Meet the Dean’s Advisory Board: Advisors, Ambassadors, and Philanthropic Supporters
The Dean’s Advisory Board 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 Dean’s Advisory Board 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.
Dean’s Advisory Board 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 Dean’s Advisory Board serves as the leadership for the Campaign for CAS and is committed to its success.
The Dean’s Advisory Board meets twice a year, usually in Boston.
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 start-up. The company developed a webtop for broadcast television that provides 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. Biniak was also a founding member and vice president of the MIT Media Lab spin-off Harmonix Music Systems, a leading videogame developer and publisher of titles including 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. After receiving his BA in international relations in 1990 from the College of Arts & Sciences, Biniak attended both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Federal University of Ceará in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Carol Ann Bischoff
Carol Ann Bischoff (COM’82)
Carol Ann Bischoff currently serves as the Managing Director at Pacific Compass Ventures, a strategic consulting and investment firm specializing in commerce between the US and the Asia Pacific. Bischoff is a telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT) policy attorney and education advocate whose career spans service in government, private sector law firms, and the nonprofit arena. As CLO of CompTel (now INCOMPAS), Bischoff directed all aspects of the premier global telecom industry association’s international, federal, and state representation before international regulatory bodies, the US Executive Branch, Congress, the courts, federal and state regulatory agencies, and state legislatures while managing a $6 million annual budget. Bischoff previously served as Telecommunications Counsel to US Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE), advising him on all telecom, technology, and related appropriations matters, including the Telecommunications Act of 1996, on which she was extensively involved in developing the law’s universal service and educational access programs, including the “E-rate” program for schools, libraries, and rural telemedicine. A mother of two teenage daughters, for the past decade Bischoff has served in a variety of leadership positions for public and private schools in Northern Virginia. She is a board director and serves on the Development Committee for the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH), a global nonprofit that provides education, healthcare, and economic development opportunities to children and their families in impoverished rural Eastern Uganda.
Mark Bookman (CAS’74)
Mark Bookman is a founding partner of the law firm Lovett Bookman Harmon Marks LLP (LBHM). LBHM is a boutique firm specializing in trusts and estates, exempt organizations, and related tax matters. Mark’s practice includes sophisticated tax and estate planning, estate administration, the taxation of trusts and estates, and counseling public and private charities and corporate fiduciaries. A substantial portion of his practice encompasses estate tax planning involving closely held business interests. Mark is active on several boards of directors and is a frequent lecturer. Prior to the formation of LBHM, Mark was a partner in the international law firm of Reed Smith. Mark received his law degree from the Duke University School of Law.
Marsha Bookman (SAR’74)
Marsha Bookman is an occupational therapist. She started her career at the Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Marsha then worked for 35 years as an occupational therapist in the Pittsburgh Public School District, specializing in pediatric occupational therapy. Marsha recently retired from her position in the Pittsburgh Public School District and does extensive volunteer work with medically fragile children and seniors.
Amy H. Chiu
Amy H. Chiu (CAS’90)
Amy Chiu is vice president of asset management for Sempra LNG & Midstream, which leads Sempra Energy’s efforts to develop and build liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminals, liquefaction facilities, and integrated midstream natural gas infrastructure in North America. Chiu is responsible for all current Sempra LNG & Midstream contracts and asset positions, the Cameron LNG joint-venture transition and overall Profit & Loss functions. She also manages the operations group and the financial modeling team. Previously, Chiu held the role of vice president of Business Process Improvement and Enterprise Risk Management for the Sempra Energy utilities San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company. Prior to that, she was vice president of Information Technology for SDG&E, SoCalGas and the Sempra Energy Corporate Center. Chiu also served as vice president of Risk Analysis and Management for Sempra Energy and was vice president of Audit Services. She held positions of increasing responsibility including director of business planning in the mergers and acquisitions group, manager of executive projects and manager of economic analysis. Chiu holds a master’s degree in business administration from American University in Washington, D.C., a doctorate in mathematics from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, California.
