Board of Trustees
Richard H. Saudek, Chair
Attorney, Diamond & Robinson, PC
Richard is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan School of Law. His legal work includes representation of Vermont towns in the siting of wind facilities, taxation of hydroelectric plants and development of renewable energy projects. He has advised legislative committees on issues and proposed legislation involving Vermont Yankee and its owner, Entergy Corporation, and on a range of energy issues. Richard served as chair of the Vermont Public Service Board and as Vermont’s first commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service. He is also a trustee of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the American Civil Liberties Union–Vermont.
Kirsten A. Newcomer ’82, Vice Chair
Senior product manager, Black Duck Software, Inc.
Although her Plan at Marlboro was in American history, Kirsten has spent over 20 years working in the software industry. She completed classes in organizational behavior and conflict resolution at Radcliffe Graduate Seminars, and maintains that her work helps her to hone the communication, research and analytical skills that studying at Marlboro provided. Experienced in all phases of the software development lifecycle, and in organizations from small startups to large global enterprises, Kirsten has worked with development teams around the world, including the U.S., Canada and India. She said, “I strongly believe that interdisciplinary study is vital to the world we live in, and Marlboro is so good at that.”
John W.Y. Chan ’82, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Syllable Life Sciences
Trained as a scientist and an engineer, starting with a bachelor’s in biology from Marlboro and a doctorate in population genetics from the University of Pennsylvania, John’s career is predominantly in biotechnology and advanced computing. His work with applied technology over the last 20 years has contributed to numerous patents, grants and venture investments for the development of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and consumer goods. John is currently CEO of Syllable Life Sciences, which uses new technology to conduct behavioral analysis, and a visiting scientist at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University.
Philip H. Steckler III, Treasurer
Vice-President, Country Business Investments
Phil is a principal in Country Business Investments, a brokerage and acquisition firm of area businesses, where he has been responsible for numerous transactions in northern New England over 30 years. He is past president of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, past president and current executive board member of the Brattleboro Development and Credit Corporation, and past president and current member of Rotary International. He is also the former president of Brattleboro Outing Club and Tennis Club, past board member of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and current board of the Latchis Corporation of the Brattleboro Arts Initiative. Phil has his master’s in teaching economics from the University of Missouri.
Peter H. Zamore ’74, Clerk of the Corporation
South Hero, Vermont
Peter is a graduate of Vermont Law School as well as Marlboro College. He was a lawyer specializing in regulated industries and represented telecommunications providers, energy companies and cable television operators in regulatory proceedings and negotiated transactions. He was an attorney for Sheehey Furlong & Behm for 11 years before leaving to serve as general counsel for Green Mountain Power in 1995. Peter was also general counsel for Green Mountain Energy Company, a start-up national electricity marketing company, rejoined the firm as a principal in 2001, and retired in 2016.
Elizabeth J. McCormack Aron, Life Trustee
Chairman, Board of Directors, the Partnership for Palliative Care
New York, New York
Elizabeth formerly directed the Rockefeller Philanthropy office and remains a philanthropic advisor to members of the Rockefeller family. She was president of Manhattanville College in New York from 1966 to 1974. Elizabeth currently serves on the boards of the Population Council, The Asian Cultural Council,The Juilliard School, the Trust for Mutual Understanding and Hamilton College. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Century Association. Elizabeth was former vice chair of the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; a director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and a trustee of Cambridge, Spellman and Marlboro Colleges. She is a graduate of Manhattanville College and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University.
Edward E. Wendell Jr., Life Trustee
Ted first became associated with Marlboro College in the 1960s, when he served as a math teacher, head of admissions, and dean of students. He holds a master’s in mathematics from the University of Washington, and has been involved in the investment management business since 1985. In 2003 he became a founding partner and portfolio manager for Northern Cross, an international investment management firm that was awarded the Morningstar International Manager of the Year. Ted and his wife Mary are active philanthropists, supporting the American Repertory Theater, ArtsEmerson, and The Poverty Alleviation Fund, where Ted is treasurer.
