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Christine Whitman
Christine Whitman
Trustee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Christine Whitman is Chairman and CEO of Complemar Partners, Inc., a growing logistics company providing order & product fulfillment services and software for e-Commerce, wholesale and retail, with customers in health, beauty, pharmaceutical, food and wine and the telecommunications industries with operations in NY, PA and Nevada.She also serves as Managing Partner of CSW Equity Partners where she manages a portfolio of investments in early stage companies.

She previously served as Chairman, CEO and President of CVC, Inc., a worldwide supplier of thin film process equipment for the semiconductor and data storage industries. During her tenure, she grew the business 10X in revenue, led a successful IPO and completed the sale of the company to Veeco Instruments.Prior to the IPO, CVC was named Rochester’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Company in 1997 and 1998.

Chris serves on the boards of Soleo Communications, Voiceport, and OneStream Networks.She also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of RIT, is a member of the Board of Trustees at the George Eastman House and serves as a member of the Board of HTR, the Advisory Board of Venture Creations and the NYS Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council as Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Work Group.

She is a founder of the Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Rochester Angel Network and a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of SEMI/SEMATECH, Frontier Telephone of Rochester and M&T Bank. Ms. Whitman is a graduate of the College of Arts and Science at Syracuse University.

Awards she has received include the Herbert W VandenBrul Entrepreneurial Award in 2000, the Center for Governmental Research Eastman Legacy Award in 2003, the Nathanial Rochester Society Award in 2004, the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Award in 2008, Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award in 2011, the RIT Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011 and the CFC Award in 2012.

Brian Hall
Brian Hall
Chair, Search Committee
Trustee, Alumnus

Mr. Hall is the retired Vice Chairman of the Thomson Corporation (NYSE TRI), a global information provider. Mr. Hall is the recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Saunders College of Business.Mr. Hall is the past chair (2012-2015) of the RIT Board of Trustees.Mr. Hall currently serves as a member of the board and as Lead Independent Director of HIS (NYSE HIS) a global information company.He also serves on the boards of the Breckenridge Music Festival and Social Venture Partners (Tucson, AZ). Mr. Hall and his wife Linda are currently NRS members and Ellingson Society members. They reside in Breckenridge, CO and Tucson, AZ.

Jack Beck
Jack Beck
Associate Professor

Jack Beck is an associate professor and program chair in the School of Film & Animation in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences.

He holds an MA in Communication Studies and an MFA in Film/Video Production—both from the University of Iowa. Jack was a member of the Academic Senate for eight years and on the Institute Council for seven. He has chaired several searches and tenure committees, directed the SOFA Honors Show for 16 years, and has been a member of the Resource Allocation and Budget Committee, the Faculty Grievance Committee, and the Student Misconduct Appeals Board. He is also the president of the RIT AAUP chapter.

Jack was the first recipient of the Miles Research Award for Excellence in Teaching at RIT. He has taught abroad in Paris and Dubrovnik, and in Utah and New Orleans with the CIAS Honors Program. Jack's films & videos have won several awards and collected 200+ screenings in festivals, galleries, theatres, and tours. He is a contributing member to the annual UFVA Conference.

Jeanne Behm
Jeanne Behm
Coordinator, RIT ASL & Deaf Studies Community Center; Alumna

Jeanne has twenty years of experience as an educator: home educator for her three children, mentoring ASL interpreters, guiding/supporting parents of Deaf children, and serving as a Deaf community advocate/educator. She has taught ASL for continuing education credit and at the community college level.
Currently she teaches ASL courses to RIT’s faculty and staff. In addition, she provides mentoring and skill development training to deaf ASL peer tutors.

Jeanne is the Coordinator of the RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC). The RADSCC's mission is to share information, resources, talents, and knowledge regarding American Sign Language and deaf culture. It supports diversity on campus by providing a comfortable and creative environment for collegial and social interaction among deaf and hearing people. Jeanne welcomes you to visit the RADSCC in the Wallace Library, rooms 1540 and 1545.
Jeanne is passionate about the preservation of ASL.

Michael Bell
Michael Bell
ITS Manager Systems Support

Mike has been with RIT for 8 years of his 32-year IT career. Previously he held positions as Director of IT Operations at Constellation Brands, Manager of Advanced Technologies at Bausch and Lomb, and Systems Administration at Rochester Telephone (Frontier Corporation). Mike was also one of the founding board members for Axcess Ontario, a technology company chartered with providing fiber access for Ontario County, NY. Mike’s daughter, Ariana, has just completed her first year here at RIT.

