Board of Directors
Claire Forkner, Board Member since 2018, President
Claire is beginning her fourth year as part of the JWS community and her third year on the board. Claire and her husband Adam live in the Back Bay with their two sons, Calvin (age 5), who is a graduate of JWS and is starting kindergarten at Milton Academy this fall, and Cody (age 3), who started JWS in the Red Room last year and will be attending the Blue Room this fall. Claire has been especially active in the Street Fair, an event her boys look forward to all summer, and fundraising for JWS, serving as the chair of the fundraising committee last year.
Claire is a partner at Lee & Rivers LLP, a boutique family law firm in the Back Bay.
Hobey Stuart, Board Member since 2016, President Emeritus
Hobey and his wife Kristen live in Weston, having been long time South End residents. Their children, Ben, Sam, and Emory are JWS alumni. This is their fifth year as part of the JWS community and Hobey’s fourth year on the JWS board. Hobey works at a private equity real estate firm in Boston and has worked in real estate for the past fifteen years.
Jonathan Driscoll, Board Member since 2019, President Elect
Jonathan and his wife Catalina live in the South End with their daughter Sofia, who spent 3 years at JWS and now is in kindergarten at The Learning Project, and son Jonny, who is now in the Red Room. This is Jon’s second year on the board, and his fourth year as part of the JWS community. Jon graduated from Northeastern University and Harvard Business School. He worked for several years at Analysis Group as an economic consultant, and currently is a finance director at Liberty Mutual.
Clara Jackson, Board Member since 2019, Treasurer
Clara and her husband, David, live in the South End with their two children – Emma (Blue Room) and Caroline (future JWS student). This is their third year as part of the JWS community and Clara’s second year on the JWS board. Clara has spent her career in finance and invests in financial technology and services companies.
Eric Wolkoff, Board Member since 2019, Clerk
Eric and his wife Dara live in the South End with their son Wesley (Blue Room, age 2) and their daughter Evelyn (age 6 months). Eric is a proud JWS alum and this is his first year on the JWS board. He is a trial lawyer at Quinn Emanuel in Boston with a focus on general business and securities litigation.
Tom Campbell, Board Member since 2020
Tom lives in the South End with his wife Allie, 7 year old son Luke, yellow room student Vince and their two dogs. Tom is a managing director in the Global Markets Division of Goldman Sachs where he manages the Boston Equity Derivative Sales, Franchise Sales and Execution Services teams. Tom joined Goldman Sachs in 2003 after graduating with a BS in Finance and Accounting, summa cum laude, from the Boston College Carroll School of Management. In addition to the John Winthrop Board, Tom is a member of the Patron of the Courtyard executive committee for the Boston Public Library, and has been a member of the marathon fundraising team for Children’s Hospital Boston since 2003.
Prapti Chheda, Board Member since 2020
Prapti and her husband Neil live in Downtown Boston with their sons, Kian (Red Room, age 2) and Zaiden (future JWS’er, age 1), and are looking forward to their second year with the JWS community. Prapti is an investment and strategy executive and also supports Boston based education non-profits focused on at-risk children.
Anna Cook, Board Member since 2020
Anna Cook is excited to be joining the Board at JWS this year. She lives with her husband Jason and her two boys, Peter and Noah in the Back Bay. Noah will be starting his second year at JWS in the Green Room. Her older son Peter is a JWS alumni and will be entering Kindergarten at the Advent school. Anna works part-time as a pediatric pulmonologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Lauren Goff, Board Member since 2016
This will be Lauren’s seventh year as part of the JWS community and daughters Savannah, Adelaide and Clara are all JWS alum. In her spare time she works in commercial real estate, overseeing the Boston office of JLL Capital Markets and raising capital for developers and owners. She looks forward to continuing the mission of the school and the board and working closely with the JWS community!
Ben Levy, Board Member since 2017
Ben and his wife live in the Back Bay with their two children – one a JWS alum and the other in the Blue Room. Ben has spent his professional career in finance and joined the JWS Board in 2017.
Nina Mazar, Board Member since 2019
Nina Mazar is a Professor of Marketing at Boston University. She co-founded BEworks and serves as a behavioral economics advisor on boards and teams of various government, multi-national, and non-for-profit organizations (e.g. Irrational Labs in San Francisco, CA and World Bank in DC). Her work includes the investigation of how expectations, emotions, social cues, and the decision making context affect how we think about pro-social behavior (such as blood or organ donations), purchases, investments/debt, morality, and their implications for welfare, development, and policy. NIna is originally from Germany with family roots in Croatia and Serbia. She has a daughter, Mia, in the Green Room.
Kelsey Miller, Board Member since 2020
Kelsey is mother to Graeme (Blue Room) and Auden (Yellow Room). When she is not chasing her two boys, she and her husband (Andy), both work as physicians in the Emergency Department at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also currently obtaining a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside of work, school and parenting, she tries to make time for hikes, runs, good books and great food.
Andrew Pappas, Board Member since 2018
Andrew and his wife Laura live in Madrid, Spain with their 3 daughters. Andrew works between Boston and Madrid in real estate development. Andrew sits on the Finance Committee for Governor Charlie Baker and is involved in several South Boston charities.
David Simpson, Board Member since 2020
David and his wife Elyse live in the South End with their son Peter (Blue Room) and daughter Lydia (Red Room). This is David’s first year on the JWS board and third year as a JWS parent. David graduated from Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has spent his career working in private equity.
Kara Weiss, Board Member since 2019
Kara and her wife Brittany live in Brookline with their two children, Silas (Red Room) and Elise (Kindergarten). Kara works for Child Relief International, a grant-making foundation with a focus on health in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of her career, Kara serves on a number of non-profit boards, and is excited to bring her experience to JWS.
Ex Officio Members
Mary Beth Sweeney, Director
Mary Beth joined the John Winthrop School community in 2018. From 2005-2015 Mary Beth was the director of early childhood programs at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. There she founded Sea School Preschool, the nation’s first licensed preschool in an Aquarium. After moving to Boston in 2015, Mary Beth worked as a director in traditional childcare and at an early childhood start-up. Mary Beth is a board member of Julie’s Family Learning Center in South Boston.
Elyse Chase, Assistant Director since 2016
Elyse first found John Winthrop School as a Northeastern co-op in the fall of 2011, and 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 Roslindale with her husband, Steve, and their Border Collie/Jack Russel mix, Sammi Jo. 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..