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Jon Alpert ’70 is one of the most accomplished American documentary filmmaker and video journalists. His career is a procession of firsts – the first American reporter allowed in post-war Vietnam; the first to document Cambodia’s killing fields; the first to enter Afghanistan with the Mujahadin. Alpert’s documentaries bring to film audiences the stories of struggle, hope, and sacrifice gathered from all parts of the world. He has made films for NBC, PBS, and HBO. His awards include 16 Emmys, four Columbia DuPont Awards, and a Peabody. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subject in 2010 for “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province,” and in 2012 for “Redemption.” Colgate records indicate that Jon majored in sociology and anthropology . . . but he can't remember. Jon wants to apologize to all his professors. None of the above accomplishments would have been predicted by his academic performance at Colgate.
Tony Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American studies at Colgate University. He was named a U.S. National Professor of the Year and has been awarded the H.B. Nicholson Medal for Excellence in Research in Mesoamerican Studies by Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Fryxell Medal for Interdisciplinary Research by the Society of American Archaeologists. He has researched and written about Mayan astronomy for more than four decades. His most recent book, The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012, made Choice’s Top 10 list for 2010. His most recent book is a non-fiction book for kids: Buried Beneath Us: Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas.
Mimi Ballard ‘18 is from New Jersey. She is involved in Vagina Monologues, Sisters of the Round Table, Black Student Union and Anti-Racism Coalition. She plans to double major in Biology and Sociology.
Thomas Balonek, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, whose teaching specialties include extragalactic astronomy and life in the universe, joined the Colgate faculty in 1985. He has a BA from Cornell University and his MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He conducts observatory open houses for the public and instructs students in the use of the telescope.
Bill Barich ’65 is the celebrated author of 10 books, both fiction and nonfiction. After graduating from Colgate with a B.A. in English, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Eastern Nigeria (later Biafra), then settled in northern California. His first book, Laughing in the Hills, a classic account of racetrack life, was published in 1980 and serialized in the New Yorker, where he became a staff writer and contributed short stories, reportage, and essays on sports and travel. He has written as well for Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines. His books; A Pint of Plain (pub culture) and A Fine Place to Daydream (jump racing) are set in Ireland, where he’s lived off-and-on since 2001. Most recently Barich worked with David Milch on the HBO horse racing series, Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and being named a Literary Laureate of the San Francisco Public Library. He currently lives in Dublin with his wife, Imelda Healy.
Evan Berman ’10, founder and CEO of FRAVA, teamed up with co-founders, Geoff Karas and Chloe Goldman to develop and design a “New Age functional beverage” that has made a huge ‘buzz’ in the market. Prior to launching Frava, Evan was an audit associate at Deloitte and rotated on to an enterprise risk consulting project advising JP Morgan Chase in response to US treasury regulatory consent order. It was during finals week when his creative juices started flowing and he wanted to create a product that was caffeinated and healthy, so he came up with the idea of a naturally caffeinated fruit juice. His idea worked so well that his product launched in New York, Long Island and Massachusetts. In July 2013, FRAVA was awarded Most Valuable Drink at the Color Run and Color Mob, which are two 5K events hosted at the Aviator Sports and Event Center. Evan is currently consulting consumer packaged goods start-ups principally in the food and beverage industry. He received his bachelor of arts from Colgate and serves as a mentor in Colgate's Thought into Action Institute.
Rabbi Dena Bodian is Colgate’s Associate Chaplain and Director of Jewish Life. Ordained by the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf (a non-denominational rabbinical school with ties to the Conservative Movement), she spent six years in Chicago before coming to Hamilton. Rabbi Dena, as she is called by the student body, advises both the Muslim and Hindu Student Associations, and loves this interfaith dimension of the job.
Greg Casagrande '85, a serial social entrepreneur is founder and CEO of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Network, the leading microfinance institution in the South Pacific. Through SPBD, he has provided over $60 million in micro-enterprise financing plus small business training to over 40,000 poor but aspiring women micro-entrepreneurs in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. He founded MicroDreams, a microfinance acceleration fund and Transformative Ventures LLC, a Microfinance advisory company. He has served as director on several microfinance-industry boards including: the International Association of Microfinance Investors of NY, Microfinance Pasifika of Fiji, the United Nation’s International Year of Microcredit of NY and Planet Finance of Paris. He also serves as a board member for Plebys of Irvine, CA, a “Base of the Pyramid” investment fund and Water Health International of NY, an affordable clean drinking water solution marketed in India and West Africa. Greg was named “Person of the Year” in the Pacific Island nation of Samoa for his work in empowering poor and was a winner of the “Singapore Global Social Entrepreneur” Award. He is founding director of the Ice Angels, Australasia’s largest angel investor group and serves as Chairman/Director of three New Zealand software firms: Biomatters Ltd, Cumulo9 Ltd and English-To-Go Ltd. Prior to these ventures, Greg was employed with Ford Motor Company, Mazda Motor Company and Coopers and Lybrand in product development, manufacturing and financial management positions. He was honored to be the youngest-ever Buchou (Division General Manager) of any major Japanese company. Greg has an MBA from Kellogg, an MS from NYU Stern, a BA from Colgate University and is a certified public accountant. Greg is the first ever recipient of the Day of Impact Award 2015, presented by the President’s Club and the Common Good Network.
Dr. Anja Chávez is the Director of University Museums for Colgate University. She directs the Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology, as well as the University’s envisioned Center for Art and Culture. With an academic background as an art historian, Anja Chávez holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of Bonn, Germany, and she attended the École Normale Supérieure and the Université de Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV). In May 2013, Chávez joined Colgate University from Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery and SUArt Galleries, where she served as the Curator of Contemporary Art since 2008. From 2003 to 2008, she was Curator of Contemporary Art and Curator of Exhibitions at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College. Earlier in her career, Chávez held curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, Mass., and Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus in Munich, Germany.
