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Officers and Members


President: Michael Bracken
Vice-President: Betsy Sigman
Past President: Kathryn Caggiano
Co-chairs, Communications and Advocacy Committee: Jim David and Laura Terry
Chair, Finance and Development Committee: Eleanor Silverman
Co-chairs, Student Professional Development Committee: David Hood and David Opie


Michael Bracken, '86 BS Mathematics is the Vice President of Engineering and Sciences for the Northrop Grumman Corporation's Mission Systems Sector. In this role he leads a diverse organization of more than 15,000 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 (’18) is the third generation in the family to attend William & Mary.

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 & 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 20 years, Dr. Caggiano has helped prepare engineering and business students for the professional arena. Under her leadership, the ORIE MEng program at Cornell was twice selected as a Finalist (2018 and 2012) and once as a Semifinalist (2013) for the INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize, the field’s flagship award for outstanding practical preparation of OR students. In the classroom, Dr. Caggiano places a strong emphasis on developing and implementing models that are practical, reusable, and robust. She has won numerous teaching awards, and she is currently developing a professional certificate program in Practical Spreadsheet Modeling through eCornell. Prior to her current position, Dr. Caggiano was a faculty member in the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of academia, she has held positions with Price Waterhouse and PeopleSoft in technology and supply chain consulting. She holds MS and PhD degrees in Operations Research from Cornell University.

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.

Kerri Dugan, '91 BS Chemistry, '92 MA Chemistry is the deputy director of the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). She served in several leadership roles at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), including serving as the senior scientist for the Analysis Directorate. She also led NGA Research Directorate's Environment and Culture program, where she developed multidisciplinary research to understand how the effects of complex natural systems and cultural dynamics impact national security. While managing the ODNI Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, she worked with the UK's chief science advisor for national security to establish the UK-IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme. In this role she fostered long-term scientific relationships between academia and the IC, while supporting basic research of interest to the IC. She also led biological sciences research at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory Division, where she focused on developing and transitioning new assays for human and microbial genetic identification to operations. She holds a doctorate degree from Princeton University in molecular biology, where she studied how oncogenic transcription factors perturb cell cycle regulation.

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.

Karen Hooker, '81 MA Psychology is the Petersen Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies and Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University where she is currently Head of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Her research focuses on psychological and social factors in optimal aging. She was the founder and inaugural Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research at OSU. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the Adult Development and Aging and Health Psychology Divisions of the American Psychological Association and has served in leadership roles in these organizations. She has been the recipient of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education Distinguished Faculty award and the Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America. She has been a Scientific Reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, has served on editorial boards of scientific journals, and led the first NSF-funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program that had aging as its thematic focus. She has published widely in leading journals, has co-authored books on mental health and aging, and has written numerous book chapters. Her work has been funded by NSF, NIH, and several foundations. She met her husband at William & Mary, and they live in Corvallis, Oregon. They have two sons, the youngest of whom graduated from William & Mary in 2015.

