MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is made up of 24 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.

BOB STEFANSKI, MSE’86, JD’89

Chair-Elect | Palo Alto, California

Is 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.

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. Ms. Wilson-Thompson 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.

JAMAR ADAMS, BGS’07

New York, New York

Joined The Related Companies as an analyst in the New York office in 2012. Focusing on redevelopment and preservation of affordable multifamily rental properties across the country, and now is a Vice President in the New York Development group, which focuses on the ground up construction of residential multifamily housing in New York City. Since joining the company he has been involved in over $600 million in affordable housing transactions across the country, and more than $1 billion in affordable / workforce housing development. Prior to joining Related Jamar completed four seasons in the Nation Football League with the Settle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

TONYA ALLEN, AB’94, MSW’96, MPH’96

Detroit, Michigan

Tonya Allen is the president & CEO of the Skillman Foundation. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing, and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities.

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Allen has been instrumental in many successful philanthropic, government, and community initiatives, including: the 10-year, $120-million Good Neighborhoods Initiative, which increased graduation rates by 25 percent, youth programming by 40 percent, and reduced child victimization by 47 percent; the creation and expansion of Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, which increased summer jobs for youth from 2,500 to 8,200 paid positions; co-chairing the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, which successfully advocated for $667 million for the Detroit Public Schools Community District, return of an elected school board, and more charter accountability; and serving the boys and men of color field as chair for Campaign for Black Male Achievement and co-chair for My Brother’s Keeper Detroit and Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.

Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degrees in social work and public health, all from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She serves on numerous boards, both local and national, including Oakland University, Council on Foundations, Council of Michigan Foundations, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Before joining the Skillman Foundation in 2004, Allen worked as a program officer for both the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Thompson-McCully Foundation. She founded Detroit Parent Network and led the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Rebuilding Communities Initiative in Detroit.

She’s married to husband, Louis, and has three daughters, Phylicia, Brianna, and Alanna.

GWENDOLYN HATTEN BUTLER, ’77

Chicago, Illinois

Ms. Butler is a partner in Capri, and oversees Global Investor Relations. She is also a member of the Investment Committee and the Global Management Board. Over a more than 35-year career, Ms. Butler has been involved in a broad range of debt and structured finance transactions as well as real estate equity and mezzanine transactions.

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Is a partner in Capri, and oversees Global Investor Relations, raising capital to support the firm’s investment activities. She is also a member of the Investment Committee and the Global Management Board. Over a more than 35-year career, Ms. Butler has been involved in a broad range of debt and structured finance transactions as well as real estate equity and mezzanine transactions. Most recently, Ms. Butler was Executive Director at UBS Global Asset Management.

Ms. Butler holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from University of Michigan. Ms. Butler is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and serves as the Vice Chair of the Architects, Construction and Contractors, Engineers, Real Estate, and Mortgages Membership Committee. She is a member of The Chicago Network and serves on the Financial Services Subcommittee.

In September 2015, Ms. Butler was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and confirmed by the Chicago City Council as Commissioner, City of Chicago Community Development Commission. Ms. Butler is on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, and serves on the Board of Directors of Develop Detroit. Ms. Butler is the former Chair of the National Association of Securities Professionals and serves on the organization’s executive committee. Ms. Butler is a past President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

FRITZ BROWN, AB’90, MPP’96

Kalamazoo, Michigan

His responsibilities at Treystar encompass day-to-day management of the company's 500,000 square foot commercial real estate portfolio as well as its ancillary businesses.  In addition, Fritz leads Treystar efforts in the leasing and development of the company's 200,000-square-foot office space portfolio in Portage and downtown Kalamazoo. He also provides leadership and insight into Treystar's ongoing retail development projects, including build-to-suit and renovation ventures.

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Prior to Treystar, Fritz worked in the business development office of Bechtel Corporation, one of the most respected engineering, construction and project management companies in the world. While at Bechtel in San Francisco, he actively sought new business opportunities for civil infrastructure projects around the globe.

