Calhoun Board Welcomes Two New Trustees as Four Depart

With deep appreciation for their time, dedication and invaluable leadership in promoting the school’s mission, Calhoun recognizes four Trustees who are ending their tenure on our Board: Susie Barkey, whose service spanned seven years, and James Glasgow, Melissa Liberty and Marc Murphy, who each served nine years. 

The Board is pleased to welcome two new Trustees:

Letisha Gary

Letisha S. Gary is the mother of Charles E. Gary (9th grade), who entered Calhoun in first grade. They reside in the Parkchester section of the Bronx with their two cats, Toni and Tia. Letisha is a lead benefits analyst at BNY Mellon. Currently, Letisha serves as their lead compliance associate, and oversees annual and periodic electronic and onsite compliance assessments for the U.S. benefits team in partnership with the vendor management, third party governance, internal controls, record management and vendor risk groups. She recently began serving as the survivor benefits director, overseeing the concierge support to survivors as they navigate the benefits collection process when an employee passes away.

Letisha is currently developing a strategy to streamline the existing end-to-end transition process and enhance the client experience. In prior roles, Letisha administered a variety of health and welfare programs including medical, life insurance, and additional ancillary benefits. She has also administered defined benefit and defined contribution pension programs. She served as the subject matter expert for Legacy Bank of New York Benefits after Mellon Bank and Bank of New York merged in 2007 to support the merger of the employee benefits program.

Letisha received her B.A. degree in creative writing from Hunter College in 2008. After obtaining her MPA from Long Island University in 2013, Letisha enrolled in New York Law School in 2015. She graduated on May 20, 2019, and will take the bar exam in July 2019. During her tenure as a law student, Letisha served on the executive board of the Health Law Society as vice president, and participated as a legal intern at Finkel & Fernandez, focusing on elder law and special needs.

Letisha enjoys trying new foods, reading, traveling, swimming, and spending time with friends.

Kate Hope

Kate Roche Hope and her husband Harold are the parents of Gibson (6th grade), who started Calhoun in the 5th grade. They live on the Upper East Side and have two other children, Gus (age 10) and Nancy (age 7).

A Baltimore native, Kate has lived in New York City for over 20 years and has spent most of her life involved with and working in the arts and theater. Prior to having children, she was a senior strategist at LaPlaca Cohen, an arts consulting firm that advises a wide range of national arts institutions on branding and strategy. Previously, Kate was a marketing director for TMG –The Marketing Group and handled marketing and promotions for Broadway productions, including Mamma Mia!, The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray, Rent and numerous others. She is launching The Blue Barn, a home furnishings and design company based in Bedford, NY in late 2019.

An active volunteer in her community and children’s schools, Kate is a current trustee and past board president of the Signature Theatre Company, as well as a director of the Prouts Neck Bathing Association in Prouts Neck, Maine. She was a founding co-chair of Generation PH, the young leadership committee at Playwrights Horizons, and served as a member of The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Kate is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she double majored in art history and English and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Please join us in welcoming Letisha and Kate and in thanking Susie, James, Melissa and Marc.