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Anti-Racism Task Force

Announced in 2020, the Andover Anti-Racism Task Force will examine Andover’s policies, practices, and institutional biases with respect to race. The broad scope of the AATF’s work is outlined in the charge below and will embody accountability and transparency. In that effort please see our committee and resource partner bios below.

Correspondence can be sent to taskforce@andover.edu.

Task Force Timeline

Task Force Committee Members

    Resource Partners

    Bios

    Amy Falls ’82, P’19, ’21
    President, Board of Trustees

    Falls has been a charter trustee for seven years and serves with Currie and Joe Bae ’90, P’21 as cochair of the Knowledge & Goodness Campaign. Her record of service has earned high praise across generations of alumni and parents. Her leadership on the campaign front has meant personal investment in Andover’s future, as well as strategic involvement in all facets of planning and execution.

    Falls earned degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; her professional experience includes positions with Morgan Stanley as managing director and global fixed income strategist. Prior to becoming chief investment officer at Rockefeller, she was Andover’s first CIO from 2005 to 2011. She built a New York-based team and managed Andover’s endowment through both prosperous and challenging times. Her non sibi portfolio is also expansive and includes seats on the boards of the Ford Foundation and Harvard Management Company.

    Gary Lee ’74
    Chair, Trustee Committee on Equity and Inclusion

    Focusing on foreign affairs, travel, cultural immersion and environmental issues, Gary has been a staff writer for Time magazine, and a reporter for the Washington Post. Early in his career, Gary opted to explore “news that does not come out of the typical centers of power.” He has written about the cultures of more than forty U.S. states and eighty countries -- from Maine to Hawaii and Afghanistan to Wales. Gary was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and after notable coverage of 9/11 was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award for excellence in travel journalism. Lee also received the Andover Distinguished Service Award in 1998 for his continued dedication to the Academy.

    As a Philippian columnist, General Manager of WPAA, and chief editor at the Amherst college newspaper, Gary’s passion for journalism was apparent long before his work with Time and The Post. Graduating from Andover in 1974, Gary was part of the Academy’s inclusionary history, as a member of the first co-educated class. In 2009, Gary was announced as a charter trustee for the Academy, and currently serves as the chair of the Trustee Committee on Equity and Inclusion.

    Although a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Gary now calls Washington D.C. home. From D.C. Gary writes books and runs Andes International, an organization dedicated to improving equity for immigrants and people of color through training and employment opportunities. From afar, Gary and his partner also own and run a hotel in Peru.

    Linda Carter Griffith
    Associate Head of School for Equity, Inclusion and Wellness

    It was the (MS)2 program, Math and Science for Minority Students, that first drew Linda to Andover. She joined the (MS)2 faculty as an English teacher in the summer of 1986, joining the full time faculty in 1990 as an instructor in English, assistant basketball coach, and house counselor.

    Andover quickly became home for Linda, where she served as a cluster dean for 10 years, helped develop the Life Issues curriculum, taught in the summer African Institute as well as in Kenya and Tanzania through the International Academic Partnership, and supported student cultural clubs as a faculty advisor. In 2006, Linda was appointed the Dean of Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD), where she focused on developing programming aimed to both raise awareness and encourage understanding of uniquenesses of all kinds.

    In 2015, Linda was announced as the school’s first Assistant Head for Equity and Inclusion, followed by a promotion to associate head in 2018. As the associate head, Griffith oversees CAMD, Brace Center for Gender Studies, the Office of Community Engagement, the Office of Spirituality and Religious Life, and Sykes Wellness Center. Her priority continues to be the perpetual strengthening of inclusion, equity, and community across campus and - as a result of this priority - was fondly dubbed the “heart of our community.” In addition to her role as Associate Head of School, Linda remains a member of the English department and currently teaches in the Theatre and Dance Department.

    Linda’s commitment to underserved students extends beyond Andover, and began when she spent summers working for MIT’s Upward Bound Program. While teaching at Boston Latin School, Griffith also worked as the Associate Director of Project LASER (Learning Activities for Science and Engineering Readiness) at Emmanuel College. Currently, Linda is on the summer faculty of Diversity Directions, a seminar for independent schools aimed at examining the personal, interpersonal, and institutional factors that impact diversity initiatives. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.Ed. from Cambridge College.

    Raynard S. Kington, MD, PhD, P’24
    Head of School

    Dr. Raynard S. Kington began his work as Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in July 2020. Prior to coming to Andover, he served for ten years as President of Grinnell College (2010-2020) and previously in a range of positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including NIH Principal Deputy Director and NIH Acting Director, NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Acting Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    Before NIH he was a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and served as Director of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). He has also been a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now, the National Academy of Medicine – NAM) in 2006. Dr. Kington attended the University of Michigan, where he received both his B.S. with distinction and his M.D. and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he completed his M.B.A. with distinction and his Ph.D. with a concentration in Health Policy and Economics at the Wharton School and was awarded a Fontaine Fellowship. He received his board certification in Internal Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine. His research has focused on the social determinants of health and more recently on diversity in the scientific workforce.

    Dr. Kington is married to Dr. Peter Daniolos, an adolescent psychiatrist. They have two sons.

    LaShawnda Brooks
    Director, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)

    LaShawnda Brooks was appointed Executive Director of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), a Phillips Academy outreach program focused on influencing the nation’s educational systems by developing a more diverse cadre of teachers, professors and academic leaders.

    When completing an MS in Education Policy at the University of Pennsylvania from 2017-2018, Brooks was a research assistant for the Racial Empowerment Collaborative. A first generation graduate of the University of Virginia, Brooks joined Teach for America in 2009, serving for two years in Atlanta. Most recently, as an instructional coach for City Year, she designed, developed, and implemented curriculum for 250 AmeriCorps members in New York City.

    She also has served as a program manager at America Needs You, where she oversaw a college persistence and career development mentoring program for first generation college students. Her collaborative work resulted in 98 percent program completion and 100 percent college graduation.

    Susan Esty P’22
    Director, Wellness Education

    Susan Esty is a teacher, school counselor, and administrator, who has more than 25 years of experience in education. She is the Abbot Cluster Dean at Phillips Academy, where she has worked since 2016 as the Director of Wellness Education.

    Susan and her team researched and designed the Academy’s new, four-year wellness education program, called Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion (or, more informally, EBI), which they continue to develop, deliver, and assess. The EBI program is a combination of social-emotional learning, health education, and cultural competency training. She has also served as the advisor to several student organizations, including Out of the Blue, which in 2019 released a compilation of student stories centered around identity and social justice, which the school uses to teach new students about living and learning in an intentionally diverse community. With Flavia Vidal, Susan co-founded a student leadership organization called YES+ (Youth Educators for Sex Positivity), which provides all-gender, inclusive peer-to-peer sex education, including their popular “Cupcakes and Condoms” events. At her former school she was Director of Advising & Counseling, a long-time member of their multicultural education steering committee, co-founder of their community education program, and advisor to their multicultural coalition and student of color affinity group.

