Alumni Council

my St. Lawrence

Stephen Todd '92, President
Ed Forbes '02, Vice President
Charles Sullivan '89, Treasurer
William Cowan, Secretary '86

Future Meeting Dates:
June 5-June 8, 2014
October 16-19, 2014

Meet Your Alumni Council

Norman Abbott '65 is a financial adviser in New York City. He majored in economics and has an MBA from Columbia University. At SLU was an editor-in-chief of the Hill News, member of the Model UN Security Council and staffer at KSLU. As an alumnus he has been a leadership gifts committee member and twice served as reunion development co-chair. Currently he is a member of the Art Advisory Board of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. He and his wife live in New York with their three young children.



Lori Strauss Bantz '67 recently retired student affairs manager & graduate advisor at U. of CA, San Diego (UCSD) music department, lives in La Jolla, California. Previously, she worked in international education at the State Department in Washington, DC. and received her M.Ed. in higher education at American U. At SLU, she was a French major, music/psychology minor, member of Laurentian Singers and Pi Beta Phi sorority. As an alumna, she is a LAA, member of the Manley Society, co-chaired her 40th reunion, and participates in alumni ski trips.




Erica Bartholomew ’15 is a government and history double major, as well as a Community Service Scholar. As of now, she’s entertaining the idea of attending law school, but likes to go wherever life takes her. During the summer of 2012, Erica studied comparative legal systems abroad in London, Paris, and Edinburgh. A Freshman Orientation Leader since her sophomore year, she loves being able to welcome new students to campus and showcasing what being a Laurentian is all about. On campus, she is an avid volunteer in SLU Buddies and represents the club as a Thelomathesian Society Senator. In Thelmo, she served as the Elections Chair during the Spring 2013 election, and looks forward to the next exciting thing that St. Lawrence will bring her.


Lyn Bedell ’66, a Florida realtor specializing in residential real estate in SW Florida communities, has been in real estate since retiring from her corporate career in 2004.  She is managing partner of an Orlando residential real estate development project located on the St. Johns River.  Lyn has had a broad and diverse career in management at Xerox Corporation specializing in marketing, sales, product development and field operations.  As the owner and co-founder of The Warren Company of New York, she has specialized in youth development, sports marketing and sporting events.  And as a civic leader, she has demonstrated leadership service to local, state and national civic and service organizations. Lyn graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics and received an Alumni Citation. She enjoys golf, Bikram yoga, sailing and travel. 

Christopher F. Brandy '70, is a general surgeon practicing at Claxton-Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg, NY.  He has been practicing at "home' since 2000 after working in western Massachusetts where he lived with his family for 20 years.  He located in Massachusetts after completing medical school and residency in Buffalo, NY, following graduation from St. Lawrence.   Chris and his wife, Katherine, and his two step-sons live on Waterman Hill in Canton overlooking the SLU campus.  They enjoy all the outdoor activities of the north country and avidly support SLU athletics.  A camp on the Raquette River in the Adirondacks and  boating on the St Lawrence River with grandchildren consume any remaining free time.  Chris' newest endeavor is teaching human anatomy lab as an adjunct professor at SLU. 




Adam W. Casler '06, of Loudonville, NY, is the Assistant Director of Residential Life at Siena College. He was a combined History-Canadian Studies major at St. Lawrence and went on to earn a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from James Madison University. While at St. Lawrence, he was a member of Thelmo, Omicron Delta Kappa, a Community Assistant (RA), and a student worker in the Admissions Office. Since graduating, he has served as a Class Reporter and member of the Class of 2006 Young Alumni Committee.

Neil Chatterjee '99 is a senior policy aide to US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He majored in sociology and psychology and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the University of Cincinnati College of Business. At SLU he was a Minority Scholar, a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, a member of Thelmo, and participated in the study abroad program in Vienna. As an alumnus he worked on the reunion development committee and is serving as the Class of '99 Alumni Chair. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, he and his wife reside in Herndon, VA with their 2 young sons. He serves as Chairman of the Brad Wilkerson Charitable Foundation, on the steering committee for the Holy Cross Hospital Foundation and on the Washington DC development committee for the University of Cincinnati's billion dollar capital campaign.


William Cowan '86, of Austin, TX, is President/Chief Executive Officer,SMM Capital Partners. An economics major, Bill was a Vilas Scholar and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He is a member of the National Major Gifts Committee, has been a Laurentian in Residence, and has volunteered in reunion fundraising. He is married to Jill Cowan.





