Wellesley-in-Westchester Leadership - 2018/19
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Elizabeth King Derby '88
Elizabeth Derby has over 25 years of experience in financial services and human capital management. She spent the first 12 years of her career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette as a Public Finance banker and then as Head of MBA Recruiting for Investment Banking. Subsequent to Credit Suisse's acquisition of DLJ in 2000, Elizabeth led firm wide campus recruiting for Credit Suisse. She was then appointed in 2001 to develop the Credit Suisse's nascent Diversity & Inclusion business. After leaving CS in 2008, she continued her Diversity & Inclusion focus as Head of Diversity & Inclusion at RBC Capital Markets and subsequently at Voya Financial. She is currently an independent Inclusion and Diversity specialist.
Elizabeth is a former Board Member of the Forte Foundation whose mission is to cultivate future women business leaders. She has also been a Girl Scout leader for the past eleven years and received an Outstanding Leader Award for her cross-community leadership of key initiatives.
Elizabeth graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 1988 as an Economics and French major. She received Freshman Distinction and was very involved in the Phi Sigma Literary Society where she held a leadership position as Treasurer. Recently Elizabeth has become more involved in the Wellesley-in-Westchester chapter by hosting and attending events and sharing enhancement ideas. She is now interested and able to take a more active role as a member of the Board.
Jamie Jensen (Jamie Sue Beck) has spent her life in non-profit or civic roles. She began her career 30 years ago – the day after Wellesley’s graduation – at Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a Boston-based non-profit serving alienated adolescents, including runaways, homeless youth and parenting teens. Today, she provides personalized consulting services to foundations, non-profits, and local community organizations building on her 25-year career in the K-16 public education and philanthropic sectors.
A resident of Rye, NY and an active volunteer - Jamie is co-founder of the Rye Town Park Alliance, the Healing Arts Collective. She was founding President of the Rye Fund for Education and Co-Chair of Heard in Rye - the local speakers’ bureau focused on issues facing parents today. Beyond Rye, Jamie is a board member of the Mental Health and Addition Network and The Foundation for the Open Door Family Medical Centers of Westchester. As a long time Unitarian Universalist, she is a member of the Coordinating Committee for Life on A Star Conferences after having chaired a seven-day conference for 300 attendees on Star Island in Portsmouth, NH in 2015.
Jamie, her husband and two young-adult children were residents of Manhattan for 20 years before moving to Westchester in 2010. You can usually find her in the park with her dog, reading a book, or planning a community meeting with friends and neighbors.
Lois Anne Fradkin Katz ‘62
Lois Anne Katz, MD, FACP, a graduate of Wellesley College and NYU School of Medicine, is an internist and nephrologist. She works full-time at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System in Manhattan where she is Associate Chief of Staff for Special Emphasis Programs and Quality Management. She is Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine; she teaches medical students and medical residents at NYU and the VA. Dr. Katz treats inpatients and outpatients; she specializes in managing patients with hypertension and patients with kidney disease including those on dialysis. She is also a primary care physician who has been a Preventive Medicine advocate for many years. Her clinical research career spans more than 30 years; she was a principal investigator for the ALLHAT and ACCORD studies (landmark NHLBI studies of the treatment of hypertension and diabetes) and many other antihypertensive drug studies. She also supervises the Women Veterans Program, the Visually Impaired Services Team, and Employee Health Programs at VA NY Harbor. Lois lives in Larchmont with her husband Arthur. She has two grown sons and four grandchildren, two girls and two boys. She enjoys gardening, reading, and cooking in addition to going to concerts and the theater in NYC. She is a Past President of Wellesley-in-Westchester.
Maggie Christ ‘82
Maggie Christ has spent most of her post-Wellesley life working in arts organizations, and is currently the Director of Operations at Ballet Tech, a non-profit tuition-free ballet school in NYC. In the department of non ministrari sed ministrare, she’s been a volunteer with her local League of Women Voters, served as board member and president of the non-profit daycare center that her daughter attended, helped start the Chappaqua Farmers Market, and is currently serving as an elected member of the Chappaqua Library board. Maggie lives in Chappaqua with her husband, 14 year old girl, and two cats.
