Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees and Trustee Biographies
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Doane Academy. This group of men and women hold the school in trust and make decisions regarding its long-term operations and finances. Board members are drawn from both the Doane Academy community and beyond in an effort to maintain balance among graduates, parents, and the greater community.
- Adam Paglione '91 - Board President
- Heather M. Buzick '97 - Board Vice President
- Lloyd Freeman
- Joseph M. Garemore '85 - Board Secretary
- Steve Harrison - Board Treasurer
- Christina Cecchi '85
- Ted de Villafranca
- Erick Del Aguila ’90
- Kelly Dun
Adam Paglione '91 - Board President
Adam Paglione ‘91 is a graduate of St. Mary’s Hall/Doane Academy and joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. Adam has been an active member of the Board’s Finance Committee since 2013. Adam has two children enrolled at Doane Academy, Owen, class of 2025, and Colin, class of 2027. Adam is the President of BCG Securities, Inc., a full service broker/dealer specializing in retirement plans and wealth management services for businesses and individuals. In his capacity as President, Adam also heads the compliance and regulatory oversight for the firm, and is a member of the firm’s executive team, which leads the strategic growth and direction of the firm. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Gettysburg College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Adam is a member of the bars of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and a member of the Financial Services Institute.
Heather M. Buzick '97 - Board Vice President
Heather M. Buzick is a graduate of St. Mary’s Hall/Doane Academy. Heather is a Senior Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service (ETS), a non-profit assessment and education research organization, and has been employed there since 2009. Ms. Buzick’s research focuses on validity and fairness in measurement and assessment. Much of her work involves planning, designing and carrying out research studies using data from large-scale assessments in both K-12 and higher education. She is particularly interested in improving the use of assessment for underserved populations, which includes students with disabilities, English learners, and prospective teachers of color. Previously, Ms. Buzick spent two years as an assistant to the Executive Committee for the University of Maryland’s decennial Middle States accreditation review. Ms. Buzick is currently a regular reviewer for several academic journals, a principal review panel member for scientific peer review of grant applications submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, and an Associate Editor for the ETS Research Report Series and R&D Technical Review.
Ms. Buzick earned a Ph.D. in Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation from the University of Maryland and also holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Bucknell University. She and her husband, Alex ’96, have two sons who are in the lower school at Doane Academy and reside in Burlington City, where Ms. Buzick was raised. Ms. Buzick and her husband have been a part of the Doane community for more than 30 years as students, alumni, and parents.
Lloyd Freeman is a Doane parent and also the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, a major law firm providing progressive, industry-leading legal, business, regulatory and government relations advice to regional, national and international clients.
As Buchanan’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Lloyd Freeman is responsible for advancing and expanding diversity throughout the firm and across the legal industry as a whole. Mr. Freeman develops and drives the firm’s diversity initiatives related to attorney hiring, retention and advancement. He oversees the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and promotes equitable policies, mentorship and sponsorship as key retention initiatives. Mr. Freeman also works to ensure that the firm continues to be a driver of diversity and inclusion in the communities in which it serves. Some of these initiatives include the firm's supplier diversity program, corporate share program as well as key partnerships with local nonprofits dedicated to promoting all dimensions of diversity. Additionally, he collaborates with Buchanan’s clients to meet and advance their diversity and inclusion goals and coordinates partnerships for mutually-beneficial programs such as internships, thought leadership, speaking engagements and more.
In 2022, Mr. Freeman's leadership of Buchanan's diversity programming earned the firm an award for Best DEI Initiative from the Legal Intelligencer. He has received numerous recognitions for his diversity and inclusion work including being named a Diversity in Business Honoree by the Philadelphia Business Journal and celebrated on City & State PA’s Impact 50 list.
Mr. Freeman is a sought-after speaker and has published articles on various diversity-related topics, including the impact of stigma and discrimination, best practices for inclusive workplaces, implicit bias, allyship and imposter syndrome, among others.
As an engaged member of his community, Mr. Freeman currently serves on the Howard University School of Business Board of Visitors, the Drexel University Kline School of Law Board of Directors, the WHYY-TV Community Advisory Board and the Philadelphia Ballet Board of Trustees.
Mr. Freeman has served as president of the Garden State Bar Association (GSBA), is a past chairman of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region (BBBS) - the fourth largest agency in the nation, providing mentors to nearly 4,000 children in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area, and he currently serves on the board of trustees of the Philadelphia Ballet.
