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Rhode Island’s perspective and possibility widening boarding and day school, grades 6-12 and postgraduate.

About Us

Board of Trustees

In partnership with the headmaster, the Board provides leadership and a framework within which the faculty and administration work to advance the Mission of the School. Their connection to the School is deep and personal. As committed volunteers, the Board members offer their services, wisdom, and support to assist the community of students we serve. They champion the School as it is now and visualize what it can be in the future by serving on working committees such as Development, Education and Student Life, Endowment, Facilities, Finance, and the Committee on Governance to maintain the health of the School. To learn more about our trustees, click on each name below to view individual biographies.


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  • Anton P. Giedt, President

    Anton (Tony) Giedt became involved with St. Andrew's in 2012 when his daughter Courtney (Class of ’15) began at St. Andrew's as a sophomore after the family moved to Rhode Island from Massachusetts. Tony also served as a committee member and chairman for the Manchester-Essex Regional School District School Committee in Manchester-Essex, Massachusetts, from 2004-2012. He is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience and currently serves as senior corporate counsel for IGT Global Solutions Corporation in Providence, RI. In 2014 Tony retired from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts where he served as an assistant United States attorney and senior litigation counsel representing the United States in civil litigation and prosecuting federal criminal matters. Tony graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Economics and received his law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C. Tony and his wife Nancy reside in Providence and also have a son named Jason.  
  • Benjamin White '08, Vice President

    Ben is a 2008 graduate of St. Andrew's and has been involved with the School in different capacities since. He graduated with a bachelor of arts from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, in 2012. He has served on the Board of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and is currently serving on the Taco/The White Family Foundation Board. Professionally, Ben works as the integration manager of corporate development for Taco Comfort Solutions, a Rhode Island-based global manufacturer of components for the HVAC industry. He currently resides in Nashville, TN, with his wife Kirsten.
  • Eric B. Mack '00, Secretary

    Eric Mack is an associate at Littler Mendelson, P.C. and was named Rising Star — Rhode Island, Super Lawyers, 2012 and 2013. He received his law degree from Tulane University School of Law and is a 2004 graduate of Tufts University. He has been involved with St. Andrew’s School for more than 15 years and is currently a trustee at Highlander Charter School and on the Board of Directors at the Urban League of Rhode Island. Eric resides in Fall River and his two brothers Antone and Anthony are graduates of St. Andrew’s Class of 2010.

    "St. Andrew's has provided me with opportunities that I could not have had anywhere else — opportunities that have allowed me to become the person I am today. It is a place that has changed my life forever, and the people I met there have become part of my family."
  • Joel Legon, Treasurer

    Joel Legon spent more than 40 years with public multi-national corporations in various finance and accounting positions, the last one being the chief financial officer of Comverse Technology, Inc. Prior to Comverse, Joel was the chief financial officer of Avid Technology, Inc.; SVP finance, corporate controller of Parametric Technology, Inc.; and corporate controller of NEC America, Inc. Joel was also a board member of Ulticom, Inc., a publicly traded company.

    Since leaving Comverse, Joel has joined the boards and/or finance committees of Sophia Academy, The Center for Women and Enterprise, and Meeting Street.

    Joel has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and is a CPA. He and his wife Janet have three grown daughters and two grandsons and live in Barrington, RI.


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  • David A. Brown '52

    David Brown has served as treasurer, vice president, and president of trustees and is a devoted and supportive alumnus of St. Andrew's School. He is president and owner of the Whittet-Higgins Company, which he established in 1966, a manufacturer of mechanical power transmission equipment. David received his MBA in 1962 from Harvard University and is a 1956 graduate of Brown University. Since his graduation in 1952, David has given much of his time and talent. He was instrumental in the concept and development of The David A. Brown '52 Science Center, which was named in his honor in September of 2000. David resides in East Providence with his wife Susan.
  • Julie Avina

    Julie Avina is the Senior Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's College of Global Public Health.  Since 2005 she has served NYU in numerous key roles including as an Associate Vice Provost, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students at NYU-Abu Dhabi in its critical, formative first years and as the Executive Director for Opportunity Programs, where she oversaw $24 million in grants.  Prior to NYU, Julie designed and implemented educational programs for high school students in Portland, Oregon. Julie holds a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Health Education from Teacher’s College.
  • John Chmura '98

