Foundation Board of Directors
A 23-member board of directors drawn from among the University’s most generous donors governs the Foundation and has full fiduciary responsibility for the organization. The president of the University of Vermont, the president of the UVM Alumni Association, and the chair of the UVM Board of Trustees are ex officio directors of the UVM Foundation. In addition, two directors are appointed from currently sitting trustees of the University who meet the eligibility requirements for Foundation board membership.
|John A. Hilton, Jr. '68 (Chair)
John Hilton is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bessemer Group, a New York based wealth management firm. Prior to joining The Bessemer Group, John was Managing Director for The Deerpath Group, Inc. of Lake Forest, Illinois; and Executive Director for Merrill Lynch & Company's Private Capital Group in Chicago. He is currently serving as Trustee and Alumni Admissions Volunteer for the University of Vermont. Additionally, John serves on the Board of the Mebane Charitable Foundation and The Washington Center.
John earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Vermont in 1968. Married to Julia (Jody) Hanson Hilton, they reside in New York City.
|James R. Keller '72 (Vice Chair)
Jim Keller is President of Green Mountain Business Consultants, a consulting business solving a diversity of issues for small and medium size enterprises. He is also President of the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA), a trade association representing corrugated producers worldwide.
Jim is currently Co-Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont, Board Member of The Network Group, Managing Director of Hawaii Box and Packaging, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electronic and Manufacturing Inc.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1972. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College in 1974. Jim is married to Judith Keller and resides in Gig Harbor, Washington.
|Richard Ader '63
Richard Ader is the founder of U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC. He serves as Chairman of the firm's Investment Committee and is Senior Acquisitions Officer and Portfolio Manager. Richard has been involved in the corporate real estate new lease industry since 1968, and is one of the pioneers in the field of corporate sale-leaseback transactions. Recognized as an expert in the field of operating real estate, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of American Real Estate Partners. Richard is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Board of Directors of the Owners and Builders Division of the Real Estate Board of New York, and the New York Regional Advisory Board of the University of Vermont.
Richard earned his Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance from the University of Vermont in 1963. He is married to Pamela Bennett Ader and resides in New York City.
|Max G. Ansbacher '57
Max Ansbacher is President of Ansbacher Investment Management, Inc., managing a hedge fund using options strategies. It is believed to be the oldest firm which has focused exclusively on option writing programs. Max is the author of three investment books and a frequent business news contributor. Prior to establishing his own business, Max was with Bear Stearns. Max serves on the board of The Bridge Fund of New York City, which assists the working poor who are facing eviction from their homes.
Max earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, Bachelor of Law from Yale University, and Master of Law from New York University. Married to Christine Ansbacher, they reside in New York City.
|Robert P. Brennan, Jr. '83
Rob Brennan is Senior Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners and heads the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group for the firm, based in New York City. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Rob was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse, where he ran the Global Commercial Real Estate Finance Business. Rob joined Credit Suisse in 2000 as a result of Credit Suisse's acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette where he was a Managing Director and ran the Commercial Mortgage Trading Business. Prior to DLJ, Rob held senior positions at UBS, LF Rothschild and began his career in Investment Banking at EF Hutton in 1983.
He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, and serves on the board of the H.G.I. Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which serves under-privileged children throughout the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Rob is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Vermont.
Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 1983, and a Master's of Business Administration from New York University. He is married to Carolyn, UVM Class of 1982, and resides in Chappaqua, New York. Rob and Carolyn have three children: Robbie, Katherine and Corey.
|Richard Bundy (ex officio)
Rich Bundy serves as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Vermont, and CEO and President of the University of Vermont Foundation. In this capacity, he leads a staff of 70 and a volunteer network of more than 200 alumni, students, and friends to advance the University of Vermont's teaching, research, and outreach mission through philanthropy and volunteer engagement.
Rich has extensive experience in major gift fundraising for public higher education, having worked for nearly twenty years at three of the nation's premier Land Grant institutions – Penn State, Michigan State, and Iowa State. He has a BA and MA from Penn State, earned an MBA from Michigan State, and attended the Management Development Program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Agricultural Alumni & Development Association (NAADA) from 2003-2006, and hosted their national conference in 2005. Rich is the recipient of the 2006 NAADA Professional Achievement Award and the 2006 ISU Foundation Governor's Award.
A native of Pennsylvania, Rich is an avid runner and has successfully completed twenty marathons, including five finishes at the prestigious Boston Marathon.
|Daniel A. Burack '55
Dan Burack is Chairman of Burack Investments. He previously held positions with Ethyl Corporation, Commonwealth Oil, Pittston Company, Western Ski, and ABS Partners Real Estate. Dan is the Founder of the Dad League in Harrison, New York, and Founding Chairman of the Harrison Educational Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors and Board of Governors Hillel and White Plains Hospital Finance Committee.
Dan earned his Bachelor of Science from the University, Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Vermont. He is married to Carole Burack and resides in Harrison, New York.
