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2018-19 New Members

This page provides information about the Alumni Council new members for 2018-19. These very capable alumni were selected among hundreds of candidates to represent Colgate alumni to the university.
Portrait of John McQueen

ERA I - John McQueen '70

A Rochester, NY resident, John McQueen retired in 2012 after a 35-year career at Nixon Peabody (formerly Nixon Hargrave), specializing in taxation and public finance, and continues to do pro bono legal work. John majored in Math-Economics at Colgate and earned his law degree at Cornell University. John volunteered with Colgate career services mentoring those interested in law. He has also been on his class gift committee for over 20 years, the last 14 as chair, and is on the 50th reunion planning committee.
Portrait of C.Thomas Kunz

ERA II - C.Thomas Kunz '72

Thomas has been a member of the Presidents’ Club for many years including five years on the Presidents’ Club Membership Council. He was also a Class Agent for the Annual Fund for more than ten years and established the C. Thomas (‘72) and Diane B. Kunz Endowed Scholarship Fund. In 2012, he was awarded the Maroon Citation. Now retired, Thomas was formerly a partner in the New York City based law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where he practiced corporate finance law.
Portrait of Lauren D'Onofrio

ERA III - Lauren D'Onofrio '82

Since graduating in 1982, Lauren has served as a member of the Alumnae Leadership Council, the Alumni Admissions Program (as an AAP volunteer, interviewer, and college fair volunteer), the Class of 1982 Gift Committee, and the Law and Common Good Colgate Professionals Networks. She also participated in Real World and Swinging ‘Gates events. Lauren and her husband, Dean D’Onofrio ‘80, helped to establish the Albert F. “Ab” Potter ‘52 P’82 Endowed Scholarship, in honor of her late father’s commitment to helping others in need. They are also the proud parents of Kayce ‘16 and Diana, a freshman in high school in Summit, New Jersey. Currently, Lauren is a special education teacher at Summit High.
Portrait of Bruce Ferguson

ERA IV - Bruce Ferguson '91

Bruce S. Ferguson '91 is the President of FergTech, Inc., a compliance software firm based in Connecticut. Bruce is the Chair of his class gift committee, a member of the Presidents' Club and serves on the Presidents' Club Membership Council. He is also a member of the entrepreneur professional network. While at Colgate, Bruce was a Sociology & Anthropology major, member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Konosioni Senior Honor Society, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Salmagundi. He is the father of Ellen '21, son of Craig '59, and sister of Anne Ferguson Foster '88.
Portrait of Jessica Prata Cianciara

ERA V - Jessica Prata Cianciara '01

Jess Cianciara '01 has been heavily involved in the Colgate Club of NYC and more specifically the Women @ Colgate group which she co chaired for two years.  She has volunteered at and planned myriad WAC events, including a pinnacle event around sustainability career panel in NYC that drew an audience of nearly 100 alumni, students and parents. Over the years Cianciara has returned to campus for many Real World/SophoMORE Connections, sustainability career forums, and a women's leadership summit.  She has brought students into her workplace through Colgate's A Day In The Life program.  When Colgate created their Professional Networks, Cianciara was thrilled to join the alumni leadership committee for the Common Good network.

Cianciara filled an expired term on the Alumni Council starting in 2014 and now runs for her own seat.  
Portrait of Jarrett Turner

ERA VI - Jarrett Turner '04

Jarrett Turner ’04, continues to play an active role for Colgate, as a multi-year member of the PCMC and Vice Chairman of the Class of 2004 Annual Gift. He also founded the Colgate Private Equity Group of New York City that has already had three well attended events, has hosted day in the life students during the January break, his first hire to his firm is a class of 2014 graduate, has hired multiple Colgate summer analysts and associates, have lectured the Finance Club multiple times, has given speeches to current students visiting New York City. Jarrett is the Founder and Managing Partner of Soundcore Capital Partners, a New York City-based private equity firm specializing in control equity investments and leveraged buyouts of proven lower middle market US or Canada headquartered businesses.
Portrait of Karl Fries

ERA VII - Karl Fries '10

Since graduating from Colgate in 2010, Karl has been volunteering for the Class of 2010 Gift Committee, the Colgate Alumni Club of Boston and the Theta Chi Alumni Foundation. Karl works in Boston as the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and lives in Salem, MA, with his wife Megan Powell, Class of 2012.
Portrait of Greg Dahlberg

At-Large - Greg Dahlberg '98

Beginning his own term after filling unexpired term.

