Board of Directors
Tad Yanagi, Board Member since 2015, President
Tad and his wife Melissa live in the South End with their sons Jack (JWS alum), Blake (Blue Room), and Max (Yellow Room. Tad has spent his professional career in finance, and currently works at a firm that invests in consumer products companies.
Julie Gordon, Board Member since 2013, President Emeritus
Julie has been a John Winthrop Parent since 2012 when her son James started in the Red Room and became involved with the Board shortly thereafter. Prior to her role as President of the Board, Julie served as President Elect and has also chaired the fundraising committee. Outside of JWS Julie serves on the Board of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy where she chairs the Party in the Park. Julie is also involved with The Children’s Museum Boston, where she chairs the Wonderball Gala and the Home for Little Wanderers. Julie and her husband Philip and their two children (James age 6 and Gigi age 3) live in the Back Bay.
Lauren Goff, Board Member since 2015, President Elect
Lauren is beginning her fourth year as part of the JWS community and third year on the board. Lauren has Adelaide in the Green Room and Clara in the Yellow Room. Their first JWS grad, Savannah, recently started in ECC at The Advent School. Lauren works in commercial real estate raising capital for developers and owners. She looks forward to continuing the mission of the school and the board!
Laura Blake, Board Member since 2017
Laura lives in the South End with her husband Brooks. Their son Henry has just joined JWS in the Red Room and baby Oliver will follow just as soon as he is old enough! Laura is a full-time parent from London, England and hopes to be helpful to the school with her background in project management.
Alexandra DeLaite, Board Member since 2015
Alexandra has been a board member since 2015. Her daughter attended JWS for four years and her son is currently at the school. Alexandra works in finance and lives in Boston.
Erika Giampietro, Board Member since 2017
Erika lives in the South End with her husband and two children, Vivien (Red Room) and Henry. Erika has spent her career working in management consulting and education, currently working for the Boston Public Schools.
Meghan Jasani, Board Member since 2016
Meghan and her husband Adam live in the Back Bay with their son, Ashwin (Red Room) and are looking forward to their second year with the JWS community. She brings to the board her experience in finance, strategy and planning. Outside of JWS Meghan works at a FinTech start-up and serves on the board of Project STEP.
Jennifer Lynn, Board Member since 2013, Treasurer
Jennifer is a CPA with over 15 years’ experience (in both public accounting and private industry roles), and is the JWS Board Treasurer.
Lynne Reznick, Board Member since 2016
Lynne has spent more than a decade as an urban educator, teaching in Hartford, CT before taking a leadership position with the Boston Debate League where she currently works. She is also an entrepreneur and proud small business owner, running a wedding and portrait photography business, as well as a leadership coaching business designed to support women as leaders in the workplace. Lynne is excited to bring her experience in education and business to the community of JWS through her membership on the board.
Chris Ryan, Board Member since 2017
Chris and his wife Ellen live in the South End with their sons Connor (Green Room) and Miles (who hopes to attend Yellow Room next year!). Chris began his career in strategy consulting and now works for a middle-market private equity firm located in Back Bay. Chris and his family could not be happier to be part of the amazing JWS community.
Lauren Stein, Board Member since 2014
Lauren is a mom, journalist and cookbook author. Way before all of that she had a career in finance. Her son Jackson is in the Red Room and daughter Abigail is a graduate of the Green Room.
Hobey Stuart, Board Member since 2016
Hobey and his wife Kristen are parents to Ben and Sam, alumni of JWS, and a new baby girl who will be a future JWS student! They live in the South End. Hobey works at a private equity real estate firm in Boston, and has worked in real estate for the past twelve years.
Rich Whitcomb, Board Member since 2017
Rich lives in the South End with his wife Kate and their daughter Bridget, who has loved her time in the Red and Green Rooms at JWS. This is Rich’s first year on the JWS Board, where he serves on the Fundraising and Operations committees. Rich spent 18 years in management consulting, including co-founding, leading and selling a consulting firm. Rich currently advises small business, supports Brain Cancer research, and tries his best to keep up with Bridget.
Ex Officio Members
Holly Hirst, Interim Director
Holly joined John Winthrop School as Interim Director in August of this year. Prior to coming to JWS, she was the Director of Early Childhood at Kingsley Montessori School in Boston, and the Executive Director at Community School in Roanoke, V.A. Her work with children and families spans over 25 years. Holly and her husband, Jonathan, live in Somerville and have two grown children who are out of the nest!
Elyse Poor, Assistant Director since 2016
Elyse first found John Winthrop School as a Northeastern co-op in the fall of 2011, and immediately fell in love with the school’s mission and beautiful community. She has worked with children across the city of Boston since 2008, and has a passion for children’s literature and helping children explore their world with art and sensory experiences. Elyse lives in Dorchester with her husband, Steve, and Sammi Jo, their three year old Border Collie/Jack Russel. She brings her experience as an admissions coordinator, teacher, and a love for the John Winthrop community.
Debbie Ceccon, Teacher since 2001, Teacher Representative
Debbie is a JWS Alumni Parent of two children who are now 23 and 20 years old. Debbie has worked in many different capacities in ECE including: Preschool Teacher, Program Assistant, Family Child Care Provider, FCC Coordinator, FCC Accreditation Consultant, and Toddler Teacher. She is serving as Teacher Representative for the fourth time since joining the JWS staff in 2011..