Meet the Board

Richard Bershtein, President
Richard Lee, Vice President
Cindy Leffell, Vice President
Zehra Patwa, Secretary
Stephen Murphy, Treasurer


 

George Atwood
Kim Bohen
Wick R. Chambers '62
Melissa Castleman

Constance 'Cecie' Clement '62
Rebecca Good
Suguru Imaeda
Francie Irvine
George Joseph

George Knight
Nadine Koobatian
Michael Krauss
Melissa Matthes
Jennifer Milikowsky '02
Annie Murphy Paul
Jason Price
Kiran Zaman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Atwood, P ’19
Board Member since 2015

George has worked at Yale for over 20 years overseeing administration and investment of charitable trusts. He lives in Killingworth. George’s daughter Caroline attends Tufts University, son Ted attends Lawrenceville School and younger son Roddy is in Grade 7 at Foote. George and his family enjoy sailing at the family summer house in Blue Hill, Maine, or wherever sailing races take them. George received a BA in economics from Tufts University, an MBA from Yale School of Management and is a chartered financial analyst.

Richard Bershtein, P ’16, ’18, '21, '24, '25
President
Board Member since 2010
Committees: Executive, Buildings and Grounds, Development, Education, Finance, Governance & Nominations, Investment


Richard received his B.A. from Yale, cum laude, and with distinction in economics. He is also a graduate of Columbia University Law School. He was a corporate lawyer in New York City from 1983 until 1987, when he returned to Connecticut to join his father and two sisters in the general practice of law in Hamden. He is a former member of the board of directors of Neighborhood Music School and currently serves on the Yale Baseball Alumni Association. Richard is a former Commissioner and the Co-Chair of fundraising for Madison Little League, from which he won the 2009 Positive Coach of the Year Award and the 2014 and 2015 All-Star Award for Fundraising. Richard was chair of the record-setting Foote Annual Fund for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. He has completed more than 30 marathons. He lives with his wife, Chay, and their five children. Their sons Richard and Hunter attend Choate. The younger three, Dylan, Cody and Shayann, all attend Foote.

Kim Bohen, P '11, '14, '16
Board Member since 2011
Committees:Education, Governance & Nominations

Kim has 16 years of experience as an independent management consultant for a variety of local and national public and nonprofit clients. She also is the former Director of Education Initiatives at the United Way of Greater New Haven, where she oversaw all education-related community investments and partnerships. Before starting her consulting practice, Kim managed grant making in K-12 education for the IBM Corporation, and served as Assistant Press Secretary in the New York City Public Schools. Kim holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Brown University. Kim and her husband, Doug James, live on the Choate campus in Wallingford where Doug teaches English. Kim's three children all attended Foote; son Jack '11, daughter Lily '14 and son Grady '16.
Wick R. Chambers '62, P '00, '03
Board Member since 2017

Wick graduated from Foote in 1962. After graduating from Yale College in 1971, he served for a year in VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) working in a program that served elders in the New Haven community. Since graduating from the Vermont Law School, cum laude, in 1978, he has practiced law in New Haven for 38 years. Initially he did insurance defense work before joining what was then known as Carmody & Torrance, where Wick was assigned to the corporate commercial practice area. Wick then joined the Winnick law firm where for twenty years he represented People’s Bank in a variety of matters including negotiating software and other IT contracts. Having previously been a partner for many years, he is now Of Counsel to the New Haven firm of Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody & Mendel, LLC where his primary area of interest is legal ethics. Wick is Chairman of the Board of Benhaven, Inc. and President of the Board of the Victim Rights Center of Connecticut. He and his wife, Susan Seidler Chambers, have two sons, Jon, 31 and Tim, 28, both Foote graduates.
Constance (Cecie) Clement '62

Board Member since 2013

Cecie, a Foote alumna, is deputy director of the Yale Center for British Art. She attended Hollins University, as well as programs in arts administration at both Harvard and UC/Berkeley. She started her museum career in the American Arts Department of the Yale University Art Gallery. After a three-year assignment in the Museums and Historical Organizations Program at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, she returned to New Haven to join the staff of the Yale Center for British Art. While for many years she focused her energies on the public dimension of the museum, Cecie is now involved with the conservation of the Center's landmark building by Louis I. Kahn. Cecie served as acting director of the Yale Center on two occasions and on the boards of the American Association of Museums, New England Museum Association and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.