An avid traveler, Mr. Freeman enjoys international vacations and cuisine. Stateside, he enjoys summers in Martha’s Vineyard, perfecting his Kansas City barbeque skills and competitive cycling. Mr. Freeman resides in Medford, New Jersey with his wife, Ebony, and their two young children, Ailey and Beau.
Joseph M. Garemore '85 - Board Secretary
Joseph M. Garemore ‘85 is a partner with the law firm Brown & Connery, LLP, in Woodbury, New Jersey and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, including litigation in the Bankruptcy Court and matters relating to creditors' rights, and in business transactions. Joe attended St Mary’s Hall -Doane Academy from 1978-1985, where he played varsity baseball and soccer, participated in the Quiz Bowl team, and served as class vice president and was the 1985 recipient of the Head Boy cup. Joe graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and earned his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Rutgers Law Journal. After law school, Joe served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Myron H. Gottlieb of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Burlington County. Joe is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and also before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the New Jersey and Burlington County Bar Associations, as well as the American Bankruptcy Institute and is certified by the American Board of Certification as a Creditors' Rights Specialist. Joe joined the Doane Academy board in 2016. He is the board Secretary, chairman of the Finance Committee, and an at-large member of the Society of Graduates. Joe is also actively involved at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Palmyra where he is the Chairman of the Vision Team. Joe lives in Cherry Hill with his wife Holly, and children Gray and Tim, Doane Academy class of ’19.
Steve Harrison - Board Treasurer
Steven Harrison, CPA and partner at Harrison, Mauro & Mortgan, is a life-time resident of Burlington and Lumberton and a second generation professional in the Burlington business community. He graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in economics. Steve’s areas of expertise include small business consulting for closely held business and professional corporations. He has extensive background with regard to tax preparation for individuals and corporations and estate planning. White balancing his responsibilities with the firm, Steve is actively involved in the community, devoting much time to various organizations. Steve has been a member of the Burlington Rotary for 30 years and served two separate terms as president. Steve serves as treasurer of for Temple Har Zion in Mt Holly, as well as the Burlington Township Dollars for Scholars. Steve also serves on the finance committee for the Masonic Lodge #32, has volunteered on the fundraising committee for the Burlington YMCA, and was the treasurer for the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Library Company of Burlington. Steve’s daughter Eliana graduated from Doane in 2017.
Christina Cecchi '85
Christina Cecchi ’85, joined the board in 2011 and has been an active member serving as former Board President and Vice President, and Chair of Head of School Search and Buildings and Grounds Committees. She also has served on the Committee of Trustees, Development, Strategic Planning, Head Relations and Rowan Hall Committees. Prior to joining the Board, Christina was a Member at Large of the Society of Graduates and a volunteer in the Development Office since 2003. In addition to being an alumna and a lifer, she has two children, Sabina’ 21 and Daria ’24 enrolled at Doane Academy since Kindergarten and PreK. Christina has a BA in Economics and Italian Literature and a MBA in Marketing/Market Research. Christina owns and manages several small real estate holding companies and Networking Matters, Inc., an IT consulting firm specializing in the design, building, implementing and managing of LAN and WAN infrastructure. Clients include independent schools, public schools, universities, healthcare and sports venues. Christina was previously the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations at LSI Group, a consulting group specializing in association marketing, direct response, marketing plans, business development and business plans for insurance companies, banks and associations. Christina is also a former adjunct Professor of Micro Economics at Rutgers Camden.
Ted de Villafranca
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.
Erick Del Aguila ’90
Erick Del Aguila ‘90 is a graduate (and a lifer) of St. Mary’s Hall/Doane Academy and joined the Board of Trustees in 2020. He and his wife Gosia have one daughter, Penelope - born in 2016. Erick is a Principal Consultant in the Telecommunications Industry for Infosys Consulting - a global professional services firm. Having joined the firm in 2008 while living and working in Europe, Erick transferred with Infosys back to his home state of New Jersey in 2013 and has lived in Sicklerville since 2018. He earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Processing Automation from Oxford University. Erick and his family enjoy traveling mainly to Europe where his wife's side of the family are based.