George A. Clay
George A. Clay, PhD (GRS’64, GRS’68)
George Clay was an executive in the pharmaceutical industry, where he worked in drug discovery, clinical drug development, drug registration, and corporate management for more than 30 years. Before working in industry, Dr. Clay worked as a fellow in the Heart and Lung Institute at the National Institutes of Health, and then he was an assistant professor of pharmacology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. In industry, he worked in neurosciences and central nervous system disorders, heading a group for new drug discovery in mental and neurological disorders before moving into corporate management. He has worked in clinical evaluation of new drugs and with corporate legal departments, interfacing with US and international drug agencies. He has managed numerous NDA approvals by the U.S. FDA and international regulatory bodies. During his career, he worked for G. D. Searle, Monsanto, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, and Kyowa Hakko Pharmaceuticals, where he was chief operating officer for the American affiliate. He has served on scientific advisory boards, advising new companies with their drug discovery and new product development programs, and assisting with regulatory agency interactions. Dr. Clay graduated from Dartmouth College in 1961 and received Boston University GRS degrees in 1964 and 1968. He was a postdoctoral fellow at NIH from 1967 to 1970.
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 restructuring, 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 BA in 1990 and graduated magna cum laude. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993.
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 BA 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, Parent COM’02), CAS DAB and Campaign Chair
Bonnie Feld received her BA in political science from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1973. She is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Tony Award Signature Theatre, in Arlington, Virginia, the chair of the CAS Dean’s Advisory Board, and the campaign chair for CAS. Prior to these appointments, Feld served on the Holton-Arms School Board of Trustees for nine years and was acting president of the Corporation as well. In addition to these leadership roles, she has been the professional photographer for several pro sports, including SuperCross, Monster Jam, horse racing (Preakness Stakes), boxing (Muhammad Ali), and National Football League games. A lifelong animal lover, she has also professionally photographed a keystone species: the endangered Asian elephant. Feld is a native of northern New Jersey and has three daughters: Juliette, Nicole, and Alana (COM’02). She is the proud grandmother of six beautiful grandchildren.
Melissa Ferchill-Swingos (CAS’91)
Melissa Ferchill-Swingos is the founder and president of MCM Company, Inc. MCM Company, Inc. is a full-service general contraction/construction management firm located in the historic warehouse district of Cleveland. Under Melissa’s hands-on approach, MCM, which began in 1992, was originally known for its general contractor, construction management, and design build capability. Melissa’s construction career began in 1990 when she served as an estimator/project manager at the Acme Arsena Company, Inc. Her list of accomplishments at Acme includes Key Tower and Jacob’s Field. Ferchill-Swingos received her BA in art history & architecture from Boston University.
Gerald Gitner (CAS’66), Trustee Emeritus
Gerald Gitner is a principal of Cross Continental Capital LLC, an investment company he cofounded. He serves as chairman of Global Aero Holdings Ltd. and D.G. Associates, Inc. He is a past 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). Among 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 cofounder 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 the 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 BU’s Award for Distinguished Public Service to the Profession. Gitner graduated with a BA in history, cum laude, from CAS and was elected to Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. He has an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, where he is a member of the Simon Advisory Board. He is a past member of BU’s Board of Trustees (1984–1996), where he served as a member of the Executive Committee.
Marc Grabowski (CGS’97, CAS’99)
Marc Grabowski has been an executive vice president of global supply and business development at Criteo SA since November 2016. He was previously the CEO of Persio Inc. and, before that he was the COO of Nanigans, Inc., where he was responsible for sales, marketing, business development, and operations teams. He has a decade of online advertising experience and management. Grabowski had a nine-year sales career at Yahoo!, where he served as vice president of media sales for North America. He was a top online display advertising sales executive at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for a team of over 200 online advertising sales and account management professionals and close to $1 billion of annualized revenue. Grabowski serves as a director of Spring Partners, Inc. and a director on the Board of Savingstar Inc. He holds a BA in political science from Boston University.
