Board of Trustees

    Susan Berman, Ph.D.
    Clinical Psychologist and Parenting Coach
    Dr. Susan Berman earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University.  She worked as a licensed psychologist in private practice for 15 years, specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and families.  She is now the owner of Proparent Coaching, LLC, where she consults as a parenting coach helping with issues such as helping parents to understand stages of child development, parenting through and after divorce, and setting appropriate boundaries.  

    Sue is an active community volunteer.  She currently serves as on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and as the chair of its Jewish Community Life Commission, and has held various leadership positions within this organization during the past 15 years. She is also a current member of the Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.  Sue served as Chair of the Governing Board of Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh from 2008 – 2010.  She was a member of United Jewish Community’s National Young Leadership Cabinet from 1997 – 2003.  She is a 2009 graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, and currently serves with this organization’s National Alumni Council as Pittsburgh’s delegate.  She has also served as a board member of the Pittsburgh Coaches Association.
     
    Ellis Connection:
    Parent of a student in the Class of 2017

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2013

    Doreen Boyce, Ph.D.
    Past President, Buhl Foundation
    Doreen E. Boyce is one of Pittsburgh’s most recognized leaders in the areas of women’s issues and non-profit governance. She is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. A consultant to non-profit boards, Dr. Boyce led the Buhl Foundation as its president for 25 years.  She founded the Executive Women’s Council and the International Women’s Forum.  She has been recognized as a Heinz History Center History Maker, Distinguished Alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, and a University of Pittsburgh Laureate. She taught at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg and was Provost and an economics professor at Chatham College for 17 years.
    B.A., M.A., Somerville College, University of Oxford
    Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

    Other Boards/Organizations:
    Carnegie Institute, Board Member
    Carnegie Science Center, Board Member
    DQE, Board Member
    Dollar Bank, Director
    Duquesne Light Company, Board Member
    Franklin and Marshall College, Past Board Chair
    Three Rivers Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Board Member
     
    Ellis Connection:
    Parent of a student in the Ellis Class of 1975

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010

    Susan Brownlee
    Executive Director, The Fine Foundation
    Mrs. Brownlee has been Executive Director of The Fine Foundation since 2007. Prior to The Fine Foundation she was Executive Director of The Grable Foundation, Director of Policy at the Allegheny Policy Council, and Associate Director of Partnerships in Education.  She began her career in Pittsburgh as a teacher at the Winchester-Thurston School and then served as a teacher and director of the Ellis Middle School.
    M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh
    M.A. in European History, New York University
    B.A. in English, Wellesley College


    Other Boards/Organizations
    The Grable Foundation, Board Member
    The Eben Demarest Trust, Secretary
    A+ Schools, Executive Committee and Board
    Institute of Politics, Advisory Board
    The Forbes Funds, Advisory Board
    Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Healthcare Advisory Board
    International Women’s Forum, Member

    Ellis Connections
    Director of the Ellis Middle School, 1983 - 1989
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009

    Oliver Byrd
    Sr. Vice President, Bank of New York Mellon Financial Corporation
    Oliver Byrd is retired Senior Vice President, Bank of New York Mellon Financial Corporation. Mr. Byrd’s career with BNY Mellon or its predecessors spans 35 years and includes senior positions across a number of the Corporation’s businesses and functions. Among these have been manager of financial systems, director of retail product development, manager of marketing planning, research and information, director of marketing consulting, head of corporate marketing, director of consumer strategy, senior vice president and director of knowledge management with the Dreyfus Corporation and most recently, global manager of HR strategy, metrics and communications. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Mr. Byrd was a systems engineer with IBM Corporation in Boston. Mr. Byrd was named a Black Achiever in Industry by the Harlem YMCA and received the Pennsylvania Multicultural Award from the National Diversity Council, and invited to participate in the Regional Marcellus Shale Roundtable.
    M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh
    B.A., Harvard University