    Susan has a master’s degree in child development and a doctorate in counseling psychology. For her doctoral internship she studied multicultural psychology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Susan is passionate about residential life and has served as a house counselor to junior boys in Rockwell and Newman House. She lives on campus with her husband, two daughters, and their overly friendly dog, Linus.

    Patrick Farrell P’08
    Instructor, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

    Pat Farrell joined Phillips Academy in 2004 after nine years at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, where he designed the school’s math curriculum. He has taught math at all levels of the Andover curriculum and served on the faculties of (MS)2 and the ACE (Accelerate, Challenge, Enrich) scholars program. In fact, the (MS)2 program played a significant role in Farrell’s inspiration to apply for and then join the Andover community.

    During his time at Andover, Farrell served three years as the mathematics department chair, and six years as the dean of faculty. During his leadership roles, Farrell sought to promote equity and inclusion. As the math department chair, he recruited a Lawrence High math teacher as a Visiting Scholar so that Andover faculty could benefit from his insights on teaching mathematics to a diverse student body. In the dean of faculty role, Farrell worked toward faculty diversity; by the time his term ended, one-third of the faculty identified as a person of color.

    Farrell previously served as a house counselor and is an assistant track coach, and has spent numerous spring breaks traveling with students on service missions to rural South Carolina. He has developed workshops, resources, and guides for teachers, and served as a reader and scorer for Advanced Placement exams. He earned a B.A. from Amherst College and M.S. from the University of Connecticut.

    Beth Friedman
    Director, Outreach and Summer Session

    Beth Friedman, director of Outreach and Summer Session joined Phillips Academy in 2015. She oversees the Academy’s five-week Summer Session and manages the school’s four, distinct outreach programs, which strive to leverage the resources of Phillips Academy to directly benefit communities of color: (MS)2, PALS, Andover Bread Loaf and the IRT.

    Prior to coming to Andover, Beth was senior project manager at SchoolWorks, an educational consulting company. She has worked at the Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester, MA, first as a teacher and advisor and later as the Lower School Principal. Beth has also held the positions of assistant dean of admission and assistant dean of preparation and placement at The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston. In all of these roles she has worked primarily with communities of color and low-income communities, focusing on administering programs that promote educational equity and the removal of opportunity gaps.

    She holds a BA degree with a dual major in English and psychology and a concentration in women’s and gender studies from Williams College, and an MEd degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.

    Katherine Solimini
    Assistant Director, Annual Giving

    Katherine Solimini joined the academy in 2017 as an assistant director of annual giving. She works closely with volunteers and alumni from the Classes of 1981-1995, and helps facilitate the fundraising efforts for the 30th, 35th and 40th reunions. Katherine is a member of ROAR, Realizing equity in the Office of Academy Resources, which strives to create avenues of equity both internally, with colleagues and campus counterparts, as well as externally with alumni outreach.

    Prior to Andover, Katherine worked at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering in frontline fundraising and administrative roles. She has also held positions at Notre Dame Education Center - where she served as a diversity fellow with Association of Fundraising Professional - YMCA of the North Shore and Citizens for Adequate Housing.

    Katherine is a native of Lynn, MA, and attended St. Mary’s Jr. Sr. High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science at Assumption College and her Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University.

    LaShawn Springer
    Director, Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD)
    Associate Director, College Counseling

    LaShawn Springer (she series) is the director of the Community and Multicultural Development Office and an associate director of college counseling. Joining the Academy in 2012, she has served in both capacities since her appointment to CAMD in 2015 and has linked her work in both offices through a shared vision around equity and access.

    College access and equity are core to her professional life, having previously served as an admission reader and college counselor for (MS)2 and for the past 10 years as a volunteer counselor for College Horizons, a program dedicated to increasing the number of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students succeeding in college and graduate programs. LaShawn returned to (MS)2 last summer, where she developed and taught a course to 3rd years exploring identity development, implicit bias, imposter syndrome, power and privilege & more. Prior to Andover, LaShawn was an associate director of admission at Wesleyan University, her alma mater, focusing specifically on initiatives for first generation, low SES, Black, Indigenous, students of color, and community-based organizations.

    LaShawn's leadership of CAMD has been guided by the work of elder scholars and activists such as bell hooks, Angela Davis and Grace Lee Boggs, and those as recent as Janet Mock, Patrisse Cullors and our very own young people who constantly remind us that we are uniquely positioned to foster a type of joy and freedom rooted in a liberatory praxis. This embodied pedagogy of hope reverberates and manifests through school-wide programming LaShawn and her team executes and in the physical space of CAMD. She has stressed the need to facilitate a safe, inclusive, and dynamic environment for all members of our community, ensuring that CAMD is a space where students can be their full and whole selves.

    With just over 25 clubs, organizations, and affinity groups under the CAMD header, LaShawn has emphasized coalition building as a necessity towards sustainable and radical change and has been inspired by the many young activists on our campus to provide more opportunities to attend to their own development as thought leaders and change agents. Working with Boston Mobilization, a grassroots youth activist group in the city, she has helped to grow the Social Justice Leadership Institute, hosted by CAMD for seven years, and helped to develop SJLI 2.0, moving students from an understanding of interpersonal and institutional -isms, to understanding and practicing disrupting and dismantling systems of power and oppression.

    Working closely with the director of the Brace Center for Gender Studies, and in collaboration with other faculty and staff, LaShawn has planned and hosted a number of symposia, on topics of food justice, reproductive justice, and upcoming data for social justice. She has conducted workshops and trainings for students and staff/faculty, including co-leading Andover's inaugural SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) group, facilitating conversations around racial, economic, disability and gender justice.

    LaShawn has represented the office and her colleagues on a number of committees, including the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Academic Transition Working Group, the Student Reports Working Group and most recently was one of three elected faculty to serve on the search committee for the 16th Head of School. Presently, she is a member of the Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Admissions Advisory Committee, and the Academic Council, to name a few. Even so, it remains her work with students that brings her the greatest joy. She is a complement in Alumni House, Andover's all-gender dorm, an advisor to new Uppers, and faculty advisor to both Af-Lat-Am (Afro-Latinx Society) and the Sisterhood (affinity group for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous girls).

    She earned her B.A. in African American studies and psychology but is a life-long learner.

