Alumnae Alliance Council Members
Alumnae Alliance Council Members
Alumnae Alliance Council Members
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Michelle Badger has remained involved with Sweet Briar since graduation. After graduation she worked at Sweet Briar for two years revitalizing and creating programs that set records within the Annual Fund. She served for two years as a Young Alumnae Representative and four years as the Chair of Region 1 (the Northeast) on the Alumnae Board. She is President of the Boston Area Alumnae Club, volunteers as co-chair for her class in the Young Alumnae Giving program or Reunion Giving program, and is an AAR. Michelle works at Massachusetts Maritime Academy as the Director of Advancement and has been in higher education or worked on political campaigns for the past nine years. She has two master’s degrees, one in Political Science with a concentration in Professional Politics and the other in Public Administration. Michelle also stays active in her local community and is on the Plymouth School Committee. She lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Amy is currently an adjunct professor at Sweet Briar, teaching government classes and serving as faculty adviser for Shop Sweet, the merchandising program run by business majors. She helped create the Vixen Kits for AARs, a box of materials that alumnae recruiters use for college fairs. She served as communications co-chair of the Alumnae Board. Amy runs HTMelle, a creative agency that designs digital solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses. Amy earned her master’s in Political Science from the University of Virginia in 2001, during which time she served as one of Gov. James Gilmore's appointees to the UVa Honor System Reform Commission. Amy's thesis on Ruth Bader Ginsburg was published by Texas Law Review and by Random House. Amy also served as an adjunct in Sweet Briar College's Government Department from 2006-2011, teaching Constitutional Law, Women & Politics, Media & Politics, and The Presidency courses.
Sarah was the Chair of Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the nonprofit formed by an alumna in March 2015 to raise money and mount a legal effort to stop the closure of the college. She is one of three generations of women in her family to graduate from Sweet Briar. Her mother, Martha Mansfield Clement ’48, was a devoted volunteer and former member Development Office staff. Her sisters are Anne Clement ’78 and Ellen Clement Mouri ’80 and her niece, Sarah Mansfield Mouri, D.V.M., is a graduate of the class of 2006. Sarah received her M.A. in English from Columbia University in 1977 and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. She has been an administrative judge at a federal agency in Arlington, Va., for more than 20 years. Sarah lives in Alexandria, Va.
Margaretta is the founder of Sweet Briar Women In STEM, a group of more than 200 Sweet Briar alumnae who support the STEM program at Sweet Briar through mentoring, internships and networking. Margaretta hosts Alumnifire communities for Sweet Briar Alumnae, Kent School Alumni, and Convent of the Sacred Heart Alumni worldwide. She is the founder of 8 alumni groups on LinkedIn with over 14,000 members. Margaretta has worked in the software industry in Silicon Valley for 25 years. Margaretta is currently President of U1 Technologies and President of Margaretta Colangelo Investments, an investment company that makes seed investments in technology startup companies. Over the past two decades, she has joined 5 early stage startups, worked with several startups as an advisor, and mentored many young entrepreneurs. Margaretta currently serves on the Board of Directors of LiveCrowds, (a mobile social platform for live sports events). Margaretta lives in San Francisco.
DeDe was a coordinating committee member of SBC2.0, where she compiled an incredibly rich list of ideas and recommendations for new directions building on the strengths of Sweet Briar from a wide range of resources. It was a true "mass collaboration" of alumnae, faculty, staff and worldwide supporters. DeDe recently retired from the wine business where she worked in sales, management and marketing. She won many awards for sales performance at the wholesale, importer and producer level working as National Wine Manager for Marie Brizard Wines and Spirits USA in Florida, National Wine Manager and SE Division Sales Manger for Boisset Family Estates working in Florida and California and as Wine Manager for Quality Beverage in Houston, Texas. She is a former Peace Corps TEFL volunteer (Tunisia), taught English for 10 years in the Ivory Coast, W. Africa, and is now traveling extensively and supporting Sweet Briar and projects in the developing world. She currently lives in France and Florida with her French husband, Gerard.
