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Lisa Adams '90M

Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams ’90M is a physician, board-certified in internal medicine, who has been working in domestic and international tuberculosis (TB) control for 20 years.  Her areas of expertise include program management, disease surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, and clinical management.  She is the former director of surveillance for the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s TB control program.  As an international TB consultant, she has worked in more than a dozen countries to provide technical assistance to TB programs, lead assessment missions for new TB programming, and perform epidemiological studies and has served as lead technical writer on several successful TB program proposals and developed World Health Organization indicators for monitoring and evaluating TB control programs. 

She is currently an assistant professor of medicine in the section of Infectious Disease and International Health at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She was recently named the associate dean for global health at Geisel and also directs Dartmouth College’s Global Health Initiative at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, through which she develops and oversees crosscutting global health programs involving faculty and students. At Dartmouth she also teaches courses on global health to medical and College students.  She was a co-investigator in the DARDAR Study, an NIH-funded TB vaccine clinical trial conducted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She mentors Tanzanian trainees of the Dartmouth-Boston University AIDS International Research and Training Program and is the program director for the DARDAR Pediatric Program, a collaborative HIV care and treatment program in Dar es Salaam.  Most recently she spent six months in Rwanda (July-Dec 2012) as Dartmouth’s lead to launch the Rwandan Human Resources for Health Program, a major medical education initiative.

Elyse Allan ’79, ‘84Tu

Elyse Allan

In her role as president and chief executive officer of GE Canada and vice president of GE, Elyse Allan ’79, ‘84Tu is responsible for growing GE’s business in Canada and advancing the company’s leadership in advanced technology, services, and finance.

Her appointment in 2004 marked Allan’s return to GE, where she began her career in 1984. Her career with GE has spanned the United States and Canada and work with several industrial and consumer businesses including aviation, energy, and lighting. Prior to her current role, Allan was president and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade and before that a senior executive at Ontario Hydro.

Allan is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy. Along with her work at GE, she has significant industry and community engagement. Allan serves on several boards of directors, including the executive committee for the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the C.D. Howe Institute, MaRS Discovery District, the Conference Board of Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) board of governors. She recently completed her tenure as chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and as director of the ROM. Allan has served on a number of federal and provincial government advisory boards. She has been recognized as a YWCA 2012 Woman of Distinction (Business), a Top 100 Business Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network, and was listed among Canadian Business Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Canada (2009).

Allan holds a bachelor of arts in biology and environmental studies from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Geeta Anand ’89

Geeta Anand

Geeta Anand ’89 is a senior writer for The Wall Street Journal, based in Mumbai. She has worked for the newspaper for 14 years, winning numerous journalism awards, including sharing the Pulitzer Prize for writing on corporate corruption, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, and the Victor Cohn Prize for the best career medical writing. She is the author of the book, The Cure, based on two stories she wrote for The Wall Street Journal about a father’s quest to develop a medicine to save his kids, who were dying of a rare, degenerative disease. Her book was made into the Harrison Ford-starring movie, Extraordinary Measures, in 2010. She was raised in Mumbai and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989. She is married to Gregory Kroitzsh ’87 and they have two daughters, ages 13 and 15.

Jennifer Avellino '89

Jennifer Avellino

Jennifer Avellino '89 was a producer at CNN in New York and Washington for seventeen years, overseeing many of the network’s political talk shows including Crossfire, Evans & Novak, Late Edition and Inside Politics Weekend with Wolf Blitzer. From 1998-2006, she was the senior producer of Reliable Sources, CNN’s long-running weekly program, which takes a critical look at the media. She currently lectures to high school students as part of The News Literacy Project, encouraging them to become better news consumers. Active in alumni affairs, she serves on the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee of the Alumni Council, and as chair of the Honorary Degrees Committee. She also serves as a board member for the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. She recently completed her term as president of the Class Secretaries Association and has been the secretary for her class since 1999. As an undergraduate, she was the news director at Dartmouth Broadcasting, hosting the public affairs programs Great Issues and One on One, and anchoring the Dartmouth Election Network. She met her husband, Zachary Levine ’89, while they were members of Casque & Gauntlet. They have two daughters and live in Bethesda, Maryland.

Janine Avner '80

Janine Avner

Janine Avner, Dartmouth College (‘80), University of Michigan Law (‘84), is a partner in the Los Angeles, California, law firm of Avner & Avner, diversely practicing in the areas of corporate law and organizational governance, estate planning, and high stakes business litigation.  Also active in enhancing the public educational process, Avner has served on and chaired multiple governance boards for the public schools in California.  Her endeavors there focused on improving student achievement through school and curriculum restructuring, including innovations such as establishing “schools within a school.”  As a promoter of the arts in education, she co-founded, structured, and for several years led a nonprofit organization in Santa Monica, California, which continues to fund the advancement of art in its schools.  Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Avner initially served in the senior administration of Doyon Limited Regional Corporation, chartered under the Federal Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, where she interfaced with the petroleum industry to promote the education and career development of its Alaska Native shareholders, and later engaged as an outside legal counsel to Doyon.  Active with Dartmouth alumni boards, Avner served as president of the Dartmouth Alumni Council (2009-2010), as chair of the Alumni Liaison Committee (2010-2011) working with members of the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees and administration, and currently serves as cochair of the Alumni Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Avner has also served as a board member of the Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Club of Los Angeles, also assisting in the restructuring of those organizations.  Married to her husband of 30 years, they have two children in their twenties, and hence, are now semi-empty nesters.

Teresa Balser ’92

Teri Balser

Teresa Balser ’92 is dean of the college of agricultural and life sciences and professor of soil and water science at the University of Florida. Balser earned her PhD in soil microbiology from the University of California at Berkeley, followed by postdoctoral research in ecosystem ecology at Stanford University. In 2001, Balser joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison department of soil science. In 2008, she was appointed director of the institute for biology education at UW-Madison. Balser has maintained an interdisciplinary research program. Her work in soil science is nationally and internationally known, and she is regularly invited to present in conferences, symposia, and department seminars on topics including soil and climate change, carbon sequestration, and ecosystem ecology. She received a U.S. National Science Foundation Early Career Award for interdisciplinary collaboration and work on carbon fluxes due to physiological stress under climate warming. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters and contributed substantially to several textbooks.

Balser also has a strong teaching/education record, incorporating active learning, innovative curriculum design, and teaching-as-research to advance educational goals. Balser has received numerous awards for her teaching accomplishments. She was chosen as a national Biology Scholar and has earned two national honors: She received the 2009 Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and was named the 2010 U.S. Professor of the Year (Doctoral and Research Universities) from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement of Education. Most recently she was chosen as one of 40 Vision and Change Biology Education Fellows by a coalition of the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create national institutional change in biology education.

Gina Barreca '79

Gina Barreca

Gina Barreca '79, author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World (St. Martin’s), has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR, Oprah, and Dr. Phil to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor (being reissued in a “classic” edition in 2013), Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League, and in addition to five others. She's edited sixteen collections and anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Women's Humor and The Signet Book of American Humor. Her latest is a collection titled Make Mine a Double: Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (Or Not) published in 2011, the profits from “Double” are donated to a fund for women’s health established by Barreca and her husband at Windham Hospital in Connecticut. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and German. Barreca, whose columns from The Hartford Courant are distributed worldwide by the McClatchy-Tribune Syndicate, is professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. Writing regularly for Psychology Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Huffington Post, she has also written for The New York Times, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. A member of the Friars' Club, a 2012 "Voices and Visions" honoree of the CT Women's Hall of Fame, winner of UConn's most distinguished teaching award, and a keynote at events from The Erma Bombeck Conference, the National Association of Independent Schools, Women In Federal Law Enforcement, The Smithsonian, and The Chicago Humanities Festival, Barreca can be found in the Library of Congress or in the make-up aisle of Walgreens.  

Martha Beattie '76

Martha Beattie

Martha Beattie '76 was named vice president of Alumni Relations in May 2011 after a 35-year career as a math teacher, crew coach, and volunteer leader and board member for schools and nonprofit organizations.

A member of the first four-year Dartmouth class to matriculate women, Beattie earned an A.B. magna cum laude, majoring in mathematics.  She is in the Dartmouth Rowing Hall of Fame and has coached in Boston, Seattle, Montreal and at Dartmouth.  She was head coach for the U.S. Women's Junior National Crew Team; under her leadership the team achieved the best international finish of any U.S. Junior Girls Eight to date. She is the founder of one of the first masters women's crews in the country.

With Dartmouth as a constant in her life, she became involved in class fundraising and reunion committee work right after graduation, and has been active as an alumni admissions interviewer. In 2001 she joined the Alumni Council and was elected president of the Council in 2006. Working with fellow councilors, she chaired the committee that rewrote the council constitution and initiated creation of and ultimately chaired the Alumni Liaison Committee.  In 2006 she received a Dartmouth College Citation as cochair of a fundraising effort that achieved the highest percentage of donors for a 30th reunion.  She served as the alumni representative on the Presidential Search Committee in 2008.  In 2010, she was chosen for the Dartmouth College Alumni Award, the College's highest honor for alumni service.  She is the daughter of a ’45, the wife of a ’76 classmate, and the mother of an ’07 and an ’09.   

Ella Bell

Martha Beattie

Ella LJ Edmondson Bell, PhD, is the founder and president of ASCENT-Leading Multicultural Women to the Top, as well as an associate professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  She is considered by industry to be one of the leading experts in the management of race, gender, and class in the workplace.  PepsiCo, American Express, Intel, Goldman Sachs, Booze Allen Hamilton, and the U.S. Department of Labor are among her clients. Bell is also the coauthor of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed book Our Separate Ways:  Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity (Harvard Business School Press).  She has written several articles for Essence magazine and also the monthly “Working It” column.  Frequently quoted by journalists, Bell has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Black Enterprise, Newsweek, Working Mother, and Fast Company.  Her latest book, Career GPS:  Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape (Amistad) offers proven techniques for all women wishing to advance their careers in the fast-changing world of corporate America. 
Bell received her PhD in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University.  She has served on the faculties of Yale’s School of Organization and Management, the Sloan School of Management, MIT, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She was a Visiting-Fellow-Scholar-In-Residence at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Bell lives in Hanover, New Hampshire and Charlotte, North Carolina, with her Jack Russell terrier, Belle.

Gail K. Boudreaux ‘82

Gail Boudreauz

As CEO of UnitedHealthcare, Boudreaux is responsible for the largest business division of UnitedHealth Group and the largest health benefits provider in the nation. UnitedHealthcare serves 40 million individuals, and has a workforce of more than 50,000 employees.

Since joining UnitedHealthcare in 2008, Boudreaux has put greater emphasis on a regional delivery model that has helped improve service and create closer relationships with consumers, customers, care providers, brokers and consultants. In January 2011, she assumed an expanded role managing a unified benefits organization and is ensuring UnitedHealthcare is well-positioned to grow and serve employers, individuals and government entities in an evolving health care landscape.

Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Boudreaux served as executive vice president, external operations for Health Care Service Corporation through April 2008. She joined Health Care Service Corporation in 2002 as president of the Illinois division. Prior to joining Health Care Service Corporation, Boudreaux served as senior vice president in charge of Aetna, Inc.’s Group Insurance business unit in Hartford, Connecticut.

Boudreaux earned a BA with honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA in finance and health care administration from Columbia Business School. She is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.

A member of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, Boudreaux also serves the College as an alumni interviewer and recently served as a member of the college’s Alumni Council. While at Dartmouth, Boudreaux was a highly honored member of the women’s basketball team. In 2003, she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and was one of six individuals nationally to receive the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award for outstanding professionalism and athletic achievement.

Boudreaux serves on the Board of Directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the industry’s trade association. She also is on the Board of Trustees of the Field Museum of Chicago, a board member of The Executives’ Club of Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Network, an organization of Chicago’s most influential women.

Boudreaux has been honored each of the last five years as one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.

Constance Brinckerhoff

Constance Brinckerhoff

Constance Brinckerhoff, PhD, is a professor of medicine and biochemistry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. From 1993 to 2010, she held the Nathan Smith Professorship of Medicine and of Biochemistry at Dartmouth Medical School. Prior to this appointment, she was the Oscar Cohn Distinguished Professor of Molecular Medicine. Dr. Brinckerhoff served as associate dean for science education at DMS and as the director of its MD/PhD program. From 1998 to 1999, she was acting provost of Dartmouth College, and preceding that, she was acting chair of biochemistry for two years. In 1996, she gave Dartmouth’s annual Presidential Lecture, which honors significant scholarly achievement.

