Alumni Council Candidates
Ten candidates from AS&E, two candidates from the Graduate Programs in AS&E, three candidates from The Fletcher School, two candidates from the School of Dental Medicine, and one candidate from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine are running for seats on the Alumni Council. Click on a candidate's name below to read about his/her qualifications. Voting for Alumni Council members is school-specific. You may vote only in the ballot section representing the schools you attended.
Election deadline: March 30, 2015
Undergraduate Schools of AS&E
Graduate Programs of AS&E
The Fletcher School
School of Dental Medicine
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Undergraduate Schools of AS&E
Bess Dopkeen, A04, Washington, D.C.
B.A., Political Science, 2004; M.S., National Security Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy, 2012
Occupation: Senior Analyst and Program Manager of the Cost Assessment Data Enterprise, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Cost Assessment Program Evaluation (CAPE), Pentagon (2008–present)
Previous Occupations: Program Management Analyst in the Undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Acquisition Resource Analysis, Pentagon (2005–2008); Program Associate and Tufts Dutko Fellow at the Global Fairness Initiative, Washington, D.C. (Dutko Fellowship 2004–2005)
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Pentagon fellowship director, Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service's Washington, D.C., Tisch Student Fellowship (TSF) for 8+ years, 6–10 students/yr; former director (for 8+ years) and co-founder Tisch College Active Citizenship Summers (20–28 students/yr) and Connecting Alumni and Student Experiences (CASE) programs (~50 students/yr); TSF and CASE D.C. alumni advisor; recipient of the 2011 Tufts University Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award (bit.ly/1yJQl0L); TAAP program interviewer (2004–present); Washington Tufts Alliance (WTA)/Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA)—D.C. membership chair (2005–2007)
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: National Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project; adult competitive women’s crew team coxswain (8 yrs); high school women’s rowing coach (4 yrs)
Statement: Tufts is a major part of who I am today. After studying under amazing professors like Dean Jim Glaser and Professor Malik Mufti, I came down to D.C. on the Tufts Dutko Fellowship, under the mentorship of Tufts Trustee Deb Jospin. Deb took me under her wing, gave me my first job working on labor standards in Africa and Asia, and introduced me to many alumni. From there I had the opportunity to work in the Pentagon, where I’ve been ever since. Soon after my fellowship, a few alumni and I started a fellowship and mentorship program for the many Tufts students who arrive in D.C. each summer. We started the Connecting Alumni and Student Experiences mentoring program, which pairs Tufts students with alumni in D.C., and found summer internship opportunities at alumni’s offices. We worked with Tisch College to run the summer program and offer students alumni-hosted career panels. We worked with the alumni association to help fund these experiences, and we’ve since brought many Tufts graduates down to D.C. into a community of supportive alumni and students. Each year I bring at least six Tufts students into the Pentagon—everyone adores our fellows, and more offices want students each year. I am a proud Tufts graduate and would love to extend my commitment further through the Tufts Alumni Council.
Tufts Family: Father, Jonathan Dopkeen, A72; brother, Cobin Dopkeen, A10
Jonathan Ehrlich, A11, New York, N.Y.
