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CAS Leadership Advisory Board


The CAS Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) was founded in 2008 to advise the Dean on broad matters of policy and planning within the college. The alumni, friends, and parents who comprise the Board are tasked with three principal responsibilities: as advisors, ambassadors, and philanthropic supporters of the college. They will serve as a leadership group for advancing the quality and qualities of CAS that help it fulfill its mission as expressed in Creating Our Future, 2010-2020: The Strategic Plan of the College of Arts & Sciences:

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to nurture the discovery, creation, transmission and application of knowledge and understanding across the humanities and the social, natural, and computational sciences. This mission applies to all of the College’s members, from the most decorated senior scholars to our matriculating undergraduates, and unifies our three great core tasks of undergraduate education, graduate education, and pioneering research. CAS is Boston University’s standard-bearer for the proud and successful tradition that is liberal education. We also must choose to be active, engaged citizens of the larger communities to which we also belong—the University, the region, the country, and the world—in order for this mission to succeed.


The membership of the CAS LAB includes alumni, parents, and other friends of CAS distinguished for their commitment to CAS, higher education, and the liberal arts and sciences; the skills, knowledge, and experiences they can bring to bear on being constructive members of the Board; and their leadership.

CAS LAB members have three main roles: as advisors, ambassadors, and philanthropic supporters of the College and its mission.

As advisors, Board members individually and collectively serve as a sounding board for the dean and college leadership, helping them to lead the College with wisdom, skill, and creativity. They provide a rich perspective drawn from their varied experiences and knowledge bases outside Boston University. They review, evaluate, and provide insight on improving academic programs, research, student recruitment and student development, operations, alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, and other issues of importance to CAS. Board members are kept well-informed of current developments in the College and more widely at Boston University and have interesting opportunities to interact with students, faculty, and College and university leaders.

As ambassadors, Board members keep themselves well-informed in order to help spread the good word about CAS and BU in their communities and workplaces. Board members help bridge and foster relationships and connections with potential students and their families, other alumni, potential employers of our alumni, and with individuals, corporations, and other organizations that might be in a position to support the College, its students, faculty, and its mission. Board members facilitate and attend events, and engage others with CAS and BU.

As philanthropic supporters, Board members make gifts to support the advancement of CAS through the Annual Fund every year at a level agreed through discussion with the Dean and her development staff, and where possible, they make gifts at a leadership level that will provide perpetual support to critical goals of excellence. The CAS Leadership Advisory Board serves as the leadership for the Campaign for CAS and is committed to its success.

The CAS Leadership Advisory Board meets twice a year, usually in Boston.


Warren J. Adelson

Warren J. Adelson (CAS ’63, GRS ’64, Former Parent CGS ‘10/CAS ’12) 

Warren Adelson is owner and president of Adelson Galleries in New York, NY, which supports ongoing research in American art and is home to both the John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt catalogue raisonné projects. Adelson Galleries is distinguished for its expertise in the fields of American Impressionism, Realism, and Modernism. Prior to Adelson Galleries, Adelson founded his first gallery in Boston in 1964. A popular Newbury Street fixture, Adelson Galleries exhibited the Boston Impressionists and 19th Century American landscape and figure painting.Adelson is an internationally recognized authority on John Singer Sargent. Adelson initiated a scholarship on the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné in 1980 in partnership with the artist’s great-nephew, Richard Ormond. He was among the noted Sargent scholars who authored Sargent Abroad: Figures and Landscapes (Abbeville Press, 1997).Adelson received his B.A. in English from CAS in 1963 and his M.A. in Fine Arts from GRS in 1964. He received the CAS/GRS Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.

Bryan T. Biniak

Bryan T. Biniak, CAS ’90

Bryan Biniak currently works for Nokia. He is also the founder of Jacked™ Inc., a venture funded startup, which has developed a WebTop for broadcast television providing a browser-based publishing platform for contextually synchronized media, advertising, and commerce. Biniak is also founder and managing director of Provenance Ventures LLC, a venture capital firm focused on the advancement of society through investments in early stage social technology companies. In addition to Jacked™ and Provenance, Biniak was also a founding member and vice president of MIT Media Lab spin-off Harmonix Music Systems, a leading video-game developer and publisher of titles such as Guitar Hero, Amplitude, and Frequency. He is also senior vice president of Digital Hollywood Inc., which debuted in 1990 and has been among the leading trade conferences in its field with top executives in the film, television, music, home video, cable, telecommunications and computer industries attending each year.Biniak received a B.A. in International Relations from CAS in 1990, and attended both The Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Ceara in Forteleza, Brazil.

