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 Hilton
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.

 

Richard Ader
Kathy L. Battistoni GA'85 Kathy Battistoni is a co-founder of KBPartners, LLC, a management consultant practice. Prior to that she was executive market lead at The North Highland Company and senior vice president at Fidelity Investments. Battistoni also teaches Organizational Behavior at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Saint Lawrence University and her Master of Science in counseling from the University of Vermont Graduate College in 1985. She resides with her family in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

 

James M. Betts
James M. Betts '69, MD'73 Jim Betts is a pediatric surgeon and urologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Recently stepping down as the Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of Trauma services, he has practiced at Children's for the past 33 years since completing his pediatric surgical and urologic residencies at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has served as a team physician for the US Olympic Committee from 1979-1983, and was a founding member of the USOC Anti-Doping Committee, serving from 1984-2000, and chairing the committee from 1992-1996. Betts is a former member of the UVM Board of Trustees and active in forming the UVM San Francisco Regional Board. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter with Big Sur Fire, with whom he was recognized as their Firefighter of the Year for 2015. He also serves as a tactical physician for the FBI-San Francisco SWAT Team, and is embedded with the Bureau for operations in the Bay Area, throughout California, and the western United States. Betts earned his Bachelor of Arts in zoology and chemistry from the University of Vermont in 1969 and graduated from the UVM College of Medicine in 1973. He resides in Alameda, California.

 

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 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.

 

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.J.

 

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 current partner at The Capital Group Companies, Inc., and former analyst at Aetna Life & Casualty Group. He also serves as current chair of the board of trustees for the University of Vermont, and was a former member of the UVM Grossman School Board of Advisors. 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.

 

 
Penrose Jackson '70 ex officio Penrose Jackson is the Director of Community Health Improvement at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and has held numerous positions with health organizations including, the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and the Vermont Health Foundation (VHF). Her community commitment is extensive with service to more than a dozen community organizations over three decades, including serving as the first Executive Director of the Church Street Marketplace. She currently serves as President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She has previously served as a member of the Vermont Regional Board and has led the Alumni Awards committee to recognize the highest honors given by the Alumni Association. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from UVM, participated in UVM's Masters' degree program in American history, and attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She currently resides in Hinesburg, Vt. with her husband, Schuyler, and dog, Zim.


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, treasurer Don McCree is vice chairman and head of commercial banking at Citizens Financial Group, Inc. McCree retired as CEO of J.P. Morgan’s treasury services business, and prior to that was executive vice president of finance, focusing on treasury, corporate finance, and corporate mergers and acquisitions for the firm. Before that McCree was the head of the investment bank’s global credit business, and was also the 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.

 

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.

 

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
H. David Reines MD'72 David Reines is Vice Chair of Surgery and Director for Continuing Medical Education at Inova Fairfax Hosptial. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed articles on sepsis, infections, trauma, surgical education, and surgical safety, and serves on 3 editorial boards. Dr. Reines came to Inova from Boston, where he had been Chair of Surgery. Prior to that, he was chief of Trauma/ Critical Care at Medical College of Virginia (now VCU) and Medical College of South Carolina. Dr. Reines helped create the surgical residency program at Inova Fairfax .When VCU chose Inova Fairfax Hospital as its northern campus; Dr. Reines was appointed the surgery clerkship director. He received his Bachelor of Arts in German history from Cornell University in 1968, and graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1972 where he also completed his residency. David is married to NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent, Nina Totenberg, and resides in Washington, D.C..

 

Diane Seder
Diane L. Seder ’74, secretary 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 Madison, Wis., and have three children: Ilana, Sophie and Eli.

 

Scott S. Segal
Scott S. Segal ’77 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.

 

Diane Seder
Claudia H. Serwer '67 Claudia Serwer has had a long career as a diplomat, economist and negotiator, serving as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for thirty years, achieving notable successes in international trade, foreign investment, energy, security and aviation issues. Most of her career was in Latin America (San José, Tijuana, Bogotá, Caracas) and the State Department in Washington, D. C. She also served at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and as Acting American Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal. She has since done volunteer work for the Legal Aid Society, in the office of the Brooklyn District Attorney and at the New York office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Claudia is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of  Vermont in 1967 and her Masters in Arts from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2013. She is married to Michael M. Skol and resides in New York City.

 

Diane Seder
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.