New Trustees

Emily F. Mandelstam, president of the board of trustees, and John Allman, head of school, announce the election of first-time members of the board, David F. Burgstahler, Andrew L. Farkas ’78, Matthew S. Tierney ’92, and ex ocio member, Morton “Buddy” Wolf ’66.

Meet the new trustees of Trinity School.


David F. Burgstahler


David Burgstahler and his wife, Leslie, are the parents of Elizabeth ’26, David ’16, and Katherine, who will be attending Choate Rosemary Hall as a freshman this fall. David received a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a founding partner and president of Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York City. Prior to forming Avista, David was a partner of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the private equity arm of Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. David currently serves on the board of directors of several public and private companies including AngioDynamics, Armored AutoGroup, ConvaTec, INC Research, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Strategic Partners, Vertical/Trigen, Visant, and WideOpenWest. David previously served on the board and as the treasurer and co-investment committee chairman of the Diller-Quaile School of Music. David and Leslie are very active in the Trinity community, with Leslie serving as the Parents’ Association new parents welcome chair and David serving as a Trinity Fund and capital campaign volunteer.

Andrew L. Farkas ’78


Andrew L. Farkas ’78 and his wife, Sandi, are the parents of Arielle, Nicole, George ’25, and Anderson. Andrew received an AB from Harvard University and is managing member, chairman, and chief executive officer of Island Capital Group LLC, an international real estate merchant bank in New York. Island Capital, in turns, owns and operates a number of real estate related firms including C-III Capital Partners, a firm that controls and is Special Servicer to the largest portfolio of securitized commercial mortgage debt in the United States, and Island Global Yachting, the largest designer, developer and operator of yachting oriented resorts in the world. Andrew and Sandi are involved in The Fresh Air Fund, Young Women's Leadership Organization, Playwrights of New York, NARAL Pro-Choice America, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, AMFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, The Doe Fund, and various other charities focused on issues of health, education, and welfare. Andrew is also the graduate chairman of The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 at Harvard. In 2012, Andrew endowed one of Harvard University’s primary performing arts centers in honor of his father, Robin L. Farkas, which led to the renaming of that building as Farkas Hall.

Matthew S. Tierney ’92


Matthew S. Tierney ’92 and his wife, Dana Orange, are the parents of Simon ’26 and Madeleine ’23. Matthew received his BA from Georgetown University and his MBA from Columbia Business School. He has been involved in emerging markets for over twenty years in advisory and investment roles. He is co-founding partner of Development Capital Partners, LLC where he travels extensively across Africa and related frontier markets. Prior to DCP, he was co-founding partner of Aperture Venture Partners, LLC, an early stage investor in healthcare. Matt worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in the global corporate finance group on a wide variety of transactions predominantly in Latin America. Working at TechnoServe, he assisted early stage companies in Latin America and Africa with market analyses and financial management providing business solutions to poverty. Matt is currently on the board of Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group, a Kenyan based ICT company. In addition, he serves on TechnoServe’s board of members and is a member of the African Leadership Network. He served on the board of trustees of the Aperture Foundation and directly supports emerging photographers around the world through The Tierney Fellowship. His interest in photography began at Trinity where he was photo editor of the yearbook and editor of the student art magazine. When he wasn’t in the darkroom he was often on the "turf" playing soccer as captain of the varsity soccer team.

Morton “Buddy” Wolf ’66


Buddy Wolf attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in history. He returned to New York, received a MA in history and an MBA at Columbia University. He worked at Citibank for twenty years and J.P. Morgan Chase for seven years in their card division and for a credit bureau for three years. He retired, performed volunteer work for Open Door Family Medical Centers, and for the last three years has been back at Citibank as an independent contractor in project management for an information technology data warehouse group in the retail bank. Buddy has been an alumni class representative for the class of 1966 since 2006. He has been a Trinity Fund volunteer and has previously served as vice-president of the Trinity Alumni and Alumnae Association. Buddy also fund-raises for Columbia Business School as a member of the Hermes Society Leadership Committee, and for the University of Pennsylvania swim team alumni. In the summer he volunteers for Swim Across America, to raise money to fight cancer, while in the winter he volunteers for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, which provides sports and recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities. He and his wife, Penny, live in Westchester; have two grown sons, a grandson, and assorted dogs, a cat, and an African grey parrot.