Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees 2017-2018
Dale Lewis, Secretary
Conan Deady, Member-At-Large
Susan Spagnola, Member-At-Large
Nicole A. DuFauchard
Jed Porta '99
Deborah Sampson Shinn
Erica Schair-Cardona ‘94
Alexander H. Spaulding
William A. Torrey
Geoffrey Wagg (Head of School)
Thomas M. Armstrong
Nancy M. Beebe '63
Gregory W. Boulos
Elizabeth P. Carroll
Tom Cronin '78
Maria Tymoski Glaser
Hillary Huber Holm '82
Anne O. Jackson
Mary Lou Sprague '46
Ayres Stockly '82
Ann Staples Waldron
- Kate Jeton (President)
- Christopher R. Smith (Vice President)
- Dale MacLachlan Lewis (Secretary)
- Vin Veroneau (Treasurer)
- Conan Deady (Member-at-Large)
- Susan Spagnola (Member-at-Large)
- Kate Burnham
- Catherine Cloudman
- Ben Devine
- Nicole A. DuFauchard
- Cinda Joyce
- Jed Porta '99
- Emily Renschler
- Deborah Sampson Shinn
- Erica Schair-Cardona '94
- Tim Soley
- Sandy Spaulding
- Bill Torrey
- Jeffrey Troiano
- Warren Valdmanis
- Geoff Wagg (Head of School)
- Cherie Wendelken
Kate Jeton was born in Charleston, West Virginia. She graduated from The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, received her B.A. from Colby College, and did graduate work in the field of art history at Indiana University. Kate has taught or served as an administrator at Olney Friends School, Miss Halls School, The Madeira School, and Dana Hall School. In addition to many years of being a riding instructor, Kate coached swimming for nine years at the Sanford YMCA and was named Assistant Coach of the Year in Maine Swimming in 2011. She became involved with the Waynflete Parents Association in 2008, was P.A. President in 2010-11, and is an active volunteer at the school. In July 2013, Kate joined the Board at Riding-to-the-Top, a therapeutic riding program in Windham, and she volunteers in their lesson program several hours a week. She lives in Acton with her husband Marc and son Luke ’13.
Christopher R. Smith, a native New Yorker, graduated from the Buckley School in New York and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1995 and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1998. Following law school, Chris served as a clerk to Judge Howard D. McKibben, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, before moving to Maine in 1999. A partner at Verrill Dana, LLP, in Portland, Chris serves as corporate counsel to business and nonprofit clients, representing them in mergers and acquisitions, board governance, shareholder relations, and other compliance and transactional matters. A former chair of the Business Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association and member of Phillips Academy’s Alumni Council, Chris has also served on the boards of several area organizations, including Victoria Mansion, a national historic landmark in Portland; and Prouts Neck Country Club. Chris and his wife, Anne, live in Scarborough with their two children, Alden ’23 and Eugenia '28.
Dale MacLachlan Lewis is a graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School. She holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire (B.A.), the University of Chicago (M.A.) and Maine College of Art (B.F.A.). Professional experience includes art education (through MECA), graphic design, and personnel administration. Upon graduating from MECA, Dale has worked as a fine artist. Her studio is in Yarmouth. Dale and her husband, Rich, are parents of alumnae Elizabeth ’11, and current students Will ’16 and Cal ’16. Attendance at Waynflete began for all children in the School’s Early Childhood program. Through the years, Dale has volunteered as a class parent, offered class/grade assistance, worked on various auctions, the Book Fair, Spring Fling, and the Annual Fund. Dale is a founder of Monday Books and she currently chairs the program.
Vin Veroneau was born and raised in Portland Maine. He received his B.S. in Finance from the University of San Francisco (1985), an M.B.A from the University of Southern Maine (2002), and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law (2006). Vin has been active in the Southern Maine commercial real estate market since 1987 and is currently the President and CEO of J.B. Brown & Sons and previously an owner of North Atlantic Commercial Brokers. He serves as a director of both Bangor Savings Bank and DBH Management, Inc. Vin and his wife, Nancy, reside in Portland. They have six graduates of Waynflete: Andrew (’07), Margaret (’08), Joseph (’11), Catherine (’13), Martha (’13), and Anne (’16), and two other children: John (’18), and Michael (’21).