B.A. International Relations and Economics, 2011
Occupation: Director of Budget and Risk Management, The New NY Bridge project to replace the Tappan Zee
Previous Occupation: Special Assistant to the Chairman, New York State Thruway Authority
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Young Friends of Tufts Advancement (YFTA), board member, 2011–present; TAAP interviewer, 2011–present; Tufts Fund Gift Officer, 2011–present; “Bridging the Gap” Tufts Lawyers Association panel event on infrastructure, chair and moderator, November 2014; Hillel International Young Alumni Affair honoring Tufts Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Host Committee, May 2014
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: UJA Federation of New York Generosity Initiative, leadership board member, 2011–present; Jewish Home Lifecare, board observer, 2013–present; Central Park Medical Unit, volunteer emergency medical technician, 2008–present; Wendy Walk to Fight Liposarcoma, Host Committee member, 2010–present; New York City Medical Reserve Corps, 2011–present; Young Professionals in Transportation International, director-at-large, 2013–2014
Statement: It is an honor to be nominated to serve as a member of the Tufts Alumni Council. Whether you graduated from Tufts three or thirty years ago, chances are that memories from the Hill in Medford seem as if they were made yesterday. Those memories are the common bonds among Jumbos around the world. As a member of the Alumni Council, I will work with alumni chapters to create innovative programming that solidifies those bonds and strengthens local Tufts communities. There are two objectives that I hope to achieve as a member of the Alumni Council. First, as a recent graduate, I hope to dramatically enhance the resources available to young alumni. It is unfortunate that today some Jumbos will still leave campus on Commencement Day and will never interact with Tufts again until their class reunion, if at all. Young alumni need to be shown how to leverage the benefits of the Tufts network to their advantage immediately upon graduation. I will work with the Alumni Council to strengthen young alumni outreach without forcing an agenda of financial contributions. My second objective is to engage alumni who have graduated more than 20 years ago and have not thought of Tufts since. Tufts has incredibly accomplished alumni. Unfortunately, most do not receive the typical barrage of email digests to which most voting in this election may have grown accustomed. Recently, I was proud to chair an event in New York City where two of the three panelists had not attended a Tufts Alumni event since graduation over 30 years ago. I will work with the Alumni Council to find more ways to engage these Jumbos who have much to offer to the Tufts Alumni community. I look forward to serving the over 100,000 alumni of all eight schools of Tufts on the Alumni Council, strengthening the Jumbo community around the world.
Bridget L. Fay, Esq., E03, Wellesley, Mass.
B.S., Chemical Engineering and Classics, 2003; J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 2008
Occupation: Attorney, Law Office of Bridget L. Fay, Esq., Wellesley, Mass.
Previous Occupation: Chemical engineer/R&D engineer
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Tufts Alumni Admissions Program, 2003–2013; inaugural Back to the Hill Executive Committee (2012 and 2013 reunions); board member, Tufts Alumni Boston, 2014–present; PASSPORT (program to pair international students with local alumni) host, 2014–2015; Tufts Senior Dinner host and speaker, 2013
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Board of directors for a legal defense fund; director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life; board of advisors of ELEVEate (a nonprofit devoted to advancing girls’ education in Senegal); Federalist Society, Boston Lawyer’s Chapter Steering Committee; Seacoast Shores Association, Right of Ways Committee; volunteer assistant coach for middle school Science Olympiad
Statement: Tufts is an incredibly special place: a top-notch university that fosters a supportive environment, full of caring students who care deeply about making the world a better place. My four years there were a tremendous gift, and I have been an active alumna since my graduation in 2003. I would like to help Tufts develop an alumni network on par with the world-class university that it is, and one that reflects how much Tufts students love their experience at the university. If elected, I would focus my time on alumni engagement, growing and improving the Shared Interest Groups, and lifelong learning.
Tufts Family: Grandfather, Nelson S. Gifford, A52
Daniel Grayson, A06, Baltimore, Md.
B.A., Political Science, 2006
Occupation: Consultant for International Schools on Issues of Perception and University Admissions, Overseas
Previous Occupation: Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Tufts University, working in Tufts Admissions for eight years
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Co-chaired the Alumni Engagement subcommittee as part of University Advancement’s International Strategy Committee in 2012; former chair of multiple TAAP committees; former member of the Boston Tufts Alliance, Class of 2006 Reunion Committee
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Advisor to Kepler University in Rwanda, a nonprofit university designed for the developing world; Board of Advisors for Dexterity Global, a global education nonprofit founded and chaired by a current Tufts student; advisor to Vietbroader Club Hanoi, an educational access group based in Vietnam; member in good standing of NACAC, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors; on the Admissions Practices (Ethics) Committee of OACAC, the Overseas Association of College Admissions Counselors
Statement: : Twelve years of my life were spent at Tufts, and that time is a gift I can never repay. Over 12 years, 8 of those as an Tufts admissions officer, I spread the Jumbo cause in more than 17 states and 20 countries while participating in the selection and enrollment efforts of more than 10,000 new Tufts students. Most importantly, I witnessed, first as a student and then as a mentor, the transformative power of a Tufts education and just how strong our alumni bonds are in every corner of the globe. As our alma mater grows, we gain new challenges, but we also find new opportunities to demonstrate how progressive and powerful Tufts continues to be. We must always be looking for ways to transform and to grow. I left Tufts, geographically and professionally, this past summer, and I now seek the means by which I keep my connection with Tufts vital and strong, and I would continue to give back to the place that gave me, and so many others, so much.
