Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is proud to announce its new chair of the Board of Trustees and four newly elected trustees who began their service on July 1, 2020.
On January 25, 2020, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Nicole (Nikki) Sheetz Frith to serve as the school's next chair of the Board of Trustees. Nikki is married to Brinton Frith and is the parent of Sam Iacavazzi '14, Gavin '21, Patrick '23, and Logan who attended Stuart Country Day School and is currently at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. Nikki graduated from Susquehanna University with a bachelor's degree in marketing. After graduation, Nikki worked in the retail industry and then spent many years in the food service industry developing marketing plans for clients. Nikki has served as a member of the Princeton Academy Board of Trustees since 2017 and currently serves as chair of the Board's Development Committee. Nikki has been involved in many different aspects of Princeton Academy life, having served as Class Parent, Gala Chair, and PAPA Vice President of Community Caring. Nikki has also served on the Millbrook School Board of Trustees since 2018, currently serving on the school life committee and assisting with school fundraising efforts for the Millbrook Class of 2018. As Princeton Academy aspires to lead with vision to reinvent boys' education for a new generation of enlightened men, it is with pride that we embrace this historic moment in the election of the school's first female chair of the Board of Trustees.
"We are blessed to have Nikki lead our Board into the future," stated Headmaster Rik Dugan.
At the Board of Trustees' June meeting, four new trustees were welcomed for three-year terms.
Lisa Blair Davis
Lisa Blair Davis is currently Global Head of Human Resources, Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson. She is responsible for global HR strategy for the medical device sector. Lisa is focused on driving long-term successful Leadership, Talent and Culture at Johnson & Johnson.
Lisa has been with Johnson & Johnson for over 25 years having served in each of the three business sectors. She was Head of Global Benefits & Health and International Total Rewards where she led the strategy, design and execution of Johnson & Johnson's global benefits programs while providing oversight of the compensation functions. Lisa has advanced industry-leading workplace policies and programs including global parental leave, consistency of eligibility in policy harmonization, fertility and adoption benefits for Johnson & Johnson employees.
Lisa is also a Board Member for HelpUsAdopt.org, a national 501(c)(3) financial grant program that helps couples/individuals (regardless of ethnicity, gender, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation) with the cost of their adoptions by awarding grants.
Lisa holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Florida. Lisa lives in New Hope, PA with her husband Paul and son, Thomas.
Speaker, author and strategy consultant Christina Drouin advises nonprofit organizations on all matters of strategy. She is known for her innovative work in adapting business models, principles, and practices to nonprofit settings. Over the past three decades, she has facilitated hundreds of strategic planning and change initiatives that have impacted thousands of people, with a special focus on PK-12 independent schools and mission-driven humanitarian and/or religious organizations.
Ms. Drouin is the author of three National Association of Independent School books: The Strategic Process: 10 Steps for Planning Your Independent School's Future, NAIS's Marketing Independent Schools in the 21st Century and A Trustee's Primer on the Strategic Process. She is also the author of several NAIS Leadership Series Advisories on Financing Sustainable Schools and can be heard on their related podcasts. Ms. Drouin is a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Gold Medal Award Winner for Advertising (1998) and served on NAIS's Admission and Marketing Committee.
A familiar face at national conferences, Ms. Drouin is an experienced session leader and speaker on Board development, strategic marketing, and strategic planning. She has earned CASE's Stellar Speaker Award multiple times. Christina's education includes a bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education from Framingham State College and graduate work at Boston University's School of Public Communication. Prior to opening her consulting practice in 2000, Ms. Drouin worked in the field of education as a high school teacher and an independent school administrator. In 2016 she launched a new consulting division – Sacred Planning – making available to individuals and small groups her proven values-driven and mission-focused strategic planning model.
Weifeng (Linda) Li
Weifeng (Linda) Li is married to Richard Wang and is the parent of Tony '21 and Vincent, who is currently at Princeton Montessori School.
Linda graduated from Wuhan University, China with a Bachelor in business and a Master in Software Engineering. After graduation, Linda worked in the National Audit Office of China(CNAO). After she resigned from CNAO, Linda founded a Montessori Education Center in China which offers day care programs and teacher training programs. Linda and her family moved from China to the U.S. in 2016 because of family business.
Linda has been involved in many aspects of Princeton Academy life, having organized the Chinese New Year Event and served on the Gala Committee. Linda is also an ambassador of Healthcare Hero Funds which is sponsored by Princeton Medical Center Foundation. Linda served as the Chair of Parent Association of Maple Leaf International School when she was in China.
Dr. James Palmieri is Senior Vice President at National Business Officers Association (NBOA). NBOA's mission is to advance business excellence in PK-12 independent schools. James joined the staff in 2018 following 13 years of strong experience in school business operations leadership and with a passion for independent education. James serves as a partner to the President and CEO in carrying out strategic initiatives as directed by the NBOA strategic plan, and he supports program and product expansion in partnership with members of the senior staff. He presents on behalf of NBOA at national, regional and state education association meetings and conferences, and he teaches two online courses to serve the industry: Budget Meets Mission and Essentials of the Business Office.
Most recently, James served as Assistant Head of School at Trinity Hall (NJ), an independent all-girls high school, where he began his work as a founding consultant and the school's first employee and had primary responsibility for school finance, facilities, and business operations. Prior to opening Trinity Hall, James served as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Faculty at Kent Place School (NJ), an N-12 all-girls day school.
James' related experience includes board service for One Schoolhouse, a supplemental educational organization that provides online courses and programs for students and adult learners. James has recently been appointed Board President of One Schoolhouse for a three-year term. James was previously a fellow in the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads, and an adjunct professor for the College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ), where he had taught an online doctoral-level course on leadership management of K-12 schools and systems.
Academically, James earned his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; his master's degree in K-12 Educational Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University; and his bachelor's degree in Elementary/Special Education from Providence College. James, his wife Bailey, and their daughters Paxton and Piper live in Little Silver, NJ.
Princeton Academy would also like to acknowledge Kenneth Harlan's five years of inspired leadership as chair of the Board of Trustees and the service of Patricia Carragher, Danielle Coppola, Heather Hoerle and Amrit Walia-Zaidi whose terms ended on June 30. Thank you for your service to Princeton Academy.
Congratulations to Nikki and the new trustees!