The search committee is made up of representatives from many Shipley Constituencies.
Josh has been teaching mathematics for over 25 years, and he has been at Shipley since 1997. Josh has been the Head of the Mathematics Department since 2005. He co-leads a colleague committee that utilizes research methods to analyze the impact of socio-cultural identifiers, like race and socio-economic status, on the student experience at Shipley. Committed to teaching and learning, he also co-leads the mentoring program for new teaching colleagues. Josh has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Brown University and is currently working on his thesis in pursuit of a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Extension School in mathematics for teaching. Josh received an Honorary Alumni Award from Shipley (2014), as well as the Margaret Bailey Speer Distinguished Teacher Award (2004), and the Trustee Award for Excellence (2002).
Melissa and her husband, Bill, have been members of the community since 2007 when their daughter, Katie (Shipley ’21), enrolled in Pre-K. Their son, Kyle (Shipley ’24), enrolled in Pre-K in 2010. Melissa is a very active parent volunteer, co-chairing the Annual Fund and previously co-chairing the Shipley Auction. Melissa has volunteered with the Leadership Council of the Annual Fund, the Spring Auction, Secret Gardens, and for Shipley Shops. She is an Admissions Parent Ambassador and regularly a Lower and Middle School Grade Coordinator. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Melissa previously worked for Johnson & Johnson for 23 years as Director of Marketing for McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Ethicon Endo Surgery. She worked to develop collaboration and unity within marketing at both companies to make J&J an inviting and challenging place to work where creativity and risk-taking are valued. Melissa believes Shipley exemplifies what she strived to do while working at J&J.
Betsy Hastings Block ’83
Betsy has been a member of Shipley’s Development Office since she joined Shipley as a colleague in 2009 and she currently serves as the Associate Director of Development. Her ties to the school date back to 1970 when she joined Shipley as a Kindergartener and she has been an active volunteer, both for her class and for the alumni body at large. She served on the Alumni Board from 2006-2013, and in her role as President, served on Shipley’s Board of Trustees from 2007-2009. A graduate of Amherst College, Betsy and her husband, Luke, have two sons: Davis (Shipley ’19) and Rory (Shipley ’22). Betsy has served in fundraising capacities for Amherst College, Springside School, The Hill School, and the Willistown Conservation Trust. She volunteers for the Cardiac Center at CHOP, serves as a peer counselor for the Adult Congenital Heart Association, and is a board member at Appleford.
Eric T. Bradlow
Eric is the K.P. Chao Professor, Professor of Marketing, Statistics, Education and Economics, Chairperson of the Wharton Marketing Department and Co-Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, an A.M. in Mathematical Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from Harvard University. Eric joined the Wharton faculty in 1996. He was recently named one of eight inaugural University of Pennsylvania Fellows, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the American Education Research Association, a Fellow of the Wharton Risk Center, and a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. His academic research interests include Bayesian modeling, statistical computing, and developing new methodology for unique data structures with application to business problems, education and psychometrics, and health outcomes. Eric and his wife, Laura (co-chair of the 2008 Shipley Shops and an active volunteer), have three sons: Ethan (Shipley ’15), Zachary (Shipley ’18), and Benjamin (Shipley ’24).
Mimi Keller Drake ’86
Mimi is the President of Permit Capital Advisors, LLC, an independent investment advisory firm in West Conshohocken, PA. Prior to Permit Capital Advisors, Mimi was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Defiance Asset Management, LLC, an equity hedge fund. Mimi received her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Economics from Trinity College. She attended Harvard University's Radcliffe Publishing Course in 1990 and spent three years in magazine publishing prior to attending Wharton. Mimi is Chair of the Board of Directors of 100 Women in Hedge Funds Association and Foundation, a 10,000-member global organization. Mimi served as a Board member and former Chair of the Board of Directors of 100 Women in Finance Association and Foundation, a 15,000-member global organization. She also serves on the Board of the American Friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Episcopal Community Services and Verus LLC. Mimi graduated from Shipley in 1986. Mimi and her husband, Tom, have three children: Will (Shipley ’18), Tyler (Shipley ’20), and George (Shipley ’24).
Fred Fletcher is an active Shipley Trustee Emeritus who has been involved with the Shipley Board since 1991 (Board Chair from 1998-2002). He was a member of Shipley’s last Head Search Committee in 1990-1991. Fred grew up in Villanova and attended the Haverford Friends School and graduated from The Haverford School, Washington and Lee University, and Washington and Lee School of Law. In 2004, he received his Master’s degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple. Before his retirement in 2014, Fred was a partner in a Philadelphia law firm specializing in defense litigation in various civil matters. Fred’s sister, wife, and daughters are all graduates of Shipley.