Barry Kaufman, A07, Somerville, Mass.
B.A., Quantitative Economics, 2007, summa cum laude
Occupation: Strategic Planning Senior Analyst, Boston Public Schools, 2013–present
Previous Occupations: Actuarial Analyst and Business Analyst, Liberty Mutual Insurance (2007–2013), Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship (2013–2014)
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Tufts Hillel Alumni Alliance (2007–present); Active Citizens of Tufts Boston (2009–present) and president of Active Citizens (2012–present); co-chair of Active Citizens of Tufts Gala (2012–2013); Alumni Foster Children’s Holiday Party Committee (2009–present); Class of 2007 five-year Reunion Planning Committee; Host Committee member, Tufts Leadership Summit (2013); Host Committee member, Tufts Back to the Future (2015)
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Alumnus of Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship (2013–2104 cohort); involved with programs through Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston
Statement: I am very grateful for my time at Tufts and for the lasting impression it has had on my life, both personally and professionally. I also know that I am not the only one that feels this way. Whether it is the friendships formed, the world-class academic instruction, or the university’s mission of active citizenship, each alumnus has something that made a lasting impression on them during their time at Tufts. I believe that it is the goal of the Alumni Council to continue to foster these personal impressions and help turn them into lifelong connections to the alumni community. This can be done through expanding current programs, establishing new initiatives, and supporting the growth of both special interest groups and local alumni chapters. As a member of the Alumni Council, I want to help other alumni discover (or rediscover) what was meaningful about their time at Tufts and make sure the opportunity exists to have that same personal connection as an alumni. I believe that it is very important to give back to a university that meant so much to me during my time there and continues to play a large role in who I am today. I have truly enjoyed my involvement with the alumni community so far and would be honored to expand that involvement by serving on the Alumni Council. Thank you for your consideration.
Tufts Family: Brother, Craig Kaufman, A09
Amy Elizabeth Kumpel, E01, Concord, Mass.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2001; M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
Occupation: Science, math, and engineering teacher, Concord Academy, Concord, Mass.
Previous Occupations: Grade Dean, physics and math teacher at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass. (2006–2008); Systems Engineer at Raytheon, Tewksbury, Mass. (2005–2006); chemistry and physics teacher at the Paideia School in Atlanta, Ga. (2003–2005)
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Tufts Alumni Admissions Program (TAAP) interviewer (2002–present); Tufts Fund Gift Officer (2012–present); alumni host at the Tufts Senior Dinner (2010)
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Steering Committee Member, Fenway Health Young Leaders Council (2014–present). (The YLC is an initiative of Fenway Health which empowers emerging LGBT leaders and allies to advance Fenway’s mission through philanthropy, research, education, and advocacy.) Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation ambassador (2013–present). (Travel to collegiate and alumnae chapters to educate members about the AOII Foundation and its programs.) Alpha Omicron Pi International Fraternity (1998–present). Initiated 1998. Serve as an International Alumna Volunteer (2010–present) and Local Alumna Volunteer (2005–2009). Advise collegiate chapters and local alumnae volunteers and attend yearly leadership training conferences.
Statement: I have loved Tufts since I first stepped on campus, and I would not be the person I am today without my Tufts experience. I owe it to the university which provided me with an unparalleled educational experience to give back in every way possible. Although I’ve been involved in Tufts as both a TAAP interviewer and TFG Officer, it's time for me to do more. With my professional career as a teacher and my experiences working with nonprofits (Fenway Health and the AOII Fraternity and Foundation), I believe I have skills that would benefit the work of the Alumni Council. I’m very interested in the various types of events and outreach that the council organizes, and I have experience with development, marketing and communications, traditions, nominating committees, and student issues. I'm also excited about the prospect of increasing the popularity of regional alumni programming by reaching out to a greater variety of constituencies. I hope to help influence the direction of Tufts through my leadership abilities and support of both the university and alumni. I am excited about the prospect of bringing my enthusiasm and talents to the council to help lead the Tufts Alumni community into the future.
