Board of Trustees
Earlham’s Board of Trustees is committed in its ongoing support of the College. As Earlham evolves to educate future generations while staying rooted in our Quaker values, the Board assists the president and Cabinet in charting our path forward.
The composition, officership, committees, meetings and several other aspects of the Board of Trustees are guided by the Earlham Bylaws. To read highlights and minutes from Board of Trustees meetings, please visit the password-protected Community Documents.
Ray Ontko ’84: Chair
Raymond Ontko ’84 graduated from Earlham with a bachelor’s in mathematics. Between 1984 and 1988 he worked in the Computing Center of the College as a computer programmer and system administrator. Since 1984, Ray has occasionally served on the faculty of Earlham as lecturer or visiting assistant professor of computer science. He previously served as a member of the Earlham Board of Trustees from 2008-17. Ray is president of Doxpop, a web-based information service. Ray serves on several boards of directors locally and regionally: Indiana Landmarks Foundation, Wayne County Foundation, Friends Fellowship Community, Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Richmond Community Orchestra. He is a member of Whitewater Monthly Meeting of Friends (First Friends, Richmond). Ray enjoys acting in community theatre and playing cello in his spare time. Ray and wife Sharon have two grown children and two grandchildren.
David Jones ’76: Vice-chair
David Jones ’76 graduated from Earlham and the University of Wisconsin and joined Exxon as an exploration geologist. In his 13 years with Exxon, he held a number of technical and management positions in exploration and production at different locations in Texas. In 1992, David returned to Chester County, Pennsylvania, and began work for Kendal, a not-for-profit, Quaker organization that builds and operates retirement communities. David retired in 2020 after serving Kendal for 28 years as project director and vice president for new projects. At Kendal he was responsible for programming, marketing and design and construction. In this role, he worked closely with not-for-profit boards, guiding them through the complexities of major development projects. In addition, David facilitated sustainability initiatives within Kendal, and worked to uphold a strong commitment to historical Quaker values and consensus decision-making in the thirteen Kendal communities. David served as a Trustee for Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, for 21 years and is active in his monthly meeting. David and Sallie have three grown children and four grandchildren. David joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.
Tania Tsu-Ching Deng ’87: Secretary
Tania Tsu-Ching Deng ’87 is a senior vice president, and commercial relationship manager with Huntington Bank. Raised in Stamford, Connecticut, she began her banking career in 1987 in Indiana after graduating with a bachelor’s in economics from Earlham College. Tania joined First of America Bank and participated in their management-training program and was assigned to the Commercial Loan Department. She joined National City Bank in 1994 and worked as a relationship manager in Commercial Lending. During her time with National City Bank, she managed several commercial and middle market clients assisting them with their credit needs as well as cross-selling many of the bank products. Tania had an extensive portfolio of mid-range to large contractors during her time with National City Bank. She worked with many of Central Indiana’s premier general contractors and sub-contractors. Tania joined Huntington Bank in 2013 and manages a middle market portfolio of over $90 million. In her spare time, Tania is Secretary of the Board of Trustees for Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion. Tania is also a member of the Foundation Board of Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion. Tania is the Past President of the World Trade Club of Indiana as well as the Past President of the Board of Lutheran Child & Family Services, and the Past President of the Board of Directors for Jameson Camp. Tania is the Secretary of the board of directors for the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She is also a former Big Sister.
Ellie Bewley graduated from Earlham in 1969 and went on to attend the University of Southern California, receiving a master’s in physical education. She taught high school physical education and U.S. government for five years, and then was employed by Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, California, for 35 years. She taught physical education courses in health and fitness and coached the women’s tennis team. For the last twenty years at Rio Hondo, she served as the dean of the Physical Education and Health Science Department and athletic director. Ellie served on the California State Athletic Governing Board’s Commission on Athletics for 20 years, serving as chair for three years. She also chaired the Gender Equity Committee, and the Constitution Committee, and represented the sports of women’s basketball and volleyball. She served on the executive committee of the State Athletic Director’s Association and as its president. In addition, she served twice as president of the Foothill Athletic Conference, was a member of the Whittier YMCA Board of Directors and the Rio Hondo College Foundation Board, and served as president of the Delta Sigma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Ellie has been a member of First Friends, Whittier, for 71 years, has served as clerk of the meeting, and currently serves as assistant clerk of the meeting. While serving on the Earlham Board of Trustees, Ellie chaired the Education, Nominating, and Earlham School of Religion committees. Currently, she serves as a committee member of the College Community Life Committee and is the committee chair of the ESR Academic Affairs & Community Life Committee. She also serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee, and the Executive Committee. In addition, Ellie is serving on the ESR Board of Advisers and is currently the chair of that group.
