The Baldwin National Board of Advisors (NBA) hosted its Second Annual NBA Spring Tea on Saturday April 13, 2013. Events took place in six major metropolitan areas across the country on this date. All Baldwin alumnae were invited to attend one of these regional events. In addition to providing an opportunity for alumnae to gather and connect with NBA representatives and other alumnae in their region, these Spring Tea events encouraged communication among the Baldwin Alumnae community and between the alumnae and the National Board of Advisors.
The event featured:
- A nostalgic look back at historic photos celebrating each decade of Baldwin's 125 year history;
- A look at the alumnae online community and discussion of its many features and benefits;
- A discussion of regional events for your area;
- And the opportunity to connect and reconnect with Baldwin alumnae in your area.
NBA Spring Teas were held on the same day and time in the following Metropolitan Areas -- Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
A Call for Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted through May 15 for Baldwin’s National Board of Advisors (NBA). The NBA is comprised of Baldwin alumnae worldwide. NBA members serve as official ambassadors for the School in the areas in which they live. Since its creation, the NBA has played an active role in developing alumnae resources, providing internship and professional mentoring opportunities to current students and Baldwin graduates, and assisting with fundraising and social networking opportunities and regional events for alumnae.
Requirements for membership include attendance at the Annual Meeting, participation on an NBA Sub-Committee, and participation in The Baldwin School’s Annual Fund. Interested alumnae should contact Mary Pat Staats, Director of Alumnae Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
, (610) 525-2700, Ext. 268.
Among those attending the National Board of Advisors (NBA) fall meeting held Oct. 26-27 were: Row 1 (front): Maisha Smart '90, Kristen Dunseth Rodriguez '88 (NBA Chair), Peg Fritz Schneider '50, Amy Sobel '86 (NBA Vice-Chair), Elizabeth Yusem Fuerst '65; Row 2: Florence "Florry" Hubbard Lloyd '55, Heather Young '92. Melanie Sheerr '96, Margaret Schneider Maclay '77; Row 3: Jennie Silverstein '86, Annmarie Cappalonga Bunn '85, Weatherly Ralph Emans '93, Jennifer Porges '83, May Geggis Holgren '55. Also attending but not photographed: Steffie Wright Crowther ’68.
The 2012-13 National Board of Advisors
Kristen Dunseth Rodriguez '88, NBA Chair
Amy Sobel '86, NBA Vice Chair
Nominating and Membership Committee
Ann Cappalonga Bunn '85, Co-Chair
Melanie Sheerr '96, Co-Chair
Professional Resources Committee
Elizabeth Scott Breitner '98, Co-Chair
Karen Untereker '01, Co-Chair
Outreach and Regional Events Committee
Suzanne DiLenge Kraus '90, Co-Chair
Sara Scott '96, Co-Chair
Elizabeth Scott Breitner '98
Elizabeth Haakinson Breziner '60
Ann Cappalonga Bunn '85
Kathryn Buzby '05
Kate Collins '06
Lisa Duke Kennedy '83
Elizabeth Yusem Fuerst '65
Elizabeth Heilig ' 94
Maya Cameron Houston '87
Anne Classen Knutson '82
Suzanne DiLenge Kraus '90
Stephanie Romeika LaNasa '96
Margaret Schneider Maclay '77
Ellen Hanson '75
Courtney Piccone '92
Jennifer Porges '83
Mary Hoe Posner '64
Elizabeth Duall '91
Kristen Dunseth Rodriguez '88
Peg Fritz Schneider '50
Sara Scott '96
Emily Scott '00
Karen Sendler '90
Melanie Sheerr '96
Cathe Hetos Skefos '69
Maisha Smart '90
Amy Sobel '86
Kimberly Strauss '84
Karen Untereker '01
Heather Young '92
Jane Ellen Rosen '63, Recipient of the 2012 NBA Award.
The following remarks were shared by Head of School Sally M. Powell as she presented Jane Ellen Rosen '63 the Sixth National Board of Advisors Award (in absentia).
"Each year at this time, The National Board of Advisors bestows its prestigious award to one past or present member of the organization. The NBA Award was established to honor the service and leadership of an NBA volunteer to the group and to the Baldwin community at large.
This year, I am particularly pleased to announce that our recipient is Jane Ellen Rosen, Class of 1963. Unfortunately, Jane could not be with us today. Jane sends her greetings to all present and wishes to express her sincere appreciation for this honor. Plans are being made to present the award to her later this fall in her hometown of New York City.
Jane attended Baldwin as a boarder and has many great memories of her life as a boarder. Following her years at Baldwin she earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University. She has had a long and successful career in the financial world, having held positions at some of the world’s leading financial services firms including Lehman Brothers,
Jane is wonderful example of the "ideal" recipient for this award. Not only has she worked tirelessly on the NBA, having served three terms with her final two years as Chair, but she has also volunteered in numerous other capacities over the years. She has served as on her class reunion committees, this year as one of the three Alumnae Weekend Co-Chairs and a member of her 50threunion committee. Jane also currently serves as a member of the Baldwin School Board of Trustees.