Mike Hill and his wife, Alisa Giardinelli, joined the Shipley community in 2014 when they enrolled their daughter, Veronica (Shipley ’28), in Pre-K. Mike is the Director of Public Safety at Swarthmore College, a position he has held since 2012. For 25 years prior, he held a series of progressive roles in Bryn Mawr College's public safety department, including Director of Operations for Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. Mike's service to his field also includes serving on a number of external review teams at colleges and universities around the country. Mike is a strong advocate for community engagement and has created campus community training programs that focus on identity theft, alcohol education, sexual assault, and fire safety. He has also collaborated with the Montgomery County Victim Services to train students and officers on domestic violence hotline services and received the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County 2011 Matty Muir Award for his efforts. Mike is the President of the Campus Security Directors Association of the Delaware Valley and a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association, and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. Mike has a B.A. in Social Science from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Protection Professional through the American Society for Industrial Security. He is also a certified instructor in women's self-defense, nonviolent crisis intervention, and advanced threat assessment. After serving 25 years in the United States Army Reserve, including several years as a drill instructor, Mike retired in 2014 as a Chief Warrant Officer and is now the quartermaster for Memorial Post 7650 VFW.
Marjorie G. Katz
Marjie holds a B.A. in Sociology from Boston University and an M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She began her teaching career in the Oak Lane Day School’s second grade. This teaching experience led to a specialized reading and math teaching position in The Philadelphia School’s first through fourth grades. Ultimately, Marjie’s teaching career brought her to Merion Elementary School’s second grade in Lower Merion. In 2017, Marjie joined The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Board of Overseers. Marjie has been a constant presence at Shipley since 1999. As a Shipley mother, she has participated in almost every activity for which a parent can volunteer: Class Coordinator, Annual Giving Committee, Shipley Shops and the Shipley Auction. She is chair the Community Engagement committee of the Board and also the Head of the Parent Coordinators. Marjie and her husband, David, have three children: Sophie (Shipley ’13), Joshua (Shipley ’15), and Henry (Shipley ’19).
Thomas W. Nammack
Tom is the Headmaster of The Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) in Montclair, NJ. Prior to becoming Headmaster of MKA, Tom worked at Shipley, where he taught history and served as Dean of Students from 1988-1993 and Head of Upper School from 1993 to 2005. Tom has a Bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University and a Master’s of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Tom’s wife, Zandi, worked at Shipley in both teaching and administrative roles for 23 years. Their two children, Marion and Travers, attended Shipley from Pre-K to 6th and 7th grades, respectively. Tom and Zandi are honorary alumni of Shipley.
Lisa is an independent Strategic Consultant, with a focus on Life Science businesses. Prior to this, she was a Vice President at AstraZeneca responsible for the P&L delivery of a broad portfolio of products, including marketing, drug development, and life cycle management. Lisa also served as Vice President of Marketing Strategy for AstraZeneca, where she was responsible for leading all strategic and operational marketing functions. She currently serves on various boards, including public, private, for and not-for-profit businesses. Lisa received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Lisa and her husband, Doug, have two children: Adam (Shipley ’14), and Allison (Shipley ’16).
Jack is a Partner with LLR Partners, a private equity firm with more than $3.0 billion under management, where he co-leads the firm’s education and healthcare investments. Before joining LLR, Jack was a Principal at Sterling Partners, where he focused on healthcare and education investments. Previously, Jack was Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Corporate Development at Sylvan Learning. Jack earned his B.S. from the University of Maryland and his MBA from Wharton. Jack and his wife, Alisha, have two children who attend Shipley: Sam (‘27) and Barrett (‘29).
Adam B. Spector ’86
Adam first joined the Shipley Board in 1999 and served as its Chair from 2011 to 2017. Adam is the Managing Partner of Brandywine Global Investment Management, an institutional asset management firm with $75 billion under management from clients in over fifty countries. Before joining Brandywine Global in 1997, Adam was a director in the international investment management group for SEI Investments (1991-1997) and Managing Director for Ameritek Business Systems in Prague, Czechoslovakia (1990-1991). Adam also serves on the Board of the Children’s Literacy Initiative. He graduated from Shipley in 1986 and has a B.A. in Public Policy and Anthropology from Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Adam earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Adam and his wife Sylvia, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Shipley, have three children: Abigail (Shipley ’13), Jordan (Shipley ’14), and Evan (Shipley ’16).
Brooksley attended Duke University and graduated with a B.A. in Economics. She has a J.D. from Stanford University School of Law. Following law school, Brooksley practiced first at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, CA and then at Berra · Spence in San Mateo, CA. Although she gave up practice to raise her boys and move east, she continues with periodic contract assignments as an Of Counsel attorney. A committed member of the Shipley community, Brooksley has served in various roles over the years and is presently Chair of the Board. Brooksley is an active volunteer in youth soccer and also has also been active with Duke University Reunions, The West Hill School, The Phoebe Anna Thorne School, Haverford Friends School, and served on the Duke University Children’s Hospital Board of Advisors. She continues to be involved with her high school, Crystal Springs and Uplands Schools in Hillsborough, CA. Brooksley's two sons—Cameron (’14) and Austin (’17)—attended Shipley.
Search Committee Advisors
In addition to our search committee, we have appointed 4 advisors to support the work of the Search Committee. Each of these advisors is a current or past parent of students at Shipley as well as trustees. They bring exceptional expertise from their professional lives that greatly benefit the Search Committee.
, Former Trustee, P’13, P’19, President of Drexel University
, Current Trustee, Recent Parent, Dean of the College at Colby.
, Former Trustee, P’15, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Services, Cigna Corporation.
, Trustee, P’17, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art