Alexa Colin graduated with a degree in Biology from Earlham College in 2004. At Earlham, Alexa especially enjoyed the biology and environmental sciences classes, the ultimate frisbee team, and weaving. After working for a year at Jenner & Block LLP, Alexa returned to school to obtain a law degree and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources, both from the University of Illinois (2008). Alexa practiced environmental law, in the litigation, transactional, and regulatory arenas, at the global law firm Mayer Brown before moving in-house to Baxter Healthcare Corporation. At Baxter, Alexa held various positions including the lead lawyer for the Pharmaceutical Business Unit, U.S. Sales, and Environmental, Health & Safety. Alexa is currently the General Counsel for the U.S. Personal Care business at Kimberly-Clark in Chicago. Alexa, her husband Aaron, and their four daughters reside in the suburbs of Chicago and are active members of Lake Forest Friends Meeting and Illinois Yearly Meeting.
Sara Edgerton began her term representing Western Yearly Meeting in October 2020. Currently, Sara is enjoying retirement after serving for 35 years as the CEO of Community Cancer Care, an organization that works with rural and underserved hospitals in Indiana providing cancer services. Sara earned a bachelor’s in history from Manchester College and a master’s from Indiana University in adult education. She has professional affiliations with Indiana Historic Landmarks, serving as its chair; as a board member for Manchester University; and as a member of the Indiana Barn Foundation. Sara is a birthright Quaker from Marion, Indiana, and resides in Indianapolis.
Diana Hadley has been an educator since 1971. (33 years at Mooresville High School and 14 years at Franklin College) Her husband (Clark, Earlham Class of 1971) has also been an educator since 1971. (43 years at Martinsville East Middle School and 6 years at Franklin College where he continues to teach Earth Science.)
The Hadleys have one daughter and a grandson. Lindsay is a graphic designer who taught at Savanah College of Art and Design and currently works as an art director for an agency and freelance projects. Milo is in second grade in Washington Township Schools in Indianapolis, close enough to have lots of quality grandparent time.
The Hadleys are members of Plainfield Friends Meeting of Western Yearly Meeting.
Diana retired from teaching at Franklin College last spring, but she continues to be busy as clerk of Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation. To learn more about IFCL and follow the group’s activities visit the website at https://www.quakerifcl.org/
Ian D. Henry ’01 graduated with a degree in chemistry from Earlham, where he played offensive line for the Quakers football team. He started his career as an analytical researcher with Alkermes in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working in the advanced inhalation delivery research division. He left Alkermes to earn a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Purdue University, focusing on bioanalytical nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy under the direction of Dr. M. Daniel Raftery, graduating in 2008. After completing his graduate degree, Ian joined Research & Development at the Procter & Gamble Co., developing consumer products in the Beauty sector across brands such as Pantene, Olay, Head & Shoulders and Safeguard. While in Beauty, Ian was an original member of the Centric Team that developed Pantene Gold Series, P&G’s first complete hair care line-up intentionally designed for consumers of African ancestry. Currently, Ian is R&D director, Baby, Feminine and Family Care Analytical, with responsibility for Feminine Care and Analytical Legal Sciences at P&G. In addition to his commitment to Earlham, Ian’s additional external involvement includes membership on the National Academies Roundtable for Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine, vice-president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Organization for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and, since 2010, Big Brothers Big Sisters. He and his wife, Kirstin Eismin-Henry, along with their children, Inez and Kyan, reside in Cincinnati, OH. Ian is a member of White Rose Monthly Meeting (OVYM) and joined the Earlham Board of Trustees in 2012.
