Board of Directors

The UVM Foundation Board of Directors, drawn from among the University’s most generous donors, governs the Foundation and has full fiduciary responsibility for the organization. The president of the University of Vermont, the president of the UVM Alumni Association, and the chair of the UVM Board of Trustees are ex officio directors of the UVM Foundation. In addition, two directors are appointed from sitting trustees of the University who meet the eligibility requirements for Foundation board membership.

John A. Hilton, Jr.

John A. Hilton, Jr. ’68, chairman
John Hilton is retired president and CEO of the Bessemer Group, a New York-based wealth management firm. Prior to joining the Bessemer Group, Hilton was managing director for the Deerpath Group, Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill., and executive director for Merrill Lynch & Company’s Private Capital Group in Chicago. He serves as trustee and alumni admissions volunteer for the University of Vermont. Addi­tionally, Hilton serves on the board of the Mebane Charitable Foundation and the Washington Cen­ter. Hilton earned a Bachelor of Science in economics and business administration from the Univer­sity of Vermont in 1968. Married to Julia (Jody) Hanson Hilton, he resides in Coral Gables, Fla.

James R. Keller

James R. Keller ’72, vice chairman
Jim Keller is president of Green Mountain Business Consultants, a consulting business solving a diversity of issues for small and medium size enterprises. He is also Chairman of the Board, The Newark Group, an advisor to Rengo LTD of Japan and the Managing Director of Rengo Packaging Inc. in Hawaii. Additionally, he is Managing Partner of Barons winery in Woodinville, WA. In January 2008 Keller retired from Weyerhaeuser Company after a 33-year career with his last position as Senior Vice President, Containerboard Packaging and Recycling. He is currently co-chairman of the board of advisors for the University of Vermont School of Business. Keller earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont in 1972 and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1974. He is married to Judith Keller and resides in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Richard Ader

Richard Ader ’63
Richard Ader is the founder of U.S. Realty advisors, LLC. He serves as chairman of the firm’s Invest­ment Committee and is senior acquisitions officer and portfolio manager. Ader has been involved in the corporate real estate new-lease industry since 1968 and is one of the pioneers in the field of corporate sale-leaseback transactions. Recognized as an expert in the field of operating real estate, he served as chairman of the board and CEO of American Real Estate Partners. Ader is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the board of directors of the Owners and Builders Division of the Real Estate Board of New York, and the New York regional advisory board of the University of Vermont. Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in banking and finance from the University of Vermont in 1963. He is married to Pamela Bennett Ader and resides in New York City.

Max G. Ansbacher

Max G. Ansbacher ’57
Max Ansbacher is president of Ansbacher Investment Management, Inc., managing a hedge fund using options strategies. It is believed to be the oldest firm focusing exclusively on option-writing programs. Ansbacher is the author of three investment books and a frequent business news contributor. Prior to establishing his own business, Ansbacher was with Bear Stearns. Ansbacher serves on the board of the Bridge Fund of New York City, which assists the working poor who are facing eviction from their homes. Ansbacher earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, a Bachelor of Law from Yale University, and a Master of Law from New York University. Married to Christine Ansbacher, he resides in New York City.

Brian Boardman

Brian Boardman ’81, ex officio
Brian Boardman is an owner and top-producing agent for Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty. He worked on Wall Street for 10 years before returning to Burlington in 1991. He is currently serving as Chair of the Board of the UVM Medical Center Foundation. In addition to his board work, he serves as a member of the advisory boards for the New Moran Plan and for Spectrum Youth & Family Services. He has served on the boards at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and was a founding board member of Mobius: The Mentoring Movement. He was on the board of the Mater Christi School, serving two terms as Board Chair. He presently volunteers with COTS (Committee for Temporary Shelter) at their warming shelter. He and his wife Brooks reside in Burlington, Vermont with their four children.

Robert P. Brennan, Jr.

Robert P. Brennan, Jr. ’83, treasurer
Rob Brennan is senior managing director of Guggenheim Partners and heads the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group for the firm, based in New York City. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Brennan was a managing director of Credit Suisse, where he ran the global commercial real estate finance busi­ness. Brennan joined Credit Suisse in 2000 as a result of its acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he was a managing director and ran the commercial mortgage-trading business. Prior to DLJ, Brennan held senior positions at UBS and L.F. Rothschild and began his career in investment banking at E.F. Hutton in 1983. He serves on the Executive Committee of the board of directors of the Com­mercial Real Estate Finance Council and serves on the board of the H.G.I. Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that serves underprivileged children throughout the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Bren­nan is a member of the board of trustees for the University of Vermont and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 1983 and a Master of Business Administration from New York University. He and his wife, Carolyn ’82, reside in Chappaqua, N.Y. , with their three children: Robbie, Katherine, and Corey.