Rebecca Good, P '22

Board Member since 2017

Rebecca Good is the founding Academic Director of Relay Connecticut, an alternative route to certification program, serving schools communities throughout Connecticut. Rebecca began her teaching career in the Miami-Dade School District. As a secondary ELA instructor at an alternative high school, she was named Teacher of the Year. Rebecca spent nine years at Elm City College Preparatory Middle School in New Haven, including six years as principal. Rebecca earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. A native of Northern California, Rebecca lives in New Haven with her husband Manuel who is a United States Coast Guardsman and daughter Laila (Grade 3).

Suguru Imaeda P' 19, '20

Board Member since 2014 

Suguru has been part of the Yale community for over 20 years and is currently on the faculty in the Department of Dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Chemistry and then attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He came to Yale to finish his postgraduate training and then joined the dermatology faculty. He is currently Chief of Dermatology at both the Yale University Health Service and at the Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System. He particularly enjoys mentoring medical, nursing and physician's associate students as well as dermatology residents. He also lectures and teaches dermatology to non-dermatologists throughout the Yale Affiliated Hospital network. Suguru served on the board of the New England Dermatological Society from 2004-2011. Outside of work, he is an avid fisherman and teaches beginner fly tying for the Housatonic Fly Fishermen's Association. He and his wife Avlin (Avie), gastroenterology fellowship director at Yale School of Medicine and VA physician, have two children at Foote: Miya (Grade 7) and Raiden (Grade 5) at Foote.

Francie Irvine

Board Member since 2014
Committees: Education

Francie is an "Army brat" who led the typically peripatetic life of the child of an officer. She taught French and English at Foote from 1970-1983. She also served as Director of Admissions before leaving Foote to head the Ecole Bilingue in Arlington, MA (now the Lycée International de Boston). She then taught at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, also serving as Secondary School Adviser for the older students and their families. She retired in 2012 from New Canaan Country School, where she was the assistant head for 13 years. During those years she also returned to her roots by teaching French and English to eighth and ninth graders. Francie has a BA from Smith College, and a MA in French from Middlebury College. She returned to New Haven in 2012 with her husband Andrew McLaren, a retired school head whose last position was as head of The Little Red Schoolhouse and Elisabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village.

George Joseph, P '22, '25

Board Member since 2016

George Joseph is the deputy director of The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, which is the university's focal point for research and teaching on all aspects of international affairs, societies, and cultures around the world. He joined Yale's administration in 2003 after completing undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and graduate degrees from Yale. George's career at Yale has focused on the internationalization of the university through Yale's engagement, strategy and visibility around the world. Born in India, George lived in St. Louis between 1978 and 1995 and has lived in the New Haven area since 1995. He has served on nonprofit boards locally and in India that focus on education. George has since 2016 served as the chair of the Foote Fund that helps to fill the gap between the true cost of operating Foote and the income the school receives from tuition and from its endowment. He lives in North Haven with his wife, Preethi Varghese-Joseph, and their sons: Elias and Asher, who are in second and fifth grade at Foote.

 
George Knight, P '11, '13, '14, '16, '21

Board Member since 2011
Committees: Buildings & Grounds (Chair)

George is an architect and Principal of Knight Architecture LLC, a firm that designs residential, educational and institutional commissions. Prior to founding his own firm, George was a Senior Associate at Cesar Pelli & Associates in New Haven. Additionally, he has been a critic and instructor at the Yale School of Architecture, from which he graduated, since 2004. He attended Deerfield Academy and Princeton University. He serves on the Board of Governors at the Ivy Club in Princeton, NJ, the City of New Haven's Historic District Commission, and the Board of Directors for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. George lives near Foote in New Haven with his wife, Meg, and their five children. Among other pursuits, he enjoys drawing, travel and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Nadine Koobatian, P '14,'16, '19

Board Member since 2011

Nadine has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications. Currently, she advises nonprofit clients through her firm, Elm City Development Associates. Nadine has served as the Director of Development and Communications at IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) where she led the fundraising and communications departments for this refugee resettlement organization based in New Haven. She has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Shoreline Foundation and the Valley Shore YMCA, where she assisted in development efforts by chairing several large-scale fundraising events. At Foote, Nadine is a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and has served as Co-President and Treasurer of the Foote School Parent Teacher Council. Nadine attended Tufts University and the Washington College of Law at American University. She practiced law in Washington DC, New Jersey and Los Angeles. Nadine and her husband, Greg, a physician, live in Madison with their children, John ’14, Elizabeth ‘16 and Nicholas who is in 7th grade.