Amar Bhatt
Amar Bhatt
Student

Amar Bhatt is a 5th year Computer Engineering BS/MS student from Syracuse, NY.He has been very active on campus and has held leadership positions in Teaching, Research, OASIS, Global Union, Sigma Chi, and Student Government.This upcoming academic year, Amar will be the Vice-President of Student Government.He has a passion for robotics, and hopes to work in the field of robotic surgery.

Brooks Bower
Brooks Bower
Trustee, Alumnus

Brooks Bower is chairman and chief executive officer of Papercone Corporation, the largest privately held specialty envelope manufacturer in the U.S. with over 135 employees.
He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in printing.

Brooks is deeply involved in philanthropic activities, including the boards of The Salvation Army, Rochester Institute of Technology, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and Walden School and is the chairman the Global Envelope Alliance.

Brooks is an active member of the Chief Executives’ Organization, the World Presidents’ Organization and the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Brooks lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Marilyn.They travel extensively for business and pleasure.Brooks loves snow skiing around the world.They have two children, six grandchildren and they love animals.

Dr. Jessica Cuculick
Dr. Jessica Cuculick
Associate Professor, Alumna

Dr. Jess Cuculick, '98, '02 is an associate professor of the Department of Liberal Studies at the college of NTID. Dr. Cuculick coordinates the Applied Liberal Arts Associate degree program and is the professional development director for the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program (www.deafscientists.com) which is housed in the NTID's Center for Cognition and Language (NCCL). She is also the co-director for the Deaf Health Lab at NCCL, and the principal investigator for the Deaf health literacy research project. In the past, Dr. Cuculick has been involved with community-based participatory research (CBPR) with the National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) at the University of Rochester, such as breast feeding and cardiovascular health perspectives in the Deaf community.

Diane Ellison
Diane Ellison
Associate Vice President Graduate,
International, and Part-time Enrollment

Diane began her career at RIT in undergraduate admissions, and returned in 1999 as the Director of Graduate and Part-time Enrollment Services.She assumed additional responsibility for international recruitment as Assistant Vice President for the Division of Enrollment Management and Career Services in 2006, and strategic direction and leadership for international recruitment partnerships and RIT Global Campuses as Associate Vice President in 2014.
In addition to RIT, Diane held positions in admissions, human resources, and development at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and at St. John Fisher College.Through these experiences Diane has developed a broad perspective on higher education administration and a strong passion for international education.She provides strategic guidance on recruitment and admission for RIT Global Campuses and programs, and has developed and implemented numerous programs and partnerships with universities, government agencies, NGOs, and corporate partners to encourage and support international student enrollment.

Diane has his BS in Spanish and Finance from St. John Fisher College, her MBA from RIT, and is currently pursuing her EdD in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.

Dr. Marcos Esterman
Dr. Marcos Esterman
Associate Professor

Marcos Esterman is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. His teaching interests are in product and process development, and systems engineering. Marcos’ research focuses on the Integration of Lean Principles into Systems Engineering, the Integration of Systems Engineering Principles into Life Cycle Assessment and Electrophotographic-based Additive Manufacturing. Marcos serves as the Faculty Associate to the Provost for AALANA Faculty, where he is focused on faculty retention. He is also the Graduate Program Director for the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. Marcos is the current VP of Programs on the Executive Committee of the National GEM Consortium. GEM is a national non-profit providing programming and full fellowships to support increasing untapped domestic human capital at the graduate level in STEM fields.

Jeffrey Harris
Jeffrey Harris
Trustee, Alumnus

Mr. Harris is retired from Lockheed Martin, where he was a corporate officer and served as President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space and President of Lockheed Martin Special Programs. He is the Chairman of the Open Geospatial Consortium and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. He is a member of the United States Energy Security Council.Mr. Harris has served on the RIT Board of Trustees since April, 2007. He is an RIT alumnus, with a bachelor's degree in Photographic Science ('75). Mr. Harris was also the recipient of the College of Science's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002. In addition, he serves on the RIT College of Science Dean’s Advisory Board and the RIT Center for Imaging Science Advisory Board. Mr. Harris resides in Arnold, MD with his partner Joyce E. Pratt.