Dr. Brinckerhoff joined the DMS faculty in 1972 as a research associate. As a faculty member of the biochemistry department, she taught first-year medical students, and she has mentored more than 30 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. She holds two National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants, with one award continuously funded for more than 30 years. She has authored more than 140 research articles and refereed for numerous journals. She is currently an executive editor for the Journal of Cellular Physiology and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Dr. Brinckerhoff has served three four-years terms as a member of NIH review panels. She also served on the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, the Arthritis Foundation Research Committee, and the Arthritis Foundation Blue Ribbon Panel on Research Policy.

Dr. Brinckerhoff was born in Boston, and holds her undergraduate degree from Smith College and her doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the School of Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo. Her research focuses on causes of joint destruction in arthritis and on mechanisms of tumor invasion and metastasis. She and her husband live in New London, NH. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Deborah Brooks

Deborah Brooks

Deborah Jordan Brooks is an associate professor of government at Dartmouth College. She received her PhD with distinction from Yale University, where her dissertation received the Carl Albert Award for the best doctoral dissertation in legislative studies. Prior to teaching at Dartmouth, she was a senior research director at the Gallup Organization, where she designed and analyzed both domestic and international polls. Her research examines the influence of negative advertising on U.S. elections, public opinion about U.S. foreign policy, public opinion about the U.S. legal system, and whether gender stereotypes cause people to hold female candidates to different and more challenging standards of behavior on the campaign trail. She is the author of He Runs, She Runs: Gender Stereotypes, Double Standards, and Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, forthcoming) and has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, American Politics Research, and Gender and Politics.

Celia Y. Chen ’78, ‘94AS

Ceilia Chen

Celia Chen is a Research Professor of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College.  She is an aquatic ecologist conducting research on the fate and effects of contaminants in freshwater and marine ecosystems.  She also teaches courses in marine biology and coral reef ecology.

Chen received her MS degree in biological oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and her PhD in ecology from the department of biological sciences at Dartmouth.  She has been a Project Leader in the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program since its inception in 1995.  Before returning to Dartmouth in 1988, she worked in New York City for the environmental consulting firm, Fred C. Hart, and later in Washington, D.C. as a Congressional Sea Grant Fellow with the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, and as a Staff Officer of the Marine Board at the National Research Council.

While an undergraduate at Dartmouth, she was a member of the women’s varsity swim team, Dartmouth Community Service, and the senior society, Fire and Skoal. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and as a member of the Conservation Commission of the Town of Hartford, Vermont.

Kim Conroy ’76

Kim Conroy

Kim Conroy ’76 is the global relations advisor of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at Wharton/University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she travels the world promoting the institute’s brand with corporations, governments, and nonprofit organizations and also assists its graduate students (dual MBA/MA in international studies) with their career searches. Prior to Wharton, Conroy worked for the KIPP Foundation assisting this nationwide charter school group in ensuring more of its graduates made it to and through college. Before KIPP, Conroy spent 10 years as the investigative analyst at Oppenheimer Capital, an asset management firm with $60 billion invested in equity portfolios. She previously worked for five years as a vice president at JPMorgan, running a $1.2-billion emerging markets debt portfolio, after spending a similar amount of time with Lloyds Development Capital, a London-based private equity firm. Before spending many years in finance, Conroy worked as a journalist in Latin America (including a year covering the civil war in El Salvador) and as a rural development analyst for the World Bank and the Mexican government. While still at Dartmouth, Conroy wrote a business plan for establishing a small fruit cannery in Honduras for Save the Children; USAID agreed to provide the financing. Upon graduation, she returned to Honduras to oversee the cannery’s construction and first year of operation. Conroy also founded and helped develop the Carleton Scholars Program, an exploration program to assist college students assess different career paths. Conroy holds an MBA from Columbia University, is on the board of directors of the Latino Teatro StageFest, and enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Conte '81, '85Tu

Lisa Conte

Lisa Conte has been a pioneer in the biotech/emerging pharmaceutical industry for 20 years. She is founder and CEO of Napo Pharmaceuticals, which brings proprietary products to the global marketplace through local partnerships. Napo’s first proprietary product, crofelemer, was approved by the FDA on December 31, 2012.  Napo embraces the “triple bottom line” goals of enhancing financial return by addressing global health needs in its development strategy and environmental sustainability in sourcing crofelemer, which is harvested from rainforest areas.  

Prior to founding Napo, Conte founded Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a natural product pharmaceutical company, in 1989.  As CEO, she has raised ~$300 million (including leading two IPOs). From 1987 to 1989 Ms. Conte was a Vice President at Technology Funding, Inc., a venture capital firm. From 1985 to 1987 she conducted risk and strategy audits for start-up companies at Strategic Decisions Group.  

Conte received her AB in biochemistry from Dartmouth College, her MS in physiology/pharmacology from the University of California at San Diego and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business.  She is the recipient of several entrepreneurship awards, including the 1994 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and she has sat on several industry and academic boards.

Crystal D. Crawford '87

Crystal Crawford

Crystal D. Crawford ’87, JD, is program director for the California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). In this capacity, she oversees the foundation’s grant-making related to the issues of diversity in the health professions and women’s health and directs its Women’s Health & Diversity in the Health Professions portfolios. Before joining TCWF, she was the chief executive officer of the California Black Women’s Health Project (CABWHP), the only statewide organization solely devoted to improving the health of California’s black women and girls through policy, advocacy, education, and outreach.
Prior to joining CABWHP in 2000 as the organization’s first director of public policy, Crawford gained advocacy experience as an associate with premier corporate law firms in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. After spending several years as a litigator with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, she decided to transition to the nonprofit, public interest sector. She served as legal director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, where she had been a volunteer attorney during her law firm years. In that capacity, each year Crawford provided legal services for hundreds of South Los Angeles children and families impacted by poverty on issues including foster care, special education, and access to healthcare.
Under Crawford’s leadership, CABWHP hosted more than 25 town hall meetings; published more than 30 guides on key health issues impacting black women and girls; convened annual policy summits in Sacramento; created a Black Women’s Mental Health PSA that airs regularly on network television in Los Angeles; developed a Young Women’s Initiative; and trained more than 150 health policy advocates through the innovative Advocate Training Program.
A native of Harlem, New York, during her years at New York University School of Law, Crawford received the Moot Court Advocacy Award and Chancellor’s Service Award. She also served as a staff editor of the Journal of International Law & Politics, a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and chairperson of the Black Law Students Association. She is admitted to the bar in California, New York, and New Jersey. In 2009, Crawford received the Advocates’ Award from the Western Center on Law & Poverty, California’s leading advocacy organization fighting for statewide systemic change for low-income Californians.
Crawford received her AB from Dartmouth College (1987) and JD from New York University School of Law (1992).

Jeff Crowe ‘78

Crystal Crawford

Jeff Crowe ‘78 is managing partner at Norwest Venture Partners (NVP). He joined NVP in 2004, and focuses on investments in the Internet, consumer, and software arenas. He currently serves on the boards of AdChina, All Reach Media, Badgeville, deCarta, Extole, InfoArmy, Lending Club, Nano-Tex, Snapfinger, SocialVibe, the Echo Nest, Turn, and WhaleShark Media. He is also involved with Lashou. Crowe’s past investments include Admeld (acquired by Google), and Jigsaw (acquired by, Tuvox (acquired by West Interactive), and he was a board observer at Cast Iron Systems (acquired by IBM).

Prior to Norwest, Crowe served as president, COO, and board member of DoveBid Inc., a privately held business auction firm that expanded during his tenure from a $10-million revenue run rate to a $120-million revenue run rate with 400 employees.

From 1990 to 1999, Crowe was co-founder, president, CEO, and board member of Edify, a venture-backed enterprise software company focused on voice and Internet e-commerce platforms and applications. Jeff was responsible for all strategic and operational activities at Edify as the company went from startup in 1990 to $80 million in revenue and 400 employees. Edify held its IPO in 1996 and was sold to S1 Corp. in 1999. Previously, Crowe worked at ROLM Corp., IBM, and Siemens in marketing and general management.

Crowe is on the management board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the executive committee of the Association of Alumni at Dartmouth. He is also chairman of the board of Hand in Hand Parenting, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening families, and is past chairman of the board of Theatreworks.

He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an AB in history, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

Molly Crowe ‘15

Molly Crowe ’15 is a sophomore at Dartmouth, where she is a psychology major and anthropology minor. She is a co-captain of the women’s club volleyball team and volunteers for the mentoring group Achievement at Romano Circle. She also has worked as a research assistant in Professor Jay G. Hull’s psychology lab and is a member of Kappa Delta Epsilon. She is one of many family members to attend Dartmouth, including her father, Jeff ’78, and her sisters Laura ’08 and Katherine ’10.

Leah D. Daughtry '84

Leah D. Daughtry

The Rev. Leah D. Daughtry ’84 is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring sound, principled leadership, business, and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.

She is president and CEO of On These Things, LLC, which provides strategic and event planning, issue advocacy, and organizational management consulting services to a broad array of businesses and organizations.

Daughtry served as chief executive officer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee, responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of the Democratic Party’s quadrennial presidential nominating convention. She simultaneously served as chief of staff of the Democratic National Committee. She is the creator of Faith In Action, the Democratic Party’s outreach to communities of faith, and was named by Religion News Service as one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics and issues. In 2009, Daughtry served as resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, where she focused on the role faith and values have come to play in American politics.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Daughtry held various senior posts at the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Congress, and the Democratic Party. With her ordination in 2002, she joined the fifth consecutive generation of pastors in the Daughtry family. Daughtry is pastor of the House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC, was ordained as an elder in 2012, and presently serves as jurisdictional elder of the organization’s southeast region. She remains connected to her community through her service on numerous boards of directors and her involvement in a variety of social, political, and public service initiatives.

Susan Dentzer ’77

Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer is the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal focused on the intersection of health, health care and health policy in the United States and internationally.  One of the nation’smost respected health and health policy journalists, she is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour, and a frequent guest and commentator on such National Public Radio shows as This American Life and The Diane Rehm Show.
Dentzer previously led the NewsHour’s health unit, reporting extensively on-air about health care reform debates. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations.  She is also a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a Fellow of the Hastings Center.

Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth in 1977, magna cum laude and with Highest Distinction in her major, English.  She was elected to the Dartmouth Board of Trustees in 1993, and was the first woman ever to be nominated for that role by the Alumni Council.  From 2001 to 2004, she served as chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees and was also the first woman to serve in that role.  
She was named to the Board of Overseers of the Geisel School of Medicine in 1994 and continues to serve on that board today.  She also served previously as the representative of the Dartmouth Board to the Board of Directors of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Dentzer received the Dartmouth Alumni Award in 2007 and the Dartmouth Young Alumni Award in 1993.  She received the Dartmouth Presidential Medal for Achievement in 1991.  She served on the Dartmouth Alumni Council from 1988-1991.  She previously served on the editorial board of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and as chair of that board as well.

Dentzer holds an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and an honorary MA from Dartmouth.

Dentzer currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization. She previously served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council, as well as on the board of the Japan Society.   

Rachel Dratch '88

Rachel Dratch

Actress and comedian Rachel Dratch graduated from Dartmouth in 1988 with a double major in drama and psychology, but more telling was her involvement in the now-defunct improv group “Said and Done.” Dratch was a member of the mainstage cast of The Second City comedy troupe for four years and received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Revue. She went on to a long successful run on Saturday Night Live (SNL), creating popular characters like Boston teen Denise, the "Lovahs" professors (with Will Ferrell), and Debbie Downer. 
Dratch has appeared in several movies, including Down with Love, Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Spring Breakdown, and My Life in Ruins. She also has joined fellow SNL cast members on A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv, which aired on the Bravo channel. Dratch has made television appearances on NBC's Third Watch and in a recurring role on King of Queens. Other television appearances include Monk, Frasier, Wizards of Waverly Place, 30 Rock, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Ugly Betty. She voices Koi and Esmargot from the show Fish Hooks.
In 2012, she published her memoir, Girl Walks Into A Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, recounting her experiences after being recast in the 30 Rock pilot and the birth of her first child.

Julie A. Dunfey '80

Julie A. Dunfey

Julie A. Dunfey began her association with Ken Burns and Florentine Films in 1986 as a co-producer of The Civil War and Thomas Hart Benton. Thomas Hart Benton, which was broadcast in 1989, received a CINE Golden Eagle and a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival. The Civil War, for which Julie received an Emmy and a Christopher Award, premiered in 1990 and became the most highly rated series in PBS history.

