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William I. Koch, Chairman, Board of Trustees
David Rosow, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Finance Committee
Robert Kaufmann, Chairman, Executive Committee
Sean McGould, Chairman, Investment Committee
Amanda Schumacher, Chairman, Development Committee
Dawn Hoffman, Trustee
Darlene Jordan, Trustee
Karin Luter, Trustee
Robert Simses, Trustee
Matthew K. Smith, Trustee
Dawn Hoffman is a homemaker heavily involved with social and political activism. She has been dedicated to impacting the lives of children in multiple ways since 1994. She founded and served on the Board of the Children’s Advocacy Center in Tampa and has also served on the Take Stock for Children Board. Additionally, she served as a trustee on the Board of Edison State College while living on the west coast of Florida. After adopting two daughters, she formed Camp Kids Hope, an organization that brings orphans over from Russia for a four-week camp experience with the intention of finding them loving families in the United States. To date, they have successfully adopted out 88 children who are now living in the areas of Tampa, Ft. Myers and Naples. Currently, Dawn is a guardian ad litem in Palm Beach County as she continues her commitment to better the life of a child. Politically, she spent four years as president of The Governor’s Mansion Foundation under Jeb Bush. She is married to Alfred Hoffman, former ambassador to Portugal and real estate mogul. Together they have two children Sophie, 20 and Ava, 16.
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. Mr. Kaufmann retired in 2003 and now lives with his wife near Oxbridge Academy.
William I. Koch
William I. Koch is the founder of Oxbridge Academy, and has donated over $100 million since the school’s inception in 2011. He is also the founder of Oxbow Carbon LLC, one of the world’s largest recyclers of refinery and natural gas byproducts. He is recognized as an entrepreneur, champion sailor (winner of the ’92 America’s Cup and four world championships), art collector and philanthropist. He is a graduate of Culver Military Academy. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering. He 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 his mission to help less fortunate children receive a high-level education. In addition to his commitment to Oxbridge Academy, he has contributed money, time, and energy to help individuals, teachers and classrooms get the support they have needed. He has donated musical instruments and tutoring help to disadvantaged children in Palm Beach County, computers and software for children with learning disabilities, and funded science programs around the world. He and his wife, Bridget, have six children.
Karin Luter was formerly the controller for Gulfco, the St. Regis/Ritz Carlton and the Plaza Hotel in New York, as well an auditor for U.S. Bank, Aspen. In addition to Oxbridge Academy, she is active in a number of philanthropic causes, including Palm Beach Par 3 Foundation, Palm Beach Zoo, American Ballet Theatre, and Lincoln Center. She has served on many boards and committees, including the Aspen Art Museum, Presidential Advisory Committee for the Arts, Kennedy Center, New York Academy of Art, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Mrs. Luter resides in Palm Beach and Aspen.
Sean McGould is the founder of Lighthouse Investment Partners, which manages $8.5 billion in assets under management. He is responsible for overall portfolio construction and day-to-day operations. Mr. McGould is the chairman of the Lighthouse Executive Committee and the Lighthouse Investment Committee. He serves as the CEO and is on the Board of Lighthouse's parent company, HFA Holdings, Ltd. Prior to Lighthouse, he was the director of the Outside Trader Investment Program for Trout Trading Management company, Ltd. based in Bermuda and worked for Price Waterhouse in auditing and corporate finance. He graduated with high honors from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Mr. McGould played baseball at Butler for four years and was captain his senior year and now serves on the Butler University Business School Board of Visitors. 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, Erin, have been married for 22 years and have three children.
David Rosow is a trustee of Fidelity Select Co. and serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Compliance Governance and Distribution Committees. He is a board member and chairman of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of Oxbow LLC. Formerly, he was chairman of Rosow & Co.; chairman, president, and CEO of Moore & Munger; Chairman of Westport Bank and Trust; 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.
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 and resides in Palm Beach and in Big Sky, Montana, with Charles, her husband of 27 years, and their five children.
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, Mr. Simses 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.
Matthew K. Smith
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, Tracy, have two children, a son and daughter who attend Oxbridge.