Dr. Matt Huenerfauth
Dr. Matt Huenerfauth
Associate Professor

Matt Huenerfauth is an associate professor at The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computer and Information Sciences. He is a member of the faculty of the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies and the Ph.D. Program in Computing and Information Sciences. His research focuses on the design of computer technology to benefit people who are deaf or have low levels of written-language literacy, and his laboratory investigates the design and experimental evaluation of American Sign Language technologies. Huenerfauth has secured over $2.5 million in external research funding to support his work, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He has authored 50 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, and he has twice received the Best Paper Award at the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS), the leading conference in his field. He served as the general chair (2012) and program chair (2016) for this conference, and he is editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) journal.

Bruce James
Bruce James
Trustee, Alumnus

The Honorable Bruce R. James served as the 24th Public Printer of the United States and CEO of the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) from 2002 to 2007. In 2006, he was named Federal civilian executive of the year in recognition of the transformation of the Government Printing Office from a traditional heavy-metal printing operation into a multidimensional digital information organization serving the three branches of government.

Additionally in Washington, he served as a member of the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board and as chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Comptroller General's Advisory Board.

Bruce graduated from RIT’s School of Printing in 1964. He has served as a member of RIT’s board of trustees since 1994 and is now chairman-emeritus. He received the University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996, was the commencement speaker in 1998 and was elected chairman of the board of trustees in 2002. In 2005, RIT created the Bruce R. James Distinguished Public Service Award which annually recognizes a student for exemplary public service in the wider Rochester community. RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences honored him in 2013 with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

During a business career spanning more than 30 years in San Francisco, he founded and led 13 technology-driven printing and publishing organizations operating throughout the world. In addition to numerous business boards, Bruce has served on and chaired more than 20 governmental, charitable and educational boards, commissions and task forces. For his contributions to his home state, the Nevada System of Higher Education awarded him an honorary degree and in 2013 gave Bruce its highest honor, naming him a Distinguished Nevadan.

Bruce and his wife Nora live high up in the Sierra Nevada in a log cabin overlooking Lake Tahoe. They have three grown sons and six grandchildren, all in San Francisco.

Dr. Sandra Johnson
Dr. Sandra Johnson
Sr. VP for Student Affairs

Sandra “Sandy” Johnson became RIT’s senior vice president for student affairs on July 1, 2014.
Johnson oversees a $25 million annual budget and a staff of more than 200 people in the university’s Student Life, Wellness, Student Learning and Athletics departments. The office serves students in RIT’s nine colleges, a diverse population of more than 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, including more than 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students at its National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Prior to RIT, Johnson served for nearly eight years as vice president for the Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra University. Her previous work experience also includes an eight-year stint as associate dean in the Division of Student Affairs at Columbia University and eight years as associate dean in the Office of Student Life at Barnard College. She holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Education from Columbia’s Teachers College and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from State University of New York, College at Oswego.
For more on Johnson, visit http://www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50672

Thomas Judson Jr.
Thomas Judson Jr.
Trustee

Mr. Judson is Chairman of The Pike Companies, Ltd.which includes The Pike Company Inc. and LECESSE Construction. The Pike Company has worked on various facilities at RIT including the Gordon Field House, Global Village, Slaughter and Golisano Computing. Mr. Judson has a long-standing family connections with RIT. His grandfather, John D. Pike, and his father, Thomas F. Judson, Sr., were RIT Trustees.Mr. Judson's brother, Junius "Jay.'' served as Nathaniel Rochester Society chair in 2007. Tom served on the Steering Committee and Major Individual Gifts Committee for the Powered by the Future Campaign and was a captain of the previous capital campaign as well.He and his wife, Elisabeth "Ebets" were chairpersons of NRS in 1991-92 and now NRS President's Circle Life Members. Mr. Judson has been on a number of boards of local non-profit organizations, including the United Way of Greater Rochester. In 2007 Tom served as Campaign Chair.

Thomas F. Judson, Jr. began his career in construction working as a laborer and carpenter apprentice during school summer breaks for John B. Pike & Son, Inc., a general contracting company founded by his great-grandfather in 1873.Having worked his way through the ranks, Tom became President of the company in 1975. In 1985, he established The Pike Company, Inc., one of New York State’s most respected and successful construction firms.Tom’s son, Rufus, is now President and CEO of The Pike Companies, Ltd.

