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.

ELLEN AGRESS, ’68

Chair | New York, New York

Retired in 2017 as the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer of 21st Century Fox. Ms. Agress has spent most of her legal career as in-house counsel for major media companies.

Full Bio

Has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School. Until her retirement in June 2017 she was the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of 21st Century Fox. In her former position, Ms. Agress was responsible for regulatory and legislative matters affecting the various broadcast, cable and digital businesses owned and managed by Fox, including the Fox Television Network, Fox Television Stations, Fox Cable Networks and National Geographic Channel. As Chief Privacy Officer she was also responsible for advising Fox’s global businesses on matters relating to the privacy and security of consumer and employee data.

Prior to joining Fox in 1996, Ms. Agress was Vice President, Legal Policy and Planning, for NBC, where she headed the company’s in-house FCC practice group. Before joining NBC in 1978, she worked in both private and public interest communications law practices in Washington, D.C. and New York.

She lives with her husband, Jay Gerber, in New York City and Manchester, Vermont. Her daughter, Emily, is also a U-M graduate, and her son, Adam, graduated from Northwestern.

RALPH JOHNSON, MBA’92

Past 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.

KATHLEEN WILSON-THOMPSON, ’79

Secretary | 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.

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.

DAVID SEGURA, ’93

Detroit, Michigan

Is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VisionIT. He now works with some of the largest corporations in the U.S. and globally, providing IT services and solutions across specific IT practices and products.

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.

GABRIELA TERAN, ’96

New York, New York

Is Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Gaby has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry.

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.

2018

DateEvent
Jan. 26 - 27Board of Directors Retreat in San Diego, CA
March 20, 1:30 - 3 p.m.Conference Call
May 18 - 19Board of Directors Meeting at U-M Dearborn
Sept. 11, 1:30 - 3 p.m.Conference Call
Oct. 4 - 5Board of Directors Meeting in Ann Arbor
Nov. 13, 1:30 - 3 p.m.Conference Call

2019

DateEvent
Jan. 25 - 26Board of Directors Retreat (location TBD)
March 19Conference Call (if needed)
May 17 - 18Board of Directors Meeting at Camp Michigania
Sept. 10Conference Call (if needed)
Oct. 3 - 4Board of Directors Meeting in Ann Arbor
Nov. 12Conference Call (if needed)

(All times Eastern)