Board of Trustees

Simmons Trustees are the ultimate fiduciaries of Simmons College. They oversee all of Simmons’s institutional affairs in accordance with the College’s charter, bylaws, evolving statements of mission and purpose, and strategic plan. The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance of the College and for monitoring the implementation of its policies, as distinguished from its day-to-day management or administration, which is the responsibility of the President and other administrative officers of the College.

Regina Pisa, Chair

pisa Chair, Board of Trustees

Education
BA, Oxford College
MA, Oxford College
AB, Harvard University
JD, Georgetown University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Chairman Emeritus, Goodwin Procter LLP

Faith M. Richardson '84, Vice Chair

Education
BA in Finance and Government, Simmons College
MSA in Management, Purdue University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Principal Solution Architect, Workday, Inc.

BOT Committees
Finance Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee
Faculty Review Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2018

Jill Greenthal '78, Clerk

Clerk, Board of Trustees

Education
BA, Simmons College
MBA, Harvard Business School

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Senior Advisor, Blackstone Advisory Group
Member, Board of Directors of Akamai Technologies
Member, Board of Directors, The Weather Channel
Member, Board of Directors, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Member, Board of Directors, TEGNA, Inc.
Trustee, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Trustee, James Beard Foundation,
Overseer, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

BOT Committees
Executive Committee, Clerk
Finance Committee
Facilities Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2018

Deborah C. Brittain '74SW

Education
BA, Howard University
MS, Simmons College School of Social Work 

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Retired Executive Vice President, Preod Corporation
Member, State of New Jersey Advisory Board for the Salvation Army
Lead Dean, Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute, The Links, Incorporated
Vision 2020 National Leadership Circle

BOT Committee
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2018

Jane Buyers '81

Education
BA, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Co-Founder and Facilitator, IDEALS@WORK
Board Member, Intersections International
Board Member, Collegiate Church International

BOT Committees
Executive Development and Compensation Committee, Chair
Audit Committee
Executive Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2020

Barbara Latz Cohen '68

Education
BA, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Event Planner

BOT Committee
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship

BOT Term end date
6/30/2021

Denise M. Coll '95SM

Education
BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MBA, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Non-Executive Director, LaSalle Hotel Properties
Non-Executive Director, Enlivant
Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation
Member, Advisory Board, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Hotel Travel Management
Member, Board of Directors, Big Sister Association of Boston

BOT Committee
Facilities Committee
Finance Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2020

Dwight Crane

crane

Education
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MBA, University of Michigan
PhD in Economics, Carnegie Mellon University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School
Board Member, Legg Mason Partners Equity Funds

BOT Committees  
Trusteeship and Governance Committee, Chair
Executive Committee
Investment Committee

BOT Term end date  
6/30/2019

Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM

Helen Drinan Education
MBA, Simmons College '78
MS in Library Science, Simmons College '75
BA, Mt. Holyoke College

Current Position
President, Simmons College

BOT Committees
Executive Committee

Jennifer L. Eckert, '08SW

Education
BS, Fashion institute of Technology
MSW, Simmons College 

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Founder, Boston Post Adoption Resources

BOT Committees
Trusteeship and Governance Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2020

April E. Evans

Education
BA, Duke University
Master’s degree, Boston University
MBA, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Partner, CFO, and CCO, Monitor Clipper Partners

BOT Committees
Investment Committee
Audit Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2021

Elizabeth Fender '84
Elizabeth Fender

Education
BA in Management, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Member, Board of Directors and Volunteer, Hospice of Charlotte

BOT Committee
Audit Committee Chair
Executive Development and Compensation Committees
Executive Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2019

James D. Flynn P '12, P '14

Education
BS in Accounting, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Job Title/Current Affiliations
President, The Carson Companies
Member, Urban Land Institute

BOT Committees
Finance Committee, Chair
Audit Committee
Investment Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2021



Karen Hammond

Education
BA, History, University of Colorado

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Board Member, International Institute of New EnglandBoard
Member, Moses Brown School
Board Member, RISD and RISD Museum of Art
Board Member, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Board Member, CYS Investments

BOT Committees
Audit Committee
Investment Committee 
Finance Committee
Faculty Review Committee

BOT Term end date 
6/30/2021

Yvonne Jackson

Education
BA, Spelman College
Management Development Certificate, Harvard Business School

Job Title/Current Affiliations 
President, BeecherJackson Inc.
Chair of Directors, Association of Governing Boards
Board Member, SpartanNashCo.

BOT Committees 
Trusteeship and Governance Committee
Executive Development and Compensation Committee

BOT Term end date 
6/30/2017

Leslie Lake '86

Education
BA, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Managing Director/Partner, Invus Financial Advisors

BOT Committees
Executive Committee
Finance Committee
Investment Committee Chair

BOT Term end date
6/30/2017

Lisa J.B. Peterson

Education
BS, Simmons College
Certification in Financial Planning, Boston University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
President and Founder, Senior Financial Planner, Lantern Financial LLC
President, Alumnae Association Executive Board, Simmons College

BOT Committees
Advancement Committee
Facilities Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2021

Katie I. Schuller-Bleakie

Education
BA in Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
MBA, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Managing Director, Golden Seeds, LLC
Life Overseer, New England Conservatory
Advisor, Mariwear & Haverhill
Judge, Mass Challenge
Judge, Harvard Business School's "New Ventures" competition

BOT Committees
Audit Committee
Trusteeship and Governance Committee
Executive Development & Compensation Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2018

Toby M. Sloane '60

Education
BA, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Community Volunteer

BOT Committee
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2018



William T. Speck

Education
BA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
MD, Wake Forest University Medical School

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Director, Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO)
Trustee, The Marine Biological Laboratoru

BOT Committees
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2021

Winston Tabb '72LS

Education
BA, Oklahoma Baptist University
MA, Harvard University
MLS, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at John Hopkins University
Board Member, Institute for Museum and Library Services
Board Member, American Library in Paris Advisory Council
Board Member, Electronic Information for Libraries Management
Board Chair, Maryland Center for the Book
Honorary Fellow, International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

BOT Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee Chair
Executive Committee
Faculty Review Committee
Trusteeship and Governance Committee

BOT Term end date
6/30/2020

Pamela J. Toulopoulos '73

Education
BA, Simmons College

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Co-Owner, JVT Realty, Arlington
Corporator, Cambridge Financial Group
Member, Simmons College Alumnae Executive Board
Member, Harvard Business Association
Member, Greek Orthodox Church of Somerville, 100th Anniversary Steering Committee

BOT Committees
Facilities Committee, Chair
Trusteeship and Governance Committee
Faculty Review

BOT Term end date
6/30/2017

Roslyn Watson '71

Education
BA, Simmons College,
MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Job Title/Current Affiliations
President, Watson Ventures, Inc.
Independent Corporate Director, American Express Bank, FSB
Member, Links, Inc.
Vice Chair, Pathfinder International
Co-founder, New England Women in Real Estate
Trustee, Dreyfus/Laurel Mutual Funds

BOT Committees
Finance Committee
Investment Committee

BOT End Date
6/30/2019