  • Christopher Civale

    Chris Civale is the Managing Director of Civale & Associates, an Ameriprise Financial Private Wealth Advisory Practice.  He is among the most qualified and credentialed advisors in the firm. He holds the following designations: Retirement Income Certified Professional, Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and Certified in Long-term Care.  Chris was inducted into the Ameriprise Financial Hall of Fame in 2012. He was also inducted into the LaSalle Academy of New York City Hall of Fame in 2012. Chris also serves on the Development Committee of the St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island. He has served on many boards over the years.  Chris was the past Chairman of the Board of the Taunton YMCA, Chairman of the Board of the Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, the former volunteer Director of the Raynham Park & Rec Youth Basketball program, past member of the Crescent Credit Union Board of Directors, and past President of the Stonehill College Court Club. Chris was a recipient of the Sam Walton Business Leader Award for his commitment to strive for excellence in the Taunton-Raynham business community.  He also was a recipient of the JC Penney Golden Rule Award for his commitment to the community. Chris is a very hands-on Director who likes to actively participate in the Coaching for Change programs. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Stonehill College and his Master’s Degree from Bridgewater State University.
  • Pamela C. Faulkner

    Pamela C. Faulkner has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 25 years and has served as president of the Board. She is a Board member and the development chair for the Providence Public Library Foundation, and serves on the Board of Trustees and is a founding member of Tap-In, Inc. She has been active at St. John's Church in Barrington, where she has served as senior warden. Mrs. Faulkner is a past president of the Junior League of Rhode Island. She lives in Barrington with her husband, Robert.

    "I have stayed so long on the St. Andrew's Board because I passionately believe in its mission. I have seen close up what the school can do, especially the teachers, for its students. It brings me the greatest joy when I run into a parent and hear, 'St. Andrew's has changed my child's life. I don't know what would have happened if we hadn't found St. Andrew's.'"
  • John Harker

    John Harker is the former President of Matrix Incorporated in East Providence, RI, a manufacturing company specializing in close tolerance injection molded components. He is a former Board President who served as a member for 25 years. In 2020 he re-joined the Board for a second time. He is an active volunteer for non-profits in the state including Hattie Ide Chaffee and We Make RI. John lives in Barrington, RI with his wife of 38 years, Betsy. Together, they have two children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include tennis, golf and fishing.
  • Peter L. Holden

    Peter L. Holden joined the St Andrew's family in 2015 when his daughter, Victoria (Class of ’21), entered St Andrew's in the sixth grade.  Peter has previously served as the Vice-Chairperson to the Industry Advisory Board of Roger Williams University’s Construction Management Program from 2008 to 2018. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance for the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Prior to that, he has served in multiple leadership roles at Brown University and the FDA, specializing in the design, construction of, and operations of biomedical research and educational facilities. Peter graduated from Roger Williams University (’93) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and he received his MBA from Bryant University (’13). Peter and his wife, Andrea, reside in the Pioneer Valley area of Massachusetts with their two daughters Grace and Victoria.
  • Audrey Kupchan, MD

    Audrey R. Kupchan, MD, of Barrington is a practicing internal medicine doctor with Coastal Medical. Prior to this, she worked with Rhode Island Group Health Association (RIGHA) and then Harvard Pilgrim Health Care-NE (HPHC-NE). Kupchan is a graduate of Union College. She attended Cornell University Medical College in New York City, after which she completed The Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Kupchan has been involved with the St. Andrew’s Parent Association (SAPA) for six years. She has been involved with various committees and has helped out with various St. Andrew’s events. She is co-chair of the Development Committee. In regards to other organizations, Kupchan has been involved with committees such as Strategic Planning (Synagogue), re-writing by-laws (RIGHA), and Pension Committee and Governance Committee (Coastal Medical). There have been numerous ad-hoc committees on which she has served throughout her career as well, and in the past she has held administrative positions as chief of medicine and health center director for HPHC-NE. Kupchan resides in Barrington with her husband Sam Havens and sons Daniel (Class of '12) and David (Class of '14) DeLuca.
  • Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mike Manning

    Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Mike Manning is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Providence College's ROTC Class of 1997. LTC Manning's first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, forward deployed to the Republic of Germany. In June 1999, he deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian II. While in Kosovo, LTC Manning was reassigned to E Troop, 4th US Cavalry as a Brigade Reconnaissance Troop Leader for Task Force Falcon.

    In February of 2002, after joining the Rhode Island Army National Guard, he was appointed Commander of the 173rd Infantry Detachment Long Range Surveillance. The 173rd LRS was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III in July of 2004 through November 2005. LTC Manning deployed with Special Operations Detachment Global (SOD-G) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Caribbean and Central America in 2008 through 2009 assigned to Special Operations Command South. While there, he served as the Deputy Chief for the Regional Engagement Branch responsible for the Caribbean and Central America.

