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Chair of the Board
Agent, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, California. Etz attended the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and earned his MFA there in 1985. As an agent, Tony represents and packages both talent and television shows. He teaches media classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. He is a fourth generation Knox graduate. His grandfather, Robert Murphy '31, was a former chair of the Knox Board of Trustees.
Vice Chair of the Board
Horace White Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University. Baird received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell and, after a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, she was appointed as the first woman faculty member to receive tenure in Cornell University's chemistry department. Her research laboratory employs a broad range of biophysico-chemical methods to investigate the structure and molecular mechanisms of cell surface receptors that operate in immunological and other physiological responses. She has been honored for her work with the New York Academy's Harold Lamport Award for Biophysics and Physiology, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and was is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She was awarded a Knox College Alumni Achievement Award in 1994.
Chair of the Committee on Trustees
Partner, Haynes & Boone LLP, Dallas, Texas. Sharry received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University and is a leading corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer. Over the course of her career, Sharry has served as a trusted advisor to numerous corporations and private equity firms, navigating complex multi-national transactions and capital raises. Her experience in the energy, aviation, healthcare, and food industries includes work on many transactions having a value in excess of $1 billion and others that involve crisis situations. Jan has served as a host for alumni events in the Dallas area.
Chair of the Committee on Finance
John Lawler is chief financial officer at Ford Motor Company and has overall responsibility of finance functions including Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury, Tax, Investor Relations, Economics and Audit as well as the Ford Credit business. Lawler began his 32-year career with Ford on the company’s Finance team and has worked in North America, Europe and Asia. He has held pivotal roles such as Chief Executive Officer, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC and Mobility Partnerships, Vice President Corporate Strategy, Corporate Controller, Chairman and CEO of Ford China, as well as CFO for Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. Lawler earned an MBA from the University of Iowa in 1990.
Chair of the Committee on Admission and Financial Aid
Retired, Colonel, US Army, and later Parsons Corporation, Colorado Springs, CO. Mason’s distinguished military service was comprised of worldwide troop assignments with Infantry units, which encompassed command and staff duties. After retirement from the US Army, Mason joined Parsons as a Defense Contractor, providing system analyses and technical consulting in support of integrated ballistic missile defense planning. Mason volunteers throughout his community in various roles. Most significantly as a Director, Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education; Member, Leadership Pikes Peak Board of Trustees; and Member, Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board. In recognition of his community activism, in 2015 Mason was awarded the Leadership Pikes Peak’s Community Inspiration Leadership Award. Mason holds a BA in Political Science from Knox College; an MS in Personnel Management from Troy University; a Master of Military Art and Science Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and Graduate, U.S. Army War College.
Chair of the Committee on Campus Life & Athletics
After graduation worked as an actuarial consultant for Mercer. Plomin then turned her attentions to charitable endeavors. Where she served on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including Christ Child Society of Detroit, Conner Prairie Alliance, and the Benvenuto Women’s Club of Milan. Today she volunteers her talents to the Oakland County Lighthouse, Habitat for Humanity and the AARP Tax-aide Foundation.
Chair of the Committee on Advancement
Chief People Officer, Zillow Group, Seattle, Washington. Spaulding received a MS in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. Before joining Zillow, Spaulding was Vice President of Human Resources for U.S. stores and retail operations at Starbucks, overseeing 140,000 employees across the country. Prior to that, he worked at Life Technologies and Dell, Inc., which included an expatriate assignment in China.
Chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs
A senior-level physician executive with more than 25 years of operational and clinical healthcare experience, Anthony “Tony” Tedeschi retired in January, 2020 as CEO of Tenet Healthcare’s Detroit Market. Dr. Tedeschi’s background includes starting a clinical practice in a rural community, serving as interim co-CEO and hospital president for a large suburban integrated-delivery system, serving as interim COO of Chicago’s Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and leading organizational performance improvement as the COO and CMO of two urban, safety-net hospitals. He is an expert in orchestrating turnarounds, having led six financial/quality/strategic turnarounds in complex environments that were operational immersions and resulted in marked financial and cultural improvement that brought stability to each healthcare organization.
Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Tedeschi holds a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and master’s degrees in business administration from Northwestern University and public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Tedeschi graduated with a BA from Knox College. While in Chicago, Dr. Tedeschi served as a clinical instructor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Tedeschi has been recognized with such awards as Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives Chicago Metro Leadership Award, and Detroit Community Health Connection Thomas Van Coverden Leadership Award.