    Other Boards/Organizations
    United Way of Allegheny County
    Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    Beginning with Books
    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
    Carnegie Museums
    Pittsburgh Economic and Industrial Development Corporation
    Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE)
    Highmark Corporation
    August Wilson Center (Founding Board Chairman)
    Multicultural Arts Initiative (Board Chair)
    Hill Dance Academy Theatre
    Afro American Music Institute
     
    Ellis Connections
    Daughter graduated from Ellis in 2009
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012

    Margaret (Mathieson) Conver
    Chief Financial Officer
    Grad Year: 1973
    Ms. Conver is recently retired as the Business Manager at the Chestnut Hill Academy, a prominent K-12 independent school for boys in Philadelphia.  As an alumna, parent and administrator, she is an extremely strong proponent of single-sex schools.
    B.S. in Business Administration (Management and Accounting), Bucknell University
    Certified Public Accountant, Retired


    Other Boards/Organizations
    New Hampshire Science & Nature Center, Chair – Special Project Committee, Advisor to Development Committee
    Philadelphia Area Independent Schools Business Officers Association, Board Member
    Bucknell Alumni Association
    The Savoy Company, Advisory Board Member
    Calvary Presbyterian Church, Trustee and Session
    Academy Chorale, Member

    Ellis Connections
    Alumna, Class of 1973
    National Board of Alumnae Visitors, 2007 - Present
    Class Agent
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009

    Judith Davenport, D.M.D.
    Dentist, retired
    Dr. Davenport practiced dentistry for two decades before her retirement in 2000. She was a consultant for United Concordia and a member of Highmark's Dental Review Committee. She is an active member of the community and is committed to improving the lives of others in health, education, and the arts. She is featured in the Mister Rogers first experience book, Going to the Dentist and is cofounder and director of Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation, the only African American owned and operated radio network in America.  Sheridan's holdings include the American Urban Radio Network, with 400 affiliates across the country.  Davenport has been the recipient of local and regional awards including Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 2001.
    B.S., Pennsylvania State University
    Master's of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
    D.M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine


    Other Boards/Organizations:
    Andy Warhol Museum, Board Member
    Howard Heinz Endowment, Trustee Emeritus
    Forbes Hospital, Trustee Emeritus
    Pittsburgh Public Theater, Trustee Emeritus

    Ellis Connection:
    Parent of alumnae in the classes of 1982 and 1985
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2011

    Linda Eremita
    Investment Banker, M&T Bank
    Ms. Eremita is an investment banker & financial advisor to educational institutions. She heads M&T Education Investment Banking, is a former director at Standard and Poor’s in the education & non-profit ratings group, and is also former head of higher education investment banking for NatCity Investments. Ms. Eremita is the Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee.
    B.A., Duquesne University
    M.U.A., Boston University


    Other Boards/Organizations
    Messiah College, Trustee
    St. Francis University, Trustee
    Catholic Charities Free Health Clinic, Board Member
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2006

    Sylvia (Hill) Fields
    Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation
    Sylvia Hill Fields has served as manager and later executive director of the Eden Hall Foundation since May 1996. A graduate of Seton Hill College and Carnegie Mellon University, she is the first and only African American woman to direct a major private foundation in the Pittsburgh region. Ms. Fields was named one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Most Influential African American Women by the New Pittsburgh Courier in 2006 and 2008.  In 2009 Mrs. Fields was a YWCA Tribute to Women honoree.
    B.A., Seton Hill College
    M.P.M., Carnegie Mellon University
     
    Other Boards/Organizations:
    The Carnegie, Board Member
    The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Board Member
    Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Board Member
    World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Board Member
     
    Ellis Connection:
    Parent of a student in the Ellis class of 2010
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010

    Elizabeth (Hammer) Genter
    President, Schenley Capital, Inc.
    Grad Year: 1977
    Ms. Genter is the President of Schenley Capital, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm with $80 Million under management.  She has experience which ranges from investment management, insurance, estate planning, financial statement analysis, sales and retirement planning.  Ms. Genter is the Chair of the Board’s Development Committee.
    B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
    M.S., University of Pittsburgh

