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Head of School Transition Planning

Dear Rivers Community:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are excited to provide some details about transition planning for incoming Head of School Ryan Dahlem, who will be joining The Rivers School as our ninth head on July 1, 2023. This is an exciting time for everyone in our school community, and we look forward to welcoming Ryan for two campus visits in early February and late March.

The goals of these visits are simply to allow us to get to know Ryan better and allow him to get to know Rivers and the members of our community better. The first visit on February 2 and 3 will focus on our “campus community” (students, faculty, deans, and staff) and trustees. The second visit on March 28 and 29 will focus on the broader school community (alumni, parents, past parents, and prospective parents).
Some highlights of Ryan’s February visit will include Upper School and Middle School class visits, Upper School assembly, and meetings with faculty, staff, deans, and department chairs. Additional information will follow about the March visits soon.
By way of background, in late October, the Board of Trustees appointed a Head’s Transition and Support Committee (HTSC) consisting of three trustees and three administrators:
–Sheila Hiatt P’21, ’22, ’24, Trustee and HTSC Chair
–Andy Delinsky ’93, Trustee (Head of School, The Peck School, Morristown, NJ)
–Alan D. Rose, Jr. ’87, President, Board of Trustees
–Melissa Anderson P’25, ’25, Head of the Upper School 
–John Bower, Head of the Middle School
–Krissie Kelleher P’22, ’25, Associate Head of School for External Relations 
The HTSC has reviewed materials from our consultants on successful transition planning for heads of school and has set up a transition portal for Ryan that provides information on Rivers and the community. In addition, Head of School Ned Parsons has provided Ryan with detailed operational reports prepared by his senior administrative team. We have also provided Ryan with some historical information about Rivers. Over the past five weeks, the HTSC has met with Ryan twice over Zoom to work on transition planning, and will meet with Ryan again in mid-February and late March. Ryan is now in weekly communication with Ned Parsons and regular communication with me as we move toward his July 1 start date. In addition, as you know from Ned’s recent announcement, Ryan was directly involved in hiring Jenny Jun-lei Kravitz, our new director of DEI. Overall, we are working hard to strike a balance that allows Ryan to hit the ground running on July 1 while respecting his current duties at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School.
We are excited to welcome Ryan back to campus and look forward to a successful leadership transition for Rivers. Please join me in offering Ryan a very warm welcome back to campus. 

Alan D. Rose, Jr. ’87
Board of Trustees

Head’s Transition and Support Committee

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  • Sheila Hiatt P’21, ’22, ’24, Trustee and HTSC Chair

    Sheila is a co-founder and managing partner of Hiatt & Hoke LLP and oversees all of its practice areas. Additionally, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the firm. Sheila joined the Rivers board in 2019 and serves as a trustee at Dedham Country Day School, where she was president of the board from 2014 to 2017. Sheila and her husband live in Milton and have three children, one of whom is currently attending Rivers.
  • Andy Delinsky ’93, Trustee (Head of School, The Peck School, Morristown, NJ)

    Andy Delinsky ’93 has served as a trustee since 2019. The Delinsky family has deep ties to Rivers: Andy’s older brother, Eric, graduated in ’87, and their father, Steve Delinsky, served as board president during Delinsky’s years at the school.
    After Rivers, he earned a BA in English at Franklin & Marshall College and an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, as well as an MA in leadership from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. He has spent his career in education, teaching at the Fay School and St. Albans School and serving as an administrator at the Bullis School. In July 2014, Andy was chosen to lead the Peck School, a co-educational K-8 school in Morristown, N.J. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Julie, and their three young children.
  • Alan D. Rose, Jr. ’87, President, Board of Trustees

    Alan co-founded Rose Law Partners (then Rose & Associates) in 1995. Alan’s practice focuses on civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts and in arbitration, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, employment litigation, defense of state and federal government and regulatory investigations, and college and university law. Alan served on the Rivers board from 2007 to 2021 and was re-elected in June of 2022. He lives in Weston with his wife and two sons.
  • Melissa Anderson P’25, ’25, Head of the Upper School

    Melissa Anderson has a BA in politics from Princeton University and a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Rivers, Melissa spent 16 years at Greenwich Academy, where she had extensive experience in both teaching history and administrative roles. In addition to teaching Upper School history, Melissa assists with special projects that support curriculum and strategic planning. She has twin daughters in the Rivers Class of 2025.
  • John Bower, Head of the Middle School

    John Bower joined the faculty in 2008 and has served as head of the Middle School since 2020. During his time at Rivers, John has taught Middle School and Upper School French and Middle School chorus; he has also served as music director for the Middle School and Upper School musicals. He was the school's director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from 2009 until 2019. In 2017, he received the Walter Family Community Award recognizing his "commitment to cultivating a caring community through extraordinary contributions to the school." John holds a BA in music theory & composition, with a minor in French language, from Haverford College.
  • Krissie Kelleher P’22, ’25, Associate Head of School for External Relations

    Krissie Kelleher has worked in development for more than 15 years, having started her career in the Harvard College Fund office before moving to Loomis Chaffee, where she was an integral part of the development team. Krissie worked at Loomis as associate director of development and major gifts officer before being promoted to director of major gifts and then director of the school’s Centennial Campaign. A native of the South Shore, she earned a BA in communication from Boston College and an MA in public relations from Boston University.