Debra brings a background in risk management and strategic planning to the Council, skills that she used to help the organization’s structure and governance. Debra spent almost 10 years working for General Motors and Allstate Insurance, and 5+ years in federal government at both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She is currently the Director of Enterprise Risk Management for the Office of Finance at HHS. A math-physics major at SBC, she earned her master’s degree in mathematics and doctorate in industrial engineering – operations research from Texas A&M University – College Station. Debra grew up on Sweet Briar’s campus, the daughter of beloved mathematics department chair Judith M. Elkins. Her sister Rachel Elkins Thompson ’91 served as an SBC associate admissions director and is a member of the Amherst, Virginia Town Council. Debra lives in Arlington, VA.
Meg coordinated the efforts of the Sweet Briar 2.0 News & Media Working Group by harnessing the power of social media and strategic communications during "the recent unpleasantness." While at Sweet Briar, Meg kicked Otis Day out of the Virgin Vault, spent many late nights editing copy for The Sweet Briar News, and may or may not have climbed through a window in Benedict to play Tetris on a DOS computer in the middle of the night. Since graduating she earned a master’s degree in English from George Mason University, married a handsome Frenchman, and gave birth to two (hopefully!) future vixens. For over 20 years she has worked in the Washington D.C. area in senior level communications roles at organizations like McKinsey & Company, the National Rifle Association, and the Cato Institute. Meg lives in Ashburn, Va.
Phyllis served as communications co-chair for the Alumnae Board and as class secretary for her amazing class. She now heads the Alumnae Alliance’s working group responsible for coordinating class notes, class giving and reunion planning. Phyllis is a former education editor for The Washington Post who now works as a communications consultant for nonprofit organizations. While at Sweet Briar, Phyllis worked on the Sweet Briar News, founded the Young Democrats club and was a member of Tau Phi. Phyllis received her master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1982 and spent 26 years in journalism, including stints at the Los Angeles Times, The Virginian-Pilot, The Fairfax Journal and The Waynesboro News-Virginian. She got her first job as an editorial assistant for National Geographic through a Sweet Briar contact. Her current work focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty for low-income children. Phyllis’s mother was class of 1944. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Lisa served on the Major Donor Task Force working to save Sweet Briar College. She has led her class’s Annual Fund campaign and participated in the AAR program. She received her degree in Economics and Sociology and served as President of the Student Government Association. Lisa has two sisters, Bridget Wray Gardner ’79 and Barbara Wray Heath ’81. Following graduation she was in the investment business in Atlanta. She currently serves as an active member of the Crystal Charity Ball and is a member of the Church of the Incarnation Capital Campaign committee in Dallas. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Visitors for Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer in North Carolina and currently co-chairs their Capital Campaign. She and husband George are the parents of four grown children and have three granddaughters. In her free time, Lisa studies Italian and is training to become a private pilot. She Lives in Dallas, Texas.
Beth Ann started her career in fundraising by working in the Sweet Briar Development Office as a student. Since then she has been a continuous volunteer for Sweet Briar, acting as her reunion giving chair for her class’ 25th, her class president, and most recently assisting on the Major Donor Task Force for Saving Sweet Briar. In her professional career, she has served as Director of Development at the Oakcrest School (McLean, VA), Director of Major Gifts at Trinity Washington University (DC), and Associate Director of Development at The Madeira School (McLean, VA). Currently, Beth Ann is the Editor of The Social List of Washington, on the board for the Capital Speakers Club, and is a member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. She lives in McLean, Va.
