Executive Committee (AAEC)

The Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) acts as the executive arm of the Association providing leadership and direction regarding alumni affairs. Members play a key role in building and maintaining lifelong relationships between Haverford alumni and the College, providing bridges across generations of Haverford graduates, developing valued services for classmates and friends, and giving a helping hand to current Haverford students.

Members address alumni interest in ongoing College affairs and discuss College policies to gain an alumni perspective. The AAEC also strives to foster open dialogue between the College and alumni.

AAEC is responsible for proposing alumni nominees for service on the College's Board of Managers and for recognizing outstanding achievement and volunteer contributions to Haverford through the Alumni Association's awards program. All activities are supplemented by other committee and liaison work.



AAEC Presidents

AAEC Ex-Officio Past President David Wertheimer '77 strikes a pose with newly appointed President Natalie Wossene '08 after the Alumni Association Award Ceremony held during Alumni Weekend 2018.

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Peter Anderson ’92 - Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG) Liaison

Peter AndersonPeter is head of school at Washington Latin Public Charter School. Prior to this, he served as elementary school director at the Hyde Leadership Charter School (Hyde-Bronx), a K-12 college preparatory school in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Peter started his educational career teaching sixth-grade mathematics and history at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey. Thereafter, he became the principal of two small parochial schools in Northern New Jersey. His career next took him to the St. Philips Academy in Newark, NJ, where he worked as associate head of school for six years and then became head of school at Future Leaders Institute Charter School, a K-8 school in Harlem. He earned a B.A. in sociology, with departmental honors, from Haverford in 1992, an M.Sc. in sociology from the London School of Economics in 1993 and an M.A. in early childhood/elementary education from New York University in 1994. While at Haverford, Peter was active with the Honor Council, the Black Students League, the Race Relations Peer Awareness Program, and the International Students Association. He is a member of the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) and the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG). He is also a Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) extern sponsor, and an Admission volunteer. Peter resides in Washington, D.C.

Bev Babers ’84 - Member at Large

Bev Babers

Beverly Ortega Babers is a member of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service, currently working to implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as a member of the IRS’ Tax Reform Implementation Office. She was previously the deputy assistant secretary for Management & Budget for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As such, she oversaw the development and execution of the Treasury Department budget, as well as the strategic planning and organizational performance program for the Department. She also served as principal deputy to the assistant secretary for Management, who oversees the Department’s administrative functions. In addition, Beverly was the Department’s point of contact for Tribal Consultation and Treasury’s transition director for the 2016 Presidential election.

Beverly’s career in the federal service spans more than 25 years. She served as the chief administrative officer, the second highest-ranking executive, of the United States Mint from 2012 to 2015. Prior to joining the Mint, she was the Department of Education’s chief administrative officer and performance improvement officer, overseeing administrative functions on behalf of the deputy secretary. Beverly has served in numerous roles at the Internal Revenue Service, including chief of staff and chief human capital officer; and at the Department of Justice (Tax Division) as a trial attorney and chief of staff to the assistant attorney general. In addition to her executive branch service, Beverly was the inaugural Corporate Ombudsman at the American National Red Cross, on the staff of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, and an associate attorney with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.

Beverly holds a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Haverford College. She is married with three children.

Kate Benanti ’98 - Boston Regional Liaison

Kate Benanti

Kate has worked extensively in the art world, including at Sotheby's, the Barnes Foundation, Gallery 339, and with Peter Rockwell HC '58 in Rome. She earned a B.A. in the history of art from Haverford in 1998, and did her graduate work in museum education at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. While at Haverford, Kate was a captain of the field hockey team, a Customs person, an SRP (Customs for transferring and international students), and co-chair of 'Fords Against Boredom. She serves as the Alumni Association Executive Committee's Boston regional liaison and is a former class chair and Reunion volunteer. Kate's husband, Evan, is HC '98, and her brother, Thomas Smolenski, is HC '92. Kate, Evan, and their three children reside in Cambridge, MA, where she serves on several boards, and works as a freelance designer.