Richard Bundy

O. Richard Bundy, III, ex officio
Rich Bundy serves as president and CEO of the University of Vermont Foundation. He leads a staff of 70 and a volunteer network of more than 200 alumni, students, and friends to advance the University of Vermont’s teaching, research, and outreach mission through philanthropy and volunteer engage­ment. Bundy has extensive experience in major-gift fundraising for public higher education, having worked for nearly 20 years at three of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions: Penn State, Michi­gan State, and Iowa State. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Penn State, earned a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State, and attended the Management Development Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He served on the board of directors of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association from 2003 to 2006 and hosted its national conference in 2005. Bundy is the recipient of the 2006 NAADA Professional Achievement Award and the 2006 ISU Foundation Governor’s Award. A native of Pennsylvania, Bundy is an avid runner and has successfully completed 20 marathons, including five finishes at the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Daniel A. Burack

Daniel A. Burack ’55, HON ’08
Dan Burack is chairman of Burack Investments. He previously held positions with Ethyl Corp., Com­monwealth Oil, Pittston Co., Western Ski, and ABS Partners Real Estate. Burack is founder of the Dad League in Harrison, N.Y., and founding chairman of the Harrison Educational Foundation. He serves on the board of directors and board of governors of Hillel and White Plains Hospital Finance Commit­tee. Burack earned a Bachelor of Science from UVM, a Master of Business Administration from Har­vard Business School, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Vermont. He is mar­ried to Carole Burack and resides in Harrison, N.Y.

Brooks Buxton

J. Brooks Buxton ’56
Brooks Buxton has spent more than 40 years abroad in management positions for the inter­national oil and gas industry with ConocoPhillips and for the international banking industry with Citibank, New York. He worked in the Middle East, North Africa, and London. At the time of his retirement from ConocoPhillips in 2003, he was president of Conoco Arabia Inc., of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and director of Conoco Middle East Ltd., of London and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Buxton is a member of the board of advisors for the Fleming Museum of Art, the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and the Jeffords Center Insti­tute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. He holds numerous appointments at other centers and uni­versities and is trustee of Vermont Historical Society in Barre, Vt., and the Friends of the State House in Montpelier, Vt. He is on the board of directors of the Jericho Historical Society. Buxton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 1956 and studied law at the University of Virginia. He also studied Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies in Beirut and at Oxford University. A seventh-generation Vermonter born in Montpelier, Buxton lives in Jericho.

Michele Resnick Cohen

Michele Resnick Cohen ’72
Michele Resnick Cohen is active in various educational and nonprofit boards, including Riverdale Country School, Alfred University, and the Museum of Arts and Design. She is a board member and treasurer of Project Kesher, a women’s grassroots organization working in the former Soviet Union. She is involved with UJA-Federation, the Committee on Jewish Identity and Renewal, and the task force on Russian Speaking Jewry. She worked in finance for Cohen & Steers Capital Management until her retirement in 2004. Cohen earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and a Master of Science in early childhood education from Hunter College. She is married to Martin Co­hen, and they have four children and reside in New York City.

David A. Daigle ’89, ex officio
David Daigle is a fixed-income portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 21 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career at Capital, David also had investment analyst responsibilities and covered multiple industries including health care, wireless communications, technology and transportation. He also serves as current chair of the board of trustees for the University of Vermont. Daigle holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Vermont in 1989. Married to Elizabeth Lyons Daigle ’90, they reside in Greenwich, Connecticut with their three children; Camille, Celia, and Evan.

Steven Grossman ’61
Steven Grossman joined his father in the family’s corrugated manufacturing business, Southern Container Corp., which the family founded in 1945. In 1987, he was appointed CEO, a position he held until the sale of the company in 2008. In 1997, Grossman was awarded the Herman Louis Joachim Award for Excellence in Management by the Syracuse Pulp & Paper Foundation through the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Grossman’s charitable work through Southern Container supported employees and their children with college scholarships, and, through Southern Container, he has financially supported the University of Vermont and New York University. Grossman earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont in 1961. His philanthropic endeavors serve the health, education, and well-being of children in the state of Connecticut. An avid world traveler and yachts­man, he resides in New York City.