Martha graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s in biology. While at Earlham she was a student staff member in the Joseph Moore Museum which she credits as launching her career in museum work. She received her M.Ed. from the University of Florida in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Education from Purdue University in 2002. Martha served as director of education and programming at museums in Flagstaff AZ, and Dayton OH, and from 2003 she was at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis from which she retired as vice president for programming in 2019. Although museums were foremost in her career, Martha also worked in higher education and served as the associate director, then director, of alumni relations at Earlham in the mid to late 80’s and as alumni and parent relations director in the early 90’s at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN.
Martha was elected to the Clinton Prairie School Board and served on the boards of the Clinton County Foundation for Youth and the Colfax-Perry Township Library. Her volunteer service also included serving on the board of the Cope Environmental Center. Martha joined the Earlham Alumni Council in 2018 and serves on the alumni recognition and executive committees. She and her husband Michael, a retired Purdue University veterinary professor, live on a 54-acre farm outside Colfax, IN. They have two sons—Thomas, EC Class of 2019 and Charles, a 2014 graduate of Wabash College.
Peggy Ann Hollingsworth earned the B.S. in Education with High Distinction and the Master of Library Science degrees from Indiana University at Bloomington. In 2004, she retired after 36 years as a high school librarian, with 34 of those being in the Whitewater Valley at nearby Connersville H.S. There, Earlham related programs often benefitted staff and students. From 2007-2018 Peggy served on the Earlham College Board of Trustees, representing Western Yearly Meeting. Her travels among Friends have included Ramallah Friends Schools and the 1652 country in England as well as many yearly meetings in the U.S. Peggy has been a lifelong member of Russiaville (Indiana) Friends Meeting, along with her parents, Helen (1921-2019) and Isaac (1914-2004). She is active in Western YM and the Midwest Region of USFW (United Society of Friends Women). Peggy worked for several years on the small committee which published the history book commemorating WYM”s 150TH anniversary (1858-2008). She continues to write occasionally for Quaker publications. From 1974-2010 Peggy was the Historian of USFW International. Peggy has been a part of the Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) since its founding in 1980. She has audited classes at ESR and enjoys attending events both there and at the College. Peggy rejoined the Board as an appointee of Western Yearly Meeting in 2022.
Anne M. Houtman, a distinguished educator, scientist, author, and higher education leader, became the 20th president of Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion on July 1, 2019. She came to Earlham from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford in Zoology and a master’s degree in anthropology from UCLA. She earned her bachelor’s from Pomona College. Anne is a Quaker, and is the first woman to serve as president of Earlham. Previously, Anne served as dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at California State University Bakersfield, and as head and professor at the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Earlier in her career, she held faculty positions at California State University Fullerton, Soka University of America, and Knox College. She has authored numerous textbooks and articles on scientific and pedagogical topics and is a trustee of the College Board.
Rhonda Impink began her service as a Western Yearly Meeting appointment in fall 2020. She is a graduate of Kutztown University (PA) with a BA in Social Welfare, her MSW is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Social Work Administration and she earned her PhD in Administration from the University of Texas-Arlington. As Professor Emerita, Indiana State University, Social Work Department and Gender Studies Affiliate Faculty member, she brings 24 years of higher education work experience to our Board and 15 years of governmental experience at the federal, state and local levels including nonprofits. In teaching, research and community service she has focused on violence in the family and the community, diversity issues, servant leadership, the need for collaboration, service integration, and creating accountable systems. She is active with Fairfield Friends Meeting, Western Yearly Meeting, and the American Friends Service Committee. She lives in Plainfield with her husband Hugh Hanlin, is a proud mother of two, a stepmother to three and grandmother of eight.
Janica Kyriacopoulos ’81 is the founder and co-owner of Political Compliance Management Services in downtown Washington, DC, a federal campaign financial compliance firm that works with Democratic candidates for federal office. Janica worked as CFO for the presidential campaigns of candidates Gephardt, Kerry, and Obama. She was the CFO for the Obama-Biden 2009 Inaugural Committee, managing a multi-million dollar budget and coordinating the federal roles of the Department of Defense and the National Park Service. She also served as interim CFO for the national offices of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York City. She brings experience in supporting and interacting with boards, principals and senior staff of many different organizations as well as preparing financial statements and working with auditors and bank and legal staff to ensure compliance with various bond requirements. Janica earned her degree with an economics major at Earlham, and her husband Peter graduated from Earlham in ’80 with a political science major. They are parents to son Dylan ’13 and daughter Ilyah, who attended in 2011-12. Janica is a lifelong Quaker and grew up as a member of Western Yearly Meeting. Janica and Peter have been very involved alumni over the years, having served on their classes’ reunion committees, participating in Earlham Day related events, and working as admissions volunteers. She begins her service to the Earlham Board in fall 2020.
