Board of Trustees, 2024-25

Patricia Thrower Barmeyer ’68

Patricia Barmeyer

Atlanta, Georgia

A history major at Hollins, Barmeyer graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. After clerking for a federal district court judge, she began practice with the State of Georgia Attorney General’s office, where she litigated landmark environmental issues. In 1990 she joined the firm of King & Spalding, where she has focused on the environmental permitting of controversial projects and the litigation that is often part of the process of bringing these projects to completion. She has been ranked by Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business as the top environmental lawyer in Georgia since 2006.

Barmeyer is currently active with the Trust for Public Land. She has been involved as well with legal services organizations, including the Georgia Legal Services Foundation and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. She is a recipient of the Hollins Distinguished Alumnae Award.

C. LaRoy Brantley

LaRoy Brantley

Boston, Massachusetts

Brantley joined Meketa Investment Group in 2017 and has over 20 years’ experience in the investment industry, in the role of portfolio advisor and consultant. A managing principal of the firm, his consulting work includes investment policy design, asset allocation modeling, public markets manager due diligence, and fund performance analysis, among others. Brantley serves as a cochair of the firm’s Emerging and Diverse Manager Committee and as a member of the Investment Policy, Endowment, & Foundation, and Diversity Leadership Committees.

Prior to joining the firm, Brantley was a managing director at Cambridge Associates, where he provided investment guidance to endowments, foundations, pension funds, and high net worth families. Before working at Cambridge Associates, Brantley worked as an investment banker at Adams, Harkness, & Hill helping to structure capital market deals for technology companies. Before attending business school, he spent seven years as a classics instructor at the Roxbury Latin School. Brantley has served for close to two decades on the Investment Committee for the $100 billion Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management’s (“Mass PRIM) pension portfolio. He also just completed a decade‑long term of service as treasurer and on the Board of Trustees for the Edward Brooke Charter Schools located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Brantley holds a B.A. in classical languages from Amherst College (1984), and an M.B.A. in finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management (1999).

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein – Hollins Board of Trustees

Los Angeles, California

Goldsmith-Vein is the founder and CEO of The Gotham Group, the only major management/production company in Hollywood owned solely by a woman. Based in Los Angeles, Goldsmith-Vein and The Gotham Group represent some of the most creative minds in the entertainment industry, including top directors, writers, producers, authors, illustrators, and publishers.

Last year Goldsmith-Vein launched “Gotham Reads,” a YouTube reading series for kids in need after lockdown, providing children the opportunity to connect in an entertaining and educational way with notable children’s authors and celebrities. Born in Los Angeles in 1963 and raised in La Jolla, San Diego, Goldsmith-Vein attended Hollins and graduated from UCLA in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Hollins in 2014.

Clifford Fleet III

Clifford Fleet III – Hollins Board of Trustees

Richmond, Virginia

Fleet is president and CEO and the Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell distinguished presidential chair of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. A corporate executive, teacher, community volunteer, board member and consultant, he has enjoyed a broad and deep career with leadership roles across a variety of disciplines and organizational sizes. In addition to his role at Colonial Williamsburg, Fleet teaches at William & Mary, is chair of the William & Mary Foundation and co-chair of the Hampton Roads Executive Roundtable and is a board member of the Omohundro Institute and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council.

Previously Fleet served as President of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and as President and CEO of several companies. A native of Virginia, Fleet earned four academic degrees from William & Mary, including graduate degrees in history, business administration, and law.

Sandra Frazier ’94

Sandra Frazier '94 - Hollins Board of Trustees

Louisville, Kentucky

Frazier has over 30 years of public relations, public affairs and community relations/investor relations experience at both the corporate, non-for-profit and agency levels.  In 2005, she founded Tandem Public Relations, a boutique public relations and communications firm.  Tandem’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, public institutions, and smaller businesses.