Judith S. Hurwitz
Judith S. Hurwitz (CAS’73, COM’75)
Judith S. Hurwitz is President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, LLC, a research and consulting firm focused on emerging technology including big data, cloud computing, service management, software development, computing management, and security. She is a technology strategist, thought leader, and author. A pioneer in anticipating technology innovation and adoption, she has served as a trusted advisor to many industry leaders over the years. She was the founder of CycleBridge, a life science software consulting firm and Hurwitz Group. She has worked in various corporations including Apollo Computer, and John Hancock. Judith has written extensively about all aspects of enterprise and distributed software. In 2011 she authored Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Chance into Success (Jossey Bass, 2011). Judith holds a BS and MS degrees from Boston University. She serves on several advisory boards of emerging companies. She is a member of Boston University’s Alumni Council. She was named a distinguished alumnus Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2005. She is also a recipient of the 2005 Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council award.
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 BA in political science from CAS in 1973. After graduating from BU, Kaplan went on to receive his LLM from the London School of Economics at the University of London. He also earned his JD from Northeastern University’s Law School.
Steven Karbank (CAS’79, Parent CAS’12), Overseer
Since joining the Karbank Companies in 1979, Steve Karbank has been active in all facets of the companies’ operations: development, brokerage, and property management. He has planned and developed more than 40 buildings comprising more than 5 million square feet of distribution, office, and research and development space in the Kansas City area and around the United States. He has completed numerous build-to-suit projects for companies such as General Electric, Farmers Group, Lifetouch Publishing, Sokkia, and Cross Tire. Companies with which he has recently negotiated sales and lease transactions include Farmers Group, AIG, WireCo, Commerce Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors, and Sokkia. Karbank received his degree from CAS in philosophy and psychology. A BU overseer and former president of the Alumni Association, he is co-chair of the International Center for Music advisory council at Park University and former board chairman of the Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City. He is a member of the board of the Orangutan Foundation International and a former trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
Anukool Lakhina (CAS’01, GRS’01, GRS’07)
Anukool Lakhina founded Guavus, a software company located in San Mateo, California, that produces an operational intelligence platform that analyzes streaming data and data at rest. Guavus employs 500 employees and has offices in Mexico, Montreal, Singapore, and the UK. In founding Guavus, Anukool had a vision to provide solutions for dynamic, data-driven decision-making. He brings more than a decade of thought leadership in large-scale data analytics and has published more than a dozen papers on the subject. His PhD dissertation put forth the theory and algorithms for streaming analytics on high-dimensional data, which forms the basis for the technology at Guavus. Prior to Guavus, Anukool was at Intel Research and Sprint Labs. He holds a BS, MS, and a PhD in computer science from Boston University.
Irene N. Lane
Irene N. Lane (CAS’93)
Irene Lane is the founder of Greenloons, which is an online sustainable tourism resource that inspires families to travel in ways that benefit communities socially and economically as well as ensure a more sustainable planet. Irene specializes in developing sustainable tourism products, marketing strategies, return on investment (ROI) benchmarking models, and community development tactics for tourism boards and individual businesses. In addition to being a regular, featured writer for the Huffington Post among other media outlets and a featured speaker on ecotourism strategies, challenges, and issues at the George Washington University, the Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and for the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, she is the only person in the United States who can certify a green travel destination, accommodation, or event under the internationally accredited biosphere label. She received her BA from Boston University in political science.
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 to 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 BA in economics in 1977. In December 2010, Malekian received his MA in history from St. John’s University.
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 cohead of equity capital markets at the Millennium Finance Corporation. Mayet received a BA, cum laude, in economics from CAS in 1995, and an MS from the London School of Economics in 1999. She is originally from South Africa.
Robyn Metcalfe (GRS’06, GRS’10, 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 PhD in history in 2010 and currently teaches European history at both the College of General Studies and College of Arts & Sciences. Her dissertation was about 19th century urban markets. She also earned her MA 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 nonprofit conservation farm in Maine, which began raising rare livestock for high-end restaurants in New England. Metcalfe received her MA from GRS in 2006 and her PhD from GRS in 2010. Currently, she and her husband live in Texas and have two children, Maxwell (CAS’12) and Julia.
