Alumni Council

my St. Lawrence

Ed Forbes '02, President
Lissa Short '83, Vice President
William Cowan '86, Treasurer
Jacquie Kuno '84, Secretary

Future Meeting Dates:
June 4-7, 2015
October 8-11, 2015


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, CA.  Previously, she worked in international education at the State Department and received her M.Ed in higher education at American U.  At SLU, she majored in French, with music/psychology minors, and was a member of Laurentian Singers and Pi Beta Phi sorority.  As an alumna, she is a LAA, Manley Society member, co-chaired her 50th reunion, hosts area alumni events, and participates in alumni ski trips.  At home, Lori is active in historical and film societies, and served as a warden in the Episcipal church.  A NYC native, she has a son in LA and a daughter, granddaughter (and new grandson on the way!) in Brooklyn.  She is an avid traveler, choral singer, film goer, cross-country skier, gardener, and enjoys all aspects of art and design.  



Lyn Bedell ’66 is a Florida Realtor specializing in residential real estate in Naples, Marco Island and Bonita Springs, Florida.  Lyn has been in the real estate sales and land development business since retiring in 2004 from her 30+ year corporate management career at Xerox Corporation where she specialized in marketing, sales and operations.  She owned her own consulting business focused on youth development and sports marketing & events.  As a civic leader, she has demonstrated leadership service to local, state and national civic and service organizations.  Lyn is currently serving as President of the Naples Philharmonic League of volunteers focusing on youth music education in her community. Lyn graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics and is a recipient of the Alumni Citation.  In her spare time, she enjoys golf, 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 three 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, Alumni Council treasurer, 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 and lives in Austin, Texas.







Tracy Dana ’07, originally from Bernardsville, NJ, is a Major Gifts Development Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  While at St. Lawrence, Tracy was a History Major with a double Minor in African Studies and British Literature.  Outside the classroom, she was involved in the community as a member of Delta Delta Delta and participated in the Kenya Semester Program during the spring of 2006. Her brother, Will Dana, is in the class of 2016 at St. Lawrence.



Ed Forbes '02, president of the Alumni Executive Council, is a journalist and works as the Digital Editor at and The Journal News in White Plains. At St. Lawrence, he majored in English and History/Canadian studies. He was editor of The Hill News, president of his class and president 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 and tenth reunions. He earned a master's degree in 2008 from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Mount Kisco with his wife, Emily Hunt Forbes '04, and their daughter, Caroline. 




Terry Ford ’88 is an Information Technology Consultant residing and working in Washington, DC.  He has worked in IT as an independent consultant since graduating from SLU.  He has worked with major pharmaceutical companies, brokerage firms, and national as well as international non-profit organizations.  He enjoys spending his free time being amazed by his son, Alexander, who is 4 years old, and volunteering at his school.  He majored in Government and was a member of Alpha Tao Omega fraternity and the Outing Club while at St. Lawrence.




Jackie Roy Hallock ’04 is the Director of Marketing at Champlain National Bank in Willsboro, NY.  She was an English-Writing and Speech & Theatre double major at St. Lawrence, and went on to earn an MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  While at St. Lawrence she was the Editor of the The Hill News, Director of the Singing Sinners, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, studied abroad in London, and worked as a Management Assistant in the Admissions Office.  Before her banking career began in 2008, she worked as a television news producer for the NBC affiliate in Burlington, VT.  She and her husband, Thom Hallock, live in Plattsburgh, NY.



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.




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.

Molly Hyde ’17 of Woodstock, NY, is a Psychology major and Educational Studies minor. She hopes to go into Education Research to discover ways to improve learning strategies. On campus, she is active in the Wind Ensemble, Gospel Choir, and Reading Buddies, and she will be working as a student office worker in the Noble Center starting in Fall 2014. She was a top individual point earner in the First Year Cup, hopes to study abroad in Finland, and is looking forward to serving as a Student Delegate to the Alumni Council.


Jacquelyn Hasper Kuno '84, P'12, '15, '17,
secretary of Alumni Council, 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.



 Chelsea (Nuffer) Lloyd '10 graduated from St. Lawrence with a B.A. in Performance & Communication Arts.  At St. Lawrence, Chelsea was an Admissions Ambassador, Communications Intern and participated on the varsity cross country and track & field teams. She captained the cross country squad to a second place finish at NCAAs in 2009. Chelsea is a Market/Business development specialist for Axiall Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of chlorovinyls and aromatics. She and her husband David '08 live in Atlanta, GA where they host gatherings for Atlanta-area Laurentians. 



