Board of Trustees

Strong governance drives student success. Below is a message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees. 
Trustees of Rippowam Cisqua School are fiduciaries to the institution as a whole and are collectively responsible for overseeing the welfare of the School and the pursuit of its mission.

A vital part of that oversight is ensuring that all legal obligations are met and that sound financial management is provided for both current and future operations. Although trustees often have other relationships with the School – as alumni, parents, or relatives of current or former students – each trustee must put aside these personal relationships and concern him or herself solely with what is in the best current and long-term interests of the institution as a whole. The Board monitors the success of the School in fulfilling its mission and works in partnership with the Head of School to establish principles that will best serve the School, while the Head of School implements the policies and procedures to fulfill these principles on an operational basis.

Board members are nominated by the Committee on Trustees and elected by the full Board. New Board members are selected based upon the immediate and long-term needs of the School. Each trustee candidate must demonstrate commitment and service to the institution. The full Board meets at least five times a year, on and off campus, to receive and discuss reports from the Head of School and other administrators, Board Committees, and outside consultants where appropriate.

2019-20 Board of Trustees

List of 4 items.

  • Peter B. Freund '91, Chair

    Peter Freund joined the Board of Trustees in 2013 and serves on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair. He is also the Co-Chair of the Campaign Steering Committee and serves on the Advancement Committee, the Committee on Trustees, the Compensation Committee, the Finance & Audit Committee, the Investment Committee and the Master Plan Task Force.

    Peter is the principal owner of Trinity Sports Holdings, a portfolio company which both owns and operates professional sports teams and venues throughout North America. Trinity Sports Holdings portfolio includes interests in Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and Minor League Baseball’s Memphis Redbirds, Charleston RiverDogs and Williamsport Crosscutters.  

    Peter and his wife Mimi live in Bedford Hills and are the parents of Winnie ’23, and Wren ’23. A member of the RCS class of 1991, Peter received a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College.
  • Whitney Brown, Vice Chair

    Whitney Brown joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2015. She is the Chair of the Marketing & Enrollment Committee, Chair of the Committee on Trustees and she serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Most recently,  Whitney led the Board’s efforts to revise of our School’s Mission Statement.  

    Whitney serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Lawrenceville School on which she has served since 2006 and was Co-Chair of their recent Head of School Search Committee. An active and dedicated RCS parent volunteer, Whitney is a former Parents Association Executive Committee member, and a Co-Chair of the 2014 Celestial Auction.

    Whitney and her husband Lee live in Bedford with their three children, Hale ’19, Henry ’22, and Millie ’25. Whitney received a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University.
  • Charles Buckley, Treasurer

    Charlie Buckley joined the Board of Trustees in 2012. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee as Treasurer, Charlie is head of the Finance and Audit Committee, a member of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Investment Committee. He is a former Annual Fund Ambassador and has also served on the Athletic Advisory Council.

    Professionally, Charlie is the Head of Coverage Family Office for Credit Suisse in New York City. In addition to his efforts at RCS, Charlie has been actively involved with the Fresh Air Fund for many years, both in hosting children and in the Fresh Air Fund’s annual fundraising efforts.

    Charlie and his wife Robin live in Bedford Corners and are the parents of Tyler ’12, Hannah ’15, and Briggs ’27. Charlie earned his undergraduate degree in Applied Math and Economics from Brown University.
  • Ben Harris, Secretary

    Ben currently serves as President of Gramercy Property Trust, a New York-based REIT. Ben was part of the three person management team recruited to take over Gramercy in 2012. Prior to his current job, Ben was Head of U.S. Investments at W. P. Carey & Co. LLC, a New York based real estate investment firm. Ben grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and Ontario, Canada, and graduated from the University of King’s College in Canada. Ben and his wife, Laura, live in Bedford with their three children, Louisa ’24, Theodora ’25, and George ’29.
Sonja Bartlett
Jonathan Childs
Anne Citrin
Kelly Coles
Nancy Dwyer Eaves ’92
Abby Gerry
Harry Grand '93, RCSAA Chair
Richard C. Mugler III
D. Bryce O'Brien
Christopher H. Pachios
Will Reeve '07
Charlene Sy Ryan
Sara Slocum
Daniel van Starrenburg
Page Vincent '79

Ex Officio

Colm MacMahon, Head of School
Deborah A. Hurrell, Asst. Head, Finance & Operations
Lisa Kaufmann, Parents Association Chair
Lower Campus (PreK-Grade 4)
325 West Patent Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
phone: (914) 244-1200
Upper Campus (Grades 5-9)
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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