As a duly elected body, the Board of Trustees has fiduciary responsibility for the governance of Connecticut College. The Board’s primary functions are to oversee the policies and to steward the financial, physical and human resources of the College. It is the responsibility of each trustee — acting as one body — to understand the current needs of the College and to implement policies and plans for its future.

Service on the Connecticut College Board of Trustees is both an honor and a responsibility. As a group of highly accomplished, diverse and collaborative individuals, the Board sets the highest standards of leadership, working to support the President and to advance the College’s educational mission in an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect. Its most important objective — to which all trustees dedicate their efforts — is to provide the necessary external perspectives and resources in order to steward Connecticut College into the future, thereby ensuring its ongoing development, stability and success.


Debo Adegbile, trustee, Connecticut College

Debo P. Adegbile '91


Debo P. Adegbile assumed the position as Chair of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees on July 1, 2021. He has served on the CC Board since 2011.

Adegbile is a litigation partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in New York where he represents a variety of corporate, municipal, and not for profit clients, including colleges and universities in trial and appellate courts and investigations. He also serves as a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, appointed by President Obama in 2016 to a six-year term. Prior to joining WilmerHale LLP, Adegbile was Senior Counsel to United States Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, where he advised the Senator on legislative, constitutional and nomination matters.

Adegbile previously served as the Acting President and Director-Counsel and Director of Litigation of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the nation’s leading civil rights legal organization. At LDF, his work involved a broad range of complex civil and criminal cases before trial and appellate courts. Adegbile twice defended the constitutionality of core provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in oral argument in the United States Supreme Court on two occasions. Prior to joining LDF, Debo was an associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison for seven years.

At Connecticut College, Adegbile majored in government, minored in African Studies and was awarded the Anna Lord Strauss Medal at commencement in recognition of his outstanding work for the College and community. Adegbile is a recipient of the Agnes Berkeley Leahy award for outstanding alumni service. He is a frequent speaker at Connecticut College and nationally on legal topics. He earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1994 and is a current member of its Board of Trustees. In 2020, Adegbile was appointed the Joe Rauh Chair at the University of D.C. Law School. He also serves as the vice chair of the Vera Institute for Justice, is on the Advisory Council of the Center for Democracy and Technology, sits on the Policing Project Advisory Board, and is the former chair of the Manhattan Country School board of trustees.

Karen Quint '87, trustee

Karen D. Quint '87

Vice Chair

Karen Quint joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2012. She is a partner for Spencer Stuart in their San Francisco office and is a core member of the firm’s Financial Officer and Board practices. With more than 30 years of experience in executive search, she focuses on senior-level financial executive searches for chief financial officer as well as board director

searches for financial experts and audit committee members. As a certified executive coach, she also works with clients on succession planning, team effectiveness, and aligning culture with strategy. Quint is a three-time winner of the firm’s prestigious Lou Rieger Quality Award.

A frequent speaker at financial executive conferences, Quint presents on talent management and the changing role of the chief financial officer. She has been a featured speaker and panelist for the Financial Executives Institute, Corporate Executive Board Roundtables, National Association Corporate Treasurers and the National Investor Relations Institute.

Quint graduated from Connecticut College in 1987 with a major in American studies. In 1997, Quint received the Goss Award for enthusiastic participation in programs and activities that made a significant contribution to the College community.


Nicole Abraham

Nicole A. Abraham ’19


Nicole Abraham, a Young Alumni Trustee, joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2019. An executive producer’s assistant at CBS Corporation, Abraham works for the executive producer/showrunner for the CBS drama Blue Bloods.

Abraham’s leadership experience at Connecticut College included being a director for the Women’s Empowerment Initiative, a mentor to sophomore Holleran Center scholars, and working as a tutor through The Petey Greene Program, tutoring women at the York Correctional Facility to help them obtain their General Education Development (GED) diplomas. She served on the film studies Student Advisory Board during her senior year in which she assisted two separate faculty hiring committees. Moreover, she was a member of the College’s swim team, TEDx Club, Student Activities Council.

