Doane Academy Announces New Trustees
Doane Academy, an independent day school for children ages 3 through 12th grade in Burlington, has announced two new additions to their Board of Trustees. Alita T. Wingfield and Edward “Ted” de Villafranca were elected at a recent Board meeting.
Alita T. Wingfield is an Executive Director and Head of Bank Non-Market Risk at Morgan Stanley Bank N.A. Previously, she was the Managing Attorney of the Global Litigation Group. She is the former Chair of the Legal and Compliance Division’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee where she also served as Chair of the Supplier Diversity Initiative, aimed at increasing use of minority and women-owned law firms. In recognition of her diversity and inclusion efforts, Ms. Wingfield was awarded the 2013 New York City Bar Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award and the 2013 Corporate Counsel Women of Color Individual Star Diversity Award of Excellence.
Ms. Wingfield is on the Board of Directors of Sanctuary for Families and is also on the Advisory Council of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms. She graduated from Spelman College, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science. She also holds a J.D. from Howard University School of Law, cum laude. She has also earned an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Ms. Wingfield and her husband are residents of Burlington and have four children, including two who are students at Doane Academy.
Ted de Villafranca comes to the Board with 30 years of experience in all areas of admissions work, from selective college and university admissions to independent boarding school admissions. He worked at the Peddie School for 17 years as the Director of College Counseling and later as Dean of Admissions and College Counseling. He also served on the Arts Faculty as a choral director. Mr. de Villafranca directed the college counseling program at Berkshire School, where he was also Sixth Form Dean and advisor to the newspaper and tennis coach. He also directed the college counseling program at Virginia Episcopal School, where he was a dorm parent, tennis coach, and English teacher.
Prior to college counseling, Mr. de Villafranca worked in college admissions at Manhattanville College and the University of Richmond. Known within the admission and counseling community as someone who works tirelessly for his students, Mr. de Villafranca has a broad and deep network both in the United States and Canada. Mr. de Villafranca, having traveled and recruited abroad, knows school systems far and wide. He has presented at national and regional conferences and sits on the advisory board of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Often quoted in the New York Times, Mr. de Villafranca most recently served as their on-line expert for college admissions. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the American Gap Association. Mr. de Villafranca is a graduate of the Kent School in Connecticut. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College and a master's from Columbia University. He is also a graduate of Harvard's Summer Institute on College Admissions.
George Sanderson, Headmaster of Doane Academy, commented, “We are so fortunate to have such talented and experienced professionals joining our Board. I know that Ms. Wingfield and
Mr. de Villafranca will be important assets as we work together to plan for the future of Doane Academy.”