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2019 Nominees

This page provides information about the Alumni Council nominees for 2019. These very capable alumni were selected among hundreds of candidates to represent Colgate alumni to the university.
Portrait of Alan Grant

ERA I - Alan Grant '64 (beginning his own 4-year term)

Since graduating in 1964, Alan has served as a member of the Alumni Council, as a Class Agent for many years, and as Co-President of the Westchester Alumni Club. He also served as a Co-Chairman of the 50th Reunion Committee and received the Maroon Citation in 2014. He is also a member of the Colgate Willow Society.

During his 33 year career with The Equitable, now AXA, Alan was fortunate to have held many management positions at the Vice Presidential level. His last 10 years were as President and CEO of an unincorporated subsidiary which produced marketing and training videos and did satellite broadcasts for both Equitable and major outside clients, including IBM, Microsoft, NBC, NYC Housing Authority, Xerox, and Reuters.
Portrait of Jane Porter

ERA II - Jane Porter '74 (beginning her own 4-year term)

Jane is a member of the first co-ed class at Colgate, 1974. She served on the Alumni Admissions Program from 2003 to 2010 as an AAP volunteer and interviewer, represented Colgate at college fairs, and hosted events for accepted students. Jane was on the Board of the Upstate Institute from 2010-11 and has been a member of the Alumni Council since 2016. She has been mentoring students in TIA (Thought into Action) every year since 2011.

Jane and her husband Rob are proud parents of Dan Porter, ‘10, and live in Chadds Ford PA. She has been an investment manager for 38 years in her own firm and is president of Alexandria Textiles Inc., a company that promotes creative textile design through e-commerce sites.
Portrait of Paul Cascio

ERA III - Paul Cascio '83

Since graduating in 1983, Paul has served as a member of the Thought in Action mentor program, the Alumni Admissions Program (as an AAP volunteer, interviewer, and college fair volunteer), and the Parents Steering Committee. Paul’s wife Karen Long worked at Colgate as a Senior Associate Dean in the Admission Office from 1998-2015. They are also the proud parents of Benjamin ’17, Matthew ’19, and Ellie ‘21. Paul currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio and is Managing Partner at 3S Advisors, LLC.
Portrait of Bob Burke

ERA IV - Bob Burke '85 (beginning his own 4-year term)

Bob’s relationship with Colgate did not end in 1985 when he graduated, and his service to Colgate has been a constant theme in his life over the last 30 years. Bob has served on class gift committees (1999-2003; 2009-2011), worked as an admissions volunteer(2009), hosted Day in the Life students and Career Seminars( multiple years), participated as a panelist on SophoMORE Connections(2018), and worked alongside Career Services to hire dozens of students into the financial services field. Bob has been filling in on Alumni Council since 2016. Bob is also a proud recipient of a Maroon Citation, awarded in 2010 for his record of service to the University. Bob lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife of 30 years, Cassie Ammer Burke’ 85. They are proud parents of four children- Briehan, Lindsay ’15, Morgan and Grady.
Portrait of Tal-ee Roberts

ERA V - Tal-ee Roberts '01

In the 17 years since graduating in the class of 2001, Tal-ee has been an Alumni Admissions Program volunteer, a member of the class gift committee, and has participated in the Real World / Sophomore Connections programs as a moderator and panelist. He and his wife Kathryn '01, president of the Colgate Club of New Mexico, have hosted alumni events as well as biennial gatherings for the Colgate Santa Fe Study Group. Tal-ee is a founding partner of online media company GearInstitute.com, and maintains an internet consulting business.
Portrait of Kate Levine-Freedman

ERA VI - Kate Levine-Freedman '05

Kate Levine-Freedman graduated from Colgate in 2005 and worked as an Assistant Dean of Admission at Colgate until 2007. Kate has served in the Alumni Admissions Program and the Colgate Presidents Club Membership Council, as well as participating in Real World and Swinging ‘Gates events. Kate is a special education teacher at West Preston Middle School in Preston County, WV. Kate and her husband Zac live in Morgantown, WV and are proud, new parents of Aaron John (9 months).
Portrait of Paul Vogelsang

ERA VII - Paul Vogelsang '11

After graduating in 2011, Paul moved to Cleveland, Ohio for his second summer internship experience with the Colgate-sponsored Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) program. He has remained involved with SOTC, serving as an Alumni Host and joining the Board of Directors in 2015. Paul served as the Alumni Admissions Chair for Northeast Ohio, volunteering at college fairs, coordinating student interviews, and interfacing with the Admissions Office. He is an active volunteer with the Colgate Club of Cleveland and was awarded the Ann Yao ’80 Young Alumni Award in 2016. Currently, Paul runs North Water Partners, a media production and consulting firm and lives with his wife, Catherine, in Cleveland.
Portrait of Barbara Gould

RVP Metro I - Barbara Gould '81

Barbara graduated from Colgate in 1981 and St. John's University School of Law in 1984. She has been practicing law for 34+ years and recently retired from GE Capital following nearly 24 years of service in the legal department. Since graduating from Colgate, Barbara has served as a member of the Alumnae Leadership Council, the Parents Steering Committee, the Law and Finance Alumni Professional Networks, a panelist/speaker for Women in Law ( a day long career program for aspiring women lawyers), and a participant in Career Connections. She and her husband John Byrne live in Darien, Connecticut and are the proud parents of Emma (Colgate Class of 2018) and Charlotte (Colgate Class of 2020).
Portrait of Kim Taylor

RVP Metro II - Kim Taylor '80

While at Colgate Kim co-founded Women at Colgate and was a charter member of Delta Nu, Colgate's first sorority. After graduating Kim attended Georgetown University Law Center and practiced commercial real estate law in New York City for Kelley, Drye and Warren and in-house for Tishman Speyer Properties. Kim has been a member of the Alumnae Leadership Council since its inception and has served many years as Class Agent for the Class of 1980. Km and her husband Mac are the proud parents of Macauley ’20 and daughters Jacqueline and Victoria. She has been an active volunteer serving on the boards of Overlook Hospital, the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, and the executive committees of Kent Place School and the Junior League of New York, Inc.
Portrait of Cara Lawler

RVP New England - Cara Lawler '05

Since graduating in 2005, Cara Angelopulos Lawler '05 spent 12 years at Harvard University in alumni affairs and development while completing her master's degree in higher education administration from Boston College. She currently serves as Director of Advancement at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA. A passionate advocate of Colgate, Cara has participated in Real World events on campus and has served as gift co-chair for the class of 2005 since graduation. She resides in Marblehead, MA with her husband and two sons.
Portrait of James Silas

At Large – James Silas ‘06

Since graduating in 2006, James has participated in the Colgate Real World program multiple times, participated in various ALANA cultural events, has mentored several Colgate students who were part of the Colgate student organization - BROTHERS, and provided consistent support to the Colgate Swimming and Diving team. Currently, James lives in Brooklyn and is an attorney & underwriter for the insurance company, Chubb Limited.
Portrait of Johanna Ames Coats

At Large - Johanna Ames Coats '98

Johanna Ames, '98 has served as a member of the Alumni Admissions Program, college fair representative and current chair of the Central New York chapter and as a member of the Class of 1998 Gift Committee since graduating from Colgate. She has also participated in the Sophomore Connections program, sharing her experiences and challenges as a business owner. Ames is the 4th generation Owner and President of Ames Linen Service, a textile rental company serving many communities throughout Central New York. She and her husband, Matthew Coats reside in Cortland, NY with their two children, Mason (10) and Anneke (7).

FAQ’s

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.