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

Carol Benz ’85 — President

Carol serves as President & COO of B|O|S, a renowned wealth advisory firm in the Bay Area, providing firm management and oversight. Carol previously worked for Barclays Global Investors/BlackRock where she managed account, domestic, and international operations and the data services group. Prior to that, she worked with financial services, technology, and manufacturing clients at Ernst & Young

 

 

 

 

Ellen Petrill ’77, ’78 — Vice President

Retired after 38 years in energy research, impacting production and use of electricity. Nearly 30 years at the Electric Power Research Institute managing research, research programs, and customer and regulatory relations. Currently volunteering to support growth and leadership of high school and college students and early career people. Spending free time with friends and family, outdoors on foot and mountain bike enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, cooking brain healthy foods, and listening to stimulating books and podcasts.

 

 

Ellen Slack ’11, ’17 — Vice President

Originally from Minnesota, Ellen moved to California for Stanford and never left. 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. Post-graduation, Ellen has been building her career in retail and e-commerce, working for several Bay Area retailers. She currently works at Google, partnering with large retail clients, and lives in Mill Valley with her young family.

 

 

Kathryn Kilner ’08 — Vice President

Kathryn Kilner is a technology marketer with a passion for creating innovative experiences and building global brands. She currently leads go-to-market programs for the synergy between Salesforce and Tableau. Previously, she led marketing initiatives at Salesforce, General Electric, and BrightTALK. 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.

 

 

Kathy Chou ’85, ’86 — Vice President

Kathy is the SVP of Sales Strategy and Operations for VMware responsible for GTM strategy and operations, corporate intelligence, sales enablement, bookings/SaaS billing operations and new product introduction. Kathy brings more than 25 years of operations and management experience in the high-tech industry, with a proven track record of successfully executing to plan in multi-organization, multi-geography and multi-disciplinary teams. As a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, Kathy has served as a member of VMinclusion, driving D&I through thought leadership for VMware. Kathy came to VMware from Informatica, Intuit, and HP. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford, and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. She is married with 4 sons.

Michelle Greer Galloway ’87, ’89 — Vice President

Michelle is a patent litigator and frequent speaker on topics related to leadership and professional skills. She is a Lecturer at Stanford Law School and Santa Clara Law School. And, she is an active Stanford and community volunteer.

 

 

 

 

Ruth Cronkite ’70, ’71,’74,’76 — Vice President

Since becoming a member of Cap and Gown decades ago, my life journey has included teaching at Stanford and conducting health services research at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. I also directed several joint Stanford/VA pre- and postdoctoral fellowship programs in health services research and medical informatics for over 25 years, where I enjoyed the opportunity to select and mentor over 100 fellows. Other significant aspects of my life journey include a wonderful spouse, two grown sons, volunteer activities, travel, reading, cooking, and exercise.

 

 

 

Erica Toews ’10 — Assistant 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 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.

Eleanor Walker ’15 — Assistant Secretary

Board Members

Andrea Hinton ’14

Andrea Hinton, MD graduated from Stanford in 2014 with a BS in Chemistry, with Honors in the Arts. She worked for two years in health policy research at the Kansas Health Institute before earning her medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 2020. She is currently a preliminary intern with the UMKC Internal Medicine Residency Program and will be returning to Stanford to complete dermatology residency in July 2021. She is a native of Kansas City.

 

 

 

 

Beppie Cerf ’79

Graduated 40+ years ago from Stanford. A mom of 4, grandmother to 5 and one on the way. Spent the first 11 years after Stanford in the Bay Area. Then 20 years back east. In Maine. Now back in the Bay Area! Worked in retail for years, was an elected official, chairman of the Board of Ed. in Falmouth Maine for 8 years. Have worked in communication, marketing and development over the years.

 

Caroline Frost ’16, ’21

Caroline (BS ‘16, MS ‘21) lives in San Francisco, CA and when not thinking about the next Cap and Gown get together, she’s outside biking or hiking. Quarantine exhausted her interest in making sourdough bread and now she’s trying to learn Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

Jacquelyn Wong ’13

Jacquelyn is a San Diego native who graduated from Stanford in 2013 with a BA in International Relations and Chinese Language. She joined Cap and Gown in 2011 and subsequently became a board member in 2013. Jacquelyn currently lives in San Mateo, CA, and most recently worked at Coinbase and Google.

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Mahler ’04, ’05

Jessica Mahler has been designing, building and deploying distributed energy generation solutions for over a decade. She currently manages a team of Mechanical, Component Development, System engineers focused on Mechanical Systems Engineering at Bloom Energy. Jessica holds a Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering both from Stanford, and has been on the Cap and Gown Alumnae Board for 15 years. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and two daughters.

 

 

 

Joyce Dickerson ’86

I’m inspired and energized by tackling tough, messy problems, and then defining and building programs and/or product lines based on business fundamentals and market conditions. I am adept at creating order out of chaos. I have a passion for using technology to improve our lives on this planet, and enjoy the challenge of learning new skills, products, industries, companies, and technologies while simultaneously contributing to the creative process and adding value. I’m currently a Chief of Staff at Google, and have held other Google roles in Consumer Hardware, Environmental Sustainability, and Data Privacy. Prior to Google, I spent 7 years on staff at Stanford where I created and led the cross-University Sustainable IT Initiative, and before that was Executive Director of a reading development program at Bellehaven School in East Menlo Park.