Kelly Dun joined the Doane Academy board in 2015 and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. Kelly brings a wide range of independent school experience to the board. Kelly earned a M.S.Ed., Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Spanish Language and Literature from the University of New Hampshire. Before moving to the non-profit sector, Kelly worked at multiple independent schools for 25 years with experience in teaching, leadership, admissions and financial aid. Kelly was the Director of Enrollment Management at Princeton Day School for 12 years and during that time, she was active in state and national admission organizations, including being co-chair of the Admission Leadership Council for SSATB. Kelly also has presented at multiple enrollment workshops for independent schools and has provided consulting services for several east coast independent schools. Kelly, her husband, and their two children reside in Hopewell, NJ.
- Kennedy Ganti M.D.
- Stacy (Mullen) Nordlinger '96
- Dr. Adam Potkay '78
- Jeanette Smith Cureton '63
- Nakia T. Smith
- Rev. David Snyder
- Alita T. Wingfield
- Audrey J. Winzinger '76
Kennedy Ganti M.D.
Kennedy Ganti, MD,FAAFP,FHELA is currently Physician Informatician with Cooper Medical Informatics and Care Delivery Innovation at Cooper University Health Care and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University.
Dr. Ganti is the 229th President of the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ). Dr. Ganti is active in the areas of physician and patient advocacy. Dr. Ganti is also the President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society (NJHIMSS).
Dr. Ganti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Clinical Informatics. Dr. Ganti is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Fellow of the Healthcare Leadership Academy.
Dr. Ganti, along with Sujata Bhagavathula Ganti, PhD, are the proud parents of two Doane students, Arnav and Isha.
Stacy (Mullen) Nordlinger '96
Stacy (Mullen) Nordlinger ’96 is a graduate of St. Mary’s Hall/Doane Academy and a proud member of the Board of Trustees.
In addition to her love for Doane, Stacy brings a deep understanding of, experience in, and commitment to special education, disability, and equity to her work with the Board.
This experience includes her current work in admissions at an independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities in New York City as well as extensive work with the New York City Department of Education. Stacy has served as the Director of Implementation for the NYC DOE's Special Education Office where she supported the resolution of due process complaints and the implementation of compensatory and recovery services. She has also served in School Psychology, Educational Evaluation, and consultancy roles across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey in both the public and private sectors. Her career in education began at SMH/DA as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid from 2001-2003.
Stacy has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College, with a major in Economics. She holds an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from Rider University and is a New Jersey, New York, and nationally certified School Psychologist. Stacy also studied educational leadership at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and is a New York State certified School Building Leader and School District Leader.
Stacy lives in New York City with her husband and stepson and pup, Willie.
Dr. Adam Potkay '78
Dr. Adam Potkay ‘78 has over 40 years of experience as a teacher, scholar, and university administrator. Dr. Potkay is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, Washington University, and the University of Aberdeen; in 2018-19, he was Laurence Rockefeller Visiting Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. His writings explore literature's connections to ethics, theology, and rhetoric. His many books include The Story of Joy from the Bible to Late Romanticism, awarded the Harry Levin Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association and translated into several languages, and Hope: A Literary History, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. He has also written a history of our school: An Education on the Delaware: St. Mary’s Hall and Doane Academy, 1937-1999.
Dr. Potkay, a 1978 graduate of St. Mary’s Hall - Doane Academy, holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, in English, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in English, and a B.A. from Cornell University, Arts & Sciences. He divides his year between houses in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the Jersey shore.
Jeanette Smith Cureton '63
Jeanette Smith Cureton ’63 joined the board in 2015, serves on the Committee on Trustees, which she previously chaired, and on the Head Relations Committee. Jeanette is a retired higher education researcher, author, and lecturer. Independently and with scholar Arthur Levine, she conducted national research on contemporary college students, resulting in a jointly authored book, a series of journal articles, and more than 30 presentations. She also worked as a research assistant at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and as assistant to the president at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts. More recently, she completed nine years as a Trustee of Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, and a term on the Vestry of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Jeanette is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bates College, holds Master’s degrees from both Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Elmhurst College in Illinois. Together with her husband Bryant, president for 14 years of that liberal arts college in suburban Chicago, she thoroughly immersed herself in campus and community life and in the national work of the Council of Independent Colleges. Prior to being active in higher education circles, Jeanette had teaching experience at the high school level. While a student at St. Mary’s Hall, Jeanette was the first exchange student to attend its then-sister school by the same name in Brighton, England. She was married in the Chapel of the Holy Innocents and is following a family tradition as her father also served on the school’s Board of Trustees.
