Alumnae Board



The Alumnae Board serves to connect Cap and Gown alumnae with each other and the Stanford community. This includes hosting events, supporting mentorship and communicating Cap and Gown news to members. The Alumnae Board meets four times a year and works with the Actives Board in planning and hosting Cap and Gown events. It also manages Cap and Gown’s scholarship funds and dues collection.

If you are interested in joining the board or have any questions, please contact us.

Kathryn Kilner, ’08 — President

Kathryn is delighted and honored to serve as president of the Alumnae Board of Cap and Gown. After graduating from Stanford with a double major in History with honors and Human Biology as well as a minor in Dance, she spent five years building marketing teams at BrightTALK, the social content marketing platform that provides professionals with webcasting tools to share ideas and insights. She now runs content marketing programs at GE Software and is working on the release of GE Predix, the cloud platform for the Industrial Internet. Kathryn lives in San Francisco and still enjoys dancing when she can. You can also find her wandering art museums and plotting her next travel adventure.

Kathy Chou, ’85, ’86 — Vice President

Kathy is the senior vice president of sales strategy and operations at Informatica. She was previously the VP of sales operations and strategy at Intuit and VP of PSG Americas sales strategy and operations at HP. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from Harvard. She was Senior Class President for the Class of ‘85, Chair of the Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations, and Director at iRiSS the Stanford Institute for Research in Social Sciences. Kathy was recently honored by the Stanford Alumni Association with the Stanford Medal and served as president of Cap and Gown from 2011 to 2013.

Michelle Galloway, ’86,’89 — Vice President

Michelle Galloway is a lecturer in patent litigation at Stanford Law School and Santa Clara Law School, having graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and from Stanford Law in 1989. She has written widely on the subject of electronic discovery, expert witnesses, depositions, motion practice, and privilege. She is currently a vice president of Cap and Gown, having served previously as the president. The Stanford Associates recently gave Michelle the university’s Governors’ Award recognizing her exemplary volunteer service to the university over an extended period.

Samantha Quist, ’03 — Vice President

Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Stanford University with honors. She is passionate about technology and recently was the senior director of Technovation, the largest global technology entrepreneurship program for girls. She has also founded a couple of her own companies and is currently pursuing her own entrepreneurial interests. Samantha served as president of Cap and Gown from 2013 to 2015.

Ellen Petrill, ’77, ’78 — Vice President

Ellen Petrill graduated from Stanford in 1977 with a Bachelor’s degree and in 1978 with a Master’s degree, both in mechanical engineering. She served previously as president of Cap and Gown and continues on the board as a vice president. She is also the Director of State and Regional Relationships at the Electric Power Research Institute where she leads strategies and technologies to reduce climate change impacts, such as advanced coal, energy efficiency, and smart grid.

Ellen Cerf Slack, ’11 — Treasurer

Ellen Cerf Slack, a Cap and Gown board member since 2009, grew up braving the cold winters of Minnesota with her parents and two younger sisters. She first visited Stanford after a school snow day in April of her senior year and knew that she was meant for warmer climates. Once at Stanford, Ellen received a BA in International Relations and an MA in Communication in 2011. Her most meaningful undergrad activities were studying abroad in Berlin, performing with Robber Barons Sketch Comedy, tour guiding, counseling at Camp Kesem, and attending Cap and Gown events. After graduating, Ellen completed the Retail Management Program at Gap Inc. and spent the next four years managing inventory strategy for various e-commerce brands. She is now taking a break from retail to return to the Stanford GSB this fall. She is excited to be back on the Farm and to stay involved in Cap and Gown as treasurer.

Kristen Glass, ’13 — Secretary

Kristen received her BA in Science, Technology, and Society and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Currently, she works in marketing at Act-On Software. Previously, she held internships with Morgan Stanley, Deem, and Children’s Hospital-Oakland Research Institute. While at Stanford, she was the Actives President of Stanford Cap and Gown and Co-President of Stanford’s chapter of Ellevate, a global networking organization for corporate women founded by Goldman Sachs executives. In her free time she enjoys hiking, singing, and playing tennis.

Carol Benz, ’85 — Board Member

Caitlin Callaghan, ’03 — Board Member

Beppie Cerf, ’79 — Board Member

Jean Coblentz, ’47 — Board Member

Ruth Cronkite, ’70, ’71, ’74, ’76 — Board Member

Angela Sherry Evans, ’97, ’04 — Board Member

Andrea Hinton, ’14 — Board Member

Shari Young Kuchenbecker, ’70 — Board Member

Jean Leonard, ’57 — Board Member

Melissa Luu-Van, ’06, ’07 — Board Member

Jessica Mahler, ’04, ’05 — Board Member

Ellie Mansfield, ’58, ’60 — Board Member

Robin Murphy, ’77 — Board Member

Kimi Narita, ’07, ’11 — Board Member

Susan Phillips, ’70, ’72 — Board Member

Reagan Thompson, ’12 — Board Member

Erica Toews, ’10 — Board Member

Naomi Waltman, ’85, ’88 — Board Member

Jacquelyn Wong, ’13 — Board Member