Carter L. Hudgins, '84 PhD History is Director Emeritus of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation jointly sponsored by Clemson University and the College of Charleston. Prior to joining the Clemson faculty, Hudgins was Hofer Distinguished Professor of Early American Culture and Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington where he served multiple terms as chairperson of the Department of Historic Preservation and the Department of History and American Studies. A native of Franklin, Virginia, Hudgins completed a BA at the University of Richmond and an MA at Wake Forest University prior to receiving the PhD in early American history and culture from William & Mary. Trained as an historian and archaeologist, Hudgins has archaeological experience on seventeenth and eighteenth-century sites in Virginia, North Carolina, Brazil and Ireland. He is currently completing with colleague Dr. Eric Klingelhofer an archaeological investigation of an abandoned seventeenth-century town on the Caribbean island of Nevis and was involved with his students in the architectural investigation and documentation of eleventh-century Molana Abbey in County Waterford, Ireland. Hudgins’ research in Ireland is an extension of the archaeological investigation of the site of the Lost Colony on Roanoke Island in North Carolina and his activities as a member of the board of First Colony Foundation, sponsor of excavations on Roanoke Island and other sites in North Carolina associated with the Lost Colony. During his tenure as executive director of Historic Charleston Foundation from 1993 to 2000, Hudgins oversaw completion of several museum house projects including the restoration of the Nathaniel Russell House, structural repairs and restoration of Charleston’s early eighteenth-century Powder Magazine, and the acquisition and extensive conservation of the Aiken-Rhett House. Six Virginia governors appointed Hudgins to boards that set policy for the Commonwealth in the areas of historic preservation, libraries, and archives. He is a former officer of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, Preservation Virginia, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and is the author of essays on historic preservation policy and the archaeology and architecture of early Virginia. He is the 2019 recipient of the Frances Edmunds Medal presented by Historic Charleston Foundation and Preservation South Carolina’s 2019 Governor’s Award for significant achievement in the support of historic preservation in South Carolina.

Rick Kuhn, '76 BA Psychology, '77 MBA is a computer scientist in the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has co-authored three books and more than 150 papers on information security, empirical studies of software failure, and combinatorial methods in software testing, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award (shared with Ferraiolo and Sandhu) for development of the world's most widely used cybersecurity access control method, role based access control (RBAC), in addition to a Gold medal for scientific/technical achievement for RBAC research from the US Department of Commerce, and the Excellence in Technology Transfer award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium. His work in combinatorial test methods also received a US Dept of Commerce Silver award for scientific/technical achievement and an Excellence in Technology Transfer award. He previously served as manager of the Committee on Applications and Technology of the President's Information Infrastructure Task Force (1994-1995), and as manager of the Software Quality Group at NIST. Before joining NIST in 1984, he worked as a software developer with NCR Corporation and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park.

Alexandra Macdonald, '18 MA History is a specialist in Anglo-Atlantic material culture and a fifth year PhD candidate in History at William & Mary. Her research focuses on the social lives of visual and material objects in the long 18th century. She is currently working on her dissertation, provisionally titled “The Social Life of Time: Clocks, Watches, and Consumption in the Anglo-Atlantic World” and teaching a course on the history of consumption and material culture in the Anglo-Atlantic world. Prior to beginning studies at William & Mary, she obtained a BA (Hons) and an MA (with distinction) in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Victoria (Canada). Before returning to graduate school for her PhD, Alexandra worked in curatorial and educational roles for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Royal British Columbia Museum, and the Legacy Galleries. At William & Mary, Alexandra has served as both the Treasurer and President of the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) and has held a digital humanities fellowship with the Georgian Papers Programme.

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.

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.

Lauren Onkey, ’85 BA English/Government is Senior Director of NPR Music in Washington, DC. In this role, she leads NPR Music's team of journalists, video, and podcast makers, and works with NPR's newsroom and robust Member station network to produce cutting edge music journalism and creative platforms for music discovery, including the Tiny Desk Concert Series. Prior to joining NPR, she was the inaugural Dean and Chair of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, where she created a program that provides students with civic engagement opportunities. She served as Vice President of Education and Public Programming at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum from 2008-2015, developing and managing the museum's award-winning education and community programs. She was the executive producer of the museum's Annual Music Masters series and oversaw the Rock Hall's Library and Archives. Onkey spent fourteen years teaching literature and cultural studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, specializing in postcolonial literature and popular music studies. She is the author of Blackness and Transatlantic Irish Identity: Celtic Soul Brothers (Routledge 2009), an interdisciplinary study of the relationship between Irish and African-American heritage. Over the course of her career she has published many articles in literary studies, popular music studies, women's studies, and pedagogy. Onkey holds doctoral and master's degrees in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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.

