Board Member Bios
Jon P. Achenbaum '77 (Alumnus Trustee) majored in Economics during his time at Skidmore College. He joined Newhall Laboratories as President & CEO in February 2013. Newhall Labs is owned by Brynwood Partners, a Greenwich Connecticut based private equity firm, and is focused on creating value through the revitalization of the orphan brands it acquired in 2012. The company's portfolio of 7 brands includes well-known names like L.A. Looks and Dep hair gels, Soft & Dri deodorant, and La Bella Hispanic beauty care. Immediately prior to joining Newhall Labs, Jon spent 7 years at Bayer Health Care as Senior Vice President for Global Marketing and Business Development for the Diabetes Division where he was responsible for leading a team of 45 professionals with accountability for global brand management, new product development, customer insights, medical communications, advertising agency oversight, and alliance management. Jon's background includes nine years with Unilever in a number of senior marketing and general management roles, including Senior Vice President of Global Skin Innovation, General Manager of the North American Hair and Oral Care businesses, as well as President of Lever Ponds in Canada. Prior to Unilever, Jon worked for Helene Curtis in a variety of brand management, business development and marketing service positions. The early years of his career were spent at Quaker Oats and Pillsbury. Jon holds a B.A. in Economics from Skidmore College and studied at New York University's Graduate School of Business.
John Beckman '94 (Chair, Admissions) majored in Theater (Design & Production) and Art History. He also trained at the Motley Theatre Design Course in London, England and the Studio School of Stage Design in Jersey City. He currently works as the Director of Exhibit and Business Development at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), where he guides and directs the exhibit development process for the portfolio of the Museum's projects both permanent and temporary. He also manages MSI's intellectual property licensing and alternative revenue business units. Prior to MSI, John worked at Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc., managing the construction of scenery for theatre, television and special events including the Oprah Winfrey Show, DisneyQuest, and the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Prior to that, he was employed by nearby Adirondack Scenic, Inc., where we worked to create Lance Burton's theater at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. John was also a founder and Managing Director of the award-winning Visions & Voices Theatre Company (V&V), a troupe devoted to producing new plays in Chicago's Off-Loop theatre scene. One of V&V's most successful productions, Vintage Red and the Dust of the Road, was named by National Public Radio Chicago as the #2 play of the decade after the Tony®-winning August, Osage County. John also sits on the Eastern Board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), serves as the Chairman of Television Production for the nationally televised annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and he and his girlfriend own Flavour Cooking School in suburban Chicago.
Betsy Low Bertoni '03 (Chair, Young Alumni Giving) is the Manager of Special Events for Fendi Americans. Prior to joining Fendi in 2013, she executed events and integrated marketing for Vanity Fair magazine, as well as previously serving in various positions in global communications and events at Calvin Klein. She fell in love with fashion after taking a history of fashion course at Skidmore and studying abroad in Paris. At Skidmore, she double majored in Studio Art and Art History and studied abroad in both Florence and Paris. Inspired by her great-aunt Verginia Robinson '40, Betsy has volunteered for the college's Admissions and Annual Fund offices, and continues to serve as her class fund chair. Betsy lives in Manhattan with her husband Steve.
Nancy Brennan '72 (Chair, Friends of the Presidents) has been an active volunteer in both class and national positions. She has previously served as Class Agent, Reunion Fundraising Chair and Class President for her class. In addition, she has served as an Alumna Trustee, as an MB 107 volunteer and as a member of the college's Business Advisory Council. In addition to her FOP role, she is currently a member of the Awards Committee.
Professionally, Nancy has held executive positions at Travelers Insurance Company, at Hartford Financial Services Group and at MedRisk, Inc. She holds a master's degree from Rensselaer,and recently successfully completed the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Connecticut. She currently provides strategic consulting for nonprofits in her community.
Natasha Fahey '07 (Chair, Athletics) is Director of Finance & Human Resources at Levant Power. In her role as the head of Levant's finance function, Natasha oversees the company's accounting and finance operations. As part of her duties managing Levant Power's Human Resources function, Natasha is dedicated to recruiting and maintaining the company's team of experienced engineers. Natasha strives to add exciting opportunities for the company's team, and drives the innovative culture at Levant. In addition, Natasha oversees Levant's headquarters and media. Natasha is originally from Simsbury,Connecticut, and graduated from Skidmore College, cum laude, with a B.A. degree in Economics and Government. Natasha will graduate with her MBA at the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College in Spring 2015. In addition, Natasha is a Director on the Alumni Board of Skidmore College, and serves on the Executive Committee of Boredom Busters, a nonprofit charity which raises funds for children at Boston Medical Center. In her free time, Natasha enjoy long-distance running & playing club ice hockey.