Ruth Moorman (CAS’88, SED’89,’09)
Ruth Moorman is an educator who began her career as a secondary special education teacher for students with learning disabilities and behavior problems. Her current areas of interests include educational leadership, supporting university and community partnerships, increasing opportunities for students in higher education, and funding early-stage medical research. She earned a BA in political science, a master’s in teaching, and a doctorate in special education at BU. She is a member of the Boston University Academy Advisory Board, the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean’s Leadership Council, the Stanford Graduate School of Education Advisory Board, and the Visiting Committee of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Ruth and her husband Sheldon Simon have been advocates and supporters of higher education and cancer research, establishing the Moorman-Simon Program for Education and Schooling for Democracy and Citizenship at various research universities and helping to found the Men’s Collaborative to Cure Women’s Cancers at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. They have two daughters, one a 2015 graduate of the BU Academy.
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 at 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 preselected arts, educational, and youth and human services organizations.
Rebecca Ann Norlander
Rebecca Ann Norlander (CAS’91)
Rebecca Norlander is founder, chief executive officer, and chief technology officer of Health 123, Inc., a technology company that has developed a digital platform for tracking personal health and wellness via mobile fitness devices, employers and physicians groups, and other data sources. She also is executive in residence at Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on North American–based high-growth “lean” start-up companies in the high-technology sector. Norlander began her career as a software design engineer at Microsoft in 1991. She had a number of roles at the company, including Windows XP development team leader and chief of staff to chief software architect Ray Ozzie. In 2008, she became general manager of the advertising platform technology group, a position she held prior to joining Illuminate Ventures in 2010. Norlander earned a bachelor’s in computer science from BU in 1991 and now lives in Seattle, Washington.
Ken Norton (CAS’93)
Ken Norton is a product partner at Google Ventures (GV) where he provides product and engineering support to start-ups. Prior to joining GV, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his years as a PM at Google, Ken led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, and Google Mobile Maps. Ken joined Google in 2006 with the acquisition of JotSpot, where he was vice president of products. Before JotSpot, Ken led product management at Yahoo Search. Back in the day when he was a software engineer, he was one of the first 50 employees of CNET and the founding CTO of Snap (which became NBC Internet). Ken has written extensively about the craft of product management. His classic essay “How to Hire a Product Manager” became the playbook for a generation of PMs. He’s also the reason donuts and product management have become synonymous. He earned his bachelor’s in political science from Boston University and his master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Richard Park (CAS’00)
Richard Park is a principal of Pelican Growth Holdings, a private capital investment firm. He is also the founder of THINKdeal Training LLC, a mission-driven educational services company that prepares under-served groups, students, and professionals for recruitment and job skills development. Richard has completed transactions as a strategic and financial investor across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Previously, he served as head of mergers and acquisitions with Recruit Holdings and as an investment partner with Poudre Valley Capital. Earlier roles in mergers and acquisitions and investment research include ADP, GE Capital, and UBS Investment Bank. He received his BA in economics and sociology from CAS, and he graduated from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with an MBA.
Eswar Priyadarshan (CAS, GRS’87)
Eswar Priyadarshan is chief bot at BotCentral, based in Mountain View, CA. Prior to founding BotCentral, Eswar was senior director at Apple Inc., where he held product and engineering leadership positions on Apple iAd, iTunes Radio, and Apple TV. Eswar cofounded Quattro Wireless, which was acquired by Apple in 2010. He subsequently led the technical integration and transformation of the Quattro platform into the iAd platform. Prior to Quattro, Eswar was the cofounder and CTO of m-Qube, Inc. While at m-Qube, Eswar was the leader of all technology research and development. m-Qube was acquired by VeriSign in April of 2006. Prior to m-Qube, Eswar was vice president of engineering at Open Market Inc. Before Open Market Eswar was the Technical Lead for Adobe Acrobat. Eswar held various engineering positions at Sun Microsystems prior to Adobe. Eswar holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Boston University.
Aaron Rasmussen (CAS’06, COM’06)
Aaron Rasmussen is an American serial entrepreneur and cofounder of MasterClass, Inc., an online education platform whose instructors range from Annie Leibovitz to Wolfgang Puck to James Patterson. He has started and sold several companies and products, from robotics to consumer packaged goods. He’s a multi-award-winning game and product designer, and he takes an interdisciplinary approach to business, blending high-concept creativity and technology to yield innovative products.