Chair of the Committee on Facilities & Infrastructure
Rick Veague is Chief Technology Officer with IFS North America, a leading developer and provider of enterprise scale business applications globally. Rick works with leading IFS customers and prospects with a focus on enterprise asset management, field service and complex manufacturing solutions, leveraging leading edge technology to drive transformative business outcomes. Rick joined IFS in 1999, and has held various pre- and post-sales positions, and is based in Itasca, IL. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Knox College.
Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships; Health Systems, BioPharma, & Payers, Helix Opco LLC. Dr. Asabere received both his doctorate and MS degrees in Genomics from Yale University. Prior to joining Helix, he was a Healthcare Consultant with GfK Market Access helping his pharmaceutical clients develop payer reimbursement strategies for therapeutics and diagnostics. Dr Asabere was also a visiting researcher at Stanford University School of Medicine Genetics Department where he studied biological differences between primate species using next generation sequencing technologies. Dr. Asabere received several scholarships as a student and graduated with academic honors from Knox with a bachelors in Biology and served as Co-Chair of the Honor Board during his time on campus. He continues to volunteer with the Alumni Engagement Office and Bastian Family Center for Career Success and continuously looks for opportunities to return to campus.
Director of Title IX & Civil Rights Compliance and lecturer in social sciences, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. Lexow graduated from Knox with a degree in history. After training as a historian at Harvard University, Lexow has spent the last 25 years serving in various roles in higher education, including as head softball coach, associate athletic director, and long-time First-Year Seminar instructor. In her current role, she oversees Bates College’s prevention and response to all forms of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct.
Psychotherapist based in New York City. After graduating from Knox, Vela served as post-bacc fellow at the Office of International Student Services and a patient case manager intern at Knox County Health Center. After moving to New York City, Vela attended Teachers College, Columbia University and earned her masters in Psychological Counseling. While in graduate school, she continued to serve students at Barnard College and Columbia University School of Social Work by providing career counseling services and promoting mental health awareness on campus. Vela is currently working closely with families and children in need of counseling at a community center as well as her other clients in private practice.
Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Board. Morgan advises the Chairman and Board directors on policy issues that impact the daily operations of the agency, and coordinates with the CTA President and senior leadership on key initiatives such as finance, workforce development, procurement policy, DEI and intergovernmental relations. She also directs and oversees the daily operations of the Board Office and serves as a trustee to the CTA Pension Board, which manages a $1.9 billion employee retirement fund. Morgan believes strongly in civic engagement and giving back. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, in addition to serving in a number of leadership and volunteer roles for community organization promoting educational, professional and economic development. Morgan received her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. She graduated with honors from Knox College where she received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology.
Retired, Owner/CEO-Panera Bread Franchisee, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bastian received an MBA from Washington University. He began his professional career at Chrysler Corporation and then worked for Allied Signal in their automotive division. During his employment with Allied, Bastian progressed to the position of chief financial officer of Allied Signal-International and lived in Hong Kong for four years, where he was responsible for all divisions of Allied Signal-International. After retirement from Allied, Bastian purchased the eastern North Carolina franchise territory of Panera Bread Company. He, his wife, Diane, and sister, Kathryn Bastian '78, expanded Breadwinners at the Triangle to 16 stores before selling the franchise in 2012.
Senior Director, Portfolio Program Management Operations for AbbVie, Inc., North Chicago, IL. He is responsible for leading multiple strategic teams who ultimately advance business-critical R&D programs. From continuous improvement initiatives to peer coaching to serving as co-chair of the Black Business Network, Nyerere is active in driving the AbbVie culture forward. Outside of work, Nyerere mentors students across broad and diverse age groups and is involved in the Knox College Black Alumni Network (BAN). Nyerere is engaged in the fight for racial, social, and gender equity in all that he does. He follows the legacy of an alumni trustee returning as a general trustee.
