Board of Trustees
Gabrielle G. "Gabby" McCree ’83
Gabrielle Gelzer “Gabby” McCree has been teaching English as a second language to adults for more than 10 years at the YWCA in White Plains, Manhattanville College in Purchase, and the Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck, all in the New York metropolitan area.
Over the past 25 years McCree has been an active volunteer in many capacities. She co-chairs the Imagine Initiative at Rye Presbyterian Church, a $4 Million capital campaign, and previously co-chaired the church’s annual stewardship. She has chaired the Women’s Association Community Grants program for 10 years; has served as a Stephen Leader, facilitating continuing education programs; and teaches Sunday school. McCree has been involved in community-based organizations and at her children’s schools for more than 20 years. For the last three years she has worked as a mentor to high school students from the Hunts Point Alliance Center in the Bronx.
Previously, McCree was employed at Lehman College in the Bronx and before that worked at Chemical Bank in human resources and corporate contributions in New York City.
McCree graduated from Mary Baldwin University in 1983 and continues with selected graduate studies in education at Manhattanville College and continuing education courses at the New School, Columbia University and NYS Teachers of English of Students of other languages. McCree and her husband, Don, have three children. They have lived in New York City, London, Westchester County, and are currently splitting their time between Boston and New York. Their adult children, Lori and Chris, are working and living in New York City and their youngest, Andrea, is a student at the University of Virginia.
Karen Bailey-Chapman ’99
Karen Bailey-Chapman founded kb advocacy LLC, a DC-based public affairs firm, in 2014. She is a seasoned corporate advocacy professional.
Bailey-Chapman is a lifelong political advocate, starting early in life as an active part of her parents’ community activities and her father’s position in local politics. Her professional career started in 1998 as an intern on Capitol Hill. She later joined Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) as a state coalitions manager, helping develop and engage with various center-right coalition meetings, modeled after ATR’s weekly Wednesday meeting in DC, across the United States. She also worked with state-level elected officials to pass resolutions on federal policy and model legislation in support of ATR’s policy priorities.
Bailey-Chapman left ATR to join the Center for Individual Freedom, leading the organization’s Capitol Hill efforts to help break the judicial nominations filibuster. After that project, she joined the DCI Group, one of DC’s largest public affairs firms. She headed up DCI’s strategic alliances/third party development business on behalf of clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, energy, telecom, tobacco, private equity and the food and beverage industries. Her clients included corporations, non-profit organizations and trade associations.
After four years at the DCI Group, Bailey-Chapman joined Penn National Gaming, the country’s second-largest gaming company and largest pari-mutuel operator, as an in-house public affairs executive. Over the course of more than six years with Penn, Bailey-Chapman oversaw a multi-state lobby team and managed several local and statewide referenda campaign efforts, including multiple multi-million dollar campaigns. Bailey-Chapman also served as a company spokesperson and worked closely with internal and external legal teams in the company’s litigation communications strategies in state and federal courts. She also served as a company liaison with the industry’s national and state-level trade associations and served as the company’s minority vendor program coordinator. Additionally, Bailey-Chapman has experience in local tax incentive and public financing programs, community and economic development strategy and minority, disadvantaged, local and women-owned business vendor programs.
In 2014, Bailey-Chapman founded kb advocacy, with offices in Washington DC and Charles Town, West Virginia.
She earned her BA in political science with a minor in leadership studies from Mary Baldwin University and is a graduate of the first class of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership. She also holds a master’s degree in community and economic development from Penn State University. In addition to her service to the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees, Bailey-Chapman serves on the board of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy. She splits her time between Washington DC and Charles Town.
Harvey Westbrook Jr.
Maria Cerminara Acar ’82
Annabel E. Barber ’81
Beverly "Bev" Bates ’64
Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, she is the author of Entrepreneurial You (Harvard Business Review Press,), Reinventing You, and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes. It was also a Washington Post bestseller. Her books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Polish, Korean, and Thai.
Clark, whom the New York Times described as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives,” consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Yale University.
A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, Clark teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Professor for IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. She has guest lectured at universities including Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Georgetown, NYU, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the University of Michigan.
Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review Guide to Getting the Right Job and the Harvard Business Review Guide to Networking, and she is quoted frequently in the worldwide media, including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC. She is also a regular commentator on Canada’s CTV and was named one of Inc. magazine’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference.”
A former New England Press Association award-winning journalist, Clark directed the environmental documentary film The Work of 1000, and was a producer for a multiple-Grammy-winning jazz album.
At age 14, Clark entered Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. At 18, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, and two years later received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.
