The Nominating Committee of the Alumnae Association of Barnard College submits for your consideration the following slate of candidates to fill each of the positions that will become vacant on July 1, 2013. The committee nominates one person for each position; six candidates have been nominated for three places on the nine-member Nominating Committee. Thank you to the three outgoing members of the Nominating Committee: Ula Lysniak ’87, Deborah Newman Shapiro ’79, and Myra Kovey ’65 (chair of the committee this year). Thank you to our outgoing board members for leadership in the Alumnae Association: Alumnae Trustee Judith Daynard Boies ’59, Annual Giving Committee Chair Daphne Fodor Philipson ’69, Bylaws Chair Lois Lempel Weinroth ’63, Reunion Committee Chair Pat Tinto ’76, Fellowship Committee Chair Kimberlee Halligan ’75, and Director-at-Large/Awards Committee Chair Barbi Appelquist ’98.


A postcard ballot is included in this issue. Please mail completed ballots OR vote online via no later than May 1, 2013. Results will be shared at the Annual Meeting on May 31, 2013 during Reunion.

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Board of Directors

Alumnae Trustee

Camille Kiely Kelleher ’70 majored in political science and earned an MBA from Columbia. She served several terms as alumna president of her class and on the Project Continuum Committee; she also helped design the financial fluency program, now part of the Athena Center. Camille has spent much of her career in financial services as an equity portfolio manager for institutional and high net worth clients at firms such as Citibank, S.G. Warburg, and Brown Brothers Harriman. She is on the board of the Yorkville Common Pantry and the St. Benedict Education Fund, and active in the Order of Malta. She and her husband, Rory, have three grown children. 

Annual Giving Committee Chair

Linda Sweet ’63 is a partner, since 1984, in Management Consultants for the Arts, specializing in executive search for top management and professional personnel for museums as well as in strategic planning, board development, and organizational analysis. She majored in art history at Barnard, received a master’s from NYU, and a certificate from Columbia’s business school’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management. She is a past president of ArtTable, and a former member of the collections committee of the Grey Art Gallery of NYU. At Barnard, she was chair of the Leadership Assembly Committee and is currently a member of the Annual Giving Committee and the Fellowship Committee. She is also a board member of the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. 

Bylaws Chair

Rosalind Marshack Gordon ’62, an American studies major at Barnard, has practiced law for 40 years. For the past 20 years she has been vice president and deputy general counsel at Pitney Bowes. She has served as Nominating Committee Chair and Bylaws Chair of the AABC and as treasurer and Reunion co-chair of her class. At her 50th reunion, Roz received the Award for Service to Barnard. She lives in Larchmont with her husband, and has three children and three grandchildren.

Reunion Committee Chair

Merri Rosenberg ’78, a French major, is a freelance writer and editor whose work appears regularly in Barnard Magazine and Education Update. She has also been a regular contributor to The New York Times, Jewish Week, and other publications. Married with two grown children, Merri earned a master’s in French and Romance philology from Columbia and an MS from Columbia’s journalism school. Currently a Barnard Alumnae Admissions Representative (BAAR), member of the AABC Reunion Committee, and Networking co-chair for her class, Merri recently served as chair of the Leadership Assembly Committee and a member of the AABC Board of Directors. She has also been president of the Barnard in Westchester Club, and a member of the AABC Nominating Committee.

Fellowship Committee Chair

Melissa Nathanson ’78 received her JD from New York University School of Law and was a senior vice president at Lehman Brothers until 2004.She has served on the Barnard Fund Committee, the President’s Advisory Council, and the Barnard Fellowship Committee. She and her husband, Eric Freedman, live in New York City.


Leila Bassi ’94 majored in political science and also holds an MBA from Columbia’s business school. She has previous work experience in the media business and in financial services. Leila currently lives in London with her husband and two young children. She has served as the president of the Barnard Club of London for the last several years.


The three alumnae elected from the six candidates below will join Francine Glick ’77, Sharon Johnson ’85, Soo Ji Park ’90, Glenda Smiley ’09, Ruth Klein Stein ’62, and Jan Vinokour ’72 on the Nominating Committee next year. Please vote for up to three of the following candidates for the AABC Nominating Committee:

Vanessa Anderson ’07 is the owner of AM PR Group, a boutique public relations agency based in Los Angeles, where she works with a range of clients, from musicians to nonprofit organizations. At Barnard, Vanessa was president of BOSS, co-chair of Celebration of Black Womanhood Week, co-creator and member of the Presidential Advisory Committee, co-founder of the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort, student representative for the Consortium on Higher Achievement & Success, and an active participant in community events.

Shilpa Bahri ’99 began her career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker, and transitioned to teaching accounting and finance. She has developed and taught curriculum to new hires, MBAs, and senior executives at Wall Street firms. Shilpa served as chair of the Young Alumnae Committee and is vice president of her class. She lives in Great Neck, where she cares for her elderly parents.

Miri Cypers ’08 majored in Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and serves as the Class of 2008 fund chair and a Barnard Alumnae Admissions Representative (BAAR). She has been a member of the Barnard-in-Washington board in Washington, D.C., for four years and founded the club’s first mentoring program. Miri is a policy and advocacy professional at Jewish Women International and previously worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nancy Dubler ’64 is an attorney and professor emerita of bioethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She works as a consultant for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, coordinating the work of clinical ethics consultants at the city’s public hospitals and nursing homes. Her work and publications address fair allocation of health-care resources, rights and interests of patients and families, and bioethics mediation. She and her husband live in Manhattan and have five grandchildren.

Lisa Gottardo ’87 is an executive director in international-equity sales with E.S. Financial Services. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in international equities and has worked at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. She also volunteers as a college counselor. Lisa is a Barnard Alumnae Admissions Representative (BAAR), co-president of her class, and was formerly co-head of the Barnard Club of London. Her daughter, Francesca, graduated from Barnard in 2011. Lisa lives in Manhattan.

Susan Sommer Klapkin ’76 was a psychology and economics major. She has been in the fashion business since graduating and is now an independent consultant for J. Hilburn Mens Clothiers and vice president at MHR Apparel Group. For three years, Susan has been a mentor to a Barnard student. She is past president of the Barnard Club of Connecticut, and board member for the Barnard Club of Central New Jersey. Susan served on the AABC as chairwoman of the Regional Advisory Committee. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband and three dogs.