Retired, Senior Executive and Technology Consultant, San Francisco, California. Blew has served in a variety of senior leadership roles in technology and human resources including as the Chief of Staff for Technology at Visa, Inc., as an Executive Vice President and CTO at Wells Fargo running the technology infrastructure with a staff of over one thousand in 28 states, and as Vice President responsible for the $2+ billion project portfolio at Kaiser Permanente. Her specialties include project, change, and process management, as well as leadership development. She has served on the Knox College board of trustees for over 18 years as both an Alumni Trustee and a General Trustee. She is an ultra-marathon open water swimmer and has been the treasurer of the iconic South End Rowing Club in San Francisco for the past four years. In 2018 Blew received a Knox Service Award for her exemplary service and dedication to students and the College.
Semi-retired, pro-bono lawyer, New Hampshire. Drafted after his first year of law school, Chubrich served in the US Marine Corps from 1968 to 1970. After completing school, he practiced law in New Hampshire and southern Maine from his Portsmouth, New Hampshire offices for 42 years, until he retired from general practice in 2017. He has taught income tax law at Franklin Pierce Law Center and at the University of New Hampshire, Whittemore Business School. He received degrees from Knox (history), the University of Chicago Law School (JD), and Boston University Law School (LLM, Graduate Tax Program). Chubrich lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Naples, Florida.
Dr. George Cole is senior medical director, oncology clinical development. His primary area of focus is the solid tumor program. Dr. Cole held similar positions at American—and European-based biopharmaceutical companies prior to joining Abbvie in 2015.
His surgical career spans many years with experience in academic and military medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and a surgical oncology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Dr. Cole served as assistant regimental surgeon, executive officer of medical company in the U.S. Marine Corps.
His diverse professional background has afforded Dr. Cole the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from physicians in other countries, under many different practice and medical settings. He is a firm believer in the philosophy, “See One, Do One, Teach One”. Throughout his career he has enjoyed teaching and watching students grow as they develop their knowledge and skill sets.
For recreation, Dr. Cole is an avid alpine skier, and he enjoys cooking.
Founder/CEO, Craig Technologies, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Craig completed the 3-2 program at Knox and the University of Illinois graduating with degrees in computer science and engineering, then added an MS in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and is pursuing a Ph.D in Systems Engineering at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. Craig worked for the Department of Defense and eventually became a Naval Flight Officer. In 1999, she started Craig Technologies, offering high-end custom engineering and technical support services. Today, she leads more than 400 employees in 20 different states.
President, River City Electric Co. Draper received his BA in History from Knox and has spent his entire career in the electrical construction industry. In 2012 he founded River City Electric, focusing primarily on heavy outdoor electrical construction. RCE works mostly with state, county and municipal departments of transportation installing airport lighting, traffic signals, street lighting and traffic management systems. He sits as a management trustee on the Electrician’s Fringe Benefit Fund managing employee fringe benefits including a self-insured health care plan. In addition, he also is a board member for the Mankato branch of West Bank. Mark is a proud father of two children with one of them currently attending Knox.
Illinois State Senator from the 39th Legislative District and Senate President. Harmon is in his fifth Senate term and was appointed president pro tempore in 2011, offering him a key role in shaping policy and moving legislation through the Illinois Senate. Harmon has previously served as an alumni trustee and often works with philanthropists in Chicago who support educational efforts.
Past Chair of Alumni Council; General Trustee
Research Manager, Transwestern Real Estate, Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a research manager at a commercial real estate firm, Harris has experience conducting industry research, economic impact analyses, researching and analyzing special topics, and GIS analysis. Harris is also a lecturer at the University of Minnesota College of Continuing & Professional Studies, as well as a city council member for the City of Golden Valley in Minnesota. Outside of work, Harris volunteers for many groups, including CASA, HOBY, and C2ER, and has continued his dedication to Knox. Harris has volunteered for Mock Interview and Networking events with current students, has been an active member of Alumni Council—including a term as chair—and has been the Twin Cities Knox Club leader since 2016.
Helen is working on a startup venture in the CRM analytics space. Helen is an experienced product management and business development executive. Most recently, she was the Chief Product Officer at ComplySci, where she was responsible for innovation and the strategic direction of the ComplySci platform. Prior to joining ComplySci, Helen was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where she commercialized the firm’s technology and developed a retail digital investment platform. Helen started her career at the Boston Consulting Group and worked extensively in the Fintech space over the years with companies such as IHS Markit, S&P Capital IQ, and Charles Schwab. Helen earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and BA in Economics from Knox College.