Ed Forbes '02, vice president of the Alumni Executive Council, works as the interactivity editor at The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y.  At St. Lawrence, he majored in English and History/Canadian Studies.  He was editor of The Hill News, president of his class and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.  Since graduating, he has volunteered as a Laurentian Admissions Associate, as co-chair of his class giving committee and as co-chair of his fifth reunion.


Dave Halstead '91
has over 20 years as a financial service professional with experience as a strategic member of corporate management teams at Wells Fargo Advisors, AXA-Equitable and Merrill Lynch Global Capital Markets. He currently serves on the Hartford Complex Management Team in Connecticut responsible for supporting all operational and administrative aspects of the business, staffing, P&L, marketing platforms and strategic growth of the business in Connecticut.








Heidi Hansen '70
, from Chatham, NJ, majored in biology at St. Lawrence, and was active in Thelmo, KDS, and outdoor activities.  She received her MBA from Cornell and later earned her CPA and CFA. As an alumna, she has volunteered in admissions and in her reunion planning efforts, most recently in 2010 for her 40th reunion.




Jim Hennessy '71 is the former President and CEO of ING Mutual Funds in Scottsdale, AZ. He recently retired and now serves as the director of the Allis Chalmers Energy Company. Jim, a history major, received an MA from the University of Wisconsin and a JD from New York University. In addition, Hennessey is the principle owner of Natural Lighting Company. He and his wife Barbara live in Paradise Valley, AZ and have three children. 





Kerri Honan '14, of Brick, NJ, will be a senior in the fall of 2013 and is looking forward to making the most of her last year on campus. She fell in love with St. Lawrence when she attended soccer camps here as a young girl. Kerri is majoring in Neuroscience and hopes to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy after graduate school. On campus, she works in the biology department prep lab and spends much of her free time at the SLU stables, taking lessons and caring for the horses. During the summers, Kerri volunteers her time at a therapeutic equestrian center helping children with disabilities learn various forms of horsemanship, volunteering in the occupational therapy department of her local hospital, and working as a personal assistant and child care provider.


Joanne Rotella Honeywell '80, P'09 is a school counselor at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, NY. Secretary of the "great class of '80," she double majored in psychology and sociology. Joanne married her college sweetheart, Jeff, and together they have three sons and a daughter-in-law. Their second son graduated in 2009 from SLU! She enjoys cooking, baking, the Yankees, and volunteering at the Albany Ronald McDonald House. As a Blue Star Mother, she volunteers at the Military Courtesy room at the Albany International Airport.


Jennifer Wootton Hunter '94 is a customer account manager for VITA, the Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technologies Agency. While at St. Lawrence, she was a Trustee Scholar and music major, and a member of Laurentian Singers, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, the English and music honorary societies, and the Early Music Ensemble. She held three of the five most unusual campus jobs, including chapel bell ringer, and studied abroad in London. A resident of Richmond, VA, she enjoys biking, traveling, and cake decorating.





Evan Koncewicz ’15 of Niskayuna, NY, is pursuing a major in Geology at St. Lawrence University.  He is currently a member of the Next Step Program, the Ultimate Frisbee Team, Treasurer of SLU Fantasy Sports for Charity, and Historian of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  Evan has also recently accepted the position of Student Delegate to the Board of Trustees.  He is a devoted skier and enjoys being outside.






Jacquelyn Hasper Kuno '84, P'12, '15, '17 has been a writer and fundraiser for colleges and philanthropic organizations throughout her career.  As well, she has worked as a lobbyist in Albany, a writer in the NYS Assembly, and at SLU in the Alumni Office with iconic Alumni Director Frank Shields '54.  With her husband and "SLU Sweetheart" Steve '83, she has also assisted in their fuel distribution/convenience stores business while raising their four children, three of whom (so far) are Laurentians.  A Government major at St. Lawrence, she was a member of Kappa Delta Sigma, the women's soccer team, Singing Sinners, and spent a semester in Vienna, Austria.  Throughout the years, Jacquie has volunteered extensively in her community, most recently chairing the successful capital campaign for Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and for a variety of Laurentian causes, including fundraising and class reunion organization.




