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HFA Dean's Advisory Council

The HFA Dean's Advisory Council exists to extend through volunteer efforts the network and depth of engaged alumni, parents, and friends who can be engaged to increase the number of donors and the level of philanthropic support. Expanding this pipeline is critical to Dean Hayes’s vision for HFA, student success, and positioning for the next comprehensive campaign.

The HFA Dean's Advisory Council is the highest level of volunteer engagement in the College. Council members are entrusted with helping to develop a framework that expands alumni, parent, and friend participation and philanthropy through strategic engagement. Founding members will serve for two years and help develop governing protocols.

Andy Arons '81, Philosophy - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Andy Arons '81, Philosophy

Andy Arons is Co-Founder and CEO of Gourmet Garage, a retail off-shoot of the wholesale distribution company Flying Foods International, which he founded before its acquisition by Kraft Foods. Gourmet Garage allows the public to “shop like a chef,” offering high-quality and diverse fresh specialty and organic foods in six locations across New York City. Mr. Arons has positioned Gourmet Garage to compete with other up-scale food retailers, such as Whole Foods, Dean & DeLuca, and Fairway Market. Mr. Arons has interest and expertise in fundraising and currently serves as the co-chair of Grace Church School's High School Capital Campaign with his wife Elyce. He also sits on the Grace Church School's Board where he is Chair of the Food Committee and member of the Salary and Compensation Committees. He is also member of the Board of Trustees for the South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School. He lives in the West Village in Manhattan with his wife and three daughters.

Roger Atwood '84, History - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Roger Atwood '84, History

Roger Atwood is an independent magazine writer. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Mother Jones, The Guardian, ARTnews, and Archaeology, where he is a contributing editor, as well as many scholarly and literary journals. He is author of Stealing History, a study of the illicit antiquities trade, and co-editor of an anthology of American memoirs to be published by the University of Georgia Press in September 2019. After a long career in Latin America with Reuters, where he was the bureau chief in Santiago, Chile, and a National Science Foundation reporting fellow in Antarctica, he graduated from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing an MA in History at Georgetown University.

Laura Bailey '04, Theater & English - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Laura Bailey '03, Theater & English

After graduating from UMass Amherst, Laura Bailey went on to earn a Masters Degree in Film. Following this, she traveled to Los Angeles for internships at two Hollywood studios, then returned to New York where she worked in a freelance capacity in roles such as Production Manager, Assistant Director and Script Supervisor, the latter of which has been her primary focus in recent years. She has credits in more than 30 features as well as several webseries, commercials and shorts.

Pat Baillieul '68, English - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Pat Baillieul '68, English

Pat Baillieul is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and financial educator. She retired in 2018 and now focuses on helping seniors and low-income individuals with taxes and Medicare/senior healthcare. She was a financial educator with Personal Financial Education and a partner at Village Financial Partners in Newton, Massachusetts, a boutique financial planning practice. Prior to joining Village Financial Partners, Pat worked with New Directions in Boston as a life and career coach. Earlier in her career, she spent 19 years in executive positions in health care and financial services companies. Pat received a BA from UMass Amherst, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a graduate of the Program for Financial Planners at Boston University.

Jean-Marc Berteaux '86, French - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Jean-Marc Berteaux '86, French

Jean-Marc Berteaux is a retired Partner and Senior Managing Director at Wellington Management Company, LLP, where he was the Portfolio Manager for International Growth funds. He has been an active investor for almost 30 years. He received his BA from UMass Amherst in 1986, his MA in International Relations from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris in 1989, and his MBA from INSEAD in 1994. He now occupies his time emptying his bucket list, travelling, snowboarding and kiteboarding, as well as sitting on the board of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras as Treasurer and alumni. He is also working with a British startup in the fintech sector.

Robert Cummings '83, History - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Robert Cummings '83, History

Bob Cummings founded American Benefits Group in 1986, a national administrator of pre-tax employee benefits and Consumer Directed Healthcare accounts. Bob also serves on the board of the National Association of Professional Benefits Administrators (NAPBA), and is currently the organization's President. Music has been Bob's lifelong passion, he enjoys performing on piano and keyboards with his jazz trio on the NH seacoast where he resides with his wife Lisa.

