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Meet Our Board of Trustees

Dedicated, Thoughtful Leadership

Harley trustees demonstrate a passion for the School and have a deep understanding of Harley’s mission and vision. Our Board of trustees is responsible for governance and fiduciary oversight of the School. We are proud to have a dynamic group of exceptional community leaders who have such a diversity of experience and backgrounds.

Officers

PRESIDENT: Milena Novy-Marx, Ph.D. is an international development professional and economist with more than 20 years of experience creating strategies and implementing projects in sectors such as international migration, education, and sustainable development. Milena is currently a visiting professor at the University of Rochester. Milena received her Ph.D. in economics and international development, and her M.P.A. in economic policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her undergraduate degree is from Yale University, B.A. summa cum laude, in political science. Milena is currently working for The MasterCard Foundation in Toronto, Canada to advance secondary and tertiary education in Africa. Milena and her husband, Robert, have three children attending Harley, Ella ’21, Roman ’22, and Harlan ’26

VICE PRESIDENT: Matt Winslow is Founder & Managing Partner of Long Weekend; an investor, developer and manager of a growing portfolio of independent luxury boutique hotels and resorts in the US and Bahamas. Matts early career took him to New York and Los Angeles in executive-level marketing positions. Matt was senior vice president of Generate, vice president of business development for Ignited, and a marketing executive at 20th Century Fox. Matt received his B.S. from Ithaca College. He and his wife, Courtney, grew up in Rochester. Courtney’s family, the Sands, have a strong alumni and philanthropic history with The Harley School. Matt and Courtney have three children at Harley: Cash ’26, Mae ’29, and Knox ’32.

VICE PRESIDENT: Zena Shuber Dorsey is a faculty member of  Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  She is the Director of Community Relations for the department and the Director of Community Engagement for Translational Science at the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV).  Prior to join URMC, Zena worked closely with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter in her District Office as a special project assistant and a community liaison regarding women, children and education issues. She received her JD from DePaul University Law School and A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. Zena and Dr. Ray Dorsey’s four boys have attended, or are attending, the Harley School: Edwin ’16, currently a student at Stanford University; Robert ’18, studying at the University of Michigan, Thomas ’20; and James ’24.

VICE PRESIDENT: Paul Sisson ’89  is the Founder and Managing Partner of Canan Pratt Asset Management, a real estate private equity firm based in Washington, DC. Prior to founding Canan Pratt, Paul served as Head of Americas for CBRE Global Investors and was Senior Vice President and head of originations for Brookfield’s real estate debt platform. Paul graduated from The Harley School in 1989. He earned a B.A. degree in economics from Colgate University and an M.S. degree in real estate finance from New York University. Paul and his wife Ellen live in Chevy Chase, MD with their three children.

TREASURER: Troy Willis, CFA, J.D., co-leads the Oppenheimer Rochester® national, high yield and single-state municipal bond funds. Prior to Oppenheimer, Troy was a litigator in Louisiana for several years before pursuing his M.B.A. in finance and economics. He was a medic for the United States Naval Reserves and attended Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina on a soccer scholarship before receiving his B.A. from West Virginia University. He received his M.B.A. from University of Rochester Simon School, and his J.D. from West Virginia University. Troy has two children at Harley, Reed ’23 and Shea ’20; he and his wife Kristen, who is also a J.D., feel Harley has been a wonderful fit for their children and are very committed to the School.

SECRETARY: Jennifer Schwartzott is a litigation attorney at Bond, Schoeneck, and King. She has extensive litigation experience, and practices in state, federal and administrative courts representing health care providers and school districts throughout Western New York. Jen provides counsel on special education, general education, and labor and employment matters. Earlier in her career, Jen was an Associate at a large Mid-Atlantic law firm for nine years, during which time she taught legal writing as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. She attended the University of Maryland School of Law receiving her J.D. with honors, 2001, and Ithaca College receiving her B.A., magna cum laude, 1998. Jen recently served on the Harley By-Laws Review Committee. She and her husband, Marvin, have two children at Harley: Max ’28, Mary ’26.