Founder and Co-Chair, Littler Mendelson's Business Restructuring Practice Group. Long works with corporate clients and private equity firms to guide them in structuring corporate transactions to minimize risk and maximize the value and success of those transactions from a labor, employment, and employee benefits perspective. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979 and worked at a Chicago law firm for more than 24 years before joining Littler Mendelson in 2003.
Head of North American Commercial, Newton Investment Management North America LLC. A certified public accountant, Lyn earned his MBA and Master of Accounting degrees from Rice University. Prior to joining Standish, Lyn was a portfolio manager and director of fixed income investments at Davis Hamilton Jackson & Associates and a trust officer with Texas Commerce Bank. He started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young.
Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction in Economics, University of Colorado. Maskus received his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is an expert in international trade and finance and has been a lead economist at the World Bank. He has also been a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and at the Kiel Institute for World Economics, and an adjunct professor in Australia, Germany and China.
Co-founder Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. Potter earned his juris doctorate from the University of Iowa and a master's in business administration from the University of Chicago. He serves as a trustee for the YMCA of Springfield, serves on the Board of Directors for the Prairie State Bank & Trust, is past president of The American Civil Liberties Union Springfield Chapter, and is a founding director and member of the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region. Potter joined the Knox College Board of Trustees in 1979 as an alumni trustee and rejoined the Board in 1994 as a general trustee, moving to emeritus in 2018. He and wife Mary Jo Howe Potter '63 are members of the Ellen Browning Scripps Society and the Old Main Society.
Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. Rademaker received her juris doctorate from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Her practice encompasses a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including development, leasing, financings, property sales and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She has substantial experience in real estate development, including build-to-suit transactions and design and construction-related contracts. Rademaker has significant experience in negotiating and documenting commercial office, industrial, and retail leases. She also has worked extensively in the area of commercial real estate financing, including secured loans, work-outs, and restructurings. Rademaker recently was named one of the Top 100 Leading Women Real Estate-Related Lawyers by Leading Lawyers Network. Rademaker and husband James G. Crowell ’84 are members of the President's Circle.
Self-employed, HR Consultant, Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rosene earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has led or served in human resource roles for ConAgra and various units of YUM! Brands, including A&W, Long John Silvers, and most recently as the chief people officer for Kentucky Fried Chicken. She served Knox as an alumni trustee before becoming a general trustee, and was a member of the Business Advisory Council and the Campaign Advisory Committee.
Founder, Schuler Educational Consulting. Schuler guides young people and their families on the college selection journey and provides them with a host of financial, database, and management services. Schuler has more than 20 years of experience as a medical device marketing executive at Medtronic. He previously served as an alumni trustee before becoming a general trustee and has been a member of the Business Advisory Council and the K Club.
Floyd Abrams Clinical Lecturer, Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School and Senior Counsel at Ballard Spahr, LLP. He defends the newsgathering activity and content of such news organizations as The New York Times, Associated Press, CBS, Hearst, Conde Nast, BuzzFeed, Gizmodo, and other media outlets. His Yale clinic provides pro bono legal services to defend the newsgathering rights of journalists and advocacy organizations. Schulz is ranked one of the top First Amendment Litigators in the country by Chambers USA. He earned his B.A. in mathematics and economics, M.A. in economics and J.D. at Yale University.
Senior business leader at Microsoft (Xbox). Tioanda is currently residing in Bellevue, Washington, with her husband Aaron Khoo '96. Tioanda majored in modern languages while at Knox and received her MBA from American University. Her career spans multiple industries—technology, consulting, financial services, education, real estate, and video gaming development. She credits Knox for key foundational life and career skills—critical thinking, respecting diverse perspectives, inclusive approach, putting people and community first. A background in languages honed her skills of bridging, and connecting diverse groups of stakeholders toward a common understanding or goal. She volunteers with Alumni Engagement and the Bastian Family Center for Career Success.
President, G & M Distributors, Inc. Galesburg and Dixon, Illinois. Vitale received his BS from the University of Delaware ’01 and his MBA from Pepperdine University. Returning to Galesburg in 2008, Vitale took the lead at the company started by his grandfather, a Knox graduate. Prior to his current role, he worked in tourism and hospitality consulting. Vitale also held positions at a Washington, D.C. based beverage distributor. He is on the Anheuser-Busch InBev Wholesaler Advisory Panel. Vitale is active in the Galesburg community and has been on various community boards. He is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and the vice-president of the G.L. Vitale Family Foundation, long supporters of Knox. Vitale has assisted with various Knox initiatives such as Start-Up term.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits North Central Sub-Region, based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Prior to his current role, Westerman held sales and management positions in the wine and spirits industry in Ohio, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and California. He graduated from Knox with a bachelor’s in economics and business administration. He has returned to campus to serve as a judge for the Business Intensive Seminar and the Fullbridge Program.
