The EMA board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of four new trustees beginning their terms this July 1. Laurel Baker Tew, governance committee chair, expressed “We were thrilled to have such an able pool of applicants for the open board positions. Our newest members will bring a wealth of practical experience and fresh perspective to the board.” Please join us in welcoming the following four individuals:
Anne-Marie Kee will become the head of school for Lakefield College School (ON) on August 1. She is currently the executive director for Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), where she has worked for the last 11 years. Kee began her career teaching English in the Kingston, Ontario area, then went on to become the dean of studies and chairwoman of the integrated technology implementation program at Lower Canada College in Montreal. She is a frequent speaker, having visited over 150 independent schools in eight countries, and writes a regular blog on trends in parenting, leadership, and education. Anne-Marie holds a B.A., B.Ed. and M.Ed. from Queen’s University, and a Chartered Director designation from The Directors College.
Nathan R. Kuncel, Ph.D., is the Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where he also earned his doctorate. Prior to returning to the University of Minnesota, he was faculty at the University of Illinois. Nathan’s research on personality characteristics has appeared in Science, Harvard Business Review, Psychological Bulletin, Review of Educational Research, Psychological Science, and Perspectives on Psychological Science, among others. Nathan is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He received the Anne Anastasi Award from the American Psychological Association—Division 5, the Cattell Research Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and the Jeanneret Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Melissa Orth is currently the chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Greenhill School (TX), where she has worked since 2000. She earned her B.B.A. from Kansas State University in 1986 and is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining Greenhill, she was the vice president of finance for the National Office of the American Heart Association and was a senior manager in the audit and business advisory division of Arthur Andersen LLP (TX). Melissa has served as a member of the board of directors for the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) since 2009 and currently serves as chair. She is a member of the board of directors for Independent Schools Data Exchange (INDEX) and serves as a trustee of the ISAS Group Benefits Trust. Melissa also serves as a member of the finance committees for the Dallas Women’s Foundation and St. Phillip’s School and Community Center. She is a past board member and treasurer for Planned Parenthood of North Texas and past finance committee member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Melissa recently accepted a position as CEO of a Dallas-based senior residential community.
Rachel E. Skiffer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was the coordinating editor of the Harvard Law Review. She worked for management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in New York and Chicago, and later practiced commercial real estate law with firms in Chicago and San Francisco. She began her career in education in the admission and financial aid offices of Harvard and the Latin School of Chicago (IL), and later served as the director of admission and financial aid at San Francisco University High School (CA). Rachel is currently the dean of policy & strategic planning at Phillips Academy (MA).