Nathalie Lubin, A05, Brooklyn, N.Y.
B.S., Psychology and Sociology, 2005
Occupation: Compliance Officer, Morgan Stanley, New York, N.Y.
Previous Occupation: Compliance Officer, Goldman Sachs, 2005–2012
Tufts-affiliated Activities: TAAP chair for Queens, member of the Tufts Alumni New York Regional Group/Committee, member of the Tufts Financial Group, member of the Class of 2005 10-year Reunion Planning Committee, mentor, Tufts Black Alumni Association Mentor Program
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Participated in the Morgan Stanley Global Volunteer Month; member of the Morgan Stanley Legal & Compliance Diversity & Inclusion Committee; mentor for a HS student through the Student Sponsor Partners (SSP)
Statement: I thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Tufts and I would like to do my best to try and help keep that experience alive for future Tufts students. I would love to connect with other alumni to exchange ideas of how to keep the alumni connections active. This is especially important to me as I get older and become more removed from my time at Tufts. I’m interested in bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the Alumni Council to help fulfill its initiatives in fostering a connected alumni community regardless of location.
Scott McArthur, E12, Somerville, Mass.
B.S., Chemical and Biological Engineering, 2012
Occupation: Logistics Business Process Manager, AB-InBev, Merrimack, N.H.
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Co-chair, Tufts Alumni Traditions Committee; leader, New Hampshire Tufts Alumni Chapter; TAAP interviewer; Tufts Alumni Homecoming Committee member; alumni leader, Engineers Without Borders
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Athletic Alliance Running Team, CareerEngage Boston
Statement: I would like to be on the council to continue to give back to the university through service organized by the alumni office. My four years at Tufts were extremely influential and I want to help support that experience for current students. The strong campus experience and amazing people at Tufts are why I am so excited and eager to stay involved with the university. I was involved in athletics at Tufts, captaining both cross country and track and field teams, studied and researched chemical and biological engineering, taught a course through the ExCollege, and led our Engineers Without Borders student chapter. My involvement and leadership at Tufts has given me a diverse perspective on the university, which I hope to bring to the council as an active member. I am excited to stay engaged in the alumni community and continue to improve the status and position of Tufts University.
Sheri Sakin, J86, Sands Point, N.Y.
B.S., Psychology and Spanish (magna cum laude), 1986
Occupation: Sr. Director Recruiting/Business Development Fashion Industry, Solomon Page Group Staffing Agency, New York, N.Y.
Previous Occupations: Vice President of Sales and Merchandising at Kellwood (Division of Oscar De La Renta); Senior Executive of Fifth & Pacific (Liz Claiborne), managing the sales, merchandising, marketing, and financial aspects of various fashion brands for over 17 years; Macy’s Executive Buying Training Program
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Partnered with Career Services to create and present Job Search Seminar for graduating seniors; participated in reunions (year 10 and 25); partook in Women’s Networking Group; TAAP interviewer for several years
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Actively involved at Fieldston Private School in New York City for over 10 years—All School Parent Teacher Association chair representing four divisions, chair of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, treasurer, Nominating Committee chair, oversaw various committees such as Diversity, Gala, and Book Fair; tutored public elementary school students in reading and math in New York City
Statement: Gaining an academic foundation is instrumental to a person’s future from both a professional and personal standpoint. The experiences and education I had at Tufts is one that I would like to pass on to incoming students in order for them to enjoy Tufts just as I once did. In addition, throughout my career I have been successful in taking an executive position in my industry with extensive management responsibilities while implementing profitable business strategies. I have also made it a priority to be an active participant in my daughter’s education at Fieldston. This involvement has allowed me to take on many leadership roles for over 10 years where I managed committees, provided financial acumen and structure, and worked closely with the head of her private school and faculty. Furthermore, I approach each goal with drive, dedication, and a positive attitude. I am a team player who is an active and amenable contributor. I believe my academic background from Tufts, my career path and success, and my commitment and understanding of an academic organization will be an asset in helping the council attain its various objectives. If chosen, I would consider it a true honor to be a part of the Tufts Alumni Council.
