Brad Auerbach is a senior entertainment executive with extensive expertise in intellectual property law and licensing, business development, marketing and content acquisition for new technologies. He has had success in structuring groundbreaking deals with a diverse range of rights holders, including NFL, NBA, NHL, HBO, MTV, Live Nation, Marvel Entertainment, International Olympic Committee, English Premier League, Screen Actors Guild, Hollywood studios, ESPN, Sesame Workshop, among numerous others. He has deep familiarity with each aspect of the media business, having sat on all sides of the deal-making table, on behalf of mobile, cable, satellite, Internet, hardware, software, distribution and production companies.
Auerbach helped form the Digital Entertainment Group, the industry-wide consortium that was the primary catalyst for the launch and spectacular success of the DVD format. He was a founding board member of the Electronic Software Association, which established the E3 video game conference and serves the business interests of companies that publish video and computer games. He was founding executive director of the DVD-Audio Council. His past engagements include Warner Music Group, Playboy, Flexplay, Macromedia’s Mobile group and the Getty Museum. He holds a patent with Qualcomm relating to mobile phone media technology.
Other Presenters: Bob Kinkel '79, Mark Lam '79, Julie Ross '84 and Mindy Wagner '79
David Casullo, president of Bates Communications, is a nationally recognized expert on leadership communication. In 2012, McGraw Hill published his first book, Leading the High-Energy Culture: What the Best CEOs Do to Create an Atmosphere Where Employees Flourish. Within weeks of its release, the book became a bestseller in human resources and leadership on Amazon.com. At Bates, David leads a team of coaches and consultants who help Fortune 500 executives accelerate business growth through powerful communications. Their clients include top companies such as Dow Chemical, Textron, American Express, Kimberly-Clark, State Street, Fidelity, BAE, VF Corp. and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Prior to joining Bates, David spent 10 years as senior vice president of human resources at the national retailer Raymour and Flanigan. His primary focus was on developing a state-of-the-art Leadership Development Institute that contributed to the company’s growth as one of the fastest growing retailers in the U.S. Earlier in his career, David was president and general manager of Burrows Paper Corp., a multi-national manufacturing business. A math and computer science major at Hamilton, where he was captain of the varsity football team, he earned an MBA from RPI in 1993. He married his high school sweetheart 28 years ago, and they have three children: Andrew (27), Jenna (25) and Sara (20). David’s passion is leadership development but his "hobby" is real estate development. He and his wife are entrepreneurs who together own a 188-acre residential development, Overlook Ridge, in their hometown of Little Falls, N.Y.
Other Presenters: Todd Jones '84, Jackie Maloy Jones '84, Patrick Raycraft '84, Wendy Nanus Suslak '84
Dan Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology, has lectured widely on the state of liberal arts education and the American university system. He has received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to pursue his research on the benefits of a Hamilton education. Chambliss is co-author, with Christopher Takacs '05, of the recently released How College Works, published in January by Harvard University Press.
Other Presenter: Karen Leach
A DU, Richard met Jerry Pitarresi in their freshman year and began a conversation that has continued some 47 years. After Hamilton, Richard attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he was ordained a rabbi in 1976. He earned a Doctorate of Hebrew Letters from HUC in 1990. Richard has served at a number of pulpits around the country, and is presently the rabbi at Congregation House of Israel in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Father of Joshua and Daisy, Richard lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Jeanne. He and Jerry recently formalized some theological conversations in their co-authored book, Faithful Friends: A Jew and a Catholic Discuss Religion in Modern life.
Steve Culbertson is president and CEO of Youth Service America, an international nonprofit organization that partners with thousands of organizations to increase the quality and the quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally and globally. For two years in a row, the Nonprofit Times has named him to its list of "The 50 most powerful and influential leaders" in the sector, saying, "Culbertson has helped to position volunteering and young people as an issue and a national priority."
Culbertson is a strong proponent for starting young people at an early age to address the unmet needs of their communities. He believes that youth-voice and participation are critical to policies that affect them, and healthy communities must intentionally engage youth at all levels. Four young people serve with him as full voting members on Youth Service’s America board of directors. The impact of YSA’s work is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness and healthy communities.
Steve has been an active volunteer since childhood with organizations ranging from Rotary International and the Boy Scouts of America to the Episcopal Church and the Lawrence Hall School. He is a trustee for America's Promise, a member of the advisory committee for the Ad Council, and serves on the board of directors of Campfire and Youth Service America. He was born in Bitburg, Germany, and grew up in Amherst, Mass. He majored in English and French at Hamilton and lives in Washington, D.C.