    Other Boards/Organizations
    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Board Member
    Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, Executive and Investment Committee Member

    Ellis Connections
    Alumna, Class of 1977
    Parent of 3 Ellis students, Classes of 2014, 2016, and 2018
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2008

    Barbara Granito
    Journalist, The Wall Street Journal, retired
    Secretary

    Ms. Granito worked as a journalist for The Wall Street Journal where she was a staff reporter and a news editor for the Money and Markets section.  Prior to that she worked for a variety of organizations -- at Dow Jones & Co. as the AP-Dow Jones Bureau Chief in Rome, Italy; and for Institutional Investor Magazine as a contributing editor in both Paris, France, and New York City.
    B.A., Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, Senior Fellow

    Other Boards/Organizations
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Trustee
    Institute for Ecological Innovation, Trustee
    Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, Member
    Pittsburgh Symphony Association, Past Board Member
    ARCS Foundation – Pittsburgh Chapter, Past Board Member

    Ellis Connections
    Parent of a student in the Class of 2014

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2007

    Joan Gulley
    Chief Human Resources Officer, PNC Financial Services Group
    Joan Gulley joined PNC in 1993 as chairman and chief executive officer of PNC, New England, the company's Boston-based wealth management business. She has held a number of management positions at PNC including chief executive officer of PNC’s Wealth Management and Business Banking businesses. In addition, she was deputy manager of the Retail Banking, responsible for consumer product management, segment management, marketing services, marketing research and knowledge-based marketing. Gulley also served as director of Strategic Planning for PNC. In August 2005, Gulley was named executive vice president of Retail Banking, where she led Retail marketing and product management. She was named to her current role in April 2008.
    Before joining PNC, Gulley was senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston with responsibility for payments and securities services to New England Financial institutions. She was also national product manager for Federal Reserve System check services and had management responsibility for the Inter-District Transportation System operated by the Federal Reserve. During her 16-year career with the Federal Reserve, she held a variety of staff and management positions at both the Board of Governors in Washington and the Boston Reserve Bank.
    B.A., Economics, University of Rochester
    Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School

    Other Boards/Organizations
    Pennsylvania American Water Company
    Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh
    Chatham University (past Chairman of the Board)

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012

    Charlie Humphrey
    Executive Director, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
    Before joining Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Mr. Humphrey was editor and publisher of In Pittsburgh, an alternative weekly paper. He has been a radio producer and announcer, and still does occasional voiceover work for film and other media.
    Whitman College

    Other Boards/Organizations
    Andy Warhol Museum
    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance
    GPAC
    Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative
    Heinz Family Foundation
    Massachusetts Cultural Council
    Mattress Factory
    National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
    National Endowment for the Arts (Funding Panel)
    New Hazlett Theater
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
    Silver Eye Center for Photography
    Squonk Opera
    Quantum Theater

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012

    Susan Kalson
    CEO, Squirrel Hill Health Center
    Susan Kalson is a lawyer with a background in health law and health consulting, Ms. Kalson came to Squirrel Hill Community Health Center (SHCHC) as an active member of Pittsburgh's Jewish Community. She has served in numerous leadership roles at Rodef Shalom Congregation and as its President from 2004-2006. A third generation Pittsburgher with a long family history of community involvement, Ms. Kalson oversees all SHHC operations, including outreach and development, and is available to speak about the Center with community groups upon request.
    J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
    B.A., Harvard University
     
     
    Ellis Connections
    Daughter Hannah graduated from Ellis in 2008; Daughter Rachel attended until 2009
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012

    Vivian Loftness
    Professor, School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University
    Ms. Loftness, a university professor in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and former Head of School, is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, climate and regionalism in architecture, as well as design for performance in the workplace of the future.  She has served on seven National Academy of Science panels as well as being a member of the Academy's Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, and given four Congressional testimonies on sustainable design. Her work has influenced both national policy and building projects, including the Adaptable Workplace Lab at the U.S. General Services Administration and the Laboratory for Cognition at Electricity de France. She received the 2002 National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and a 2003 Sacred Tree Award from the US Green Building Council.  She is the chair of the Board’s Facilities Committee.
    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Registered Architect


