Executive Committee

Chair: Jeffrey Jensen '81
At-Large: Jean Russell '65
At-Large: John Smith '71
At-Large: Kevin Weiss '76
Chair, Governance Committee: Jan Thomas '80
Chair, Academic Affairs Policy Committee: 
Chair, Enrollment Policy Committee: Maxine Urheim
Chair, Financial Affairs Policy Committee: John McGrane '73
Chair, Student Experience Policy Committee: Peter Bryant
President of the College: Jonathan Brand (ex officio)

 Profiles of Our Current Trustees

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    Jonathan Brand

    President of the College, ex officio member

    Jonathan Brand has been president of Cornell College since July 2011. He holds a law degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree in French literature from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in history and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jonathan has written articles and columns for higher education publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education as well as for The Huffington Post, and has spoken at conferences sponsored by the NCAA and the Council of Independent Colleges, among others. In addition to his administrative work, Jonathan has taught courses on political science and constitutional law at Grinnell, Doane, and Nanjing University in China. He also teaches at Cornell. Jonathan and his wife Rachelle LaBarge have two adult children.

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    Tahllee Baynard '97

    Research Scientist and Program Manager, Lockheed Martin, Los Altos, California

    Tahllee Baynard ’97 was a student at Cornell from 1993 to 1997 studying chemistry, history, and mathematics. He was also a member of the cross country and track teams and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Baynard graduated with a B.S.S. in chemistry and history and received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2002. From 2002–2007, Baynard was an atmospheric chemist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he led instrument development to support the study of air quality and climate change. He returned to Cornell as a guest lecturer in Chemistry in 2003 and was a recipient of Cornell’s 2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award. Tahllee is currently a Program Manager Vice President at Lockheed Martin leading large aerospace engineering programs based out of Sunnyvale, California. He lives with his wife, Kanesha Lee Baynard ’94, in Los Altos, California, where they raised their two children.

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    Peter Bryant, P'88

    Senior Vice President and Principal, Ruffalo Noel Levitz (retired), Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Peter Bryant is a Coe College graduate with a degree in economics, and also holds a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. Peter retired as senior vice president and principal of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, LLC, providing technology-enabled solutions and services for enrollment, student success, and fundraising in the higher education and nonprofit communities. Peter has conducted enrollment assessments and consulted with more than 750 institutions in his career. In addition, he has more than 25 years of enrollment management experience serving Coe College, Drake University, Kirkwood Community College, and the University of Iowa in addition to Cornell College, where he was vice president for enrollment and dean of admission. He also served on the staff of a worldwide public relations firm, a Young & Rubicam affiliate based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Peter first joined the Cornell Board of Trustees in 1993 and has served several terms. He is an active civic leader and past national officer in several higher education organizations. Peter and his wife, JoAnn, have two adult children. Their daughter, Julie Lynn Bryant, earned a degree in English in 1988 from Cornell College.

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    Marissa Czapla '20

    Cornell Class of 2020 Young Trustee, Financial Analyst, Mutual of Omaha, Lincoln, Nebraska

    Marissa Czapla '20 was chosen as Cornell’s 2020 Young Trustee. Marissa majored in economics and business and international relations and will start a position as a financial analyst in Mutual of Omaha’s leadership pipeline program in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 2020. At Cornell she took her studies to Guatemala, India, and China. She worked as a tour guide for the Office of Admission, and she held summer internships at Mutual of Omaha in Lincoln and Amazing Edibles Catering Company in Chicago. She was a two-year captain of the women’s cross country and track team. She was a mentor in the Cornell College Lunch Buddy Program for four years, and worked on house construction as part of Cornell’s Alternative Breaks program at the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in the spring of 2018. Marissa resides in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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    Thomas Durham '77

    Attorney, Mayer Brown LLP (retired), Scottsdale, Arizona

    Tom Durham grew up in DeWitt, Iowa, just down the road from Cornell, which he entered in 1973. He graduated in 1977 with majors in philosophy and history. After Cornell, he attended New York University Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1980 and served as an editor on the Review of Law and Social Change. After law school, Tom joined Mayer, Brown and Platt, a global law firm based in Chicago, where he specialized in the litigation of federal tax cases. He retired in 2015. Tom has been a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees since 2009. He and his wife, Martha Hemenway Durham '78, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have two adult children.

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    Felecia Epps '80

    Dean and Professor of Law, University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, Carrolltown, Texas

    Felecia Turner Epps was raised in the Chicago suburbs and graduated from Cornell with a degree in politics and sociology. She signed with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) while a Cornell student and spent the summer of 1979 at Officer Candidate School. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1983, she attended The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, followed by Naval Justice School. Epps served for approximately 10 years as a judge advocate. She left the USMC in 1992 having attained the rank of Major. She went on to work for Georgia Legal Services Program and held professor and dean roles at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Lwa. Since 2018, Epps has served as Dean of the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law. She resides in Carrollton, Texas.