    Flavia Vidal P’16, ’21
    Director, Brace Center for Gender Studies
    Instructor, English and Interdisciplinary Studies

    Flavia Vidal (she/her) is the first Latinx director of the Brace Center for Gender Studies and an instructor in English and interdisciplinary studies. She has a B.A. from Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Literary Studies from Brandeis University. Postcolonial studies and transnational feminism were at the center of her graduate studies and of her dissertation, “Polyphonic Possibilities in the Caribbean: Explorations of Identity in Maryse Condé’s Traversée de la Mangrove and Rosario Ferré’s Maldito Amor.”

    Flavia also coaches volleyball, serves as a day-student advisor, and directs one of Andover’s Learning in the World travel programs, Brazil PLACES. In her 20 years at PA, Flavia has served in a variety of committees and task forces related to DEI efforts: the English department curriculum review committee (2008-2012), which, among other changes, proposed the elimination of the “core texts” requirement, which privileged white male Eurocentric authors; the interdisciplinary task force (2016-17) that recommended the creation of the department of interdisciplinary studies, whose mission involves “embedding intellectual inquiry of race, class, gender, and sexuality” into the curriculum; the equity and inclusion committee (2015-present); and the global education task force (2019-present), aimed at building on the success of the Learning in the World travel programs to integrate global education more directly into our curriculum.

    Flavia grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and her 30+ years as a Latina in the US have informed her views on and experiences of identity as inevitably intersectional. Collaboration and activism in service of intersectional gender justice have grounded her vision for the Brace Center in her initial five years as director.

    David Brown ’95
    Supervising Producer, Nonfiction Programming

    David Brown is a 1995 graduate of Phillips Academy. Following Andover, he earned a Broadcast Journalism degree from Boston University.

    David is a producer whose credits include programming for Netflix, Starz, Hulu, TLC, NBC Sports and Olympics, MTV, BET, and VH1. As part of NBC’s production team he received two Sports Emmys for the 2008 and 2012 Games. Though his Olympic experience remains a professional highlight; his work for Hulu’s Around the Way, celebrating the heritage of Weeksville, one of America’s first free Black communities, and helping to launch Color Of Change’s #TellBlackStories podcast at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, were deeply personal.

    As a creator and consumer of various content he believes that all forms of media are powerful, but highly subjective, tools that can be used to educate and celebrate or to reinforce false narratives and disempower. He has witnessed firsthand how misinformation is spread in the absence of diverse voices in control rooms, writers’ rooms, and edit rooms and has often seen the talent, culture and stories of Black and Brown people marketed and promoted by entities that are not representative of these communities. His experiences have reinforced that inclusion without equity is futile.

    David is a former programming chair of the New York chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) as well as the Colorbars network, a professional and social organization for people of color working in media, entertainment and communication. He is a former co-chair of Andover Alumni Council’s Equity and Inclusion committee, where he worked closely with the Community and Multicultural Development office. David was also a member of the Af-Lat-Am 50th Anniversary committee, an Alumni Council Vice-President, and is a class agent and reunion chair. Additionally, as a long-time Alumni Admission Representative, he is a proud ambassador of the Academy to all aspirants but recognizes the importance of prospective students and parents of color seeing someone who looks like them.

    David is of Trinidadian and Tobagonian heritage. He is from Brooklyn, New York, where he lives currently with his wife and two daughters.

    Tanisha Colon-Bibb ’06
    Managing Partner, Rebelle Agency

    Tanisha Colon-Bibb is a communications strategist with over ten years of experience who works with companies, organizations and talent to manage and maintain their public-facing brands and campaigns. In 2012, she founded Rebelle Agency, a full service communications company based in New York, NY that specializes in strategy for clients across a myriad of industries. Her work through the agency has placed clients on Good Morning America, Elle Magazine, Shape Magazine, E! News, Essence Magazine, BET, and many more.

    Tanisha’s words on diversity and business have been featured in Washington Post, Huffington Post, on various podcasts and in two published books “It Was All A Dream” by Reniqua Allen and “The Ethical Sellout: Maintaining Your Integrity in the Age of Compromise” by Lily Zheng and Inge Hansen. In her work to continuously provide guidance and opportunities to communities and people of color she has served on the boards of Spelman College Alumni Association, New York Urban League Young Professionals and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Eagle Academy Foundation’s ancillary group EagleBeyond. Tanisha’s tenacity and natural ability to develop relationships in diverse social settings is in large part due to her matriculation at the boarding high school, Phillips Academy Andover and post-grad at Spelman College. She currently lives in New York City with her chihuahua mix Jaxon.


    Julie Yao Cooper P'21
    Independent Consultant

    Julie Yao Cooper’s (she/her/hers) experience covers over twenty-five years in the academic, corporate and non-profit arenas. As a hands-on strategist, Ms. Cooper works with clients to successfully grow product markets based on deep understanding of customers, competitors and trends. Past organizations that have benefited from Ms. Cooper’s expertise include American Express, Merck and Planned Parenthood. Her corporate background includes positions with Monitor Company, Goldman Sachs, and Procter & Gamble. While a researcher and doctoral candidate in marketing at Harvard Business School, Ms. Cooper published papers on marketing strategy and customer loyalty.

    As graduate director at Simmons University, Ms.Cooper oversaw the business school’s MBA degree programs. Previously, she has taught at Hult International Business School, where she chaired the school’s Academic Standards and Operations committees. A well-respected instructor, Ms. Cooper has run courses in marketing, strategy, communications, statistics, and project management.

    Ms. Cooper has been actively involved in supporting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives through her work and volunteer opportunities, serving as an advisor to both students and faculty. She has sat on the board of the Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Asian American Alumni Association, and was a founding member of the Harvard Women of Color initiative.

    Ms. Cooper holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    David Corkins ’84
    Managing Member, ArrowMark Partners

    David Corkins ’84, is a co-founder and managing member of ArrowMark Partners, a $19 billion investment firm headquartered in Denver, and an advisor to the Meridian Funds family. Prior to founding ArrowMark, David served as Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Janus Capital Group from 1995-2007. Earlier in his career, David served as Chief Financial Officer of Chase US Consumer Services, Inc. a Chase Manhattan mortgage business. Before being named CFO, David worked in a broad variety of businesses at Chase, including international banking, commercial lending and asset-backed finance. David graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a bachelor's degree in English and Russian and earned an MBA at Columbia University.

    David is actively involved in multiple non-profits and foundations with areas of interest around special needs education, scholarship and the arts. Over the years, he has started Firefly Center for Autism and Revel, both serving the needs of the autistic community. As an art enthusiast, David has a special interest in the collection on campus and has served on the Denver Art Museum Board of Trustees since 2017.

    David has served PA in a number of volunteer capacities. He has been a member of the Alumni Council and the Andover Development Board, as well as the Financial Aid Task Force during The Campaign for Andover (2008–2012). His support of PA’s need-blind admission initiative has helped fund a number of scholarships.