    Other Boards/Organizations
    Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
    US Green Building Council, Board Member
    Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee, Board Member
    AIA Communities by Design, Board Member
    Turner Sustainability, Board Member
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Quality Assurance Board Member
    State of PA Climate Change Advisory Committee, Governor appointment

    Ellis Connections
    Parent of two Ellis alumnae, Classes of 2002 and 2008
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009

    Blythe (Jones) Lyons
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Grad Year: 1973
    Blythe JONES Lyons ’73 is a senior consultant with Energy Resources International, Inc., an energy-consulting firm established in Washington, DC. Ms. Lyons has provided nuclear fuel cycle, nonproliferation, fossil fuel technology, and electricity policy consulting services to utilities, industry, nonprofit and academic institutions, and various national as well as state governments since the late 1970s.  She co-authored with Senator Pete Domenici, A Brighter Tomorrow: Fulfilling the Promise of Nuclear Energy.  In addition, Ms. Lyons co-wrote the book, Choosing the Right School for Your Child:  A Guide to Selected Elementary Schools in the Washington Area, to help other parents with the difficult choice of finding the proper school for their young children. A dedicated Ellis alumna, Ms. Lyons has been one of the leading participants in Ellis’ National Board of Alumnae Visitors.
    B.S.F.S., Georgetown University
     
    Ellis Connection:
    Ellis Alumna, Class of 1973, Member of Ellis’ National Board of Alumnae Visitors
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010

    Kathleen McKenzie
    Vice President of Community and Civic Affairs, West Penn Allegheny Health System
    Kathleen K. McKenzie is Vice President of Community and Civic Affairs at West Penn Allegheny Health System. She supports the system’s external affairs department by providing strategic management of civic and community relations and serves as a key system liaison to individuals, organizations and associations important to the systems interest.  

    Previously, Ms. McKenzie Served as Allegheny County Deputy Manager. Since February 2004, as Deputy Manager, she was responsible for Supervision and administration of the County’s operations. Ms. McKenzie was also responsible for major policy initiatives of Chief Executive Dan Onorato such as the Kane Committee which is a committee to restructure four county nursing homes; the Parks Action Team which established the first county parks foundation and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to study the effectiveness and efficiency of county and city government. She also was a human resource manager for The City of Pittsburgh and she has over 10 years of experience engaged in the private practice of law.

    Ms. McKenzie completed a BA in government and law from Lafayette College. She also received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.; Ms. McKenzie is admitted to the. Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Territory of the United States Virgin Islands.

    Ms. McKenzie currently serves on various community boards including the Pennsylvania Economy League, Local Government Academy, the International Women’s Forum and the Chatham University PA Center for Women in Politics Advisory Board.

    She resides in the Point Breeze section of the City of Pittsburgh with her husband and two daughters.

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2013.

    M. Robert Mistick
    Owner and President, Mistick Construction Company
    M. Robert (Bob) Mistick, a graduate of Dickinson College, is owner and president of Mistick Construction Company, a general contracting firm specializing in residential construction and historic renovations. His company provides preconstruction and construction services to senior living associations, universities, housing authorities, and developers.
    B.A., Dickinson College

    Ellis Connection
    Parent of a student in the Ellis Class of 2009, and two in the Ellis Class of 2013
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010

    James Mitnick
    President and CEO, Ironwood Learning LLC
    Mitnick has been president and CEO, Ironwood Learning LLC since 2007. Prior to Ironwood Learning he spent 37 years with Turner Construction Company and was responsible for the development of the Turner Knowledge Network (TKN), an online learning platform that included Turner University and delivered nearly a million hours of learning on an annual basis. Mitnick is also president of the AEC CommuniteStore, which builds and hosts branded stores for companies in the architectural, engineering, and construction industries, and is president of Ironwood Development, which focuses on the digital distribution of electronic drawings for facilities managers, architects, engineers, and contractors. Mitnick received several awards from Chief Learning Officer magazine for innovation and integration of technologies. Ironwood was also was recognized by Training magazine as one of the top training organizations in the United States in 2005.
    B.S.C.E., Purdue University

