UJ-Yale PAALE Programme Biographies
Numbers indicate year of graduation from Yale
(Yale post-graduate degrees noted)
Kathy Edersheim '87
Kathy Edersheim is Senior Director of International Alumni Relations and Travel at the Association of Yale Alumni. At AYA, Kathy is responsible for Yale Educational Travel and the three global mission programs, YaleGALE, YASC (Yale Alumni Service Corps), and YASA (Yale Alumni Schools Ambassadors), as well as being part of the management team. Kathy is also working on a metrics project to assess alumni engagement. She is the founding Chairperson of YaleGALE and produced the YaleGALE trips to Australia, Japan, Turkey, China, and the U.K. prior to joining Yale. Kathy is also co-editor of the YaleGALE Guide. Kathy currently serves on the Advisory Group for the Alumni Association of the Max Planck Institute and on an advisory panel for Future First Global. As a volunteer, Kathy was a Board Member of the Yale Alumni Service Corps and produced the two largest programs. She was Vice-President of the Yale Alumni Chorus and co-produced the Celebration of Song Tour in 2011. Kathy served on the AYA Board of Governors for four years. Kathy was the first woman President of the Yale Club of New York City - the largest college club in the world with a 22 story building located in the heart of midtown Manhattan - and continues to serve on the Board of the Club. Kathy won the AYA Volunteer of the Year award in 2008. In 2011, Kathy was awarded the Yale Medal, Yale's highest award presented by the AYA, conferred solely to honor outstanding individual service to the University. Prior to joining AYA, she worked as a Financial Advisor and marketing professional. Kathy received an MBA from the Stern School of Business.
Margaret Slocum Bearn '48 LLB
Margaret Slocum Bearn is a retired lawyer and legal educator. One of only two women in her entering class in 1946, Margaret practiced law with two small firms in New York City before joining a client Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, a junior college, as part-time counsel and then Dean. In 1973 Margaret became Associate Dean of New York Law School, then Acting Dean. She was instrumental in recruiting former Yale professors to teach there when retirement from teaching was mandatory at Yale. Margaret also chaired the New York Law School student and faculty exchange with University of Bologna (Italy). In 1985 Margaret joined St. John's University School of Law. In 2015 Margaret co-chaired her 70th reunion at Swarthmore College, a position she has held since her 50th reunion. She was also Vice President of the fundraising Women's Committee of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and serves on the Development Committee of the American Philosophical Society, and for which she traveled to Cuba in 2016. Margaret has regularly participated in Yale Law School alumni activities in New Haven, Philadelphia and New York and was a member of the YaleGALE delegation to India and @Yale in 2015.
Stuart Cohen '70
Stuart Cohen is a personal life coach with a background in the arts. He worked as a professional commercial and editorial photographer for 25 years and has written three books on photography and one about psychology. As a volunteer in his community, Stuart has been the head of a symphony orchestra, synagogue president and served on several non-profit boards. As a volunteer for Yale he's worked on Yale Day of Service projects and served with the Yale Alumni Service Corps in India in 2014. He traveled with YaleGALE on 3 visits to Europe in 2013 – 2014 as well as @Yale, where he participated in programs and was the official photographer, and he contributes to the YaleGALE website in text and photos. Stuart helped run the class-specific programs at his two most recent class of 1970 reunions. Back home he participates in programs of Yale Boston.
Cecilia (Cece) Ann Conrad
Cecilia Conrad is an economist and Managing Director of Fellows, Awards and Exploratory Philanthropy at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Cece has also been Professor, Dean, Vice-President, and Acting President at Pomona College in California as well as serving in similar capacities at other selective academic institutions of higher learning. She has also served on the governing board of trustees of Muhlenberg College and Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Conrad has won awards for her teaching, research and academic leadership. Her research interests are in the effects of race and gender on economic status, and she has taken leadership roles in promoting diversity and inclusion on campus and in the economics profession. Cece graduated from Wellesley College and later obtained her doctorate from Stanford. She has served as a class officer, alumni interviewer, and reunion planner for the Wellesley alumni association and has participated in service projects with the Stanford organization.
