Board of Directors and Staff

VOTING MEMBERS

 

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.

 

Lucy Dorenfeld – Vice President

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.

 

David Schoonmaker – Treasurer, 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.

 

David Shastry – Secretary

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!”

 


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.”

 

Virgil Miedema

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.

 

Sharon Seto, Member 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.


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Steve Van Rooy, Member of the Finance Committee


   

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