MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is made up of 23 alumni who represent the Leaders and Best in business and industry from across the nation. As a governing body, their job is to have full legal and fiduciary responsibility as it relates to the Alumni Association in serving its community and the University.

RALPH JOHNSON, MBA’92

Chair | Cleveland, Ohio

Ombud for the Americas region at the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company. Ralph is the former chair of the University’s annual fund campaign, and also a former chair of the Ross School of Business’ Alumni Board of Governors.

ELLEN AGRESS, ’68

Chair Elect | New York, New York

Senior vice president, deputy general counsel, and chief privacy officer at 21st Century Fox. Ellen has spent most of her legal career as in-house counsel for major media companies.

JOHN CHERRY, ’73, MPA ’84

Secretary | Clio, Michigan

Former Michigan lieutenant governor, having served over 20 years in the legislature as a state representative, state senator, and minority leader. John is a past Chair of the Great Lakes Commission and the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association.

IGNACIO SALAZAR, MSW’72

Treasurer | Livonia, Michigan
Is the president and CEO of SER-Jobs for Progress National. Ignacio also serves as chairman of the board for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and is a member of the Advisory Council for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

GWENDOLYN HATTEN BUTLER, ’77

Chicago, Illinois
Is vice chairwoman and CMO for the Capri Investment Group. Gwendolyn is the past president of the board of directors of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and currently serves as a member of Chicago’s Community Development Commission.

KEN CRAWFORD, MBA’92

Los Altos Hills, California
Currently runs Harp Ventures, an investment company operating in a diverse set of industries. Prior to starting Harp Ventures, Ken was the technology finance controller for Google, with financial responsibilities for all of the technology groups within the company.

KIMBERLY FLESNER, ’84

Houston, Texas
Leads both the Materials Engineering and Forensic Practices at Stress Engineering Services, Inc., an employee-owned engineering services company. Kim is also a member of the Houston “Victors for Michigan” Campaign Committee.

RAYMOND GIST, DDS’66

Flint, Michigan
Practices general dentistry in Flint, Michigan, and was the first African-American president of the American Dental Association. Raymond’s numerous awards and honors include a State of Michigan Legislative Tribute.

ANDREW GOTTESMAN, ’92

Summit, New Jersey
Is CEO of Gottesman Real Estate Partners and Edison Investment Advisors. Andrew is also a trustee of the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J.

MARY KAY HABEN, MBA’79

Glenview, Illinois
Was a member of The Wrigley Company’s Executive Leadership Team as group vice president and managing director of North America. Mary Kay also served as a senior vice president of Global Convenience Meals and Grocery and Snacks Sectors at Kraft Foods.

BRETT J. HART, ’91

Chicago, Illinois
Is executive vice president and general counsel for United Airlines. In the past, he has held positions at the Sara Lee Corporation and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Among other organizations, Brett also serves on the board of the Chicago Urban League and the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council.

DREMA KALAJIAN, JD’84

Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Is an attorney, recently retired from an in-house role at Ally Financial. Drema has extensive experience in labor and employment law, as well as product liability and regulation.

DEREK KERR, ’86, MBA’91

Dallas, Texas
Is executive vice president and CFO for American Airlines Group and its principal subsidiary company, American Airlines. Derek also serves as a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and is a national trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for US Airways.

JERRY MAY

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Is vice president for development at the University of Michigan, responsible for planning and implementing the Michigan Difference campaign. He has held positions at Ohio State University, is dean of the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute, and is on the board of trustees for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

GRACE MENG, ’97

New York, New York
Is serving her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the borough of Queens. Grace also serves as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

LA JUNE MONTGOMERY TABRON, ’84

Battle Creek, Michigan
Is president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the first woman and the first African American to lead the philanthropic organization. La June has been with the foundation since 1987.

ROBERT NEDERLANDER, JR., ’85, JD’89

New York, New York
Is the president and CEO of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment. Robert is a member of the Broadway League and chairman of the Broadway League’s Task Force on Developing Emerging International Markets, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and is a guest lecturer for Harvard University’s China Public Policy Program.

STEVE PAPADOPOULOS, MDRES’88, MBA’09

Paradise Valley, Arizona
Serves as the chief medical officer of the Barrow Neurological Institute. Steve’s clinical contributions are particularly notable in the application of computer assisted surgery and in the area of innovative spinal surgical treatments.

JULES PIERI, ’82

Charlestown, Massachusetts
Is co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, a product launch platform. Jules has worked as an industrial designer for technology companies and as a vice president and president at two prior startups, and was invited to launch Grommet Wholesale at the first-ever White House Maker Faire in 2014.

ANDREA ROBB, ’96

San Francisco, California
Is head of talent management at Airbnb, where she works with data scientists, neuroscientists, designers, and ethnographers to inform how people can do their best work. Prior to Airbnb, Andrea held positions at Lucasfilm and Levi Strauss & Co.

MARK SILVERMAN, MBA’91

Glencoe, Illinois
Was named the first president of the Big Ten Network in December 2006, and continues to manage the strategic direction and day-to-day operations. Mark began his career in the entertainment industry at The Walt Disney Company.

BOB STEFANSKI, MSE’86, JD’89

Palo Alto, California
Co-founder and managing director of eLab Ventures. Robert is also a board member of the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, a member of the President’s West Coast Advisory Council, and a mentor for the University’s startup incubator, TechArb.

MARVIN SUOMI, ’70

Beverly Hills, California
Is chairman of KUD International, a large-scale real estate subsidiary of Kajima Corporation. Marvin has served on the governing/advisory boards of the University of Michigan, University of Hawaii, Drew University, Finlandia University, California Lutheran University, and Whittier College.

KATHLEEN WILSON-THOMPSON, ’79

Chicago, Illinois
Is executive vice president and global chief human resources officer for the Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to this position, she was senior vice president and chief human resources officer for the Walgreen Company. Kathleen has also served as senior vice president of global human resources for the Kellogg Company.

Calendar of Events

The Alumni Association Board of Directors meets regularly to maintain the business of the Association. Stay up-to-date on future meeting dates and mark your calendar accordingly. For questions or more information on future meetings, contact Audra Asher at amasher@umich.edu or 734.763.2452.

2017

Date

Event

January 27-28 Board of Directors Retreat
April 6-8 Board of Directors Meeting in Ann Arbor
June 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET Conference Call
September 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET Conference Call
October 26-27 Board of Directors Meeting in Ann Arbor
November 14, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET Conference Call

2018

Date

Event

January 26-27 Board of Directors Retreat
in San Diego, CA
March 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET Conference Call
May 18-19 Board of Directors Meeting
at U-M Dearborn
September 11, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET Conference Call
October 4-5 Board of Directors Meeting in Ann Arbor
November 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET Conference Call