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2013-2014 Members of the Alumni Advisory Group

Michael C. Ubell 70F
Oakland, CA
  Michael Ubell 70FMichael has retired from a 35-year career developing database management systems. Currently he is involved in volunteer work mostly centered around ending gun violence and increasing public safety in Oakland. He is also a volunteer regional data manager for Organizing for Action. In addition to being the first computer science graduate from Hampshire, he holds an M.S. in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has spent his 35-year career mostly at start-up companies focused on relational, object-relational, and key-value database management systems. Since 2008 he has worked as a volunteer data manager for political campaigns.

Michael has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since leaving Hampshire, and has two sons and five grandchildren.

Lauren Thaler 75S P08
Sleepy Hollow, NY
Lauren Thaler Lauren works as a relocation consultant for the Intrepid New Yorker, a woman-owned and -operated business, which provides cross-cultural and destination services for multi-national corporate employees and their families moving to the NY metro area.

 In addition, Lauren is involved with several not-for-profit organizations, including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Jewish Committee, and their local synagogue.  

Lauren is married to William S. Null, 72F and they live in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  Their son, Evan Thaler-Null 08F also graduated from Hampshire and works with two horses in sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley area. Their daughter Danielle and son-in-law Yaniv live in CT with two young grandchildren, keeping everyone busy and smiling!

Warren R. Gorlick 77F
Washington, D.C.
Warren Gorlick 77FWarren is the associate director for international affairs at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In this capacity, Warren represents the CFTC in various working groups of the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the Financial Stability Board with respect to the application of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation on cross-border financial transactions. Before joining the CFTC in 2002, Warren worked in other public sector positions, including attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission, deputy director in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of International Affairs, and as senior financial sector expert at the World Bank, as well as the law firm of Akin Gump in Washington D.C. Warren lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and two children, and travels frequently for both work and pleasure to various international destinations.

Ellen Sturgis 77F, chair
Stow, MA
Ellen SturgisEllen (77F) is currently vice president of finance and administration at the United South End Settlements in Boston, having been a nonprofit finance executive for nearly 30 years around the Boston area. She has “retired” from about 15 years of public service, now that her two children have left the nest. Ellen’s volunteer efforts are focused largely on Hampshire, serving as chair of the AAG since its inception, and part of the Hampshire Women in Business group in Boston. Her favorite part of this work is meeting current students, who are amazing and affirming of the importance of Hampshire, as well as running into alums from different decades on the subways of Boston.

Kevin Brown 79F
Philadelphia, PA
Kevin BrownKevin A. Brown is currently working at Penn Dental Medicine’s office of development and alumni relations as a major gifts officer. Kevin has more 14 years of experience in alumni relations and development, most recently working with Arcadia University. Kevin worked as an actor in Boston and New York City for 15 years before working as director of alumni relations at Hampshire. He has also worked in support of development at World Learning Institute (School for International Training) and Trinity College. He looks forward to supporting the growth of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter.

Kathryn Christine Wichmann 85F

Washington, D.C.
Kathryn Christine Wichmann Kathryn has a diverse background, including working as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, as house manager at Arena Stage and Woolly Mammoth Theatre in D.C., and, for ten years, at The Washington Post. Following her master’s degree in Humanitarian Action from the University of Geneva, she interned with the U.N. International Tribunal for Rwanda. She has an international diploma in humanitarian assistance from Fordham University and a certificate in organization development from Georgetown University. She also volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Tanya M. Gallo 87F
Brooklyn, NY
Tanya GalloTanya is currently a project manager for the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program at HR&A Advisors. She is also the director of the Station Alliance, whose mission is to improve the physical environments of subway stations throughout New York City. She received her M.Sc. in urbanization and development at the London School of Economics and a distinction for her dissertation on public space in Beirut, Lebanon. Tanya was a 2008-9 recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University, awarded annually to ten city leaders in New York City. Previously, she was the founder and director of DreamYard's ACTION project, a nationally recognized and award-winning arts and social justice program for teenagers in Bronx, New York.

Richard Brown 88F
Providence, RI
Richard BrownRichard Brown is a fiction writer and editor living in Providence, Rhode Island. He is politically active in issues of election finance reform and GLBT rights. In addition to AAG, Richard volunteers with the Hampshire Alumni Associates Program and served on the 1988 Reunion Committee. When Richard speaks with prospective students he tells them the Hampshire experience is invaluable for those who make the most of its resources and give back their own talents to the program. The same advice holds for Hampshire alums: It’s our school and we will always be part of the community; what are you doing to keep making Hampshire better?

Eugene B. Mirman 92F
Brooklyn, NY
Eugene MirmanEugene is a comedian, writer, and actor living in Brooklyn, NY. He’s best known for his work on Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, and the Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers. He wrote a parody self-help book entitled The Will to Whatevs and has released several standup albums on Sub Pop records.

He is also a board member of 826NYC, a tutoring center in Brooklyn, and The Thrive Project in Turners Falls, MA.

Daniel Gregor 93F
Sacramento, CA
Daniel GregorDaniel is an attorney, activist, and organizer. His legal work is primarily in resistance and protest law, including working with individuals and communities in the southern coalfields of West Virginia resisting mountaintop removal mining and other destructive strip mining, and peace and justice and anti-war activism. His teaching and conference presentations have included legal ethics, movement lawyering, and street medic training. He holds a B.A. from Hampshire (experiential education and environmental history) and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. He likes to travel, ride bikes, and do civic activism and bicycle advocacy in his spare time.

