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


Officer Narratives


    francesPresident: 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.

  • janetVice 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. 

  • gwen-jordanVice 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.

  • ken-spriggsSecretary: 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.

  • kef-williamsTreasurer: 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.

  • william-masseyCo-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. 

  • victorCo-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.