Zachary Gund

Zachary Gund ’93
Zack Gund is a managing partner of Coppermine Capital, LLC, and serves as a board member of Cop­permine Bakery Holdings, City Pro Group, Allegiant Home Care, and Agile Magnetics. He has worked in business development for Ucentric Systems, a home networking software company and for the National Broadcasting Company. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Man­agement. Married to Lindsey Guinan Gund, he resides in Concord, Mass.

Mary Ellen Guzewicz '73

Mary Ellen Guzewicz '73
Mary Ellen Guzewicz is a senior vice president at Iridian Asset Management and is responsible for client servicing of various institutional clients and business development. Prior to joining Iridian, she worked as a managing director in the Institutional Equity Sales Division of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. and as a security analyst with the College Retirement Equity Fund. She has served as the president of the UVM Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the UVM New York Regional Board, and currently serves on the Alumni House Committee. Guzewicz earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.  She resides in Westport, Conn with her daughter Ellie.

David Haas '63

David R. Haas '63
David Haas is the principal of DRH Associates and a private investor and consultant. Haas is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of National Cinema, Inc. He was also a member of the Board of Armor Holdings, Inc., Information Holdings, Inc.,TODD-AO Corporation, and GRB Entertainment, Inc. prior to their sale. Prior to forming DRH Associates, Haas was the Senior Vice President and Controller of Time Warner, Inc. where he spent 18 years as part of senior management. Prior thereto he was a principal at Arthur Young and Co. Haas is a certified public accountant and a member of the Financial Executives Institute, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPA’s. He is currently Vice-Chairman and treasurer of Jewish Home Lifecare Services, a trustee of the East Harlem School at Exodus House and serves on the University of Vermont Business School’s Board of Advisors. Haas earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Vermont. He and his wife Susan Brodie Haas resides in Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Steve N. Ifshin

Stephen N. Ifshin ’58
Steve Ifshin is chairman of DLC Management Corp., which he founded in 1991 and is a leasing-driven operator of shopping centers, developing and maintaining strong relationships with national, regional, and local tenants. Ifshin entered the commercial real estate industry in 1965 with Wolf & Macklowe. He was co-founder and president of N. Peter Burton & Co. and founder and chairman of the Delphi Land Co. Throughout his career, Ifshin has been responsible for some of the most influen­tial transactions in New York City. He serves on the board of directors at WBGO Jazz 88.3, a public radio station broadcasting from Newark, N. J., and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Ifshin earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and is co-chair of UVM’s board of advisors for the School of Business Administration. He is married to Billie Lim and resides in New York City.

Eugene W. Kalkin

Eugene W. Kalkin ’50, HON ’98, chair emeritus
Eugene Kalkin is founder and president of Kalkin & Co. He serves as chairman of the Major Gifts Committee of the Bernardsville Municipal Library’s capital campaign, as well as trustee for the Wil­low School, Gladstone, N. J. Kalkin has served the University of Vermont as a trustee, as well as in a multitude of other capacities: as a member of the board of advisors for both the School of Business Administration and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, as chairman of the School of Business Administration Building Fund, and on two presidential search committees. He also served as chair and cochair for the first and second capital campaigns respectively at the Univer­sity of Vermont. Kalkin earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 1950 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1988. Kalkin is married to Joan L. Kalkin, HON ’98,  and resides in Bernardsville, N.J.

Don McCree

Donald H. McCree, III ’83
Don McCree is CEO of J.P. Morgan’s treasury services business, a recognized leader in delivering in­novative treasury and trade finance solutions to small businesses, multinational corporations, finan­cial services firms, and government entities worldwide. Most recently, McCree was executive vice president, finance, focusing on treasury, corporate finance, and corporate mergers and acquisitions for the firm. Prior to this role, McCree was the head of the investment bank’s global credit business. Be­fore that, he was head of wholesale risk management with responsibility for credit, market, opera­tional, principal, and central risk policy. Prior to the merger of J.P. Morgan and Chase, McCree was in London, where he was joint head of investment banking for Chase. McCree joined Chemical Bank, a predecessor of Chase, in 1983. McCree earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 1983, is married to Gabrielle McCree, and resides in Rye, N.Y.

