Board of Trustees

Our world-class Board of Trustees is committed to helping Roycemore students succeed in and outside the classroom.

Our Board members voluntarily serve three-year terms in support of Roycemore School. Trustees provide fiduciary and strategic support as well as generative leadership. Together, the Head of School and the Board of Trustees ensure the school’s mission and vision is being pursued.

Trustees

  • Marisa de la Torre
  • Deborah Pergament '87
  • Thomas J. Ellis
  • Edith Eisner
  • Candace Risen
  • Mairead Reidy
  • Linda Reed '65
  • Bessie N. A. Mbadugha
  • Nicole Woodward Iliev
  • Dr. Terry Gdoutos ’05
  • Victoria Fromm
  • Aleksandra Egelja-Maruszewski
  • Dr. Anita Shah
  • Barry Praeuner
  • Brianna Sylver
  • Tim Costello
  • Michael D. Adams
  • Kevin Foote
  • Anthony Chambers
  • Kathleen Sheil Scheidt

Kathleen Sheil Scheidt

Chair

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Kathleen Sheil Scheidt is a partner in the Employee Benefits group at the law firm Ice Miller LLP. Her practice focuses on ERISA, Internal Revenue Code, and securities law compliance for compensation and benefits programs, Total Rewards strategy, equity-based incentive arrangements, executive compensation, and corporate governance. When Kathleen is not deciphering laws and regulations, she enjoys yoga, biking, reading, and gardening. Kathleen grew up on a farm in eastern Iowa, then attended college at the University of Notre Dame and law school at the University of Iowa. She and her husband, Karl, have twin sons in Upper School.

Nicole Woodward Iliev

Trustee

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Nicole Woodward Iliev is currently the Chief Operations Officer at the McGaw YMCA. She holds a master’s degree from the Stanford University School of Graduate Education. Nicole has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and Executive Director. Nicole was the Executive Director of Garfield Charter School in Redwood City, California, a community school serving grades PreK -8th, before returning to Evanston. She is also the founding Director of the University of Chicago Charter School, Donoghue Campus, a Pre-K through 5th grade school focused on creating educational equity.

Nicole’s son attended Roycemore from Pre-K through eighth grade.

Deborah Pergament '87

Trustee

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Deborah is an alumna of Roycemore School. She was the Distinguished Alumna in 2017. She is an attorney with Children’s Law Group, LLC. Deborah’s practice focuses on complex special education matters with a particular emphasis on representing children with cochlear implants, genetic disorders, and social-emotional disabilities. She has also taught special education law at DePaul University College of Law and disability law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Deborah credits her Roycemore education with instilling the importance of following Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “Do well by doing good.”

Thomas J. Ellis

Life Trustee

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Tom has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for more than 10 years. He has led the Board through the school’s acquisition and relocation of its campus to 1200 Davis Street, Head of School searches, and long-term strategic planning. Tom and his wife, Lynn, are the proud parents of two Roycemore “lifers” who continuously attended the school from pre-K through Grade 12. Tom works as the Director of Litigation for Nolan Law Group, a Chicago-based trial law firm, where he advocates for victims of aviation accidents and other catastrophic accidents. In addition to his volunteer work at Roycemore, Tom currently serves on the Development Committee for his independent school alma mater in St. Louis- Thomas Jefferson School and devotes other time to the Brain Injury Association of Illinois.

Edith Eisner

Life Trustee

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Edith served as a Latin and English teacher at Roycemore in 1956 and was an adviser to an award-winning yearbook staff for years. She also served as Roycemore’s Public Relations and Communications Coordinator and later the Director of Admissions. Mrs. Eisner retired from Roycemore in 1985 and in 1989 was elected to the Roycemore School Board of Trustees. She is the school’s longest-serving trustee, and after another 29 years as an active trustee, the board conferred Mrs. Eisner the status of Life Trustee.

Mrs. Eisner and her family have been steadfast benefactors of Roycemore through philanthropy and deed. Mrs. Eisner married the Chair of Roycemore’s Board of Trustees, Robert Eisner. Upon his passing, Mrs. Eisner established the Robert Eisner Distinguished Scholarship Program in his memory. This program provides students with tremendous benefits as it awards up to three new full-tuition scholarships annually to Roycemore students based on their academic achievement and outstanding leadership abilities.

Candace Risen

Trustee

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Candace Risen is new to the Evanston community, having moved here from Cleveland, Ohio in July 2020 to be near her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed a long and satisfying career as a social worker/ psychotherapist and Co-Director of the Center for Marital & Sexual Health. She remains on the faculty at the medical school of Case Western Reserve University where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She has always had a passion for teaching, mentoring, and supervising psychotherapy trainees, particularly in the areas of sexual/gender identity and professional ethics.

