2021 Slate of Nominees for Alumnae Association Board and Committee Positions
The Nominating Committee respectfully submits the following slate of candidates for election at the Annual Meeting, to be held on May 22, 2021. Each candidate has been fully informed of the responsibility and rights of the position and has indicated consent to serve if elected. Members may submit additional nominations as outlined in the bylaws.
Terms are 2021-2024, except when specifically noted.
Board of Directors Positions
Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee
Susy Ham Heldman ’76, Denver, Colorado. Retired VP and controller, Schwab Charitable Fund. MBA, Monterey Institute of International Studies. Association: Finance Committee member 2009-12; Nominating Committee member 2017-20. Class: current treasurer; former president, vice president, reunion committee chair. Northern California Club: former president, treasurer, Ways and Means chair, alum admissions rep. Southern California Club: former treasurer, alum admissions rep. College: current class agent/reunion gift caller; former National Major Gifts Committee member. Awards: Loyalty Award 2006.
Chair, Nominating Committee
Julie A. Green ’95, Washington, D.C. Executive director, New Futures. Association: Clubs and Groups Committee member 2019-21. Class: former co-scribe, secretary and scribe, Nominating Committee member. Washington D.C. Club: former vice president, secretary, Nominating Committee member. College: former head class agent, class agent.
Members, Alumnae Trustee Nominating Committee
Marija Tesla ’11, Newton, Massachusetts. M.A. in law and diplomacy candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; J.D. candidate, Boston College Law School. Association: Executive Director Search Committee member 2017. Class: current president. Boston Club: former alum rep. assistant. Akron, Ohio, Club: former alum rep. assistant. College: current Mount Holyoke Fund Committee member, Admission volunteer; former young alum trustee, head class agent, Volunteer Steering Committee member.
Kavita Ramdas ’85, New York, New York. M.P.A. international development and public policy, Princeton University. Director, Open Society Foundation. India Alumnae Region: former alum rep. assistant. Peninsula Area Alumnae Region: former alum rep. assistant. College: former trustee.
Members, Classes and Reunion Committee
Ronica Roth ’89, Boulder, Colorado. Co-founder and principal consultant, Elevate.to. M.S., journalism, Northwestern University. Denver, CO: former admissions rep. Chicago, IL: former admissions rep. Class: former website coordinator, president. College: current Mount Holyoke Fund Committee member; former class agent, reunion gift caller.
Carrie Kortegast ’98, DeKalb, Illinois. Associate professor, higher education, Northern Illinois University. Ph.D., education, Iowa State University; MEd, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. South Hadley Club: former alum admissions rep., alum admissions assistant. Association: Nominating Committee member 2012-15. Class: former vice president, reunion co-chair, reunion costume chair, scribe, social co-chair. College: Mount Holyoke Fund Committee member 2018-20, current head class agent; former class agent, reunion gift caller. Award: Young Alumnae Volunteer Leadership Award 2013.
Member, Clubs and Groups Committee
Krysia Lycette Villón ’96, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Personal chef. Culinary arts degree, Johnson & Wales University. Class: former reunion booklet chair. Lyon’s Pride: former board of directors member-at-large, newsletter coordinator, vice president. College: former ALANA Committee member.
Members, Communications Committee
Diane Jones Lowrey ’83, San Francisco, California. Senior director of community partnerships, Common Sense Media. MBA, University of Michigan. Board of trustees, French American International School; board of directors, Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
Nilukshi (Nilu) De Silva ’06, New York, New York. Head of digital marketing, Calvin Klein Fragrances. M.A. of arts global communications, American University of Paris.
Members, External Achievement Awards Committee
Louise Wright Beaumont Peach ’86, Williston, Vermont. Consultant, National Life Group. MBA, Boston University. Association: Classes and Reunions Committee member 2017-20. Class: former vice president, treasurer, reunion chair. Mystic Valley Club: young alum chair. College: former class agent, reunion caller.
Lisa A. Kroll ’88, Richmond, Virginia. Branch manager, Glen Allen Branch Library. MLS, Catholic University. Class: former Nominating Committee member, reunion welcome/hospitality chair, treasurer, website coordinator.
Member, Fellowship Committee (2021-2023)
Claire Sanders ’83, Fort Worth, Texas. Provost faculty fellow for Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Inaugural Diversity Advocate for Academic Affairs at Texas Christian University. J.D., M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dallas-Ft. Worth Club: former president. College: former class agent. Awards: Class of 1905 Fellowship 1994.
Members, Internal Achievement Awards Committee
Suzanne P. Franchetti ’91, Port Washington, New York. President and lead trainer, Jack Franchetti Communications. MEd, University of Maryland. Association: former Alumnae Development Committee member, Leadership Task Force member. Class: former reunion sign chair. Long Island Suffolk County Club: former alum admissions rep., alum admissions assistant. Club of Long Island North Shore: former alum admissions rep. New York City Club: former Program Committee member, alum admissions rep. Maryland Suburbs Region: former alum admissions rep. College: former Alumnae Development Committee chair, Campaign Steering Committee member, class cornerstone chair, cornerstone rep., head class agent, class agent, reunion gift chair, reunion gift caller. Awards: Alumnae Medal of Honor 2008.
Melissa Anderson Russell ’01, East Sandwich, Massachusetts. Director of the Hundred Acre School, Heritage Museums and Gardens; Part-time faculty, Bridgewater State College. M.A., education, Lesley University. Association: Classes and Reunions Committee chair 2017-19; Classes and Reunions Committee member 2016-17; Nominating Committee member 2013-16. Class: former reunion hospitality chair, treasurer. Cape Cod Club: Current president; former website coordinator, membership chair. Rhode Island Club: former alum admissions rep. College: former class agent, reunion gift caller. Awards: Young Alumna Leadership Award 2016.
Member, Nominating Committee
Holly Hughes ’75, New York, New York. Freelance editor/writer (food/travel writing). Association: External Achievement Awards Committee member 2011-12; Alumnae Honors Research Committee member 2009-11; Quarterly Committee member 1979-82, 1982-85. Class: former reunion co-chair and room chair, vice president. New York City Club: former vice president, newsletter/directory editor.
Members, Volunteer Experience Committee
Heather Lee Stone ’93, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Owner, Cornerstone Solutions, LLC. MBA, Yale University. Maine Club: current president. New Haven Club: former director-at-large. College: former head class agent, class agent.
Hannah J. Im ’94, Houston, Texas. Global operations and risk officer, BP Company. Japan Alumnae Region: former alum admissions rep. Manhattan Alumnae Region: former alum rep. assistant. New York City Club: former membership chair, vice president and program chair.
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