Officers and Board Members
Francis X. Hayes, President
Janet Clarke-Irwin, Vice President
Gwendolyn J. Jordan, Vice President
C. Kenneth Spriggs, Secretary
Kef L. Wilson, Treasurer
William J. Massey III, Co-Chair, Schools and Scholarships Committee
Victor Petralia, Co-Chair, Schools and Scholarships Committee
President: Francis X. Hayes
Francis received a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 1977. Born and
raised in Cambridge, he was elected Chairman of Cambridge’s Model Cities Program and assisted in the
development of the first affordable housing Community Development Corporation in the nation. He’s
served as a member of the Harvard Divinity School Planning Committee. For five years he was a
Practicum Socius at Harvard Law School, working in concert with the Dean of Students. He’s held similar
positions at HGSE and HBS. Francis is a founding member of our local alumni club.
Vice President: Janet Clarke-Irwin
Radcliffe ’57, BA cum laude, in Romance Languages: Masters of Social Work, School of Social Welfare,
Stony Brook New York, 1990: Private Therapist: 1990-present. Co-founded the Harvard Club of
Savannah in 2010: Currently Vice President of said organization, involved with membership and programming:
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) 2006-2012. Mediation Center. Married, six children.
Vice President: Gwendolyn J. Jordan
Gwen earned a B.A. degree in Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MPA degree from
Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Jordan has held senior positions in local, state and federal
government agencies, as well as, leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations. At Brown
University, she directed applied research and development projects focused on educational equity in US
public schools. Currently, Ms. Jordan is a Lecturer at Savannah State University, Department of Political
Science and Public Affairs. Also, Ms. Jordan is working with the Harvard Club of Savannah to develop a
partnership with the Savannah State University Model UN Program.
Secretary: C. Kenneth Spriggs
Ken received an A.B. degree in architecture from Princeton University in 1968 and a MArch. degree from
the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1971. Completing his military service at Seymour Johnson AFB,
Goldsboro, NC, he was honorably discharged as a Captain USAF in 1973. He spent two years at Sea Pines
Company, Hilton Head Island, where he was on the planning team for the development of Kiawah
Island, SC. In 1979 he opened his architectural office. The Spriggs Group has been in practice for the last
39 years with production studio in Kolkata, India.
Treasurer: Kef L. Wilson
Kef is the Head of School at Savannah Country Day School, a coeducational day school with over 1000
students from six weeks old through high school. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from
Lafayette College and a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Over his thirtyyear
career in education, he has worked at several other independent schools including St. John’s School
in Houston, TX and the Montair Kimberly Academy in Montclair, NJ. Besides serving as treasurer of the
club, he sits on the Board of Advisors for Horizons Savannah. He is the father of three teenage children.
Co-Chair, Schools and Scholarships Committee: William J. Massey III
Native of Muncie IN. Graduated from HS in Birmingham MI. BS in Mining Eng at Michigan Tech 1964,
and MBA from Harvard 1966. Retired from Goodyear in 2007 after 41 years, living and working in 10 countries
in North America, South America, and Europe. Have been in Harvard Clubs in different countries in the
world. In the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Currently playing golf and tennis, and fly fishing.
Married to Carmen Cepeda and have two sons and one daughter.
Co-Chair, Schools and Scholarships Committee: Victor Petralia
Victor graduated Boston University in 1966, married Bette in 1968 and attended Harvard Business
School Program for Management Development in 1976. Together they lived across the USA and traveled
the world to work, learn, and experience life. Victor held executive positions in US public policy and with
internationally known companies in the automotive, publishing, cellular communications, deregulated
energy and internet commerce fields. Victor and Bette are retired and now live in St Marys GA.