Board of Education

Alpine Board of Education Members

Philip Simotas, President

Philip Simotas is a cum laude graduate of Yale University.

Mr. Simotas is President and Director of Investment Management at FX Concepts. Mr. Simotas heads up all aspects of the firm’s investment management activities, which include trading, portfolio administration, client servicing, investment research functions and marketing. In addition, he is also chairman of the product development committee, which is responsible for directing the firm’s research efforts with respect to enhancing and creating new trading strategies.

Mr. Simotas began his career in derivatives at Dean Witter in 1986, where he was Foreign Exchange Strategist. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Simotas was Assistant Vice President and Senior Trader on Dean Witter's foreign exchange desk. Mr. Simotas also served as Deputy Chief of the foreign exchange department.

Himself an alumni of The Alpine School, Mr. Simotas has two children currently in the Alpine School and two who are freshmen at Tenafly High School. His wife, Linda, and he both serve on our Foundation. He was originally elected for two years to complete a vacated seat on the Board of Education and was reelected twice,most recently in May 2011. He is currently the President of Alpine Board of Education.

Maureen Cheesman, Vice President

Maureen Cheesman has been an elementary school teacher for over 25 years. She currently teaches in Westchester, New York. Maureen earned her undergraduate degree from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Art History. She has a Masters of Science in Teaching with a specialization in elementary education from Fordham University and another Masters in Administration from SUNY New Paltz. Throughout her teaching career Maureen has worked on multiple committees designing and implementing curricula, using multiple strategies to meet the needs of the students in her classroom. She has served on various after school committees.

Since moving to Alpine, Maureen has been the Vice President for the AHSA for three years. As a member of the AHSA, Maureen has worked on several committees and fundraisers for the Alpine School.

Maureen has lived in Alpine since 2013 with her husband and daughter. Her daughter is currently a 7th grader at the Alpine School.

Christine Lewis, Board Trustee

Christine Lewis is a CPA and she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Christine also earned a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from NYU’s Schack Insitutute of Real Estate.

Christine Lewis worked as an accountant at Ernst & Young where she specialized in auditing fashion firms. She went on to become a Sales Executive in the Fashion Industry where she worked at luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, John Varvatos and Miss Sixty. Currently she holds a broker license and she is co-owner of her family’s commercial real estate business, which is located in the heart of NYC’s diamond district.

Ms. Lewis was born and raised in Bergen County and she attended high school at the Academy of Holy Angels in Demarest. Her family has been residents of the Alpine community for nearly 20 years. Christine has one child and she has resided with her daughter in Alpine for 8 years. Her daughter has attended the Alpine School since kindergarten and she is currently in third grade.