Danielle McBride ’14, of Rochester, NY, is studying Psychology and English and hopes to pursue a career in health care administration.  At St. Lawrence, she works as a Community Assistant (RA) for the Office of Residence Life, an Information Desk Assistant and Judicial Advocate for the Office of Student Life & Leadership, a student delegate to the University Advancement Tripartite Committee, President of the SLU Buddies Program, and is Public Relations Chair for the Campus Kitchens Project.  She is a NYS certified mediator, a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and a sister of the Chi Omega sorority.  She spent the summer of 2012 in Denmark studying the Neuroscience of Fear and recently led a spring break trip to NYC for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.




James E. “Jay” McKee ‘71 was a History major and was involved with CDC and Orientation.  He holds an M.B.A. from SUNY Buffalo.  Jay has worked in the outdoor recreation industry, the music and entertainment industry, and spent some time in the National Guard.  An avid cyclist, Jay has been leading bicycle tours in North America and Europe for over twenty-five years.  He is a Professor of Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where he advises non-profit organizations.




Brendan McLaughlin '90 is a Principal with CDM, a global engineering and construction firm. He was a Biology and Environmental Studies major who went to the University of Pittsburgh to obtain a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He manages delivery of environmental solutions to global metals and mining clients. While at SLU, Brendan was captain of the swimming team, a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, photo editor for The Hill News, and a member of Thelmo. Brendan is a member of the board of Trustees at Shady Side Academy, a K-12 independent school in Pittsburgh from which he graduated. Brendan and his wife Susie live in Pittsburgh with 3 children. 


Annie Montgomery ‘68 majored in Biology, with an emphasis in Microbiology. After SLU, she continued in that specialty as a researcher in several medical schools’ virology departments.  Annie was married for many years and has three adult children, and now one new granddaughter.  In 2006, she graduated from Plymouth State University earning a Masters’ degree in Counseling Education. Presently she lives in New York City and works in the field of child abuse and neglect. She is a parenting educator and healthy relationships presenter.  She is an avid skier, tennis player and golfer.



Susan Eichman North '76 works in the pharmaceutical industry as Director of Project Management & Clinical Support for KangLaiTe USA. Sue and her husband are fortunate to have careers that are location-independent, which allows them to split their time between Fleming Island, FL and Woolwich, ME. She was a chemistry major at St. Lawrence and a member of Delta Delta Delta, the Chemistry Honor Society and the Sociology Honor Society. Following SLU, Sue received her MBA from Babson College and her Masters in Clinical Investigation from Mass General Institute of Health Professionals.




Randy L. Olivo '06 is the Tender Manager for Zurich Insurance Group's Corporate Life & Pensions NA (CLP NA) group. He majored in Economics and Government. Prior to Zurich, Randy held several roles at JPMorgan Chase within Financing Market Products' Securities Lending group in New York City. While at St. Lawrence, Randy was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, held several positions in student government including VP & Chair of Senate Affairs, was a Community Assistant (RA), Chairman of the Student Alumni Association, President of the Class of 2006 Council, and worked as an Admissions Management Assistant. As an alumnus, Randy has been involved by interviewing prospective students, attending college fairs, and serving as a G.O.L.D. Class Fundraising Chair. Randy lives in New York City with his partner, Bonnie, and their daughter Victoria.


Mary Peterson '82 of Williston, Vermont, graduated from St. Lawrence in 1982 as a government major summa cum laude.  She received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, and worked as a litigator in Boston, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont.  Mary served on Williston’s select board as Chair, on the Board of Directors of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, and for three terms in the Vermont House of Representatives as Clerk of the Ways & Means Committee and Chair of the Joint Legislative Council.  Mary currently is Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Taxes.  At St. Lawrence, Mary was a member of KDS and Phi Beta Kappa and participated on the Vienna Semester Abroad.  She is married to Barrett ’82 and two of their four children also are Saints.



Dan Posener '82 started his career at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, rising to Associate Managing Director. He received his law degree from Hofstra University and moved to Los Angeles where he was Director of Business Affairs for Pressman Films, an independent film production company. Following 5 years at Pressman, Dan joined Disney Theatrical Productions as Director of Business Affairs, handling business affairs for Disney's Broadway productions. In 2000, Dan joined National Artists Management Company as Associate Producer and Vice President of Business Affairs. In 2009, Dan re-joined Disney Theatrical Production where he oversees business affairs for Disney's live entertainment businesses.  Dan is an adjunct professor in Brooklyn College's Master of Performing Arts Management program and has taught classes on Theatre Law and Business at the Commercial Theatre Institute and Columbia Law School. 