Tufts Family: Stacey Mason Cohen, A85, and Max Cohen, A15—cousins
Ivy Vo, A09, Paris, France
B.S., Biology, 2009; M.A. French Literature, New York University, 2010
Occupation: Housing and Student Life Coordinator, New York University, Paris, France
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Chair of Tufts Alumni Paris, Tufts Alumni Celebration in Talloires planning committee (2013, 2014), Class of 2009 five-year reunion committee
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: I am in my second year of graphic design school for my professional development. I am a certified designer in print design and will be obtaining my certificate for web design in 2015.
Statement: I am a very proud Jumbo. I originally hail from San Diego and had not heard of Tufts before I started applying to college. I first visited Tufts as a pre-frosh in the Telescope program, whose goal was to recruit minority students. The minute I stepped onto the Hill, I knew that Tufts was going to be my home for the next four years of my life. I was amazed by the diversity of the student population, and the passion, intelligence, humility, and kindness of every single Jumbo I met that weekend. As for so many others, Tufts truly changed my life. I learned so much about others and myself—about my local community, other communities in the United States, and communities around the world. I tasted new food (cream of wheat in Dewick), learned about new cultures (shout-out to my Long Island friends!), and even adopted the Red Sox and the Patriots as my teams (sorry Padres and Chargers...). As a member of the Tufts Alumni Council, I would hope to develop outreach in our international community and to increase our financial aid funds so that we can continue to welcome students from every corner of the world, and from as many different backgrounds as possible.
Graduate Programs in AS&E
Christopher R. Di Fronzo, E96, EG04, Providence, R.I.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1996; M.S., Engineering Management, Gordon Institute at Tufts, 2004
Occupation: Director of Tufts Finance Initiative
Previous Occupation: Managing Director in the finance industry
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Charles Tufts Society member; Tufts Back to the Future, Boston 2015, Host Committee member; Tufts Leadership Summit 2013, Host Committee member; Tufts Financial Network member; Tufts Annual Engineering Networking Night, alumni representative, seven-time attendee (Alumni/Student Networking Event run by Career Center); Tufts Off Hill Council Alumni Advisory Board, inaugural vice chair (current position); TAAP interviewer, 1996–present; Senior Dinner Attendee and Speaker
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Certified Financial PlannerTM certificant; USA Track and Field (USATF)—Association Level Track and Field Official; Rhode Island Track and Field Officials Guild (RITFOG)—D1 Collegiate, and High School Track Official
Statement: Arriving as an undergraduate, I expected to receive a great education. What I didn’t know was the life lessons I would learn and the connections I would make, and how these would build the foundation of the person I am today. I was a student of limited means, and through the financial support I received, learned quickly the value of engaged alumni. Without them, I would never have had the opportunity to attend Tufts. I returned for my graduate degree at the Tufts Gordon Institute because I knew that my intellect would be challenged and that I would again meet exceptional people. One of my most fulfilling moments as a Tufts alumnus was thanking the family of another alumnus who funded a scholarship I received 15 years earlier. It is this connection among Tufts alumni that is one of the most valuable aspects of our community. Upon graduation in 1996, I began volunteering as a TAAP interviewer, and I maintained my connection with Tufts as part of engineering networking nights, Senior Dinners, and Tufts CAN. I participated on the Host Committee for the Alumni Leadership Summit and will do so again for Back to the Future in March. As a double Jumbo, I hope to lend my energy and passion for Tufts to the Alumni Council, and I ask for your support.
Tufts Family: Brother-in-law—Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; sister-in-law—Tufts School of Dental Medicine
Amy Lampert, AG87, Brookline, Mass.
