Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is made up of 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.
Bob Stefanski, MSE’86, JD’89
Chair | 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.
Ellen Agress, ’68
Past 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.
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.
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 National Football League with the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Tom Baird, AB’83
Vice President for Development, Ex-Officio Member | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tom Baird is the Vice President for Development at the University of Michigan, where he has responsibility for all fundraising and development activities across the university. This includes leading the central Office of University Development as well as oversight of more than 30 U-M fundraising units, including Michigan Medicine, UM-Flint, and UM-Dearborn.
A U-M alumnus (AB ‘83) with 23 years of experience in higher education philanthropy, Baird focuses intently on organizational leadership, creating a positive work culture, and developing trusted relationships. He most recently spent three years as assistant dean for advancement at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), helping the 85-person team raise more than $544 million, or 136 percent of the college’s Victors for Michigan campaign goal.
Before his service to LSA, Baird was the assistant vice president and campaign director for the Victors for Michigan campaign, which ultimately raised more than $5 billion. He served as vice chancellor for advancement for UM-Dearborn (2003-11), assistant vice president and Victors for Michigan campaign director (2011-15), and the interim associate vice president of development for Michigan Medicine during a time of transition in 2015. Earlier he served as interim assistant dean of development for LSA.
Prior to his career in university fundraising, Baird worked in the financial services and airline industries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from U-M and a master’s degree in human resources education from Boston University.
Tom, his wife Sarah, and his daughter Sheridan live in Ann Arbor. They are proud to be regular week one Michigania campers.
Tonya Allen, AB’94, MSW’96, MPH’96
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.
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, the 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
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.
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 the 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
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.
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
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.
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.
Mary Kay Haben, MBA’79
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.
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.
Thomas W. Hawkins, ’83
Tom has served Boards and Committees of both private and public companies for more than 30 years as a lawyer, executive, and member. He has led law departments, corporate development teams, and other functions at three Fortune 500 Companies, including Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation, and Republic Services. Tom has a long history of involvement with the University of Michigan, most recently as Co-Chair of the South Florida Council for the Victors for Michigan campaign.
Derek Kerr, ’86, MBA’91
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.
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.
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
Is an Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures, an Entrepreneur in Residence emeritus at Harvard Business School, the co-founder and former CEO of The Grommet, and author of the award-winning 2019 book “How We Make Stuff Now” that is used as part of the core curriculum in many college entrepreneurship courses.
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
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.
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 second 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.
Paul Viera, ’81
Viera is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of EARNEST Partners, a global investment firm responsible for overseeing over $25 billion for municipalities, states, corporations, endowments, and universities. He conceived and developed Return Pattern Recognition®, the investment methodology used to screen equities at EARNEST Partners.
Mr. Viera has a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and has over 30 years of investment experience. He was a Vice President at Bankers Trust in both New York and London. He later joined Invesco, where he became a Global Partner and senior member of its Investment Team.
Mr. Viera serves as a member of the following Boards: the Board of Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), the Board of Dean’s Advisors for Harvard Business School, the Board of Foreign Advisors of Haitong Securities (the second-largest Chinese securities firm), the Carter Center Board of Councilors, the National Center for Human & Civil Rights, the University of Michigan School of Information External Advisory Board, the Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Board, and the Emory University Board of Visitors. Mr. Viera also serves as a Trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center and a member of its investment committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a commentator for several news organizations.
Former Justice Kurtis Wilder, ’81, JD’84
Kurtis Wilder is Of Counsel to Butzel Long and practices in Butzel Long’s Detroit Office. Justice Wilder concentrates his practice in litigation and appeals.
Justice Wilder was appointed by Governor John Engler as judge of the Washtenaw County Circuit Court in March 1992. In December 1998, Governor Engler elevated Justice Wilder to the Michigan First District Court of Appeals, where he served four terms from 1998-2017. On May 9, 2017, Governor Snyder appointed Justice Wilder to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Justice Wilder holds memberships in the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Gamma Rho Boule; Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation; the Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter; the Association of Black Judges of Michigan; and the Wolverine Bar Association. He has served by appointment of the Michigan Supreme Court as a member of the Model Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, the Family Division Joint Rules Committee, and the Family Court Implementation Task Force. He is a Past President of the Michigan Judges Association and Past Chairman of the State Bar Judicial Conference.
Justice Wilder has been active in many civic and philanthropic endeavors during his career. He is a former vice chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, former board chair of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, and former board member of The Sphinx Organization, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Symphony, and American Red Cross, Washtenaw County Chapter. Justice Wilder currently serves on the Boards of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Children’s Foundation, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and as a member of the Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars Advisory Board. He is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.
Justice Wilder graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree in Political Science in 1981 and from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1984.
Lynn Wooten, ’88, MS’90, PHD’95
Lynn Perry Wooten, a seasoned academic and an expert on organizational development and transformation, became the ninth president and first African American to lead Simmons University on July 1, 2020.
Specializing in crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, and positive leadership—organizational behavior that reveals and nurtures the highest level of human potential—Dr. Wooten is an innovative leader whose research has informed her work in the classroom and as an administrator.
She first joined a university faculty in 1994 and has served in administrative roles since 2008. Dr. Wooten came to Simmons from Cornell University, where she was the David J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. She also has had a robust clinical practice, providing leadership development, education, and training for a wide variety of institutions.
Dr. Wooten is the author of two books, Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion (2016) and Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis (2010), nearly 30 journal articles, and more than 15 book chapters.
A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she earned a BS in accounting, Dr. Wooten also holds an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, a PhD in business administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Wooten began her career as assistant professor at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. In 1998 she returned to the University of Michigan, where she was on the faculty of the Ross School of Business for nearly 20 years and served as Co-Faculty Director of the Center for Positive Organizations, Co-Faculty Director of the Executive Leadership Institute, and Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Excellence. She left Michigan in 2017 for the deanship at Cornell.
Calendar of Events
- Oct. 22 – Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual)
- Jan. 23 – Board of Directors Winter Retreat (Virtual)
- May 14–15 – Board of Directors Spring Meeting (Virtual)
- Sept. 23–24 – Board 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 closed.
The vote for directors will be held during the virtual fall Board of Directors Annual Meeting on Oct. 22 at 4:45 p.m. ET. Members of the Alumni Association may register to attend this session and vote.