Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College
2017-2018 Board of Directors
Kara M. Bundy ’02: As Deputy Director at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Prince George’s County, Bundy is responsible for fundraising, marketing, volunteer recruitment, finances, and HR policy for a non-profit that helps abused and neglected children in foster care. She also serves on the Marketing Committee of the National CASA Association. At Goucher, Bundy created her own major by combining sociology, psychology, women’s studies, and Spanish, which culminated in the production of a theatrical thesis, “We are the Ones: An Exploration of Resistance and Otherness.” Since graduating, Bundy has worked with several nonprofit and international education programs and studied marketing at the Wharton School of Business. She also runs a successful marketing and development consultancy. Bundy lives with her husband and two daughters in Bethesda, MD.
Jay Gilman ’09: As the Associate Director of Minnesota Fringe in Minneapolis, Gilman stewards the largest performing arts festival in the Midwest. While at Goucher, he studied anthropology, arts administration, education and theater as an interdisciplinary major; and was involved in Red Hot Blue, an a capella group devoted to serving and fundraising for the HIV/AIDS cause. Gilman also holds a M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice, and enrolled in courses in the Wharton MBA and Fels Institute MPA programs. His sister Laura Gilman, also a Goucher alumna from the Class of 2007, was a sociology/anthropology major, and served as a Hillel president. She now leads care management for older adults at Jewish Family Services in their hometown, Kansas City.
Brendan McFadden ’13: After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education, McFadden joined Teach For America in 2013. He currently teaches Mathematics in Baltimore City Public Schools and, having since received a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 2015, has also earned a number of teaching awards including: Baltimore Talent Development Young Teacher of the Year (2014), the Academy For College and Career Exploration Student’s Choice Award (2015), the Lawrence Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching (2013), and the Goldsmith Scholar in Education Award (2011-2013). McFadden is passionate about social justice, urban education and revival, youth empowerment, and the liberal arts. After the uprising in Baltimore in 2015, he presented to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Board of Certified Teachers on classroom management and school climate in a post Freddie Gray Baltimore. While at Goucher, McFadden was a member of the Swimming and Diving team and the Education Club, served as a Community Assistant, and participated as a 2011 Goucher Vagabond. He continues to serve at Goucher as an alum volunteer, donor, and student mentor.
Kimberley Gordy ’06: Now Director of College Counseling at St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, MD, Gordy’s journey to college guidance began when she unexpectedly returned to work at Goucher’s admissions office a year after her graduation. She stayed for four years working on multicultural recruitment initiatives, including the Equal Opportunity Program. After eight years in college admissions, including four at George Washington University, Gordy jumped at the opportunity to serve an all girls’ high school population that featured great international and cultural diversity. As an undergraduate biology major, Gordy was a member of the women’s basketball team. In addition to volunteering for her alma mater, Gordy has also served on the advisory board for Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc., a non-profit that provides summer leadership development to middle and high school students. A native of Snow Hill on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore, she has since made the Greater Baltimore/D.C. area her home.
Annual Giving Liaison
Carol Hirschfeld Roth ’70: Roth is a retired educator living with her husband, Jeff, in Wilmington, DE. Her 38-year career with the School District of Philadelphia included work as a teacher, teacher coach, and administrator. She keeps busy with volunteer activities and travel. Roth has served Goucher in the past as an area admissions representative, a member of the Philadelphia alumnae club, and as an AAGC board member. She often attends (and has hosted) Goucher events!
Jesse J. Holland MFA ’12: Holland is a national writer covering race, ethnicity & demographics for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the books, “Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C.” (Globe Pequot, 2007), and The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House (Lyons Press, 2016). A former Supreme Court, White House and congressional reporter, Holland was named one of TheRoot.com 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2011 and is the youngest person on the University of Mississippi’s Top 50 Journalism Graduates. Holland was honored with Goucher’s Marguerite Barland ’60 Merit Award in February of 2017. He hails from Holly Springs, Miss., and lives in Bowie, Md.
Kim Van Newkirk Shaffir ’83, P ’15: A communications major, Shaffir began working during her senior year at Baltimore’s WMAR-TV, where she operated a studio camera for local news programs. Later that year, she made the move from local news to the network, beginning her now 32 year career in the Washington Bureau of CBS News. As an editor, Shaffir has covered every major beat in Washington: the Capitol, the Pentagon and the White House. For the past five years, Shaffir has worked primarily for the CBS program, Face the Nation as a producer/editor. In 2013, she and her team received an Emmy for their broadcast about the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Shaffir served as her class’s Quarterly representative for twenty years and has also been a member of the AAGC nominating committee. She lives in Annapolis, with her husband Greg and their son, Mason; their daughter, Kira, graduated Goucher in 2015.
Jenifer Mitchell Reed ’86: Reed is program manager for NTT Com Security, an global internet security company. She earned a certificate in technical writing from Goucher College, a masters of science degree in management from the University of Management and Technology, and professional certifications in Six Sigma and project management. From 1999 to 2001, she served as a Goucher Trustee and was President of the AAGC Board. She also chaired the Alumnae/i Fund Committee for four years. A resident of Trophy Club, TX, Reed has one son.
Davon Barbour ’99: Davon Barbour became the Vice President of Economic Development for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore in September 2015. In this capacity, he is responsible for executing a comprehensive economic growth strategy that positions Downtown Baltimore for long-term success in the dynamic global economy. His portfolio includes business recruitment, retention, expansion; transportation planning, research, retail and real estate/business technical assistance. Davon loves city life and is passionate about urban retail and placemaking.