She served on the Hollins Alumnae Board from 1999 – 2002 and served on the Board of Trustees previously from 2003 – 2018. Sandra serves as a director of The Glenview Trust Company, and previously served as a director of Brown-Forman Corporation and Commonwealth Bank and Trust. She currently serves on the Boston University Board of Trustees, is a trustee of the James Graham Brown Foundation, the executive committee for Impetus for a Better Louisville, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Sandra is a past participant in the year-long Rockefeller Foundation Philanthropy Workshop and Next Generation Leadership Program. She is a past recipient of the Greater Louisville Inc. Gold Cup, the Lyman T. Johnson Distinguished Leadership Award from the Louisville Central Community Center, and she was honored by Boston University’s College of Communication as a distinguished alumnus for service and leadership to profession.  In 2018, she was inducted into the Junior Achievement Kentucky Business Hall of Fame, has been named as an inaugural member of Business First’s “Power 50,” and was recognized by the Kentucky Gazette in their 2022 list of Notable Women in Kentucky Politics and Government. 

A native of Louisville, Sandra has graduate degrees from Boston University in addition to her undergraduate degree from Hollins.

Callie V. S. (Ginny) Granade ’72

Ginny Grenade '72 – Hollins Board of Trustees

Bay Minette, Alabama

Granade is a Senior United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile, nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001. Other highlights of her distinguished career in law include joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama in 1977 as that district’s first female Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 1990, she was promoted to Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and from 1997 to 2001, she served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Alabama, supervising both the legal and administrative operations of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A native of Lexington, Virginia, Granade has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1994 and was Alabama’s first female Fellow. She has served as an instructor of criminal trial and grand jury practice at the Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale ’75

Cynthia L. Hale '75 – Hollins Board of Trustees

Decatur, Georgia

Hale is the founder and senior pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership, integrity, and compassion during her distinguished career in the ministry. Hale presently serves as the chairperson of the IC3 (Issachar Conference) Board, president of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference and is an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School at Duke University.  She also serves on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) NFEI Advisory Council and the Welcome U.S. Council.

Hale holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. In 2010, she authored her first book, I’m a Piece of Work: Sisters Shaped by God.

Lucy Davis Haynes ’84

Lucy Davis Haynes

Nashville, Tennessee

Haynes began her marketing career in Memphis at Schering Plough and later The Promus Companies (Hampton Inn) in brand management. She moved to Nashville in 1994 and worked in sales and sales training for Worth New York for 28 years. She told the Vanderbilt Owen School of Business for an article in 2009 that the “sales job (was meant) to be something of a timeout, a way to keep her hand in the business game as she relocated to Nashville while pregnant with twins.” More than 30 years later, she is still selling. Haynes currently works as a stylist for three luxury fashion companies (Lafayette 148 New York, Anatomie, and shortyLOVE) in the luxury direct to consumer market. Haynes received a B.A. in economics from Hollins and her M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1988.

Haynes has served on the Alumnae Board two separate terms (1998-2000, 2007-2008). She currently sits on the Nashville Public Library Foundation Board, the Nashville Public Radio Board, and the Montgomery Bell Academy Board of Trust. Past volunteer roles include: MBA Mother’s Club President, Antiques and Garden Show Chair, Frist Gala Chair, Junior League Show House Chair, and the Women’s Fund Board. She and her husband Jeff live in Nashville and have four adult children, Campbell, Benjamin, Furman, and Carrie.

Kristin Henshaw ’94

Sutherland, Virginia

A double major in economics and political science, Henshaw served as president of the Religious Life Association, Student Conduct Council member, admission volunteer, and orientation co-chair while at Hollins. She also participated in the Jamaica Service Project and spent January Short Term during her senior year as a White House intern. After graduation, Henshaw was an admission counselor and recruited members of the classes of 1999 and 2000.

A native of Durham, North Carolina, Henshaw moved to the Richmond, Virginia, area and began her career as a benefits consultant in 2000. She currently works for Mercer as a senior health consultant and Virginia health practice leader. In the community, she currently serves on the board of Communities in Schools of Petersburg and has previously served on the Central Virginia Junior Achievement board and March of Dimes state board.

Henshaw attended Hollins thanks to the generosity of donors who endowed a scholarship for North Carolina students, and as such has been active in volunteering as an alumna to give back to Hollins. Since graduation, Kristin has served as class reporter; class gift and Reunion gift chair; a C3 panelist; and is active in the Richmond Alumnae Chapter. Since 2018, she has been a member of the Hollins Alumnae Board of Directors and currently serves as president.