Victoria Chun ’91,MA ‘94 Recognized by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal as a “Game Changer” in 2014 “Vicky” has earned a stellar reputation nationally as one of the most enthusiastic, involved and well-respected administrators in intercollegiate athletics. Now in her third year as Colgate University’s Director of Athletics and an Associate Professor, Chun is the only female athletics director in the Patriot League. Among 345 Division I institutions, she is one of 29 women (16 with the sport of football), and one of eight minority women (four with the sport of football), actively leading an NCAA Division I athletic department. Chun is one of 40 members and the Patriot League's lone representative on the NCAA Division I Council, and also serves on the Division I Football Oversight Committee.
Diane Ciccone ’74, P ‘10 is owner and senior partner in the Ciccone Law Firm, an administrative law judge, arbitrator and certified mediator for the NY State Office of Children and Family Services, and previously for the New York State Liquor Authority. Diane holds a BA in political science and a JD from Hofstra University. She was the recipient of the Alumni Maroon Citation Award in 1994 and the Alumni Award for Distinguished Alumni in 2014. Diane is also a documentary filmmaker, author and TV producer. She is author of the cookbook, “Heal Thyself.” She is the executive producer and host of Off the Front Page, a show that features topics of regional, national, and international focus. Diane serves as executive producer of The River to my Back, a documentary film production company that featured Act of Faith, which won honorable mention at the 2012 NJ Fall International Film Festival in the short documentary category, and honorable mention at the 2013 Black Maria Film Festival. Formerly, she was elected official on the West Windsor Township Council from 2009-2011. She is currently President of the Princeton Community TV Board of Directors and a trustee at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie. Diane serves on the board of the West Windsor Community Farmers Market, and is a board member of the West Windsor Arts Council. Additionally she served on the Colgate Board of Trustees (1994-2000) and the Alumni Council for two years. She is one of the founding members and past president of the Alumni of Color. She is married to Daryl McMillan, Assistant Vice President at MunichReAmerica and their daughter is a Colgate graduate.
Alex Clark ’05 is the Manager for Marketing with USA Hockey in Colorado Springs, CO where he oversees USA Hockey’s top sponsor partnerships, with special emphasis on improving sponsor relationships through event activation and cross-promotional activity. Alex graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colgate University with a bachelor of arts degree in history and a minor in economics. He holds a master’s in Business of Administration from the University of Colorado. He has been involved with sports through the non-profit level, with the National Governing Body of USA Hockey, where he served as the main media contact for the U.S. National Junior Team and U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. He was responsible for producing events such as the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the USA Hockey Annual Congress Awards Banquet. At the team level, he served as the Director of Media and Community Relations for the Grand Rapids Rampage, Arena Football League. Alex speaks German and his expertise lies in statistical analysis, interpersonal management, media and public relations.
Karl Clauss ’90 is Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Swarthmore College. Following Colgate Hockey's ’89-’90 run to the national championship, Karl played professionally in Osby, Sweden and Knoxville, TN before returning to alma mater in the fall of 1994 to join the advancement team. After a brief stint headhunting (unrelated to playing hockey) in Chicago and raising funds for the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, he returned to the Chenango Valley in 2002 and rejoined the advancement staff until departing for Swarthmore in 2012 with his wife Anne and their two children Gretchen (14) and Walter (12).
Chad Cooley ’00 is managing partner of AWH Partners, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm formed by alumni of The Blackstone Group and The Related Companies. Since founding the company in 2010, Mr. Cooley and his partners have invested nearly $600 million in 18 hotels around the country, making AWH one of the fastest growing real estate companies nationwide. AWH is a full service real estate company with expertise in capital raising, investment, development, asset management, and through its subsidiary, Spire Hospitality, management. Prior to founding AWH, Mr. Cooley was Vice President at the New York-based real estate development company, Related Companies, L.P., where he worked across property types and markets managing real estate developments totaling in the hundreds of millions of dollars. His responsibilities ranged from sourcing, analyzing and negotiating acquisitions and financing to managing new development projects for the company. With a $15 billion property portfolio, Related Companies was and is regarded as one of the most sophisticated and successful institutional real estate companies in the business. Chad received his bachelor of arts degree in Political Science, and is married to Valerie Cooley ’99. Thomas A. Cruz-Soto, Jr
. is the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, committed to developing a community in which students, faculty and staff are supported as critical thinkers and perspective leaders who value all forms of intellectual rigor and respect the complexity of human understanding. Diversity and inclusivity are among the highest priorities for members of the Colgate family.
As Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Thomas A. Cruz-Soto, Jr., assists the Dean of the College in developing an inclusive campus that values, supports, and affirms each member of the community. The Associate Dean works collaboratively with the Office of Human Resources, the University Provost, Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, Senior Compliance Director for Equity and Inclusion, the Vice President for Finance & Administration, and other Dean of the College departments to recruit and support a diverse staff and faculty and is instrumental in shaping campus diversity initiatives, assessments, and programming for students, faculty, and staff.
David DiNardo '80 is the Managing Director of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust. He was a 4-year DJ on WRCU. He also was the voice of Raider Football and Ice Hockey. Dave was at the helm when the Station went to 1,000 Watts in the Summer of 1979. After Colgate he worked on-air at several Stations in the Washington, DC area.
