Three Alumni Appointed to Board of Regents

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Mercersburg alumni Frederick Klein ’72, P ’11, Ann Marie Bliley-Ester ’01, and Michaella Hoehn-Saric ’13 have been named to the school’s Board of Regents. The Board is the school’s governing body and includes approximately 30 alumni, parents of alumni, parents of current students, and friends of the school elected for three-year terms by the Board.

Fred Klein ’72, P ’11 is a partner at DLA Piper in Washington, DC. His clients include banks, life-insurance companies, private-equity funds, publicly traded real-estate investment trusts, investors, and developers. Klein is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and has been a lecturer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s real-estate program and the business school of Georgetown University. He has twice served as general counsel of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate.
Klein is chairing his 50th reunion committee at Mercersburg, and is a former member of the school’s Alumni Council (2011–2017). He was also a Daring to Lead Campaign event host committee member, a class agent, and a member of White Key. Klein is a benefactor of two endowed funds at the Academy: the Floyd W. Robinson Jr. Writing Fund and the Stephen J. Szekely Memorial Scholarship Fund. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Miami.
Klein and his wife, Jill, live in Washington. They have three children, including Susie ’11.

Ann Marie Bliley-Ester ’01 is managing director of development for the Office of the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University. She leads philanthropic efforts for campus-wide interdisciplinary programs in energy, sustainability, conservation, aging, and infectious disease, including COVID-19 priority projects. Bliley-Ester serves as president of Mercersburg’s Alumni Council, which she initially joined in 2015; she was previously the organization’s vice president. 
Bliley-Ester earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Wooster and a master’s degree in organizational leadership with a concentration in strategic innovation and change management from the Colorado State University System. She completed the Institute for Leaders in Development program at the University of Denver and holds the Certified Fundraising Executive credential. At Mercersburg, she has been a reunion committee member and a class agent, and was a donor to the Lloyd Aquatic Center as well as to the restoration of the Irvine Memorial Chapel window “Kindness,” which was a special joint gift with her father (the late David Bliley ’58). She received the Alumni Council Prize for Service in June 2021.
Bliley-Ester and her husband, Kyle Ester, live in Fort Collins, CO. Her appointment to the Board is as an ex-officio member (through her Alumni Council presidency).

Michaella Hoehn-Saric ’13 is a product manager at 2U, an education technology company where her focus is providing enhancements to the undergraduate experience of college students. Hoehn-Saric was a Mercersburg student tour guide, and has served the school as an academic volunteer in the area of curriculum innovation, as a member of the Daring to Lead Campaign Boston Host Committee, as a class agent, and as her 5th reunion chair. She has been appointed to the Board through its Young Regents Program.
Hoehn-Saric earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, and operations from Babson College. She is a benefactor of Mercersburg’s Taku Yamane ’12 Memorial Fund, and lives in Salisbury, MD.

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