Officers and Members

Officers

President:  Robert Saunders
Vice-President:  Kathryn Caggiano
Past President:  Brian Morra
Chair, Communications and Advocacy Committee:  Laura Terry
Chair, Finance and Development Committee:  Michael Bracken
Chair, Recruitment :  Diane Alleva Cáceres
Chair, Student Professional Development Committee:  David Hood

Members

Michael Bracken, '86 BS Mathematics is the Vice President of Engineering for the Central Region of Northrop Grumman Corporation's Mission Systems Sector. In this role he leads a diverse organization of more than 3000 and is responsible for engineering execution on Sector programs. Prior to Northrop Grumman he was the Director of Programs at L-3 Communications Storm Control Systems where he was responsible for deploying commercial satellite ground command and control systems to numerous customers around the globe. Michael started his career at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and contributed to several earth science missions as a software engineer, systems engineer and project manager. He received an MS in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University (1991). Michael is also a member of the Industrial and Professional Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Penn State University. As an undergraduate he was a four-year, full scholarship athlete on the Tribe men’s basketball team. He is also a member of the Kappa Sigma social fraternity. He and his wife Jennifer have three children, Christopher, David, and Alison. Alison is the third generation in the family to attend William & Mary as a member of the class of 2018.

John D. Burton, '89 MA History, '96 PhD History is an Associate Professor of History and a member of the American Studies Program Committee at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. As a graduate student at William & Mary, he worked for the Department of Archaeological Research for Colonial Williamsburg. Dr. Burton teaches a variety of courses on early American History. His current research is on American Loyalists and their slaves who came to the Bahamas after the American Revolution. He has co-directed several archaeological excavations at Loyalist Plantations on San Salvador, The Bahamas, and more recently on the Island of Abaco.

Diane Alleva Cáceres, '87 BA Economics, '89 MA Government is Founder and CEO of Market Access International, Inc., an international trade, investment and enterprise growth consulting practice established in 1997. At mid-career, Dr. Alleva Cáceres obtained a PhD in International Affairs, Science and Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is frequently asked to speak on subjects from globalization to technological innovation. Dr. Alleva Cáceres is also a Lecturer at both the Sam Nunn School and the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. Over a 25-year period she has collaborated with hundreds of small and medium-sized firms as well as governments around the world from Senegal to Newfoundland in designing and implementing economic development strategies. Prior to MAI, Dr. Alleva Cáceres held high-level positions in several organizations including as Associate Director of Georgia Tech’s European Union Center of Excellence, Senior Trade Specialist at the Australian Trade Commission and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for Trade and Investment Services covering North Africa and the Middle East, Researcher at the World Technology Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Asia Program. She serves as Executive Vice President of the World Trade Center Atlanta’s Board of Directors. Dr. Alleva Cáceres is an elected member of several leadership organizations including Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a member of its Committee on the National Program, the U.S. Global Leadership Council, and the International Women’s Forum. At William and Mary she was tri-captain of the swim team. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Sophia.

Kathryn Caggiano, '90 BS Mathematics is a Professor of Practice in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) at Cornell University, where she directs the professional Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program. For over 16 years, Dr. Caggiano has been actively involved in preparing engineering and business students to solve complex operational problems in the professional arena.  She brings her industry experience in technology and supply chain consulting to bear in the classroom by placing a heavy emphasis on developing and implementing practical models, and communicating solutions in a concise, effective manner. She has won numerous teaching awards. Under her leadership, the ORIE Master of Engineering program at Cornell was selected as a Finalist (2012) and Semifinalist (2013) for the UPS George D. Smith Prize, INFORMS' flagship award for outstanding practical preparation of OR students. Prior to her current position, Dr. Caggiano was a faculty member in the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Outside of academia, she has held positions with Price Waterhouse and PeopleSoft. Dr. Caggiano currently serves as Vice President of the Graduate Studies Advisory Board at the College of William and Mary, where she formerly chaired the student professional development committee. She completed a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association in 2014. 

