About

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Cynthia Wainwright, President

Cynthia C. Wainwright is President of The Churchill School and Center as well as The Bridge, Inc., a citywide mental health agency. She also serves on the boards of Roundabout Theatre Company, the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the Historic House Trust of New York City.  

Cynthia retired as Deputy Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase in 2001. She was Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Chemical/Chase Manhattan banks from 1989 to 1998. She previously held a variety of other managerial positions at Chemical Bank.

From 1969 to 1979, Cynthia worked in New York City and State governments. Her last position was as deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction. 

Cynthia attended Sarah Lawrence College and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is married to Stephen Berger. Their daughter, Robin, graduated from Churchill in 2006.

Maryl Hosking, Secretary

Maryl is a homemaker and has a healing practice as a Reiki Master/Teacher. In addition to her volunteer work at both of her children’s schools, she has been an active participant in her husband’s medical foundation. She also has a passion for work involving women’s empowerment. Maryl has enjoyed a successful career in the arts, primarily as an Exhibition Coordinator, and has worked for several world class museums and art institutions. Her outside interests include mystical art and stand up paddle boarding. Maryl’s son Jarred attended Churchill until 2018.

John Lyons

John Lyons is a film editor and a New Yorker. Best known for his work with writer and director Ritesh Batra, John’s most recent project, PHOTOGRAPH, is again a collaboration with Ritesh. In addition to his work with Batra, John has cut the directorial debuts of actors-turned-directors, Paul Bettany and Meg Ryan. Bettany’s film, SHELTER, premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and stars Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie. Ryan’s film, ITHACA, reunited Ryan with long-time screen partner Tom Hanks. Other notable projects include Tom Kalin’s SAVAGE GRACE which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and stars Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne; DARE, director Adam Salky’s debut film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; and Boaz Yakin’s highly personal drama DEATH IN LOVE, starring Josh Lucas, Jacqueline Bisset, also at Sundance in 2008. In between his feature film work, Lyons has worked in television -- editing the American adaptation of the British cult series Skins for MTV. John is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville Maine and teaches film editing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. John’s son graduated from Churchill in 2018. 

Diana Stinehour

Diana Stinehour is a seasoned financial and administrative director who became a member of the Churchill Board of Trustees in 2014. In 2017, Diana joined the staff of Big Initiatives, an environmental not-for-profit organization focused on zero waste and climate change, where she works on strategy and financial matters. Previously, Diana worked for Time Warner in various media finance positions including building a shared services department in India and overseeing all technology spending. Prior to that she worked for the Washington Post Company. Diana is married to Craig Stinehour. Their daughter, Beatrice (class of 2025), started at Churchill in kindergarten and has been thriving ever since.

Isaac Prada

Isaac Prada is a Managing Director at Santander Bank with 23 year experience in banking, primarily on derivatives products. He created and continues to manage teams in Mexico, Brazil and the US, servicing institutional and corporate clients. Mr. Prada is a native of Barcelona, Spain and holds a B.A. from St. Edwards University with a major in Economics and an Executive M.B.A. from Instituto de Empresa of Madrid. He is fluent in Spanish, French, English and Catalan.

Andy Springer

Andy Springer is a Partner and the Head of Structured Credit Group at Marathon Asset Management and a member of Marathon’s Executive and Investment Committees. Prior to Marathon, Andy worked at Guggenheim Capital Markets as a Managing Director where he established a trading and advisory business focused on credit sensitive situations relating to structured finance and hard assets in real estate related markets. Prior to his role at Guggenheim, Andy worked at Smith Barney where he was a Director and Head of Commercial Mortgage trading and securitization. He began his career at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette where he spent nine years in the Real Estate Finance Group. Andy lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife Chrissy, their 3 children Liam (a sophomore at Davidson College), Aaron, Kate and their dog Lincoln. Aaron has been a student here at Churchill since the third grade and is in the Churchill class of 2022.

Lauri Kien Kotcher, Vice President

Lauri Kien Kotcher is the CEO of Hello Products, a disruptive and naturally friendly personal care company targeted at millennial consumers. She has been a strategic advisor to many early and growth stage consumer companies and investors as both a Senior Advisor at  Catterton and as an advisory board member at Springboard Enterprises, the New York Fashion Tech Lab, Prelude Growth Capital and Argand Equity Partners. Prior to her current roles, Lauri spent 10 years in senior line marketing roles as CMO of Godiva, Head of Global Brands at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, and as a Managing Director in a senior marketing role at Lehman Brothers. Prior to Pfizer, Lauri was a partner at McKinsey and Company. Over her 15 year career there, she served Fortune 500 global clients in luxury retail, consumer products and consumer healthcare. She authored multiple speeches and articles and served on the GMA Advisory Board. Lauri holds a BA cum laude from Princeton University and JD/MBA degrees from Stanford University. She is an avid tennis player and skier and is an unrepentant foodie. Lauri’s son Jacob graduated from Churchill in 2014.

Harvey Sawikin, Treasurer

Harvey Sawikin co-founded Firebird Management, one of the first and foremost investors in the stock markets of Russia and Eastern Europe. Before founding Firebird, he was a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and an associate at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Harvey is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Photographs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also the author of a novel, Rick Green, Esquire (Simon & Schuster 1995). A native New Yorker, he lives on the Upper West Side with his wife Andrea Krantz and Teddy, a neurotic cockapoo. He and Andrea have two sons, including Leo, who graduated from Churchill in 2012. Harvey’s hobbies include film, reading, and golf.

