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NEWS FROM CONNECTICUT COLLEGE March 2014

Vote for the slate of Alumni Board directors


03/10/2014

The Alumni Association Board of Directors has nominated six new candidates and is recommending that seven current directors be reappointed to a second term. All would serve for three years beginning in July of 2014.

The candidates are presented as a single slate in accordance with the bylaws of the association. You can indicate your support by calling 1-800-888-7549 or emailing the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni.relations@conncoll.edu no later than June 30.

The new nominees are:

Sandra Horn Elstein ’57, P’80 
Southport, Conn.
Director, 2014-2017

Sandy majored in art while at Connecticut College. She was involved with dorm council as an undergraduate and has been a very active volunteer since graduation. Sandy has served in numerous volunteer roles for the College, including president of the Connecticut College Club of Fairfield County, reunion chair, reunion committee member and class vice president. Sandy currently serves as president of the Class of 1957. She and her husband, Henry, reside in Southport. Their daughter Deborah graduated from the College in 1980. 

Deborah Nichols Losse ’66
Sedona, Ariz.
Director, 2014-2017

After graduating with a major in French, Debby served with her husband, John, in the Peace Corps at a secondary school in Katsina, Nigeria.  She then received her M.A. and Ph.D. in French at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. At Arizona State University, she taught French language and literature, served as president of the Academic Senate, associate dean of academic programs in the graduate college, and chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures. In 2004 she became dean of humanities with oversight of five departments and five centers. She is the author of three books on French Renaissance literature. With fellow College classmates, Debby helped organize and participated in panel discussions at the 40th and 45th reunions. She currently resides in Arizona with her husband. They have two children, Kate and Owen.

F. Wisner Murray ’79, P’11
Cohasset, Mass.
Director, 2014-2017

Wisner graduated from the College in 1979 with a major in sociology. Active as a student in ice hockey and sailing, Wisner continued to stay involved after graduation. He coordinated the Alumni Admission’s Network for New York City, hosted an internship at Xerox Corp., and was an active member of the Connecticut College Club of New York. On the fundraising side, Wisner helped coordinate the College’s first phonathons. He has served as a class agent and Crest Circle chair for the Annual Fund. For his 30th and now 35th reunions, he has been a dynamic participant in his class planning. He also has been active with the Parents’ Council, volunteering to help with admissions, and has assisted Career Services’ efforts with students and alumni. Wisner received the prestigious Alumni Tribute Award in 2009 for his various and significant contributions to Connecticut College. Wisner resides in Cohasset, Mass., with his wife, Betts.  Their son Francis is a 2011 College graduate. Wisner can often be found in the stands cheering on the men’s hockey team.

Lois Mendez-Catlin ’80
Carrabelle, Fla.
Director, 2014-2017

Lois majored in English with a secondary-school certification and went on to receive an M.A. (developmental education), M.Ed. (educational psychology) and Ed.D. (higher and adult education: college student development) from Columbia University. She worked as an associate dean at Bryn Mawr College and an associate adjunct professor at Reading Area Community College. She currently is the co-owner and chief executive business officer of Phoenix Family Health Care Center in Carrabelle, Fla. In addition, she is the co-founder of Renovation Youth Leadership Program and the executive director of the Take Stock In Children Mentoring and OnTarget: College and Career Exploration Programs in Franklin County, Fla. As an undergraduate, Lois was involved with rowing, J-Board, WCNI radio station, Dorm Council, La Unidad, the literary magazine, and SGA.  As an alumna, she has volunteered as an admissions representative, class agent and Crossroads mentor.  She and her husband, Dr. Lionel Catlin ’79, reside in Florida and have a 23-year-old son, Sean. 

Gregory Fleischmann ’90
Chicago
Director, 2014-2017

Greg graduated cum laude with a double major in Japanese language and literature and Asian studies, and went on to receive his MBA from Columbia University in 2001. He currently works for the global law firm of Baker & McKenzie as its global marketing director and is regularly invited to speak at legal and marketing industry conferences. Greg is fluent in Japanese and has advised individuals and companies about doing business in Japan throughout his career. As a volunteer, Greg has been active in returning to campus to provide career advice to students. Greg currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Noriko, and their son, Harley.

