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.

 

Officers

Susan Greene

Susan Greene ’68

President, 2017–21

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

Lynne Zagami

Lynne Zagami ’00

Vice President, 2018–22

Newton, Massachusetts

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Serves on the selection committee for the Draper Competition
  • Spoken about women and entrepreneurship at the Women’s Leadership Conference
  • Organized visits for Smith students to Boston startup companies and hosted networking events for alumnae entrepreneurs

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Head of customer success at Shoobx, a software platform for startups to manage corporate legal activity
  • Leads the Shoobx client services team and manages the company’s business development efforts
  • Former director of client engagement at Gesmer Updegrove, overseeing the firm’s marketing, business development and client service efforts
  • Director of community engagement at SheStarts, which supports women startup founders in Boston
  • Coaches teams in the Babson College WIN Lab, an accelerator for women-run companies

Stephanie Neely

Stephanie Neely ’85

Treasurer, 2018–21

Chicago, Illinois

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Admission Volunteer and Speaker

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, Allstate Insurance Corporation
  • Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer, City of Chicago
  • Smith Medalist, 2015

Heidi Johnson Novaes

Heidi Johnson Novaes ’88

Secretary, 2016–19
Co-chair, Community Committee, 2017–18

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

 

Directors

Erika Rodriguez

Erika Rodriguez ’06

Director, 2018–22

Brisbane, California

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Led the Smith College/NASA internship program, linking 36 students with research scientists at NASA over the past three summers
  • As a student, co-chair and chair of Sophomore Push for 2002 and 2003 Commencement

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Materials test engineer at NASA Ames Research Center, tests thermal protection materials for space exploration
  • Involved in the post-flight material analysis of Orion’s EFT-1 missions for NASA’s next crew space vehicle
  • Active in the Society of Women Engineers for the past 13 years, encouraging the academic success of the next generation of female scientists and engineers

Priya Sanger

Priya Seshachari Sanger ’86

Director, 2018–22

San Francisco, California

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Class co-secretary, 2011-16
  • Alumna interviewer for the alumnae admission program

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Technology and financial services attorney, most recently for Google Inc. as a product and payments counsel for Android Pay and other apps
  • Formerly a vice president and senior counsel at Wells Fargo; first in-house counsel to be elected president of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Serves on the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights board in San Francisco

Carrie Dohan Buchman

Carrie Dohan Buchman ’78

Director, 2015–19
Co-chair, Engagement and Operations Committee, 2017–19

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
Co-chair, Community Committee, 2017–18

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, Nosotr@s

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)

Elena Farrar

Elena Farrar ’10

Director, 2017–21

Arlington, Virginia

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Presenter, Smith Elects the World
  • Member, Smith College Club of Washington, D.C.
  • Area Admission Coordinator, Africa
  • Participant, Smith Volunteer Leadership Conference

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Manager, Foundation Partnerships team at UNICEF USA, leading new business development and engagement efforts for education
  • Conducted Fulbright research on barriers to secondary education in Malawi
  • Co-founder, Masomo Mashinani Foundation, a community mentoring program to link Kenyan university students with gifted primary school students from a slum area outside Nairobi
  • Reviewed applications for President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative
  • Advisory board member, Children’s Hope for Malawi and Masomo Mashinani Foundation

Rachel Gerstein

Rachel Gerstein ’84

Director, 2017–21

North Grafton, Massachusetts

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Area Admission Coordinator, Central Massachusetts
  • National Area Admission Coordinator for region 1 (current)
  • Secretary, Smith College Club of Central Massachusetts (current)
  • Memorial Chair, Class of 1984 (current)
  • Member, AASC Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Microbiology and Physiological Systems Department, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Co-leader, Capstone Scholarship and Discovery course
  • Scientific Adviser, Flow Cytometry Core
  • Committee Chair, Career Development for Women’s Faculty Committee

Ja'Milla C.K. Lomas

Ja’Milla C.K. Lomas ’00

Director, 2016–20
Co-chair, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, 2017–19

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

Vickie Shannon

Vickie Shannon ’79

Director, 2018–19

Sugar Land, Texas

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Knowledge is Power mentor
  • Chair, King Foundation programs that introduce gifted students to Smith College