Margaret Wren de St. Aubin ’81
Margaret Wren de St. Aubin lives in her hometown of Siler City, North Carolina, and works at Wren Industries Inc. and Wren Foundation Inc. and is the owner of North Carolina Travel. In addition to serving on the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees, de St. Aubin is also a member of the boards of the Eastern Piedmont Boys & Girls Club of America, the Wren Family BGCA, and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a member of Siler City Presbyterian Church and enjoys traveling, book club, and working in philanthropy. She is married to husband Denis and has three sons, Chip, 29; Wren, 27; and De, 21.
Constance Dierickx, PhD
Constance Dierickx specializes in working with organizations in high-stakes transitions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, CEO succession, strategic change, and crisis. She is the author of High-Stakes Leadership: Leading Through Crisis with Courage, Judgment, and Fortitude (Routledge; September 2017) and also The Merger Mindset (https://themergermindset.com/).
Before launching her consultancy practice in 2010, Constance worked as a broker at Merrill Lynch and with a global consulting firm. Her curiosity about the behavior of clients and colleagues led her to study psychology and business and earn a PhD in clinical psychology, focusing on crisis intervention with individuals and organizations.
Constance works with boards and senior executives in high-stakes transitions, including mergers, acquisitions, CEO succession, strategic change, and crisis. She has advised over 500 executives, on five continents in 28 industries. In a crisis, Constance is known as “the secret weapon.” Constance has been interviewed for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Directorship, and Fortune.com. She has written for a wide number of publications including Boards and Directors, Corporate Board Member, and Chief Executive Magazine. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. ConstanceDierickx.com
Sher Downing, Ph.D.
Dr. Downing brings over 30 years’ experience as an experienced executive in the post-secondary and education technology field in the divisions of academics and student services in public, private and for-profit institutions. Downing most recently served as Vice Chancellor of ELearning at the University of South Carolina.
Her experience includes leading teams of IT and instructional design staff in the development and delivery of online-, hybrid-, blended-learning and classroom activities for undergraduate, graduate and corporate training programs. She has served at senior administrative levels at several institutions, including private, community college and university campuses. She has spent the last 20 years launching online schools and programs and overseeing the design and development of academic, administrative and student services in a virtual environment. She has also served as senior online faculty and curriculum development specialist for several colleges and universities and as a private consultant for specialized degree programs in higher education and the private sector.
Downing’s research areas focus on the delivery of online programs including the transition of faculty teaching to new delivery methods and the influence of online retail efforts to learning applications. She has served as an international and national presenter, author and been active in numerous eLearning organizations. She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both with specializations in instructional design for online learning and a master’s degree in legal studies with a focus on intellectual property/copyright. She is a 2010 Lincoln Center Fellow from the Arizona Program for Policy Ethics and Leadership Fellow at ASU.
Helen Forster ’83
Betsy Freund ’76
Christy Howell ’93
Christy Howell has extensive experience with organizational change management and creating and implementing large scale programs. She has a passion for the liberal arts and a desire to serve that community of college students and recent graduates. Christy served on the executive committee for the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and on multiple governance committees for the University Club of Chicago. She also served on the Education and Information Advisory Board for the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
Christy is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, and former president of the Mary Baldwin University Alumni Board of Directors. She earned her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and studies Scottish history in her free time.
Christy, and her husband Trae, both dedicated and loyal Texans, currently live in Chicago, IL with their fur-kid Burnham.
Harold "Hal" Johnson
Hal Johnson, J.D., specializes in education and insurance and is a partner at the firm of Williams Mullins in Richmond, Virginia. As co-chair of the firm’s Education Practice, he works with educational institutions on various matters, both inside and outside the courtroom. He advises colleges and independent schools regarding board-level governance; Title IX investigations and compliance in the areas of sexual assault and athletics; FERPA and privacy issues; student conduct codes and disciplinary proceedings; endowment management and the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (“UPMIFA”); employment disputes and tenure denial decisions; policies regarding free speech and political speech on campus; Department of Education and/or Office of Civil Rights investigations; facilities management, as well as risk management and insurance needs. Hal has also served as an independent investigator for sensitive or complicated internal investigations regarding complaints over faculty conduct, as well as student discipline and sexual misconduct cases. He also has successfully defended educational institutions in a variety of types of litigation, including civil rights and due process claims for wrongful dismissal of a student, as well as personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Hal also devotes a significant portion of his practice to insurance, and he regularly advises clients regarding their insurance needs and represents them when disputes over coverage arise. In addition to his work in the insurance and education arenas, Hal handles general commercial litigation for the firm’s clients. In courts throughout Virginia, he has litigated contract cases, business tort and defamation claims, state and local tax appeals, personal injury and wrongful death claims, and other assorted litigation.
Hal is listed in Virginia Business’ “Legal Elite” (2008, 2010-present); Virginia Super Lawyers for General Litigation (2018-present); and The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation – Insurance (2020). He previously was listed in Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2008-2017).