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    Stephanie Froehlich '05

    Associate Vice President of Marketing, Nasdaq, New York, New York

    Stephanie “Steph” Froehlich '05 majored in economics and business at Cornell and was a member of the tennis team, Kappa Theta, and Mortar Board. Following graduation, she joined Nasdaq as an associate. Quickly rising in the ranks, she became director of global research associates in 2012 and then managing director of marketing and research in 2014 prior to being promoted to her current position of associate vice president of marketing in April 2019. Since 2014, Froehlich has also been on the board of directors at American Sports Enterprises Inc. and The Kane County Cougars baseball club. She resides in New York, New York.

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    Stuart Gunn

    Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey (retired), Glen Ellyn, Illinois

    Stuart Gunn is the father of a Cornell student in the class of 2020. He earned his AB in economics from Princeton University in 1985 and an M.B.A. in finance and strategy from the University of Chicago in 1987. His career focused primarily on consulting in the healthcare and financial services sectors. He was a vice president at A.T. Kearney, headed strategy and acquisitions for Dutch bank ABN AMRO, and finished his career as a managing director for Bridge Strategy Group and its successor Houlihan Lokey, retiring in 2018. He and his wife, Lynne Gunn, live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and have three children. He has served on the boards of the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Princeton Club of Chicago, and Glen Oak Country Club.

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    Jeffrey Jensen '81

    President, JFO Group LLC, Colleyville, Texas

    Jeffrey Jensen graduated from Cornell College in 1981 with majors in economics and philosophy. After Cornell, he attended the University of Texas at Arlington, earning his master of science degree in information systems. Jeff is a partner with JFO Group, a diversified investment management company located in Irving, Texas, owned and operated by the Jensen family. JFO actively invests in public and private equity as well as real estate. Jeff has been a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees since 2011, and began serving as the Chair of the Board in 2020. He and his wife, Lou Anne, reside in Colleyville, Texas. They have three adult children.

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    Maureen Johnson '87

    Vice President, Global Tax, Spotify, New York, New York

    Maureen Johnson grew up in Davenport, Iowa, and graduated from Cornell College with a degree in economics and business and French literature. After Cornell, she attended the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona, graduating in 1989. Following a quick stint in banking in Houston, Texas, she moved overseas and entered the world of international taxation. Johnson spent 15 years in London and Paris working for Arthur Andersen, Hines, a start-up, and Virgin Media. Maureen went on to work as the senior vice president, tax, for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. She is currently the global VP, taxation, at Spotify. Maureen has been a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees since 2011.

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    Sultan "Sunny" Ahmed Khan '21

    Cornell Class of 2021 Young Trustee; student at the Harvard School of Divinity

    Sultan "Sunny" Ahmed Khan was chosen as Cornell's 2021 Young Trustee. A native of Pakistan, he will undertake a three-year master's program at the Harvard School of Divinity. Sunny earned his B.A. in international relations with a civic engagement minor, and was elected to the Pi Sigma Alpha politics honorary society. During his time as a Cornell student, Sunny was selected to participate in the Cornell Leadership, Entrepreneurship, And Distinctive Service (LEADS) program and was an active campus leader. He served as a marketing intern and an international student orientation leadership mentor for the Office of Intercultural Life, where he developed a three-month personal growth and leadership course for incoming international and African American students based on self-awareness and knowledge of one's values and purpose. Sunny has a passion for social activism, community leadership, public scholarship and policy, and grassroots organizing.

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    Frances Kao '85

    Mediator and Arbitrator, Chicago, Illinois

    Frances Kao graduated from Cornell College in 1985, majoring in history and theater. She found her future profession when she took Constitutional Law as a sophomore. Frances went on to earn a Juris Doctorate degree in 1992 from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology and became a partner at the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Before she retired from practicing law at age 48, Kao was resident in Skadden’s Hong Kong office, heading up the U.S. dispute resolution and investigations practice for the Asia Pacific region. In addition to acting as a private arbitrator and mediator, Frances now designs and builds homes in Chicago. Using principles of universal design, the homes she builds are ideal for all ages and all physical abilities. Frances joined the Cornell College Board of Trustees in 2010. She resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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    Linda Webb Koehn '66

    Community Leader and Philanthropist, Des Moines, Iowa

    Linda Koehn graduated from Cornell with a major in English. She also holds a master of arts degree from the University of Iowa and a master of science degree from Drake University. She taught for 20 years and then became a community leader and philanthropist. She has served in leadership capacities with many civic and cultural organizations in the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area, including the Des Moines Symphony, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, the Science Center of Iowa, and Variety, The Children's Charity. She is a board member of The Waldinger Corporation where her husband, Tom, is chairman of the board. She also serves as a trustee of the Naples Children and Education Foundation supporting children in Collier County, Florida, and is a member of the sustaining leadership council of The Naples Botanical Garden. Linda has been a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees since 2010. The Koehns have a son, Jon, daughter-in-law Maribeth, and grandchildren James and Nora. Jon has succeeded his father as CEO of The Waldinger Corporation.

