Gary F. Gut (Chairman) is a former strategic management consultant (Bain & Company) and serial entrepreneur (Sound Synergy – chain of retail stereo and video stores, Medivision – national chain of ophthalmic ambulatory surgery centers, Medical Management of America – provider of ophthalmology services, John Harvard’s Brew House – venture capital backed micro-brewery restaurant chain, Rural Cellular, LLP). Most recently, Mr. Gut served as the President & CEO of the Boston Foundation for Sight, a pioneering nonprofit institute working to improve the lives of those suffering with complex corneal disease. He is former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, a PK-12 independent school in Cambridge, MA and a member of the Advisory Board (and former Trustee) of The Advent School, a K-6 independent school in Boston, MA. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and attended MIT and SUNY Buffalo. He and his wife, Patricia Casale, former Vice Chairman of Berklee College of Music Board of Trustees and jazz piano student, reside in Boston and are passionate listeners of jazz, classical and opera music.
Katharine Pell (Founding Board Chair) has been chairman of the board of trustees at CLCS since the school began. She was Chairman of the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission in the Dukakis Administration. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Harvard School of Public Health. She lives in Weston. While not a musician, she sang in the Bryn Mawr chorus and has a life long love of music. She is particularly interested in the inter-relationship of music and learning.
Robert Grinberg (Treasurer) was educated at the Wharton School and received a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Currently retired, he founded and ran three national travel companies. He is a partner in Bluestone Company, a real estate investment management firm, and is on the boards of several other companies. He lives in Chestnut Hill.
Anne Snyder (Vice Chair) worked at the Shady Hill School for twenty-six years, serving as Director of the school’s Teacher Training Course for ten of those years. Ms. Snyder is a graduate of Lesley University and Earlham College and currently works with Berwick Academy in Berwick, Maine and The New City School in St Louis, Missouri to establish DOE approved site-based teacher training programs. She lives in Cambridge with a piano player and a drummer, and has eclectic taste in music.
Danna Mauch Danna Mauch (Clerk) chairs the Board Governance Committee. She is a senior fellow and principal scientist with Abt Associates, conducting health services and economics research on the organization and financing of care delivered to vulnerable populations. Dr. Mauch holds a Ph.D. in social policy, planning and administration from Brandeis and has worked in the public and private sectors as CEO, consultant and director of health care management organizations and government agencies for over 35 years. She lives in Cambridge.
Mark Churchill is Director of El Sistema USA as well as Dean Emeritus, Senior Advisor and Cello Instructor at New England Conservatory. He is also active in a number of other roles as educator, conductor, and cellist. As a founding board member of CLCS he helped oversee the relationship between NEC and CLCS until last year. El Sistema USA is a national support center for the quickly expanding El Sistema movement in the US.
Francisca Guevara is Associate Director for Community Health at the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center. She is a community health professional who develops strategies, plans and programs appropriate for the target population, she also manages resources such as interpretation services at the Health Center. Manages and maintains the medical patient wait list, connecting patients with services at the health center’s patient base. Ms. Guevara was also the Program Coordinator at Crittenton Inc., Boston responsible for managing the Healthy Families Home Visiting program, hiring and training program supervisors and home visitors.
Reginald L. Jackson, Ph.D. is the founder and President of Olaleye Communication, Inc. located in Boston. He serves as a consultant to artists and scholars conducting visual and cultural research related to African retentions in the Americas.
Dr. Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Visual Anthropology and Communications from Union Institute, a MFA and BFA from Yale University, a MSW from the State University of New York Stoney Brook, and the AAS degree from RIT in Graphic Arts and Printing. His postgraduate work includes MIT, Smithsonian, and Fulbright and Ford Foundations fellowships. He is an Emeritus Professor of Communications at Simmons College, where, in the mid-seventies he helped shape the photographic component of the Communications Department of the college.
He is also an Emeritus Master Artist at Northeastern University. And served as the Academic Dean of International Relations and professor of Visual Communications at African University College of Communications in Ghana.
