Sarah C. Baker ’21 (Student Representative)
An anthropology major, Sarah is an assistant in Skidmore’s Archaeology Lab. She is a former student supervisor at Scribner Library.
Logan D. Brenner ’12 (Chair of Young Alumni & Undergraduate Outreach)
Logan earned a B.A. in Geoscience from Skidmore College in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in 2017. While at Skidmore Logan was active in SGA and geoscience research, studying a stalagmite from Yucatan Mexico to develop a history of regional precipitation. Logan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Barnard College in New York City. Her area of expertise is in paleoclimatology and paleoceanography (the study of past climate and oceans), specifically reconstructing oceanic conditions using the geochemistry of stony corals and studying coastal conditions with oysters. She is currently investigating the hydroclimate off the Pacific coast of Panamá to better understand recurrent drought. Follow her group @thebrennerlab!
As an alumna, Logan has been involved in both advancement and alumni relations. She has been an active volunteer for the Skidmore Fund, the Presidents Society, and chaired her 5 Year reunion. In her role as the Chair of Young Alumni and Undergraduate Activities she hopes to spearhead initiatives to that remind us why we love Skidmore so much and reinforce our commitment to its success.
Graeme Campbell ’98 (Alumna Trustee)
M. L. Graeme Campbell, CFP®, MBA, earned a BS from Skidmore College in 1998 and an MBA with a concentration in finance from NYU Stern School of Business in 2005. She is a Certified Financial Planner™ certificant, a member of the NYSSA and Financial Planning Association. Additionally, she serves on the board of a public charity that focuses on youth and entrepreneurship. Graeme is an impassioned advocate for wealth creators, their next generation and their families. She is currently a Managing Director at an Investment Advisory Firm in New York City where she specializes in collaborating with multi-generational family relationships and their trusted advisors to create customized wealth solutions, as well as partnering on firm-wide strategic initiatives for clients and the firm.
Gloribel Cruz ’98 (VP for Alumni Giving & Chair of the Skidmore Fund)
Gloribel Cruz is a Vice President and Relationship Manager in Commercial Real Estate at TD Bank, where she develops new business and manages client relationships. She is a seasoned real estate lender with over 20 years of bank experience mainly focused on real estate transactions, particularly affordable housing.
Prior to joining TD Bank, Gloribel was a VP and Business Manager for Latin America at HSBC Bank. In this role, she drove implementation of the regional emerging markets strategy in retail banking and wealth management. Gloribel started her career at Bank of America (former Fleet National Bank) as an analyst in their Commercial Real Estate group.
Gloribel is an active member in TD's Business Resource Groups. In the community, Gloribel is a board member of Women in Housing and Finance, and she previously served in various capacities on non-profit boards. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance from New York University and Bachelor's Degree from Skidmore College. Gloribel is on Skidmore's Alumni Board.
Angela R. Foss ’82 (Chair of Class Council)
A business major at Skidmore, after graduation, Angie moved to Boston and began volunteering for Skidmore, starting local, as an Alumni Admissions Correspondent and Skidmore-Boston Club volunteer. After a stint as club president, she became chair of clubs on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for a three-year term in 1989. Later she served on the Board's Awards Committee from 2007 to 2010. In 2017, the Alumni Association honored her with a Volunteer Service Award.
Following the early days of fundraising from local telephone banks, in 2013, Angie joined the National Annual Fund Advisory Committee for a six-year term. Then, in 2013, she became a member of the Legacy Society Advisory Council, which she still enjoys.
For her class, Angie has helped plan every reunion. She has co-chaired the Reunion Committee with classmates Jennifer Aborn-Hart and Chuck Kaufman for over twenty years. For many years, Angie and Jennifer have also been Class co-Fund Chairs. She was Class Secretary from 2002 to 2016.
After two decades working in academic and research administration, in 2007, Angie became an independent freelance project manager and event organizer for both individuals and business entities. Other volunteer roles include currently serving as President of The College Club of Boston and a long-time member of the Junior League of Boston. She is also a trustee of her condominium association.
