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Members/Officers and Bios

2019-2020 Board of Trustees

Jonathan Brassington

Jonathan Brassington leads Capgemini Invent NA, the digital innovation, consulting and transformation brand of the Capgemini Group.  Capgemini Invent is an integral part of Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. A multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries, Capgemini reported 2017 global revenues of EUR 12.8 billion.  

Prior to Capgemini, Jonathan was the CEO, Partner, and co-Founder of LiquidHub, a digital transformation company focused on re-imagining engagement.  Jonathan is a Wharton Fellow, serves on the Leadership Council of The University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center, is on the board and Executive Committee of Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technology, and on the Board of Trustees at Misericordia University.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Misericordia University and a master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan currently lives with his wife Linda and their two sons in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Harry Carpenter

Harry Carpenter is in his second year of board service with Montgomery School. Harry and his wife Laura are the proud parents of 3 Montgomery School Alum, Catherine ’12, Jack ’13 and Abigail, ’17.

Harry is currently the CEO of Merit Service Solutions, an exterior maintenance company headquartered in Malvern. Prior to that, he was President and COO of Brightview. The majority of his career was spent with ARAMARK Corporation where he served for 25 years and his last role was President and Chief Operating Officer.

Previously, Harry has served on the board of Make-A-Wish as well as Japan based AIM Corporation.

Patricia Dahm

Patty is an independent consultant, specializing in large-scale information systems implementation, change management, business process design, program management and organizational effectiveness. Patty has extensive experience with global pharmaceutical sales and marketing operations, customer relationship management, anti-bribery/corruption and compliance controls. Patty graduated from Temple University, studying business and computer science.

Patty is parent of Georgia Dahm ’15, who attended Montgomery School for 11 years (3 years old through 8th grade). Patty was involved as class parent, golf outing chair with her husband Tony, and various school activities over the years. Patty, Tony and Georgia reside in West Chester, PA.

Anthony Ferraro

Lauren Geary

Grant Geiger '02

Grant is the CEO and Founder of EIR Healthcare; a healthcare modular design firm based in Philadelphia, PA. Grant is a local, born and raised in the Philadelphia area. He is an alumnus of the Montgomery School, graduating in ’02 and served as the captain of the Greeks in his final year. He graduated from Devon Preparatory School and then Drexel University receiving a BSBA with dual concentrations in International Business in Marketing, with a German minor. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife and three dogs.

Doug Gessl, Treasurer

Doug is Chief Financial Officer for Ralexar Therapeutics, Inc. and Velicept Therapeutics, Inc., two development stage pharmaceutical companies. In addition, Doug is a founding Partner, CFO and COO of Nexeption, LLC, a company that provides development and management services to its portfolio of pharmaceutical companies. Between 2004 and 2013, Doug held the CFO position at Ception Therapeutics and then Ceptaris Therapeutics. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years working at a number of commercial and investment banking institutions in the Midwest. A native of Wisconsin, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance, Investments and Banking from the University of Wisconsin – Madison before earning his MBA from the University of Chicago. Doug joined the Montgomery Board of Trustees in 2015 and served on the Finance Committee in the 2015-16 school year. Doug currently serves on the Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. He and his wife, Jean, live in Chester Springs with their son Fritz (Montgomery School ’15), daughter Ava (Montgomery School ’17) and golden doodle Lucy.

Paul Gilbert, Secretary

Paul and his wife, Susan Braithwaite-Gilbert, live in Chester Springs with their three children. Spencer is a Montgomery graduate in 2017. Elsa (2021) and Perry (2024) currently attend the Montgomery School. Paul is the Cofounder and Chief Operating Officer for DataCeutics/Navitas Data Sciences, a specialty Functional Service Provider supporting clinical trials with technical expertise in biostatistics, statistical programming and clinical data management. Paul is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a BS in Chemistry. 

Paul’s Linked-In profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulgilbert1/

Dan Goldsmith

Dan is the Chief Executive Officer at Instructure. Before working at Instructure, Dan held senior executive roles at Veeva, IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Accenture. He grew up around the corner from Montgomery in Chester Springs. Dan is an alumnus of the Friends Central School in Wynnewood, PA where he concurrently attended the University of Pennsylvania Young Scholars program. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dan and his wife, Penny, reside in Salt Lake City, Utah with their 3 daughters. Abigail (’18), Isabelle (’21), and Katherine (’23) all of which previously attended the Montgomery School.

Ed Graf

Kristine Ilaria

Kristine Ilaria is a seasoned executive with experience leading strategy, finance, and acquisitions. She currently works at Smith & Nephew, a leading medical technology company, as Vice President of Corporate Development. She is also serving on the board for Micah Orthopaedics. Prior to Smith & Nephew, Kristine worked for Stryker, in a variety of roles across its Orthopaedics’ businesses. She is passionate about causes that improve children’s lives, especially education and healthcare. She holds a B.A. in Psychology & Political Science from Drew University and an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University.