Mark Divine ’85 is founder and CEO of SEALFIT, a program and training center that has helped thousands transform their lives. He has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Before becoming an elite Navy SEAL officer, Divine spent four years with Coopers & Lybrand as a certified public accountant. He graduated as the #1 ranked trainee, or ‘honor-man' of his SEAL BUD/s class number 170, followed by serving nine years on Active Duty and eleven as a Reserve SEAL, before retiring as a Commander in 2011. Divine founded the successful Coronado Brewing Company (CBC) and web e-commerce site called, NavySeals.com. He later sold his interests in CBC, however, continues to run NavySEALs. He launched US Tactical, a government contracting business where he gained contracts with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for training support and with the Navy Recruiting Command for a nationwide mentoring program for SEAL trainees. His first book, Unbeatable Mind, was inspired by working with special ops candidates and professionals in how to develop mental toughness. With that he launched an at-home study program, unbeatablemind.com. His books, The Way of the SEAL, and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT, were on the New York Times best seller list and #1 Amazon for books. He holds black belts in Seido and Goju Ryu Karate, a military hand to hand combat certification in SCARS and is senior ranking in Saito Nijutsu. He is teacher trained in Ashtanga Yoga, and created the Unbeatable Warrior Yoga program.
Dr. Justus D. Doenecke’ 60 is a Professor Emeritus of History at New College of Florida. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. degree from Princeton University. He is an accomplished author and serves as a research fellow for the Independent Institute. His books include the American-Far Eastern Relations in the Early 1930s, Two US Presidents of the Gilded Age, American Anti-Interventionism during World War II and the Cold War, the New Deal, and Franklin D. Roosevelt's General Foreign Policy. He is a distinguished award winner of the Arthur S. Link Prize for Documentary Editing by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, for his documentary edition of the America First Committee. His book Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941 (2000), was the best book on any topic of American history within the years 1914-1964, in which he received the annual Herbert Hoover Book Award. His two most recent books, Nothing Less Than War: A New History of American Entry into World War I, and From Isolation to War, 1931-1941 are considered most notable references for researchers of the Great War. While at Colgate he was a Konosioni student and member of the Men’s Indoor Track team.
Rachel Drucker ’17 Rachel Drucker is an Educational Studies major. She's originally from Maplewood, New Jersey, but her family moved this past summer to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Rachel is a proud member of the Colgate Jewish Union, the Association of Critical Collegians, and the Network.
Marc Dupere ’91. After his career at Colgate, Marc crossed the pond to play hockey in Scotland and then in the French Alps in 91-92. In 1992 he was involved in the Albertville Winter Olympics where he served as a liaison with the Canadian Olympic hockey team. On his return home, Marc started his career as a Canadian public servant where he has been working for 23 years now. During his career, he has been involved in human resources and data analysis for the recruitment of Canadian public servants. Marc is the proud father of a beautiful 14 year old daughter, Valerie, who is an exemplary student and is an accomplished cheerleader as her team has participated in the Cheerleading World Championships over the past two years.
Joe Eakins is the Senior Visualization Laboratory & Planetarium Designer and Technician who manages the day to day operations for the Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory and Planetarium. Prior to Colgate, Joe worked at the University of Texas at Arlington as the Planetarium Program Coordinator, where he presented live sky shows to a variety of public programs. Joe holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of North Texas in Geology and Earth Science.
Everett Egginton ’65, Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and former Vice Provost and Dean of International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University has worked in the field of education for more than forty years, occupying a wide range of positions in teaching, research and administration. He served on the Board of Directors of NAFSA from 2007 through 2009 and as its President and Board Chairman in 2008 and Treasurer in 2009. He has had vast experience in Latin America throughout his career including the Peace Corps in Venezuela, Ford Foundation Grant in Peru, Fulbright Dissertation Fellowship in Colombia; numerous consultancies with the U.S. Agency for International Development and various ministries of education throughout Central America, and the World Bank of El Salvador. He served as a Senior Fulbright Research and Teaching Fellow in El Salvador, and Fulbright Lecturer in Columbia.
Lauren A. Ferrari '80 is the founding managing director of the Office of Business Integrity & Compliance for Alcatel-Lucent and leads the strategic development and implementation of the company’s global business integrity program. Previously, Ms. Ferrari was a member of the corporate law department of Mobil Oil Corporation in New York. Following Mobil, Ms. Ferrari joined Warner-Lambert Company as the company's Chief Global Environmental, Health and Safety Counsel. In addition, Ms. Ferrari developed and implemented a global corporate compliance program at Westvaco Corporation. As a leader in the ethics and compliance field, Ms. Ferrari was publicly recognized as a top Ethics and Compliance Officer in 2010. She served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Ethics & Compliance Officers Association (ECOA) and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Marshall-Wythe (William & Mary) School of Law Foundation, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University. She is an active volunteer in her community, having served as on the USA Archery Ethics Committee, the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Special Olympics, and the Advisory Committee to the Ethics Institute at Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey and the Board of Trustees of the PaperMill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. She received her J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary and completed her undergraduate work with honors at Colgate University.
Robert J. Fraiman ’80, P’17, is President and CEO of Cain Brothers and Company LLC. He has been an investment banker for 30 years, and previously was head of healthcare investment banking at BMO Capital Markets and co-founder of the healthcare investment banking group at Bear Stearns. Rob is a member of the Board of Directors of Grand Street Settlement, and the Nashville Health Care Council. Rob has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in history. At Colgate he was involved in many student organizations such as WRCU 90.1FM, Colgate Maroon News, Phi Kappa Psi, and the Los Angeles Study Group. His commitment to Colgate has continued with his role as the founder of the Blackmore Media Center (the home of WRCU), career advising, Thought Into Action Entrepreneurial Institute, and membership to the Finance Professional Network.