M.A. in French; M.Ed in Education; B.A., New York University
Occupation: Financial Advisor; Business Owner
Previous Occupations: Language teacher, Executive, Human Resources executive
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Board Member, ATA; volunteer/mentor Senior Dinners; Women’s Center advisor and volunteer
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: President, New England Chapter, Life Planning Network; member, National Board and chair of the Governance and Finance committee; board member, Park School Alumni Council; Arbitrator-FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Association) early dispute resolution; past trustee, The Park School (chair, Educational Policy and Diversity; consultant to boards of directors in areas of diversity and governance
Statement: Through my involvement with the Association of Tufts Alumnae, I have become aware that many of my skills and passions can be put to good use serving the Tufts Alumni Council. I offer the lens of more mature alumna; many of my “vintage” (’70s, ’80s) may be enticed to reconnect to Tufts at a time when they have an appetite for life-long learning experiences and potential financial support. I have had a lot of governance experience; I have a passion for and have been involved in major diversity efforts and educational excellence efforts through my profession and my board work; I’m a tireless worker on any board on which I serve.
Tufts Family: Alexander Nectow, E11, EG11, nephew
The Fletcher School
Peter R. Maher, A07, F14, Somerville, Mass.
B.A., International Relations, 2007; MALD, Fletcher School, 2014; M.B.A., Duke University, 2014
Occupation: Investment Director, Cambridge Associates, Boston, Mass.
Previous Occupation: Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO); McClarty Associates; Department of Defense
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Alumni mentor through CASE (Connecting Alumni and Student Experiences) to Tufts undergrads interning in D.C., 2008–2012; mentor through Fletcher Mentors Program to Tufts undergraduate IR program 2011–2012; co-founder and D.C.-based advisor and outreach lead for ALLIES (an organization of the Institute for Global Leadership), 2007–2009; top school fundraiser for Fletcher School Movember Prostate Cancer Charity, 2011; member, Tufts Alumni Association of Boston; member, the Boston Fletcher Alumni Club
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Habitat for Humanity
Statement: I am thoroughly excited by the opportunity to work with my peers as a Fletcher School representative on the Tufts Alumni Council. My ties to Tufts as an institution run deep: I worked on the grounds crew and moved furniture there every summer from eighth grade through sophomore year of college. In Tufts undergrad, I co-founded the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES), a civil-military engagement group which, to this day, works with Fletcher students on the annual U.S.-China Symposium. At Fletcher, I was able to combine my previous work experience in government with my new passion for international economics and engage in the robust interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue for which our school is known. With this background, I have a distinct understanding of Fletcher’s most important issues and how they fit into broader discussions of university development. The Fletcher School 2015 Strategic Plan also outlines opportunities and challenges that are unique to the school. I look forward to collaborating with my alumni peers and the school’s leadership to effectively leverage those opportunities and meaningfully address challenges by being a proactive voice on behalf of alumni. In this way I hope to advance our culture of intellectual engagement, strengthen the camaraderie of our alumni network, and position us to continue developing consequential global leaders.
Tufts Family: Father worked at Tufts University for 24 years
Corey O’Hara, F08, N08, Cambridge, Mass.
MALD, the Fletcher School, 2008; M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, Friedman School of Nutrition, 2008; A.B. in Linguistics with Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 1996
Occupation: International food systems consultant, Via Gusta (sole proprietorship), Cambridge, Mass.; Ph.D. candidate, Friedman School of Nutrition, Boston
Previous Occupations: Associate Director, Clinton Global Initiative, 2008–2011; Consultant, Winrock Nepal, 2006–2008; Foreign Language Officer, U.S. Dept. of State, 2003–2006
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Member, Fletcher Club of NYC and Fletcher Club of Boston; Fletcher School fifth reunion committee, 2013; member of Friedman School Alumni Association; currently alumni liaison for Friedman School student council; frequent participant on Fletcher School alumni career panels for the Office of Career Services and volunteer for Fletcher Admissions
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Board of directors, Harvard University Band Foundation; board of directors, Citizen Nepal, a nonprofit philanthropic advisory service in Nepal; board of advisors, MIMA Music, a State Dept.–sponsored arts literacy and peace-building organization; board of advisors, United Purpose, a New York–based network of social entrepreneurs; volunteer fundraiser, Project Bread; founding partner, #GivingTuesday
Statement: Giving back to my community is an important part of my personal values. By providing me with a solid education, essential skills, and a supportive environment, Tufts and its graduate schools made it possible for me to pursue a career I love, and in so doing helped to shape my life today. I have sought to repay that honor by volunteering regularly with the Office of Admissions and Office of Career Services at Fletcher, by mentoring Fletcher students and recent graduates, and by serving on the Friedman School Alumni Association. Now I hope to give back at a deeper level by representing the Fletcher School on the Alumni Council. I am especially eager to join the council's efforts to support graduating students in their career goals through the work of the Career Services Committee and to leverage my fundraising experience to help the Development/Campaign Committee to meet our giving and participation goals. I am enthusiastic about this opportunity and look forward to the chance to serve our alumni and the greater Fletcher community.
