National Board of Directors
Martin Schneider, Chairman (bio)
Fine Capital Partners
Martin Schneider serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Peer Health Exchange. He is a Managing Partner at Fine Capital Partners, a hedge fund based in New York City. Marty is the Founder and former President of Health Pages, a consumer website devoted to providing consumers with background, experience, and quality information about health care providers. He is also the Founder and former President of Physician Hospital Alliance, a company that provided out-patient medical services. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Informed Patient Institute, and as a Board member of the International Center for the Disabled and Consumer Reports.
He received a BA from Amherst College, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a MSc from The London School of Economics. When his hip isn’t bothering him, he runs marathons and lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and three children.
Larry Berger (bio)
Larry Berger is CEO and co-founder of Wireless Generation, an education company that has pioneered the adaptation of emerging technologies to improve PreK-12 teaching and learning. Mr. Berger led the invention of Wireless Generation’s mCLASS system, which enables educators to administer early reading and math formative assessments using handheld computers and then immediately receive results, analysis, and support for differentiated instruction. Today, Wireless Generation serves more than 3 million children and hosts one of the largest databases of longitudinal student data in the country.
Mr. Berger was a 2007 inaugural Fellow for the Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Program. He serves on the board of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and on the Board of Overseers for the Annenberg Institute on School Reform at Brown University.
Patrice King Brickman (bio)
Patrice currently enjoys serving on several non-profit boards. Her primary passion has been around poverty and homelessness, and she has worked most intimately with that population. She serves on the board of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to serving women and girls throughout the region living in poverty, ultimately helping them create financial independence. She also serves on the board of the Upward Bound Foundation, a nonprofit that provides gap funding for at risk children who have received scholarships for college, but lack the funding for “everything else” it takes to actually succeed once there. She serves on the Board of the Holy Child School, a high school in Potomac Maryland, where her oldest daughter attends school. She is currently chairing a Capital Campaign, and is working on a new Strategic Development plan. She serves on the Advancement Committee of the Norwood School, where her other three children attend school. She served for eight years on the board of the National Center for Children and Families, a nonprofit that serves the local homeless community, as well as at risk youth. There are seven programs ranging from a homeless shelter, girls and boys home, a school, independent living, and treatment foster care. She chaired a successful $15M Capital Campaign, built a Community Playground, and organized and ran a job fair for homeless women that still runs today. She worked directly with clients around employment, and active parenting. She enjoys hiking with girlfriends regularly, coaching soccer (8 year old girls) running, skiing, scuba, surfing, and most of all snuggling her kids. Her latest interests are around holistic integrative nutrition.
Lauren Dutton (bio)
Former Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund
Lauren consults with various educational nonprofits and foundations. In addition to Peer Health Exchange, she serves on the Board of Directors for KIPP Bay Area Schools. She is a member of the first class of The Aspen Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship program.
For six years, Lauren was as a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she focused on investment strategy and management assistance to portfolio ventures in the Charter Accelerator Fund. Prior to joining NewSchools, Lauren was Vice President for Development at Edison Schools and served as Director of New Site Development for City Year where she led the expansion of the Boston-based urban service corps to seven other cities. She was Founding Executive Director of Teach for America in Oakland, California, and she began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company in San Francisco.
Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she worked with other student leaders to launch the Public Management Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship. She spent an additional year at Stanford as a Research Associate in the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She is married and has two young boys.
Laura Fisher (bio)
Laura Meier Fisher is actively involved in education non-profits in the Bay Area and nationally. She serves on the boards of KIPP Bay Area Schools, The Urban School and Stanford’s Philanthropy and Civil Society. She has also served on the boards of Leadership Public Schools, Stanford School of Education, and the Breakthrough Collaborative. She graduated from Stanford University in ’88 with a BA in economics. She and her husband have four children and reside in San Francisco.
Michael Grobstein (bio)
Retired Vice Chairman, Ernst & Young
Michael Grobstein is a retired Vice Chairman of Ernst & Young LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm. He is a Director of Given Imaging Ltd where he chairs both the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee and serves on the Compensation and Nominating Committee. He is also a Director of Bristol-Myers Squibb where he chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Compensation and Management Development Committee.
He serves on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Central Park Conservancy. He chaired the Board of the New Yorkers for Parks from 2002-2007 and CORO-NY from 1999-2002. He previously served as a Director of Guidant Corporation.
Barbara Krasa Kelly (bio)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP
Barbara has served on the Board of Directors of Peer Health Exchange since its inception. She is a Counsel to the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in New York specializing in risk management for the Firm. She has been an advisor to and served on the boards of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, the American Fund for Czechoslovak Relief, and Grameen America.
She received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Fordham University. She and her husband have two grown daughters and live in New York City.
Louise Davis Langheier (bio)
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Louise is the CEO and Co-Founder of Peer Health Exchange. She serves on the Board of Directors of Dwight Hall at Yale – the University’s Center for Public Service and Social Justice – and Generation Citizen. Louise graduated from Yale with a B.A. in History in 2003. While in New Haven, she co-founded and directed Community Health Educators, the student volunteer program out of which Peer Health Exchange, Inc. grew.
Anne R. Lovett (bio)
Anne is a Director of Peer Health Exchange and is president of PHE Boston’s Board of Overseers. She also serves as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Children’s Museum, an overseer of the New England Aquarium, and an overseer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.