Jake Bernstein ’19 - Student Representative

Jake BernsteinJake is a Haverford senior from just south of Boston, MA, pursuing a B.S. in Geology at Bryn Mawr with a focus on geo-biology and early microbial evolution. He is a two-time member of Customs, the Officer of Campus Life for Students' Council, co-head and treasurer of BLAST Student Tech Crew, a baritenor for the 'Ford S-Chords, and co-founder of Spotlight Theatre Company and the Haverford College Historical Society. Jake is also a co-organizer for the annual Joe Schwartz '83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk, which raises money to support ALS research, a volunteer for the Women*s Center 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline, and the manager of the Beverage Crew and Linen Crew for Haverford's Alumni Weekend. He is a second-generation 'Ford, the proud son of Matthew Bernstein '83. Jake's immediate post-baccalaureate plans are always in flux (as they will never cease to be), but at various points in his life he would like to be an orthopedic surgeon, run for national office, teach math & science, play music on the streets, and perhaps become an astronaut.

Scott Burau ’02 - Member at Large

Scott BurauScott is a senior manager in the real estate organization at Deloitte LLP. Scott earned a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford in 2002. He serves as an admission representative and reunion volunteer, and is a former member of the Annual Fund Executive Committee. Scott is the 2017 recipient of the Archibald MacIntosh Award, given for exemplary service to the College in the area of admission. He volunteers with the Trevor Project, an organization that provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth. Scott and his partner Eric reside in Key West, FL.

Michael Caplan ’73 - San Francisco Regional Liaison

Michael Caplan

While pursuing pre-medical studies at Haverford, Michael earned a B.A. in music composition and theory. He received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati, and subsequently practiced obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. He served terms as President for both his medical center and for the San Francisco Gynecological Society. Michael serves as alumni liaison for the San Francisco Bay Area, recruiting volunteers and helping organize local alumni activities. He would like to continue his alumni work, focusing on new and better ways to help facilitate alumni engagement.

Henry Hadad ’88 P’17 - Member at Large

Henry Hadad

Henry is senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Bristol-Meyers Squibb where he is responsible for all aspects of global intellectual property, including patent and trademark procurement, counseling, litigation, and policy. He earned a B.S. in biology from Haverford in 1988 and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, in 1991. While at Haverford, he was a member of the Ford S-Chords, a student singing group. Henry hosted a Haverford Conversation in April 2015 featuring Kelly Wilcox, director of the Office of Academic Resources (OAR). His son Chris is HC '17. Henry resides in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Kaley Klanica ’00 - Second Decade Liaison

Kaley Klanica

Kaley is the director of Research Compliance for Allina Health System, a not-for-profit health care system serving communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. She earned a B.A. in sociology from Haverford in 2000, a J.D. from Boston University in 2004, and an M.P.H., also from Boston University, in 2005. While at Haverford, Kaley was a member of the squash and tennis teams. Kaley currently serves as an Admission representative. She resides in Minneapolis, MN.

Thien Le ’05 - Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG) Liaison

Thien Le

Thien is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. She earned a B.A. in economics and East Asian Studies from Haverford in 2005. While at Haverford, she was president of the Asian Student Association. Thien currently serves as a member of the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG) and the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC), and is a Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) Extern Sponsor. Thien resides in Greenwich, CT.

Evan LeFlore ’06 - Vice President and Awards Chair

Evan LeFlore

Evan is a policy and market analysis senior associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He earned a B.S. in mathematics and mathematical economics from Haverford in 2006 and a joint M.B.A. and M.P.A. from Stanford University School of Business and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2013. While at Haverford, he founded and led Under One Sky, a group dedicated to providing a safe space for multi-racial students to talk about their experiences. Evan also led Sons of Africa and was a member of the Haverford Presidential Committee on Diversity. He also founded the Haverford Intramural Lacrosse League and served as the statistician for the men's varsity basketball team. Evan is Vice President of the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC), an Annual Fund volunteer, an admission representative, and a member of the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG). He resides in New York, NY.

