Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of The Brookwood School. Trustees include parents, staff, and community members in the fields of medicine, finance, business, technology, law, and education.

The Board of Trustees, in its policy-making role, ensures that the school’s mission is relevant and elevating to the community it serves. As fiduciaries, the Board of Trustees acts to preserve and protect the school’s long-term financial stability so that the school may endure for generations to come.

The Board of Trustees invites involvement and discussion with students, parents, teachers, alumni, and all others vested in The Brookwood School.

Matthew Hazzard graduated from SUNY Cortland with degrees in Sport Management and Business Economics. Following graduation, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to work for the United States Golf Association in their Grants and Fellowship Office. A two-year professional development program, Hazzard oversaw nearly $1 million in grants distributed to programs for underprivileged youth and individuals with disabilities, while overseeing a program where he instructed students from the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind to play golf. Prior to returning to Cooperstown, Hazzard worked for Major League Alumni Marketing, a for-profit subsidiary of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association where he started a new division that grossed over $4 million annually. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, is the President of the Cooperstown Central School Alumni Association, and is a volunteer coach for the High School Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Baseball teams at Cooperstown. He lives in Pierstown with his wife Stephanie and son Paxton.

Alison Campbell is a New York State certified School Psychologist. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Masters degree and Certificate of Advanced Study from Fairfield University. Prior to moving to Cooperstown in 2016, Alison practiced for over 15 years in Westchester County, NY, Philadelphia, and Connecticut within both public and private schools. She has conducted psychological evaluations, consulted with teachers and parents, served as chairperson for Committee on Special Education meetings, and provided counseling, staff training, and parent advocacy. A significant portion of this experience included working with preschool children and preschool programs. She also served as an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College. Alison lives in Cooperstown with her husband and three children.

Patrick R. Kinley, CPA is an accountant with the law firm of Schlather & Birch in the firm’s tax practice. He was previously a Tax Manager with Bank of America’s International Tax Planning group where he specialized in foreign tax credit planning. Prior to that he spent four years at KPMG LLP in the federal tax practice. Patrick obtained his Masters in Accountancy from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, magna cum laude, earning a B.S. in Chemistry. Patrick is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New York and North Carolina. He lives in Fly Creek with his wife and three sons and is a member of the Cooperstown Rotary Club and on the Board of Directors of Friends of Pathfinder Village and the Brookwood School.

Stephanie Stringer attended SUNY IT and Utica College and studied Business Management. After college, Stephanie focused on her passion for philanthropy, volunteering her efforts at a variety of local organizations and helping to raise funds for Springbrook and Hospice. Stephanie has spent several years giving back to Hospice and raising awareness for cancer, a cause very near and dear to her heart. Stephanie is also the Co-Founder of the Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser in which she has raised over $10,000 in funds, which has assisted in pancreatic cancer research. Stephanie holds a real estate license and is the Director of Marketing & Sales for a local property management and rental agency. Stephanie enjoys teaching dance to children and exploring outdoor adventures with her husband Bryan and their son Mason and daughter Cora.

Megan Brennan lives with her family in the village of Cooperstown– husband Chris, two sons Ryan and Nolan, and dog Natty. Both of her sons attended The Brookwood School. She attended Washington University in St. Louis for undergraduate school and then completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. After eight years in Boston completing residency training in adult psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Mclean Hospital in Boston, MA, she is now a practicing psychiatrist at Bassett Medical Center. Additionally, she is the Assistant Dean of Education for the Columbia-Bassett Medical School Program and works closely with medical students throughout their clinical training and also directs their training in psychiatry. She has a particular interest in the downstream health effects of developmental trauma and is developing a curriculum to generate trauma-informed clinicians. Megan enjoys coaching youth soccer, the great outdoors, and painting/drawing.

Nathan Smith graduated from Gettysburg College with BA in Business Management. He is continuing his studies at Drexel University’s Lebow School of Business for his Masters of Business Administration. He currently works as the CFO of Progressive Primary Care solutions in Oneonta NY. Prior to that he spent six years at the Bassett Healthcare Network as business operations manager and a senior financial analyst. Before moving to Cooperstown Nathan worked in investment Banking in Boston and Philadelphia, specializing in financial management and accounting. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Leatherstocking Region Federal Credit Union as the Vice Chairman. Nathan lives in Hartwick with his wife and three children.

Dr. Jennifer Avery is currently the Deputy Superintendent at Otsego Northern Catskill BOCES and has served in school administration for more than 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Human Resource Management from the University at Buffalo’s School of Management. Her Master’s degree in Education Administration was completed at Long Island University. Jenna was also awarded a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Technology from Dowling College on Long Island. Jennifer has served on a number of professional boards including the Association of School Business Officials in New York State, the Association of School Business Officials International, the New York School Insurance Reciprocal, and the New York Liquid Asset Fund. Jenna and her husband, Bob, live in Cooperstown and are thrilled with the care their daughter Alexandria has received this year in the infant room at Brookwood.