Other Presenters: Nanelle Napp K'74 (moderator), Casandra Harris-Lockwood K'74, Jim Peskin '74
Edward Deci holds an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon. He was an interdisciplinary post-doc at Stanford University and has been a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester for 44 years, holding the Gowen Chair for the last eight. But it was a Hamilton course with Paul Parker that set him on the road to his avocational passion — art history. Ed has studied the field vigorously since he left Hamilton, and for 30 years he has been director of the Museum on Monhegan Island, Maine. A specialist on Monhegan Island art, he lectures frequently on the topic and writes for various publications such as American Art Review.
John Donohue majored in mathematics and economics at Hamilton before attending Harvard Law School. After clerking for a federal judge and working as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., for Covington and Burling and Neighborhood Legal Services, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale in 1986 and has been a law professor ever since. He has had permanent, tenured appointments at various times at Stanford University (where he is now the Carlsmith Professor of Law), Yale and Northwestern, and visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, Bocconi (Milan), Tel Aviv University and Toin (Tokyo). He is the former president of the American Law and Economics Association and the Society for Empirical Legal Studies, and editor of the American Law and Economics Review. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and in 2009 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. John lives with his wife, Maureen, and his two teenage sons on the Stanford campus where he tries to compensate for his fading basketball skills with greater emphasis on tennis and swimming. His older daughter works up the road in San Francisco for the Public Library of Science.
Robin Dropkin is executive director of Parks & Trails New York, which has been the state’s leading advocate for parks and trails for more than 25 years. Previously Robin worked for the Massachusetts and Vermont State Park systems and a land trust in Berkshire County, Mass. She attended Hamilton/Kirkland College for two years before transferring and receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. She has a master’s in environmental education from Antioch New England.
Joe Duffus studied public policy at Hamilton, where he was flummoxed by microeconomics and happiest in the rhetorical warmth of Professor Bob Simon’s philosophy classes on law and the Constitution. He and a few other agitators created the Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble and he held down the drum chair. When not playing music with several different student jazz and rock bands and theatrical pit orchestras, he was also a DJ at WHCL, a columnist for The Spectator and a member of Delta Phi. Moving to Washington, D.C., after graduation, he pursued journalism after an internship landed him in the offices of nationally syndicated columnists Roland Evans and Robert Novak. He spent many years reporting and copy-editing for Thomson Newspapers' Washington bureau, covering six political conventions and innovating in the emerging field of computer-assisted reporting. Moving to the corporate headquarters of Gannett in 1997, he has had a front-row seat for the sometimes frustrating shift to online publishing, working to bring Gannett’s 80 community newspapers, broadcast stations and USATODAY fully into the digital world. He enjoys photography, travel and cooks chili competitively. Joe and his wife, Maria, live in Gainesville, Va., with their two sons.
Fran Dunwell is the Hudson River Estuary coordinator at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, a position she has held since 1984. She oversees the implementation of the state’s Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, which seeks to ensure clean water, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats, provide recreation in and on the water, adapt to climate change and conserve the scenic landscape. Through this work, the Estuary Program is helping people enjoy, protect and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. Dunwell has a master’s degree in environmental studies from Yale University and a bachelor’s in anthropology from Kirkland College. She is the author of two award-winning books about the river’s environment, culture and history.
As Hamilton’s director of financial aid, Cameron Feist oversees all aspects of the financial aid process, which includes the annual awarding of more than $32 million in institutional financial aid. Cameron has a passion for helping students and families afford a Hamilton education, which he describes as having been a transformative experience for himself, his two siblings, Corey ’95 and Megan ’98, and his brother-in-law, Jedd Whitlock ’98. Cameron preveiously served as director of college guidance at the University School of Milwaukee, a K-12 college preparatory day school, and as assistant and eventually associate dean of admission at Hamilton.
Other Presenter: Kristin Merriman '04
Amy Fleming has parlayed a theatre major and an $8-an-hour proofreading job at a curriculum development house into a full-time career in educational publishing. She is editorial director of secondary literacy at Pearson, overseeing the development of English language arts print and digital programs. Over the past three decades she has witnessed the rise and fall of state standards, grappled with the advent of digital page make-up and delivery, wooed the Departments of Education of several states, and cursed (and coddled) the Common Core. She lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with her two sons and a fat, lazy cat.