Through the 1990s and the first few years of this century, Dunfey stayed at home with her three children. She was a consultant on Mark Twain; Jazz; Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony; Horatio’s Drive; and The War, all Florentine Films productions.  During this time she also served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Conservation Law Foundation, and for eleven years as a trustee at Phillips Exeter Academy, the last four as vice president.

Dunfey returned to Florentine Films in 2006 as a co-producer for The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle and an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. Her latest production with Ken Burns, The Dust Bowl, premiered on national PBS in November 2012 and was the most highly rated show on PBS in five years, attracting more than 17 million viewers.  Dunfey lives in New Hampshire with her family. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College, and received her MA in history from Stanford University.

Denise Dupre ’80

Denise Dupre

Denise Dupre ’80 is the former dean of Boston University’s School of Hotel Administration and since 1995 has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard, where she teaches a course based on her industry textbook, Hospitality World! Dupre began her career as an account executive with Leo Burnett, and after obtaining her master’s from the Cornell Hotel School, she was a consultant with Laventhol & Horwath. Dupre has continued to work extensively in the hotel and restaurant field, including roles in marketing, consulting, and operations for public and private hotel companies. In addition to serving on Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees, Denise has also contributed to a number of schools in a volunteer capacity. She currently serves on the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and the board of the Noble and Greenough School and as chair of the board of the Fessenden School. She is a former member and chair of the board of Mercersburg Academy.

For Dartmouth, Dupre has served on the President's Leadership Council, the Alumni Council, the board of overseers at the Hanover Inn, and most recently the Presidential Search Committee. She has also served her class as a reunion cochair and president. She is the oldest of four sisters to attend Dartmouth. Rosi ’82, Anni ’83, and Mich ’88 all join her in celebrating Dartmouth’s 40 years of coeducation.

Bruce Duthu '80

Bruce Duthu

N. Bruce Duthu is the Samson Occom Professor and chair, Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He is an internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy. He joined the regular faculty at Dartmouth in 2008 as professor of Native American studies. Professor Duthu earned his AB in religion and Native American studies from Dartmouth College and his JD from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. He is a member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana.

He is the author of American Indians and the Law (2008) and was a contributing author of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law(2005), the leading treatise in the field of federal Indian law. His co-edited special volume of South Atlantic Quarterly, “Sovereignty, Indigeneity and the Law,” was honored by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals as best special volume of 2011. His latest book is Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in June 2013).

Prior to joining the Dartmouth faculty, Professor Duthu was on the law faculty at Vermont Law School. He also served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, the universities of Wollongong and Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, and the University of Trento in northern Italy.

Professor Duthu has published articles in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the European Review of Native American Studies, the Indigenous Law Bulletin (Sydney, Australia), and the American Indian Law Review. His published commentary has appeared in The New York Times and the Navajo Times. He has given talks on the rights of Native Americans and indigenous peoples to audiences throughout the United States and other parts of the world, including China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Bolivia, France, and Italy.

Sonya T. Dyhrman ’94

Sonya T. Dyhrman

Sonya T. Dyhrman ’94 is a tenured associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University. Her research uses molecular tools to study how ocean microbes drive the earth’s biogeochemical cycles. With more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, she is shaping our understanding of how these tiny cells produce the oxygen we breathe and influence climactic processes. She received her PhD in marine biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and held a tenured faculty position at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution prior to her 2013 appointment at Columbia. In 2007, she was a Mary Sears Fellow of the Columbia University Earth Institute and more recently a Sir Allan Sewall Fellow of Australia’s Griffith University. Dyhrman is on the scientific steering committee for the U.S. Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry Program and on the executive committee for a National Science Foundation Center focused on microbial oceanography. Her research has taken her to every continent and some remote destinations such as Easter Island and Antarctica. She has logged more than 300 days at sea on research ships collecting samples. Dyhrman attributes her desire to become a professor to the many inspirational scholar educators she admired during her time at Dartmouth, and her wanderlust to her first experiences with international study in the Spanish LSA and biology FSP. In addition to her research efforts, Dyhrman is driven to instill her enthusiasm for oceanography in others, last year giving a keynote address at the National Science Teacher’s Association meeting and returning as often as possible to lecture at Dartmouth. She is particularly interested in science education in the context of virtual environments, and has developed ocean science literacy activities for the virtual world Whyville, giving more than one million children exposure to ocean literacy standards and the process of scientific discovery.

Theresa Ellis '97

Theresa Ellis

Theresa Ellis ’97 currently serves as the Gleitsman Visiting Practitioner at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and also as the founder of Liminality Partners, a strategy consultancy she has created to advance effective cross-sector partnerships.
In her role at Harvard, Ellis teaches about effective cross-sector leadership and coaches students who are interested in building cross-sector ventures. She is currently working on two writing projects: one on nonprofit and for-profit partnerships that create impact, and a second, in collaboration with Susie Friedman, on effective nonprofit boards of directors.

Prior to this work, Ellis founded Common Impact, where she served as CEO for 12 years. Her vision in creating Common Impact was to find a way to unlock the talent resident in America’s Fortune 500 companies and use this talent to create stronger communities for all. Through its innovative model, Common Impact has channeled critical, untapped resources into the nonprofit sector, while creating value for its corporate partners, including companies such as Altria, State Street Corp., and Fidelity Investments. Some of the nonprofits that have benefitted from Common Impact’s services include BELL, the Greater Boston Food Bank, iMentor, Mass Mentoring Partnership, Peace First, and uAspire (formerly ACCESS).

She currently serves on the board of visitors for the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College and chairs the board’s nominating committee. She also serves on the selection advisory committee of the GreenLight Fund and as an evaluator for several national social entrepreneurship competitions.

Ellis earned an AB in religion with honors at Dartmouth College, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She received the Phillip D. McInnis Class of 1936 Award, given to the outstanding woman in the graduating class.

Ellis and her husband, Adam, have one daughter and one adopted dog. They all live on the North Shore of Massachusetts in Beverly Farms.

Susan Finegan ’85

Susan Finegan

Susan Finegan ’85 is a litigation partner at the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC, currently serving as chair of the pro bono committee and the hiring committee. In 2007, the firm appointed Finegan its first pro bono partner, responsible for managing the firm’s multifaceted pro bono program of 400 varied cases throughout its eight offices. During the past two decades, Finegan’s pro bono experience has primarily focused on sexual assault and domestic violence, representing individuals and nonprofits. She recently led a team of attorneys that helped pass legislation that allows sexual assault victims to obtain criminally enforceable protective orders, filling a gap in the existing Massachusetts statute. For this work, the American Bar Association awarded the firm its Pro Bono Publico Award. From 2004 to 2007, Finegan served as legal director of the Victim Rights Law Center, overseeing civil legal services to sexual assault survivors in Massachusetts and providing training to federally funded legal services programs nationwide. She was previously an associate, then a partner, at Mintz Levin from 1993 to 2004. Finegan currently chairs the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and is a member of the Access to Justice Commission, the Commission on Judicial Conduct, and the Boston Bar Association Council. She also recently served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission. A Boston College Law School graduate, she served as a law clerk at the U.S. District Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. An active alumna throughout the years, Finegan currently serves on the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors and the Dartmouth Alumni Council’s Alumni Awards Committee. She is the recipient of both the Dartmouth Alumni Award and the Dartmouth Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

Mary Flanagan

Mary Flanagan

Mary Flanagan works as an artist, scientist, and humanist focused on how people create and use technology. Her groundbreaking explorations in these arenas represent an innovative use of methods, tools, and technologies to bind research with cultural production. Known for her theories on play culture, activist design, and critical play, Flanagan has achieved international acclaim for her novel interdisciplinary work, her commitment to a theory/practice dialogue, and contributions to social justice design arenas. Her work examines the boundaries between the personal and the public, perception, power, and what technology can teach people about themselves. Her artwork ranges from game-based systems and computer viruses to embodied interfaces and interactive texts; these works are exhibited internationally at venues including the Laboral Art Center, Whitney, SIGGRAPH, Beall Center, Postmasters, Steirischer Herbst, Ars Electronica, Artist's Space, the Telfair Museum, Guggenheim, Incheon Digital Arts Festival, and others. In the field of creative writing, Flanagan is known as a writer of electronic literature and she is also a poet, with work in The Iowa Review, The Pinch, Barrow Street, Saranac Review, and other books and periodicals. She has written more than 20 critical essays and chapters, and her books in English include reload: rethinking women + cyberculture (2002), re:SKIN (2007), Critical Play (2009), and the forthcoming Values at Play in Digital Games (2014), all with MIT Press. In her design practice, Flanagan created the first Internet adventure game for girls and researches and creates socially conscious games and software at Tiltfactor, the theory/practice laboratory she founded in 2003. Tiltfactor is deeply invested in innovation through values in game design and implementing core psychological principles of social change in games.  Flanagan has broken ground with collaborator Helen Nissenbaum by investigating how games, interactive systems, and online activities can be redesigned to prioritize human values. In this work they have proven that using humanist principles to shape software development and guide the game design process is a process of innovation. Commissions from the British Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies have supported Flanagan’s work. She has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on six National Science Foundation research awards. She serves on the faculty of the Salzburg Global Seminar and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy Academic Consortium on Games for Impact. Flanagan is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College.

Carol L. Folt '78a

President Carol L. Folt

Carol L. Folt, PhD, became president of Dartmouth on July 1, 2012. She is an environmental scientist and holds an endowed faculty position as the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences in the faculty of arts and sciences.

Prior to becoming president, Folt served as provost, acting provost, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, associate dean of the faculty for interdisciplinary programs, dean of graduate studies, and associate director of Dartmouth’s interdisciplinary Superfund basic research program. She joined the Dartmouth faculty in the department of biological sciences in 1983.
Folt’s research focuses on metal toxicity and effects of dietary mercury and arsenic on aquatic life and human health. She and her colleagues have developed new technologies for assessment of mercury environmental exposure and its effects, and formed critical regional, national, and international partnerships to advise in the establishment of public policy for safer waters. They also conduct cross-cutting research on chemical signaling, restoration, and global conservation of Atlantic salmon, and climate change. Folt continues to serve on federal scientific review panels and foundation boards. She reviews for many journals and has held elected offices in international scientific societies.

A deeply committed educator, Folt received the Dartmouth Huntington Prize for excellence in teaching and research in 1991, and has mentored more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students. She was one of the original faculty involved in Dartmouth’s Women in Science Project—a first of its kind program designed to address the under-representation of women in science, mathematics, and engineering. In 2010, she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in recognition of her contributions to environmental science and higher education.

Folt earned bachelor’s and master’s from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her PhD from the University of California, Davis, and conducted postdoctoral studies at W.K. Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University.

Michelle Fortier '94, '94Th

Michelle Fortier

Michelle Fortier ’94,’94Th is a venture capitalist in Boston. She has led investments in more than twenty private companies in North America.  She is currently a board member at Game Empire Enterprises (a video game media company) and an investor in Alpha Credit (a finance company in Mexico). Fortier is also a board observer at StudyBlue, the leading education company that has more than 2.5 million members and is changing the way students make and share online flashcards and notes.
Fortier previously worked at Megunticook Management and Riverside Partners, two Boston investment firms. She was a board member at Isis Parenting, Verrillon, and Welcome Wagon and a board observer at Aegis Lightwave, Telephia, Publishing Group of America, and Wisor.
Fortier holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA and BE in engineering and Asian studies (magna cum laude) from Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, she was co-captain of the varsity women’s volleyball team. 
Fortier is a member of Stanford University’s Women on Boards (SWB) Initiative. The mission of the SWB is to increase the representation of outstanding Stanford-affiliated women on the boards of public, private, and nonprofit entities. Its key goals are to build a member community, cultivate thought leadership, and highlight members' success.
She and her husband, Jason Fortier, Dartmouth ’94, ’95Th, live in Concord, Massachusetts, and are the parents of three children.