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    Jack Lumanog '96

    Bishop, The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola, Snellville, Georgia

    The Right Rev. Dr. Jack Lumanog serves as President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. He is a 1996 graduate of Cornell College (BA, Religion) and also holds the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Currently the Bishop is a graduate student at Harvard University Extension School for the Master of Liberal Arts degree in management. In his role as an Anglican Bishop, Lumanog oversees clergy and congregations in the United States, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India and his native country of the Philippines.

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    John McGrane '73

    Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (retired), Bethesda, Maryland

    Born and raised in Waverly, Iowa, John McGrane came to Cornell as a first-generation college student and graduated with majors in philosophy and political science. He attended Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., earning his law degree in 1976. John was a member of his law firm's Energy Practice Group in Washington, D.C. He is a past chair of the Legal Committee of the Edison Electric Institute. John has been a member of the Cornell College Board of Trustees since 2001, including serving as Chair from 2011-2017. He and his wife, Martha Benson McGrane '73, reside in Bethesda, Maryland, and also have a home in Mount Vernon, Iowa, across the street from Russell Science Center. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.

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    Robert McLennan '65

    President/CEO, Beacon Management Company, Glenview, Illinois

    Robert McLennan graduated from Cornell in 1965. After earning a law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bob began his career as an attorney with Amoco Oil Company. In 1982 he and a partner formed McLennan & Thebault, Inc., a commercial-industrial construction and real estate development firm. From 1985 to 2002, Bob was chairman and majority shareholder of PlainsBank of Illinois, and he is currently President of Beacon Management Company, an asset management company. Bob’s volunteer leadership is extensive, including as a board member of L3 Organization (a group of global leaders committed to making the world a better place), and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Among the organizations he has chaired or served as president are the nonprofit Advocate Health Care Network, the World President’s Organization and its Chicago chapter, and the Glenview Community Church Executive Board. Bob has been a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees since 2006. He and his wife Becky (Martin) McLennan '64 reside in Naples, Florida and Glenview, Illinois.

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    Warren Mack '66

    Attorney, Fredrikson and Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Warren Mack earned a B.A. in history from Cornell College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He has practiced law with Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis since 1969. He was the managing partner for 12 years and has practiced in the areas of corporate, venture capital, tax, health law, and aviation law. Mack has served on many boards and in 2006 was named one of Minnesota’s Five Outstanding Directors by Twin Cities Business for his help in bringing Buffalo Wild Wings from a small private company to a successful public company. In the nonprofit world, he has chaired the Boards of Directors of the Minnesota Orchestra and Buena Vista University and currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra, North Memorial Health Care, Madeline Island Chamber Music, and the Jorja Fleezanis and Michael Steinberg Fund for Music. He is the author of “One Step Forward,” a biography of a World War II triple ace fighter pilot. Mack pilots both land and sea planes. Warren joined the Cornell Board of Trustees in 2018. He is married to Linda Mack ’69, an architecture writer who was the architecture columnist and writer for the Star Tribune for many years.

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    Harper Reed '01

    Entrepreneur, Chicago, Illinois

    Harper Reed earned a degree in computer science from Cornell College in 2001. His first job out of college was as an engineer for World Book Publishing. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Chief Technology Officer of a clothing company called Threadless, where he helped pioneer the online business model of crowd-sourcing. Harper went on to serve as Chief Technology Officer for Obama for America from April 2011 through the November 2012 election. He was also the CEO of a mobile payment platform called Modest which was purchased by PayPal in 2015. Harper is an entrepreneur, currently working with the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and the MIT Media Lab. He was identified by the Chicago Tribune as "Someone to watch in 2014" calling Reed and his Modest partner "Chicago's best-pedigreed software developers". In 2014 Harper was given the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Cornell College. Harper currently resides in Chicago with his wife, Hiromi Nakazawa '01 where he, in his own words, "builds paradigm-shifting technology and leads others to do the same."