Real estate investor, Little Rock, Arkansas. Winning earned an MBA at Rice University. Co-founder and Chief Strategist of 3G Capital Advisors. He has invested as a principal over $5 billion in real estate investments across the United States, primarily multifamily, of which about half was regulated affordable housing. Winning has been a partner at Steadfast Companies in California, McCord Development in Houston, and Judwin Companies in Houston. He also served as chairman of the Affordable/Workforce Housing Council of the Urban Land Institute.
Retired, Vice President and General Counsel, City Real Estate Incorporated, Chicago, Illinois. Zucker received her J.D. from Washington University. She has been an active volunteer for Knox, serving on the Alumni Council and Knox Fund Steering Committee, as well as hosting both Advancement and Admission events in the Chicago area. Prior to joining the Board as a general trustee, Zucker served as an alumni trustee, where she chaired the Board's facilities subcommittee.
Tom Anderson '66
Retired, CEO, Methodist Home Care and HemaSource, Indianapolis, Indiana. Anderson earned his MBA from Bradley University. Before becoming a healthcare executive, Anderson served Knox as director of admission and as assistant to the vice president for finance. Anderson is a lead donor and proponent of Knox Athletics, served as chair of the College's Business Advisory Council, and regularly speaks to Knox business classes regarding healthcare economics.
Laurel J. Andrew '86
Director and Treasurer, The Andrew Family Foundation, Orland Park, Illinois. Andrew and her parents, Edward and Edith Andrew of Orland Park, Illinois, and their family members provided the lead gift for Knox's E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center. She completed an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. As head of the family's foundation, she continues the deep philanthropic commitment of her grandparents, founders of Andrew Corporation, to improve the quality of life of individuals by providing the tools and opportunities that can enrich their lives and help them become productive citizens.
Douglas L. Bayer ’66
Retired, Microsoft Corporation, Bellevue, Washington. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Knox, Bayer went on to earn both his master's degree and doctorate in nuclear physics at Michigan State University. Bayer spent his Microsoft career in software development and security. Bayer is currently president of the Douglas and Maria Bayer Foundation, a non-profit supporting the arts, education, and the environment. He and his wife created the Bayer Faculty Chair in Earth Sciences in Knox's Environmental Studies Department.
Harold D. Bibb '62
Retired, Associate Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Zoology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island. Bibb was an NIH and USPHS post-doctoral fellow at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and Brown University. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa.
Nancy B. Carlin '72
Retired. Carlin volunteers for a variety of community organizations. She met her late husband, John '72, while at Knox, and their daughter, Sarah '10, followed in their footsteps. In honor of her husband, Carlin established the John D. Carlin Fund, which supports the Bastian Family Career Center's efforts to provide students with the opportunity to receive practical career information and advice from alumni.
Deb DeGraff ’80
Professor of Economics, Emerita, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. DeGraff earned her master's and doctorate degrees in economics at the University of Michigan. An applied microeconomist, DeGraff is an expert on population and human resource issues in developing countries. DeGraff has written and lectured extensively about children's work and schooling and women's labor force participation in developing countries. From 2000 to 2004, DeGraff served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Before joining the faculty at Bowdoin, DeGraff spent two years with the United Nation's International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina.
Sandra E. Frum '70
President, Village of Northbrook, Northbrook, Illinois. Frum has been active in Northbrook Civic affairs, an officer for the League of Women Voters of Northbrook, a member of the Advisory Board of Countryside Montessori School, and president of the North Suburban Aquatic Club. She holds a master's degree in teaching from Colorado College.
Joseph B. Glossberg
Senior Managing Director, Gofen & Glossberg, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Glossberg received his B.A. and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. In 1965, he joined his father's investment counseling firm, Gofen & Glossberg, Inc. Glossberg has headed the Knox Board of Trustee's investment sub-committee for more than 15 years and is responsible for the significant growth of the endowment during his tenure. In addition to serving Knox, Glossberg serves on the boards of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and the Merrit School of Music.
