Board of Trustees

FY17 Board of Trustees

Derek Spence, Chairman, Trustee since 2007; Managing Principal, Striker Partners, a private equity investment firm; Board member at Data Driven Safety LLC; Board Member at Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care; Board member at Professional Credential Services, Inc.; Board member at YSC Sports, LLC; Board member at High Performance Sports, LLC; Board of Trustees at YSC Academy; Board of Advisors, Mesaba Capital Partners, LLC; Member, Wharton Private Equity Partners; Member, Bowdoin Career Advisory Network.

Kathy Battistoni Skillman, Vice Chairman, was born and raised in Saranac Lake, NY and earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY as a Biology / Psychology major. She earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Vermont before launching into a career in management consulting at Accenture , then known as Arthur Andersen. There, she rose to the position of Partner and helped build the firm's Human Capital Transformation practice and later led the Workforce Transformation for the Americas team. Her focus was on helping organizations and executive teams address the challenges resulting from implementing technologies (both custom and package); changes to strategy; and addressing marketplace, workforce and industry trends. Following Accenture, she served as Managing Director in Personal and Workplace Investing at Fidelity Investments with responsibility for their largest outsourcing and investment client. Then, in 2012, she launched and ran the Boston office for North Highland Worldwide Consulting. She is currently a Partner at KB Partners, LLC., a consulting solutions firm focusing on change management; organizational and process design; strategy and executive leadership coaching. She is a member of the University of Vermont's Foundation Leadership Council and was the 2015 commencement speaker for the Graduate School at the University. In addition to her work with the South Shore Conservatory, Kathy is also a mentor at both Year Up and Boston Partners in Education, and a guest lecturer in change management at Suffolk University School of Business. Kathy and her husband Warren have volunteered and hosted concerts, dinners and meetings for the Duxbury Music Festival since 2010. Kathy and her son, Nicholas are both piano students of Ed Broms.

Gerald S. Jones, Clerk, Trustee since 2005; Past SSC Chairman, 2007-2009; former management consultant; former President of Telos Partners, a South Shore Consulting firm; former member of Wharton Graduate School of Business Advisory Board; former Moderator of the Hingham Congregational Church; Advisor to non profit boards on strategic planning and change; former Advisor on Boston Mayor's School Advisory Committee; former faculty member at Pace University and NY University; Board President, Martha's Vineyard Donors Collaborative; Board member of the Hingham Historical Society.

William Gagnon, Treasurer, Trustee since 2008; Founder and President of The Gagnon Group, providing tax consulting, compliance and technology services to some of the largest and smallest companies in the world; current Board member and finance committee chair at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth; past President of the Duxbury Education Foundation; involved in many other local and national charity organizations including the Duxbury Art Association, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

David W. Bryan, Trustee since 1992; former CEO, Avedis Ziljian Company, maker of cymbals and other percussion instruments; previously VP and Corporate Officer of Sara Lee Corporation and President of its Aris-Isotoner and Fuller Brush divisions; Trustee and Vice-Chair of Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences; lives in Hingham and sometimes Key West; amateur guitar player.

Mara D. Calame, Trustee since 2012; VP Chief Legal Officer, The Talbots, Inc.; Board Member, Boston Philharmonic; amateur violinist; parent of two Conservatory students who are studying violin, cello and flute.

Jane Cheever Carr, Founding Trustee (1970 - present); Principal, Hammond Residential Real Estate Ltd.; Former Trustee, Derby Academy, Milton Academy, South Shore Hospital; Board Member Hingham Historical Society.

Barbara S. Clifford, Trustee since c.1990; Former President, Duxbury Art Association; Past Chair of the Board of SSC, Chair of Capital campaign for Ellison Center for the Arts, Co-Chair of capital campaign for Carr building and rehabilitation of Hingham Campus. Founder and former President, Republican Women's Club, Duxbury; former Co-Chair, First Class Found, Noble and Greenough School; former chair of Parish, First Parish Church, Duxbury; amateur pianist.

