The Dickey Center benefits from the counsel of our Board of Visitors. The Board consists of alumni and area experts whose experience and expertise align them closely to the mission of the Dickey Center. The Board members are appointed by the President of the College for terms of four years. A trustee representative is assigned to the board by the Board of Trustees.
Currently the Dickey Center enjoys the counsel of the following Board:
Anne Bagamery '78 is Senior Editor of the International New York Times, based in Paris. Her career in journalism began in the United States, first as a reporter for daily newspapers in Norfolk, Virginia and Syracuse, New York, then on the staff of Forbes Magazine in New York, Houston and San Francisco. Prior to moving to Paris in 1991, she was a management consultant in London and a freelance writer and editor in Brussels. At Dartmouth, she was the first woman editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth, an undergraduate editor of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and a Public Affairs Center intern at Time Inc. in New York. She is a past president of the Board of Trustees of the International School of Paris, and a regular speaker at conferences on journalism, international education, and personal finance.
Rand Beers ‘64 is Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC. Rand was appointed Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September 2013 following a stint as Acting Deputy Secretary. From June 2009 until May 2013, Rand led the efforts of the DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to reduce risks to physical, cyber and communications infrastructures. NPPD collaborates with all levels of government, the private sector, nongovernment organizations, and international bodies to prevent, respond to, and mitigate threats to U.S. national security from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other catastrophic events. Previously, he co-led the DHS Transition Team for the incoming Obama administration. Prior to the 2008 election, Rand was president of the National Security Network, a network of experts seeking to foster discussion of progressive national security ideas around the country, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Rand served on the National Security Council Staff under four Presidents as Director for Counter-terrorism and Counter-narcotics (1988-1992), Director for Peacekeeping (1993-1995), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs (1995-1998), and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Combating Terrorism (2002-2003). He has told Dan Benjamin that he will be joining the NSC staff soon in a senior capacity. He was national security advisor for the Kerry campaign (2003-2004). Rand began his professional career as a Marine Corps officer and rifle company commander in Vietnam (1964-1968). He entered the Foreign Service in 1971 and transferred to the Civil Service in 1983. He served most of his career in the Department of State, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, focusing on the Middle East and Persian Gulf (1992-1993). He was Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (1998-2002). Rand earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Avanish Bhavsar '92 is a Partner at Goldman Sachs in New York. A geography major at Dartmouth, Avanish earned his MBA at Harvard. He and his brother, Abdhish '87, endowed an international internship at the Dickey Center.
John Barker ’83 is a partner at Arnold and Porter, LLP. His practice focuses on national security matters including export controls, international technology transfers, trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the US Department of the Treasury (OFAC), and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He helps companies and institutions establish compliance plans, obtain export authorizations, and provides representation in enforcement proceedings. He also represents companies before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in reviews required under the US Exon-Florio statute. Mr. Barker came to the firm from the US Department of State, where he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Controls and, prior to that, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Controls. He was also recognized nationally in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his work on export controls and trade sanctions. Mr. Barker received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986, where he was Managing Editor of the Journal of Law Reform, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1983.
Welton Chang '05 is a Defense Department analyst responsible for assessing the performance and effectiveness of defense programs. Welton served as an Army officer prior to joining the Defense Department. He sits on the Center for National Policy’s Cyberspace and Security Program’s Steering Committee and is a Truman National Security Fellow. He is also a general partner of Exvor Capital, a renewable energy investment fund. Welton earned a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and an MA from Georgetown University.
Lisa Conte '81 Tu '85 has been a pioneer in the biotech/emerging pharmaceutical industry for 20 years. She is founder and CEO of Napo Pharmaceuticals, which brings proprietary products to the global marketplace through local partnerships. Napo embraces the” triple bottom line” goals of enhancing financial return by addressing global health needs in its development strategy and environmental sustainability in sourcing its lead product, which is harvested from rain forest areas. Prior to founding Napo, she founded Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a natural product pharmaceutical company, in 1989. As CEO, she has raised >$250 million (including leading two IPOs). 1987 to 1989 Ms. Conte was a Vice President at Technology Funding, Inc., a venture capital firm. From 1985 to 1987 she conducted risk and strategy audits for start-up companies at Strategic Decisions Group. Lisa received her AB in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College, her MS in Physiology/Pharmacology from the University of California at San Diego and her MBA from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College. She is the recipient of several entrepreneurship awards, including the 1994 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and has sat on several industry and academic boards.
Michelle Dorion ’84 has been Chair of the London Children’s Museum since 2010. Before that, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of Eureka!, The National Children’s Museum, Halifax, UK. Originally from Guatemala, Michelle had a career in international banking which allowed her to live and work in various cities, including Chicago, New York, Tokyo and London. Michelle has a Masters in Management, 1991 from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, majoring in Finance, International Business and Marketing. She has a BA from Dartmouth College, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Art History.
