Alternative Boarding Schools in New England - Oliverian School
Board of Trustees

Barbara Bond
Barbara has been involved with non-profit organizations for over ten years.  She has served on a variety of boards including: The International School (an independent language immersion elementary school), Mazamas (the oldest mountaineering organization in the United States), and The Forest Park Conservancy (which manages one of the largest city parks in the United States).  After graduating from San Jose State University with a BS in biology, Barbara attended UT Southwestern Medical School where she earned her MS in cell biology and biochemistry.  She also completed her MA in liberal studies coursework at North Central College.  After doing scientific research, Barbara began her career as a writer.  She is the author of numerous articles and three guidebooks.  Barbara and her partner have two children together; their daughter, Taliah, attends Knox College and their son, Evan, is a senior at The Oliverian School.  Barbara’s passions include a love of nature and the outdoors, conservation, and travel.  She enjoys being involved with community organizations where she can use her leadership skills and broad experience to make meaningful contributions.


Lauren Estebanell Adams
Lauren Estebanell Adams is currently the Director of School Counseling at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate in Lynn, MA. Lauren was the founding counselor in 2010, and helped open the first KIPP: MA high school. Lauren received her undergraduate degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder in both marketing and tourism management. Before KIPP, Lauren worked at Oliverian for five years, starting as a dorm parent and Spanish teacher, then advisory coordinator, and finally director of student support. Lauren got the travel bug early in life and has traveled to over 35 countries and plans to continue travelling throughout her lifetime. Lauren is a strong advocate in experiencing different cultures and languages, she values spending quality time with family, and she pushes herself to get the most out of each and every day.


David Hagerman
David, whose father served as Headmaster of the Holderness School in New Hampshire for 27 years, grew up in the world of independent school education.  After graduating from Holderness and Deerfield Academy, he received his BA at University of New Hampshire.  He subsequently served in the United States Army, performing tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam.  Upon his completion of military service, David obtained a Master’s Degree from University of Massachusetts.  He then spent twelve years teaching at Deerfield Academy. After leaving Deerfield, he became involved for many years in independent school leadership, as Director of the Annual Fund for Hotchkiss School, Associate Headmaster at Salisbury School, Headmaster of Pingree School, and Director of Capital Campaigns at Cardigan Mountain School. He currently works in the development office at Dartmouth College, where he is Managing Director of the Dartmouth College Fund.  He and his wife, Brooke, live in Lyme Center, New Hampshire.  They have four grown daughters, Kully, Casey, Jamie, and Whitaker.  He enjoys his “other job” as a hockey and lacrosse referee, gardening, skiing, and spending time with family.


George Hathorn
George Hathorn has been a practitioner architect for over forty years, focusing on residential projects in the Upper Valley of both New Hampshire and his native Vermont.  George earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in architecture from Yale University.  For nearly thirty years, he has been involved in all aspects of campus planning and design at Dartmouth College. George lives in the Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife, Mary Lou.  Together, George and Mary Lou have five children and six grandchildren, whom they visit, or host, as often as possible. Most of their leisure time is spent in family-oriented activities. George also devotes free time to volunteering for child-centered organizations.  He is excited by the idea of “helping Oliverian accomplish a Master Facilities Plan and implementation that will improve efficiencies, increase safety, and enhance student life through a heightened sense of community.”


Will Laughlin (ex officio)
Head of School and CEO, of Oliverian School, Will brings with him over twenty years’ of educational leadership experience in the US and abroad.  Will’s professional adventures include serving as the president of an international university with campuses in Tokyo and Osaka, head of school for a therapeutic boarding school in North Carolina, and executive director for a group of five therapeutic schools in Idaho and California.  He has also launched several companies, including a peanut-butter company that helps feed malnourished children ( and an adventure-based youth-development program (  A fifth-generation native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Will stayed close to home for his education, earning degrees from U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University.

Will’s wife, Beth Laughlin, is a fellow Stanford graduate and therapeutic-education professional. From their new base in New Hampshire, Beth continues her work as founder and partner of Second Nature 360, a transition and support program for adolescents who have recently completed treatment.   She also serves as Will’s fearless crew chief for his ultra-distance running adventures, which include record-setting expedition runs across Costa Rica, Death Valley, and the Rocky Mountains.