Brian Riley (CAS’95)
Brian Riley is an executive vice president on First Republic Bank’s Private Wealth Management senior management team. In his role he is responsible for helping to lead the private wealth management business. Prior to joining First Republic in 2015, he spent nearly 20 years with Merrill Lynch in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as a Regional Managing Director for the Private Banking and Investment Group focused on ultra-high-net-worth and specialized institutional clients. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University and is a graduate of the focused education program from Harvard Business School. Brian lives with his wife and three children in Marin County, CA.
Robert W. Schulze
Robert W. Schulze (CAS’88, GRS’88, MED’92, Questrom’16 (partial))
Robert Schulze is an assistant professor of surgery and director of surgical nutrition and surgical critical care in the Division of General Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed his surgical residency training at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1998, and his fellowship in trauma/critical care at the University of Maryland, MIEMMS in 1999. In addition, he completed a year of research in Signal Transduction in Endotoxin Stimulated Kuppfer Cells at Harvard University Medical School, New England Deaconess Hospital’s Department of Surgical Oncology from 1994 to 1995. Schulze holds many degrees from Boston University, including a BA and MA from Arts & Sciences. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1992 from the School of Medicine.
Jeffrey H. Silberman
Jeffrey H. Silberman (CAS’17 (partial))
In 2004, Jeffrey Silberman became president and CEO of Carleton Management, Inc., his family’s real estate investment and development business. Jeffrey was previously affiliated as a lawyer with the San Diego law firm of Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith. He joined the firm in 1986, became a partner in 1989, and became its youngest managing partner in 2000, a position he held for three years. In 1979, Jeffrey graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with honors, in economics, and earned his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1982, where he was a member of the UCLA-Alaska law review. Jeffrey is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation leadership program. In the community, he is chair of the board of directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego. He is a past president of Congregation Beth Israel and currently serves on the board of the Francis Parker School.
Matthew B. Smith
Matthew B. Smith (CAS’70, Questrom’72)
Matthew B. Smith is the cofounder, president, and CEO of SecLingua, Inc., a healthcare cybersecurity firm headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut. He was previously a member of Merle Sloss and Associates LLP, a private consulting firm, and served as an advisor to two Connecticut-based private equity/venture firms and several healthcare companies. He was managing director of investments at Connecticut Innovations, Inc. (CI), a venture capital firm, and served on the boards of several CI portfolio firms. While most of his career has been as an entrepreneur—cofounding and co-owning several firms specializing in cancer care, imaging, and health management—he has also served on the board of directors for Baseline Medical, Inc., and Campus Connects, Inc., and was managing director of Negin-Smith Partnership. Smith has been on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Quinnipiac University School of Business, serving as the first executive director of Quinnipiac’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Institute, among other academic roles. He has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations including the Connecticut Venture Group, the Hamden (Connecticut) Chamber of Commerce, and the Long Ridge Club, Inc. Smith holds a BA in psychology from CAS and an MBA with academic honors from Questrom. He is a member of the Claflin Society at BU and was named to the CAS Collegium and Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He served as a member of the International Campaign Committee for the new Questrom building and on the board of the BU Alumni Association. With his wife, Merle Sloss Smith (Questrom’72), he has two children and lives in Napa, California, and Margate City, New Jersey.
Julee C. Stephenson
Julee C. Stephenson (CAS’94)
Julee Stephenson serves as senior vice president of corporate affairs at NiSource, Inc. In this role she is responsible for corporate and customer communications, federal government affairs, and the NiSource Charitable Foundation. She has served in many different leadership roles in her more than 15 years at NiSource, including customer experience, corporate communications, regulatory and government affairs, public affairs, and marketing. Before joining NiSource, she worked in sales and marketing and nonprofit program management. In addition to her professional experience, Stephenson currently serves on the board of Homeport in Columbus, Ohio, which focuses on affordable housing solutions. She holds a BA from the College of Arts & Sciences, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s certificate from the George Washington University. Stephenson is based in Columbus, Ohio.
Thomas R. Tritton
Thomas R. Tritton (GRS’73)
Thomas Tritton is former president of Haverford College and former president and CEO of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, a library, museum, and center for scholars in Philadelphia. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, serves on several boards, and is a partner in CALICO, a consulting firm that provides advice and counsel to nonprofit organizations. He received his BA in chemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University (where he serves as chair of the board of trustees) in 1969 and his PhD in chemistry from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Boston University in 1973.