Brooks Buxton '56
Buxton is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Fleming Museum of Art, the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and the Jeffords Center Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. He holds numerous appointments at other centers and universities and is trustee of Vermont Historical Society in Barre, Vt., and the Friends of the State House in Montpelier, Vt. He is on the board of directors of the Jericho Historical Society.
Buxton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 1956 and studied law at the University of Virginia. He also studied Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies in Beirut and at Oxford University. A seventh-generation Vermonter born in Montpelier, Buxton lives in Jericho.
|Robert F. Cioffi '90 (ex officio)
Robert F. Cioffi is Venture Partner for Alerion Partners, a private investment firm based in Rowayton, Connecticut. He began his finance career with Chase Manhattan, in their private banking group, and later with General Electric Capital Corporation, GE-Equity Division. Currently, Rob is a member of the Board of Directors of the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, and the National Down Syndrome Society. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Vermont.
Rob earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 1990, and a Masters of Business Administration from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1998. He is married to Meghan Walsh Cioffi, UVM Class of 1991, and resides in New Canaan, Connecticut.
|Michele Resnick Cohen '72
Michele Resnick Cohen is active in various educational and non-profit boards, including Riverdale Country School, Alfred University, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Michele is a board member and Treasurer of Project Kesher, a women's grassroots organization working in the Former Soviet Union. She is involved with UJA-Federation, a cabinet member of the Committee on Jewish Identity and Renewal, and the Task Force on Russian Speaking Jewry. Michele worked in Finance for Cohen & Steers Capital Management until her retirement in 2004.
Michele earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont, and a Master's of Science in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. She is married to Martin Cohen. They have four children and reside in New York City.
|Steven Grossman '61
Steven Grossman joined his father in the family's corrugated manufacturing business, Southern Container Corporation, which the family founded in 1945. In 1987, Steven was appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until the sale of the company in 2008. In 1997, Steven was awarded the Herman Louis Joachim Award for Excellence in Management by the Syracuse Pulp & Paper Foundation through the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Steven's charitable work through Southern Container supported employees and their children by way of college scholarships, and through Southern Container, he has financially supported the University of Vermont and New York University.
Steven earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont in 1961. Today, his current philanthropic endeavors serve the health, education and well-being of children in the state of Connecticut. He is an avid world traveler and yachtsman.
|Zachary Gund '93
Zack Gund is a managing partner of Coppermine Capital, LLC, and currently serves as a board member of Coppermine Bakery Holdings, City Pro Group, Allegiant Home Care, and Agile Magnetics. He has worked in business development for Ucentric Systems, a home networking software company, and for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
Zack earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, and a Master's in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is married to Lindsey Guinan Gund and resides in Concord, Massachusetts.
|Steve N. Ifshin '58
Steve Ifshin is Chairman of DLC Management Corporation, which he founded in 1991. DLC is a leasing-driven operator of shopping centers, developing and maintaining strong relationships with national, regional and local tenants. Steve entered the commercial real estate industry in 1965 with Wolf & Macklowe. He was co-founder and President of N. Peter Burton & Company, and founder and Chairman of The Delphi Land Company. Throughout his career, Steve has been responsible for some for the most influential transactions in New York City. He serves on the Board of Directors at WBGO Jazz 88.3 New York radio station and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and is currently co-chair of the UVM's Board of Advisors for the School of Business Administration. He is married to Billie Lim and resides in New York City.
|Eugene W. Kalkin '50 (Chair Emeritus)
Eugene Kalkin is Founder and President of Kalkin & Co. He currently serves as Chairman of the Major Gifts Committee of the Bernardsville Municipal Library's Capital Campaign, as well as Trustee for The Willow School, Gladstone, New Jersey. Eugene has served the University of Vermont as a Trustee, as well as in a multitude of other capacities, including the Board of Advisors for the School of Business Administration and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Chairman of the School of Business Administration Building Fund and two Presidential Search Committees. He also served as chair and co-chair for the first and second capital campaigns respectively at the University of Vermont.
Eugene earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 1950. He was the recipient of an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1988. Eugene is married to Joan L. Kalkin and resides in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
|Ted Madden '92 (ex officio)
Ted Madden is a Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments in Boston, managing Sales for Fidelity’s Workplace Investing business. In his current role, Ted is responsible for business development and acquisition strategy for Fidelity Investments’ benefits administration businesses, nationally, for companies with up to 10,000 employees. Ted has been with Fidelity Investments for 8 years and has served in a variety of roles.
Prior to Fidelity, Ted practiced law in Boston, working for the law firm, Rich May, from 1999-2002, specializing in serving the legal needs of small to mid-sized businesses. From 1996-1999, Ted was an Assistant District Attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Norfolk County. Formerly the Chair of Boston’s UVM Regional Board, Ted now serves as President of UVM’s Alumni Association.