Karen Francis-DeGolia ’84

Karen Francis-DeGolia

Karen Francis-DeGolia ’84 is chairman and CEO at AcademixDirect, a Silicon Valley Internet marketing company serving the evolving education industry from K-12 through university levels. Advertising Age recently named her one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising.” Francis-DeGolia was previously chairman and CEO of Publicis & Hal Riney, a San Francisco-based advertising agency with clients such as Sprint, HP, and Beringer Wine. Her prior career achievements include positions as vice president of Ford Motor Co., responsible for global e-business strategies, customer relationship management, and export operations. Prior to Ford, she also held several senior positions at Internet Capital Group and at General Motors, most recently as the first female and youngest-ever general manager of the Oldsmobile division. Her accomplishments at General Motors led her to being named “Top Newsmaker of 1999” by Automotive News. Prior to joining General Motors, Francis-DeGolia served as vice president of marketing at Berol Corp. and was a consultant at Bain & Co. She began her career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH. While at Dartmouth, she was an economics major and founding president of Kappa Alpha Theta. As an alumna, she has been active as a class president, reunion chair, and member of the board of trustees from 2000 to 2009. Francis-DeGolia received an MBA from Harvard in 1989. Her nonprofit passions include involvement with the American Heart Association, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Music@Menlo. She serves on the board of directors for Dynamic Signal and as an advisor to Lead Edge Capital and Kennet Partners private equity firms. Francis-DeGolia lives in Atherton, CA, with her husband, Rick DeGolia, an attorney now in private equity, and has two stepsons. They all enjoy golf, skiing, and wine, which is especially fun since she owns a zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County, CA.

Lynne Gaudet ’81

Lynne Gaudet

Lynne Gaudet ’81 has been a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Relations Office for twelve years, serving as the director of alumni leadership since 2007.  As a Dartmouth alumni volunteer, Lynne has served as president of the Dartmouth Club of Rhode Island; secretary, class agent, newsletter editor and member of her class reunion and executive committees; enrollment interviewer; alumni councilor; alumni advisor to Kappa Kappa Gamma, and executive committee member of the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley.  In 1997 she received the Dartmouth Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Lynne received a BA from Dartmouth in 1981, majoring in economics. As an undergraduate she participated in the Tucker Foundation Big Sister program and the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club, taught skiing in the Ford Sayre program, and was social chair of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  Lynne and her husband, Dartmouth men’s hockey coach Bob Gaudet ’81, reside in Etna, NH, and are the parents of Joe ’10, Jimmy ’12, and Kelly '17.

Judy Geer '75, '83Th

Judy Geer

Ever since she was a little girl, Judy Geer ’75 had been telling her dad, a ’43, that she was going to go to Dartmouth. Although she still couldn’t apply as a freshman, she was able to transfer to Dartmouth as a junior. She graduated with a degree in ecology and a new favorite sport: rowing. She went on to compete on the U.S. Olympic rowing teams in 1976, 1980, and 1984. She coached the Big Green women’s crew from 1977 to 1979, and after the 1980 Olympics, she entered the Thayer School, where she earned a master’s in engineering in 1983. She then joined Concept2, which had been started in 1976 by Dick Dreissigacker (now her husband) and his brother Peter. Concept2 designs and manufactures composite oars for rowing, the Concept2 Indoor Rower, and SkiErg, all of which are sold worldwide. As happens with family businesses, Geer’s responsibilities at C2 have varied through the years, ranging from engineering to assembly to communications—and she is currently a member of the marketing team. In 2009, Geer and Dreissigacker purchased the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont and turned it into a nonprofit with a mission that combines lifelong sports, sustainability, and stewardship. Geer’s work at Craftsbury ranges from organizing large cross-country ski events to mentoring athletes to strategic planning for the future of the center. Geer was a member of the Morristown, VT, school board for more than 15 years and has been active in working to improve early education in Vermont. She is currently on the boards of the New England Nordic Ski Association and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Geer and Dreissigacker live in Morrisville during the winter and in a cabin near Craftsbury during the summer. They have three children: Hannah ’09, Emily ’11, and Ethan ’13.

Irene Georgakoudi ’93

Irene Georgakoudi

Irene Georgakoudi ’93 has been conducting research on the development and application of non-invasive optical imaging and spectroscopy technologies for tissue diagnostics for more than 15 years. She was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, and came to the United States to study physics as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College under the guidance and supervision of Professor Michael Sturge. She received her PhD in biophysics at the University of Rochester and continued with postdoctoral work at the MIT Spectroscopy Laboratory. After being an instructor at the Wellman Laboratories for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, she joined the department of biomedical engineering at Tufts University. She is currently an associate professor, teaching and doing research in the area of biophotonics.

Her work focuses on the development of linear and non-linear spectroscopic imaging approaches that rely on endogenous sources of optical contrast to characterize tissues. She has been working on the development of methods that can be used to extract biochemical, morphological, and organizational information that can in turn be used to assess the health or developmental status of tissue in an entirely non-invasive or minimally invasive manner. She is particularly interested in the use of these techniques for early cancer detection and for monitoring the development of engineered tissues. Her work has been funded by a National Science Foundation Career Award, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society. She has co-authored six issued patents and more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  

Tillman Gerngross

Tillman Gerngross

Tillman Gerngross, PhD, is a professor of bioengineering at Dartmouth College and an active entrepreneur and innovator. He has founded several successful venture-backed companies, including GlycoFi, where he led the effort to humanize the glycosylation machinery in yeast to produce therapeutic proteins with fully human carbohydrate structures. In 2006, Merck acquired the company for a record-setting $400 million. The same year, Nature Biotechnology named Gerngross one of the most notable people in biotechnology in the past 10 years.
Since 2006, Gerngross has served as a venture partner at SV Life Science, where he advises on investment opportunities in the bio-therapeutics area. In 2007, Gerngross co-founded Adimab, which since has launched one of the most commercially successful antibody discovery technologies in the last decade; establishing partnerships with seven of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies in less than three years. In 2010, Adimab received the Technology Pioneer Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos. That same year, Gerngross co-founded Arsanis Inc. to develop antibody-based therapies for the treatment of infectious diseases. In 2012, Gerngross co-founded Avitide to address a bottleneck in the purification of protein-based therapeutics. At Dartmouth he teaches both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Gretchen Gerzina

The Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography at Dartmouth, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina teaches courses on the novel, biography, Bloomsbury, and black literature of Britain and America.
She is the author or editor of seven books, including Carrington: A Life (about the Bloomsbury figure Dora Carrington, whose life was made into a film starring Emma Thompson); Black London (about the black population of eighteenth-century Britain), a New York Times “notable book of the year”; Frances Hodgson Burnett:  The Unexpected Life of the Author of 'The Secret Garden', and editor of the book Black Victorians/Black Victoriana.  In January 2006 her Norton Critical Edition of The Secret Garden was published; the Norton Annotated Secret Garden, a lavishly illustrated coffee table version of the classic, appeared in October 2007.
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary 18th-Century Family Moved out of Slavery and into Legend, appeared in hardcover in 2008 with Amistad/HarperCollins; the paperback edition was published in 2009.  It is the story of two former slaves, Abijah Prince and Lucy Terry Prince, in colonial Massachusetts and Vermont, who became landowners and public figures, successfully defending themselves in court.  Lucy Terry Prince is considered to be the first African American poet.  Articles and reviews on Professor Gerzina and her work have appeared in The New York Times; the Boston Globe; the Washington Post; USA Today and many British newspapers.  She has appeared frequently as a radio guest in both England and America, in British television documentaries, and on American television programs such as The Tavis Smiley Show.  Her commentaries have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and on Vermont Public Radio.

Professor Gerzina has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to Great Britain.  She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter in Devon, England, and was the 2009/10 George Eastman Visiting Professor at Oxford University, and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford

Jodi Gillette '91

On April 27, 2013, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Jodi Gillette as senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs. As a member of the Domestic Policy Council, Gillette advises the President on issues impacting Indian country. Gillette is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and South Dakota and was previously the deputy assistant secretary to the assistant sSecretary-Indian Affairs for Policy and Economic Development in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to joining the assistant secretary’s staff, she served as deputy associate director of intergovernmental affairs and associate director of public engagement, where she was responsible for the communication and interaction between tribal nations and the White House. She played a key role in the White House Tribal Nations Conference in 2009 and 2010, where the President hosted tribal leaders from across the U.S.. Prior, Gillette had served as executive director of the Native American Training Institute in Bismarck, a nonprofit offering technical assistance and training to tribal, state and local governments in the area of human service delivery systems. She also had served as an economic development planner for her tribe in Fort Yates, N.D. Gillette holds a BA in government and Native American studies from Dartmouth and a master of public policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis (2003).

Annette Gordon-Reed '81

Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed '81 is an author, historian and legal scholar. She has written four books, edited one volume of essays, and written numerous articles and chapters in books. She published her first book, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, in 1997. In 2008, Gordon-Reed published The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won 16 book awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History and the National Book Award. Gordon-Reed was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library. For her original and groundbreaking research on Jefferson, Monticello and slavery, Gordon-Reed won a MacArthur "Genius Award" and a National Humanities Medal in 2010. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History and chair at Harvard Law School, is a professor of history at Harvard University, and holds the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

A history major at Dartmouth, Gordon-Reed graduated with high distinction in 1981 and earned a JD from Harvard Law School in 1984 where she was member of the Harvard Law Review. She has served as a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council, serving on the Council's Enrollment & Admissions and Student Affairs Committees. She has two children and currently lives in New York with her husband, Robert R. Reed, a civil court judge.

L. Kelcey Grimm '96

Kelcey Grimm

Before taking her “road less traveled,” Kelcey Grimm ’96 was an analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons, an investment banking firm based in Baltimore, MD, and an associate at Summit Partners, a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, CA. In 2000, she took some time to see the world. She climbed Machu Picchu, whitewater rafted the Zambezi and Nile, rode horseback across Tanzania, and had many adventures, but it was raising a pride of lions in South Africa that changed her life. She became the lightning rod of the South African conservation community’s efforts to expose the hideous practices of the canned-lion hunting industry. She and her lions appeared on South African TV and in many newspaper articles. Subsequently, her story was featured on the covers of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and Kappa Kappa Gamma Magazine and in The Boston Globe. In 2001, determined to make a difference in conservation, she founded the Enkosini Conservation Trust that manages the Lapolosa Wilderness, a 28-square-mile wildlife reserve in South Africa. Today she remains its managing trustee. She is also the program director for the nonprofit Lion Foundation and founder of Enkosini Eco Experience (, which supports the conservation efforts of 15 wildlife and marine projects in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana by recruiting self-funding volunteers to the projects.

Marianna Grossman '80

Marianna Grossman

Marianna Grossman ’80 is president and executive director of Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV), a consortium of more than 100 businesses, governments, research, and civic organizations founded in 2000.

Grossman joined SSV in 2009 with the goal of leading Silicon Valley to a more sustainable future by identifying and addressing the highest-priority environmental issues in order to build a strong economy, a healthy environment, and a socially equitable community. Among her achievements is the development of the EcoCloud platform for collaboration and innovation, the development of the WEST Summit, assisting Santa Clara University in implementing a smart micro-grid for its campus, facilitating long-term planning dialogue for a state-of-the-art business park in Silicon Valley, and facilitating the successful rebranding of the organization. Current projects include collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center on the Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability and a roadmap for implementing sustainability.

SSV builds capacity of sustainability leaders, businesses, communities, and organizations and pilots solutions that bridge the gap between policy and action, featuring advanced technology solutions from our partners to create a sustainable region and world. Grossman’s previous roles include partner for sustainability and innovation for Minerva Consulting, investor in high-tech start-ups, and corporate roles in the automotive, computer, and semiconductor industries. She founded the Palo Alto (California) Unified School District Sustainable Schools Committee and was convener of the Peninsula/South Bay working group of California Interfaith Power & Light. She earned an MBA from Yale University and an AB, cum laude, with distinction in policy studies from Dartmouth.

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Mary Lou Guerinot

Mary Lou Guerinot

Mary Lou Guerinot is a professor in the Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Cornell University in 1975 and her Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University in 1979. After completing postdoctoral studies at the University of Maryland and at the DOE–MSU Plant Research Laboratory, she came to Dartmouth as an assistant professor in 1985. She was promoted to an associate professor with tenure in 1991 and to full professor in 1997. She was chair of the Department of Biological Sciences from 1994 to 1998, served as the associate dean of the Faculty for the Sciences from 1998 to 2001 and as vice provost from 2001 to 2004.
Guerinot is a molecular geneticist whose principal expertise and research interests are in the area of metal transport and regulation of gene expression by metals.

