Welcome to Trustees

SYA is pleased to announce the addition of six new trustees to its governing body. Each brings a passion for and a high level of commitment to the SYA mission along with their fellow board members.

Allison Temple Bacon ES’81

Allison is an alumna of SYA Spain and Stephen F. Austin High School (TX). She graduated Georgetown University with a degree in marketing and Spanish. She has lived in Chicago since 1989, working in both advertising and the culinary arts before staying home to raise her two children. Since 1999, she has been a member of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Women’s Board. In 2011, Allison co-founded Impact Grants Chicago, a collective women’s giving organization that funds $100,000 grants to the local non-profit community.

Sheila Culbert, Head of School and President of the Loomis Institute

In July 2008, the Loomis Chaffee Trustees appointed Sheila as the seventh head of school and president of The Loomis Institute. Having grown up in a family of nine and having attended boarding school in Belgium, Sheila has always loved the hustle and bustle of communal living and learning. A civil war historian, an ardent gardener, and an avid reader, Sheila is passionate about education and the importance of developing in students a love of learning and an acceptance of the responsibilities that come with privilege. Sheila received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and PhD from Indiana University. After six years teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy, Sheila moved to Dartmouth where she taught history, developed a course on the American Civil War (that she now teaches to Loomis Chaffee seniors) and worked in the administration. She also served as the chief of staff to the president of the college and as the interim vice president for communications.

Annabelle Brown Fowlkes FR’90

After attending School Year Abroad in Rennes, Annabelle studied International Relations and Economics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She returned to Europe to spend her junior year at the School for Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. Upon graduation from JHU, Annabelle worked in Business Development at Sotheby’s in New York. Annabelle attended the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her MBA in 1999. She spent three years with Circline, an Internet start-up, which created a centralized market place for fine art and antiques. When Circline was sold to 1st Dibs, Annabelle joined Arader Galleries, which specializes in the sale of antique maps and engravings. Annabelle lives in New York City with her husband and two children. She is involved in the management of her family’s business in Midland, Texas and returns home often to see family. She has been involved in a variety of volunteer capacities at both her children’s schools.

Gregory Crowe Lewis ES’81

For 15 years prior to retiring in October 2016, Greg was a management consultant and partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked in their Health Systems and Services and Public Sector Practices. His year in Spain led to a life-long passion for Spanish/Catalan culture and cuisine and the pursuit of international education. He is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College, where he studied Russian and Soviet history and computer science. Greg received his MBA in 2001 from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and has a passion for developing inspirational leaders in business. 

Holland Goss Lynch FR’86

Holland is an alumna of SYA France, The Hotchkiss School and received a B.S. in French Literature from Georgetown University. After Georgetown, she attended the University of Maryland where she earned master’s degrees in library science and Medieval history. A former research curator and coordinator in the exhibitions program at the New York Public Library, her first role there was as research curator for an exhibition on Jean de La Fontaine, and her last major project was a joint exhibition with the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris entitled “Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World.” Since 2002, Holland has lived in San Francisco with her husband and three children. She has served on numerous boards focused on art and education, assisting with strategic planning, governance, facilities and development. Those boards include The Hamlin School, Calvary Nursery School, The Fishers Island Library Association and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She has been a committed volunteer for her children’s schools, primarily helping with their libraries and with fundraising.

Timothy Wolsey Pratt FR’09F FR'17P, Dean of College Advising and Director of Strategic Initiatives, St. Paul's School

As dean of college advising and director of strategic initiatives at St. Paul’s School, Tim is a member of the senior administrative team, heads an office of four college advisers, and oversees the development and implementation of various strategic initiatives at St. Paul’s School. After co-chairing the school-wide strategic planning process in 2012-13 that led to a comprehensive plan, A Vision for St. Paul’s School: Education Toward a Greater Good, Tim was named Director of Strategic Initiatives in 2017, helping to lead St. Paul’s through a school-wide needs assessment that was presented to the board of trustees in the spring of 2018. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Tim earned his bachelor’s in political science from Middlebury College, and his master’s in English from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. He joined the faculty of St. Paul's School in the fall of 1999, after teaching for one year at Hebron Academy and nine years at Tabor Academy. In 2008-09, he spent the year teaching English and serving as college counselor at SYA France. Over his nearly thirty years in secondary education, Tim has taught history, English, and humanities, and coached ice hockey, golf, soccer, baseball, and tennis. A former president of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association, he has also served as a strategic planning consultant to the Nichols School and led college office audit teams for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools.

Springing Into Capstones

No single class or activity captures the SYA experience quite like the capstone project. Not only does it provide students an opportunity to put their evolving skills to the test, it also gives them a chance to dive into a single topic that captures their imagination and interest.

May 16 Launch!

The United Nations headquarters will provide a grand backdrop for the launch of SYA’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign, The Campaign for SYA, on Thursday, May 16. 

Teacher and Translator

Raised by a consummate francophone, Sam Bloom FR’83 was destined to pursue French. His first year at the Taft School (CT) nurtured his intellectual curiosity in French language and culture, and when presented with an opportunity to attend SYA France as a junior, Sam was all in.

Will Travel for Wine

Six years ago, a friend invited Wanda Mann ES’89 to lunch with a prominent winemaker from Argentina. “It was the first time that I sat across the table from a winemaker and learned about their process and passion,” she said.