December 2017

Pictured here from left to right:  Brian Bodell, Erin Krestinski, Tom Welling, John Kelty, Priscilla Bender (Not shown here: Our new school superintendent, Roy R. Montesano and school board liaison, Jon Atkeson.) Photo courtesy of Peggy Willia

Bronxville School Foundation Announces New Board Members

By Joseph Hutchins, Member of PR Committee, Bronxville School



The Bronxville School Foundation kicks off its 27th year with several new board members as well as  a new slate of officers for the upcoming year. Over the years, the non-profit organization has given more than $8.9 million in grants to the Bronxville School to enhance the quality of education by funding new curriculum, technology, faculty training, facilities projects and special materials and equipment.


Following are biographies of the new board members.


Brian Bodell is CEO (and Co-Founder) of Finivation, a software firm focused on the community financial services market. Prior to Finivation, he was President of qbt Systems, a banking technology and middleware firm. Bodell also served as SVP of Community Banking Solutions and VP of Channel Development working in the global online, mobile banking and payments space. He was also President of MobileMetrics, a venture-backed mobile software firm in Europe and the United States, a Vice President of E-Commerce at Dean & DeLuca and a Director of Electronic Commerce at RR Donnelley & Sons (NASDAQ:  RRD).


Erin Krestinsky has a BA from Univ. of Notre Dame in Economics and business. She spent fourteen years in institutional high yield bonds and was part of the initial high yield team of Chase Bank (Chemical Securities). Most recently, she was a Managing Director at CIBC. Since retiring in 2002 to raise her family, Krestinsky has volunteered at the Bronxville School in various positions including the Athletic Council. She has also served in the Bronxville community as a board member of the Community Fund, Gramatan Village Gala co-chair, and taught religious education at St. Joseph’s Church for eleven years. She has also served on various committees at Siwanoy County Club.

Tom Welling has a BS degree with a major in mathematics from Manhattan College. He is married with two grown sons and a daughter who died in 2005 at age 21. Welling has lived in Bronxville for 36 years and served on the board of many local organizations including the library, Siwanoy Country Club, NY-P Lawrence Hospital, and as Chairman of Lawrence Community Health Services; he continues to serve on the latter 2 boards. Professionally, he established a broker dealer in 1978, which specialized in retirement plans for employees of not-for-profit organizations and sold it to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in 1993. He continued to run the company until 2002 when he retired.


John Kelty (BHS, Class of 1984) received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He is Chief Operating Officer and Legal Counsel to Mariner Investment Group, a diversified, global alternative asset management firm. Before joining Mariner, Kelty served as COO and General Counsel to Maystone Partners, LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, prior to which he was a Partner in the Corporate Department at Winston & Strawn LLP, specializing in corporate, municipal and structured finance transactions. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York’s Bronx County from 1992 through 1997. A lifelong Bronxville resident, Kelty is a longtime officer of the St. Joseph’s Men’s Club. He and his wife, Daria, have four children: one BHS graduate (Class of 2017), two attending Bronxville School and one attending St. Joseph’s School.


Priscilla Johnson Bender (ex officio member, PTA Vice President) holds a BA in Philosophy and earned an MBA from Georgetown University. She worked in management consulting and business development in Boston and the Netherlands before returning to New York with her husband, Andy, to raise their three sons. Johnson Bender has been deeply committed to the Bronxville community for over 17 years. Currently she is serving on the School Foundation Board in her capacity as President-Elect of the PTA. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the O’Silas Gallery of Concordia College. In the past, she chaired the Bronxville After School Clubs for six years in addition to serving multiple terms on the boards of the Junior League of Bronxville and the Eliza Corwin Frost Child Center. Outside of Bronxville, she also is a board member of the American Friends of Nyenrode University.


“We are so pleased to welcome our new board members. They bring a wealth of talent, experience, and demonstrated commitment to the Bronxville School and community that will be invaluable to the Foundation. All of us on the Board are looking forward to working with them,” said newly elected chairperson Jennifer Thomas.


Other directors and officers for 2017-18 include VP Development: Priscilla Newman; VP Grants: Romy E. Coquillette; VP Nominating: Timothy McGrath; VP Alumni: Eddie Sulimerski; VP Public Relations: Nancy Yu Kochansky; VP Finance: Matthew Burnell; VP Legal: Robert O’Hare, Jr; Secretary: Matthew Wetty; Executive Director: Peggy Benziger Williams.


Returning Board Members include Lisa Smith Barr, Lori Beecher, Katherine Calvert, Kelly Mulcahy Dolan, Won Giuriceo, Jane Goodell, Holly Green Gordon, Joseph Hutchins, Eileen C. Marshall, Nancy Marshall, Vincent McBride, Charles Preusse, and David Reilly.


Additional ex officio members include our new school superintendent, Roy R. Montesano and school board liaison, Jonathan Atkeson.


Contact Peggy Williams, Executive Director at 395-0515, any Board members, or visit for additional information.



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