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The Association is governed by its Board of Directors, a group of dedicated alumnae who serve three-year terms. Several committees, each led by a member of the board, are actively involved in policy and program creation. They include the external achievement awards, volunteer stewardship, classes and reunion, clubs, communications, Quarterly, finance, internal achievement awards, and nominating committees.

The board is a crucial part of the Association’s vitality and success, and its members play a pivotal role in our programming and planning. Alumnae interested in serving on the board of directors or on a committee should send their names to the current Nominating Committee Chair Danetta L. Beaushaw ’88 or to Nancy B. Perez ’76, executive director of the Association.


Maria Mossaides ’73Maria Z. Mossaides ’73

President, 2018–2021
Worcester, MA

Biography

Maria Z. Mossaides ’73 currently serves as the child advocate for Massachusetts. In her four-decade career, Mossaides has held a wide range of positions in both the public and independent sectors as both an attorney and administrator, including her appointment as the first woman to serve as executive director for Massachusetts’s highest court. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo and an M.P.A. from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She was recognized as a Top Woman of Law in Massachusetts for 2010 and received an Alumnae Medal of Honor from Mount Holyoke College in 2018 and a Loyalty Award in 2008. Mossaides also teaches public law and nonprofit governance in the graduate management program at Suffolk University.

Antoria Howard-MarrowAntoria Howard-Marrow ’81

Vice President, 2019–2022
Bloomfield, CT

Biography

Antoria Howard Marrow, 81, has had a long career in public service. Presently she serves as the Associate Attorney General for Administration and Management in the State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General (OAG). Prior to assuming this role, she served as an Assistant Attorney General in both the Public Safety and Employment Rights Departments, before assuming the role of Department Head of the Employment Rights Department at the OAG. Over the years she has been an Adjudicator and a Hearings Attorney for the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. She also spent several years in private practice specializing in housing and family law.

She holds a B.A from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. In 2011, she was recognized in the Connecticut Law Tribune in its special section on “Lawyers of Color: High Achievers”. She has been active in the Alumnae Association, her class and the Black Alumnae Conference Committee, receiving the Medal of Honor in 2011.

Alice MaroniAlice C. Maroni ’75

Treasurer and Finance Chair, 2018–2021
Alexandria, VA

Biography

Alice C. Maroni ’75 was appointed in May 2011 as the chief management officer at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a federal corporation that protects more than 42 million workers in private defined benefit pension plans. In this capacity, she provides executive oversight for PBGC procurement, budget, human resources, process improvement, strategic planning, facility services and emergency preparedness. On an interim basis, she has served as acting PBGC director, reporting directly to the PBGC board comprised of the secretaries of the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Commerce. Prior to her PBGC appointment, Maroni served for ten years as chief financial officer at the Smithsonian Institution, where she had responsibility for the institution’s financial integrity, including budgeting, accounting and contracting services. Before joining the Smithsonian, Maroni was principal deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller). In that capacity, she advised Pentagon leadership on all budgetary and fiscal matters and oversaw the execution of the DOD budget. She also served, on an interim basis, as a special assistant to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense, functioning as the department’s chief of staff. Prior to her tour in the Pentagon, Maroni was a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee, advising and assisting the chairman and other committee members on defense budget, financial and economic issues. Before joining the committee staff, she worked in the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress.

Maroni earned a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is also a graduate of the National War College. Maroni is a three-time recipient of the DOD Medal for Distinguished Public Service, presented by the secretary of defense, a recipient of the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, presented by the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and a recipient of the Distinguished Federal Leadership Award, given by the Association of Government Accountants. She is a certified government financial manager and a member of both the Association of Government Accountants and the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), serving as the national president of ASMC from May 1995 to May 1996.

Markeisha Miner ’99

Markeisha J. Miner ’99

Clerk, 2017–2020
Ithaca, NY

Biography

After graduating from Mount Holyoke, Markeisha J. Miner ’99 earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She joined Cornell Law School in 2015 as dean of students. Previously she served as assistant dean of career services and outreach at the University of Detroit, Mercy School of Law, overseeing all aspects of career planning and professional development. Prior to that, she practiced as a commercial litigator in Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Detroit office and clerked for the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Miner is active in several bar and community organizations, including the American Bar Association, among others. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation and the Board of Directors for Alternatives for Girls. A past Young Alumnae Loyalty Award recipient, her service to the Alumnae Association includes alumnae admissions representative for the Detroit club, class agent and member of the planning committee for the Black Alumnae Conference in 2012 and 2015.

Erin Ennis ’92

Alumnae Trustee, 2019–2022
Washington, D.C.