Harold Herz ’89 (VP for Strategic Communications)
Harold Herz is the owner of HKH Properties, a residential real estate company founded in 1994 with properties in Charlottesville, Va. and Kitty Hawk, N.C. A native of Framingham, Mass., he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology-Psychology from Skidmore. After graduation, he worked as a research associate in the Neurology Department at University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia. In 1992, Harold relocated from Philadelphia to Charlottesville, Va., where he founded and operated the Outback Lodge, a restaurant and pub, until 2002. He is now the owner and manager of over 50,000 square feet of premium residential real estate in Virginia and North Carolina. Harold currently serves Skidmore’s Alumni Association Board of Directors as a member of the Nominating Committee and previously served a three year term on the Awards Committee. In October of 2016, he assumes the role of VP of Strategic Communications. Additionally Harold is a co-founder and director of the Give Back Festival Foundation of Charlottesville and the Trustee of the Dr. Matthew and Elise Herz Scholarship Fund based in Boston, Mass., both federally recognized 501c3 charitable entities. Harold lives in Charlottesville with his wife Lila Heymann and their seven-year-old son.
Jennifer Cummings Hillery ’00 (Chair of Nominating)
Jennifer graduated from Skidmore iwith a B.A. in Government. Her passion for government started through various roles in Skidmore’s Student Government Association, and continued to grow with her course work and an internship with the New York Attorney General’s Office in Albany. After Skidmore Jennifer worked for the New York City law firm Dewey Ballantine, LLP, and then attended Northeastern University School of Law from which she graduated in 2004 with a Juris Doctor. Her passion for working in the public sector led her to become an Assistant District Attorney for four years in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Jennifer represented the Commonwealth in both trial and appellate courts, and she received the Justice Ruth Abrams award for her writing skills and oral advocacy. Jennifer has since used her legal skills to serve her community on the boards of not-for-profit organizations and on political campaigns. She also has held elected office in town government since 2015. Inspired by being a member of a public speaking club for women, called Speaker Sisterhood, and having two of her speeches published, Jennifer launched a branch of that club in the fall of 2019. As a club leader she helps other women gain confidence speaking in front of an audience.
Jennifer has been an active alumna volunteer for more than 15 years. She has served as a class agent, Reunion volunteer and class historian. Jennifer is currently fund chair, a regional group volunteer, an admissions contact, and just finished two terms on the Nominating Committee before joining the Alumni Board.
Craig Hyland ’05 (Chair of Regional Programming)
Craig is originally from Canandaigua, NY and now resides in New York, NY. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of Major Gifts for Pace University. In this role, he oversees the entire frontline fundraising team and is responsible for setting the overall major gift fundraising strategy. Prior to relocating to New York, Craig spent eight years in Chicago working for the UIC School of Public Health in a variety of development functions. In June 2013 he assumed the role of Assistant Dean for Advancement, where he was 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 served as the Co-Chair of the regional alumni club and as 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.
Jane Feinberg Karlin ’72, P’03 (Chair of Presidents Society)
Jane Feinberg Karlin has enjoyed a distinguished career as a fundraiser and leader of institutional advancement programs. With a focus on higher education and Jewish communal organizations, she has had senior positions at New York University, The New School, Hadassah, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and The Jewish Agency for Israel. In June 2019 she retired from the Jewish Agency, where she was Senior Vice President for Israel and Global Philanthropy, to teach and pursue research interests that reflect her training in American Studies. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the George H. Heyman Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising in the Center for Global Affairs at NYU School of Professional Studies. In addition to serving on the Alumni Association Board, where she is National Chair of the Presidents Society, she sits on the Women of Reform Judaism Board, supporting women’s engagement in Reform congregations across North America, and is on the Steering Committee of Allies in Action, an initiative aligned with Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy. She also holds degrees from Brown University (AM) and New York University (Ph.D.) and resides in New York City, where she and her late husband raised two children. Her daughter is also a Skidmore College graduate.
