Board of Directors

David H. Vaughn, BA
President
David has over 20 years of experience in non-profit management, consulting, and fundraising.  Over the past five years, he has served on the board of directors of several schools, including the founding board of the Edward Brooke Charter School in Boston, MA and the Mason Pilot School in Roxbury MA.  Prior to volunteering as the full-time president of the Collaborative Learning Project, Mr. Vaughn was a founding director of the Social Innovation Forum, a non-profit organization that supports other non-profits in management, development, and strategic planning.  David also worked for five years as the editor of a National Science Foundation curriculum-development project through the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and served as the staff director of the Community Education Task Force, a joint task force established by the Massachusetts legislature to develop a statewide afterschool initiative.
Bill Kams, CPA, J.D.
Treasurer
Bill is an experienced CPA and attorney, having joined Waldron Rand in 1974 and serving as the firm's president since 1980. He provides individual, trust, estate, and corporate taxation services to family-owned businesses.

Bill's personalized service approach is demonstrated through his commitment to learning about the client's personal and professional situations and integrating their goals into every practice solution. Bill upholds a progressive firm culture and service philosophy that encompasses superior service, professional development, and the continual advancement of the accounting industry.

Bill is a long-standing member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants(AICPA). He has served on the Board of Advisors for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, MA. He is also the Treasurer for Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, MA, and has been involved with numerous charitable organizations over the years. Bill graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and obtained his Juris Doctorate at Suffolk University Law School.

Charles H. Smith III,
MPA.H.
Secretary
Charlie is currently employed as the Assistant Financial Officer at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University.  For five years he was an instructor in the Health Management program at Northeastern University.  He has extensive volunteer experience with the Special Olympics Massachusetts, including several years as Co-Director of the SOMA Summer Games, and as an evaluator for various SOMA events.  In recent year he has volunteered in the Son-Rise play-therapy program with a young boy with autism.  Charlie received his Master's in Public Administration with a Health concentration from Suffolk University in 1991.
Marlene Austen, RN Marlene graduated from UMass Boston in 1992 with a degree in nursing.  She worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Renal Transplant Unit and currently serves on the Storybook Ball Committee for the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.  She lives in Weston with her husband and three children.
Anne Collins, BA Anne Collins is the founder and President of Bayshore Management Consultants, a boutique advisory consultancy. Prior to founding Bayshore, Anne was an Operations Executive and member of the Senior Management Team with the Liberty Financial Companies, leading many large-scale process improvement initiatives at Liberty's affiliate companies. Upon the acquisition of Liberty's asset management businesses by Fleet Financial, Anne was appointed Program Manager for the integration of all the front, middle and back office operations. Anne is well-known for her ability to deliver results on time and on budget with minimal disruption to the day-to-day operations of the business. Her analytical and problem-solving skills are rooted in her academic background in math and science, graduating from Emmanuel College with a BA in physics. She has always been committed to freely sharing her knowledge in both her professional and private life. Anne has taught physics and math on the secondary-school level, developed and instructed courses for the PwC Professional Development Program, volunteered in the Junior Achievement Program in the Boston Public Schools, mentored graduate students from a number of local universities and has been an instructor in her church's religious education programs.
Betsy Hlavacek, MA, NCC Betsy's personal and professional lives have always been connected to education.  Trained as an elementary school teacher at the University of Vermont, Betsy was a classroom teacher for the first part of her career.  After her two daughters were born she found multiple opportunities in and around education; as a founding member of two childcare centers, as a member of a home-based team to a one-on-one program for a 4 year old boy with Autism based upon the Son-Rise program, teaching drama, consulting to the Dean of Faculty at The Lawrenceville School on professional development, college counseling and academic support.  Prior to CLP, Betsy was a board member at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, NY.  During this time she served as a member of the admissions committee and the board coordinator of an accreditation review.  Most recently, she graduated with a Master's Degree in Counseling at The College of New Jersey.
Patty James, MBA 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.
Russell Kane, J.D. Russell is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Natixis Global Asset Management, which provides investment management and distribution services to investment company and managed account clients. He also is the Chief Compliance Officer for the Natixis Funds, Loomis Sayles Funds and Hansberger International Series. In that capacity, he is responsible for administering the Funds' compliance program, including monitoring and enforcing compliance by the Funds and their service providers with the federal securities laws. Russell received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Columbia University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Russell has a strong personal interest in the success and growth of Tremont, as his son has been enrolled there since its first year of operations. Russell has served on Tremont's Governance Committee since 2012 and as a Board member since 2013.