Catherine Lemann earned her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and continued her education at Tulane University School of Law, earning her J.D., and at Louisiana State University, where she earned an M.L.I.S. She practiced law for 10 years and has been a law librarian for almost 30 years. Cathy held various positions at the Law Library of Louisiana at the Louisiana Supreme Court. After Hurricane Katrina, she decided to leave New Orleans and moved to Anchorage to work for the Alaska Court System as the State Law Librarian. She was later the Circuit Librarian for the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, before returning to New Orleans. She has served as secretary and president of the American Association of Law Libraries. She has held numerous leadership positions within AALL and continues to be active in its committees, chapters and special interest sections. Catherine now resides in Durham, NC and has three children (all Earlham graduates): Eleanor ’97, Marc ’04 (ESR ’07) and Alex ’06.
Fredrick H. L. McClure ’84 is a partner in the law firm of Trenam Law, resident in its Tampa office. Fred practices in the firm’s litigation group. Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory rated him “AV Preeminent,” the highest rating attainable from the highly respected directory. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes Fred for his litigation practice and notes that he is “commended by clients for his excellent networking skills and strong legal knowledge.” Best Lawyers in America has named him to its peer-reviewed ranking for his commercial litigation, insurance litigation, and personal injury litigation practices. Each year since 2004, Florida Trend Magazine has named him to Florida’s Legal Elite, an honor accorded less than 2 percent of the nearly 50,000 resident members of the Florida Bar. Additionally, since 2006, Law & Politics magazine has named him as a Florida Super Lawyer. A graduate of Leadership Florida and the DLA Piper/Harvard Business School Leadership Program, Fred is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a past member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvement. He is also a past member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and a Past Chair of the 180,000-member American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Fred is a regular faculty member of the ABA Tort Insurance & Trial Practice Section/ABOTA National Trial Academy in Reno, Nevada and served as Director of the Academy in 2015. A true believer in the power of diversity, Fred has taken a leading role, both within his law firm and the organized bar at large, in efforts to increase the hiring, retention and promotion of women and lawyers of color. He formerly served as Co-National Diversity & Inclusion Partner of DLA Piper, and as a Trustee of the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys. He has also served as managing partner of the Tampa office, and several terms as a member of the firm’s Executive and Policy Committees. He is married to Marlina McClure and is a member of First Baptist Church, Tampa, where he serves as a Trustee and in the music ministry. Fred began his Earlham Board service in 2009.
Luvisia “Lu” Molenje ’95 earned his B.A. from Earlham in economics, and a B.S. in computer science from University of Maryland. Lu has over 15 years of experience in the information technology field. He presently serves as the president of Mastermind Media and works extensively with the Department of Homeland Security as a subject matter expert in Washington, D.C. Lu has expertise in areas that include enterprise system design, service-oriented architecture, business process engineering, systems integration, IT security, cloud native design and statistical data analysis. His strength is his ability to reengineer business processes by analyzing and translating user requirements and into working systems that bring business value. Lu makes his home in Washington, D.C. He began his trustee service in October 2017.
James (Jim) Montoya is a global leader in expanding educational access and opportunity. He currently serves on the Executive Leadership Team of the College Board in New York City in his role as Chief of Governance, Membership, and Global Higher Education, and Secretary of the Corporation.
Jim has held a number of executive roles at College Board, including senior vice president of higher education and international, vice president for regions, vice president for higher education assessments, and vice president for higher education relationship development. He has also served as a trustee of the College Board. Before joining the College Board in 2001, he served Stanford University as vice provost for student affairs (1997-2001) and as dean of admission and financial aid (1991-1997) and taught through the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Prior to his years at Stanford, Jim held leadership positions at Occidental College and Vassar College, where he developed a deep appreciation and affection for liberal arts colleges.