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    Jerry Ringer '59

    Ophthalmologist (retired), Bloomington, Illinois

    Jerry Ringer graduated from Cornell College in 1959 with a degree in biology and went on to earn an M.D. in Ophthalmology from the University of Iowa in 1963. He had a successful career as an ophthalmologist in Bloomington, Illinois before retiring in 2003. He has taken trips to Africa to perform eye treatments and surgery. Jerry was one of the first ophthalmologists in downstate Illinois to perform outpatient surgery. Cornell has been a part of Jerry's life since his childhood. He grew up in Mount Vernon and his father is a Cornell alumnus. Jerry previously served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, on Cornell's 2010 Presidential Search committee, and is one of the longest serving members of Cornell's Board of Trustees—including as Board Chair from 1999 to 2002. He is married to Carole Ringer and the couple has three adult children.

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    Scott Ririe '79

    Business Owner (retired), Town and Country, Missouri

    Scott Ririe majored in biology and played football at Cornell. He began his career working in sales for Honeywell International in Des Moines and St. Louis. In 2000, he and a partner founded the CTS Group (Control Technology and Solutions), an energy services company that develops and implements turn-key, comprehensive projects. They provide new and updated facility solutions that improve building environments, reduce energy consumption, and enhance space utilization, particularly within public buildings and school facilities. He and his wife, Shelley Ririe, live in Town and Country, Missouri, and have four adult children.

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    Jean Russell '65

    Faculty Member and Researcher (retired), Washington University in St. Louis, Pentwater, Michigan

    Jean Russell was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago, and attended Cornell College from 1961 to 1965, graduating with a biology major and chemistry minor. Thereafter, she attended Rice University and graduated in 1971 with a doctoral degree in biology (endocrinology specialty). Jean was on the faculty of Washington University in St Louis, Missouri from 1970 to 1993, continuing her research/teaching in the vitamin/hormone/Ca metabolism field. Jean has been a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees since 2013. Jean is now retired and residing in Pentwater, Michigan.

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    Scott Simmer '73

    Managing Shareholder, Baron & Budd, P.C., Silver Spring, Maryland

    Scott Simmer graduated from Cornell College in 1973, majoring in English and political science. He also holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and English from the University of Arkansas, and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. Currently, Scott is managing shareholder for Baron & Budd, P.C. in Washington, DC. He founded Simmer Law Group PLLC. Prior to moving his law practice to Washington, D.C. in 1998, Scott practiced in Des Moines, Iowa, including as in-house counsel and chief litigation counsel for the Principal Financial Group. Scott joined the Cornell Board of Trustees in 2016. His parents were Cornell alumni, as are his sister and brother. Scott has two sons. He and his wife, Peg Schoen, reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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    John Smith '71

    Chairman of the Board, CRST International, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    John Smith graduated from Cornell College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business. He received his master of business administration degree from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Business in 1974. In 1983, John assumed leadership of his family’s business, CRST International, one of the nation’s largest transportation companies. John has been an active member of the Cornell Board of Trustees since 2004, serving as chair from 2008-2011. He and his wife, Dyan, an honorary Cornell alumna, reside in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Their philanthropy and leadership include supporting causes across the spectrum of education, health care, economic development, and the arts.

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    Sheryl Stoll '70

    Attorney, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (retired), Columbus, Ohio

    Sheryl Atkinson Stoll '70 was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She came to Cornell in 1966 as a first-generation college student, graduating with majors in education and sociology. After several years as a classroom teacher, Stoll entered the University of Iowa College of Law, earning her law degree with Highest Distinction in 1981. She began her legal career as a corporate attorney with Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, moving from there to become a partner with the global firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for many years. While there, she became the first recipient of the Pittsburgh Chamber’s Athena Award for her work with women-owned businesses and was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to serve as one of three U.S. representatives on a multinational committee charged with drafting legal standards for international manufacturing partnerships. The Stolls relocated to Columbus, Ohio in 1997, when husband Bill, a Cornell Honorary Alumnus, became General Counsel for Borden, Inc. She joined the national law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Columbus, retiring from legal practice in 2010. Stoll has been a past member of the Board serving on a number of committees, and has a special passion for Cornell’s Program for Law and Society and the Endowment Task Force.