    Other Boards/Organizations:
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Board Member
    Cooper-Siegel Library, Board Member
    Hillel Jewish Community Center, Board Member
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2011

    Courtney (Cosgrove) Muse
    Founding Partner, Cosgrove Pattison York, Inc., retired
    Ms. Muse began her advertising career in her native Ohio. There, she became a founding partner of Cincinnati advertising agency Cosgrove Pattison York Inc. before moving to Pittsburgh. She has worked with companies including H. J. Heinz, Kendall Futuro, and Chiquita, and now devotes her time to community projects and family.
    B.A. in History, Student Government President, Wheeling Jesuit University

    Ellis Connections
    Parent of students in the Classes of 2013, 2014, and 2016
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009

    Rona Nesbit
    Executive Vice President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
    Rona L. Nesbit is the Executive Vice President of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. As the only female executive in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, and the only female executive vice president of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Rona Nesbit stands out as a leader in not only the arts community, but also the business and professional services community for her excellent stewardship of the financial resources for one of the largest arts and redevelopment organizations in the region.

    Ms. Nesbit is responsible for managing the finances of the Cultural Trust which operates The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham Theater; Harris Theater; O’Reilly Theater; Theater Square complex; Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, and 707-709 Penn Galleries; the Trust’s Arts Education Center, among other arts venues. The Cultural Trust is a private non-profit organization established in 1984 to assist the cultural and economic growth of downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding region through the development of a fourteen-square block area of downtown Pittsburgh. The Cultural District encompasses the 14 city blocks linking Point State Park to the Convention Center. The Trust’s Annual Operating Budget is approximately $51 million.

    Ms. Nesbit oversees the budgeting for the Cultural Trust programming divisions which include PNC Broadway Across America Series, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents, First Night Pittsburgh, JazzLive, Three Rivers Arts Festival and Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Festival. Additionally, she is the key administrator for the Tessitura project of the Cultural District, the largest consortium of arts users for the multi-million dollar ticketing software system that processes the orders for over two million visitors annually.

    Previously, Ms. Nesbit was the Vice President and CFO of Sutersville Lumber Company, a family owned and operated retail lumberyards and home centers. She also managed healthcare finance from both the perspective of insurer (Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield) and provider (Allegheny General Hospital), after beginning her career in public accounting.

    Other Boards/Organizations
    Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater
    Association of Retarded Citizens of Westmoreland County
    National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Women and Girl’s Foundation
    CORO Pittsburgh, Bridgeway Capital
    Hill House Association
    Pittsburgh Chapter of the Gannon University Capital Campaign (co-chair)
    Habitat for Humanity

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012

    Timothy Parks
    Director of Business Development and Marketing, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
    President

    Mr. Parks is Director of Business Development and Marketing for the global law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Mr. Parks is responsible for expanding the firm's corporate transactional practice. In the past, Mr. Parks served as the President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), president of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Pennsylvania Technology Council, an industry coalition that advocated for entrepreneurial, innovative, and growth driven agenda for Pennsylvania. He also served in an advisory role in the creation and refinement of more than a dozen regional and state technology associations, including the Eastern Technology Council, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and the New Orleans Technology Council.  Mr. Parks is the President of the Board of Trustees.
    B.A. in History, Duke University
    M.P.A., University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


    Other Boards/Organizations
    Highmark, Inc., Keystone Health Plan West, Board Member

    Ellis Connections
    Parent of a student in the Class of 2014
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2004

    Margot (Copeland) Pyle
    Trustee, Dedham Institution for Savings, retired
    Grad Year: 1952
    A retired investment executive, Margot C. Pyle ’52 served as a trustee of The Dedham Institution for Savings and Family Service, Dedham, MA and has been active in the town of Dedham politics, serving on a number of committees.  She has also developed an expertise in independent schools through her role as trustee of Trinity Pawling School in New York. Her commitment to all-girls education is emphasized by her graduation from and ongoing service to Smith College.

