Board of Trustees, 2021-22
Patricia Thrower Barmeyer ’68
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.
Suzanne Hughes Detlefs ’75
Detlefs graduated from Hollins with a degree in economics and earned an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Organization and Management in 1980.
She is the former vice president and chief people officer of ChoicePoint Inc., currently a division of Lexis Nexis, and the former general manager of ChoicePoint Precision Marketing. Prior to ChoicePoint, Suzanne was vice president of strategic management for Bell South Corporation, responsible for the development of corporate-wide business unit strategy. She also served as vice president of business development, vice president of marketing, chief operating officer, and president of BellSouth Advertising and Publishing Corp.
Detlefs’ civic leadership includes service on the National Philanthropic Board of the American Red Cross, board chair of the Red Cross of Georgia, and board member and chair of voices for Georgia’s Children, among others. In 2013, she was a recipient of the national President’s Award for Excellence from the American Red Cross.
Tracy Roberts Frist M.A. ’03, M.F.A. ’14
Frist is the founder, owner, and operator of Sinking Creek Land and Cattle, LLC, a primarily woman-run agricultural operation in southwestern Virginia. At Sinking Creek, Tracy promotes human-animal therapy, literacy programs, federal and state conservation and environmental programs, and multi-university internships.
Frist holds master’s degrees in creative and in analytical writing at Hollins University, where her short stories have earned awards. She has been active in social and economic development in Haiti, Cuba, China, and Ireland, working through the global board of The Nature Conservancy, the Nashville Health Care Council, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. She serves on the boards of Centerstone Tennessee, a not-for-profit organization that provides community mental health and substance abuse treatment and support across multiple states, the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.
Callie V. (Ginny) S. Granade ’72
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 Hale ’75
Hale is 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. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She has been honored by the National Urban League and is a recipient of the inaugural “Women of Power” award. In 2012, she received the Preston Taylor Living Legacy Award at the 22nd Biennial Session of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). That same year, Ebony magazine named her one of the Power 100, a yearly compilation of the most influential African Americans in the country. She is a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) NFI Advisory Council, and a member of 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.
Jenny Van Leeuwen Harrington ’97
Harrington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Hollins, where she graduated cum laude with honors and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University. Since 2009, she has been CEO and portfolio manager at Gilman Hill Asset Management, an income-oriented investment boutique in New Canaan, CT that she joined in 2006. She is a regular contributor on CNBC’s Halftime Report and her insights with respect to income investing are frequently sought by a variety of media outlets. Harrington began her professional career at Goldman Sachs in 1997, where she worked as an associate and financial analyst in the Equities and Investment Management divisions. From 2001 through 2006, she was a vice president and associate portfolio manager at Neuberger Berman, a Lehman Brothers subsidiary.
Antoinette Hillian ’00
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Hillian graduated with a degree in biology and a minor in mathematics. While at Hollins, she was on the volleyball team, was Spinster cochair, and studied abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland. In 2001, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and went on to receive a Ph.D. in genetics from Case Western Reserve University. After graduating, she completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. She currently works at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center as a clinical research specialist, where she coordinates clinical trials involving stem-cell transplant patients. She has served as reunion cochair and class reporter, has been a panelist for the Career Connection Conference (C3), and served on the Transgender Policy Task Force. She is currently the cochair of the Cleveland Alumnae chapter and enjoys finding ways to connect local alumnae/i. She lives in Shaker Heights with her husband, Nate, who has attended several reunions, and their busy but adorable son, Harrison.
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
Cynda Ann Johnson M.D. M.B.A., 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.
Mary Terrell Joseph ’66
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
A political science major, Joseph earned a J.D. from Louisiana State University in 1970. She was the first woman invited to practice with a large law firm in Baton Rouge, and has amassed more than 40 years of experience in the area of collections and creditors’ rights. Joseph was recognized with the Lawyer Monthly’s 2015 Women in Law award and received the Crystal Gavel award from the Louisiana State Bar Association. She has been ranked in The Best Lawyers in America and Louisiana Super Lawyers for banking law.
Joseph’s work as a volunteer includes membership on the Hollins Alumnae Association Board of Directors and extends to service on numerous other boards: the Louisiana Foundation for Excellence in Public Broadcasting, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Executive Committee, and the LSU Museum of Art. She previously served as president of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge (the 6th largest club in the world) and a chair of the United Way Campaign and Board. Joseph is a recipient of the Hollins Distinguished Alumnae Award.
Leslie Dunne Ketner ’84
Greensboro, North Carolina
Ketner recently retired after 33 years working in a variety of leadership roles in marketing and publishing. Most recently she was vice president editorial director at Pace Communications in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she led print and digital programs for AAA, US Airways Magazine, Vail Resorts and Seminole Gaming. Prior to joining Pace in 2009 Leslie served as editorial director for Time Inc.’s Subsidiary—Southern Progress Custom Publishing, focusing on print and digital content for Lowe’s.