Christina Orban-La Salle ‘90
Christina spent her senior year in Riga, Latvia as part of a brand-new exchange program and graduated from Wellesley in 1990 with a degree in Russian Studies. After the many challenges of a year in the Soviet Union, Christina spent a very nice year in Nice, France on a Rotary International Scholarship. That marked the beginning of her life as a serial expat. By 1992 Christina had landed in Budapest and began working in client services for McCann-Erickson, a global advertising firm. Not long after, she used those skills to help launch a telecommunications start up in Eastern Europe. Ultimately, Christina spent over 10 years living in Europe and Asia and made the jump from business to the art world. Today she helps bring history back to life as the Director of Visitor Services for historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and firmly subscribes to the philosophy of "carpe diem". She has served as Communications Chair since June 2015.
Kathleen Prystowsky '07
Margaret Prystowsky Rogers '04
Alumnae Admissions Representatives
Jing Cao '08
Abigail Murthy '03
Book Award Chair
Jane Cohen ‘50
A volunteer and Mom for many years; after her husband Charlie died, Jane took her mental health skills (learned at NY Hospital) and computer skills ( learned at home and Pace University) and went to work in Pscyh Rehab teaching and supporting clients who were then able to get and keep jobs. Later, she worked in Adult Ed imparting computer knowledge of hardware and software to a wonderful mixture of students - all ages and backgrounds. Now Jane uses her computer knowledge and interview expertise to manage the Book Awards program for Wellesley-In-Westchester.
Amy Halket ‘71
Amy Levin Halket spent her professional career in education - first as a reading specialist and then in the field of educational publishing for over 30 years. Amy edited and wrote classroom materials for teachers and students. She has a M.Ed. from Boston University.
Amy is retired and now combines her Wellesley politcal science major and her experience in education as a volunteer ESL teacher at the Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck. On the Wellesley front, Amy chaired her 40th and 45th class of 1971 reunions, and is signed up to do the 50th beginning next year. She looks forward to her new role as a Wellesley-in-Westchester board member on the Book Award team. Amy has lived in Larchmont since 1982. She has four grown children - three sons and a daughter, three daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Community Service Chairs
Elizabeth Phillips Marrinan ‘78
Liz Marrinan has been the Village of Scarsdale’s Village Planner since 2000. In that role she helps oversee land use and development in the Village with the Buildings, Engineering, Law and Assessment departments. She acts as staff to the Village Planning Board and Board of Appeals focusing on a variety of environmental, legal and community development issues. She works closely with residents, architects, engineers, attorneys, developers, volunteers and elected officials. During her tenure, the Village has tackled various land use issues including establishing Floor Area Ratio regulations, updating the Village Center Comprehensive Plan, regulating wireless facilities, stormwater management and wetlands protection.
Liz graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Political Science and a focus on city planning after spending her “junior year abroad” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She began her public service career working for the City of Boston on neighborhood economic development initiatives. Liz relocated to the New York metropolitan area and worked for the City of New York where she developed the very successful Business Improvement District program. After moving to Westchester County, she worked for the City of Mount Vernon assisting the Planning Commissioner and then for the Town of Greenburgh where she coordinated the use of federal funds for neighborhood improvement projects. Liz currently lives in White Plains, NY.
