Board of Directors and Staff
Bruce Davis – President
Bruce Davis, WS '73 previously served two Board terms as Treasurer and also chaired the FWS Alumni Committee. His connections with Landour and Woodstock go back many years. He was born at Landour Community Hospital and attended Woodstock from grade 1 through grade 12. Mussoorie and Woodstock were his home until he graduated in 1973 and relocated to Chicago. Over the next 30 years Bruce visited Woodstock a half dozen times, continues to regularly visit the School, and is deeply engaged with Woodstock and many of his classmates. Mr. Davis also serves as a member of Woodstock’s General Body. Bruce majored in Asian Studies at the University of Chicago and received an M.A. from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. During an internship at the India Desk of the State Department, he helped plan a State visit by Prime Minister Morarji Desai.
Mr. Davis is a Partner at Appraisal Associates, a commercial real estate valuation and consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining Appraisal Associates in 2009, he was a Vice President and commercial banker at JP Morgan Chase Bank in Chicago and provided debt financing and treasury management to municipalities, school districts and not for profit institutions in the Chicago region. Before joining Chase in 2005, he spent over twenty years in corporate finance and banking with Continental Illinois National Bank, National Australia Bank, and The Industrial Bank of Japan. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Davis spent four years as the India and South Asia Country Officer for Continental Bank.
Bruce and his wife, Susan Enright, are regularly seen at Annual Meeting and Reunions, participate in Alumni Enrichment activities, and often host alumni gatherings in the Chicago area or their home.
Lucy Dorenfeld – Vice President
Lucy Wilson Dorenfeld ‘67 managed her own law office for over 25 years and practiced in estate planning, estate administration, real estate, guardianship, elder law, and family law (divorce – primarily as a court appointed representative for the children affected - and adoptions). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, IL, and has in the past been active on several other boards and committees, including the Deerfield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire, Illinois (residential facility for developmentally disabled children and adults). She has long been volunteer legal counsel and a member of the Board of Business Management for Trinity United Church of Christ in Deerfield, IL. Ms. Dorenfeld holds a Juris Doctor from De Paul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, which she decided to pursue following the untimely death of her first husband in an automobile accident. Graduate study towards a Master of Arts in French at the University of Minnesota followed a Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC, majoring in French. But ultimately the dearth of teaching opportunities for French teachers and a desire to be more directly involved in real world problem solving rather than academia prompted her to shift her focus.
Lucy is married to Jim Litchfield who is now retired and trains dogs to become service dogs for the disabled. She has a married son with three children living in New York, three stepchildren, and four step-grandchildren. Her interests include reading, travel, gardening, observing/enjoying nature, music, language study, and spending time with grandkids. Lucy credits Woodstock for her love of the natural world and for her orientation towards service, especially to indigent people, the elderly, and disabled folks who are underserved by the legal community or cannot afford to hire counsel. In 2015, her local bar association gave her a special award for her volunteerism.
David Schoonmaker – Treasurer, Member of the Finance Committee
|Sharon Seto, Member of the Alumni Committee
Sharon Seto, WS ’79, grew up in Iran and attended Woodstock for her last two years of high school. She returned to Woodstock for ten years as Development and Alumni Director, teacher, and residential staff from 1998-2006. Her two children, Dorien,WS‘06 and Robin, WS‘17, attended Woodstock during this time. She was on the organizing committee for the FWS Reunion in Boston in 2017 and enjoys staying in touch with alumni around the globe. Sharon was also on the board of SAGE, Inc. for eight years and has served on numerous other local boards.
Steve Van Rooy, Member of the Finance Committee
Steve’s parents arrived in Bombay, India, in February of 1950 when Steve was six months old where they served as missionaries with TEAM for the next 18 years. Following language school, their first mission station was in Dharchula along the Kali Ganga River on the border of Nepal. After their first furlough, the Van Rooys moved to Mussoorie and Steve attended Woodstock School for 11 out of 12 grades. His mother was the anesthetist at Landour Community Hospital and his dad started a Bible Correspondence Course ministry called Jiwan Jyoti (Light of Life). Steve has an older brother and two younger brothers and in his last year in India his parents adopted one of his cousins in the US, his only sister.