Other Presenters: Joe Duffus '84, Bruce Goldstone '84 and Garret Kramer '84
Trevor majored in English literature and minored in Romance Languages (Spanish) while at Hamilton, where he also was president of the Speech and Debate Union and the Model United Nations Club. Trevor also was the voice of Hamilton Continentals Hockey on WHCL-FM 88.7, in addition to being the News Director and co-host of the popular talk show The Last Word with Marc Elias ’90 (produced by Frank Vlossak ’89). Trevor served on the Hamilton Presidential Search Committee in 1988, leading to the tenure of the late President Hank Payne.
Trevor received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, and practiced law in Buffalo and Washington, D.C., for eight years before settling in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has practiced for the last 14 years. He is president of The Fuller Law Firm, P.C., and specializes in employment litigation and business and commercial litigation.
In November 2012, Trevor was elected by the people to serve as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner At Large, and he now represents all of the nearly 1 million residents of the county. He formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mecklenburg County Bar, which is the governing body for all lawyers in Mecklenburg County. He is a past president of the John S. Leary Bar Association for Black Lawyers. In addition, Trevor previously served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Citizens’ Review Board, which reviews citizens’ complaints about police behavior. Currently, Trevor is a member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, which is a statewide group of trial attorneys.
In December 2013, Trevor was elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
Trevor is married to Camille Davidson, who is an associate dean at the Charlotte School of Law, and they have two school-aged children.
Since studying theatre and writing on the Hill, Bruce Goldstone has authored 10 children’s books and ghostwritten thousands of pages of educational texts. His books include Great Estimations, The Beastly Feast, Bip in a Book (with Marcel Marceau) and That’s a Possibility! Goldstone is also the graphic designer for Blue Coyote Theater Group in Manhattan, where he lives about three-quarters of the year — the rest he spends in Buenos Aires.
Other Presenters: Joe Duffus '84, Amy Fleming and Garret Kramer '84
Other Presenters: Liz Keogh '94 and Kate O'Rourke '94
Cassandra Harris-Lockwood moved with her family to Oneida County in 1954 and grew up in attending local schools. Active in student government and social activism from an early age, she graduated Kirkland in 1974 with a B.A. in art and dance. From there she worked for several years in New York City in the fields of the performing, martial and healing arts. She returned to the Utica area in 1979 to marry attorney Stephen L. Lockwood. Since then she has worked extensively in the innercity to help improve the lives of the people who live there.
In 2002 Cassandra founded For The Good, Inc., a not for profit that publishes the Utica Phoenix, operates the Study Buddy Club, the Community Gardens and the Oneida County Black History Archive. Harris-Lockwood has been an organic gardener for over 30 years and designed the urban gardening system now in place in Utica. She sings in the choir at St. Joseph’s St. Patrick’s Church, practices naturopathy and serves on several boards of directors. Cassandra and Stephen live on a small horse farm in Clinton. They have two grown sons.
Other Presenters: Steve Culbertson '79, Nanelle Napp K'74 (moderator) and Jim Peskin '74
Chris Holm wrote his first story at the age of 6. It got him sent to the principal's office. Since then his work has fared better, appearing in such publications as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. He's been longlisted for a Stoker Award and nominated for an Anthony, a Derringer, a Silver Falchion, a pair of Spinetinglers and a handful of House of Crime and Mystery Readers' Choice Awards, racking up a couple wins along the way. His Collector novels – Dead Harvest, The Wrong Goodbye and The Big Reap – recast the battle between heaven and hell as old-fashioned crime pulp. Chris recently signed a two-book deal with Mulholland Books, who recently published J.K. Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling and the J.J Abrams/Doug Dorst novel S.
Mark Johnson graduated from Hamilton with a biology major and English minor before joining the Navy and serving as a jet pilot and flight instructor for six years. During that time he picked up a master's degree in English from the University of West Florida. After leaving the Navy, he received a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and then spent 20 years in the FBI as an agent, 10 of those on the Chinese squad where he worked on the Larry Chin case. He spent five years as a polygraph examiner in the field, followed by four years at FBI headquarters as a supervisor in the Polygraph Unit. After retirement, Mark did contract work for the CIA and other USG entities in the fields of interrogation, travel analysis and technology innovations. He currently works for Omnis Inc. designing schools, classes and exercises for training foreign security services.
Todd Jones is a professor of philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He holds degrees in anthropology and cognitive science, as well as philosophy. He is the author of What People Believe When they Say that People Believe: Folk Sociology and the Nature of Group Intention, and over 40 scholarly articles. He is married to Jackie Maloy ’84.