There are many people in the Baldwin community who have been directly affected by Jane’s quiet generosity over the years. She has consistently supported our efforts to provide financial aid to many deserving students. She is an outstanding advocate for Baldwin and makes every effort to remain engaged and involved in Baldwin’s alumnae activities.
Therefore, on behalf of The National Board of Advisors, I would like to recognize Jane Ellen Rosen for her outstanding service to The Baldwin School by naming her the NBA Award Recipient for 2012. Congratulations, Jane."
Jane joins the following five previous recipients of the NBA Award include:
2007 Ruth Hochberger '68
2008 Deborah Benjamin '63
2009 Alice Tepper Marlin '62
2010 May Geggis Holgren '55
2011 Peg Fritz Schneider '50
The Fall General Meeting of the National Board of Advisors was held on campus, Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, 2012. At the reception on Friday night, Jane Ellen Rosen '63 was presented the 2012 NBA Alumnae Award (in absentia) for her outstanding volunteerism, leadership as NBA Chair (2009-2011) and service to the Baldwin community.
The following NBA Agenda details the discussion topics that were covered at the meeting:
NBA Fall 2012 General Meeting
Thursday, October 25
6 p.m. Dinner for members arriving early at the home of Peg Fritz Schneider ‘50
Friday, October 26
8:15 a.m. Visit to senior English class entitled "Love Stories." Diane Senior, English Department Chair. They will be working on Boccaccio.
9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10 a.m. Tour of Campus
11:30 a.m. Lunch in the Dining Room with students.
1:00 p.m. Session One: Welcome from Kristen Rodriguez ’88, NBA Chair
1:15 p.m. Session Two: Update from Sally M. Powell, Head of School
1:45 p.m. Session Three: Alumnae Survey, Ruth Hochberger ’68
2:45 p.m. Session Four: Update on the Reaccreditation Process , Mindy Hong, Assistant Head of School
3:15 p.m. Session Five: 125th Celebration, Update from Amanda Parlett ’95
3:45 p.m. Session Six: Update on Center for Performing Arts, Julie George-Carlson, Associate Director of Development
4:15 p.m. Group Photo
5:00 p.m. Cocktails and Heavy Hors d’ Oeuvres -- with members of the Administrative Team and Trustees.
Presentation of Sixth Annual NBA Alumnae Award and Recognition of Members Ending Terms
At Dark Homecoming Bonfire (optional)
Saturday, October 27
9:00 a.m. Homecoming Pancake Breakfast
9:45 a.m. Session Nine: Annual Fund Update
10:15 a.m. Small group discussions regarding the future of the NBA
11:15 a.m. Small group reports
11:45 a.m. Wrap up
Noon Junior Class Homecoming Cook-out
NBA Afternoon Tea in New York City
On Saturday, April 21 from 2-4 p.m., the NBA hosted an Afternoon Tea in five major metropolitan areas across the country. Baldwin alumnae within a reasonable distance of each event site were invited to attend.
Opting for these regional events instead of the traditional Spring General Membership meeting held on campus provided opportunities for a sharper focus on regional events and issues and encouraged a greater number of alumnae in the Baldwin community to participate.
The following NBA members hosted an Afternoon Tea in their homes:
- Boston: Weatherly Ralph Emans '93
- Los Angeles: Sara Scott '96
- New York City: Kristen Dunseth Rodriguez '88
- Washington, DC: Elizabeth Duall Regard '91
The NBA also gathered for an Afternoon Tea at Baldwin.
The events featured:
- A podcast on the current state of the school by Head of School, Sally M. Powell.
- A brief look at the new alumnae online directory and discussion of its future impact.
- A discussion of regional events.
- And, as always, the opportunity to connect and reconnect with Baldwin alumnae in your area.
For information about future NBA sponsored events, contact Mary Pat Staats, Director of Alumnae Relations, email@example.com
, 610-525-2700, Ext. 268.
The Fifth Annual
National Board of Advisors Award was presented to Margaret "Peg" Fritz Schneider '50 at the NBA luncheon on Friday, September 30, 2011. This award was created five years ago to honor a current or former member of the organization who has shown exceptional dedication to the NBA through their volunteerism, leadership and commitment, not only to the National Board of Advisors, but also to the Baldwin community as a whole.
Margaret, or "Peg" as she is fondly called, attended Baldwin for 13 years. She attended Wheaton College and Lenoir Rhyne College where she received her degree in Biology in 1954.
