New members join RE board

Ransom Everglades welcomed to the 2020-21 Board of Trustees two loyal alumni with deep Miami roots and two community-minded executives who built their careers outside the region. Alums Melissa Krinzman '86 and Jon Madorsky '91 attended their first board meeting June 11 along with fellow newcomers Reuven Bigio and Stephanie Dua.
That foursome officially stepped in on July 1, as the board bade farewell to trustees Miriam Esteve, Richard Leeds and Jeffrey Miller '79. Esteve had been on the board for six years, Leeds for six, and Miller – previously a board chair – for 15. Miller also served as co-chair for the REinventing Excellence campaign along with Constance Fernandez.
"We are excited about the combination of fresh talent and RE loyalty that Reuven, Stephanie, Melissa and Jon bring to our board," Andrew L. Ansin '81 said as his two-year term as board chair drew to a close. "We know Melissa and Jon share a deep passion for Ransom Everglades and have skills and experience that will elevate their alma mater. Reuven and Stephanie, both RE parents, have demonstrated leadership and compassion in their long and successful careers, and we know they will be brilliant additions.

"We will greatly miss Miriam, Richard and Jeffrey, each of whom has made a significant impact on Ransom Everglades. I especially thank Jeffrey, who was generous in sharing his expertise with me as a former board chair. I wish all of them well in their future endeavors, and thank them for their years of dedication and service."  

Ansin, a member of the board for 10 years, stepped down as chair and passed the mantle to Jeff Hicks '84, a former communications committee chair who served as vice chair for the past two years. Elana Oberstein-Harris '93, previously co-chair of the advancement committee, stepped into the vice chair role.

Head of School Penny Townsend extolled Ansin's contributions to his alma mater. She noted that he has been a helpful and enthusiastic partner for the past two years, rolling up his sleeves to oversee the construction of the STEM Center, renovation of La Brisa and associated projects on the Ransom Campus. He and his family also saw to it that the Ransom Raider statue was brought back to campus.

"I can't thank Andy enough for his wise counsel, spirit of serviceherculean work – and the incomparable Raider statue," Townsend said. "I look forward to working with Jeff Hicks, who brings commitment, a deep love for RE and a desire to protect our school generations into the future, and we all will benefit from Elana's unflappable devotion to her alma mater.

"I also expect great things from our new board members: Melissa, Jon, Reuven and Stephanie."

Bigio is Chairman and CEO of GB Group, a diversified business conglomerate based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He oversees the general administrative and strategic activities of the group, which is a parent of more than a dozen industrial and trading companies with operations concentrated in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Saint Maarten and the United States. Bigio also serves as the Honorary Counsel General of the State of Israel in Haiti and played a significant role in the establishment of the Israeli Defense Forces Field Hospital in Port-au-Prince immediately after the 2010 earthquake. He studied at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., earning a degree in Business Administration and Finance, and The Hotchkiss School, an independent school in Salisbury, Conn. Bigio and his wife Karine Bigio are parents to Charlotte ’23, Aron ’25 and David.

Dua is an entrepreneur and Co-founder/President of Homer, the global early learning company behind award-winning early learning apps Homer Reading and Homer Stories. She recently served as CEO for the New York City Education Department’s Fund for Public Schools, raising more than $165 million to support literacy and teacher-training. In 2009, she was one of Crain’s New York Business’ 40 Under 40. Dua launched her career at McKinsey and Company’s consumer and retail practice, then joined the management consulting group’s leadership team at the Robin Hood Foundation, and also served as a senior advisor to the Carnegie Corporation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She earned her bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and Master of Public Policy at Harvard University. Passionately committed to leading – and raising – women who identify and pursue their goals fiercely, Dua and husband Andre Dua are the parents of Anya ’22, Siona ’24 and Isla ’27.

Krinzman is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Krillion Ventures, a Miami-based venture capital fund that invests in seed-stage technology companies solving problems in health and wellness, PropTech, and FinTech. Previously, Melissa was the founder of Venture Architects LLC, a leading business plan development firm for private companies and non-profit organizations, where she worked with over 900 companies that collectively raised more than $1B in investment capital. She also served as the President of the U.S. subsidiary of a European fabric manufacturer and fashion company. Krinzman began her career as a member of the launch teams of three prominent national non-profits: Do Something, The Drucker Institute, and The Points of Light Foundation. Krinzman serves on the boards of Miami Angels, Cane Angels, and Beacon College Prep, a non-profit charter school based in Opa-Locka. Krinzman is a former
 Vice-chair of The Miami Foundation and previously served on the RE alumni board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University, and is mother to Liv Steinhardt ’23.

Madorsky is a partner of RCP Advisors, is a private equity investment firm that provides access to North American lower middle market private equity fund managers, private credit solutions and advisory and research services. He is the portfolio manager for the firm’s secondary investment activities and maintains broader activities throughout the investment function. He also serves as a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining RCP Advisors in 2004, he worked for Transora as an associate, and PwC Consulting as a Senior Strategic Consultant in the Retail/Consumer Packaged Goods Practice. Madorsky serves as Co-Chair of Chicago Area Private Equity Executives, and is a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree at Emory University and MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has three sisters who attended RE – Karen S. Madorsky ’88, Merrit Tollefson ’88 and Suzanne Richard Meltzer ’89.
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.