College Board Members
Richard Ader (Chair)
Mr. Ader graduated from UVM in 1963 with a B.S. in Banking and Finance. He is founder of US Realty Advisors, LLC in New York City. Mr. Ader also serves on the Board of the UVM Foundation.
Mr. Clymer is the father of a past College of Arts and Sciences student and is a journalist who covered national politics for over 25 years for the New York Times and has several books to his credit. He lives in Washington, DC.
Ken Connolly received his B.A. in History and Political Science in 1987 from UVM and his Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University. He is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and three children
Ms. Diette heads up the Operational Risk function within Enterprise Risk Management at State Street Corporation and is responsible for the implementation of operational risk policies, guidelines and standards world-wide. In addition, she oversees the Corporate Insurance function, the Enterprise Technology Risk function, and is responsible for establishing a comprehensive risk program for the Global Operations and Information Technology division within State Street. In prior roles at State Street, Barbara was responsible for overseeing the operational risk management programs for Investment Manager Services, Wealth Manager Services and Investment Services Operations.
Barbara holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Vermont.
Mr. Godkin graduated from UVM in 1977 with a B.A. in Psychology and received his law degree from Georgetown University. He is founder and partner at Birnbaum & Godkin in Boston, MA.
Mr. Jacobson graduated from UVM in 1962 with a B.A. in Political Science, received his law degree from Cornell University and a Master's of Law from NYU. He is partner at Proskauer Rose in New York City.
Mr. Kalkin received his B.A. from UVM in 1950 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1988. He is founder and president of Kalkin & Co. in Bernardsville, NJ. His numerous volunteer roles at UVM include current seats on the Boards of the UVM Foundation and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Mr. Kies received his M.A. in Geography from UVM in 2004 and his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University. He is Director of Education and the Heckscher Farm at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, CT.
Mr. Laibson is a renowned ophthalmologist and Director Emeritus of the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. He graduated from UVM in 1955, and in 2007 received the UVM Alumni Achievement Award. He lives in Haverford, PA with his wife Ruth.
Ms. Mieder (A.B. Mount Holyoke College, M.A. Middlebury College, Ph.D. Michigan State University) taught German and Latin at Milton High School for forty years before retiring in 2011. Currently she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Historical Society as well as the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. She is the former Chair of the Vermont Humanities Council and still participates as a scholar with the Council's reading and discussion programs. Her husband is a Professor of German and Folklore at UVM.
Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President and General Counsel and one of the early employees of GSI Commerce, Inc., a publicly-traded leading provider of e-commerce and interactive marketing services to large, business-to-consumer enterprises in the U.S. and internationally that was acquired by eBay in 2011. Prior to GSI, he was a partner at the law firm of Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, PA. Before that, he was an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and a law clerk to Associate Justice William C. Hill of the Vermont Supreme Court.
Arthur holds a B.A. in History from the University of Vermont and a J.D. Magna Cum Laude from New England School of Law.
Mr. Newcomb graduated from UVM in 1965 with a B.A. in Political Science and received his law degree from Columbia University. He is partner at Shearman & Sterling in New York City.
Mr. Rankowitz graduated from UVM in 1984 with a B.A. in Economics. He is Managing Director, Senior Relationship Management at Barclays Capital in New York City and lives in Westport, CT.
Mr. Rosen graduated from UVM in 1990 with a B.A. in Political Science and received his law degree from Cornell University. He is Director, Executive Office and Philanthropic Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA.
Ms. Sternlieb received her B.A. in Studio Art from UVM in 2006. She is founder of Giving Tree Partners in Shelburne, VT, and serves on the Board of the Chittenden County Humane Society.
Mr. Strochak graduated from UVM in 1987 and received his law degree from George Washington University. He recently retired from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Washington, DC and is an avid photographer. Mr. Strochak also serves on UVM's Regional Alumni Board for the Washington, DC area.
Sigrid ‘Sam’ Usen
Sam Usen received her B.A. in Political Science from UVM in 1984. She is a lawyer and lives in Wellesley, MA. Her son Nick is currently a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Film & Television Studies.