Romy Kushnick ’13 (Chair of Young Alumni Giving)
Romy Kushnick is currently enrolled at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, earning her Master of Business Administration. Prior to starting her degree, Romy was the Senior Development Officer, Education at the Jewish Museum in New York City, fundraising for the Museum's education and outreach programs. Romy also worked at the Metropolitan Opera as Assistant Director, Institutional Relations. During her time at Skidmore, Romy majored in art history and minored in arts administration and business. She participated in the Skidmore Student Calling Program, served on the Senior Gift Committee, and worked in the Collections department at the Tang Museum.
As an alumna Romy continues to be involved with Skidmore’s Annual Fund, currently serving as the Class of 2013 President’s Society Chair. Romy has dedicated much of her time to the college, she arranged a private tour of the Met for guests who attended the Creating our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore launch gala in New York City. Romy was offered the opportunity to chronicle an Alumni Travel Program trip to Iceland in 2017 and took over Skidmore's Instagram account posting beautiful images of the Northern Lights. In 2018 Romy served on the Class of 2013 Reunion Planning Committee in honor of their fifth reunion where she was awarded the David H. Porter Young Alumni Service Award.
Melvis N. Langyintuo ’12 (Chair of Friends of Athletics)
It’s not often that a young alumnus joins the ranks of a group that includes NBA greats like David Robinson and Magic Johnson. But that’s exactly what Melvis Langyintuo ’12 did several years ago, when Business Insider magazine profiled him, along with several professional athletes who left the game to launch careers in finance, among The 32 Best Basketball Players on Wall Street.
A global macro trader at Goldman Sachs who had launched his career at Morgan Stanley, Melvis is making his mark in a highly competitive industry. But his achievements involve far more than business acumen and athleticism. Melvis’ resume reveals another passion—a true avocation—that he was already pursuing during his student days at Skidmore. An advocate and philanthropist, he has been opening doors to education in impoverished communities around the globe, including those in his native Ghana.
Melvis was attending high school in Zimbabwe when he was selected for Africa Top 100 Camp, part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders initiative, which expands opportunities for youth in underdeveloped countries. His drive and talent drew the attention of several NBA coaches, who suggested that he apply to the Lawrenceville School, a college-preparatory academy in New Jersey. Melvis landed a scholarship and enrolled, distinguishing himself in the classroom and on the basketball court. He graduated determined to play college basketball and get a great education. “Skidmore, he says, “was the perfect fit.”
In 2010, Melvis partnered with Johane Simelane ’13 to author and successfully executive a Davis Project For Peace proposal to build a sports complex and renovate a child care center for Swaziland’s impoverished Mpolonjeni community.
As he builds his career on Wall Street, Melvis continues to help children in developing countries receive the transformative gift of a good education. “It’s an investment really—in Africa and in the future.” As a member of the Leadership Council for nonprofit Pencils of Promise, he has raised over $115,000 to build primary schools, promote healthcare, and introduce e-readers to students in Ghana, Laos, and Guatemala. Not content to stop at fundraising, he has helped to scout building locations, participate in construction, and review student/teacher evaluations.
Closer to home, Melvis and his team of colleagues captured first place in the Wall St. Decathlon in 2015, raising $62,692 for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Melvis, who won the vertical jump, raised more than $20,000 by himself. They remained victorious the following year, besting peer teams in all 10 of the competition’s events.
In 2017, he was recognized by the Alumni Association with the Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement.
Neil I. McKinnon ’97 (Chair of Diversity and Inclusion)
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Neil McKinnon attended Bishop Ford CCHS. At Skidmore, he earned a B.S. in business and management with a minor in international affairs. After a stint on the Alumni Board's Nominating Committee, he signed on as Chair of Diversity and Inclusion.