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 cochair 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 BA 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 Fidelity 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, D.C., 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 BA in sociology from CAS in 1972. He received his JD from Boston College Law School in 1975.
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 cochair 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 cochair of its Governance Committee, is a 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 BA in history from Boston University, her master’s from Harvard University in government studies, and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
George Zac Zac, Jr.
George Zac Zac, Jr. (CAS’95, Parent CAS’19, CGS’21)
George Zac Zac was born in São Paulo and lived there through the age of 18. He graduated from Escola Graduada de São Paulo, an American school also known as Graded, and received a BA in economics from the CAS. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School through its Owners/President Management Program; he was the youngest to ever graduate from the program at the time. Zac Zac founded ABP Caribbean, Inc., today known as Bread Partners Holdings, and served as president and CEO from its inception, growing the Au Bon Pain brand in South Florida. Today Bread Partners Holdings is the largest Au Bon Pain franchisee in the US and also owns Burger King restaurants. Zac Zac has been a general partner in Dubai Equity Holdings, a fund dedicated to the development and acquisition of workforce housing in the Gulf region and Middle East. That fund was successfully sold to an affiliate of EFG Hermes in July 2008. In 2009, Zac Zac created BRI, a company that evolved into what today is Bright Capital LLC, an investment firm focused on the unattended nonprime mortgage sector. Through affiliated investment vehicles, that company currently originates and manages more than $100 million of high-cost mortgages. Zac Zac has won various awards, including the coveted 2004 International Franchisee of the Year Award from the International Franchise Association, and was named ABP Franchisee of the year in 2005 and 2008. His personal interests include snowboarding, reading, wine, and cigars. A personal motto: Do what no one does, where people are afraid to go.
Attending the September 2018 meeting (as of 9/13/2018)
Albert (Hal) Biagas
Albert (Hal) Biagas (CAS’86)
Hal Biagas is president and founder of Sideline Sports Management, a sports agency representing more than 40 coaches, broadcasters, and sports executives in the NBA, NFL, and NCAA. He is also the executive director of the NA LCS Players Association, a trade association representing 100-plus professional players of the Riot e-sport game League of Legends. Before starting Sideline Sports, Biagas was a senior vice president at Excel Sports Management, a leading sports agency, and directed the coaching and executive representation business at Excel, where he also served as general counsel. From 2010 to 2012, he was executive vice president of Team Sports at Wasserman Media Group. Biagas served as deputy counsel and later assistant general counsel of the National Basketball Players Association from 1997 to 2010. He co-managed the multimillion-dollar renovation of the historic Mutual Life Insurance building in Harlem, which served as the headquarters for both the NBPA and WNBPA, and was also actively involved in the daily operations of the WNBPA as general counsel. He served as the lead union negotiator for the 2008 WNBA CBA. Biagas graduated from Boston University with a BA in history and received his JD from UCLA School of Law.
Edward Gormbley (UNI’00)
Edward Gormbley, managing partner with the real estate investment firm Workforce Partners, is an entrepreneur with big-company skills and a start-up spirit. He started in the family construction business and went on to start two companies before graduating from college. He then spent a decade in the fertile training ground of General Electric as a corporate finance professional and private equity investor, from which 3i (a FTSE-100 company) recruited him to be the CFO of its North American division. His experiences span numerous industries and more than 10 countries.
Jennifer Scullion (CAS’91)
Jennifer Scullion, a partner at Seeger Weiss, has for more than 20 years led complex litigations, arbitrations, and appeals for US and multinational clients in a wide array of areas, including antitrust, consumer fraud, communications, civil rights, and international bondholder disputes. Her experience includes multidistrict litigations, class actions, and federal regulatory proceedings. A prolific author, Scullion regularly contributes articles to the National Law Review and Law360 and is a co-author of numerous PLC Practice Notes. She has also contributed two chapters on international civil litigation to the ABA’s 2017 deskbook International Aspects of U.S. Litigation. Scullion has an active pro bono practice focusing on election law, voting rights, and amateur sports issues. She is a board member for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and treasurer of the Three and a Half Acres Yoga Foundation. Scullion also established a fund at BU to assist students with emergency financial needs. Before joining Seeger Weiss in 2016, she was a litigation partner in the New York office of Proskauer Rose, following positions with Solomon, Zauderer, Ellenhorn, Frischer & Sharp (New York) and Munger, Tolles & Olson (Los Angeles).
