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Summer 2020 Alumnae Quarterly
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Alumnae Association welcomes new interim executive director
Liz Lierman has been named interim executive director of the Alumnae Association. Lierman, who has served as executive director of the Career Development Center since 2014, transitioned to her new role on July 1 and will serve during fiscal year 2021 in a creative partnership between the Alumnae Association and the College. She succeeds Nancy Bellows Perez ’76, who announced her retirement in February after more than four years in the position.
“When the pandemic hit, we were just beginning a search to fill the vacancy, and we needed to pivot quickly, given the circumstances,” said Alumnae Association President Maria Mossaides ’73, P’04. “I’m excited that Liz is on board. She is an experienced leader who brings to the role knowledge of our alums and strong relationships with the Association staff and other partners across campus. The Alumnae Association is in great hands with Liz at the helm.”
Lierman graduated from Williams College with a degree in psychology. She holds masters degrees in social work and nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Mount Holyoke in 2014 she worked at Bard College of Simon’s Rock and Oberlin College. In the past six years, Lierman has transformed the Career Development Center, focusing on improving the student experience and building strong relationships with external partners. Lierman has also been a strong partner in support of The Gates, a new platform — to be debuted later this summer — that will enhance connections for alumnae and students in support of career-related opportunities.
“Since joining Mount Holyoke, I have been consistently inspired by Mount Holyoke alums, and impressed by their commitment to supporting the success of students and of one another,” said Lierman in July. “In many ways, the partnerships with alums make it possible for the College and its students and graduates to create meaningful change in the world. I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Alumnae Association and work closely with the alum community this year, and to also be of service to the Career Development Center during this pivotal time.”
During the next year, Lierman’s focus will be to guide the Alumnae Association in its mission to provide diverse programs, expertise and resources that foster lifelong learning and to empower alums to connect with each other and with the College.
“I’m delighted that we were able to take a collaborative approach to filling this important position at the Alumnae Association,” said President Sonya Stephens. “There is a synergy in the work of the Alumnae Association and the Career Development Center, and Liz brings to this role not only her vision, imagination and proven leadership, but also deep commitment to Mount Holyoke’s graduates and genuine excitement to serve their interests in an expanded way.”
The search for the executive director will be announced at a future date.
Share your stories with us
Are you a Mount Holyoke alum who is willing to share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your day-to-day life? Email the Alumnae Quarterly staff at email@example.com.
Tell us where you live and what your life is like now.
We aren’t looking for anything in particular, just an idea of how our community is facing each day.
If you need a prompt, here are some questions we’ve come up with that you could reflect on:
- Are you now working from home?
- Have you always worked from home?
- Are your children home from school?
- Are you unable visit family?
- Are you or is someone you know currently sick and/or in a high-risk category?
- Are you in quarantine or isolation?
- Do you have access to necessities?
- Have you been laid off or had to lay off someone else?
- Do you work in the healthcare industry?
If you are more of a visual person, we’d love to see your photos or a drawing, sketch, sculpture, or any other creative representation of how you would like to share your current situation. Remember to include where you live.
Please note that by sharing your original reflections or art with us, you understand that we may include them on the Alumnae Association website, on our social media pages, or in the Alumnae Quarterly. Unless anonymity is specifically requested, names and locations will be included with the content.
Thank you. We look forward to reading or seeing your work.
Executive Director Nancy Bellows Perez ’76 to retire
In February, Executive Director Nancy Bellows Perez ’76 announced her retirement from the Alumnae Association, effective June 30, 2020.
Nancy first joined the Alumnae Association as interim executive director in January 2016. In November 2017, after an extensive national search, she was named executive director. During her tenure she led a period of significant transformation of the Alumnae Association with a focus on collaborating with the College around a shared mission.
Of the impact of Nancy’s work, Alumnae Association President Maria Z. Mossaides ’73, wrote, “The entire alumnae and College community thanks Nancy for stepping in to lead the Alumnae Association during this period of transformation. Nancy filled a leadership void during the critical period when the Alumnae Association was implementing a new framework for its partnership with the College. She brought years of managerial experience as well as an alumna’s unique loyalty to the job. Nancy has worked to build strong working relationships across campus and served as part of the College’s officers group. When I took on the role of Alumnae Association president in 2018, I don’t know what I would have done without Nancy’s support.”
Prior to stepping into the executive director role, Nancy was a member of the Alumnae Association’s board as a director at large, working to facilitate the Plan for 2020 for the Alumnae Association.
Nancy spent her first career at the IBM Corporation, where she retired as an executive with a focus on driving global strategy and transformation. Of her work at the Alumnae Association, Nancy said, “My time and experiences at Mount Holyoke have bookended my professional career, launching me on my way in 1976, and now, in 2020, helping me close out a long and wonderful career in the most fulfilling way possible. I couldn’t feel more blessed and will continue to volunteer and support the College and the Alumnae Association, hopefully for years and years to come.”
A search for the next executive director will be conducted in the future and led by Danetta Beaushaw ’88, chair of the Alumnae Association’s nominating committee. Anyone interested in understanding more about this role may email Danetta directly.