Board of Directors and Staff

VOTING MEMBERS

 

 

Marlin Schoonmaker – President

Marlin Schoonmaker, WS ‘67 has a bachelor’s degree in South Asian area studies and a master’s in business administration from the University of Washington. Beginning in 1989, he worked with Foss Maritime Company in Seattle for 24 years holding positions from a planning officer to General Manager of Middle East and South Asia and left Foss in 2013 as Vice President of Contract Services.  Prior to that, he was a potter with his own pottery business at Pike’s Market in Seattle. Marlin has been actively engaged with FWS and Woodstock School for a number of years because as he describes it: “I consider Woodstock School to be a beacon of what is possible in education and Christian ethics in that order. For a beacon to shine it needs to be maintained and improved continuously to insure it is a bright attractive light. I am interested in ensuring that the light of educated and ethically grounded graduates from this school will continue going forth to live well-rounded exceptional lives with an observable beneficial impact on this world.” Marlin lives with his wife Jeanne in Seattle.

Virgil Miedema – Vice-President

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.

 

David Schoonmaker – Secretary, 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.

Christopher "Chris" Morris – Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee

Chris Morris, WS ‘87 is the President of R.C. Morris & Company Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, a turnaround and restructuring firm providing services to private investors, venture capital and private equity firms. Chris has over 15 years of experience in international financial management, banking, investment, corporate restructuring and strategic planning. Chris holds a PhD in Philosophy and Economics from University of Cambridge, an MA in Philosophy from University of Waterloo and a BA (with honors) in Philosophy from University of Western Ontario. Chris, his wife, Candice and their children live in Vancouver, BC.

Pritam Advani – Member of the Finance Committee

Pritam Advani, WS ’76 is the visionary and one of the co-founders behind the unique business model of PCN Network, a leading firm in offering attorney-based mortgage closing services to title companies and lenders. He is a seasoned executive with an extensive business background. Prior to the creation of PCN Network, Pritam held senior executive positions at both private and public companies including Vice President of Business Development with NDCHealth, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia; Chief Financial Officer of E-Transport Inc.; TechRx, Inc. a Delaware incorporated company with offices in Vancouver, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, and Alabama; and Cost Containment Corporation. Pritam has been a speaker at several key industry conferences. In addition to his membership on the FWS Board of Directors, he is on the Board of several profit and non-profit boards. Pritam lives with his wife, Binu, in Pittsburgh.

 

 

Bruce Davis - Chair of the Alumni Committee

FWS welcomes Bruce Davis ‘73 back to the Board!  Mr. Davis previously served two Board terms as Treasurer and now chairs 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 JPMorgan 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

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.

 

 
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.

Amalia “Molly” Seiders

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.

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