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Board of Trustees

The Lawrence School Board of Trustees is comprised of current parents, alumni parents, and community leaders who care deeply about the mission of the school. The responsibility of the Board includes: strategic planning, overseeing financial viability, hiring the Head of School, and working with school leadership to define the mission, vision, and guiding principles. 

Lawrence School welcomes students, staff, and trustees of all ages, races, colors, religions, sexes, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, handicaps, and national/ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available at the school. Lawrence School does not discriminate in administration of its education or admission policies, hiring practices, tuition assistance, or other school-related initiatives.


Kathryn A. Barnes

After graduating from William & Jefferson College with a bachelor’s in economics, Kassie spent over 30 years in commercial real estate finance. Her extensive experience included developing new relationships and underwriting commercial real estate investments. Most recently, she served as...Expand

William Fudge III

William Fudge III serves as Vice President, Software Engineering at OEConnection. William first joined the company as an intern and has continued to advance through the software engineering ranks at OEC. Contributing in numerous roles over his 20 years of service,...Expand

Jenifer B. Garfield

Trustee Emerita

Jenifer Garfield served as a Lawrence School trustee for 46 years. She’s seen firsthand the school’s transformation from an after-school tutoring program for struggling readers to a thriving K-12 school on two campuses. Upon retiring from the board, Jenifer was designated...Expand

Jill Harrington

An alumna of Hillsdale College, Jill Harrington has worked at Boston's Bain & Company and Bain Capital, where she served as Mitt Romney’s administrative assistant. A native Clevelander, she returned to Northeast Ohio to make her mark at Edgepark Surgical....Expand

Yolanda Hilliard Lucas

Yolanda Hilliard Lucas was born in Richmond, Virginia but she has lived in many different cities throughout the United States. Yolanda graduated from high school in Southfield, Michigan. After high school, she furthered her education at Hampton University and received...Expand

Susan R. Karas

Trustee Emerita

Susan Karas brings over 30 years of experience working in healthcare, education, and social services to her work today. Susan is founder and president of Akouo, LLC, a counseling, coaching, and consulting enterprise that combines expertise in counseling and supervision...Expand

Jennifer Kaufman

First Vice President, President-Elect

Following her graduation from the University of Cincinnati, Jennifer served as Director of Communications for both News Corp and America Online. She also worked for U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as Director in the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental...Expand

Nathaniel E. Leonard


Nat Leonard is the Group President of Life Sciences at Smithers, an Akron-based testing and consulting firm. Nat has over 25 years of general management and functional leadership experience. He has run startups and multinational enterprises. Nat’s roles have ranged...Expand

Karen Lipman Steiger

Karen Lipman Steiger is an alumna of John Carroll University, with a master’s in English literature. Until 2014, Karen worked as the Director of the Jewish Volunteer Network and Coordinator of Chaplaincy Program at the Jewish Federation. In addition to serving...Expand

Lina Mehta-Pinault, MD


Dr. Lina Mehta, MD is Associate Dean for Admissions at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Professor of Radiology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Mehta is the Chairperson of the National Committee on Admissions, a five-member...Expand

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