Board of Trustees
Timothy B. Lee, Ed.M.
A Certified Educational Planner, Timothy B. Lee has guided young people to make informed educational decisions for over three decades. Before entering private practice, he was associate director of admissions for two years and placement advisor for five years at two leading New England schools. Mr. Lee graduated from Harvard College and received a master’s degree in adolescent development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As the director of educational services at Advocates for Human Potential, Tim worked with students to find the best fit for an independent school or college as well as with those seeking alternatives to meet their learning or emotional needs. He is an active member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) the professional association for independent educational consultants. Tim served on the Board for Directors for 9 years. Elected to the executive committee he was Vice President of Ethics and Practices and served as President for 2 years. He is a member of the New England Association of College Admission Counseling, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. Tim currently works as an independent educational consultant for the North Bridge Advisory Group.
Vice Chair / Clerk
Linda Echt is principal owner of: LINDAECHTCONSULTING, LLC. She most recently consulted long-term with The Beautiful Stuff Project. She was a long time Head at Atrium School. Prior to that she was the founder of Kesher (an innovative approach to Jewish education) in Cambridge and helped to replicate the program on the east coast, in New York and in Newton. Linda holds a Masters in Education (Administration) from Lesley University and went to Michigan State University and graduated with a triad major in History of Art, Philosophy and Religious Studies.
While Tremont was completing its Head of School search Linda served as Interim Head. She deeply believes in the model of Tremont School and describes it as a needed school in the independent landscape and is so happy to be supporting the school by serving on the Board of Directors. She comes to us with a great passion for teaching and learning and a wealth of knowledge about independent school governance. She is a huge Tremont cheerleader, looking forward to being a part of the schools’ continued growth. Linda lives in Watertown with her wife, Jill and kids, Noah (Tremont PG student) and Eva (Atrium School 3rd grader).
Amy Kaser, MBA, CFP
Amy is a Portfolio Manager with Boston Trust and their socially responsible division, Walden Asset Management. Amy works with endowments, foundations, individuals and families to prudently manage their financial assets. Her areas of expertise include impact investing, asset allocation, risk management, and financial planning.
Amy earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council. Amy is the Treasurer of the Lexington Arts Council and serves on the Investment Committee of Urban Edge, one of Boston’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing.
Christopher F. Brown, AIA
Chris is an architect with SGA in Boston, an award-winning, architectural planning & design firm specializing in educational facilities. Chris has over twenty-five years experience designing independent, charter, and public schools, mixed-use buildings, multi & single-family residential projects, and two national memorials.
Chris earned his Masters in Architecture from the University of Maryland and Bachelor’s from Colby College. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is NCARB certified, and a member of sustainable building associations Cascadia.org and the US Green Building Council. Chris has served as a studio instructor, thesis advisor, and student mentor at the Boston Architectural College since 1995.
Charles E. Combs, Ph.D.
Charles is currently a Higher Education Consultant with The Education Alliance and President of Arts|Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Arts in Massachusetts K-12 schools. Prior to his retirement, he served as chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music from 1990 to 2006.
While on leave from Berklee Dr. Combs served as Interim Associate Director of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC). Before coming to Berklee, he was an Associate Professor at Plymouth State University (NH), where he co-founded the Music & Theatre Department, founded the theatre major and served as Director of Theatre for 12 years. In addition, he was a team leader in developing and planning the new Silver Center for the Arts. During that time he was also editor of the Children’s Theatre Review and the Youth Theatre Journal, and founding editor of the New England Theatre Journal. Additionally, during the 1980s, he was also a Senior Lecturer in Lesley University’s Creative Arts in Learning graduate program.
Prior to coming to New England, Dr. Combs taught at the Secondary level, the University of Oregon, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his Ph.D. in Theatre & Drama, Educational Psychology, and Curriculum & Instruction.
Andrew Flagel, Ph.D.
Andrew Flagel is the Vice President for Advancement and Member Engagement at The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The AAC&U is the premier organization for transforming higher education, promoting value, quality and inclusive excellence by increasing student success, diversity, and outcomes in undergraduate education. He has served in higher education for over 20 years, including seven years as the Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment at Brandeis University, and a decade as Dean of Admissions at George Mason University, where he was also executive director of the Washington Journalism and Media Program, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, and chair of the Bachelor of Applied Studies.
Dr. Flagel previously served as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan, as the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and as a Regional Director of Admissions at The George Washington University. He has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and psychology and a master of arts in education from George Washington University, and received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
Dr. Flagel has presented hundreds of seminars across the country, including the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference, the National Young Leaders Conference, and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference. Along with his presentations, Dr. Flagel provides his expertise in a variety of media, appearing as a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN’s American Morning, and on CBS Evening News, and interviewed in USA Today, US News and World Report, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, and Teen Vogue…just to name a few. Feel free to follow him on twitter @deanflagel.
In her role as PAREXEL’s Corporate Vice President, Compensation, Benefits and HRIS, Michele Fournier has global responsibility for the design and management of all total reward programs and Human Resource systems. In her more than 30 years of HR experience she has held both corporate and consulting roles in the United States and abroad, having completed several short-term expat assignments in various European offices. She has extensive experience establishing and promoting compensation and benefits strategies that includes working with boards of directors, compensation committees and shareholder services. Prior to joining PAREXEL, Ms. Fournier held a variety of senior Human Resource leadership roles. Most recently, she was Corporate Vice President of Global Human Resources and Corporate Services at PTC in Needham, Massachusetts. She has also worked as a consultant and held compensation and benefit leadership positions at Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), William M. Mercer, and Medtronic. Ms. Fournier has a keen interest in innovational approaches to elementary and secondary education and personalized learning. Ms. Fournier earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
Patty James, M.B.A
Patty volunteered in a parent-directed Son-Rise play-therapy program with a young boy with autism from 2006-2008. She is the parent of two daughters who attended the Waldorf School in Lexington from kindergarten through 8th grade. While her children attended The Waldorf School Patty was involved in all aspects of school activities, including studying the Waldorf philosophy of education and how the curriculum supported children’s developmental stages socially and emotionally. She also volunteered part-time in the business office. In 1982, Patty received an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management, and held positions of Paralegal in a large Boston law firm and Executive Assistant to the President of a small consulting firm in the Boston area.
Raised in Honolulu, HI, Chuck attended one of the first project based middle and secondary schools. He received his BA majoring in professional photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA focusing on Color Technology and Industrial Scientific Photography. Chuck built a multifaceted photography career working with many fortune 500 companies both as a photographer, manager and consultant. He continues this work today focused on life’s most meaningful moments and celebrations. He earned a MFA from Tufts University in Medford, MA in Studio Art, specializing in interdisciplinary art. At Tufts he discovered that his work was about creating communication and engagement which lead him to form a 501(c) 3 non-profit summer artist residency in Alaska before living in Europe for two years producing and exhibiting art on five continents. Most recently he worked in collage art admissions but felt his calling to return to middle and secondary education. Chuck has taught and mentored middle, secondary and college students for over a decade, and believes there should be more places like Tremont School, educating students, socially, emotionally and academically equally. He calls Massachusetts home where he spends too much time in the kitchen and garden developing new dishes and concoctions for every season and taste. Chuck is the loving father of Charlotte and husband of Amy; they share their home with two dogs Hope and Mercy.