Elzelien "Ellie" Hartog '66
Retired, Director of Interagency Collaboratives for the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Hartog coordinated the Sexual Abuse Response Team at the center. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago. During her career, she formed the Connecticut state chapter of the National Children's Alliance and served as its chair for seven years. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has served on the board of the Connecticut chapter of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).
Mary Mullins Hinz '58
President, F. Thomas Heller, Inc., Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Hinz has been a financial analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Associates. She completed coursework and examinations for a doctorate in economics at Washington University.
Gary Jacobson '77
President, CEO & CFO of SNBL USA, Ltd. Jacobson received a Certificate of Study in political economy from the University of Glasgow and a master's degree from Marshall University. He spent much of his career serving the bio-tech and biosciences industries and also worked for several Chicago-based financial institutions. He has served on the Alumni Council and the Knox Fund Steering Committee.
Robert J. Jamieson '65
Journalist, New York, New York. Jamieson began working at ABC in 1990 after 19 years with NBC News. While at ABC he was based in New York and reported for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, and other ABC News programs. Jamieson has reported from all seven continents, won five national news Emmys, and was a member of the ABC News team that won both Alfred I. duPont and George Foster Peabody Awards.
James M. Kilts '70
Founding Partner, Centerview Capital, Greenwich, CT. Kilts was previously the chairman and CEO of the Gillette Company and, prior to that, the CEO of Nabisco and Kraft. He has been a visiting lecturer and executive-in-residence at the University of Chicago, where he established the James M. Kilts Center for Marketing at the Graduate School of Business. A history graduate of Knox, Kilts earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Jan Koran '71
Retired, General Counsel, YMCA of the USA, Chicago. Koran received her law degree from Northwestern Law School. She was an attorney with McDermott Will & Emory before joining the YMCA. Koran is an engaged Knox volunteer, having served on the Knox Fund Steering Committee, Campaign Advisory Committee, and as chair of the Knox Board of Trustees for two terms. She also enjoys reaching out to Knox alumni to engage them with the College and has hosted numerous alumni and College events.
Steven P. Luetger '75
Retired, Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial, Chicago, Illinois. Luetger earned an MBA at the University of Chicago. He serves as the head of Mesirow Financial's fixed income management group and the fixed income strategy team, and also oversees the asset-backed security sector. He has chaired the Knox Fund Steering Committee and served on the Knox College Business Advisory Council. He has received the Knox Service Award.
Dan M. Martin '61
Retired, Managing Director, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Arlington, Virginia. Martin has served on numerous distinguished boards and commissions, including the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation, the National Commission on the Financing of Post-Secondary Education, the Illinois Board of Regents, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Higher Education Colloquium. He has a master's and doctorate degree from Princeton University.
Joe A. Masterson '65
Chairman, The Masterson Company, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Masterson has served as chairman and trustee for the Glenwood School for Boys, a member of the advisory council at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Business, and as a corporation member for the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
George J. Matkov Jr. '64
Of Counsel, Ford & Harrison LLP, Chicago, Illinois. Matkov represents companies throughout the United States in complicated labor and industrial relations matters. His practice is focused on labor contract negotiations, labor arbitration, work before the National Labor Relations Board, compensation and benefits, OSHA, ERISA, EEO matters, and related litigation. Matkov has an LL.B. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Dushan (Duke) Petrovich '74
Retired, President and Consultant, William Wrigley, Jr. Company, Chicago, Illinois. Petrovich has served as senior vice president-people, learning, and development; vice president-organizational development; vice president-controller; and vice president-treasurer. He has taught in the MBA program at Dominican University and has served on the boards of Montini High School in Chicago and The NEA Foundation for the improvement of education in Washington, D.C. Petrovich earned a master's degree in accounting from Roosevelt University and a certificate from the Senior Executive Program at the University of Michigan.
John D. Podesta '71
Board of Directors, Center for American Progress. Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and as counselor to President Barack Obama. He was a visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center and was chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Podesta received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Eugene A. Procknow '76
Retired, Managing Principal-Government Relations, Deloitte LLP, Washington, D.C. Procknow served clients in federal, state, and local communications, healthcare, and publishing. His professional focus was the integration of technology with business strategy and objectives. Procknow served Deloitte in multiple leadership capacities, and in 2011 was named one of the Top 25 Consultants for Excellence in the Public Sector. Procknow received his master's degree from the University of Michigan.