Judy Cohen MACS ’12: Although a master’s program graduate of the Class of 2012, Cohen has actually been affiliated with Goucher through various community connections for almost 20 years. Before coming to Goucher, she was the Managing Director for Historic Hampton, Inc., the friends group that supports Hampton National Historic Site–an entity of the National Park System. While earning her Masters Degree at Goucher, Judy completed her Capstone project on the Hampton Arts Initiative, a program she co-founded that works to get established and burgeoning artists in the community to creatively interpret the cultural landscape and resources of the site. She pursues a variety of outside interests, including clawhammer banjo, historic home restoration, and volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore and Pets on Wheels of Maryland with her therapy dog, Chica. She is now happy and “Goucher proud” to join the AAGC Board of Directors.
Leda Fuller Favor ’79: Favor has over 30 years experience in Human Resources and managerial experience that expands to both union and non-unionized settings. She possesses a Bachelors degree in Psychology/Economics from Goucher College, and a Masters degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois. She is currently Principal Consultant for Creative HR Solutions, LLC. Favor ascended to positions within a wide range of Fortune 50 companies such as General Cable Company, Mobil Oil, Allied Signal, Raytheon, and Siemens Corporation. She provided leadership to multi-national and global-based accountabilities in Germany and China, focusing on competency assessment, career development, and delegation assignments, also focusing on safety and occupational health. During her tenure with Siemens, she was appointed HR business consultant for the CEO and the US based Corporate office of Siemens AG based in Washington, DC.
She and her husband, Kevin Favor PhD., spend their vacation time traveling to locations in China, Spain, Mexico, and the Caribbean. They are the parents of one son, Trevor, a graduate of Purdue University with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Leda’s hobbies and pursuits include golf, exercising, dancing, reading and music. Favor has maintained her strong religious affiliation with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church throughout her life, and is currently serving a leadership role as chairperson of the local Social Action committee. Other affiliations include the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), Society of Occupational Health Psychology, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and the Conference Board.
Damon Highsmith ’03: Highsmith is a project manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, where he develops water pollution regulations. He has also been involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Highsmith studied Management and Political Science at Goucher, was a member of the men’s soccer team, and studied abroad in Havana, Cuba. Since his graduation, he has also received his Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from The Johns Hopkins University.
Will Lonczak ’10: Lonczak is Manager of Financial Analysis at Cision, Inc., a public relations and communications software company in Beltsville, MD. While at Goucher he double majored in Business Management and Economics, and as a varsity soccer player was recognized on conference academic and sportsmanship teams. He received the Borden-Gladding International Management Award in 2009 to study International Business at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Originally from New York, Will moved to Baltimore in 2012 and currently lives in Mount Vernon where he is involved with the Refugee Youth Project as a mentor. Having previously served on the AAGC’s Nominating Committee, Lonczak is also an Associate Member of the Goucher Society and a supporter of the Blue & Gold Society.
Alyson Nachman ’89: Nachman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and worked as an accountant for many years before moving to the field of human resources. She currently works remotely for Jazz Pharmaceuticals, a globally recognized pharmaceutical company based in Palo Alto, California, as an integral part of the Talent Acquisition team. Additionally, using marketing skills combined with an interest in travel, she created and currently maintains a featured website for family cruise travel. Living in Owings Mills, Maryland with her husband and two sons, she is an active volunteer at Jemicy School and an advocate of teaching children with dyslexia. She regularly connects with Goucher College alumnae, as well as actively participates in a variety of events and programs on campus.
Jocelyn Reader ’02: A Biological Sciences major at Goucher, Reader was awarded the Ann M. Lacy Award in Genetics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her doctorate in human genetics in 2009 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She was recently promoted to research associate in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Reader is also on the executive board for the Baltimore chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).
Andrea T. Sanseverino-Galan ’92: Sanseverino-Galan is a chief development officer with extensive leadership experience in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. In November 2016, she joined China Institute in America as its Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Prior to this position, Sanseverino-Galan held senior development positions at the Manhattan School of Music from 2014 to 2016 and at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas from 2007 to 2014. After graduating from Goucher with a BA in Arts Administration and Theater, Sanseverino-Galan was founding program officer at the Center for Arts and Culture in Washington, D.C. from 1994 to 1998. She also served as an international cultural policy and development consultant to UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Between 1999 and 2004, Sanseverino-Galan served as the State of Ohio Arts Council’s Representative in Argentina. Sanseverino-Galan has taught Cultural Policy at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She has worked in the private sector for Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises, and previously, as an entrepreneur, launched a successful couture fashion company with clients including Saks Fifth Avenue New York and Dubai. Sanseverino-Galan holds a Master of Arts degree in European Cultural Policy and Administration from the University of Warwick.
Angela Shaeffer ’04: An international relations major and Dean’s Scholar who graduated Goucher with honors, Shaeffer is now a Senior Director at Cultural Vistas, an international exchange organization in Washington DC, a role which has provided her with opportunities to work with US Embassies and foreign governments arranging international exchange programming. After graduating from Goucher (and studying abroad twice as an undergraduate student), Shaeffer took a position in the Study Abroad Office at the University of Maryland, where she also earned a master’s degree in International Education Policy. She then returned to Goucher to serve in the Office of International Studies as the college implemented its unique study-abroad requirement. Shaeffer remains passionate about diversifying exchange programming, and providing international opportunities to underrepresented populations. A Baltimore native who recently returned from three years in New York City, she lives in North Baltimore with her son, husband, and hyper dog.
Dennis R. Teegardin ’12: Teegardin is the Legislative Director for Maryland State Delegate Eric Luedtke (District 14, Montgomery County), who also serves as the Chair of the Education Subcommittee on the Ways and Means Committee. Teegardin manages the Delegate’s office and schedule, works on legislation and staffs the Delegate at events. Teegardin also works at Berkeley Springs Brewing Company in Berkeley Springs, WV, where his family has a weekend cabin. He is in the process of opening his own distillery, which he hopes to have opened by the end of 2018.