The Board welcomes Corrie Schankler ’98, Jennifer Ridley Staikos ’91 and Jon Weiss ’75.
Lawrenceville’s Board members dedicate their time and resources to the School, often over multiple terms of service. Their governance and counsel is invaluable. As we bid farewell to Leslie Doll P’09 ’11 ’14 and Craig Lucas ’81 with our gratitude, we welcome new Trustee Corrente Schankler ’98 and new Alumni Trustee Jennifer Ridley Staikos ’91, and congratulate Jonathan Weiss ’75, who joins the Board as a Trustee following his outstanding service as Alumni Trustee. We invite you to get to know these loyal Lawrentians through their brief introductions below.
Corrie came to Lawrenceville as a II Former from Far Hills Country Day School. She served as president and prefect of Stanley House, was a Campus Guide, and participated in WILL (Women’s Issues in Leadership at Lawrenceville) and the varsity track and field hockey teams. She went on to graduate cum laude from Brown University in 2002. As an alumna, Corrie has served on the Young Alumni Council, the Coeducation Committee, and as a member of her 10th, 15th and 20th Reunion Committees.
The founder of Petal Design Studio in New York City, Corrie’s centerpieces, floral creations, and other decor have appeared at events in some of the city’s most popular galleries, museums, and restaurants, including the Asia Society, Central Park Zoo, Frick Collection, Lincoln Center, and Museum of the City of New York. A city resident, she serves on the Pediatric Council of the Hospital for Special Surgery and as a volunteer with the New York Collective for the Arts. Corrie and her husband, Nathaniel Hunt, have two young daughters.
In the coming year, Corrie will be lending her experience and expertise to the Admission and Financial Aid and Finance Committees of the Board.
Jennifer entered Lawrenceville in 1989 from Bernardsville, New Jersey. She lived in Kirby and Reynolds Houses, and played soccer and served as co-captain of her ice hockey team, earning a Major L in both. She was also a member of the Open Door Society. Jennifer went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Le Moyne College. As a Lawrenceville alumna, Jennifer served the Alumni Association Executive Committee for twelve years, holding the position of president from 2014-2017. She has been a member of the School’s Coeducation Committee, and also a member of her 15th, 20th, and 25th Reunion Committees. She was also a Bicentennial National Campaign Committee volunteer.
Jennifer spent her early career working with ESPN and World Wrestling Entertainment before moving on to several consulting positions, including a position as a marketing consultant for the AMC Network show, “Mad Men.” She went on to form The Ridley Group, Inc., a boutique event marketing company focused on sports and entertainment clients. She currently works as a freelance event marketing professional.
Jennifer and her husband, Bill, live in Virginia with their three young children.
She will be serving on the Student Affairs and Campaign Committees this year.
Jon came to Lawrenceville from Skillman, New Jersey, as a II Form student and was a member of Cromwell, Dickinson and Upper Houses. He went on to Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in romance languages.
As Senior Executive Vice President, Wealth & Investment Management (WIM), at Wells Fargo & Company, Jon leads a 34,000-member team and serves on the company’s Operating Committee. WIM provides a full range of personalized wealth management, investment, and retirement products and services to clients across U.S.-based businesses and delivers financial planning, private banking, credit, investment management, and fiduciary services to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2005, Jon spent 25 years at J.P. Morgan (and its predecessors), including as chief executive of Chase Manhattan Asia and head of JPMorgan’s global financial sponsor business. He began his career at Chemical Bank in 1980.
A resident of New York City, Jon serves on the board of One Goal/Urban Students Empowered in New York and as a trustee of the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Carolina. He and his wife, Barbara Asch, are the parents of two adult children.
Jon brings his considerable expertise to the Academic & Faculty Affairs, Finance, and Investment Committees. He is also Chair of the Development Committee.