Kristine and her husband, Dan, reside in the local area with their two children both attending Montgomery School. 

Sally B. Keidel, Head of School

This is Sally's third year at Montgomery as Head of School. She joined the Montgomery School community after four years as Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and External Relations at The Agnes Irwin School in Villanova, PA. Her children Charlie '20 and Maggie '23 attend Montgomery. Sally and her family reside in Phoenixville.

Steven Lisk

Steve Lisk became the tenth Head of School at Lancaster Country Day School in July 2008. Across twenty-seven years in independent schools, he has served also as a division head, department chair, dorm head, classroom teacher, advisor and athletic coach.In his first eight years at LCDS, Mr. Lisk has led the school through strategic enrollment growth, programmatic development, and enhanced professional development. From 2003 – 2008, Mr. Lisk led the Upper School (grades 9-12) at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, FL. Earlier, Mr. Lisk served as the History Department Chair at the Kent School in Kent, CT. Mr. Lisk began his school career at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. Starting as a history teacher, coach of football and basketball, and dorm parent, he spent a total of twelve years at this all-boarding school of over 400 students in grades 9-12.

Mr. Lisk attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where, as a Morehead Scholar, he majored in Political Science. Later, he also studied at North Carolina State University where he earned an M.A. in History. Mr. Lisk currently serves as the Board Chair for the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) and on the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) Commission for Accreditation. With his wife, Kirke, he has two sons, ages 17 and 15.

Michele Long

Michele joined the Montgomery Community in 2016 when her family relocated to Pennsylvania from Connecticut and her daughters enrolled at the school.

Michele leads the Communications and Marketing function for Triumph Group, a global leader in manufacturing and overhauling aerospace structures, systems, and components. Prior to that she spent 10 years at United Technologies Corporation working in a variety of communications roles across the company’s six business units. She began her career in the field of Development, working for organizations including Cornell Medical School, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the University of Chicago.

Michele received her bachelor’s degree in Religion from Dartmouth College and a master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. Michele and her husband Marlon live in Chester Springs with their daughters Linden (Montgomery ’24) and Anissa (Montgomery ‘26). She also serves on the Board of Custom Collaborative, a non-profit that aims to make a difference in the lives of underserved and immigrant women by creating opportunities in the fashion industry.

Audrey Porter

Saroj Ramdas

Saroj Ramdas is the Director of CMC Biopharm Regulatory Advocacy, Strategy & Policy at GlaxoSmithKline based in Collegeville, PA. She is passionate about putting patients first and leads strategic initiatives focused on industry alignment regarding pharmaceutical development topics, drives strategic approaches from a regulatory perspective to enhance product development and engages globally with respect to Health Authority policy and regulations. She is an active leader in various pharmaceutical industry trade organizations and is the Scientific Director of The Wanda Bilec Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from The College of William & Mary and a M.S in Biochemistry from The Medical College of Virginia. Saroj and her husband Naresh joined the Montgomery family in 2012 when their son Siddarth joined Middle School who is currently at AIM Academy, class of 2019. Their second son Inan is currently a member of Montgomery’s class of 2019.

Morreen Rukin

Morreen Rukin founded Creative Restaurant Solutions, Inc. in 1997 and Combined Resource Solutions, Inc. in 2006. Both companies focus on helping other organizations improve the employment experience to ensure high levels of engagement, productivity, and profitability. Recognized as a dynamic consultant and leader, Morreen has built a team of experts who consistently deliver results with their industry knowledge, creative approaches, and dedication to superior customer service.

Before starting CRS, Morreen acquired 25 years of deep and diverse experience in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, and restaurants. She has applied the hands-on experiences garnered along the way to help organizations improve the employment experience through initiatives that focus on retention, productivity, and profitability.

Morreen earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of New Hampshire and also holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on Education and Instructional Design from Pennsylvania State University. An advocate for giving back, Morreen and her family have been recognized as a top fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand (a children’s cancer research foundation) and have raised nearly $210,000 in the past 13 years. Morreen is fortunate to manage the Michael B. Rukin Charitable Foundation in memory of her father which furthers her interest in philanthropy. She also co-authored Dream, Inc. – Million Dollar Business Strategies from 32 Successful Philadelphia-Area Entrepreneurs. The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Morreen as one of the Women of Distinction in 2007 and she was recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business” in 2009. Under Morreen’s leadership the CRS team was recognized as a Philly 100 Winner in 2016, 2017, and 2018 by the Entrepreneur’s Forum of Philadelphia and the Wharton Small Business program. Additionally, Morreen was a recipient of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

Morreen lives in Downingtown, PA with her daughter, Sydnie '18.