Conan Deady was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. He earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College in 1983 and a J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law in 1987. Most recently Conan served as Corporate Vice President and General Counsel of IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook where he was responsible for all the company’s worldwide legal, regulatory, and business development activities. He started his career as an attorney at Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr) in Boston, practicing corporate and securities law, and later served as Deputy General Counsel at Thermo Electron Corporation (now Thermo Fisher Scientific) in Massachusetts before joining IDEXX Laboratories in 1997. He was a member of the Town of Freeport Planning Board for six years and is a 2011 graduate of the Institute for Civic Leadership program in Portland. He and his wife, Cynthia Berliner, live in Freeport and have two children, Amelia ’14 and Owen ’12.
Susan Spagnola was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. After earning her B.A. in French from Dartmouth College in 1980, she worked in New York City as a commercial banker. She received an M.B.A in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. Before moving to Wellesley to start a family with her husband Joe, she worked in product management at Johnson & Johnson and Bose Corporation. While in Wellesley, Susan was President of the Wellesley Mothers Forum, a Board Member of the Committee for the 90s and Treasurer of her college class. When her family moved to Maine in 2001, Susan became involved in her community’s schools and helped to start the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation and C.A.P.E. (Citizen Advocates for Public Education). She also served as President of the high school Parents’ Association and Girls’ Lacrosse Boosters. Susan and Joe live in Cape Elizabeth with their daughter Maddie and son Thomas ’13.
A native of Maine, Kate grew up in Topsham and is a graduate of Mt. Ararat High School. She received a B.A. in Communication and an M.A. in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Hartford. Kate spent a majority of her career at L.L. Bean in Advertising Print Production and later as a Senior Product Developer in men’s and women’s apparel before becoming a full-time mom.
Kate is actively involved in the community and was a founding member of the Contemporaries at the Portland Museum of Art and assisted with various galas, auctions, and events. Kate’s involvement with Waynflete began in 2008 as a classroom volunteer and later as a Class Parent in 2011. She was a member of the Waynflete Capital Campaign Design Committee in 2015 and was the Parent Volunteer and Event Coordinator until 2016. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Campaign for Waynflete, the L.L. Bean Family Communications Committee, the Annual Summit Committee, and chair of the Family Events Committee. Kate and her husband Nate Clark live in Cumberland Foreside with their children, Andrew ’18 and Eliza ’21.
Catherine is Principal, Chief Financial Officer, and one of the founders of Apothecary by Design, a leading specialty pharmacy focused on caring for patients with complex medical conditions. She has played a key role in helping the Company grow from a start-up in 2008 to a 96-person, $165 million enterprise that today operates in 33 states. For two consecutive years, Apothecary by Design has won recognition on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies, and also has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Maine” for two years in a row. In addition, Apothecary by Design was honored as the 2014 Business of the Year by the City of Portland, and in 2015 received the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence and the Business at Work for Maine Award from the state.
Catherine started her career as a certified public accountant in the Boston office of KPMG, a multi-national accounting and consulting firm. She went on to manage a boutique consulting firm in Portland that focused on working with privately held and family-operated businesses throughout Northern New England. In her consulting practice, Catherine led the strategic business planning, succession planning, and business valuation services. She has brought those skills to Apothecary by Design, where she heads up the finance, human resources, contracting, and marketing functions, and plays a key role in strategic planning with the rest of the leadership team. Catherine has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards in the community and co-chaired the Waynflete Parent Fund (Annual Fund) in 2014-15. Catherine and her husband Ralph Good live in South Portland with their three children, Rebecca '24, Ian '22, and Sophie Good'18.
Ben Devine was born in Portland, Maine. He received his A.B. from Bowdoin College (1983); his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law (1987); and his M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University (2010). Ben is a founding partner at the commercial real estate firm Great Island Development in Boston, Massachusetts and is a private equity investor at Devine Capital LLC. He currently serves on the Boards of the Maine College of Art; University of Maine School of Law; The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts; and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (Silver Council). Ben lives in Falmouth with his wife, Sheila, and their daughters Grace '20 and Maeve '22.
Nicole A. DuFauchard has been the Head of School of the Advent School in Boston, MA since 2013. Prior to her time at the Advent School, she served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. As a military child, Nicole has a deep commitment to understanding “other” and has spent the last 20 years exploring equity and access in education. She has hosted an annual Civil Rights Tour for Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Multicultural Educators.