Andrew Garvey ’80 Andrew Garvey is Managing Director and Head of the Municipal Finance group at ORIX USA. In his role, he leads and manages all of the municipal investment activities for the firm. A 25-year veteran of the finance industry, Mr. Garvey has had a diverse investment management, capital markets and investment banking career in municipal, public sector, infrastructure, higher education, not-for-profit and healthcare sectors. He joined ORIX from Morgan Stanley, where he headed the Municipal Securities Division and was responsible for sales, trading, proprietary trading, derivatives, financial products, short term and long term syndicate and public finance. Before that, Mr. Garvey helped build the Municipal Financial Products group at Lehman Brothers. He began his career as an investment banker at PaineWebber. Mr. Garvey holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Harvard University.
William P. Gillick ’75, P ‘91 is owner of Homewatch Caregivers in Western, N.Y. As a Healthcare Chief Executive Officer in the senior care industry for over 30 years, Gillick has provided operational leadership and healthcare consulting to over 7,500 clients and patients. Prior to owning Homewatch, he served as president of Elderwood Senior Care in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was responsible for the oversight and management of 13 health care facilities, and a $100 million operating budget. He oversaw the growth of six new subacute care and rehabilitation program, four assisted living facilities, and established the only non-hospital based ventilator care unit in Western New York, while increasing annual revenues by $2 million. At Elderwood, he coordinated the opening of a new skilled nursing facility while positioning the company as an innovator in subacute care, and initiating the company’s Customer Service Program to the highest standards in the industry. Bill is recruited by CEO’s to bring Health Care Centers, such as Oakwood, Maplewood, and Birchwood to achieve profitable operating margins. His hospital experience includes serving as President and CEO of Arnold Gregory Memorial Hospital, and Vice President of Professional Services at Washington County Hospital. He has served on the following boards, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Colgate Alumni Corporation, and President of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western N.Y. He launched Gillick Advisors, a consulting firm that provided analysis and recommendations to help launch organizations, assist in improving healthcare operations, and develop innovative programs in the senior care industry. He received the Bertha Stumpf Award from Homewatch International. Bill has a master’s in hospital administration from George Washington University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University. He is a Maroon Citation recipient, and coaches little league baseball for the Lou Gehrig Baseball Association in Amherst, N.Y.
Bob Gold ’80, P ‘15 is President & CEO of Ridgewood Capital Management LLC. He has held various executive positions at the Ridgewood Companies since 1987. In those capacities, Mr. Gold was responsible for investments in the energy, power and environmental industries. He has been active in the acquisitions and private equity arena since the early 1980. Prior to joining Ridgewood, Mr. Gold was a corporate attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York, where his experience included mortgage finance, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, tender offers, and other business and legal matters. He serves as the Chairman of the Institute for Creative Problem Solving. Bob extends his philanthropic endeavors to the Cancer Research & Prevention Foundation as well as the MA Museum of Contemporary Art Entrepreneurial Fund to aid gifted children in math and science. Mr. Gold also serves as a Director of the Investment Program Association which advocates investments through collaboration and education.
In 2010 Bob joined the efforts of Andy Greenfield ’74 to help expand the Thought into Action Institute to mentor undergraduate entrepreneurs. He regularly speaks about venture capital and has been featured in Business Week, USA Today, Private Equity Week, and on CNN. Mr. Gold is a member of the New York State Bar, and holds a JD degree from New York University School of Law.
Ann-Marie Guglieri is Colgate's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations. She oversees all internal operations of the department, including responsibility for the Division's budget. She serves as the Sport Administrator for Football, Men’s Basketball, Field Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse, Softball, Men’s Rowing, and Women’s Soccer. Guglieri oversaw the construction and opening of the University’s $3.6 million soccer complex that opened in August 2014. She also is currently serving as the liaison for the $37.8 million new athletic facility that opens in October 2016.
DeWitt Godfrey, is a Professor of art and art history and Chair of art and art history. He received his BA in art from Yale University, and a master’s in fine art from Edinburgh College on a Fulbright scholarship. DeWitt is best known for his large abstract sculptors made of banded steel installed around the globe in public sites. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Japan Foundation, among others. He is currently a board member and President of the College Art Association and formerly the Director of the Institute for Creative and Performing Arts at Colgate.
Linda Pajusi Halstead ‘85 is Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Cruise Planners, one of the fastest growing franchise-based businesses in the country that specializes in package travel vacations. Halstead is an experienced business owner, franchise owner, sales executive, and travel advisor. She handles all aspects of her travel business, including sales, marketing, P&L, client relationships, and infrastructure support. Her vision and hard work have earned her recognition as a “rising star” by her colleagues in the travel industry. Before purchasing and launching her Cruise Planners franchise in 2013, Linda and her husband owned the Philadelphia Independence – a Women’s Professional Soccer team. She handled corporate partnerships, served as liaison for community and political relations, and managed visiting delegations of athletes from other countries. Linda’s professional journey also includes serving on Capitol Hill in the office of long-time Congressman Sam Gibbons from Florida, working as director of corporate fundraising for the Battle of Normandy Foundation, and as Senior Account Executive at Families Magazine. Linda holds a master’s degree from George Mason University.
She and her business partner and husband, David, live in Fairfax, Virginia, and have two daughters. In her spare time, Linda is an active volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Giving Circle of Hope.
Dr. Daniel Hoffman ’85 is a urologist for the Urology Associates of Fredericksburg. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and did his surgical and urology residency at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. He was a Konosioni student, a member of Beta Theta Pi, and a DJ on WRCU 90.1FM. He received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the New York Medical College in 1992. Dan is married to Cynthia Hoffman ’86.