Gregory Dahlberg is the Associate Director of Customer Experience and Marketing Acceleration at pharmaceutical firm Boehringer Ingelheim. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (minor in political science) at Colgate and an MBA from Cornell University. Dahlberg is a longtime mentor in Colgate’s Thought Into Action entrepreneur incubator program, and has spent years volunteering for the admission office and career services, providing advice for current undergraduates. He is currently serving on the Alumni Council and is looking forward to beginning his own term after being appointed to fill an unexpired term
Portrait of Lauri Hadobas

At-Large - Lauri Hadobas '77

Since graduating in the fourth class of women, Lauri has been a continual supporter of Colgate by providing career advice to graduates interested in the aviation field, serving in the Alumnae Council and being an advocate of Colgate athletics with a keen fondness for volleyball. Lauri is a recently retired executive officer for American Airlines where she worked for 37 years.

Regional Vice Presidents

The following Regional Vice Presidents are appointed positions and not subject to election:
Portrait of David Rea

RVP Southwest - David Rea '82

David's alumni contributions include: long standing Presidents' Club member, sponsor of a permanent scholarship fund since 2007 supporting numerous students, Passion for the Climb Campaign Steering Committee member supporting scholarship fundraising, Fox Partners member supporting scholarship endowment funding, and Presidents' Club Membership Council (2014- 2017). David '82 and Jennifer '82 live in Dallas Texas. David is a retired CFO of various public companies. He currently devotes his time to managing a variety of investments and working with nonprofit organizations.
Portrait of Kevin McMurtry

RVP Southeast - Kevin McMurtry '88

Kevin McMurtry is a proud Colgate University alumnus from the Class of ’88. At Colgate he majored in Philosophy and Religion, was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Konosioni Honor Society. Kevin founded Advanced Health Media, LLC (AHM), a life sciences technology and company. He was chosen as the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Business Services category in New Jersey in 2006.

Since 2011 Kevin McMurtry has served a Colgate Alumni Director of Admission for the state of South Carolina and has organized Colgate Club activities for local alumni as well as innovative informational dinners that allowed Colgate admissions personnel and local alumni to connect with area high school guidance counselors in an informal environment.
Portrait of Emily Raiber

RVP Far West - Emily Raiber '02

Emily Raiber has always been an active member of the Colgate community attending reunions with her dad (Robert Raiber '68) long before she went to Colgate. After she graduated in '02, Emily has always made a point to hire Colgate students wherever her career has taken her. She has given Colgate students internships at NBC, CNN and FOX. In '08 she moved out to Los Angeles where she ran the Colgate Club of LA for 9 years. She was also a founding member of the Colgate Entertainment Group. She has served as a class gift chair and has been the reunion Co-Chair for all of her reunions.

Most recently, Emily started a Social Media Marketing company. Emily's first hire for the company was a recent Colgate grad (Meagan Adams '14).


What is the Alumni Council?
The Colgate Alumni Council is the governing body of the Colgate University Alumni Corporation and consists of 55 alumni nominated for their exemplary volunteer service to Colgate. This independent body’s role is to represent the approximately 33,000 living Colgate alumni to the University, and ensure that the University’s largest consistent base is heard and has a voice in the future of the institution.