Donald Gips is currently a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, serves as a venture partner at Columbia Capital and is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and serves on the Board of the Zayo Corporation. In addition, Gips volunteers as the Chair of the US South Africa Business Council, Co-Chair of the US Africa Business Initiative, and serves on US board of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Mr. Gips served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa 2009-2013. Before being asked to be President Obama's personal representative to South Africa, Donald Gips served as Assistant to the President. He was a leader on the Presidential Transition Team and then served in the White House, where he ran the office of Presidential Personnel, overseeing the selection of several thousand political appointments for the Obama Administration. Ambassador Gips previously served in the White House during the Clinton administration, working as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore. From 1998-2008, Gips was Group Vice President of Global Corporate Development for Level 3 Communications, where he served as Chief Strategy Officer and led the company's merger and acquisition efforts. He also served as Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission where he was responsible for WTO negotiations and spectrum policy. Additionally, Gips is dedicated to promoting a culture of service and helped launch America's national service program, AmeriCorps. Before entering government, he was a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies at McKinsey & Company. Gips received an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he was recently honored as a Donaldson Fellow and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he received the Ames Award and the Paul Revere Frothingham Prize.
Susan (“Susie”) Huang ’84 is a Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. She joined Morgan Stanley in 1984 as a financial analyst after graduating from Dartmouth with an AB in history. She then completed a joint MBA/JD program at Columbia, and returned to Morgan Stanley in 1990 as an associate in the M&A department. She worked in the Firm’s Hong Kong office from 1993 to 1994, and was named Vice President in 1994, Principal in 1996, and Managing Director in 1999. She was promoted to her current position as a Vice Chairman of the Investment Banking Division in January 2013, where she continues to focus on making deals and maintaining relationships with key clients in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Huang specializes in mergers and acquisitions with a particular focus on cross border deals and the healthcare, consumer and chemicals sectors. Recent notable transactions include Wyeth’s sale to Pfizer, Reckitt Benckiser’s acquisition of Schiff Nutrition, the sale of Pharmasset to Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline’s acquisition of Human Genome Sciences, P&G’s sale of Pringles and Folgers. Susie was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Virginia.
Sandy McCulloch ’50 is Chair Emeritus of the Dickey Center Board of Visitors. After graduating from Dartmouth, he joined Microfibres, Inc., a textile fabrics manufacturer founded by his father in 1926. He has since served as a director of numerous organizations including Fleet National Bank, Narragansett Capital Corporation, Mt. Attitash Lift Corporation (chair) and Edgehill-Newport, Inc., an alcohol rehabilitation center. McCulloch chaired the Rhode Island Foundation, one of the nation's largest community foundations with assets in excess of $500 million. His service to Dartmouth has been extensive: as a member and then President of the Alumni Council, as Chair of the 1973-74 Dartmouth Alumni Fund, and as National Chair of the five-year "Campaign for Dartmouth" from 1977 to 1982. A member of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees for 13 years, he served as its Chair from 1986 to 1988. McCulloch was a founding father of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth and has served as Chair of its Board of Visitors since inception in 1982. In 1998, he and his wife Dorothy (Dotty) endowed the James O. Freedman Presidential Professorship at Dartmouth. The McCullochs have also endowed a chair and found the new McCulloch Program for Global Initiatives at Mount Holyoke College. In 1992, they established the McAdams Charitable Foundation in support of public primary and secondary education. In 1983, Sandy McCulloch received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Johnson & Wales University, and in 2000, an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dartmouth.
Raffiq Nathoo ‘87 is a senior finance professional with significant experience in the strategic & financial advisory and private equity investment businesses, including 22 years at Blackstone and, before that, Salomon Brothers Inc. Mr. Nathoo specializes in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other strategic transactions and has served as a trusted advisor to corporate CEOs, CFOs, Boards of Directors, and Principal Investors on a variety of sensitive and complex assignments in North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Much of this work has centered on assisting clients in efforts to build and protect shareholder value. Over the course of his career, including 14 years as a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and leadership of the firm’s energy, power and utility / infrastructure advisory practice globally, Mr. Nathoo has overseen or led the origination, development and execution of numerous merger and acquisition transactions as well as strategic and financial advisory engagements. He has also worked extensively with leading companies in other industries including in the consumer products, healthcare, financial services and industrial sectors, among others. Mr. Nathoo received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Community Trust as well as the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Mr. Nathoo was born in Tanzania and spent his early years in East Africa, where both his parents and grandparents were raised. He now makes his home in New York, and is married with three children.