For over 40 years Dr. Jackson, an educator and visual artist, has conducted visual research within the African Diaspora, documenting African retentions in Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba and Brazil. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the MIT Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Boston Athenaeum, the Bowdoin Museum of Arts, the RISD Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, and both Simmons and Amherst Colleges. He has also participated in over 150 exhibitions including in Ghana, China, and Brazil.
The African American Alumni Association of Simmons College presented him with a Man of the Year and Crystal Stair Award twice. He is also the recipient of a citation from the Massachusetts State Senate for his outstanding work in the field of communications.
Myriah Johnson (PAC Chair)
Martha Kleinman is originally from West Hartford, Connecticut. She received a BA degree from Adelphi University, where she graduated magna cum laude and later received a degree superieur from the Universite de Dijon, France.
Her career in development includes heading up the development office at
Walnut Hill School with a successful team of ten. Before that she was, for a period of time, at Belmont Hill School. She has also been an entrepreneur, having launched a catering company business, while her children were young.
Always very interested in children’s education, she has been a volunteer for the last 4 years at a Boston public school in the South End as a reading tutor with a program called Generations. Other volunteer activities have included membership on the Boards of NTSAD, National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, (her infant sister died of Tay-Sachs), and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, helping them establish a development effort.
She is married (for 46 years!) to her high school sweetheart, Ron Kleinman, who is Chief of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston. They have two children and two granddaughters, with a third on the way in October, all who live in the South End in Boston.
Staverne Y. Miller LCWS, is Director of Areas for the Department of Children and Families. She holds degrees from Simmons College School of Social Work, Lincoln University, and Boston University School of Management Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She has been part of the Department of Children and Families since 1989 beginning as a case worker and moving up the ranks to Program Director, Investigator, Supervisor, and Area Program Manager to her present position as Director of Areas.
Stephanie Perrin was the Head of Walnut Hill School for the Arts from 1984 to 2008 and is now a consultant to schools on arts, arts programming and organizational design. She serves on the Board of the Arts/Learning, Inc. an organization committed to arts for all students in the pubic schools. She is past president of the NETWORK of Schools of Visual and Performing Arts and is a member of the New England Conservatory Board of Overseers. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds an honorary Doctorate from the New England Conservatory and lives in Orleans, MA.
Bradley Richardson is the President of Bradyco Financial, an investment management firm. Educated at Phillips Exeter, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he received an M.B.A., Mr. Richardson has also worked in the advertising, insurance, and film industries. He is a member of the Boston Economic Club and the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations. His past volunteer work includes the Board of the Cambridge Guidance Center and working as a volunteer consultant for Community Consulting Teams of Boston.
Clay Rives is Co Founder and President of All Inbox LLC, an industry leading Internet marketing company founded in 2009. He graduated from St. George’s School in Newport RI and received his BA in Music from Connecticut College. After college, Clay was on the founding teams of several successful Internet startups in New York City. In his spare time, Clay is a venture investor, a passionate traveler, and an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and education. In 2013, Clay co-founded the Scott Scholarship to St. George’s School, and he currently sits on the board of the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton MA. Clay keeps his own musical interest alive by singing tenor in the Sly Voxes men’s A Cappella group. He and his wife Emily reside on Beacon Hill in Boston.
Keree Simmons has worked in the financial services industry for the past 14 years for organizations such as Investors Financial Services and State Street Bank Corporation. He currently serves as a General Tabernacle Trustee for COGASOC Temple Beth El performing financial modeling functions and analyzing national service contracts. Professionally, he executes financial planning and analysis for Boston Public Schools. He is a lifelong resident of Roxbury, MA, and is the father of two children who attend Conservatory Lab Charter School.
For the last 20 years, Andy Snider has been a consultant, team facilitator, and business leader working with leadership teams to help them achieve dramatic performance improvements. Andy’s specialty is helping organizations adapt and thrive in new or changing environments.
Dr. Lisa Wong is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School and a pediatrician at Milton Pediatric Associates. She is a violinist and Past President of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and currently a Board member of Massachusetts Cultural Council, co-founder of the Committee on Arts&Humanities at Harvard Medical School and member of the Boston Arts Consortium for Health. She has a particular interest in El Sistema, arts in health and arts integration in education and in 2012 published Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of Music and Medicine.