Neil launched his career in Geico's Managment Training Program. After attending his 10th Reunion, he caught the entrepreneurial itch and started his own equipment rental company. He sold the company (Poshbooth) in 2018 and has been working as a small business consultant specializing in the develop of commercial and government business.
Neil lives in Springfield, Va., with his wife Fiona and their four girls: Marley, Madison, Macie and Malia. The family recently welcomed a new member; a mutt named Wall-e. You can still find Neil in the gym playing basketball with faculty and staff during Alumni Board meeting weekends.
Dana Metes ’90 (Chair of Awards)
An English major at Skidmore, Dana’s first job after graduation was at a publishing company in Chicago owned by Susan Hirsch Schwartz ’68. After going back to school 6 years later and earning her Juris Doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center, Dana practiced intellectual property law at two New York City law firms. After eight years, the siren call of New England life drew her back north, where she built a third career in higher education. Now a managing director of the Dartmouth College Fund in Hanover, NH, Dana attributes the ease with which she was able to switch professions to the strong liberal arts foundation she received at Skidmore. She has enjoyed giving back to Skidmore ever since, from acting as class correspondent for more than 20 years, to helping establish two classmate memorials, to serving on the Alumni Association Awards Committee. In addition, she has served multiple terms in her other current roles; president, Reunion chair and class agent. Dana is an avid baker, and when she’s not working or on vacation traveling she spends time at home in Hartland, Vermont with her rescue dogs Stella and King Arthur.
Justin Model ’91 (VP for Programming)
Justin is an experienced marketer with a track-record of creating and implementing strategic, client and brand-centric programs that have made revenue contributions. His specialties include experiential client programs, awareness and consideration campaigns, partner marketing, sponsorship negotiation and activation, digital media, and stakeholder and people management.
Justin currently leads the marketing and strategy for Thompson Hine LLP’s National Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice and the New York region. Justin joined the firm after spending two-years as an independent marketing consultant assisting brands with integrated campaigns, communications, internal operations, partner marketing programs, social media strategies, and large-scale sponsorships and events. Prior to that, Justin headed the U.S. marketing and business development efforts for the corporate practice of a global law firm. From 2005- 2015, Justin was the Marketing & Communications Director for Accenture’s East leading a regional team of four field marketers. His career also includes marketing leadership roles in three global law firms and technology start-ups as well as nonprofit associations. He started his career in politics as an aide to a NYC Councilman, as a lobbyist for Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and as the Vice President, Business Development for the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
A two-time Ironman finisher, Justin currently chairs USA Triathlon’s Marketing Committee and was a member of the organization’s NE regional council for six years serving as chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary. He is also a member of the national and northeast regional advisory boards of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, former Chair of Asphalt Green Triathlon Club’s Steering Committee.
Justin has an MBA from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Global Business and a BA from Skidmore College. Justin is happy to re-join the Skidmore’s Alumni board after serving on the board in two other roles
Amy M. Munichiello ’94 (Chair of Career & Professional Development)
Amy graduated Skidmore in 1994 with a degree in Business and Government and a passion for the “organizational psychology” side of business. She began her career at Accenture in Boston as a change management consultant providing solutions to Fortune 500 clients before moving into a global human performance consulting practice based in NYC. Following Accenture, Amy joined a boutique consulting firm focused on the development and implementation of competitive work/life/flexibility strategies to drive employee engagement and retention.
Amy relocated to Boston in 2000 upon joining Ernst & Young, where she is currently the Director of Organization Effectiveness Consulting, Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY’s Financial Services Organization. Amy leads an internal Organizational Development consulting practice which designs consulting solutions to retain and develop leaders, enable the highest performing teams, build an inclusive culture, and drive employee engagement.