Foreign Affairs Professional
The former interim president at Millenium Challenge Corp., Rodney has decades of experience as a foreign affairs professional, from being a senior advisor in Iraq’s coalition provisional authority to directing the United Nations Information Centre. He has served as an executive advisor for Booz Allen Hamilton and on the professional staff of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. Before that he was the deputy associate director for the Office of Management and Budget. Rodney has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a guest lecturer at other universities in the Washington DC area, and a Woodrow Wilson fellow at colleges all over the U.S.
Dena S. Davis ’72
Presidential Endowed Chair in Health/Humanities, Lehigh University
After graduating from Marlboro, Dena received her Ph.D. from University of Iowa and her J.D. from University of Virginia, and was a fellow in bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic. She was a professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State University) until 2011, when she received her endowed chair at Lehigh University. Dena’s most recent book is Genetic Dilemmas: Reproductive Technology, Parental Choices, and Children’s Futures (Oxford University Press). She has served on the board of the American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and currently serves on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Working Group.
Karen Davis P’03, ’21
Karen’s eldest son, Jake, had such an outstanding experience at Marlboro that she was drawn into becoming a board member. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Russian from Swarthmore College, and an M.A. in education from Columbia. She’s worked in the field of education for over 40 years, as a teacher, administrator as well as a parent. Karen has also been farming in central Massachusetts, where she raises organic vegetables, fruits, meat and hay. She has been involved in many schools over the years, as well as homeschooling some of her four children, and is always intrigued by the question: “What makes for a good and valuable education?”
Barton Goodwin P’04
Partner, BCI Partners Inc.
Bart served for six years as chairman of the board of trustees, and continues to be an advocate for Marlboro College’s fiscal stability and academic integrity. He is a partner at BCI Partners, Inc., a private equity investment company, but his interests are much broader, such as worked alongside his wife Betsy as she founded the National Down Syndrome Society. While serving on the board at Washington and Lee, his alma mater, Bart mentored students and created internships for graduates. He served on a venture capital review committee to fund student business plans at Columbia Business School, where he got his M.B.A. In his own community he chaired the youth program at a skating club, and even coached hockey there.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Pratt Institute
New York, New York
At Pratt Institute, Donna leads work related to accreditation, program development and review, learning outcomes assessment, and faculty development. She moved to Pratt from Emerson College, where—as vice president and special assistant to the president—she provided leadership for strategic planning and worked on projects aligned with the college’s strategic priorities. Donna has also served as vice president of the Teagle Foundation, nationally known for its programs to strengthen student learning in the arts and sciences, and as director of fellowship programs at the American Council of Learned Societies. In addition, Donna earned tenure in the English Department at Vassar College.
New York, New York
Wolf is a world-renowned artist living and working in New York City and Vermont. Born in Germany, Wolf served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before studying with Hans Hofmann in New York and in Provincetown, eventually becoming the artist’s assistant. His paintings and pastels may be found in the collections of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. Wolf is a member of the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Scholarship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Photo by Ellen Wallenstein
Heatherjean MacNeil ’02
Global Director, WIN Lab
Since graduating from Marlboro with a Plan of Concentration in Biology, specifically ethnobotany and sustainability in Ecuador, Heatherjean has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, worked on corporate social responsibility for Eileen Fisher, founded her own ethical fashion business called Proxy Apparel, and consulted on business development for non-profits. She is currently co-founder and global director for the Babson College WIN Lab, an award-winning business accelerator for high-growth, women-owned companies. Heatherjean received her MBA and Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Simmons School of Management and is pursuing a PhD in management at University of Massachusetts.
Kirsten Malone P’14
Principal, Kirsten Malone Design LLC
Palo Alto, CA
Kirsten runs a design firm in the Bay Area that specializes in residential interiors, as well as interior architectural drawings and renderings. She learned about Marlboro through her daughter, a student and now alumna, Gretchen Chapman ’14. Over the past 20 years Kirsten has led fundraising efforts for the Palo Alto Unified School District, the Palo Alto Foundation for Education, and several private schools in the Bay Area. Kirsten is the former board president and development chair of Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, an environmental justice non-profit where she still serves as a current board member.
