Meet Our Trustees

Exeter is fortunate to have a dedicated body of alumni volunteers, with diverse and expert backgrounds, to oversee the administration of the school and the management of its financial and physical resources.

There are 20 Trustees, and the group consists of the principal, who is appointed by the Trustees and serves as a member for the duration of her tenure; 18 term trustees, who serve one or two five-year appointments; and the president and two vice presidents of the General Alumni Association (GAA), who are elected by that association’s board of directors. These GAA-elected trustees serve one or two terms of two years.

Our current Trustees share a passion for Exeter’s mission, a belief in the potential for transformation and discovery within all of our students, and a vision for Exeter’s ongoing excellence and leadership in secondary school education.


Wole C. Coaxum '88

Larchmont, NY
Trustee since 2012
President, GAA
Committees: Budget & Finance, Executive Committee, Institutional Advancement (Chair)

Education: B.A., Williams College; MBA, New York University
Occupation: Founder and CEO, Mobility Capital Finance, Inc.


Marc C. de la Bruyere

Marc C. de La Bruyère '77; P'09, P'18

Edmonton, Canada; New York, NY
Trustee since 2009
Vice President of the Trustees
Committees: Budget & Finance, Buildings & Grounds, Committee on Trustees (Chair), Executive Committee

Education: B.A., Williams College; MBA, INSEAD
Occupation: Managing Director, Maclab Enterprises


Walter A. Donovan '81

Boston, MA
Trustee since 2010
Committees: Budget & Finance, Committee on Trustees, Investment

Education: B.A., Amherst


John A. Downer '75; P'06, P'06, P'07

Stamford, CT
Trustee since 2006
Committees: Audit (ex officio), Budget & Finance (Chair), Buildings & Grounds, Executive Committee, Investment

Education: B.A., J.D., MBA, Harvard
Occupation: Director, Private Equity, Oak Investment Partners


Mark E. Edwards '78; P'12, P'14

Boston, MA
Trustee since 2012
Committees: Budget & Finance, Education & Appointments, Executive Committee

Education: B.A., Harvard
Occupation: Co-founder, Upstream


David E. Goel

David E. Goel '89

Weston, MA
Trustee since 2013
Committees: Information Technology (Co-chair)

Education: B.A., Harvard
Occupation: Managing Member, Matrix Capital Management


Jacqueline J. "Jackie" Hayes '85

Los Angeles, CA
Trustee since 2016
Vice President, GAA
Committees: Audit, Buildings & Grounds

Education: B.A., J.D., Harvard
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel in Legal and Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.


Jennifer P. Holleran '86

Portola Valley, CA
Trustee since 2011
Committees: Committee on Trustees, Education & Appointments, Institutional Advancement

Education: B.A. and M.Ed., Harvard; MBA, Yale
Occupation: Educational Consultant


Lisa MacFarlane P'09, P'13

Exeter, NH
Trustee since 2015
Committees: Executive, Committee on Trustees

Education: B.A., Princeton; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Michigan
Occupation: Principal Instructor and Instructor of English, Phillips Exeter Academy


Sally Jutabha Michaels '82; P'12, P'14, P'17, P'19

Bangkok, Thailand
Trustee since 2015
Committees: Buildings & Grounds, Education & Appointments, Institutional Advancement

Education: A.B., Stanford; MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Occupation: Executive Officer, GMS Power Public Co., Ltd.


Deidre G. O'Byrne '84; P'18

Kensington, NH
Trustee since 2014
Committees: Audit (Chair), Executive Committee, Institutional Advancement

Education: A.B., Princeton; M.A., Yale; J.D., Columbia University School of Law
Occupation: General Counsel


Eunice Johnson Panetta

Eunice "Nicie" Johnson Panetta '84

Manchester, MA
Trustee since 2005
President of the Trustees
Committees: Executive Committee (Chair)

Education: B.A., Harvard; MBA, Babson College
Occupation: Private Investor


Kerry Landreth Reed '91

San Francisco, CA
Trustee since 2013
Committees: Education & Appointments, Institutional Advancement

Education: B.A., Stanford
Occupation: Managing Director, Goldman Sachs


Nina D. Russell '82

Seattle, WA
Trustee since 2009
Committees: Education & Appointments (Chair), Executive Committee, Institutional Advancement

Education: B.A., Yale; M.D., Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Occupation: Deputy Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation HIV Vaccines Initiative


Peter M. "Scotch" Scocimara '82; P'16, P'18

Menlo Park, CA
Trustee since 2016
Committees: Education & Appointments, Information Technology

Education: B.A., Brown; MBA, Harvard
Occupation: Senior Director for Global Support, Google


Serena Wille Sides '89

Washington, DC
Trustee since 2016
Committees: Education & Appointments, Institutional Advancement

Education: B.A., UNC, Chapel Hill; J.D., Harvard; M.Div., Virginia Theological Seminary
Occupation: Episcopal Priest


J. Douglas "Doug" Smith '83

Los Angeles, CA
Trustee since 2009
Committees: Buildings & Grounds (Chair), Education & Appointments, Executive Committee, Institutional Advancement

Education: B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia
Occupation: Professor and Author


Morgan C.W. Sze '83

Hong Kong
Trustee since 2012
Committees: Budget & Finance, Investment

Education: B.A., Cornell; MBA, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
Occupation: Chief Investment Officer, Azentus Capital


Remy White Trafelet '88

New York, NY
Trustee since 2007
Committees: Institutional Advancement, Investment (Chair)

Education: B.A., Dartmouth
Occupation: Founder and Managing Partner, Trafelet Brokaw & Co., LLC


Nancy H. Wilder '75

Chicago, IL
Trustee since 2016
Vice President, GAA
Committees: Audit, Education & Appointments

Education: A.B., Dartmouth; J.D., University of Notre Dame
Occupation: Senior Consultant, Sexual Misconduct Consulting and Investigations Division, T&M Protection Resources