Marc Crisafulli

Marc Crisafulli (CAS ’90) 

Marc Crisafulli is the Managing Partner of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP and a member of the Firm’s Corporate and Business Law Group.  His practice is focused in the area of corporate and business law, with extensive experience handling a variety of corporate and financial transactions and issues including corporate acquisitions, sales, mergers, corporate restructurings, contracts, and corporate governance issues. He represents clients before governmental agencies on administrative law issues and provides counsel to clients on business strategy, governmental affairs, and regulatory issues as well.  For several years, he served as general counsel for a billion-dollar public company with operations worldwide before joining Hinckley, Allen & Snyder.  Crisafulli is currently listed in Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law and Gaming Law categories.Crisafulli received his B.A. in 1990 and graduated magna cum laude. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993.

Jeanne Curtis

Jeanne Curtis (CAS ’87, LAW ’91)

Jeanne Curtis is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s Intellectual Property Group and is assistant head of the Litigation Department. Her main focuses are on litigation and counseling in the areas of patents, antitrust, false advertising, and unfair competition. Curtis’s courtroom experience is extensive, having had jury trials, bench trials, and evidentiary hearings in federal courts throughout the United States.Her experience includes a broad spectrum of technologies, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, consumer products, telecommunications, polymer science, industrial equipment, and electronics.Curtis is a dual-degree holder from BU. In 1987, she received her B.A. in Mathematics from the College of Arts & Sciences. In 1991, she graduated from the School of Law where she was a Paul J. Liacos Scholar.

Bonnie T. Feld

Bonnie T. Feld (CAS ’73, Former Parent COM ’02)

Bonnie Feld is married to Kenneth Feld (Trustee, SMG ’70), CEO of Feld Entertainment Inc. Since 1973, Feld has played an integral role in the family business, which is the worldwide leader of live family entertainment. Feld Entertainment’s productions include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® CircusFeld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, and Disney Live! Her involvement in the company has included traveling the world in search of creative talent, attending show rehearsals, and photographing performers for The Greatest Show On Earth program books.A native of Northern New Jersey, Feld received her B.A. in Political Science from the College or Arts and Sciences. Her daughter, Alana, is a 2002 graduate of the University’s College of Communications.

Gerald Gitner

Gerald Gitner (CAS ’66, Trustee Emeritus) 

Gerald Gitner is a principal of Cross Continental Capital LLC, an investment company he co-founded. He serves as Chairman of eJet Aviation holdings Inc. and D. G. Associates, Inc. He is a member and Chairman of the Financial Advisory Board of the Town of Highland Beach, Florida. He has served as a director of companies such as Factory Card Outlet of America (1999-2002), Tricom S. A. (2004-2010), and CIFG HOLDING LTD., a reorganized reinsurance company (2009-2012).

Amongst other roles, he served as Chairman and CEO of Trans World Airlines, Inc. Vice Chairman of Pan American World Airways, CEO of Pan Am World Services and President and Co-Founder of People Express Airlines. He is a past member of the Chancellor’s Council at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He served as a trustee of Rochester Institute of Technology and the American College of Management (Croatia) (1999-2004). He is a member of the CAS Collegium of Distinguished Alumni and a recipient of Boston University’s Award for Distinguished Public Service to the Profession.

Gitner graduated with a B.A. in History cum laude from CAS and was elected to Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. He has a MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University Of Rochester. He is a past member of Boston University’s Board of Trustees (1984-1996), where he served as a member of the Executive Committee.

Robert J. Hildreth

Robert J. Hildreth (Chairman of the Board of Overseers, Current Parent CAS ’13, Former Parent GSM ’10)

Robert Hildreth is founder and president of International Bank Services Inc. (IBS), a loan brokerage firm specializing in the buying, selling, and investing of syndicated bank loans. IBS has purchased loans in nearly every region of the world and of almost every loan type including sovereign, corporate, balance sheet support, and project finance. Hildreth founded the company in 1989. Since its inception, IBS has traded $4 billion in loans with over 500 clients worldwide, including American Express, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, and the Arab National Bank. From 1992 to 1998, Hildreth was a principal shareholder of IBC Commodities Inc., which traded food commodities in the Caribbean, Asia, and Latin America. Most of his time is spent with the Open America Foundation, which he the Founder and Executive Director. This Foundation was created to support immigrant causes, especially those in education.Hildreth received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1972, M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1975, and M.A. in Economics from George Washington University in 1980.