During the summer of 2018, Abraham worked as an assistant in the writer’s office at CBS’s television show Blue Bloods in Brooklyn, New York. At the College, her film production and planning experience involved her working as a producer, director, editor, and camerawoman on seven films she has made, as well as a crew member on several of her peers’ films

Abraham doubled majored in film studies and sociology graduating summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in May 2019. She also received a certificate from the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, was declared membership to Alpha Kappa Delta—the international honor society of sociology, and was inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. Furthermore, she earned Dean’s High Honors and was awarded the Sociology Department Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Major.

Jessica Archibald '95

Jessica Archibald '95

Jessica Archibald joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2021.

Archibald is a managing director and member of the Investment Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners in San Francisco. She is co-lead of the Funds team and participates extensively in the capital formation efforts of the firm. Archibald joined Top Tier’s predecessor firm Paul Capital in 2005. Prior to joining Top Tier, she was part of the investment team at Care Capital LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in biotechnology. Before that, she spent five years at Salomon Smith Barney.

Archibald serves as a west coast board member of Team IMPACT, an organization which tackles the emotional trauma and social isolation experienced by children facing serious and chronic illnesses by matching them with a college athletic team through a two-year therapeutic program that complements their medical treatments.

Archibald studied abroad at Glasgow Caledonian University in the fall of her junior year and graduated in 1995 with a major in math and economics. She took a business school semester abroad at the University of St. Gallen in 2001 and earned her finance from NYU's Stern School of Business in 2002. She was a member of the varsity crew team and was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. She continued to row competitively after graduation through the New York Athletic Club where she was a nine-time national champion and she competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic trials.

Seth W. Alvord '93

Seth W. Alvord '93

Seth Alvord joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2016.

He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Balance Point Capital Partners, a private equity investment company. Alvord has over 20 years of experience in advising and financing companies to achieve growth and profitability. Prior to joining Balance Point Capital, he held various positions in the investment banking industry, including the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley.

At Connecticut College, Alvord majored in political science and received his bachelor’s degree in 1993. He was a member of the men’s rowing team. In 1998, he earned an M.B.A. from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University where he was awarded the A. Donald Kelso Award. Alvord resides in New Canaan, CT.

Katherine Bergeron, President of Connecticut College

Katherine Bergeron, President of Connecticut College

Katherine Bergeron became the 11th president of Connecticut College on Jan. 1, 2014. From her first year in office, she has supported the faculty in developing a bold new venture in interdisciplinary education. The resulting vision, called Connections, requires students to create deeper linkages between the work they do in courses, in jobs, in the community, and around the globe, in order to prepare them for leadership in an era of change: liberal arts for the interconnected world.

During Bergeron’s tenure, Connecticut College has received some of the largest gifts in its history, including two gifts totaling $50 million to enhance financial aid, career education and athletics, and two $10 million gifts to revitalize Palmer Auditorium into a center for creative performance and research slated to open Fall 2021. Other major projects during her tenure have included the completion of the renovation of the Charles E. Shain Library, the creation of the Otto and Fran Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement, the opening of the Hale Center for Career Development, and the revitalization of the College’s waterfront along the Thames River.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Bergeron earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music history from Cornell University and is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including two edited collections and two prize-winning books on French music and culture. Before coming to Connecticut College, she was dean of the college at Brown University.

Bergeron currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Council of Independent Colleges; on the Board of the American Academic Leadership Institute; on the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities; and on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.

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Betty Brown Bibbins '73

Betty Bibbins was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2018. She is a retired health care management professional with administrative and teaching careers in both clinical and business environments. Bibbins is the vice-president of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Shore Rural

Health System, Inc. and previously was a member of the Advisory Board of American College of Physician Advisors.

Bibbins was founder, CEO, and executive physician educator of DocuComp® LLC, a health care consulting educational organization providing in-patient record clinical documentation (CDI) services. It also offers continuing education and educational support for the certification in CDI to physicians, nurses, case managers, coders and CDI specialists.

Majoring in zoology, Bibbins received her B.A. from Connecticut College in 1973 and went on to earn a B.S. in nursing, with highest honors, from Hampton University in 1977. In 1982, she received a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Eastern Virginia Medical School and then proceeded to complete an internship and residency as Chief Resident / Assistant Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 1986.

