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Bronxville School Foundation Begins Search for Executive Director; Peggy Williams to Retire after 16 Years of Service PDF Print Email


By Romy Coquillette, Vice Chair, the Bronxville School Foundation

Dec. 11, 2019: Peggy Benziger Williams has announced her plans to retire as the Executive Director of the Bronxville School Foundation (Foundation) after 16 years of dedicated service.

Peggy comments, "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Foundation. The school is a vital component of the Bronxville community, and the opportunity to help lead an organization that provides resources to enhance our students' education has been amazing. It has been a privilege to work towards a common goal with many talented and dedicated Foundation board members and school faculty. The Foundation has been involved with almost every major educational initiative of the school, and I am extremely proud of our accomplishments together."


Peggy Williams

Eddie Sulimirski, the Foundation Board Chair, adds, "Peggy has been a jewel to the Foundation and the Bronxville School for the past 16 years. As a BHS alum, parent of three alums and the Foundation Executive Director, Peggy has accumulated a wealth of Bronxville School history which is invaluable to our organization. In her tenure, Peggy has overseen the approval of 452 grants totalling $7.4 million, while maintaining excellent relationships with school faculty, board members and our generous donors. She has been an ardent champion of the Bronxville School and has left an indelible mark on our community."

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance quality education and sustain excellence in academics, arts, and athletics at the Bronxville School. Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $10 million to support facility design and renovation, faculty training and professional development, state of the art technology and equipment, and pilot programs and new curricula. The impact of these grants is felt by each student across the school, every year, and through the years.

The search for a new Executive Director is being initiated. The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the Foundation in order to successfully achieve the organization's mission. To be considered for the position, candidates should be able to demonstrate strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, and financial skills. Experience with not-for-profits and knowledge of the Bronxville School and our surrounding community is helpful.

A more detailed description outlining desired qualifications and job responsibilities for the position is posted on the organization's website.  Click here to go to the website. 

Interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to Romy Coquillette, chair of the Foundation board's search committee at CLOAKING by January 21, 2020.

Photos courtesy Bronxville School Foundation

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Bronxville School Has A Newly Renovated Middle and High School Library PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Dec. 11, 2019:  The Bronxville School celebrated the completion of its newly renovated middle and high school library during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 20.

The renovated space was designed to be conducive to collaboration and project-based learning among students. It features new carpeting and a glass wall along the corridor that provides a view into the space, as well as the restoration of the original woodwork and book casing. The project was entirely funded through the generous support of the PTA and the community’s fundraising efforts


During the ribbon cutting ceremony, PTA President Suzette Sands thanked the group of parent volunteers – Hilary Bluemreich, Suzanne Davis, Margaret Mager, Jill Pytosh and Lisa Rao – for their pivotal role in the project.

“The library is a wonderful open concept where tradition meets students’ current needs,” Sands said. “The space bustles with activity as teams of students use it to work on project-based and collaborative schoolwork.” 


Photos courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District

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The Bronxville School Foundation Launches Fall 2019 Campaign PDF Print Email


By Kristen Evans, VP Public Relations, The Bronxville School Foundation

Nov. 20, 2019:  The Bronxville School Foundation has kicked off its annual fall fundraising campaign. The Foundation raises funds to provide students with educational experiences beyond the scope of the school’s budget. Thanks to the generosity of the Bronxville community, the Foundation has, in recent years, been able to effectively double the discretionary resources of the Bronxville School. 

Beginning with the 2019 fundraising campaign and ending with the 2020 spring grant process, the Foundation will be awarding grants to administration, faculty, parent, and student grant applicants. In May 2019, $366,000 in carefully vetted grants were awarded. A majority of these grants have already been implemented and are having an immediate impact on our elementary, middle, and high school students.

The Foundation funded 26 innovative grants for programs and curriculum, professional development, equipment and materials, and facilities. These grants benefit every student K-12. According to Tom Wilson, Middle School Principal, “When I consider how innovation, collaboration, connection to the larger world and student empowerment have shaped our school and future, it is impossible to find an example that does not include the Bronxville School Foundation at its core.”

Every dollar raised by the Foundation is used to fund grants that reach each student and make a meaningful difference in the educational experience at the Bronxville School. The Foundation relies almost exclusively on its fall campaign for grant money. “It is this community’s tradition of generosity and commitment to quality education that allows us to transform innovative grant ideas into reality,” said Executive Director Peggy Williams.

For more information on the Fall 2019 campaign, or to make a donation, please contact Executive Director, Peggy Williams at (914) 395-0505 or

Photo courtesy of Simon Ramsey.




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Bronxville School Foundation Announces New Board Members PDF Print Email


By Kelly M. Dolan, Board Member Bronxville School Foundation

Nov 6, 2019: The Bronxville School Foundation kicks off its 29th year with three new board members as well as a new slate of officers for the upcoming school year. Over the years, the nonprofit organization has given more than $10 million in grants to The Bronxville School to enhance the quality of education by funding new curriculum, technology, faculty training, facilities projects, and special materials and equipment.

Following are biographies of the new board members.

Giovanni Cutaia received a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  Gio currently works at Blackstone and is their Global Head of Asset Management for their real estate group.  Gio is a member of Colgate University’s Board of Trustees, Tuck’s MBA Council and a Board of Governor at The Real Estate Board of New York. 