Robert G. Rood ’69 is a registered principal and has run an investment practice in Camillus, NY, for the last 31 years.  He majored in economics at SLU and earned an MBA from Syracuse University in 1977.  At SLU, Bob was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a captain of the football team, president of the “L Club,” a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honorary, and an economics tutor.  After graduation, Bob served as a lieutenant in the US Army via the SLU ROTC program, then as NYS Assistant State Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service.  He has been a 3 time president of Camillus Rotary, regular emcee of its annual luncheon, and current chair of its scholarship program; has served as treasurer and 3 time warden of St. James Episcopal Church; and is currently president of the Lake Bonaparte Conservation Club. Currently, Bob and his wife Judi McCuen Rood ’69 live in Camillus, NY; Naples, FL; and Lake Bonaparte, NY.  They have 3 children and 3 grandsons.



Mary Claire Schwab '03 is project assistant a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.  A neuroscience major, Mary Claire was elected to ODK leadership honorary and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  She also served as an admissions associate, a career advisor, Saints Network volunteer and Reunion planning volunteer.



Lissa Scull Short '83 is the SVP of Advertising Sales at CFO Publishing LLC, a media company dedicated to serving the information needs of Chief Financial Officers. At St. Lawrence, she was involved in Delta, Delta, Delta , Thelmo, the Big Sister program and the Kenya semester. She and her husband David '83 are the past Reunion Development Co-Chairs for their class. Lissa and her family live in Darien, CT. Her son Andrew is in the class of 2015 at St. Lawrence. Geoffrey Short is a junior at Pomfret School.



Jared E. Soper '97 is a Vice President at Barclays. Prior to Barclays, he held positions at Lehman Brothers, Calibre Family Office and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. While at St. Lawrence, he majored in economics and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.  Originally from Connecticut, Jared and his wife Linda and their twins Annie and Harrison now reside in Palm Beach, Florida. He is active in numerous educational, cultural and charitable organizations including the Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Episcopal Church Planned Giving Committee.



Charles J. Sullivan '89 is a partner in the law firm of Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC in Syracuse, NY. While at St. Lawrence, Charlie was a government major, a Laurentian Singer, an ODK member and officer, Chief Justice of the Student Judiciary Board, a Resident Assistant and a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Charlie also was a President Scholar, a Senior Award Winner and a Who's Who inductee. Charlie resides in Jamesville, New York with his wife, Debbie and their three children.


 Steve Todd '92, Alumni Council president, is assistant superintendent for instruction for the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES. Steve, who lives in Hannawa Falls with his wife Pamela, was a government and history major at St. Lawrence. He was a student ambassador, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Laurentian Singers and Phi Beta Kappa. Steve is also a career advisor.


Danielle Weaver '07, originally of Jamestown NY, is the area coordinator for Leadership Development at Hood College in Frederick, MD. While at SLU, Danni was a history major with a minor in Educational Studies, after graduating in 2007 she continued to Buffalo State College and earned a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration. While at St. Lawrence, Danni was a member of Class Council, served as an Orientation Leader, member of the Chapel Planning Committee, co-chaired the Townhouse Council, served as a Student Delegate to the Alumni Council and served as an Admissions Intern. Danni served as Runion Chair representig the class of 2007.


Susan Nicolais Weaver ’85 serves on the Darien Library Board of Trustees, Wee Burn Country Club Board of Directors, and is a Norwalk Hospital volunteer.  She spent a year abroad in Madrid, Spain, as an undergraduate and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the women’s tennis team.  She and her husband Bob ’85 have three sons and live in Darien, CT.


Jan Hunt Williams '70, P'98, '99, '02
is a clinical social worker. She majored in sociology and received her Master's in Social Work from SUNY Buffalo. While at St. Lawrence she was a member of Kappa Delta Sigma, University Choir, Thelmo, Student Judicial Board, Mortar Board, CDC and Alpha Kappa Delta and was an orientation leader and ROTC sponsor. Since graduating she has served as Class Agent, a reunion co-chair and Laurentian Admission Associate. She is married to Rodge Williams '68 and they are the parents of three Laurentians: Sally '98, Hale '99 and Johanna ‘02. She enjoys semi-retirement at their home on Keuka Lake, New York.

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