David Mack

David Mack is a lawyer, investor, and company director. His daughter Amelia is in the Churchill Class of 2022. David grew up in Sydney, Australia before moving to New York in 2000 - he is not a fan of New York winters. During his time in New York he has worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Perry Capital LLC and Drivetrain LLC in the areas of finance and restructuring.  He is married to Robin Michaelson (former Churchill PA Secretary and Trustee) and lives in Brooklyn with their two daughters and two cats.

Lydia Rapillo

Lydia Rapillo is the Senior Vice President of the Albanese Organization where she is responsible for leasing, marketing, and management of the organization’s residential portfolio that entails nearly a million square feet in Manhattan, Long Island, and Jersey City. Lydia joined Albanese in 2000. She is also involved in managing corporate marketing and communications where she focuses on strategic positioning of the organization’s brand to enhance synergies between local corporations and neighborhood partners. In addition to being a Trustee at Churchill, Lydia is involved in a number of professional organizations including The Urban Land Institute, The Society of Marketing Professionals, New York Commercial Real Estate Women, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, The Flatiron Business Improvement District, The Nature Conservancy, and the NYU Alumni Organization. She is also deeply committed to supporting UNICEF, St. Jude’s, World Vision, The Coalition for the Homeless and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Lydia holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and graduate certificate in Real Estate from New York University and is fluent in Slovak and Ukrainian. Lydia resides in Chelsea with her two daughters, Jacqueline and Alison. Jacqueline is in the Churchill Class of 2025.

Greg Williamson

Greg Williamson is a real estate investor and residential real estate broker.  Additionally, Greg produces live concerts across the country including “Love Rocks NYC,” the annual benefit concert for God’s Love We Deliver which feeds New Yorkers who are unable to cook or shop for themselves. To date, the Love Rocks NYC concert has raised over six million dollars for God’s Love We Deliver. Greg and his wife Katy are also actively involved in Tulane University and Central Synagogue. They reside on the Upper West Side with their twin boys Charlie and Sidney and their dog, Henry. Greg is an alum of Churchill and graduated in 1991.

Sharon Pearson, Vice President

Sharon Pearson is a Managing Director and Head of Investor and External Relations at PJT Partners, based in New York. Prior to joining PJT Partners, Ms. Pearson worked at Morgan Stanley for 15 years in Equity Research, most recently serving as a Managing Director. She was the Associate Director of North America Equity Research for five years. Previously, Ms. Pearson was the Senior Equity Research Analyst covering Specialty Retail at Morgan Stanley for ten years. Prior to that, she spent five years in Equity Research at Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Pearson serves on the Board of Trustees at Churchill School and Center, New York, where she is a member of the Executive and Finance Committees. She received her BA from York University, England and spent her junior year abroad at University of California, Berkeley. Her son Michael graduated from Churchill in 2018.

Joseph Ayoub

Joseph is the proud father of Maximillian, Hendrik, Churchill Class of 2019, and Valentina, Churchill Class of 2024. He is the owner of Aladdin Bakers, Inc. and its brand Baked in Brooklyn. Aladdin began in 1974 with a single oven baking pita bread on Atlantic Avenue. After more than four decades of growth, the bakery now ships over 100 types of baked goods across America and internationally. Aladdin employs more than 300 people and is the exclusive supplier of all breads served at the Barclays Center.

Raul Pineda

Raul Pineda is an Institutional Consulting Director at Graystone Consulting and a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, where he has worked since 1998. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Raul worked at the JPMorgan Private Bank based in New York. He also worked from 1988 to 1995 at Interacciones Casa de Bolsa in Mexico. Raul graduated from Harvard Business School in 1997 with an MBA. He also holds a BA from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. In addition to serving as a trustee here at Churchill, Raul also serves on the board of the Browning School, the Marymount School, and Highbridge Voices. Raul has also served on the board of Ballet Hispanico, and was the treasurer of the West Side Montessori School 2007-2013. Raul loves reading, running, and tennis and resides in New York and East Hampton with his wife, Mayalen, and their three children. Their son Raul is in the Churchill Class of 2021.

John Rolander

John Rolander currently has one daughter here at Churchill - Lily, who is in the Churchill Class of 2024. His daughter Liza, graduated in 2019. Churchill has made such a difference in all of their lives, and John is pleased to serve on the Board and do his best to support the school. John is a business strategy consultant at Incandescent, a boutique consulting firm. He holds a BA in psychology from Yale, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard, and an MBA from Columbia. John is also a member of Churchill’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee and leads the Strategic Planning subcommittee of the Board. The committee is currently focused on issues including how to measure and monitor students' academic progress over the arc of their school years and how to help build a stronger, more connected community at Churchill. John's wife, Susie, is an educator. She teaches literacy at Bank Street College and brings her passion for children's literature to Churchill’s school library and their daughters' classrooms. John loves yoga and long distance running. He and Susie's daughters were adopted from Taiwan.

Dorian A. Vergos

Dorian A. Vergos founded Dorian A. Vergos & Company LLC over 25 years ago and has served as its Managing Partner from February 1994 to present. The company is a small, boutique firm providing accounting, tax, consulting services and serves as a multi-family office to a wide range of high net worth families in the tri-state area.  Prior to founding the Firm, he was Senior Manager in the Tax Department of Morgan Stanley from 1984 to 1994. After attending Hofstra University and St John’s University, he started his career at the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Maria. Their oldest son, Dean, attended Churchill for high school and graduated in the class of 2018. He now attends Syracuse University. Dean’s younger brother, Chris, is a Junior at the Dwight Englewood School.