Board of Trustees Chair
Rachel van der Voort has been a trustee since June 2010 and has been a member of the Development Committee and the Committee on Trustees. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board. Rachel's two children and two step-children have all attended CMS since the age of 2 (her step-daughter graduated in 2013 and now attends the Cambridge School of Weston). In her professional life, Rachel practiced law for over fifteen years. She is currently taking a break from work to spend more time with her family. Rachel has an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary. She attended Thomas Aquinas Montessori School in Alexandria, Virginia through third grade. Rachel lives in Belmont with her children and husband, Mike, a Principal at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm. Her interests include tennis, yoga, and skiing.
Board of Trustees Clerk
Jay Sampson has been a trustee since September 2012 and serves as Board Clerk , as well as on the Campus and Facilities Committee. He represents the overall Cambridge community. Jay is a retired technical and management consultant from IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and business. Jay has been a Cambridge schools and inner-city math and test prep tutor for many years, and lives near CMS’ Garden Street building with his wife Suzanne. He does extensive volunteering and loves international travel.
Board of Trustees Treasurer
Annie has been a CMS parent for this, her 14th year - with son Clay, now in high school, an alumni of the school and son Reed a 7th year in the Middle School/Infrared Room. Annie is in her 6th year as CMS's Treasurer.
Professionally, Annie is a Credit Investment and Risk analyst, specializing in social, responsible and impact debt investments, and principal of her own firm, A B Lawson Analytics, LLC. Her background is in investment analysis and prior to that, commercial banking, at ING Group and Bank Brussels Lambert in New York. Annie is a CFA Charterholder and earned her MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU's Stern School of Business, and her BA in Cultural Anthropology at Vassar College. She also attended Concord Academy. Annie's special interests are live music of most types, social and environmental justice, world affairs, and French language, literature and culture.
Marketing Committee Co-Chair
Anja Langbein-Park joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and has led the Marketing Committee since 2012. Her twins started out at CMS in the Green and Pink Room in 2008 and are now in the Lower Elementary Program. Anja is a Partner at Culture Learning Group, a consulting firm which helps global leaders improve their performances across organizations and cultures. Anja holds graduate degrees from the University of Greifswald, Tufts and Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge with her children and her husband, Young Park, a Real Estate Developer with Berkeley Investments in Boston.
Jon Turner has been a trustee since June 2011 and has served on the Committee for Trustees, Marketing and Finance Committees. His daughter attended CMS from 2004 to 2015 and has just graduated to Cambridge School of Weston. His son has attended since 2007 and is currently a 5th year student in the Jade Room.
Professionally, Jon works at Mullen, an advertising and media agency, where he leads the business analytics and modeling team, helping clients target their creative effectively, optimize their media spend and develop their customer relationship marketing programs.
Jon has an MBA in Marketing/Finance from Stern Business School at NYU and an MA in Math from Oxford. He lives in Cambridge with his two children, wife, mother-in-law and 2 cats - Prim and Lucy.
Eldene joined the board in 2012 and has served on the development and finance committees. She has been a CMS parent since 2011. Professionally, she is currently a Vice President of Business Strategy in State Street's Alternative Investments Solutions organization. She has extensive experience in Financial Services and has worked internationally for companies like Fidelity Investments and RBS Citizens Financial. She has expertise in change management, process re-engineering and global technology strategy and implementation.
She holds an MBA from Babson College and a BA from Boston University. In her free time, Eldene enjoys the company of her husband, a global real estate developer, and her two children.
Bette Colombo has been a trustee since 2010. She is Chair of the CMS Campus and Facilities Committee and also serves on the CMS Finance Committee. Bette has chaired CMS search committees for both the Head of School and the Interim Head of School, and in 2009 was a member of the Strategic Plan Update Committee. She has a child in Upper Elementary and a recent CMS Middle School graduate. Bette has extensive experience working as an equity analyst at several Wall Street firms and was also a portfolio manager at the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. (GIC). Currently, Bette is an Equity Analyst for Rockbound Capital, a small capitalization fund, as well as a Housemaster at Next House, MIT. She has an MBA in Accounting from NYU, studied Economics and Math at Johns Hopkins, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Bette lives in Cambridge with her two children and husband, Chris, who is the Dean for Student Life at MIT.
Matt joined the Board in November, 2014, and currently sits on the Finance and Facilities Committees. A graduate of Trinity College (Hartford, CT), he spent 21 years in the global commodities markets (1993-2014) before resigning to pursue a dream vocation: Dad.
He and his wife live in Cambridgeport with their two daughters, both students in the Elementary program.