Jim was raised in an immigrant family in San Jose, California, and was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University with academic distinction in 1975 and earned his Master’s degree in Administration and Policy Analysis in 1978 from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. At his undergraduate commencement he was awarded the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award, the highest award given to a graduating senior, for his scholarly attainments and contributions to undergraduate education. As an undergraduate, Jim served as the student representative to the Committee on Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid; the student representative to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; a teaching assistant in a groundbreaking multicultural communications course; and the resident advisor in two all-frosh houses his junior and senior years. As a graduate student, he co-taught a course through the Student Workshops on Political and Social Issues program.
Jim has stayed connected to Stanford over the years, having served on the Stanford Alumni Board, the Stanford Athletics Board, the Trustee Task Force on Minority Alumni Relations, and the School of Education Advisory Board. In 2013, he was inducted into the Stanford University El Centro Chicano Alumni Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Chicano/Latino community and his work in expanding educational access across the globe. Jim currently serves on the advisory board of the World Leading Schools Association and recently completed an eight-year term on the board of directors of the Young Students Leadership Network in New York City, which in 1996 established in Harlem the first all-girls public school to be opened in the United States in 30 years. He also served on the board of the Oakwood School (Sherman Oaks, CA) for eight years.
Jim lives in the TriBeCa neighborhood of NYC, a ten-minute walk from the College Board office. Given his love of NYC restaurants and comida Mexicana, he exercises daily.
Jeff Rasley lives in Indianapolis on the White River with his wife Alicia and Poppy cat. Jeff has attended Indianapolis First Friends since 2010. He previously served on the Ministry and Counsel Committee and led the Adult Discussion-Coffee Circle group for several years.
Jeff’s commitment to social activism began in high school when he co-founded the Goshen Walk for Hunger. In law school he fought for renters’ rights and organized the first rent strike in Indiana as president of the Indianapolis Tenants Association. As a young lawyer Jeff founded free legal clinics at two inner-city churches in Indianapolis. He was lead counsel on class action suits for prisoners, which resulted in the construction of two new jails in Central Indiana. He spent five days working for NOLA Habitat for Humanity after Katrina. Jeff was the lead plaintiff in a class action of residents along the White River, which resulted in a judgment requiring remediation of the river after an industrial chemical spill. Jeff is the president of the Basa Village Foundation, secretary of the Scientech Foundation, board member of the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center, and co-founder of the Jeff and Alicia Rasley Internship Program for the ACLU of Indiana. He has served as a director or officer on many other organizations, including the Friends Educational Trust, Visiting Nurse Service, and University of Chicago Alumni Board.
Jeff is a graduate of University of Chicago magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, All-Academic All-State Football, letter winner in swimming and football; JD Indiana University Law School cum laude, Moot Court, Indiana Law Review; MDiv Christian Theological Seminary magna cum laude, co-valedictorian and Faculty Award Scholar. He has been admitted to the Indiana, US District, and US Supreme Court Bars.
Jeff’s thirteenth book was published in 2022, and numerous articles he has written have been published in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review, and Friends Journal. He has appeared as a featured guest on over 150 radio and podcast programs to discuss culturally sensitive development projects in Nepal, Himalayan mountaineering, and memoir writing.
Jeff was named a Kentucky Colonel and is a recipient of a Key to the City of Indianapolis. He received the Man of the Year award from the Arthur Jordan YMCA and the Alumni Service Award from the University of Chicago.
Jeff is a partner in Midsummer Books Publishing and the US representative of the Nepal-based Adventure GeoTreks Ltd. He teaches a class about philanthropy at Butler University and leads workshops on memoir writing at Indiana Writers Center.