Nakia T. Smith
Nakia T. Smith has over 15 years of experience in accounting and tax advisory services for businesses and individuals with an emphasis on tax compliance, planning, and tax strategies for high net worth individuals, closely held businesses and trusts. Nakia also devotes her practice to estate, financial and strategic planning activities. She currently works as a Senior Tax Consultant at a law firm in Philadelphia, PA.
Nakia serves as a mentor for The Gail Bierenbaum Women’s Leadership Council at Rider University which focuses on advancing leadership, mentoring and philanthropy. Given her passion for entrepreneurship, she is currently focused on launching a boutique fitness studio in Burlington City.
Nakia graduated magna cum laude from Rider University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Villanova University.
Nakia recently moved to Burlington City where she lives with her husband J. Roosevelt Smith. They have two children in college and one son currently serving in the United States Army.
Rev. David Snyder
The Rev. David Snyder is the rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Mount Holly. He brings to the Board of Trustees a diverse array of talents developed from his experiences in education, the nonprofit sector, and the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches.
A magna cum laude graduate of Lock Haven State College, David held positions early in his career in teaching and admissions at Freyburg Academy, Pine Ridge School, and Sewanee Academy. While at Sewanee, a persistent call to prepare for ministry led him to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, from which he received his Masters in 1984. Moving north the following year, David became Pastoral Associate at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown, PA, while also completing a “Lutheran Year” at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In 1986 he became ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Lutheran Church in America.
Three years later, the Snyders returned to New England, where David served first as Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newington, NH, and subsequently at the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Conway, NH. Simultaneously, he began a Doctor of Ministry program at the Portland branch campus of Bangor Theological Seminary. In 1998 he accepted a position as Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Portland, ME. This work continued until 2005 when he joined World Vision, the largest Christian relief and development organization in the world, for which he did fundraising and development.
During this period and in the absence of Lutheran parishes nearby, David and Susan became affiliated with the Episcopal Church. In August of 2000, David became Vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bridgton, Maine, the first Lutheran pastor to be called to serve an Episcopal congregation following the establishment of full communion between the denominations in July of that year. After preparation officially to join the Episcopal Church, David was received in 2008 into the Diocese of New Jersey by the then Bishop George Councell. Subsequent opportunities led him to serve on the Diocesan Stewardship Commission and as Interim Rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Pitman, NJ, before coming to St. Andrew’s, from which he will retire at the end of 2018.
Alita T. Wingfield
Alita T. Wingfield is a Managing Director and Head of Compliance Training at Morgan Stanley. Previously, she was the Head of Bank Non-Market Risk at Morgan Stanley Bank N.A. She started her career at Morgan Stanley as the Managing Attorney of the Global Litigation Group. She is a Co-Chair of the Legal and Compliance Division Diversity and Inclusion Network and a member of the Division’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee. In recognition of her diversity and inclusion efforts and her commitment to the community, Mrs. Wingfield was awarded the 2013 New York City Bar Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award, the 2013 Corporate Counsel Women of Color Individual Star Diversity Award of Excellence and the 2021 Council of Urban Professionals Law Catalyst Award.
Mrs. Wingfield serves on the Committee on Trustees, which she previously chaired, and on the Development and Head Relations Committees. Outside of Doane, she is 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 and was formerly on the Board of Directors of Sanctuary for Families, an organization focused on support of victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. 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 and an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Ms. Wingfield and her husband, Dr. Wingfield, are residents of Burlington City and have four children, including two who are students at Doane Academy.
Audrey J. Winzinger '76
Audrey J. Winzinger ’76 is Vice President of Robert T. Winzinger Inc., which has served the construction, demolition and land improvement industry since 1958.She is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College and earned her law degree from Widener University.For many years she has been an active supporter of not-for-profit organizations, serving as a trustee of organzations including Cedar Run Wildlife and Rotary Clubs of Mount Holly and Moorestown, and the Mill Race Theatrical Company.She served as president of the Board of Doane Academy from 2013 through 2016 and currently serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
- Pam Heckert '67
- John Miller
- Margaret Morris '57