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Ted Sharp, M.Ed., Interim Executive Director

Presently, Ted is serving as the Interim Executive Director of Learning Prep School, located in West Newton, Massachusetts. Prior to this he served as Interim Head of Beijing City International School. He earned an A.B. from Gettysburg College, majoring in American and Chinese History and earned his M.Ed. at Bridgewater State University in History and Educational Leadership. Ted engaged in advanced graduate study at Harvard University, concentrating his focus on Educational Leadership and Ethics. He has also received a Fellowship at Oxford University in the U.K. and at Cornell University.

Ted has been a Professor in the International Master’s Degree Program at Framingham State University for 18 years. This program offers the opportunity for expatriates and foreign nationals teaching in American International Schools to earn a Masters’ degree in Teaching or in Educational Leadership. The program has over 30 sites around the world. He has served as Headmaster of three independent schools, two international schools (Brazil & China), and was Superintendent of two public school systems. Ted served as Assistant Dean of the School of Education at Boston University and during that time chaired the Management Team for the Boston University/City of Chelsea Schools Partnership, the most comprehensive educational reform initiative to date in the United States.

Ted also served on the senior staff of former U.S. Secretary of Education, William Bennett as Executive Assistant, Deputy Undersecretary for Intergovernmental & Interagency Affairs where he had oversight responsibilities for the ten office of the U.S. Department of Education. He represented the Secretary of Education at events and meetings at home and abroad. He has served as a consultant on projects for the National Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as serving as a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation program at Montpelier, the former residence of President James Madison in Virginia.

Presently, Ted serves on the Board of Trustees of North Yarmouth Academy and the Maine Humanities Council. He has worked as a consultant with educators and education ministries in Europe and the Middle East. He has served as a consultant for the New England Association of Schools & College in the U.S. and Europe, focusing on the status of accredited schools.

Ted and his wife Sharon reside in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. They have three children and four grandchildren. In his leisure time he enjoys reading books on history and biographies, flower gardening, & travel.

Karen Kames, Board Chair

Karen A. Kames is a community volunteer, board member, and was previously a teacher and educational text book editor. Karen currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Boston Medical Center and is the chair of the Board of Trustees at The Learning Prep School in Newton MA. In addition to the board work at the BMC, Karen has been an active volunteer involved with patient communications programs in the ICU, curriculum development and early literacy at the Spark Center, resume building and tutoring at the Refugee Center and development of a new program called “Purposeful Parenting”. She worked on the Planned Parenthood Hotline from 2005 to 2012. Karen graduated with a BS in Early Childhood Education and Spanish from Connecticut College (1980) and earned a M.Ed from Lesley University (1983) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in learning disabilities from Massachusetts General Hospital (1985). She is fluent in Spanish. Karen was an elementary and high school teacher from 1980- 1988. She worked as a textbook editor at Houghton Mifflin (1987-1994) focused on elementary reading and writing and the first bilingual language arts programs for the states of California and Texas. Karen lives in Newton, MA, is married, and has three children.

Edward (Ted) Bunn

Ted Bunn is a Managing Director at CIBC Private Wealth Management’s Boston office, with more than 20 years of industry experience. In this role, his primary focus is comprehensive client service and fiduciary oversight for individual trusts, foundations and endowments. Ted also develops and implements investment strategies for high net worth families and individuals. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Ted served as head of the personal trust administration group at Scudder Trust Company and began his career as a trust officer and associate trust counsel at State Street Bank and Trust Company.

Ted currently serves as Chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation of New England. He is also active in his local community, serving on several boards, most recently on the Towns Finance Committee. Ted graduated with honors from Connecticut State University and earned a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

Ted’s daughter has attended LPS for several years and is currently in the 7th Grade. She has served on the student counsel and played on several of the school’s basketball teams. She participates in many after school activities and has had made countless friends during her time at LPS.

Christopher Busby

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.

Emily Derr

Emily is an attorney at Alkermes, Inc., a biotech company in Waltham. She works as Healthcare Counsel supporting the company’s legal and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Alkermes in 2019, Emily was an associate in the Litigation Department at Ropes & Gray in Boston. Emily received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a JD from Cornell Law School. She lives in Newton with her husband and two sons.