    Tyrone Forman ’88
    Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Tyrone Forman is a sociologist and nationally recognized expert on intergroup prejudice, discrimination, race and ethnic relations, and survey research methods. His award-winning research explores the ways that discrimination and constrained opportunity shape the life experiences of racial and ethnic minorities as well as the sociocultural factors that influence intergroup relations and attitudes among youth and adults.

    Currently a professor of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), he is also a highly regarded higher education leader known for his ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and his commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. He has held several leadership roles, including most recently serving as associate chancellor and vice provost for diversity at UIC. Prior to joining UIC, he was the director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race & Difference at Emory University and sociology professor.

    He also consults with several organizations around diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Dr. Forman currently serves on several boards. He is a member of Phillips Academy’s Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) board - focused on addressing the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in our nation’s teaching workforce - and the alumni association of Vassar College board of directors where he also chairs its ad-hoc committee on diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is the vice chair of the board of the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organizations – a non-partisan organization that seeks to achieve social justice by increasing voter knowledge and participation. He is also a board member of the Chicago Community Trust Foundation’s African American Legacy Fund - a philanthropic initiative concerned with improving the quality of life of African Americans in Chicago through supporting grassroot nonprofit organizations.

    A native of the Bronx, New York, Professor Forman is an alum of Phillips Academy, Vassar College, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan.

    Biz Ghormley ’00
    Coalition and Convening Coordinator, CHANGE Philanthropy

    Biz Ghormley (PA ’00 - she/her) is a connector, facilitator and community builder whose professional anti-racism work spans 15+ years and various perspectives. She currently serves as coalition and convening coordinator for CHANGE Philanthropy, a coalition of philanthropic networks working together to strengthen bridges across funders and communities to advance equity. Biz began her career on the frontlines of justice working in community and public defense as a bilingual investigator for the Bronx Defenders, and then the Federal Defenders in the Eastern District of New York, The Innocence Project and Center for Constitutional Rights. Working across issues, Biz has brought a pointed focus on decolonization and anti-oppression to her work in communication, development, philanthropy, operations and organizational leadership at Digital Democracy, Inwood House, Alliance for Positive Change and EAT. Before CHANGE, she worked for coalition member Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy to elevate racial equity and justice in their operations and membership. Biz is an active student of group dynamics and organizational development, a SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) “Calling In 101” facilitator, and has served on the advisory committees for both Restorative Justice Initiative and Indie Philanthropy Initiative.

    In her career and life, Biz is committed to embodied transformative practices, intersectionality, liberation and right relationship. As a white woman, she strives to dismantle white supremacy and repair the harm she and other white women have wielded in nonprofits and philanthropy—and across society-at-large. Biz was the 2014 Non Sibi Day All-School meeting speaker at PA and in 2012 facilitated a workshop on digital technology and justice work for the school’s annual commemoration of MLK Jr. Day.

    A graduate of The Mountain School, Wesleyan University, NYU, Coro Leadership New York, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Thousand Currents Academy, Biz is Boston-born, loves NYC, and now calls Birmingham, AL home.

    Carl Horton P’22
    Associate Partner, IBM

    Carl brings more than 25 years of strategy and technology leadership experience across retail, travel & entertainment, and financial services. Carl has led strategy, loyalty, digital, and CRM functions as well as advised Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant. He is passionate about driving both customer and shareholder value. He is considered a leader who invests in the development of his team, both personally and professionally.

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion are passions that Carl often brings to the forefront of his professional life. At IBM, he participates in a reverse mentoring program aimed at educating and training white executives on social justice issues. In addition to his core role as a management consultant for the Enterprise Strategy Consulting practice at IBM, Carl designed and managed the onboarding program for all partners and new MBAs and ensured it incorporated diversity elements.

    Throughout his career, Carl has consistently worked toward empowering tomorrow’s leaders. Immediately after college, Carl taught math and black history at an urban school in Washington, D.C. (1990-1991). After joining Bain & Company, he co-founded Blacks at Bain & Company in 1995 - an employee resource group to support and engage BIPOC professionals. Carl served for several years as a mentor with the Management Leaders for Tomorrow.

    Carl received his MBA from Harvard Business School and B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.


    Tiffany Joseph ’00
    Associate Professor, Northeastern University

    Dr. Tiffany D. Joseph '00 is an associate professor of sociology and affiliated faculty in the International Affairs Program at Northeastern University. After completing her PhD in sociology at the University of Michigan, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University. She was an assistant professor of sociology at Stony Brook University from 2013-2018.

    Her research and teaching interests explore: race, racism, ethnicity, and migration in the Americas; the influence of immigration on the social construction of race and racism in the U.S., immigrants' health and healthcare access; immigration and health policy, and the experiences of faculty of color in academia. Her current project explores how documentation status, race, and ethnicity influence the healthcare access of immigrants across the U.S. after comprehensive health reform. Her research has been funded by various foundations and published in a range of peer reviewed journals. She is also the author of Race on the Move: Brazilian Migrants and the Global Reconstruction of Race (Stanford University Press, 2015).

    In addition to serving on the task force, Joseph is a member of the Afro-Latino American alumni association committee of the alumni council and has been involved in many diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with the Institute of International Education Fulbright Program, Ford Foundation, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Leadership Alliance Program, and Andover's Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, among others.

    Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Joseph is also a graduate of Brown University.

    Christopher Leggett ’78
    Interventional Cardiologist, Northside Hospital

    Chris Leggett is a clinical academic interventional cardiologist who has received international recognition and acclaim for his life’s work. For 30 years his patient care and clinical research contributions have helped shape the field of interventional cardiology. Chris has worked relentlessly to eliminate the disparities that exist, in access to life-saving interventional cardiovascular technologies, for women and vulnerable, underserved populations.

    Chris pioneered the first interventional cardiology program in rural South Georgia. His enormous programmatic success coupled with the extraordinary number of lives saved fueled a nationwide interest and movement to establish similar interventional cardiology programs throughout rural America. He was honored with the American Heart Association’s Physician of the Year Award, Ford Motor Company’s Unsung Heroes Freedom Award, and the National Medical Fellowship Distinguished Alumni Award.

    At Andover, Chris played varsity basketball and was a Blue Key. He graduated from Princeton University and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and cardiovascular fellowships at Emory University and the University of Alabama. His volunteerism includes four years on the Alumni Council’s Non Sibi Committee, (MS)2 outreach program supporter, Atlanta Regional host/speaker and Senior Career Day speaker. Chris and wife Denise have two children, Alexandria and Christopher II.

    Stephen Matloff ’91
    President, Andover Alumni Council

    Steve always has shared communities with diverse neighbors whose experiences and perspectives are different than and have influenced his. He grew up and again lives and works in the center of Los Angeles in Council Districts where residents collectively are 19% Black, 33% Latinx, 16% Asian and 30% White. Prior to moving back to his childhood home, Steve and his family lived for 15 years in West Hollywood where 46% of residents are gay and bisexual women and men. And his children’s elementary school is a public charter where 45% of students’ families live in economic hardship and qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program.

