Member since 2002
Ned Beebe is currently on the Executive Committee, Committee on Development, and Chair of the Committee on Infrastructure. In addition to his involvement with New England College, Ned works with the Girls and Boys Clubs of Nashua and the Lakes Region in New Hampshire, and has an interest in the choir. Ned was educated at Hobart, and took M.B.A. courses at Babson College. Being retired gives Ned more time to spend with his wife, Cindy, at their homes in Gilford, New Hampshire and Naples, Florida. They are the parents of two adult sons, Peter and Jon.
Member since 2011
Mary Virginia Bell is a 1980 graduate from the University of Vermont. With three children, Clint at the University of Colorado (Denver); Corley, Bucknell ’11 and Teach for America ’13; and Cody, Salisbury School ’11, Dartmouth College ’15, she is a veteran of the higher education process.
As a member of the President’s Advisory Board, Mary V. has been to several events at NEC that have given her an introduction to the College and Board of Trustees. She has served on other boards including the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Young Audiences of New Jersey, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, the Hun School of Princeton Parent Board and the Salisbury School Parent Board. For the past few years, Mary V. has been the general manager of a golf course, bar, restaurant, banqueting facilities, and an Inn in upstate New York. She is presently a Sales Associate for a Salesforce.com customization firm, Arkus, Inc., and is also the Sales Director for a social media advertising company in Princeton, New Jersey where she lives with her husband Stuart.
Member since 2000
Tom Farmen became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2000 and serves on the Executive Committee, as well as the Committee on Development, the Committee on Trusteeship, and the Committee on Academic Affairs. He is the Chair of the Committee on the Audit. Tom graduated from New England College with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1974 and earned an M.S.A. from Western Connecticut State University in Human Resource Management. Since 1985, Tom has been the headmaster of the Rumsey Hall School, where he had previously worked as Chair of the Science Department, Director of Placement, and Head Coach for both football and hockey. He is a member of the Rumsey Hall School Board and of the Advisory Board of the First National Bank of Litchfield. Along with his personal interests in golf, fly fishing, and snowboarding, Tom is a member of the Washington Rotary Club in Washington Depot, Connecticut. Tom and his wife, Kathryn ("Ashley"), a former New England College student, reside in Washington Depot and are the parents of two grown sons, Tyler and Trevor.
Member since 2008
Steve Geremia received his B.A. from New England College in 1985. He Serves on the Committee of Academic Affairs. He has been an independent financial consultant since 1997 and began his career in the financial services industry in 1985.
Prior to opening his own practice, Stephen A. Geremia, Investments and Insurance, located in Medfield, Massachusetts, Stephen was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch, a registered representative and sales manager with the Citizens Fund, and AVP with BankBoston Investor Services.
Member since 2008
Alyson Pitman Giles became a member of the Board of Trustees in October 2008 and serves on the Committee on Finance and Investment. Board certified in healthcare management and an ACHE Fellow, Ms. Giles serves on the ACHE Governance Task Force. Prior to that, she was a Governor for ACHE from 2004 through 2008 and the ACHE Regent for New Hampshire from 1999 to 2003.
Ms. Giles has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CMC Healthcare System since 2002 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Medical Center since 1999. Ms. Giles has served on numerous college, foundation, telecommunications and insurance boards; was chairman of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund Campaign in 2005; and served in leadership positions for several associations, including president of the New Hampshire Association of Healthcare Executives, director of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, director of the Advisory Board of the University of New Hampshire Manchester, director of the New Hampshire Hospital Association and director of the Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation among others.
Daniel Lynch, B.A. '85
Member since 2012
Daniel Lynch is Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development in the Institutional and Fiduciary Services group of Natixis Global Asset Management he is responsible for building new relationships in the high-net-worth advisor community consisting of Broker Dealers, RIAs, Family Offices, and Private Banks. Mr. Lynch previously held the positions of vice president, senior product analyst, and manager in the Portfolio Metrics Group at Natixis. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Mr. Lynch spent five years at Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company as the sales manager in the retirement wholesale division, responsible for developing sales, marketing and product initiatives targeted at financial advisors. He has had several other management positions including sales manager at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, Scudder Fund Distributors, where he worked from 1986 to 1994.