Alan Scantland ’74 earned a B.A. in biology from Earlham College and an M.S. in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University. Alan helped launch CoverMyMeds in late 2008 with his son Matt. CoverMyMeds grew quickly and was named to the Inc 500 in three consecutive years. The company repeatedly earned the Best Place to Work and Grow (Columbus, Ohio) award. Following McKesson’s purchase of CoverMyMeds in 2014, Alan advises the company’s executive team and coaches leadership development. Alan helped take other firms to the Inc 500, including the Inc. 500’s No. 1 slot with MemberHealth in 2007, having increased annual revenues from $55M to $1.3B between 2007 and 2011. Earlier in his career, Alan held leadership positions with IntoGreat (venture capital), Express-Med (medical supplies distribution), and Battelle (technology management consulting). Alan volunteers as an adviser to social investing organizations, and as a coach to start-up companies and their founders, focusing especially on strategy, growth and communications. Alan and his wife Peggy ’74 live in Hilliard, Ohio. They have three children and six grandchildren. Alan joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 and presently is chair of the Property & Finance Committee.
Drew Smith ’86 earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Earlham. He went on to complete graduate work in educational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. Drew’s professional experience in Quaker education spanned almost 25 years at Friends School Mullica Hill, where he served as a middle school teacher, director of admissions, middle school principal, associate head of school, and, for nine years, head of school. Prior to joining Friends Council on Education as its executive director, Drew served as the CEO and principal of the Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia from 2010 through June 2014. He is a former trustee at both Westtown School and Moorestown Friends School. In addition, he was a founding board member of Friends Mutual Health Group, has served as the clerk of the Cadbury Foundation, and has been a member of the Committee on Friends Education and a board member of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools. Drew is a member of the Haverford College Corporation and a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. Currently, he serves as the executive director of the Friends Council of Education, the member organization of the 78 Quaker elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
Anne Kroll Stassen ’86 earned her bachelor’s degree from Earlham in Psychology and went on for a master’s degree and further doctoral work in Higher Education – Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. Anne has dedicated her career to supporting college students, increasing access to the academic opportunities, and strategic visioning in higher education. From early work in student life at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, and academic advising with the Freshman Dean’s Office at Harvard College, to Dean of Admissions at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, and Dean of Students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Anne’s focus has always centered on the student experience. Leading college enrollment and retention efforts, developing programs, policies, and services to meet students’ needs, and road-mapping unique academic journeys. Anne and her husband Bill ’87 live in Philadelphia, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees of Germantown Friends School.
Thomas (Tom) Thornburg ’84 has been on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill faculty since 1990. He is a professor of public law and government at the School of Government, a public outreach unit with fifty full-time faculty and 120 additional employees. From 1996 until July 2020, he was the School’s senior associate dean. In that role, he was a leader helping the organization stay focused on its mission as well as an administrator responsible for managing, implementing, and troubleshooting in many areas of the School’s work. He is also active in broader UNC administrative and committee matters, from budget planning to faculty appointment, promotion, and tenure policy review.
Tom’s higher education administrative expertise includes organizational management, leadership, and faculty recruitment and welfare. His scholarly expertise is criminal law and procedure, primarily for an audience of North Carolina court officials. Tom majored in political science at Earlham. His College honors included Phi Beta Kappa, College and Department Honors and being elected by the senior class as the student commencement speaker. He was an Earlham Admissions Counselor from 1984-86. He earned a JD and MPP from the University of Michigan in 1990. Tom has served Earlham in almost every volunteer role available. He has chaired reunion committees, volunteered for admissions and career services, planned regional alumni events, served on the President’s Circle Committee (honoring donors), served on the National Leadership Council for the last capital campaign, served on Alumni Council and as its vice chair and chair, and served as the Alumni Council representative on the Board of Trustees.
He grew up in Danville, Kentucky, and was a first-generation college student. Tom is divorced and lives in Chapel Hill, NC.
Sylvia Torti ’92 is a biologist and creative writer, currently the dean of the Honors College at the University of Utah. At Earlham College she majored in biology and took part in a course to Costa Rica and semester abroad in Kenya, which strengthened her love of both biology and the tropics. Her graduate work in tropical biology at the University of Utah explored tropical tree diversity in Panama, Trinidad and Democratic Republic of Congo. Post-graduate school, she served as the first conservation biologist for Red Butte Botanical Garden and conducted research on Utah’s rare plants. In 2001 she became a member of Writers at Work, which hosted an annual national literary conference and from 2003-2005 served at its president. She has published two award-winning novels, The Scorpion’s Tail (2005) and Cages (2017) as well as numerous other essays and short stories. Her first novel won an award for “first novel by American of Latina descent.” Sylvia is the daughter of an Argentine father and American mother. She is the mother of a current Earlham student and her hobbies include running, birdwatching, gardening and traveling. A world traveler, she has lived in Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and speaks Danish and Spanish. Sylvia began her service to the Board in 2020.