Under Tom’s leadership, Pike has played a major role in shaping the region’s landscape with projects for numerous clients such as Rochester City School District, City School District of Albany, University of Rochester, Cornell University, Xerox Corporation, Corning Incorporated and Con-Edison in addition to their work for RIT.Pike has built numerous major projects throughout the country including the General Motors & Exxon Pavilions at Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, the Charlotte, North Carolina Airport and the Bryan Cancer Center and Fuqua Business School at Duke University.

Highly active in the community as well as the construction industry, in addition to RIT Tom has served on the following boards:

  • Past Chairman and Board of Trustees—Center for Governmental Research
  • Board of Directors,Executive Committee and Vice Chairman—Business Council of New York State
  • Past Chairman, Executive Committee and Board Member—Rochester Business Alliance(now The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce)

Tom is an alumnus of Yale University (B.S.) and Cornell University (M.B.A.).

In recognition of his business achievements and his contributions to the community, Tom was honored with the 2000 Civic Award for Commerce and Industry from the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Rochester Business Journal’s inaugural Fifty Over 50 award in 2003.Most recently Tom was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tom lives in Victor, New York with his wife, Ebets.He enjoys spending time with his family; son and daughter-in-law, Rufus and Amy Judson and grandson, Trip, granddaughter, Maggie; daughter and son-in-law, Bess and Mauricio Riveros, and grandsons, Thomas, Oliver and Wesson.

Dr. Sophia Maggelakis
Dr. Sophia Maggelakis
Dean and Professor,
College of Science

Dr. Sophia Maggelakis is the Dean of the College of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).She holds a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics and is a member of the Faculty for the 21st Century for the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL); one of the leading advocates in the United States for what works in building and sustaining strong programs in the STEM disciplines.She is the founder of the School of Mathematical Sciences, the Summer Mathematics Institute, the Women in Science (WISe), and the Center for Advancing Science/Math Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation (CASTLE). Dr. Maggelakis’ research area is Mathematical Biology where she has published book chapters, refereed journal articles, and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Maggelakis is a recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Dean Maggelakis is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Society.She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) and she is a mentor for the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Group of Rochester and participates by giving motivational talks about mathematics and its applications to various groups of high school students.

Austin McChord
Austin McChord
Trustee, Alumnus

Mr. McChord is the founder and CEO of Datto, Inc., a Norwalk, CT-based vendor of backup, disaster recovery, and intelligent business continuity solutions. The company, founded by Mr. McChord in 2007, has experienced growth of 1,482% in the past three years, appearing on Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies in 2012 (#38), 2013 (#111), and 2014 (#314). It ranked fifth among security companies and first among companies in Connecticut in 2014, and was also named Connecticut’s fastest-growing technology company by the Connecticut Technology Council in 2013. In August 2014, Datto opened a branch office in downtown Rochester on the fourth floor of RIT’s START-UP NY property with plans to employ 70 workers within 18 months.

Apart from his role with Datto, Mr. McChord serves on the board of directors of the Connecticut Technology Council and as the advisor for the Newtown High School Tech Club. He was named to the 2014 CRN Top 100 list, which cited him as one of its Top 25 Innovators, and he was also named to Fairfield County’s 40 Under 40 list in 2012.

Mr. McChord graduated from RIT in 2009, and has remained connected with the university since that time. He has been a member of the President’s Roundtable since 2013, and has heavily supported the MAGIC Center and the Student Maker Space Fund. His aspirations include joining a nonprofit board and exploring pro bono consulting opportunities. He currently resides in Norwalk, CT in a home on Long Island Sound.

Dr. LaVerne McQuiller Williams
Dr. LaVerne McQuiller Williams
Professor and Associate Dean,
College of Liberal Arts

LaVerne McQuiller Williams was recently appointed as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 1, 2016.Previously, she served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice since 2010. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from RIT, a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College, a J.D. from Albany Law School, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Buffalo.A member of the Criminal Justice Department faculty since 1996, Dr. McQuiller Williams’s primary research interests include intimate partner violence, restorative justice, therapeutic justice, and sex trafficking. She currently serves as the faculty advisor for the RIT Prelaw Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.She also serves on institute-level initiatives related to inclusive excellence, including co-chairing RIT’s Unconscious Bias Task Force and serving on the AALANA Faculty Advisory Council.She is also a past recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Women at RIT Award. Additional service activities include the Provost’s Chairs Steering Committee, RIT’s Institutional Review Board, RIT’s Campus Security Committee. She previously served on the COLA Tenure Committee, the COLA College Curriculum Committee, and the COLA Academic Conduct Committee (Chair).She is also a past recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Dr. Nicholas Schneider
Dr. Nicholas Schneider
Alumnus