Anne graduated from Yale University and pursued graduate studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. She lives in Boston with her husband and three children.
Scott Pearson (bio)
DC Public Charter School Board
Scott Pearson is the Executive Director at D.C. Public Charter School Board. Prior to this role he served as the Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, where he served as deputy in the Office of Innovation and Improvement where his portfolio included issues of school choice and charter schools, innovation, and education for military families. Prior to joining the Department he was active in civic affairs in San Francisco, including co-founding and serving as board chair for Leadership Public Schools, a charter management organization serving low-income communities with college-preparatory high schools. Scott has had a long career in business with America Online and Bain and Company, and served as a trade negotiator during the Clinton Administration. He is married to Diana Farrell and has two children.
Stanley Rosenzweig (bio)
Stan Rosenzweig is a retired executive currently managing family investments. He is on the board of a number of consumer product companies and is actively searching for new opportunities in this area. From January of 2002 through June of 2007 he was President of Euro-Pro corporation, a $350 million consumer products company based in Boston. In that capacity he built the “Shark” brand into one of the leading floor care companies in North America. From June 1991 through December 2001 he was Chief Operating Officer of the Holmes Group. In that capacity he was responsible for managing and growing the organization from a $40 million importer of cooling fans to a globally integrated designer, manufacturer and distributor of consumer appliances with over $650 million in sales.
Stan received his AB in Government from Harvard College in 1987 as well as his Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1991. He lives in Brookline, MA and has 4 children.
Gary Syman (bio)
Chairman, SeaChange Capital Partners
Gary Syman was born in Los Angeles, and received his BS from the University of Southern California in 1962, and his MBA in 1965. Syman joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in April 1968, beginning his career in Los Angeles. He moved to New York in January of 1985 and joined Equity Capital Markets; subsequently he became co-head of New York Institutional Sales. In 1992 he became Partner and moved to Tokyo, Japan as co-head of the Tokyo Equity Division and the Global Japanese Equity Products. Gary moved to San Francisco in November of 1996 as head of the San Francisco-based equity business focusing on developing the Private Banking business in the region. Gary currently chairs the board of SeaChange Capital Partners, and serves on the board of the New Teacher Center, which is focused on new teacher induction and professional development. In addition, he recently joined the board of the Pearson Charitable Foundation and previously served on Jumpstart’s national board for close to 10 years, chairing that board for the last five years of his tenure. He currently advises several other nonprofits that are focused on education and education reform. Mr. Syman is married with five daughters.
Marci Spector (bio)
As Associate Partner on the Portfolio Team, Marci leads New Profit’s investment selection process, continually working to hone our investment criteria, improve our ability to source outstanding social entrepreneur-led organizations, and rigorously evaluate organizations for investment. Additionally, Marci works in concert with the Portfolio Team to provide strategic support to our portfolio organizations.
Prior to joining New Profit in November 2008, Marci co-founded Impact Pediatrics International, Inc., a nonprofit that launches outcome-oriented, sustainable health programs designed to improve the wellbeing of children living in global resource-limited settings. Marci also has five years of experience in healthcare investing and consulting for Perry Capital, a New York City-based hedge fund, and The Advisory Board Company, a healthcare consultancy in Washington, DC. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Economics and Politics, and received a Masters of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Patricia G. Warner (bio)
In addition to being a founding member of the Board of Peer Health Exchange, Patsy sits on the Board of Hospital for Special Surgery and is Co-Chairman of their Capital Campaign. She also sits on the Administrative Board of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and is a former board member of the Green Vale School, Millbrook School, and St. Andrew’s School. She has recently been elected to the Board of Little Traverse Conservancy in Northern Michigan.
Patsy is an avid golfer and interior decorator. She has been married to her husband, Sandy Warner, for 33 years and has 3 children.
Timothy A. Wilkins (bio)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Timothy A. Wilkins is corporate partner in the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He has extensive experience representing Asian, European and US multi-national corporations, including health care clients, on cross-border M&A and joint ventures. A Chambers Global highly recommended lawyer in M&A in Japan, Tim has 11 years experience working in Tokyo as an investment banker and lawyer, and serves as a member of the firm’s Global Diversity Committee. Tim also sits on a number of not-for-profit Boards. He is Chair of the Steering Committee of The Opportunity Agenda and a member of the Board of Trustees at The Dalton School and the Practicing Lawyers for Law Students (PALS). He also serves on the Advisory Board of Legal Outreach and Equality Now. Tim is a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law and a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and professional conferences on topics of international law and policy.
Bay Area Board of Overseers
Cecily Cameron, Chair
San Francisco Unified School District
Boston Board of Overseers
Margaret Hall, Chair
The GreenLight Fund
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C
Hemenway & Barnes
Anne R. Lovett
Bain & Company, Inc.
Dr. Alice Mark, MD
Susan Follett Panella
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.
Chicago Board of Overseers
Jill Schield, Chair
Chicago Public Schools
Mary Kay Conlon
Charles E. Jones
Sanctuary Music & Aesthetics
The Northern Trust Company
Los Angeles Board of Overseers
Rachel Kropa, Chair
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
O’Melveny & Myers
Julia Demlow Sofferman
New York City Board of Overseers
Dana Zucker, Chair
Sabrina S. Baronberg
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Cecil Ivory House
Center for Motivation and Change
Washington D.C. Board of Overseers
D.C. Public Schools, Eastern Senior High School
Mikel Blair, Founding Board Member