Dan graduated from New England College in 1985 with a BS in Business and Finance. While at New England College he was a 4 year varsity letterman of the men’s lacrosse team. Dan also served on the executive board of Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity.
Dan, his wife Lindsey and son Henry, reside in Gloucester Massachusetts. Dan is very active in his community supporting the Home for Little Wonders and the Winthrop School mentoring programs in Boston, MA. Dan is a six time rider and captain of the NATIXIS Pan Mass Challenge cycling team which raises funds for the Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund to help fight cancer.
Mr. Lynch currently serves on the Board of Trustees of New England College and is a member of the enrollment committee. He holds his Series 26 Registered Principal license.
John Maguire, Ph.D.
Member since 2001
John "Jack" Maguire has been a member of the New England College Board of Trustees since 2001 and serves on the Committee on Development, the Committee on Academic Affairs, Committee on Trusteeship, and the Committee on Enrollment and Student Engagement.
As an academic trained in the scientific method, Jack Maguire introduced market research to the field of admissions when he became the Dean of Admissions at Boston College in the early 1970’s. Soon after he began his groundbreaking work in admissions marketing, he created (and named) the first enrollment management model for the recruitment and retention of students. During his tenure at Boston College, he tripled the number of applications and transformed the quality and national character of the student body. Since his founding of Maguire Associates in 1983, Jack has served hundreds of clients and contributed to the evolution of marketing in higher education. He has authored numerous papers and served as a faculty member at institutes such as the Harvard Summer Institute and has been featured in Money magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “Morning Edition.” Jack also founded the Web-based market research company, DiscoverWhy, and is the principal author of a patent on innovative research technology and methods, which was approved by the U.S. Patent Office in 2000. He has served as a trustee of United Cerebral Palsy Associations, The College Board, and four institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad. Jack co-authored with his Maguire Associates colleague, Larry Butler, a book on a “systems” approach to enrollment management entitled EM=C2: A New Formula for Enrollment Management. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Boston College and received a post-doctoral fellowship from Rice University. His avocations include the history and culture of Nantucket, the theory and strategy/tactics of baseball; the elusive simple solution to Fermat’s Last Theorem, and Cosmic Evolution – from the Big Bang to networked consciousness. He is also a movie buff.
Jack and his wife, Linda, are the parents of eight grown children. They make their home in Concord, Massachusetts and maintain a vacation home in Standish, Maine.
Member since 2004
Jim Murtha serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
He joined New England College Board of Trustees in 2004. Receiving his B.A. and M.A. from Queens College (City University of New York), Jim continued his education earning his Ph.D. from Columbia University. In addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees at New England College, Jim serves on the boards of the Union Square Partnership in New York and the Institute for Irish American Studies, and is an adjunct professor at City University of New York. He and his wife, Patricia, are the parents of two grown sons, Daniel and Timothy. They make their home in South Salem, New York.
Member since 2010
David Pilla is a Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. and has worked there for the last thirteen years. David oversees the Private Client Wholesale Execution Services Desk, a group that he formed in 2007 to handle all of the equity trading on behalf of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc’s 1,400 registered financial advisors. He also serves on the firm’s Best Execution Committee. David has previously been named to Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.
David graduated from New England College in 1995 with a B.A. in Political Science. While at New England College he was a four year varsity letterman and a two-time captain of the men’s basketball team. He was the recipient of the NEC Coach's Award twice during his playing career. In 1999, the Coach's Award was renamed The Dave Pilla Coach's Award, presented to the NEC men's basketball player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and leadership, both on and off the court, as well as pride in the NEC men's basketball program. In the fall of 2005, David was inducted into the New England College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was named to the Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1995.
David, his wife Suzanne, and their two children, Robert and Emily, reside in Mahwah, New Jersey. David is active in the community with youth sports, coaching both football and basketball. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and fishing.