Nancy Lewin ’84 - Communications Liaison and Bi-Co Representative

Nancy LewinNancy is managing director of Nancy Lewin Brand & Marketing Strategic Advisors. Previously she was executive director for Branding and Corporate Reputation Communications at Merck, having spent over 19 years in marketing management at Johnson & Johnson. Nancy is a trustee of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging and spent five years on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging. She earned a B.A. in English from Haverford in 1984 and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. While at Haverford, Nancy was a member of the first women's lacrosse team. She currently serves as a Career Development extern sponsor, a class correspondent, and has served on the Nominations Committee and as chair of The 1833 Society. Nancy is also a former Admissions representative and Reunion volunteer. Nancy, her husband, and two daughters reside in Hillsborough, NJ.

Addy Lorenzo ’20 - Student Representative

Add Lorenzo

Addy is originally from Los Angeles, and attends Haverford as a QuestBridge Scholar Recipient. She hopes to major in math and minor in education, and eventually plans to become a teacher. Also at Haverford, she is involved with Effective Altruism for Animals (EAA), the Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS), Womxn of Color, and Spectrum, a community service group that works with children living with autism. In her free time, she loves to play tennis and to play guitar with her friends. Her favorite band in the world is The Beatles.

Diane Moore ’20 - Student Representative

Diane Moore

Rahul Munshi ’06 - Alumni Affinity Liaison

Rahul Munshi

Rahul is partner at Console Mattiacci LLC in Philadelphia, PA. He has been named a "Rising Star" by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2013, and in 2016 he was named a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer. Prior to joining Console Law Offices, he completed a federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Rahul earned a B.A. in history and anthropology from Haverford in 2006 and a J.D. from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in 2009. While at Haverford, he was a member of the baseball team. Rahul is co-founder of the Haverford College Lawyers Network (HCLN) and works with other emerging affinity groups. In 2012, he received Haverford's Young Alumni Award for Accomplishments in Leadership. Rahul and his wife, Claire, Class of 2008, reside in Philadelphia, PA with their two daughters, Juniper and Isabel.

Teresa Parker Farris ’94 - Member at Large

Teresa Parker Farris

Teresa is an instructor of Louisiana folklife and a doctoral student at Tulane University where she previously served as deputy director for the school's Newcomb Art Museum. She earned a B.A., with departmental honors, in English literature from Haverford in 1994 and an M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi in 1998. Teresa chairs the governor-appointed Louisiana Folklife Commission and serves on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival's cultural programs advisory panel. She was the folklife editor for A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and has contributed essays to Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology; the University of Mississippi's Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and KnowLA: The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture. Teresa serves as an admission representative. She resides in New Orleans, LA, with her husband, Hamilton.

Ann Rivera ’96 - Campaign Liaison

Ann Rivera

Ann is a Senior Social Science research analyst in the Administration for Children and Families of the US Department of Health and Human Services. In her current role, she oversees research focused primarily on public initiatives related to early care and education (e.g., Head Start and child care subsidies) and on improving human services for Hispanic, immigrant, cultural, and linguistic minority populations. Ann earned a B.A. in religion from Haverford in 1996, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from New York University in 2005 and 2008, respectively. While at Haverford, Ann served as a tour guide, co-president of the Latin American Students Organization, summer camp counselor, and member of Lighted Fools. After graduation, Ann worked at the American Friends Service Committee, as well as other national and local non-profit organizations based in the Philadelphia area, before resuming her formal education in New York City. As a community and developmental psychologist, Ann's research has examined the effects of social exclusion, community-based and government programs in the lives of immigrant and low-income children and families. Ann is currently a member of the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC), is a former Reunion volunteer, and has served on the Alumni Awards Nominations Committee. Ann and her family reside in New York, NY.

Petra Riviere ’96 - Member at Large

Petra Riviere

Petra is a social studies teacher at Bard High School Early College Manhattan, an alternative public secondary school in New York City that allows highly motivated and scholastically strong students to begin their college studies two years early. She earned a B.A. in history from Haverford in 1996 and an M.A. in social studies education from New York University in 2004. She is an admission representative. Petra resides in Jersey City, NJ.