Joseph L. Helble

Joe Helble

Joseph J. Helble is the twelfth dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a professor of engineering, positions he has held since 2005. Prior to his tenure at Dartmouth, Helble was the Roger Revelle Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), enabling him to spend an academic year addressing technology and environmental policy issues in the office of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Previously, Helble was a member and later chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, with research in the areas of air pollution, CO2 capture, aerosols, and nanoscale materials production. He also initiated what has become a campus-wide program to produce biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil. From 1987 to 1995, he was employed as a research scientist and manager at Physical Sciences Inc. in Andover MA, specializing in environmental and energy technology development. In 1993, he also worked at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a science and policy fellow of AAAS.

Helble has served on several EPA Science Advisory Board panels, and is presently on the editorial boards of two scientific journals. He is the author of more than 100 publications in the areas of air pollution, aerosols, nanoscale ceramics, and air quality, and three U.S. patents related to nanoscale powder production. He was a recipient of a young faculty Career Award from NSF, an outstanding young faculty award from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, and the inaugural environmental faculty leadership award from the University of Connecticut.

Helble is a 1982 summa cum laude chemical engineering graduate of Lehigh University and a 1987 chemical engineering PhD graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Leslie P. Henderson

Leslie Henderson

Leslie P. Henderson, PhD, is the senior associate dean for faculty affairs and a professor of physiology and neurobiology and of biochemistry at the the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Professor Henderson received a BA in human biology in 1978 and a PhD in neuroscience in 1982 from Stanford University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, and at Tufts University Medical School. She joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in 1989, and is a member of the department of physiology and neurobiology with a secondary appointment in the department of biochemistry. Professor Henderson also serves as the senior associate dean for faculty affairs at the Geisel School of Medicine, a position she has held since 2008. In this role she oversees all aspects of appointments, promotions, and titles for faculty at the medical school. Professor Henderson has also served in many administrative capacities for Dartmouth College.

Her laboratory focuses on understanding the impact of natural gonadal steroids, synthetic performance-enhancing steroids, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can interact with steroid signaling pathways on the development and function of the central nervous system. A specific aim of her work has been to define the roles of sex and age on the actions of these compounds with respect to both neural function and its behavioral outcomes. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and a number of non-federal granting agencies. She has served on numerous NSF and NIH study sections, was chair of Neurodifferentiation, Plasticity, and Regeneration (NDPR) from 2006 to 2008, and has served as a member of the scientific advisory board for the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation. She is also an active participant in the Dartmouth Idea Network of Biological Research Excellence program, which is a statewide endeavor to provide enhanced research opportunities to partnering institutions throughout New Hampshire. Professor Henderson teaches first-year medical students, PhD students, and undergraduates and has served as an advisor to undergraduate neuroscience majors. She also currently serves on the committee for undergraduate research.

Deborah Gisele Hope ’76

Deborah Gisele Hope

Deborah Gisele Hope ’76 is a former chief risk and business ethics officer for global investment management at Prudential Financial Inc. Prior to Prudential, she was chief compliance officer for the PNC Financial Services Group, where she was the architect of enterprise governance and compliance risk management, related mergers and acquisitions strategies, policies, and program development that set the industry standard post-Sarbanes Oxley. Before that, Hope held a number of senior legal positions at Citigroup/Citicorp, including general counsel to global audit and risk review and chief counsel for global compliance. For several years prior to joining Prudential, she managed a successful private practice and consulting firm that specialized in integrated legal, compliance, governance, and risk management tools and solutions for large financial services companies. After earning her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, Hope began her career as legal counsel at the Federal Reserve after serving as senior law clerk to the Hon. Horace T. Ward, federal district court judge (ret.), in Atlanta. She has served as special counsel to the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee; chair of the Banking Law Committee’s subcommittee on compliance, audit, and examination; neutral arbitrator for the former National Association of Securities Dealers Office of Dispute Resolution; and deputy general counsel to the National Bar Association.

As an alumna, Hope has served as treasurer of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association, as an alumni councilor, on the Alumni Council Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee, and as a member of the board of overseers of the Hopkins Center/Hood Museum. Her civic involvement includes work as a delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, on the advisory board of Unified Progress International Education, and with the nonpartisan election protection coalition formed and administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Her son, Derek R. Wedgeworth ’01, is Dartmouth’s first African-American double legacy.

Sarah Jackson-Han '88

Charlotte Johnson

Sarah Jackson-Han ’88 joined the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as a communications adviser in Washington in 2010, after 18 years in media specializing primarily in Asian affairs. She previously worked as communications director and news director at Radio Free Asia (RFA), an award-winning, private, U.S.-funded news organization, as an editor at National Public Radio online, and as Asian Affairs correspondent at Agence France-Presse (AFP). 
She has had fellowships from the East-West Center in Honolulu and the Aspen Institute; she has served on the Asia Society-Washington advisory board, the Zorig Foundation board, and the Dartmouth College Alumni Council and Alumni Liaison Committee. She recently joined the board of Young Artists of America (YAA), a new nonprofit arts organization for young performers.
Sarah holds a master’s degree from Cambridge University (UK) and majored in English at the College, while singing in the Decibelles, editing The Dartmouth, and serving as President of Casque & Gauntlet.
At UNDP, she oversees media and outreach in Washington and the United States and last year convinced the Dartmouth Aires to record a public service message and song on UNDP’s behalf. She is passionate about global development and global health. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD.

Anne R. Kapuscinski

S. Caroline Kerr

Anne R. Kapuscinski is the inaugural Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science and chair of the environmental studies program at Dartmouth. She joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2009 and teaches courses on environment, society, and sustainability. Her work stresses a systems approach to sustainability challenges, integrating across ecological, social, and economic domains. Professor Kapuscinski and her students have studied impacts of technologies from dams and hatcheries to aquaculture and genetic engineering on fish conservation.She emphasizes collaborations between scientists and practitioners, for example, bringing together business, government, and nonprofit leaders in a Minnesota 2050 project to co-produce and learn from regional scenarios of sustainability challenges. At Dartmouth, she has launched new research on the sustainability and adoption of integrated food energy systems under alternative futures. Kapuscinski has initiated interdisciplinary programs on environment-society interactions throughout her career. At Dartmouth, she led the launch of a sustainability minor and cochaired the culture and learning work group for the Dartmouth Sustainability Project, a plan for making Dartmouth a global sustainability leader. She recently began the role of co-editor in chief of “Sustainability Transitions,” a domain of the new online journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene.
Kapuscinski has served as a scientific advisor to governments and international organizations, including the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in three administrations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Environment Facility, the European Union Food Safety Agency, and the state of Minnesota. She has served on four National Academy of Science committees addressing salmon conservation and risk analysis of genetically modified organisms.
Kapuscinski received her BA in biology from Swarthmore College (1976) and MS and PhD in fisheries from Oregon State University (1980, 1984). Her awards include an Honor Award from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for environmental protection (1997), a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (2001), and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology (2008).

Rosi Kerr '97

Rosie Kerr

Rosi Kerr ’97 is the director of sustainability at Dartmouth, where she works to transform the College into a sustainability leader of thought, education and action. Her office works to improve Dartmouth’s operational sustainability, to engage students in meaningful hands-on sustainability projects and to make Dartmouth a sustainability thought-leader. Prior to her work at Dartmouth, Kerr led the development and implementation of innovative sustainability programs at universities as the Director of Sustainability at GreenerU. At GreenerU, she provided leadership and guidance for several universities, including serving as director of sustainability at Babson College. Her prior work includes serving as founding executive director of Gray is Green, a nonprofit focused on engaging people over 65 in environmental sustainability, and as energy advisor at Juice Energy, Inc., a renewable energy supplier in NYC, where she developed energy and carbon management strategies for businesses. Kerr helped build Juice from a small startup to a major player in the markets it served. She was integral in developing marketing approaches, sustainability strategies and in managing high-level client relationships.

Kerr earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She has led and participated in expeditions in the Canadian Arctic and Alaska. She is an avid rower, runner and cyclist. She serves on the board of Vineyard Power, Climate Ride, the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation and on the Sustainability Advisory Board for GreenerU.  She lives in Norwich, Vermont.

S. Caroline Kerr '05

S. Caroline Kerr

S. Caroline Kerr ’05 is the chief executive officer of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to broadening the college horizons of talented young women from the Midwest. College access is Kerr’s passion. Formerly employed in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Dartmouth, she worked with both domestic and international populations and chaired the Outreach Committee. Kerr also worked as a college counselor in Michigan, developing college counseling programs for both a secondary school and regional educational service agency. Kerr received her master’s in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was the recipient of the Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute Award and interned with the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). While an undergraduate at Dartmouth, Kerr was active in leadership roles for DOC Trips, the Office of Pluralism And Leadership, the Office of Admissions, the 1972 Society, Speak Out, and Palaeopitus. Kerr serves on the Dartmouth Alumni Council and is in her second term as president of DGALA, Dartmouth’s LGBTQA alumni/ae association. She is the 2012 recipient of Dartmouth’s Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs Group Leader of the Year Award. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her wife, Dr. Darcy A. Kerr ’10DMS.

F. Jon Kull ’88

F. Jon Kull

F. Jon Kull ’88 is dean of graduate studies at Dartmouth College and the inaugural holder of the Rodgers Professorship at Dartmouth College.
An internationally known structural biologist and biochemist, Kull joined Dartmouth’s chemistry faculty in 2001. His research in structural biology and biophysics focuses on the mechanism of molecular motor proteins and the proteins involved in the regulation of bacterial virulence. Kull teaches undergraduate chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysical chemistry, and has supervised graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and the Molecular and Cellular Biology programs. In 2010, he was awarded the Dean of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Advising.
Kull graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth with a double major in chemistry and biology and earned his PhD in biochemistry in 1996 from the University of California, San Francisco. Following a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in San Francisco, he moved in 1998 to the Department of Biophysics at the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany. There he continued to use X-ray crystallography as a tool to study structure-function relationships in force-generating proteins.
He returned to Dartmouth as an assistant professor in 2001, was promoted to associate professor in 2007, and to full professor in 2012. This July, Kull was appointed to the Rodgers Professorship at Dartmouth College, a new faculty chair endowed by former trustee T.J. Rodgers ’70.
Kull has published his work in a number of high-profile journals, including Nature, Cell, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He recently began a five-year term as an editorial board member for the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Ann McLane Kuster '78

Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Ann McLane Kuster ’78 was elected to the U.S. Congress to represent New Hampshire’s Second District in November 2012. She is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Small Business Committee and is the first woman to represent the district in Congress. Prior to her election to Congress, Kuster was an attorney and shareholder at the Concord-based law firm Rath, Young & Pignatelli, where she was the leader of the firm’s education and nonprofit law practice group.
As a longtime community activist, author, attorney, and advocate, Kuster has focused her career on increasing access to affordable healthcare and higher education for families. She has been actively involved in a number of significant health and education policy issues, including the creation of the Medication Bridge Program to distribute free medication to low-income families and the UNIQUE College Savings Program to help families save for their children to attend college.
Active in community service, Kuster served on the board of trustees of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Public Radio, the Capitol Center for the Arts, and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. She was a founder of the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire and served on the board of the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College to encourage community service. In addition, Kuster is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and before her election to Congress maintained a private adoption practice in which she helped hundreds of New Hampshire families adopt children.
Kuster graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978 in the third coeducational class. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984.

Kimberly Marable '05

Kimberly Marable

Kimberly Marable ’05 is currently touring the US and Canada with the blockbuster hit musical, “The Book of Mormon.”  She has also toured North America and Japan with musicals such as “Dreamgirls,” Hairspray,” and “The Wedding Singer,” and has worked regionally on stages in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and New Hampshire. Most notably, the Brooklyn-native debuted her talents on the Broadway stage in Tony-nominated “Sister Act,” based on the 1992 film. During her run she starred as Deloris Van Cartier (the diva turned nun-on-the-run, and the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg), playing opposite Tony nominee Carolee Carmello. While at Dartmouth, Marable was quite active, including singing with the Glee Club, working as a receptionist, and senior interviewer for Admissions, and serving as co-president of SHEBA Dance Troupe for two years. As an alumna she has mentored current students seeking to pursue a career in musical theater, and has supported the efforts of her very active parents Ken ’74 and Joan ’76 Marable.  Green runs deep in her family, as her uncle Edward Tyler, ’79, and brother Jonathan Marable, ’08 also graduated from Dartmouth.  Most recently, Marable cofounded the rapidly growing organization Broadway Serves! which provides Broadway and theater professionals with community service opportunities in New York City and across the country.

