MFSA Board of Directors

Wayne Stargardt '74, President and Chairman of the Board.  BS ’74 Course 15. BS ’74  and MS ’75, Course 2. Wayne joined MFSA in October 2021, and has been the Chairman of the Membership Committee and serves on the Strategy Committee. Wayne is retired from a 30+ year career as a technology executive in the Internet of Things industry. He was elected to the MIT Alumni Association Selection Committee in 2023. Wayne also has an MBA from a well-known eastern business school on the Charles which is not named Sloan. Wayne lives outside of Dallas, Texas.  President@mitfreespeech.org.

Charles Davis '87, Former President.  BS Course 1 '87 and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Alabama. Chuck has 25 years’ experience in commercial and investment banking  focused on building scale, enhancing controls, and delivering new capabilities. He was a Combat Engineer for 5 years and served in Germany and during Operation Desert Storm where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.  He lives in Pennsylvania. Ceddavis@gmail.com

 Cesarina Templeton-Wheeler MS '02, Treasurer.  Ms. Templeton holds a B.A. from Boston University (’97) and a M.S.R.E.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (’02), Course 1. Ms. Templeton’s Masters’ thesis, 100 Years of Commercial Real Estate Prices in Manhattan, was published by the Journal of Real Estate Economics. Ms. Templeton enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate before the sale and disposition of Overland Capital Group where she held a variety of positions, including the Managing Director of the asset management group and Senior Vice President in acquisitions and equity placememt. Prior to her tenure at Overland Capital Group, Cessy held positions with Equity Residential Properties, Boston Capital Group and CBRE. She joined the MIT Free Speech Alliance in the fall of 2021and looks forward to helping effectuate meaningful change at MIT in the areas of free expression and viewpoint diversity. Treasurer@mitfreespeech.org. 


Kenneth Kidd '78, Director.   S.B. ’78, Course 15, J.D. ’81 University of North Carolina. Ken practiced law in Miami, Florida and Richmond, Virginia doing corporate, securities, and tax work primarily for tax exempt healthcare organizations. After a radical career change, Ken taught high school math and retired in 2018 to The Villages in Florida. Kmk1578@yahoo.com.

Bill Frezza '76, Secretary.  BSEE, BS Biology ’76, MSEE ’78, is a retired engineer, entrepreneur, consultant, columnist, and venture capital investor. He was a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he hosted the RealClear Radio Hour program on Bloomberg Radio, and is the author of New Zealand’s Far-Reaching Reforms: A Case Study on How to Save Democracy From Itself. He is the lead inventor on seven long-expired patents dating back to the dawn of our digital age. Secretary@mitfreespeech.org.

Eric Rasmusen '84, Director.  Yale B.A., M.A. Economics '80.  MIT Ph.D. '84 Economics.  Eric recently retired after serving as an economics professor at UCLA and Indiana University and holding visiting positions at Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and Chicago. He teaches 7th grade math and chairs the academic freedom committee of the Indiana AAUP Conference . He wrote Games and Information: An Introduction to Game Theory. Eric lives in Bloomington, Indiana.  Erasmuse61@gmail.com

MFSA Staff

Peter Bonilla, Executive Director. Peter joined the MIT Free Speech Alliance as Executive Director in November 2022. Prior to joining MFSA, Peter spent more than 14 years on the staff of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), most recently serving as FIRE’s Vice President of Programs. Among his many duties during his tenure, Peter oversaw FIRE’s Campus Rights Advocacy program and managed the implementation of its Speech, Outreach, Advocacy, and Research project, supported by a $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Most recently, Peter managed FIRE’s faculty outreach and programming, including its annual Faculty Network Conference. He authored several hundred posts for FIRE’s Newsdesk in addition to columns and features for multiple outside publications, has been quoted in numerous national publications on free speech and higher education issues, and has spoken on free expression issues at campuses around the country.

Prior to his work with FIRE, Peter was the literary manager of Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, and he is a past recipient of a fellowship in playwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned undergraduate degrees in theater arts and economics. He is a resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where, if he can help it, he is out running along the Charles River.