Board of Trustees
Jennifer Stanley has served as President of The Robert Bowne Foundation's Board of Trustees since 2001. She is founder and director of Oxford Kids Camp in Oxford, MD; she also founded and continues to direct the Oxford Community Center's afterschool program. She currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Town Creek Foundation, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, and WINGS for Kids in Charleston, SC and she has served on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation board.
Suzanne C. Carothers
Suzanne C. Carothers is vice president of The Robert Bowne Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University. She previously served as professor in the Department of Education at City College. As adult literacy program director for the City of New York, Dr. Carothers coordinated a groundbreaking effort in the movement to provide literacy instruction for adults. She earned a Ph.D. from New York University in 1987.
As assistant executive director for community schools with the Children's Aid Society, Jane Quinn leads local and national work to forge effective long-term partnerships between public schools and other community resources. From 1993 to 1999, she served as program director with the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. Prior to that, she directed a national study of youth organizations for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which resulted in publication of a book entitled A Matter of Time: Risk and Opportunity in the Nonschool Hours. She has also worked for Girls Clubs of America; the Washington, DC, Health Department' and the Center for Population Options. She holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and has done post-graduate work at the Columbia School of Business Institute for Not-for-Profit Management. She joined the board of the Robert Bowne Foundation in 2004.
Susan W. Cummiskey
Susan W. Cummiskey is treasurer of The Robert Bowne Foundation Board. She has served as senior vice president, human resources, for Bowne & Co. since December 1998. Previous positions with Bowne & Co. include vice president, human resources, and director, human resources. Prior to joining Bowne, Ms. Cummiskey served as vice president, human resources, for the chemical group of Degussa Corporation.
Andrew S. Fisher
Andrew Fisher was named the first executive director of the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc., in 2000. The Fund supports programs promoting the development of blind and visually impaired people of all ages, together with programs that help people avoid vision loss. Primary focus is on the New York City area, but support also goes to eye care in the developing world. Dr. Fisher served as senior program officer at the Charles Hayden Foundation from 1996 to 2000; as program officer at the Wallace Foundation from 1990 to 1996; and as vice president for philanthropy at Chase Manhattan Bank from 1985 to 1990. Before his foundation career, Dr. Fisher taught for six years—first at independent schools and then part-time at the college level. He has also served on the boards on such nonprofits as: the Teachers' Network, the National Society for Internships and Experiential Education (NSEE), Youth Action Programs and Homes, and the Disabilities Funders' Network. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from Brandeis University in 1982 and in 1981 was awarded an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.
Trustee, Chair, Finance Committee
Mr. Lee is a Director with the Office of the Chief Operating Officer at American Capital, where he provides internal oversight of investment policies and controls in support of the firm's asset management strategy with $12B currently under management. Previously, he sourced and executed buyout and mezzanine transactions of middle market companies on behalf of the firm. Prior to joining American Capital, Mr. Lee was an attorney with the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, where his practice focused upon corporate transactions and securities law related matters. Mr. Lee received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University, J.D. with a concentration in Business Law from Cornell Law School, and a MBA from Columbia Business School.
Robert M. Stonehill, Ph.D.
Robert Stonehill, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer at Learning Point Associates, is responsible for managing the organization's portfolio of activities that promote high-quality afterschool and extended learning programs. Before joining Learning Point Associates in March 2007, Dr. Stonehill was the Deputy Director for Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Dr. Stonehill managed a $6.2 billion portfolio of programs and special initiatives that included providing high-quality afterschool enrichment through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. The 21st CCLC program, which Dr. Stonehill directed since its inception in 1997, provides more than $1 billion a year to support afterschool programs in high-need areas and was the winner of a 2002 Public Service Excellence Award. In earlier work at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Stonehill managed the regional educational laboratories and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), where he helped pioneer the use of the Internet as a way to reach practicing educators.
Cecilia Traugh, Ph.D.
Cecelia Traugh, Ph.D. is dean of the School of Education and the director of its Center for Urban Educators (CUE) at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus. Prior to LIU, in 1993, Dr. Traugh became the director of research and evaluation at the Institute for Literacy Studies at Lehman College at the City University of New York. There she began her school-based inquiry groups in schools in Manhattan and the Bronx, and developed an Institute-wide inquiry into the work of professional development. Since 1984 Dr. Traugh has been associated with the Prospect Center in North Bennington, Vermont as archive scholar (1984-1986), the president of the board of trustees for ten years, and the director of the Summer Institute for Descriptive Inquiry. The Prospect Center is a wide-ranging network of people interested in schools, learning and works. It is committed to observation and description as the ground for teaching and inquiry and includes an archive comprising longitudinal collections of the art, writing and other works by individual children that informs Prospect's view of children's growth over time. In 1979 Dr. Traugh became the associate dean of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Dakota. In addition, she has taught graduate courses in research methodology at the University of Pennsylvania.