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.


Executive Committee

Ellen Cerf Slack, BA International Relations ’11, MA Communications ’11, MBA 17 — President

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, before returning to the Stanford GSB. She now works at Google Shopping and lives with her husband and mini Aussie in San Francisco.

Kathy Chou, BS Mechanical Engineering ’85, MS Manufacturing Systems Engineering ’86 — Vice President

Kathy is the Vice President of R&D Operations and Central Services at VMware.  She was previously SVP of sales strategy and operations at Informatica, 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 Vice Chair at iRiSS the Stanford Institute for Research in Social Sciences. Kathy was 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.

Kathryn Kilner, BA History, BA Human Biology ’08 — Vice President

Kathryn Kilner is a technology marketer with a passion for creating innovative experiences and building global brands. She currently leads strategy and operations for the industry marketing team at Salesforce. Previously, she led content marketing programs and marketing strategy initiatives at GE Digital. She launched her marketing career at webinar provider BrightTALK, where she built four marketing teams from scratch. Kathryn lives in San Francisco, but is perpetually plotting her next travel adventure. A devotee to the arts, she enjoys dancing when she can, choreographing wedding dances, and wandering art museums. Her honors thesis at Stanford was on the national art museum in Chile. She graduated class of 2008 with a double major in history and human biology and a minor in dance.

Ellen Petrill, BS Mechanical Engineering ’77, MS Mechanical Engineering ’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 and as chair of the annual Stanford Women Winter Welcome. Ellen retired after 38 years in energy research. She spent nearly 30 of those years at the Electric Power Research Institute working in energy efficiency, understanding customers, and power plant improvement, as well as customer and regulator relations. Ellen now encourages high school students, college students, and early career colleagues through mentoring, Cap and Gown projects, and Toastmasters. She loves to be outside on Bay Area trails on foot or mountain bike.

Kristen Glass, BA Science, Technology, and Society ’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 Cisco Meraki. Previously, she worked in marketing at Vlocity and Act-On Software. 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 teaching yoga.

Board Members

Negin Behzadian, BS Bioengineering ’17,  MS Electrical Engineering ’18

Sarah Beller, BA Classics ’15, MS Computer Science ’16, JD ’21

Carol Benz, BA Economics ’85

Beppie Cerf, BA Human Biology, BA Communications ’79

Cheryl Cheng, BA Public Policy ’99

Ruth Cronkite, ’70, ’71, ’74, ’76

Caroline Frost, BS Mathematical and Computational Science ’16

Lee Gregory, ’83

Andrea Hinton, ’14

Vinita Kailasanath, BA Human Biology ’04, MS Biological Sciences ’05, JD ’10

Shari Young Kuchenbecker, BA Psychology ’70

Melissa Luu-Van, BA Sociology ’06, MS Sociology ’07

Jessica Mahler, BS Mechanical Engineering ’04, MS Mechanical Engineering ’05

Smeeta Ramarathnam, BA Political Science ’96, JD ’00

Laurie Rumker, BA Human Biology ’15, MS Biomedical Informatics ’16

Erica Toews, BA English ’10

Eleanor Walker, BA Classics, BA Linguistics ’15

Naomi Waltman, BA Political Science ’85, JD ’88

Rachel Waltman, BA History, BA Spanish ’15

Nancy Wenke Price, BS Civil Engineering ’79

Jacquelyn Wong, BA International Relations ’13