Robert A. Kenny, Ed.D. Bob is Associate Director for External Relations at the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy.  Bob holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University, a certificate of advanced studies from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, a master's degree in Educational Psychology from Seton Hall University and a BA in History from Benedictine College.

A former Associate in Education at the Center for Moral Education at Harvard University, Mr. Kenny is known for his work training young people to develop the political skills needed to participate in the democratic process.  Mr. Kenny co-founded the New England Conference for Democratic Schools and has written extensively on the subject.  His published works include numerous articles and the book, (published in English and Russian) Preparing for Citizenship: Teaching Youth to Live Democratically.  Currently, he serves as chair of the Board of Directors of Democracy.org, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, whose mission is to promote education for democratic citizenship and assist individuals and organizations to make and act on decisions based on ethical principles.

Karen Ketterer, M.B.A. Karen was born and raised in Hong Kong and has spent more than half her life living and working overseas, mostly in Asia.  She has nearly 20 year experience in finance and marketing, encompassing investment banking, risk management, project finance, capital markets, wealth management, and micro-finance.  She holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Multinational Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. in Economics and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from Bryn Mawr College.  Karen has worked with several multinational firms, including Citicorp's Investment Bank in Hong Kong and GE Capital Global Projects and Structured Finance Group in both Stamford, Connecticut and Hong Kong.  She moved to Singapore in 1995 to become the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for the Centre for Environment, Gender & Development (ENGENDER), assisting micro-enterprises across Asia.  She then returned to the corporate world to work for Citibank's Investment Products Group, also in Singapore.  She later served as the Head of Investment Product Marketing for ANZ Grindlay's Private Bank in London before returning to Singapore to join the Southeast Asian wealth management division of Standard Chartered Bank.  Karen moved to the US in 2003 and has since been actively involved in volunteering her at her children's schools.  She resides in Natick, Massachusetts with her husband and three boys.
Gerard O'Connor, J.D. Jerry has a wide-ranging business law practice that focuses on finance transactions; mergers and acquisitions; Securities law and intellectual property matters.  He represents clients in a variety of industries, including venture capital and professional services.  Mr. O'Connor assists early stage companies with formation; securities offerings; employment; Joint ventures and development efforts and intellectual property transactions.  Jerry's practice has a particular focus on advising early stage energy technology companies and software companies in all aspects of their formation and growth, including negotiating and carrying out angel and VC financings, strategic alliances and joint venture agreements.  Jerry works at the law firm of Morse, Barnes-Brown and Pendleton.
Amy Wheeler, M.Ed. Amy is the Upper School Director at Beaver Country Day School, an independent, co-educational day school in Chestnut Hill, MA.  Previously she served as Assistant Head of School, The Sage School, in Foxboro MA.  At Sage, her duties included: managing day-to-day operations for the co-ed day school for 175 students; overseeing faculty and staff; and soliciting donors for a $2 million capital campaign.  In addition, Amy served as Director of Secondary School Placement, during which time she placed students successfully in top secondary schools throughout New England.

At Beaver, Amy manages the Upper School, responsible for duties including: supervising and evaluating faculty; working with department heads and deans on the academic and social life of students; spearheading strategic planning; overseeing the admissions committee; and handling interactions with students and parents.  Amy has also been a special education teacher in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  She received her Masters in Education from Boston College in 2009.