Biography

Erin Ennis has been senior director for global public policy at Dell since July 2019. In that position, she leads the company’s international trade, privacy, and security policy work, as well as other issues.

Ennis joined Dell after nearly three decades in Washington. As senior vice president of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) from 2005 to 2019, she directed USCBC’s government affairs and advocacy work for U.S. companies and oversaw the organization’s business advisory services. She also led a coalition of other trade associations on issues of interest to companies doing business with China. Prior to joining USCBC, Ennis worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, an international consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former White House Chief of Staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty. At Kissinger McLarty, Ennis was responsible for implementing strategies for international business clients on trade matters, primarily in Vietnam and Japan.

Before entering the private sector, Ennis held several positions in the U.S. government. From 1992 to 1996, Ennis was a legislative aide to former U.S. Senator John Breaux, working on international trade and commerce. She also worked on health care issues during the Senate’s consideration of President Bill Clinton’s health care reform proposal, an issue on which Senator Breaux actively worked to broker a compromise.

At the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 1996 to 2000, Ennis first worked in Congressional Affairs on Asia issues, including annual approvals of China’s most favored nation status and the ill-fated 1997 push to renew presidential “fast track” negotiating authority. Beginning in 1998, she was assistant to Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Richard Fisher, who led U.S. trade negotiations and enforcement with Asia and the Americas and on intellectual property rights.

A native of Louisiana, Ennis has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, where she currently serves as a trustee, and a master’s degree in international affairs from The Catholic University of America. She is an active volunteer for the Washington National Cathedral. In 1999, Ennis completed the Marine Corps Marathon in under a quarter of a day and successfully laid to rest any lingering desire to run future races.

Avice MeehanAvice Meehan ’77

Alumnae Trustee-Elect, 2019–2020
New York, NY

 

Biography
Avice A. Meehan ’77 has had a wide-ranging career as a journalist and communications executive in government, healthcare and philanthropy. Most recently she served as senior vice president and chief communications officer for New York-based Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center. Her leadership of MSK’s groundbreaking communications campaign was recognized with the New Yorker of the Year Award from the Advertising Club of New York. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In addition to her role as an incoming alumna trustee, she chairs the Internal Awards and Achievements Committee of the Alumnae Association and is a member of the Board of Managers of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Cancer Research. She received the Alumnae Medal of Honor in 2007.

Tarana Bhatia ’15

Tarana Bhatia ’15

Recent Alumnae Representative, 2017–2020
Medford, MA

Biography

Tarana Bhatia ’15 is a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading management consulting firm. Bhatia has experience working with a range of federal clients, improving their strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and management.

A native of Boxborough, Massachusetts, she currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Cheryl Maloney

Cheryl Maloney ’73

Chair, Classes and Reunion Committee, 2019–2020
Wellesley, MA

Biography

Cheryl Ryan Maloney ‘73 retired as superintendent of schools in Weston, Massachusetts, in 2015. During her almost forty years as an educator, she taught high school history, which she loved doing for over a decade before becoming an administrator. She also worked in educational publishing. She currently serves on the boards of three nonprofit organizations in addition to the Board of Directors of the Alumnae Association.

Since retiring, Cheryl mentors first generation students, consults on professional development and has worked as an interim administrator. She is writing short fiction as well as plugging away on a narrative nonfiction work about an 1806 murder in downtown Boston. She has two children and two grandchildren.

Besides holding a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke, Cheryl has a master’s degree in history and a doctorate in educational leadership from Boston College. She has served as both vice president and president of her class, and is currently president in addition to serving as a class agent. She served a number of positions as an officer for the Mount Holyoke Club of the Western Suburbs, including president. Her niece, Victoria Ryan, graduated from Mount Holyoke in 2013.

Hilary M. Salmon ’03

Chair, Clubs Committee, 2019–2020
Washington, D.C.

 

Marisa Peacock ’01

Marisa C. Peacock ’01

Chair, Communications Committee, 2017–2020
Arlington, VA

Biography

Marisa Peacock ’01 has a strong background in marketing and communications, a field in which she’s worked for more than 15 years. Since 2010 she has worked as the founder and chief strategist for the Strategic Peacock, a social media consultancy that works with small businesses, nonprofit organizations and independent schools.

Peacock is also an adjunct faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art, West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media and Brandeis University’s Rabb School of Continuing Studies. She serves as the chair of the Board of Directors at New Endeavors by Women, a permanent and transitional housing program for women in Washington, D.C., and is a member of Arlington County’s Commission on the Status of Women.

She and her partner, Paul, live in Arlington, Virginia, with their senior dog, Sampson.