Antoinette Hillian ’00

Antoinette Hillian '00 – Board of Trustees

Cleveland, Ohio

After majoring in biology with a minor in mathematics, Hillian moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and received a Ph.D. in genetics from Case Western Reserve University. Following a 3-year post doctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she then started on a new career path in clinical research operations as a clinical research specialist at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. She currently works as Clinical Scientist for Parexel where she is responsible for monitoring data and ensuring protocol compliance for a kidney cancer therapy trial.  

She is thankful for the opportunity to have attended Hollins and as such has always been dedicated to giving back to Hollins. She is committed to helping support and increase engagement among all Hollins alumnae/i.

She is currently co-chair of the Northeast Ohio Alumnae chapter, moderates the Hollins STEMinist networking group, and recently completed service on Hollins Alumnae Board of Directors. She lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Nate and their 5-year old son Harrison. 

Paul Hollingsworth

Paul Hollingsworth

Vienna, Virginia

Hollingsworth has been an intelligence advisor for the international energy company bp since 2014. He previously served for 27 years in the CIA, including eight years on three overseas tours, a rotational assignment at the FBI, and two years as a special assistant for national security affairs on the NCS staff under President Barack Obama.

A 1977 graduate of Georgetown University with a B.A. in Catholic theology, Hollingsworth also holds a Ph.D. in Byzantine and Medieval Slavic Studies from the University of California – Berkeley. Married with three children, his daughter, Anna, is a member of Hollins’ class of 2022.

Cynda Ann Johnson

Roanoke, Virginia

Johnson retired at the end of 2018 after having served for 12 years at president and founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She created every aspect of the school from the design of the building to the curriculum. Highlights of her tenure include fulfillment of all accreditation standards on the first attempt, and graduation of six classes, all matching to competitive residency programs. Previously she was dean at East Carolina School of Medicine; chair of family medicine at University of Iowa School of Medicine; and long-time faculty and residency director at University of Kansas Medical School.

As a family doctor her special interests were maternal-child health, including obstetrics and outpatient gynecology, about which she wrote two editions of a medical textbook. She was the first woman chair/president of several national organizations including the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Medical Specialties.

She received her B.A. in German with Honors from Stanford University, her medical doctorate from UCLA, and M.B.A. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  

Terri Kallsen

Terri Kallsen – Hollins Board of Trustees

San Francisco, California

Kallsen is an award winning high growth Wealth Management Executive, leading RIA growth, digital solutions, and innovative ways to improve service and scale for advisors and clients. Terri was honored as the San Francisco Financial Woman of the Year in 2019 for her dedication to mentoring others in the community and empowering women in the workplace.

Terri is the former COO of Wealth Enhancement Group (WEG) where she led Advisor Teams, Platform/Digital Strategy, High Net Worth & Trust Services. Prior to WEG, she was Executive Vice President of Investor Services at Charles Schwab, leading 7,000 employees and $1.6T in AUM. Her tenure at Charles Schwab was highlighted by multiple JD Power awards for client satisfaction, a clear testament to her commitment to delivering top-tier service.

Terri is a 2019 graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Financial Management/CFO Program, with an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a B.A. from the College of St. Benedict/Saint John’s University. Terri is Certified Financial Planner.  Terri serves on the CFP National Board of Directors.

An enthusiastic and accomplished marathon runner, Terri lives in the San Francisco Bay with her husband Scott and has three children and two dogs.

Kay Kendall ’66

Washington, D.C.

Kendall recently retired as the chairperson of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the arts agency of the District of Columbia. She brought more than four decades of arts, education, and community outreach experience and leadership to this vital post. She was also a 25-year board member of the Washington Ballet, including eight years as its chair. 

Kendall is currently chair of the board of CityDance, an organization dedicated to the transformative power of dance in children’s lives. She leads the effort to raise a million dollars annually for The VIVA School, a selective pre-professional dance school that works to eliminate barriers of access to high level training.