Ron Hoham, a Professor of Biology Emeritus, taught introductory biology, plant evolution, phycology-macrophytes, and a research course on extreme environments. He earned his BA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, MS from Michigan State University, and PhD from the University of Washington. Hoham started the Colgate-affiliated Montana study program at the Flathead Lake Biological Station in 1982 and was director of the marine-freshwater science topical concentration. When Chair of the Colgate Research Council, he instituted the student wage grant. He edited the Snow Ecology book and participated in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA’s Mars Ice projects.
Geoff Holm is a Associate Professor of Biology whose research focuses on mammalian reoviruses. Geoff received his BS from Bates College, MS from Harvard Medical School, and PhD from Harvard University. His teaching experience includes serving as a teaching fellow at Harvard University in 2002, and senior teaching fellow at Harvard in 2004. Geoff held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 2005-2008. He is recipient of the several awards and distinctions including the American Society for Virology Young Investigator Award, an Individual Postdoctoral Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award, and a Harvard College Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. He is author to numerous scientific published articles, and his research is currently funded through the National Institute of Health.
Murray Isgrig ’95 is co-owner and co-founder of, “Girls on the Go,” a culinary catering business in Denver, Colo. that cooks delicious and healthy meals, ready to heat and serve for families and entertaining. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English, Murray spent a year in NYC working as a legal assistant. She later taught 4th and 5th grade for over 13 years. After having three children and moving to Colo., she pursued a professional career that would be enjoyable, engaging, and flexible to her lifestyle, which she began in January 2015. With her new business, Girls on the Go, she is able is able to balance family priorities and personal interests. Everybody wins!
Amy Jurkowitz ’85, P ‘17 is co-founder of Bread + Buzz (Ad)ventures, a boutique branding firm, and co-founder of Milkshake, a daily e-mail featuring good finds that give back. She is also co-founder of MATERIAL, a fashion forward active line wear for women. Amy is the founder of Jurkowitz & Co., a marketing and communications agency. Before Amy launched her marketing company, she was the Vice President of Marketing and Design at Field & Stream holdings, and before that she was a consultant at Starwood Capital Group. She has over 20 years experience in consumer and brand marketing as well as experience in hospitality and worked for Unilever, Ohlmeyer Communications, and RJR Nabisco. Amy earned her MBS in marketing, strategy from Northwestern University – Kellogg School, and her BA in English from Colgate. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Greenwich Country Day School and co-founded the Green Team at Greenwich Country Day to encourage environmental awareness in the class room. Amy has five children.
Frank Kuan is the Senior Associate Director for the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Frank has worked at Colgate for the past two years. He brings with him two decades of experience supporting diverse students in a variety of higher-education settings; most recently, he served as Director of Community Relations at Wesleyan University. Frank has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Counseling, both from California State University, Fresno. He enjoys being a resident in Hamilton, and in his spare time, he likes to sample the gastronomic fares and escape to the movies in central/upstate New York and beyond.
Bill Lloyd ’80 is co-founder and managing partner of Parkway Financial Strategies, LLC, and practice specialist in Applied Tax Strategies. Bill maintains the following professional certifications, Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Consultant and Accredited Investment Fiduciary. He also serves as the Officer of Supervisory Jurisdiction. Bill previously spent 22 years with Mass Mutual where he was named the Mass Mutual/Capital Financial Partners Agent of the year in 2008 for his leadership and outstanding business persistence. Bill’s outstanding reputation in financial planning earned him recognition as one of the Medical Economics 150 Best Financial Advisors for physicians nationally. Bill also serves on the Colgate University Planned Giving Committee and Ronald McDonald House Charities Pro-Am Committee. Bill holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in sports psychology and a BA from Colgate. He is married to Dr. Debbie Doyle and has three children.
M Kenny MacBain is a documentary filmmaker based in New York City. He recently completed the film the General on Colgate University coach Terry Slater and his 1990 Men’s Hockey Team. A graduate of SUNY Oswego, with a B.A in film and screen studies, MacBain captures the human spirit as it applies to sports, illustrating the dynamic partnership between art and sport.
Seghan MacDonald ’10 is an environmental geologist at Meridian Environmental Consulting Ltd. She was previously with EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc., then Klohn Crippen Berger. She is co-author of “Clay Mineral Weathering in Shales and Soils in the Critical Zone.” While at Colgate she was a member of the Colgate figure skating club, Colgate University Geological Society and WRCU 90.1FM Radio. She holds a BA in environmental geology.
Amanda McKeon ’10 is an assistant at the International Securities Exchange. Prior to that she was Communications Manager for The Education Alliance, where she was responsible for managing social media and public relations for a community based no-profit. While at Colgate she worked in the Women’s Studies Department, was a Colgate Maroon News copy editor, and contributing writing, WRCU and was a summer intern with Davier Media Group. She received her BA in International Relations and graduated with honors.
Nina Moore, an Associate Professor of political science was recently named in the Princeton Review’s, “The Best 300 Professors in the United States.” Moore was appointed by Governor David Patterson to a four-year term on the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct (2009-13) and by the New York State Senate to the Advisory Council on Underage Alcohol Consumption and Youth Substance Abuse (2010-present). She is author of Governing Race: Policy, Process, and the Politics of Race. Her research, teaching, and writing focus on racial inequality, public policy, and governance processes.