Peg is probably the best example of the "ideal" recipient for this award. Not only has she worked tirelessly on the NBA, and is currently serving her second term on the Board, but she has also volunteered in numerous other capacities over the years. She has served as a class agent for the annual giving fund, as a member of The Board of Trustees, and as Vice President of The Alumnae Association. She has dedicated multiple years of service as the class of 1950 reunion chair, and chaired the big one--her 50th Reunion--for which she spearheaded a fundraising effort that resulted in a total class gift in excess of $86,000. Most recently, Peg chaired the Major Gifts Committee for the Boldly Baldwin Campaign, helping to raise substantial funds to support the school's New Athletic Center, endowment and financial aid.
It is quite notable that Peg has also volunteered in the community at large. Peg never goes at a task in a small way. She was one of three volunteer coordinators for the Episcopal Church's national general convention. This was no small feat--the convention required over--1800 volunteers! In addition, Peg has supported the Children's Aid Society of Pennsylvania, the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, The Main Line Health System, the Pennsylvania Acadamy of the Fine Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine,
Peg's legacy at Baldwin runs deep: her mother, Margaret Fritz, was a member of the class of 1927, her two aunts, Eleanor Matheson and Frances Brodie, graduated from Baldwin, her cousins Carolyn Hirsch graduated in 1954 and Anne Matheson Dewey graduated in 1952, and Peg's beloved daughter, Margaret Schneider Maclay, graduated in 1977.
As anyone who has worked with Peg will tell you, she is a woman of substance, of purpose and of generosity. Peg has always been available for friends, family and the institutions she loves, whenever the need arises. If we could all aspire to commit ourselves to our community, or friends and our schools in the way that Peg has, the world would be a better place--indeed--it is a better place because of the efforts of one Margaret Fritz Schneider.
HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL BOARD OF ADVISORS
The National Board of Advisors was created in November 1990 by a resolution passed by the Board of Trustees. The wording of the Resolution was deliberately left vague so the Board’s governance group, the Steering Committee, would have the latitude to interpret the mission and purpose of the Board as they saw fit in order to make it an organization both useful to the school and meaningful to its members.
The nine founding mothers of the NBA’s Steering Committee (Deb Benjamin ’63, chair, Amy Lubart Breslow ’77, Virginia Sullivan Carry ’64, Sara Wheeler Forster ’61, Farrah Griffin ’81, Ruth Sadler ’68, Vivienne Lee ’64, Ann McClenahan ’70 and Louise Ward ’60) defined the purpose of the organization as follows. To develop a strong national and international network of Baldwin alumnae to support the School’s commitment to be a premier educational institution for a diverse group of young women, and to provide alumnae with the opportunity to continue giving and growing as educated women.
The National Board of Advisors is comprised of alumnae of The Baldwin School who live all across The United States and abroad. The number of advisors serving on the board averages at 50 members. Candidates are chosen from geographic areas having significant alumnae populations. Members are also chosen for specific talents and contributions they bring to the board. Members of the NBA are asked each year to nominate individuals they feel would be good candidates to serve on the board. The Executive Committee, made up of a sufficient number of members of the NBA, the Alumnae Director and the Director of Institutional Advancement, is responsible for approving the final slate.
There are currently 50 members of the NBA from across the country and around the world representing a broad cross section of ages, careers, life styles, and interests. Reflecting the geographic distribution of Baldwin alumnae, there are significant numbers of advisors representing the Boston area, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Other areas served by NBA members include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois and Oklahoma. Internationally, there is an NBA member living in the United Kingdom.
Role of Advisors
Since its creation, the NBA has hosted scores of “friend raisers” for alumnae across the country. NBA members serve as official ambassadors for the school in the areas they live. In addition, the NBA plays an active role in fund-raising for the school. Advisors frequently serve as leaders in helping to organize reunion fundraising efforts. They were instrumental in the success of the alumna portion of the recent Celebrate Baldwin Campaign. Currently, the membership includes a core group of fundraisers that are playing an instrumental role in reaching the hopes and dreams of Baldwin as we move into the 21st century.
Over the years advisors have served as a resource for students providing internships for seniors and mentoring opportunities through Career Day. Moreover, advisors are sometimes asked to be speakers at school assemblies or discussion leaders for club meetings. We look forward to reaching out to alumnae across the country to educate and excite them about Baldwin today. Members of the NBA play a vital and effective role in the school’s outreach initiative to alumnae.
In Spring of 2010, the National Board of Advisors created three Standing Committees dedicated to Outreach and Regional Events, Membership and Nominating and Professional Resources. When appropriate, the NBA may create a task force committee to address specific issues as they arise.
Requirements for membership include participation in the Baldwin School’s Annual Fund, attendance at one of the two meetings held each year at Baldwin and membership on an NBA Sub-Committee. Total membership will be capped at 50 members, to ensure that members are active participants in the organization.