Katherine Bergeron ’80
Katherine Bergeron ’80, currently dean of the college at Brown University, was elected to be the 11th president of Connecticut College, to take office on Jan. 1, 2014.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan, Bergeron majored in music and earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in musicology at Cornell.
At Brown since 2004, when she joined the faculty as professor of music, she served since 2006 as the university’s chief academic office for undergraduate education. In that capacity, she was noted for strengthening academic and career advising, as well as implementing programs in community service, science education and internationalization. She led the first comprehensive review of the Brown curriculum in four decades, resulting in the creation of new learning goals, as well as initiatives to recruit and support under represented students in mathematics, technology, and the sciences.
Chair of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee Pamela Zilly said Bergeron was “the right leader for this moment in our history.” Zilly added, “She has a tremendous ability to connect ideas and convert them into action. She is a champion of the tradition of education in the liberal arts and sciences, and, at the same time, an experienced and effective administrator with a record of successful innovation.”
In a press release, Bergeron noted Connecticut College’s “forward-thinking tradition” since it was founded in 1911 to educate women elsewhere excluded. “The notions of modern education and broad access to education are written in the DNA of Connecticut College,” she said. “This tradition is so powerful at the current moment, when all institutions of higher education are being asked to create new models for learning and to find new ways to expand access to education.”
Jenifer McKim ’88
Jenifer McKim ’88 joined The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) as the assistant managing editor and senior investigative reporter. With close to 25 years of experience as a news journalist, most recently for The Boston Globe, McKim has won many awards for her work, including the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in 2011 for a story about the domestic sex trafficking of minors and the California AP Investigative Journalism Award in 2008. In 2005, she led a group of reporters to write about the importation of lead-tainted Mexican candles, a project that was nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. McKim is also a Fellow of the Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.
In a NECIR press release, McKim commented on her transition from daily news reporting: “I’m excited to help grow this new model of nonprofit journalism. I’m looking forward to getting to work.”
Executive Director of NECIR Joe Bergantino noted the crucial nature of her work: “Jenifer understands the important role investigative reporting plays in holding the powerful accountable—in our region and our nation. She is a top-tier journalist whose reporting has had impact and has improved the lives of New Englanders.”
Dr. Nicole Hubbard Longwell ’92
Dr. Nicole Hubbard Longwell ’92 has joined the Board of Directors of Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCBCF) in addition to serving as the co-chair of ABCBCF’s Young Professionals Group.
Longwell is National Director of the Medical Science Liaisons at Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, and the Drug Information Association. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Wesleyan, a master’s in psychology from Northeastern University and a doctorate in psychopharmacolgy from Tufts University.
“The goal of Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation is to prevent breast cancer for future generations by identifying and eradicating the environmental causes,” she notes in a press release, adding that she is both a researcher and a breast cancer survivor herself.
ABCBCF was founded in 2000 with the mission of funding scientific research on environmental causes of breast cancer and educating the public on prevention.
Leslie Greengard ’79
Leslie Greengard ’79 has been named director of the Simons Center for Data Analysis, after serving as director of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University since 2006. As director, Greengard will build and lead a team of scientists in analyzing large-scale data sets and developing innovative mathematical methods.
Greengard, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan with a BA in mathematics, also holds an MD and PhD in computer science from Yale University. He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and he received acclaim for developing the Fast Multipole Method, a mathematical technique applicable in such fields as chip simulation and systems biology. For this work, Greengard received the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society.
Sprinkles’ Candace Nelson ’96 now offers ice cream.
Vanity Fair says that Candace Nelson ’96, who reinvented America’s opinion on cupcakes, “is to cupcakes today what Debbi Fields was to cookies in the 1980s.” Nelson’s company, Sprinkles, known for its constant innovation, premiered the world’s first cupcake food truck and cupcake ATM. Wistful for the days of old-fashioned ice cream shops while surrounded by frozen yogurt trends, Nelson decided not to limit herself to cupcakes and introduced slow churned ice cream to her stores. Her most decadent dessert combines her two products; the Sprinkles sandwich is a unique treat of a scoop of ice cream enclosed by two delicious cupcakes.
Sprinkles on Facebook
Sprinkles doesn’t stop the fun at sweet treats; Nelson and her team have a lively but still classy social media presence to advertise their options. With an exciting YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter, Sprinkles shows off its cupcakes with mouthwatering photos and catchy captions. Nelson has figured out an effective way to advertise her product without being pushy and to spread the news of special discounts and items.
“Sprinkles created a niche and consistent brand voice online, leading to devout fans and social support,” she said.
Read the Vanity Fair article on Candace Nelson here or the Business 2 Community article about her advertising strategy here.
Richard Locke ’81
Richard Locke ’81 was named director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. On leave from the MIT Political Science Department, he was previously deputy dean of MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Locke’s current research focuses on improving the safety and environmental conditions for workers in global supply chains. The author of four books, he most recently published The Promise and Limits of Private Power (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
In a recent Q&A for the Brown Magazine, he spoke on his hopes and expectations that the Watson Institute will build on Brown’s strong foundation as well as strengthen its focus on current issues, including development and global health. When asked about the recent news stories on unsafe labor practices at overseas factories, he was adamant in his call for education: “What works is when the managers, workers, and companies have the capabilities they need to succeed in running a good business. These aren’t evil people. They were just never trained in modern business and human resource management. As a result, they’re running their businesses in a very old-fashioned way that doesn’t lead to good labor practices.”
