Board of Trustees

Simmons Trustees are the ultimate fiduciaries of Simmons University. They oversee all of Simmons’s institutional affairs in accordance with the University's charter, bylaws, evolving statements of mission and purpose, and strategic plan.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance of the University 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 University.

Headshot of Regina 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 
Chairman & Managing Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP 
Partner & Counsel, Goodwin Procter

Roberto Ifill

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Education:
AB in Economics, Dartmouth College
M.A., M.Ph. and PhD, Economics, Yale University 

Job Title/Current Affiliations:
Retired after 30+ years in high serving in various roles for institutions including Yale University, Williams College, Connecticut College, Macalester College 
The Theatre Lab for the Dramatic Arts, Board Chair
 
BOT Committee(s):
Academic Excellence Committee 
Executive Committee 
Finance Committee 
Student Experience Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2025

William Bellamy photo

Education
BA, Occidental College
MA, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Institute Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales
Ecole Nationale d’Administration

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Senior Adviser, Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
CorpsAfrica, Advisory Board Member
PartnersGlobal, Board Member
University of Maine, School of Policy and International Affairs, Advisory Board Member

BOT Committees
Academic Excellence
Trusteeship & Governance

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2024

Headshot of Jane Buyers

Education
BA, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Co-Founder and Facilitator, [email protected]
Advisor, Doc Buyers Fund, Hawaii Community Foundation

BOT Committees
Student Experience Committee, Chair
Audit Committee
Executive Committee
Executive Development & Compensation

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2025

Headshot of Agenia Clark

Education
B.S. Communications, U. of Tennessee, Knoxville
MBA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Job Title/Current Affiliations
President/CEO Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
Avenue Bank, Board of Directors
Ayers Family Foundation, Board of Directors
Governor’s Foundation for a Healthier Tennessee, Board Member
University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business, Lifetime Advisory Council Member

BOT Committee
Executive Development & Compensation Committee, Chair
Academic Excellence Committee
Executive Committee
Faculty Review Committee
Trusteeship & Governance Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2023

Headshot of Barbara Latz Cohen

Education
BA, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Event Planner
Legal Aid Society, Board of Advisors Member

BOT Committee
Advancement Committee
Facilities Committee
Student Experience Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2026

Headshot of Denise Coll

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

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

BOT Committee
Facilities Committee, Chair
Executive Committee 
Finance Committee 
Student Experience Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2025

Headshot of Tiffany Dufu

Education:
B.A., University of Washington
M.A., University of Washington

Job Title/Current Affiliations:
Founder & CEO, The Cru
Chief Leadership Officer, Levo
Delta Sigma Theta, Member
Girls Who Code, Board Member
Harlem 4 Kids, Board Member
National Board Development Committee for Girl
Scouts of America, Board Member
Students First New York, Board Member
Women’s Forum New York, Member

BOT Committee(s):
Academic Excellence 
Advancement Committee 
Student Experience Committee 

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2022

Trustee Eckert headshot

Education
BS, Fashion institute of Technology
MSW, Simmons University 

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Founder, Boston Post Adoption Resources 
Social Worker, LICSW 
Social Worker, Center for Family Connections 

BOT Committees
Student Experience Committee  
Trusteeship & Governance Committee 

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2025 

Headshot of April Evans

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

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Partner, CFO, and CCO, Monitor Clipper Partners
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Board Member
ACLU of Massachusetts, Board Member

BOT Committees
Finance Committee, Chair
Audit Committee
Executive Committee
Investment Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2026

Headshot of Elizabeth Fender

Education
BA in Management, Simmons University
BA in Accounting, Simmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations
American Institute of CPAs, Member
CSCPA, Member
Charlotte Country Day School, Volunteer
Druid HIll Academy, Volunteer
Second Harvest Food Bank, Volunteer

BOT Committee
Audit Committee, Chair
Executive Committee
Executive Development and Compensation Committee
Student Experience Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2024

Headshot of Millicent Gorham

Education
BA in Management and Communications, Simmons University
MBA, Howard University
HD, SImmons University

Job Title/Current Affiliations 
Executive Director, National Black Nurses Association
Nursing.com, Board Member
United Medical Center Washington DC, Board Member 
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Advisory Council Member 

