Moses Brown Board of Trustees 2021-22

New Leadership, New Members

The Moses Brown Board of Trustees welcomed several new trustees this year (left to right): Alex Egan, Yvonne Rogers, David Murphy, Amy Larkin, Keith Monchik and Laura Whiteley. (Zona Douthit also joined the board this year.)

Moses Brown also welcomed Jane Ritson-Parsons P’17 ’21 and Reza Taleghani ’90 P’21 ’23 as new co-clerks of the Board.

Jane Ritson-Parsons has been a Moses Brown parent for eight years. Jane spent 25 years in senior leadership at Hasbro, including a decade in global brand marketing. She is a seasoned executive with an extensive track record in strategic brand development and has never hesitated to share that expertise with MB students in Economics of Social Innovation and other upper school courses. In 2011, Fast Money named Jane to its list of the 100 Most Creative People. Her current professional focus is corporate board service and consulting; she is a member of the board of Flat River Group and at Gamestar+. In addition to her work leading Moses Brown’s board, Jane is a member of the Parent and Family Advisory Board at Boston University and has served on the board of trustees at Gordon School. Jane and her husband Ian are the parents of two Moses Brown graduates: Victoria ’17 and Zander’21. Jane has served on the Campaign Steering Committee and joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. She has played an active leadership role over the past two years focused on MB’s long-term financial sustainability, regularly advising administration on issues of marketing and communication and been a consistent volunteer at Admission events. Before leaving Hasbro, Jane helped MB leverage that relationship as we established and grew our Engineering & Design and Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation programs. She has been a dedicated partner and supporter of the school’s Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation and Engineering Design programs, bringing industry partners from Hasbro to MB and working with MB students directly to help them solve pressing social problems beyond the gates of MB. At Convocation this fall, Jane called on students to bring their impeccable skills forward for the good of our community and called this a year of opportunity.

Reza Taleghani ’90 P’21’23 is EVP and CFO of Samsonite International in Mansfield, Mass. and has enjoyed a career in investment banking, finance and management that has taken him around the world. Reza is a member of the Board of Trustees of the RISD Museum and is on the Board of Advisors of Villanova’s School of Law. He previously served as a board member for Make-a-Wish RI/MA and the Mass Mentoring Partnership. Reza came to MB in first grade in 1979, when his family had to flee Iran and immigrate to the U.S. after the Iranian Revolution. His three brothers, Babak, Karan and Kaveh, graduated from MB as well. Reza has a long history of volunteer involvement at MB which began almost immediately after graduation. He served on the MB Board of Trustees from 2006 until 2012 and has also been a member of the Board’s Investment, Governance, and Budget and Finance committees. Reza’s daughter, Nika, graduated from MB in 2021 and his son, Dino, is currently a junior. Reza has been an active admission ambassador for MB. “MB not only provides a first-rate education to its students, but, equally as important, instills a sense of responsibility to do something worthy with that education,” Reza says. “Just because we graduate from Moses Brown does not mean that we leave the MB family. I feel devoted to try to make the experience of today’s students no less than the one we enjoyed in our years under the elms.”

Jane and Reza welcomed a number of new trustees to the board this fall:

Zona Douthit joins the board of trustees as a Quaker member of the board. Zona was an attorney for over 40 years, practicing in Rhode Island and California. She is an active member of the Providence Monthly Meeting. She is currently a member of the PMM Finance committee and clerk of Pastoral Care and has served on the Peace and Social Action and Adult Religious Education committees. During the pandemic, she guided PMM to donate funds for local organizations that provide food and other assistance to families suffering from COVID-19’s effects. Zona recently participated in PMM’s Anti-Racism dialogue and has written about antiracism for the Friends Journal. She currently serves on the Nurturing Friends Education committee of the board.

