2022 Board Slate

The Nominating and Governance Committee is pleased to present the slate of nominees for open board positions for 2022-2026:

The AAVC also congratulates the following Board member for the renewal of his role as Vice President and AAVC Trustee, effective July 1, 2022:

AAVC President

Monica Vachher ’77 (she/her/hers)

Pennsylvania
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Monica Vachher ’77

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
AAVC Vice President, 2021–present; AAVC Trustee, 2021–present; member, AAVC Ad Hoc Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, 2019–2021; member, Alumnae/i Recognition Committee, 2013–2021; director, AAVC, 2016-2020; chair, Nominating and Governance Committee, 2016–2020; member, Nominating and Governance Committee, 2014–2016; notewriter, Annual Fund, 2012–2018; Trustee, Vassar College (chair of Budget and Finance, Academic Affairs, and Investor Relations Committees; member of Executive Committee and Presidential Search Committee), 1996–2008; interviewer/chair, Alumnae/i Admissions Program Chicago, 1990–1998; Vassar enthusiast since 1973.

Professional/Community Experience
Co-founder, Higher Education Advisors, 2009–present; financial executive and securities lawyer at UBS Securities, Bear Stearns, Financial Security Assurance (FSA), Kutak Rock & Campbell, and the Astor Group Ltd., 1981-present; board member of institutions focused on education and international development, including CARE, IES Abroad, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the International House at the University of Chicago, and the Latin School of Chicago; board member of CMG, Washington DC; founding member of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and appointed by President Clinton to serve on the board of the Central Asian-American Enterprise Fund.

AAVC Vice President

Tyrone Forman ’92 (he/him/his)

Illinois
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Tyrone Forman ’92

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
AAVC Trustee, 2021–present; chair, AAVC Ad Hoc Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, 2020–present; director, AAVC Board of Directors, 2018–present; member, AAVC Nominating and Governance Committee, 2018–present; member, AAVC Career Networking Committee, 2018–2020; presenter, Alumnae/i College, Reunion 2017; member, African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College (AAAVC), 2005–present; member, Vassar Club of Chicago, 2003–2008; volunteer, Career Advisor Program, 1995–2006; class agent, Class of 1992, 1993-1997.

Professional/Community Experience
Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014–present; member, State of Illinois’ Traffic and Pedestrian Stop Data Use and Collection Task Force, 2020-present; member, Anti-racism Taskforce, Board of Trustees of Phillips Academy, 2020-present; board Vice Chair, Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organizations, 2019-present; board member, Chicago Community Trust Foundation’s African American Legacy Fund, 2018-present; board member, Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, Phillips Andover Academy, 2015–present; editorial board member, Sociological Methodology, 2019–present; editorial board member, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 2014–2018; member, Visiting Advisory Board for Diversity & Equity, Vanderbilt University, 2016–2018; Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014–2017; Chair, Recruitment and Admissions Committee, Urban Serving Universities/Association of Public Land Grant Universities Biomedical Research Workforce Action Group, 2015–2016; Associate Professor, Emory University, 2008–2014; Director, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race & Difference, Emory University, 2012–2014; fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2011–2012; Visiting Associate Professor, Duke University, 2010–2011; book review editor, DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 2009–2014; editorial board member, Social Problems, 2008–2013; Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004–2008; fellow, Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, 2003–2004; Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000–2004.

AAVC Trustee

Patrick DeYoung ’18 (he/him/his)

Washington
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Patrick DeYoung ’18

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
Member, AAVC Nominating and Governance Committee, 2020–present; member, AAVC Ad Hoc Student and Young Alumnae/i Engagement Committee, 2018–present; member, AAVC Career Networking Committee, 2018–2020; member, AAVC Clubs Committee, 2018–2019.

Professional/Community Experience
Outside Buyer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, 2020–present; commercial manager-in-training, Schnitzer Steel Industries, 2019–2020; buyer/purchasing agent, Sims Metal Management, 2018–2019; veteran, Vassar Veterans Posse Program, 2014–2018; section leader (Sergeant), U.S. Army, 2007–2013.

 

AAVC Clubs Committee Chair

Andrew Solum ’89 (he/him/his)

United Kingdom
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Andrew Solum ’89

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
Vice Chair, AAVC Clubs Committee, 2021–present; member, Club Admissions Committee, 2020 – present; President, Vassar Club of the United Kingdom, 2014–present; committee member, AAVC Clubs Committee, 2016–2021; Vice President, Vassar Club of the United Kingdom, 2005–2014, member, Vassar Club of the United Kingdom/Vassar Club of London, 1990–2010.

