Seven New Board of Regents Members Appointed

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Mercersburg Academy is pleased to welcome seven new members to its Board of Regents. The Board is the school’s governing body and includes approximately 30 alumni, parents of alumni or current students, and friends of the school elected for three-year terms by the Board or by the alumni-at-large.

Andrew Alpert Esq. ’82, P ’14 is a partner with Alpert Schreyer LLC. He is on the board of directors of the Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, chairman of the Legislative Group of the Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers Association on Narcotics, the state representative for the National College for DUI Defense, and a member of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Alpert is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and George Washington University School of Law.

Alpert was president of the school’s Alumni Council from 2017 to 2019 (an appointment that included an ex-officio appointment to the Board of Regents). He has also served Mercersburg as a White Key volunteer, Reunion Committee member, admission volunteer, and Annual Fund and campaign volunteer. Alpert is a member of the Marshall and Irving Alliance and the Via Lucis Society. He has three children, including Zoe ’14. Alpert and his wife, Maria Zimmitti, live in Kensington, MD. 

Kristin Butterfield Vickery ’88, P ’18, ’22 is the director of grassroots advocacy at the American Academy of Physician Assistants, where she works to increase visibility for physician assistant legislative issues and encourages PAs to position themselves as experienced medical providers who can provide expertise on complex medical issues and serve as a resource for their representatives. She is a member of Mercersburg’s Alumni Council, and she and her husband, Stuart, serve as co-chairs of the White Key Executive Council, the school’s parent volunteer organization. Vickery serves as an ex-officio member of the Board as a representative of the White Key Executive Council.

Vickery, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and George Washington University, has served as a Reunion Committee co-chair, hosted Mercersburg admission events, and volunteered for the school’s Annual Fund and as a team parent. Her great-grandfather, John Drumm H ’38, was a longtime faculty member at Mercersburg and the school treasurer for more than 40 years. Vickery’s father, John Butterfield ’56; uncle, David Butterfield ’60; and son, Thomas Vickery ’18, are all Mercersburg alumni, while her daughter, Cate Vickery ’22, is a current student. Vickery and her family live in Alexandria, VA.

Pablo Coballasi ’91 is the managing director and founding partner of PC Capital. Over the last 20 years, he has worked as a private equity investor, investment banker, and consultant in the United States and Latin America and has helped build PC Capital into Mexico’s leading middle-market private equity and investment banking firm. In addition, Coballasi serves as a mentor for Endeavor, serves on multiple corporate boards, and is a member of Mexico’s Private Equity Association Investor Relations Committee.

Coballasi graduated from Vanderbilt University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a benefactor of Mercersburg’s Latin America Endowed Scholarship Fund, and his brothers, Jose ’90 and Andres ’95, are Mercersburg alumni. Coballasi and his wife, Palmira, have three children and live in Mexico City.

John Henry ’91, P ’23 is chairman, founder, and CEO of Chariot Companies LLC, a minority-owned, mission-based diversified social-impact organization focused on revitalizing underserved communities throughout the United States. As a public finance and commercial real estate attorney, Henry has overseen and developed more than 7,000 residential units and 3 million square feet of commercial space and has expertise in multifamily housing projects administered by HUD, FHA-insured loans, tax-exempt bonds, Section 8 subsidies, Empowerment Zones, Hope VI, and CDBG.

A graduate of Bucknell University and Washington and Lee University Law School, Henry served on Mercersburg’s Alumni Council from 2001 to 2004 and spoke to the student body during Family and Alumni Weekend 2019 as part of a panel discussion on equity, diversity, and inclusion. His son, Austin ’23, is a current Mercersburg student. Henry lives in Philadelphia.

Bruce Ricciuti ’83 is a managing member of of Birch Capital LLC, an investment firm providing debt and equity secured through both domestic and foreign capital to fund real-estate acquisition and development across the U.S. Ricciuti is also founder and president of Birch|REA LLC, a commercial real estate advisory firm that provides comprehensive real-estate advisory services to a constituency of financial institutions, corporations, investors, investment banks, public agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and developers.

Ricciuti, a graduate of Babson College, has served as a Mercersburg Class Agent and is active in regional events in Florida and the Boston area. He was a member of the Boston Regional Committee for the Mightily Onward campaign and a Boston event co-host. Ricciuti established the Katie and Paul Ricciuti Family Scholarship Endowed Fund and is a member of the Via Lucis Society. He and his wife, Karen Agredo, have four children and live in Boca Raton, FL, and Weston, MA.

Sassan Shaool ’91 is the CEO and co-owner of Washco Companies, which includes Washco Management, Washco Development, and Washco Homes. Washco Management, a real-estate development company, also handles construction and property management in the residential and commercial spheres. Shaool co-owns Washco Companies and another family business, Manny’s Oriental Rug & Gallery Inc., with his father and brother. He is entering his second year as president of Mercersburg’s Alumni Council (which he joined in 2014) and is an ex-officio member of the Board as a representative of the Alumni Council.

Shaool, a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, has also served as a Class Agent, Reunion Committee chair, Reunion Committee member, and Daring to Lead campaign host committee member. His sister, Sasha Emral Shaool Nourafchan ’93, is a fellow Mercersburg alum. Shaool has three children and lives in Frederick, MD.

Lorraine Simonis ’10 is a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Following her graduation from Washington and Lee University, she received a Fulbright Teaching Assistant Fellowship to teach English in Austria. She authored “Sanctuary Cities: A Study in Modern Nullification?”, which appeared in the British Journal of American Legal Studies.

Simonis is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and previously worked as the director of residential life for Mercersburg Summer Programs’ Young Writers Camp. While a student at Mercersburg, she was president of the Student Council and received the Head of School’s Prize at Commencement. Simonis lives in Haverford, PA.

To learn more about Mercersburg’s Board of Regents, visit the School Leadership page of our website.