Kendall also serves on the board of Building Bridges, the parent organization for THEARC (Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Campus), a state-of-the-art facility that offers the opportunity for families to receive world-class services directly, including affordable lessons in ballet, music, and art as well as the chance to attend theater performances and see movies. 

She previously served as the chair of the board of Maret School for five years, and as the founder of Kendall+Associates in 2008, she was a consultant on fundraising and non-profit board governance, helping community groups build leadership and organizational structure. 

Since coming to Washington in 1977, Kendall has also served on the boards of the Kingsbury Center and has been involved with Ashoka International and the Ladies Board of Children’s Hospital.  

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Kendall earned a B.A. in English from Hollins.

Elizabeth Brownlee Kolmstetter ’85

Elizabeth Kolmstetter '85

Arlington, Virginia

Elizabeth Kolmstetter, Ph.D., is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) chief people officer. In her role, Kolmstetter works closely with Director Easterly, Chief of Staff Kiersten Todt, and members of the leadership team, in close coordination with the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility. Kolmstetter continues to build the CISA Culture into our everyday activities and plays a critical role in ensuring an enduring “people first” culture.  

Prior to CISA, Kolmstetter was the director of talent strategy and engagement in National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Human Capital Office. She was responsible for programs including employee engagement and culture, workforce strategy and planning, and people analytics. In 2021, she was named deputy for culture and workforce transformation to focus on NASA’s Future of Work, Digital Transformation, and Diversity and Inclusion imperatives. Her work directly contributed to NASA being named the Best Place to Work in Government (large agencies) for 10 years in a row.   

With 29 years of public service, she has pioneered innovative programs across agencies including NASA, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA). While at ODNI, she established the Intelligence Community Cybersecurity Recruiting and Retention Task Force in support of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security). This work resulted in the government’s first Cybersecurity Competency Directory and standards, still in use by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for cybersecurity professionals.

Kolmstetter received the 2022 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, 2010 National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, 2020 NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, 2010 Hollins University Distinguished Alumnae Award, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) 2006 M. Scott Myers Award for Best Applied Research, and is a Fellow of SIOP.   

She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial and organizational (IO) psychology from Virginia Tech and her B.A. in psychology and computer science from Hollins University. She and husband, Michael, are the proud parents of twins Miles and Nicole.

Kolmstetter’s mother is former Hollins president, Paula P. Brownlee (1981-1990).

Anne Lindblad ’79

Anne Lindblad

Reddick, Florida

Lindblad, a biostatistician with more than 40 years of experience serving both industry and government clients, retired as the president and CEO of Emmes, a global contract research organization. She has supported clinical research throughout her career, serving as principal investigator of projects spanning diverse disease areas, including oncology, dialysis, transplantation, ophthalmology, speech and hearing, dentistry, and neurology. She has contributed to the literature in such fields as patient-reported outcome development, central statistical monitoring as part of a risk-based monitoring plan, disease classification systems, and barriers to recruiting for clinical trials and serves as a member of Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for government and Industry.

After completing her B.S. degree in statistics at Hollins, Lindblad went on to earn a master’s degree in biostatistics from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in statistics from George Washington University.

Tamina McMillan ’95, M.D.

Jackson, Mississippi

Born in South Korea and raised in Richmond, Virginia, McMillan graduated from Hollins with departmental honors, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She subsequently joined the recruiting team in Hollins’ Office of Admission and also worked as an assistant coach for the school’s fencing team, leading them to two state championships. In 1997, she moved to Nashville to attend Meharry Medical College, the first medical school in the South for African Americans and currently one of the top medical schools in the nation for physicians who want to practice primary care.

After graduating from Meharry, McMillan completed her residency and worked as a primary care physician in Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked in clinical and administrative roles at Nevada’s first and largest federally qualified community health center, which allowed her to pursue her passion for pediatric primary care and working with underserved children. At Nevada Health Centers, she built the pediatric department from the ground up to encompass multiple clinicians in a range of settings, including outpatient pediatric care, school-based care, and a mobile medical unit.

Since 2022, she has worked as a pediatric urgent care physician at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine.