Rosa Brambila Fuller '80
Rosa Fuller is a professor, educator and counselor with prior careers in international affairs and interpretation. She has worked in the U.S. government, taught life skills and guided educationally disadvantaged students to seek post-secondary educational opportunities at competitive universities. She has delivered workshops and informational sessions to family and community members on applying to university and helped rank candidates for admissions to UCLA. Early in her career, she worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in South America. Currently, Rosa is active in her community as a volunteer and serves as a board member at the Children's Center—a local nonprofit organization. For Yale, Rosa serves on the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and interviews prospective candidates for Yale admissions. She also participated in the Yale Alumni Schools Ambassadors (YASA) 2015 trip to Macedonia, Albania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, counselling prospective university students and their parents concerning higher education opportunities in the USA.
Lynn Johnson '61
Lynn Johnson is a university professor, management consultant, facilitator, and executive coach. In addition to his Yale B.A., he is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary (M.Div.), the University of New Hampshire (M.A.), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.). He has taught in West Africa and at several American universities, including the New School University and New York University. He has worked as a university administrator at institutions in Ohio, Michigan, and New York, and recently retired as MBA Director at the Hudson Graduate Center of Long Island University. In his community, Lynn has been a volunteer counselor and a leader in his local church. As a volunteer for Yale, Lynn has served as President of the Yale Club of Akron-Canton, initiated the Yale Day of Service in the Albany, N.Y. area, and participated in YaleGALE trips to Japan, China, Turkey, Israel, the United Kingdom, France, the Baltics, Germany, Holland, and most recently, India, as well as @Yale. Lynn is currently a member of the YaleGALE Board of Directors and is leading the development of YaleGALE's new initiative, the Volunteer Consulting Service, a follow-up program designed especially for universities that have participated in a YaleGALE exchange or in YaleGALE@Yale.
Oliver Janney '67
Oliver Janney is a lawyer (Harvard Law) working as general counsel and chief legal officer of a multi-national corporation. He has served on the boards of a number of professional and nonprofit organizations in his community including Chairman of the Investment Committee and Chancellor of his church and a director and officer of his community association. As a volunteer for Yale, he was President of the Yale Club of the Suncoast in Sarasota, Florida, is currently a director and member of the Club's Alumni Schools Committee and has served as his club's delegate to the AYA Assembly for the past three years. He has participated in the YaleGALE programs in the UK, Paris, and Europe and @Yale. Oliver has also served as President of the Ivy League Club of Sarasota and Manatee Counties and continues to serve as a governor of the Ivy League Club and a trustee and officer of the Ivy League Club Scholarship Fund.
Ray Kimsey '73, '75 M. Arch
Ray Kimsey is President of Niles Bolton Associates, an international architectural planning and design ﬁrm based in Atlanta, GA. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Institute of Architects. In Atlanta, he has served as President of the Buckhead Business Association, Chair of Leadership Buckhead and Co-President of the North Atlanta High School PTSA. He has been active in the Yale Club of Georgia, serving as President, Co-Chair of the Alumni Schools Committee, Coordinator for the Community Service Fellowship program and Coordinator of the Yale Day of Service. He has twice served as a club delegate to the AYA and served on the AYA Board of Governors. He has been active with YaleGALE since its inception, serving as a delegate to Australia, Japan, Turkey, China, and India. He currently serves on the YaleGALE Board of Directors.
Catherine (Cathy) Lanier '78 MPPM
Cathy Lanier is a consultant whose work focuses on estimating the extent to which the cultural sector contributes to local economies. She graduated from the Yale School of Management (SOM) in its first class (1978) and served as a director of the inaugural alumni board. Among her responsibilities was to be SOM's first Association of Yale Alumni representative. She earned her bachelors degree from Smith College. She served on the board of Oxford Academy, a boy's boarding school in Connecticut. Having had experience as an alumna of a well-established school (Smith), as an alumna and director of new school (SOM), and as a director of a very small school with a significant international alumni body (Oxford Academy) she has seen the opportunities and challenges of alumni associations in very different contexts. Cathy recently participated in YaleGALE @Yale.
Henry Day Lanier '78 MPPM
Henry Lanier served in the Marines after graduating from Harvard, then travelled for a year around Southeast Asia, and subsequently worked as a grassroots community organizer in Brooklyn, NY. He then worked as an investment banker at several major international banking firms, including Lehman Brothers and the First Boston Corporation. He has spent his career building stronger urban communities and supporting non-profit organizations that alleviate poverty. These have included for-profit private equity firms, nonprofit investment funds and most recently Forsyth Street, a consulting firm that advises foundations, financial institutions, government bodies and impact investors in developing strategies for attracting capital. He has initiated and run internship programs in public finance for college graduates from non-traditional backgrounds. As a volunteer, for more than twenty years Henry has served on the Boards of Accion East and Accion the US Network, leading proponents and practitioners of micro finance, a powerful community building strategy. At Yale, Henry was a member of the first graduating class (the "Charter Class") of the Yale School of Management which elected him the first President of the School of Management's Alumni Board. He has also participated in YaleGALE in India and @Yale 2015.
