New Board of Trustees Members Announced

Mary Baldwin has selected four new members to serve on the Board of Trustees.

Additions include the president of an award-winning civil engineering firm, a celebrated human resources executive, and a leading figure in the clinical trials industry.  

She went on to spend nearly 40 years working with major Southern energy companies, holding a variety of positions, including human resources director at Southern Company, and vice president of human resources and ethics at Alabama Power Company. She currently sits on the board of directors at both McKinney Communications Corporation, and First U.S. Bank.  

Smith is also an avid philanthropist and civic servant — with a particular interest in supporting women-centric causes and organizations.

At Mary Baldwin, she has served on the Alumni Board, sponsors the annual Women’s Leadership Symposium, and more. She founded the Alabama Leadership Project — which aims to increase the number of women in senior leadership — is board chair for the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, is vice president of women’s investment club Mintmakers II, is the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama board chair, and more. 


Her expertise includes eTMF management, domestic and international pharmaceutical and biological clinical trials, clinical trial management, site selection, vendor relations, electronic document management, regulatory submissions, quality control processes and implementation, and regulatory inspection preparation and participation.

Ehdaivand-Komegay majored in healthcare administration at MBU and went on to earn a certificate in executive management for entrepreneurs from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

She is a working group facilitator for the Metrics Champion Consortium’s TMF Initiative, and founded research consulting firm LMK Clinical Research in 2013.  There she serves as president and CEO, working with high-profile clients that include Fortune 500 companies like Pfizer.

He has worked on innumerable high-profile projects, including the new Martha Jefferson Hospital, UVA’s Jefferson Scholars Graduate Fellows Center, the Monticello Visitors Center, restoring Montalto with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and additions at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge.

Matthews also managed design and construction for MBU’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. 

And he has served in a variety of civic capacities: He chaired the Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport Authority, was a member of the Central Virginia American Red Cross board of directors, presided over the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, and more.

His interest in the human resources side of fashion design led him to study business administration at Mary Baldwin and earn an MA/MBA through the Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art dual degree program. 

Dowd has worked as a design consultant for the Johns Hopkins University Office of Experiential Learning, and is currently a senior innovation associate at multinational professional services giant KPMG’s Innovation Lab. There he works to help companies anticipate and adapt to potentially disruptive changes, and accelerate their ability to use market-inspired signals to fuel outcome-oriented innovation. 

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