Ransom Everglades called upon a loyal and accomplished alumnus and a service-minded financial industry executive to enhance its board of trustees in 2019-20. Agustin “Konky” Arellano ’90, who served for eight years on the RE Alumni Board, and Katie Nicholas, an investment analyst and active volunteer, began their tenures as board members on July 1.
The pair replaced Gary Tie-Shue and Mariela Cisneros-Mestre, who served for six and five years, respectively, and helped lead Ransom Everglades into the REinventing Excellence campaign that is transforming the Upper School campus.
Head of School Penny Townsend offered gratitude for the work of the departing board members while looking ahead to the promise brought by the newest additions to RE’s 30-person governing board, which is led by chair Andrew L. Ansin ’81 and vice-chair Jeffrey Hicks ’84.
“Konky and Katie bring a range of skills and experience and, most importantly, huge hearts to our board of trustees,” Townsend said. “You could not ask for a more devoted alumnus than Konky, who has shared his time and talents with RE since he graduated. Katie is newer to our community, but I am no less excited to watch her get to work. I know her expertise and passion will make us better.
“We will greatly miss Gary and Mariela, who devoted countless hours to RE and provided a marvelous example for future trustees.”
Arellano, who also served as alumni board president, is co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of NV2A Group, a commercial building construction and civil infrastructure company. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of OHL-Arellano Construction Co., a full-service construction management and general contracting company based in Miami and with offices in Orlando and Aruba.
He also has been active on non-profit boards, serving as director of the K J Arellano Foundation; honorary board member of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind (and former chair); a member of the Orange Bowl Committee; former chair of FIU’s Department of Construction Management Industry Advisory Council; and former board member of the Riviera Country Club.
Nicholas is a director at Ithaka Partners LLC, a private alternative asset management firm. She previously served as a marketing professional in the women’s athletic shoe division for Reebok International, researching, drafting and presenting briefs for new shoe design. She also worked at Duke University Management Company as an investment analyst; at Macy’s, Inc., as an assist buyer in the world division; and at Montgomery Securities as a research analyst.
Prior to her move to Miami, she volunteered extensively at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and The Pine Street Inn. She also served on the board of The Chestnut Hill School and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School. She has been capital campaign co-chair for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School and a member of Duke’s Library Board.
Both Arellano and Nicholas attended Duke University. Arellano earned a bachelor’s degree at Duke and MBA at the University of Chicago. His father, Agustin Arellano Sr., served as a trustee from 1988-97. His sisters, Lola Pegg ’93 and Olivia Arellano Espinosa ’00 also attended RE. He and spouse Loli Boehler have three children, Luc, Bella and Benji.
Nicholas also earned her bachelor’s at Duke, then attended the Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, including a semester of study in St. Gallen, Switzerland. She is the mother of Jack ’22 and Nick, and remains partial to Duke basketball.