Board

clare_peetersClare Peeters, MBA 2000. Community Partners Co-Chair.
Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Development, for the US-based direct investment arm of a Swedish family office. Responsible for developing existing investments and sourcing new ones. Former strategic and operational executive in the consumer book publishing business and management consultant. Long-standing involvement in the non-profit sector as a volunteer and as an advisor in the areas of the arts, environment, and health. Currently treasurer of a small arts non-profit.

Charles ToderCharles Toder, MBA 1962. Community Partners Co-Chair.
Retired business executive who has served as an employee, board member and volunteer consultant for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Prior to retirement, held senior positions at Price Waterhouse, AMAX, Inc. (the international mining company, since merged) and at the American Lung Association.

Margaret BrownMargaret Brown, MBA 1984.
Entrepreneur with experience in general management, marketing, business development and managing growing organizations. Over 25 years leading technology, media and information based ventures. Trustee and volunteer fundraising for independent schools.

Andrew Cheskis, MBA 1984. Emeritus Board Member.
Consultant in internal audit, risk management and Board Audit Committee practices. Previously served in various executive roles with MasterCard Inc. for 24 years, including Chief Internal Auditor, SVP of Franchise Management, and Chief of Operations of MasterCard Advisors. Experience in wide range of functional disciplines.

Leo Corbett, MBA 1975. Education Committee Co-Chair
Lifelong executive in both the private and public sectors. Roles have included managing director of various functions in financial services, managing partner of a seed stage venture fund, COO of a global music company, and head of management and budget at the US Social Security Administration. Currently chair of two early stage companies and serving on nonprofit boards. Past service on the Alumni Board of HBS and on the board of a community college.

Richard KaneRichard Kane, MBA 1968. Environment & Health Committee Co-Chair.
The CAO of the American Red Cross in Greater NY until retirement early in 2011. Now involved in providing advisory services to early stage companies and continuing leadership roles in projects for HBSCNY. Richard had a long pre Red Cross career in the financial services industry. He was the CEO of a start-up platform for insurance agents, the CEO of the Global Services Division of reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter and held earlier senior management positions at Bank Leumi and Citicorp. Richard is the immediate past president of HBSCNY and member of its Board. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of HBS Angels NY.

Hal KennedyHal Kennedy, MBA 1984. Social Services Committee Co-Chair.
Over 25 years experience in investment banking focused on restructuring advisory and distressed finance with Drexel Burnham Lambert, DLJ, Credit Suisse and Jefferies.  Worked with financially challenged companies in a wide variety of industries.
Joanne Lim

Joanne Lim, MBA 1999. Emerita Board Member.
Formerly corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and real estate project finance at Schroders and The Community Builders.  Have held board positions at various nonprofit boards since 2001.

Cornelius Marx

Cornelius Marx, MBA 1967. Arts & Culture Committee Co-Chair.
Formerly CEO of 3 companies, each in a different industry, including wine and spirits, publishing, and mail processing, over a span of 25 years. Now an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College, div. of CUNY, in the Department of Management. Since 1976, has served as Board Member, advisor or consultant to several nonprofit organizations in fields of performing arts and education. Currently chairing a subcommittee of the Harvard College Schools Committee.

Calvin MewCalvin Mew, PMD 48, 1984. Social Services Committee Co-Chair.
Formerly executive vice president, regional director, Latin America, Bozell Worldwide, Inc., the international advertising agency. Earlier, was responsible for all of Chrysler Corporation’s advertising outside the United States. Experience in marketing, strategic planning, business development and general management. Long-time trustee of Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Barry PuritzBarry Puritz, MBA 1965. Arts & Culture Committee Co-Chair.
Leads a consulting practice focused on business development and marketing. President Emeritus of the Institute of Audio Research.  Previously involved in entrepreneurial ventures and a number of Boards.  Currently Co-Chair of the Skills Gap project and Co-Chair of the Social Enterprise programming committee.

Dianna RaedleDianna Raedle, MBA 1993. Emerita Board Member.
CEO and founder of Deer Isle Capital, LLC. Responsible for all aspects of the business including business development, operations, and regulatory matters. Over 20 years’ experience in capital markets involving both public and private securities across the entire capital structure requirements of clients.


Catherine Stephenson 2Cathy Saffer Stephenson
, MBA 1990. Environment & Health Committee Co-Chair.
Practice Manager, McKinsey & Company’s Consumer and Small Business Banking Practice. Formerly Senior Vice President and Head of the Chess Team at Foote Cone & Belding, strategic department that identified competitors’ motivations in order to predict and preempt the competition. Earlier, Bankers Trust Global Risk Advisory, American Express Foundation Manager of Administration and Shearson Lehman Brothers Financial Analyst.

David TheobaldDavid Theobald, MBA 1991. Emeritus Board Member.
Chief Executive Officer of Claritas Mindsciences, a behavioral health company with digital therapeutic programs to treat addictions like smoking and unhealthy eating. Previously founded and ran three start-ups in consumer marketing services and investing. Started career as brand manager at Kraft Foods. In addition to serving as Emeritus board member of Community Partners, David serves as Vice Chair of the national board of Mental Health America in Washington D.C.

Jessica ZieglerJessica Ziegler, MBA 1984. Education Committee Co-Chair.
Independent consultant specializing in UX (user interface) testing and strategy. Over 20 years’ experience in technology, including project management for enterprise software development, 3D data display techniques, and geographic information systems technology. Experienced entrepreneur and general business manager.

Ava ZydorAva Zydor, MBA 1984. Emerita Board Member.
President and founder, Seventh Reach Media LLC, engaged in the development of creative media content. Independent management consultant, serving small business clients. Formerly, as an attorney at Baker & McKenzie and Lord Day & Lord, advised clients on corporate finance, international trade, and regulatory matters. Experience with nonprofit arts and education organizations as board chair, board member, consultant and volunteer.