Jim David, '04 MA History, '10 PhD History is a managing director at Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS), a public affairs consultancy in Washington D.C. He advises a broad range of clients on strategic communications matters including public policy initiatives, regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions, and crises. Prior to joining HPS, he was a managing director at Kekst and Company in New York, where he advised Fortune 500 companies, leading alternative investment managers, and other clients on a variety of complex communications issues. Jim is the author of Dunmore’s New World (University of Virginia Press, 2013), a book about political culture in the era of the American Revolution focused on the life of the last royal governor of Virginia. His research has been supported by a number of fellowships and awards, including from the Harvard University International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, the Clements Library at the University of Michigan, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

Jeffrey Deitrich, '04 BA Political Science is a Vice President with Silverstein Properties, a real estate investment and development firm headquartered in Lower Manhattan. In this role he has managed teams to identify, finance, design, construct and market mixed-use development projects and start new businesses in the United States, Middle East, and China. Examples of his work include the development and financing of towers 4 and 3 at the World Trade Center and the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New York Downtown; the formation of a construction lending platform; and creation of an incubator and venture capital program for small businesses. Mr. Deitrich received a Master's in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At William & Mary he was a member of the Student Assembly, Honor Council and men's rugby team. He is a member of the Nature Conservancy and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Kurt R. Erskine, '92 BA Public Policy is an Assistant United States Attorney and is the Chief of the Public Corruption Section for the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia. In that role, he supervises the prosecution of federal public corruption cases in northern Georgia, which includes the Atlanta area. He has worked as a federal prosecutor for twelve years and, in that time, prosecuted matters involving public corruption, money laundering, wire fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud and other financial crimes. Previously, he supervised the prosecution of criminal health care cases as a Deputy Chief in the Economic Section of the United States Attorney's Office. Mr. Erskine also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Miami office of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida from 2001 to 2004. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Erskine represented companies and individuals in government investigations and complex civil litigation as well as advised clients on internal investigations, corporate compliance and state and federal regulatory compliance. Mr. Erskine earned a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas School of Allied Health and a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1996.

Carly Hawkins, is researching the effects of noise pollution on songbird social networks under her advisor, Dr. John Swaddle. She recently returned from a three month field season in Brisbane, Australia where she studied the social networks of red-backed fairy-wrens and is currently running captive studies in William & Mary's aviary with captive zebra finches. Before coming to William & Mary, Carly completed her BS in Biology and a minor in Wildlife & Fisheries Science at The Pennsylvania State University. She hopes to pursue her doctoral degree in behavioral ecology after her graduation from William & Mary this May with an MA in Biology.

Mike Hoak, '02 MA History is Director of Strategic Policy for Humana – one of the nation's largest providers of health insurance and health and wellbeing services. He is currently responsible for strategy development and execution of Humana's state and federal public policy initiatives. Prior to joining Humana in 2012, he served as Legislative Director for Capitol Counsel, a leading DC-based lobbying and advocacy firm. In this role, he performed research and analyses for a wide array of health care clients, including pharmaceutical manufacturers, health care provider organizations, pharmacies, and health insurers. Over his nearly 20-year career in Washington, Michael has also worked as a federal policy analyst providing counsel to organizations ranging from the National Football League to the port of Hong Kong. While at William & Mary, he specialized in 20th century American history and authored a thesis on the Civilian Conservation Corps. He is a lifelong Virginia resident and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Allison and his daughter Ella.

David K. Hood, '90 BS Chemistry, '92 MA Chemistry, '96 PhD Applied Science is currently a Senior Group Leader for Innovation Management at Ashland Specialty Ingredients (ASI), a division of Ashland. He has more than 18 years of professional experience in the specialty chemical industry. After completing a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Department of Chemistry at William & Mary, he joined International Specialty Products (ISP). Throughout his career, he has enjoyed technical team building, leading global teams responsible for technology expansion, new business development programs including structuring complex R&D agreements and relationships as well as due diligence processes for corporate M&A activities. His varied technical interests include functional polymeric materials, printing technologies, technical coatings and polymer architecture/design. He holds more than 25 US Patents and has (co)authored more than 30 technical articles. In 2004, he was awarded the Thomas Alva Edison Award (Consumer Division) by the R&D Council of New Jersey. He and his wife, Christina, live in New Jersey with their two children.

