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.
Linda Echt, Ed.M.
Vice Chair / Co-Clerk
Linda Echt is principal owner of: LINDA ECHT CONSULTING, LLC. She consults with independent schools and other non-profit organizations. She was a long time Head at Atrium School and the founder of their middle school program. 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 school 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 ’20) and Eva (Atrium School 5th 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.
Julie Purrington, JD
Julie has been a parent at Tremont School for seven years and has one child currently attending our High School program. She has served as the TPAC coordinator, TPAC advisor and is now Chair of the Board’s Advancement Committee. She has worked tirelessly on Tremont School galas and has been instrumental in helping to create community among parents. Julie is a strong advocate for the school. She has shown her immense dedication through countless volunteer hours.
Julie received her law degree from The Washington College of Law at American University, and her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
Wil is Partner and Managing Principal of Boston Realty Advisors, where he oversees the Commercial Leasing Division, as well as the overall strategic growth of the firm. On behalf of Boston’s leading landlords, Wil and his team are currently marketing the most diverse cross section of commercial properties throughout Back Bay, Financial District, Seaport, SoWa, Somerville and East Cambridge. He is an active member of NAIOP and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB).
Wil’s son attended our High School program, and Wil was intergral to helping us find our new home in Concord. In addition to the Tremont board, Wil is on the board of Love Lane Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program and part of the Menlo College Alumni Association. Wil lives on Duck Puddle Farm, located in Wayland, MA with his wife, two kids and a collection of American made vehicles (1929 – 2019)
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.
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.
Lauren LaGrega, M.D.
Lauren has been a parent at Tremont School for eight years. She served as Tremont School Gala Co-chair in 2018 and as an officer of the Tremont Parent Association for three years. Lauren was the co-chair of Tremont School Committee to Re-Open during the summer of 2020, and currently serves as Tremont’s Health Consultant and chair of the COVID Taskforce.
Lauren is a pediatrician currently working in Cambridge, MA. She has a clinical interest in working with neurodiverse and gender-diverse patients. Lauren is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Public Health and graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine, MD. She was a recipient of a National Health Service Corp Scholarship and worked for over two years in a medically underserved community in the South Bronx after completion of her pediatric residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Ian serves as Tremont School’s Lead Mathematics Faculty and teaches courses from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. With 15 years of teaching experience, his primary passion as a teacher is to help students reflect deeply about the way they think and learn and develop self-awareness as students and young adults. Ian graduated from The Citadel with a degree in English, and from Cambridge College with a Masters degree in education. While at the Citadel, Ian served in the US Army and graduated from Airborne School. Prior to becoming a teacher, he wrote for a travel magazine, ran a martial arts dojo, trained dogs, and coached youth sports. Ian is equally passionate about yoga and the Patriots, animals and all things Star Wars. On the weekends, he’s usually hiking with his wife, son, daughter and dogs Moby and Cookie.