    “Tzedakah” -- the Hebrew word for charity -- guides Steve’s community engagement. Rooted in the word “tzedek” meaning fairness or justice, the term signals ethical obligation rather than simple acts of goodwill. Steve is committed to this obligation and contributes his time and resources to organizations with equity at their core. He is a member of the Board of Governors and American Committee Board of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem - where patients are cared for regardless of race, religion and nationality by an equally diverse staff. He engages in numerous service activities with Wilshire Boulevard Temple, from helping with food pantry distribution to assisting with nationwide clean-up efforts after natural disasters as part of the Temple’s Disaster Response Team. Through that work, he joined the Board of NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster which provides comfort and hope to those in already-disadvantaged communities devastated by disasters. And Steve co-heads fundraising at his children’s school which is crucial in bridging shortfalls that could compromise the quality education and services its diverse student body and families enjoy.

    Steve has been an alumni volunteer for Andover in many roles since 1998. Over the last three years, during which he served as alumni council’s nominating committee chair (one year) and president (two years), the council’s Black, Latinx and mixed-race voting membership has nearly doubled and the Af-Lat-Am alumni committee was created. As an Alumni Trustee, he serves on the Andover board’s equity & inclusion committee.

      Karen Humphries Sallick ’83, P’14, ’17
      President, The Priority Group

      President of The Priority Group, a management consulting firm she founded in 1996. She cofounded and is president of Contacts 411, a privacy-centric contacts updating app. Sallick previously was a managing director at Harte Hanks, where she established the marketing planning and analysis division, and was vice president of client development after working at Barneys New York and Goldman Sachs. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

      A parent of two alumni, Greer ’14 and Skyler’17, Sallick is currently serving as an alumni trustee, a member of the Andover Development Board and has served in a number of other volunteer capacities. Previously a member of Alumni Council, she also served as class secretary and chaired the council’s 2014 strategic planning research group. She cochaired her 30th and 35th reunions, and was a member of the Parent Advancement Council and the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction Committee. Sallick was a recipient of Andover’s Distinguished Service Award.

      In addition to her Andover roles, Karen sits on the advisory board of WSHU, a Connecticut NPR station, and the board of the teen online magazine KidSpirit. In her capacity as board member of KidSpirit, a non-profit publication for teens by teens across the globe, Karen shares her passion for peace and advocacy. She is a cofounding member and president of the board of the Innovative & Advanced Cancer Research Foundation and has served as a board member of DNKL Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace, and on the advisory board of the Auburn Media Center (founded by PA classmate Macky Alston), a non-profit organization that promotes communication that bridges divides and advocates for social justice.

      William Tong ’91, P’24
      Attorney General, State of Connecticut

      William Tong is the 25th attorney general of the State of Connecticut. He was previously a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, where he served as chair of the Judiciary Committee and, before that, the Banking Committee.

      William was recently honored to give the Youth from Every Quarter address during All-School meeting. In his remarks, he spoke of his background as the son of immigrants growing up in his parents’ Chinese restaurant and how his time at Andover shaped his views on justice and his work on immigration. An active Andover volunteer, William recently served on the Alumni Council and as part of its Equity and Inclusion Committee. Also a class agent, William served on his 25th Reunion committee.

      As attorney general, William is the state’s lawyer and is responsible for all civil legal matters affecting Connecticut. He supervises the largest law firm in the state, with 300-plus staff and more than 200 lawyers. William is now leading a 49-state lawsuit against the nation’s major generic drug manufacturers for price-fixing and other antitrust violations. He is also leading a 39-state investigation to confront the national epidemic of youth vaping. William is on the front line of multistate investigations and lawsuits concerning the opioid crisis.

      William and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, Eleanor, Penelope, and Sasha.

      Jessica Acosta-Chavez ’06
      Director, Multicultural Outreach
      Associate Director, Admission

      Jessica Acosta-Chavez '06 returned to Andover in 2017 after working in college admissions, where she focused on recruitment of students of color and international students. She previously volunteered as one of Andover's Alumni Admission Representatives and was thrilled to return to the school that greatly impacted her life. In her current role as director of multicultural outreach and associate director of admission, Jessica spearheads Andover’s efforts to recruit and enroll underrepresented students of color and she works closely with access/community-based organizations across the country. Jessica has also led and coordinated E&I discussions for the admission office, faculty application readers, and alumni admission representatives. In addition to her responsibilities in the admission office, she is a member of the campus-wide Equity & Inclusion committee, an advisor, a house counselor, and the co-director for ­¡Relindo!, a Learning in the World Spanish immersion summer program in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

      Jessica graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Romance Languages & Literatures, specifically in Spanish and Portuguese. She also earned a Master of Education from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

      Yasmine Allen
      Associate Dean, Faculty

      Yasmine Allen joined the Andover community in the fall of 2000. She first learned about Phillips Academy through the outreach program, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, where she interned during the summer of 1994. She is passionate about teaching Spanish and exploring Latin culture through the lens of marginalized peoples. Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Allen grew up hearing Spanish and learned to love the many cultures and cuisines of the Spanish-speaking world. She began her work as the Associate Dean of Faculty and the Director of the Teaching Fellow Program in 2015. Allen was a participant in the 2015 summer cohort of Diversity Directions. She has attended the White Privilege Conference and People of Color Conference as part of her ongoing introspection and practice of diversity work. Allen is a member of the Equity & Inclusion Committee and serves as the Faculty Discipline Committee Rep for Pine Knoll Cluster. She is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in curriculum and hiring. Allen lives on campus with her husband and three boys. They enjoy spending summers in Panama, her husband's native country.

      Chris Auguste ’74, P’09, ’12
      Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP

      Christopher Auguste ’76, P’09, ’12 is a charter trustee. He was an alumni trustee from 2010 to 2014 and a member of the Alumni Council from 2004 to 2008. A celebrated volunteer, Auguste was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in 2018, recognizing his exemplary non sibi commitment. He has served on the advisory board of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers and the Alumni Award of Distinction Committee and was a member of the 2014 Strategic Planning Task Force, among other roles. He is currently a Regional Association Leader. He also supports student mentoring through the Office of Community and Multicultural Development. He is the parent of two Andover alumnae and holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is a partner in the New York law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

      Chris is the president of the board of Goddard Riverside Community Center, which provides housing for senior citizens and the homeless, education centers for children, and college access and counseling for New York City high school students, among other services. He is the president and an alumnus of the Wadleigh Scholars Program, which helps talented eighth-graders gain admission to boarding school. He also currently serves on the board of YouthBridge-NY, which brings New York City high school students together for diversity and leadership training. At his law firm, Chris serves as the chair of the Diversity Committee and cochair of the Pro Bono Committee.