Stephanie Friedman '92 (VP, Involvement) has 18 years of marketing research experience and is currently a Vice President, Assistant General Manager at Lieberman Research Worldwide. Her primary focus is on strategy, advertising evaluation, product development, brand management and development, with extensive experience in brand and franchise tracking, both domestically and internationally. She has had specific focus in understanding the influence of children in purchasing decisions and is an expert with children related research and methodologies. Industry related experience includes but is not limited to entertainment, retail, travel and tourism, consumer products, with a special emphasis on children’s related research.
Stephanie earned her B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College. Stephanie also had the opportunity to participate in the study abroad program spending a summer semester and a fall semester with the Skidmore Paris program. Following Skidmore Stephanie worked for American Express in New York in the Human Resources both in the Employee Relations and Compensation fields before returning to school.
Stephanie received her M.B.A. at Babson College at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business with a concentration in Marketing. Through her M.B.A. program Stephanie was selected to the International Management Internship Program and had the opportunity to create a custom internship at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong.
Emily R. Grace '99 is a Financial Advisor in Bernstein's New York office and provides counsel to high-net-worth families and institutions, as well as their respective trusts, estates, foundations, endowments and pension plans. Also, in conjunction with the Wealth Management Group, she works with clients' tax and legal advisors on a wide range of investment matters, including tax and estate planning, concentrated stock positions and the sale of privately held businesses. Grace joined the firm in 2001 as a private client associate; she was appointed an administrative officer in 2003 and a manager in 2004. In 2006 Grace became a client advisor, and she assumed her current position in 2010. Previously, she worked as a financial consultant for Navigant Consulting. Grace earned a B.S., cum laude, in Business and Management from Skidmore College, where she was a member of the Periclean Honor Society. She serves on the board of trustees of Skidmore College and is active in a number of alumni and volunteer organizations, including Brearley Women in Finance, Skidmore Friends of the Presidents and Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA.
Janey Gubow '81 (Member at Large) is the President of JAG Entertainment & Media Group. She established, JAG in 1993, which is a broadcast public relations firm specializing in producing satellite and radio media tours, video news releases and media events, as well as buying celebrity talent. Recent clients include: AutoZone, Build-A-Bear Workshops, Campbell's, ConAgra, Energizer, Healthy Choice, Johnson's Baby, KFC, Kraft Foods, Pedigree, Pfizer, Sears, and Taco Bell just to name a few. Also, recent talent placements include: Campbell's: Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Mike Wallace; Fleischmann's: Carolyn O'Neil, R.D.; Glucerna: Patti LaBelle; M&M/Mars: Kirk Cameron, Shelley Fabares and Shanna Reed; Pontiac: Penn & Teller and Cirque Du Soleil; Schering-Plough Corporation: The Harlem Globetrotters and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Sprint: Rockapella and Dick Vitale; Volkswagen: Mountaineering expert, Jamie Clarke; River Cafe, for Germany's Pro 7 Television Network: Fabio, Eartha Kitt, Mickey Rourke and Lily Tomlin.
In the winter, Gubow is a certified professional ski instructor with the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. She is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America. In 2011, Gubow was honored by the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC) with the distinguished Bob Beattie Award as the top AVSC pro for her dedication to the program and devotion to the local kids.
She began her career in 1982 at the National Broadcasting Company in their executive training program, as a NBC page. She was then promoted to the production staff of Saturday Night Live. From 1984 to 1992 Gubow was one of the leading talent agents in New York City, working with Cunningham, Escott, Dipene Talent Agency, and Abrams Artists & Associates.
Gubow received a Bachelors of Science degree from Skidmore College in 1981, where she graduated with honors in Business Marketing and a minor in Studio Art. She is a member of the International Radio and Television Society. Gubow was featured in Newsweek magazine and has appeared on both CNNfn and CNBC. She was appointed to the Skidmore College Alumni Board of Directors as Vice President and also serves as her Class President as well as the reunion co-chair for her alma mater. She also serves on the board of directors of GrassRoots TV in Aspen, CO. Gubow splits her time between New York City and Aspen, CO.