Maria Boyce

Maria Wyckoff Boyce ’85

Maria Boyce was appointed to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2020.

Boyce is a partner at Hogan Lovells LLP in Houston, Texas where she prosecutes and defends complex commercial and intellectual property cases in the energy and technology industries in courts throughout the United States. She is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is ranked by Chambers. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells in 2015, Maria was a partner at Baker Botts LLP, where she served as the first female office managing partner of a major Houston law firm and served three terms on the firm’s Executive Committee.

In 2014, Boyce was selected by her United States senators to serve on the bipartisan committee that interviews federal judicial candidates for district court and Fifth Circuit vacancies in Texas. In this role, she actively participates in the process of vetting presidential appointed federal judges in Texas. Boyce is actively involved in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and is a director of Night Court and the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Houston Chapter.

With a major in government and a minor in history, Boyce graduated cum laude from Connecticut College in 1985. She went on to graduate with a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Ethan Brown

Ethan W. Brown ’94

Ethan Brown joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2021.

Ethan is the founder of Beyond Meat and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the company's board of directors since its inception in 2009. He also served as Secretary from 2009 - 2018. Ethan began his career with a focus on clean energy and the environment, serving as an energy analyst for the National Governors’ Center for Best Practices. He then joined Ballard Power Systems, a hydrogen fuel-cell company, where he assumed a series of increasingly responsible roles, eventually reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. Ethan also created and opened a center for fuel reformation and has held several industry positions, including Vice Chairman of the Board at The National Hydrogen Association and Secretary of the United States Fuel Cell Council.

Ethan is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and, along with Beyond Meat, is the recipient of the United Nation’s highest environmental accolade, Champion of the Earth (2018). He holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MPP with a focus on Environment from the University of Maryland, and a BA in History and Government from Connecticut College.

Lynn Cooley, trustee of Connecticut College

Lynn Cooley '76

Lynn Cooley joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in July 2015.

Cooley is Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Vice Provost for Postdoctoral Affairs, is the C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics, and professor of Cell Biology and of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University.

She is Past-President of the Genetics Society of America and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Cooley’s honors include a Pew Scholar Award in the biomedical sciences and membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

Cooley majored in zoology at Connecticut College and graduated in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree. She received the E. Francis Botsford Prize, which is awarded to a senior for excellence in biology. She attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, but found her way to the lab of Dieter Söll at Yale University to carry out her dissertation research. Cooley received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UT Austin in 1984 for her research at Yale. She did her postdoctoral training at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Embryology in Baltimore, MD. In addition to research and teaching, she directed Yale’s Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) for many years. Cooley resides in Guilford, Conn.

Loulie (Dodie) Sutro Crawford '89

Dodie Crawford began serving on the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2018.

While at Connecticut College, Crawford majored in economics and art history and received her B.A. in 1989. She attended Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management earning a M.B.A. in marketing, strategy and organizational behavior in 1995.

Crawford worked for Clorox in brand management and for Webvan and eBay in marketing, data management, merchandising, and operations. As an independent consultant, Dodie has led marketing, strategy, and global crowd-sourced innovation consulting projects for a wide range of businesses.

Crawford serves on the Board of Trustees of the Drew School, a college preparatory high school in San Francisco and was the founding President of National Charity League, Inc., Golden Gate Chapter from 2016 to 2018.

Crawford resides in San Francisco, California with her husband Peter and two children.

Lawrence (Nat) B. Damon III '93

Lawrence (Nat) B. Damon III '93

Nat Damon began serving on the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2021.

Damon is the founding Executive Director of Reach Academics, an organization that works closely with K-12 schools to strengthen relationships among students, teachers, staff, parents, and administrators to ensure all members thrive. He also hosts the “Reach.Teach.Talk” podcast and currently serves as the interim middle school director at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. Previously, Damon was the assistant head of School/Upper School director for seven years at The John Thomas Dye School in Bel Air, CA. Before that tenure, he was founding academic dean/dean of students at Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth, CA. As an English teacher grades 6 through 11, Damon worked at The Park School (Brookline, MA), Derby Academy (Hingham, MA), and Harvard-Westlake School (Bel Air, CA). He has published two books: "True Colors in My Ordinary World" and "Time to Teach: Time to Reach."