Pamela Gillman McDermott

Pamela Gillman McDermott ’73
Pamela McDermott is founder and president of McDermott Ventures, a boutique consulting firm fo­cusing on public affairs and strategic communications. She is the former president and co-founder of McDermott/O’Neill & Associates, New England’s largest public affairs and strategic communications firm. She served as trustee for the University of Vermont and is also a former chair of the UVM Fund. McDermott is married to Terence P. McDermott and resides in Hingham, Mass.

Karen Nystrom Meyer

Karen Nystrom Meyer ’70
Karen Meyer served as vice president for State and Federal Relations at the University of Vermont from 2003 to 2012. She is a member of the governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and chair of the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. Meyer’s expertise is in organizational strategic planning and positioning, policy development, and implementation. She served as a congressional assistant to the Honorable James M. Jeffords; as commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs for the Hon­orable Madeleine Kunin; and as the executive vice president of the Vermont Medical Society. Among her many community activities, Meyer has served as trustee of Woodbury College and the University of Vermont. Meyer earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and completed executive programs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in state government and health care management and policy. She is married to Peter Meyer and resides in Colchester, Vt.

Kristina M. Pisanelli

Kristina M. Pisanelli ’97, ex officio
Kristina Pisanelli ’97, of Washington, D.C., is vice president for Government Affairs for Americas Region for Medtronic at their Washington, D.C. offices. She was formerly the vice president of Federal and State Government Affairs for Chrysler Group LLC. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from the University of Vermont in 1997 with a dual degree in political science and history. In 2005, she earned a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. Pisanelli became president of the UVM Alumni Association in 2013.

Mildred A. Reardon, MACP

Mildred A. Reardon, MD ’67
Mimi Reardon practiced at Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington for 27 years prior to be­coming associate dean for primary care at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Reardon is a founder of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, which is a statewide coalition to im­prove the health care of Vermonters; Vermont’s Statewide Area Health Education and Health Profes­sions Training Programs, a community-university partnership in health education and health profes­sions training programs; and the Freeman Medical Scholars Program, which assists in recruiting and retaining physicians for Vermonters. Reardon graduated from Northeastern University with a Bache­lor of Science in biology and chemistry. She studied at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and did post­graduate work in internal medicine and hematology/oncology at Albert Einstein/Bronx Municipal in New York City and at UCLA/Harbor General. Reardon lives in Williston, Vt.

Diane Seder

Diane L. Seder ’74
Diane Seder is executive vice president of Milwaukee Valve Company, a family-owned manufacturer of plumbing and heating valves, and a member of its board of directors. She is a member of the board and of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federation of Madison, Wis. Seder also serves on the Executive Committee of Hillel and on the boards of the University of Wisconsin, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in art history and French from the University of Vermont in 1975. Married to Bruce Rosen, they reside in Middleton, Wis., and have three children: Ilana, Sophie and Eli.

Scott S. Segal

Scott S. Segal ’77, secretary
Scott Segal is a trial lawyer in West Virginia and involved in numerous professional associations. He was inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization of the 100 best plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States. Segal is associated with the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Association for Justice’s Leaders Forum, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the West Virginia Association for Justice Board of Governors, and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He teaches continuing legal education seminars nationally. Segal earned a Bachelor of Science from the Univer­sity of Vermont in 1977 and a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law in 1981. Married to the Honorable Robin Jean Davis, he resides in Charleston, W.Va.

William G. Shean

William G. Shean ’79
Bill Shean is managing director of Sharpridge Capital Management, L.P. and serves on the its Investment Committee. Prior to joining Sharpridge, Shean was senior vice pres­ident and portfolio manager at Citizens Bank. His extensive investment career includes serving as se­nior vice president and portfolio manager at State Street Research & Management, a division of MetLife; Shawmut Bank; and Fidelity Investments. Shean earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Univer­sity of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. He is married to Laurie Adams Shean ’80 and resides in Winchester, Mass.

E. Thomas Sullivan, J.D.

E. Thomas Sullivan, ex officio
Tom Sullivan, the 26th President of the University of Vermont and State Agriculture College, most recently served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Minne­sota from 2004 through 2012. He was dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1995 to 2002. Upon finishing his term as dean, he returned to research and teaching and was appointed the Julius E. Davis chair in law in 2005. Sullivan served for six years as dean of the University of Arizona College of Law and as associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at Indiana University in 1973, where he served as an editor on the Indiana Law Re­view. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Drake University in 1970 and is married to Leslie Black Sullivan ’77.