Gio and his wife Maree moved to Bronxville in 2010 after living in London for over eight years. They have two children attending the Bronxville School. 

Mary Gay received a BS degree from the University of Richmond and an MBA from New York University.  Mary works at Arrowhead Investment Management, where she manages a private debt fund that invests in middle market securities.  Mary has been involved with the Bronxville community, since moving to Bronxville in 2007, having served on the RCNS Board, as a Sunday School teacher at Reformed Church and most recently serving as the Bronxville High School Council treasurer.  Mary and her husband, Bill, have two sons that are graduates of Bronxville High School and one son that is currently in the Bronxville Middle School. 

Lia Gravier (ex officio member, president-elect PTA) has lived in Bronxville since 2010. At the Bronxville School she has been a class parent and from 2013-2016 she coordinated the James E. Kearney Memorial Day Run for Fun. This year, she is co-chairing the BOLD Council as well as sitting on the PTA executive council. In addition, she has served on the Board of the Concordia Conservatory and served as the President of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library. Prior to having children Lia worked in the non-profit world as a publicist and graphic designer. For many years she managed the PR for the Museum of the City of New York and was the Publications Coordinator at the West-Side YMCA. Lia grew up in Rhode Island and received her BA in Philosophy and art history from Saint Anslem College. She and her husband Joe, have three children. A son and daughter who currently attend the Bronxville School and a daughter who graduated in 2018.

Lisa H. Sorensen (BHS, Class of 1980) received a BA from the College of Wooster in Wooster Ohio with a major in Art History. After graduating, she continued her studies at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC.  She worked as a photo editor at Irena Chalmers Books before starting her photography business, Lisa Sorensen Photography, where she has worked as a portrait and fine art photographer for the past 30 years. She also teaches private photography lessons to high school students. Lisa is the visual merchandiser and co-buyer for The Silk Road in Bronxville. She has served on the board of the Bereavement Center of Westchester and currently serves on the Maxwell Institute Advisory Board. She has served as a Deacon and chairman of the Pastoral and Congregational Care Council at the Reformed Church of Bronxville. She and her husband, Dan Johnson, have served as confirmation mentors to many of the eighth graders at the Bronxville School.

"We are very excited to welcome our new board members to the Foundation. They bring an exceptionally broad array of experience, talent and commitment to our board. We welcome them and look forward to working with them,” said newly elected chairperson Eddie Sulimirski. Formerly co-vice president of the grants committee, Eddie has been elected Chairman of the Board, replacing outgoing Chairman Romy Coquillette. Eddie joined the Foundation board in 2014. In addition to his work on grants, he also served on the finance and alumni committees.

The other directors and officers for 2019-20 are Romy Coquillette, Vice Chairman; Nancy Marshall, VP development; Eileen Casey Marshall, VP grants; Erin Krestinski, VP alumni affairs; Kristen Evans, VP public relations; Kelly M. Dolan, VP nominating; Vincent McBride, VP finance; John Kelty, VP legal; Jane Goodell, secretary; Peggy Benziger Williams, executive director. Returning board members are Lori BeecherBrian BodellRobert Crystal, Won Giuriceo, Joseph Hutchins, Christopher Krieg, Jennifer Lescott, Lansing Martinelli, Priscilla Newman, Robert O’Hare, Jr., David Outcalt, Ian Putnam and Tom Welling. Additional ex officio members include the superintendent of the Bronxville schools, Roy R. Montesano and Michael Finley, School Board representative. 

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about The Bronxville School Foundation, please contact Peggy Williams, executive director, at 395-0515 or any of the board members or visit  Donations also welcome!

Pictured here (L to R): Lisa Sorenson, Giovanni Cutaia and Mary Gay (not shown here: PTA vice president-elect Lia Gravier)

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School Foundation

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Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee to Host Annual Open Meeting on November 14 PDF Print Email


By Thomas Hansen, member, Non-Partisan Committee

Nov. 6, 2019:  Bronxville's Committee for Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees (NPC), will host its annual Open Meeting on November 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Public Library.  All members of the Bronxville community are invited to attend.

The School Superintendent Roy Montesano, President of the School Board Jonathan Akteson, and School Board Member Jack Bierwirth will discuss the top issues facing the school and board and will answer questions from the public.  Anticipated topics include: 

-An update on what's going well and what's not, and the upcoming Bond referendum.

-How does the board and administration decide to make changes to the curriculum?

What recent changes have been made?

-An update on the plans of the new head of security


-What are the board's transparency and feedback goals with the community? 

-How does the board get feedback from the community and share what they are focused on?

The Open Meeting traditionally marks the commencement of the NPC’s 2019-20 search for candidates to serve as Bronxville School Trustees. 

Anyone who is interested in contributing to a discussion of the most important issues facing the school and the qualifications and characteristics of school trustees should plan to attend.

About the NPC

The NPC was formed in 1936 to foster the election of Trustees of the Bronxville School on a non-partisan basis. 

The NPC, which consists of three elected representatives from each of Bronxville's seven election districts, solicits qualified residents who are interested in serving as School Trustee, and nominates a slate of candidates to run in the school district election each May.

To learn more, visit or follow us on Facebook (, Instagram @bronxvillenpc, and Twitter @bronxvillenpc.

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