 

Michael Krauss P '17, '22
Board member since 2014

Michael and his family moved to Connecticut in 2010. The Foote School was a natural and inviting community for them and they found a home only a few blocks away. He grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he trained in chemistry before moving to Munich to work in the medical device industries, which lead him to move to Boulder, CO. He was a product manager for TomTec Imaging Inc., consulting with major medical research centers around the world in applying three-dimensional ultrasound imaging. After studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology, he worked as an architect at SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) in Chicago until moving to New Haven. He lives with his wife, a cardiologist at Yale School of Medicine, and their two children: Nathaniel (Grade 9) and Emile (Grade 4).

J. Richard Lee, P '08, '09, '13, '21
Vice President
Board member since 2012
Committees: Executive, Buildings and Grounds

Rich is co-chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and serves as a vice-president of the Board. He is the managing director of OR&L Commercial, a regional commercial real estate and development firm he founded more than 20 years ago. Over the years he has been a member of many local and national boards, both charitable and business related, and currently sits on the Greater New Haven Goodwill Easter Seals Board. A graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor's degree in Economics, Rich is an avid skier, golfer and biker. He served on the Building Committee for the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building. He lives in Madison with his wife Amy and their daughters. The youngest, Charlie, is in Grade 5 at Foote.

Cindy Leffell, P ’09, ’11
Vice President
Board Member since 2009
Committees: Buildings & Grounds, Governance & Nominations (Chair)
 

Cindy Leffell chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee and serves as a vice president. She is a former president of the board of the Eli Whitney Museum and continues to serve on its board. She also served for many years as an officer on the board of Tower One/Tower East, an assisted living facility in New Haven. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Cindy has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, concentrating in health care administration and finance. She worked in administrative and consulting capacities at Yale-New Haven Hospital and at Yale University in facilities planning and design, strategic planning and the development office. For the past seven years she has been a commercial real estate appraiser. Cindy and her husband, David, are close neighbors to the Foote School campus. They are the parents of two children who attended Foote since kindergarten: Dahlia, a student at University of Chicago, and Alex, a graduate of MIT.


 
 
Melissa Matthes P '12, '14, '16, '18 
Board Member since 2014

Melissa is an associate professor of political science at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where she primarily teaches courses in religion and politics. She also has an affiliation with Yale Divinity School, where she teaches feminist theologies and political theology. She has written a book about sexual violence and political foundings and is currently working on a research project about the role of sermons in American political discourse. Her undergraduate degree in political science and English literature is from Williams College; her PhD is from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. Melissa served on Foote's Nominating Committee in 2013. She is the mother of four children, all of whom started at Foote in Kindergarten. The youngest, Colin, is in Grade 8.
Jennifer Milikowsky '02
Board Member since 2013

Jennifer graduated from Foote in 2002 before attending Choate and then receiving her bachelor's degree with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain scholar. She worked as a wildlife biologist in Florida and Hawaii before returning to New Haven to pursue masters' degrees at both the Yale School of Management and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Jennifer is excited to be back in her hometown and also serves on the board of Solar Youth, a New Haven nonprofit organization focused on youth development.
Stephen Murphy, P ’20, ’20
Treasurer
Board Member since 2013

Steve works at Yale as associate vice president for finance and university controller with responsibility for financial planning, budgeting, accounting, tax, treasury, financial reporting and internal controls. He graduated from Yale with a bachelor's degree in economics and grew up in Middletown, Conn. Prior to working at Yale, he held various finance and business development positions in the private sector, including finance director for Wilson Sporting Goods Europe based in Munich, director of business development for Häagen-Dazs Asia/Pacific based in Hong Kong, and as the senior financial executive at start-up and technology companies in the Boston area. He serves as a member of the Finance Committee for the Foote School and is a former member of the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee for St. Thomas More Chapel & Center at Yale. He and his wife, Vicki, live in North Haven with their twin daughters Abigail and Julia (Grade 6).
 