Eric P. Rudnick 94F
Tempe, AZ
Eric Rudnick 94FEric is a technologist and entrepreneur who's been involved with many venture capital-funded start-up companies in the internet, software, and healthcare spaces. He was an early employee at a number of influential internet companies, including, the world’s 10th largest web property and 5th largest search engine. He was on the alumni networking committee for Hampshire's 40th Reunion. Eric runs very active Hampshire College and Five Colleges alumni groups on Linked In.

Elana Jacobs 95F
Skokie, IL
Elana Jacobs 95FElana is currently a Ph.D. student in science education at Illinois Institute of Technology. Previously, she was an education coordinator in community initiatives at the Museum of Science and Industry. As a science educator she has ten years of progressive teaching experience, from the Chicago Public Schools teacher to camp counselor, working with youth in indoor and outdoor classroom settings. Equally strong qualifications in all areas of identifying learning requirements: lesson development, grant writing, coaching, project management, and collaboration. She is a very involved citizen in organizations from fair housing, urban education, animal rescue, and the LGBT community. She earned an M.Ed in instructional leadership from University of IL at Chicago. Elana and her wife Helen have two very stubborn dogs, whom they hope will be Hampshire alums in the future.

Alex Kreit 97F

San Diego, CA
Alex Kreit

Alex is an associate professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. While at Hampshire, Alex studied law, political science, and documentary video with Lester Mazor and kara lynch. His favorite Hampshire memory was watching the 2000 election returns at Lester's house during the portion of the evening where the news networks had projected Al Gore as the winner of Florida. Alex is author of Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy (2013) and Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook (2013, updated annually, with Gerald F. Uelmen). He is president of the San Diego Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and serves on the City of San Diego’s Ethics Commission.

Devon (Balfour) Cruz 02F
West Springfield, MA
Devon CruzDevon studied U.S. history at Hampshire and was involved in a number of activist groups. Since her graduation in 2006 she has worked in the Hampshire admissions office, and has been progressively promoted from entry-level counselor to associate dean of admissions. As a member of the management team, she supervises all student workers and the reception team. In addition, she recruits new students from one of Hampshire's largest territories (California) as well as Rhode Island, Alaska, and Hawaii. Devon is responsible for Hampshire's Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program (HAAP).

Ananda Valenzuela 07F
Cambridge, MA
Ananda ValenzuelaAnanda Valenzuela is currently the Consulting and Executive Transitions Program coordinator at Third Sector New England. Ananda has worked as a nonprofit technology consultant and held a variety of governance and activist roles before coming to Third Sector New England, where she manages the fellowship program, provides organizational development consulting, facilitates planning processes, develops program systems and infrastructure, and writes research and assessment reports. Originally from Puerto Rico, she is fluent in Spanish and Japanese. Ananda has a B.A. in organizational development and institutional ethnography from Hampshire College.

Ex Officio Members

A. Kim Saal 70F
Watertown, MA
Kim is one of two elected alumnA. Kim Saal 70Fi trustees. He is chief of cardiology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a partner at Mount Auburn Cardiology Associates. In addition to providing clinical care for his patients, Kim is a teacher, mentor, and clinical coach. He held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School, where he was recipient of the Blacklow teaching award for his work educating medical students, physicians in training, and hospital staff. He was also recognized as teacher of the year at Mount Auburn Hospital. As a physician leader, he has promoted innovation and change in the model of the delivery of healthcare by utilizing quality and information management tools to promote clinical integration and improve the quality of care. After graduating from Hampshire, Kim earned his M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Downstate, did his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts, and completed his cardiology fellowship at the University of Washington. Kim credits Hampshire with formulating his primary mission: to develop lifelong learners who will promote the cause of social justice and the well-being of others.

William S. Null 72F P08
Sleepy Hollow, NY
William NullWilliam Null is one of two elected alumni trustees. He is the managing partner of Cuddy & Feder LLP, one of the Hudson Valley's leading law firms. Bill has been lead counsel for many major development projects in Westchester County. His practice is focused on real estate, land use, and zoning issues relating to commercial, institutional, and residential development in the Hudson Valley. Bill received his B.A. from Hampshire College and earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He believes in actively participating in the community as a professional and a volunteer, serving on several not-for-profit boards. He currently sits on the boards of White Plains Hospital Center, Gilda's Club Westchester, and White Plains Bridge of Friendship Foundation. He has lectured on zoning and land use issues before the New York State Bar Association, the Westchester County Bar Association, and Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. Mr. Null, a resident of Westchester for 29 years, lives with his wife, Lauren E. Thaler (75S), in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

J. Killara Burn, director of Alumni and Family Relations
Amherst, MA
Killara joined Hampshire as director of alumni relations in May 2007, after 21 years working in alumni relations and development in the U.K. She now oversees both alumni and family relations programing at the College. Alumni and family relations organizes a program of regular and varied events around the world; an online directory and Facebook presences; new website; the annual Hampshire Forum: A Division IV Program (Hampshire’s version of an “alumni college”); and collaborates with other offices (including careers, admissions, student life, and dean of faculty) to enable alums to be involved with the College today.


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