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 European Day Editor of the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of The 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
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 also 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 for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. 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.
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.
Lisa Suzanne Ragen Ide
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, after graduating from Dartmouth, 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.
William Obenshain '62 is Executive Director, DePaul University Center for Financial Services, Chicago. Bill spent 38 years with Continental Bank/Bank of America in Chicago, New York, Brussels, and London, and in thelast 11 years of his time there, he was the founder, managing partner, and chairman of BA Capital Partners Europe, the private equity arm of Bank of America in Europe, and managed $1.3 billion of investment capital across diverse sectors in 10 countries in Europe. His business career includes service on several corporate boards. A government major at Dartmouth, Bill earned his MBA at Tuck. Volunteer activities include service as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Metro History Education Center and president of the American School in London Foundation. Previously, he was a trustee of the American School in London. He is currently a trustee of the Naval War College Foundation in Newport, RI; Vice Chairman of the Chicago Metro History Education Center; and a member of the Presidents Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Bill has underwritten an annual program on global affairs for the Chicago Humanities Festival. He also served five years of active duty in the U.S. Navy including two years teaching Naval History and Naval Engineering at the University of Michigan. At Dartmouth, Bill has endowed a Great Issues Series Lecture at the Dickey Center and programs in the Global Health Initiative.
José Antonio Ocampo
José Antonio Ocampo is a Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director of the Program in Economic and Political Development at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Prior to his appointment, Professor Ocampo served in anumber of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs; Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the Board of Banco del República (Central Bank of Colombia); Director, NationalPlanning Department (Minister of Planning); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chairman of the Board of Banco Cafetero (Coffee Bank) and Caja de Crèdito Agraria, Industrial y Minera (Agrarian Bank) and Executive Director, FEDESARROLLO. Dr. Ocampo received his B.A. in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, 1976. He was a Professor in the Advanced Programme on Rethinking Development Economics at Cambridge University, a Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes, a Professor of Economic History at the National University of Colombia, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Yale and Oxford. His recent publications include Stability with Growth: Macroeconomics, Liberalization and Development, with Joseph E. Stiglitz, Shari Spiegel, Ricardo French-Davis and Deepak Nayyar, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).
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.
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.