Board of Trustees
William I. Koch
William I. Koch founded Oxbridge Academy in 2011 and has donated more than $100 million since the school’s inception. He is also the founder of Oxbow Carbon LLC, one of the world’s largest recyclers of refinery and natural gas byproducts. Recognized as an entrepreneur, champion sailor (winner of the ’92 America’s Cup and four world championships), art collector and philanthropist, Mr. Koch graduated from Culver Military Academy, then went on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering. Generous with his time, Mr. Koch serves on numerous local and national boards, including the Palm Beach Police Foundation, the Museum of Fine Arts, University Hospital, the Smithsonian Museum for American Art, and the President’s Circle for the National Academy of Arts, Science and Medicine. He is passionate about helping underserved children and in addition to support of Oxbridge, he contributes money, time, and energy to help individuals, teachers and classrooms get the support needed; donated musical instruments and tutoring to children in Palm Beach County; and computers, and software for children with learning needs; and funded science programs around the world. Mr. Koch is the father to three Oxbridge Academy alumni, class of ’15, ’16 and ’17.
David Rosow has served as Oxbridge Academy’s CEO and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2017. The Director of Oxbow Carbon LLC since 2015, he was the former chairman of Rosow & Co; a trustee of Fidelity Select Co. and served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Compliance Governance and Distribution Committees; chairman, president, and CEO of Moore & Munger; Chairman of Westport Bank and Trust; and lead director, chairman of the executive committee, on the board of Hudson United Bancorp. He served on the Dean's Advisory Board for the Yale School of Medicine. Mr. Rosow was a council member for the Town of Palm Beach, 2008-2012, and council president 2009-2012 and served as a trustee for Fairfield Country Day School and Green Mountain College. He served as a U.S. Naval Officer, 1964-1967 and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota.
Jay Boodheshwar currently serves the City of Naples, Florida as the City Manager. Before beginning his service to the in May 2022, he served in various leadership roles for the Town of Palm Beach, Florida, the City of Massillon, Ohio, the City of East Chicago, Indiana, the City of Bloomington, Indiana, and the Town of Munster, Indiana. His public service experience in local government spans over 27 years, with 23 years in senior management roles. He has also held volunteer leadership roles with numerous non-profits and professional associations. Mr. Boodheshwar grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and earned a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from Bowling Green State University. He also began his graduate studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and finished at Florida Atlantic University with a master’s degree in public administration. Active in numerous professional and non-profit organizations, he is a member of the International City Management Association and the Florida City and County Management Association and is past President of the Palm Beach County City Management Association. He is also the past chairman and a current executive committee board member for the Town of Palm Beach United Way. Mr. Boodheshwar and his wife are parents of two Oxbridge Alumni class of ‘15 and ‘18.
Darlene Luccio Jordan is the Executive Director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation. In 2012, she was awarded the Fordham Founder’s Award, honoring her outstanding philanthropic commitment to her Alma Mater, Fordham University. She completed a 14-year term on the Fordham Board of Directors. In April 2016, she was appointed to the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida where she is the Chair of Academic and Student Affairs and Vice Chair of Academic and Research Excellence. In March 2017 she was appointed to the Constitution Revision Commission of the State of Florida. She received Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Women of Distinction Award in March 2017 for her commitment to her community and educational causes and the 2020 Republican Party of Palm Beach County Lifetime Achievement Award recognized in March 2020. She is a Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, a trustee of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and a member of the Board of Directors for Rosarian Academy, and the Town of Palm Beach United Way. Darlene and her husband are parents to one Oxbridge alumni.
Robert E. Kaufmann
Robert E. Kaufmann has been a member of the Oxbridge Foundation Board since 2013. An honors graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Kaufmann also graduated from the Harvard Business School. Early in his career, he was director of admissions at Harvard College and subsequently served for nine years as the assistant and then associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. He was headmaster of Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts) from 1980 to 1994. He also served for five years as the executive director of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp; an organization founded originally by Paul Newman that offers summer camps (as charities) for seriously ill children.
Sean founded the Lighthouse Group and serves as CEO and CIO. He is the chairman of the Lighthouse Group Executive Committee and the Lighthouse Group Investment Research Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of Navigator Global Investments, Lighthouse’s parent company. Prior to Lighthouse, Sean was the Director of the Outside Trader Investment Program for Trout Trading Management Company, Ltd. (Trout) based in Bermuda. At Trout, he was responsible for the allocation of several hundred million dollars of the fund’s assets to external alternative asset strategies. Prior to joining Trout, he worked for Price Waterhouse in auditing and corporate finance. Sean graduated with high honors from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is actively involved in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Ball 4 Lyfe. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He and his wife are parents to two Oxbridge Alumni, class of “18 and ’21.
Amanda Schumacher is the founder and president of the Tree of Life Foundation International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support other organizations locally and globally. She is also the founder and president of the Tree of Life Center, a 501(c)(3) restoration home. Her other companies include the Tree of Life Designer Store, Tree of Life Enterprise Services, and Insurance of the Palm Beaches. She is actively involved as vice president of Schumacher Automotive and serves on the boards of the Palm Beach Island Hospice Foundation and the Palm Beach Republican Club. She has participated in many philanthropic endeavors, which include chairing events for American Red Cross, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Center for Creative Education, Easter Seals, Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach, Palm Beach Day Academy, Palm Beach Historical Society, Palm Beach Preservation Foundation and Palm Beach Zoo. Mrs. Schumacher received her Bachelor of Arts from Pine Manor College. She and her husband are parents to one Oxbridge Academy alumni, class of ’22.
Robert Simses is a partner with Simses & Associates. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 1968. From 1968 to 1971 he served on active duty as a member of the Naval Administrative Unit at the White House in Washington D.C. Mr. Simses received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1974, a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University School of Law in 1979; and a Master of Laws in estate planning from the University of Miami School of Law in 1981. Prior to forming the law firm of Simses & Associates, he served as a senior tax law specialist with the Office of Chief Counsel in the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C. Bob is a trustee of the First Tee (national board) and a director of the First Tee of the Palm Beaches. In addition, he serves as a director of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Foundation; the Friends of Recreation, Inc.; the Par 3 Foundation; the Louise B. Blackman Family Foundation; the Jean Keller Carros and Robert Carros Foundation; the Elayne and Donald Flamm Foundation; and the Ava F. Roosevelt Foundation. Mr. Simses and his wife are parents to one Oxbridge Academy alumni, class of ’16.
Matthew Smith is the chairman of Shoes For Crews, LLC, where he has worked for over 25 years in various positions throughout the company. Shoes For Crews, LLC is the world’s leading manufacturer and direct-marketer of slip-resistant footwear, servicing more than 140,000 workplaces worldwide in the restaurant, hotel, supermarket, industrial and health care industries. Mr. Smith is also active in numerous community efforts. He is the chairman of The Friends of Recreation, a 501(c)3 founded to raise funds to build the future Town of Palm Beach Recreation Center and is also the chairman of The Town-appointed Recreation Advisory Commission, which oversees the recreational facilities of the Town of Palm Beach, including the Raymond Floyd Par 3 Golf Course, Tennis Courts, Town Docks, and Recreation Center. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Day Academy, the Palm Beach Police Foundation and the Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Political Science Dept. and is a director of the Palm Beach Civic Association. Mr. Smith earned his BA degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a graduate diploma in direct marketing from New York University. He was also honored as a 2011 Ultimate CEO for Palm Beach by the South Florida Business Journal. Matt and his wife are parents to two Oxbridge Academy alumni, class of ’15 and ‘20.