Other Presenters: Dave Casullo '84, Jackie Maloy Jones '84, Patrick Raycraft '84 and Wendy Nanus Suslak '84
Other Presenter: Doug Shaw '89
Bob Kinkle received a bachelor's in music from Hamilton and did post graduate work at Columbia University in solid state physics. He is known world-wide as the co-creator, co-producer, co-writer and music director of the multi-platinum, and top 10 touring band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, co-writing the band’s hit songs “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)" and “Wizards in Winter.”
Bob has worked with legendary bands and arists such as The Who, Aerosmith, Genesis, Paul Winter and Hall & Oates; created jingles for Hefty (“Hefty Wimpy”) and Diet Coke; scored music for MTV, Nickelodeon, AT&T and Verizon; and designed the signature sound logo for “A Current Affair.”
Throughout his 32 years in the music business, Bob has successfully combined his unique style, understanding and knowledge of music and science as a producer, recording engineer, keyboardist, arranger, conductor, singer, songwriter, sound designer, programmer, director, technician and studio owner. He recently returned to the Hill as an artist-in-residence/guest lecturer in music.
Other Presenters: Brad Auerbach '79 (moderator), Mark Lam '79, Julie Ross '84 and Mindy Wagner '79
Garret Kramer, founder of Inner Sports, has provided consulting and/or crisis management services to hundreds of athletes, coaches and business leaders — from well-known professionals, Olympians and teams, to high school and collegiate players across a multitude of sports. Garret often lectures on topics related to the states of mind that lead to success on and off the playing field. He has been featured on or in WFAN, ESPN, FOX, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated and Forbes. He is the author of the best-selling book Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life and the upcoming book The Path of No Resistance: Why Overcoming is Simpler than You Think.
Other Presenters: Joe Duffus '84, Amy Fleming '84 and Bruce Goldstone '84
Mark Lam began his career as assistant to general manager of Orient Xpress, a Benihana venture, where he spearheaded the start-up operation. After earning his J.D. and MBA, he worked at Hughes Aircraft, Dynafund (an international venture capital firm), and Geneva Co. (the leading middle market M&A firm in the 1980s) in progressively more important professional and management capacities before operating his own firm for 15 years that specialized in solving business and legal problems for multinational companies. His clients included Hon Hai Precision/Foxconn Group, Philips Electronics, and mostly Greater China based high-tech companies, where he handled complex litigation, resolved business and IP claims, and negotiated business deals which contributed significantly to their success and rapid growth. Until July 2011, Mark served as CEO of Live365, Inc., one of the world’s largest Internet radio networks. Within a year of becoming CEO in 2004, he turned Live365 into a profitable and viable business.
Mark has published and been featured in over 50 articles in Asian and U.S. media including the Harvard Business Review and Hong Kong Economic Times and has been invited to speak at Tsinghua University, UCI, UCLA, USC and the California State Bar Education Institute as well as CES, Global 3G Forums, Milken Global Conference and NAB Conferences; BBC, Channel News Asia, CNN and major Greater China media such as Beijing T.V. and RTHK. He also served as a lecturer for MBA classes at the UCI Merage School of Business and co-authored a book published by McGraw Hill — China Now. His 2003 Harvard Business Review article, co-authored with Professor John Graham, “The Chinese Negotiation," has been used by leading business schools around the world.
Mark received an MBA from UCLA (Anderson), a J.D. from University of California (Hastings), and a B.A. in economics from Hamilton. He also completed an Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford. Mark is working on a Greater China innovation book and updating his China Now book while also serving as senior fellow at the Personal Computing Industry Center, a Sloan Foundation Center, at the University of California, Irvine.
Other Presenters: Brad Auerbach '79 (moderator), Bob Kinkel '79, Julie Ross '84 and Mindy Wagner '79
Karen Leach is vice president, administration and finance at Hamilton where her duties include management and development of strategic vision for budget, business and purchasing services, investment functions, facilities, human resources, and environmental health and safety. Prior to working at Hamilton she spent 16 years at Colgate University first as associate provost and then chief information officer overseeing all information technology functions. Early in her career, Karen worked for Bristol Myers where she performed efficiency studies in quality control operations in Syracuse and Puerto Rico.