After graduation from Woodstock in 1968, Steve attended Seattle Pacific University, followed by Dallas Theological Seminary and then joined the Wycliffe Bible Translators. He married Judy Beekman, an MK from Mexico, and they headed to Sudan, first in Khartoum for Arabic and then to a village in the very SE corner of the country. They lived with a remote tribal group called the Didinga and began learning that language and started the process of Bible translation.
Several years into the process they discovered their daughter had a rare form of childhood cancer that was considered 100% terminal. After six years in the US for treatment (which was successful—she was in the first tier of survivors ever) they went back to Africa, this time to Kenya and later finished out 25 years of missionary service in Dallas, TX. Cammie’s cancer returned twice during this time. They have two other daughters, both of whom went into medicine. One is a physician and the other a nurse. All three are married and live in N. Texas. The Van Rooys have ten grandchildren so far.
Steve and Judy then started a real estate investment and property management business in Dallas which allowed them to retire in 2015. Steve continues to be involved in their church in Dallas, where he is an elder, and is involved in several mission organizations in a variety of ways. Steve serves on the FWS Finance Committee and considers it a privilege to have been invited to serve on the FWS Board.
Emeritus Board Members
Glenn Conrad WS ’68 has been active in and a leader of Woodstock alumni affairs since 1983. A lawyer by profession Glenn has worked in a variety of professions where, as a lawyer, his legal expertise has been put to good use. In addition to working on Capitol Hill as a staff member for a Representative to the US Congress, he has worked for the American Banking Association, as director of development at Woodstock and is currently the executive director of the Winterline Foundation. Glenn has served as president of WOSA/NA, was on the Board of Directors of KW International (KWI) and played a leading role in the transition of KWI from a largely mission representative board into an independent board of directors selected for their expertise and skills in non-profit board management. In 2006, when KWI devolved into two separate organizations, Glenn became a member of the FWS Board of Directors and in 2008 he became president of FWS, a position he held until the expiration of his term in 2012. In recognition of Glenn’s extraordinary commitment to the Woodstock Old Students Association of North America, KW International and Friends of Woodstock School, the Board of Directors of FWS in 2012 established the GLENN CONRAD VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD to be awarded for exemplary volunteer service to FWS or Woodstock School. Suggested nominees for the award should be submitted to email@example.com
|David Wheeler – Administrative Manager
Behind that nice voice which answers the telephone if you call the FWS office is also a very nice man who is committed to Woodstock. David joined the team in 2002 when FWS was KWI and we were gearing up for the Woodstock 150 Campaign. His wife, Connie, was already working at the KWI office and David joined to help with the 150 Campaign. Eventually Connie went on to another position and David became the administrative manager for KWI and then FWS. Over the past 15 years, David has been a steady, reliable, conscientious presence in the FWS office, managing to keep everyone on track and headed in the same direction. David and Connie live on Whidbey Island with numerous cats, a lovely garden and sailboat.
|Connie Wheeler – Communications Manager, Database and Donor Relations Coordinator
With a background in non-profits (four of them), city government, architectural and planning firms among many other interesting career paths, Connie returned to FWS in 2015 to join David in the office and brought her experience in donor relations and database management back to Mukilteo. She worked with Jane Cummings as the office manager for the 150 Campaign and holds a deep fondness for FWS and all those involved with the Foundation through the years. Born in Cairo to TWA parents, moved to Paris, grew up in a Southern California beach community, attended California State University – Long Beach, Connie holds a BA in English from California State University – Northridge along with grad work in English and Education at Northridge. Her passions? A life-long ocean person who still loves to scuba, snorkel, windsurf and sail, Connie and David have logged 10,000 open ocean miles on their sailboat and lived in Mexico, French Polynesia (Tahiti and her isles), and Hawaii. The Wheeler’s classic 43-foot sloop is slipped in Port Townsend, WA. Connie’s ashore interests include anything “dance aerobic,” the Wheeler’s garden and Puget Sound cottage, the kitties, and life on Whidbey Island.