Bill Obenshain '62, T ‘63 Is Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. He is Executive Director of the Center for Financial Services at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois a position he has held since March of 2007. The Center for Financial Services four-pronged mission is to support innovative undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate curricula in financial services; sponsor industry forums on financial services policy issues; sponsor periodic roundtables featuring leaders in the banking and wealth management disciplines and provide industry-relevant research on national and international banking and financial service issues. Before joining DePaul, Mr. Obenshain spent 38 years in the financial services industry with Continental Bank and Bank of America. He held positions in Chicago, New York, Brussels and London. He was the founder, in 1995, of Bank of America’s private equity business in Europe. From 1995 to 2006, he was Managing Partner of BA Capital Partners Europe. He is also Chairman of MezzVest, a Channel Islands based series of investment funds; president of the American School in London Foundation; a trustee and chairman of the Governance Committee of the Naval War College Foundation in Newport, Rhode island and Chairman of Truth in Accounting. He is a director of the University Club of Chicago, a member of the Executives Club of Chicago and the Chairman’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where he serves on the Studies Committee. Mr. Obenshain serves on the advisory board of Three Ocean Partners, a New York based investment banking boutique. Before joining Continental Bank, Mr. Obenshain served in the U. S. Navy for five years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Dartmouth College in 1962 and completed his MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business the following year. At Dartmouth, Bill has endowed a Great Issues Series Lecture at the Dickey Center, programs in the Global Health Initiative and research in the development of emerging economies.
Dan Reicher ’78, DP’17 is Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, which advances the development, financing, management, and regulation of clean energy technology. Dan came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he has served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. Dan has more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, finance, and technology. He has served three Presidents including in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Department of Energy Chief of Staff, as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team as Co-chair of the Energy and Environment Team for Obama, and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. He holds a BA with high distinction in biology from Dartmouth and a JD from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and MIT. At Dartmouth, he was a member of Barbary Coast and Marching Band, completed Foreign Study Programs in Earth Sciences and Biology, as well as a Language Study Abroad program in French, and was a member of Fire & Skoal and Ledyard Canoe Club. A former board member at the Rockefeller Center, Dan reached out to the Dickey Center Director to offer his help when he was visiting as a Leading Voices lecturer in the summer of 2013. Dan was integrally involved in planning the 2014 conference on the 35th anniversary of Three Mile Island and the future of nuclear energy in the U.S. and globally. He was a legal assistant to John Kemeny, who chaired the TMI inquiry.
Gina Russo '77 P'08 is a strong supporter of the Dickey Center and avid international traveler with an interest in international affairs and politics. Gina was formerly an assistant vice president in international banking at Wells Fargo and worked previously at Bankers Trust. Her volunteer activities include serving as president and trustee of Lancaster Country Day School, as trustee of the YWCA of Lancaster, and as director of the Junior League of Lancaster. At Dartmouth, Gina majored in Russian, played squash and was a member of the Glee Club, Handel Society, and Russian Club. Gina is a member of the President's Leadership Council and named theRusso Gallery in Haldeman Center.
Kiva Wilson ‘04, Ed.M., currently manages the Peace Corps’ Office of Diversity and National Outreach. She develops the agency’s strategy for recruiting and retaining historically under-represented populations in international service and works with Peace Corps’ senior leadership and regional management to perform market analysis, assess recruitment trends and implement strategic partnerships. Previously, as the Peace Corps’ Diversity Outreach Specialist, she worked with the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and other national organizations to cultivate international awareness and promote global citizenship among their membership. Kiva graduated from Dartmouth College and earned her graduate degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University. She has eight years of training and facilitation experience, and has used those skills to lead diversity workshops in South Africa, Togo and South Africa. Kiva served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador from 2004 – 2006, and as an Environmental Education Volunteer she was an educator and trainer at the Centro Escolar de San Fidel. Two of her most exciting projects were the revitalization of a youth run recycled paper making business and the construction of a computer center where small business enterprise courses were taught. After completing her volunteer service, she worked as a Peace Corps Technical Trainer for a new Youth Development volunteer program. Kiva used her learning as a volunteer and trainer during her graduate school studies, where she completed a final paper analyzing El Salvador’s Ministry of Education and Community School concept.
Jon Zehner '79 has been LaSalle’s Global Head of Capital Markets since March 2012 and is responsible for leading LaSalle’s activities worldwide relating to client relations, capital raising, new product development, merchant banking, and large scale, cross-border strategic investments. Jon joined LaSalle from AREA Property Partners where he was a Senior Director since 2009 and previously enjoyed a 28 year career at JP Morgan Chase & Co, where he held a number of senior positions including Global Head of Real Estate Investment Banking and Head of sub-Saharan Africa. Jon is an active leader in a number of industry organisations. He serves as Chair of the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board of the University of Cambridge and as a Trustee and member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Land Institute. Jon holds an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.