Other Presenter: Dan Chambliss
Steve Lewandowski has been a private consultant in the field of watershed studies for nearly 15 years. He has developed watershed managements plans and educational materials, and has been involved with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association for over 10 years. Prior to his consultation career, Steve was a conservation educator with the Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District for 25 years. He has published extensively on topics related to ecology, conservation and ecosystem management. In addition to a bachelor's degree in English from Hamilton, he also holds master's degrees in philosophy and American folk culture.
Other Presenters: Fran Dunwell K'74 and Robin Dropkin K'74
Robert Lipgar, born and raised in Kingston, N.Y., was introduced to photography at a young age assisting his father, A. H. Lipgar, Hudson Valley's leading photographer from the 1920s through the 1950s. After a decade-long apprenticeship, Bob entered Hamilton to further his creative studies and combined them with the study of psychology. Following Hamilton, he relocated to Chicago where he earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Chicago.
In Chicago, Bob established himself as an exhibiting photographer as well as a distinguished leader in clinical and group psychology. Among his many photography shows were ones in Chicago at the First National Plaza, the American Bar Association, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, the American Jewish Congress, the American Friends of the Hebrew University and the University of Illinois. His work has also been exhibited to critical acclaim in Wisconsin, Ohio and Arkansas, and his photographs are in many collections in the United States, Canada and internationally.
Now home again and resettled in Rhinebeck, Bob is inaugurating a second generation of Lipgar photography in the Mid-Hudson Valley. He is an active member of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum and the Arts Society of Kingston. In 2006, he was awarded the Leilani Claire Prize for Photography by WAAM, and his work has also been featured in the Catskill Mountain Region GUIDE magazine. His work appears frequently in local publications and is exhibited frequently in many juried art shows throughout the valley.
Jackie Maloy studied theatre at Hamilton before moving to New York to pursue acting and a day job as a proofreader for educational publishing. The day job eventually took focus, and she worked for several years as a senior editor at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Division and as an editorial producer at Scholastic Inc. In 1998, Jackie moved to Las Vegas, where she got a master's degree in communication at UNLV. Since then, she has written for many major reading, literature and social studies programs. She has also written scripts for online supplementary programs and four book for children, including The Ancient Maya, part of the True Book series. In 1999, Jackie married Todd Jones ’84, and they have two children, Liam (13) and Donovan (11).
Presenters: Dave Casullo '84, Todd Jones '84, Patrick Raycraft '84 and Wendy Nanus Suslak '84
Art Massolo studied German and histor at Hamilton where he was part of the Emerson Literary Society, the German Club, the orchestra and the men’s soccer team. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1964, after which he received a law degree from the University of Chicago. Art’s career encompassed time in Malaysia teaching with the Peace Corps and 28 years at the First National Bank of Chicago, where at various times he headed Human Resources, International Banking and Asset Management. On leaving the bank he spent four years consulting with Delta Air Lines on international strategy. He has lived and worked in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Panama and Brazil.
Among the many non-profit and corporate boards for which Art has served, his most rewarding remains LINK Unlimited, a Chicago non-profit supporting the educational needs of at-risk African-American youth. He and his wife, Karen, started the Arturo Domenico Massolo Memorial Scholarship at Hamilton to encourage LINK alumni to attend Hamilton. Over 60 LINK students have matriculated at the College. When Art and Karen moved to Florida they became active with the Posse Foundation, which fosters multiculturalism across U.S. colleges and universities.
Art was featured in the Fall/Winter 2007 issue of the Alumni Review for his work in the Peace Corps. As a Class & Charter Day speaker, he spoke about the “Changing Hill” and the need to build a campus demographic more like the world demographic into which Hamilton students venture. He was acknowledged for his many years of work in diversifying campus life with the naming of the Days-Massolo Center. Art and Karen Massolo live in Hollywood, Fla., and are parents of Arthur R. Massolo ’93.
Fred Matt is president and COO of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co., the oldest brewery in New York and second oldest brewery in the country. He is the fourth generation of the Matt family to serve the company and has been with the brewery since 1989. Instrumental in expanding the distributor network, Fred has successfully rebuilt the sales and marketing organization to support the growth of the Saranac brand and other new products. He also helped create "Saranac Thursdays" and "Saranac Concert Series" held at the brewery. These events have been a driving force in revitalizing the West Utica area and have helped attract new local businesses.
