Board of Trustees
2016-2017 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Aditi is the mother of Om ‘17 and Dev ‘20. She co-chaired the Auction in 2012 and 2013. Aditi also has been involved as a Room Parent, co-chaired the Annual Fund, and many other activities. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan College, she spent a post graduate year at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, India. Aditi works with Malabar Bay, a family-owned business. She was elected to the Board in 2012 and has served as President for three years.
Becki Fleischer is the mother of Liz ‘15 and Asa ‘17. She is a consultant and project manager for non-profit organizations. A graduate of Ball State University, she held management positions at the U.S. Department of Education and other government agencies. She joined the Board in 2015, serves as Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Development Committee, and chaired the Trusteeship and Strategic Planning Committee that produced the Framework for our Future Strategic Plan.
Christen DeSantis is the mother of Miles ‘17 and Will ‘21. She co-chaired the Parents Group for three years. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management from North Carolina State University and a M.A. in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She opened her business Christen DeSantis Nutrition in 2009. Previously, she worked at Diageo, Equitable Life, and Bain Consulting. She joined the Board in 2015 and serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee and is the Treasurer of the Board.
Ratna Subramanyam Basu is the mother of Aran ‘18. She is the Managing Director of Trade, Funding, and Finance at General Electric, where she has worked as an IT leader for more than 18 years. She received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Bentley University. She was elected to the Board in 2014, chaired the Marketing Committee and served on the Trusteeship and Strategic Planning Committee. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board and chairs the Trusteeship Committee.
Mark Davis was appointed Head of St. Luke’s School in New Canaan in 2002. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University. Mark serves on the Board of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). He joined the LRS Board in 2012, serves on the Trusteeship Committee, and was very involved in the strategic planning process.
Craig DeMaio is the father of Emme ‘20 and Jack ‘22. A graduate of Ithaca College, Craig is a Senior Vice President with Morgan Stanley. He previously was a wealth advisor with Merrill Lynch. He was elected to the Board in 2014 and serves on the Finance Committee.
Irene Eddy is the mother of Nick Donahue LRS ‘13 and Ellie Donahue ‘15. As an LRS parent, she was involved in Kids Helping Kids and numerous other activities. Most recently, Irene worked for GE in ABS, Structured Finance, Securitization and Capital Markets. She also has a JD from Fordham University School of Law. She joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the Finance and Diversity and Inclusion Committees.
David Friedman is the father of of Marissa ’03, Josh ’05 and Benjamin. David has a B.A. from Stanford University and a law degree from New York University. He is a partner in the law firm Murtha Cullina in commercial litigation. He was elected to the Board in 2011and has served on the Finance and Personnel Committees.
Patty Litzen is the mother of Oliver Kreeger ‘17 and Harry Kreeger ‘19. She currently co-chairs the Parents Group. She has served as a co-chair of the Book Fair, as a Room Parent, and as an LRS Community Ambassador. A graduate of SUNY College at Buffalo, Patty is pursuing a master’s degree in speech pathology. She worked at Heartland Music, in all aspects of the company, and volunteers with The Yellow Finch Project, a theatre group for children with special needs. She joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the Development and Diversity and Inclusion Committees.
Anne Mengden is the mother of Christian Giliberto ‘05. She was the LRS science teacher for six years, after receiving an M.S.Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College. Prior to that Anne worked finance at Citigroup and other investment companies. She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. She joined the Board in 2015, chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. She served on the Trusteeship and Strategic Planning Committee last year.
Adaobi Odili Arpino is the mother of Milan Arpino ‘20. She is an executive at IBM Global Financing and previously worked at JPMorgan Chase & Ford Motor Credit. She received a B.S. from Barry University and an M.B.A from Columbia University. She joined the Board in 2016 and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion, and Finance Committees.
Kris Bria was appointed Head of School in 1989. She began teaching at LRS in 1977 in Kindergarten-Grade 1 and then Nursery and served as Assistant Head. Her son, Daniel Klein, attended LRS for seven years. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she received an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.Ed. from Bank Street College. She serves on the CAIS Commission and Membership and Accreditation and served two terms on the CAIS Board of Directors.
Gretchen Mezoff was appointed Assistant Head of School in December of 2013. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she received an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education. She began teaching at LRS in 1976, and her daughter, Charlotte, graduated in 1999. Gretchen serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and she served on the Trusteeship and Strategic Planning, and Planning and Education Committees last year.
Karen McNicoll has served as the Faculty Representative to the Board since 2001.
Her son Alex graduated from LRS in 1988, and her sons Graham and Iain attended through Grade 5 when the family moved to Australia. A graduate of St. Gabriel’s College, London, she received a Certificate in Education from the University of London and an M.S.Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College. She began teaching at LRS in 1982. Karen serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and served on the Marketing, and Planning and Education Committees.
- Pam Adams—Chief Financial Officer
- Pam Chin—Director of Development
- Christine Costello—Director of Admissions
Parents Group Co-Chairs (non-voting)
- Patty Litzen
- Shanti Hageman