Since returning to his hometown of Kalamazoo in 1999, Fritz has supported and participated in many community initiatives, including serving as a board member of the City of Kalamazoo’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, member of the Kalamazoo Economic Development Corporation, and board member of the Monroe-Brown Foundation. A licensed realtor in the state of Michigan and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Fritz earned a bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

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, Crawford 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. Ms. Flesner is also a member of the Houston “Victors for Michigan” Campaign Committee.

Full Bio

Has been conducting metallurgical failure analysis and large-scale accident investigations for over 30 years. She earned a BSE in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas. She currently leads the Materials Engineering and Forensic Engineering practices at Stress Engineering Services, Inc. (SES). SES is a 350-person, employee-owned engineering services company with offices in Houston (headquarters), Cincinnati, Calgary, New Orleans, and Singapore. SES provides advanced engineering expertise in the following industries and disciplines: oil and gas, large-scale testing, materials, pipeline, plant services/fitness for service, consumer products, medical devices, measurements and controls, non-destructive testing, and outdoor sports.

Ms. Flesner is also a member of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan Alumni Board of Directors, and a member of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) committee that writes and administers the Principles and Practice Professional Engineering Examination in Materials. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

RAYMOND GIST, DDS’66

Flint, Michigan

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

ANDREW GOTTESMAN, ’92

Summit, New Jersey

Runs Gottesman Real Estate Partners and Edison Investment Advisors, a family-owned firm that specializes in commercial real estate and wealth management. He was Editor in Chief of The Michigan Daily, 1991-92.

MARY KAY HABEN, MBA’79

Glenview, Illinois

Haben now serves as a Director on three Public Boards, including the Hershey Chocolate Company, Bob Evans Farms restaurants and food company, and Equity Residential, a leading real estate investment trust. She retired in 2011 from a successful 33-year career managing consumer food and confectionery businesses.

Full Bio

Retired in 2011 from a successful 33-year career managing consumer food and confectionery businesses. At the time of her retirement, she was President, North America, of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Before Wrigley, Haben was with Kraft Foods for 27 years, where she led several multi-billion dollar divisions, including the Cheese, Meals and Enhancers Divisions.

Haben now serves as a Director on three Public Boards, including the Hershey Chocolate Company, Bob Evans Farms restaurants and food company, and Equity Residential, a leading real estate investment trust.

Haben received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois, and an MBA in marketing from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Haben is active in her community, and served on the Board of Junior Achievement for 18 years. She currently is a Director for the Off the Street Club, the oldest boys and girls club in Chicago. She also serves on the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan Board of Directors, and previously chaired the Alumni Board at the Ross School of Business at Michigan.

BRETT J. HART, ’91

Chicago, Illinois

Is the 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 others. Brett also serves on the board of the Chicago Urban League, and the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council.

Full Bio

Is executive vice president and general counsel for United Airlines. In this role, Brett is responsible for managing the company’s legal and environmental affairs, corporate security, corporate real estate worldwide, government affairs, community affairs, and international, regulatory and policy matters for the airline, reporting directly to CEO Oscar Munoz. For six months between 2015 and 2016, Brett served as the airline’s acting chief executive officer.

Prior to joining United in 2010, Brett was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Sara Lee Corporation, where he directed global legal operations for the corporation. After joining Sara Lee in 2004 as assistant general counsel, Brett held positions of increasing responsibility, including deputy general counsel and global compliance officer.

Prior to Sara Lee, Brett was a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. Before that, he served as special assistant to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C.

Hart is a member of the Board of Directors at Abbvie. He is active in several philanthropic, educational and not for profit organizations. Among others, Brett serves on the Board of the Chicago Urban League, the Board of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council, and serves as Chair of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board.

Hart received his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and English from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He is married and has three sons.

DEREK KERR, ’86, MBA’91

Dallas, Texas

Derek Kerr is executive vice president and CFO for American Airlines Group and its principal subsidiary company, American Airlines. Kerr 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.

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. Ms. Meng also serves as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her second term in the United States House of Representatives. Ms. Meng represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York, encompassing the New York City borough of Queens.