Nancy P. Marion

Nancy P. Marion

Nancy P. Marion is the George J. Records 1956 Professor of Economics and associate dean of faculty for the social sciences at Dartmouth College. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of international finance and open-economy macroeconomics. She is a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and has been a frequent lecturer at the IMF Institute on a range of topics related to financial crises and global imbalances. She serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals in international economics. She received her BA from Oberlin College, a master’s of public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a PhD in economics from Princeton. She has been a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a board member of the American Economic Association’s Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

Marion has written and published on a variety of topics in macroeconomics and international finance, including financial crises in emerging markets, international reserve holdings in East Asia, international risk sharing, policy volatility in developing countries, the transmission of disturbances under alternative exchange-rate regimes, and strategies for reducing sovereign debt burdens.

Annabel Martin

Annabel Martin

Annabel Martín is an associate professor of Spanish, comparative literature, and women’s and gender studies at Dartmouth College, a program she currently chairs. At Dartmouth, she is also the leader of the faculty working group creating the Consortium for the Study of Gender and Social Change and the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth. Working within the field of cultural studies and with a particular interest in nationalism, her research and publications pay special attention to the narratives of cultural and gender identity in contemporary Spanish culture. She is the author of the book, La gramática de la felicidad: Relecturas franquistas y posmodernas del melodrama (2005), on mass culture and its multiple political readings from early Francoism to the more contemporary period. Currently, she is studying the cultural context surrounding the end of ETA terrorism in Spain and the role the arts play in processes of reconciliation in her forthcoming Rest in Peace: The Basque Political Contours of the Arts, a collaborative project with Basque artists Bernardo Atxaga, Julia Otxoa, Ricardo Ugarte, Luisa Etxenike, and Helena Taberna, among others. Martín is also a member of a research team at the Universitat de València (Spain) studying tourism and national identity, a member of an interdisciplinary working group at the Universidad Pública de Navarra (Spain) studying the context of political violence and reconciliation in the Basque Country, and the review editor of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.

Bill McLaughlin '78, '81Tu

Bill McLaughlin

William “Bill” R. McLaughlin is the recently retired chief executive officer at Select Comfort Corp., the creator of the Sleep Number bed. McLaughlin distinguished himself as a strategist and leader, able to align and motivate teams through a mission-based culture, in both rapid growth and challenging times.

During his 12-year tenure at Select Comfort, the company created substantial value—$1.5 billion—for shareholders. McLaughlin retired in June 2012 after leading the company through the recession and a dramatic recovery that strengthened the company’s overall business model. 

Prior to Select Comfort, McLaughlin held leadership positions with PepsiCo/Frito-Lay International and Pillsbury. During his nearly 12 years with Frito-Lay, McLaughlin and his family lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and England, where he was responsible for the Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Russia division, valued at $2 billion.

Throughout his career, McLaughlin has been active in the community and enjoyed high-growth companies. He is now applying his leadership experience to advising startup companies; he is on the board of directors of Allen Interactions. McLaughlin also sits on the board of directors of Carleton College and the Museum of Russian Art and he continues to support the Minnesota Public Radio board, having served on that board for 12 years.

McLaughlin’s interests and future plans include serving on for-profit boards as well as a potential return to general management.

McLaughlin and his wife, Martha, have three daughters, all pursuing unique careers. When not working, McLaughlin enjoys the competition of racquet sports and the frustration of golf. He looks to mountains and streams for recreation and opportunities for reflection and friendship. McLaughlin will participate in the Dynamic Duos: Dartmouth Dads and Daughters presentation with his daughter, Kelly McLaughlin '07.

Kelly K. McLaughlin ’07

Kelly McLaughlin

Kelly K. McLaughlin ’07 is an attorney practicing patent litigation at K&L Gates LLP in Boston. Prior to attending law school, McLaughlin worked for the Aspen Institute in Colorado. While at Dartmouth, she captained the women’s club tennis team, held a position at Kappa Delta Epsilon, was a Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth mentor, and enjoyed studying history and government.




Alexandra “Xander” A. Meise ’01

Alexandra 'Xander' Meise

Alexandra “Xander” A. Meise ’01 is an attorney and guest lecturer currently working in the international litigation and arbitration practice of Foley Hoag LLP. Her academic and professional careers have focused on the sustainable resolution of international conflicts to promote economic and political development. Research into the causes of genocidal conflict/civil war and the rebuilding of economic and societal structures post-conflict led her to a Fulbright year in Albania just after Dartmouth, as well as work in international political development in countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, and Yemen. Meise has also worked for the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Department of State (in Spain, Switzerland, and Macedonia), the UN-backed war crimes tribunal in East Timor, and the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.
In her private legal practice she has represented sovereign states and claimants in arbitrations under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and the International Chamber of Commerce, and she has defended sovereign governments in U.S. state and federal courts. In addition, she has advised corporations on matters of corporate social responsibility, including legal risk management associated with work in post-conflict, transitional regions.

While at Dartmouth, Meise was an active DJ with Dartmouth Broadcasting (WFRD), a founding member of DTV, and a senior interviewer for the Office of Admissions. As an alumna, she received the 2010 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs Shared Interest and Affiliated Club Officer of the Year Award for her work with the Dartmouth Lawyers Association. She currently serves as the president of the Dartmouth Lawyers Association, a board member of the Dartmouth Club of Washington, DC, and an alumni interviewer. She lives just outside of DC with her husband and pet turtle.

Dani Klein Modisett ’84

Dani Modisett

Dani Klein Modisett ’84 is the creator, producer, and director of the shows Afterbirth …   Stories You Won’t Read in Parents Magazine ( and Not What I Signed Up For. These are live storytelling shows in which well-known actors and writers perform original, funny stories about how marriage and parenting challenges them in unexpected ways. In 2009, Afterbirth was published as an anthology, with stories by writers including Emmy winners Matt Weiner (creator of Mad Men), Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City), and Lew Schneider (Everybody Loves Raymond), and comedians Moon Zappa and Dana Gould. All the stories in the book were developed for the live show and edited by Modisett.

Currently, Modisett is working on her second book about long-term marriage and humor, Laughter: Party of Two, about the importance of the latter to keep the former going. She has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, Parents, Los Angeles Times, Brainchild, Hollywood Journal, and She is also developing a single-mom comedy for ABC Family.
Before writing, Modisett worked as an actress in film and television, including Law & Order and other NBC shows. She also worked on Broadway in the plays Twilight of the Golds and Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. In the interim, Modisett worked as a standup comic, participating in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival with a solo show she wrote called The Move.
Modisett taught standup comedy at UCLA for nine years and continues to teach privately. She lives in Los Angeles with husband Tod Modisett ’94 and sons Gabriel (9) and Gideon (5).

Al Mulley '70

Al Mulley

Al Mulley '70 is director of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College and professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. After graduating from Dartmouth he was awarded MD and MPP degrees from Harvard Medical School and the Kennedy School of Government in 1975. He spent 35 years on the Harvard faculty and the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital where he was the founding chief of the General Medicine Division and director of the Medical Practices Evaluation Center.

Mulley's work aimed at improving the quality of health-care decision making has influenced the agendas of many public and private organizations engaged in clinical care as well as medical research and education. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has served as a consultant and visiting professor to government agencies, health-care organizations, and academic medical centers in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2011 he was named the first International Visiting Fellow at the King’s Fund in London and was appointed to the Improvement Science Development Group at The Health Foundation. That same year, he was appointed international consultant to the Chinese Hospital Association.

Kate Mulley '05

Kate Mulley

Kate Mulley graduated from Dartmouth College in 2005 with a degree in theatre and history and received an MA in writing for performance at Goldsmiths College, London in 2007. She is a founding member of Vox Theater, a theater company comprised of Dartmouth alumni, whose inaugural production of her play The Reluctant Lesbian was presented in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. Along with the NyLon Fusion Writers Collective, she wrote You Are Here which was performed in November at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Her play The Tutor was produced at the Living Theatre as part of the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. Strange Bare Facts has received readings at the NYU Forum on Theatre for Public Health, the New London Barn Playhouse and the Last Frontier Theater Conference. The Lazarus Years was performed at the Red Room, New York, as part of JAMBOREE, a short play festival. Sezze Sun was produced by Odyssey Productions in the Capital Fringe Festival and at walkerspace in New York. The Proxies was part of PLAYLIST, an evening of short plays at Theatre503, Etcetera Theatre, London. After participating in the Soho Theatre Young Writers Course, her play Cook’s Clock was selected for a staged reading at the Soho Theatre, London. Fee received a staged reading at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London. As a dramaturg, she has worked on New York productions of Fuente Ovejuna and The Country Wife. She has served as the Literary Manager of NyLon Fusion Collective and a resident playwright for Odyssey Productions. She has worked for Nick Hern Books, Soho Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Hourglass Group and has published headlines in The Onion. She currently lives in New York and works at Playscripts, Inc.

Sherri C. Oberg '82, '86Tu

Sherri Oberg

Sherri C. Oberg ’82, ’86Tu, is president, chief executive officer and founder of Acusphere, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company with a broad technology that has generated four drug candidates which have entered human clinical trials. She was responsible for conceiving the strategy, business plan, and product concepts. She hired a highly experienced senior management team and grew the company to more than 100 employees. She oversaw the development of a novel cardiovascular drug from prototype development and animal testing through the final stages of human trials and commercial manufacturing scale-up to support applications which are now on file for regulatory approval in Europe and the U.S. She closed partnerships with U.S. and European pharmaceutical companies totaling more than $100 million in upfront fees and milestone payments, raised over $300 million in equity financing including $100 million in venture capital, an initial public offering (IPO), and more than $200 million in public equity. She began her career in venture capital at Inco Venture Capital Management and later moved to Aegis Venture Funds.
Oberg was a history major at Dartmouth and earned her MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business. She currently serves on Dartmouth’s board of trustees, where she is chairman of the Audit Committee. She is also a member of Tuck's board of overseers. Previously, she was on the advisory board of the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship and was president of the Dartmouth Alumni Council. She is a recipient of Dartmouth’s Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award and the Tuck Overseers Medal. Oberg has served on the boards of directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council as well as the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC). She is married to another Dartmouth graduate, Curt Oberg ’78, and they have two children, Ali ’13 and Eric ’16.

Kim Ogden '84

Kim Ogden

Kim Ogden ’84 is the founder and CEO of the Ventures for Hope Philanthropy Fund and Travel for Hope service vacations. Prior to her work with Ventures for Hope, Ogden helped found and served as chief operating officer at Agape International, a startup nonprofit whose mission is to care for and educate AIDS orphans in India. Agape operates many orphanages, a school, and a small medical facility outside of Hyderabad, India. Prior to Agape, Ogden spent 14 years at the management consulting firm Bain & Co. When she retired from Bain at the end of 2002, she was one of the partners helping to lead the healthcare practice. Ogden’s career path has been featured in U.S. News & World Report and Consulting magazine. She graduated from Harvard Business School in 1989. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College. She is a longstanding and active board member and a volunteer for a large number of nonprofits, including the Goodnow Library Foundation, Charles River Vineyard Church, Girls Scouts of America, Wingate Nursing Home, All Hands Volunteers, Mustard Seed Jamaica, and Pura Vida Costa Rica. She is married with three children, ages 22, 21, and 8.
“I feel very fortunate that I have had the flexibility and the great luxury to experience a number of career ‘reincarnations,’ ” she says. “I always hoped to do nonprofit work, and finally after 9/11 found the courage to leave Bain and Co., a job I greatly enjoyed but nonetheless did not fit perfectly with my passion for improving the lives of Third World children. I feel like I am on a second-half-of-life adventure, and work and life are more exciting than ever.”

