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.
- Christina Cecchi '85 - Board President
- Dr. Brian Reid - Board Secretary
- Jeanette Smith Cureton '63
- Kelly Dun
- Alita T. Wingfield
- Brian Kowalski
- Ted de Villafranca
- Shaniece Johnson
Christina Cecchi ’85, President, Board of Trustees joined the board in 2011 and has been an active member of the Development, Buildings and Grounds, Trustees, and Strategic Planning Committees. While Vice President, Christina served as Chair of the Head of School Search Committee and was a key member of the Rowan Hall Building Committee. 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.
Dr. Brian Reid is the Director of Operations at Internet Systems Consortium, a non-profit corporation dedicated to universal internet technology. Brian’s 4-decade career in the computer industry has included Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, and other leading technology companies. He has contributed to the creation of Apollo 17, NASDAQ, computer languages, internetworking, fiber-to-the-home, DNS, and internet privacy. He was a principal force in getting the worldwide Anglican church online. Brian has served on the Doane Board of Trustees since 2008 and as Board Secretary since 2014. He has been a key resource for the school on technology related issues. Brian is deeply committed to Doane Academy and refers to it as 'my school'. Brian is also on the Board of the Network Time Foundation and the Society of Archbishop Justus. He is one of the editors of Anglicans Online.
Jeanette Smith Cureton ’63 joined the board in 2015, serves on the Head Relations Committee, and is Chair of the Committee on Trustees. Jeanette is a 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 currently serves on the Vestry of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Jeanette is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bates College, holds masters 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. Prior to being active in higher education circles, Jeanette had teaching experience at the high school level. Jeanette was the first exchange student from St. Mary’s Hall to attend its then-sister school by the same name in Brighton, England; married in the Chapel of Holy Innocents; was a charter member of Doane’s Advisory Committee; and supports the school with enthusiasm and pride. Jeanette is following a family tradition as her father also served on the Board of Trustees while she was a student at the school.
Kelly Dun is the Executive Director of the Give Something Back Foundation (GSBF) based in Pennington, NJ. GSBF provides support and scholarships to help low income high school students get to and through college. Kelly is currently overseeing the foundation’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. 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.
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.
Brian Kowalski is the interim associate general counsel at Stockton University. Brian is a former partner at Saul Ewing, LLP in Princeton, NJ, and Capehart & Scatchard in Mt Laurel, NJ and has extensive experience in business law, finance, education, government relations, regulatory compliance, public private partnerships, corporate governance and regulatory matters. Brian has advised clients in higher education on various transactions, including Kean University, Rider University, Villanova University, St. Joseph’s University, Gettysburg College, Swarthmore College, Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College. Brian has been a member of the Doane Academy Board since 1999. During his term as trustee, he has served as President and Vice President, and currently serves as Treasurer. Mr. Kowalski also served on various standing and ad hoc committees, including the Finance Committee, the Trustees Committee, the Admissions and Marketing Committee, the Development Committee and the Head of School Search Committee. Brian has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware, a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Brian also serves on the Board of the Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School in Camden, NJ.
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.
Shaniece Johnson is a mother, wife, and successful business entrepreneur. From 2007 through 2010, she was the owner and operator of a Coldstone Creamery in Hamilton, New Jersey. As such, she was involved in all aspects of the business, including but not limited to financial strategies, management, marketing, staffing, and growth.
Since 2008, Mrs. Johnson she has been a proprietor of K Johnson Enterprises, LLC. (KJE), located in Bordentown, New Jersey. KJE is a company that focuses on Health and Wellness in all its various aspects. KJE’s Team Campus in Bordentown, New Jersey is comprised of an 80,000 Sq. Ft., state of the art fitness facility, three medical office buildings, and a retail location.
In 2016, Team85 Fitness & Wellness, LLC, was opened by Mrs. Johnson, who has been responsible for ensuring the Health Club’s success. Team85 employs almost 200 individuals, and Mrs. Johnson helps to oversee all the individual job functions and the financial aspects of the company.
In addition to her familial responsibilities and professional accomplishments, Mrs. Johnson is heavily involved in her community. Since 2015 she has been the Youth Director of the Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church located in Hamilton, New Jersey. In 2016, Mrs. Johnson was appointed as a Trustee of the church, where she assists with the finance and upkeep of the church’s facilities.
Mrs. Johnson and her husband, Kevin, have been active in the Doane community for many years and are the parents of three children, including their daughter, who currently attends Doane Academy in grade six.
- Adam Paglione '91 - Board Vice Pres.