Alex Egan ’03 is a very active MB alumnus, serving on the MB Alumni Association Board and having served on the Campaign Steering Committee for MB Believes, which raised $65.69 million for MB. He has been supportive in his class reunion committees, regularly returns to campus for meetings, and hosted two alumni events in New York City. Alex was previously the associate VP for operations management at the Central Park Conservancy in New York City. He is currently Chief Development Officer at Randall’s Island Park Alliance, which maintains and develops the park, and works with the City of New York and local Harlem and South Bronx communities to provide a wide range of sports venues, cultural events, and environmental education for over 4 million a year. Alex is a member of the MB Athletic Hall of Fame and was a leader in the Student Senate and member of the Discipline Committee while at MB. Alex serves on the Development Committee.

Amy Larkin P’24’27 is in her fifth year as an MB parent and joins the board as new clerk of the Parents’ Association. Amy is the development director at the Community Boating Center of New Bedford which aims to teach positive life values to youth through boating. A lifelong sailor and longtime marketer, communicator and fundraiser for non-profits, Amy is energized by being able to help worthy organizations grow and is happy to bring her skills to Moses Brown as a parent volunteer. In her work at CBC, she helps connect thousands of greater New Bedford youth to the water through a wide range of year-round programs. Prior to working at CBC, Amy previously worked for the Blackstone Parks Conservancy. Amy and her husband McKenzie have two children at MB, Charlie and Kenzie. At MB she has served as a class representative, division coordinator (MS), volunteered for the phonathon and served as the co-chair of the Moses Brown Fund Committee. She is serving on the Development and Governance committees.

Keith Monchik, MD ’90 P’24 ’27 is the parent of two MB students, Emmeline and Nathan, and a long-serving, active MB alumnus; he served on the board of trustees previously as clerk of the MB Alumni Association from 2012-15. Keith has hosted alumni events, served on class reunion committees, and is an active admission volunteer. An orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Orthopedics Rhode Island, Keith has served as assistant team physician for the Providence Bruins and Brown sports teams, and physician for Rhode Island high schools and Moses Brown. He served on the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committe and is currently team physician for Johnson & Wales University. Keith says that academically, Moses Brown taught him how to assimilate a large amount of information in a short time span and how to analyze and apply knowledge, and says he values the school for the sense of community, social responsibility and world-class teaching found here, then and now. Keith is serving on the Enrollment & Marketing Committee.

Dave Murphy ’91 P’27 is the new clerk of the Moses Brown Alumni Association and the father of a seventh grader, David. Dave volunteers and shares his time and resources among many civic interests, including Moses Brown. He is grateful for his Moses Brown experience and credits faculty/coaches like the late Paul Donovan as significant influences in his life.  Dave has given back to Moses Brown on many levels and in many capacities; since 2013 he has served on the school’s Buildings and Grounds Committee as well as the Alumni Association Board. He’s also served as Clerk of the MBAA Hall of Fame Committee and Chair of the Quaker Classic Golf Committee for several years. Dave currently serves on the Governance Committee.  Professionally, Dave owns and operates Contractors Supply which distributes construction materials throughout New England. Dave played baseball for MB and attended Brown University, where he also played baseball and earned All New England honors, All Ivy honors, as well the Brown single-season hit record.

Yvonne Rogers P ’25 currently leads Experiential Learning in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. She previously was at Brown University. She also has over a decade of corporate experience leading HR, university relations, DEI and marketing efforts. Yvonne has been an active parent volunteer since becoming an MB parent and is currently serving as a tri-clerk of MB’s Parent Diversity Committee, working to make connections within the diverse parent and student body at MB to foster a stronger community. Previously, she served as outreach coordinator on the Parents’ Association executive board and is a frequent admission volunteer. She also is a longtime volunteer for the American Heart Association and a team captain for the Relay for Life. Yvonne and her husband Larry are the parents of a ninth grader, Madison.

Laura Whiteley, MD P’27 is a practicing psychiatrist in Providence and on the faculty at Brown University. She is the recipient of competitive grant awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Rhode Island Foundation for her work with adolescents and young adults. She is the Associate Director of the General Psychiatry Training Program at Brown and a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive experience treating anxiety, mood, sleep, and attention disorders in adults and adolescents. Laura and her husband brought their son Ian to MB in the lower school and have been extremely happy with the teachers and the learning environment. Laura has been an active admission volunteer, a parent association representative, a volunteer for the Moses Brown Fund, and a member of the Enrollment and Marketing Committee.