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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 2023-2024 school year, the members of the Board of Trustees are as follows: Ms. Lauren Rothchild, Dr. Peter Lewis, Dr. Andrea Carlsen, Dr. Lauren Schwartz, Mrs. Christine Marquino.

Lauren Rothchild – Chair

Lauren Rothchild is an Administrative Supervisor for Northwell Health. She has over a 12-year history in healthcare and education with a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration, and is a former VSS parent and long-time Board member. 

Dr. Peter Lewis – Treasurer

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. Lauren Schwartz

Dr. Lauren Schwartz is a Practicing Podiatrist in Manhasset and Floral Park. She is an Attending Physician in the Northwell Hospital System, specializing in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.  Dr. Schwartz is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. 
She is Immediate Past President of the Nassau Division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. 
Dr. Schwartz spent 13 years working on the Medical Staff at ACLD; Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities at their Bethpage and Hauppauge campuses. 
She received her B.S. at the State University of New York at Albany and her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. She did her Residency training at New York Methodist Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Schwartz is the proud mother of a 13 year old Special Needs child. 

Christine Marquino