President: Robert Saunders
Vice-President: Kathryn Caggiano
Past President: Brian Morra
Co-chairs, Communications and Advocacy Committee: Jim David and Laura Terry
Co-chairs, Finance and Development Committee: Michael Bracken and John Burton
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 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 William & 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.
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.
Holly Gruntner, '17 MA History is a third year PhD student in William & Mary's history department. Her most recent research explores how mid-eighteenth century American women utilized emerging accounting practices to record their finances, work, and inner lives. She holds a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris. At William & Mary, she is the current president of the History Graduate Student Association, and and has held positions with the Omohundro Institute, NIAHD, and the Georgian Papers Programme. Previously, she worked in Congressional Relations at the Library of Congress.
Nichole Gustafson currently is an MS student in Biology studying how the Longhorned Milkweed Beetle affects both asexual and sexual reproduction in Common Milkweed with her advisor Harmony Dalgleish. Before coming to William & Mary she received a BA from the College of Wooster in Biology (2014) where she investigated the role of ants as a defense against herbivores in the Coral Bean. Between her undergraduate degree and William & Mary she worked for various conservation organizations conducting research and monitoring biological resources. She was a contractor for US Fish and Wildlife Service through the Chicago Botanical Garden in Klamath Falls, Oregon where she worked on a rearing program for endangered lake suckers. She was then a contractor for the Bureau of Land Management in Shoshone, Idaho, leading a field crew on vegetation surveys to assess the health of Greater Sage Grouse habitat. She also worked for Great Parks of Hamilton County in Cincinnati, Ohio assessing the health of ash trees infected by the emerald ash borer. She hopes to use her master’s degree to further her career in conservation and land management.
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.
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.
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.
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 MPA from the University of Oklahoma (1984) and MA 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 & 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.
Judith Ridner, '88 MA History, '94 PhD History is an Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University, where she teaches early American history, immigration history, material culture, and oral and public history, and advises graduate (MA & PhD) students. She is the author of two books, A Town In-Between: Carlisle, Pennsylvania and the Early Mid-Atlantic Interior (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), which won the Philip S. Klein book prize from the Pennsylvania Historical Association, and the forthcoming, The Scots-Irish of Early Pennsylvania (Temple University Press, 2018). Her current book project, “Clothing the Babel: The Material Culture of Ethnic Identity in Early America,” explores how clothing and other forms of personal adornment affected the way non-English immigrants to early America were perceived and received by Americans of the time; it draws heavily upon her graduate school experiences as an archaeological apprentice and then employee of Colonial Williamsburg’s Department of Archaeological Research. Ridner also has research interests in oral history and digital humanities. During her previous academic appointment at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, she helped to lead a community oral history project focused on postwar African American life and civil rights in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley; the project culminated in the production of the original play, Another River Flows, in 2008. More recently, she worked with Mississippi State University librarians and history graduate students on “A Shaky Truce: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980,” a digital oral and public history website that examines the civil rights movement in our town of Starkville, Mississippi with particular emphasis on the local fight for school desegregation. The site features searchable oral history interviews with local residents and digitized documents from the University’s archives.
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 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 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 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. She enjoys distance running, cycling, scuba diving, and traveling.
Gail Williams Wertz, '66 BS Biology 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 Historical Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at William & Mary.
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
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
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
Carly Hawkins, ’18 MS Biology
Lauren Liegey, ’17 MS Physics
Joshua Magee, ’10 MS, ’16 PhD Physics
Mallory Moran, ’15 MA Anthropology
Emily Ruhm, ’17 BA, ’18 MPP Public Policy
Nabeel Siddiqui, ’18 PhD American Studies