Formed in May, 2013 the Board of Advisors is a group of alumni, parents of students, and friends that supports the educational mission of the College. Board members - through their expertise, influence, and commitment - advise the Dean, advance CAS priorities, grow philanthropic support for the College, and expand networks and opportunities for CAS students.


College Board Members

Richard Ader '63 (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.

David "Dave" Barranco '92

Ken Connolly '87
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.

Barbara Diette '80
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 and the Enterprise Technology Risk functions and is responsible for establishing a comprehensive risk program for the Global Operations and Information Technology division within State Street. Barbara holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Vermont.

David Godkin '77
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, Massachusetts.

Jordan Guzak '17

Jerold Jacobson '62
Mr. Jacobson graduated from UVM in 1962 with a B.A. in Political Science, received his law degree from Cornell University and received a Master's of Law from NYU. He is partner at Proskauer Rose in New York City.

Will Kies G'04
Mr. Kies received his Master's in Geography from the University of Vermont in 2004 and his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University. He is Director of Education at the Heckscher Farm at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut.

Peter Laibson '55
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, Pennsylvania with his wife Ruth.

Barbara Mieder
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 the University of Vermont.

Arthur "Art" Miller '75
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 ecommerce and interactive marketing services that was acquired by eBay in 2011. Prior to GSI, he was a partner at the law firm of Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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. Mr. Miller holds a B.A. in History from the University of Vermont and a J.D. Magna Cum Laude from New England School of Law.

Emily Moskowitz '89

Dan Newcomb '65
Mr. Newcomb graduated from the University of Vermont 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.

Robert Rosen '90
Mr. Rosen graduated from the University of Vermont in 1990 with a B.A. in Political Science and received his law degree from Cornell University. He is the Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.

Bob Seelig '83

Adam Strochak '87
Mr. Strochak graduated from the University of Vermont in 1987 and received his law degree from George Washington University. He recently retired from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Washington, D.C. and is an avid photographer. Mr. Strochak also serves on UVM's Regional Alumni Board for the Washington, D.C. area.

Bob Taisey '50

Sigrid ‘Sam’ Usen '84
Sam Usen received her B.A. in Political Science from UVM in 1984. She is a lawyer and lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Her son Nick is currently a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Film & Television Studies.

Wendy Wollish '64