Dean R. Nicyper ’76
Attorney/Partner, Withers Bergman LLP
New York, New York
A Marlboro alumnus, Dean received his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, and was an attorney at Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer for 20 years before joining Withers Bergman. His practice focuses on commercial disputes, art law, intellectual property, environmental law, product liability, and securities litigation and investigations, and he has handled trials and cases in state and federal courts around the country. In addition, Dean handles large art transactions and software contract and licensing negotiations and provides advice on intellectual property issues. He has published articles on related subjects in The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, American University Law Review and Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal.
Kevin F. F. Quigley, ex-officio
President, Marlboro College
Kevin joined the Marlboro community as its ninth president following service with the Peace Corps as a volunteer and country director in Thailand and as president and CEO of their global alumni organization. He has degrees from Swarthmore, National University of Ireland, Columbia, and Georgetown, and taught as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and a faculty-practitioner in international studies and management. Additional experience in international development has included service as director of public policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts, which resulted in the publication of his book, For Democracy’s Sake: Foundations and Democracy Assistance in Central Europe. He has also served in leadership roles at the Asia Society and as legislative director to U.S. Senator John Heinz, focusing on international financial and educational issues.
Derek (Ted) Smyth P’16
Consultant, U.S.-International Public Affairs
New York, New York
Ted is vice president of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, chair of the Clinton Institute in University College, Dublin, and a member of board of visitors at the University Center for International Studies in the University of Pittsburgh. He is a global public affairs consultant, who until recently was executive vice president of S&P Global (formerly McGraw-Hill). Ted was formerly chief administrative officer at HJ Heinz and an Irish diplomat who served in the USA, UK, Portugal, and Switzerland. Most of his diplomatic focus was on the Northern Ireland peace process. He is an honors graduate in history and political science from Trinity College, Dublin.
Hongping Tian ’94
Director of International Strategy and Development, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
A Marlboro alumna, Hongping did her Plan of Concentration in molecular evolutionary genetics. She then went on to earn her doctorate at Harvard Medical School and a M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health, where she researched community health financing in rural China. She has worked in Beijing as a program officer for the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention and as a consultant for the CDC’s Global AIDS program. More recently she served as director of health programs for the Yale-China Association. Since 2014 she has been with Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she cultivates key relationships with alumni, foundations, and institutions around the world.
Susan Wefald P’20
Certified Coach and Consultant
New York, New York
Susan brings more than 30 years of social justice nonprofit leadership and management experience to her role, including extensive experience with overseeing development, human resources, finance and operations, and programs. She held several positions at the Ms. Foundation for Women, including executive vice president, COO, and vice president for programs. She also served in leadership positions at a number of other nonprofit organizations, including the Discount Foundation, Naugatuck Valley Project, and the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. Susan has served on 11 other boards, including four currently.
Marta Willgoose ’01
Artist and consultant
Marta received her bachelor’s degree from Marlboro College in 2001, with a Plan of Concentration in visual arts exploring sensory perception, language, and metaphors of interior and exterior space. She worked in human resources at the global architecture and design firm Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), followed by sevaral years at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, where she focused on implementing culturally relevant communication strategies. She now works as a consultant to nonprofits and is deeply committed to socially conscious efforts to serve the underserved, employ the arts, and help conserve and sustain our natural resources.
Chief Curator, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Mara is responsible for setting the artistic direction of BMAC, developing and executing the exhibition program, hiring and management of guest curators and essayists, as well as cultivating and soliciting funds from major donors. She also served as director of the musem from 1989 to 1998, during which time she stabilized the finances of the institution and grew the budget, obtaining several multi-year grants from national, regional, and local foundations. She is also principal of Arts Bridge, a firm developing viewer-centered exhibitions, including interactive stations and film productions, for institutions throughout New England.