Robert (Bob) Musiker ’80 P ’10 is owner, founder and CEO of Summer Discovery, an award-winning and worldwide educational based program for students that offers internships, cultural immersion, enrichment courses, and community service. Bob received his BA in political science and studied communications at UCLA, debating and literature at Cambridge and music at the University of Madras, India. He has served as a class committee chair, and advisor for the career services spring immersion program. Bob has a son, Jake Musiker ’10.
N Suzy Nelson
, Vice President and Dean of the College. Suzy earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Syracuse University and has served more than 25 years as a university leader and educator. Suzy joined Colgate in June 2012 as Vice President and Dean of the College after working for Harvard University as Dean of Student Life. Suzy has also worked at Cornell University and Syracuse University and has taught at Cornell, SUNY Morrisville, and Sherburne-Earlville and Camden High Schools. She and her husband Jack have four children and live in Hamilton, N.Y.
O Eric Opin ’90
is an attorney based in Milford, Connecticut. His practice concentrates on civil litigation, where he represents creditors on matters including collections, pre-judgment, post-judgment and foreclosure litigation, and their contract matters. Additionally, his practice includes elder law, probate, business planning, sports and entertainment law, business law, and individual and medical group care coverage and contract disputes with insurance companies. Prior to opening his private practice, he worked in a variety of public and private legal and health care settings including serving as counsel to the Connecticut State Board of Accountancy, where he was responsible for all legal matters for 8,000 licensed certified public accountants (“CPA’s”) in the State of Connecticut. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Attorney Opin was employed at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services, and the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Eric holds a master’s in public health from Yale University where he graduated with distinction, and a law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law. While at Quinnipiac, he received the Excellence in Clinical Work Award for his work at the State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General and the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for Managed Health Care. At Colgate he was the student assistant coach of the 1989-1990 ECAC Champion and NCAA finalist Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Andrew Parietti ’10 is co-founder of Outdoor Voices. With its first store in Austin and headquarters in NYC, OV has been referred to as the “Warby Parker of Activewear." Before OV, Andrew was a consultant with GrowthMark. Andrew was Captain of the 2010 Lacrosse Team and holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics.
Bobby Pennington, head coach of the Colgate University Men and Women's Tennis teams since 2006, has garnered players to be named all-league 22 times and earn seven Player of the Month awards. He has coached both a Patriot League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Pennington also serves on the ITA Division I Men's Northeast Rankings Committee.
Prior to Colgate, Pennington was Head Coach of the Men and Women's Tennis teams at Juniata College where he founded and directed the Juniata College Attack & Defend Tennis Camp. He also founded the Colgate Nike Tennis Camps. Bobby holds a bachelor's degree in communications and mass media technology from Kalamazoo College, and a master's degree from Clarion University, where he also served as the Assistant Coach of the Women's Tennis Team from 2002-2004. Pennington has been the head tennis pro at Toftrees Resort and Conference Center. Bobby and his wife, Jenny, and their daughter Mia live in Hamilton, NY.
Jason Petrulis is the bicentennial research fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Colgate. He has held postdoctoral fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and has taught at Bowdoin, Colby, and Oberlin. He is currently helping to rewrite the history of Colgate in preparation for Colgate’s 2019 Bicentennial celebration, and is teaching a course on the History of Colgate. His research and teaching interests include histories of US and global business, capitalism, and trade; war and memory, especially World War II and the Cold War; wigs (!) in the 1960s-70s; and Colgate's lost and forgotten stories, people, places and things.
Lee Pickard ’60 is the senior partner of Pickard and Djinis LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm which he formed in 1978 to specialize in securities and corporate law and regulation and related litigation, including SEC, FINRA NYSE and state administration. Pickard’s previous experience in Government includes serving as the Director of the Division of Market regulation of the SEC. He was a principal contributor to several of the SEC’s studies and participated in the formulation of legislative proposals leading up to the Securities Acts Amendments of 1975. Prior to joining the government, he was an associate in the law firms of Mudge, Rose, Guthrie and Alexander, as well as Seward & Kissel, specializing in public offerings and registrations under the Securities Act of 1933 and Investment Company Act of 1940, acquisitions, proxy statements, and corporate matters. He served as a member of the SEC’s National Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Central Market System. Pickard assisted in the establishment of the stock exchange in Kuwait under the sponsorship of the Central Bank of Kuwait. He is member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received his JD from Harvard Law School. He is a published author of articles on securities law and regulation in the Business Lawyer and Legal Times. Mr. Pickard is a faculty member of the International Law Institute in Washington, as well as an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law.