Zachary W. Heath

Zach is an attorney at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP in Boston. He works in the firm's Business Department where he advises private equity funds and their portfolio companies as well as emerging companies in mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, sales and other strategic transactions. Prior to law school, Zach was a corps member of Teach For America where he taught second grade at the Elm City College Preparatory School in New Haven, Connecticut. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University with a major in Classical Language and minors in Human and Organizational Development and Corporate Strategy and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law. Zach is a member of the Belmont Hill School corporation. He lives in South Boston with his wife, Lauren, and dog, Reagan.

Carol Kinlan

Carol leads the admissions effort for Perkins’ post-secondary programs. Additionally, she has deep expertise in the identification, interpretation and school support options for students with language-based learning, non-verbal learning disorders, and executive function challenges. Carol spent five years working for McMillan Education of Boston as an educational consultant. During her tenure there she placed students with learning, communication and other challenges in appropriate private schools and colleges. Prior to joining McMillan Education, Carol was Director of Learning Resources for the Middle School at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Learning Services Coordinator at the Dedham Country Day School in Dedham, Massachusetts. She has worked at The Institute for Learning and Development (ILD) in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she conducted neuropsychological assessments and tutored students with weaknesses in reading comprehension, written expression and executive function skills. She has done observerships at Landmark School’s Admissions Office in Beverly Farms and at Massachusetts General Hospital's Pediatric Neurology Department.

Carol holds a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Mind, Brain and Education Department with a focus on neurocognitive studies. She also holds a M.B.A. in marketing from Boston University and earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for The Fenn School and is a learning support advisor for The Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston.

Jennifer Motta

Jenn is the Chief Operations Officer of New England for Cigna Corporation. She also has dyslexia and knows “firsthand the struggles and benefits of having a brain that ‘operates’ differently.”  With a strong background in strategic planning and project management, Jenn has developed a career drawing on experience from the health care and financial services industries. Prior to her current position, she was the Vice President for Strategy and Business Implementation for the Individual and Family Plans and has held keys roles in marketing and new business development with Cigna. Though a resident of South Windsor, CT, she comes to Newton regularly, learned about Learning Prep, and was inspired by the mission of the school. As a member of the Board she hopes to “show students that are dyslexic or have complex learning disabilities that it is not a barrier to a happy and successful life.” Ms. Motta received a B.A. in Politics and Government from the University of Hartford and interned as a Research Assistant in Health and Human Services through the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, D.C.

William Pannella

William is currently Vice President, Director of both Financial Planning and Analysis and Financial Systems at Eaton Vance, a Boston-based investment manager where he has been for the past 14 years. He holds his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, his M.A. in Higher Education Administration and his M.Ed. in Evaluation, Research and Measurement from Boston College, and his M.S. in Finance from Brandeis University. Will, his family and their many dogs and cats reside in Portsmouth, NH.

Alan Pisano

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.

Anne Reenstierna

A seasoned educator, Anne has worked in independent schools for all of her career. She served as an English teacher, Admissions Director, and Head of School at the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, MA for three decades, introducing innovative pedagogical practices through involvement with the Coalition of Essential Schools; expanding school facilities with the addition of two new classroom buildings and an additional playing field; and increasing enrollment fourfold. Currently Anne is the Dean of Faculty and Academics at CATS Academy Boston, an international boarding school located in Braintree, MA, serving a population of 450 students from 40 countries. Anne has served on the boards of the Glen Urquhart School (Beverly Farms, MA), the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, Seeking Educators of Color, NEASC’s Commission on Independent Schools, and Wheaton College’s Commission on Coeducation. Anne lives with her husband and granddaughter in Newton.

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.

Board Committees

Finance Committee

Chris Busby, Chair

Will Pannella

Zach Heath

Karen Kames, Board Chair

Dave Morrissette, Chief Financial Officer

Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer

Ted Sharp, Executive Director

Institutional Advancement Committee

Anne Reenstierna, Chair

Carol Kinlan

Jen Motta

Jim Wilbur

Karen Kames, Board Chair

Ted Sharp, Executive Director

Dave Morrissette, Chief Financial Officer

Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer

Alex Magay, Director, Development & Alumni Relations

Korina Martin, Director of Admission/Marketing

Committee on Trustees

Alan Pisano, Chair

Karen Kames, Board Chair

Ted Bunn

Emily Derr

Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer

Ted Sharp, Executive Director

Learning Prep School provides an individualized language-based program to students with complex learning profiles, including dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder.

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