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

Aleksandra Egelja-Maruszewski

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Aleksandra Egelja-Maruszewski is Vice President, North America, Ansys Customer Excellence at ANSYS, Inc. She received a Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. She and her husband, Joe, have two sons. One is currently in the Upper School and the other is a Roycemore alum currently attending Northwestern.

Dr. Anita Shah

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Dr. Anita Shah is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician at Northwest Pulmonary Associates in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois. She was commissioned into the United States Army after her first year of medical school and completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the National Capital Consortium Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington D.C.

After graduation, she deployed to a trauma hospital in southern Afghanistan for 6 months, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as a pulmonary critical physician and the medical director of the intensive care unit. Dr. Shah completed 11 years of active duty service and moved back to Chicago in 2016.

She is currently a partner in her medical practice at Northwest Pulmonary Associates. She is a member of the Health and Safety Taskforce that helped navigate Roycemore through the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Shah and her husband, Jeffrey, have two children at Roycemore. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, snowboarding, traveling, and shopping.

Barry Praeuner

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Barry is a Retail and Multi-Site Sector Project Manager with CBRE, a commercial real estate services, and investment firm. He provides on-site representation for his clients to deliver new and remodel construction projects. Prior to working at CBRE, Barry worked in the architectural profession for 17 years, working on everything from small retail remodel projects to multi-family residential high-rises.

He has served and will continue to serve on the Roycemore Facilities Committee along with a team of other volunteers who help address current building and future infrastructure challenges. He is also the proud parent of twin Roycemore middle school students. If there is free time, he enjoys watching movies, riding bikes along the lakefront, traveling, and family time.

Brianna Sylver

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Brianna Sylver is the founder and president of Sylver Consulting, an international innovation research and strategy firm operating at the intersection of Market Research (MR), User Experience/Design (UX), and Strategy. Brianna and the team at Sylver support Fortune 1,000 organizations and city governments to confidently embrace change and future-proof their offerings by illuminating the clear and focused paths to future growth.

Brianna has gained recognition for her contributions to the fields of innovation, Design Thinking, UX and consumer insights by the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA), HSM Management (Brazil), and the Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA). She writes and speaks on topics such as the integration of UX and MR, innovation culture and transformation, civic and social innovation, blended hybrid research methodologies, and entrepreneurship.

Brianna holds a BFA in communication design from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in human-centered communication design and design strategy (MDES) from the Institute of Design at IIT.

Brianna’s daughter Livia joined the Roycemore community in August of 2020 as a 3rd grader.

Tim Costello

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Tim Costello has over 20 years of experience in education, having served as a teacher, Vice Principal, Division Head, and Head of School. Upon graduation from Villanova University with a degree in business administration, Tim participated in a volunteer program, placing recent college graduates in inner-city schools. He taught fifth grade in California while earning a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from the University of San Francisco. During his final two years in the Bay Area, Tim assumed the role of vice-principal in addition to his teaching responsibilities. He then moved to Seattle to teach fifth grade at an independent school for gifted students for four years. Tim was then named founding middle school head at Open Window School in Bellevue, WA. After Washington, Tim was named the 7th Head of School for the Science & Arts Academy in Chicago. Tim is active in the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and is a member of the Illinois Collation for Non-Public Schools. He also serves on the board of the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools.

Tim is an avid sports fan, especially of all four professional teams from Philadelphia, where he was born and raised, as well as Villanova basketball. He has warmed up to embracing the Cubs as his second favorite baseball team. Tim enjoys traveling, with a special fondness for road trips and visits to national parks with his wife Ana and four children.

Michael D. Adams

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Michael Adams is a partner at Mayer Brown in the Chicago office and co-leader of the Global Management & Internet practice and has over 20 years of experience in practicing intellectual property law. He represents clients in a wide range of IP matters, including trademark litigation and Trademark Trial and Appeal proceedings; national and international advertising campaigns; international brand management including trademark clearance, filing, prosecution, maintenance, and portfolio management. Michael received his B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Illinois State University and graduated from DePaul University College of Law.

Michael is the proud parent of two amazing children at Roycemore in the Lower School who are thriving in Roycemore’s nurturing, supportive, and progressive environment.

Kevin Foote

Treasurer

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Kevin Foote is a former equities and derivatives trader with Goldman Sachs and the Hull Group, later co-managing an independent trading firm of his own. His focus has always been on managing people and situations with a clear statistical research discipline and establishing formal processes to ensure future success. He now devotes his time to a real estate investment business that he founded in 2011, parenting his teen, and serving in various nonprofit leadership capacities. Kevin has a history of work with youth-oriented philanthropic ventures including the Adoption Center of Illinois, Children’s Research Triangle, the Nettelhorst School, and the Chicago Yacht Club. He holds a degree in economics from Colgate University (1989) and lives in Chicago with his wife Diane, and their son Steven, a proud Roycemore student in the upper school.

Marisa de la Torre

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Marisa de la Torre is a senior research associate at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Her work focuses on the public schools in Chicago. Her research interests include urban school reform, school choice, early indicators of school success, and English learners. Before joining the Consortium, Marisa worked for the Chicago Public Schools in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Accountability.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, making puzzles, reading, and watching Star Trek episodes. Marisa grew up in Madrid, Spain, later moved to Evanston, and got a degree from Northwestern University. Her daughter, Ela, attended high school at Roycemore and graduated in 2021.

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