Ianthe Hensman Hershberger ’06
Providence, R.I.
Director, 2014-2017

Ianthe majored in economics and went on to receive her MBA from Clark University in 2009. She currently teaches at the Wheeler School in Providence. She has been a very active member of both the Providence and the Connecticut College communities.  While a student, Ianthe worked as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, served as a house governor for two years, managed the Student Organizations Funds Office and was a Housefellow. She has mentored students and serves as an admissions representative and class agent chair. She is a member of her class reunion committee and has assisted with regional programming.  Ianthe lives in Providence with her husband, Anthony.

 

The nominees for a second term are:

Jamie Glanton Costello ’89
Brookline, Mass.
Secretary

Jamie majored in sociology-based human relations and earned her M.A. from Teachers College of Columbia University and Ph.D. from Boston College in higher education administration. Jamie has served as a president’s office delegate, Bridges Mentoring Program volunteer, class treasurer, reunion committee member and alumni admission representative. She was a member of the undergraduate alumni board. Jamie currently is a member of Connecticut College Alumni of Color, a subcommittee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Currently, Jamie works as the dean of students and multicultural programs at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Jamie and her husband, John, have two children, Xavier and Delaney.

Liana Douillet Guzmán ’05
New York City

Director, 2014-2017

As a marketing director at Axiom, Liana is responsible for successfully bringing the Axiom brand to life in both domestic and international markets and developing effective marketing, promotional, social media and public relations strategies. In 2007, Liana co-founded The Pink Agenda, a nonprofit organization that has raised nearly $1 million for breast cancer research and advocacy, proving that fun and philanthropy are not mutually exclusive. As chair of the programming subcommittee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Liana helps plan events all over the country. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Eric Kaplan ’85
Philadelphia
Vice President, 2014 – 2017

Eric serves as a senior fellow and director of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program at the University of Pennsylvania. Eric has held several key administrative positions at Penn, including senior director of development and alumni relations for international initiatives, associate secretary of the university, and interim dean of admissions. Prior to these roles he spent many years in college admissions in progressively responsible roles at Westbrook College, Boston University, Brandeis, Penn and at Lehigh, where he served as dean of admissions and financial aid.  As a board member, Eric has served as chair of the Annual Fund subcommittee and currently serves as vice president of the board. Eric has assumed myriad volunteer roles over the years, including class agent chair, class president and as an admissions representative. He also mentors a Point Scholar who is a sophomore at Penn. Eric earned a B.A. from Connecticut College, an Ed.M. from Harvard and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Usman Khosa ’04
Chicago
Director, 2014-2017

Usman graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics and international relations. During college, Usman served on the SGA Executive Board and was a Housefellow. Usman received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2012. Prior to business school, Usman worked as an analyst at the International Monetary Fund. Usman is an investment banker with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he advises clients on mergers and acquisitions and capital raise transactions.  

Frank Suher ’89
Longmeadow, Mass.

Director, 2014-2017

Frank graduated in 1989 with a focus in government and psychology. Frank currently serves as vice president of E-S Sports in Holyoke, Mass.  While at the College, he was involved in student organizations and admissions and was a member of the varsity soccer team for four years. Frank serves on the programming subcommittee as well as the Connecticut College Alumni of Color subcommittee of the alumni board.  As an alumnus, Frank has been an admissions representative and has served on his reunion planning committee. He also serves as the Class of 1989 class agent chair. Frank is married to Hilary Schacher Suher ’90, and they have two children, Emily and Jack.

Liza Talusan ’97
Brockton, Mass.
Director, 2014-2017

A psychology major, Liza left Connecticut College and pursued a master’s in educational administration from New York University, which she received in June 1999. She is currently finishing up her work for her Ph.D. Liza works as a director of intercultural affairs at Stonehill College. She is chair of the Connecticut College Alumni of Color subcommittee of the alumni board and serves as an admissions representative. Liza has returned to campus numerous times since graduation to speak to students about her career path and has also served as the College’s Asian Awareness Month keynote speaker and the College’s 2009 Convocation speaker. She is married to Jorge Vega ’97.

Dena Wolf Yeskoo ’75
Summit, N.J.
Director, 2014 – 2017

A Winthrop Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Dena graduated summa cum laude in 1975 with a degree in psychology. She went on to receive her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1978 and then her LL.M. in taxation from the NYU School of Law in 1982. Dena is an attorney in the Private Client Group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP in New York. She is a consummate volunteer who chairs the Annual Fund subcommittee of the alumni board and is also a member of the programming committee. Dena serves as class agent chair and is a member of her class's Reunion Planning Committee. She has also served as class agent, an admissions representative and a career adviser.