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.

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 Partners HealthCare (now Mass General Brigham), and a director of Pioneer Institute.

Julia Satti Cosentino

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Satti Cosentino is a partner at Boston law firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP. A member of its Private Client Department and co-founder of its Nonprofit and Social Impact practice group, Julia focuses on complex estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration and advising family foundations and philanthropists. Additionally, she serves as trustee or director of numerous private trusts and family foundations, is a member of the board of directors at Social Innovation Forum and is active in equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in the Boston legal community. She received her B.S. from Boston College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

RoAnn Costin

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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, 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 retired 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 Corporation 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 & Partners Healthcare at Home. 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. At Perkins, he's also an advisor to Human Resources and Perkins Solutions.

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 advisory firm. 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.

Stephen Pelletier

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Pelletier is a very proud father of a Perkins graduate. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Trust Board and Perkins’ Education Committee.

 

 

 

Meredith Rosenberg

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Rosenberg leads the Global Digital Education and edTech Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leadership advisory and search firm. She advises corporations and nonprofits on innovation and talent across the education and technology sectors. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, she was a Senior Vice President at Fullbridge, Inc., a company that provided professional and business skills training through online and in-person learning, and was also a co-founder of Global Student Loan Corporation, a student loan concern funding higher education for non-US citizens. Meredith is a member of the Philanthropy Trust of Boston Medical Center, an “Expert in Residence” in edTech at The Wharton School and a member of the Board of Advisors of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Meredith was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University.

Larry Skutchan

Skutchan served six years as the director of technology product research at American Printing House for the Blind (APH), before retiring in 2020. He’s a nationally recognized expert in the field of accessible technology and innovation, and his passion for creating groundbreaking user interfaces for people, like himself, who are blind or visually impaired is the driving force behind APH’s unique software. Prior to joining APH, he was the CEO of Microtalk for 23 years, where he wrote innovative word processing, terminal access, and screen access software. Larry has been a lifelong advocate of braille literacy and was a former president of The Transforming Braille Group, LLC. He was a member of the Perkins Technology Advisory Group convened by Dave Power and was also a key contributor to the Perkins Hackathon in 2018.

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 co-chair of the Corporation. 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.

Vijay Vishwanath

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Vishwanath has served as Senior Partner at management consulting firm Bain & Company since 1993. He first joined the firm in 1986, going on to lead its Global Consumer Products Practice for 15 years. Throughout his career, he has counseled numerous Fortune 500 companies and advised CEOs and management teams at leading global consumer companies on matters of strategy, organization, mergers and performance improvement. Vishwanath has also served on the boards of The Yankee Candle Company and Staples, written on a variety of consumer issues and has spoken to audiences around the world on the topic of growth and brand strategy. He’s been affiliated with Perkins since 2015, primarily focusing on supporting the organization’s work in India.