Damon is a member of the Board of Governors at Soho Parish Primary School in London and was recently elected to the board of the Episcopal School of Los Angeles. He has served as a board member of Beacon School for Boys and Valley Charter Schools in North Hills, CA, with three years as Board Chair.

Damon graduated in 1993 with a major in American studies and psychology and earned his M.A. in English literature from Middlebury College in 2000.

Mark D. Fallon '92

Mark D. Fallon '92

Mark Fallon was appointed to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2021.

Since April 2020, Fallon has served as Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer at APTIM, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital. APTIM specializes in engineering, program management, environmental, energy efficiency, sustainability, resiliency, disaster recovery, critical facility reliability, and contingency construction solutions and services. Prior to joining APTIM, Fallon served as president and CEO for Envirocon and Modern Machinery. Previously, he held various leadership roles at CH2M, including board member, president of Global Regions, managing director of Europe, and president of Global Nuclear Business. Fallon began his career in the U.S. Department of Energy where he served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Fallon has served as a director of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, a member of the Advisory Committee to the Export Import Bank of the United States, and a member of the Environmental Management Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Fallon graduated in 1992 with a degree in Government.

Carlos Garcia '88 P'18, trustee

Carlos Garcia '88

Carlos Garcia was appointed to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2014. He is an attorney, real estate investor, sales-person, and brokerage owner.

Garcia and his wife, Lucinda Eng, manage Eng Garcia Properties, a residential and commercial real estate sales team covering Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia operating under the Keller Williams brokerage umbrella. Prior to founding Eng Garcia Properties, Garcia practiced law at the U.S. International Trade Administration, the firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, as a dotcom general counsel, and as corporate counsel for Pitney Bowes. His practice involved international trade regulations, technology licensing, business contracts and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Garcia is a member of the President’s Council and a former board president of Higher Achievement, Inc., which brings rigorous academic programs and a deep mentoring network to under-served middle-schoolers. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of DKT International, a global public health NGO focused on reducing the risk of AIDs and addressing reproductive health issues in developing countries.

After majoring in government, Garcia was awarded a B.A. from Connecticut College in 1988. He then earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1994.

Greg Gigliotti

Gregory J. Gigliotti ’88

Greg Gigliotti joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2020.

Gigliotti is the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, and a founding partner of Xtellus Advisors, a New York based advisory and private equity investment firm. He formerly was a founding partner and senior portfolio manager of Trilogy Global Advisors, LP. Gigliotti also previously served as a vice president and senior portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Mutuals Series Funds Inc.

Gigliotti is a member of the Board of Trustees of SoundWaters, a non-profit organization focused on marine based education and youth sailing programs and a trustee of the LISOT Sailing Foundation, another non-profit that provides advanced training to youth sailors who have an ambition to compete both nationally and internationally. He was previously a trustee for The Stanwich School a pre-K-12 private school in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Majoring in economics and international relations, Gigliotti graduated with a B.A from Connecticut College in 1988.

Rob Hale, trustee of Connecticut College

Rob Hale '88 P'20

Rob Hale was elected to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2015. He is Co-founder and President of Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a communications company headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Founded in 2002, Granite now has annual revenues exceeding $1.6 billion and employs over 2,500 teammates.

Hale also owns FoxRock Properties, a Boston-based real estate firm with over 4 million square feet of commercial space. He also founded Copley Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in small and middle market businesses with significant growth prospects. Hale is an owner and Director of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. He has been recognized as a leading entrepreneur by several organizations and publications. He has been repeatedly recognized by Boston Business Journal- Power 50, which salutes the 50 most powerful people in Boston. He has also received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been saluted as one of the 25 most influential people in American telecom multiple times.

Hale has held or holds leadership roles at Boston Children’s Hospital, The Massachusetts Soldier’s Legacy Fund, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Deerfield Academy, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital where he currently co-chairs the $1.5 billion Life.Giving.Breakthroughs Campaign. Hale, and his wife Karen, have received numerous awards recognizing their commitment to the lifesaving missions of numerous health institutions and organizations. For 2019, The Chronicle of Philanthropy listed the Hales as among the top 15 most generous philanthropists in America.