      Vivian Baez
      Psychological Counselor, Wellness Education

      Ms. Baez, LICSW, JD, joined the faculty of Phillips Academy in the Fall of 2019. Before joining us, she was a Program Director for HopeWell, Inc, Northeast Region. Ms. Baez worked for 11 years at the Lawrence Public Schools and for 10 years at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Ms. Baez has also served as a court investigator for the Essex County Probate and Family Court.

      A graduate of Lawrence High School, Ms. Baez received her JD from the New England School of Law and her MSW from Salem State College. Her bachelor's degree is in Psychology from Tufts University. Ms. Baez completed a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership in 2019 from the Institute of Non-Profit Practice, Jonathan Tisch College, Tufts University.

      Ms. Baez's priority as Program Director at HopeWell was to increase the representation of Latinx, African American and Asian foster families in the Northeast Region. Ms. Baez has advocated strategies to reduce racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system in the Merrimack Valley. As a school social worker, Ms. Baez centered her practice around trauma-informed care to ensure that differently-abled learners could access the curriculum in addition to supporting their inclusion in the mainstream classroom.

      Ms. Baez is from Lawrence, MA and participated in the Urban Studies Institute at PA during her junior year of high school. Ms. Baez credits this experience for contributing to her success in college and beyond.

      Mike Barker
      Information, Research and Library Services, Director

      Mike Barker is the Director of Academy Information, Research, and Library Services. In his role he oversees the Academy’s Institutional Research agenda, and directs the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library. Prior to his current role, Mike served the Academy in the capacity of Director of Institutional Research and supported the Dean of Strategic Planning and Policy in the implementation of the 2014 Strategic Plan. Prior to coming to Andover Mike worked in the Harvard Library system.

      During his time at Andover Mike’s work has heavily intersected with the Academy’s goals related to equity and inclusion. He supported the implementation of our campus climate surveys, and helped lead a strategic planning group to develop a system by which to measure our institutional progress toward equity and inclusion. He presented at the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in a presentation titled You Are What You Measure. In 2018 Mike helped organize and lead the first SEED learning community at Andover. Exploring issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability SEED used personal reflection and an intersectional lens to explore personal identity. Mike also served as a member of the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board from 2017-2019.

      Monique Cueto-Potts
      Director, Community Engagement Program


      Monique’s experiences as a tutor in high school and college, as well as her years as a public school teacher in New York City and Lynn, MA, have made issues of educational equity and social justice central to her professional life. As director of the Community Engagement Program, Monique works with students every day who are figuring out the role community engagement and activism will play throughout the rest of their lives. She collaborates with incredible community partners to create and operate meaningful community engagement programs.

      Monique is also a complementary house counselor, a day student advisor, and an admission reader, and serves on the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, and the Student Recognition Committee. She lives on campus with her husband, two sons, and pug, and who are all grateful to be part of Andover’s tight-knit and supportive community.

      Dianne Domenech-Burgos
      Director, Math and Science for Minority Students (MS)2

      Dianne Burgos was appointed (MS)2 director in August 2010. The (MS)2 program is Andover’s longest-running educational outreach program and helps fulfill Andover commitment of being a private school with a public purpose. Working with public school students of color from all across the United States, talented students are brought for 3 summers for an amazing residential program focusing on math and science. Dianne is also an instructor of mathematics at Phillips Academy, an academic advisor, and a house complement in America House working with 9th grade ACE students.

      Prior to her position at Andover, Ms. Burgos worked for 14 years in the Lawrence Public School system. She began her career as a math and physics teacher and advanced to become an assistant principal, before being named principal of the Math, Science and Technology High School, a position she held for seven years. Ms. Burgos is a native of Lawrence who boarded at Phillips Academy for a semester of study during her junior year in high school. She credits that experience as a major contributor to her academic ambition and professional success. A graduate of Lawrence High School, Ms. Burgos holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Merrimack College, an MEd degree from Salem State College, and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in education administration and policy planning from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

      Patricia Doykos ’82, P’15
      Director, Bristol Myers Squibb

      Patricia “Patti” Mae Doykos is director of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation whose mission is to promote health equity and improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases and conditions. She is also lead for the newly launched Bristol Myers Squibb Health Equity Initiative. Patti has over 23 years of experience and leadership in transformative corporate philanthropy & corporate social responsibility, product brand and strategic communications, and health equity & social justice.

      Patti works on strategy, evaluation, communications, policy advancement and organizational development for the Foundation overall and currently leads two health equity focused national grants programs which provide funding for the development, testing and scaling of innovative models of specialty care delivery for diverse and medically underserved populations facing cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer in the US and Brazil. She has also developed and led U.S. and international grant making and public-private partnership programs for global HIV/AIDS, women’s health, diabetes, cancer and serious mental illness. Among her current service roles are inaugural chair of the board of the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth-Geisel Medical School, board of advisors member for Dartmouth-Geisel Medical School, advisory board member of the Center for Global Health at Rutgers University, and trustee of Phillips Academy Andover.

      Prior to joining the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation in 2002, Patti worked for five years on the business side of Bristol Myers Squibb leading International Public Affairs for the company’s HIV and infectious disease marketed products and cancer research & development pipeline program.

      Patti holds a BA from Dartmouth College for majors in Government and German, MA from the University of Virginia and PhD from New York University with a concentration in Cultural Studies.

      Brian Faulk ’00
      Chair, Chemistry Department

      Brian is a proud alum (class of ’00) who returned to campus as a chemistry instructor in 2006 after earning degrees at Stanford and Harvard. Brian currently serves as chair of the chemistry department, where much of the work has focused on adjusting the modes of assessment and teaching pedagogies to foster a more equitable classroom. Trained as an organic chemist, Brian is especially grateful for the chance to impart his passion for chemistry with our students in introductory and elective courses.

      He is proud to have served on the Access to Success committee that worked to envision an improved way to support Andover students and to have led the science division through workshops with Zaretta Hammond on Culturally Responsive Teaching. This focus resulted in a division-wide partnership to reimagine the ninth-grade program and spurred the creation of PHY100, a course emphasizing quantitative skills for students co-enrolled in algebra. Outside of school, Brian has attended the White Privilege Conference (WPC) and the People of Color Conference (PoCC).

      Brian currently lives in Taylor Hall with his wife and three children. He is a co-coach for our varsity and junior varsity golf teams and maintains a scratch handicap. He competes in as many state and national amateur tournaments as he can and is still searching for his first competitive win!

