David W. Lightfoot, M.Ed., Executive Director
David Lightfoot has spent most of his twenty-six year career focused on the needs of students who struggle with learning issues. He is the former head of Baltimore Lab School in Baltimore, MD where he is credited with successfully separating Baltimore Lab School from the Lab School of Washington, developing its fundraising and admissions programs, as well as enhancing the school's reputation within the business community and among peer institutions. Previously, David was the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Pennington School in New Jersey where he introduced on-line services for parents and students, an academic honor code, and revised the curriculum to add course offerings reflecting principles of the 21st century learning. Mr. Lightfoot also developed a teacher-mentoring program with the support of the E.E. Ford foundation. He received his B.A. from Drew University and his M.Ed. from the College of New Jersey. He received his teacher certification in 1995 while teaching at The Newgrange School, a special education school in Hamilton, New Jersey. He and his wife Roxanne live in Marlborough.
Karen Kames, Board Chair
Karen currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Boston Medical Center. In addition to her board work at the BMC, Karen has been an active volunteer involved with the Autism Clinic, patient communications programs at the ICU, early literacy at the SPARK Center, and resume and tutoring support at the Refugee Center. Karen previously worked as an elementary and high school teacher and as a textbook editor at Houghton Mifflin. Karen graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Spanish from Connecticut College and earned a M.A. from Lesley College. Karen is a parent of a 2017 LPS graduate.
Andrew is the Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer of Ardent Partners, a boutique research and advisory firm that specializes in supply management. Prior to founding Ardent in 2010, Andrew spent a decade working in the supply management industry for a variety of companies including Ariba and the Aberdeen Group. Andrew has also worked in investment banking and management consulting. Andrew began his professional career working at a homeless family shelter in Los Angeles as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Andrew holds a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A from Indiana University. Andrew is married with two children, including one current student at LPS.
Christina practices law at Ropes & Gray LLP, where she assists hospitals and universities in the Boston area with health care compliance and transactional matters. Prior to practicing law at Ropes & Gray, she clerked for a Federal judge in Chicago, Illinois, where she worked predominantly on contract and employment disputes. Christina began her career at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston as the paralegal for the $14.6 billion Boston "Big Dig" investigation. She has volunteered at various non-profit organizations, including the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, and enjoys representing pro bono clients at Ropes & Gray on cases involving government sponsored housing and immigration issues. Christina has a B.S. in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Chris is a Partner at Great Hill Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. He is responsible for originating and executing investment opportunities in the business and technology-enabled services sectors. Prior to joining Great Hill in 2000, Chris was an analyst in the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan and an associate at GCC Investments. Chris received a BA in Political Science and History from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Chris is married and has three daughters.
Dr. Jeffrey Drayer
Jeff is a Licensed Psychologist and a practicing developmental neuropsychologist with his own practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Prior to operating his own practice, Jeff worked as a neuropsychologist for several years at a group practice in the Boston Metro area. Jeff completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship working with children and adolescents with a variety of profiles and disabilities. Within his own practice, he sees a variety of individuals generally between four years of age through young adulthood. Jeff obtained his bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences from Concordia College - Bronxville in New York and his master's degree at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Jeff is originally from Maryland and has resided in Massachusetts for over ten years with his wife and three young children.
Mark has worked for Koch Membrane Systems since 2000 and today serves the company as their Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining KMS Mark held number of engineering & technology leadership roles with engineering and constructions companies in South Africa and Canada. Since 2007, he has also served as Managing Director and Chairman of the board for KMS GmbH. After serving in the Navy, Mark received his NH in Civil Engineering in 1991 and his NHD in Water & Waste Water Civil Engineering in 1992 from the Port Elizabeth Technikon. As the VP/COO at KMS, Mark is responsible for all company operations including design, engineering, procurement, manufacturing, accounting, information technology, project management, as well as the global sales organization and P&L responsibility for the global Water and Wastewater markets. Mark is a parent of a current LPS student.
Chris is a Vice President at Loomis, Sayles & Company, a Boston-based investment management firm. He joined the firm in 2000 and began his investment career in 1990. Chris manages key client relationships with public and corporate pension plan sponsors as well as endowment and foundation trustees. He partners with the firm’s equity and fixed income portfolio managers to provide its institutional clients with unique perspectives on capital markets, investment process and strategy, portfolio positioning and performance analysis. Prior to Loomis Sayles, Chris held positions of progressive responsibility in relationship management, client service and marketing/media relations within the asset management and insurance industries. He earned a B.A. from Salem State University. Chris is a parent of a current LPS student.
Alan is a Partner and C.P.A. at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he has worked with Financial Services companies for the past 15 years. Alan has performed financial statement audits for some of the largest Asset Management firms in Boston, and has worked with clients on a variety of complex accounting issues. At PwC, Alan leads several initiatives related to business development, and services on key industry councils. He also helped lead several community service initiatives at PwC, including the Boston Office's involvement with the Pan-Mass Challenge. Alan earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at Boston College, and a Master's Degree in Accounting at Bentley University. Alan and his family live in Needham.
Faith D. Segal
An experienced civil litigation attorney and skilled negotiator, Faith has a unique background in special education. As past Chapter 766 Coordinator for Kennedy Memorial Hospital for Children (now Franciscan Hospital for Children), Faith was a member of the multidisciplinary team evaluating children and adolescents presenting language and learning challenges, emotional/behavioral challenges, traumatic head injury and/or brain disease. Representing the hospital at IEP meetings, mediations and hearings, as well as working with child advocates, led to Faith's decision to become a lawyer. Faith began her career as a reading specialist evaluating and providing therapy to inpatients, outpatients and students at the Kennedy Day School. She holds a B. S. from Cornell University, a M.S. in Reading Education from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
James S. Wilbur
Jim recently retired after 25 years as the Director of the Threshold Program at Lesley University. During his tenure all four Threshold buildings were gutted and retrofitted to become accessible to all. The residential Wilbur House received a preservation award from the City of Cambridge. Jim started his career as an undergraduate volunteering at a program for special needs adults in central Massachusetts, becoming Assistant Director after graduation. After moving to Boston he continued his volunteer work at the Walnut Center in Somerville until he joined Communities for People overseeing the treatment programs for thirty special needs adolescents, one of whom attended LPS before coming to Threshold. Jim earned a BSBA from Nichols College and M.Ed. from Cambridge College. He and his partner Tim live in Cambridge.
As Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the New England Aquarium, Jane has led an extensive re-positioning effort in print, broadcast and on the web highlighting the Aquarium’s role as a force for ocean conservation and environmental change. Before coming to the Aquarium, she spent nine years at Putnam Investments as a Senior Vice President, overseeing communications efforts for the retirement and International businesses. She spent a significant portion of her career in advertising. Jane also served as Development Director for the Federation for Children with Special Needs and is a parent of a 2017 LPS graduate. She has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.