Ms. Meng is the first Asian-American member of Congress from New York State, and the only Congress member of Asian descent in the entire Northeast. She is also the first female member of Congress from Queens since former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. She also serves as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Ms. Meng is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittees on the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia. She also serves on the House Small Business Committee where she is the ranking member of the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee.

Congresswoman Meng is also an assistant whip in the House and a founder and co-chair of the Kids’ Safety Caucus, the first bipartisan coalition in the House that promotes child-safety issues. She helped create and serves as co-chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus, which works to mitigate excessive aircraft noise that adversely affects communities. During her first term in the House, Ms. Meng scored several legislative victories, a significant accomplishment for a new member of Congress. In fact, she was one of just 12 Democrats – out of all 207 – who passed three or more bills, placing her in the top six percent.

Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside section of the borough, Ms. Meng attended local schools, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School, and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ms. Meng was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer. She resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, and two sons, Tyler and Brandon, and her dog, Bounce.

LA JUNE MONTGOMERY TABRON, ’84

Battle Creek, Michigan

La June Montgomery Tabron is president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the first woman and the first African American to lead the philanthropic organization. Montgomery Tabron 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. Nederlander is a member of the Broadway League and chairman of the 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. Papadopoulos’ 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 website. Ms. Pieri has worked as an industrial designer for technology companies, a vice president and president for two 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. Ms. Robb helps people understand and plan for differences and similarities so that a diversity of perspectives improves their work together. Prior to Airbnb, she held positions at Lucasfilm Ltd. and Levi Strauss & Co. In addition to her AB from Michigan, she holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University.

DAVID SEGURA, ’93

Detroit, Michigan

Is founder and Chief Executive Officer of VisionIT, providing IT services and solutions globally across specific IT practices and products. Segura also serves as a board member of Stanford University’s Latino Business Action Network, as well as the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Full Bio

VisionIT was founded over 20 years ago by David Segura, and 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.

Segura leads the VisionIT corporate strategy, and under his leadership the company went from a startup to a mid-size corporation operating across the U.S., as well as Mexico and the Philippines. Segura develops executive-level relationships with customers, corporate partners, and state and local governments. VisionIT recently built a software product called CareTrail from user requirements generated by Henry Ford Health Systems that provides highly secure communication and collaboration across doctors, nurses and staff.

Segura serves as a board member of Stanford University’s Latino Business Action Network, which has built the most extensive research on Hispanic businesses in the U.S. to date, as well as a nationally recognized entrepreneurship program for high growth firms. Segura serves as a board member of the Detroit Regional Chamber, one of the largest regional chambers in the U.S. by revenue. Segura is an investor/advisor to eLAB Ventures, a venture capital fund operating in Silicon Valley and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Segura has global impact by serving in his 2nd term from his appointment by the United States President to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in support of the U.S. Trade Ambassador. Segura also served the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise.

Segura is active in professional boxing, as an advisor to Domonique Dolton, a former U.S. amateur national champion and current top welterweight prospect. He also serves on the board of the Norwayne Boxing Gym based in Wayne, Michigan.

Segura has provided significant impact in diversity in the technology industry by helping build technology labs in inner city communities in Detroit and around the U.S. for various non-profits. Segura also helped fund and start HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) which over the past 10 years has become the most significant network of Hispanic IT executives (CIO to Director level) in the U.S. and Latin America.

Segura earned his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

GABRIELA TERAN, ’96

New York, New York

Is the Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Ms. Teran has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Calendar of Events

2019

DateEvent
Jan. 25 - 26Board of Directors Retreat (Miami, FL)
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 (Homecoming)
Nov. 12Conference Call (if needed)

2020

DateEvent
Jan. 24 - 25Board of Directors Retreat (Location TBD)
May 15 - 16Board of Directors Meeting at UM-Flint (tentative)
Oct. 22 - 23Board of Directors Meeting in Ann Arbor (Homecoming)

Join the Board of Directors

Would you like to apply to serve on the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan Board of Directors? The application deadline for this cycle is June 15, 2018.