Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, as the policy-making body, promotes the welfare of the School, especially in the areas of finance, fundraising, and public relations. The Board is composed of parents, former parents, and selected members of the community. The Board meets monthly, except for July and August, during the third week of the month, at the School.

For the 2016-2017 school year, the members of the Board of Trustees are as follows: Chairman; Mr. Patrick Kane, Dr. Peter Lewis, Dr. Andrea Carlsen and Mrs. Stacy Grimm.

Patrick Kane – Chairman


 Mr. Kane is the Chairperson of the Vincent Smith School Board of Trustees. He and his wife Connie have two sons who have attended the School for  over three years; Derek is in the twelfth grade and Brett is in the ninth.  They sought out the School when they determined that their sons needed to learn differently than they were in public school. 


Mr. Kane is a Sales Account Executive with Big Switch Networks. He has spent his career in Information Technology sales and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University.


“My wife and I are an integral part of the Vincent Smith School family. We have seen and experienced vast improvements,  on a number of levels, with both of our sons since they started at the School. They are well-adjusted, confident and happy – and my wife and I are thrilled at the progress they have made over their years at the School. Our boys are understood and nurtured;  they know what is expected of them, both academically and socially. The Vincent Smith School has helped us realize that our dreams for each of our boys has become a reality – each and every day.”

Dr. Peter Lewis

Dr. Lewis is currently the Head of School at The Winston School, Short Hills, N.J. He was appointed to that position on July 1, 2009 and has been instrumental in the school’s success.

Prior to joining The Winston School, and for the past 22 years, Dr. Lewis served as Head of School at The Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills, New York and at The Gateway School in Santa Cruz, California. Before becoming a Head of School, Dr. Lewis taught in independent schools in the San Francisco Bay Area for ten years.

An educator for 40 years, Dr. Lewis holds a Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University’s School of Education. Dr. Lewis also holds separate Master’s degrees from Stanford University in History and in Education.

Dr. Lewis currently serves on the Committee on Accreditation for the New Jersey State Association of Independent Schools. Dr. Lewis has been a member of the Commission on Accreditation for the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS); and has been a Board member of The New York City Guild of Independent Schools. He currently serves on the Board of Kidpower—a worldwide organization dedicated to teaching children and adults skills of safety and personal empowerment.  Dr. Lewis is also the President of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), co-chair of the Accreditation Committee and a new trustee at Rutgers Prep School in Somerset. NJ.

Dr. Andrea Carlsen

Dr. Carlsen received her BA in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She received her M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After completing her residency training in adult psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, she undertook sub-specialty training in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. She is Board Certified in adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Carlsen is the Medical Director of North Shore TMS in Huntington, New York. Dr. Carlsen has been involved in education for both medical students and residents and has published in this area. She serves as voluntary faculty at North Shore LIJ Health Systems in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics. She is trained in a technique called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), an FDA-approved treatment for patients with MDD (Major Depressive Disorder), who have not fully benefitted from prior medication therapy. TMS is also effective for the treatment of anxiety disorders.

In addition, Dr. Carlsen is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Association of Women Psychiatrists.