George Miller, '67 BS Physics, '69 MS Physics, '72 PhD Physics retired in December 2011 as the tenth Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a position he assumed in March 2006 after a distinguished career in national security work at the Laboratory. Throughout his nearly 40-year career at the Laboratory, Dr. Miller tackled a variety of management and scientific challenges in the interest of national security, particularly nuclear weapons. Dr. Miller continues to provide advice to the Laboratory and various parts of the United States government on matters of national security. He holds memberships in the American Physical Society, Sigma Pi Sigma - National Physics Honor Society, and is Chairman of the Science, Technology and Transformation advisory panel to the Commander of the United States Strategic Command. Dr. Miller and his wife, Sue, live in Livermore, California.

Brian J. Morra, '78 BA History is the Executive Chairman of Akonni Biosystems, a commercial biotechnology company.  He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2016 after 12 years as a Sector Vice President at the aerospace and defense company. Previously he was a senior executive and corporate officer at General Dynamics, Veridian, and Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation. Mr. Morra also served a total of 15 years as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force – active and reserve components – including a significant amount of time in foreign assignments in Asia. He received an M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma (1984) and M.A. in government and national security studies from Georgetown University (1987). Mr. Morra is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College and was an adjunct faculty member at the Joint Military Intelligence College and at Air Command and Staff College. Mr. Morra was a long-standing member of the system engineering advisory board at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

Cynthia C. Morton, '77 BS Biology is the William Lambert Richardson Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Cytogenetics at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Past Director of the Biomedical Research Institute at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She received her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Dr. Morton is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Genetics where she served as Secretary, Treasurer and Chair of the Accreditation Committee. She was Chair of the Molecular Genetic Pathology Policy and Exam Committees of the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Pathology. She served as a member and Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and as a member and Chair of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. Currently she is a member of the Counsel of Scientific Trustees of the Hearing Health Foundation and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Veteran's Administration Genomic Medicine Program. Dr. Morton is the past Editor of The American Journal of Human Genetics, and is the President-elect of the American Society of Human Genetics. As a student at William & Mary, she was active in music, as well as a resident advisor, orientation aide, and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority, Phi Sigma, Delta Omicron and Mortar Board.

David Opie, '88 MS Physics, '91 PhD Physics is Senior Vice President, Research and Development, at Noxilizer, Inc., has extensive medical device development experience with both start-ups and industry leaders, including Johnson & Johnson and Cook Medical. He has numerous filed and issued patents and has commercialized technologies that are used in life-saving applications. He has experience with cardiovascular and urological implants, equipment design and manufacturing, as well as drug delivery market segments. Dr. Opie has a thorough knowledge of product invention, of Good Laboratory Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, and design control and product development procedures. Dr. Opie holds a B.A. in Physics from the University of Delaware.

Susan Jensen Rawles, '05 PhD American Studies is the Associate Curator of American Painting and Decorative Arts at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A specialist in American material culture of the colonial and revolutionary periods, she has written and lectured on topics ranging from colonial portraiture to period interiors while actively developing the museum’s permanent collections. Her current research on John Singleton Copley was recently presented at the College Art Association. Part of the 2010 reinstallation team for VMFA’s American Art galleries and recently installed McGlothlin Collection, she co-authored the accompanying publications, American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2010) and A Promise Fulfilled: The James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection (2015). In addition to studying American art and history at William and Mary, she received an M.A. in the History of Art from Rice University, and a B.A. in Economics and Government from Smith College. Additional studies have included the Sotheby’s Institute, London, The Winterthur Winter Institute, The Attingham Program, and Royal Collections Studies. A member of various professional organizations, she has enjoyed service on numerous local boards and as an advisor to various historic sites.

Emily Ruhm, '17 BA Public Policy is a Public Policy Graduate Student and Research Assistant at the College of William & Mary where she is completing her master's. Her studies are focused on international development, economics, and law. She graduated from William & Mary in 2017 with a BA in Public Policy and a minor in Dance. Her policy experiences include working with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service at the US Embassy in Berlin and with USAID Bureau of Europe & Eurasia in Washington, D.C. Emily has also worked for AidData and Atlas Corps. As a student, she conducted research both independently with the Political Psychology and International Relations Lab on international privacy law in Europe and on a team for the Department of State via the Diplomacy Lab program focusing on counter-terrorism in the Maghreb and Sahel Regions. She additionally studied abroad in Singapore for a short-term semester.