Candace is the proud grandmother of two students at Roycemore; one in Upper School and one in Middle School. Since arriving in Evanston, Candace has immersed herself in home renovations, baking, gardening, and spending time with family while waiting for the pandemic to lift so that she can venture out more into the community at large.

Mairead Reidy

Trustee

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Mairead and her husband Canice Prendergast live in Chicago and are the parents of two boys, the eldest a Roycemore Upper School student. Born and raised in Ireland, she received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy at Oxford University in England. Since moving to the U.S. she has spent her research career at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago working on state, federal, and international child well-being. Dr. Reidy is currently involved in a variety of refugee and food security programs in Chicago and beyond.

Linda Reed '65

Trustee

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Linda is an alumna of Roycemore School. Her legacy includes her sister ‘66, daughter ‘95, and 2 grandchildren who are current Roycemore students. Her various teaching experiences over the years reinforced her commitment to independent education and Roycemore School.

A retired Congressional government employee, she experienced the electoral and legislative process first hand. Her paralegal certification was helpful in her many years of immigration work. Linda served on the Board of Directors at Chicago Tube and Iron Company, a successful steel servicing business, for twenty years.

Much of her outside time was spent volunteering in various capacities such as with the Junior League of Evanston, the Northbrook United Methodist Church, and Glenbrook Hospital. Early retirement has allowed for more community involvement, travel, gardening, and time with family and friends.

Bessie N. A. Mbadugha

Trustee

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Bessie N. A. Mbadugha earned B.A.s in Chemistry and English at Lafayette College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Emory University. Her academic background includes a postdoctoral fellowship in the Drug Discovery Training Program at Northwestern University, and professorships at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to relocating to Skokie in 2019, she was a highly engaged community leader in Hillsborough, NC, serving on the boards of The Expedition School and The Orange County Historical Museum, advocating for local businesses as an Orange County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and leading numerous projects through grant-writing, fundraising and community organizing.

Bringing that same energy to the Roycemore School community, Dr. Mbadugha works on various committees including Admissions, Development, and the Scholarship Gala serves as the school’s Family Action Network liaison, and has organized many community-building events. Dr. Mbadugha lends her grant-writing skill to STEM School Evanston and is a member of the Evanston Reparations Education Subcommittee.

Bessie and her husband, Jason Keiper, have two students at Roycemore. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, writing, gardening, volunteering, museums, foreign and indie films, running, and being a lifelong learner.

Dr. Terry Gdoutos ’05

Trustee

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Dr. Terry Gdoutos is a Principal Research Scientist in Aerospace at Caltech. He studies and develops novel technologies for deployable solar arrays, antennas, and integrated sunlight collection and power beaming arrays, enabling spacecraft to collect solar energy in space and wirelessly beam it to Earth, the Moon, or other planets. Terry is currently leading a multi-disciplinary team of research scientists, engineers, and graduate students on the design, procurement, fabrication, and integration and testing activities for the development of DOLCE, an on-orbit 50 kg technology demonstration of an ultralight deployable structure and deployment mechanism for space-based power stations in Caltech’s Space Solar Power Project.

He received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics from Caltech and holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.

Anthony Chambers

Vice Chair

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Anthony Chambers, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Chief Academic Officer, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and a Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologist on staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Chambers is also the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies and is a Clinical Professor of Psychology. Dr. Chambers is also the 2016 President for the American Psychological Association’s Society for Couple and Family Psychology and the 2018-2019 President-elect for the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology. Dr. Chambers received his B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University, his M.A. & Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Chambers’ other main interest involves independent schools where he is an avid reader of all things surrounding private school education. Having graduated as a lifer (ages 3-18) from the illustrious University School of Milwaukee, he has experienced firsthand the benefits of receiving a private school education. His most proud achievement is that he has been happily married for 16 years and has a beautiful daughter! In his free time, he enjoys traveling, exercising, ESPN, movies, reruns of Seinfeld and West Wing, and family time.

Victoria Fromm

Trustee

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Victoria Fromm has spent more than 35 years advising enterprises and families on complex financial and banking matters. She is currently engaged in financial consulting. Victoria began her career at The First National Bank of Chicago and retired from its successor organization, JPMorgan, where she was a Managing Director responsible for leading a team of investment, fiduciary and banking professionals. Victoria is a graduate of Miami University and earned her Master of Business Administration from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. Her past board and volunteer affiliations revolve in education and youth, including Chicago Arts Partnership for Education, Girls Scouts Illinois Crossroads Council, Omni Youth Services and Wings. She is a proud parent of a 2020 Roycemore graduate, and a fervent believer in the power of education grounded in individual strengths.

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