Donald Pease

Terry Plank

Donald Pease, professor of English, The Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, chair of the Dartmouth Liberal Studies Program and winner of the 1981 Distinguished Teaching Award at Dartmouth, is an authority on nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and literary theory. In the summer of 1986 he brought the School of Criticism and Theory to Dartmouth. In 1996 he founded the Dartmouth Institute in American Studies and in 1997 he has also served as academic director of the Alumni College program. A recipient of a PhD from the University of Chicago, he is the author of Visionary Compacts: American Renaissance Writings in Cultural Context (which won the Mark Ingraham Prize for the best new book in the Humanities in 1987), The New American Exceptionalism (2009), and Theodor Seuss Geisel (2010). The author of more than one hundred articles on figures in American and British literature, Pease is the co-editor of American Renaissance Rediscovered and the editor of seven other volumes including The Cultures of United States Imperialism (1992), The Futures of American Studies (2002) and Re-Framing the Transnational Turn which will be published next year by Dartmouth Press. Pease is general editor of a series of 98 volumes by Duke University Press called The New Americanists that have transformed the field of American Studies. In 2010 he inaugurated Re-Mapping the Transnational Turn: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies. He has been awarded Guggenheim, Mellon, Ford, and Hewlett fellowships and has twice received an NEH Directorship to teach college teachers about nineteenth-century American Literature. Pease serves on the board of governors of the Clinton Institute in American Studies, and he received the Faculty Award for Service to Alumni Continuing Education in 1999, awarded by Dartmouth's Alumni Council. In 2000 he was the Drue Heinz Visiting Professor at Oxford University. Over the last five years, Pease has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the JFK Institute in American Studies at the Freie Universitaett, Berlin; the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Rome at Tor Vegata. In January 2011, Pease was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the faculty of languages at Sweden’s Uppsala University.

Terry Plank ’85

Terry Plank

Terry Plank ’85 is a professor of earth and environmental science at Columbia University. Her research focuses on magmas, from their source in the deep earth to their eruption from volcanoes. Field work has taken her to Nicaragua, the Aleutians, and to sea, where she served as co-chief scientist for the Ocean Drilling Program, sampling the seafloor near the Marianas trench. This work was featured on the History Channel in The Deepest Place on Earth. Plank has served on the editorial boards of Geology and Earth and Planetary Science Letters and panels and steering committees of the National Science Foundation MARGINS and EarthScope programs. Plank received the Houtermans Medal from the European Association for Geochemistry and the Donath Medal from the Geological Society of America and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.

Martha E. Pollack ’79

Martha Pollack

Martha E. Pollack ’79 is vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs at the University of Michigan (U-M), where she will become provost in May. She is also a professor of computer science and engineering and a professor of information. Her previous leadership roles at U-M have included service as dean of the School of Information and as associate chair for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Before coming to U-M in 2000, she was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and, before that, a member of the technical staff at SRI International. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Pollack’s research is in artificial intelligence. She has published widely on topics including automated planning, natural-language processing, temporal reasoning, and constraint satisfaction. A particular focus of her work has been the design of intelligent technology to assist people with cognitive impairment. In addition to receiving a number of awards for her research and teaching, she has been recognized for her professional service. She has received the Sarah Goddard Power Award for her efforts to increase the representation of and climate for women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering. She has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, as president of AAAI, as a member of the advisory committee for the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Division, and as a member of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association. Pollack earned a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College, and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jan Seidler Ramirez '73

Jan Seidler Ramirez

Jan Seidler Ramirez ’73 is the founding chief curator and director of collections for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Prior to her 2006 appointment, she worked as consulting curator to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which was spearheading renewal plans for the destroyed 16-acres of the World Trade Center. Previously, she served as vice president and museum director of the New-York Historical Society, where she played a major role in developing that institution’s History Responds initiative, a series of exhibitions, public programs, and collection acquisition efforts focused on the 9/11 attacks in their broad historical context.

Through her career, Ramirez has held curatorial, interpretation, collections development, and senior administrative posts at museums in Boston and New York, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Hudson River Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. She also has taught and lectured on American arts and material culture at colleges, institutions, and conferences across the country, and has authored numerous publications relating to American arts and cultural history. Ramirez is a 1973 graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in English. She earned her PhD in American studies at Boston University. Among the great rewards of her connection to Dartmouth is the opportunity she had to serve on the Hood Art Museum’s board of overseers.

John Rich

John Rich

John Rich has long been an innovative leader in the field of public health. His work has focused on serving one of the nation's most ignored and underserved populations: African-American men in urban settings, and his work has shaped policy discussion and health practices throughout the United States. Among numerous awards for his work in public health, he was granted a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Prior to moving to Drexel University, Rich served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission.
Rich earned his Dartmouth AB in English, his MD from Duke University Medical School, and his master's from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was a fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, Rich created the Young Men's Health Clinic and initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner city young men to become peer health educators focusing on improving the health of men and boys in their communities. He received an honorary doctor of science degree from Dartmouth in 2007. Dartmouth praised Rich for his success "in addressing overall wellness concerns" and effectively calling "attention to the need for a more humane health care system." He is a member of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association (BADA). Rich resides in Philadelphia with his partner, Dr. Ted Corbin.

Laurel J. Richie ’81

Laurel Richie

Laurel J. Richie ’81 is president of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the longest-running women’s professional sports league in the country. She oversees the league’s business, operations, and marketing initiatives, and is the first person of color to lead a major national sports league. Prior to her appointment in May 2011, Richie served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she led the development of a new brand strategy that helped revitalize this iconic organization.

Richie began her marketing career in the advertising industry, spending more than two decades at Ogilvy & Mather building brands for a host of blue-chip clients including Kimberly Clark, American Express, Pepperidge Farm, and Unilever. At Ogilvy, her pro-bono clients included the Museum for African Art, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. As senior partner and executive group director with a portfolio of global brands, her team was among the agency’s most productive and profitable. She continues to work with the agency as a founding member of its diversity advisory board, supporting efforts to attract and retain top talent.

Richie was named one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Business” by The Network Journal. She is a recipient of the YMCA Black Achievers in Industry Award and Ebony magazine’s Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications Award and has been named to Ebony’s “Power 100” list. Most recently, she received the Shot Caller Award from Black Girls Rock.
At Dartmouth, Richie earned her bachelor of arts in policy studies. She was a member of the Black Underground Theater of the Arts and was recognized as one of the top 10 graduates of the Class of 1981 by Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.

Mara Rudman ’84

Mara Rudman

Mara Rudman ’84 was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant administrator for the Middle East at the U.S. Agency for International Development in September 2011. Prior to this appointment, Rudman was a deputy envoy and chief of staff for the Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace at the State Department. She served as deputy assistant to the president and executive secretary to the National Security Council under President Obama from January through May 2009. In President Clinton’s administration, Rudman also served at the National Security Council, as deputy assistant the president for national security affairs and chief of staff for the National Security Council. Previously, she founded and ran Quorum Strategies LLC, an international strategic consulting firm, while serving as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, focusing on national security issues, with a particular focus on the Middle East. Rudman also has worked as a vice president and general counsel for the Cohen Group, a Washington, DC-based consultancy founded by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Earlier in her career, Rudman was chief counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, working for chairman and then ranking member Lee Hamilton. She is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth she wrote for The Dartmouth and The Harbinger, led Senior Symposium, worked at various work-study positions, and was a member of Casque & Gauntlet.

Joyce A. Sackey-Acheampong ’85, ’89DMS

Joyce Sackey-Acheampong

Joyce A. Sackey-Acheampong, MD, ’85, ’89DMS, is dean for multicultural affairs and global health and an associate professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). Prior to joining TUSM, she was an assistant professor of medicine and associate master for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

As dean for multicultural affairs and global health at TUSM, she oversees the school’s key diversity initiatives, including under-represented minority faculty and student recruitment, retention, and development, and provides oversight for the school of medicine’s global health programs.

She is co-founder of the Foundation for African Relief (FAR), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization. FAR has made significant contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS through the education and training African physicians in the forefront of providing clinical care to people living with HIV/AIDS. FAR has also helped to expand access to care and early detection of HIV through its mobile clinic initiative in Ghana.

Sackey is a member of the Dartmouth College Class of 1985 and a 1989 graduate of Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Sackey completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at BIDMC. She was a Senior Rabkin Fellow in the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at BIDMC, where she completed advanced fellowship training in medical education.

Sackey has remained actively engaged with both the College and medical school as a Dartmouth alumna. She serves on the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Alumni Council and is a member of the alumni interviewers network for the College’s admissions office. She was the 2004 recipient of Dartmouth College’s Martin Luther King Award for Emerging Leadership in Social Justice.

She is married to Kwaku Acheampong and they have two children, Kwaku (Middlebury ’14) and Nicole, a high school senior.

Tracey Salmon-Smith ’87

Joyce Sackey-Acheampong

Salmon-Smith is counsel with the Labor and Employment Law, Securities Law and Commercial Litigation (defense) groups for the firm, Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. She previously served as in-house counsel at UBS Financial Services Inc. and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. She serves on the board of the New York Lawyers in the Public Interest. Long active in the American Bar Association, she has held various leadership positions within the Litigation Section.

Salmon-Smith earned her AB in English in 1987 and participated in the Language Study Abroad program in Blois, Frances.  While at Dartmouth she was actively involved with the Palaeopitus senior society, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Green Key Society, and the Afro-American Society.  She was also a manager for the junior varsity and varsity football teams.
As an alumna, she has served as president of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association, vice-president of the Dartmouth Lawyers Association, and as a member of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee.  She is currently president of the Class of 1987. 
Salmon-Smith obtained her law degree from Villanova University School of Law. In 2002, she received Dartmouth’s Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award. The following year she was recognized by the Network Journal as a “Top 40 Under 40 Achiever.”

Anna Schuleit '05MALS

Anna Schuleit

Anna Schuleit ‘05MALS is a visual artist whose work lies at the intersection of art, architecture, history, science, and community. Her projects have ranged from small-scale room installations made with paint to large-scale projects using extensive sound systems, live sod, thousands of flowers, mirrors, antique telephones, bodies of water, and neuroscience technologies. She has worked closely with artists, nurses, patients, doctors, state agency officials, scientists, historians, students, dancers, sociologists, musicians, and children. In 2013-14 she is collaborating with a team of neuroscientists at Columbia Medical School, discovering a new drawing method which, rather than using one’s hands, is based on recording the movements of the pupils with eye-tracking technology. Schuleit has been a visiting artist and lecturer at MIT, Brown, Smith, the Rhode Island School of Design, the New School, Brandeis, Pratt, the University of Michigan, Syracuse, McGill University, and Bowdoin College, and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard. Schuleit received her BFA in painting in 1998 from the Rhode Island School of Design, her MALS in creative writing from Dartmouth, and in 2006 was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Maia Josebachvili Skinner ’05

Maia Josebachvili Skinner

Maia Josebachvili Skinner ’05 graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in engineering. She started her career as a derivatives trader on the floor of the stock exchange for Susquehanna International Group. After a few years on Wall Street, Skinner found herself yearning for more experiences such as the ones she and many other Dartmouth alumni had on DOC trips. With a leap of faith, in 2008 she founded Urban Escapes, an adventure travel company modeled after DOC trips. During her time as founder and CEO, she was honored as one of Inc. magazine’s top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 years old and featured in Forbes, CNN, Business Insider, and Conde Nast. After three years of explosive growth and expansion to four cities, Urban Escapes was acquired by LivingSocial, the daily deals site partially owned by 

Skinner went on to launch and run three separate multi-million-dollar businesses at LivingSocial, serving first as global director of the experiential division and then as the general manager of the travel division. After two and a half exciting years at LivingSocial, she decided to go back to her entrepreneurial roots and joined the founding team at Greenhouse, a revolutionary enterprise software company.

Skinner lives in Washington with her husband, Dave, and dog Guinness. In her spare time she loves to travel, ski, mountain bike, and camp, and especially loves it when she can combine any of those.

Kate Stith-Cabranes '73

Kate Stith-Cabranes

Kate Stith-Cabranes ’73 is the Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law and constitutional law. She was previously an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted white-collar and organized-crime cases; a special assistant at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC; and an economist with the Council of Economic Advisors. She is a member of the Yale University Press board of governors, the board of advisors for the American Law Institute model penal code project on sentencing, the governing board of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, and the advisory boards of four national law journals. She has also been a member of the advisory committee for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the committee on law and justice of the National Research Council, the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut, and the executive committee of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale. For three years she was president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, and she served on its board for more than 20 years. She was acting dean of Yale Law School in 2009 and a member of the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees from 1989 through 2000. Her book on the federal sentencing guidelines, Fear of Judging (with J.A. Cabranes), was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Bar Association in 1999. She graduated from Dartmouth summa cum laude with highest honors in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated also from the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Law School, after which she clerked for Judge Carl McGowan ’32 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White.

