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New members join Andover Board of Trustees

Tristin Batchelder Mannion, Rejji Hayes, Mari Wellin King, Tom Beaton began service July 1

July 19, 2012 —Peter Currie ’74, president of the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees, announced that four new members have joined the board. Tristin Batchelder Mannion ’82, of Boston, will serve a six-year term as a charter trustee; Rejji Hayes ’93, of Novi, Michigan, and Mari Wellin King ’75, of Bainbridge Island, WA, will serve four-year terms as alumni trustees. Tom Beaton ’73, of Charlestown, MA, will serve a three-year term as an alumni trustee and Alumni Council president, succeeding Susan Donahue ’73. The terms of all four trustees began July 1, as did Currie’s term as trustee president.

Tristin Mannion

A generous supporter in both time and philanthropy, Mannion has served Phillips Academy in a wide variety of volunteer capacities. She currently serves on the Gift Planning Advising Committee, the Financial Aid Task Force, and the Campaign Steering Committee. She also was a six-year member of the Andover Development Board.

Prior to her current work as advisor for the Martin J. & Tristin Mannion Charitable Trust, Mannion worked as an attorney at Boston firms Deutsch, Williams and Peabody & Brown. She presently serves as a trustee for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, on the Board of Deans Advisors for Harvard Business School, and on the board of Strategic Grant Partners. She recently completed eight years of service on the board of New Profit, Inc., a venture philanthropy fund.

Mannion holds a B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire and a law degree from Suffolk University. She lives in Boston with her husband, Martin, and is the mother of five children.

Rejji Hayes

Hayes is vice president, finance and treasurer of ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electricity transmission provider in the U.S. Prior to joining ITC, he served as assistant treasurer and director, corporate finance and financial strategy, at Exelon Corporation, where he was responsible for developing the company’s financial strategy and planning, structuring and executing all debt and equity financings. Prior to Exelon, Hayes spent several years in investment banking advising companies in mergers and acquisitions and finance at Lazard and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Passionate about his service to Andover, Hayes has served as head class agent and on the Academy Initiatives Committee and Andover’s Greater Chicago regional leadership team. He has served on the Annual Giving Board since 2007, and is especially proud of his work with fellow alums to honor Todd Isaac ’90, who died during the 9/11 attacks. Founded in 2003, the Todd Isaac Scholarship Fund has raised more than $750,000 to help talented minority students attend Andover.

A former member of the boards of the University of Illinois–Chicago’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, IL, Hayes holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He lives with his wife, Celeste, and their son, Hunter, in Michigan.

Mari Wellin King

As a member of the Class of 1975, King had the opportunity to experience two years at both Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy before graduating in Andover’s second coed class.

Currently in her 26th year as a class secretary, King has given generously to the Academy and has served as an Alumni Admission Representative, parent fund volunteer, reunion chair, and as a member of the Alumni Council for two terms. In 2010, she and her husband, PA classmate Richard King ’75, were honored with Andover’s Distinguished Service Award. They are also the proud parents of Mac ’05, Abby ’07, and Claire ’10.

Beyond Andover, King, a resident of Bainbridge Island, WA, has been an active advocate for private schools and children in her community. She cofounded Voyager Montessori Elementary School and spent seven years on the board of Hyla Middle School where, as president, she helped complete the school’s first accreditation process, chaired capital campaigns, raised annual funds, and led a national search for a new head of school. Most recently she served on the board of directors of the Safe Crossings Foundation, an organization devoted to helping children cope with grief. King holds a B.A. from Kenyon College.

Tom Beaton

As Managing Director of Next Step, LLC, in Boston, Beaton provides organizational consulting to private equity and venture capital firms as well as to their portfolio companies.

An energetic volunteer and philanthropic supporter of Andover, Beaton has been a member of the Alumni Council since 2004, during which time he has served twice as co-chair of the Non Sibi Committee, chair of the Mentoring Committee, cofounder of the Andover and the Military Committee and as a regional association leader. In 2007, Beaton cofounded Non Sibi Day, Andover’s worldwide service effort that joins alumni, parents, faculty and students. He has also mentored entrepreneurial students engaged in Thought into Action Institute, and has served as career advisor to fellow alumni and co-agent for his class.

A graduate of Princeton University, Beaton also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.S. degree from Brandeis University. He and his wife, Gale, live in Charlestown, MA, and are the parents of Granger and Paige.

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