Charles Robinson ’89 - International Alumni and CCPA Liaison

Charles RobinsonCharles is a managing director at Black River Asset Management LLC, responsible for Europe, the Mid East, and Asia. Charles earned a B.A. in English from Haverford in 1989 and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia in 1995. He is a chartered financial analyst. While at Haverford, Charles was captain of the squash team and co-founder of the Ford S-Chords, a student singing group. He was a member of International Council from 2003 to 2017 and is a former admission representative. Robinson family members that have attended Haverford include brother Torrance '93; father, Charles R. '62; uncles Chris '76 and Dana '68; grandfather Charles A., (dec.) '28; and niece Sunyoung Chai '20. Charles' mother, Barbara Paul Robinson, is BMC '62, and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees. Charles resides in London, England.

John Saroff ’98 - CCPA Liaison

John Saroff

John is chief executive officer of Chartbeat, the leading real-time data science and analytics firm. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. John earned a B.A. in history from Haverford in 1998 and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Columbia University in '05. He is an admission representative, a former Reunion volunteer, and past member of the Alumni Fund Executive Committee. John resides in New York, NY.

Don Scholl ’59 - Scarlet Sages Liaison

Don graduated from Haverford in 1959 with a degree in Economics, and claims he "made it out largely due to my marriage to Margaret Justice during the summer of 1958, gaining her encouragement and support." After several years at Exxon, he left to work on promotion for a Philadelphia architectural firm and then joined Berkshire Technical Products as a vice president of Production. Later he once again switched careers and joined a consultant who was in the business of developing and presenting management development courses. That business transitioned into consulting and developed a specialty in working with local and regional accounting firms. Retired since 2008, Don has four children and eight grandkids. He is a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels, and on the Boards of Historic Sugartown and Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. Don and his wife Peg reside in West Chester, PA and enjoy the month of February in Aruba.

Matt Strickler ’62 P’91, P’00 - Member at Large

Matt Strickler

Matt is a retired partner at Ballard Spahr, LLP. He earned a BA in mathematics from Haverford in 1962 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1965. While at Haverford, he was a captain of the track and cross country teams, and a member of the orchestra. At graduation he was awarded the Varsity Cup. He is a former Reunion volunteer and also served on the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) from 1969 to 1971. Matt's wife, Margie, earned a B.S. in biology from Wheaton College (IL) in 1966 and a B.S.N. from Villanova in 1995. Two of their children are Haverford graduates: Matthew "David" '91 and Edward '00. A third child Timothy died in 1992. Matt's father, Charles Strickler, is a member of the Class of 1932; an uncle,Henry Cornman, is a member of the Class of 1941; and another unclue, Guy Cornman, is a member of the Class of 1945. Matt and Margie reside in Devon, PA.

Oscar Wang ’14 - Member at Large

Oscar Wang

Oscar is founder and chief executive officer of CollegeTogether, a nonprofit he founded at Haverford which is focused on empowering low-income, first-generation students with the income, skills, and network to earn college credentials and build sustainable careers. He graduated cum laude, from Haverford in 2014 with a B.A. in political science. While at Haverford, Oscar was co-president of the Asian Students Association and of the Education Advocacy Club and was the student speaker at his graduation. Oscar is an admission representative, a former member of the Young Alumni Advisory Group (YAAG), and a Giving Advocate. He also serves as co-leader of the Haverford Alumni in Education affinity group. He resides in Philadelphia, PA.

David Wertheimer ’77 - Ex-Officio Past President

David Wertheimer

David is the director of Community and Civic Engagement for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. He previously served in several other capacities within the foundation, including as deputy director for Strategy, Planning and Management for the Pacific Northwest team. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, David was the principal and owner of Kelly Point Partners, a consulting firm focused on work with state, county, and municipal governments on integration of human service systems. He earned a B.A. in religion, Phi Beta Kappa, from Haverford in 1977, and an M.Div. in theology from Yale University Divinity School and an M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 1984. David is Ex-Officio of the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC), as well as a member of the Corporation of Haverford College. A native of NYC, he worked there as executive director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and as a NYC Human Rights Commissioner. He is the past national Board chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness, and was co-chair of the Seattle Mayor's Commission on Housing Affordability and Livability. David and his husband Paul reside in Seattle and Guemes Island, WA. His "extra-curricular" interests currently include early printed books, known as "incunabula."