      David Fox
      Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies

      After graduating from Bates College, David returned to his hometown, Tulsa, and began teaching at his alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School. In 1998, he left Booker T. to study at Harvard University, where he earned a master’s degree, helped teach courses, coached the water polo team, and served as a junior administrator, including as the assistant director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

      David joined the English Department at Andover in 2004 and the Art Department, as Instructor in Art History, in 2009. During this time, he has created and offered more than 20 different courses, including Youth from Every Quarter, focusing on the history of inclusion and exclusion at Phillips Academy; The Storm, exploring the phenomenon of the hurricane, precarity, and necropolitics; and This is America: The Wire. In 2010, David created the William Sloane Coffin ’42 Colloquium series, which brings more than a dozen faculty from six or more disciplines to offer a course to seniors on a single topic. Previous colloquia have included Relativity, Subjectivity, and Incompleteness; Conservatism; Jazz; and MLK. In addition to teaching in these disciplines, he coaches the boys’ varsity swimming team and lives in a ninth-grade dormitory.

      At Andover, David co-chaired the Access to Success Working Group, which overhauled student-support services that had been in place since before WWII and which first articulated the need to embed intellectual inquiry into race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as into systems and structures of power, across the academic program. He also co-chaired the committee that created the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, which is charged, in part, to do this embedding, and he serves as the department’s inaugural chair. As department chair, last year, he created and piloted “Courses with Colleagues,” a yearlong program in which twelve members of the faculty received continuing education by taking his senior elective on The Wire. In addition, David directs Andover: Challenge & Empower (ACE), a program offering ten weeks of summer programming on campus for first-generation and full-aid students at Andover.

      Hector Membreno-Canales
      Instructor, Art Department

      Hector René Membreno-Canales was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He served more than a decade as a US Army Photographer with international posts including Iraq, El Salvador, Poland and more. He continues to work as an educator, photographer, and visual artist. After serving in Iraq Hector used the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to study Photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and earned his MFA from the Dept. of Art & Art History at Hunter College, The City University of New York. As a student, he was an intern at The Museum of Modern Art, Hank Willis-Thomas' Studio, Magnum Foundation, and Stephen Mallon Films.

      Hector’s commitment to anti-racism and DEI work stems from his early childhood experience of immigrating from Honduras to a Pennsylvania community of recent migrants and Latinx people. Hector has worked with community based organizations such as Black Veterans for Social Justice, Brooklyn College Community Partnership, and The Josephine Herrick Project to build curriculum, teach workshops, and increase the visibility of these communities through Visual Arts. On campus Hector teaches in the Equity, Balance and Inclusion program (EBI) and has served as faculty-advisor to The Brotherhood, a campus affinity group for male-identifying students of color.

      Hector’s work explores official histories, American patriotism, and the Military-Industrial Complex. His photographs have been exhibited at Osnova Gallery Moscow (2016), Aperture Foundation (2017), The Delaware Contemporary Museum of Art (2017), Field Projects (2018), and the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (2019). His work has been featured and reviewed by The New York Times, The New Republic, The Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, CNN, and L’Oeil de la Photographie.

      He is a contributor at Military News & Culture site Task & Purpose, and faculty member of the Art Dept. at Phillips Academy.

      Aya Murata P’19, ’21
      Associate Director, College Counseling
      Course Head, Empathy, Balance & Inclusion Program

      Aya began working at Phillips Academy in 1992 and during that time has filled a variety of roles. She has worked in the Admission Office (1992-1998), in the Community and Multicultural Development Office (CAMD) as the Advisor to Asian and Asian American Students (1994-2015), the International Student Coordinator (2000-2005) and the Coordinator of the CAMD Scholar Program (2010-2015), Liaison to the Asia Council in the Office of Academy Resources (2011-2013) and as the Dean of Pine Knoll Cluster (2005-2013).

      In 2002, she was the Conference Coordinator to the Supporting Success of Black and Latino Students in Secondary Schools conference – inspired by the Richard T. Greener Study: The Experiences of Black and Latino Students at Phillips Academy. During her tenure she has been a member of the Discipline Task Force (2017-18), the NAIS Assessment in Multiculturalism (AIM) Steering Committee (2014-2016), Residential Education Working Group (2006-2007), Culture and Climate Committee (2000), Richard T. Greener Advisory Board (1999-2002) and the Multicultural Advisory Committee (now the Equity and Inclusion Committee) (1994-2015), among others. Additionally, Aya is the founder of the Asian American Footsteps Conference in 2011, the first conference for Asian, Asian American and mixed heritage Asian students attending independent schools in New England. During her tenure, she has spearheaded and coordinated over thirty speakers, workshops, and studies for the Andover community and contributed to and/or hosted Asian alumni events both in the U.S. and in Japan.

      Aya currently is a member of the College Counseling Office and is the Ninth Grade Course Head for the Empathy, Balance & Inclusion Program (teaching in the previous programs of Life Issues and PACE – Personal and Community Education since 2000). Additionally, she is an Advisor Point Person, a Complementary House Counselor, and Faculty Advisor to MOSAIC (mixed heritage affinity group). Her professional work has taken her to conferences such as the People of Color Conference, the White Privilege Conference, the National Partnership for Educational Access and most recently the National Anti-Racism Teach-In Conference.

      Aya graduated from Bates College in 1992 with a B.A. degree in Japanese Studies, with a minor concentration in Japanese language. In June 2000, she graduated from Harvard University with a master's degree in Regional Studies: East Asia.

      She lives on campus with her husband and two sons (PA 2019 and 2021).

      Elly Nyamwaya P’14, ’24
      Instructor, English

      Elly grew up in Kenya and joined Phillips Academy in 2007 as an instructor in English. He speaks Kiswahili and loves reading, traveling and sharing knowledge with young people. He lives on campus with his family and they have made this part of the world very much their home. Elly’s eldest daughter graduated from PA in 2014 and his youngest son is a member of the Class of 2024. Apart from Elly’s classroom work, he has over the years served as a house counselor and coach. He has also been a member of various committees on residential life, advising and the curriculum.

      More relevantly, Elly has been involved in a number of DEI initiatives in the academy. He served in the inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee chaired by Linda Carter Griffith. He has been a member of the English Department’s faculty hiring committee that identified and interviewed a number of suitable candidates of color. Similarly, he has been a member of the Dean of Faculty's team assigned to scout for suitable candidates of color at various teacher recruitment conferences around the country. Elly has represented PA in an Eight Schools conference tasked to explore and report on the experience of faculty of color in member schools.

      Deborah Olander P’07, ’10
      Instructor, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

      Deb’s primary role is instructor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. She joined the Academy in 2001 having come to teaching after working in tech at Bell Labs and Digital Equipment Corporation. She is a day student advisor, EBI Foundations instructor and track official.