John Pumilio is the Director of Sustainability at Colgate University. Before Colgate, Pumilio served as a wildlife technician working on the Florida Panther Project in the Everglades and as an ecotourism guide in Tanzania and the Galapagos Islands. Each summer, Pumilio also directs ornithology workshops for the National Audubon Society in Maine. Since becoming Colgate's first director of sustainability in 2009, the University has been able to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent and achieve over $500,000 in avoided annual spending through energy, water, and resource conservation. In 2011, John led the University’s climate action planning effort that committed Colgate to climate neutrality by 2019. These efforts have resulted in national awards and recognitions including the 2011 National Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature. John received his bachelor's degree in environmental and forest biology from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University and his graduate degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Dr. Robert Raiber ’68, P’02 is a true humanitarian at heart who practices general dentistry in New York. Bob played a significant role in identifying the victims of 9/11, when the medical examiner’s office called upon him and a few other dentists with forensic training in Manhattan to help identify the victims from the World Trade Center. He received the Humanitarian Award from the New York Academy of Dentistry and a recognition certificate from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the identification of the victims of the World Trade Center and American Flight 587. Raiber has served as president, vice-president, treasurer, and president-elect on the New York County of Dental Society Board of Directors. His role in NY County of Dental Society includes, First Madison Corporation Board of Directors, Legislative Committee Chairman, peer review committee, program committee, special committee to search for new headquarters, political action committee, future focus committee co-chairman, district claims committee, and special committee to distribute aid to dentists after 9/11/01. He was an ADA (American Dental Association) Delegate (1999-2007), and served on the Council on Government Affairs, ADA Task Force on Elder Care, and Task Force on Alaskan Oral Health. Bob traveled to the remote Village of Hooper Bay, Alaska to treat the villagers, and was appointed to a task force to educate legislators and research solutions for the villagers to receive dental care. His volunteer work in Alaska awarded him the recognition certificate from Yukon-Koskokwim Health Corp. Bob is the Oral Health Champion for his outreach efforts to the NY State Mission of Mercy in which he provided dental care to those without access. Bob was recently recognized with a Citation by the Town of Oyster Bay, New York for his 14 years of military service in the US Navy and Total Reserve. He is the Ethics Facilitator at Columbia and NYU Undergraduate Dental Schools, and has served on the Colgate University Alumni Council. Since 2008, Bob has volunteered his services as part of the DDS-donated dental services for disabled, elderly or medically compromised patients who don’t qualify for Medicaid. His volunteer work in dentistry is unprecedented among his peers and colleagues. Bob is parent of Emily Raiber ’02, President of the Southern California Colgate Club. Colgate is pleased to award Dr. Raiber with the Humanitarian award (2015).
John Rampe ’75, P ‘05 is an Environmental Scientist for the Department of Energy. He graduated from Colgate with honors in biology and received his master’s of science degree from Arizona State University.
Liz Rampe ’05 is a Mars Research Scientist for Aerodyne in Houston, TX. She majored in geology, received her Ph.D. in geology from Arizona State University, and she studies rocks on Mars.
Dennis Riordan ’70 is known in legal circles as a convict’s last hope. California Lawyer magazine called him the “best criminal appellate attorney around.” Riordan has made a career of winning controversial cases where public outrage or political pressure threatened to overwhelm the cause of justice. Among his clients are Black Panther Johnny Spain; the West Memphis Three; Barry Bonds and Phil Spector.
John Romano ’70 has achieved great success as a writer and producer of feature films and series television. His TV credits include the game changing series Hill Street Blues and 24, as well as Sweet Justice and Michael Hayes, both of which he created. Among the movies written by Romano are Lincoln Lawyer, Intolerable Cruelty and Nights in Rodanthe. His adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel American Pastoral is scheduled for production this fall.
Marc Rosenbaum ’70 spent most of his journalism career as a Senior Editor and Producer at NPR. He has spent the last few years freelancing as a writer and editor, teaching, and traveling. During the 1968 sit-in, he was a staff writer for the Maroon News and the campus stringer for The New York Times. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Lyn Ingersoll, and two weird cats.
Gary Ross ’77 is an integral part of Colgate’s administration. He served as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees from 1985 to 2000, and as Dean of Admission from 1994 to 1996. Ross returned to the Admission Office as Dean in 2000. He holds a BA in political science and an MS in educational counseling and administration from the University of Southern California. He is a Maroon Citation recipient.
Peter Rowan ’65 is a singer-songwriter of over five decades from Wayland, MA. Rowan is a Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee. Rowan started out as a singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the Bluegrass Boys, led by the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. His genre interests varied between rock, folk and bluegrass, including projects with Earth Opera, Sea Train, Muleskinner, and the Rowans, where he played alongside brothers Chris and Lorin Rowan. He accompanied the likes of David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn to form a bluegrass band called Old & In the Way. Rowan was instrumental in the creation of the song, “Panama Red,” a subsequent hit and everlasting classic for the New Riders of the Purple Sage. His solo career started in the late 70’s when he released acclaimed records such as Dustbowl Children (a Woody-Guthrie style song about the Great Depression), Yonder (a record of old-time country music in collaboration with player, Jerry Douglas), and two outstanding bluegrass albums, The First Whippoorwill and Bluegrass Boy, as well as High Lonesome Cowboy. Rowan’s recent releases – Quartet, with Tony Rice and Legacy with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, have endeared his international fan base. Rowan’s acclaimed albums consist of, “Crucial Country: Live at Telluride, “ “Old School,” “Peter Rowan’s Twang an Groove Vol.1,” “Dharma Blues.” Internationally, Rowan performs solo, while stateside he plays in three bands: the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, a quintet featuring Keith Little, Chris Henry Blaine Sprouse and Paul Knight; Big Twang Theory and its Texas Cousin Twang n Groove and a rock band, the Free Mexican Air Force.
Beth Roy is the General Manager of the Colgate Community Garden. Beth joined the Colgate Community Garden team as Garden Consultant in 2013. She is a graduate of Union College, and has been a life-long home gardener. She has taken several horticulture courses and is currently registered as a Horticultural Therapist. Since 2013, Beth has led students through major flooding issues, created a strong relationship with the Hamilton Food Cupboard, and increased the garden's presence on-campus. Beth was instrumental in establishing the garden's move to its new location.
Michael Sciola is the Associate Vice President for Advancement and Director of Career Services. As Director of Career Services, Michael guides his team in providing students with direct, informed access to Colgate’s alumni and parent community while amplifying the ongoing focus on student development and personal reflection.