HEAD OF SCHOOL: Larry Frye is the 14th head of The Harley School, after having served as Harley’s Head of Upper School since 2004. He earned his Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduation School of Education and his BA from Hamilton College. Before Harley, Larry held a variety of positions at The Cambridge School of Weston: Associate Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Communications, and Dean of Students and Boarding, all while working in the dorms, teaching English, and serving as a college counselor. Larry began his career in college admissions at Hamilton. He and his wife, Robin Damrad Frye, Ph.D., have three children, all Harley graduates: Lily ’12, Amos ’15, and Josh ’15.

Trustees

Jeffrey Alexis, P ’20, P ’23, P ’27 is a cardiologist who cares for patients with heart failure, as well as patients who have received heart transplants, artificial hearts, and left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). His research on LVADs is aimed at improving outcomes for patients with mechanical circulatory assist devices. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

Dr. Alexis earned his M.D. from Harvard University in 1992. He was an intern and resident from 1992-1995 at the Massachusetts General Hospital and completed his cardiology fellowship in 1998 at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He served on the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 1998-2003 and joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 2003 as Assistant Professor of Medicine. 

Jeffrey has been very active as a parent at Harley, taking a leadership role in the planning and execution of Harley’s MLK “Day On” and serving on the Horizons advisory board. His wife, Dr. Christine Hay, who specializes in infectious diseases at Strong Memorial Hospital, is a member of Harley’s Health Advisory Board and has volunteered for Harley’s test-to-return mass Covid-19 testing days. Jeffrey and Christine are parents of Harley alumnus Andrew Alexis ’20 and current Harley students, Catherine Alexis ’23, and Sarah Alexis  ’27.

Bob August is currently the managing partner and president of Laser Car Wash, LLC with locations in both Rochester and Pennsylvania. Bob was formerly a senior vice president at Monro Muffler Brake, Inc., a company his father and uncle founded. Bob’s two children, Nathan ’11, Maddy ’07, and his sister, Elizabeth August 82 all graduated from Harley. He was actively involved with the building of the 2007 “Harley Housethrough Habitat for Humanity, where he “worked to educate, fundraise, and build a home for a family in need.” Bob continues to serve Habitat for Humanity as a member of their board of directors, as well as numerous local and national charities. Bob is a trustee for his family’s charitable trust, The Charles J. and Burton S. August Family Foundation.

Candice Baker Leit, Esq. received a B.F.A. in illustration from the Parsons School of Design and worked in publishing before receiving her J.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Her current work on a major project in taxonomy for the Governance, Risk and Compliance Group at Thomson Reuters combines her legal background with her interest in publishing and communications. Candice is enthusiastic about the Harley model of educating the whole person and believes her children have benefited enormously from their teachers, peers and staff. Candice and her husband, Dr. Michael Leit, M.D., have two children at The Harley School: Aidan ’20, and Josie ’23. Their oldest son and daughter are Harley graduates, Jeremiah ’14 and Aliza ’17.

Charlene Berry is a master beekeeper and co-owner of Northcoast Apiary, LLC. She works with local nonprofits and schools to educate and mentor on the importance of native pollinators and honeybees. Charlene graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in History and recently completed her Master of Beekeeping at Cornell University. Charlene is passionate and committed to the Harley School’s mission and culture of civic engagement, philanthropy, and pursuit of continuous improvement. Charlene resides in Fairport, New York with her daughter Evelyn, who is in Harley class of 2031.

Daniel Chessin ’80 is Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of Hahn Automotive Warehouse, Inc.  He joined Hahn in 1988 after a brief career practicing law. Mr. Chessin currently serves on the Board of The University of Rochester Medical Center and is the former Chairman of the Finance and Quality of Care Committees.  In addition, he sits on the Flaum Eye Institute Board of Directors, and was the Chairman from 2005 – 2017.  He also serves on the Board of Synactyx LLC, a medical technology/CRO headquartered in New York, New York with affiliate operations in Europe and Asia.  In 2019, Mr. Chessin was named a Director of the Rochester Regional Board of M&T Bank.

Jim Chung ’89 serves as Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Bridge Debt Strategies Fund Manager LLC, as well as Head of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Jim has experience in real estate, securitization, and financial services beginning in 1999. Prior to joining Bridge, Jim was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and was the head of the Commercial Real Estate Loan Desk within the Fixed Income Division from 2004 to 2013. He had direct oversight of the pricing, hedging, structuring, and securitization of the Morgan Stanley commercial real estate loan portfolio. 

