The Board of Trustees is the governing body of The Willow School. The board includes current Willow parents, alumni parents, and members of the community.
2018-2019 Board of Trustees
David Wolfe, Chair
David is a Managing Partner at Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C, in Livingston and is an expert on commercial property tax matters. A graduate of Cornell University and New York University Law School, David lives in Bernardsville with his wife, Dominique. Their three school-aged children are enrolled at Willow, and the Wolfes are actively involved with the school. David joined the Board in 2017.
Kamran Rafieyan, Vice Chair and Treasurer
Kamran has been on the Willow Board of Trustees since 2015 and an officer since 2016. Kamran and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters in Middle School and are actively involved in the school community. Kamran has a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley. Kamran has spent his career in Technology and Finance, with a focus on startups.
Leslie Plumeri, Secretary
Leslie has a background in psychology, counseling and wilderness programs. Leslie joined the Board in 2018. The parent of three Lower School children, Leslie appreciates Willow’s use of the outdoors for learning as well as the school’s attention to the academic, social and character development of each child. Leslie and her family live in Chester.
Pearl Johnson, Co-Founder
Pearl founded The Willow School in 2000 and has held several leadership positions at the school since that time. Prior to Willow, she taught at the Pennington School in New Jersey and at the Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, California. Pearl holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Glenn founded G.S. Likus Design Build in 1997. An active member of his community, Glenn has served on three other local not-for-profit boards. He and his wife reside in Tewksbury, and their daughter attends Willow in the Lower School.
A leader in in the consulting and insurance industry, Macaire joined the Board in 2018. With degrees in both Classical Studies and Mathematics & Statistics, Macaire appreciates Willow’s emphasis on systems thinking and development of the whole child. Macaire is the parent of a Willow graduate. Macaire and her family recently moved from New Vernon to Seattle, Washington, where she accepted the position of West Market CEO at Mercer.
Suzanne helped author Willow’s most recent Strategic Plan and joined the Board in 2017. Suzanne received her MBA from Northwestern University and subsequently spent her career at Chubb in Marketing and Strategy roles in various locations in the US and Canada. Suzanne appreciates Willow’s whole child approach and emphasis on systems thinking and public speaking. Suzanne and her husband Roger currently live in Bridgewater with their daughter, who graduated Willow in 2018.
Ben spent the early years of his career in mountain sports, utilizing trails, climbs, and rivers as non-traditional classrooms. This was followed by several years as a software developer for Software House International. For over a decade since then, Ben has been employed in education, at Far Hills Country Day School and, more recently, Fusion Academy. He studied Early Childhood/Elementary Education at Rutgers University GSE, Montessori at Princeton Center for Teacher Education, Reggio Amelia with both Cadwell Collaborative and NJEEPRE, and Sustainability with both The Cloud Institute and Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives.
Pearl Johnson & Mark Biedron
Pearl holds a B.A. in English and American literature from Brown University, and a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital. She taught at the Pennington School in New Jersey and at the Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, California. Pearl has also worked as a private tutor, specializing in language and learning disabilities. Prior to enrolling at Brown, she attended Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, The Peck School in Morristown, and The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.
Mark earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and attended graduate school at the University of Colorado where he studied business administration. He began his business career in 1975, when he joined the family business, Con-Lux Coatings, Inc., a manufacturer of low VOC paints and coatings. After the company was sold to Sherwin Williams in 1995, he founded Solid Wood Construction, LLC, a general contracting company, specializing in green construction and historic renovation. Solid Wood Construction served as the general contractor/construction manager for both of Willow’s LEED certified classroom buildings and for the Living Building Certified Health Wellness and Nutrition Center. Mark also founded Sustainable Growth Technologies, a green building and design consulting company.
In 2011, Mark was appointed by Governor Christie to the New Jersey State Board of Education, serving six years on the board and as President of the Board, during his last three years. In November 2017, Mark was appointed by Governor Murphy to be Co-Chair of the Governor’s Education, Access and Opportunity Transition Committee and since 2015, has also served as the Co-Chair of the NJ Juvenile Justice School/Justice Partnership Task Force.