At Connecticut College, Hale majored in history and received his B.A. in 1988.

Alice W. Handy ’70

Alice W. Handy ’70

Alice Handy joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2021.

Handy is the founder, former president, and CEO of Investure, an outsourced investment office for colleges and foundations with $12 billion under management. Before founding Investure, Handy served the University of Virginia for 29 years, beginning as its first investment officer, later becoming treasurer, and finally president of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO). She was the treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1988 to 1990. Handy began her career as a bond portfolio manager and assistant vice president at the Travelers Insurance Company.

Handy serves on the board of the American Friends of the National Gallery London and the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. She also generously contributes her expertise to the investment committees of St. Jude’s Hospital, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the United Way of Greater Charlottesville, Sweet Briar College, and the Smithsonian Institution.

At Connecticut College, Handy majored in economics and graduated with a B.A in 1970.


Steven W. Jacobson ’85 P’22

Steve Jacobson joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2020.

Jacobson is chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Sankaty Light Consumer Health, Inc. In 1994, he founded Olympus Health Care Solutions and developed the international health care cost containment model still widely emulated today. Under his leadership, Olympus led the market by developing and implementing new products and services which contribute to industry leading savings and service. In 2015, he sold Olympus to an international insurance services company.

Jacobson is a founder of Mt. Sinai Medical Center of Miami Beach and active in many community activities including Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Majoring in economics and government at Connecticut College, Jacobson received his B.A. in 1985. He earned a J.D from Tulane School of Law in 1989 and completed Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management (OPM45) program in 2014.

Eric J. Kaplan '85, trustee

Eric J. Kaplan '85

Eric Kaplan was elected to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2014.

As Chief of Staff at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at the University of Pennsylvania, Kaplan provides high-level strategic support on a variety of projects and activities that are critical to achieving GSE’s priorities. He works with myriad constituencies within the school and with university-wide leadership to advance GSE’s most important initiatives. He also teaches higher education courses in GSE’s master’s and doctoral programs.

Kaplan previously served as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management. He also served as Penn’s Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations for International Initiatives, (2010-2013) Associate Secretary of the University (2006, 2008-2010) and Interim Dean of Admissions (2007-2008), as well as in several leadership roles in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, including Associate Dean and Director of Admissions from 1994-2003.

Kaplan is a Leadership Philadelphia Fellow. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of Need In Deed, a Philadelphia-based organization that supports service learning opportunities for students in the School District of Philadelphia. Eric remains active with the Point Foundation as a scholarship reader and previously served as a scholar mentor for two Penn students.

At Connecticut College, Kaplan majored in psychology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985. He received an Ed.M. in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University in 1989 and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Sydney L. Lamb '21

Sydney L. Lamb '21


Sydney Lamb joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees as a Young Alumni Trustee in 2021.

Lamb majored in American studies, minored in sociology, and has achieved dean’s honors or high honors every semester. She received the Vera Snow Graduate Fellowship, the Class of 2003 Prize in American Studies, and the Robert Hampton Award which is award to two seniors who have contributed the most to the College and community. During the summer of 2019, Lamb was an intern at the Columbia University Pre-College Program in New York. There she assisted professors with courses for high school students and produced media and marketing content for the program. Lamb also studied abroad in the fall of 2019 at University College London where she studied American history and the history of antiquity.

Lamb served as a representative on Honor Council for all four academic years, most recently as the Council’s chair where she presided over weekly meetings. Lamb was the creative director and co-president of the Womxn’s Empowerment Initiative, produced and directed theatrical productions with over 100 participants, organized leadership committees, and raised funds and awareness for local women’s empowerment non-profit organizations.

 John D. Linehan

John D. Linehan P'18 '22 '24

John Linehan was elected to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2018.