Paul Kaplan

Paul Michael Kaplan, Esq. (CAS ’73, Member of BUAC)

Paul Kaplan is a partner in the New York office of Locke Lord LLP where he concentrates his practice in business litigation and dispute resolution and antitrust litigation and counseling. He represents domestic and foreign financial institutions and corporations in federal and state litigation and regulatory matters, and has advised them on the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as a broad range of industries on general antitrust matters. Kaplan counsels corporations on the antitrust ramifications of business transactions with a view to avoid or minimize exposure to antitrust claims in litigation and represents financial institutions facing regulatory or court enforcement actions.Kaplan currently serves as a Vice President of the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) and sits on the Executive, and Law (Pro Bono) Committees of the Board of Directors for the AIFL, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the political, social and economic ties between America and Israel. Kaplan is also an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, where he has taught an advanced antitrust course since 1991.Kaplan was a Trustee Scholar at Boston University and received his B.A. in Political Science from CAS in 1973. After graduating from BU, Kaplan went on to receive his LL.M. from the London School of Economics at the University of London. He also earned his J.D. from Northeastern University’s Law School.

Steven Karbank

Steven Karbank (CAS ’79, Former Parent CAS ’11)

Steven Karbank is Chairman of Karbank Real Estate Company; a Kansas City based firm specializing in the industrial and commercial real estate development and brokerage. He has planned and developed more than thirty-five buildings comprising in excess of 3,500,000 square feet of distribution, office and research and development space in the Kansas City area and around the United States. Karbank has completed numerous build-to-suit projects for companies such as Farmers Insurance, General Electric, Lifetouch Publishing and Sokkia.Karbank is a 1979 graduate of Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology. He is married to Jeannette Ordonez, an artist, and they have a son, Octavio Karbank, who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences last spring.

Frederick R. Kobrick

Frederick R. Kobrick (CAS ’69, Former Trustee)

Fred Kobrick has spent almost four decades as an investment professional.  Recently, he has turned from managing money for others to advising some non-profit organization on their investments, pro bono; lecturing on investing at several universities; and, teaching part time in two graduate programs at the University, the MSIM and MBA programs. Kobrick recently authored a book, The Big Money: Seven Steps to Picking Great Stocks and Finding Financial Security(Simon & Schuster, 2006).  Kobrick, who is a chartered financial analyst, is a frequent guest on financial programs on television, and he has also been published in Ethics and Behavior and Equities Magazine. He has also served on Peter Lynch’s Worth Magazine stock-picking roundtable for a number of years.Kobrick graduated from CAS in 1969, first in his major of economics, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the National Economics Honor Society. He was also the school’s first Harold C. Case Scholar. Kobrick then went on to Harvard Business School, where he concentrated in finance, graduating in 1971, first in the area of investment management. He was inducted into Scarlet Key and other honor societies for his service to CAS and the University. Upon graduation, he was elected to serve on the University’s Board of Trustees, where he served until 1972. He was appointed to the University’s board again in 2000. Kobrick received a BUA award in 1999 and a CAS Alumni Award in 1995. He is a member of the CAS Collegium of Distinguished Alumni.  Kobrick’s wife, Sherrill, received her B.S. from SED in 1969.

Stephen G. Malekian

Stephen G. Malekian (CAS ’77)

Steve Malekian runs the European and Asian Fixed Income Financing department at Barclay’s Capital in London. Prior to working at Barclay’s, Malekian was the Managing Director and Global Head of Fixed Income Finance at Citigroup. He began his career at Salomon Brothers in 1981. He was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Funding Division of the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) from 2006-2008 and has been a member of the committee since its inception. He is currently on the Board of the European Repo Council and the Risk Management Committee of the London Clearing House.Malekian is a graduate of Boston University and received his B.A. in Economics in 1977. In December 2010, Malekian received his M.A. in History from St. John’s University.

Tasneem Mayet

Tasneem Mayet (CAS ’95)

Tasneem Mayet is senior vice president and head of investment of FORSA, which was launched in January 2007 with the aim of creating a US$272 million fund to invest in various sectors including real estate, education, retail, health, and technology. Mayet’s responsibilities include launching the company’s private equity investment arm to maximize value for its investors.  FORSA enables the growth of businesswomen by offering women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the opportunity to invest and partner in the country’s development. FORSA is part of Dubai World, a world-class holding company and growth engine for the UAE, with more than 50,000 employees and offerings in over 100 locations worldwide. Dubai World has more women in senior positions than any other company in Dubai. Prior to joining FORSA, Mayet was the vice president and co-head of equity capital markets at the Millennium Finance Corporation.Mayet received a B.A. cum laude in economics from CAS in 1995, and an M.S. from the London School of Economics in 1999.  She is originally from South Africa.