    In 2010, he graduated with Distinction from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the U.S. Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. In 2013, LTC Manning mobilized and deployed once again with the SOD-G where he served in the capacity of Senior Special Operations Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. LTC Manning has also served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Providence College, State Partnership Program Coordinator, Legislative Liaison, Operations Officer for Special Operations Detachment Global, Secretary of the General Staff and presently serves as the Commander of the RI Army National Guard’s Recruiting & Retention Battalion.

    In 2007, LTC Manning was recognized by Providence Business News as one of their “40 Under Forty” honorees; this award recognizes young members of the state’s business and nonprofit communities for career success, community involvement and a commitment to making a difference within the state and local communities. In 2008, LTC Manning received an honorary doctorate from his Alma Mater, Providence College, and presented the commencement address to the Providence College Class of 2008. LTC Manning is a former Peer-to-Peer Committee Chairperson for the Veterans Task Force of Rhode Island and Board Member for the Providence College Alumni Board. He previously served as the Head Coach for the Wickford Middle School Girls Soccer Team and as a longstanding coach with the Ocean State Soccer Club in North Kingstown, RI. LTC Manning, a former member of the Track team at Providence College, continues his life-long love of running and served as a member of the Rhode Island National Guard Marathon Team. LTC Manning resides in North Kingstown with his wife Meg and their three beautiful children, Michael, Jack, and Shannon.
  • Sara Shea McConnell

    Sara Shea McConnell is the commissioner for the City of Providence Park Commission and board president for Sophia Academy. She graduated from Providence College with a bachelor of arts and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rhode Island College. Shea McConnell has served on the Dorcas Place Adult & Family Literacy Board of Directors and as Diversity Committee chair and vice-chair for the Gordon School Board of Trustees. She has also been a Democratic National Convention delegate in 1996 and 2004. Currently, she resides in Providence with her husband Jack and they are the parents of Catherine, Margaret, and John (Class of '15).
  • Karen A. Pelczarski

    Karen Pelczarski of Barrington concentrates on mediations and appeals in the Law Office of Karen Pelczarski in Providence, RI. Pelczarski was certified as a mediator in 2008 and previously was a partner at a law firm for more than 25 years. She is an experienced trial and appellate attorney with a varied practice, which includes business, estate, employment, environmental, and personal injury litigation. She is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts state and federal courts, as well as in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Pelczarski received her bachelor's degree with honors in music and economics from Wellesley College. She received her law degree from Boston College Law School, attending the University of Pennsylvania during her final year of law school. She has been active in the Rhode Island Bar Association and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She belongs to the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and is also a lifetime member of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. Pelczarski was appointed by Chief Judge Ernest Torres to membership on the United States District Court Conference Advisory Committee. She has assumed active leadership roles in many civic and cultural organizations. In 1986, she co-founded and later served as president of The Music School, Inc. until it merged with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the President's Council at Providence College. Karen resides in Barrington with her husband Richard M. Field, Jr.
  • Mark A. Ross

    Mark A. Ross retired from his position as vice president of Ross-Simons Jewelers, a top retailer of fine jewelry, tableware, gifts, and collectibles. Mark is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (URI), which he continues to enthusiastically support as a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's External Advisory Council, a board member for URI Hillel, and a member of numerous other committees and supporter of activities at URI. Mark has served since 1999 as a trustee of St. Andrew’s School during which time he has been a strong presence on the Development Committee, which he currently co-chairs. He also serves on the Boards of Dorcas International Institute Rhode Island and Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Mark and his wife Donna live in Warwick, RI, and are the parents of two sons, Jared and Seth (Class of '00). Jared is a graduate of George Washington University and Seth is a graduate of Curry College.
  • Alfred B. Van Liew

    Alfred B. Van Liew is managing and founding partner at Van Liew Trust Company. He was elected to the Board of Trustees shortly after his daughter Elizabeth (Class of '84) graduated from St. Andrew's and is a past president of the Board. Prior to establishing the Van Liew Trust Company, he served for 24 years at Rhode Island Hospital Trust, where he held a number of roles. He is active in many charitable, yachting, and civic organizations. Van Liew earned his bachelor of arts from Brown University.

    "Whatever the reason for a child to be at St. Andrew's, seeing so many transformations from a struggle to a success, and being so close to the process, continues to excite me. Thanks to St. Andrew's, our children and grandchildren have a resource to help them develop to their potential."
  • Margot F. Wolf

    Margot Wolf has been involved with St. Andrew’s School since 1984 and has served the Board of Trustees since 1998. She presently serves on the Facilities Committee and resides in Barrington, RI.

Trustees Ex Officio

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  • The Right Reverend W. Nicholas Knisely

  • The Reverend Patrick J. Greene

Rhode Island’s perspective and possibility widening boarding and day school, grades 6-12 and postgraduate