Annie Murphy Paul, P ’21, ’24
Board Member since 2016

Annie Murphy Paul is a journalist, author, consultant and speaker. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, Time magazine, Scientific American and Slate, Paul is the author of two books, The Cult of Personality and Origins, a New York Times Notable Book. She is now at work on a book about a new vision of how the mind works. The author of the popular Brilliant blog, Paul is the founder of BrilliantEd LLC, a training and consulting company, and speaks frequently at schools and companies around the country. A graduate of Yale College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she lives in New Haven with her husband, Yale Law School professor John Witt, and their two sons, Gus and Teddy, who are in second and fifth grade at Foote.
 
 
Jason Price P '23, '24
Board Member since 2015


Jason Price is a partner in Exaltare Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm, where he specializes in investments in lower middle market firms and family-owned businesses seeking growth capital to professionalize operations. Prior to that, he served as a senior vice president at Cigna Investment Management and as the head of private equity investment activity for the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, where he oversaw a $4 billion private equity investment program. Over his professional career, Jason has served on the advisory boards of more than 12 private equity partnerships. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of All Our Kin and the Promising Scholars Fund. Jason received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in business administration from Morehouse College. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Jason lives in New Haven with his wife Christina and two sons, Jason (Grade 3) and Jacob (Grade 2).

Zehra Patwa, P ’14, ’16
Vice President
Board Member since 2009
Committees: Executive, Building, MOSAIC (Chair)

Zehra is the Technology Project Manager for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, a New Haven-based nonprofit organization that provides a range of services to Connecticut towns and cities. She grew up in London and was educated at the University of Bradford Management Centre in the UK and the Université de Montpellier in France. Zehra served as chair of the Personnel Committee at the Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center at the Yale School of Medicine. She is the team captain of Team Women on the Verge, which takes part in the annual Race in the Park road race in New Britain, to raise funds for breast cancer research. She is a Francophile and a gastronome, and lives in Hamden with her husband, Huned, a neurologist at the Yale School of Medicine, and their two sons, Anees and Siraj, students at Hopkins.

Kiran Zaman, P '19, '20, '23
Board Member since 2012

Kiran, originally from Pakistan, grew up in South Carolina. Her family returned to Pakistan when she was 14 years old. She acquired her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and French and her master's in Fine Arts from Punjab University. She was professor of Modern Art at Fatima Jinnah Women's University in Rawalpindi. She also taught French for several years at the Alliance Francaise in Rawalpindi. Kiran's paintings have been exhibited and sold in many solo and group exhibitions. Apart from her career as an artist and teacher, she played the lead role in three Pakistani TV drama series. Upon returning to the United States in 2001, she relocated to New Haven where she taught French at Helene Grant School and the Yeshiva High School. She designed a curriculum at Helene Grant Headstart Center using art to teach French to children in Kindergarten through sixth grade. She currently serves on the board of the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden, where she is also a program developer, and has previously served as a manager and educator at the museum. Kiran and her husband, Sabooh S. Mubbashar, live in Woodbridge with their three children, who attend Foote. Kiran is currently enrolled at Wesleyan University in the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

 

 

 

Ex-Officio Members

 

 

Melissa Castleman, P '24
Co-President of the Parent Teacher Council

 

Melissa received her BA with honors from Harvard and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She has held positions as general editor, features editor, executive editor and restaurant reviewer at several lifestyle magazines. As a freelance food and travel writer, her work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Art & Antiques, Executive Traveler, Brides, Spa, Better Homes & Gardens and other national magazines. Melissa is also a graduate of professional cooking school and has done an apprenticeship in the kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant in France. She is a certified sommelier with the International Wine Guild. She lives in Hamden with her husband, Jordan Peccia, Professor of Environmental Engineering at Yale, and their son, Julian, a second grader at Foote.