Nick Schneider is a Consultant in the Boston Office of The Boston Consulting Group. He is a 2010 graduate of the Kate Gleason College of engineering where he received concurrent Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining BCG, Nick was a Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania working in nanoscience and completed his PhD with Haim Bau. Collaborating closely with IBM TJ Watson Research Center, he focused on applications in energy storage; metallurgical process efficiency; low cost long cycle life batteries; in situ electrochemistry; and radiation induced phenomena in liquids. Nick also serves on RIT's Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Andrea Shaver
Andrea Shaver
Student

Andrea Shaver is a fourth-year graphic design major from Dallas, TX. She is also pursuing three minors in Entrepreneurship, Web Design and Development, and Advertising and Public Relations. She works in the office of Undergraduate Admissions as a Tour Guide and Social Media Team Captain. She plays oboe in concert band, and has been involved in Handlettering club. Starting as a Senator, she has grown as a leader in Student Government, and is excited to serve as Student Government President for the coming academic year. She hopes to continue running and growing her design business upon graduation. Andrea loves RIT because of the diversity and uniqueness of each and every student. Every student has some new skill or perspective to share with others, and there is something on campus to fit everyone’s interests, no matter their background or major.

Lauren Shields
Lauren Shields
Administrative Assistant

Lauren Shields is an administrative assistant in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. She supports the dean, senior associate dean and numerous faculty committees. Lauren has served two terms as the chair of RIT’s Staff Council and co-chaired their Staff Performance Appraisal Task Force. She holds bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Syracuse University and is working toward a master’s degree at RIT.

Judy von Bucher
Judy von Bucher
Trustee

Mrs. von Bucher, an alumna of Cornell University, is an NRS Athenaeum Circle member and Ellingson Planned Giving Society member with her husband, Erik.She received her MBA from Columbia University and worked in consumer products management with Richardson-Vicks, before moving to Rochester.She has had extensive volunteer involvement in the Rochester community. She Chaired the Board of Planned Parenthood of Rochester, Chaired the merger effort with Planned Parenthood of Syracuse, as well as 3 major capital campaigns over the last 20 years.She was a founding member and Board Chair of the Wilmot Cancer Center, and received their Inspiration Award as an involved cancer survivor.

She is a board member of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and current Chair of the endowment campaign. She has also served on numerous other community boards and advisory committees, including:Girl Scouts, YWCA, Allendale Columbia School, and the Rochester Women’s Giving Circle.

At RIT, Mrs. Von Bucher has served on the following committees and task forces:

  • Enrollment Management—current Chair
  • Education
  • Student Life
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Development
  • Diversity
  • Government Relations
  • The Wallace Center Advisory Committee
  • 4 Presidents Award committee
  • Honors Program task force
  • FYE Task force
Chester Watson
Chester Watson
Trustee, Alumnus

Chet Watson is a retired financial professional.Chet’s professional experience included senior financial positions with Fortune 100 companies including the Chief Audit Executive of General Motors, Lucent Technologies and Verizon Communications.Chet’s experience also includes public accounting.He was the Managing Partner of the commercial audit practice of Mitchell & Titus LLP, the largest minority-controlled CPA firm in the U.S., and a Partner with BDO Seidman.
Chet currently serves on several Boards including Rochester Institute of Technology, Manning & Napier Fund, Inc., and the Planning Board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY.
Chet is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his degree from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Accounting.

Ronald Zarrella
Ronald Zarrella
Trustee

Ronald L. Zarrella is currently an investor and director in energy and transportation technology start ups.He is chairman emeritus of Bausch & Lomb.He served as the company's chairman and chief executive officer from 2001 to 2008.Prior, he spent seven years with General Motors Corporation, most recently as executive vice president and president of General Motors North America in Detroit.

Mr. Zarrella was previously with Bausch & Lomb from 1985 through 1994, holding several executive positions including president of the former International Division, and president, chief operating officer and a member of the company's Board of Directors.Before joining Bausch & Lomb in 1985, he held various executive positions with Bristol Myers Company and Esmark Corporation.

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, in October 1949, Mr. Zarrella received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass., in 1971, and attended New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.

Mr. Zarrella is a member of the boards of directors of the following: Seahorse Capital (President), Vnomics (Chairman), Rochester Prep Charter Schools, FIRST Robotics.He is a trustee of the Rochester Institute of Technology and chairman emeritus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Previous boards include: Avaya, Inc., OnStar (Chairman), GMAC, XM Satellite Radio, Fleet Bank and China Business Council.

