Alumnae Association Board of Directors


The board of directors provides guidance and leadership to the Alumnae Association of Smith College. Directors have a range of experience and expertise that benefits the Association, its staff, and alumnae. If you would like to be considered for a director’s position, please click here.


Click here to access the AASC Handbook for Directors.


Kathleen (Kate) Barnes Grant ’75

Portland, OR

President, 2013–2017

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.


Laura Thomas Rivero ’84

Miami, Florida
Vice president, 2011–2014
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Chair, AASC Nominating Committee; Alumnae Association Regional Coordinator (AARC) for Florida; class Fund agent (25th reunion); former president, Smith College Club of Miami.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Assistant United States Attorney, specializing in criminal and civil appellate law.
Erika Brewer

Erika Smith Brewer ’86

New York, New York
Treasurer, 2011–2014
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Class Fund agent; secretary and Fund team coordinator; board of trustees, Smith College Club of New York City; chair, Membership Committee; Theater Benefit Committee.
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 of trustees, 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.

Olwen O’Herlihy Dowling AC ’95

Huntington, MA

Clerk, 2012–2015
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Member, Smith Medal Committee; founder and chair, Ada Alumnae Art Exhibition; member, Hampshire County Smith College Club.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Visual artist in oil, watercolor, printmaking—intaglio etching, and scenic design; exhibitions in the United States, Ireland, and Europe; member, National Association of Women Artists and New England Watercolor Society. More than two decades of experience in theater management and production, including the Miniature Theatre of Chester (MA); the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival; the Blackstone Theatre; the Abbey Theatre and Olympia Theatre Dublin in Ireland; and the Apollo Theatre London. Member, Actors’ Equity Association; executive and associate director, Northampton Center for the Arts; summer program events coordinator, Smith.


Susan Cernek ’02

New York, NY
Director, Communications Liaison, 2013–2017
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Invite former professors’ classes into workplace each semester and lead a panel discussion with colleagues on the fashion and publishing world; regularly hire and mentor Smith interns.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Fashion development director, Glamour, which includes helming designer collaborations, new-product development, social strategy and special initiatives; previous fashion director, Glam Media; previous fashion features editor, Elle magazine.


Jo Deutsch ’82

Cheverly, MD

Director, 20132017

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.


Megan Gardner ’98

San Francisco, CA
Director at Large, 2012–2015
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Led class Fund team; treasurer, Smith College Club of San Francisco; member, Smith College clubs of New York, Boston, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: CEO, PlumDistrict e-commerce and online community for mothers; director, strategy and business development, Ameriprise Financial; Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow; senior associate, investment banking, SoundView Technology; investment banking, Deutsche Bank.


Ileana Jimenez ’97

New York, NY
Chair, Affinity and Special Interest Group Committee (ASIC), 2013–2017
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 Foundation; 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.

Dale LaFleur

Dale LaFleur ’93

Tuscon, Arizona
Director, 2011–2014
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: President, treasurer, member, Smith College Club of Tucson; member, Smith College Club of Seattle.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Director, institutional relations, Office of Global Initiatives, The University of Arizona; over fourteen years’ professional experience in international education focusing on the development of international institutional partnerships and student mobility programs; recipient of a master’s in student development administration from Seattle University; member of numerous organizations, including NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the European Association of International Educators; currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona; proud mother of two children.


Joan Miller ’80

St. Louis, MO

NAAC Chair, 2012–2015

SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Region 8 NAAC; vice president, Smith College Club of St. Louis; Book Award coordinator; member, BASC, Gold Key.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Attorney in private practice, St. Louis. Member, Rotary Club of St. Louis; board member, Boys Hope Girls Hope program committee; member, Women Lawyers Association; member, Mound City Bar Association; volunteer, Legal Advocates for Abused Women.