 

 

Karen McKinley ’97

Karen is no stranger to the Farm, where she’s worked at the Stanford Alumni Association in Alumni Volunteer Engagement (and prior, the Office of Undergraduate Admission) for nearly 15 years. Prior to that she was an investigative journalist with NBC News. She is also a mom of two teenagers, a runner, and an avid sourdough bread maker/artist.

 

 

 

Laurie Rumker ’15, ’16

Laurie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and majored in Human Biology at Stanford with a concentration in Immunology, Infectious Disease and Global Health, followed by an M.S. in Stanford’s Biomedical Informatics program before venturing to the east coast for graduate school.  She is currently pursuing research training through the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics program, interwoven with training in clinical medicine, as a member of the MD-PhD dual degree program at Harvard Medical School.

 

Melissa Luu-Van ’06, ’07

Melissa Luu-Van joined Cap and Gown’s Alumnae Board in 2008 after graduating from Stanford (BA Sociology ’06, MA Sociology ’07). Melissa began her career in the nonprofit industry and currently is a product manager at Facebook, where she has led teams building products for photo sharing, small business tools, and consumer security for Facebook and Instagram. Earlier at Facebook, Melissa served in a number of leadership roles during critical phases of the company’s growth, including as a founding member and global lead of Facebook Platform’s anti-spam team and a founding member of Facebook’s India office.

 

Nancy Wenke Price ’79

Nancy Wenke Price worked in the energy, computer and finance fields before retiring in 2003. In addition to board work with Cap & Gown, Nancy is on the board of Five by Five Productions, a media company and Ethical African Apparel, a clothing manufacturer in Africa. Nancy holds a BS in Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Nancy lives in the Seattle Area with her husband and pug Gracie.

 

 

 

 

Naomi Waltman ’85, ’88

Naomi received a BA with Distinction in Political Science from Stanford and a JD from Stanford Law School. She currently serves as Executive Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Litigation, at ViacomCBS Inc. in New York City. In addition to Cap and Gown, Naomi also serves on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, is chair of the Stanford Law Fund, and is a past chair of the Stanford Parent Partners’ Committee. She has three children (Rachel ’15, Emily ’17, and Matthew ’20), all of whom graduated from Stanford.

 

 

 

Negin Behzadian ’17, ’18

Negin is an electrical engineer in the Medical Devices industry, passionate about improving the accessibility and quantitative value of medical imaging. She currently works at Abbott, where she designs for and owns MRI safety requirements and testing, to ensure patients implanted with Abbott’s pacemakers, defibrillators, and cardiac monitors are able to access MRI diagnostic procedures safely when they need it. Previously, she was a member of the Edison rotational program at GE Healthcare, where she dabbled at everything from mixed signal electronic design, to deep learning image reconstruction, and clinical research for MR and Ultrasound imaging systems for two years. Outside of work, Negin loves Zumba dancing, portrait drawing, and giving back to the community as the youngest member of the Cap and Gown alumnae board.

 

Rachel Waltman ’15

Rachel (she/her) graduated in 2015, where she double majored in History and Spanish. After graduation she spent a year in Mostoles, Spain as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching English and working to resettle Northern-African and Eastern-European refugees. She then earned an MSc from the London School of Economics (2017) in international human rights. Rachel is currently at Teachers College, Columbia University pursuing a degree in the Teaching of Social Studies.

 

 

 

Shari Young Kuchenbecker ’70

Shari Young Kuchenbecker, PhD is Director of R. W. Research, Inc. and Associate Director and Co-Founder of the Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA). Her UCLA doctoral research on children’s development of empathy and cognitive, behavioral and emotional empathic responses in positive, negative and neutral stimulating situations created a foundation for her ongoing research. She and her collaborative team work on building empathy, pro-social skills, emotion regulation, self-report and facial expression under duress, parent emotion coaching, development through sports, well-being, social synchrony, and the emerging dynamic relationship of oxytocin and cortisol in stress resilience.

 

 

Smeeta Ramarathnam ’96, ’00

Smeeta is a senior legal and operational executive who served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel – Head of Global Regulatory and Policy at Robinhood Markets Inc. Prior to that, she held senior roles at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission including Chief of Staff to Commissioner Aguilar and Deputy Director of the Office of Credit Ratings Agencies. She also spent time in private practice as well as clerked for the Honorable Deborah Chasanow of the United States District Court of the District of Maryland. Smeeta is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship of Public Affairs, Stanford University, and Stanford Law School. She also served as President of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Greater Washington D.C. Area and was named a NAPABA Best Under 40 Award recipient.

 

Tiffani Anderson ’08

Tiffani graduated from Stanford with a degree in Biochemical Engineering. She is a highly motivated, passionate leader and change manager, with a focus on promoting and affecting positive change in all fields. With a passion for healthcare, Tiffani’s volunteer work at Stanford led her to be a Founding Board Member of the Cancer Support Community — Silicon Valley. After a 7 year stint in healthcare consulting in Tokyo, Japan, Tiffani returned to the Bay a couple of years ago. She enjoys mentoring and helping to create high-growth situations that ultimately serve a greater good for an organization or an individual. Tiffani is an avid proponent of Cap and Gown and is greatly honored to serve the Stanford community in this way.