The Wheeler Board of Trustees Welcomes Five New Members

August 24, 2023

A purple graphic with headshots of Wheeler's five new trustees alongside the Wheeler logo in white.
Wheeler’s new trustees (pictured clockwise from top left) Sean Adu-Gyamfi ’08, Kate Edwards Paglia ’97, John Clarke ’06, Dr. Eve Veliz-Moran P’34, P’34, and Greg Altman P’26.

We are pleased to announce the newest members of Wheeler’s Board of Trustees:

Sean Adu-Gyamfi ’08 is a licensed associate real estate broker in New York City who has established a reputation as a trusted expert in the industry, with over 700 transactions and consistent five-star client testimonials since 2018. Beyond the realm of real estate, Mr. Adu-Gyamfi is also a gifted host, DJ, and event programmer who has made a name for himself in the high volume social scene of New York and beyond. Whether he is closing a multi-million dollar real estate deal or prepping his music library to create the perfect vibe in his signature Yankee baseball cap he is literally someone who wears many hats!

He says his latest role, becoming a Wheeler trustee, is “truly an honor. There are many reasons why I wanted to serve on the Board of Trustees: first being my belief in the value of education at Wheeler and the transformative power it has on the community. Having walked the same halls, sat in the same classrooms, and participated in many of the same activities as today’s students, I have a unique understanding of the school’s traditions, values, culture, and appreciation for high academic standards.

“As a trustee, I’m particularly looking forward to actively contributing to the strategic direction of the school,” he continues. “Wheeler has been and will continue to be a pioneer in all areas – academics, sports, arts, and community – and I am excited to be part of this process as Wheeler further augments its stature as a beacon of inclusivity and diversity in the education space.”

Greg Altman P’26 is the CEO and co-founder of Evolved By Nature, a sustainable biotechnology company founded in 2013. A leading expert in natural silk biomaterials, his extensive research into silk’s biocompatibility with the human body led to the creation of his first company, Serica Technologies, where he developed the first FDA-approved silk-based medical device for soft tissue reconstruction. This breakthrough technology was acquired by Allergan, where Mr. Altman served as vice president of research and development, as well as general manager. Mr. Altman is the inventor for several patents on clean silk technology and holds a PhD in Biotechnology Engineering and BS in Chemistry from Tufts University. He is married to an environmental sociologist and is the proud father of two boys, including Hamilton graduate and current Polaris student Greg ’26.

John Clarke ’06 is serving in his seventh year on the Alumni Association Board (and his first year as the board’s president). He is passionate about both the Wheeler community and the school’s connection with alumni. In that spirit, he maintains strong relationships with many fellow Class of 2006 graduates, as well as alumni from the surrounding graduation years.

“Serving on the Alumni Association Board has been a great experience,” Mr. Clarke says. “The Board has helped me to maintain my connection to Wheeler, fellow classmates, and alumni, and to foster and facilitate renewed connection between the school and other alumni. Having been inspired by the three prior presidents during my term on the Alumni Association Board, I was honored to be considered for president and hope to continue to build on existing initiatives and efforts. As for becoming a trustee, I view the opportunity as a way to more directly and holistically give back to the school. In addition to furthering alumni-centric initiatives, I’m looking forward to being more involved with helping to support Wheeler’s overall direction.”

Outside of his roles at Wheeler, Mr. Clarke is assistant general counsel at Schneider Electric, a French multinational company, where he advises a global client base on cybersecurity issues.

He attended Northeastern University and Roger Williams University School of Law. He has served on the Plum Beach Club Board of Governors since 2019, as well as the Boston Bar Association Intellectual Property and Technology Committee since 2022. His father, Don Clarke ’88, served on the Wheeler Board of Trustees in the early-mid 2000s.

Mr. Clarke resides in Saunderstown, Rhode Island with his wife, Sarah, and two children, Sophia and Jack. His hobbies include spending time in and around the ocean, woodworking, athletics, being outside, and cheering for the Patriots.

Kate Edwards Paglia ’97 attended The Wheeler School from kindergarten through 12th grade. During her time at Wheeler, she enjoyed performing around the country with the Handbell Choir, serving as the chair of the Disciplinary Committee, and playing on the Field Hockey team, among other activities. After graduating from Wheeler, Ms. Edwards Paglia earned her BA in English Literature at Brown University.

Her career has spanned publishing and education. She worked in higher education textbook publishing for 10 years, ultimately becoming a senior acquisitions editor. In 2011, she made the transition to teaching after earning her Master in Education at Lesley University. She taught 10th-grade English at Franklin (Massachusetts) High School and now works as a freelance editor and project manager for Pearson Education.

Ms. Edwards Paglia is also actively engaged in educational nonprofit work. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Charles River School, in Dover, Massachusetts and has served as the chair of the school’s Parent Association and been a member of the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees, the Head of School Selection Committee, the Community, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and the Development Committee.

She lives in Dedham, Massachusetts with her husband, Mike, and her two daughters, Evelyn and Charlotte.

“Sitting on the Board of Trustees at The Wheeler School is both an honor and a privilege,” Ms. Edwards Paglia says. “My time at Wheeler equipped me with a strong work ethic, curiosity, and empathy (as well as some remarkable handbell skills!). These qualities continue to shape my professional and personal life every day.

“I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to share my deep connection with Wheeler with the Board of Trustees in order to uphold the school’s historical foundations while driving its evolution for the 21st century and beyond,” she continues. “I firmly believe in the school’s mission, ’To learn our powers and be answerable for their use.’ By embracing this fundamental principle, the Board of Trustees can foster a culture of growth and learning for future generations of Wheeler students. Drawing from my own experiences at Wheeler and my involvement with other independent schools’ Boards of Trustees, I look forward to contributing to Wheeler’s vision for growth and innovation.”

Dr. Eve Veliz-Moran P’34, P’34 is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Providence College. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science, Dr. Veliz-Moran earned a Master of Public Policy at Duke University and then began a career in IT consulting at American Management Systems before going on to work for the U.S. Government Accountability Office as an analyst on the Education, Workforce and Income Security Team. Dr. Veliz-Moran later decided to pursue a PhD in Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and after graduating in 2009, she began her academic career at Providence College where she remains today.

Dr. Veliz-Moran is an active member of the local community. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Meeting Street, which was the nation’s first school to provide comprehensive educational, therapeutic, and developmental services to children with disabilities and special needs, as well as the Board of Providence Promise, a non-profit program in Rhode Island that is focused on early planning for higher education. She also serves as a corporator for Centreville Bank, where she sits on the Charitable Foundation Committee.

“As a new member of the Board, I am so excited to have a role in a school community that has not only become a significant part of our children’s lives, but in mine and my spouse’s as well,” says Dr. Veliz-Moran. “The friendships that we and our children have made being part of the Wheeler community have been life-changing. Additionally, my favorite aspect of Wheeler is that the administration never rests. They know that there is always work to be done to continue Wheeler’s tradition of excellence and to promote inclusion, and I am so honored to be part of this important work within this special community.”

Dr. Veliz-Moran is a native of Los Angeles, California and currently resides in Providence with her husband, Paul Patrick Moran, Jr., and 2nd-grade twins, Paul ’34 and Izzy ’34.

Dr. Veliz-Moran, Mr. Altman, Ms. Edwards Paglia, and Mr. Adu-Gyamfi were elected as trustees by the Wheeler School Board this spring, and Mr. Clarke is serving as a trustee during his time as Alumni Board president. Please join us in congratulating all of them on their new roles at Wheeler!

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