Board of Directors
Hobey Stuart, Board Member since 2016, President
Hobey and his wife Kristen live in Weston, having been long time South End residents. Their sons, Ben and Sam, are JWS alumni, and their daughter, Emory, is in the Red Room. 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.
Lauren Goff, Board Member since 2016, President Emeritus
Lauren is beginning her sixth year as part of the JWS community and fourth year on the board. Lauren has Clara in the Blue Room and Clara in the Red Room. Their first two JWS grads, Savannah and Adelaide, will start in 1st grade and ECC at The Advent School, respectively. 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!
Claire Forkner, Board Member since 2018, President Elect
Claire and her husband Adam live in the Back Bay with their sons, Calvin (Blue Room, age 4) and Cody (Red Room, age 2), and are looking forward to their third year with the JWS community. Claire is especially active in the Street Fair, and event her boys look forward to all summer! Claire is a lawyer practicing in the field of domestic relations at a boutique firm in the Back Bay.
Erika Giampietro, Board Member since 2017, Treasurer
Erika lives in the South End with her husband and two children, Vivien (JWS alumna) and Henry (Green Room). Erika has spent her career working in management consulting and education, currently working for the Boston Public Schools.
Jonathan Driscoll, Board Member since 2019, Clerk
Jonathan and his wife Catalina live in the South End with their daughter Sofia (Blue Room) and son Jonny (Yellow Room) This is Jon’s first year on the board, and his third 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.
Adam Brinch, Board Member since 2019
Adam and his wife Cate moved to Boston in 2008. Adam took a job as a junior broker on the CBRE/New England Cambridge leasing team where he works on behalf of some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Over the course of his 11-year career, he has grown to the level of Executive Vice President and made partner in 2015. Cate and Adam have two children, Brooklyn (3, Blue Room) and Skyler (1), and a ruby cavalier named Charlie (7). The Brinch family moved to the South End in 2018 after more than a decade in the Back Bay.
Meghan Jasani, Board Member since 2016
Meghan and her husband Adam live in the Back Bay with their son, Ashwin, who spent the last three years at JWS and will now be starting at Shady Hill in the fall. She is looking forward to staying involved with the JWS community as she starts her fourth year on the JWS board. She brings to the board her experience in finance, strategy and planning. Outside of JWS Meghan also serves on the board of Project STEP.
Ben Levy, Board Member since 2017
Ben and his wife live in the Back Bay with their two children – a son in the Blue Room and a son in the Yellow 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.
Andrew Pappas, Board Member since 2018
Andrew and his wife Laura live in South Boston. Their daughter Olympia is entering the Blue Room, her 4th year at JWS, and Ines is looking forward to following in her older sister’s footsteps. Andrew works in Real Estate in South Boston. Andrew sits on Governor Charlie Baker’s Finance Committee and is actively involved in South Boston community charities.
Sarah Pingree, Board Member since 2018
Sarah and her husband Graham live in the South End with their four boys, Houlton, Chester, and twins Rory and Parker (Red Room). Currently a full time parent, Sarah most recently worked in fashion merchandising and before that she did marketing, communication, and event planning for an environmental non profit. Sarah relocated to Boston from San Francisco in the summer of 2017 and loved getting to know JWS during Chester’s first year in the Blue Room.
Ellen Ryan, Board Member since 2018
Ellen Ryan is excited to be part of the JWS Board! She is the mom of Connor (Blue Room) and Miles (Red Room). Ellen has helped out with the JWS Street Fair for the past 4 years and is looking forward another year of fun and learning as part of the JWS community. Ellen brings over 10 years of consulting experience to her role as a bard member. She currently works for The Boston Consulting Group as a member of the Private Equity practice area. Prior to BCG, Ellen worked in a variety of related roles in management consulting, operations and international development. She has an MBA/MPA from Wharton/Harvard Kennedy School and is passionate about early childhood development and education. Ellen loves to spend weekends with her family at the local Boston parks and is always excited about the trackless train and pony rides at the JWS Street Fair in the fall!
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..