Laura Iverson '96
Kelly Germa ‘79
Kelly was a double major at Wellesley in Economics and Philosophy. From 1984 to 2014 she worked as a mortgage originator in NY and CA with Dollar Dry Dock Bank, Northeast Savings, Cendant/Coldwell Banker Mortgage, PNC Bank, Princeton Capital, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. She is currently a Realtor licensed in NY, NJ and CA and works for Richardson Realty in Pleasantville. She lives in Tarrytown with her husband, Eric, and has one son, Peter, who is studying engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Linda Ury Greenberg ‘76
Linda Ury Greenberg is the co-chair of programming for Wellesley-in-Westchester. She lives in Larchmont with her husband Ned and has two children. Professionally, she is the Director for Marketing Research at Columbia University’s Office of Alumni and Development, overseeing University-wide alumni quantitative and qualitative initiatives, covering engagement, programming and communications. Prior to joining Columbia in 2013, she spent 30 years doing consumer research in advertising and the music industry. Besides receiving a B.A. in English and Art History from Wellesley College, Linda has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dorothee von Huene Greenberg ‘58
Dorothee von Huene Greenberg was born in Germany, raised in Maine, and transferred to Wellesley from Colby College as a sophomore. After receiving her BA in English, she received an MA in German and English Literature at the University of Munich.
She taught English at Southern Oregon College before settling in New York to teach at Pace University and getting her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature at NYU. Her overriding interest became meeting the challenges of moving from the least diverse state in the union, Maine, to teaching students in one of the most diverse cities in the world. She initiated conferences entitled The Ethnic Mosaic for educators in the New York area.
After moving to Westchester County in 1989 her teaching focused on women's studies including Historical and Modern Sexual Revolutions and Gender, Race, and Class. She also taught world literature and the literatures of immigrant and racial minorities. Her most recent research on the underground railroad in Pleasantville was published in the Westchester Historian in 2012.
She lives with her husband in Pleasantville and has a daughter and a granddaughter.
Lisa Gennetian '90
90th Anniversary Co-Chairs
Irene Groban ‘45
Irene graduated from Wellesley, and then got a Masters Degree from NYU in Social Work. After working at the Youth Counseling League, Irene founded A Different Start, a program devoted to helping teenagers with children under three.
Suzanne Lipton ‘95
Suzanne served the Wellesley-in-Westchester community as President of the club (2014-2018), as Communications Chair prior to that, and has both attended and spoken at the College's annual Alumnae Leadership Council, where she discussed Wellesley-in-Westchester's approach to alumnae engagement. Among her favorite activities as a student at Wellesley, Suzanne led tours for prospective students on campus and interned in Boston and Washington D.C. for John Kerry, then U.S. Senator, and in The White House while participating in the Wellesley-in-Washington Summer Internship Program.
Suzanne resides in Westchester, where she and her husband, Mark, are getting great joy from raising their three boys.
Board Members at Large
Jeanne Hamburg Schechtman ‘87
Following receipt of her B.A. in English and Psychology from Wellesley, Jeanne Hamburg graduated from Columbia Law School in 1990 where she was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Since 2005 she has been a partner with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, practicing from its New York City office. Immediately prior to joining her current firm, she served as Special Counsel in the New York Office of Baker Botts, and prior to that, was an associate attorney with the law firms of Coudert Brothers (which is now part of Baker & McKenzie) and the boutique entertainment law firm Frankfurt, Kurnit Klein & Selz. In each year since 2009, Jeanne has been recognized as a New York Superlawyer® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only five percent of New York attorneys are given this honor. Jeanne has specialized in trademark and copyright law for 20 of her 25 years in practice. She is Chair and founder of her firm's Internet Law Group and assists her clients in a broad array of matters, from transactional work to litigation in the U.S. Trademark Office and the federal courts. She loves working with clients, finding creative ways to help them realize their goals, and in doing so crossing professional paths with fellow Wellesley alum. In her spare time, Jeanne enjoys meeting prospective Wellesley students in her role as AAR, as well as reading, decorating and entertaining. She is married to Jay Schechtman, a physician who is Chief Medical Officer of a hospital-owned not for profit company that issues healthcare insurance plans to Medicare and Medicaid patients. Jeanne and Jay have two children. Their oldest child Kara, a graduate of Scarsdale High School, is currently attending Columbia University, where she plans to major in Computer Science and English. Their youngest, Grant, enjoys karate, tennis, playing clarinet and serving on his school's student government and shares with his sister passions for photography, film-making and technology. The Hamburg Schechtman family lives in Scarsdale, New York with their little white fluffy dog, a rescue named Ella.