Hal received his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Hal received his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Mark LaRosa is the Vice President of Business Development and Chief Strategy Officer for the Augusta Health Medical Center. He is responsible for planning and business development; marketing; and publications. Previously he served as Vice President of Planning and Business Development for the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and as Vice President of Business Development at the West Penn Hospital, also in Pittsburgh. Other experience includes positions at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Mark is committed to community engagement and service, and has conducted mission work in Zimbabwe and served as a Board Member of the Jumonville Camp and Retreat Center. He taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mark received the Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and his BS from Baldwin Wallace College. He has served on the MBU Advisory Board of Visitors for the past three years, is a member of the Lifecore Stakeholder Coalition, and has opened many avenues for Murphy Deming students at Augusta Health.
John A. Nolde Jr.
John A. Nolde Jr. is president of Richmond-based Nolde Company, Inc., a Real Estate development and construction company. He is also director of the National Association of Home Builders in addition to numerous other professional affiliations. In 2008, Nolde received the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) Earnest E. Mayo Award for outstanding contribution to the Home Building Industry. He previously was elected to the HBAR Home Building Hall of Fame and elected life director of the National Association of Home Builders.
In addition to his service on the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees, Nolde is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, has been a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Affordable Housing Committee for Henrico County and has served as director of the Staunton Military Academy Alumni Association. Nolde earned a BBA from the University of Miami and also attended Staunton Military Academy. His military experience includes serving in the 276th Engineer Battalion (combat) Virginia Army National Guard from 1968 to 1974. He is married to Mary Harvard Nolde, and has two children and three grandchildren.
Susan Nolan Palmer ’67
Susan Palmer is a Professor of the Practice in the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Faculty Advisor in UNC Executive Development. Susan has designed custom executive programs for global organizations including Allergan, Caterpillar, Cisco, C.K. Birla Group, Duke Energy, Grant Thornton, John Deere, La-Z-Boy, Monsanto, Novartis, Owens Corning, SAS Institute, Siemens, Telkom SA and Xerox. She delivered the business school’s first executive programs in India, Mexico and South Africa. She also built and managed strategic partnerships with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México (ITESM). Susan teaches strategic human capital management and provides executive coaching in the business school’s Executive MBA programs.
Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler, Susan was employed as a human resource executive with Wells Fargo in San Francisco and Prudential Financial in New York. Her company-wide management responsibilities included talent management, people analytics and executive coaching. She also created and managed an internal consulting function delivering consulting services on strategic business initiatives related to acquisitions, organizational restructuring, operational efficiency, service quality and new product development, including the first 24/7 customer service center in financial services.
Susan received a BA from Mary Baldwin where she spent her junior year at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University where she minored in business administration at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She has held elected office in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and has served on the editorial board of Personnel Psychology.
Susan is a recipient of the business school’s Weatherspoon Award for Exceptional Performance. She currently serves on Mary Baldwin University’s Board of Trustees, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Patient Research Advocacy Group, and the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.
Kamala Payne ’05
Timothy "Tim" Powers
Mr. Powers is the Director of Student Aid Policy at the the National Association of Independent Colleges and University (NAICU), and a colleague of Sarah Flanagan. He has served in this position since 2015 and his responsibilities include:
- Design and implement legislative and regulatory strategies to support and advance NAICU public policy goals, including the development and maintenance of relationships with elected officials and staff.
- Represent NAICU as chief liaison to the White House, U.S. Department of Education, Members of Congress, congressional staff, and the broader higher education community on federal policy portfolio.
- Monitor and analyze developments in federal and state higher education policy, educating policymakers and college presidents on the impact of proposed policies on private, nonprofit colleges and universities.
- Maintain key partnerships, including the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV)
- Keynote presenter at numerous local, regional, and national events as higher education expert on topics such as student aid policy, accreditation, federal regulations, budget and appropriations, and other areas.
- Prepare memos and briefing materials on pending legislation and regulatory developments to support NAICU member-presidents advocacy efforts and to shape legislative changes on Capitol Hill.
- Organize agenda, prepare briefing materials, and moderate presidential policy roundtables of the NAICU Student Aid Committee and the Accountability Committee.
- Represent independent colleges and universities on Gainful Employment negotiated rulemaking panel.
- Launch strategic initiatives such as the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral working group comprised of Members of Congress dedicated to celebrating the diversity and impact of nonprofit colleges and universities, chaired by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Prior to joining the NAICU staff, Tim worked as a senior legislative assistant in the Office of U.S. Representative Timothy H. Bishop. He received his MBA from Georgetown University and his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wake Forest University. He was a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and volunteers through the Christ Church Georgetown Feeding Ministries and is a Salvation Army Grate Patrol Captain.
John R. Rogers
John Rogers has served as executive vice president of the Urban Institute since 2001. In this role he is the institute’s chief operating officer and a senior advisor to the president and trustees on strategic, financial and other matters. Based in Washington DC, the Urban Institute is one of the nation’s largest and most highly regarded policy research organizations.
