The board of directors provides guidance and leadership to the Office of Alumnae Relations at Smith College. Directors have a range of experience and expertise that benefits the AASC, the OAR and alumnae.



Kate Barnes Grant

Kathleen (Kate) Barnes Grant ’75

President, 2013–17

Portland, Oregon

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Member, AASC Nominating Committee
  • Member, board of counselors
  • NAAC for Western states
  • Alumnae Admission Coordinator
  • Class secretary
  • President, secretary, and member, Smith College Club of Oregon

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Counselor, college counselor, dean of students, Catlin Gabel School
  • Director of advising, Lewis & Clark College
  • Dean of first-year students, Wellesley
  • Senior assistant director of admission, Smith
  • Board member, Journeys of the Heart Adoption Services
  • Sunday school teacher, Unitarian Universalist Association
  • College counselor, Minds Matter

Serena Williams

Serena Williams ’81

Vice President, 2014–18

Wilmington, Delaware

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Chair, Alumnae Admission Committee for Smith club of Washington
  • Member, Smith club of Washington board of directors
  • Member, Smith Medal Committee
  • Member, Common Ground Alumnae Committee
  • Member and vice chair, Nominating Committee

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Professor of law, Widener University School of Law
  • Assistant dean of student affairs, Widener
  • Professor, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Attorney, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Board member, Serviam Girls Academy
  • Board member, ACLU of Delaware
  • Board member, Achievers Inc.

Patricia Gillman

Patricia Gillman ’68

Treasurer, 2014–18

Chicago, Illinois

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Co-Chair, Networking Committee, Smith College Alumnae Club of Chicago (SCAC)
  • Coordinator, Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series, SCAC
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, SCAC
  • Class of 1968 Co-secretary
  • Co-head, Project to find hedge fund internships for Smith students

Professional and Civic Experience

  • US Counsel to one of the world’s largest commodity trading advisors (CTAs)
  • Law practice representing hedge fund managers, investment advisers and CTAs
  • Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Member, National Futures Association Nominating Committee and CPO/CTA Advisory Committee
  • Board Member, Jewish Child & Family Services, Chicago
  • Member, Advisory Council, Jewish United Fund of Chicago Endowment
  • Member, Philanthropic Committee, 100 Women in Hedge Funds

Heidi Johnson Novaes

Heidi Johnson Novaes ’88

Secretary, 2016-19
Director, 2015-16

Los Angeles, California

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Alumnae Admission Coordinator, Los Angeles Area
  • Parent, alumna class of 2011
  • Class officers, Class of 1988

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Vice President and Senior Marketing Manager, Capital Group (global investment management firm)
  • Team leader, American Funds communications team
  • Author, articles on investing for college and retirement and other creative writing pieces



Aurora Becerra

Aurora Becerra ’06

Director, 2014–18
Co-chair, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, 2015-16

Dallas, Texas

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • President, Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Smith College Club
  • Admission volunteer, Smith club of Dallas/Fort Worth recruiting group
  • Panelist, “Starting or Reviving a Club” webinar
  • Secretary, Association of Latina Alumnae of Smith (ALAS)

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Currently working in national marketing with a large healthcare corporation
  • Led international study abroad programs for undergraduate and graduate business students at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business; managed event programming and marketing
  • Recipient, master’s in education with concentration in English as a second language and bilingual studies

Erika Brewer

Erika Smith Brewer ’86

Smith Fund Representative, 2014–18
Co-chair, Philanthropy Committee, 2015-16

New York, New York

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Class Fund agent
  • Secretary and Fund team coordinator, board of trustees, Smith club of New York City
  • Chair, Membership Committee, Theater Benefit Committee, Smith club of New York City

Professional and Civic Experience

  • General manager, The Wallace Dillman and Brewer Family Farms
  • Vice president, JPMorgan Chase and predecessor banks
  • Treasurer and chair of finance and development committees, Calhoun School Board
  • Treasurer, brown bag program, Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
  • Board member, The Brownstone School
  • Board president, Yerkes Cemetery Association
  • Chair of planning and budget, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Vestry
  • Volunteer, Gay Men’s Health Crisis Child Life Program

Carrie Dohan Buchman

Carrie Dohan Buchman ’78

Director, 2015-19

Wyckoff, New Jersey

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Reunion co-chair, Webmistress, House representative, Class of 1978
  • Class officers, Class of 1978
  • Founding Member, Fulfill the Potential Fund, raising scholarships for young women in developing countries to attend Smith

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Engineer, submarine sonar; commercial, military and space aviation
  • Pharmaceutical software engineer, Johnson and Johnson
  • Author, numerous articles and technical reports for The International Organization for Standardization
  • Board Member, North Jersey Orchid Society
  • Orchid Vice Chair, Philadelphia Flower Show
  • Private grower and exhibitor, mid-Atlantic region

Monique Chavoya

Monique Chavoya ’02

Director, 2015-19

San Antonio, Texas

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Member, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, AASC Board of Directors
  • Member, Smith College Club of Los Angeles
  • Co-chair, Central Area Admission Committee, Smith College Club of Los Angeles
  • Officer, Association of Latina Alumnae of Smith College (ALAS)
  • Career panel organizer, Nosotras

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Project Director, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. (leading effort on redeveloping Wheatley Courts and other development opportunities in Texas) a for-profit developer of economically integrated urban neighborhoods
  • Member, East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission
  • Board Member, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN)

Jo Deutsch

Jo Deutsch ’82

Director, 2013-17
Co-chair, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, 2015–16