Thomas V. Reilly '68
Retired, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, Putnam Value Equity Group, Boston, Massachusetts. Reilly received his bachelor's degree in economics from Knox and his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1971. His family has a long Knox legacy as many relatives have graduated from the College. Reilly has worked as a venture capital investment officer, investment analyst, and portfolio manager at various companies.
Richard V. Riddell '72
Retired, Senior Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Duke University. He is currently Professor of the Practice in Theater Studies, serving in this capacity since arriving at Duke University in 1992. Previously, he was an administrator and faculty member at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego. After graduating from Knox College, Riddell received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He received a Tony Award in 1985 for excellence in lighting design for the production of Big River on Broadway, and a Knox College Alumni Achievement Award in 1986. He served as chair of the Knox board from 2015-2018.
Diane S. Rosenberg '63
Retired, Chair of the Board, Olson Rug Company, Chicago, Illinois. Rosenberg joined the Knox College Board of Trustees in 1989, and in 2002 became the first woman elected chair of the Board. She has served on numerous trustee committees, including advancement, buildings and grounds, development, education, executive, and student affairs. Rosenberg earned a master's in biology at Loyola University of Chicago, and in 2006 Knox awarded her the Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree.
Chuck Smith ’84
Partner, Skadden Arps LLP, Chicago, Illinois. Smith received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He leads Skadden's litigation practice in Chicago and represents a broad array of U.S. and international companies, as well as their top executives, in complex regulatory investigations, enforcement matters, and litigation. Smith has served on the College's Alumni Council and Knox Fund Steering Committee and frequently hosts alumni meetings and events.
Fay Stevenson-Smith, M.D. '64
Sculptor. Retired Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Wilton, Connecticut. After graduating from Knox, Stevenson-Smith was selected to teach for two years at Cuttington College in Liberia, West Africa. She then completed a master's degree in psychology, worked in television, then attended medical school at Temple University and practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 17 years. After retiring from medicine, Stevenson-Smith began a new career as a sculptor.
Roger Taylor '63
Eighteenth president of Knox College, retired partner for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Taylor joined the Board of Trustees in 1988 and was Board Chair from 1999 to 2001. He was named interim president in 2001 and formally installed as president the next year. Taylor served as president for a decade, retiring in 2011. During his tenure, he was recognized for boosting institutional self-confidence, sustaining academic excellence, and defining a clear path toward financial impregnability.
Caroline Hamblin Tucker '53
Retired, Teacher, PRIME, Mechanicsville, Virginia. Tucker has served on the board of trustees of Saint Paul's College and the Richmond Community Board, United Virginia Bank. She received her master's in zoology from Pennsylvania State University.
Gerald F. Vovis ’65
Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Modifi Biosciences, Inc. Vovis began his professional career as a research scientist and a member of the faculty at The Rockefeller University in New York City. He subsequently went into the biotechnology industry, where he has more than 20 years of executive management experience and in the biotechnology industry. He is currently a consultant to the industry and an executive in residence at Connecticut Innovations, where he is providing support to innovative, growing companies in Connecticut. Vovis and his wife, Carol Klail Vovis '65, established the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study through a lead gift for the renovation of Alumni Hall. Vovis received his Ph.D. in biology from Case Western Reserve University.
Ralph Walter '69
Visiting fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford and is a member of the Research Centre in Victorian Political Culture at Keble College, Oxford. He holds a master of arts degree in economics from Indiana University, a doctorate in theology from St Alcuin House Seminary and a master of studies with distinction from the University of Oxford. He is a retired chief operating officer and treasurer of Kayne Anderson Investment Management.
Mary Kent Knight '60
Retired, Data Processing Technician, Northern Trust Company, Stuart, Florida and Lake Forest, Illinois. As a homemaker and community volunteer, Knight served as the first female president of Illinois Elementary District 67 School Board, co-founded the nonprofit Spirit of 67 Foundation, served on the board of directors for several community volunteer organizations, and raised two sons. She received a master's degree in liberal studies from Lake Forest College and a Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary.
Morton W. Weir '55
Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois. Weir has served in numerous academic and administrative positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he originally joined the faculty in 1960. Weir served as chair of the Knox College Board from 1995 to 1999.