Natalie Wossene ’08 - President

Natalie Wossene

Natalie is director of Sales and Marketing at Intel Corporation in Seattle. Previously, she was an academic consultant with Project GRAD USA, a non-profit education management group. Upon graduation from Haverford, Natalie was a secondary mathematics teacher with Teach for America at South Philadelphia High School. Natalie earned a B.A. in political science from Haverford in 2008, an M.A. in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, and an M.B.A. from Cornell's S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2014. As an undergraduate, Natalie served as co-chair of the Customs Week Committee and Students' Council co-vice president. She also served on the Senior Class Gift Committee (SCGC), and on the Search Committee for the vice president of Institutional Advancement. Natalie received the Student Council Student Life Award and served as a student representative to the Board of Managers. In 2007 she was the recipient of the John C. Whitehead 1943 Fund in Entrepreneurial Studies. Natalie is president of the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) and serves as an Admissions representative. She resides in Seattle, WA.

Role

  • Offer continuity to the affairs of the Alumni Association and Alumni Council.
  • Increase the involvement of alumni with the College and create new links between the alumni and the College’s administration, faculty, and students.
  • Advise Alumni Relations & Annual Giving and other administrative offices on issues of concern to alumni.
  • Propose and implement programs to strengthen the ties among Haverford College, its alumni, faculty, students, and administrators.
  • Support the efforts and programs of alumni volunteers who work in admission, planned giving, annual giving, career development, multicultural affairs, and regional societies.
  • Encourage attendance at Alumni Weekend, athletic events, lectures, networking receptions, and performances both on and off campus.
  • Monitor ongoing alumni programs, making recommendations for changes when and where needed.
  • Create new programs and new liaison volunteer positions when needed.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Alumni Relations staff to provide executive oversight for all alumni programs.
  • Identify and meet the needs of alumni in their continuing relationship with Haverford.
  • Promote the general welfare of Haverford College and a greater understanding for and commitment to the College and the alumni body.
  • Meet with faculty, students, and administrators to keep themselves informed about issues of importance to the College and its alumni.
  • Attend all meetings of the AAEC.
  • Serve as a liaison (e.g., Admission, Athletics, Multicultural Affairs, Awards, etc.) or a regional liaison (e.g., New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.), as assigned.
  • Assist Alumni Relations in identifying future alumni leaders and volunteers.
  • Monitor, encourage, and support activities that promote alumni loyalty.
  • Serve as the representative body when Haverford needs alumni opinion on issues the College or the Committee identifies as important for the College and its alumni.
  • Attend as many Haverford programs in your area or on campus as possible and encourage other alumni, parents, and friends to join.
  • Serve as an advocate for Haverford through communication with other alumni and external audiences.
  • Financially support Haverford with annual contributions.

Structure

The Committee consists of the officers of the Alumni Association, up to 15 at-large members, up to nine regional liaisons, the immediate past president of the Association, the chair of the Annual Fund and two student representatives. The officers are the president and the vice president who each serve two-year terms. The secretary of the Association is the director of Alumni and Parent Relations at the College. The at-large members and the regional liaisons are elected once each year, serving for a three year term. All members, except the officers, may serve no more than two consecutive terms. These Committee members represent the diversity of the College with respect to graduating class, gender, race, and geographic distribution.

At-large members serve in liaison positions which include various College departments such as: Admission, Alumni Weekend, Athletics, Multicultural Affairs, Awards, Communications, CCPA, LGBTQI+, and Scarlet Sages.

Regional liaisons represent major cities including New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, and Boston. The AAEC works with regional liaisons to develop new and engaging events worldwide.