Tim Yale was raised in the Fairmount Friends Meeting as a fifth-generation member. He finished undergraduate studies at Indiana University in Public Health Administration, then earned a masters degree in business at Butler University. Tim recently announced retirement from senior living operations after 38 years of service. Tim and his wife, Dr. Diane Buyer, a retired dentist, make their home in Indianapolis. They have lived on the White River near Keystone Crossing for 28 years. Hobbies include reading, gardening, swimming, exercise, traveling, volunteer work and time with friends/family. They have been active in First Friends Meeting, Indianapolis since 1980.
Honorary Lifetime Trustees
Mary “Shorty” Friedman Birenbaum ’61 earned her master’s degree from Columbia University. She has served the bulk of her adult life as a social service volunteer on local, state and national levels. During her residence in Kentucky she served on the Commission on Race Relations, as president of Girl Scouts-Wilderness Road Council, as a prison chaplain for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, and as president of the Fayette County Council of PTAs. Other activities include local and state positions in the court-appointed Special Advocate Program and board member of the Midwest Council of the Union of Hebrew Congregations. She also has served a six-year term on the National Nominating Committee for Girl Scouts of the USA, and is a member of the international Girl Scout Friends of Our Cabana Committee. Recognitions include the Girl Scout Thanks Badge, National Conference of Christians and Jews’ Brotherhood Award, YWCA Woman of Achievement, and Earlham’s Pete Leland Award, which she shares with her husband, Georges ’63. She and Georges currently live in Portland, Oregon, where she is volunteering at a residential treatment center for female drug users and their newborns, and occasionally assists Georges in the operating room in developing countries and enjoys her grandchildren. They are the parents of David ’88, Rebecca ’92 and Michael.
Gerry Cooper ’66 joined Stanley Tools after college graduation, working in the U.S. in various management positions from 1966 to 1986 and still found time to earn an MBA in Finance from the University of Hartford in 1971. In 1986 he moved, with Gloria EC’62 and son Dan, to Taipei, Taiwan, to open Stanley’s tool businesses in the Far East. In 2001, Gerry retired from Stanley and started Asia Tech Source Company to provide sourcing and product development services for small to mid-sized manufacturing companies in North America. In 2005 the Coopers relocated back to the U.S. and in 2007, set up a molding, assembly and packaging factory outside Shanghai, China. Gerry lost Gloria after an 18-month battle with cancer in 2010. Gerry and son, Dan, continue to expand China hand tool manufacturing and marketing operations. He often speaks to colleges, universities and executive groups on doing business in China and practices his conversational Mandarin whenever possible. He bikes annually with friends from Taipei International Church, participates in bi-annual dental mission trips to a church-sponsored orphanage in India and spends summers with his wife, Nancy on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay. Gerry has two sons, Steve and Dan, and five grandchildren. Gerry joined the Board in 2011.
Robert (Bob) Graham graduated from Earlham as a member of its Class of 1965. Bob ran cross country at the College while majoring in psychology and taking a minor in English. After graduating with an M.D. from the University of Kansas in 1970, he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, serving a total of 18 years during three tours of duty over the next 30 years. During this time he was deputy director of the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research and the first administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, during which time he held the ranks of rear admiral and assistant surgeon general. He has long been associated with the medical specialty of family medicine, serving as the CEO of the American Academy of Family Physicians from 1985-2000, and as an endowed professor of family medicine at the University of Cincinnati from 2005-2013. Throughout his career, Bob has written and spoken extensively about a number of critical topics in health policy, such as health care reform and the need for universal coverage, health workforce policy, and the organizational characteristics of effective health care systems. His contributions and expertise were recognized in 1990 with his election to the National Academy of Medicine (a section of the National Academy of Sciences). His current work focuses on elements of effective leadership, the development of high-performance organizations, and practice transformation in primary care. In addition to his membership on Earlham’s Board of Trustees in 2016, he also serves as a faculty member to the fellowship programs of the American Council of Education and the National Academy of Medicine. Bob’s Earlham ties include being a member of the EC Athletic Hall of Fame (as a member of the 1963 cross country team), and a recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award. Bob was married to Jane Henney (Manchester ’69) in June of 1975, under the tree outside of the Meeting House. They currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri.