Member since 1995
John Samenfeld joined the New England College Board of Trustees in 1995 and serves on the Executive Committee, Committee on Finance and Investment, the Committee on Infrastructure, and the Committee on Academic Affairs. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees John received his B.A. in English from New England College in 1970. He is an active volunteer in the Concord/Manchester communities and has served on the Board of Directors for the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, New Hampshire Public Radio, Easter Seals Society of New Hampshire, Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire, Bow Economic Business Development Corporation, The Alexis de Tocqueville Society, and United Way of Manchester. Since 1972, John has worked for Pro Con, Inc., an engineering and construction firm in Manchester, New Hampshire, initially as an estimator, then project manager, and now president. He continues to enjoy biking, sailing, and hiking. John and his wife, Susan, a New England College graduate, have two grown sons, Adam and Tylar. The Samenfelds reside in Bow, New Hampshire and maintain a seasonal home in York Beach, Maine.
Member since 2000
Alexander “Lex” Scourby co-founded Orion Seafood International, Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1988. He received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from New England College, majoring in Mathematics/Environmental Science. He earned an MBA from Long Island University, with a major in Finance and International Business. He is a past President of the NEC Alumni Association Board of Directors and is currently the chairman of the Committee for Development, a member of the Committee for Enrollment and Student Engagement, the Committee on Trusteeship, and the Executive Committee. Lex is also a past President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He serves on the Board of Cross Roads House in Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Regional Hospital Board.
Member since 1995
Barbara Sherwin has served on the New England College Board of Trustees since 1995 and is a member of the Committee on Finance and Investment and the Committee on Academic Affairs. Barbara received her B.S. from Antioch College and her M.D. from George Washington University Medical School where she continued to teach medicine before and after going into private practice in Washington, D.C. During her long medical career, Barbara has had several articles published in the Journal of Nutrition and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, served as a member of the standing panel for accreditation appeals for internal medicine, and worked on a research project on the structure and methods of clinical teaching, along with a number of other professional activities. Barbara has received certificates from the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She and her husband, Stephen, recently moved permanently to their Longboat Key, Florida home. They have two grown sons, Jeffrey and Andrew. Barbara also serves as director of the Stephen and Barbara Sherwin Foundation.
Member since 2010
Scott Simpson is an award-winning architect and currently Senior Director at KlingStubbins, an international design firm. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, co-chair and Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, a founding board member of the Rice Building Institute, and is on the Board of Governors of the Boston Children's Museum. Mr. Simpson has lectured at the Harvard, Yale, Rice, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin, and Rice University schools of architecture, and has been a featured speaker at more than fifty national conferences and symposia, including 15 AIA national conventions. He has published 115 articles on innovation in the design profession and has co-authored two books: How Firms Succeed and The Next Architect—a New Twist on the Future of Design. Projects for which he has been responsible have earned more than a dozen design awards, including Lab of the Year honors and two Business Week/Architectural Record awards.
Mr. Simpson holds degrees from Yale University (in English literature) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (in Architecture). He is registered in twenty states and is both NCARB and LEED certified. He resides in Carlisle, Massachusetts with his wife Nancy, who is a school psychologist and Director of Guidance for the Wellesley Public Schools.
Member since 1999
Dr. Stevens has nearly thirty years of higher education
experience in strategic planning, institutional organization and governance, process redesign, financial planning, information system selection and implementation, collective bargaining and executive search. He has provided consulting service to more than fifty independent and public institutions from our nation's largest universities to its smallest colleges and schools, specializing in small to mid-sized institutions and the process of strategic change within them.
On February 1, 2003, after 16 years at Kaludis Consulting, Dr. Stevens began an independent consulting practice specializing in the development of strategy for colleges, universities and schools. At Kaludis Consulting, he served as the firm’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, its expert in the process of strategic planning, and the head of its Strategy Consulting Practice. He has also served as Assistant to the Chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Vice President for Administration of Rhode Island School of Design, and Assistant to the President of Boston University. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Little Red Schoolhouse, Inc., a corporation devoted to the education of young children. He holds the B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Ed.M. and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard University.