Stephen Driscoll '73, Dance - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Stephen Driscoll '73, Dance

Stephen Driscoll serves on the executive committee and is chair of LGBT Outreach of the Mass. Democratic Party. He's a founding board member of National Stonewall Democrats and served as its co-chair from 2004-2014. He was a member of the Electoral College in 2000 and has been a delegate to Democratic National Conventions since 1996. He taught at MIT for 15 years and concurrently was Associate Director and Resident Choreographer of the Opera Company of Boston. From 1980-1990 he was Resident photographer at the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. In 2014, he played Shylock in the UMass Amherst production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. He also serves on the Board of the British American Drama Academy. He is founder and CEO of NewProWrestling. Stephen resides in Pembroke, Mass. and in Wilton Manors, Florida with his spouse of 38 years, Robert Tocci.

Jonathan Fortescue '89, English, Linguistics & German - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Jonathan Fortescue '89, English, Linguistics & German

Jonathan Fortescue is a Managing Partner of Park Square Executive Search. He conducts leadership searches for clients who create knowledge or shape the world, including research universities, liberal arts colleges, venture-backed companies, and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to his career in executive search, Jonathan taught at Harvard for eleven years from which he also earned his Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language. A member of the class of 1989 at UMass Amherst, he graduated with honors degrees in English and in Linguistics. Jonathan continues to read for pleasure and edification. He also likes to cook, garden, cycle, and ski. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his son, William.

Rick Guimond '75, Dance - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Rick Guimond '75, Dance

Rick Guimond began his professional dance training at UMass Amherst, and graduated magna cum laude in 1975. Over the course of twenty-five years Rick performed with many modern dance company including HARRY-Dance and Other Works by Senta Driver, Molissa Fenley and Dancers, The New England Opera Company, NYU Calliope Dancers, The Elinor Coleman Dance Ensemble and The Contemporary Dancers of Winnipeg, Canada. For 20 years Rick was resident choreographer of the 200-voice New York City Gay Mens Chorus. He also directed his own dance company, Guimond Dance Associates, and was a founding partner of Kidrich Corporation, makers of dance books, games and videos. Rick currently teaches dance to thousands of students in New York City public schools.

David Kaplan '92, Comparative Lit. & Philosophy - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

David Kaplan '92, Comparative Lit. & Philosophy

David Kaplan is Co-founder and Co-CEO of Shepherd Kaplan Krochuk, LLC (SKK). SKK is an SEC registered investment advisor that provides wealth management services and alternative asset consulting capabilities. SKK's wealth management division serves successful individuals, family offices, and institutions, helping them structure and safeguard their financial assets over the long-term. Their asset management division provides an array of complementary and innovative solutions that seek to provide investors with attractive risk-adjusted returns. David lives in Sherborn, Mass. with his wife, Karyn, and twin son and daughter.

John Kendzierski '78, Philosophy - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

John Kendzierski '78, Philosophy

John was born and raised in West Springfield and is a graduate of West Springfield High School. After graduating from UMass, he began sheetrocking houses with his brother and in 1979 formed his first business, J&W Drywall Inc. It grew to be the largest drywall company in the area, doing residential and then branching into commercial work. After some tough years in the early nineties including a bankruptcy, he continued on with PDC Construction Inc., which currently is the largest drywall company in western New England, employing between 150-200 union employees and staff. John sold the company in November of 2017. He continues to enjoy his property in West Springfield where his family has been for 100 years, and his home on Martha's Vineyard.

Bob LaRussa '76, History - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Bob LaRussa '76, History

Bob LaRussa is a member of the Shearman & Sterling's International Trade and Investment Practice. He has more than 30 years of experience in the regulatory issues surrounding international trade and investment, including as Commerce Department Under Secretary for International Trade during the Clinton Administration. His practice areas include CFIUS national security reviews, international trade law, export controls and national security matters before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Energy, and Defense. Mr. LaRussa uses his unique background as a former journalist, Administration official and congressional trade counsel to position clients, represent them in negotiations and regulatory and court proceedings, and advocate their positions before the highest levels of government.

Bob Lynch '71, English - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Bob Lynch '71, English

Robert L. Lynch is President and CEO of Americans for the Arts and its membership of 7,000 arts agencies and professionals as well as the Americans for the Arts Action Fund with 400,000 citizen activists. With more than 44 years of experience in the arts industry, he is motivated by his personal mission to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society. Mr. Lynch serves on the board of the Independent Sector and the American Craft Council. Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and enjoys playing the piano, mandolin, and guitar.