Ted earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 1992 and is a 1996 graduate of Boston College Law School. Ted currently lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife Amy, a 1991 UVM graduate, and their four children.
|Don McCree '83
Don McCree is Chief Executive Officer of Treasury Services and Global Corporate Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co., a recognized leader in delivering innovative treasury and trade finance, solutions to small businesses, multinational corporations, financial services firms and government entities worldwide. Most Recently, McCree was Executive Vice President, Finance, focusing on Treasury, Corporate Finance and Corporate M&A for the firm. Prior to this role, McCree was the head of the Investment Bank's Global Credit business. Before that, he was head of Wholesale Risk Management with responsibility for Credit Risk, Market Risk, Operational Risk, Principal Risk and Central Risk Policy. Prior to the merger of JPMorgan and Chase, McCree was in London, where he was joint head of Investment Banking for Chase. McCree joined Chemical Bank, a predecessor of Chase, in 1983.
Don earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont in 1983. He is married to Gabrielle McCree and resides in Rye, New York.
|Pamela Gillman McDermott '73
Pamela McDermott is Founder and President of McDermott Ventures, a boutique consulting firm focusing on public affairs and strategic communications. She is the former President and Co-Founder of McDermott O'Neill & Associates, New England's largest public affairs and strategic communications firm. Pamela served as Trustee for the University of Vermont, and is also a former Chair of the UVM Fund.
Pamela is married to Terence P. McDermott and resides in Hingham, Massachusetts.
|Karen Nystrom Meyer '70
Karen Meyer is Founder of KNM Connects, LLC., a private consulting firm and former Vice President for Federal, State and Community Relations at the University of Vermont. She is currently a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors and Chair of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. Karen's expertise is in organizational strategic planning and positioning, policy development and implementation. She served as a Congressional Assistant to the Honorable James M. Jeffords; as Commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs for the Honorable Madeleine Kunin; and as the Executive Vice President of the Vermont Medical Society. Among her many community activities she has served as Trustee of Woodbury College and the University of Vermont.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, and completed Executive Programs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in state government and health care management and policy. She is married to Peter Meyer and resides in Colchester, Vermont.
|Kristina M. Pisanelli '97|
|Mildred A. Reardon, M.D., MACP MD'67
Mimi Reardon practiced at Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington for 27 years prior to becoming Associate Dean for Primary Care at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Mimi is a founder of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, which is a statewide coalition to improve the health care of Vermonters. She is also a founder of a community-university partnership in health education and health professions training programs, Vermont's Statewide Area Health Education and Health Professions Training Programs, and the Freeman Medical Scholars Program which assists in recruiting and retaining physicians for Vermonters.
Mimi graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. She studied at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, doing post graduate studies in Internal Medicine and Heme/Onc at Albert Einstein/Bronx Municipal in NYC and also at UCLA/Harbor General. Mimi resides in Williston, Vermont.
|William F. Ruprecht '80
Bill Ruprecht is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby's. Former professions within Sotheby's include Principal Auctioneer, Managing Director of North and South America, Worldwide Director of Marketing, and Director of Marketing for North America. Bill is a member of Sotheby's Board of Directors, The Glass House, and BritishAmerican Business. He also serves as Trustee for the University of Vermont.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of Vermont in 1980. He is married to Elizabeth (Betsey) Ruprecht and resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.
|Diane Seder '74|
|Scott S. Segal '77
Scott Segal is a trial lawyer in West Virginia who has many significant accomplishments and is a member of and involved in numerous professional associations. He was inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, which has a limited membership of one hundred of the best plaintiffs' trial lawyers in the United States. Scott is also associated with the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Association of Justice – Leader's Forum, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the West Virginia Association for Justice – Board of Governors, and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He also teaches continuing legal education seminars nationally.
Scott earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont in 1977. He earned his Juris Doctor from West Virginia University College of Law in 1981. Married to the Honorable Robin Jean Davis, they reside in Charleston, West Virginia.
|William G. Shean '79|
Bill Shean is Managing Director of Sharpridge Capital Management, L.P. and serves on the Sharpridge Capital Management Investment Committee. Prior to joining Sharpridge, Bill was Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Citizens Bank. His extensive investment career included serving as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at State Street Research & Management, a division of MetLife; Shawmut Bank and Fidelity Investments.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont, and a Master's of Business Administration from Duke University. He is married to Laurie Adams Shean (UVM Class of 1980) and resides in Winchester, Massachusetts.
|E. Thomas Sullivan, J.D. (ex officio)
Tom Sullivan, the 26th President of the University of Vermont and State Agriculture College, most recently served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Minnesota from 2004 through 2012. He served as the eighth dean of the University of Minnesota Law School from 1995 to 2002. Upon finishing his term as dean, he returned to research and teaching. In 2005, he was appointed the Julius E. Davis chair in law. Sullivan served for six years as dean of the University of Arizona College of Law and as associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
He graduated magna cum laude from law school at Indiana University in 1973, where he served as an editor on the Indiana Law Review. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Drake University in 1970. He is married to Leslie Black Sullivan who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 1977.