Previous not-for-profit boards include: University of Rochester Medical Center (Past Chair), Committee for Economic Development, John Hopkins Medicine, National Italian American Foundation, Rochester Business Alliance, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Detroit Symphony.

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Robert Barbato
Robert Barbato
Professor

Bob Barbato is a Professor of Management in the RIT Saunders College of Business where he began his career in 1979. He has also served in various administrative roles, including Department Chair and Associate Dean. His primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of business ethics, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. Bob has taught or lectured in Beijing, Croatia, Kosovo, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea, Ethiopia and England. His research has appeared in journals such as the Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Business Venturing and it has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today. He is a recipient of the Eisenhart award for Outstanding Teaching, and in 1989 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to lecture in Ethiopia. He served as an elected member of the Brighton Town Council for eight years. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

Callie Babbitt
Callie Babbitt
Associate Professor

Dr. Callie Babbitt is an Associate Professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she conducts research to proactively quantify and minimize environmental impacts of emerging technologies. Callie’s research group creates new methods and models in the field of industrial ecology that are inspired by the study of ecological systems in nature. They apply these models to study sustainability challenges and solutions for food waste management, consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles, and nanomaterials. Callie also collaborates widely on sustainability research related to the food-energy-water nexus, critical minerals, biofuels, waste management systems, and renewable energy technologies.

She translates this research into courses at RIT in Sustainability, Architecture, and Industrial Design and into informal education programs at the K-12 level. Her collaboration with Rochester-area schools and Women in Engineering at RIT aims to increase the number of female students who pursue science, engineering, and sustainability degrees and careers. These efforts have been recognized by national and international academic and research communities. In 2013, Callie was awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award by the National Science Foundation, and in 2010, she received the AT&T Technology and Environment Award for her research and teaching efforts in sustainability.

Raman Bhalla
Raman Bhalla
Director, University Web Services, Alumnus

Raman Bhalla is the Director of University Web Services at RIT.  He joined RIT in 2001 and is responsible for establishing, communicating, leading, and executing comprehensive web strategy and standards for the University. Raman provides leadership and sets direction for the University Web Services team which is comprised of key technical staff responsible for creating and supporting RIT’s web presence.

He serves as a member of the Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer’s executive management team, providing input on mission, goals, strategy, and development of the University’s brand.

Raman has served on RIT Staff Council since 2011 and is currently its Chair. He earned his Master’s Degree in Information Technology from RIT and an MBA from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

David Burns
David Burns
Trustee

David Burns is the Principal and Founder of Global Business Advisory Services LLC, an international advising firm specializing in the field of manufacturing technologies. With more than 35 years of experience, David provides insight to businesses and individuals focused on industrial and manufacturing processes ranging from traditional manufacturing to three-dimensional printing.

David is the Co-founder and former President & COO of the ExOne Company, a NASDAQ listed 3D printing company out of Irwin, PA and the former President & CEO of the Gleason Corporation, a machine tool company headquartered in Rochester, NY.

David is Senior Advisor to the Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT), where he previously served as Chair of the Board. A dedicated volunteer, he serves as a Trustee for the Rochester Institute of Technology and as a Trustee of Strong National Museum of Play. Among other awards, David is the recipient of the 2013 Carnegie National Science Award for Advanced Manufacturing.

He received his BA in Economics from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and his MBA from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. David currently resides in Rochester, NY with his wife, Margaret, of more than 40 years and enjoys spending time with his four children and three grandchildren.

Lisa Cauda
Lisa Cauda
Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations

As Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Dr. Lisa Cauda has been the architect of the largest two fundraising campaigns in RIT’s history and under her leadership, the university has raised more than $540 million in philanthropic support. Dr. Cauda has served RIT since 2000 and was named vice president for development and alumni relations in July 2006 following the successful completion of the university’s capital campaign which ultimately surpassed its $300 million goal.

Working closely with her senior leadership, her partners across the campus and the Board of Trustees, Dr. Cauda oversees campus-wide fundraising initiatives, major campaigns, annual giving, as well as principal and major gift fundraising. She also works closely with the RIT Alumni Association Board of Directors, together fostering and advancing the RIT for Life commitment and guiding the engagement and activities of the university’s 121,000 alumni worldwide. Under her leadership, RIT’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations has doubled in size, growing to more than 100 employees. Dr. Cauda manages an annual fundraising goal of $35 million and a working annual budget of $11 million.

Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Cauda spent eight years at Stevens Institute of Technology, ultimately serving as assistant vice president of development and campaign director. At Stevens, Dr. Cauda led the development efforts of two successful campaigns, managing corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, research and the annual fund.

Christopher Collison
Christopher Collison
Associate Professor

Chris Collison is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Materials Science in the College of Science and is a core faculty member in the Microsystems PhD Program in KGCOE. He holds a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College, London. Chris Joined RIT in 2004 after a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Rochester and an industrial position as Applications Scientist at Newport Corporation (Richardson Gratings). Chris' research thrust is the design and development of organic solar cells using computational theory, spectroscopy and device manufacture, engineering and testing. Chris has published more than 20 journal articles collectively cited over 1400 times, he teaches courses in physical chemistry and molecular photophysics, and received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring, RIT 2013. He has also won $1.01M in research funding, with three active and concurrent external NSF awards in the 2016-17 academic year. He is currently the Chair of RIT’s Academic Senate, having previously served two terms on the AS Long Range Planning Committee (one year as co-chair) and 2 years in his first term on Academic Senate.

Susan Holliday
Susan Holliday
Trustee

Ms. Holliday is former President and Publisher of the Rochester Business Journal, one of the primary business news resources in Rochester, NY. She bought the business in 1988, and now it has estimated annual sales of $5-10 million with 35 employees. An active community member, Ms. Holliday has served on the boards of various organizations, including Financial Institutions, Inc., the Rochester Museum and Science Center (past chair), and the University of Rochester Medical Center. Ms. Holliday, the 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from the Saunders College of Business, served on the Major Corporation Gifts Committee for the Powered by the Future Campaign. Ms. Holliday earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1977, and she received the 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award from Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Ms. Holliday and her husband, Chris, reside in Honeoye Falls, NY.

Jacqueline Mozrall
Jacqueline Mozrall
Dean, Saunders College of Business

Dr. Jacqueline Mozrall became dean of Saunders College of Business at RIT in April 2015; after serving as interim dean since July 2014. Dr. Mozrall is a professor of industrial engineering and formerly served as associate dean in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. She was a member of the management team for Women in Engineering Program at RIT for more than 10 years and served as department head of Industrial and Systems Engineering at RIT from 2000 to 2010. She was also executive director and principal investigator of a $420,000 Toyota USA foundation grant to support the development of in-lab and on-line activities linking K-12 STEM curriculum to real-world engineering problems.

Dr. Mozrall is leading Saunders College in initiatives focused at the intersection of business and technology, including strengthening expertise and curricula in the areas of supply chain management and business analytics. State-of-the art facilities, including a Business Analytics Lab and Active Learning Collaboratory were in Fall, 2016.

Jacquie holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, M.S. in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from RIT.

Sharon Napier
Sharon Napier
CEO, Partners + Napier

As comfortable building clients’ brands as she is on a basketball court, Sharon is chief architect and business leader of Partners + Napier. At the age of 43, while serving as CEO of an ad agency with three offices, she dreamed of building a nationally recognized shop in Rochester, NY. To pave the way, she decided to go back to school for her Master’s degree. Two years later, along with colleagues she fondly refers to as the “Brave 40” because they put everything on the line to create a great new agency, Sharon led the management buyout of the aforementioned agency, establishing Partners + Napier in 2004. Today, the fully integrated shop employs 125 people, with headquarters in Rochester, and offices in New York City and San Francisco. Among Sharon’s many titles: founder, CEO, wife, mom, dog-lover, fitness fanatic, and proud, pasta-loving Italian-American. With 30+ years of agency and brand-building experience, it’s no wonder Advertising Age has recognized her as one of the most influential women in the industry. Nor is it surprising that she’s told her story numerous times in the New York Times’ Corner Office and is a regular on the speaker’s circuit, inspiring audiences at Advertising Week, 4A’s Transformation, Ad Age’s Small Agency Conference and more. Sharon also serves on Project Worldwide’s Global Strategic Leadership Team, helping steer the “un-holding company” as it continues to make waves and headlines.

She also had a bio with RIT when winning this year’s outstanding alumni award: https://www.rit.edu/alumni/recognition/outstanding/2016

Sandra Parker
Sandra Parker
Trustee

Sandra A. Parker retired as president and chief executive officer of the Rochester Business Alliance in December 2014. She held that post since 2005.

