Board of Directors
Julie Gordon, Board Member since 2013, President
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 5 and Gigi age 2) live in the Back Bay.
Lauren Stein, Board Member since 2014, President Emeritus
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 Yellow room and daughter Abigail is a graduate of the Green Room.
Tad Yanagi, Board Member since 2015, President Elect
Tad and his wife Melissa live in the South End with their sons Jack (JWS alum), Blake (Green room), and Max. Tad has spent his professional career in finance, and currently works at a firm that invests in consumer products companies.
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.
Beth Myers Azano, Board Member since 2015, Clerk
Beth is the mother of two daughters, Katherine (6) and Brigid (1), and works for Partners HealthCare. Katherine is a alumna of JWS and Brigid is in the Yellow Room.
Alexandra Delaite, Board Member since 2015
Alexandra has two children at John Winthrop, a daughter in her fourth year at JWS and a son who is looking forward to several years at the school. Alexandra works in finance and has been on the JWS Board since 2015.
Lauren Goff, Board Member since 2015
This will be our third year as part of the JWS community and will have Savannah in the Blue Room, Adelaide in the Yellow Room, and Clara (5 months) holding out for a future spot. In my spare time, I work in commercial real estate raising capital for developers and owners. I look forward to continuing the mission of the school and the board!
Meghan Jasani, Board Member since 2016
Meghan and her husband Adam live in the Back Bay with their son, Ashwin (Yellow Room). She brings over 13 years experience in finance to the board. She and her family are looking forward to being part of the JWS community.
Kate Kennedy, Board Member since 2016
Kate is a Massachusetts native who lives in the South End with her husband Matt. They have two daughters; Lily who is attending her second year at JWS in the Green Room; and Charlotte who looks forward to joining the ranks in fall 2017. Kate brings her expertise in nonprofit communications to the Board in addition to her perspective as a full-time parent.
Kate McGovern, Board Member since 2015
My daughter, Maisie, is in the Green Room. As a member of the JWS Board, I hope to utilize my professional background in sports marketing and event planning by working on fundraising events and marketing campaigns. Our family is excited to be a part of the John Winthrop School community.
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.
Jarred Sherman, Board Member since 2013
Jarred Sherman has been part of the JWS community since 2012 and a board member since 2013. He brings to the board his background in finance as a portfolio manager and is a CFA charter holder. His daughter Emma is in the Blue room and his son Alex is a JWS graduate.
Hobey Stuart, Board Member since 2016
Hobey and his wife Kristen are parents to Ben and Sam, who are in their second year at JWS in the Green Room. 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.
Ex Officio Members
Christina O’Dell, Director
Christina has worked with children and families for over 20 years in schools and homes all across the United States. Christina loves working with teachers and staff and looks forward to getting to know families and children each year. She has a passion for play and exploring the outdoors with children!
Elyse Poor, Assistant Director since 2016
Elyse has worked with children across the city of Boston since 2008. Elyse has a passion for children’s literature and helping children explore their world with art and sensory experiences. She brings her experience as an admissions coordinator, teacher, and a love for the John Winthrop community.
Jackie Schulte, Teacher since 1974, Teacher Representative
I am honored to be the teacher representative for the dedicated and superb staff of JWS. I look forward to bringing the teachers’ perspective and my many years of experience to working with our devoted parent board.