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

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
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

Aurora Becerra

Aurora Becerra ’06

Director, 2014–18
Co-chair, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, 2017–18

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, 2017–18

New York, New York

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, Smith College 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
Co-chair, Engagement and Operations Committee, 2017–18

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

  • Program Manager, Arabella Advisors, helping philanthropists and social entrepreneurs design and structure projects for maximum impact
  • 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, 2017–18

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, 2017–18

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, 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

Stephanie Neely

Stephanie Neely ’85

Director, 2017–21

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

Alexandra Quinn

Alexandra Quinn ’98

Director, 2014–18
Co-chair, Engagement and Operations Committee, 2017-18

Oakland, California

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Special Gifts Chair; Class President; Class Treasurer, Class of 1998

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Vice President for Strategy and Leadership, Health Leads, a national nonprofit working to break the link between poor health and poverty
  • Staff Assistant to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno
  • Director of Scheduling and Briefing, U.S. Attorney General
  • Vice President, College Summit program

 

Nominating Committee

Teresa Hacunda

Teresa Hacunda AC ’87

Chair, 2014–18

Providence, Rhode Island

Smith Volunteer Experience

  • Treasurer, Smith College Club of Rhode Island
  • Coordinator, Smith Book Awards
  • Panelist, “Transformations: Ada Comstock 30th Anniversary Celebration”
  • Alumnae Admission Co-Chair, Smith College Club of Hampshire County
  • Member, Smith College Club of London and Smith College Club of the East Bay
  • Member, Smith book clubs from London to Providence

Professional and Civic Experience

  • Vice President of Civic Affairs, Covidien
  • Various leadership positions in international marketing and business development
  • Supporter and mentor, Year Up, a nonprofit organization that empowers talented young adults 18-24 from urban areas to reach their potential

Leah Gross

Leah Gross ’07

Member, 2017–21

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

Jennifer Heath

Jennifer (Jena) Heath ’84

Member, 2017–21

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