Claire Solomon Nisen ’10 (Chair of Admissions)
Claire is currently pursuing a dual master’s in Social Work and Public Health at Columbia University. Prior to her time at Columbia, Claire worked as a Program Associate at The Covenant Foundation, a Jewish educational foundation in New York City, and spent two years as an Education Fellow at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi. Claire majored in American Studies (it’s the best!) while at Skidmore, and was active in Student Government and Hillel. She currently is active in the Skidmore-New York Planning Group, serves as Class Secretary and FOP Chair, and is a member of the National FOP Committee. When she is not happily and proudly volunteering with members of her Skidmore family, she can be found volunteering with various Interfaith organizations, participating in her monthly book club, or singing in the Columbia/Barnard Chorus.
Amy O’Leary ’92 (Alumna/us Trustee)
Amy earned a degree in psychology and early education from Skidmore in 1992 and went on to earn a master’s in public administration from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. In 1999, she received Skidmore’s David Porter Young Alumni Service Award and in 2012 received an Alumni Outstanding Service Award. Amy has served in many volunteer roles as an alumna, serving as class president, class agent, reunion chair for her fifth and 10th reunions, president of the Boston Skidmore Club and in various capacities on the alumni board, most recently as vice president for involvement, chair of reunions, and a Nominating Committee member.
She is director of Early Education for All, a campaign of Strategies for Children, an advocacy and policy organization that works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs. Amy joined SFC in 2002 as the early childhood field director and has also served as the Campaign’s deputy director. Prior to joining SFC, Amy worked as a preschool teacher and program director at Ellis Memorial in the South End of Boston. In March 2017 Amy was elected President-elect of the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Her four-year term started in June of 2017 serving as President from June 2018-2020. She serves on the adjunct faculty at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. Amy is a member of the Massachusetts Kids Count Advisory Council and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Advisory Committee. Amy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Investment Fund in Boston. In addition, Amy presents at national, state and local conferences and provides technical assistance to advocates and elected officials in other states.
Merilee Mapes Perkins ’76 (Chair of Reunions)
Merilee Mapes Perkins is the Senior Program Director of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA in Sanford, Maine where she manages all programs, develops organizational collaborations and is the liaison to community partnerships. Previous to her twenty years at the Y, Merilee worked as a fitness consultant, vocational rehabilitation counselor and physical education teacher. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she is a volunteer faculty trainer and instructor for YUSA. She continues to teach Pilates, Spinning, aqua fitness and TRX. Merilee has B.S. and M.S. degrees in physical education from Skidmore College and Purdue University, respectively. A class agent since graduation, Merilee been reunion chair and class president for the Spirit of ’76 since 2000. In 2016, she was recognized by the Alumni Association with an Outstanding Service Award. Merilee has served on the Board of several local organizations that foster the development of wellness and healthy living. She currently serves on the Maine Community Foundation County Committee, Partners for Healthier Communities Advisory Board, County District Health Council and SMHC Physicians Services Board. Merilee is a past chair of Goodall Hospital is currently vice-chair of Southern Maine Health Care. Merilee lives in Shapleigh, Maine with her husband John. They have two grown daughters.
Robert Resnick ’88 (President)
Rob is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps for 24 years including deployment to Iraq. He served as a staff judge advocate, the pinnacle JAG assignment, a rare three times, during which he was the primary legal counsel for senior commanders and supervised the legal office. Rob was considered among the Army's criminal law experts. He currently teaches at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL.
Prior postings include: Staff Judge Advocate at the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Staff Judge Advocate at the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Chief, Defense Counsel Assistance Program for the U.S. Army 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 for combat operations in 2003, 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 during the war. A Government major, Rob holds a J.D. from New England School of Law and an L.L.M. in Criminal and Military Law. He has been admitted to the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has previously served the College on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Class President, Reunion Chair, Class Agent, and Alumni Admissions Contact.
Olivia Rosenblum ’22 (Student Representative)
A Classics (and prospective Spanish double) major, Olivia works as a student meditation leader for Skidmore Mindfulness. Olivia is a student leader in Hillel and Student Government.
Steve Sullivan ’78 (Alumna/us Trustee)
A former Trustee, Steve is owner of Longfellow’s and Olde Bryan Inn and a highly honored civic leader in Saratoga Springs.