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    Eric Sudol '03

    President & CEO, ProStar Energy Solutions and Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnership Sales & Marketing, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

    Eric Sudol holds dual leadership positions as president and CEO for ProStar Energy Solutions and as senior vice president of corporate partnership sales & marketing for the Dallas Cowboys—two companies owned by the Jerry Jones family. Eric assumed his role at ProStar in 2020 after three years as senior vice president of global partnerships for Legends Global Sales, a sports and entertainment company owned by the Cowboys, New York Yankees, and a private equity company. He began at the Cowboys in 2007 and now oversees the 30-person team that leads the NFL in sponsorship revenue. Under his direction, the Cowboys' sponsorship team accomplished a sales campaign surrounding the team's practice facility and mixed-use development, The Star, which has become an icon in the sports world. Eric is an Iowa native. At Cornell he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in economics and business. He also holds an MBA and a master of sports administration from Ohio University. He and his wife, Kate, live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with their son James and their dog Blue.

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    Jan Thomas '80, P'13

    Senior Advisor for Community Relations, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

    Jan Thomas grew up in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and graduated from Cornell College in 1980 with a major in sociology. She received her master of arts degree in social services administration from the University of Chicago in 1982 and worked for several years in women’s health and as a public health educator. She received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1995. Jan began teaching at Kenyon College in 2000, and currently is Senior Advisor for Community Relations at Kenyon. In 2011-12 and 2015-16, Jan had the opportunity to teach on the Block Plan as a visiting professor at Colorado College. Jan joined the Cornell Board of Trustees in 2015. Home base for Jan and her husband, Gary Doernhoefer, is Gambier, Ohio. Their son, Eric, graduated from Cornell in 2013, and their daughter, Liz, graduated from Colorado College in 2016. Jan is also the daughter of the Rev. Richard Thomas, former campus chaplain and history professor at Cornell.

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    John Turner '94

    Head of Trading, Alyeska Investment Group, Chicago, Illinois

    John Turner grew up in Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics and business from Cornell College in 1994, and a master of business administration degree from Washington University in 2004. He is a hedge fund manager with Alyeska Investment Group in Chicago, Illinois. He was formerly a senior trader with Banc of America Capital Management in New York City, and also worked in securities operations with ANB Investment Management & Trust in Chicago. John joined the Cornell Board of Trustees in 2014. He and his wife, Ann Loewe Turner ‘94, have three children and reside in Chicago.

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    Maxine Urheim

    Marketing Manager (retired), Scottsdale, Arizona

    Maxine Urheim grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended the University of Miami, graduating in 1974 with a bachelor of science in biology. She also holds a master of science degree in advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Maxine began her career at Searle in Chicago, where she met and then married John Urheim, who graduated from Cornell College in 1962 and who served on the Cornell Board of Trustees from 1997 until his death in 2014. Following her tenure at Searle, Maxine spent 24 years in sales and marketing at Abbott Laboratories where she held various management positions in both the diagnostics and pharmaceutical products divisions. Maxine retired from Abbott in 2005. She now spends her time in Colorado and Arizona. Maxine became a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees in 2015.

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    Kevin Weiss '76

    Partner, DHR International, Ft. Worth, Texas and Edwards, Colorado

    Kevin Weiss served in Student Senate and majored in sociology and political science at Cornell College. He earned an executive M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1990. He began his human resources career with Rockwell International as an affirmative action/EEO manager and held progressive talent management roles leading to positions such as senior director of human resources and senior director of corporate benefits at Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace). After early retirement, he joined a defense segment of L3 Communications (now L3 Technologies) as senior vice president of human resources. Eventually, he became corporate vice president & chief human resources officer for L3 Technologies leading their talent management strategy and responsible for 31,000 employees in over 300 world-wide locations. Kevin currently is a partner at DHR International. He splits his time between Fort Worth, Texas and Edwards, Colorado. Kevin is married to Elizabeth Weiss.

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    Lauren Williams '22

    Cornell Class of 2022 Young Trustee

    Lauren Williams is the Class of 2022’s Young Trustee. Williams is from Brandon, Mississippi, and majored in politics. Williams has been an engaged and active campus leader since the beginning of her four years at Cornell. She served as a resident assistant, flock leader, Greek Council president, information desk manager, Office of Intercultural Life intern, and Student Senate president. She was also a member of a number of college committees. During her studies, Williams worked as an intern at the largest law firm in Iowa, Nyemaster Goode, where she was able to fully engage with the legal field and learn more about the career path she chose. Williams is passionate about creating space for students of color in predominantly white spaces. She has also dedicated her time to understanding and changing policy, advocating for change in programming, and serving as a role model for her peers.

Life Trustees

Thomas Adams '63
John Bickel '66
Mildred Eubanks Carstensen '66
Thomas Cox '52
Gilbert Drendel '58, P'82, P'83
Neil Eckles '62
Thomas Jarom '66
Judy Jorgensen '60
Mary Seidler '61
Richard Small '50, P'75
H. Lee Swanson '60


Honorary Trustees

Ann MacGregor
Norma Small, Honorary Alumna, P'83