Robert (Rob) Saunders, '00 BS Physics is a program officer in the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, fielding issues related to value and costs of health care. Dr. Saunders came to the position from the office of Congressman Rush Holt (New Jersey), where he was a Legislative Assistant in charge of handling health reform, Medicare and Medicaid, small business, the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, and budget policy areas. For eight years prior, he was a researcher at Duke University, first as a graduate student in Physics (Ph.D., 2006) and later as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiology. While at Duke, he researched the evaluation of imaging systems for their performance in cancer detection, with a specialization in breast imaging and mammography. He served as a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees from 2005-2007, where he focused on building and grounds issues. As an undergraduate at William & Mary, he was involved in the Student Assembly, Honor Council, and Delta Phi fraternity.

Betsy Page Sigman, '78 BA Government is an expert in data analytics, electronic commerce and social media, and information systems. She holds the title Distinguished Teaching Professor and has taught at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University for the last 18 years.  Her courses include Big Data, Statistics, Database Management and Electronic Commerce.  She also serves as the departmental coordinator and advisor for McDonough's Operations and Information Management major.  She is on the Faculty Advisory boards of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and the Maker Hub for Georgetown University.  She is frequently quoted or interviewed, and her articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Business Week, and Fortune, as well as other outlets.  She recently published the second edition of Splunk Essentials with co-author Erickson Delgado.  She has worked at a number of marketing research and public opinion organizations, including the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (UNC-Chapel Hill) and the Social Science Data Center (now Roper Center, Univ. of Conn.). At the marketing research firm, Decision/Making/Information (later Wirthlin Worldwide, then part of Harris), she served as a Senior Project Director. At the U.S. Bureau of the Census, she was a statistician in the Center for Survey Methods Research and held the post of Special Assistant to the Director for Field Operations, and won the Sustained Superior Performance Award. Sigman is a recipient of the 2007 Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business Joseph F. LeMoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence and the 2009 Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2008, she was named the Faculty Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Award winner.  At the 2016 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting, Dr. Sigman’s paper on “Visualization of Twitter Data in the Classroom” won the Innovation Award.  This paper was published in the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. 

Eleanor K. Silverman, '85 BA Mathematics currently provides leadership and executive direction in the planning, synchronizing, and managing of a major system acquisition for a unique and novel system in response to diverse operational needs and using streamlined acquisition techniques for the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, and allied partners. Dr. Silverman is from Bethesda, Maryland and began her career by joining government service with NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center working on several scientific missions; the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer, Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite, among others. She also designed, built, and tested attitude control systems and components for the Small Explorer series of spacecraft including the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer, Wide-filed Infrared Explorer. She also led an effort to design, build, and test one of the first space borne Global Position System receivers. From 1995 to 1998, Dr. Silverman worked as an Attitude Control System Engineer in the Special Payloads Brach at NASA Goddard. During this period she worked on onboard control systems for the Spartan attached payloads that flew on the Space Shuttle. She also designed, built, and tested attitude control systems and components for the Small Explorer series of spacecraft including the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer, Wide-filed Infrared Explorer, among other missions. She also led an effort to design, build, and test one of the first space borne Global Position System receivers. From 1998-2004, Dr Silverman was the lead Systems Engineer and Deputy Payload manager for the sole scientific payload on the Ice Clouds and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat). The Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) was designed, built, tested, launched, and operated by an in house government team. Launched in 2003, GLAS/ICESat has since been credited with collecting amongst the most important science associated with mass change in our polar ice caps as well as our atmosphere. In 2004, Dr. Silverman was selected to a position at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), managing an auxiliary payload in the Space Systems Program Office of the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Directorate. She also served as, the Independent Technical Assessor for the NRO, a leadership position supporting the Deputy Director for Systems Engineering (DDSE). In this position, she led a group of senior technical staff who supported cost and schedule assessments for all the major programs, as well as general technical risk assessments for all programs and new developments. In 2006, Dr. Silverman was selected as Payload Chief for a large space flight System Program Office in the Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) Directorate, where she served until 2009. Dr. Silverman returned to NASA in 2009 and was appointed into the Senior Executive Service at the second tier, as the Director for Earth Science Projects Division, and the Manager, Earth Systematic Missions Program, at NASA. She was responsible for a greater than $1B/year portfolio of Earth Science spaceflight missions, from pre-formulation through implementation, launch, mission operations, and disposal. Her program spanned 6 NASA field Centers, and includes partners in the DoD as well as Japan, Canada, and many European Nations.