      Though Deb has engaged in DEI professional development over the course of her career, the 2014 Diversity Directions workshop she attended helped her reach a new level of self-awareness around her white racial identity and a deeper understanding of systemic oppression. Around the same time, the stories shared by our students of color (and since then including black@andover) revealed how much work Andover needs to do to create a truly equitable community.

      Since then, Deb has become involved in racial justice activism in the local community and at Andover. She joined the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board in 2017, and the following summer helped to found the Andover White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE) group, currently co-leading the group with a planning team of faculty and staff colleagues. AWARE brings together adults in the community who identify as white, meeting in small groups to increase their understanding of how racism functions and to examine the role of whiteness and white privilege with the goal of being accountable allies to people of color and developing strategies for interrupting racist situations and dismantling white supremacy culture. In the summer of 2019 Deb attended a facilitator training with The National SEED Project. Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) is a peer-led professional development program designed to create conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and inclusion. Deb co-led SEED@PA2 in the 2019-20 school year, facilitating bi-weekly sessions with adults in the community, examining systems of oppression related to race, class, gender, sexual identity, and ability with a goal of creating momentum toward social justice personally, institutionally, and in the wider world. Deb will continue to lead AWARE and SEED groups this 2020-21 school year. Deb has also chaired the Racial Justice Team at the North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist Congregation for the past 6 years, organizing education and advocacy events and opportunities and coordinating with Merrimack Valley Showing Up for Racial Justice and Courageous Conversations for community-wide events.

      She is a parent to two children who attended Andover (Taryn '10 and Ryan '07) and a grandmother of toddler Grace whose brother will arrive in October. Deb is an outdoor enthusiast in all seasons and loves to travel when it is safe. She is a life-long learner and especially appreciates learning the history about our country that was not included in her schooling, as it provides her with the context for the challenge of dismantling white supremacy.

      Megan Paulson
      Instructor, History and Social Science

      Megan Paulson’s educational and pedagogical area of interest as well as her research direction is informed by having been born and raised in small-town Appalachia. There she witnessed first-hand the ways in which culture, race, class, and educational opportunities intersect and define one’s world and self-view and how opportunities, advantages, and disadvantages have become systemic and ingrained.

      Ms. Paulson devotes her life, scholarship, and teaching to exploring, illuminating, and breaking down the stereotypes, and racial and class animus that have defined American history and society.


      Marisela Ramos
      Chair, Department of History
      and Social Science

      After a fifteen-year career as a professor and scholar of Latin American and U.S. history, Dr. Marisela Ramos chose Phillips Academy as her professional and personal home in fall of 2014. In 2020 she began her tenure as Andover's first female chair of the department of history and social science. Arriving at Andover felt like a coming home of sorts. The daughter of immigrant parents and the first generation to attend high school and college, Dr. Ramos credits involvement with two of Andover's innovative DEI programs for much of her achievements in education. A Better Chance (ABC) provided financial support needed to make the journey from East Los Angeles to attend Northfield Mount Hermon, and the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) provided support for success in graduate school and the teaching profession. She continues involvement with both programs, including serving as a mentor of current IRT associates.

      In and outside the classroom, in addition to her courses in U.S. and Latin American history, Dr. Ramos teaches Andover's introductory course in Gender Studies and has served as faculty advisor of CAMD and Brace student scholars, multiple Martin Luther King Jr. Day student-led workshop leaders, and the student board of BOSS Feminist Magazine. Her own work in expanding and deepening Andover's DEI programs include her roles as the inaugural LGBTQ+ Adult Coordinator, co-leader of the Learning in the World program to Ecuador, instructor for the Summer Gender Institute, and as a Tang Fellow working on a project titled, “The Rainbow at PA.” Recently, Dr. Ramos served on the campus Equity and Inclusion committee and as an advisory member for the campus climate survey.

      Robert Greene
      CEO and Principal, Cedar & Burwell Strategic Consulting

      Robert Greene is the CEO/Principal of Cedar & Burwell Strategic Consulting, specializing in the application of DEI technologies in broad-scale organizational development consulting. Prior to Cedar & Burwell, Robert served as a teacher and administrator in educational organizations, department leader in for-profit organizations, trustee and director for non- profit and social entrepreneurship agencies, and consultant to corporate and civic enterprises.

      He brings insightful thinking, writing and consulting to issues ranging from organizational development and leadership design; diversity and inclusion leadership and management strategies; human resources and organizational culture consulting; wealth and social class disparities; the impact of identity differences in employee culture; and bias awareness and bias resistance training to his current professional engagements. Robert has also been a peer reviewer for one of the most exciting recent contributions in social psychology around unconscious bias, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh.

      Robert’s client-facing work has typically focused on organizational development; executive and leadership coaching; culture change; diversity and inclusion planning and strategy; strategic planning and leadership development; non-profit board development, governance and strategy consulting; team formation and development; cultural competency skill development; workforce and talent management systems; and systemic integration of diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks across all facets of organizational function.

      Some of the clients and professional partners with whom he has engaged include: Animoto, Berkeley Law School, BlackRock, Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), Capital Group, Cerritos College, Commonwealth Club, Deerfield Academy, Episcopal Impact Fund, Equinix (Global and Americas), Francis Parker School (CA), Harvard-Westlake School, Hotchkiss School, Isaacson Miller, John Thomas Dye School, KIPP Schools, Lakeside School, Lovett School, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Media Rights Capital Studios, New York University (Stern School of Business), Northwestern Mutual, Occidental College, Pahara Institute (NextGen Leaders), Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University Alumni Association (San Francisco), St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, St. Mary’s College, SFFilm, Seasoned, Thacher School, University of Chicago Lab Schools, UPrep (WA), Waterford School and YPO among others.

      Midwest by birth, southern by heritage, east coast by education, and west coast by adaptation, Robert currently resides in San Francisco with his wife, a nationally-renown educator, and their two sons. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown and Harvard respectively. And among other interests, he has served on the board of advisors for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Scholars Program-San Francisco, the board of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Board of Directors of OnePurpose Charter School (San Francisco Unified School District) and remains civically engaged throughout the Bay Area.

      Olivia Cristaldi
      Coordinator, Office of Alumni Engagement

      The academy pillars of non sibi and knowledge & goodness drew Olivia to Andover in 2019 when she joined as the coordinator for regional programming in the Office of Alumni Engagement. Olivia supports alumni programming across the country, and is the liaison to the non sibi committee of alumni council.

      Olivia participates in AWARE, Andover White Anti-Racist Education, as well as ROAR, Realizing equity in the Office of Academy Resources, both aimed at examining privilege and power, and striving towards equity.

      Prior to joining the Andover family, Olivia worked with the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and served with the Peace Corps in Ghana. In both roles, she witnessed the widespread impact of seemingly small community engagement projects.