Louise Law
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Louise attended college and received her BS Degree at SUNY New Paltz in Business, Accounting and Computer Science. After college, Louise worked as a programmer for IBM’s Finance Department in Kingston, New York. While living in New York, she served as a financial advisor on the board of the New York Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  She and her husband, Doug, eventually moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Louise served in a variety of volunteer positions while raising her son, Charles, and daughter, Sheri.  Along with her extensive volunteer work at her children’s schools, Durham Academy and Cary Academy, which included acting as Treasurer for the Parents’ Associations, Louise was involved for twenty years with the Le Leche League of North Carolina, serving three years as State Treasurer for that organization.  She is currently working as the Financial Officer for a small LLC in Chapel Hill.  Her daughter, Sheri, graduated from Oliverian in 2008, and attended college in North Carolina. Louise spends her free time traveling, gardening and reading.


Kim McManus
Kim McManus is the Assistant Director of Brown Ledge Camp, a girls camp located in Colchester, Vermont, where she spent several summers when she was growing up.  Prior to going to work for Brown Ledge, Kim worked at Oliverian for several years, first as a humanities teacher, and later as Dean of Academics and Associate Head.  Kim received her BA from Tufts University and her JD from Washington College of Law at American University.  She worked for two years as an attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office before shifting her career path toward education.  Prior to going to work for Brown Ledge, Kim served on its Board of Trustees for several years.  An avid sailor, Kim lives in Burlington, Vermont with her husband, Mike.  They have a young son, Finn.


Nancy Newberger
Nancy has been President of W-R Industries, Inc, a Chicago small manufacturing company, for many years.  A Chicago area native, she received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Northwestern University.  She has been involved with various non-profits for over the last thirty years, including her synagogue, the Jewish Federation, the University of Chicago Hillel Center, Cub Scouts, and SSA at the University of Chicago.  In addition to serving on Oliverian’s Board of Trustees, she is also on the board of The Buxton School in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  Nancy has three grown sons, Jacob, Sam, and Zack.  Sam graduated from Oliverian in 2006 and Pitzer College in 2011, where he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and is currently a humanities teacher at Oliverian.  Nancy currently resides in Winnetka, Illinois.  She is an accomplished knitter.


Peter Stevens
Peter received his primary education at independent schools in the northeast.  After receiving his BA from Williams College and his MA from the University of Chicago, Peter served for thirty months in the United States Peace Corps in Malaysia. Upon his return to the United States, he taught English for six years before becoming an independent school headmaster.  Peter served for 24 years as school head in two American international schools (Switzerland and England) and two schools in the US (Ohio and Oregon).  Changing roles, but not fields, Peter worked for five years as Academic Director in a therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts, and most recently worked as an independent educational consultant (member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the National Association of College Admission Counselors), working with families and students, mostly those in therapeutic or semi-therapeutic programs, as they transition from high school to college.  Peter lives in Shelburne, Massachusetts with his wife Linn, a portrait and landscape artist.  Along with serving on Oliverian’s Board of Trustees, he is currently a member of the board of The Academy at Charlemont in Charlemont, Massachusetts. He has two grown children, Abby and Josh, and one grandchild.


Jeanne Townsend
Jeanne currently serves as the President of Oliverian’s Board of Trustees. She earned her BA from Duke University, and her JD from Washington University School of Law, where she was on the Editorial Board of the Law Review.  After law school, she settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where she became a partner with Goldstein and Price, specializing in maritime law. In addition to practicing law, Jeanne has served on several non-profit boards, including the St. Louis Woman’s Club and the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater, and currently serves as a Provisional Magistrate Court judge in Clayton, Missouri. She and her husband, Tom, are also involved in various capacities at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where their oldest son, Alex (Oliverian ’08) attended college. They run the Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization that produces the A-Town Get Down, an annual music and arts festival in Savannah, Georgia, and operates Pianos for People, whose mission is to pair unused pianos with lower income families in the St. Louis area. Jeanne has been an active volunteer at Oliverian since Alex started here, as a charter student, in 2004. Before serving on its Board of Trustees, she served on the Oliverian Advisory Board. Her husband, Tom, co-founder of Rodgers Townsend advertising agency, has been extensively involved in Oliverian’s marketing campaigns. Jeanne enjoys hiking and mountain climbing, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. Jeanne and Tom have two other children, Nate and Laura.