Barbara Miller Berman ‘84
Barbara was born and raised in Scarsdale, New York. After receiving her BA in Political Science from Wellesley, College, Barbara received a JD from The Washington College of Law, of The American University. Barbara practiced commercial real estate law in NYC at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Kalkines, Arky Zall and Bernstein (n/k/a Mannatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP). About 6 years ago, Barbara embarked on a new career in the NYS early intervention program. Barbara works for the Westchester Institute for Human Development, where she has guided hundreds of families through the process of having their children (ages birth to 3 years old) evaluated for developmental delays. She finds this work extremely rewarding. Barbara is also supplementing this work with guiding families through the process of applying for legal guardianship of someone with a disability. Barbara has also enjoyed being an active volunteer in the Edgemont School District and on the Wellesley-in-Westchester Board, for over 20 years.
In her personal life, Barbara lives in Edgemont, New York and is the mother of two children, Peter and Johnny, who are her greatest pride and joy.
Rosalyn Avigad ‘62
Roslyn Press Avigad was born on the Ides of March in Middletown, CT and raised in Springfield, MA. She was an English major at Wellesley, and received an MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research in 1964. In 1982, she was awarded a PsyD in Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (at Yeshiva University). Roz is a NYS Licensed Psychologist, a National Certified School Psychologist, and certified in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by the Washington Square Institute. Now retired, she was a Clinical Supervisor for the NYC Board of Education, a Clinical Supervisor at the Washington Square Institute, and Adjunct Professor at the Ferkauf School, an Adjunct Professor at the Helene Fuld College of Nursing, and a private practitioner. In 1963, Roz married Nathaniel Avigad, who fought in the 1948 Israel War of Independence and the 1956 Sinai Campaign. He was a sculptor and jewelry designer. After many happy years together, he passed away in 2006. They have two sons, Jeremy and Joshua. Jeremy and his wife Elinor have three daughters; Joshua and his wife Laura have two sons. The families traveled together to Israel in 2011 so that Roz’s grandchildren could meet their Israeli relatives. Roz enjoys travel, theater, art, music and books. She is a charter member of the Wellesley-In-Westchester book group, and continues to be active in the W-i-W Club.
Ellen M. Umansky ‘72
Ellen M. Umansky is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and Director of the University's Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, positions that she has held since the fall of 1994. The many courses that she took at Wellesley in Philosophy (her major) and Religion (especially Bible) led to her falling in love with the study of religion. After receiving her B.A. from Wellesley, she received an M.A. in Religion from Yale and a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. She is the author of more than 75 scholarly articles and five books. She currently sits on the boards of a number of academic journals and professional organizations and is President of the Southern Jewish Historical Society.
Ellen is the mother of three terrific sons (and 1 daughter-in-law): Abraham (who lives with his wife Karlie in NYC), Ezra (who lives with his fiancée, Rona, in State College, PA) and Seth (who lives in Chicago). After being in Edgemont for almost 20 years, she now lives in White Plains.
Ruth Toff ‘44
After 4 years at Wellesley, Ruth returned to her home in Memphis and began working as a statistician for the Memphis Community Chest and Council of Social Agencies. In the fall of 1945, she was offered a position in the Research and Statistics Dept. of Community Chests and Councils, Inc. (the national association), where she stayed until 1953. After marriage, Ruth and her husband Ira moved to Edgemont, where they both became involved in community activities. She began working as a volunteer editor of the Edgemont School District Newsletter and when that became a staff job, she continued as editor for 37 years, long after their daughter Nancy had graduated.
In 1979 Ira and Ruth received the Silver Box Award from the Greenville Community Council for Outstanding Service to the Greenville Community. (This was the first time the award had been given to a couple.)
Ruth has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester Philharmonic since 1999, and served as secretary for several years. And she has been a Wellesley-In-Westchester board member at various times, serving as treasurer and one year, in the sixties, as vice-president.