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About Our Board


The Chestnut Hill School’s Board of Trustees helps ensure that the school is healthy, vibrant, and well-positioned to serve future generations by providing oversight of its financial, physical, and human resources. The Board also plays a key role in establishing the school’s mission, vision, strategic goals, and policies.  Our board is composed primarily of current and past parents with expertise in finance, business, development, education, real estate, medicine, law and many other fields.

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Fawn Balliro Andersen
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Fawn Balliro Andersen


Fawn Balliro Andersen is a current CHS parent.  As a CHS parent, Fawn has volunteered within a variety of programs, including serving as a co-chair for the Carnival and Admissions Volunteer Program as well as serving a Class Representative.  Fawn is a member of the Parent Advisory Council at St. Mary St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Charlestown.  Currently, Fawn is the campaign advisor to the Mayor of Revere responsible for coordinating fundraising as well as advising on campaign strategy.  Prior to dedicating her time to volunteer and political campaign activities, Fawn spent her career in public service working for over 12 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County.  Fawn received her BA from Allegheny College and her JD from Hofstra University School of Law.
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Carrie Burr
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Carrie Burr


Carrie Burr is a past CHS parent. Carrie began her career at CHS in 2009 volunteering at the annual Spring Fling. In the years since, Carrie has acted as co-chair of the Spring Fling and Carnival as well as assisted as a volunteer in support of other CHS events. She is also a former member of the CHS Family Association Executive Board. Beyond the CHS community Carrie is a board member of her alma mater, Bay Path University, Longmeadow, MA. Extending beyond the education field, Carrie is an active member of her church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Newton Centre. There she has acted a warden, vestry secretary, and co-chair of the annual stewardship drive. She also established a new Sunday school curriculum and continues to co-chair the program. Carrie’s success as a community service leader is founded on 16 years of domestic and international marketing and sales experience in the industries of technology, consumer research, and non-profit associations.
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Kirsten Champlin
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Kirsten Champlin


Kirsten Champlin is a current CHS parent. She previously worked at PGR Media and Hill Holliday where she focused on the advertising & media strategy, buying and measurement for clients such as New Balance, Celebrity Cruises, and Dunkin' Donuts. She has her bachelors degree from American University, and her MBA from Suffolk University. As a current parent, Kirsten has been a class representative, a co-chair of the Admissions committee and a volunteer for various other Family Association events. She is also involved in several charities including Light the Night Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Gift of Life Marrow Registry. 
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Hassan Chowdhry
President
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Hassan Chowdhry

President

Hassan Chowdhry (President)is a parent at the Chestnut Hill School.  Hassan is a portfolio manager in the Focused Equity group of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo LLC (GMO).  Prior to GMO, Hassan has worked in the investment banking divisions of Credit Suisse and Putnam Lovell.  Hassan has received a BSc from the University of Pennsylvania.  He also received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  His son, Husain, is in Grade 2 at CHS.  His wife, Saarah Arshad, has served as a co-Chair of the Family Association’s COI Committee. 
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Jeannie Chung
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Jeannie Chung


Jeannie Chung is a past CHS parent. Jeannie is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, having received her BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and her MD from the University of California, San Francisco. She trained in general surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and in head and neck surgery at the Harvard Combined Residency Program. She completed her fellowship training through The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in New York. She remains active in recruitment for her alma mater, Stanford, and as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, she teaches medical students and surgical residents. In addition to her commitment to education, Jeannie has traveled with volunteer organizations to Ecuador and Thailand, providing philanthropic surgical care to those with limited access. Jeannie is the founder and Chief Executive Office of Jeannie Chung, MD, PC, a successful plastic surgery practice. Besides providing patient care, Jeannie also manages the development and implementation of growth strategies, human resources, capital spending, and marketing. At CHS, Jeannie has co-chaired the Annual Fund and has volunteered at many annual events, including Carnival, Spring Fling, and the Open House.
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Emil Dabora
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Emil Dabora


Emil and his wife, Emilie, have two boys. The family has been a part of the CHS community since 2011. Emil currently works at Tudor Investment Corp where he manages assets with a focus on Event Driven Investing.  He received a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991, and then went to Harvard, where he earned an MA in 1994 and a PhD in 1996, both in Economics. Emil has previously served on the Beacon Hill Nursery School Board as well as the Board of the 77 Park Avenue Condominium Association.
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Jeff Dodge
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Jeff Dodge


Jeff Dodge is a parent to one current and two former CHS students, having joined the CHS community in 2013. Jeff is a founding member and Partner of Periphas Capital, a middle market focused private equity firm. He previously worked at Berkshire Partners in Boston and Goldman Sachs in New York. Jeff earned an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth and a BA in Economics from Yale University. He is active in the Newton and surrounding community as a leader in the Boy Scouts and Little League coach. Jeff serves on the Board of Stewards at the Wellesley Hills Church. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Mesa de Vida, a creator of globally inspired clean label cooking and seasoning sauces.
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Michael Douvadjian
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Michael Douvadjian