- Steve Harrison - Board Treasurer
- Michael Davis '71
- Joseph M. Garemore '85
- Rev. J. Connor Haynes
- John Gibson Martin
- Heather M. Buzick '97
- Rev. David Snyder
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.
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.
Michael Davis ’ 71 joined the board in 2016 and serves on the Development and Strategic Planning Committees. Michael brings significant non-profit organization experience to the board and has served in a number of leadership positions during his 40 plus year career. Most recently, until his retirement at the end of 2015, Michael was the President & CEO of IMPACT Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. Assuming that position in 1999, Michael led IMPACT from a Milwaukee based provider to a regional source of assessment, referral and 2-1-1 services. At this time, Michael also served as the founding President of 2-1-1 Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to the establishment of 2-1-1 services throughout the state of Wisconsin. Previously, Michael was the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, representing consumers and providers of AODA services on policy matters at the state level. Michael was particularly active in advocating for mandated insurance coverage for Mental Health and AODA services. Additionally, he was a registered lobbyist representing human service providers before the state legislature. Earlier, Michael was the Executive Assistant to a Wisconsin State Senator, overseeing two offices and assisting with policy development. Michael has served on a number of community boards, including The Task Force on Family Violence, and Business Against Drunk Driving. While living in Whitefish Bay, he also served on several village board committees. Michael began his career as a contributing writer to Post Newspapers. He has a BA from Ripon College and did post graduate studies at University of Wisconsin Madison. Michael lives in Bayside with his wife Terri. They have two grown sons, Ben and Steve who live in Chicago and Winona, Minnesota, respectively.
Joseph M. Garemore ‘85 is a partner with the law firm Brown & Connery, LLP, in Westmont, 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 and serves on the Finance Committee and is also the Vice President of the Society of Graduates for St Mary’s Hall, Doane Academy. Joe is also actively involved at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Palmyra where he is the Chairman of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee and Chairman of the Vision Team. Joe lives in Cherry Hill with his wife Holly, daughter Grace and son, Tim, Doane Academy class of ’17.
The Reverend J. Connor Haynes has been a member of the Doane Academy Board since 1998. During that tenure he has served as Vice President, President, and on almost every committee. For the past few years Connor has been an active member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and was very active during the Chapel restoration. Fr. Haynes has also filled the role of part-time chaplain for the school for 12 years. . Fr. Haynes holds a BA in History from Illinois College and a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Seminary. Connor is rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Burlington. He and his wife Christy are active members of the Burlington Community. Connor is also a past parent. Daughter, Bronwyn, graduated from St. Mary’s Hall – Doane Academy in 2006; a son, Gareth, graduated from Doane Academy in 2014.
John Martin is an architect and the sole proprietor of John Gibson Martin Architect in Riverton, New Jersey, which specializes in architectural plans for schools and senior living projects, but clients also include restaurants, retail, office, industrial and recreational projects. John joined the Doane Academy board in 2016, but has been a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee for over a decade. John’s designs for Doane Academy include the Potts Children's Library, Chapel Entrance, Odenheimer II alteration, and most recently Rowan Hall. The design for Rowan Hall is informed by the rich architectural history of Doane Academy, by clarity of entry and circulation, and by accessible connection of the main buildings. John's practice builds and maintains long term relationships with all of his clients, especially charitable faith based institutions such as Doane Academy. You can visit him at www.johngibsonmartin.com. John has been a trustee for the New Jersey Historic Trust, on the Holy Family Home Advisory Board, and a Vestryman for Christ Church Riverton. John attended the University of Miami and Drexel University. He lives in Riverton with his wife, a former assistant chief probation officer, and he is happiest when one or more of his four adult children visit for a few days.
Heather M. Buzick '97 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 has led several research studies to gather empirical evidence from large-scale assessments in both K-12 and higher education on validity and fairness for students with disabilities. She currently leads a cross-disciplinary research project that is contributing educational assessment capabilities, theoretical frameworks, and empirical evidence toward the goal of developing and sustaining a qualified, diverse, and cross-culturally competent teacher workforce. Her research appears in educational measurement journals including Applied Measurement in Education, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, and Educational Researcher. Previously, Ms. Buzick spent two years as an assistant to the Executive Committee for the University of Maryland’s decennial Middle States accreditation review. She is actively involved in the National Council on Measurement in Education professional organization; past roles include the Training and Professional Development Committee Chair, Annual Meeting Review lead, and editor of the quarterly newsletter. 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.
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.
- Alice Fisk '61
- John Miller
- Margaret Morris '57