Linehan is the portfolio manager for the Equity Income and the U.S. Concentrated Large-Cap Equity Income Strategies and co-portfolio manager of the U.S. Large-Cap Value Strategy at T. Rowe Price. In addition, Linehan is the chief investment officer of Equity and a member of the firm’s U.S. Equity Steering and Equity Brokerage and Trading Control committees. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Linehan has 29 years of investment experience, 20 with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining T. Rowe Price, he was an executive in the oil trading and consulting industry. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Linehan serves as a board member for St. Mary’s Seminary and the University and the Baltimore Equitable Society. Previously, he has served on the board of the Odyssey School where he was chair for five years, Friends School of Baltimore, Gilman School, Baltimore Equitable Scholarship Trust, and the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter.

Linehan earned a B.A. in economics from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was the Henry Ford II Scholar, an Arjay Miller Scholar, and the winner of the Alexander A. Robichek Award in finance.

Jonathan McBride

Jonathan D. McBride ’92

Jonathan McBride rejoined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2020 after previously serving from 2000 to 2009.

McBride is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, an international executive search firm, and is the leader of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practice. He is the former Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity at BlackRock and was a member of the firm's Global Operating Committee. Prior to joining BlackRock, McBride served as Director of the Presidential Personnel Office in the White House, a role he was appointed to in July 2013. He joined the Obama administration as a special assistant to the President and the deputy director of the Presidential Personnel Office in August 2009.

In 2000, McBride co-founded Jungle Media Group. Jungle's magazines, websites, and live events served a variety of audiences including MBAs, JDs, college students, and young black and Hispanic professionals. In 2006, Jungle Media Group was sold to Universum, a global employer branding company. As chief strategy officer at Universum, McBride served as the company's most senior consultant to companies and agencies looking to attract and recruit top talent.

McBride earned his B.A. in U.S. history and economics from Connecticut College in 1992 and his M.B.A. in finance from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.

Sarah A. Mudho ’98

Sarah A. Mudho ’98

Sarah Mudho began serving on the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2021.

Since 2015, Mudho has served as General Counsel at Wellspring Capital Management, a private equity firm in New York.  She also became the Chief Compliance Officer subsequently in 2017 and serves as a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Wellspring, Mudho was a counsel in the Corporate Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York. As a member of the mergers & acquisitions group at Paul Weiss, she worked on various foreign and domestic acquisitions and investments, divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations and other transactions for U.S.-based and overseas clients engaged in a wide variety of businesses, including the steel, manufacturing, defense, hospitality, healthcare, sporting goods and consumer goods industries.

Mudho graduated cum laude in 1998 with a degree in International Relations and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2001. While at the College, she played on the varsity Women’s Basketball team for three seasons and participated in Umoja all four years. Sarah’s brother, Christopher, also attended Conn as a member of the Class of 2001.

Evan Piekara

Evan Piekara ’07

Evan Piekara joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees upon his appointment as President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors on July 1, 2019.

Piekara is the Change Management Practice Lead for NeuraFlash, an industry leading artificial intelligence consulting firm. Piekara is the co-author of “Case In Point: Government and Nonprofit”, an industry guide for professionals considering government and nonprofit consulting. Recently, Evan published “Case In Point: Crafting Your Consulting Career”, and was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of their 2021 40 Business Leaders Under 40 in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region.

Beyond his commitment to the Connecticut College Alumni Association Board of Directors, Piekara stays involved with the College by organizing regional events and activities and serving as a class gift officer and reunion committee member. He provides career development opportunities to current students and alumni, and recruits and interviews prospective students. Piekara also serves on the Board of DC Scholars, a Washington D.C. charter school. He is a founding board member and Treasurer for the Ward 5 Education Collaborative, which invests in ward 5 public schools to provide greater access and education equality and serves as Chair of New Endeavors by Women (NEW), a DC-based organization that provides shelter and support services to homeless women and their children.

Piekara graduated cum laude from Connecticut College in 2007 with a double major in government and economics, earning Pi Sigma Alpha honors. After graduating from the College, he joined Teach For America (TFA) and taught 6th and 7th grade English and social studies in the South Bronx. During this time, he earned a Master in Education from Pace University and was a finalist for TFA's Sue Lehmann National Excellence in Teaching Award. After four years in the classroom, Piekara moved to Washington D.C. to earn his M.B.A. from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.