Fred Clifford, Jr., Trustee since 2008; Career marketing and PR profressional with expertise in travel and tourism, served as travel trade manager, Canadian marketing manager, domestic PR manager and director of European marketing for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism; marketing manager at CO Environmental; strategic consultant to travel and tourism and non-profit organizations. Currently Director of ImprovAsylum IA Meetings, promoting workshops and corporate training in the meeting and conference market; former member, VP and President, Duxbury Education Foundation.

Motoko Taniguchi Deane, Trustee since 2003; Treasurer, Renewable Investment Corporation; Board of Trustees, Oberlin College; Fellow, National Tropical Botanical Garden; Board of Advisors, South Shore Art Center; Member Cohasset Golf Club; former Trustee and Chair of Annual Fund, Derby Academy; former President, Cohasset Social Service League; former pianist and music educator.

Mary B. Foley, Trustee since 1999 ; Duxbury Cultural and Education Leader; amateur pianist.

William C. Haney, Trustee since 2012; Currently CEO and director of BISAM, a financial technology company based in Paris and director of Big Win Philanthropy, a global foundation that invests in children and young people in developing countries He formerly led several divisions at Thomson Reuters, the global information services company serving asset managers, bankers, and corporations, and was an economic consultant with The Services Group, advising developing countries in Latin America and Africa on export-led growth strategies. William received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance and Public Policy from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His wife and three children have been active in the Conservatory as ongoing supporters and students.

Debra Cammer Hines, Trustee since 2013; Principal, Ernst&Young; former Vice President, International Business Machines (IBM); Former Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting; Former Policy Analyst, White House Office of Management and Budget. Top 25 Consultants by Consulting Magazine in 2007; recipient of the 2009 University of Maryland alumni award for professional achievements and humanitarian efforts; frequent writer and presenter on public sector management issues and co-authored the book, Managing Public Dollars: New Rules, New Roles, New Opportunities for Federal Financial Managers, a guide to Federal CFOs and financial managers. Member, Hatherly Country Club; Mother of three SSC Preschool and Kindergarten Students.

Timothy W. Horan, Trustee since 2016, Overseer since 2004; Chair of SSC Human Resources Committee, former member of Overseer Leadership Council. Former V.P of Human Resources, Gillette Latin America, former V.P. of Human Resources Gillette Personal Care Group for North America and Western Europe, former Director of Human Resources for Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in South Boston. Former member of Advisory Board for Fair Trade USA, former V.P. of Board of Directors Roxbury Federation of Neighborhood Houses and former Board of Directors member, South Boston Neighborhood House. Current volunteer at the Talking Information Center, a broadcast service for the blind.

Erin D. Hull, Trustee since 2013; Former Deputy Director of Street Law, Inc., an international human rights and legal education organization. Former Program Director for the National Crime Prevention Council and the National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law. Currently serving on the Parent Steering Committee for the Inly School, volunteering for the Inly Annual Fund campaign, and serving as the Community Representative for the Vinal School Improvement Committee in Norwell. Parent of two children, a current and a former Conservatory student. Other interests include gardening, travelling, and raising sheep.

F. Sherman Hoyt, Trustee since 2003; Retired financial executive; Trustee of the Green Mountain Valley School and helped found the Duxbury Bay Maritime School. Founder of Cambridge Research and Instrumentation now merged into Perkin Elmer and of Optical Corporation of America now merged into Corning. Commissioned officer in the U S Naval Reserve from 1955-1958. Graduate of Williams College '55 and Harvard Business School '60 and raced on the Williams ski team in all alpine and nordic events. Piano lessons from Stephen Deitz and outreach vision led to enthusiastic support of SSC.

Daniel K. Kingsbury, Trustee since 2011; Former CEO of Pioneer Investments US Division, and former CEO and President of Pioneer Investment Management Inc. Dan received his BA from Johns Hopkins University and his MBA from New York University. Dan lives in Hingham with his wife and three children, all of whom have studied at the Conservatory. In addition to his service to SSC, Dan acted as Trustee to the Inner City Scholarships Fund from 2008 to 2014.