Fred serves the community through his involvement with the United Way of Greater Utica where he is a board and executive committee member, and chairman of strategic planning. In 2006, he served as chairman of the United Way Campaign, raising $3.6 million. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Syracuse Chiefs baseball organization, the Boilermaker Road Race, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Kristin Merriman is college advisor at the Allendale Columbia School in Rochester where she works with upper-school families throughout students' college search and application process and also serves as the College Board advanced placement coordinator. Prior to her return to Upstate New York in 2010, she served as assistant director of college counseling at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Md. Kristin’s career in college admission counseling started with Hamilton’s admission senior intern program and continued after graduation as an admission counselor at Gettysburg College. Her experience working with students and families throughout the college search and application process and reading and evaluating files at a highly selective college prepared her for her transition to the “other side of the desk” as a school-based college advisor. In her work with students and families, Kristin is focused on empowering students throughout their college exploration and selection process to find colleges that are strong matches for their interests and goals.
Other Presenter: Cameron Feist '04
Nanelle Napp graduated from Kirkland with a degree English literature before pursued a career in marketing in New York City. There she held positions in advertising, integrated marketing and language simplification for clients including JP Morgan Chase, HBO, Time Warner and Associated Press. She then earned her MBA in marketing at Pace University. Once she became an empty-nester, Nanelle began volunteering for Junior Achievement and Citizen Schools. She has been on the Citizen Schools Advisory Board in North Carolina for three years. Citizen Schools helps middle-school students from lower-income families see the value of staying in school, going to college and becoming lifelong learners.
Nanelle teaches apprenticeships on branding and creating public service announcements with the goal of improving students’ self esteem, presentation and critical-thinking skills. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, Chuck Cocke, and their wire haired terrier Bradley. Together, they have three children and a daughter-in-law and enjoy visiting with them in Charlotte, Atlanta and New York City.
Other Presenters: Steve Culbertson '79, Casandra Harris-Lockwood K'74 and Jim Peskin '74
Jerome "seriously" started drinking wine when he began working at Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, Colorado, studying under the wine team at Frasca Food and Wine. After traveling through Italy on a 3 month wine tour, he returned to Colorado to continue working with Frasca and to study for the Court of Master Sommerlier's Certified exam, passing earlier this year. Though he mostly drinks anything Italian, Jerome loves learning about and tasting different and unique wines from all over the world.
Other Presenter: Leighton K. Smith '09
Rocco Orlando is senior vice president and chief medical officer at Hartford HealthCare, the premiere health care network in Connecticut where he directs and assists clinical staffs in their efforts to achieve national pre-eminence in patient quality and safety and in creating seamless care coordination across the network. He previously served as chief medical officer of Hartford Hospital and as vice president of Connecticut Surgical Group in Hartford. As a general surgeon at Hartford Hospital for more than 25 years, he held various leadership positions, including president of the medical staff and member of the board of directors.
Dr. Orlando has a national reputation for research and clinical excellence and has delivered more than 100 presentations internationally and across the United States. He has written and contributed to more than 50 medical publications, abstracts and book chapters. He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed multiple internships and finished his residency at Hartford Hospital. He also completed a fellowship at the University of Miami–Jackson Memorial Hospital and is a member of numerous professional societies. Aa fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he resides in Glastonbury, Conn.
Kate double majored in psychology and Women's Studies at Hamilton College. She moved to NYC shortly after graduation and worked on Seventh Avenue as a showroom and fit model for nine months. She subsequently decided to shift focus to the fields of non-profits and mental health, working as Director of Operations for a small 501(c) 3 which provided housing to individuals diagnosed with mental illness, substance use and HIV, and a history of homelessness. She left in 2008 to earn her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, which she completed with distinction at Hofstra University. Currently, while conducting in-home therapy in Southwest Virginia, she is working on her dissertation at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on sexual offenders and their treatment in the context of community notification and registration laws.
Other presenters: Liz Keogh '94, James Grinwis '94
Jim Peskin earned degrees in theatre and English at Hamilton where he directed lots, acted some and was a member of the Charlatans. After graduation he went to Minneapolis, staying for five years to start a professional theatre career. From Minnesota he went to the Yale Drama School and received an MFA in directing before becoming a director and teaching artist at regional theatres in the Northeast. Jim was one of the founders of the Young Director’s Program at the New York Theatre Workshop and helped start Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey where he was the first managing director and worked in numerous Young Playwrights programs.
After relocating to Atlanta with his wife, Barbara Beise K'74, Jim continued his work with young playwrights and in corporate training. When his two children decided that they were going to school in the Northeast, he became a high school drama teacher at Northview High School. Returning to New Jersey in 2005, he became executive director of the Montclair Arts Council. Jim and Barbara now live in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is interim director of the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.