Sibyl Waterman Haley, '71 (President) majored in English at Skidmore and went on from college to jobs in academia. Initially employed by Harvard in their Freshman Dean's Office, she returned to Skidmore to work as Assistant Director of Admissions. That position was a defining one for her, as her relationship with the College changed to promoting it. She has promoted it zealously ever since.
Subsequent jobs at Bowdoin College, first as an Editor, then as Assistant Director of Admissions were supplemented by extensive volunteer work in her community. Sibyl ran numerous school volunteer programs and assisted in many political campaigns. For many years she worked part-time at Sugarloaf/USA, and she worked for years in the offices of US Senator Olympia J. Snowe, until the Senator's retirement.
Sibyl's deepest loyalty was always in service to her Alma Mater. Her contributions have been varied: Maine Club President, Class Secretary, Class Agent, AAC, Fund Chair, REGPAC member (Chair, Reunion Giving), First Vice President of the Alumni Association, National FOP Chair. She has experienced five terms on the Alumni Board, with two as an Alumna Trustee. She has been active in all 1971 class and reunion activities, and received the Alumni Service Award in 2006.
Sibyl's passion for Skidmore is a driving one in her life and she continues to spread the Skidmore message zealously. Born in Boston, raised in Iowa, she lives in Portland, Maine.
Nancy Hamilton (Alumna Trustee) has a national practice concentrating on First Amendment law, intellectual property, and complex commercial litigation. She has been named among the Best Lawyers of America, a "Texas Super Lawyer," a "Top Lawyer" by H Texas Magazine, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Nancy has appeared in federal and state courts in Texas, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia for clients who have included CNN; Oprah Winfrey; Dr. Phil; CBS, Inc.; The Tribune Company; and U.S. Trust. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on trial tactics and media law, including "What to do when the Media Calls;" "Building Rapport in the Courthouse" for the Texas State Bar; "Trial Techniques" for the Media Law Resource Center Annual Conferences in 2006 and 2008; an appearance on PBS Houston's KUHT TV program The Connection on videotaping jury deliberations; and a Texas State Bar Pattern Jury Charge project.
A Yankee by birth, Nancy is a graduate of Skidmore College and received her J.D. degree in 1989 from the University of Houston Law Center.
Bill Haydon '06 (Chair of University Without Walls) majored in business during his time at Skidmore College. Bill joined Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network as a Financial Advisor primarily to manage family money for affluent individuals. Bill began his career at UBS financial services where he was a Portfolio Manager and Account Vice President. During his career at UBS, Bill built a successful advisory practice and founded the Heritage Investment Group. In addition to a B.S. in Business from Skidmore College, Bill also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. Bill's hobbies include being the archivist for his father, Inventor A.W. Haydon. He collects organizes and preserves biographical data and assists at museum shows in his free time. Bill lives in Madison, CT with his wife, Laura, and his three children, Will, Griffin, and Chloe.
Kate Nedelman Herbst '02 (Vice President, Strategic Communications) majored in Government and Women's' Studies. She went on to study at Vermont Law School and received her J.D. in 2005. She currently works as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. She is the Supervising ADA at the District Court in Dedham, Massachusetts, and practices in both District Court and in Norfolk County Superior Court. She is also a member of the Motor Vehicle Homicide Team, through which she responds to motor vehicle collisions with fatalities or serious bodily injuries and assists the police in their investigation, prosecuting anyone who may be charged as a result of the collision. Kate is in court on a daily basis, and handles a variety of criminal cases, including operating under the influence, domestic violence cases, drug offenses and other violent crimes, from arraignment through trial. Prior to joining the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, Kate worked in private practice in Litchfield County, Connecticut, practicing in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and family law. Before that, Kate spent a year as a legal research clerk for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court. Kate lives in Braintree, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.
Andrew Hughes '92, (Alumnus Trustee) is currently the Principal and Founding Member of HD Advisors, whose securities are offered through Calton & Associates, Inc. Andrew has developed a career as an independent third party marketing consultant within the asset management community. Throughout a 20-year career within the financial services industry, Andrew has chosen to combine his industry knowledge, risk management skills, and personal rolodex to provide a marketing service to a handpicked client base. As an independent third party marketing consultant, he has gained access to some of the largest and most sophisticated pensions systems throughout the country. Since 2009, HD Advisors remains focused on the boutique asset management firms countrywide, that have carved their specific niche within the financial marketplaces of private equity and hedge funds. HD Advisors, through its broker dealer relationship, continues to successfully assist its clients with their pension consultant relationships and their asset fund raising efforts.