Debra Cartwright Meade
(Board Chair)

Debbie Meade

Roanoke, Virginia

Meade enjoyed a distinguished career in the newspaper business, including 30 years at The Roanoke Times. Hired as a reporter in 1983, she rose through the ranks in the newsroom and then on the business side of the company and became its president and publisher in February 2007. At the time, she was one of only two dozen women publishers of metropolitan newspapers in the country.

Under her leadership, The Roanoke Times twice received the Virginia Press Association’s highest honor, the Journalistic Integrity and Community Service Award for its news and editorial coverage. She retired in 2013 after the paper was sold to new owners.

A Norfolk native, Meade holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. She also attended Longwood College, now Longwood University, when it was a women’s college.

She was appointed by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to the Roanoke Higher Education Authority Board of Trustees in 2009 and served until 2014, including as vice chair. She has served as board chair and annual campaign chair of United Way of Roanoke Valley; board vice chair of Roanoke’s Planned Parenthood affiliate; board chair of Bethany Hall, a residential recovery program for women; and on the board of the Roanoke Business Council.

A Hollins trustee since 2016, she is also a trustee and chair of the Strategic Planning Committee at the Taubman Museum of Art and a founding board member of Cardinal News, a nonprofit digital news service covering Southwest and Southside Virginia.

Emily Morgan ’79

Emily Morgan '79 – Hollins Board of Trustees

New York, New York

Morgan majored in economics at Hollins and went on to complete her MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

She has held a variety of chief of staff positions during her career, most recently for the founder and CEO of Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit organization in New York City focused on maternal health and birth justice. She previously served in similar capacities with CEOs at Public Health Solutions and Planned Parenthood Federation of America; sports icon Billie Jean King; and senior executives at JPMorgan Chase. In between those roles, she owned a small printing business in NYC’s East Village and was acting executive director of Dixon Place, an experimental off-off Broadway theater. 

She is currently a consultant to several nonprofits, helping with administration, planning, and special events.

Morgan is a fourth-generation Hollins alumna, following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother.  She has served on the Alumnae Board, is her class fund chair, and until recently, was class news coordinator of the Hollins Class Letters magazine. She is a recipient of the Rath Award, the Pat Thomas Bain Award, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Janet C. Nicholson ’69

Janet Nicholson

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Nicholson majored in political science and participated in the American University study program as an undergraduate at Hollins. After graduation, she lived in Rome, Italy, for five years, where she served on the Board of the American Women’s Association and as editor of the monthly news publication. Nicholson is retired from a career of operations management, process improvement, and strategic planning with Firestone, Hewitt Associates, and Hewlett Packard. 

She led the strategic and change management planning to build and staff Hewitt’s first operations in India. She was part of Hewlett Packard’s first entry in HR and payroll outsourcing, working in Europe for two years. In retirement, Nicholson performed pro bono consulting with the city of Chicago in process improvement and operational metrics. Currently, she serves as Hollins Fund co-chair for the class of 1969.

Mary Flynn Niemitz

Atlanta, Georgia

Niemitz is the co-founder and consultant with Trinity Community Partners in Atlanta, Georgia. An Atlanta native, she leverages broad social-sector expertise; extensive project management, consulting, and leadership skills; and a passion for ideation and collaboration among teams.

From 2012 to 2014, Niemitz oversaw the grantmaking, consulting, and training programs at Hope for New York (HFNY) in New York City. She designed and managed HFNY’s grant program, distributing $1.3 million annually to 40-plus organizations across New York City. She oversaw HFNY’s training and consulting program for grantees, facilitating peer-led roundtables and managing external consultants to deliver best practice workshops and strategic engagements to strengthen grantees’ operations and programs.

Niemitz holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a certificate in grant writing from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. with honors in English from Washington & Lee University.

John W. Poulton

John Poulton

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Poulton serves as senior scientist at NVIDIA Corporation, where he has continued work he began more than 30 years ago of producing chip-to-chip communications circuits for high-performance computers. As a research professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s computer science department in the 1980s, he and his team developed techniques for computer graphics systems and image rendering that became industry standards. He has published over 40 papers, co-authored a textbook, is an inventor on some 70 patents, and is an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Fellow.