    Other Boards/Organizations
    The Dedham Institution for savings and Family Service, Past Board Member
    Trinity Pawling School, Board Member

    Ellis Connection
    Ellis Alumna, Class of 1952, Member of Ellis’ National Board of Alumnae Visitors
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010

    Colleen (Daily) Simonds
    President, Colleen Simonds Design
    Grad Year: 1995
    Colleen Simonds led a career in the fashion industry that grew quickly from 1999 to 2010, when she left full-time work to pursue graduate studies.  Her management work culminated in her role as divisional merchandise manager for J. Crew, a job which meshed her creative and mathematical skills.  A member of The Ellis School’s National Board of Alumnae Visitors since 2009, Simonds lives in New York City, where she is currently enrolled in an interior design program at the Parsons School of Design.  Simonds is the 1995 recipient of Ellis’ prestigious Oliver Cup.
    B.A., Duke University

    Ellis Connection:

    Ellis alumna, class of 1995
     
    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2011

    William Strickland, , Jr.
    President and CEO, Manchester-Bidwell Corporation
    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Bill Strickland's young life was deeply impacted by the influence of an art teacher he had in high school. Bright, driven and capable, the young Strickland wanted to get out of Pittsburgh and make a difference in the world, but he was just a teen, living in the poor part of town, and going through the motions. He was, at the time, directionless.

    When he met art teacher Frank Ross though, Strickland's life turned around. Sure, Ross taught Strickland about art, sculpting in particular, but more importantly, he gave Strickland hope and taught him about life. The two formed a friendship at the potter's wheel, and that bond, and the skills Ross passed on to his young student, later became the inspiration for Strickland's social change organization: Manchester Cratfsmen's Guild. With programs in art, music, and performance, Strickland has led MCG to serve his community and bring about change in the young people there for the past thirty years. Strickland has also been at the head of the Bidwell Training Center, which offers vocational training to adults in his community, for over two decades. A community activist with a mind for business, Strickland has been recognized by Harvard Business School for being a "social entrepreneur," and has spoken at multiple colleges and universities across the country, telling his story and inspiring others to help change their communities.

    Ellis Connections
    Father of Olivia, class of 2021, and Julie, class of 2002

    Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012

    Andrew Watson, M.D.
    Chief Medical Information Officer, International & Commercial Services Medical Director, UPMC
    Dr. Watson, M.D., M.Litt, F.A.C.S., specializes in colorectal and inflammatory bowel disease surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He spent two years working with the American Board of Surgery and the Department of Surgery at UPMC developing a national curriculum for surgical education. Watson focuses on corporate healthcare at UPMC. He is a vice president of the International and Commercial Service Division and is part of IT management for UPMC. He plays a central role in developing telemedicine for UPMC and has worked for the Insurance Services Division in this capacity. He is the medical director of the Center for Connected Medicine, an executive briefing center in Pittsburgh that showcases the future of healthcare, thought leadership, and HIT strategies.
    M.A., University of Oxford
    M.D., Columbia University
    Surgical Fellow at UPMC



    Ellis Connection:
    Parent of a student in the Ellis class of 2022
    The Board of Trustees at The Ellis School represents a broad spectrum of expertise from leaders throughout our community and beyond.  With a depth and breadth of experience in the worlds of education, women’s issues, business, and non-profit governance, the Board is dedicated to fortifying and cultivating the mission of the School.



    OFFICERS
    Susan Brownlee, President
    Joan Gulley, Vice-President
    Barbara Granito, Treasurer
    Susan Kalson, Secretary

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
    Susan Brownlee    
    Barbara Granito    
    Joan Gulley    
    Susan Kalson    
    M. Robert Mistick    
    James Mitnick    
    Courtney Muse
    Andrew Watson, M.D.

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