In 2005, Andrew joined the Marwood Group, an asset management firm that served as a third party marketing organization representing various asset classes, to help them launch the firms' only private labeled institutional product. In the first 2.5 years with the firm, he helped to secure institutional clients, increase sales and branch out the New York based firm's exposure to the Midwest, Southern and California public, corporate pensions systems, foundations and endowments. He was able to build a database that equates to over $750 BN in assets under management. Prior to joining Marwood Group, he was career insurance professional with a fourteen year history focused on middle market property, casualty, life, disability and health insurance. Joining Hiram Cohen & Son, "HCSI," a full service institutional and personal insurance broker in 1995, Andrew focused his efforts on the financial services, advertising and real estate industries. This was a natural progression after spending his first 3.5 years, at the largest privately held insurance broker of its day, Johnson & Higgins, within their fast track program of their Middle Market and Healthcare division.
At Skidmore Andrew majored in Business and was a division III lacrosse player who won honors as defensive MVP in 1992. He is currently assisting as a coach to the Brooklyn Crescent Lacrosse Association. Andrew currently serves a member of Skidmore Colleges Board of trustees as an Alumni member, its Alumni Board of trustees; the Alumni Admission Team and is Co –Fund Chair for his graduating class. He has also served as a member of board of trustees and alumni board for Portledge School, a college preparatory school based in Locust Valley, NY, from 2002 to 2009. In 2007, was elected as a board member of National Association of Securities Professional, NY chapter – NASP-NY and served as the New York chapters Vice President until 2011. NASP is meant to continue the strides that women and people of color have made within the financial community and help to provide an educational tool for our youth who are interested in the financial industry. Andrew is Series 7 and 63 licensed and retains his dual license as a Property/Casualty and Life/Accidental Health broker. He is married with three children and resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Colleen Barber Hursh ’04 is a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for VA Boston Healthcare System’s Translational Research Center for Traumatic Brain Injury & Stress Disorders (TRACTS). In her position, she assists veterans who are returning from the OEF/OIF conflicts as they transition to the civilian worlds of education and work. Specifically, she assists veterans who may have suffered a traumatic brain injury and/or may have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Colleen has been in her current position at the VA since 2010, when she graduated from UMass Boston with her master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and obtained her Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certificate. She has worked at the Boston VA Hospital since 2004, when she graduated from Skidmore. Prior to her current position, she served in the roles of research assistant and project coordinator within the same neuropsychology-based research laboratory.
While at Skidmore, Colleen majored in Psychology and enjoyed playing collegiate field hockey for the Thoroughbreds. Since her graduation, she has been an active alumna, involved as a volunteer with the Friends of Skidmore Athletics (FOSA), the Admissions Office, the Boston Alumni Regional Club, and the Alumni Awards Committee. In 2010, Colleen was inducted into the Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame for her individual field hockey accomplishments, and in 2012, she was also inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the 2001 women's field hockey team. Most recently, in 2014, Colleen received the inaugural Anne T. Palamountain Scholar Award, which was created to recognize Palamountain scholars who have distinguished themselves through leadership, service to others, and a commitment to the larger good of society. Colleen lives in Lynnfield, MA with her husband Mike.
- Craig Hyland '05 (Chair, Regional Activities) is originally from Canandaigua, NY and now resides in Chicago, IL. He has worked
at the UIC School of Public Health since 2007 in a variety of development functions.
In June 2013 he assumed the role of Assistant Dean for Advancement, where he oversees
the fundraising, alumni relations and communication functions of the school. He is
responsible for setting the external relations goals and managing a team to achieve
the school's fundraising goals. Craig earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2005.
Since graduating he has remained actively engaged as a volunteer for Skidmore College.
His class involvement has included Class Chair, 5-Year Reunion Chair, Friends of the
President Chair, and Class Secretary. College wide involvement has included serving
on the Alumni Board Awards Committee and representing the classes of 2000-2010 on
the National Annual Fund Advisory Committee. In Chicago, he serves as the Co-Chair
of the regional alumni club and has been an Admissions Contact. His involvement was
recognized in 2010 when he was awarded the David H. Porter Young Alumni Service Award.