Devon Danz Preston ’93

Devon Danz Preston ’93

Devon Preston joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2021. Since 2014, Preston has worked with children living in foster care as a court appointed special advocate with Marin CASA. Her professional career has primarily focused on the environment and sustainable development. She has held positions as an environmental program officer with the Rhode Island Foundation, executive director of the Washington County Regional Planning Council, environmental compliance officer and sustainability manager with the Presidio Trust, and with the National Audubon Society.

Devon serves as vice-chair of the board of Insight Garden Program, an organization that facilitates an in-prison curriculum and reentry support for people leaving prison. While a student at Conn, Preston was a volunteer at the York Correctional Institution for Women, which sparked a lifelong interest in and advocacy for prison policy reform. She is also a board member of Children for Change and a trained volunteer in support of domestic violence survivors.

Preston earned her B.A. from Connecticut College in 1993 with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in English and an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan School of the Environment in 1999. Devon’s sister, April Danz, also attended Connecticut College and graduated in 1996.

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Leslie Rosen '02

Leslie Rosen became a member of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2020.

Rosen is a principal at Rosen Harbottle Commercial Real Estate, where she contributes significantly to business strategy and operations, transaction management, managing landlord/tenant disputes, and the review of legal documents. Prior to joining Rosen Harbottle in 2015, she practiced transactional commercial real estate law in New York at Paul Hastings LLP and Kasowitz, Benson, Torres LLP.

Rosen is a director of the Rita and Herbert Rosen Family Foundation and is a board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Hillel at the University of Washington, the Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children, the Isador Simon Family Foundation, and Jewish Family Services of Seattle. She is a participant in the Wexner Heritage Program.

Graduating with honors in 2002, Rosen earned a B.A. in government from Connecticut College. She earned a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2007. In 2012, Rosen was honored by Connecticut College with the Mach Arom ’89 Alumni Award for distinguished achievements in her profession and within society.

Peter Skaperdas P’17, trustee

Peter D. Skaperdas P'17

Peter Skaperdas became a member of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2017.

Skaperdas is a Senior Vice President and a Private Wealth Advisor at UBS Financial, a global provider of financial services to private, corporate, and institutional clients. His prior positions include Chief U.S. Economist for UBS, Senior Economist at Salomon Brothers and Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

He is a past President of the Board of Directors of the New Canaan YMCA and is a past president of the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra.

Skaperdas earned his B.S. in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1975 and his M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1977.

Dwayne C. Stallings '99

Dwayne Stallings was elected to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2018.

Stallings is a Raymond James Financial Advisor and Vice President of Liberty Bank in Mystic, Connecticut. Stallings has over 16 years of experience in the finance industry. Previously, he was a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in New London. He had been named one of the Top 100 Financial Advisors in America by Bank Investment Consultant magazine.

After graduating from the College, Stallings played professional basketball in Europe. He now works closely with the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, England, where he assists students with finding internships and jobs. Dwayne hosts several financial panels each year in the U.K. on behalf of the UEA. He also funds the UEA Dwayne C. Stallings scholarship.

At Connecticut College, Stallings majored in history and earned his B.A. in 1999. His senior year, he was team captain and leading scorer on the men’s varsity basketball team. The team posted a 28-1 record, was ranked No. 1 in the country and advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament. Stallings was inducted into the Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame on April 14, 2018.

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Shyanne T. Temple ’20

Young Alumni Trustee

Shyanne Temple joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees as a Young Alumni Trustee in 2020.

Temple is preparing to take the MCAT and apply to medical schools while exploring different learning opportunities at medical practices in the Worcester, MA area. She is also collaborating with members of her church community to create a program teaching black history that is not currently taught in the local school district to the youth of her community.

Temple was accepted in the Connecticut College Science Leaders Program upon her admittance to the College. She was a scholar in the Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA). Her coursework and 2019 summer internship as a research assistant at the University

of Chile in Santiago, Chile led to her CISLA senior integrative project, “The Effects of PM 2.5 on Infants Born Small for Gestational Age.”

A natural leader, Temple is former director of the CC Gospel Choir, where she led efforts to organize events aimed at uplifting students through gospel music, and the founder of Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC), a Conn club that builds community with women of color through meetings and events with students, staff and faculty. Since 2012, Temple has been a teacher in the Children’s Department of Faith Fellowship Ministries International.