Michael Douvadjian is a CHS grandparent.  He is a Senior Vice President at UBS Financial Services. He has worked in finance for 30 years and has a CFP. He also has professional experience as a US Air Force Captain. He is the Co-Founder of Edvestors, Chair the Investment Committee of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, and serves on the Investment Committees of Squashbusters and Boston Arts Academy. He currently serves on the Board of UMass Amherst Foundation, Inversant (formerly FUEL Education), Homebase, and the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. Michael received a BS from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Maine.
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Evie Dykema
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Evie Dykema


Evie Dykema is a current CHS parent, having joined the community in 2013 when her daughter entered Kindergarten. She and her husband have enjoyed organizing numerous group events designed to help CHS families have fun while connecting with each other, with nature, and with the broader Boston community. Evie enjoys her role as a leader in a downtown Girl Scout troop and is energized by board positions with nonprofits that have demonstrated the ability to help change the course of children’s lives. She has served as a strategy consultant for over two decades, founding NAVSTAR Advisors in 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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Susan Florence-Smith
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Susan Florence-Smith


Susan and her late husband, Alan, joined the CHS community in 2011 when their daughter entered Pre-K. Susan received her Bachelors degree from Tufts University and earned graduate degrees from Christie's London and the Gemological Institute of America. Her professional career includes a stint as senior vice president of Christie's Fine Art Auctioneers, and expertise in appraising, marketing and advisory services. As a result of Susan's extensive CHS involvement, Susan was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2016. She also serves on the Boards of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, Hebrew Senior Life, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.
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Jane Glazer
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Jane Glazer


Jane Glazer is a current CHS parent and the Family Association President. She is a Pediatric and Family Nurse Practitioner, and also holds a masters degree in clinical bioethics. Jane has worked in adolescent health, emergency medicine, travel medicine, elementary and middle school health, and currently works in both college health and as a camp NP. Her passion lies in relationship building and communication with her patients, as well as wellness education. Jane has also served on the board of Peer Health Exchange, which is a peer-health education program using college students to teach wellness education within inner-city public high schools. When not at work or at CHS planning for Carnival, Spring Fling, or other FA events, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her family or cooking!
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Michael Hoe
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Michael Hoe


Mike originally hails from sunny Los Angeles, California but moved east for college and has been in New England for 15 years.  After completing a B.S. in Neuroscience from Brown University, Mike thought he’d take a year off to teach before heading to medical school and landed a teaching fellowship at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham.  During that year, Mike fell in love with being an educator.  So much so, that he earned a M.Ed in 2015 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he had two specific focuses: ways to apply neuroscience research in the classroom with particular attention to adolescent brain development, and all things related to educational nonprofit leadership.  For the past eleven years, Mike has had numerous roles at Nobles including teaching upper school science, coaching (football, basketball, baseball, and golf), advising, writing curriculum, working as the Assistant Director of Residential Life in the boarding community, serving on various committees, and most recently, serving as Director of Academic Support to help students and families at Nobles strategize and find ways to thrive academically.  He also served as the NEASC Self-Study Coordinator for the re-accreditation process for Nobles.  Mike and his wife, Chrystal, had their daughter, Eliana, at CHS for Pre-K and K.  However, Mike recently took a position in California at his alma mater as the Director of Studies where he will be responsible for the implementation, documentation, supervision, and evaluation of the School’s academic program, services, and resources.  Though he will be in California, Mike and his family believe so much in CHS that he has enthusiastically agreed to serve on the Board of Trustees remotely as his way of giving back to the CHS community for all it has done in two short years for him and his family.
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Melanie Hoffmeister
Vice President
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Melanie Hoffmeister

Vice President

Melanie Hoffmeister (Vice President) is a current CHS parent. Melanie has most recently worked at CVS, Staples and Bain & Company in a variety of roles focused on strategy, business development, marketing and e-commerce. Melanie received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) at the Université de Montreal and also earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. As a CHS parent, she has been a volunteer within a variety of CHS programs, including the Carnival, the Book Fair and the Friends of the Library, as well as various roles within the Family Association. Melanie serves on a number of philanthropic boards and committees in Boston and supports several charitable organizations, including City Year.
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Christopher Johnson
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Christopher Johnson


Christopher Johnson is a current CHS parent. Chris is the President and CEO of Cranebridge Capital.  Chris began his career as an attorney and then joined Lehman Brothers Investment Bank in New York. Following the acquisition of Lehman Brothers by Barclays Bank, Chris stayed on to lead its Wealth Advisory and Strategic Solutions Divisions. Chris was born in Trinidad and raised in Canada. He received an LLB from York University in Toronto, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Oxford University in England and a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School.  
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Stefan Karlsson
Treasurer
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Stefan Karlsson

Treasurer

Stefan Karlsson is a parent to three current CHS students and has been part of the CHS community since 2012. Stefan is the Director of Research and Partner at Aureus Asset Management in Boston. Prior to joining Aureus, Stefan was an equity analyst at UBS Securities. Stefan earned his undergraduate degree in Business Economics from Brown University and his MBA with Distinction from NYU's Stern School of Business. Stefan is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Boston. Stefan is currently serving as the Assistant Treasurer at the Church of the Redeemer, where he is also an active member of the choir.
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Samia Kirmani
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Samia Kirmani