Before coming to Colgate in 2012, Mike was Director of Career Services at Wesleyan University, worked in career services at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island, and held a variety of student affairs positions at the University of Rhode Island, the California State University, Fresno, and the University of New Hampshire. Mike is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in gerontology and an MS in human development, counseling, and family studies. His career has encompassed a few twists and turns including: training in clinical hypnosis; spinal cord injury rehabilitation; and singing backup for Mr. Kenny Rogers
Dr. Jill Shaw is senior curator of collections at the Picker Art Gallery. Shaw is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century European art. Before coming to the Picker Art Gallery, she was a research associate at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture. Shaw has a Bachelor of Art degree from Northwestern University. She also holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has held positions at institutions including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Grant Slater ’91 played ice hockey for Colgate before completing his ice hockey playing career in Europe. Grant moved behind the bench serving as an Assistant Coach for the Raiders and Head Coach for the Great Falls Americans Junior Hockey Club, before launching a management career that included a partnership with the legendary sports promoter Dennis Arthur Murphy, administering one of the largest youth sports organizations in the United States and launching a Sports and Entertainment Company with his brother Todd. He is the Producer and Co-Director of the General. He likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.
James Allen Smith ’70 is a historian who currently serves as Vice President and Director of Research and Education at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Before joining the Archive Center in 2008, he held the Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy at Georgetown University where he taught about philanthropy and civil society in the Graduate Public Policy Institute. His career has spanned academia and philanthropy. His first foundation position was at the Twentieth Century Fund (now the Century Foundation) where he was a Program Officer and Project Director. He was the first Executive Director of the Howard Gilman Foundation where, during his eight year tenure, he shaped its programs in the arts, environment and health. He served as a Senior Adviser to the President of the J. Paul Getty Trust. He was a co-founder and Board President of the Center for Arts and Culture. He was also one of the founding board members of the Creative Capital Foundation. Among his current board roles, he is Chairman of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and a member of Colgate University’s Board of Trustees. He is author of three books, including The Idea Brokers: Think Tanks and the Rise of the New Policy Elite, which won awards from the American Historical Association and the National Academy of Public Administration. Early in his career Smith taught medieval history at the University of Nebraska and Smith College. As a member of the adjunct faculties of the New School University’s Milano School and UCLA’s School of Public Affairs, he taught nonprofit management, arts policy and philanthropy. He received his BA magna cum laude from Colgate University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his MA and PhD from Brown University where he studied medieval history. He was the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and studied as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Ghent (Belgium).
Andrew Spano ’10 holds a bachelor of arts degree with honors in international relations. Upon graduating, Andrew worked at Society General Corporate & Investment banking in the Capital Markets & Syndicate group, focusing on non-investment grade companies and energy project finance. In 2013, Andrew became a part owner in Untamed Sandwiches in NYC, helping to launch and manage the fast casual restaurant. Currently, he is a full-time MBA at Columbia Business School.
has been part of Colgate's Division of Institutional Advancement staff since 2008 and was named to her current position, Director of Leadership Giving and Director of Professional Networks, in 2014. She served previously as the Director of the Annual Fund Programs. In her current role, Jen oversees the Presidents' Club, Colgate's leadership giving society, and the Colgate Professional Networks. Prior to working for Colgate, she worked in Boston for five years as the Membership and Sales Director for the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, which is one of the largest JCCs in the country.
Jen earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Binghamton University in 2001 and a master’s degree in public relations from the SI Newhouse School at Syracuse University in 2002.
Matthew Urtz is the Madison County Historian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in economics and a master's degree in history from the State University of New York at Oswego. During his undergraduate work he interned at Fort Ontario, with the Rome, NY Historical Society, and at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He serves on the Cabinet of Freedom for the National Abolitionist Hall of Fame and Museum, on the Archives Committee for the Central New York Library Resource Council, and as a Board Member and Regional Coordinator for the Association of Public Historians in New York State. Urtz is founder of an ongoing project to record the stories of WWII Veterans from Madison County. Recently, Urtz and the Madison County Clerk’s office were awarded the Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records by a Local Government by the New York State Archives for their work incorporating local government documents into teacher’s lesson plans.
Jeffrey S. Weber ’90 is President of Remedy Intelligent Staffing in Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY, and Erie, PA. His company specializes in temporary, temporary to permanent, and executive level recruiting. Jeff has a BA from Colgate with concentrations in political science and education and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hartford with a concentration in marketing. Prior to overseeing the overall operations at Remedy Staffing, he was a Dealer Sales Manager at SVE Churchill Media in Chicago. Jeff also taught history and coached hockey, lacrosse, and football at the Kingswood-Oxford School and Hebron Academy. Jeff began his coaching career under Brian Durocher as an Assistant Ice Hockey Coach at Colgate in 1991-92 after playing one year in the ECHL for the Louisville Icehawks. He also volunteers at the Make A Wish Foundation of Western N.Y. and Camp Good Days and Special Times.
Charity Whyte ’16 is from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Global Justice—a major she created—with a minor in Economics. She is an OUS Scholar, and a first generation college student. Charity is a member of Student Government's Executive Board, Peer Career Advisor, Artistic Director of Colgate's "This is Not A Play About Sex", and is a member of the Konosioni Senior Honor Society.
During her summers Charity has interned for the United Nations NGO Committee on Aging in New York City and a human rights organization called Africa Unite in Cape Town, South Africa. This past semester she participated in the Colgate Political Science study trip in Washington, DC and interned on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Robin Kelly. Charity's favorite quote is "Justice is what love looks like in public" by Cornel West and she whole heartedly believes that works of love will make our world a better place.
Amanda (Smith) Wininger ’05 is a Library Preservation Specialist at Harvard University. She received a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College, and while at Colgate, majored in sociology and anthropology. She lives in Medford, Massachusetts with her husband, David Wininger ‘02, and her stepdaughter, cat, and turtle.