After careful consideration of the Alumni Association's needs and upon review of a broad pool of candidates, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association is pleased to present the following slate of directors. The candidates named are presented as a single slate according to the bylaws of the Alumni Association.
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The nominees are:
Marta Martinez Fernandez ’18,Young Alumni Director Director 2018-2021
In May, Marta will graduate from Connecticut College with a B.A. in International Relations and a double minor in French and History. Marta currently serves as chair of the Honor Council, chair of Equity and Inclusion and is the treasurer of ISA. Marta is focused on global outreach and engagement and has spent time abroad in both France and Spain during her college experience.
Judith Epstein Grollman ’58 Rockville, MD Director 2018-2021
Judy Epstein Grollman, '58 currently serves as chair of her 60th reunion committee. Judy is a former teacher who returned to the collegiate world to pursue her masters at American University (1971) in print communications. In the 80’s she was managing editor of The Journal of Financial Research at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Later she helped develop an academic journal, The Plant Cell (American Society of Plant Biology) that became a leader in its field. She eventually went back to Georgetown’s School of Business as director of their Capital Markets Research Center, and has remained connected to Connecticut College and served in several volunteer capacities (Reunion Chair, Class Agent).
Chip Clothier ’79 P’10 Philadelphia, PA Director 2018-2021
Chip Clothier ’79 P’10 earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Connecticut College and then went on to spend five years in merchandising management for Filene’s in Boston, Massachusetts and Strawbridge’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From there, Chip went on to earn his MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He spent 20 years in a variety of sales and marketing positions in the consumer and B2B industries and then became Managing Partner and Co-Founder of HFC Executive Search where he has concentrated on filling senior level positions for privately-held and Fortune 1000 companies for 15 years.
Chip has also served as a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Agnes Irwin School for several years. He has mentored students at the Fox Business School at Temple University for several years.
Saveena Dhall ’94 New Haven, CT Director 2018-2021
Saveena Dhall '94 is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the Yale School of Nursing. At YSN, her division includes Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Services, Academic Affairs and Career programs. Saveena works closely with the OSA staff, OSA student fellows and faculty and staff partners to provide support for the academic and co-curricular experience of all students at YSN. She brings to YSN an extensive network of campus partners to enrich student life by connecting our students to Yale University’s community resources (religious life, cultural centers, arts programming, LGBTQ resources, G&P communities within Yale’s other schools, academic support, disability resources, Yale Mental Health and Wellness programs, SHARE and much more). Previously, she served as dean and director of the Asian and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) at Yale for sixteen years. In addition to working with the Cultural Center, as Assistant Dean of Yale College, Saveena served as the Director of various Yale College programs including the Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowships Program, Cultural Connections, Eli Whitney Scholars Program, Family Weekend, and a variety of Yale College initiatives. Saveena’s previous professional experience includes non-profit management, social justice and community programming, graduate academic and student affairs, admissions and recruitment and consultant work. She received a B.A. from Connecticut College and a Master’s Degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Edward (Ted) W. Svehlik ’97 Los Angeles, CA Director 2018-2021
Edward (Ted) W. Svehlik '97 is the VP of Sourcing - Marketing and Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (SG&A).Ted majored in government at Connecticut College and graduated cum laude. He ran intercollegiate outdoor track and field, was a member of the Student Government Association, Judiciary Board, and volunteered in the community and for the LGBTQIA Center. He was a recipient of an award from the Center for his contributions to the LGBTQIA community. Ted has been employed by Sony Pictures Entertainment since 2007. He also is head of the Supplier Diversity program at Sony which helps deliver relevant entertainment for a diverse world. In this role he works closely with diversity councils such as the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. He has also worked closely with Connecticut College's LGBTQIA Center, its director, and many of the center’s members.
The nominees for a second term are:
Elizabeth Hahn Barnston ’57 Hamden, CT Director 2015-2021
Betsy graduated from Connecticut College for Women in 1957. She majored in zoology and especially treasured her courses with Dean Burdick. She was active in student affairs and served as Social Chairman of Service League in her junior year and as its president in her senior year.
Betsy serves on the Investment Committee of three not-for-profits and on the Catering Board of her tennis club. She is on the Finance Committee for Home Haven, a village movement for seniors who want to stay home, and is also on the Steering Committee for Hamden Village, one of the villages that make up Home Haven.
Erik Gammell ’00 South Pasadena, CA Director 2015-2021
Erik Gammell graduated with a double major in International Relations and Economics from Connecticut College in 2000. After graduating, Erik moved to Los Angeles, founding a software start-up. He then went on to earn his MBA from Pepperdine University in 2006 before beginning a career in non-profit management. Erik moved with his wife, Samantha, to Chapel Hill, NC working for the United Way and then to Madison, WI serving as the Director of REACH a CHILD.
Since graduating, Erik has served as a Connecticut College volunteer in many capacities: class agent, alumni admissions representative and on his class reunion committee. Erik’s mother, aunt and sister are all graduates of Connecticut College: Frances (Howland) Gammell-Roach ’71, Janet Howland ’74 and Laura-Hope Gammell ’10.
Evan Piekara ’07 Washington, DC Director 2015-2021
Evan graduated cum laude from Connecticut College in 2007 with a double major in Government and Economics, earning Pi Sigma Alpha distinction (Political Science Honors Society). While at Connecticut College, Evan served as the President of the Student Government Association, Founder/President of the Club Basketball and Debate Teams, and was a member of the Track and Field team. Evan received the Margaret Watson Award in 2005 and the Robert Hampton Award in 2007 for his work in the Student Government Association and also served in various other leadership roles on campus. Evan continues to be involved with Connecticut College by organizing regional events and activities, serving as a class agent and reunion committee member, providing career development opportunities to current students and alumni, and recruiting and interviewing prospective students as part of the Connecticut College Camel Alumni Admission Program.
Ivan Tatis ’10 Bronx, NY Director 2015-2021
As a student at Conn, Ivan was involved in many different organizations - an ALANA Big Sib and Coordinator, and an Explore Weekend Coordinator. He currently serves on CCAC (Connecticut College Alumni of Color) and his reunion committee, and is also an admissions representative, a regional volunteer, and a class gift officer.
A New York City native from the Bronx, Ivan graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School’s MACY - Einstein program in 2006 and earned a degree in Economics and Urban Studies from Connecticut College in 2010. He received his graduate degree from Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs - MPA program in 2016.
Stephen Wilkins ’84 Chicago, IL Director 2015-2021
Stephen studied economics and graduated from Connecticut College in 1984. While at Conn, Stephen enjoyed student life: he served on the Judiciary Board; as a member of the Tennis Team (earning an undistinguished record); as a senior leader of UMOJA, and as a Housefellow.
Since graduation, Stephen has worked in a number of industries (hospitality, education, and finance) and lived in a number of cities (Boston, Saratoga Springs, New York, and Bangkok). Notably, Stephen spent three years in Thailand’s public health sector as an NGO worker and five years in its capital markets selling Thai securities. After living in Thailand, Stephen worked for the Chicago Public Schools where he managed the country’s largest scholastic middle school sports program.
Stephen now lives in his home town of Chicago with his wife, Emelda, and works for Global Learning Models: inquiry and project- based high school curriculum that inspires, prepares, and connects students and educators in real-world contexts.