Samia Kirmani is a current CHS parent. Samia grew up in the Boston area and joined the TCHS community when (not too long ago) she attended the school as a Kindergartener and first grader. Samia practices employment law as a Principal in the Boston office of Jackson Lewis PC, a national workplace law firm. She is Co-Chair of the firm’s Management Training Practice Group and concentrates her practice in training, advice and counseling, policy development, and litigation relating to various issues that arise in the workplace, such as disability management; discrimination and harassment; whistleblower claims; and other employee relations matters. Prior to joining the TCHS Board, Samia served on the Board of Directors for the Beacon Hill Nursery School. Samia is a member of the Boston Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, and various South Asian and other family, community, charitable, and business organizations.
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Stephen Kraus
Vice President
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Stephen Kraus

Vice President

Steve is currently a CHS parent and serves as a Vice President on the school’s board.    Steve a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners where he leads up their healthcare practice.    He currently sits on the boards of a number of leading healthcare and biotechnology companies.   Prior to joining Bessemer, Steve worked for a growth-stage, private equity firm as a management consultant at Bain & Company. He has also worked on several different political campaigns throughout his career.  Outside of work, Steve serves as an Observer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an advisor to Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurship, and on the investment committees of BCBS Massachusetts and Rock Health. Steve graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Baker Scholar.
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Jill Kravetz
Secretary
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Jill Kravetz

Secretary

Jill lives in Brookline with husband, Shawn, and their three children. Jill is CEO of JRK Advisors, a boutique consulting firm, which brings business owners and their senior executives data-driven, practical, strategic and operational assistance. Raised in Canada, Jill holds a BS (Honors) in Biology from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jill recently completed a 9-year term as Director on the Foundation Board of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
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Clint Lawrence
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Clint Lawrence


Clint, and wife, Maria, joined the CHS community in 2013 and are proud parents of three children. Clint is a Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Asset Management where he specializes in small cap companies. He joined Fidelity after earning his MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School. He earned his undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Clint is the founding Board Chair of Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School.
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T. J. Rose
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T. J. Rose


T. J. and his wife, Jody, have two children at CHS. T.J. is a Principal at ABRY Partners, a private equity firm, where he focuses on healthcare investments. Prior to joining ABRY Partners, he worked at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company. T.J. graduated with High Honors in Civil Engineering from Florida A&M University. He earned his MBA from Harvard University. T.J. also sits on the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
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Mark Russell
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Mark Russell


Mark Russell is a current CHS parent. They have been part of the CHS community since 2011. Mark has spent his career in real estate and construction and finance. He started his career at a family run construction/real estate business in Vermont and spent 13 years at Cumberland Gulf Group. He received a bachelor degree in economic and political science from the University of Vermont and a masters degree in business administration from Boston University.
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Tamara Schurdak
Head of School
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Angela Smith
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Angela Smith


Angela Smith a current parent and SAHM with 17+ years of experience in human resources leadership at some of the world’s leading brands. She has expertise in designing and executing strategies and enterprise programs in the areas of organizational development, talent acquisition, leadership development, and diversity, equity & inclusion. Angela received a BS from University of Florida and a Master’s in International Business from the University of South Carolina and also studied internationally at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain. Angela serves on the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Boston and is active in community organizations including Jack & Jill and Grace Chapel Church.  
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Jen Williams
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Jen Williams


Jen Williams is a past CHS parent. She works as an independent tutor with elementary aged students, mostly focusing on extra reinforcement of language arts skills taught in the classroom. She taught Fourth Grade at CHS from 2001-2008. Prior to that, she taught Kindergarten at Southfield School following a teaching internship program at the Park School. Jen has a BA from Kenyon College and received a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. She is a class agent for Noble and Greenough School and a member of Dedham Country Day’s Alumni Association. She has volunteered at CHS on the Family Association Executive Committee as Director of Class Representatives for the past three years. Her other volunteering positions at CHS include co-chairing the Rummage Sale from 2009-2013 and volunteering at other CHS events, such as the Carnival and Grandparents and Special Friends Day.
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Jason Wise
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Jason Wise


Jason Wise is a current CHS parent. Jason teaches Theater Arts at the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale, and is part of a team of visual artists, musicians and actors committed to providing quality arts education within a full-inclusion setting. His professional experience as an actor and performer includes work in television, film, and on stage. Before joining the Haley, he taught for nine years at the Higginson/Lewis K-8 School and the Lewis Middle School in Roxbury, teaching several subjects across multiple grade levels. He has spent the last ten summers facilitating an intensive workshop on civil rights with the Judge David S. Nelson Fellowship, a program for high school students in Boston, Springfield and Worcester who have shown leadership potential and academic ability. Jason earned his master's degree from Endicott College and his bachelor's degree from Cambridge College. As a CHS parent, he has been an active "affinity group" member of Families of Color United for Success (FOCUS), and has been a volunteer at the Fall Carnival & Alumni Gatherings. Originally from Montclair, New Jersey, Jason has been in Boston since 1997.