Poulton holds a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech, an M.S. from SUNY Stony Brook, and  a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, all in physics. He co-taught the first course in computer programming at Hollins as an assistant professor of physics from 1968-1970. His daughter, Sarah, is a member of Hollins’ class of 2006, and his grandmother, Elizabeth Macatee Poulton, was Hollins’ director of student housing from 1929 to 1951.

Karen Rabenau ’89

Karen Rabenau

Durham, North Carolina

Rabenau earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Hollins, where she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Hollins Scholar, and received the Sarah McCutchen Cook Award for American studies.

Rabenau is a litigation attorney and counsel to Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she focuses her practice in business litigation and communications law. Prior to joining Stevens Martin, she practiced for 26 years and was a partner with Twiggs Beskind Strickland & Rabenau in Raleigh and Research Triangle Park. Rabenau is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and North Carolina Super Lawyers for her work as a litigator. Rabenau earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was a member of the Holderness Moot Court Invitational Team and one of two students in the second-year class to represent the Holderness Moot Court National Team in appellate advocacy.

Rabenau has served as a director for the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Board of Governors and chaired the NCBA’s Litigation Section and Medico-Legal Liaison Committee. At Durham Academy, an independent K-12 college preparatory day school, Rabenau served for seven years as a trustee, chaired the board’s Learning Environment Committee during its 2015 Strategic Plan implementation and most recently a two-year commitment as chair of its board of trustees. She has previously served on the board of International Montessori School of North Carolina, a Spanish, French, and Mandarin immersion day school for pre- and elementary school students, as well as the board of Caring House, a nonprofit devoted to affordable housing for cancer treatment patients at Duke Cancer Institute.

Rabenau currently serves as a trustee for Hill Learning Center, a differentiated learning hub for students with learning and attention challenges, chairs the Durham Academy Capital Campaign Steering Committee, and serves as chair of the Friends Board at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art.

Sabrina Rose-Smith ’00

Sabrina Rose-Smith

Alexandria, Virginia

Rose-Smith is an equity partner in Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice, and a member of the firm’s executive committee. Her nationwide practice includes both defending financial institutions against consumer class actions and government enforcement actions, and providing regulatory compliance and litigation risk counseling to banks, credit card issuers, mortgage lenders, and specialty and small-dollar FinTech companies. Rose-Smith is also a member of Goodwin’s CSR + ESG practice, and focuses on fair lending/banking, financial inclusion, and Community Reinvestment Act risks and obligations. She is ranked by Chambers USA for her expertise in consumer finance enforcement and investigations and she is a Legal500 Recommended Attorney for Financial Services Litigation.

Rose-Smith serves as the chair of Goodwin’s Women of Color Collective, and is a member of Goodwin’s Black Anti-Racism Task Force. Rose-Smith also serves on the Board of Directors for Black Women in Asset Management, an organization of professionals in the asset management industry aligned around a common goal to advance and retain Black women leaders across all investment strategies. At Hollins, Rose-Smith was a double major in history and classical studies, and chair of Hollins’ Honor Court. Rose-Smith received her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, and now resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband John, her two young sons, Julian and Jaden, and her best ever baby dog, Toby.

Natasha Trethewey M.A. ’91

Natasha Trethewey

Evanston, Illinois

Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012 to 2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, including Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Monument: Poems New and Selected (2018); a book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010); and a memoir, Memorial Drive (2020) an instant New York Times Bestseller. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2017 she received the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets since 2019, Trethewey was awarded the 2020 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize in Poetry for Lifetime Achievement from the Library of Congress. Currently, she is Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.

Emeriti Trustees

Year of designation noted in italics. Updated July 1, 2024.

Claudia Watkins Belk ’60 (deceased)

Anna Logan Lawson ’65, M.A. ’70

William “Bill” R. Johnston

Elizabeth (Lisa) Valk Long ’72

Linda Koch Lorimer ‘74

Elizabeth “Libby” Hall McDonnell ’62

Brooke Morrow ’78

Wyndham Robertson ’58

Walter Rugaber

Kay Massey Weatherspoon ’54