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AGB Board Professionals

The AGB Board Professionals, endorsed by AGB, facilitates and encourages educational and professional services and opportunities for board professionals from AGB member institutions. As a successor to the BPS Planning Committee and the Board Professional Leadership Group, the AGB Board Professionals continues to provide leadership for the annual Workshop for Board Professionals, held in conjunction with AGB's National Conference on Trusteeship.

The AGB Board Professionals promote membership in AGB and participation by board professionals in AGB programs and services for board professionals, and through AGB ensure regular communication with board professionals at AGB member institutions. In addition, the AGB Board Professionals periodically assess the professional development needs of board professionals and advise and work with AGB to address those needs through research, education, communication, and other programming.

There are three committees of the AGB Board Professionals: Executive, Programs, and Professional Development. Members of the AGB Board Professionals and its committees convene each year during the Workshop for Board Professionals and hold an annual planning meeting during the summer. Membership in the AGB Board Professionals group is reserved for and representative of board professionals from institutions that are members of AGB. Click here for guidelines for the group.

Officers and Executive Committee, 2018-2019

Katie Herschede, Chair
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, Widener University

Brian Steeves, Vice Chair
Executive Director and Corporate Secretary, University of Minnesota

Aristide Collins, Past Chair
Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President, and Secretary of the University, George Washington University

Tina Montemayor, Secretary
Assistant Secretary to the Board, University of Texas System

Kristen Hodge-Clark, Ex-Officio and Staff Liaison
Director of Research, AGB


Committee Membership, 2018-2019

Professional Development Committee

Richard AmRhein, Chair
Chief of Staff, Valparaiso University

Jennifer Nuetzi James, Vice Chair
Designated Federal Officer, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Lorrie Kyle, Vice Chair    
Executive Director and Assistant Secretary, Rollins College       

Rick AmRhein    
Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Chief Information Officer, Valparaiso University   

Amelia Arnold
Executive Assistant to the President, Saint Louis University

Teisa Brown
Executive Assistant to the President and the Board of Trustees, Villanova University

Meg Evans    
Board Liaison, Portland State University Foundation

Kristan Gochenauer
Secretary to the Board of Governors, Missouri State University

Majornette Jefferson
Former Executive Assistant to the Director of Board of Trustee Relations, Meharry Medical College

Angela Johnston 
Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College, College of Wooster

Diane McCain
Director, External Relations, State University System of Florida

Chamonix Mejia
Coordinator, Texas Tech University System/Texas Tech Foundation

Julie Miller    
Secretary to the Board of Governors, University Secretary and Senior Executive Assistant to the President, Wayne State University   

Karen Monteleone    
Associate Director, Foundation Board Relations, University of Central Florida Foundation       

Ada Porter
Secretary of the University, Director of the Debs Center, American University of Beirut

Char Reed    
Vice President and University Secretary, Kent State  

Alyssa Schiffman
Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Barnard College

Becky Thomas
Chief of Staff, King University


Programs Committee

Denise Nelson Nash, Co-Chair
VP/Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Scripps College

Tina Holloway, Co-Chair
Director of Board Technology Services, University of Texas System

Rian Curley, Vice Chair    
Special Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Regents, California Luthern University  

Sarah Dirksen
Deputy Director, University of Minnesota

Heather Fehn
Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, The College of New Jersey

Vikki Gore
Executive Assistant to the President, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Tina Gray
Program Manager-UCF Board Relations, University of Cincinnati Foundation

Paul Hegland
Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Carthage College

Jennifer Hembree
Assistant Director, University Affairs and Special Assistant to the President, California Maritime Academy Foundation

Gayle Horwitz
Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Secretary to the Board, City University of New York

Melissa Orth
Assistant Board Secretary and Senior Director for Government Relations, University of Florida

Laura Perry-Bates
Assistant Director, Board Administration, Emory University

Tamara Stoner
Paralegal and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Delaware State University

Janine Swanson
Assistant Secretary to the Board of Regents, University of the Pacific

Kai Swanson    
Special Assistant to the President, Augustana College       

Lisa Haley Thomson
Chief of Staff, The College of Saint Rose

Past Leaders of AGB Board Professionals and Outstanding Board Professionals

Recipients of AGB Board Professionals Special Recognition Award

2012:  Jeannie Phillips, University of Alaska

2010:  Artis Hampshire-Cowan, Howard University

2009: Linda Dixon, Tufts University

2007:  Leigh Trivette, University of California


Chairs of the AGB Board Professionals

2017-2018: Aristide Collins, George Washington University

2016-2017: Irene Birrell, Western University (Ontario)/Aristide Collins, George Washington University

2015-2016: Lorrie Kyle, Rollins College

2014-2015:  Anne Shaw, University of California

2013-2014:  Richard Riddell, Duke University

2012-2013: Charlene Reed, Kent State University

2011-2012: Beth Rice Hilliard, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

2010-2011: Heather Fehn, The College of New Jersey

2009-2010: Ann Cieslak, University of Minnesota

2008-2009: Louis Charpentier, University of Toronto

2007-2008: Richard Mersereau, Bowdoin College


Secretaries of the AGB Board Professionals

2017-2018: Anne Shaw, University of California; Mary Webster, California Institute of Technology

2016-2017: Heather Fehn, The College of New Jersey

2015-2016: Katie Herschede, Northern Kentucky University

2013-2014: Julie Miller, Wayne State University

2011-2013: Steve Frieder, Marquette University

2007-2011: Anne Shaw, University of California

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