BOT Committees
Advancement Committee
Student Experience Committee

BOT End Date
6/30/2024

Headshot of Karen Hammond

Education
BA, History, University of Colorado

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Moses Brown School, Board Member
RISD and RISD Museum of Art, Board Member
Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Board Member
CYS Investments, Board Member
Boston Economic Club, Member
State of RI, State Investment Commission, Member

BOT Committees
Audit Committee
Finance Committee
Facilities Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2026

Headshot of Alix Laager

Education:
B.A., Smith College
AAS in Interior Design, NY School of Interior Design

Job Title/Current Affiliations:
American Society of Interior Designers, Associate Member
Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, Board Member
Elisa Monte Dance, Founding Board Member, Secretary
Westchester Children's Museum, President, Chair of Campaign

BOT Committee(s):
Executive Committee
Student Experience Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2022

Stacy Mullaney '90, Simmons Board of Trustees

Education 
BA Economics & International Relations, Simmons University 
MA Economics, University of Sussex (England) 
JD Stanford University School of Law 

Job Title/Current Affiliations 
President and CEO, Goldman Sachs Trust Company 
Fiduciary Counsel Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel 
Boston Club, Member
Boston Estate Planning Council, Member

BOT Committees 
Finance 
Investment 
Academic Excellence 

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2026

Headshot of Grace Richardson

Education
BA, Simmons University

BOT Committee
Advancement Committee
Educational Stewardship Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2026

Headshot of Katie Schuller Bleakie

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

Job Title/Current Affiliations
Managing Director, Golden Seeds, LLC
Life Overseer, New England Conservatory
Judge, Mass Challenge
Judge, Harvard Business School's "New Ventures" competition
Liff Committee, Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Founding Board Member, Sheen Performing Arts Center, NYC

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

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2022

Headshot of Jeffrey Singer

Education
BA in Economics, Huron University
MBA, Harvard University

Job Title/Current Affiliations 
VP and Chief Investment Officer (Retired) Investors Group (Canada)
Novista Capital Corporation, Board Member 
Breakthrough Greater Boston, Board Member

BOT Committees
Investment Committee, Chair
Academic Excellence 
Executive Committee 
Finance Committee 

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2023 

William 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)
Professor, Pediatrics, Columbia University
The Marine Biological Laboratory, Board Member
American Medical Association, Member
Meals on Wheels, Board Member

BOT Committees
Academic Excellence Committee
Advancement Committee
Faculty Review Committee

BOT Term End Date
6/30/2026

Rev. Julie Johnson Staples

Education 
BS Journalism, University of Kansas 
JD, Georgetown University 
ThM, Religion, Literature and Culture, Harvard University 

Job Title/Current Affiliations 
Executive Director, Intersections International 
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC), Board Member

BOT Committees 
Academic Excellence 
Finance Committee 
Investment Committee 

BOT Term End Date 
6/30/2024

Headshot of Winston Tabb

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

Job Title/Current Affiliations 
Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at John Hopkins University
Academic Preservation Trust, Board Member
Council on Library & Info Resources, Board Member
Digital Preservation Network, Board Member
Electronic Info for Libraries, Board Member
Hathi Trust, Board Member
Ivy & Library Directors, Board Member

BOT Committees 
Academic Excellence Committee, Chair
Faculty Review Committee, Chair
Executive Committee 
Trusteeship & Governance Committee 

BOT Term End Date 
6/30/2025 

Headshot of Pamela Toulopoulos

Education 
BA Education, Simmons University 

Job Title/Current Affiliations 
Co-Owner, JVT Realty, Arlington 
Corporator, Cambridge Financial Group 
Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Member
Harvard Business Association, Member
Hellenic Women's Benevolent Association, Member
Simmons University Alumnae Executive Board, Member

BOT Committees
Trusteeship & Governance Committee, Chair
Executive Committee 
Facilities Committee 
Student Experience Committee 

BOT Term End Date 
6/30/2022 

Lynn Perry Wooten, President of Simmons University

Education
Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership, Harvard University
PhD, University of Michigan
MBA, Duke University
BS, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Current Position
President, Simmons University