Current School Board Members
Guy DuBeau, President
Guy holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri and M.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He has been affiliated with EAGLE since 1997 when his oldest son enrolled in the Nest.
He and his wife, Patti, have had four boys go through EAGLE, with the last one graduating in 2020.
He served as the President of the EPO and has been on the Board since 2001 where he currently also serves as legal counsel.
Mary Olsky, Vice President
Mary is a co-founder of EAGLE School. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Literature from Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, she has undertaken classes in law school and many in education.
Mary divides her time between Madison and Scottsdale, AZ, teaching bridge classes at both locations.
John Stoneman, Secretary
John and his wife, Jane, are the parents of four EAGLE School graduates, with their oldest child having enrolled in the Nest in 2000, and their youngest having graduated from EAGLE School in 2019.
A lifelong Fitchburg resident, John holds a B.A. from Luther College and an M.B.A. and J.D. from UW-Madison, and currently serves as President of Heartland Properties, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Settlers bank.
In addition to serving on the Board of EAGLE School, John serves as the co-chair of the Community Advisory Group for Stanford Online High School.
Lyn Macgregor, PhD, Treasurer
EAGLE School Board member Lyn Macgregor lives in Fitchburg with her husband, Ted Halsted, and her two EAGLE students, Caroline (7/8) and Jillian (5/6).
Lyn earned her B.A. at Boston University and taught high school Humanities and Drama before earning her doctorate in Sociology at UW. Her time at work is currently split between appointments in UW’s Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
Masood Akhtar is an Indian-born American Muslim entrepreneur living in Madison for over 30 years. Akhtar has testified before Congress, served on many state and national committees, and received numerous awards for his work on energy related and economic development issues.
Akhtar is also an activist who founded “We Are Many – United Against Hate”, an internationally recognized movement that focuses on teaching forgiveness and peace, addressing the root causes of hate to fight bigotry and racism and build inclusive communities. The movement’s efforts have earned him accolades from agencies ranging from the Rotary Club of Madison to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More recently,
Akhtar started “Empowering Students for Success”, an organization that provides interest-free loans and mentors students from low- and medium-income families to pursue higher education.
Akhtar and his wife, Shabana Syed, are parents of Yusuf Masood, a sixth grade student at EAGLE.
Sam and her husband, Bruce, are proud parents of their daughter, Lilly (now at McGill University), who attended EAGLE from 2009 to 2015. During that time, Sam served as a parent aide and tennis coach. Currently, she is the executive director of Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society (a chamber music festival), a position she has held for 23 seasons.
An advocate for the arts, Sam is involved in many freelance arts and architecture-based projects. Past positions include curator of Tandem Press (a fine-art press affiliated with the UW- Madison Art Department) and staff member of two arts organizations in Venice, Italy (Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale). Committed to volunteering, she has served on many boards of directors. She is currently chairing the EAGLE Forward: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Along with her husband and daughter, Sam is an Airbnb “Superhost.” She is a native Wisconsinite, loves to travel, learn, practice compassion, play tennis and pond hockey, and enjoys the arts and farm-to-table scenes in Madison.
Deb coordinated gifted programming for Manitowoc (WI) Public Schools for over 20 years. She is past president of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG) and a member of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Parent Advisory Board.
Deb advocates for gifted children around the world, providing GT Carpe Diem workshops for students, professional development for educators, and support for parents. She is the author of The Power of Self Advocacy for Gifted Learners (Free Spirit Publishing 2017) and co-editor with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis of No More Dreams Deferred: Breaking the Barriers to Self-advocacy for Underserved Gifted Learners (in progress).
Deb lives in Fitchburg with her husband, Ray Aldag, and their wickedly gifted bichon frise, Lily.
Wendy earned her Ph.D. from the School Psychology program at UW-Madison. She has been a licensed school psychologist for 25+ years, working at the pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school levels, and was most recently the Lead Psychologist for the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD).
Wendy retired from MMSD in the summer of 2021. She has had a private practice 15 years, specializing in assessment and short term therapy for talented and gifted children, adolescents, and young adults. Wendy’s areas of expertise include cognitive and academic assessments, the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma and loss, academic and social-emotional issues concerning talented and gifted students, and leading crisis response in K-12 schools. In addition, she has received extensive training in restorative justice practices and circle facilitation, supporting and leading that work district-wide while working at MMSD.
Rob LoBreglio has served on the EAGLE board of directors for the past four years. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Vassar College, as well as a degree in Brewing Technology from The Siebel Institute of Technology.
Rob is the Brewmaster and co founder of The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company. He is also the parent of an EAGLE alum, has served on the EPO, and is well-known as “grill guy” at the annual spring FUNdraiser.
Farah Ali and her husband, Imdad, are the proud parents of two current EAGLE students, Manal (4/5) and Alina (Nest).
Farah received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire in Management information systems and Accounting. She then worked as an Accountant at Deloitte while completing her CPA. Additionally, Farah completed her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Currently she works as a Foreign Source Income specialist at the UW Madison Office of Human Resources.
Farah has served as the President of the EAGLE Parents Organization for the past two years and joined the school board this year.
During her free time, Farah enjoys spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, and running local charity runs.
Dr. Manish Patankar
Manish Patankar earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and is currently a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty.
EAGLE School provided the nurturing environment for his daughter who is currently a senior at West High School. Manish lives in Fitchburg with his wife and daughter.
Jessica Knutson is currently the President of the Eagle Parent Organization. She and her husband, Cam Chute, are proud parents of Eagle students Charlie, 4/5 and Leo, Upper Primary.
Jessica received her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from St. Olaf College. Professionally, Jessica has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones for 17 years. Through her firm, she has been active in leadership development, teaching courses to advisors across the country. During that time, she has also served on the executive boards for the Stoughton Area Community Foundation and the Stoughton Area Resource Team. During her free time, Jessica enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, and cabin time in Northern Wisconsin.
Ellen Bunn, Teacher Liaison
Ellen has a B.A. in Anthropology and Geology from the University of California at Davis and M.A. degrees in Anthropology/Paleoanthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taken education classes at Edgewood College and is involved in ongoing professional development in various national organizations for educators and librarians.
Ellen and her husband have three adult children who are graduates of EAGLE School: the oldest enrolled in the Nest in 1993, and the youngest graduated in 2010. Ellen joined the EAGLE School staff in 2004 as a science teacher, has been the K-8 school librarian since 2009, and became staff liaison to the EAGLE School Board in 2018.
Andy Wright, EAGLE School Director
Andy holds a Master of Education degree in Private School Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts in Geology, and a teaching credential in K-12 Mathematics.
Throughout his many years in education, Andy has served as a science, math, and computer teacher; an Associate Dean of Students; an Associate Middle School Head; and a Head of Middle School in various settings across the country, including independent schools in Pennsylvania, Utah, New Mexico, and California.
For more information about the role of governing boards in non-profit independent schools like EAGLE, see the NAIS’s Principles of Good Practice for School Boards