Kathleen Mirabile-Wagner '82, Women's Studies - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Kathleen Mirabile-Wagner '82, Women's Studies

Kathleen Mirabile-Wagner was a Corporate Communications professional in the high tech industry for a decade. More recently she has focused her efforts in development for both national and local organizations including St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. She has been on the parents advisory council for the Fessenden School and the Middlesex School. She had been on several 5013c Boards of Directors, such as A Safe Place in Nantucket, MA and the Wellesley Channel/ Comcast TV Station. She has an MFA in writing and publishing from Emerson College and a BA from the BDIC program/Women in Management, from UMass Amherst. She is married with two sons and splits her time between the United States and Switzerland.

Bill Noland '86, Psychology - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Bill Noland '86, Psychology

Bill Noland received a BA in Psychology from UMass Amherst in 1986 and an MBA from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in 1992. Bill has worked in Human Resources for several nonprofit organizations in Boston, and has spent the last 15 years in the financial services industry. He is currently employed as a contract consultant with Client Server Specialists, Inc. where he serves as a subject matter expert in Advent software products and their implementation and application in financial advisory firms. Bill grew up in Amherst as his father was a Professor of English at UMass from 1965–2004. He enjoys travel, history, and music, playing bass and singing in two local bands.

Madeline Noland '86, Music - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Madeline Noland '86, Music

Madeleine Noland received her Bachelor of Music from the UMass Amherst in 1989. She began her career in the television industry in 2004 with Backchannelmedia, Inc. In early 2013, Noland joined LG Electronics with a focus on development of industry standards and guidelines. She participates in a variety of industry organizations on behalf of LG Electronics, and currently services as TG3 Chair for ATSC 3.0. Noland also serves as Chair of the Guidelines Work Group within the Ultra HD Forum and Chair of the ATSC Advanced Emergency Information Implementation Team. She was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious ATSC Lechner Award. She was named one of Dealerscope's “Powerful Women in Consumer Technology” for 2018, and is a recipient of the 2019 Women In Technology “Futurist” award.

Michael Partridge '92, English - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Michael Partridge '92, English

Michael Partridge (B.A. English, Honors '92) has served in a number of roles leading product communications, corporate branding and communications, and investor relations at Vertex Pharmaceuticals over the last 20 years. He is currently Vertex's Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and is responsible for Vertex's global investor relations program and is a member of the Company's management committee. He has been honored twice by Institutional Investor as Best Investor Relations Professional in the biotechnology sector. Prior to Vertex, Mr. Partridge spent four years at Decision Resources, a privately owned consulting and advisory firm for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and financial industries. His work on a report projecting the rapid evolution in HIV therapeutic development and treatment led him to his initial role at Vertex.

Judah Phillips '97, English & Communication - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Judah Phillips '97, English & Communication

Judah Phillips is an award-winning entrepreneur, consultant, and author. He is the co-founder, President & CTO of Squark. A Harvard Innovation Lab VIP, Judah has written three books on analytics and data science. Phillips also founded SmartCurrent and has sat on the boards of several technology companies. He is an adjunct professor at Boston University and an adjunct lecturer at Babson College.

Ben Preston '93, History & Political Science - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Ben Preston '93, History & Political Science

Benjamin R. Preston ('93) is EVP, Corporate Development and General Counsel of RxSense, a Boston-based, healthcare technology company. Ben previously served as Deputy General Counsel of Newell Brands, a global, Fortune 200 consumer products company, and as General Counsel of Yankee Candle, a vertically integrated, global home fragrance company, Catalyst Health, a Fortune 500 pharmacy benefit manager, and RCN Corporation, a cable television company. Ben earned his J.D. and M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Jill Roberts '83, Art History - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Jill Roberts '83, Art History

Jill Roberts serves a an IT Project Manager at the Smithsonian's newest museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. After graduating from UMass Amherst, Jill moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a career in museums. She first served as a curatorial assistant at the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. After relocating to New Orleans, Jill worked as a Cataloger at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Following marriage, babies and a lengthy residency abroad (France, South Africa, Germany and France again), Jill returned to the USA in search of her second act! She has worked for several Software Companies in Washington D.C. as a Project Manager before landing her dream job at the Smithsonian.

Carol Taylor '66, French - UMass Amherst HFA Dean's Advisory Council

Carol Taylor '66, French

In October 2018, Carol Taylor (BA, French, '66) completed a 15-year tenure at Massachusetts General Hospital, most recently as the Executive Director of Development. Prior to working at Mass General, Carol led capital campaigns at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and directed development programs for several health care non-profit organizations, including The Skin Cancer Foundation, Boston Aid to the Blind and Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center. Previously, she held marketing positions in an educational publishing house and in a corporate training company. Carol also earned Master's degrees from the School of Arts and Sciences and Teachers College at Columbia University.