Board of Directors and Staff



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.


David Shastry – Vice-President

David Shastry, WS '09, is based out of Chicago, Illinois and is the principal and senior creative consultant of David Shastry Consulting.  He champions enterprise design, user-centered empathetic design, designing for accessibility, and creative thought leadership while leading design teams to solve complex problems and craft beautiful digital experiences. His expertise spans numerous domains and over the years Mr. Shastry has partnered with clients at the highest levels of the legal, finance, manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, government and defense sectors. 

David is also a pilot, powerlifter, and model who is active in the community, speaking on the topics of entrepreneurship, digital technologies and the business of design.  Studies show, and common sense dictates, that people adopt technology that is meaningful, valuable and enjoyable to them, and so I work very hard to craft experiences that deliver value, empower business and delight users!”


Steve Van Rooy, Treasurer

Steve’s parents arrived in Bombay, India, in February of 1950 when Steve was six months old where they served as missionaries with TEAM for the next 18 years.  Following language school, their first mission station was in Dharchula along the Kali Ganga River on the border of Nepal.  After their first furlough, the Van Rooys moved to Mussoorie and Steve attended Woodstock School for 11 out of 12 grades.  His mother was the anesthetist at Landour Community Hospital and his dad started a Bible Correspondence Course ministry called Jiwan Jyoti (Light of Life).  Steve has an older brother and two younger brothers and in his last year in India his parents adopted one of his cousins in the US, his only sister.


After graduation from Woodstock in 1968, Steve attended Seattle Pacific University, followed by Dallas Theological Seminary and then joined the Wycliffe Bible Translators.  He married Judy Beekman, an MK from Mexico, and they headed to Sudan, first in Khartoum for Arabic and then to a village in the very SE corner of the country.  They lived with a remote tribal group called the Didinga and began learning that language and started the process of Bible translation. 


Several years into the process they discovered their daughter had a rare form of childhood cancer that was considered 100% terminal.  After six years in the US for treatment (which was successful—she was in the first tier of survivors ever) they went back to Africa, this time to Kenya and later finished out 25 years of missionary service in Dallas, TX.   Cammie’s cancer returned twice during this time.  They have two other daughters, both of whom went into medicine.  One is a physician and the other a nurse.   All three are married and live in N. Texas.  The Van Rooys have ten grandchildren so far.


Steve and Judy then started a real estate investment and property management business in Dallas which allowed them to retire in 2015.  Steve continues to be involved in their church in Dallas, where he is an elder, and is involved in several mission organizations in a variety of ways.  Steve serves on the FWS Finance Committee and considers it a privilege to have been invited to serve on the FWS Board.


Lucy Dorenfeld – Secretary

Lucy Wilson Dorenfeld, WS ‘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.


Stephen Alter

Stephen Alter, WS '74, is the author of twenty books of fiction and non-fiction.  He was born in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India and much of his writing focuses on the Himalayan region. WILD HIMALAYA: A Natural History of the Greatest Mountain Range on Earth (Aleph 2019) is his most recent work of non-fiction.  Becoming a Mountain:  Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Aleph 2014) received the Kekoo Naoroji Award for Himalayan Literature.  In The Jungles of the Night: A Novel about Jim Corbett (Aleph, 2016) is his latest work of fiction, which was shortlisted for the DSC South Asian Literature Award. The Cloudfarers (Puffin, 2018) is his most recent book for younger readers.  He has written extensively on natural history, folklore and mountain culture, particularly in his travel memoir Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage to the Many Sources of the Ganga.  Educated at Woodstock School and Wesleyan University, Alter has taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, where he was director of the writing program for seven years. Following this, he was writer-in-residence at MIT for ten years, where he taught courses in creative writing. Among the honors he has received are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the East West Centre in Hawaii, and the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture. Stephen Alter is founding director of the Mussoorie Mountain Festival.  


Craig Cook – Principal, Woodstock School

Dr. Cook brings a wealth of experience in educational leadership, having worked at schools and in higher education in the USA, the Philippines and Indonesia. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, a B.A. in intercultural studies and a M.Div. in Theology, both from Biola University, California. Before coming to Woodstock, he was Dean of the School of Education at Simpson University, Redding, California where he successfully led the school through complex accreditation procedures. He currently serves as President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociology of the Body.

Craig is married to Jamie Williams, J.D.  They met in Indonesia, where she was teaching international law in the Faculty of Law at Universitas Pelita Harapan.  Jamie holds a B.A. degree in Literature and Letters and a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School.  A licensed attorney in New York and Texas, she has practiced family, criminal, and commercial law.  Before Woodstock, she was a professor in the History and Political Science Department at Simpson University and an adjunct professor teaching restorative justice and international law at Le Tourneau University. Jamie was also the Program Coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

In Dr. Cook’s own words: “I have been an athlete and participant in vigorous physical exercise for the whole of my adult life, being a regular basketball and tennis player and a tennis coach for many years. We lived in a mountainous area of Northern California, where we enjoyed hiking on many beautiful trails… The heart of Christian leadership is being a servant to others, as evidenced by Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet and commanding us to do the same.”


 Suzanne Turner Hanifl

Ms. Hanifl wears many hats.  You may best know her name in association with the Hanifl Centre for Outdoor Education at Woodstock, the Turner Organic Garden at Woodstock, and her long association with WOSA, 1995 – 2014.  She attended Woodstock from 1956 – 1963 and is the Class of ’63 Secretary.  Suzanne holds a M.Ed. from Boston University, B.S. in Home Economics from Hood College, and is the President of the Paul and Suzanne Hanifl Foundation and President of Suzanne Stables.


The Hanifl Family Foundation has also established the Angelic Organic Learning Center in Rockford, IL; Hanifl Soccer Fields in Hugo, MN; Hanifl Center for Performing Arts in White Bear Lake, MN; the Minnesota Zoo’s Hanifl Family Wild Woods Playground in Bloomington, MN; acts as the CPA for Children’s Performing Arts, White Bear Lake, MN; and philanthropic outreach for several U.U. Churches and Health Clinics.


Along with teaching, Suzanne has led many committees in several states, travels when she can, is an avid knitter and recently did a knitting tour to the Shetland Islands, belongs to two book clubs, gardens, and owns the son of triple crown winner, American Pharoah, among other racehorses. Married to Paul Hanifl for 52+ years, all three of their children have visited Woodstock.  Kerry and her family were at Woodstock for two years, 2014 – 2016.  Suzanne and Paul have nine grandchildren, ages 1 – 19. 


We are very happy to have Suzanne Turner Hanifl join the Board in 2020 and deeply appreciate her connections to Woodstock, her philanthropic expertise, and her many talents and interests.


Sharon Seto, Chair 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.

Emeritus Board Members