Nicole is a faculty member for the National Association of Independent School's Diversity Leadership Institute, an AISNE Board Member, the Elementary School Heads' Association Membership Committee Member on Diversity, the ESHA Annual Conference Chair for 2016 and a Partner for the Planning Committee for the 2017 Progressive Educators Network Annual Conference. Nicole lives in Boston with her husband Ray and her 8 year-old Raymond.
Cinda Joyce grew up in the Midwest and earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. from Regis College. She joined the Waynflete faculty in 1990 as first and second grade teacher/team leader for five years, then Lower School Director for the following fifteen years. While at Waynflete, Cinda served on numerous committees including professional development, technology, and diversity; she helped develop the School's hiring policies; and she contributed to previous Lower School renovation efforts. Cinda was a member of the Waynflete Board of Trustees Community Consultation Committee, working with neighbors and the City of Portland to develop the School’s Overlay Zone. She served on several NEASC Visiting Committees throughout New England for schools seeking accreditation. Prior to coming to Waynflete, Cinda taught in Massachusetts and California, and was the Director of Admission and Assistant Head at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California. Cinda and her husband, Steve, live in Freeport, where Cinda was formerly a member of the Library Board of Trustees. They are the parents of two Waynflete graduates.
Jed Porta ‘99 began working for his parents at Migis Lodge at age 12 and grew up gaining experience in all facets of the operation before attending and graduating from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. He has been the General Manager at Migis Lodge for 8 years and is also a Managing Partner for Migis Hotel Group, which owns and/or operates 7 hotel and restaurant properties across Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Jed was a “lifer” at Waynflete starting in EC in 1984 and attending through his senior year.
Emily Renschler grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and attended the George School. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught courses in Biological Anthropology at Bryn Mawr, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern Maine, and Bowdoin College. Her research focuses upon historic Cuba and West Africa, and she maintains research affiliations at Bowdoin and the PENN Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Emily and her husband Ben Scoll live in South Portland with their children Josephine '28 and William '25.
Deborah Sampson Shinn and her daughter moved to Portland ten years ago, drawn by family summers in the area. She graduated from Middlebury College and received an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Deborah has been involved with the Waynflete Parents Association (president 2009-10), served as head of the Arts Committee, and has been active in various fundraising activities at the school. She has a strong background in museum work, having served for many years as curator of applied arts and design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, in New York City, as well as graduate internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and curatorial projects at the at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of the City of New York. Deborah has received two Presidential Design Awards for exhibitions she curated at Cooper-Hewitt. She was also an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She continues teaching as a volunteer tutor at Portland Adult Education. Deborah’s daughter, Miranda, graduated from Waynflete in 2013.
Erica Schair-Cardona '94 studied at the Institute for Central American Development Studies in Costa Rica and Middlebury College, where she received a B.A. in Political Science (1998). She worked as a paralegal in San Francisco, focusing on business and family immigration matters. She earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2003 and became a Staff Attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in Denver, Colorado where she represented abused and neglected children, foster parents and families (2003-2006). Upon moving back to Portland, she became the first Staff Attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project (2006-2007). Erica worked for the Center for Preventing Hate until it closed in 2011 and she is currently facilitating the Emerging Leaders Program for the Institute for Civic Leadership. Erica and her husband, Ivan Cardona, live with their son, Diego ’26, and daughter Paloma ’28, in Portland.
Tim Soley was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Camden. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1984, and established the commercial real estate management company, East Brown Cow Management Inc., in 1989. In the last 25 years the business has grown to include a commercial portfolio of about 1 million square feet of office, hotel, retail, flex space, structured parking, and land in the greater Portland area. Tim serves on the board and several committees of the non-profit organization, The Opportunity Alliance, as well as on the board of E2Tech. He has a passion for his community as well as for energy efficiency alternatives, and he takes pride in the fact that East Brown Cow updates and maintains its buildings to the very highest standards possible. This, in part, has helped earn Tim and East Brown Cow a reputation for providing first-class service to its tenants. Tim lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, Maria, and sons Max ’19 and Jake ’15.