At the Rochester Business Alliance, Sandy Parker took a strong community leadership role. She was instrumental in establishing the Rochester Business Alliance as the region's "Voice of Business. 11 In 2006, she was awarded a key to the city for her leadership in the Fair Share Coalition, formed to seek parity in state aid for Rochester. That initiative grew into the highly successful Rochester Community Coalition, which brings together business, labor, local government, education, faith organizations and nonprofits to push for state investment in area projects that will create long-term jobs and boost the regional economy.

Sandy Parker was a founder of the Unshackle Upstate coalition, which she helped form in March 2006 to push for legislative reform needed to reinvigorate the regional economy. The coalition has since grown to more than 75 organizations representing more than 45,000 employers and more than a million workers. Parker has been credited with bringing long-overdue attention to the economic challenges facing Rochester and Upstate and for her leadership in the coalition's successful campaign for reform of the state's workers' compensation system.

Sandy Parker also serves on a variety of boards, including the Bank of Castile, Center for Governmental Research, Frontier Communications of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Ann's Foundation, Tompkins Financial Corporation and University of Rochester.

She is listed as one of Greater Rochester's Most Influential Women, and in 2002, she won the ATHENA Award given each year to a woman for her outstanding contributions to business and her community.

She is a native of Rochester, and holds a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She resides in Pittsford, NY with her husband Dutch Summers.

Ryne Raffaelle
Ryne Raffaelle
Vice President
Research and Associate Provost

Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle is the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is the former Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Lab of the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to serving at NREL, he was the Academic Director for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and Director of the NanoPower Research Laboratory at RIT. He has worked as a visiting scientist at the NASA-Glenn Research Center, NASA Kennedy Research Center, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is the author of over 200 refereed publications and is the Managing Editor of Progress in Photovoltaics, published by Wiley Interscience. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Missouri-Rolla, and B.S and M.S. in Physics from Southern Illinois University.

Tempest Sampson
Tempest Sampson
Student

Tempest Sampson is a transfer student in her second year at RIT double majoring in Applied Arts and Sciences (with concentrations in Visual Culture and Studio Art) in the School of Individualized Studies and Sociology & Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts. She is the president of the ALANA Collegiate Association, a major and representative student organization on campus within RIT's student government. Additionally, she is a McNair scholar and an active student of MCAS (Multicultural Center for Academic Success).

Donald Truesdale
Donald Truesdale
Trustee

Mr. Truesdale is the founder and CEO of TruConsulting Services which specializes in providing strategic consulting and merger advisory services to leading global companies. He recently retired from Goldman Sachs where he was Global Head of Asset Management and Financial Technology Investment Banking. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1991 in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department and then moved to Financial Institutions in 1993. He was named managing director in 1999 and partner in 2004. Over the past two decades, he has worked on a significant number of landmark merger transactions and initial public offerings in the traditional and alternative asset management industries and in April 2008 was named a power broker in the asset management industry by Pensions and Investments magazine.

Mr. Truesdale is a Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as well as Chairman of the RIT Endowment Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Harlem RBI.

Mr. Truesdale earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1991and a BS from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1987.

James Watters
James Watters
Senior Vice President
Finance and Administration

James Watters joined the RIT team in 1994 as budget director. He is now the senior vice president of finance and administration and treasurer. At RIT, he oversees the activity of over 700 full-time employees. He is responsible for administering the university’s annual $600 million operating and capital budgets, $800 million endowment and working capital portfolios, and $140 million public debt portfolio. Jim is responsible for auxiliary enterprises; human resources; accounting/payroll; insurance; public safety; audit; legal; information technology and security; and facilities operations, design, and construction.

Jim is vice chair of RIT’s Global Delivery Corporation and treasurer of RIT’s High Technology Incubator and the American College of Management and Technology in Croatia. Jim serves on a several non-profit and for-profit boards, including the George Eastman House, Greater Rochester Health Foundation, New York Wine and Culinary Center, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Broadstone Real Estate, Excell Partners, and Oracle.

He came to RIT from the University of Pittsburgh, where he spent his entire academic and previous professional years and earned a BS, MS, and Ph.D. During his 16 years at the University of Pittsburgh, Watters held the positions of assistant chancellor of real estate and management, assistant vice president of business and finance, captive insurance consultant, and assistant director for administration in the public safety division.