Laura J. Terry, '03 BS Biology is an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co., where her recent work has focused on turnarounds & transformations for energy, chemical, and agricultural companies around the world. Prior to this, Laura was a post-doctoral fellow in Molecular Biology at Princeton University with support from the American Cancer Society. In addition to conducting laboratory research in molecular virology, she taught courses on influenza, cell biology, and development at Princeton. She received a Ph.D. in Cell & Developmental Biology from Vanderbilt University. As a student at William & Mary, she was active in undergraduate research in biology, music, Nu Kappa Epsilon, and The FlatHat. Laura lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys distance running, cycling, scuba diving, and traveling.

Jeffrey Voas, '86 MS Computer Science, '90 PhD Computer Science is a computer scientist at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. Before joining NIST, Voas was an entrepreneur and co-founded Cigital (1992). After 13 years at Cigital, Voas accepted a director position at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and was named an SAIC Technical Fellow (2005-2009). Voas co-authored two John Wiley books (Software Assessment: Reliability, Safety, and Testability [1995] and Software Fault Injection: Inoculating Software Against Errors [1998]). He received two U.S. patents and has over 200 publications. Voas received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Tulane University (1985). Voas performed a two-year post-doc for the National Research Council (1990-1992). Voas is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Voas received the U.S. Department of Commerce's high honor of Gold medal in 2014 for his efforts in vetting apps for smartphones for U.S. soldiers in current conflicts. Voas's current research interests include vetting mobile app software, software certification, cyberculture, and Networks of Things (NoTs). Voas is an Adjunct Chair Professor of Computer Science at the National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Gail Williams Wertz, B.S., Ph.D., has been a university professor engaged in basic biomedical research for her entire career, starting at UNC Medical School and most recently at UVA Medical School, where she was elected Professor Emerita in 2014. Her expertise is the molecular mechanisms of replication of RNA viruses and her laboratory developed the methodology for genetic engineering and attenuation of negative strand RNA viruses. This work provided a platform for developing novel vaccines against major human pathogens. She’s served on numerous advisory boards including the NIH NIAID Advisory Council, the CDC Basic Science Advisory Board and was president of the American Society for Virology. Her research has been supported by 36 years of continuous funding from NIH, two NIH MERIT Awards, a Bristol Myers Squibb "Freedom to Discover" Award, and the RSV Lifetime Achievement Award.
She and her husband, L. Andrew Ball (D.Phil. Oxford, UK), are active in land conservancy and historic preservation. They raise grass-fed black Angus cattle on two historic farms in King George County, VA. Gail is currently a full-time graduate student in Anthropology/Archaeology at the College of W&M.

Emeritus Members

Debra (Debbie) Allison, '77 BS Chemistry
James Baroody, '68 MS Physics
Patricia (Patti) Barry, '63 BS Chemistry
D. Nelson Daniel, '90 BS Geology & Economics
Ann L. Koch, '83 BA Religion
Sherry Manning, '67 MS Math
Peter Martin, '71 MS Physics, '72 PhD Physics
Larry McEnerney, '76 BA English & History
Ronald J. Monark, '61 BA Economics
B. Lee Roberts, '70 MS Physics, '74 PhD Physics
Maciek Sasinowski, '93 MS Physics, '95 PhD Physics
Kumiko (Jean) Takeuchi, '76 MA Chemistry
William (Bill) Tropf, '68 BS Physics
Edwin Watson II, '68 BA History, '70 MA History