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2015-2016 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 ThalerLauren 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 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 Executive Director of the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, Mass, having served the nonprofit sector for nearly 30 years in various finance and administrative capacities. 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. Ellen is married to an MIT grad and therefore can communicate well with a range of people, and has two adult children, one a Reed College grad (“Hampshire west”) and the other an International Development major at George Washington University, who recently returned from a semester in Senegal, West Africa. Being a parent brings new meaning to the term “innovative learning.”

Daniel Sroka 85F
Morristown, NJ

Daniel is a professional artist, but for most of his life his artwork took a back seat to paying the bills. While working his way through Hampshire, he discovered a talent for graphic design which led him to his first career, becoming the original creative director for Yahoo!, where he helped guide them from a quirky curiosity into a globally-recognized brand. Using the experience he gained in design and marketing, he has been able to launch and run a successful business fueled by his own creativity for the past decade. He also serves on the board for Morris Arts, one of the largest arts non-profits in New Jersey, which is dedicated to enriching and building community through the arts. He hopes that by joining the AAG, he will be able to help engage our alumni to re-capture that energy, and help make Hampshire become the best possible version of itself.

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.




Richard Brown 88F
Providence, RI

Richard 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?


Karla Zarate-Ramirez 92F
Philadelphia, PA

Karla Zarate-Ramirez 92FKarla has worked in the nonprofit sector for almost 15 years and is currently the associate director of development/campaign director at the American Friends Service Committee, an international peace and social justice organization based on Quaker principles. Karla is leading a team of development professionals in a multi-year, multi-million dollar fundraising effort that will celebrate AFSC’s 100th anniversary in 2017. She’s excited about the challenge of employing all the tools of the trade--grants, annual giving, planned and leadership gifts, and more--to raise resources for an organization that inspires her by its unwavering commitment to help communities worldwide meet human needs, end injustice, nurture the next generation of change makers, and foster lasting peace.

Hampshire holds many special memories for Karla: It’s where she met her husband, Kevin Ramirez 92F, and best friends. After Hampshire, Karla obtained an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Certified Fundraising Credential from CFRE International. She and Kevin have three children. Karla also keeps busy by indulging her passion for cooking as well as her enthusiasm for running and the spin classes she teaches.

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 Rudnick, president of Rudnick Technology Group, is an entrepreneur who works with companies to create new ways of using web technologies. He's a specialist in turning knowledge capital into world-changing internet based tools. Before starting his own consulting firm, he was involved in six high-tech start-ups including, eWork, Cellmania and Webopedia. While at these companies, he helped to create and develop some of the most influential products that we use to interact on the web. In addition to an IPO, he has been a part of start-ups that have been acquired by Microsoft, Research in Motion, and IBM. Eric's experience is in turning knowledge capital into completely new products and interfaces.

He earned a B.A. from Hampshire College (94F) where he studied cognitive science. As the principal of Rudnick Technology Group, Eric consults for a variety of agencies and start-ups involved in the digital space.  Prior to Hampshire, Eric graduated from the Westtown School, a Quaker preparatory boarding school with an active commitment to social responsibility. His other important educational experiences include programs at Gratz College and Outward Bound.

Alex Kreit 97F
San Diego, CA

Alex KreitAlex 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.

Tashal Brown 03F
East Lansing, MI

Tashal is an alumna of Hampshire’s James Baldwin Scholar program. While at Hampshire, Tashal studied comparative expressions of black identity through the arts. Her division III focused on the politics of Jamaican music and culture in London, England. She earned an M.A. in Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Albany and has presented her work on music, culture, and the politics of social identity at several conferences in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Tashal has been working in education and youth development for over 7 years. In 2011, she began teaching in NYC public schools, the bulk of her time teaching 6th grade math in an integrated co-teaching environment at Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School. Tashal is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and teacher education at Michigan State University.

Ananda Valenzuela 07F
Cambridge, MA

Ananda ValenzuelaAnanda Valenzuela is currently the Consulting and Executive Transitions Program manager 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 consulting program and the fellowship program, provides organizational development consulting, facilitates planning processes, develops program systems and infrastructure, and writes 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.

Robert J. Sakai 08F
Los Angeles, CA

During his time at Hampshire, RJ studied cultural anthropology and design, with a particular interest in questions of tourism (What constitutes an "authentic" notion of a culture, and how are experiences designed for tourists?). He  was part of student groups such as Rehamping (community-led campus redesigns), DART (design, art, and technology), Tennis Club, and The Reader (art and literature journal). On-campus freelance graphic design work served as the basis for a professional graphic design practice. After graduation in 2012, RJ worked as the Alumni Fellow of the newly formed Creativity Center whose mission it was to foster innovation and creativity across campus, and then on campus helping to teach a graphic design course, as well as serving as a Cultural Liaison for four visiting Cuban scholars. He is currently pursuing a three year MFA in Field track of the Media Design Practices Program at Art Center College of Design.

Ex Officio Members

A. Kim Saal 70F
Northampton, MA
A. Kim Saal 70FKim Saal is one of two elected alumni trustees. In 2014 he was named president and chief executive officer of the Cooley Dickinson Physician Network at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. Previously, he was chief of cardiology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and a partner at Mount Auburn Cardiology Associates. In addition to providing clinical care, Kim has been 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. Kim's Division III was titled: "Biochemical Modification of the Presynaptic Inhibitor B-bungarotoxin." 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.



Melissa Mills-Dick 01F, director of Alumni and Family Relations
Amherst, MA
Melissa returns to Hampshire with ten years of experience in nonprofit communications, fund-raising, volunteer engagement, and administration. Most recently, she was the communications manager at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She has also held positions at Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, the Northwest Community Corrections Center, and the National Network of Abortion Funds. She graduated from Hampshire in 2005 and earned an M.F.A. in writing and literature from Bennington College.


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