Sarah Cross Mills ’66

Portland, ME

Chair, Clubs and Regional Networks, 2012-2015

SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Writer, Alumnae Profiles, San Francisco/Marin Smith Club Newsletter; President, San Francisco/Marin Smith Club; Class of 1966 Secretary; Class of 1966 House Rep and 2011 Reunion Participation Chair; President, Maine Smith Club

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Teacher of English and Social Studies, Roslyn, NY, and Brookline, MA; Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Open Education (now Cambridge College); Co-founder, The Teachers’ Institute, Brookline, MA; Manager, The est Foundation, San Francisco, CA;  Management and FranchiseeTrainer, Supercuts Corporation Headquarters, San Rafael, CA; National Advisory Council, Beyond War Foundation, Palo Alto, CA; Board of Overseers, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA; Portland Regional Advisory Council, Maine Women’s Fund, Portland, ME

Rachel Nyback

Rachel Nyback ’92

Hermosa Beach, California
Director, 2011–2014
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Member, Smith College Club of Los Angeles; admissions volunteer in Los Angeles and Kuwait; class Fund volunteer; 10th Reunion volunteer.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Rector, St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, CA; teacher for nine years in public suburban Los Angeles schools and at Universal American School in Kuwait; volunteer with programs for feeding the homeless and AIDS patients; mentor to new clergy; Hermosa Beach police chaplain; lead overseas youth pilgrimages.


Anjana Shakya AC ’91

Kathmandu, Nepal

Director at Large, 2012–2015

SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Active member of EKTA, Smith’s South Asian students’ group; actively involved in International Students Day; peer educator for HIV/AIDS and contraception.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Founder and chairperson, Himalayan Human Rights Monitors and Beyond Beijing Committee; vice chairperson, Global Family Village; co-convener and steering committee member, Asia Pacific Women’s Watch; core member, South Asia Women’s Watch; member, Fulbright Selection Committee; director, International Institute for Human Rights, Environment, and Development (INHURED) International; chief auditor, labor rights, Verité; program officer, the Asia Foundation.


Leslie Brooks Solomon '82

New York, NY
Smith Fund Representative, 2010–2014
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Member, Advancement Committee, Smith Fund cabinet; served as special gifts co-chair, 25th Reunion; class president; special gift agent; class fund agent; vice president, Smith Club of New York.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Principal and owner, Allomet Partners, LLC; board member, Turnaround Management Association, New York chapter; serve on Temple Shaaray Tefila youth committee; recipient, MBA, Wharton School of Business.

Catherine Webb

Katharine M. Swibold ’82

Tarrytown, NY
Chair, Classes Committee, 2013–2017
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.

Sarah Trabucchi ’00

Brooklyn, NY

Chair, Nominating Committee, 2012–2014

SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Member, Nominating Committee; class secretary; alumnae admission volunteer; chair, class of 2000 Fund team.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author (under Sarah MacLean); director, corporate communications and media relations, Scholastic; communications and brand manager, City Year New York; publicity director, Goldberg McDuffie Communications; national conference presenter, American Anthropological Association; guest lecturer, anthropology department, Harvard; volunteer, Scholastic Reads; volunteer, Project LEARN adult learning and literacy programs, Rhode Island; volunteer, Transitions to College; volunteer mentor, Girls Write Now; judge, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; recipient, master’s in education, Harvard, 2004.

Catherine Webb

Catherine Webb ’70, MD

Chicago, Illinois
Director, 2011–2014
SMITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: President, Smith College Club of Ann Arbor, Michigan; board of directors, Smith College Club of Chicago; class Fund agent (25th Reunion); special gifts committee (30th Reunion).
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC EXPERIENCE: Board certified pediatric cardiologist with thirty years’ experience caring for patients at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, and C.S. Mott Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI; currently, professor of pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, and professor emeritus of pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; mentor to many students and fellows in their graduate education programs; member of multiple hospital, medical school, and university committees as well as numerous organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and World Heart Federation; author of multiple scientific publications and papers; listed in multiple “best doctor” publications. Volunteer and civic experience: Sustaining fellow and governing member, Art Institute of Chicago; board of directors, Shaw Chicago; governing member, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; board of directors, Chicago Chamber Musicians.