Peggy Epstein Tanner '79

photo of Peggy Epstein Tanner

Peggy Epstein Tanner ’79 worked at Chemical Bank and Morgan Stanley for more than a decade before dedicating herself to her work with numerous nonprofits. She is the chair of the board of Seeds of Peace and recently stepped down as vice chair of the board of Blythedale Children’s Hospital, where she continues to serve on its board. In addition, she is president emeritus and a founding board member of The Summer Camp, which provides girls from low-income families and foster homes with a sleep-away camp experience. Tanner has served on the boards of FoodPatch, the United Way of Harrison/Purchase, and Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. In addition, for the past 20 years she has played ice hockey for the New Canaan Mother Puckers.

At Dartmouth, Tanner is a member of the board of trustees. She has served as chairman of the Tucker Foundation’s Board of Visitors and of the Alumni Council Nominating Committee, as head agent, and as a member of the President’s Leadership Council. She is the only member of the alumni body to have received Dartmouth’s Young Alumni Award and Dartmouth’s Alumni Award and to be inducted into the Steve Mandel ’52 Society.

She and her husband, David, reside in New York City and have sons Eric ’11, Mark (Princeton ’12), and Robbie ’16.

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor joined Wolfensohn Fund Management L.P., a strategic consulting and investment firm, in 2007, prior to which she served as New York State superintendent of banks and chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board.  Before her government service, she worked in the private sector as vice president for KeySpan Energy and as an investment banker with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Taylor serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Asset Management and Sotheby's.  She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the boards of Accion, Hudson River Park Trust, New York Women’s Foundation and the YMCA of Greater New York. Other board memberships include Dartmouth College, the Mailman School of Public Health and the International Women's Health Coalition. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.  She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from the Columbia School of Business, and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.

Samantha Truex '92, '93Th, '95Tu

Samantha Truex

Samantha Truex ’92, ’93Th, ’95Tu, is vice president of corporate development for Biogen Idec. In this role, Truex acts as general manager for Fampyra, a medicine for treatment of walking impairment in patients with multiple sclerosis. Biogen Idec has licensed the rights to Fampyra outside the United States from Acorda Therapeutics. Truex has been with Biogen Idec since 2006, during which time she has also led the program teams for two long-acting hemophilia factors and has held multiple roles in business development and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Biogen Idec, Truex spent eight years with Genzyme handling licensing and mergers-and-acquisitions transactions across multiple business units. She spent two years with Chiron Diagnostics and two years with consulting firm Health Advances. Truex graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an AB in biology, then earned a BE focused in biomedical engineering from Thayer School, and an MBA from the Tuck School. While at Dartmouth, Truex was a member of the Dartmouth Ski Patrol, the Dartmouth Outing Club, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and was a coxswain for women’s crew. As an alumna, she has served on the board of the Dartmouth Educational Association and the Thayer School Corporate Collaboration Council and is currently a member of the Alumni Council’s Alumni Liaison Committee.

Pamela Mason Wagner ’81

Pamela Mason Wagner

Pamela Mason Wagner ’81 is a documentary filmmaker based in New York City. She and her husband, composer Thomas Wagner, started the non-fiction production company Turtle Rock Productions 20 years ago. Serving as director, producer, and writer on numerous films, Wagner’s documentaries have broadcast on prime time television channels including PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, Discovery, Discovery ID, National Geographic, History, TLC, Hallmark, Lifetime, and MSNBC. Wagner won the Primetime Emmy in 2001 for the American Masters/PBS film about Lucille Ball, Finding Lucy. Her experience with contemporary and historical subjects along with dramatically told docu-dramas uniquely positions her as one of New York’s most versatile non-fiction storytellers. Recent broadcasts include Makers: Women Who Make America, a multi-platform project with PBS and AOL that tells the dramatic story of how women transformed America, from the perspectives of courageous groundbreakers continuing to shape the world today. While at Dartmouth, Wagner received awards in the fine arts for her work in both theater and film. As an alumna, she returned to Dartmouth to serve on a film department advisory committee as well as to speak to undergraduates about media and the arts on several occasions, including the Hopkins Center Annual Arts Awards. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, Writers Guild of America East, and New York Women in Film and Television, and is the co-president of a community garden on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her 20-year-old daughter Emily is studying art at SUNY Purchase.

Sharon Washington ’81

Sharon Washington

Sharon Washington ’81 most recently appeared in the world premiere of Wild With Happy at the Public Theater. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called her performance “sensational…a breakout…ferociously funny.”

On Broadway she appeared as The Lady in The Scottsboro Boys by the legendary team of Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwoman), directed by Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), a role she originated off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre.

Other off-Broadway credits include The Overwhelming (Roundabout Theater), Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden, and The Radical Mystique, written and directed by Arthur Laurents (Manhattan Theatre Club).

At theNew York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, Washington played Lady Anne to Denzel Washington’s Richard III and Valeria to Christopher Walken’s Coriolanus. She was also in the Public’s award-winning adaptation of Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by George C. Wolfe, and played Condoleezza Rice in Daniel Sullivan’s critically acclaimed production of Stuff Happens.

Regional theater credits include The Scottsboro Boys and Intimate Apparel (Guthrie Theater), Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear (Denver Center), The Story and Ceremonies In Dark Old Men (Long Wharf Theatre), Man and Superman (Center Stage), Miss Evers’ Boys (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Arena Stage), and the original production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at Yale Rep, directed by Lloyd Richards.

On television Washington has had recurring roles in Royal Pains and Damages and guest starred in many series, including White Collar, NYC22, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI. On film she has appeared in The Bourne Legacy, Taking Chance, Michael Clayton, The School of Rock, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Malcolm X, and Die Hard With A Vengeance, among others.

She has also has done numerous television and radio commercials both on-camera and voice-over and is an accomplished audiobook narrator. Washington received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Manya Whitaker ’06

Manya Whitaker

Manya Whitaker ’06 is an assistant professor of education at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Prior to joining faculty at Colorado College, she was enrolled in a PhD developmental psychology program at Vanderbilt University, where she served as an educational consultant at the Center for Teaching. While at Vanderbilt, she organized and cochaired a Nashville Dartmouth alumni club that participated in alumni interviewing, hosted an admissions reception every spring, and worked with area high schools to recruit Dartmouth applicants. While at Dartmouth, Whitaker was active in the Afro-American Society, a member of Fusion Dance Ensemble, engaged with the Tucker Foundation as a Dartmouth Partners in Community Service intern, and an undergraduate assistant for three years.

Morris "Rocky" Whitaker ’74

Morris Whitaker

Morris "Rocky" Whitaker is the president and founder of sports marketing agency MC3 Sports & Entertainment in Charlotte, NC. His initial career was focused on social services in Washington, D.C., working with federally funded youth programs, job placement services, the D.C. Commissions on Social Services and Public Health, health education centers, residential substance abuse treatment facilities, and a foster care program. In 1998, he transitioned to the sports industry, working in radio sales for the Carolina Panthers football organization and the Urban Sports & Entertainment Group before founding MC3 Sports & Entertainment in 2002.

At Dartmouth, Whitaker earned his AB in history. Outside the classroom, he participated on the varsity football team; was a member of the Inter-dormitory Council, Glee Club, and the Green Dream band; and completed a Tucker Fellowship teaching at Oakland (CA) High School. As an alumnus, Whitaker has earned the Dartmouth Alumni Award and has served as class president, vice president, and agent; on the Alumni Council as chair of the Student Life Committee and member of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee; as an enrollment interviewer; and for the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association as president, second vice president, treasurer, and Washington, D.C., regional representative.

He has volunteered as a trustee with the Everyday Theater Youth Ensemble, coach of the Carolina Panthers Youth Sports Camp, director of the basketball program at the Long Creek Optimist Club, and member of the Dawn Staley Foundation, the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission, and the Sports Leadership Initiative. He continues his interest in music, singing with A Sign of the Times, a 21-piece jazz group, and his church choir.

Whitaker will participate in the Dynamic Duos:  Dartmouth Dads and Daughters presentation with his daughter, Manya '06.

Laura (Fried) Yecies ’85

Laura Yecies

Laura (Fried) Yecies ’85 is a consumer software and Internet services industry veteran with two decades of experience leading top consumer brands such as ZoneAlarm, Yahoo, and Netscape.
Yecies joined SugarSync in 2008 to expand the company and initiate an aggressive business and product growth phase. Most recently, Yecies was general manager of the ZoneAlarm consumer and small business division at Check Point Software, responsible for all facets of business development, marketing, sales, and product. She led key initiatives to drive ZoneAlarm’s technology vision and significantly increased brand awareness.
Previously, at Yahoo, Yecies served as global general manager of the Yahoo Mail division. Earlier, Yecies was vice president of the Netscape browser division at AOL, where she was responsible for the development of Netscape 7.0 and the launch of the Netscape browser in 23 languages. Prior to Netscape, she led Latin American sales at Informix Software Corp. Additionally, Yecies served as director of marketing programs for the Asia Pacific Latin America region at Gupta Corp.
Earlier in her career, Yecies worked as an international risk analyst at the Overseas Private Investment Corp., a division of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and as a lecturer in international marketing at Santa Clara University.
Yecies received her MBA from Harvard, plus an MSFS from Georgetown School of Foreign Service, where she graduated with honors in international business diplomacy. She received her AB magna cum laude in government from Dartmouth and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has studied abroad at the London School of Economics and with Dartmouth in Blois, France. Yecies serves on the boards of several community nonprofit organizations and has worked as a volunteer medical translator in Guatemala. She has lived in Brazil, France, and England; is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French; and loves traveling the world as much as possible with her husband and four children.

Kathryn Zug ’84, ‘88M


Kathryn Zug, MD, is a 1984 graduate of Dartmouth College and the 1988 Dartmouth-Brown Program in Medicine. She is director of the dermatology residency training program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she is a Geisel Medical School professor. She has a highly regarded regional referral subspecialty practice in contact and occupational dermatology, and a cutaneous lymphomas interdisciplinary clinic based at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. She directed the course in dermatology at Geisel School of Medicine for 13 years. She has taught and mentored many students and residents. She was elected to New Hampshire Magazine’s 2013 list of “Top Doctors.”
She is secretary-treasurer of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, a 14-member research group that studies delayed type hypersensitivity allergy and patch testing allergen frequencies. She has funding from the Centers for Disease Control for a project on the genetics of contact allergy. She served as president of the American Contact Dermatitis Society from 2005 to 2007. She is on the scientific program committee of the 10th and 11th Congress of European Contact Dermatitis Society.
Zug is a co-author of three editions of the widely selling Skin Disease, Diagnosis and Treatment, which is published in English, Spanish, French, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Farsi. She is also a co-author of the card deck, Derm-Ddx. She has written more than 52 articles.
She enjoys being the mother of three children, ages 14, 13, and 11. In her free time she enjoys running, fitness classes, tennis, hiking in the White Mountains, and reading.

Luanne D. Zurlo ’87

Luanne D. Zurlo ’87 is a senior executive with significant investment banking and non-profit leadership experience. In 2002, Luanne founded Worldfund—a nonprofit dedicated to improving education quality in Latin America—after a nine-year career as a securities analyst on Wall Street with Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.

Zurlo was ranked by Institutional Investor as one of the top Latin American telecommunications analysts, and was the lead analyst on multiple equity and debt issuances for U.S., Argentine, Brazilian, and Mexican companies that raised more than $10 billion in capital. At Goldman Sachs, she managed an eight-member U.S. research staff covering 35 companies with more than $1 trillion in levered-market capitalization (in 2000) and coordinated global telecom equity research efforts.

Headquartered in New York City with subsidiaries in Mexico City and São Paulo, Worldfund has become the premier nonprofit dedicated to raising the quality of education in Latin America. As Worldfund president, Zurlo structured partnerships with Harvard University, Dartmouth College, local corporations, and government education officials to launch innovative teacher/principal training, literacy/arts, and science/math programs in Mexican and Brazilian public schools, currently impacting 350,000 students annually.

Zurlo led the effort to build a philanthropically and programmatically committed board of directors and international advisory council with more than 30 senior executives and top families from the United States and Latin America. Worldfund has attracted sponsorship from major corporations and individuals in the United States and Latin America and has raised approximately $30 million since its inception 10 years ago.

Zurlo is an adjunct professor at Catholic University in Washington, DC, teaching a graduate seminar on the economic and management aspects of education in developing countries.
Zurlo has an MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia Business School, an MA in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and an AB in history from Dartmouth College. She is president of the Worldfund board of directors, sits on the Léman Manhattan Preparatory School advisory board, and is the recipient of the 2011 Latin Trade Humanitarian of the Year Award. She resides in New York City and Falmouth, Maine.