Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College
2016-2017 Board of Directors
Todd Eric Hawkins MAAA ’10: In August of 2015, Hawkins was appointed executive director of the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas. Prior to his move to Texas, he served as project manager for Public Art for Public Schools from 2008 to 2015. In addition, he was the managing director of Theatre East, a nonprofit, Off-Broadway theatre company in New York City. From 2013 – 2015, he served as co-chair of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council, a nationally-elected body of individuals who advise the next generation of arts leaders through Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for the advancement of the arts and arts education. Hawkins has presented at conferences and served on top industry panels around the country including for the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Arts Council of Indianapolis as well as for Americans for the Arts. Raised in Oklahoma, Hawkins completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma and received his Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College in 2010.
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.
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.
Jennifer Margolis Marquez ’01: A recipient of a Marvin Perry Merit Scholarship, Marquez was awarded Goucher’s Sarah T. Hughes Award for Academic Excellence in Politics and Public Policy and the Lee Snyder Lovett ’33 Prize. Subsequently, Marquez graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a member of the Inter-American Law Review and held positions as staff editor, symposium editor, and member of the Bylaws Revision Committee. She joined the Law Office of David E. Newman in September 2004. In 2012, she took over the firm and it was renamed Newman & Marquez, PA. She is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, and the United States District Court Middle District of Florida.
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, Jesse 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 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.
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.
Jay Gilman ’09: Gilman is associate director for Education & Programs at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and is pursuing an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership, Management, & Social Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as an arts organization staffer and consultant, and is also a freelance theater director and sound designer. While at Goucher, Gilman studied Theatre, Anthropology, and Education (Interdisciplinary Major), with a Concentration in Arts Administration. He was also actively involved in Red Hot Blue, an acapella group devoted to fundraising for and serving the HIV/AIDS cause. His sister, Laura, is also a Goucher alum (’07) and manages social sector programming in their hometown, Kansas City.
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 also serves 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.
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.
Eleanor Shriver Magee M.Ed. ’00: Shriver Magee’s career in higher education and nonprofit administration spans more than two decades. Her years as a National Collegiate Athletic Association head coach prepared Shriver Magee for a successful transition into alumni relations, advancement, and nonprofit administration. Many professional skills in coaching such as relationship building and the ability to prioritize prepared her well for both her career moves and volunteer commitments. She has worked for Loyola University, Washington College, Habitat for Humanity Choptank, and the Talbot Historical Society. In 2013, she began her own non-profit consulting business. Shriver Magee lives in Easton, Md., with her husband and son, and in addition to Goucher College, she volunteers for the Rotary Club of Easton; Washington College; National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Maryland-Eastern Shore; Garrison Forest School; Wye River Upper School; Radcliffe Creek School; the Maryland Historical Society; and the Waterfowl Festival. In 2014, Shriver Magee received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Garrison Forest School, and in 2016, she was inducted into the Baltimore chapter of US Lacrosse’s Hall of Fame.
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.
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).
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 Goucher events.
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.
Alex J. Smith ’05: A managing director at Paul-McCoy Family Office Services, Smith helps oversee the financial affairs of multi-generational, high net-worth families. While at Goucher, he was involved in several leadership activities including serving as president of House Council. He and his wife, Christine Fodness Smith ’04, live in Boston, Mass., with their son, Oliver, and daughter, Nora.