Danetta Beaushaw ’88Danetta L. Beaushaw ’88

Chair, Nominating Committee, 2018–2021
Houston, TX

Biography

As an experienced industrial operations attorney, Danetta L. Beaushaw ’88 advocates for operational excellence, robust strategic planning, environmental stewardship and continuous process improvement in complex organizations. A 26-year industry expert, Beaushaw has held senior legal positions at fast-paced, technology-intensive Fortune 500 companies in Houston, including GE Power Systems, CEMEX Inc., and Calpine Corporation, and worked for a Global AmLaw100 law firm in Los Angeles.

As an industrial generalist, she has worked across energy commodity trading, mergers and acquisitions, engineering and construction, high-tech manufacturing, regulatory, project finance, power generation, telecom, supply chain optimization, and real estate functions. A relentless advocate for talent development, she pioneered pre-law mentoring initiatives, cultural competency programs, and peer mentoring programs, and promoted free, unbiased financial literacy classes for women and girls. Beaushaw was selected to serve as one of four nonprofit CEO coaches for the United Way of Greater Houston and won the Association of Junior League International’s inaugural Building Diversity Award for her cultural competency and diversity program at the Junior League of Houston. She also dedicates volunteer time to efforts to fund sarcoma medical research, provide tangible support (including free housing) to cancer patients and is a longtime volunteer for her class, alumnae clubs and The Mount Holyoke Fund.

She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and is a native of south Louisiana.

Arleen McGrath Heiss ’70

Chair, Volunteer Experience Committee, 2019–2022
Washington, D.C.

Biography

Arleen McGrath Heiss is the owner of Independent Consulting Services, which provides strategic organization development, process redesign and culture transformation with an emphasis on organizations at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She also has 20 years of senior human resource management and business process consultant with diverse national and international clients from the Fortune 500, non-profit and government organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Public Administration from American University. She was awarded the Alumnae Medal of Honor by the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association in 1995 and has served as an alumnae trustee on the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees.

Hilary Bland ’92

Director-at-Large, 2019–2021
Washington, D.C.

 

Biography

Hilary J. Bland ’92, a seasoned business consultant with expertise in organizational change and strategy consulting, has worked with leaders in Fortune 500 companies in the US and abroad to deliver large scale transformation programs. Hilary is currently the head of organizational capability for The Boeing Company. Previously Hilary was with IBM for 14 years, most recently as an associate partner in the Global Talent & Engagement Center of Competence, where she shared IBM thought leadership and experience, designed solutions and managed program execution for clients worldwide. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York. Prior to joining IBM, Hilary was an assistant director with Ernst & Young’s Center for People Process Innovation and a human resources business partner with Simon & Schuster.

Eleanor Chang ’78 headshotEleanor Chang ’78

Director-at-Large, Global Strategy, 2018–2021
San Francisco, CA

Biography

Eleanor Chang ’78 is retired from a banking career that began at Chase in New York City and continued in strategic planning and marketing at Bank of America in San Francisco. Chang has 30 years of marketing and management leadership experience, developed during her time at United Commercial Bank as senior vice president and marketing director.

Chang is passionate about education and, after her retirement, she co-founded UP Education Services, an educational summer academy for high school students from Asia who aspire to attend universities in the U.S.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chang attended Mount Holyoke as an international student. As a member of the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees (2009–2014), Chang served diligently to represent a global perspective and encourage the College to embrace its role as a leading women’s educational institution on the world stage. While serving as a trustee, she co-chaired the inaugural Mount Holyoke Alumnae Symposium in Hong Kong and acted as advisor to the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Symposium in Asia, which took place in Singapore. She frequently hosts College administration and faculty in San Francisco and maintains a nucleus of alumnae ready to support the College.

She has been honored with the Alumnae Medal of Honor for her service in promoting the effectiveness of the Alumnae Association and the College. For more than 30 years Chang has served as membership chair of the Mount Holyoke Club of Northern California, a member of the San Francisco Major Gifts Committee, the Alumnae Trustee and Awards Committee, the Asian Scholarship Nucleus Committee and the Global Strategy Task Force.

Chang received her Master of Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She and her husband live in San Francisco, California.

Nancy Bellows Perez '76

Nancy B. Perez ’76

Executive Director, Alumnae Association
Ex Officio

Biography

Nancy B. Perez ’76 is retired from the IBM Corporation, where she had a long career as an executive with a focus on driving global strategy and transformation. She has extensive experience in sales, sales leadership, management consulting and organizational change management. Perez is also passionate about mentoring, employee and team development, and implementing effective interpersonal communications to drive change.