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2014 Alumni Council Nominees

The Nominations Committee of the Alumni Council has selected the following slate of alumni for election at Reunion 2014.
The candidates, chosen from approximately 300 nominees, have strong records of varied Colgate volunteer service, a consistent history of giving financial support to Colgate, and meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community.

Paper copies of the following biographies are available by calling 315-228-7433, or by sending an e-mail here.

Era I

James Aston ’57
James Aston, a member of Sigma Nu, concentrated in economics. He participated in Maroon Key, Mask & Triangle, the marching band, pep band, and ROTC. The father of David Aston ’89, he was a member of the parents campaign committee in the late 1980s, and he has been a longtime chair of his class gift and reunion gift committees. Aston has been a Scene class editor, and he is currently representing ERA I on the Alumni Council (filling the unexpired term of Copeland Bertche who was elected as legal counsel). He won the Maroon Citation in 2002. Among his many civic and professional activities, Aston has been a member of the executive committee of the Intercollegiate Football Officials Association, serving as vice chairman of its budget and audit committee. He has been a trustee of the Chatham Combined Health Appeal since 1965.

Era II

Andrew Roffe ’68
Tau Kappa Epsilon member Andrew Roffe majored in history while he played soccer, served on the WRCU staff, and wrote for the Maroon News. He earned his bachelor of law degree from Columbia and went on to serve as executive counsel and aide to several New York State legislators, including the speaker of the state assembly. He is currently an attorney and partner with Robison & Cole LLP. Roffe has served on his class gift and reunion gift committees, chairing his 50th Reunion gift committee. He is the brother of Kenneth Roffe ’65 and the father of Michael Roffe ’02. He serves on the board of directors of both the New York Foundling Hospital and the New York School for the Deaf.

Era III

Claudia Stephan Braden ’80
Claudia Stephan Braden is Senior Financial Analyst in the Systems and Technology Group at IBM. She holds her MBA from the University of Connecticut. While earning her bachelor’s degree in economics, she was on the ice with the women’s hockey club team, on the air with WRCU, and she volunteered with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. As an alumna, Braden has served as co-president of the Fairfield alumni club, which won the alumni club of the year award during her tenure. She has been an admission volunteer for 22 years, and an agent on her class gift committee for 17 years. She is the mother of Francesca Braden ’15.

Era IV

Carmine DiSibio ’85

Carmine has been with Ernst & Young for 28 years and is accountable for global business performance, operations of the firm and executing a global strategy in the market.  Carmine has been a member of the President’s Club for over 20 years and has led fundraising efforts for his class reunions.  He has also put in place a programmatic recruiting program for Colgate students. This program provides 10-15 students per year with full-time and intern opportunities at EY.

Era V

Craig Dana Jr. ’91
Craig Dana Jr., Vice President, Operational Excellence at Ann Taylor Sourcing Far East LTD, is the second Craig Dana to attend Colgate. His father, Craig Dana Sr., graduated with the class of ’64. Dana Jr. is the husband of Sarah Dyer ’91. He double majored in geography and political science before going on to earn an MBA at New York University. A past president and treasurer of the Northern New Jersey Alumni Club, Dana has volunteered with both the Office of Admission and the Center for Career Services.

Era VI

Brian Suiter ’00
Brian Suiter is manager of development at Glimcher Realty Trust in Columbus, OH, where he has helped to lead his district alumni club. He has served for the past four years on his class gift committee, and he has mentored students while participating in Real World. When he lived in the New Orleans area, Suiter was an alumni office point of contact for event hosting, including COVE immersion trips and faculty lectures. In the Cleveland area, Suiter served as secretary to the board, student host, employer liaison, and a longtime supporter of the Colgate on the Cuyahoga program. He was also a volunteer for the district’s alumni club.

Era VII

Taylor Buonocore ’08
Taylor Buonocore, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history before doing volunteer conservation work for a nongovernmental organization in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Galapagos Islands. She then went to Tanzania to work with orphans at the Rift Valley Children’s Village and teach at a nearby primary school. Today, she continues her travels as an independent consultant. While at Colgate, Buonocore served in student government, was a Sidekick, and joined Students for Environmental Action. In spite of her world travels after graduation, she still co-chaired the Women’s Advisory Committee, served as chair of her reunion program committee, volunteered with the admission office, and participated in multiple Real World events. She received the Ann Yao Young Alumni Award in 2013. Buonocore is the sister of Brittany Buonocore ’12.