Professional/Community Experience
Director, Kellanco Associates Ltd., 2015-present; Director, Travel Industry Associates Ltd., 1998-2015; member, British Airways International Advisory Board, 2011-2019; member, Young Vic Gala Committee 2007-2010; volunteer, FareShare (tackling food waste) 2019-present; volunteer, Flying Start 2012; Advisor to the UK Houses of Parliament 2009-2016; Professional Services supplied to the aviation sector: British Airways, Air New Zealand, BA CityFlyer, Air Berlin, Silverjet, United Airlines; Professional Services supplied to the hospitality industry: Westin Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts; Professional Services supplied to: Amlin Corporate Insurance, Liberum Capital Inc., Global Crossing, United Grand Lodge of England, BBraun Medical Industries Sdn Bhd (Malaysia); Mayfair Capital Management; Chartered Institute of Marketing, Royal & Sun Alliance Investment Management; ?Whatif! Innovation; Regus Serviced Offices (now IWG); ZBI Europe, ABC Executive Travel; Judge, Business Travel World Awards 2007-2009; Travel Manager, Inmarsat 1993-1998; Press: BBC, BBC World, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times of London, Business Traveller, Business Travel World.

AAVC Vassar Fund Committee Chair

Katherine “Kat” Mills Polys ’93 (she/her/hers)

Virginia
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Kat Mills Polys ’93

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
Mentor, Sophomore Career Connections, 2022; member, AAVC Vassar Fund Committee, 2018–present; fund chair, Class of 1993, 2017–present; chair, Class of 1993 Reunion Gift, 2015–2017; chair, Class of 1993, 2013–2015; chair, Class of 1993 Reunion Gift, 2012–2013; co-chair, Class of 1993 Reunion, 2012–2013; chair, Class of 1993, 2008–2012; notewriter or phoner, Phonathon Program, 2004–2011; Secretary, Class of 1993, 2003-2008; member, Reunion Committee, Class of 1993, 2003-2008.

Professional/Community Experience
Independent Musician and Owner, The Kat Mills Show, 2000–present; Team Member, Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry, 2019–present; Leader/Facilitator, La Leche League International, Blacksburg, VA, 2012–2017; Vestry, Christ Episcopal Church, Blacksburg, VA, 2014–2017; Parent Volunteer, Beeks Elementary School, Blacksburg, VA, 2012–2017; Lector and Acolyte, Christ Episcopal Church, 2010–present; Co-Director of Book Sale, Friends of the Library, Blacksburg, VA 2004–2007; Board Member, Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, 1998–2002; Stage Manager, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Festival, 1997–2006; Senior Case Manager and Life Skills Educator, Family of Woodstock, Inc. (NY), 1996–2000; AmeriCorps National Service, Centre County Youth Service Bureau (PA), 1995–1996; Office Manager and Editorial Assistant, Texas Iron Magazine (TX), 1993–1995.

AAVC Board Director

Gail Becker ’64 (she/her/hers)

New Jersey
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Gail Becker ’73

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
Member, AAVC Alumnae/i Recognition Committee, 2021–present; Nominating Committee chair, Class of 1964, 2019–present; President, Class of 1964, 2014–2019; chair, Class of 1964 Landmark Reunion Gift Committee, 2011–2014; chair, Class of 1964 Class Fund, 2009–2011; class agent, Class of 1964, 1997–2019; member, Class of 1964 Reunion Gift Committee, 2009–2009, 2001–2004, 1998–1999; notewriter/phoner, Phonathon, 2005–2008; member, Ad Hoc Vassar Club of Louisville, 1991–2019; member, Vassar Club of Washington, DC, 1968–1990; volunteer, Vassar Book Sale, 1969–1990.

Professional/Community Experience
Museum and Nonprofit Consultant, 2008–present; Founding Director, Brightside Foundation, 2014–2016; Executive Director, Louisville Science Center, 1991–2008; Exhibits Development and Production Chief, U.S. Information Agency, 1987–1991; Exhibits Project Officer, U.S. Information Agency, 1968–1987; Architecture–USA Exhibit Guide in U.S.S.R., 1965; Board of Directors: Louisville Public Media, 2013–2020; Louisville Downtown Development District, 2007–2010; (Louisville) Arts and Cultural Attractions Council, 1998–2008; American Association of Museums, 1994–1997; Kentucky Science and Technology Council, 1994–2008; (Louisville) Main Street Association, 1994–2009; Association of Science–Technology Centers, 1993–2007 (President 2000–2002); Honors: Ambassador of Science Literacy, 2017; Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, 2000; Federal Design Achievement Award, 1984, 1987–1990, 1998; U.S. Information Agency Special Achievement Award, 1988.

AAVC Board Director

Carlos Hernandez Tellez ’14 (he/him/his)

Brazil
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Carlos Hernandez Tellez ’14

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
Chair, Club Admission Committee, 2018–present; member, Club Admission Committee, 2017–2018.

Professional/Community Experience
UX Research Manager @ Growth, Nubank, March 2022–present; member, Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ARDEI) Steering Group of the UWC International Board, 2021–present; Chair of the National Committee, UWC Brazil, 2020–present; Design Mentor, adplist.org, 2020–2021; São Paulo Community Garden, 2020; Field Researcher, Laboratorio de Educação, 2019; Senior Service Designer & Researcher, Fjord, Part of Accenture Interactive, 2017–2019; Project Associate, PLANE—SITE, 2016–2017; Design Research Fellow, Harvard University, 2015; board member, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, 2011–2014; Student Docent & Multimedia Assistant, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 2011–2014; Latin American and Caribbean Laboratory Intern, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, 2012; Development Intern, Urban Design Forum, 2012; Design Research Intern, Interboro Partners, 2013; Community Fellow, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, 2011; Diver and Underwater Photographer, LPCUWC Marine Research Unit, 2008–2010; Project Coordinator, Playground People, 2010.