Carolyn K. Loughlin, Trustee since 2006; Former ESPRIT Italy Sourcing/Production, Florence & Milan; Liz Claiborne Accessories, NYC. Active in formation of Hingham Music Parents Association and HMPA Mini-Grants Committee. Former Hingham Public Schools PTO Liaison to School Committee, School Council, Principal Screening Committee. B.A. P.E.I.S., University of California, Berkeley. Married to Mark T. Loughlin. Parent(s) of three SSC piano students. Trustee Development Liaison, Chase Away the Winter Blues. Continuing SSC Jazz piano student. South Shore YMCA Team Tennis Member. Fine Art Photographer.

Donald P. Massa, Trustee since c.1990; President, Massa Products, Corp.; Former Trustee, Northeastern University; Member, Acoustical Society of America; Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; Navigator, New England Aquarium; Life Member, The Oceanography Society; Life Member, National Association of Underwater Instructors; Member, Northeastern University College of Engineering Advisory Board.

Richard H. Morse, Trustee since 2016; Founder, Boston Financial Management current Chairman of the Board of Directors where he plays an active role as a Trustee and contributing member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College where he is actively involved in alumni affairs and is also a former trustee of the Killington Mountain School. Additionally, Dick is a Co-founder and former Director of North American Instrument Corporation and a founder of Penmor Aviation.

Nancy L. Oddleifson, Trustee since 2004. Former pediatric nutritionist; Tutor, English as Second Language; Board member, The Gulf Association; parent of past Conservatory students.

Thomas L. P. O'Donnell, Trustee since 1999; Former chairman and managing partner, Ropes & Gray; former Hingham Town Moderator; former chairman, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, The Trustees of Reservations, Massachusetts Land Conservation Trust, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Boston Municipal Research Bureau, former Overseer of Harvard University and former director, Weston Jesuit School of Theology; member of Leadership Councils of Harvard Law School, Divinity School and School of Public Health; member of Massachusetts and American Bar Foundations; Lector, St. Paul's Church, Hingham.

Michael J. Puzo, Trustee since 1989; Partner, Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, and Chairman of Private Client Group at Hemenway & Barnes, LLP; Managing Director and Treasurer, Hemenway Trust Company, LLC; Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; Overseer, New England Conservatory; Member, Dean's Advisory Board, Boston College Law School; Director, Boston Lyric Opera; Hingham Town Moderator; Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at South Shore Conservatory. Amateur singer.

Joseph G. Salah, Trustee since 2014; VP Salah and Pecci Leasing; Salah Foundation; President Indeco USA, Inc. Management Consulting.

Mary Palmer Smith Steinke, Trustee since 2014; Retired. Community volunteer and activist in Ann Arbor, Suburban Chicago, St. Paul and Duxbury. Executive Committee, Duxbury Music Festival. Mimi to SSC Creative Arts Therapies yoga student. Amateur pianist.

Janet G. Walsmith, Trustee since 2014; Former Director of Strategic Planning at Reebok International. Former Manager at Kurt Salmon Associates. Former Board Member, Old Colony Montessori School. Currently Corporate Trustee, Advisory Council Member and Member of The Development Committee for The Trustees of Reservations. Received her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Alumni Interviewer for Northwestern University. Janet is a mom of three SSC students pursuing their love of music and the arts. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, playing tennis, playing piano, and singing a capella with SSC's Woman Song.

Michael J. Webber, Trustee since 2016; Member, GTC Law Group PC; previously Associate, Foley Hoag LLP; J.D. University of Virginia; B.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst; father of four Conservatory preschool and kindergarten graduates; amateur clarinetist and saxophonist; fluent in German.

Trustees Emeriti

Deborah Allinson, John Davenport, Phyllis Godwin, Gary Gulden, Peter Lawrence, Vcevy Strekalovsky, Frank Wisneski