At Large

Sean Devlin ’05
Sean is passionate about improving the undergraduate experience at Colgate, particularly through expanding alumni engagement, transparency, accountability, and student rights and responsibilities. Sean’s Colgate alumni volunteer activities include: Co-Chairman, Senior Class Gift Committee; Chairman, Mu DKE Foundation; Director, A Better Colgate; Director, Alumni Council; Active Member, Rugby Alumni Association; Active Member, Boston Alumni Club. Sean lives in West Roxbury, MA with his wife Betsy and is General Counsel of Feeney Brothers Excavation, LLC.

Denniston Reid ’94
Denniston Reid is chief academic officer and superintendent at the Beginning with Children Foundation. While he was an education major, Reid was a member of the African-American Student Alliance, the varsity track team, and Konosioni. He was treasurer of the Student Government Association, co-coordinator of the Coalition for a Better World, and a volunteer at the Wampsville and Camp Pharsalia correctional facilities. A George Cobb Fellow, Reid earned the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Award. After graduation, he studied for his master’s degree at Columbia University and worked with Teach for America. Reid has served as an admission volunteer and a class agent with his class gift committee.

RVP Far West

Christian Teeter ’95
Christian Teeter graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate with a degree in history. He holds an MBA and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. Today, he is chief of staff to the vice provost for teaching, learning, and academic facilities at the University of California, Berkeley. A longtime career services volunteer, Teeter has made multiple appearances at Real World, now SophoMORE Connections. He founded and has served as an award-winning leader of the East Bay and Orange County alumni clubs. While chairing the alumni admission program for the San Francisco Bay Area, Teeter is also a class chair for the President’s Club.

RVP Southeast

Lesley McNamara ’01
Lesley McNamara is director of strategy and business development at Bank of America. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English before studying for an MBA at Duke University. A member of the Newman Community and the crew team as an undergraduate, she also was on the London English Study Group. A former admission volunteer, she served on the Passion for the Climb Campaign Steering Committee. McNamara is currently a member of the Alumnae Leadership Council.

RVP Southwest/International

Ashley Kepping ’07
Ashley Kepping is a Director in the Foreign Exchange Institutional Sales team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She has been a member of the Presidents’ Club Membership Committee, her class gift committee, and the Millennial Scholarship Program Committee. Kepping was a Biology major at Colgate and a member of Beta Beta Beta. She is the granddaughter of John Garelle ’50 and the sister of Jacqueline Kepping ’10.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Alumni Council?

The 55-member council is the board of directors of the Colgate Alumni Corporation, comprising everyone who has successfully completed at least one semester at the university and whose class has graduated.

This distinguished volunteer council is composed of a diverse and talented group of alumni dedicated to providing leadership and engagement in advancing Colgate and its mission. The council fosters a broad range of connections among alumni, and between alumni and the university. The council also serves in an advisory role to the university’s president, the Board of Trustees, and key faculty and staff.

How are council members nominated?

All year long, the council requests nominations for membership on the council. The council’s Nominations Committee seeks alumni with varied Colgate volunteer service, a demonstrated commitment to Colgate over time, meaningful personal or professional accomplishments or contributions to the greater community, a readiness and willingness to become more involved on behalf of the university, and a consistent history of financial support of Colgate.

Anyone may submit nominations by writing to the council’s executive secretary, Timothy Mansfield, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346, or to a member of the council’s Nominations Committee. Names submitted before the council’s fall meeting will be considered for nomination that academic year.

The Nominations Committee identifies and, with council approval, nominates the candidates presented here at the council’s fall meeting, for election at reunion. The committee annually considers more than 300 nominations for the nine available positions, and put forth for election the following slate.

How does the election work?

Each year nine new council members are elected to four-year terms. Seven of those candidates represent class year eras from 1929–2012; each era includes one-seventh of the total number of living alumni. The other two candidates will fill at-large seats on the council.

If there is no challenge to the candidates nominated by the Alumni Council, the executive secretary is empowered by the Bylaws, Article VI, Section 3(e), to cast a unanimous vote for the unchallenged nominee or nominees listed here.

The council's bylaws specify how to challenge a nominee to the Alumni Council. Any member of the Alumni Corporation who was not nominated by the Alumni Council may submit a petition signed by 75 members who are entitled to vote, specifying the candidate to be challenged (era or at-large nominee). Petitions must be accompanied by a current resume and the consent of the challenger to be nominated, and be submitted to the council’s executive secretary, Timothy Mansfield, by April 10, 2013. If any such petition is received, a ballot listing all nominees and challengers will be distributed to alumni in April. Elections will be held at the annual meeting of the Alumni Corporation in Hamilton on the Saturday of Reunion Weekend. This is a summary: please consult the bylaws for the rules governing nominations and elections.