AAVC Board Director

Peggy Ann Nagae ’73 (she/her/hers)

Oregon
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Peggy Ann Nagae ’73

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
Member, AAVC Ad Hoc Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, 2021–present; notewriter or phoner, Phonathon Program, 1995–1996.

Professional/Community Experience
Owner and Consultant, peggynagae consulting, 1991–present; Senior Consultant, WMFDP | FDPGlobal, 2013–2020; COO, WMFDP | FDPGlobal, 2017–2019; Program Director (part-time), The Center for Asian Pacific American Women, 2008–2016; Adjunct Professor, Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1991–1992; Director of Associates and Of Counsel, Betts, Patterson Mines, P.S., 1989–1991; Associate, Betts, Patterson Mines, P.S., 1987–1988; Principal and Consultant, Spectra Communications, 1988; Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Oregon School of Law, 1982–1987.

Honors and Awards
Nichi Bei Foundation, Films of Remembrance, honored as attorney for the coram nobis case of Minoru Yasui, 2018; Minoru Yasui Justice Award, University of Oregon Law School, inaugural awardee, 2017; ABA 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award, 2017; Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon: Voices of Change Award, 2016; Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Honoree for service as lead attorney in the coram nobis effort to overturn Minoru Yasui’s 1942 criminal conviction, 2016; Roosevelt High School Freedom Fighters Award, Portland, Oregon, 2016; Judge Lynn Nakamoto Award, Oregon Asia Pacific American Bar Association, 2014; Trailblazer, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2011; Heart of the Community Award, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland, OR, 2006; Japanese American Citizens League, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003; Oregon Minority Lawyers Association Award, 2003; Home Town Human Rights Hero, Eugene Human Rights Program, Eugene, Oregon, 2000; Inducted into Sandy Union High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, 1992; Woman of the Year, Seattle Chinese Post, 1992; Recognition & Appreciation of Outstanding Citizenship in Gordon Hirabayashi v. U.S. by Gordon Hirabayashi, Petitioner, 1988; Honored at dinner for recognition of the Korematsu, Hirabayashi, and Yasui Legal Teams, Japanese American Citizens League: A celebration of Japanese American Contributions to the American Promise, San Francisco, CA, 1988; Honored by the Japanese American Citizens League, Portland Chapter and Japanese American Community of Oregon, 1988; Outstanding Young Women of America, 1984; Award of Merit, 1984 Woodie Award, Mid-Oregon Chapter, Oregon Advertising Federation, 1984.

AAVC Board Director

Keith St John ’81 (he/him/his)

New York
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Keith St John ’81

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
Co-President, Class of 1981, 2021–present; President, Class of 1981, 2020–2021; committee member, Class of 1981, 1996–2001.

Professional/Community Experience
Profile and Search Committee for 10th Bishop of Albany, Episcopal Diocese Of Albany, 2021–present; Director of Ethics, NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics, 2017–present; Committee on Character & Fitness member, New York State Supreme Court, 2016–present; Deputy Counsel, New York State Senate, 1999–2017; Solo Practitioner, Law Office of Keith C. St John, Esq., 1997–2017; President, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, 1991–2011; Assistant Public Defender, Albany County Government, 1995–1999; Law Guardian, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, 1989-1999; Alderman, City of Albany, 1990–1997; Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor, Albany Law School, 1992–1997; Associate, Walter, Thayer & Mishler, P.C., 1989–1992; Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, 1985–1989; Legal Intern, Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, 1983; Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives, 1982; Account Clerk, County Of Westchester, 1978–1981; Director, City of White Plains, New York, 1978.

Renewal of Role as Vice President and AAVC Trustee, effective July 1, 2022:

AAVC Vice President and AAVC Trustee

Brian Farkas ’10 (he/him/his)

New York
Term of Service: 2022–2026

Brian Farkas ’10

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience
Vice President, AAVC Board, 2018–present; AAVC Trustee, Board of Trustees, 2018–present; campaign co-chair, 2021-present; interim chair, AAVC Clubs Committee, 2021–present; chair, Clubs and Regional Networks Committee, 2016–2018; President, Vassar Club of New York, 2014–2018; mentor, Sophomore Career Connections, 2015–2018; member, Nominating Committee, 2014–2017; board member, Vassar Club of New York, 2011–present; member, Annual Fund Council, 2013–present; co-chair, Class of 2010 Fund, 2010–present; interviewer/college fair representative, Alumnae/i Admissions Program, 2011–present; member, Campaign Committee for the Vassar 150: World Changing Campaign, 2011–14.

Professional/Community Experience
Attorney, Arent Fox Schiff (formerly Arent Fox LLP), 2020–present; Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, 2014–present; Adjunct Professor, City University of New York, 2015–present; Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District for the Southern District of New York, 2019–2020; Attorney, Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP, 2013–2018; volunteer mediator, New York State Court System, 2012–present.