Cheverly, Maryland

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Member, Smith College Club of Washington, D.C.
  • Host Smith interns

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Federal director, Freedom to Marry
  • More than 26 years of experience in the labor movement as the head of government affairs programs at the Association of Flight Attendants– CWA, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
  • At-large board member, Americans for Democratic Action
  • Board member, National Stonewall Democrats
  • Volunteer, Girl Scouts
  • Community artist and homeschooling organizer for public arts project
  • Fundraiser for school

Sarah Hampson

Sarah Hampson ’79

Director and Chair of Nominating Committee, 2015-19

Toronto, Canada

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Member, AASC Nominating Committee
  • President, Toronto Smith Club
  • Volunteer leader, Class of 1979

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Journalist, The Globe and Mail (Columnist for The Interview and Happiness and other features)
  • Author, Happy Ever After Marriage: A Reinvention in Midlife (Knopf 2010)

Ileana Jimenez

Ileana Jiménez ’97

Director, 2013–17

New York, New York

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • ASIC founding member, 2007
  • Association of Latina Alumnae of Smith (ALAS)
  • LGBTQ Alumnae Alliance
  • Smith Book Award coordinator
  • Alumnae admissions
  • Smith Women in Education panelist, 2011
  • Keynote speaker, Smith Discovery Weekend, 2008

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Educator and activist
  • Founder and sole blogger,
  • Recipient, 2011 Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching for research on creating safe schools for LGBT youth in Mexico City
  • Founder, New York Independent Schools LGBT Educators Group
  • Faculty associate, Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking
  • Board member, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Education blogger for Care2, Feministing, Gender Across Borders, The Huffington Post, Ms. magazine, On the Issues, Smith Alumnae Quarterly and the Women’s Media Center

Ja'Milla C.K. Lomas

Ja’Milla C.K. Lomas ’00

Director, 2016–20

Spring, Texas

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Co-President, Class Reunion Committee (2015-20), Co-Chair (2010-2015), and Member (2005-10)
  • Member, NAAC Region 9
  • Alumnae Admission Coordinator, Smith College Club of Houston
  • Member, Executive Board of the Smith College Club of Houston

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Special Event Manager, marketing specialist and small business owner (Catherine Bay Events)
  • Various careers from politics to socially conscious consumerism
  • Member, Gulf Coast Community Services Association
  • Assistant Financial Secretary and Arts and Letters Chair of the Houston chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
  • Enjoys travel, horseback riding and skiing

Erinn McGurn

Erinn McGurn ’94

Director, 2014–18
Co-chair, Philanthropy Committee, 2015-16

Brooklyn, New York

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Member, Smith Fund Volunteer Leadership Corps
  • Member, advisory board, CEEDS
  • Panelist, Women’s Global Leadership Celebration
  • Panelist, Smith Women in Education
  • Host, Smith Travel trip to Zambia
  • Class Fund agent

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Licensed architect and owner/principal, SCALEstudio
  • Co-founder and executive director; SCALEAfrica
  • Architect positions with various firms
  • Panelist and lecturer, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, School of Visual Arts, and other institutions
  • Recognized by Architectural Record and ARCHITECT as leader in sustainable and public interest design
  • Member, Clinton Global Initiative

Nina Munk

Nina Munk ’88

Director, 2016–20

New York, NY

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Frequent speaker on the subject of global development and health, foreign aid and philanthropy
  • Author of four books, including The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
  • Prize winning journalist, whose articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fortune, and the Smith Alumnae Quarterly.

Stephanie Schoen

Stephanie Schoen AC’91

Director, 2015-19

Boston, Massachusetts

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • President, Ada Comstock Scholars class
  • Class Secretary, Ada Comstock Scholars class
  • Volunteer Leader, initiative to recognize the Adas as a class
  • Volunteer Leader, initiative to create current-use scholarship fund for Ada Comstock Scholars

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Director of Donor Relations and Special Advisor, Northeastern University’s Advancement Office
  • Associate Director of Donor Relations, Advancement Office, Smith College
  • Officer, Student Financial Services, Smith College
  • Author, numerous articles, and lead writer on a book about the Smithsonian Institution

Katharine M. Swibold

Katharine M. Swibold ’82

Director, 2013-17
Chair, Community Committee, 2015–16

Tarrytown, New York

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Special gifts chair
  • Class agent
  • Class co-vice president (Reunion co-chair)
  • Class co-president
  • Member, Westchester and New York City Smith clubs

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Executive assistant to vice president for development, Barnard College
  • Member, board of education, Tarrytown
  • Almost 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit management, including Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce, the Mental Health Association of Westchester and the American Farm School
  • Co-founder of a gift-basket business
  • Former board member, Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow American Youth Soccer Organization, Kendal on Hudson retirement community, elementary school PTA (co-president), and the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns (president)
  • Coordinator of summer soccer camp
  • Class volunteer for the Ethel Walker School

Susan Greene

Susan Greene ’68

President-Elect, 2016–17

Englewood, Colorado

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Member, Smith College Club of Colorado and Southern Wyoming
  • Class Fund Agent
  • Director, AASC Board of Directors (1996-99)

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Legal projects in the telecom field
  • President emerita, American Solar Energy Society
  • Participant to innovative programs that are cultural touchstones, including CNBC, Sesame Street, and the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD
  • Senior executive and lawyer in the media and telecommunications sectors
  • Enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, tennis, hiking and traveling