Board of Trustees
Jane Harding Miller ’76
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.
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.
Maria Cerminara Acar ’82
Jeffrey R. Ash
Jeffrey R. Ash joined the Erickson School at University of Maryland, Baltimore County faculty as a full-time clinical associate professor in the summer of 2011, after being a part-time lecturer since 2007. Prior to joining the department full time, Ash served in the federal government as an assistant professor of leadership and management at FDIC in their corporate university, and a management analyst at the U.S. Department of State, in the Bureau of Human Resources’ Accountability, Oversight, and Evaluation Division. Ash’s professional experience also includes nearly 12 years at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served as a benefits retirement counselor and organizational development and training coordinator. Also at the University of Maryland, he served as volunteer member in the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change as an organizational development consultant. Ash brings additional instructional experience teaching research methods, management of aging services, leadership development, race and gender relationships and dialogue facilitation. Ash has led workshops and seminars on building multicultural work teams, diversity in aging, spirituality and aging, and exercising influence across workplace disciplines.
Ash is writing a book titled 9 School House Lane, which is a narrative and tribute to his grandmother and all grandmothers, highlighting the role and impact of a grandmother’s faith and how older people and adults shape the images and visions of children. Further, Ash has published a chapter titled “Dimensions of Diversity,” (Fall 2013) in the book titled Models and Pathways for Person Centered Elder Care: Leading Principles & Practices in Elder Care [series] by Audrey Weiner & Judah Ronch. Ash has also published an article, “The Underground Communications Network” in the Nov/Dec. 2009 issue of Diversity Executive. His academic background includes: BS degree in economics, MS in human resources management and an EdD in urban educational leadership.
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.
Annabel E. Barber ’81
Beverly "Bev" Bates ’64
Kamala Payne Chapman ’05
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.
Jane Kornegay Eng ’83
Jane Gillam Kornegay Eng ’83 graduated from Mary Baldwin with a BA in sociology and a concentration in social work. For 24 years, Jane’s career was focused in higher education, ranging from admissions to alumnae relations and development work. She served her alma mater in various capacities in the Admissions Office and as executive director of alumni activities. Jane worked as a development officer for several colleges in Virginia and North Carolina. She is a member of The Tuckahoe Women’s Club, a past board member of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, current director of the Fine Arts Academy for Second Baptist Church, and a former volunteer for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Jane and her husband Carl reside in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Sarah A. Flanagan
Sarah Flanagan has headed the government relations staff of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) since 1994. As vice president for government relations, Flanagan directs a comprehensive government relations effort, in coordination with related state associations that focuses on issues of government regulation, student financial assistance, and tax policy.
During her tenure at NAICU, Flanagan has been instrumental in a number of successful policy efforts, including securing sustained bipartisan political and funding support for the core federal student aid programs; creating new tax incentives for families to save and pay for college; and helping to ensure an appropriate balance between federal support for students and oversight of colleges and universities. Flanagan has an extensive background in higher education policy, education and the federal government.
Before joining NAICU, she was the professional staff member for higher education on the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities under Sen. Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island, and the staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children, Families, Drugs and Alcoholism under Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut.
Flanagan earned her BA degree from Providence College and her MAT degree from Rhode Island College. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin University and Beacon College, Flanagan is a trustee emerita at Providence College.
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.
James D. Lott
An accomplished creative writer, Jim Lott taught English at Mary Baldwin from 1964 to 1986 and served as dean of the college from 1986 to 2001. His poetry and short fiction has been published in many well-known periodicals and collections. His work has earned the Emrys Award for Short Fiction and the O. Henry Award for Short Fiction, among other awards.
He continued to educate as academic dean of Stuart Hall School, and he serves as a longtime and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Staunton, acts in the area’s Oak Grove Theatre, and supports local organizations such as the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation and the Salvation Army through board membership.
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.
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.
Harvey Westbrook Jr.
Sue Whitlock ’67
After earning her undergraduate degree from Mary Baldwin and two graduate degrees from Temple University, Whitlock enjoyed a 35-year career in public education, including serving 25 years as a classroom teacher and developing an expertise in gifted education. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees since 2002, Whitlock’s service to Mary Baldwin includes membership on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1992 to 2004. She is also an active member of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and her interests include issues in education, traveling, gardening, and volunteering.
Margaret H. Worley ’85
Margaret Humphrey Worley is a leading consultant in marketing and product development for financial institutions. Her expertise includes launching complex financial products, marketing, communication and applying a strong discipline in data-driven, long-term strategic planning. Worley is recognized as a dynamic leader with a proven track record of driving results.
From 1995 until 2011, Worley was a senior director at Freddie Mac where she led corporate marketing for the single family division. She managed a diverse project portfolio, including marketing, customer database management, value proposition, product launch, the publication of the Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer Guide, broker sales, advisory boards, training and conferences. While at Freddie Mac, she managed a number of businesses encompassing technology, modeling, sales and marketing.
Previously, Worley completed Citibank’s management program and served in various positions as an assistant vice president and officer in Washington DC. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at Mary Baldwin, Worley is a member of the Women’s Impact Fund. She is a former advisory board member of the Rising Leaders, Committee Chair for the Junior League of Washington DC and has done work for Habitat for Humanity throughout the United States.
She earned a BA from Mary Baldwin University, and is participating in an executive education program in sales and marketing at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, with an anticipated completion date of spring 2016.