Other Presenters: Steve Culbertson '79, Casandra Harris-Lockwood K'74 and Nanelle Napp K'74 (moderator)
Jerome (Jerry) Pitarresi majored in English at Hamilton, graduating in 1971. He comes from a family of Hamilton graduates, joined by brothersJohn ‘70 and Charlie ’80 and sons Matthew ’08 and Marc ’10. A member of Delta Upsilon, he played football and baseball during his time on the Hill. He enjoyed a thirty–three year career as a junior high English teacher and coach in the New Hartford Central School District, just a short distance from Clinton. A lifelong Catholic who remembers attending the Sunday Newman Mass in the chapel in the late 60s and early 70s, he remains very interested in the role of religion in modern life as well as in interfaith dialogue. Those interests led to his co-authoring with his classmate and longtime friend Richard Chapin the recently published book Faithful Friends: A Jew and a Catholic Discuss Religion in Modern Life. A member of the Alumni Council at Hamilton, he resides in New Hartford, New York with his wife Marie.
Other Presenters: Rich Chapin '71, Prof. Jay Williams '54
Upon graduating from Hamilton, Patrick Raycraft served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where he worked on several potable water projects and as a medical interpreter. After 29 months of service, he returned home to teach Spanish at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire and then direct its overseas program in Segovia, Spain. Pat earned his M.A. in photography from Ohio University and since 1999 has worked as a staff photographer at The Hartford Courant where he continues to chronicle Connecticut’s diverse Latino community.
Patrick has also photographed in Azerbaijan, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico. In 2004, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for his coverage of the homecoming from Iraq of U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Phillip Jordan. His photographs have been widely distributed by The Associated Press and have appeared in such news outlets as CBS, CNN, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Washington Post. As a Hartford resident, Pat enjoys the wonderful Latin food, music and coffee found along Park Street. He is a Hartford Hospital volunteer, a member of the Hartford Extended Area Triathletes and a contributing photographer at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Conn.
Other Presenters: Dave Casullo '84, Jackie Maloy Jones '84, Todd Jones '84 and Wendy Nanus Suslak '84
After Hamilton, Julie Ross earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School. Following a clerkship to the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, U.S. district judge for the District of New Jersey, she practiced law at the firm of Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, Los Angeles. Her civil trial practice included copyright, trademark, defamation, breach of contract and shareholder derivative actions, with experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including pleadings, discovery, motions practice, trial, ADR and appeals.
Julie has taught at Georgetown since 1998 and is currently serving as chair of legal research and writing and chair of the teaching committee. Her courses have focused on music and copyright law. In 2006, she was awarded the Georgetown Frank Flegal Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Ross’ scholarship focuses on both intellectual property issues and legal writing pedagogy.
Presenters: Brad Auerbach '79 (moderator), Bob Kinkel '79, Mark Lam '79 and Mindy Wagner '79
After graduating from Hamilton, Larry earned both an M.A and a Ph.D from the University of South Carolina. He has since published articles and book reviews on South Carolina and Sea Island history in multiple journals and national publications, as well as three books. Larry has won multiple teaching awards for his distinguished professorship at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, where he held associate deanships and taught history.
Mary Rozell is director of art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. An art historian and art lawyer, she specializes in private art collection management and is an advisor to collectors, artists and foundations. While living in Berlin for almost a decade, Mary was the Germany correspondent for The Art Newspaper as well as director of the European studio programme in the city of Weimar. She lectured extensively about the emerging art scene and is the author of numerous journal articles, exhibition catalog essays and translations.
Doug studied government and English at Hamilton where he was active as an RA and a member of the orchestra. He received the George Watson’s College Fellowship in Scotland after graduation and returned to the U.S. to receive his master's degree while serving as curator and later director of the Long Island Maritime Museum. In 2003, he began his career with the Sayville School District where he teaches upper-level English and remedial writing. Doug is also an adjunct professor of English at Dowling College and a regular columnist for The Great South Bay Magazine. Doug is a trustee of the Friends of Sayville Educational Foundation and president of the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association.