Katie is one of the founding members of Sweet Briar 2.0 where she tracked the news, helped create and coordinate the working groups, and managed the Facebook page. She is a former grassroots lobbyist who brings collaboration, organization and communication skills to the Alumnae Alliance. At Sweet Briar, Katie pursued a major in Government with a certificate in Public Administration. She participated in the Washington Semester Program at American University and graduated with honors with emphasis on welfare reform. Outside her major, Katie also studied piano, organ and trumpet and was the chairwoman of the student Academic Affairs Committee implementing new traditions such as Scroll Game and Scream Night. Post graduation, Katie built and directed grassroots networks, political action committees (PAC), and large-scale conferences for trade association representing the floral and food industries. Katie's grandmother was class of 1936. Katie is an active leader in her local schools and community in Ashburn, VA.
Julia served a three-year term on the Board of Directors, led her class’s Annual Fund campaign, and served as the Region III chair on the Alumnae Board before becoming Admissions Chair, supervising the AAR program. She is also a member of the Pink Rose Society and Tau Phi. Julia is an assistant professor of Biology at Piedmont College in Athens, Ga. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying the role of the gastric ecosystem in Helicobacter-associated Gastritis. As a college professor, Julia is chair of the General Education Committee, chair of the Natural Sciences Departmental assessment, and advises a student club, giving her insight into the importance of recruitment and retention. Julia and her students are very active in the Clarke County School District Science Days where they can share their love of science with younger generations. She lives in Athens, Ga.
Cady served as the club chair for the Alumnae Board before taking on a similar position in the Alumnae Alliance. At Sweet Briar, she was an Ear Phone, played tennis and was an admissions tour guide and fundraiser. She has continued to support the college after graduation, including serving as her class president for the past seven years. She is a member of the Pink Rose Society and Indiana Fletcher Society. Cady is a lawyer who runs her own lobbying and consulting business in Raleigh, N.C. She received her law degree from American University and her MBA from the Kogod School of Business. She oversaw and expanded the top government affairs shop in North Carolina doing lobbying, PAC fundraising, regulatory affairs, grassroots activation and managed a multi-million dollar, two year, public awareness campaign for the North Carolina Association of REALTORS(R). She lives in Raleigh, N.C.
Sarah is a policy analyst who was a member of the Sweet Briar 2.0 coordinating committee. She was an English major at SBC, earned her master’s degree in healthcare administration at Texas Woman’s University and her doctoral degree in community health with focus in policy analysis and law from University of Texas Health Science Center. She worked for a number of years at Baylor College of Medicine serving as operations lead for the Center for Biotechnology and subsequently as project manager for special projects of the College, including managing smooth transition of close-down operations of a remote facility, study of issues related to technology transfer of intellectual property from laboratories to a for-profit setting, and issues related to investigations of alleged scientific misconduct. She currently works full-time with her husband in a forensic psychology practice, and lives south of Houston, TX.
Kathryn has actively recruited for prospective students through AAR and chaired the Milwaukee Sweet Briar Day since 1999. Kathryn previously served as the chair of Region 4 (aka the Midwest) on the Alumnae Board and is a member of the Pink Rose Society. Kathryn is an award winning global marketing communications leader at the General Electric Company. She has nearly 20 years of healthcare marketing experience with a specialty in developing research based advertising campaigns. At Sweet Briar, she majored in International Affairs and was active on campus as a House President and Chung Mung. Kathryn is also a member of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, WI and a sustainer of the Junior League of Milwaukee. Previously she has raised funds for the American Heart Association. Kathryn lives in Milwaukee.
Alice chairs the Board of Directors Alumnae Committee and led the process of creating the Alumnae Alliance. She will continue as the Alliance’s liaison to the board. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Dixon followed her undergraduate degree in biology from Sweet Briar with a Master of Humanities from the University of Richmond. After working in the pharmaceutical industry in Richmond, she went into the residential mortgage-lending field, where she earned the Certified Professional Mortgage Specialist designation. She later decided that teaching is her true passion, and is now a chemistry teacher at the Collegiate School in Richmond. While at Sweet Briar, Dixon served as Student Government Association president, junior class president, and freshman class president. In her sophomore year, she was on the Judicial Committee. Dixon was a QV and an Earphone, and played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse all four years.