Dr. Stevens who has two children, David and Laura Stevens, lives in New Hampshire. He is a member of the following committees: Executive, Finance & Investment, Trusteeship, and Programs & Markets. He is a member of the Trustee Class of 2005.
Mary Simon Streep, B.A. '77
Member since 2005
Mary Simon Streep has been a member of the New England College Board of Trustees since 2005. A 1977 graduate of New England College with a B.A. in Elementary Education, Mary is one of three daughters (Aimee Bloom '83 and Katie Morris '90) of William E. Simon who also attended New England College. William Simon was Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Nixon and Ford. In honor of his daughters and the College, William Simon funded the construction of the Simon Center on the New England College campus. Mary works as the President of Mary Streep Interiors in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she resides with her husband Dana. They have four children -- Jonathan, Kyle, Charles, and Carol Ann (Sunny).
Member since 2008
Katrina Swett has a long and distinguished career as a respected political figure in the State of New Hampshire. She has directed a number of state-wide campaigns for political office, including her husband’s stunning 1990 upset defeat of an incumbent Congressman. Previously, Dr. Swett was Treasurer and Campaign Director for her late father, Congressman Tom Lantos, who served as Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Swett graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a degree in Political Science. She went to law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she received her Juris Doctor in 1976.
Following graduation, Katrina Swett worked in Washington, D.C., first as a Legislative Assistant and then as Deputy Counsel to the Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Subsequently, she worked as a consultant to businesses, charitable foundations and political campaigns. She served as co-host of the highly regarded political talk show "Beyond Politics" on WMUR TV Channel 9. On her show, she interviewed state and national figures including Vice President Al Gore, and numerous presidential candidates.
In 1998, she went to Copenhagen with her husband, Richard Swett,who was serving as U.S. ambassador to Denmark. While in Denmark, Dr. Swett taught U.S. foreign policy at the University of Southern Denmark and led a successful advocacy effort to convince the Danish Interior Ministry to step up action against illicit trafficking of women and children through Denmark. She was a frequent speaker and lecturer to various academic, business, professional and charitable groups throughout Denmark. She also earned her Ph.D. in History at The University of Southern Denmark on the topic of Human Rights.
In 2002, Dr. Swett was the Democratic nominee for United States Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district. From 2004-2006, Dr. Swett served as the Director of the Graduate Program in Public Policy at New England College.
In 2008, she established the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. She teaches Human Rights and American Foreign Policy at Tufts University.
Member since 1996
Jeff Towle joined the New England College Board of Trustees in 1996 and is a member of the Committee on Infrastructure. He is President of Davis & Towle Group which provides personal, business, and professional insurance and financial services from its offices throughout New Hampshire. Jeff attended the College of Insurance in New York City, New York, and received his Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU) designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and his Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation from the same society in Austin, Texas. Jeff and his wife, Marian, reside in Henniker, New Hampshire, and have three children -- Ryan, Abby, and Scott. Ryan is a 2000 graduate of New England College.
Member since 2011
TJ Whitelaw is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the NEC Class of 1976. He is a resident of Concord, New Hampshire, and has held senior-level positions in the field of information technology for over 30 years.
TJ held a series of management positions at industry leaders Digital Equipment, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard for more than 27 years. In 2005 he joined Riverbed Technology in what was, at the time, the most successful startup company in Wall Street history. He is currently an independent consultant with expertise in sales management, partner development, and channels and operations management for a variety of high tech product lines and businesses including high performance servers, storage, industry standard servers, personal systems, and network optimization technologies.
While at NEC, TJ served as a resident advisor and senior head resident. He has participated in numerous alumni programs and events and has volunteered as co-chair of the College’s annual Golf Classic for many years. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from New England College, TJ earned his MBA from Northeastern University in 1986. He enjoys skiing, photography, and golf.
TJ brings valuable expertise in the fields of business and information technology to the Board of Trustees. As a successful and dedicated alumnus, he is a great role model for the entire NEC community.