Robyn Metcalfe

Robyn Metcalfe (GRS ’06, GRS ’10, Former Parent CAS ’12)

Robyn Metcalfe is a former farmer, management consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc., and editor of Sunset magazine, a West Coast garden, food, wine, travel, home, and living magazine. She graduated with a Ph.D. in History in 2010 and currently teaches European history both at the College of General Studies and at the College of Arts and Sciences. Her dissertation was about 19th century urban markets.  She also earned her M.A. in history from GRS in 2006. She has authored several books, including: The New Wizard War: How the Soviets Steal U.S. High Technology and How We Give it Away. She enjoys ultra-marathons and adventure racing.  In 1994, Metcalfe, a native Californian, founded a non-profit conservation farm in Maine, which began raising rare livestock for high end restaurants in New England.Metcalfe received her M.A. from GRS in 2006 and her Ph.D. from GRS in 2010. Currently, she and her husband live in Texas and have two children, Maxwell (CAS ’12) and Julia.

Alicia Mullen

Alicia Mullen (CAS ’83)

Alicia Mullen founded Washing Pond Ventures in 2008, an early stage investment fund helping select entrepreneurial businesses establish new market opportunities. Prior to this, Mullen was the senior vice president and head of management information systems development as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). CME is the world’s largest futures and options exchange. While at CME, she spearheaded several major advanced technology initiatives to enhance CME’s fair and open marketplace in the global financial community. Additionally, Mullen is vice president and secretary of The Mullen Family Foundation Inc., which was established in 1998.  The foundation gives to pre-selected arts, educational, and youth and human services organizations.

David Mundy

David Mundy (CAS ’96)

David Mundy is the president of The Mundy Companies, a family-owned, Houston-based industrial services provider.  The Mundy Companies provide temporary and/or permanent workers for virtually any kind of industrial operation. Services include loading and unloading, packaging, railroad operations, security, warehousing, and janitorial.A native of Houston, TX, Mundy received his B.A. in history from CAS. He sat on the Boston University Alumni Council from 2005 to 2008. In addition to BU Advisory Committees, Mundy is currently a member of the Steering Committee for The Brookwood Community, an educational, residential, and entrepreneurial community for adults with functional disabilities located in Brookshire, TX, just west of Houston.

Alessandro Saracino-Fendi

Alessandro Saracino-Fendi (Former Parent CAS ’11)

Alessandro Saracino-Fendi is a partner in the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice group and its intellectual property practice. He is involved in all aspects of the intellectual property practice including prosecutions of trademarks, copyright registrations, litigation, and enforcement and licensing. He has litigated actions for the protection of famous trademarks and of copyrighted works on behalf of fashion and other designers and manufacturers.Saracino-Fendi was born in Rome, Italy, and educated in Italy, England and the United States. He received the J.D. equivalent in 1983 from the University of Rome’s La Sapienza School of Law, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, with a concentration in intellectual property and litigation, in 1989. He is co-editor of the Italian Chapter of International eCommerce: Business and Legal Issues (CCH 2001). He is fluent in Italian and Spanish. His daughter, Paola, graduated from CAS in 2011 with a B.A. in Art History and Architecture.

Susan Jaffe Tane

Susan Jaffe Tane (SED ’64)

Susan Jaffe Tane is a longtime bibliophile and an avid book collector with memberships in New York’s Lotos and Grolier Clubs, two of the oldest literary societies in the United States. Tane serves on the Library Committees for both, as well as being a member of The National Arts Club. Tane also sits on the Advisory Board of the Westport Public Library in Westport, CT. Aside from running her own Foundation, Tane sits on the board of directors of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, the Advisory Council for the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in Fordham, New York, and is also a sponsor of the Poe Studies Association. Tane continues to lecture in the United States and Europe.  She has published catalogs of her collections and has co-curated the coordinating exhibits, including Cornell University’s Nevermore: The Edgar Allan Poe Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane. Her new Mark Twain exhibit will open in April 2010 at Cornell University and will have an accompanying catalog.Tane earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Boston University, and later pursued post graduate courses at Hofstra University and C.W. Post Long Island University.