Sandy Spaulding graduated from Georgetown University in 1979 with a degree in Economics. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1982. He worked for corporate and securities law firms in Boston and New York before joining a private equity firm in Boston owned by Bill Bain. After the purchase of the Hinckley Yacht Company in Maine, he took on the roles of President, Executive Vice President, and CFO of Hinckley. In 2005, after selling Hinckley, he founded Sea Glass Capital Advisors, a financial and management advisory firm. Sandy was active in numerous non-profit institutions in the Boston area before moving to Maine in 2008. Since moving to Maine he has worked for and consulted to software companies in the recreational marine industry and worked for Hodgdon Yachts in Boothbay where he is currently the Managing Director of Business Development for Hodgdon Group. In addition to Waynflete, he is currently Chair of the Board at the Maine Technology Institute and Chair of the Board of Portland Community Squash. Sandy and his wife, Jill, live in Portland with their daughter Skyler ’20, and have four other adult children.
Bill Torrey received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bucknell University. He served as a development officer at Bucknell before founding his own retail and wholesale food business in Philadelphia in the 1980’s. After selling his business, he moved to Boston to become a Managing Partner for Staley/Robeson, Inc. – a national fund raising consulting firm. He joined Bowdoin College in 1988 and for over twenty years served as Bowdoin’s Senior Vice President for Planning and Development, before retiring in 2012 as Secretary of the College after 24 years of service. He currently serves as a consultant for strategic planning and fund raising for non-profits and is the Vice President for University Advancement at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. His community volunteer service has included serving as a member and Chair of the Bath School Board, member and Chair of the Board of the United Way of Mid Coast Maine, and as a board member for the Portland Stage Company, Maine State Music Theatre, Mid Coast Hospital, and the Brunswick Economic Development Corporation. He and his wife, Pam, live in Portland’s West End. Their two daughters are Emily ’10 and Katherine ’13.
Jeffrey Troiano, born and raised in Maine, earned a B.A. in Business Administration from St. Michaels College in Burlington Vermont. After working in the financial services industry in New York and Chicago, Jeff returned to Maine to develop his family’s accounting practice and later founded Charter Oak Capital Management. Jeff currently acts as the managing partner and chief investment officer for Charter Oak. A strong advocate for community service, Jeff currently serves as President of Webhannet Golf Club and South Church Affordable Housing Project, Treasurer of the Arundel Paddle Club, and Co-Chair of the 2014 Waynflete School Annual Fund. Previously, Jeff has served as a president of The Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation, Director of the Kennebunk Portside Rotary, and Cocoons Day School Scholarship Fund. He has been Chair of the Board of RSU 21, and of Children’s House Child Care Program. Jeff lives in Portland and Kennebunkport with his wife, Abby, and two children, Justin ’06 and Olivia ’16.
Geoff Wagg was appointed Head of School at Waynflete in 2013. He grew up in Montreal, Quebec and graduated from Phillips Academy. He received his B.A. from Connecticut College and his Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Geoff has served in a variety of administrative posts including Head of Upper School at The Episcopal Academy outside of Philadelphia for ten years. Earlier, Geoff served as the Director of Technology and Department Chair at The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, and was a History Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, New York. He started his career teaching history at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire.
Early in his career, Geoff focused on helping schools find appropriate ways to integrate emerging technologies into their programs. He served for many years on the National Association of Independent School’s 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force. More recently, Geoff has turned his attention to faculty professional growth and evaluation. He helped launch the Folio Collaborative, conducted research on the topic during his Klingenstein Head of School Fellowship in 2016, and has spoken at regional and national conferences.
Geoff sits on the boards of the Association of Independent Schools in New England and the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England. He and his wife, Alice Starr Wagg, have three children, Henry ’22, Emily ’20, and Nick ’18.
Cherie Wendelken and her family moved to Maine three years ago after more than 20 years of spending summers at their house in Casco Bay. She received a PhD in architectural history from MIT and was on the faculty of Harvard University for ten years. She has served on numerous boards including the Sciencenter of Ithaca, the Ithaca Waldorf School, the Domini Foundation in New York, and Mayo Street Arts in Portland. She is currently a Director of the Brooks Family Foundation with special interests in underserved youth, cultural diversity, and educational innovation. Cherie and her husband Jeb Brooks have three children, Annika '17, Jesse ’17 and Christian ’18.