While at Connecticut College, Temple majored in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology graduating with a B.A. in May 2020. She was the 2020 recipient of the Community Builder Award.

Maarten D. Terry ’83

Maarten D. Terry ’83

Maarten Terry was elected to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2021.

A media executive, Terry has more than 30 years of experience in direct marketing and brand management in diverse categories including telecommunications, books, magazines, coffee and tobacco. Terry is a founding partner of ConvergeDirect, a direct response media firm that delivers strategic solutions in media planning and buying, analysis and marketing services. Prior to ConvergeDirect, he was vice president and group marketing director for Time4Media, a division of Time, Inc., and product manager for Philip Morris and Kraft Foods.

Terry serves as a senior mentor for COOP Careers, an organization which works to help individuals overcome underemployment by improving digital skills and making peer connections. He is a former board member of the United Way of New Canaan and a former board member and vice president of A Better Chance of New Canaan, a community-based organization focused on offering academically talented minority students a range of opportunities which may not be available in their own communities.

Terry was a sociology-based human relations major at Connecticut College. He received the Anna Lord Strauss award during commencement in honor of his volunteer work at the Community Resource Commission Afterschool Center, his role in coordinating the relief effort on campus for victims of a major fire in New London, and his work to establish a local youth chapter of the NAACP. He previously served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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Rajneesh Vig ’93

Rajneesh Vig joined the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2019.

Vig is a Managing Director in the Global Credit Platform at BlackRock, Inc. and President and COO of BlackRock-TCP Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TCP) an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock. Prior to joining BlackRock in August 2018, Vig was a managing partner at Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP), where he was also Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Management Committee. TCP with its more than $9 billion in committed capital was acquired by BlackRock in 2018. Prior to TCP, Vig held roles within investment banking, debt capital markets and the structured solutions groups at Deutsche Bank Securities from 1999 through 2006.

He currently chairs BlackRock Private Credit’s Investment Committee, is a member of the Credit Oversight Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of TCPC and Edmentum.

Vig graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in 1993 with a B.A. in economics. He went on to earn his M.B.A. in finance from New York University in 1994.

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Leslie E. Wong

Leslie Wong was elected to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2019.

In July 2019, Wong retired as president of San Francisco State University (SFSU) and from the California State University system. He was the university’s 13th president, appointed to the position in 2012. SFSU is a research intensive doctoral level institution which serves approximately 30,000 students at three sites.

Wong’s career in higher education and administration spans 45 years. Prior to joining SFSU, he served as president of Northern Michigan University from 2004 to 2012. From 1999 to 2004, he served as vice president academic affairs at Valley City State University in North Dakota. He also held several leadership positions with the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo (now Colorado State University at Pueblo) from 1996 to 1999, including serving concurrently as provost and academic vice-president, and interim president in 1997. He also served as academic dean and a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Wong is a foundation trustee for Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Committee of 100, a national and international organization with the dual mission of advancing constructive dialogue and relationships between the United States and Greater China, and advocating for Chinese American rights in the United States. Wong previously served board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Council, and the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Board of Governors Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity. He also served on the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Division II President’s Council for three years.

Majoring in psychology, Wong graduated with a B.A. from Gonzaga University. He earned a M.S. in experimental psychology from Eastern Washington University and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington State University.


Pamela D. Zilly ’75

Pamela Zilly returned to the Connecticut College Board of Trustees in 2020 after previously serving from 2005 to 2018. She served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2018.

Zilly retired as a senior managing director in the Restructuring & Reorganization Advisory group at The Blackstone Group L.P. At Blackstone, she provided financial advisory services to companies in need of capital or operational restructurings, often in a bankruptcy proceeding, or to creditors of such companies. Prior to joining Blackstone in 1991, Zilly worked at E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. and three years at Chemical Bank in investment banking.

Currently, Zilly is a vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Theatre Wing and serves on its Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees. She is a member of the board of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company and is Chair of its Investment Committee.

Zilly majored in economics and American history at Connecticut College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and with distinction in major in 1975. She received a Master of Science in industrial administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in 1977.