Llewellyn (Llew) Miller '70
Llew is a financial engineer, currently working as manager of financing and business development at CMF Global, as well as a private investment consultant focusing on valuation of bank assets. He has served as consulting expert for a U.S. government regulatory agency, and portfolio manager and financial product developer for major Wall Street investment firms. For his community, he was elected as the first black council member to the City of Claremont, CA. He has served as finance committee chair for a number of nonprofit organizations in New York and California. For Yale, he is an active participant in Class events and serves on the Class Council of the Class of 1970 and has interviewed Yale College applicants for the Alumni Schools Committee. He also earned an M.S. from Stanford University Engineering.
Glenn Murphy '71
Glenn Murphy has been President and Chief Investment Officer of an investment management firm serving both institutional and high net worth individual clients, and is currently a fiduciary investment advisor at Goulston Storrs. He also serves pro bono on the investment committees of local charitable organizations. Glenn's Yale alumni service began as co-Class officer and 10th reunion chair. He has represented both his Class and Club as a delegate to the Association of Yale Alumni and was a member of the AYA Board for three years. He has been an officer and Board member of the Yale Club of Boston for over three decades, recently retiring as President, and is a former trustee of the Yale Scholarship Trust of Boston. Glenn has been a member of the YaleGALE Board since its inception and has participated in YaleGALE conferences in Austailia, Japan, Turkey, China, India and @Yale.
Kathryn (Kathy) Cochran Murphy '71
Kathryn Cochrane Murphy is a lawyer with Krokidas & Bluestein LLP in Boston, practicing primarily in the area of complex commercial real estate. Kathy has been practicing law for 40 years and is the President of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. She is a former board member of the YWCA Boston , the Boston Children's Museum and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. As a volunteer for Yale, Kathy has been co-secretary of her class, served on several class reunion committees, and is co-chair of agents for her class alumni fund effort. She is currently co-chair of her class Reunion Gift Committee. She is a member of the Yale Alumni Fund Board of Directors and has served as a board member of the Yale Clubs of Hartford and Boston. She was involved in the formation of Yale Women, a shared interest group. She is a former board member of YaleGALE and has participated in YaleGALE conferences in Austailia, Japan, Turkey, China, India and @Yale.
Roy Niedermayer '69
Roy Niedermayer has spent his professional life as a commercial trial lawyer in Washington law firms. Along the way, he has also been a part-time military defense contractor, real estate and bank investor, and biotech entrepreneur in a genomics start-up. Somehow with all this he still found time to lend his skills and energy to service on Washington D.C. Anti-Defamation League Civil Rights Committee and Regional Boards, several religious charities and his synagogue, and participated in the local Maryland Bar. His service to Yale is broad, being a former President and current board member of the Yale Club of Washington, D.C., a regional Day of Service director, chairman of his Club's Alumni Schools Committee, creator of his Club's Community Service Award to inner city high school students, a member of the AYA Board of Governors, and on the Board of YaleGALE while still finding the time to produce an award winning Civil War educational tour sponsored by his Yale Club.
Jonathan Rose '63
Jon Rose, is a Harvard law school graduate and a long time partner at the Jones Day law firm. Most recently he retired from several years of service as Secretary to the Committee on Rules, Practice, and Procedure of the U.S. Judicial Conference and Chief of the Rules Support Office at the Administrative Office of US Courts. As a Yale College alumnus, Jon has been a member of his Class Council since graduation and chaired its 30th Reunion. As a former Chair of the undergraduate Yale Daily News (YDN), Jon was one of the founding members of the OCD ("Oldest College Daily") Foundation, co-chaired the Foundation for many years and continues to serve on its Board. Under Jon's leadership, the Foundation successfully raised millions of dollars to renovate the YDN building as well as provide an endowment to sustain YDN operations. Jon has participated in 7 YaleGALE trips and also served on the AYA Board of Governors.