Brian Perry, F09, Oceanside, Calif.
M.A. The Fletcher School (GMAP 2009); B.S. in Finance, Villanova University, 1996; M.B.A. in Intl Business, National University, 2006; Graduate Studies—Intl Political Economy of Emerging Markets, University of California, San Diego, 2005–2006; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Designation, 2009
Occupation: Director of Income Solutions, Charles Schwab & Co., San Diego, Calif. (involves public speaking and client education in the arena of economics and investing as well as coordinating a broad range of activities and partners across several dozen Charles Schwab branches)
Previous Occupations: Portfolio Manager & Strategist, Chandler Asset Management 2005–2011; Vice President and Fixed Income Trader, various firms, 1998–2004
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Coordinated class gift process among my graduating class; attended Southern California and New York City–based alumni events. My participation has been limited, due to my assumption, perhaps incorrect, that there were few ways for me to be involved as I live 2,500 miles from Tufts. That is why I was excited when I saw this opportunity and noticed that it was available to everyone regardless of geographic location.
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Published author of perhaps 100 articles and white papers in various magazines and websites; author of a personal finance book From Piggybank to Portfolio (Sterling & Ross 2011); recently completed and am currently seeking publication for my first two works of fiction: an inspirational work featuring the spiritual awakening of a police officer trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center and a satire of the Baby Boomer generation told through the eyes of a skeptical hedge fund manager; volunteer as a university liaison for my local Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society, visiting universities to speak to groups of students; taught personal finance at local high schools and mentoring organizations; recently helped out at the local Salvation Army serving Thanksgiving dinner; supporter of the World Wildlife Fund and Toys for Tots
Statement: My experience in the GMAP program at Fletcher was among the most personally and intellectually rewarding experiences of my life. At no other point in my life, despite a measure of professional and academic success, have I been surrounded by so many smart and passionate men and women from so many diverse backgrounds. As such, I have always had in the back of my mind the thought that I would like to give back to the university. However, I was unsure how to do so, given my geographic location, which is why I was so excited when I saw this Alumni Council opportunity. Now I might have the chance to both stay in Southern California and to help those smart and talented men and women that permeate throughout the Tufts community remain in contact, even as they go their separate ways in the years following graduation. As far as what I bring to the council, first and most importantly is an honest passion and desire to help out in any way possible. I also believe that my other undergraduate and graduate school experiences as well as the fact that I completed the GMAP executive learning style program will allow me to bring a broad viewpoint and slightly different perspective to the Alumni Council. That, combined with my background in the finance world as well as my writing and speaking abilities, provides a diverse skill set for the Council.
School of Dental Medicine
Jon Golub, A81, D85, DG87, D18P, Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
B.S. in Biology, 1981; D.M.D., Tufts School of Dental Medicine, 1985; DG87, Orthodontics
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Alumni Interviewer (Previous), 2015 Dental Reunion Co-Chair
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Leadership Council- KIDS International Dental Services; volunteer dental missions to: Cambodia (3); Jamaica (3); Guatemala (1), Mongolia (1); Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, American Dental Association, Bergen County Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, New Jersey Association of Orthodontists, New Jersey Dental Association, past-president of the Fort Lee Rotary Club, past member of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee of the New Jersey Dental Association, past member of the New Member Committee of the New Jersey Dental Association
Statement: As a triple Jumbo, I feel Tufts has been a significant influence in my life. When I graduated from the Medford campus in the early ’80s I felt that Tufts had prepared me well for the rigors that I would encounter in dental school. In fact, I still rely today on the principles of scientific thinking that I developed as a biology major at the undergraduate school. Graduating from dental school, I was confident that my foundation in dentistry was rock solid. And later, when I graduated from the Tufts orthodontic program, I was sad to leave the nurturing environment of Tufts that I had called home for the previous 10 years. Today, with my children grown and well into my career as an orthodontist, I find that I have time to pursue the things that are meaningful to me. As an avid outdoorsman, I still enjoy bike riding, skiing, kiteboarding, and fishing. But the most meaningful time for my wife, Jamie, D87, and I, is the time that we spend on dental outreach programs. Over the past several years we've traveled with KIDS International Dental Services to Cambodia, Mongolia, and Guatemala treating children who could not otherwise afford treatment. In Jamaica we treat both children and adults with Health Care International. With my oldest son attending Tufts dental school, I feel a strong connection to this school. In fact, I am working to help the dental school develop ties to the great worldwide dental volunteer opportunities that I have discovered. And I would love the opportunity to work within the Alumni Council to help ensure that Tufts remains a unique and highly respected institution for learning. It's the least that I can do.
Tufts Family: Wife, Jamie Diament-Golub, D87; son, Michael Golub, D18
Sarah Stipho, D08, DG11, Hopkinton, Mass.
D.M.D., 2008, D.G., M.S., Periodontology, 2011, Tufts School of Dental Medicine; B.S. in Biology, Boston College, 2004
Occupation: Periodontist, Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Clinical faculty at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM); past involvement as alumni chair of American Association of Women Dentists, Tufts Chapter; past involvement as CPR instructor for students and faculty members at TUSDM; past involvement with Research Group at TUSDM; past involvement with Alpha Omega community service programs
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Volunteer dentist with Medical Missions for Children (MMFC) in Guatemala; Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Leadership Institute member; MDS New Dentist Committee member; EDIC Young Advisory Committee; speaker at Yankee Dental Congress; member of American Academy of Periodontology; member of International Team of Implantology (ITI) Study Club
Statement: I consider myself privileged to have become a part of the Tufts family. As a double Jumbo, I have spent many years of my education with Tufts and am delighted to be giving back to the school through my time teaching in the dental clinic. During my time at the dental school, I experienced the incredible expansion and was fortunate enough to use these new facilities during my postgraduate training. The impact it has had both clinically and structurally has been great and made largely possible through contributions from alumni. I’d like to continue to improve the overall reputation Tufts has had and continues to have as well as grow and expand this network of alumni. Keeping the alumni involved and connected is integral in this process through several avenues, including more networking events and continuing education. I am honored to be nominated for the Tufts Alumni Council and am enthusiastic to have the opportunity to serve on the council.
Tufts Family: Mother is associate professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Andrea R. Slate, V07, Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Assistant Director, Division of Comparative Medicine; Assistant Professor, Pathology and Cell Biology; University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
Previous Occupations: Internship, Animal Medical Center, NYC, 2007–2008; Private Veterinary Practice, NYC, 2008–2010; Fellowship, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Columbia University, 2010-2013
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Cummings Veterinary School Alumni networking events, New York City
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine; American Veterinary Medical Association; American Association of Laboratory Animal Science; American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners; volunteer for manatee protection watches with the U.S. Coast Guard; hobby, stand-up paddle boarding
Statement: Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine provided important background for my professional life. The education at Cummings School gave me the solid medical and scientific foundation which has enabled me to fulfill my goal of working in the field of laboratory animal medicine. The friendships formed with Tufts graduates have provided important relationships and support. I have been able to maintain relationships with many of my fellow graduates across the country and with Cummings School faculty in Grafton. I feel a close connection to Tufts University. Having three other family members who attended Tufts has strengthened this bond. Since graduation, I have been a regular donor to improve student life on the Grafton campus. Now that I have completed my training and achieved board certification, it is time for me to give back to Tufts. As a member of the Tufts Alumni Council, I hope to invigorate alumni activities in the Tampa area.
Tufts Family: Harold, Albert, and Paul Slate. My family has been actively involved with Tufts University for 78 years.