Board of Directors and Staff

VOTING MEMBERS

 

Bruce Davis – President

Bruce Davis, WS '73 previously served two Board terms as Treasurer and also chaired the FWS Alumni Committee. His connections with Landour and Woodstock go back many years. He was born at Landour Community Hospital and attended Woodstock from grade 1 through grade 12. Mussoorie and Woodstock were his home until he graduated in 1973 and relocated to Chicago.  Over the next 30 years Bruce visited Woodstock a half dozen times, continues to regularly visit the School, and is deeply engaged with Woodstock and many of his classmates. Mr. Davis also serves as a member of Woodstock’s General Body.   Bruce majored in Asian Studies at the University of Chicago and received an M.A. from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. During an internship at the India Desk of the State Department, he helped plan a State visit by Prime Minister Morarji Desai. 

Mr. Davis is a Partner at Appraisal Associates, a commercial real estate valuation and consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining Appraisal Associates in 2009, he was a Vice President and commercial banker at JP Morgan Chase Bank in Chicago and provided debt financing and treasury management to municipalities, school districts and not for profit institutions in the Chicago region.  Before joining Chase in 2005, he spent over twenty years in corporate finance and banking with Continental Illinois National Bank, National Australia Bank, and The Industrial Bank of Japan. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Davis spent four years as the India and South Asia Country Officer for Continental Bank.

 

Bruce and his wife, Susan Enright, are regularly seen at Annual Meeting and Reunions, participate in Alumni Enrichment activities, and often host alumni gatherings in the Chicago area or their home.

 

Lucy Dorenfeld – Vice President

Lucy Wilson Dorenfeld ‘67 managed her own law office for over 25 years and practiced in estate planning, estate administration, real estate, guardianship, elder law, and family law (divorce – primarily as a court appointed representative for the children affected - and adoptions).  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, IL, and has in the past been active on several other boards and committees, including the Deerfield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire, Illinois (residential facility for developmentally disabled children and adults).  She has long been volunteer legal counsel and a member of the Board of Business Management for Trinity United Church of Christ in Deerfield, IL.  Ms. Dorenfeld holds a Juris Doctor from De Paul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, which she decided to pursue following the untimely death of her first husband in an automobile accident.  Graduate study towards a Master of Arts in French at the University of Minnesota followed a Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC, majoring in French.  But ultimately the dearth of teaching opportunities for French teachers and a desire to be more directly involved in real world problem solving rather than academia prompted her to shift her focus.

 

Lucy is married to Jim Litchfield who is now retired and trains dogs to become service dogs for the disabled.  She has a married son with three children living in New York, three stepchildren, and four step-grandchildren. Her interests include reading, travel, gardening, observing/enjoying nature, music, language study, and spending time with grandkids. Lucy credits Woodstock for her love of the natural world and for her orientation towards service, especially to indigent people, the elderly, and disabled folks who are underserved by the legal community or cannot afford to hire counsel.  In 2015, her local bar association gave her a special award for her volunteerism.

 

David Schoonmaker – Treasurer, Member of the Finance Committee

David Schoonmaker, WS ’62 is executive vice-president, founder and board member of Healthcare Waste Solutions, Inc., a leading medical waste management company in the USA. As the oldest son of Joseph Schoonmaker, a missionary doctor in today’s Assam, David attended Woodstock from 1954 and graduated in 1962. He then went to the University of California at Berkeley where he received a bachelor of science in chemistry and business and followed it up with an MBA in finance from California State College at Los Angeles. David is a former member of the Board of Directors and General Body of Woodstock School, and has served as a board member of KW International, Medical Waste Institute, and American 3CI in the past. David and his wife, Eva, live in Morrison, CO.

 

Amalia “Molly” Seiders – Secretary, Member of the Finance Committee

Molly Seiders, WS ’87 graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1995, with a BA in Psychology and from the University of Maryland in 2008, with a MS in Technology Management. Molly attended Woodstock for her junior year in 1985-1986 but left as her parents wanted her closer to them in Pakistan. After 25 years, she returned to Woodstock in May 2012, for her class reunion and “fell in love with Woodstock all over again.” After serving on active duty with the U.S. Army for three years Molly entered the private workforce but continued serving her country as an Army Reservist for five years. Currently, she is employed by the Department of the Navy as a production program analyst. Away from work, Molly supports the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education program to help elementary and middle school students become more proficient and enthusiastic about science and math. She also serves as an Assistant Commissioner of the Washington, DC Hockey League, and established the first deck hockey clinic in the area of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

 

Jonathan Long – Principal, Woodstock School

Dr. Jonathan Long has a wealth of experience in education and learning after more than 30 years working in schools in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and India. Prior to his arrival at Woodstock in January 2012, Dr. Long was principal of Mahindra United World College India, an international school in Pune. Before that he was associate director of Columba 1400, an award-winning charity on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, which works with young people from underprivileged backgrounds to develop their potential for leadership and change. From 1998 to 2007 Dr. Long served as both principal and chaplain at Aiglon College, an international boarding school in Switzerland, where he was responsible for seeing the school through a major period of transformation, growth and consolidation. Before that Dr. Long spent 12 years at the Dragon School in Oxford, England, a leading independent day and boarding preparatory school where he worked as chaplain, housemaster, and head of department. During this time Dr. Long also held additional responsibility as the National Coordinator for personal and social education within the UK's independent school sector, and was extensively involved in the development of values education and community building in schools and colleges across the country. In 1996 Dr. Long won a Social and Economic Research Council award to undertake research at Oxford University looking into the factors which influence the moral and spiritual development of young people in a secular society. This culminated in a doctorate of philosophy from the university.

Both Jonathan and his wife, Sue, share Woodstock's commitment to excellence in all areas and have grown to love living and working in India. Dr. Long is committed to creating an educational experience at Woodstock, which will enable young people to thrive in a world of enormous economic, environmental, technological, social and political change, all of which will challenge the values and beliefs of institutions and communities.

 

Virgil Miedema

Virgil Miedema is a former Woodstock School Board member and past President of the Board, and a near lifetime friend and supporter of Woodstock and Friends of Woodstock School. Virgil has over four decades of work experience in international economics and social development in South Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Virgil holds an MA in Social Anthropology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a BA in History from Jamestown College where he sits on the Board of Trustees. Additionally, Virgil is the author of Murree, A Glimpse through the Forest, published 2002, and the recently published Mussoorie and Landour, Footprints of the Past. Virgil lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.

 

Sharon Seto, Member of the Alumni Committee

Sharon Seto, WS ’79, grew up in Iran and attended Woodstock for her last two years of high school. She returned to Woodstock for ten years as Development and Alumni Director, teacher, and residential staff from 1998-2006. Her two children, Dorien,WS‘06 and Robin, WS‘17, attended Woodstock during this time.  She was on the organizing committee for the FWS Reunion in Boston in 2017 and enjoys staying in touch with alumni around the globe. Sharon was also on the board of SAGE, Inc. for eight years and has served on numerous other local boards.


Sharon has worked in international and experiential education for over 25 years, most recently in Shanghai, China, with Northeastern University. She was instrumental in designing a gap year program for Winterline Global Education that leveraged skill-building for personal development. She served at the United World College - USA as Geography teacher, Dean of Co-curricular Programs, and Director of Community Engagement. She holds an MBA from the University of New Mexico and BAs in Geography and Economics from San Francisco State University. Sharon believes that both experiential education and international education are powerful tools to transform and equip people to make positive changes at both local and global scales.



   

 

 

 
   

 

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