Skip To Main Content

Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, coed school in Westport, CT

Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

David Durkin, P ’18, ’22, ’23, President/Chair
Samantha Rorer Mooney, P '18, '20, Vice President/Vice Chair
Stephen Lawrence, P '10, '20, Treasurer
Arlene Howard, P '19, '21, '23, '25, Secretary
Roger Ferris, P ’18, ’18, ’20, ’28
Michael Greenberg, P ’19, ’21
Michael Rintoul, '84, P '15, '17, ‘19


Henry A. Backe, Jr., MD, P ’11, ’16
Vani Bettegowda, P ’22, ’25
Rebecca Bliss
Michael Blitzer, P ’24, ’27
Richard J. Canning, P ’19, ’20
Stephanie Ercegovic, P ’20, ’23, ’25
Sandra Frost, P '25, '29
Derrick Gay, Ed.D.
Ward K. Horton, P ’24, ’28
Lynne Laukhuf, P ’95
Kristen McDonald, P ’21, ’23, ’25
Theresa Minson, P ’18, ’20, ’22
Tom Murphy, P '19, '21, '22
Kim Keller Raveis '88, P '23, '25, '28
Kate Roth '90, Ed.D., P ’20, ’23, ’27
Peter Tauck, P ’15, ’17, ’19, ’21
Emily Von Kohorn '96
Bob Whelan, Ex Officio

Board Bios

Advisory Council

Michael Greenberg, Co-Chair
Samantha Mooney, Co-Chair

Barbara Cona Amone

Mari Flicker '82

Sanford "Sandy" Ewing

Roopali Hall

Houdin Honarvar

David McCormick

Lisa Merzon

Phil Nourie

Sean Obi

Andree Palmgren

Andy Papadakos

Mary Pasierb

Bill Roche

Don San Jose

Lynn Sullivan

Jeff Taylor

Gregg Tenser

Daryl Twitchell

Alumni Council

Honorary Trustees

Jill Birinyi, P '06, '09
Board member 2006–2013

Jill was an active participant in the GFA community while her daughters Natalie ('06) and Anna ('09) attended GFA from 1998 through 2009, and until she stepped down from the position of Co-Chair/Co-President of the Board of Trustees in 2013. She is a former member of the Builders Beyond Borders Board of Directors and is a former Charter Oak Foundation mentor. Jill has a B.S. in Education from the State University of New York at Oneonta and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. Prior to becoming a full-time mother, Jill worked for several years in the investment field with positions at the New York City Comptroller's Office and Forstmann-Leff Associates. She lives in Southport with her husband, Laszlo.

James P. Bradley, P '85, '88, '90, '90 '93
Board member 1974–1996

Jim served on GFA's Board of Trustees from 1974 until 1996 in a variety of capacities: treasurer (1976-1980); vice chairman and treasurer (1980-1987); vice chairman (1987-1992); and board chair (1992-1996). In recognition of his longstanding service to GFA, Jim was honored with the Lucie B. Warren Award in 1996 and was named an Honorary Trustee in the fall of that year. Jim studied at the University of Bridgeport and St. John's University Law School. He is the former president of THP Group of Trumbull and former president of the Fairfield Dock Company. Two of Jim's children and three of his stepchildren attended GFA.

Jonathan T. Dawson, P '90, '91
Board member 1983–1989 and 1997–2003

Jon, the managing member of Southport Management LLC in Wilson, Wyoming, is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B., 1966), Stanford University (M.B.A., 1968) and Fordham University (J.D., 1974). He has served on the boards of the Pequot Library, the New Hampshire Audubon Society, the Quebec Labrador Foundation, the Montana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and the Deering Foundation. Jon is the co-founder of New Beginnings Family Academy, a K-8 charter school in Bridgeport. Jon’s daughter, Alexandra, graduated from GFA in 1991 and his son, Christopher, attended from 1980 to 1987.

Anne J. C. Goldenheim, P '99, '00, '03, '06
Board member 1996–2006

Anne Goldenheim was a member of the Greens Farms Academy community for 13 years as a parent of four graduates (David ’99, Catherine ’00, William ’03, and Julia ’06). Anne was a long-term member of the board of Horizons at GFA and served on GFA’s Board of Trustees for 10 years (1996-2006), the last five years as Board Chair. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (A.B. ’73), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M. ’74), and Columbia School of Library Service (M.S.’92), and enjoyed a career in educational testing for children and adults with learning and neurological issues. Anne now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband, Paul.

Shelley Goldsmith P '15, '17, '20
Board Member 2010–19

Shelley is the parent of three daughters, Campbell ’15, Lily ’17 and Marguerite who will graduate this
coming May 2020. Shelley was a leader in the GFA community and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees
from 2013–2019. She served on nearly every committee, including five years as Co-Chair of the Board,
helping to guide GFA through the School’s largest capital campaign. She received her B.A. from the
University of Vermont and her M.A. Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught
at the Spence School earlier in her career and later as a lower school teacher at Princeton Day School.
Shelley and her husband Graham live in Darien, Connecticut.

Edwin H. Morgens, P '97
Board member 1987–1999

Ned is the chairman of Morgens, Waterfall, Vintiadis and Company of New York. A graduate of Cornell University (B.A., 1963) and Harvard (M.B.A., 1967), Ned was a GFA Trustee from 1987 to 1999 and also served as vice chair of the board. He was named an Honorary Trustee in 1999. His volunteer activities include membership on several nonprofit boards. His daughter, Lauren, graduated from GFA in 1997.

Tricia Vanacore, P '13, '14, '16
Board member 2007–18

Tricia was a leader in the GFA community and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2013–2018. Her four children, Avery '16, Cole '14, Caroline '13, and Reed, all attended the school. Tricia graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics. She worked for 10 years in sales and marketing management for high-tech firms. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Children's School, where she also co-chaired its capital campaign, and the Board of Trustees for The Island School/Cape Eleuthera Institute. Tricia lives in Darien with her husband, Mark, and their children.

Henry Von Kohorn, P '93, ‘96
Board member 1985–1992, 1996–2001, and 2003–2009; Board Chair 1996–2001

Henry graduated from Princeton University (AB, 1966), received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School (1968), and served for three years as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Now retired, Henry spent his career in the field of real estate investment. A former GFA board chair, Henry was the founder of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, a program sponsored by Princeton University, which since 2004 has recognized high school age students who have made a difference in furthering the cause of race relations in their schools or communities. He is also a past President of the Alumni Association of Princeton University. Henry's children, Isabelle and Emily, attended GFA for 13 years each, graduating in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Emily is a current GFA trustee. After 38 years in Westport, Henry and his wife Meredith have lived in Princeton, New Jersey, since 2011.