2017-18 Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

List of 8 items.

  • Kirtley Cameron, Chair

    Kirtley Cameron joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and was elected Chair of the Board in 2013. As Chair, Kirtley also sits on each of the Board’s standing committees.

    She is the founder of Kirtley Cameron LLC, a residential design firm with a focus on historic preservation. Kirtley also serves on the Board of Trustees of Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and is a past Trustee of Saint Michael’s School in Newport, RI. She is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Bedford Historical Society and a member of the Advisory Board of Bedford 2020.  

    Kirtley and her husband Seth ’88 live in Bedford and are the parents of Maki ’20, Hazel ’23 and Wallis ‘30. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Middlebury College and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
  • Peter B. Freund ’91, Vice 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.
  • James D. Kallman, Vice Chair

    Jim Kallman joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and serves on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair. He currently serves on the Committee on Trustees, Compensation Committee and Finance & Audit Committee.

    Jim is President of Kallman Holdings, Inc., a private investment company. He was previously a general partner of Chase Capital Partners, a global private equity firm. Jim has served as Chair of the Board of the New York City-based non-profit City Harvest since 2005 and is a board member at Feeding America.  He has previously served as a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Brown University.

    Jim and his wife Alison live in Bedford Corners with their son, William ’19. Jim received his undergraduate degree in Applied Math and Economics from Brown University and his M.B.A. from Wharton School of Finance.
  • 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.
  • Scott Barshay, Secretary

    Scott Barshay joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. As Secretary, Scott is part of the Board’s Executive Committee. In addition, he serves on the Compensation and Finance & Audit Committees as well as the Committee on Trustees.

    Scott is a partner and Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP.

    Scott and his wife Melissa live in Armonk with their three children, Emily ’13, Chloe ’15, and Josh ’20. Scott received a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University and a J.D. from Columbia University’s School of Law.
  • Whitney Brown

    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.
  • Anne Citrin

    Anne Citrin joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.  She serves on the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees, as well as the Advancement Committee.  Since April 2013, she has served as co-chair of The Centennial Campaign.

    Anne also serves on the board of The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester as well as The Wonderfund based in Massachusetts. She and her husband Jake lives in Bedford Corners with their five children: Claudia ’20, Joe ’22, Margaux ’23, Will ’26 and Gabby ’29. Anne holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
  • Chris Pachios

    Chris Pachios joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. He serves on the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees, Buildings & Grounds Committee, Finance & Audit Committee, and the Campaign Steering Committee.

    Chris is a partner at North River Company, a real estate investment and development company. He and his wife Allyson live in Katonah with their children Harry ’22, Saylor ’23, Charlie ’25, and Andrew ‘29. Chris is active as an alumnus of St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH where both he and Allyson attended. He earned his undergraduate degree in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.
Sonja Bartlett
Jonathan Childs
Nancy Dwyer Eaves '92
Margot Fooshee
Abby Gerry
Ben Harris
Dr. Elizabeth L. Kilgallon
Stuart Kovensky
Dr. Angelina Lipman
Richard Mugler III
Nga Pedretti
Lisa L. Shrewsberry
Sara Slocum
Daniel van Starrenburg

Ex Officio

Colm MacMahon, Head of School
Deborah A. Hurrell, Asst. Head, Finance & Operations
Cynthia Branch Mas '71, RCSAA Chair
Ryan Smith, Director of Advancement
Antoinette Sullivan, Parents Association Chair

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-tterm 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.