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
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.
Carmine DiSibio ’85
Carmine DiSibio is global managing partner at Ernst & Young LLP. He is the husband of Amy Everett DiSibio ’86. A member of Beta Theta Pi, DiSibio was a chemistry major who went on to earn his MBA at New York University. He has been a member of the Presidents’ Club Membership Committee, and he has served on his class gift committee.
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.
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.
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.
Sean Devlin ’05
Sean Devlin is general counsel at Feeney Brothers Excavation, LLC, in Dorchester, Mass. Chair of his senior class gift committee, Devlin played rugby, served as vice president of the interfraternity council, and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He earned his degree in English before pursuing a law degree at Suffolk University. Devlin is chairman of the Mu of DKE Foundation, director of A Better Colgate, and a former president of the DKE Alumni Corporation. He is currently serving an at-large position on the Alumni Council (filling the final year in the unexpired term of Robert Johnson, who was elected as treasurer).
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.
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.
Ashley Kepping ’07
Ashley Kepping is vice president, macros hedge funds for foreign exchange, 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.