Felipe Ortega Gama, '20 MS Physics is a fourth year PhD student in Physics at William & Mary. He is interested in the nature and structure of the short-lived hadronic resonances that arise at the subatomic scales probed at particle accelerators. Felipe is currently serving as the President of the Physics Graduate Student Association as well as the GSAB representative. Before joining William & Mary he earned a MS in Physics at a joint program between the Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He selected William & Mary to pursue his doctoral research after an internship experience at the theory department of Jefferson Lab during the summer of 2017. In there he learned about the exciting progress at improving our description of subatomic interactions thanks to the use of first-principles calculations. Apart from the physical phenomena, this field captured his attention because of the balanced mixture between analytical and numerical techniques that need to be applied and developed.

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 & Mary, she received an MA in the History of Art from Rice University, and a BA 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.

Betsy Page Sigman, '78 BA Government is an expert in data analytics, electronic commerce and social media, and information systems. She has also earned a M.A. and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She serves as the Director of Assessment and Analytics and holds the title Distinguished Teaching Professor at the McDonough School of Business, where she has taught 20 years. Her courses include Big Data, Business Statistics, Database Management and Electronic Commerce. She also serves as the departmental advisor for McDonough's Operations and Information Management major. Sigman is on the Faculty Advisory board of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and is also involved with Georgetown Entrepreneurship. She is frequently quoted or interviewed on Social Media and Business issues, 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 has co-authored three editions of Splunk Essentials.  Always interested in marketing and public opinion research, she has worked at 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, 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 DSI's Innovation Award. The paper was published in the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education.

Eleanor K. Silverman, '85 BA Mathematics has spent over 30 years in the space program. She has hands on experience designing, building, testing, and launching flight hardware and software systems for a variety of spacecraft, most notably as chief engineer for the laser altimeter on the Ice Clouds and Land Elevation Satellite. She ultimately moved into program management including directing the spacecraft development and operations for NASA's Earth Science program. She has contributed to both the civil/science and national/defense space programs, as well as managing the development of spacecraft for NOAA, USGS, and international partnerships. Eleanor received an MS in Applied Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering and a DSc in Mechanical Engineering/Aeronautics and Astronautics from George Washington University. As an undergraduate at William & Mary, she was a member of the swim team, studied piano, and spent her junior year at Essex University in the U.K. She and her husband and children live in Maryland.

Laura J. Terry, '03 BS Biology is the Director of Cyber and Data Strategy with McKinsey & Company. Her career has included six years as a management consultant leading large, corporate transformations for energy, chemical, and agricultural companies around the world. Laura completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where she taught courses on cell biology and development. She received a PhD 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 with her daughter. She enjoys distance running, cycling, scuba diving, and traveling.

Gail Williams Wertz, '66 BS Biology, '20 MA Anthropology 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.

Emeriti Board 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
Jeffrey Deitrich, '04 BA Political Science
Kurt Erskine, '92 BA Public Policy
Mike Hoak, '02 MA History
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
Brian J. Morra, '78 BA History
Judy Ridner, '88 MA History, '94 PhD History
Lee Roberts, '70 MS Physics, '74 PhD Physics
Maciek Sasinowski, '93 MS Physics, '95 PhD Physics
Robert Saunders, '00 BS Physics
Kumiko (Jean) Takeuchi, '76 MA Chemistry
William (Bill) Tropf, '68 BS Physics
Jeffrey Voas, '86 MS Computer Science, '90 PhD Computer Science
Edwin Watson II, '68 BA History, '70 MA History
Emeriti Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Association Representatives

Casey McLaughlin, ’21 MS Biology
Tomos Evans, Anthropology
Holly Gruntner, ’17 MA History
Nichole Gustafson, ’19 MS Biology
Carly Hawkins, ’18 MS Biology
Lauren Liegey, ’17 MS Physics
Joshua Magee, ’10 MS, ’16 PhD Physics
Mallory Moran, ’15 MA, ’20 PhD Anthropology
Emily Ruhm, ’17 BA, ’18 MPP Public Policy
Nabeel Siddiqui, ’18 PhD American Studies