Marlboro College Board of Trustees

Dean R. Nicyper ’76, Chairman of the Board
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.


Philip H. Steckler III, Treasurer
Vice-President, Country Business Investments
Brattleboro, Vermont

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.


Richard H. Saudek, Clerk of the Corporation
Attorney, Diamond & Robinson, PC
Montpelier, Vermont

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.


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.


John W.Y. Chan ’82
Executive Director, Head of Informatics and Technology
China Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research
Shanghai, China

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 also applies information technology to leadership development in businesses, and is currently on an international assignment in Shanghai China with the Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research.


Dena S. Davis ’72

Presidential Endowed Chair in Health/Humanities, Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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
Farm manager
Petersham, Massachusetts

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?”


Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina ’72
Dean, Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Northampton, Massachusetts

Another alumna of Marlboro, Gretchen went on to get her Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Stanford University. Before her current position she taught at Skidmore, Vassar, Barnard, Dartmouth, and Brunel University, in the UK, and held a Humanities Council fellowship at Princeton. She became the first woman ever to chair the English department in the history of Dartmouth College, where she was appointed the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography, as well as the first African American woman to chair any Ivy League English department. She is the author of several books and articles, including Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved out of Slavery and into Legend.


Elizabeth Doyle Glenshaw ’81
Managing Director, Clean Yield Asset Management
Lyme, New Hampshire

In addition to her degree from Marlboro College, Elizabeth is a graduate of the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University and has a degree in financial planning from Boston University. She came to Clean Yield with 25 years of experience in the field of socially responsible investing (SRI), including crafting a community-banking program for a Vermont bank and working for two SRI asset-management companies. Elizabeth is on the board of the Social Investment Forum, the industry’s trade association, for 14 years, several of those as vice president. Currently, she is president of the board of the Vermont Community Loan Fund.


J. Barton Goodwin
Partner, BCI Partners Inc.
Greenwich, Connecticut

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.


Roberta ‘Bobbi’ Hahn ’91
Education and Research Foundation Manager, Joint Commision on Allied Health Personnel in Opthalmology
Program Manager, Contact Lens Society of America
Hudson, Wisconsin

Bobbi earned her B.A. in International Studies from Marlboro College in 1991, and launched her career as an English teacher in the Czech Republic and Japan. She returned to the United States with a passion for cross-cultural awareness and plan for a small café to “connect cultures through coffee.” In 2006 she was accepted as a National Urban Fellow (NUF) and worked at United Way while completing her Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College. Bobbi then served for several years as director of operations for NUF, which trains professionals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to be leaders and change agents in the public and nonprofit sectors.


Arthur Holcombe
Founder and President, The Poverty Alleviation Fund
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Arthur founded TPAF in 1998 to promote poverty reduction in poor rural areas of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, and the organization has since expanded its work to other poor regions of Western China and, more recently, to Gaza, Myanmar, and Turkey. Previously, Arthur served in many positions within United Nations Development Program, including posts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Fiji, Sudan, New York, and China, where he was resident representative from 1992 to 1998. Arthur has a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College, a master’s in economic and social development from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in economics from New York University.


© ellen wallensteinWolf Kahn
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


Peter T. Mallary '76
Bradford, Vermont

Peter served three terms in the Vermont House from 1991 to 1996, one of them as assistant majority leader, and since then has served on the Democratic State Committee as well as chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party. He is the long-time publisher of It’s Classified, a weekly advertising newspaper, and Behind the Times, an Orange County monthly newsmagazine. Peter is also the author of several books including Houses of New England, New England Churches and Meetinghouses 1680 – 1830 and A Redouté Treasury: 468 Watercolors from Les Liliacées. He is an expert on antiques and ephemera, a trustee of the Vermont Folklife Center and recently served as president of the Vermont Historical Society.


Kirsten Malone
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, Gretchen Chapman, who is a student at the college. 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.


Kirsten A. Newcomer ’82
Senior product manager, Black Duck Software, Inc.
Bedford, Massachusetts

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.”


Suzanne M. Olbricht M.D.
Chair, Department of Dermatology, Lahey Clinic
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Lecturer, Tufts Medical School
Newton, Massachusetts

A parent of two Marlboro graduates, Suzanne received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine and has received faculty academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. As a clinician, Suzanne’s field of expertise is skin cancer and procedural dermatology, performing Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction for skin cancers of the head and neck. She has authored dozens of original reports and reviews on the subject, coauthored Illustrated Cutaneous Laser Surgery and is coedited two other books. Suzanne lectures locally, nationally and internationally on ethics, skin cancer and surgical techniques, and serves as secretary-treasurer of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Kevin F. F. Quigley, ex-officio
President, Marlboro College
Marlboro, Vermont 

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.


D. Edward (Ted) Smyth
Vice Chairman and Chief of Staff
New York, New York

Ted coordinates company-wide strategy, goal-setting, and progress assessment at Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world's largest and emerging businesses and organizations. Ted is an honors graduate in History and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin. Ted was formerly Chief Administrative Officer at HJ Heinz and an Irish diplomat who worked on the Northern Ireland peace process. He is a Director of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, a member of the Global Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh and a trustee of the Clinton Institute in University College, Dublin.


Edward E. Wendell Jr.
Milton, Massachusetts

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.


Marta Willgoose ’01
Vice President of Communications, United Cerebral Palsy
New York, New York

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. For several years she worked in human resources at the global architecture and design firm Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum (HOK). In 2011 Marta joined United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, where she is focused on implementing culturally relevant communication strategies, raising the organizational profile, and fostering volunteer leadership and community partnership opportunities. She is deeply committed to socially conscious efforts to serve the underserved, employ the arts, and help conserve and sustain our natural resources.


Mara Williams
Chief Curator, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
Brattleboro, Vermont

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.  


Peter H. Zamore ’74
Attorney/Director, Sheehey Furlong & Behm PC
Burlington, Vermont

Peter is a graduate of Vermont Law School as well as Marlboro College, and is listed in Corporate Counsel as a “Best Lawyer in America” selection for energy law. He specializes in regulated industries and has 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, before rejoined the firm as a principal in 2001.