Robert S. Trump

Robert S. Trump (Former Trustee, CAS ’70)

Robert Trump is president of Trump Management Inc. and various related entities, a privately owned firm engaged in the business of residential and commercial real estate ownership and management. Previously, Trump served as executive vice president of The Trump Organization in New York City, with principal responsibility for development, construction, and operation of the firm’s Atlantic City, NJ, casino hotels, including Trump Plaza, Trump Marina, and Trump Taj Mahal. Trump had previously worked in real estate investment banking with Kidder Peabody & Co., Eastdil Realty, and Shearson Hayden Stone. He is a private equity investor in various private and publicly traded, small-cap technology, biotechnology, and entertainment companies.Trump received his B.A. in Economics from CAS in 1970.

Maria Vecchiotti

Maria Vecchiotti (Current Parent CAS ’13)

Maria Vecchiotti has held various positions as a real estate attorney, and serves on the boards of the Goddard Riverside Community Center in New York and The Children’s Storefront, an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem. Vecchiotti graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University and received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Vecchiotti’s son, Stephen, is a current student at CAS and is expected to graduate spring of 2013.

Scott A. Webster

Scott A. Webster (CAS ’93)

Scott Webster is a partner at Goodwin Protector’s ERISA & Executive Compensation Practice, and specializes in a wide range of ERISA and executive compensation matters. Webster works closely with public and private companies in structuring, implementing and administering equity-based compensation, incentive compensation and other employee benefit plans and arrangements, including providing advice with respect to tax, accounting and securities law concerns that arise in connection with such plans and arrangements. He is a co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s ERISA Committee and a member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. Webster was recently recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer “Rising Star”, and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.Webster graduated with a B.A. in Economics from CAS in 1993.

David C. Weinstein

David C. Weinstein (CGS ’70/ CAS ’72)

David Weinstein was the executive vice president of government relations at Fiedelity Investments. Weinstein retired from this position in March of 2008. While at Fidelity, Weinstein chaired the firm’s ethics committee and managed the firm’s legal, real estate, human resources, auditing, accounting, security, and compliance operations. He also led the firm’s government relations efforts in Washington, DC, and across the country. In 2008, at the time of his retirement, Weinstein said he was going to pursue his interests in charitable, civic, and educational causes.Weinstein graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from CAS in 1972. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1975.

Sonali Wilson

Sonali Wilson (CGS ’78/ CAS ’80)

Sonali Wilson is a member of the general counsel at Cleveland State University.  She was first affiliated with the University in 1996 as a lecturer in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she taught advanced brief writing.  She became assistant university legal counsel in 1997 and board secretary in 2000, a position she held until 2011. She served as the Co-Chair of the President’s Commission on the Conduct of Searches at the University, created to develop best practices for diversity in hiring at the University.She is board member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, serves as Co-Chair of its Governance Committee and member of the Board’s Nominating Committee, and has served on the Annual Program Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee for the past several years.Wilson received her B.A. in history from Boston University, her masters from Harvard University in government studies, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Emeritus Members

Alice B.W. Godfrey

Alice B.W. Godfrey (CAS ’74)

Alice Godfrey has worked in social work in both Boston and Chicago for many years, and she is interested in land conservation, serving on several land trust boards in Wisconsin. Godfrey’s husband is a lawyer in Chicago and a graduate of BU’s law school. They have two children; one at Boston University’s School of Law and the other a senior at Emory University.Godfrey graduated from CAS in 1974, with a B.A. in Psychology.  She also received her M.A. in Social Work from Smith College in 1976.

Kenneth Slater

Kenneth Slater (Former Parent GSM’12, Overseer)

Kenneth Slater is a highly successful real estate developer, owning hundreds of apartments in the Brookline, Brighton, and Greater Boston area through his companies, Teel Realty and Retals. Teel Realty is a full service apartment rental agency as well as a management company of all its properties. Slater is currently the manager and director of The Slater Foundation Inc., which was established in 1998. The organization makes grants primarily in Florida and Massachusetts to support crime/violence prevention, elementary and higher education, public affairs, and public education.Slater’s daughter, Jackie, graduated from the Graduate School of Management in spring of 2012. He joined the Board of Overseers in 2010 and the International Advisory Board in 2011.

Important Dates

October Parents WeekendFall Leadership Advisory Board Meeting & Alumni Weekend

LAB Meeting Agendas and Materials

For additional information about upcoming meetings or other LAB-related business, please contact:

Steve Kean
Chief Advancement Officer
(617) 358-1214