National Council

Overview

RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering National Council comprises a talented group of individuals called upon regularly to advise the dean on strategic issues and initiatives of major significance to the College, while also shaping visionary plans for the future.

They provide critical input, analysis and philanthropic support, as well as promoting the College with external audiences. Membership consists of alumni, parents, friends, and corporate partners of RIT who are leaders in their fields and can provide national and global perspectives.

Meet The National Council

Jeff Benck

Benchmark
President and Chief Executive Officer

Lynn Bishop

Vy Venture Group, LLC
Founder/President

Rose Carmichael

BONWRx Ltd.
President and Co-Founder

Tricia Dugan

Qualcomm
Vice President Strategic Accounts

Michael Field

The Raymond Corporation
President and Chief Executive Officer

Brad Fluke

Cirrus Logic
General Manager (Retd.)

Rob Fresca

COSIMO Venture Partner
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Stacy Kalisz Johnson

Keysight Technologies
Service and Solutions Program Manager

Lloyd Kaplan

Pacific Global Consulting
Founder and Managing Partner

Britta MacIntosh

Ameresco Inc.,
Senior Vice President, West Region and UK Operations

Michael Oshetski

Micatu, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Wayne Plewniak

GAMCO
Managing Director

Scott Reardon

D3 Engineering
President & CTO

Alicia Scott

onsemi
Senior Director of People, Culture, and DEI

Fernando Silvia

Best Buy
Senior Vice President of Southeast U.S. territory

Michelle Spina

Systems & Technology Research
Vice President, Assistant Division Lead, Sensors Division

Robert Spina

Bowhead Specialty Insurance
Chief Information Officer

Jim Swift

PSG
Senior Advisor

Clayton Turner

NASA Langley Research Center
Director

Christine Vargas

Vargas Associates
President

Expectations and Responsibilities

The Council meets twice annually in the fall and spring. Membership is by invitation only from the Dean. Members serve three-year terms, renewable once, and are eligible for re-appointment after a break in service at discretion of the Dean.  A Chair, appointed by the Dean, typically serves a two-year term. 

Expectations of Council members are intentionally limited to make it possible for busy individuals to participate. They include:

  • Provide counsel to the Dean through formal meetings, as well as on an individual basis periodically throughout the year.
  • Attend at least one meeting annually.
  • Facilitating introductions for the College within your own network.
  • Support the College philanthropically on an annual basis, minimally as a member of the Sentinel Society, preferably at a leadership level.
  • A willingness to consider a special gift to an area of particular interest during their term.

On a voluntary basis and as interest and available time allow, Council members may also participate in one or more of the following other activities:

  • Speak to classes
  • Attend RIT events
  • Consult with faculty and students
  • Give presentations to campus audiences
  • Recruit students for co-op and/or full-time career opportunities

Contact

Nominations, including self-nominations, are welcomed and encouraged. Contact us for more information and to submit a nomination.