Craig holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with
a focus in non-profit management and fundraising. He served on the board of Center
on Halsted, Chicago's LGBT community center, for six years. And, Craig married his
college sweetheart, Ryan Hannon '07, in a beautiful ceremony on campus in October
Chuck Kaufman '82 (Chair of Class Council) double majored in History and Government. A member of Skidmore's Periclean Honor Society, he was also the 1982 winner of the Warren Prize, awarded to an outstanding student majoring in History. An active volunteer, Chuck currently serves as president of his class, reunion planning co-chair and a class agent, as well as on the Alumni Association Board of Directors Nominating Committee. He earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from Babson College. As the president of The Kaufman Group, a public relations and marketing consultancy, Chuck works with established and start-up companies in the financial services, consumer and technology industries. Active in his community, he served on the local little league Board of Directors for 10 years, and recently concluded a three-year term as co-chair of the planning committee for the local high school's annual post-prom celebration. Chuck lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.
Anthony Llano '97 (Alumnus Trustee) is a member of Deere & Company's Global University Relations team. Here, he develops, supports, and sustains university relationships with a focus on Latin America, U.S./Canada, and Australia/New Zealand. He assists in developing tools and processes, decision criteria, and data needed to monitor, evaluate, and manage the Deere global university network. He examines and synthesizes current trends in the higher education sector to inform awareness of universities' capabilities, challenges, and opportunities. He formerly served on the leadership team of Deere's Global Technology Innovation Network, partnering with colleagues at research centers in the U.S., Germany, India, and Brazil to identify and commercialize emerging market trends in technology innovation. Prior to that, Tony was responsible for business development in the Agricultural Division and coordinated the multi-million dollar acquisition of the third-largest tractor company in China. He was also Operations Manager in the Construction & Forestry Division, where he focused on safety, quality, efficiency, and product delivery, and led business development for Deere's Global Utility Tractor Product Line. Before Deere, Tony worked at JPMorgan Chase in NYC, where he successfully completed Chase's general management and leadership development program. During his five-year tenure with Chase, Tony spearheaded projects and analyses in Marketing Management and regional bank Strategic Planning.
Tony has served as board member of Student|Sponsor Partners, an education non-profit in NYC, serving the education and developmental needs of at-risk youth. He is currently co-Head Agent of the Tuck School's Class of 2004 Tuck Annual Giving (TAG) Campaign and is Corporate Agent for TAG at Deere & Company. Additionally, Tony completed three terms on Skidmore College's Alumni Board of Directors, the last term as Vice President for Alumni Outreach (2007-2010) and member of the Board's Executive Committee. Tony is member of the Board of Directors of Arrowhead Youth & Family Services, a not-for-profit whose mission is to motivate at-risk youth to become productive and responsible young men and women by providing the highest quality counseling, education and social services to these youth and their families. He chairs the board's Strategic Planning Committee.
Jeff Martin '04 (Chair, Young Alumni/Undergraduate Activities) currently lives in Hoboken, NJ, where he works in medical device sales for Stryker Medical calling on Hospitals in the NY Metro area. While at Skidmore, Jeff majored in Exercise Science and was a two sport varsity athlete playing hockey and baseball. After graduation he moved to NYC where he started his professional career.
Before getting into his current job, Jeff worked doing business-to-business sales at T-Mobile Corporate and then Pfizer Pharmaceutical.
Louise Mallette '74 (Chair, Career and Professional Development) was a Government and English major at Skidmore. Currently, she is the Principal of The Telic Group where she focuses on leadership, team, and organizational development and change management in the context of the "new normal." Her clients include organizations in the not-for-profit, life sciences, healthcare, higher education, government, and financial services sectors. Previously, as an internal business partner, she designed and delivered human resources programs and strategies for several Fortune 50 companies including JP Morgan Chase, Hewlett Packard Company, and General Electric. In the early 1980s, she worked for Skidmore where she developed career planning programs, media, and alumni networks in Boston and New York. She has also provided career transition coaching for Skidmore alums.
In addition to the Skidmore Alumni Board, she serves on the Board Nominating and Development Committee for the Girl Scout Council of Eastern Massachusetts. She formerly served on the boards of the Human Resources Leadership Forum, the Boston Human Resources Association, the Boston chapter of the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment, and the Laboratory Safety Institute. Louise is a Certified Coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and resides in the Boston area with her husband, Paul.