The Council is a diverse body with representation from all eras and geographies. The annual nominating process strives to bring alumni onto the Council who have a variety of Colgate experiences, viewpoints, and professional vocations. The one common trait binding all Council members together is a love for Colgate and a desire to see the University prosper into the future.

While not a policy making body, the Council has significant influence with the Administration, and are often used as a resource and sounding board. In addition, 6 members of the Council serve as full voting members on Colgate’s Board of Trustees (“Alumni Trustees”) to ensure that the alumni body is always well represented on the Board.
How can I find out more about the Alumni Council?
The Alumni Council’s web page describes its mission and goals. Also see current Alumni Council members and their leadership assignments and Alumni Council meeting summaries. You can also look on the Colgate Facebook page and Alumni Council Twitter feed. Learn more about the Alumni Council's most recent accomplishments.
How does the Alumni Council nomination and election process work?
The process is described in detail on the Alumni Council’s nomination and election page. A quick summary: The Alumni Council's Nominations Committee considers over 300 Colgate alumni—everyone who is suggested to the Committee by someone or who self-nominates—for nine slots: 7 representing each era of Colgate alumni, and 2 representing alumni "at large."

In doing its work, the Nominations Committee uses the following five criteria, which have guided the formation of a successful, engaged board for decades: (1) breadth of Colgate volunteer experience—with a particular eye toward demonstrated leadership; (2) consistent participation in Colgate’s fundraising programs; (3) diversity of talent and perspective, including occupation, community service, gender, race, and geography; (4) evidence of time and service to the world beyond Colgate.

The Alumni Council’s nominees are voted on by the full Council in the Fall and announced in the Winter issue of the Colgate Scene. At that time, any alum who wasn’t nominated by the Alumni Council can gather 75 signatures and run as a petition candidate. The election culminates at Reunion: if there are no petition candidates, a unanimous ballot is cast for the Alumni Council-nominated candidates.  Otherwise, the candidate(s) with the largest number of votes in each Era and At-large prevails.  

In 2016, one alumnus has petitioned to run in opposition to a council-nominated candidate. While the Alumni Council supports the right of any alum to run, and is committed to a fair election, the Alumni Council also believes in its comprehensive nominations process, and wholeheartedly supports candidates who the Nominations Committee has chosen.
How can I recommend myself or another alumnus for membership on the Alumni Council?
The Nominations Committee solicits potential nominees at the Alumni Council’s nomination and election page, as well as through the Colgate Scene and elsewhere. Many candidates come to the Council’s attention through nomination by other alumni or by self-nomination, and we encourage alumni to nominate themselves or others all year long.
I’d like to be a volunteer for Colgate. How can I do so?
There are dozens of opportunities for alumni to reconnect—opportunities that immediately help the university and its alumni, and promote communication and dialogue.
  • Alumni volunteers are the backbone of the district clubs network, which each year provides over 300 social, academic, athletic and service events for Colgate alumni across the country and the world.
  • Alumni serve as admissions volunteers, introducing Colgate to high school students who might not be able to visit campus, and giving students a deeper understanding of what Colgate has to offer.
  • Alumni raise money for Colgate, as class agents and President’s Club volunteers, in Reunion classes, and for particular groups such as the Maroon Council, Silver Puck and the Colgate Thirteen, to name a few.
  • Alumni provide career advice, employment leads and job opportunities to students at SophoMORE Connections and through the A Day In The Life program, and to fellow Colgate alumni via the Professional Networks.
  • Alumni serve as student leadership mentors, advising fraternity and sorority chapters and other student groups.
And there are many more ways, our website features Thirteen Ways to Get Involved for alumni seeking other ways to reconnect. And since volunteer service is the core criterion for the Nominations Committee’s selection process, someone who builds a record of Colgate volunteerism in this way is likely to come to the attention of the Committee to be considered for membership. We encourage alumni to contact Tim Mansfield, Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement; Alumni Relations, if they would like to become volunteers for Colgate: it would be our pleasure to help them find meaningful and rewarding volunteer roles.