Danielle Schoeninger

Danielle is Assistant Director of Human Resources and Employee Development at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, where she provides guidance on a variety of topics including compliance with state education laws and regulations, new teacher induction, and leadership development.  She also provides legal advice on contracts and agreements. Previously, Danielle was a special education teacher and director of special education for a local school district. Before entering the field of education, Danielle practiced law in the area of complex civil litigation.

Danielle graduated high school from Kingswood School Cranbrook, an independent school in Michigan.  She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the Delaware Law School, an M.Ed. from Penn State, and an Ed.D. from Immaculata University.  Danielle resides in Malvern with her husband, Richard. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Staci Seeley, Board Chair

Staci joined the Montgomery School community in 2013 when her son enrolled in fourth grade. She has been Board Chair since 2018, and has served on the Board’s Executive and Advancement Committees, the Financial Task Force, and has Co-Chaired the Annual Fund.

An active volunteer, Staci is a trustee of St. Andrew’s School. She is a past trustee at Bowdoin College and Belmont Day School. As a Bowdoin volunteer, she served as Alumni Council President, and on her 25th and 30th Reunion Committees. Staci earned her M.A.T. from Brown University and her A.B. from Bowdoin College.

Staci is an Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in education. Until 2019, she was the U.S. College Mentor and Scholarship Coordinator for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. Previously, she held fundraising positions at charter schools in the South Bronx, New York, and administrative and teaching positions at Prep for Prep, Groton School, Concord Academy, and Bowdoin College.

Staci and her husband Chris, the Assistant Head of School at Church Farm School, live on the CFS campus in Exton, Pennsylvania, with their children Camille, a junior at Pomona College, and Crawford ’18, a sophomore at St. Andrew’s school.

Joshua Stewart '92

Joshua Stewart is an Account Manager at Excellis Health Solutions, a Life Sciences partner company specializing in compliance and ERP consulting. Prior to his current position, Joshua was an Integrated Delivery Systems Account Lead with Merck and Co., focusing on delivering Population Health Centered solutions to major Health Systems in the Philadelphia area. Joshua is a 12-year veteran of the US Navy where he served as a Nuclear-Submarine Officer on two forward-deployed fast-attack submarines. His shore tours included teaching Leadership and Ethics at the US Naval Academy, and standing up a capstone practicum for submarine-bound midshipmen. He holds a BS from the Naval Academy, MS in Human Resource Development and Leadership from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA from Penn State. Joshua acts as a Character Ambassador for the Travis Manion Foundation.

Joshua is a 1992 graduate of The Montgomery School. He, his wife Kelly, and children, Lincoln (7) and Jasmine (5), reside in East Norriton, PA.

Christopher R. Tompkins

Christopher R. Tompkins is a 30-year veteran of independent school education. He has served as a middle and upper school teacher, college counselor, director of admissions and financial aid, assistant head of school, and head of school. Tompkins has written numerous articles on independent schools, including a feature article in the Spring 2016 edition of the NAIS Independent School Magazine and articles for the Head’s Letter and Trustee’s Letter. Tompkins served on the NAIS SSS Task Force from 2005-2011, was a trustee of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools from 2010 to 2015, holding the presidency from 2013-2015. Tompkins has served on the boards of the Chambersburg Montessori Academy and is currently on the board of The Montgomery School. Tompkins served on the Colby College Alumni Council for over a decade and was chair of the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. In 2013 Tompkins received the Everett E. Gourley Award from the Enrollment Management Association, formerly SSATB. He is a regular speaker on the independent school circuit and was a founding trustee of the Association of Independent School Admissions Professionals. Tompkins published The Croton Dams and Aqueduct in 2000 and is a regular speaker on regional history in the Hudson Valley of New York. Tompkins holds his BA from Colby College, his MSSc from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and certificates from Harvard, Cornell, and Richmond. He was awarded Head of School Fellowship from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University in 2013. 

Christine Whaley

Christine graduated from Cornell University with Bachelor Degrees in Biology and Psychology and worked as a Development Officer before returning to Cornell to get her MBA, concentrating in Marketing. After graduating with her Masters, she moved to the Philadelphia area to work for Merck & Co., Inc., where she was a Director of Marketing. Christine now spends her time supporting organizations that she is passionate about: Montgomery School, Cornell University, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Christine has held a number of leadership/board positions in a number of volunteer organizations. She just concluded co-chairing her college reunion campaign and is currently an elected life member of the Cornell University Council. Christine also co-chairs the Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassadors Network made up of more than 300 volunteers and speaks with high school seniors applying to Cornell. Christine is a current vestry member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenmoore and is responsible for Outreach programs. At Montgomery, Christine serves on the Executive Committee, chairs the Advancement Committee and is a member of the EWR task force. She can also be found volunteering for numerous events at the school (Annual Benefit, Mum Fundraiser, MS musical costumes, and Fall Fun Day to name a few). Christine and her husband, Harry, reside in Chester Springs with their son, Harry (Montgomery School ’21).