Emma Xuxu Marshall '16 (Student Representative) is the junior class representative for Skidmore's Alumni Board. She is from Rochester, New York. At Skidmore, she is a Government major and a Management & Business minor, as well as a Filene music scholar recipient in voice. Outside of both the class and board rooms she is active on campus serving as President of Skidmore Model UN, Founder and Executive Board member of Skidmore Women in Business, and Admission Ambassador for the Skidmore community.
While uncertain at this point in time of her exact career path, she is certain that she will continue to think creatively and independently in whatever she does during her post graduation years.
- Evan Nathan '15 (Student Representative) is an environmental studies major and a member of Skidmore's Environmental Action
Robert Resnick (Chair, Nominating) is a colonel and senior attorney in the Judge Advocate General's Office of the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. There he serves as primary legal counsel for the Commanding General, Command Group, and senior staff. Rob supervises the legal office and has technical responsibility for all other legal assets on the installation. He oversees the provision of all legal support, including criminal law, administrative law, international/operational law, and client services.
Prior postings include: Chief, Defense Council Assistance Program for the U.S. Army in Arlington, VA, where he trained and supported military defense attorneys worldwide; Staff Judge Advocate at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, AL; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Lewis, WA; Chief of International and Operational Law at Fort Lewis; and Chief of Criminal Law Division at Fort Stewart, GA, from 2002-2004, during which he was deployed to Iraq and led the task force that established the first free court system in that country since the Ba'ath Revolution, and provided real-time support to the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division command. A Government major, Rob holds a J.D. from New England School of Law. He has been admitted to the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has previously served the College as Chair of Awards on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Class President, Reunion Chair, and Class Agent.
Adam Wald '94 (Chair, Reunion) majored in Theater and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art shortly after Skidmore. He found success as a commercial voiceover actor for companies from Time Warner to McDonalds and worked in this field for twenty years. At the same time, Adam garnered extensive corporate experience, serving as coordinator for Executive Education programs at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He also worked for U.N. Under-Secretary General, Shashi Tharoor as his personal and executive assistant during Dr. Tharoor's successful run for Minister of State in India. Now Adam has returned to his alma mater where he is Assistant Director of the Skidmore Fund, which raises money for financial aid and other worthy parts of the Skidmore College annual operating budget.
Wendy Wilson '97 (Chair, Diversity) serves as news editor for ESSENCE magazine. In this role she is responsible for assigning various in-depth feature stories as well as profiles, special reports, and commentaries for the news section. She is the former news editor for ESSENCE.com where she provided daily news coverage and content for the Web including breaking news and exclusive stories. She has interviewed some of the most prominent and notable African-American luminaries of our time including Dr. William H. Cosby, actress Viola Davis, Dr. Maya Angelou, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Al Sharpton. In October 2010, she was invited to attend the African-American Online Summit meeting at the White House where she met with several members of the Obama administration including President Barack Obama.
Wilson is the recipient of the 2011 New York Association of Black Journalists award in the International coverage category for editing a story on child slavery in Ghana. She also won the 2010 New York Association of Black Journalists award in the Magazine Public Affairs category and in the Online/New Media category for Public Affairs.
After joining ESSENCE in 2005 as a staff writer, she contributed to several mainstay articles including, ESSENCE's "25 Most Beautiful Women," "25 Best Companies," "Women of Influence," and the "12-month Home Ownership Campaign," which won the 2007 National Association of Black Journalist Award for best magazine business story.
She has sat on the advisory council for two of ESSENCE's most inspirational events: The Essence Music Festival and the Essence Woman's Leadership Conference. She is responsible for recruiting, hiring and managing college students for the ESSENCE Editorial Internship Program. Wilson is also the recipient of the 2001 Time Inc. President's Award, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to company employees for her role in adding diversity initiatives to the company's workforce. In 2012, she was appointed Chair of Diversity on the Skidmore Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Wilson is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she majored in English with a concentration in creative writing. She then continued her education, graduating from New York University in 2001 with a master's degree in Journalism. Previously, she has worked at George, InStyle and Teen People magazines.
In her free time, Wilson is an active member of Fordham United Methodist Church, which she has attended for over 30 years. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors, and is frequently asked to speak to budding young journalists about the magazine industry. She is a die-hard NY Yankees fan and has an uncanny amount of knowledge about the world of professional wrestling.