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AAGC Nominating Committee

Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College
2014-2015 Nominating Committee


Kathryn Shaer Ellis (Edited)Kathryn Shaer Ellis ’86: Assistant vice president for annual giving at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL, Ellis holds a master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An 11-year veteran of the AAGC Board of Directors, she served as vice-president from 2009-2011 and as president from 2011-2013.



Sarah Bryant (Edited)Sarah Bryant ’08: Bryant graduated from Goucher in 2008 with a double major in Communications and Art concentrating in Art History. In the summer of her sophomore year she studied abroad in Denmark. Since graduating she has handled the class of 2008 class notes for The Quarterly. Currently she is the marketing manager at a public policy think tank, The Cato Institute. In her spare time she volunteers in the DC community with the Junior League of Washington and The Madison. She resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Melissa Hill JusticeMelissa Hill Justice ’87: Justice is a loan officer with NVR Inc., builder of Ryan Homes and NVR Homes, after having been a stay-at-home mother for seven years. She earned a master’s of business administration in finance from Loyola University Maryland and an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from Stevenson University. A recipient of the Jenifer Mitchell Reed Award, Justice has served as an AAGC director, a member of its executive committee, and as its secretary. She and her husband live in Berlin, MD, with their two sons.

Will Lonczak (Edited)Will Lonczak ’10: Lonczak majored in business management and economics and now works as an associate in the Finance and Accounting department of Vocus, Inc (VOCS) in Beltsville, MD. A varsity soccer player, Will was a four-time letter-winner and Conference Academic award recipient, and was named to the 2009 Landmark Sportsmanship team. In 2009, Will received the Borden-Gladding International Management Award to study International Business at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Will is an Associate Member of the Goucher Society and a supporter of the Blue & Gold Society.

Evan Marx (Cropped)Evan Marx ’11: A resident of Alexandria, VA, Mr. Marx is the dedicated Hospitality Sales Associate with Cvent, Inc., a leading provider of web-based solutions to the hospitality industry. Evan’s career in the hospitality industry began at Goucher where he spent a summer as a sales intern at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club, and Spa, one of the top-rated Marriott resorts in the country. Upon graduating, Evan spent four years in Denver, Colorado in the hotel industry. Evan is excited to be back in the Mid-Atlantic and closer to his “second home” at Goucher.

pyles 2Cara Tracey Pyles ’99: As marketing manager at Stansberry & Associates Investment Research in Baltimore, MD, Pyles develops and analyzes marketing campaigns through web-based platforms. A resident of Parkville, MD, she also has worked as a senior loan officer and credit analyst. Pyles serves on the advisory board of Goucher’s Blue & Gold Society.


Kim Van Newkirk Shaffir (Edited)Kim Van Newkirk Shaffir ’83, P’15: Shaffir is producer/editor for the CBS program Face the Nation and is an editor for The CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS Weekend News, and The Early Show. A communications major, she got her start in 1983 at Baltimore’s WMAR-TV, where she operated a studio camera for local news, public-service programming, and commercials. In 2010, she won a White House News Photographers’ Association award of excellence. In 2013, along with all of CBS News, Kim was the recipient of the DuPont Award of Excellence for their coverage of the Newtown shooting. She lives in Annapolis, with her husband and son; her daughter attends Goucher.

Untitled-1 croppedNancy Tunnessen ’63: A lifelong volunteer for her church, children, the arts, education, and peace, Tunnessen also has been an elementary school teacher, religious educator, member of Goucher’s Alumnae/i Fund staff, and currently works part time in retail sales. She has served on the board of directors of three Girl Scout Councils, hospital and art museum volunteer groups, several peace and justice organizations, and on the vestries of two churches. At Goucher, her volunteer service includes having served as president of the AAGC, chair of the Annual Giving Committee, the Nominating Committee, the International Travel Committee, and of the Class of 1963’s 50th Reunion Committee. She is a resident of Chapel Hill, NC.

Kaye F. Williams (Edited)Kaye F. Williams ’83: A senior legislative consultant and attorney, Williams served as a liaison between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the White House, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and national securities exchanges. She received, from the SEC, the Law and Policy Award for work on the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service, the highest ranking civilian status in the government. Kaye is affiliated with Mitchell & Dunn law firm and provides counsel to historically black colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. A resident of Alexandria, Va., she holds a doctor of law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in politics and public policy from Goucher College.

Alex Wood (Edited)Alex Wood ’06: Wood holds an MPA from the University of Georgia, and from 2007 to 2012 served as a conference planner and staff assistant to the president at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. His professional interests include higher education, organizational development, leadership, philanthropy, and government. A recipient of the Rhoda M. Dorsey Leadership Award, Wood served as a member of Goucher’s Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2009.