Deborah Hull ’67 retired in 2004 as president and CEO of MedCases, a medical education company headquartered in Philadelphia. She is a nationally recognized executive with more than 20 years of experience in the online information industry. Prior to joining MedCases, she was President and CEO of Ovid Technologies. She received her M.Ed. from West Chester University and a bachelor’s from Earlham. She and her late husband, Thomas Reagan Hull `66, are the parents of Sandra Hull Laber. Debbie began serving on the Board in 2007 and is currently serving as an honorary trustee.
John W. Loose ’64 is retired President and CEO of Corning Incorporated. After graduating from Earlham he joined Corning in 1964, and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 1979. During his career, he held a number of leadership positions in Corning Consumer Products, Corning International, Corning Asahi Video Products Company, the Information Display Group and Corning Telecommunications. John was named President and COO in December 1999, and became CEO of the company in January 2001. He retired in 2002. He has served on the Board of Directors for Corning, Dow Corning, Polaroid, and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Foundation. He is chairman emeritus of the Nantucket Atheneum and is also a director of the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club. He is married to Jane Souder Loose `64, and they are parents of Thomas and Steven.
Howard S. Mills Jr. ’51 graduated from Earlham and went on to earn an MBA from Indiana University. He and his wife, Alice Ann Wolfe Mills (Gussie) ’52, volunteered for work with International Voluntary Services in Iraq and subsequently for the Friends Neighborhood Guild in Philadelphia. He joined Maplehurst Farms Dairy in 1956. He was a co-founder of Maplehurst Bakeries in Indiana, and eventually served as chairman of both companies. Other business ventures included music publishing, convenience stores and media production. He has been active with Friends World Committee, American Friends Service Committee, Friends Extension Corporation and the Partnership for Productivity. Gussie and Howard are parents of two daughters, both graduates of Earlham.
Mark Myers ’60 retired from the Xerox Corporation in 2001 after a 37-year career in its research and development organizations. He was the senior vice president in charge of corporate research, advanced development, systems architecture and corporate engineering. He was a member of the senior executive committee in charge of strategic direction setting of the company. Myers served as a visiting executive professor of management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2005, and as a visiting professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University from 1989-1990. He served on the National Academies Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board from 1995 to 2005. He holds a doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University.
David Stump, M.D., ’72 served as executive vice president for research and development at Human Genome Sciences from 1999 until 2012. From 1995 to 1999, he served as vice president of clinical research and Genentech Fellow at Genentech. He first joined Genentech in 1989 as director of clinical research and leader of its thrombolytic therapy drug development program. Prior to joining Genentech, he was an associate professor of medicine and biochemistry at the University of Vermont. He received his medical degree at Indiana University and his postgraduate training at the University of Iowa and University of Leuven, Belgium. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology of the American Heart Association. He is the author of approximately 60 scientific publications and is a member of the board of directors of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, MacroGenics, Portola Pharmaceuticals, and Regenxbio. His late wife Carolyn Sorrows Stump ’71 served on the Alumni Council for nine years. David has served the Board for 12 years, 9 years as chair of its Academic Affairs Committee and most recently 2 years as board chair.
Gwen Weaver ’71 retired from DePaul University in Chicago in 2019, where she served as assistant director of Academic Advising Services at the School for New Learning. A member of Lake Forest Friends Meeting, she graduated from Earlham as a religion major. Gwen completed master’s degrees in philosophy and in counseling at Michigan State University. She previously held posts at Roosevelt University and Northwestern University. As Alumni Council President, Gwen joined the Earlham Board as an alumni trustee in 1981, and became an at-large trustee and served as board chair from 1991 to 1999. Since 2001, she has served as an honorary lifetime trustee.