 Jim received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and his MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Jim attended Harley 1976-1985 (K-8), leaving Harley after grade 8 to attend Choate Rosemary Hall. He currently resides in New York City with his wife Esther and two children. Although Jim did not officially graduate from Harley, he has stayed in close contact with friends from his time at the School and is connected to many in his alumni class of 1989. Jim regularly attends Harley alumni gatherings in New York City and has been a resource to young alumni pursuing a career in finance. 

Tim Douglas ’82 has more than 25 years’ experience in financial markets. Tim was most recently managing director and a senior banker with Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Tim began his career at Citi after graduating from Princeton University with a B.A. Tim is involved with the Ann C.M. Douglas and R. Gordon Douglas Foundation and is co-trustee of the Catherine and Harvey Moses Charitable Trusts. Tim is an active member of Harley’s alumni network. While at Harley he was the president of the Student Council (’81’82) and was the recipient of the Williams College Book Award and the Alumni Cup. He and his wife, Anne, reside in Rye, New York and have four children.

Seenu Kaza, MD is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Canandaigua, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Clifton Springs Hospital, Clinic, and F.F. Thompson Hospital. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Kaza specializes in the medical and surgical management of head and neck diseases. He is actively involved in teaching as an adjunct clinical faculty member of SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, LECOM Medical School in Pennsylvania, and the RIT Physician Assistant Program in Rochester. His wife, Dr. Lesley James, is a board certified family physician. Dr. Kaza and Dr. James have one daughter attending Harley, Emelia (Emmy) Kaza ’21.

Dena Levy, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Political Science at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. She writes on Congress, women and politics, minorities in Congress and electoral politics. She is co-author of Hillary Clinton: A Biography and has published in a variety of journals in the discipline. Dena received her PhD from the University of Iowa, her MA in Public Policy from Georgetown University and her B.A. in Government from Pomona College. Dena and her husband, Mark Goldstein, have one daughter Isabel ‘24 who has been at Harley since she was 3 years old.

Rob McGraw is a CPA and runs a single-family office in Rochester specializing in long-term financial planning and income taxation.  Rob received a B.S. in Finance from St. John Fisher College and an MBA from RIT before beginning his career at Deloitte in 1994 where he spent 8 years in public accounting.  Rob and his wife, Karen, both Rochester natives, have been actively involved with nonprofit organizations serving the developmentally disabled and have enjoyed watching their youngest child, Caroline (’22), flourish since she came to Harley in the 6th grade. 

Shelby Nelson, P’22, Ph.D., is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Mosaic Microsystems. A semiconductor device physicist with broad industrial research experience, she has worked at AT&T Bell Labs, IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Xerox Corporation, and Kodak Research Labs. She has also worked in academia, as the Clare Booth Luce Assistant (and then Associate) Professor of Physics at Colby College. She has authored over 40 refereed journal articles and holds over 65 patents.

Shelby earned her B.A. with highest honors in Physics and Mathematics from Smith College, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University. Shelby and her husband Lewis Rothberg, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester, are the parents of Charles Rothberg ’20 (attended Harley from Nursery through Grade 2) and current Harley student Vivian Rothberg ’22.

Allis “Allie” D’Amanda Sacks ’03, P ’32, P ’35 is a Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager at M&T Bank. In her role, Sacks supports local commercial businesses in reaching their short and long-term financial goals by understanding their unique needs and delivering personalized finance solutions. She is responsible for an assigned portfolio of the most complex loan and/or deposit relationships with major commercial real estate businesses in the community. Sacks has been with M&T since 2007 after she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Bucknell University.

Allie is a member of a long-standing Harley family. Among the Harley graduates in her family are her grandparents, Mrs. Allis VanVoorhis D’Amanda ’49 and Louis D’Amanda ’47; her parents, Mr. John F. D’Amanda ’75 and Ms. Kathy Durfee D’Amanda ’76; and her siblings, James L. D’Amanda ’05 and Louis D’Amanda III ’09. As an alumna and now a parent at Harley, Allie has been a valued source of ideas as a member of the Development Committee and as Blast! co-chair and sub-committee member. Allie and her husband, Evan, are parents of Emma Sacks ’35 and  Jake Sacks ’32.