Jennifer Sorenson ’01
Jennifer Sorenson ’01 is one of only three women from the Natural Resources Defense Council’s San Francisco office to be recognized as a “rising star.” In an NRDC press release, the women were lauded as “represent[ing] the next generation of the Bay Area’s environmental movement, seeking innovative new solutions to the world’s greatest environmental and health challenges.” Sorenson was one of 12 lawyers to receive a Distinguished Environmental Advocates Award at the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) at their annual spring conference in March.
Sorenson serves as chief litigator in a case challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to ban the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock feed, although this same practice has been proven to diminish the effectiveness of some antibiotics in treating infections in human patients. Last year, the federal district court ruled in favor of NRDC and the other citizen group plaintiffs in two major decisions; the case is now up on appeal in the Second Circuit.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by the ABA’s Environment Section,” Sorenson said in the NRDC release. “The award is a testament to the strength and vision of NRDC’s Litigation Team, which gives junior attorneys the training they need to bring cases that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Previously, Sorenson worked on an environmental justice case in Dickson County, Tenn., which settled with an agreement by the government to place lower-income rural communities on public water, because their well-water had been contaminated by chemicals leaching from an unregulated landfill.
Andrew McCulloch ’76
Andrew McCulloch ’76, president of Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest region, was one of a team of 11 “Health Care Heroes” honored as Statesman of the Year by the Oregon Business Association in 2012. Instead of one “Statesman,” the association decided to recognize pre-eminent contributors to health reform.
Kaiser Permanente is an integrated health care delivery organization combining a nonprofit insurance plan with its own hospitals and clinics. With over 37 hospitals, 17,000 doctors, and a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system, the organization has achieved highly coordinated and personalized patient care while focusing on keeping people healthy and preventing illness. As president of the northwest region, McCulloch oversees the operation of this integrated health care system, encompassing both medical and dental care, and providing services to nearly 500,000 members in Oregon and southwest Washington. Under his leadership, the company has received accolades for clinical quality and patient satisfaction. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2006, McCulloch was president and CEO of Community Mercy Health Partners in the Dayton/Springfield area of Ohio. He holds a master’s degree in hospital and health care administration from the University of Minnesota. A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, he received the Regent’s Award for outstanding contributions to the field of health care administration.
Additionally, McCulloch has hired a Wesleyan summer intern for the past two years and now has formally established an annual Cardinal Internship at KP, with this, the third Wes intern, for summer 2013.
The state of Oregon is currently a leader among states in the effort to transform its health care system, expanding Medicaid through unprecedented care coordination among providers. Oregon received a five-year, $1.9 billion grant from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, employing many of the same concepts that have guided Kaiser Permanente’s system for decades: focusing on prevention and chronic disease management, and linking care with an electronic medical record. This goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce cost increases.
Learn more in this video.
Mike Fogarty ’90 and Brian Fogarty ’98
The chauffeur service Tristar Worldwide received the United Kingdom’s prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
This is the country’s highest accolade for business success. With Mike Fogarty ’90 as United States CEO and Brian Fogarty ’98 as the general manger of the Boston office, the company offers a variety of chauffeur services for international corporations and travel companies, providing airport transfer services as well as ground support for major international events, conventions and financial roadshows.
One of the world’s largest chauffeur businesses, with more than 500 vehicles and 650 employees in the United Kingdom alone, Tristar operates in more than 80 countries and has offices in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong as well as Boston.
Founded in 1978, Tristar has developed a reputation for quality and timeliness, with a pledge that if a car is late by even one minute, the ride is free. Brian was a history major at Wesleyan; Michael majored in government.
In order to win a Queen’s Award, the company must show a substantial and sustained growth in overseas revenue over three consecutive years. The awards are presented annually by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, acknowledging U.K. companies and encouraging the development of British business overseas.
Bill Queen ’86
Bill Queen ’86 was recently named president of the Travelers Ocean Marine business unit. Affiliated with Travelers since 1986, he has held a variety of positions in underwriting and sales, as well as marketing and field management.
Most recently, Queen served as chief operating officer for Travelers First Party Group and as a key member of the interim management team for the Ocean Marine organization. This group, currently ranked as one of the largest ocean marine insurers in the United States (based on direct written premium) provides highly specialized property and liability insurance products for maritime-oriented exposures including commercial vessels, cargo transport, luxury yachts, port authorities, and shipbuilders, including numerous other risks unique to that area. At Wesleyan, Queen majored in mathematics/economics.
Susan McFarland ’90
Susan Rodrigue McFarland ’90 was appointed director of health, safety and environmental affairs at the Barnes Group, Inc., in Bristol, Conn.
A molecular biology and biochemistry major at Wesleyan, McFarland earned a master’s degree in environmental sciences at the University of New Haven and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer in Hartford, Conn.
She has worked in environmental compliance and occupational safety for 22 years. Prior to joining the Barnes Group, she worked at Pratt and Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft and Carrier Corporation.
Ralph Jones III ’78
Ralph Jones III ’78 was recently named president and chief operating officer of SPARTA Insurance.
An economics major at Wesleyan, he began his insurance career at Chubb and Son, with underwriting positions of increasing responsibility in their offices on both the East and West coasts. Named chief underwriting officer for Europe, he moved to London and later became president of Chubb Europe. In 1999, he was named CEO of Chubb Executive Risk (later Chubb Specialty Insurance).
In 2003, he joined Arch Worldwide Insurance as their CEO and then, five years later, joined Everest Reinsurance Holdings as president and COO. Jones has completed graduate programs at both Tuck School at Dartmouth and Harvard Business School.