Ben Slotznick '70, '73 Dra
Ben Slotznick is a lawyer, an inventor, a software developer, and a real estate developer. Ben has been on the Board and President of charitable and non-profit organizations in his community, including his synagogue and a non-profit housing development for the elderly. As a volunteer for Yale, he has served as President of the Yale Club of Central Pennsylvania, which covers an area the size of Scotland but is sparsely populated by Yale alumni, and currently serves as Co-Secretary of his Class. Ben is on the Board of YaleGALE and Chair of its Communications Committee, for which he has produced YaleGALE@Yale and two YaleGALE trips, and edited the YaleGALE Guide. Ben has organized an award winning Class Reunion and the award winning YaleGALE website. In 2014, Ben received an AYA Leadership Award (Volunteer of the Year).
Barbara Wagner '73
Barbara Wagner is an attorney and law school professor. She is Director of the Small Business & Non-Profit Law Clinic at Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Previously she spent over 30 years as a corporate and securities lawyer, including at a global produce company as Vice-President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, and prior to that at Wall Street law firms. For Yale, Barbara served as president of the Cincinnati Yale Club, regional director of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, and state coordinator for the Yale Day of Service. In 2010, she co-chaired a national conference celebrating 40 years of coeducation at Yale, which led to the founding of YaleWomen. In 2015, Barbara was a country producer of the first Yale Alumni Schools Ambassadors (YASA) trip abroad, meeting with high school students in Balkan countries to discuss liberal arts education and study in the US, and recently produced the YASA trip to the South Caucausus. She is a member of the YaleGALE Board, having participated in six YaleGALE trips, as well as its recent consulting program in Armenia. Barbara has also served on the AYA Board of Governors and in 2015 won AYA's highest award, the Yale Medal.
Cliff Warner '87 MFA
Cliff Warner, is Chairman of Mycotoo Inc., an entertainment development company helping passionate people achieve. Mycotoo provides strategic planning, concept development, master planning, design and project management expertise. Mycotoo combines creative with business strategy to develop successful projects. Cliff has produced projects around the world including Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks, Dubai, and Sesame: Presents The Body touring exhibit. After completing his MFA at the Yale School of Drama Cliff has stayed involved with Yale and the Yale School of Drama, Serving on the Board of Directors for Yale Club of Southern California, a lifetime member of Yale Club of Los Angeles, and on the Board of Directors of YaleGALE. Cliff has also established the Frank Torok Scholarship for Stage Managers at the Drama School. Cliff has participated in the YaleGALE programs in China, United Kingdom, Paris, and New Mexico. Cliff also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ojai Playwrights Conference.
Ralph Wrobley '57
Ralph Wrobley '57 was a corporate attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions, but also represented a number of privately-owned businesses because the broad counseling aspect with entrepreneurs was professionally broadening and satisfying. Ralph was principal acquisition counsel for four New York Stock Exchange companies and one Nasdaq traded firm. Ralph retired in 2007. He was a managing partner in two of Kansas City's major law firms and author of a book "Work, Life and the High Calling of the Law, a Managing Partner's Perspective." Ralph has served as president of the Yale Club of Kansas City. As president he led creation of a partnership with other Ivy school clubs to bring speakers to Kansas City from Yale and the other schools. Ralph participated in YaleGALE in India 2015. In 1967, the Yale Club of Kansas City awarded Ralph its Yale Bowl for Outstanding Service.
Brian Wynn '73
Brian Wynn practices law in Toronto, Canada advising a broad range of clients about corporate/commercial, entertainment and intellectual property matters as well as assisting charities and non-profit entities. He is active in the Ontario Bar Association and lectures on arts/entertainment/communications issues at the Schulich School of Business at York University. Brian is immersed in many volunteer and charitable activities involving church, theatre and sport/recreation groups, including efforts on behalf of drowning prevention as a provincial and national President of the Royal Lifesaving Society Canada. He currently serves on the board of Ovarian Cancer Canada and as a governor for Havergal College, a girls' private school. In Toronto, he has been Yale Alumni Schools Committee Chairman for many years, introducing Canadian guidance counselors, parents and prospective students to Yale. He has also been an active Class Agent for the Yale Alumni Fund since graduation. In recent years, Brian has joined YaleGALE and the Yale Alumni Chorus for international tours engaged in vital dialogues about philanthropy, the arts and the value of education.