities investments. Prior to her career in business, Costin worked in government at the federal and local levels. She received an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University, where she was an All-American in swimming and crew. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Stanford University, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Perkins School for the Blind, American Repertory Theater and Codman Academy Charter School.

Jim Down

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Prior to his retirement, Down was vice chairman of Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), responsible for the overall direction and management of the firm. Over the course of his career, Down has been a senior advisor on strategic issues to a multitude of organizations including UPS, CSX/Seal-Land, AT&T, Agility, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Merck.

Thomas Hehir

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Dr. Hehir, a professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, served as director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs from 1993 to 1999.  In this role, he was responsible for federal leadership implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Previously, he was associate superintendent for the Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Hehir has served on the Perkins Board of Trustees since 2008.

Raymond W. “Ray” Hepper

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Hepper recently retired from ISO New England where he served as the principal legal advisor through his work as vice president & general counsel. Before joining ISO New England in 2004, he was a Partner at the firm of Pierce Atwood. Prior to that he served in various positions at   Central Maine Power Company and with the U.S. Department of Justice. Hepper currently serves on the Perkins Board of Trustees, the Committee on Trustees and the Perkins Education Committee, which he previously chaired.

Randy E. Kinard

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Kinard has worked at Fiduciary Trust since 2005, where he is an Investment Officer and a Director of the firm’s New Hampshire affiliate. Previously, Kinard was with JP Morgan for 16 years with another stint at Salomon Brothers. In addition to being a member of the Perkins Finance Committee and the Committee on Trustees, he chairs the Investment Committee and is treasurer of the Board. Kinard has served on the Board of Overseers at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, on the Museum’s Audit Committee, and is a member of the Boston and the New Hampshire Estate Planning Councils. He earned his B.S.E. in Geological Engineering from Princeton University and his M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.  

Elena Matlack

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Matlack is a community fundraiser, volunteer and philanthropist in nonprofits benefiting children.  She has been an active member of Perkins Corporator group since 2010 and has served on the Perkins Possibilities Gala Committee since 2009. Matlack is a Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. She has been involved with Massachusetts General Hospital for Children since 2004 as a member of the Advisory Board and annually co-chairs the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Symposium in Boston.

Katherine McGaugh

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McGaugh is senior vice president, senior counsel at Brown Brothers Harriman. Previously, she was vice president, senior counsel at State Street. McGaugh has also served as associate counsel for Goodwin Procter LLP.

 

 

Jo Frances Meyer

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Meyer joined Puddingstone Consulting as a director in November 2019. Prior, she worked for more than a decade in the field of classical music, serving as executive director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, director of development for Rockport Music and director of institutional giving and government relations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also practiced health care law and commercial litigation for 15 years at Boston law firms, including Mintz Levin and Peabody & Brown (now Nixon Peabody). She currently serves as a Trustee of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, and as a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.

Oswald “Oz” Mondejar

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Mondejar is senior vice president of Mission and Advocacy for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. He is an active member of the Perkins Business Partnership (PBP) and helped instruct the Perkins EdX course, “Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition.” Mondejar is internationally recognized for his expertise on accessibility, disability rights and workplace accommodation. He serves on several nonprofit boards, including Governor Charlie Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning.

Vaithehi Muttulingam

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Muttulingam is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, Massachusetts Society of CPAs and the AICPA. She is currently the Treasurer of Siharum Advisors, LLC, a registered investment adviser. She also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Refugees International, Inc, a nonprofit organization. Previously, she was a partner, CFO, CCO and member of the Board at Arrowstreet Capital, Limited Partnership.

Greg J. Pappas

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Pappas joined Berkshire Partners in 2010 as an operating partner and became a managing director in 2013. He leads the portfolio support group for Berkshire. Prior, Pappas was a senior partner at The Parthenon Group, where he managed its private equity practice. Before that, Pappas was with Deloitte’s Audit and Financial Services Group. He is chair of the Perkins Finance Committee.

Stephen Pelletier

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Pelletier is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Prudential’s U.S.-based businesses, comprising more than $1.3 trillion in assets under management as of June 30, 2018. He is a very proud father of a Perkins graduate. Pelletier, who has been a member of the Audit Committee and Trust Board, will join Perkins’ Education Committee.

 

Paul Perrault

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Perrault is the president and chief executive officer of Brookline Bancorp and chairman of Brookline Bank. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of First Ipswich Bank and Bank Rhode Island. Perrault was president and CEO of Chittenden Bank and additionally served as chairman of Chittenden Corporation. He is the father of a 2007 Perkins graduate and currently is a Perkins trustee and member of Perkins Finance, International and Investment Committees.

Michael Schnitman

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Schnitman is senior vice president and head of product at Mackenzie Investments. He leads the company’s overall product strategy for all retail, strategic alliance and institutional channels.  Prior, Schnitman was senior vice president and director of product strategy and development for Putnam Investments. He has served as secretary of the Board of Trustees since 2011. 

 

Cynthia Stead

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Stead served as the executive director of Sight Loss Services, Inc., an organization that provides peer support, training and outreach to those who are struggling with visual impairment, from 2010 to 2017. She works as a Housing Navigator for Catholic Social Services in Hyannis and is a Commissioner of the Dennis Housing Authority. She has been the editorial & issues columnist for the Cape Cod Times since 2006. In 2016, Stead was appointed to the Perkins Board of Trustees by Governor Charlie Baker.

Katherine Chapman Stemberg

Chapman Stemberg founded, ran and sold a manufacturing company from 1986-2000 and then co-founded a specialty retail chain in 2001, both in Toronto. Now based in Boston, Chapman Stemberg is active on many committees and events in the city, serving as chair of the Corporation and vice chair of the Board of Trustees, Perkins School for the Blind; trustee at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; overseer, Boston Symphony Orchestra; member, MGH Presidents Council; and trustee, Thomas G. Stemberg Charitable Foundation. She is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and got her M.B.A. at the Richard Ivey School of Business.