Board of Directors

Lauren Goff, Board Member since 2016, President

Lauren is beginning her fifth year as part of the JWS community and third year on the board. Lauren has Adelaide in the Blue Room and Clara in the Red Room. Their first JWS grad, Savannah, recently started Kindergarten at The Advent School after a great first year in EEC. 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!

Tad Yanagi, Board Member since 2015, President Emeritus

Tad and his wife Melissa live in the South End with their sons Jack (JWS alum), Blake (JWS Alum), and Max (Green Room). Tad has spent his professional career in finance, and currently works at a firm that invests in consumer products companies.

Hobey Stuart, Board Member since 2016, President Elect

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.

Erika Giampietro, Board Member since 2017, Treasurer

Erika lives in the South End with her husband and two children, Vivien (Green Room) and Henry (Yellow Room). Erika has spent her career working in management consulting and education, currently working for the Boston Public Schools.

Julie Gordon, Board Member since 2013

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. Julie has served as President Elect, President and President Emeritus, 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 and Gigi) live in the Back Bay.

Claire Forkner, Board Member since 2018

Claire and her husband Adam live in the Back Bay with their sons, Calvin (Green Room, age 3) and Cody (age 1), and are looking forward to their second year with the JWS community. Claire is a lawyer practicing in the field of domestic relations at a boutique firm in the Back Bay.

Meghan Jasani, Board Member since 2016

Meghan and her husband Adam live in the Back Bay with their son, Ashwin (Green Room) and are looking forward to their third year with the JWS community. She brings to the board her experience in finance, strategy and planning. Outside of JWS Meghan also serves on the board of Project STEP.

Sarah Myers, Board Member since 2018

Sarah and her husband Graham live in the South End with their four boys, Houlton, Chester (Blue Room), and twins Rory and Parker (Yellow 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.

Andrew Pappas, Board Member since 2018

Andrew and his wife Laura live in South Boston. Their daughter Olympia is entering the Green Room, her 3rd year at JWS, and Ines (11 months) is looking forward to following in her older sister’s footsteps to the Yellow Room in 2019. 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.

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 (Yellow Room). Ellen has helped out with the JWS Street Fair for the past 3 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!

Tarek Saghir, Board Member since 2018

Tarek and his wife live in the Back Bay with their two children – a son in the Blue Room, and a daughter in the Red Room. This is his first year on the board, and his second year as part of the JWS community. Tarek works in private equity.

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 Green Room and daughter Abigail is a graduate of the Green Room.

Rich Whitcomb, Board Member since 2017

Rich lives in the South End with his wife Kate and their daughter Bridget, who loved her time in the Red and Green Rooms at JWS. This is Rich’s second 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

Mary Beth Sweeney, Director

Mary Beth is thrilled to have joined the John Winthrop School community. 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 has 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..