Other Presenter: Deborah Reed Joves '89
Leighton’s beer odyssey actually began in the Little Pub at Hamilton College during fall semester, 2007. One evening, a friend shared a sip of Blue Moon with him and, for the first time, Leighton realised that beer could taste good. A few months later Leighton was studying abroad in Ireland, and during his semester in Europe he visited beer heavyweights Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic. Suffice it to say, he was hooked. After college, Leighton worked in New York City for the leading craft beer distributor in the area, furthering his knowledge of beer. Upon moving to London, UK, Leighton changed industries, but beer remains his biggest hobby. As something of a minor authority in London, Leighton has brewed with one of the capital’s top craft brewers; judged for a national home-brewing competition; provided tasting feedback to various London and UK breweries; and helped to organise a range of tasting events. He chronicles the London beer scene on his website, www.londonbeerguide.co.uk, and via Twitter, @LondonBeerGuide. And in case you are curious, since that first Blue Moon in the autumn of 2007, Leighton has tasted and recorded notes for over 11,000 beers
Other Presenter - Jerome Noel '09
Upon graduation, John Suplee was awarded a Watson Fellowship in that program's very first year. After using that grant to live in Vienna, he returned to the Hill to present a solo show displaying the resulting artwork at the Root Art Center. He was then employed by the College, first as audiovisual director and then in an adjunct faculty position as Dance Department. Although he has kept a painting studio in Clinton since 1976, John now resides in West Chester, Pa., with his wife, Carol. He has spoken on campus a number of times, most notably on his Emerson Gallery solo shows and three lectures on antique postcard imagery [two of these delivered in German!]. His artwork has filled two Hamilton calendars [1976 & 2004] and his paintings may be found in many campus locations including the offices of the President and Admission, the meditation space above the Chapel, and the Taylor Science Center, for which the College commissioned two large murals.
Wendy is associate publisher of Food Network Magazine at Hearst Magazines. She spent most of her career in publishing at Conde Nast where she worked for 12 years holding a variety of positions including advertising director at Teen Vogue, Self Magazine, The Conde Nast Bridal Group and executive director of corporate sales. Prior to Conde Nast, Wendy worked at Redbook Magazine and on the launch team for CosmoGIRL! She began her career in media at Young and Rubicam. Wendy lives in Harrington Park, N.J., with her husband, Jeff, son Michael, daughter Jamie and canines Carly and Oreo.
Presenters: Dave Casullo '84, Jackie Maloy Jones '84, Todd Jones '84 and Patrick Raycraft '84
Melinda Wagner achieved widespread attention when her colorful Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion was awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Since then, major compositions have included Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra for Joseph Alessi and the New York Philharmonic, and a piano concerto, Extremity of Sky, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for Emanuel Ax, who has also performed it with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony and the Staatskapelle Berlin. In all, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has commissioned three works by Mindy: Falling Angels, Extremity of Sky and a forthcoming work.
The composer's chamber works have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, the American Brass Quintet, the Network for New Music, the Left Coast Ensemble and many other leading organizations. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three ASCAP Young Composer Awards, an honorary degree from Hamilton College and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pennsylvania.
Other Presenters: Brad Auerbach '79 (moderator), Bob Kinkel '79, Mark Lam '79 and Julie Ross '84
Dr. Jay G. Williams ’54, Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Religious Studies (retired) at Hamilton College, holds degrees from Hamilton (A.B.), Union Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Columbia University (Ph.D.). From
1960 until 2012 he taught full-time in the Religious Studies Department and still continues to teach one course a year. He is the author of several books including: Ten Words of Freedom (1970), Understanding the Old Testament (1972), Yeshua Buddha (1978), Judaism(1980), The Riddle of the Sphinx (1990), A Reassessment of Absolute Skepticism and Religious Faith (1996), The Times and Life of Edward Robinson (1999), The Way of Adam (2002), The Secret Sayings of Ye Su (2004), Around the Quad (2006) The Voyage of Life (2007), The Way and Its Power (2008), Religion: What it has been and what it is (2008), Dancing with Daffodils (2008) The Stupa: Buddhism in Symbolic Form (2010), and How to Determine the Meaning of a Sacred Text (2011). He has also published three chapbooks of poetry as well as a significant number of scholarly articles, book reviews, and monographs. A new book on Thomas Nast should be released shortly. From his large collection of 19th mounted several exhibitions featuring works by Thomas Nast, Winslow Homer, Frederick Remington, and several others. His next exhibition is scheduled for a museum in Midland, Texas in the fall.His father, the Rev. Jay G. Williams, graduated from Hamilton in 1923. His son, Jay G. Williams III, graduated in 1983. His grandson Thomas E. Williams graduated in 2011.
Other Presenters: Rich Chapin '71, Jerry Pitarresi '71