Student News

Pathways 2013

communications – December 8, 2012

The schedule for the day is as follows:

Sunday, January 20
10:30am — Introduction
11:00am — Session I
11:40pm — Session II
12:45pm — Brunch


Asha Echeverria ’96

Engineer, Attorney

Asha Echeverria is a dispute resolution attorney at the Portland, ME-based firm Bernstein Shur, handling a variety of claims involving insurance, energy, construction, banking, and general commercial matters. Ms. Echeverria is also a licensed professional engineer and LEED Accredited Professional. Before attending the George Washington University Law School, she received her BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a civil engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff, designing and coordinating various multi-million dollar construction and demolition projects, as well as state and federal transportation and highway safety projects.

Josh Greenhill ’96

Partner, The Baupost Group, LLC

Josh Greenhill is a partner in the Public Investment Group of The Baupost Group LLC, a private investment partnership that manages over $26 billion of discretionary capital on behalf of university endowments, foundations, and private individuals. He also heads the firm’s London office. Before joining Baupost in 2002, Mr. Greenhill was an analyst at Goldman Sachs. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a concentration in economics.

Mr. Greenhill is actively involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife Sarah and two children, Willie and Abby. While at Deerfield he played squash and tennis and for the most part managed to stay out of trouble.

Sarah Groff ’99

Triathlete, Olympian

Courtesy Cascadian Farm

Sarah Groff is a triathlete and fourth-place finisher in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In 2011, she was ranked third in the world and named USA Triathlon Olympic/International Triathlon Union Athlete of the Year. She is a multiple World Cup podium finisher. At Deerfield, Ms. Groff was all-prep in swimming and cross country. She studied environmental studies at Middlebury College, where she was prep and collegiate All-American in swimming. She is currently living in Hanover, New Hampshire, and will split her time this year between France, New Hampshire, Florida, and Arizona. She plans to battle for an Olympic medal in 2016 in Rio.

Rob Hale ’84

President of Granite, LLC; Co-Owner of Boston Celtics and Boston Cannons

Rob Hale is President of Granite, a telephone middleware company headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Founded in 2002, Granite is an industry leader, with a footprint that covers 94% of North America and revenues exceeding $800 million. Mr. Hale owns FoxRock Properties, a Boston-based commercial real estate firm, is the founder of Copley Equity Partners, a private equity firm located in downtown Boston, and is a co-owner of both the Boston Celtics and Boston Cannons.

Mr. Hale lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the South Shore YMCA, and the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.

Leslie Hotchkiss ’06

Medical Student, Global Health and International Development

Leslie Hotchkiss is currently at second-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. After graduating from Deerfield Academy in 2006, Ms. Hotchkiss did undergraduate training at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Her concentration was in Global Health and Biotechnology, and she completed a certificate in International Development. Ms. Hotchkiss has interned at non-profit organizations, including AmeriCares and Medical Care Development International. She also studied abroad for a semester in Jordan and spent a summer working at King’s Academy in 2006. Before attending medical school, Ms. Hotchkiss worked as a caseworker in the Medical Foster Care Program at The Children’s Aid Society in New York City.

Sean Keller ’86

Teacher and Coach

After graduating from Deerfield in 1986, Sean Keller studied mathematics at Harvard University. He then went directly to the Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut. During his three-year stay, Mr. Keller coached various sports during the fall, winter, and spring, and taught math at a few different levels. In 1993, he moved to Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he has been ever since. At Deerfield, Mr. Keller has coached soccer and varsity baseball and served as the math department chair. He now teaches four periods of math, including AP Calculus and Geometry, and coaches girls varsity hockey, his favorite sport since childhood. He lives with his wife and two kids, Hunter and Avery.

Stephanie Lazar ’94

Global Public Health

Stephanie Lazar ’94 knew she wanted to volunteer for the Peace Corps her junior year at Deerfield, when she attended a presentation by the Cabrals about their experience as Peace Corps volunteers in the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho. After majoring in Environmental Studies and International Relations, Ms. Lazar spent two years with the Peace Corps in Morocco. Upon returning to the US, she realized that although the natural environment was her passion, the health of women and children in her Moroccan village had affected her too deeply to ignore. She pursued a Master of Public Health degree, moved back to Africa to gain experience in the field, and is now working as a contractor focusing on the discovery, development, and delivery of vaccines for the Global Policy and Advocacy office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Adam Lubinsky ’89

Partner, WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Adam Lubinsky joined WXY Architecture + Urban Design as a partner in August 2011, after working in London for eight years. His work focuses on what makes cities great places to live, and his projects help plan sustainable cities through research, design, and engaging with people. His clients have included the City of New York, the Boston Public Schools, the London Development Agency, and the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

After graduating from Deerfield in 1989, Mr. Lubinsky received a BA from Brown University, a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, and a PhD in Planning and Urban Design from the University College London. He also started the Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC) in 1991. 

Rafi Mottahedah ’02


Rafi Mottahedeh is an attorney practicing in the area of taxation. He received his BA and MA from the University of Chicago, his JD from Northwestern University, and is completing his Tax LLM at New York University. His varied career has taken him from Saudi Arabia to Phoenix, and he has worked on subjects ranging from trademark infringement to estate planning. Mr. Mottahedah speaks four languages and has done legal work in French, Arabic, and English.

Benjamin Patton ’83

Filmmaker, Veterans Advocate

Benjamin Patton, the youngest grandson of WWII’s General George S. Patton Jr., graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1983. He studied at Georgetown University and is currently completing a Masters in Developmental Psychology at Columbia Teachers College. Mr. Patton is the co-author of Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom, published in 2012 by Berkley-Caliber, and was formerly a producer and development executive at New York City’s PBS affiliate. Recently, he established the Patton Veterans Project, which holds filmmaking workshops designed especially for veterans and military families coping with post-traumatic stress, as a tool for healing and self-expression.