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2012 Tufts Alumni Chapter Leadership Awards

November 13, 2012

Tufts Alumni Association relies on its chapters to keep alumni connected with one another and with Tufts. Each chapters’ accomplishments would not be possible without the selfless dedication of the individuals in leadership positions, whose work shows their love for their alma mater and their enthusiasm for encouraging greater involvement in other alumni in their area. The leaders below have been recognized by their chapters for their outstanding contributions to the association and to Tufts over the past year.  


Baird (Kim) Eaton, A63

Dennis, MA
General Manager, Marriott International, Inc.

As an active member of the Cape Cod Tufts Club and Board for several years, Kim has been instrumental in keeping members informed through Facebook, attracting new members, and arranging speakers for luncheons. One such speaker was former astronaut Fred Hauck, A62, H07, A87P, J92P, who then also organized a membership drive for the club, suggested casting a wider net for events, and donated baskets to be raffled off for a scholarship fund.


Barbara Heitman Bronstein, J76

Houston, Texas
President, The Third Coast Marketing Group

Barbara has chaired the Tufts Alumni Houston Steering Committee for more than five years. She has opened her home as a venue site and provided her planning expertise and access to the Houstonian Club for an event featuring Professor William Moomaw of the Fletcher School of International Law & Diplomacy. Barbara has also demonstrated her loyalty to Tufts by volunteering for the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program (TAAP) for 25 years.


Erin Ross, A02

Los Angeles, CA
Development Director, City Year L.A.

Erin has regularly spearheaded and organized well-attended Happy Hour & Active Citizenship events, which have become very popular mainstays on the Los Angeles chapter’s calendar. Annually, she supports Tufts financially and interviews prospective students through the TAAP program. In 2009, Erin was selected as a featured speaker at a TAAP reception.


Jennifer Covell, J86

Brooklyn, NY
Vice President, Closing & Client Services, Legacy Benefits, LLC

Jen has been the leader of the Tufts Lawyers Association (TLA) for the past two year,s during which time she has served as an extremely dedicated president and board member. Jen has devised innovative programming to support Tufts students, engage graduates, and recruit new TLA volunteers, as well as invited well-known and accomplished Tufts alumni speakers to events. She has also worked hard to keep the level of energy and enthusiasm high within the organization by reaching out to alumni lawyers, increasing membership and attendance, refining TLA’s processes, building the alumni network, and sharing news with graduates.


Kenneth Aidekman, A75

New Vernon, NJ
VP & Co-Founder, Highview Capital

When the New Jersey chapter was left without leadership, Ken assumed the role of president and kept the chapter from disbanding. Not just an organizer and cheerleader, Ken has donated personal time and funds to host many events. He inspires the club to stay engaged with Tufts and to become involved, in particular, with active citizenship. For many years, he and his family have been ardent and generous supporters of Tufts.


Marvin Birger A49, J77P, A86P

Palm Beach, FL
President, The Birger Co.

Marvin has used his community connections to host an annual event for the Palm Beach chapter for as far back as folks can remember, and each has been well attended by alumni of all ages. He and his wife host events in their home and also in the area with prominent guest speakers from the Tufts faculty to university leaders, such as President Emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow.


Michael Stone, A07

Cambridge, MA
President & Co-Founder, Abroad101

As co-president of Active Citizens of Tufts Boston, Mike has helped shape the vision of the organization. His leadership skills and entrepreneurial knowledge were instrumental in helping create a mission statement for the group and developing a strategy to achieve its goals. Mike’s leadership has helped ACT Boston forge partnerships with many organizations in the greater Tufts community. He and other committee members continuously work with the Office of Alumni Relations to partner with active citizenship coordinators in other cities. He also serves on the board of the Tufts Hillel Alumni Alliance as well as on the Tufts Alumni Council.


Robert Mitchell, E78

Sandy Springs, GA
Project Manager, Mitchell Associates

Bob’s vision and support for positive change has recently resulted in recruiting three new steering committee members. He has also been an active member of his reunion committee and a member of the Tufts Alumni Council, serving on the Financial Resources Committee and the Regional Programs Committee, of which he was the chair from 2002-2004. He has been instrumental in the planning of each Regional Leaders Symposium. Bob was also one of the original interviewers on the Atlanta TAAP committee in the 1980s. And when the Atlanta alumni chapter was formed, it was Bob who was always a constant help.


Vikki Garth, J81

London, England
Director, Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Vikki organizes and attends programs, hosts core committee meetings, recruits new members, and maintain links to the university and alumni association, as well as other American university alumni groups in the city. Her deep knowledge of the London alumni community helps us to understand what types of events will be successful and attract a good turnout. She is also our main liaison with the All-American Universities alumni group in London, which organizes networking events every month. Vikki has always been the driving force behind our signature International Relations Panel event, which has hosted extraordinary speakers every year since 2004.