Jennifer Templeton Simpson
Jennifer Templeton Simpson (CAS’00)
Jennifer Templeton Simpson is the chair of the board of trustees of the Templeton World Charity Foundation. She received a BA in English literature from BU and a master’s degree from Columbia University in social work, with a concentration on international social welfare policy. After working as a social work therapist, school social worker, and program officer for after-school programs, Simpson returned to school for a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in environmental studies with a certificate in land preservation, while working as an environmental education instructor. She helps run Legend Landscapes and Shadow Ridge Farm and is helping to start a new business, Forge Hill Nursery and Farm. Simpson is a former trustee of the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Templeton Religion Trust Steering Committee. She was re-elected in 2015 and serves as chair to all three boards. Simpson is also a volunteer in the Force of Nature program with Natural Lands Trust and serves on the board of a Philadelphia youth development nonprofit called Artwell.
Robert Stolzman (Parent CAS’19)
As legal counsel to many government agencies, real estate developers, and national businesses with sites and facilities in Rhode Island, Rob Stolzman knows real estate, land use, government affairs, and municipal law inside and out. That in-depth knowledge helps him find fast, practical solutions and strategies for clients in regulatory matters, transactions, and disputes. He has represented developers of transportation hubs, power plants, hospitals, hotels, housing, retail centers, and industrial parks. Stolzman guided the State of Rhode Island’s acquisition of former Navy bases at Quonset and Davisville and has shepherded many national and local projects through regulatory and governmental agencies, from local zoning boards to federal bureaucracies—processes that required extensive legal knowledge, common sense, and diplomacy. Stolzman is a proud father to Nora (CAS’19). He attended Bridgewater College and earned a JD at Washington & Lee University.
Judi Vigna (Parent CAS’19)
Judi Vigna is the founder and former chair of Healthy Plymouth–Youth Engagement, part of the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative, in Plymouth, New Hampshire. This substance abuse prevention initiative focuses on creating meaningful before- and after-school programming for students in grades 7–12, in partnership with local organizations such as Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth, Old Colony YMCA, and Plymouth Public Schools. She is currently developing a new company to ignite career passion in the next generation. Her commitment to helping students and families become engaged in school and the community are her driving force. Vigna was the recipient of the Unsung Heroine 2015 award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She received her BA from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, where she serves on the Steering Committee for Women for UMass–Amherst.
Karin Wick (CGS’89, CAS’91)
After graduating from BU, Karin Wick began her career as a successful business founder in New York City. Her company provided staffing services to tech companies— although she is not a coder herself, she does know how to find good ones! In 1998, she sold her interest in the company to her two business partners and moved to California to be with her husband, Paul, a mutual fund manager. When they are not pursuing their love of travel, they live with their three children in the Bay Area.
Warren J. Adelson
Warren J. Adelson (CAS’63, GRS’64, Parent CGS’10, CAS’12)
Warren Adelson is owner and president of Adelson Galleries in New York, N.Y., 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 BA in English from CAS in 1963 and his MA in Fine Arts from GRS in 1964. He received the CAS/GRS Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.
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 BA in psychology. She also received her MA in social work from Smith College in 1976.
Robert J. Hildreth
Robert J. Hildreth (Parent CAS’13, Questrom’10), Chairman of the Board of Overseers
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, where he is the founder and executive director. This foundation was created to support immigrant causes, especially those in education. Hildreth received his BA from Harvard University in 1972, MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1975, and MA in economics from George Washington University in 1980.
Kenneth Slater (Parent Questrom’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 Rentals. 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 Questrom School of Business in spring of 2012. He joined the Board of Overseers in 2010 and the International Advisory Board in 2011.
|May 2–3, 2019||Dean’s Advisory Board Meeting
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