David Perez, president of the board of trustees, and John Allman, head of school, announce the election of first-time members of the board, Chandrabali (Chandra) Ghose-Paul, Kelly Granat, Rainu Kaushal, Lauren Levine ’94, Rabbi Joy Levitt, and Juanita Yim.
Meet the new trustees of Trinity School.
New York University School of Medicine
Chandra is the founder and CEO of Bioharmony Therapeutics, a biotech company developing novel treatments for bacterial infections. Prior to that, Chandra spent eight years at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Rockefeller University developing vaccines to prevent viral and bacterial infections. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the department of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and earned her PhD from the Department of Microbiology at New York University’s School of Medicine (known now as NYU Grossman School of Medicine). Chandra is a member of Trinity’s COVID-19 medical advisory team. Additionally, she is a member of this year’s Trinity Fund Committee and a current class representative for Grade Nine. She and her spouse, Subroto Paul, are parents to Lila ’25.
Kelly Granat and her spouse, Susan Boland, are parents to Alexandra ’29 and Clio ’31. Kelly is a managing director at Lone Pine Capital. She received her BA and MBA from Harvard University, where she captained the women’s tennis team. She has been a member of Trinity’s finance committee for two years. Previously, she served on the board of directors for the Posse Foundation, a renowned college access and youth leadership development program.
Rainu is the senior associate dean for clinical research, chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences, and the Nanette Laitman Distinguished Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine. She also serves as the physician-in-chief of population health sciences at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She completed all of her education and training at Harvard University and stayed on as a faculty member for nearly a decade. A distinguished information scientist and public health expert, she leads Weill Cornell Medicine’s clinical research enterprise, bridging cutting-edge science to patients. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Rainu is a committed educator and has established four master’s programs and a doctoral program with 200 students matriculating annually. She has been a member of the Trinity Fund Committee and the Safety Patrol Committee. She currently serves as a member of Trinity’s COVID-19 medical advisory team. Rainu and her spouse, Sekhar Upadhyayula, are parents to twins, Achintha ’31 and Amartha ’31.
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Lauren is a member of Trinity's class of 1994. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University and works as a general pediatrician at the Columbia Doctors Pediatric Faculty Practice. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Lauren has served as Trinity’s consulting physician since 2016 and is a member of the COVID-19 medical advisory team. She has also served as a member of Trinity’s Health and Parenting Education Committee. Lauren and her spouse, Noah Levine, are parents to Robbie ’24, Zach ’28, and Charlie, who attends The Cathedral School.
Barnard College; New York University; Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Rabbi Levitt is the chief executive officer of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Prior to the JCC, for twenty years Rabbi Levitt served as a congregational rabbi on Long Island and in New Jersey. She earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College, followed by a master’s degree from New York University and a rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Levitt founded the Jewish Journey Project, an initiative designed to revolutionize Jewish education for children. As a lay leader, she serves on the boards of AVODAH: The Jewish Corps for Service and The Shefa School, a new Jewish community day school for children with language-based learning disabilities. Joy has worked closely with the Trinity chapel program over the years and is a current member of the board’s education committee. Joy is married to Michael Strassfeld, also a rabbi, with whom she coauthored A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah. Together, they have five children.
University of Michigan
Juanita and her husband, Roger, are parents to three Trinity students: Sammi ’23, Andy ’25, and Katie ’27. Since joining the Trinity community in 2010, when her oldest child entered Kindergarten, Juanita has been an active member of the School community. She has chaired a booth at the Winter Festival, given Lower School tours, sold used uniforms, and helped organize Lunar New Year chapels in the Lower School. She has also served as a class representative and executive class representative for her children’s classes as well as Lower School executive vice-president and Middle School executive vice-president in the Parents’ Association. Juanita will serve as president of the Parents' Association for the next two years. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Juanita moved to Michigan with her family during her high school years. She earned a BA in psychology and a BSE in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. After graduation, she worked at a consulting firm, then pursued a career in the healthcare tech industry. Juanita returned to the paid workforce in 2015 after almost a decade as a stay-at-home mom. She currently works at a small startup in the city.