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.
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.
Charles N. Bralver '74 is a Corporate Director and Advisor. He was a founding partner and Vice Chairman of Oliver, Wyman & Co. and led its Capital Markets, European, and North American practices. He has served as a Partner in Massif Partners, an investment management and advisory firm; Senior Associate Dean for International Business and Finance at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, and as a Strategic Adviser to Warburg Pincus LLC. Mr. Bralver serves as a Director of Canaccord Financial and Newstar Financial where he is a member of the Risk Committee, is a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Oliver Wyman, and sits on the boards of the Fletcher School of Tufts University and the Dickey Center. Mr. Bralver is the author of several articles on trading market structure and economics, and most recently of “The CFO as the Agent of the Capital Markets”, in The Known, the Unknown, and the Unknowable in Financial Risk Management, edited by Diebold and Herring, Wharton Financial Institutions Center, Princeton University Press 2010. He has an AB from Dartmouth College and an MA and MALD from The Fletcher School.
Marinn Carlson ’93 is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms with over 1,700 lawyers and 16 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. She focuses her practice in international dispute settlement, with an emphasis on trade policy and investment disputes, including in the WTO and investor-state arbitration. She has also represented clients in U.S. litigation with international ramifications, and as amici curiae in foreign affairs, intellectual property, and Commerce Clause cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and various courts of appeal. Before entering private practice, Ms. Carlson clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has also worked at the Environmental Defense Fund and the White House Office on Environmental Policy.
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.
Lisa Suzanne Ragen Ide ’84 MD MPH is currently the Medical Director of Employee Health and Wellness and of Employee Occupational Health Services at Fairview Health Services based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Ide also serves as a staff physician at the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis.Dr. Ide graduated from Dartmouth College in 1984 and from Yale Medical School in 1989. She spent 1984-85 as a Dickey Endowment scholar working on the Thai Cambodian border and the Ethiopian Sudan border. She has completed two residencies, Emergency Medicine and Preventive Medicine, with subspecialty certification in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Jonathan Low '73 is a Partner and Co-Founder of Predictiv, LLC where he works with clients in Europe, South America, Asia and the US. His specialty is management performance and organizational effectiveness, focusing on the impact of intangibles such as strategy execution, brand/reputation, sustainability and innovation. Prior to founding Predictiv, Jon was a Senior Fellow at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young's Center for Business Innovation. Jon also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Work and Technology Policy in which position he worked closely with the OECD, the World Bank, the European Commission and other global entities on corporate governance and the future of financial reporting. He is the co-author of Invisible Advantage, published by Perseus Press in May 2002 and has contributed to or edited three other books.
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.
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.
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.
Melville Straus ’60 entered the investment business as a security analyst in 1967 at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. In 1969, he joined Standard & Poor's InterCapital as Vice President and Director of Research. In 1972, he was elected to its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He joined Weiss, Peck & Greer, L.L.C. in 1973. At WPG, Mr. Straus was a member of the Executive Committee and his primary responsibility was heading up the small cap growth product and managing $1.5 billion of institutional small cap accounts including two mutual funds and over $50 million in individual accounts. In January, 1998, Mr. Straus formed Straus Asset Management, L.LC. where he is Managing Principal and is currently managing approximately $200 million in assets.
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.