Brian Scudder is the General Manager and CEO of the Pittsford Federal Credit Union and has worked in the credit union industry since 1988.  He earned his BA in Management Information Systems from RIT and his MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business.  Brian is an Executive Council Member of the Credit Union Association of NY’s Rochester Chapter and President of the Pittsford Community Library Foundation Board.  Brian and his wife Kelly, an ever-present volunteer in the Harley Lower School, truly enjoyed supporting their daughter Audrey ’19 as she experienced all Harley has to offer, from Nursery Yellow through Graduation. Audrey is studying Psychology and Mathematics at Vanderbilt University with an intended trajectory of earning an MD-PhD Dual Degree.

Edward “Ted” Townsend ’98, P ’32, P ’33 is an attorney and partner at Harter Secrest & Emery. In that capacity, he advises hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, and other health care facilities and organizations in all aspects of operational, compliance, and governance matters, including corporate compliance, HIPAA, fraud and abuse, professional licensure and misconduct issues, the implementation of internal compliance programs, patient-related issues, medical staff issues, and behavioral health matters. Ted has significant experience advising on strategic affiliations, including navigating physician practices and other health care entities through business acquisitions and sales, as well as other collaborative efforts, such as IPA formation and participation. Ted regularly counsels clients on contracting matters, including reviewing and negotiating vendor contracts, managed care agreements, and physician employment agreements for physicians at all stages of their careers. 

A 1998 graduate of Harley, Ted went on to earn his BA from Trinity College and his JD from Syracuse University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Law Review.  Ted serves on the Board of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center. Also a member of a long-standing Harley family, Ted’s father, Jim Townsend ’61 is a former Harley Board President, and his mother Anne Townsend is a former Development Coordinator. Ted’s sister Sarah Townsend Mulbury ’01 is a Harley alumna.

Ted has continued his involvement as an alum of the school, acting as a Class Agent for the class of 1998, helping coordinate Reunions and other class gatherings. Ted’s wife, Jenn, currently serves on the Development Committee.  Ted and Jenn are parents of Georgia Townsend ’33 and Henry Townsend ’32.

Timothy (Tim) S. Wiest ’76 began his career as a lieutenant in the US Navy serving as a nuclear engineer. Tim later worked as President of Sprint Japan, managing the merger of France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, and Sprint into Global One Japan; he then served as President of Global One Japan. Tim later purchased and became President of Lancs Industries in Seattle. After selling his business, Tim was an adjunct professor at Edmonds Community College, teaching small business management in Washington State Prison. Tim attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.S.E., and Harvard where he earned his M.B.A. Tim and his wife, Priscilla Rockwell Wiest ’76, are both Harley graduates. Tim and Priscilla live in Washington State. Tim spearheaded the Class of 1976 reunion gift to refurbish the Harley flagpole.

Deborah Schaller Willsea ’73 is self- employed as a consultant with expertise in strategic development, collaborative community partnerships, grant writing and project management. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in the education field. Her focus has been on reaching underserved populations through innovative programs. Early in her career, Deb taught in Harley’s Middle School. She has a B.A. in Sociology from St. Lawrence University and an M.S. in Development, Learning and Instruction from the University of Rochester’s Warner School. Deb and her husband, Peter Willsea ’72, live in Brighton. Two of their four children, Sam ’06 and Will ’10, are Harley alums.

Alan Winchester, P’25, P’27 is a partner with the Harris Beach, PLLC law firm and leads the firm’s cybersecurity and electronic discovery practice groups.  Alan is also the Chief Development Officer at Caetra.io, and is the creator of its CyMetric software.  This company is owned by his firm and offers automated compliance for various cybersecurity regulations and standards. Alan earned his BS degree in computer science and philosophy from Trinity College and his JD from Brooklyn Law School. 

Alan and his wife, Dr. Larissa Temple, Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital, volunteered their time and talent this past year helping Harley plan, organize, and execute the large test-to-return Covid-19 testing days. They are active supporters of the Wilmot Cancer Center, Memorial Art Gallery, and the Rochester Boys & Girls Club. Alan and Larissa are parents of Henry Winchester ’27 and Katherine Winchester ’25.

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