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 owns a consulting business, JBM Consulting, LLC and recently took a 9-month assignment leading a strategic project for a Pittsburgh-based manufacturing company called Industrial Scientific.  Scientific is a leader in gas detection for personal protection with a mission of "preserving human life on, above and below the earth."  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. 


Sijia (Scarlett) Qi '16 majors in math and economics and has been abroad in Kenya in fall 2013. She is from Shanghai, China, and receives an international scholarship from SLU. She hopes to do research in the theoretical mathematics field and has a strong interest in finance careers. She is the treasurer of A.S.I.A club and works hard to promote international culture on campus. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the investment club and Connect. She wants to see every one of fifty states before graduation, and she has been to eleven of them (yay!).  Besides traveling, she also enjoys cooking. She spent last summer creating Chinese American fusion cuisine and has an online photo book of over 150 dishes she cooked. Her favorite books are The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov and The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.



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, vice president of Alumni Council, 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.


Beth Slater '03 graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in English and Political Science and the University of Vermont with an MA in English Literature.  She is the executive director of the Chris Klug Foundation.  The Chris Klug Foundation is dedicated to promoting lifesaving organ and tissue donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation.  Through its programs, the foundation reaches tens of thousands of young people each year, equipping them with facts about organ donation so they can make educated decisions.  In her four years at the Aspen Institute, Beth managed Aspen Community Programs including the McCloskey Speaker Series, Hurst Lecture Series, New Views Documentaries, and various seminars.  She has volunteered with the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic since 2004 and is a member of the Roaring Fork Leadership Class of 2011. 




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.

Philip J. Sprague ’80, P'11 majored in Government at St. Lawrence. He participated in the Nairobi Semester Program and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa.  After graduation (in the true liberal arts tradition), he taught math for a year, attended Albany Law School and earned a commission in the U.S.A.F.  For the past 30 years, Phil has been a Financial Advisor with MassMutual.  Active in his community, Phil is a past President of Northern New York Community Foundation, the Watertown Rotary Club, the Thompson Park Conservancy, the Samaritan Keep Home, and the NNY Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.  He has served as an Elder, Deacon, and Trustee of First Presbyterian Church in Watertown. He and his wife Emily have two daughters: Caroline (Hamilton College ’09, Boston College MBA, ’14), and Julia (SLU ’11, Princeton Theology School Master’s Candidate, ’16).



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.

Mark Taylor '75 was a member of Beta Theta Pi, wrote for the Hill News, was on the track team, and in Thelmo. He majored in Political Science and subsequently received a MA in Government from Villanova University in 1977 and a law degree from Temple Law School in 1980. He transitioned from law into real estate and is First Vice President of Investments for Marcus & Millichap, a national investment real estate services firm. He married Ilene Wasserman, PhD (Cornell ’77) in 1984. They have resided in Penn Valley, PA, just outside Philadelphia, since then, where they raised two children, Erin (26) and Matthew (24), both graduates of Tufts University.  Both Mark & llene have been very active in their community.  Mark was elected to the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners, among a host of other local government roles and Ilene currently serves as Chair of the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission. Both have served in various community capacities and on various boards.




Cortney Terrillion '99, from Greenwich, CT, graduated with a BS in Physics. As a student, Cortney was Class President, a Thelmo senator, SLUSAF central treasurer, a Chi Omega sister, in the Physics and Math Honoraries and coxswain for men's crew.  Starting in sales & marketing consulting with Cannondale Associates, she soon transitioned to Nestle Waters North America, where she has worked in a variety of marketing strategic and analytic roles for the past 12 years, including a stint in Switzerland.  For the past two years, Cortney has been Brand Manager for Domestic Sparkling water.  She volunteers with Greenwich Library Friends on Flinn Gallery Marketing  and is a sustaining board member of the Junior League of Greenwich.  Cortney is a food & wine enthusiast and enjoys traveling, reading, golf & skiing. 




Danielle Weaver '07, from Jamestown, NY, is the Director of Housing and Residence Life at Daemen College in Amherst, NY.  After St. Lawrence, Danni received her masters degree from Buffalo State College in Higher Education Administration. While at St.Lawrence, she served as Class President for three years, an Orientation Leader, member of the chapel planning committee, Townhouse Council, Admissions Intern, and also served as Student Delegate to the Alumni Council.


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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