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Specialist in pulmonary and critical care at MD Anderson Cancer Center; board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care
  • Founding director, pulmonary rehabilitation program for cancer patients
  • Summer preceptorship program chair
  • Extensively published in and editorial board member of numerous medical journals
  • First African American woman at MD Anderson to be promoted to full professor
  • Ranked in top 1 percent of physicians nationally by the 2017 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems
  • Co-chair, Houston Medical Forum Scholarship Gala to defray costs of medical school education
  • Host of Christmas program for homeless children
  • Smith medalist, 2017

Nina Munk

Nina Munk ’88

Director, 2016–20

New York, New York

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

 

Nominating Committee

Lesli Agcaoili

Lesli Ann Mie Agcaoili ’93

Chair, 2015–19

Fremont, California

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Fund Team Agent (current), Class of 1993
  • Alumnae Admission Coordinator, Detroit and Ontario, Canada
  • Co-chair of Career Networking, Smith College Club of Los Angeles
  • Member, Smith College Clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Member, President’s Council
  • Member, Smith Fund Committee on Regional Philanthropy
  • Panelist, Opening of Ford Hall

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Senior Design Quality Engineer, Tesla Motors
  • Co-founder, Women in Product Development mentoring program at Ford Motor Company
  • Educational Speaker, University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Art Center College of Design

Aura Novembre

Aura Sujaritchan Novembre ’93

Member, 2016–19

New York, New York

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Web Chair (current), Class of 1993
  • Social Media Ambassador (current), Class of 1993
  • Class Fund Agent (current), Class of 1993
  • Social Media Chair, Class of 1993
  • Alumnae Admission volunteer for multicultural recruitment and head of the Professional Women’s Committee, Smith College Club of New York

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Vice President, ACI Information Group
  • Community-service Day Liaison and admissions volunteer for a downtown Manhattan independent
  • Team Member, New York Cares

Nicole Radford

Nicole Radford ’04

Member, 2016–19

Atlanta, Georgia

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Alumnae Admission Coordinator and events coordinator, Smith College Club of Atlanta

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Environmental Scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency, serving as a Clean Air Act inspector, case development officer, technical authority and state/local enforcement program liaison
  • Service with AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps
  • Leadership positions in the Kessler City Lofts Condo Association

Jennifer Heath

Jennifer (Jena) Heath ’84

Member, 2017–20

Austin, Texas

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Chair, Admission Alumnae Committee (current)
  • Alumnae Admission Volunteer, Smith College Club of Austin

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Journalism and Digital Media, St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas
  • Journalism and Digital Media course coordinator and faculty adviser to student media
  • Founder, Our China Stories, a transmedia storytelling site for Chinese adoptees
  • Reporter and editor at five newspapers over 20 years
  • Helped launch a Mandarin Chinese immersion program in the Austin public schools and trained journalism teachers in Austin’s high schools

Leah Gross

Leah Gross ’07

Member, 2017–20

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Member, Smith College Club of Pittsburgh

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Sales Tax Analyst, Eaton Corporation, a worldwide diversified manufacturing company
  • Treasurer, Pittsburgh Frontrunners, a local running club

Virginia Choi

Virginia Choi ’11

Member, 2018-21

Washington, D.C.

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Vice President of Communications, Smith College Club of Washington, D.C.

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Attorney Adviser, Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising
  • Ph.D. candidate in social and industrial/organizational psychology with a focus on group norms, organizational cultures and stigma
  • Previously worked in journalism and marketing

Brittain Skinner

Brittain Skinner ’00

Member, 2018-21

Georgetown, Kentucky

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Class secretary, 2010-15
  • Member of Bluegrass Area Smith Club and Smith College Club of Louisville

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Commercialization director, EnterpriseCorp
  • Assistant director, Kentucky Innovation Network, assisting entrepreneurs building and scaling tech based startups
  • Prior work experience in economic development and urban planning
  • Co-founded and produced The Kentucky Dirty mud run
  • Twenty-plus years of volunteer work with Presbyterian youth programs

Mary Tondreau

Mary Tondreau AC ’80

Member, 2018-21

Ashburn, Virginia

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Alumnae class president, Ada Comstock Scholars
  • Planned giving chair
  • Member of the classes committee
  • Member of the President’s Council
  • Social media ambassador
  • Member of the Smith College Club of Washington, D.C.

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Founder and CEO (retired) of TvT Associates Inc., a technical and advisory services firm
  • More than 25 years of government contracting experience in international public health
  • Member of corporate, nonprofit and community association boards of directors and philanthropic leadership circles
  • Member of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee