Alumni Council Candidates
Eleven candidates from AS&E, one candidate from the Graduate Programs in AS&E, one candidate from the School of Medicine, and one candidate from the Friedman School 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: April 5, 2016
Undergraduate Schools of AS&E
Graduate Programs of AS&E
School of Medicine
The Friedman School
Undergraduate Schools of AS&E
Sunindiya Bhalla, A04, MG05, Acton, MA
B.A., Child Development, 2004; M.P.H., 2005; M.B.A., Brandeis University, 2011
Occupation: Senior Director, Community Impact, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley
Previous Occupations: Program Coordinator, Children’s Trust of MA
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Committee Chair, Tufts Alumni Admissions Program, 2005–2013; Founder and Co-Chair, Tufts Public Health Alumni Association, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2006–2009; member of planning committee for 10-year reunion, 2014; attend various alumni events in Boston area with Association of Tufts Alumnae and Active Citizens of Tufts; volunteered at Foster Children’s Holiday Party for a number of years; attended/spoke at a few Senior Dinners; participated in Career Services panels
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Member of the Alumni Board of the Heller School at Brandeis University and chair of Outreach & Recruitment Committee; Campaign Committee member and advisor on Brain Building Advisory Board at The Discovery Museums, Acton, Mass.; Member of Program Committee, Children’s Trust of MA
Statement: Since my time as a student, I have always been actively engaged with Tufts in a variety of capacities. My experiences at and with Tufts truly contributed to who and where I am today, first as a student and over the past 11 years as an alumna. The activities that I have engaged in with Tufts, both as a student and as an alumna have been more significant than my academic experiences and just as valuable as work experiences. I would like to deepen this engagement and share the value and appreciation of being a Tufts alumna with others and encourage their involvement as well. I look forward to the opportunity to keep abreast with current happenings at Tufts and support the university as best I can. I am involved with a few boards, but carefully select what I get involved in because I give more than 100 percent to everything I do. I also feel that I have much to offer in the way of being able to engage alumni, given my focus on individual engagement of donors and volunteers in my work with United Way and my strength and passion in building relationships and community among people connected by a common organization or cause.
Neha Surana Choudary, A04, New York, NY
B.A., English and Community Health, 2004; J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2007
Occupation: Attorney at The Center for Family Representation
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Writing fellow, admissions panelist, campus tour guide, editor-in-chief of SALAAM (South Asian Literature and Arts Magazine), captain of nationally ranked Indian Bhangra dance team, peer academic leader, writing tutor, biology lab and chemistry teaching assistant
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: SAKHI for South Asian Woman (an organization supporting South Asian survivors of domestic violence), Children’s Museum of Manhattan Benefit Committee, TAAP interviewing
Statement: I had an incredible academic and social experience at Tufts, and some of my closest friends are from my college years. I credit much of my professional and personal success and happiness to the amazing faculty, curriculum, and opportunities I gained while at Tufts. I loved the close-knit community, the ideal location and access to Boston, and I was an active member of campus life. I look back fondly on my time at Tufts and carry the sense of pride and spirit with me. I firmly believe in the interdisciplinary, global education that Tufts offers, as well as the concept of active citizenship and public service, which is critical to our world today. I would be proud to serve as a council member to increase Tufts’ outreach and expand its influence.
Stephen E. Comey, A96, Houston, TX
B.A., History and Economics, 1996; M.A., Mathematical Finance, Columbia University, 2005
Occupation: Managing Director, Head of Commodity Index and Agricultural Trading for Merrill Lynch Commodities Inc., Bank of America
Previous Occupation: Finance Associate, Entergy Inc.; Analyst, Putnam Hayes & Bartlett Inc.; Director, SmartEnergy Inc.
Tufts-affiliated Activities: TAAP alumni interviewing
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Global Association at Risk Professionals; FRM/PRM Charter holder; World Affairs Council of Houston; Spring Branch Athletics Association, coach of children’s sports
Statement: In my Tufts application essay, the question was something to the effect of “How would I enhance the diverse Tufts community?” Reflecting over the years, no matter how active a student, the truth of the matter is I owe a lot more to Tufts than I could ever give. My time on the Hill was truly life changing, introducing me to the wider world through study abroad, instilling in me an intellectual curiosity especially as it relates to world events and cultures, and opening doors both professionally and personally. While I have been involved with Tufts for many years as a TAAP interviewer and consistent financial contributor, now that I am more settled in my family life and career, I am looking for additional ways to contribute and utilize the leadership skills that I have developed in my professional life. As the years have passed and being more geographically removed from Tufts, I am eager to help reach out to alumni that have lost touch over the years and need an excuse to get back involved. In my professional life, I have seen the power of alumni connections and believe that Tufts can always improve in this arena. If elected, I would like to contribute my passion and talents to help give back to a place that is very special to me so that future students can have a similar experience.
Tufts Family: Janet L. Comey, J66, AG90, A96P, mother
Maura Donahue, A10, Brooklyn, NY
B.A., Art History and Peace and Justice Studies, 2010; M.A., Education, Hunter College
Occupation: Special Education Teacher at Achievement First Charter School
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Board chair, Tufts Alumni New York (May 2012–present); 5th Reunion Committee, 2015; TAAP volunteer alumni interviews (2013–present); member Tufts Professional Women’s Networking Group; Back to the Future, Host Committee, 2013, 2014
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Achievement First Leadership Fellows; Convent of the Sacred Heart alumni class representative
Statement: As the volunteer board chair for Tufts Alumni New York, I have had the pleasure of meeting and developing relationships with a broad range of alumni. This network has inspired both personal and professional connections, which in turn has kept me in tune with the distinctive energy of Tufts I experienced while on campus. I would like to be elected to the Tufts Alumni Council to continue my service to Tufts and to add my voice to a broader vision of the university’s goals, strategies, and overall alumni engagement.
Tufts Family: Kathleen Donahue, AG13, sister
R. Thomas Dunn, A00, North Attleboro, MA
B.A., Economics and Political Science, 2000; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2004
Occupation: Attorney at Pierce Atwood LLP
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Treasurer for board of the Tufts Lawyers Association (TLA); prior to being on the board in 2014, I planned Tufts Law Day on the Hill; I planned Law Day again in 2015
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: I serve on the Ethics and Professionalism Committee for the Rhode Island Bar Association. I am very active with the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law. For the Forum, my involvement includes associate editor of the Forum’s publication, Under Construction; Steering Committee member of Division 1 (Litigation & Dispute Resolution); co-editor of Division 1’s blog, The Dispute Resolver; speak at the national programs; manage the Forum’s social media accounts; help plan national meetings; and various other activities. I am also engaged in other Construction Law groups, including the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, ABA Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee, and other construction trade groups. Vice president and board member of the Attleboro Area Bar Association.
Statement: I practice construction law and business dispute resolution in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California. I am a partner at the law firm of Pierce Atwood LLP. I live in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, with my wife Erica (Crafts) Dunn (J99), and our two children (ages 7 and 4). I serve as the treasurer of the Tufts Lawyers Association (TLA), Tufts’ alumni who are lawyers. Over the past years, I have greatly enjoyed planning, speaking at, and attending TLA’s signature event, Tufts Law Day on the Hill. This event is held on campus every March. Last year, we ran a “mock” classroom, led a fabulous panel discussion regarding the intersection of science/engineering and the law, and held a networking session. I am happy to give back to Tufts through the TLA and welcome the opportunity to join the Alumni Council. It is an endeavor well worth the investment. Whether the first snowy day in April I visited Tufts, the days I met friends who I cannot imagine life without, my semester in the Tufts-in-Washington program (witnessed the Clinton impeachment trial in Sen. Feinstein’s office), or today, I am honored to be your fellow Alumni.
Tufts Family: Erica Dunn, J99, wife
Alyssa Gelbard, J92, New York, NY
B.A., Sociology 1992; M.B.A., Marketing, NYU Stern School of Business, 1996
Occupation: Founder and President of Resume Strategists Inc.
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Alumni interviewer for Tufts Admission Network/TAAP (1996 to present); host committee member, Back to the Future New York City event (2015 to present); featured speaker to various campus student groups [including Computer Science Dept., Imaginet, Chi Omega, Tufts/Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business] (2014 to present); volunteer for Career Center resume review events (2014 to present); guest contributor, Career Center blog (2014 to present); member of the Tufts Alumni Network (1996 to present)
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Recurring guest lecturer at The 92nd Street Y; recurring featured speaker at NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development; speaker and mentor for Dress for Success; member, NY Women in Communications; member, Ellevate; selected as career consulting expert for the Ellevate Experts program; writer and expert source on career advancement and personal branding for leading media including Huffington Post, Inc., Business Insider, CIO, Yahoo!, MSN, Learnvest, Levo League, and the New York Daily News
Statement: I had a great experience at Tufts. I share my enthusiasm as a proud Jumbo by interviewing prospective students for the past 20 years, being a guest lecturer to student groups, volunteering at the Career Center and attending alumni events, but I’d like to make a commitment to the university to make a stronger impact. As part of the Alumni Council, I can leverage and lend both my professional expertise and passion about Tufts to help strengthen, grow and enrich the alumni community.
I’m an entrepreneur and founder of Resume Strategists, a career consulting and personal branding firm. Prior to starting my company, I had a successful career in strategic marketing, holding senior positions in the for-profit and non-profit sectors (my non-profit experience was at a leading higher education/biomedical research institution). This expertise, along with my strengths of leading cross-functional teams, developing programs, cultivating strategic relationships and connecting like-minded individuals would be highly valuable to the Alumni Council. Also beneficial is my ability to meaningfully connect with people across all ages, professions, and backgrounds.
Tufts Family: Steven Gelbard, M83; Rebecca Lazinger, J00
Domonique Johnson, A10, Largo, MD
B.A., Child Development and American Studies, 2010; M.S.W., Boston College School of Social Work
Occupation: Coordinator of Alumni Support for See Forever/Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Previous Occupation: Coordinator of Student and Family Support, Coordinator of Education and Career Development, Social Work Intern
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Onyx, Envy, Pan African Alliance, Third Day Choir, Black Student Union, Tufts’ Burlesques, Concert Board, Tufts Financial Aid Student Board, Child Development Association
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: TBAA
Statement: Over the last few years, I have been very involved with alumni activities on campus. I have spoken at a few events, and have been able to meet students offline to speak with them more about various professional paths available once graduated. Currently, I have started working with the Black Alumni Association and am really enjoying connecting with other alumni who also want to give back to the current Jumbos. I would like to be on this council to make sure the voices of the “other Jumbos” are thought about and heard. With our country being in such turmoil, it gives me great pride to turn on the news and see the current students of Tufts getting out there as active citizens doing the needed work of awareness. It reminded me that my activism did not end when I crossed the stage—it really began. Holding a seat on the council could be the way to allow alumni to not only stand in support of the young Jumbo via social media, but to concretely get back out there to get the needed work done!
Fred Jones Jr., A07, Greenfield, MA
B.A., Political Science, 2007; M.B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
Occupation: Nonprofit Manager at Trident United Way
Previous Occupations: Lobbyist, Congressional Staffer
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Tufts Track and Field alumni member
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Institute for Responsible Citizens alumni member
Statement: Since graduating from Tufts University, I have nearly nine years of professional experience and earned a graduate business degree. I have also worked in multiple sectors and industries. My experience at Tufts prepared me to successfully enter a diverse and global workforce and influenced my desire to have a career in public service. I would like to use what I have learned for the benefit of my alma mater and give back to an institution that has provided me with so much.
Daniel Simon, A11, Evanston, IL
B.A., Psychology, 2011; candidate for Master in Business Administration, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, expected June 2017
Previous Occupations: Management Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, 2011–2015
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Transitional Member, TUAA Alumni Council, 2011–present; TAN (TAAP) volunteer Tufts Undergraduate Admissions, 2011–present; advisor/coach/mentor, Tufts Career Advisory Network (CAN), 2011–present; host committee, LEAD IT Summit, 2015; Alumni Council mentor, TUAA Alumni Council, 2015; Deloitte Lead, Tufts Consulting Coaching Initiative, 2011–2014; Back to the Hill Reunion Committee member, Class of 2011 1-year Reunion, 2012
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Coordinator and volunteer, New York Cares, 2011–2013
Statement: Having served as a Transitional Member of the Alumni Council since 2011, I hope to extend my service to Tufts as a term member and continue to build community within the alumni family, and with the administration, faculty, and students. Over the past five years, I have helped shape the alumni organization as a member of the Nominating Committee and supported students as part of the Career Services Committee. During the 2015–16 school year, I have the privilege of recognizing outstanding members of the community as part of the Awards Committee. Outside of TUAA, I’ve worked with several other Jumbos as part of a group of alumni in management consulting to coach students on the industry and prepare them for internship and full-time interviews. As a result, my firm has increased the number of Tufts hires each year since 2011. As a term member, I hope to continue to create opportunities for students and Tufts alumni.
Tufts Family: Heidi Stam, J78
Ivy Vo, A09, Paris, France
B.S., Biology, 2009; M.A. French literature, NYU
Occupation: Student Life Coordinator for NYU Paris
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Present chair of Tufts Alumni Paris; co-chair of Ad-hoc International Committee; Marketing and Communications Committee; Tufts Alumni celebration in Talloires planning committee (2013–2015); Class of 2009 five-year reunion committee
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: I just finished my second year of graphic design school.
Statement: I am already a very active volunteer and become more and more connected to the university every year. Each time I meet new Tufts alumni, I learn something more about the university. I believe that being part of the Tufts Alumni Council will allow me to be connected to the university on a very privileged level. This would then help me to better communicate to less active alumni around the world (*insert shameless International Committee plug*) and to find creative ways to encourage them to be more active. I think most Tufts alumni have fond memories of their days at Tufts and would love to find different ways to connect back to the university. However, sometimes they just need a little nudging or need something interesting to dangle right in front of their eyes before they choose to engage, and I am up for the challenge of finding the right carrot for each alumnus!
Aliguma Young, J98, Atlanta, GA
B.A., Child Development and Minor in African and New World Studies, 1998; Master of Business Administration, Finance, Miller College of Business, Ball State University
Occupation: Managing Director, Development Coaching for Teach for America
Previous Occupations: Vice President of Development, Director of Development
Tufts-affiliated Activities: Tufts Black Alumni Association (TBAA), founding co-president, current board member; Tufts Atlanta Alumni Association, founding member; Tufts Alumni Admissions Program (TAAP) regional chair and member
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: 2016 CASE/AADO National Diversity in Philanthropy Conference Planning Committee
Statement: Since graduating from Tufts University, I have been committed to my alma mater and having an impact on moving our university forward. Since my first year out of Tufts, I have been a member of the TAAP program and have had the pleasure of leading as a chair of two regions, interviewing dozens of students, attending college fairs in various states, and encouraging numerous students to apply to the university through school visits and presentations. I was also involved in my early years out of school in the establishment of the Atlanta alumni chapter. In 2012, a need was expressed to provide more programming and support for the black alumni of the university, and in three years as the founding co-president, I was able to help create an organization that is annually hosting regional events, raising funds from new donors, and enhancing the experience of students of color on campus by connecting students to a strong and diverse network of alumni. I know that Tufts can be a leader inside and beyond the classroom, and I have dedicated my time and resources to having an impact on the culture of the campus, the quality of the education, and the success of our alumni personally and professionally. I would like to continue to be a voice for all alumni and continue to contribute to the university in a meaningful way as a member of the Tufts Alumni Council. As I continue to engage alumni in the university through various organizations and groups that I am a part of, I would like to bring my diversity of experiences to the Council and continue to help move my beloved school forward for many generations to come.
Graduate Programs in AS&E
Amy Lampert, AG87, Brookline, MA
M.A., French; M.Ed., Education; B.A., New York University
Occupation: Financial Advisor; Business Owner
Previous Occupation: French teacher, Financial Services 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 a 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
School of Medicine
Joanne (Nordberg) Getsy, J79, M83, Plymouth Meeting, PA
M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, 1983; B.S., Tufts University, 1979
Occupation: Physician—Medical Director of the Drexel Sleep Center and Hahnemann University Hospital Sleep Center in Philadelphia; Professor of Medicine, Drexel University, College of Medicine, Department of Medicine; Program Director, Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital
Tufts-affiliated Activities: TAAP Interviewer (2012–present)
Statement: Being a “double Jumbo” makes me especially proud to serve Tufts. Both the undergraduate and the medical schools are very special to me, and I look back fondly at the years I spent at the Medford and Boston campuses. I still keep in touch with many from my undergrad years, and I love seeing my medical school peers at our reunions in Boston. As a TAAP interviewer, I get to share my love of Tufts with high school students who wish to have that special college experience that Jumbos enjoy. I am always amazed at the quality of the students accepted to Tufts and the breadth of qualities they offer. As I tell these hopeful applicants, you take from Tufts that which you give. It’s all there waiting for those who seek it. Jumbo alumni are a special group of devoted fans of the school who wear their colors proudly and speak highly of their beloved alma mater. Whenever I meet a Tufts alum, a huge smile and a discussion of shared experiences unite us. Double Jumbos are particularly proud to share their stories. As Tufts opened so many doors for me and allowed me to pursue the career I chose, I feel I can give back as a member of the Alumni Council. I would like to focus on bringing back some of the older alumni, and see if we can spark in them their warm memories of life on the Hill. I would welcome the chance to give back to the one school that helped shape my love of learning and allowed me to pursue my passion for being a physician. I hope I can show my appreciation by earning the votes I need to serve.
The Friedman School
Corey O’Hara, F08, N08, Cambridge, MA
M.A.L.D., The Fletcher School, 2008; M.S., Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, Friedman School of Nutrition, 2008; A. B., Linguistics with Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 1996
Occupation: Food systems consultant, Via Gusta (sole proprietorship), Cambridge, Mass.; Ph.D. Candidate, Friedman School
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 of Friedman School Alumni Association and currently serving on Alumni Executive Council as liaison to Friedman School student council. Giving Committee member. Chair, Strategic Planning Working Group supporting Dean Mozaffarian in development of next five-year plan. Member, Fletcher Club of Boston; Fletcher School fifth reunion committee, 2013. Frequent participant on alumni career panels for the Fletcher School Office of Career Services.
Other Professional/Volunteer Affiliations and Activities: Board of directors, Harvard University Band Foundation; board of directors, Kids of Kathmandu; 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 serving on the Friedman School Alumni Association, by volunteering regularly with the Office of Admissions and Office of Career Services at Fletcher, and by mentoring students and recent graduates of both schools. Now I hope to give back at a deeper level by representing the Friedman School on the Tufts 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 Friedman community.