Rogers began his career on the consulting staff of Price Waterhouse in Tokyo. He later served in the United States Foreign Service in Indonesia and Czechoslovakia, where he led U.S. efforts to help develop stronger financial institutions and privatize state-owned enterprises.
Following his years in the Foreign Service, Rogers launched KPMG Consulting’s applied economics practice in Washington DC. The group undertook projects in more than 20 countries, focusing primarily on macroeconomic policy development, trade policy, tax and fiscal issues and small enterprise development.
Rogers was educated at Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh. He serves on the board of visitors for the University of Pittsburgh’s graduate policy school and the board of directors for the Washington Men’s Camerata. An avid outdoorsman, Rogers enjoys long-distance hiking, particularly in the Scottish highlands.
Sherri L. Sharpe ’99
Originally from Martinsville, Major Sherri L. Sharpe entered the U.S. Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate in May 1999 through the Reserve Officer Training Program at the Virginia Military Institute where she was a part of the pioneer class of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin.
After graduating with a bachelor of science in psychology, she attended Initial Entry Rotary Wing training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Following graduation from the Aviation Officer Basic Course, she completed the CH-47D Chinook Aircraft Qualification Course in October 2000 and was a November 2004 honor graduate of the Aviation Captain’s Career Course along with the Maintenance Manager’s Course and the CH-47D Maintenance Test Pilot Course in 2005. In 2010, she earned an MBA, graduating with honors, from Norwich University. Most recently, Sharpe was a 2012 honor graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSCS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Her assignments include: Flight Section Leader, Assistant Operations Officer, HQ Platoon Leader, S-1 and Flight Platoon Leader positions in B/159th Aviation Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia; Battalion S-1 and CH-47D/F Chinook Heavy Lift Helicopter Company Commander in 2-4 General Support Aviation Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas; assistant professor of military science with the Virginia Military Institute’s ROTC department; Battalion Executive Officer for the 1-58th Airfield Operations Battalion at Fort Rucker, Alabama; XVIII Airborne Corps G3 Aviation Planner and most recently a Joint Air Operations Center Director with the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Sharpe’s deployment experience includes: Operation Enduring Freedom I from December 2001 until August 2002 in Pakistan and various posts in Afghanistan; Operation Iraqi Freedom I from February 2003 until July 2003; Operation Iraqi Freedom V from November 2005 through November 2006; and Operation New Dawn from February 2011 through February 2012.
Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals, Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Senior Aviator’s Badge and the Airborne Badge.
Recently selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel, she has returned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to assume duties as a CGSC instructor along with her husband, Andrew, their son, Casey, and the blessed arrival of a daughter, due in February 2016. Sharpe has been a member of the Mary Baldwin University Board of Trustees since 2008.
Katherine L. Smallwood ’75
Katherine LaVan Smallwood, MD, FACP is a practicing physician specializing in internal medicine and is a clinical associate professor of internal medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in Richmond. Her research interests include serving as an investigator or subinvestigator for numerous pharmaceutical investigational protocols in hypertension, diabetes, dyspepsia, and infectious diseases.
In addition to numerous honors and accolades, Dr. Smallwood received the Outstanding Teacher Award M-I and M-II Foundations of Clinical Medicine Course at the VCU School of Medicine and the Outstanding Community Preceptor Award from the VCU Internal Medicine Housestaff. She was twice named among the Top Docs, Internal Medicine in Richmond Magazine, and she received the Best Bedside Manner Award, third place Internal Medicine, in Our Health magazine.
Dr. Smallwood’s service to Mary Baldwin also includes serving on the college’s Advisory Board of Visitors from 2007 to 2013 and serving on the Mary Baldwin Alumni Association mentorship program and in career counseling since 1990. She is also a member of the Governor’s Council American College of Physicians. Her civic commitments include service to the First Presbyterian Church, Hillcrest Neighborhood Association, the Westmoreland Civic Association, and the Richmond Chapter of the UVA alumni association.
After earning her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at Mary Baldwin, Dr. Smallwood earned her MD at the University of Virginia and completed her residency in Birmingham.
Trimble L. Bailey Spitzer ’99
Trimble L. Bailey Spitzer, MD, Major MC USAF is currently stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis and is the division director of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility division at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. She acts as assistant professor of obstetrics/gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Additionally, she is a board certified fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and published in peer-reviewed journals. Her areas of research interest are endometrial receptivity and ethnic disparities of fertility.
Dr. Spitzer graduated cum laude, with a bachelor of science in physics from Mary Baldwin. She was the first cadet first captain of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership and graduated with the inaugural class in 1999, commissioning in the United States Air Force. From there, she attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, completed an OBGYN residency at George Washington University, and a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Spitzer resides in Hampton with her husband, Jonathan Spitzer (VMI 1998), and their two children, Tyson and Ashby.