Ketner is recent past president of the Weatherspoon Museum Foundation Board, affiliated with UNCG, and currently serves on the board of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and does freelance work with magazines including Garden & Gun, The Local Palate, and Traditional Home. She is a past member of the Hollins Alumnae Board.
Sandra Kiely Kolb ’70
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Kolb’s banking career spanned 32 years, starting at Bankers Trust Company, NYC where she trained and served as a commercial lender. This was followed by 25 years at National City Bank (now PNC) in various senior management positions.
With a passion for the non-profit sector, Sandra has served on numerous boards including as a founder and chair of St. Luke’s Foundation, a hospital conversion foundation, and chair of the Cleveland Play House, the nation’s first regional theatre. Currently, she is chair of ideastream, Northeast Ohio’s public media organization. Other commitments include chairing the Shaker Heights Civil Service Commission and treasurer of Church of the Saviour Foundation.
Elizabeth Brownlee Kolmstetter ’85
Kolmstetter holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology from Virginia Tech and has pioneered numerous innovative talent management programs across eight federal agencies. She has excelled in male-dominated agencies such as the FBI, ODNI, and CIA and currently works for NASA as the director of Talent Strategy and Engagement in Washington, D.C. Her efforts have contributed to NASA being named the Best Place to Work in government and she was recently recognized with NASA’s 2020 Outstanding Leadership Medal.
After 9/11, Kolmstetter was tapped to help start the new Transportation Security Administration. She was directly responsible for establishing and managing the standards and hiring system that resulted in the largest civilian workforce mobilization in U.S. history. In 2007 she was named a fellow for the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, one of only two currently serving in the federal government. Kolmstetter has served on several nonprofit boards and is the recipient of Hollins’ Distinguished Alumnae Award and Hollins’ Honoris Causa.
Kolmstetter’s mother is former Hollins president, Paula P. Brownlee (1981-1990).
Julia (Judy) Lambeth ’73
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Lambeth earned her J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1977. She has served as in-house counsel to three Fortune 500 companies: DuPont (where she began her career), ConocoPhillips, and Reynolds American, where she served as executive vice president and general counsel until her retirement in 2010. Her legal career has included a wide range of assignments in corporate, commercial, environmental, and international law and litigation.
As board chair from 2015-2018, Lambeth helped guide a successful presidential search, a major fundraising campaign, and a year-long celebration of Hollins’ 175th anniversary. She has served on various committees, including the university’s strategic planning committee, and has also led Hollins’ alumnae engagement campaign since 2012.
Linda Koch Lorimer ’74
New Haven, Connecticut
Lorimer retired from Yale in 2016 after 32 years with the university. She was a trustee and vice president for 21 years, which included serving as vice president for global and strategic affairs. She was also president of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College for more than six years. She was a director of McGraw-Hill, Inc., for 20 years and served as its presiding director for five years. She is a director of London-headquartered Pearson, the world’s largest educational services company.
Lorimer serves on a number of nonprofit boards and has been on the board of three publicly traded companies. She received the Order of Merit by the Government of Argentina for advancing international education and the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for board excellence. She was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. She has received four honorary degrees for her efforts to advance women.
Dudley Wood Macfarlane ’77
White Hall, Virginia
A native of Atlanta, Macfarlane has been a member of the University of North Carolina Honors Advisory Board and the board of Room to Read, an international children’s literacy program. She has been elected to the Virginia Horse Center Board of Directors. She previously was a member of the board at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien and managed the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show from 1989 – 2000.
Macfarlane is an avid equestrian and shows competitively in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states. Highlights of her riding career include numerous class wins at the Devon Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, and the National Horse Show, and five consecutive years of being awarded Champion of the Amateur Owner Hunter Division for Zone One of the United States Equestrian Federation.
Elizabeth Hardaker Marsh ’66
Hobe Sound, Florida
Marsh holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in 19th century studies from Drew University. After a career as a teacher and administrator at independent schools in New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C., from 1966 – 1987, she was an adjunct assistant professor of cultural studies at Drew from 1991 – 1995. She then served as a member of the Drew Board of Trustees from 1994 – 2010.
Marsh’s prior board responsibilities include chair of the Peck School Board of Trustees, The Newark Museum, Historic Speedwell, co-founder of New Jersey SEEDS (a statewide program to prepare economically disadvantaged students for entrance into independent schools), and the Hobe Sound Community Chest. She has also been a director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County, Florida.
Debra Cartwright Meade
Meade enjoyed a distinguished career in the newspaper business, including 30 years at The Roanoke Times, where she became President and Publisher in 2007 and retired in 2013.
The Norfolk native holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech. She also attended Longwood College, now Longwood University, when it was a women’s college.
Meade was appointed by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to the Roanoke Higher Education Authority Board of Trustees in 2009 and served through 2013, 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, and on the board of the Roanoke Business Council. Currently she is a trustee of the Taubman Museum of Art and a volunteer with Star City Reads, Roanoke’s early childhood literacy initiative.
Janet C. Nicholson ’69
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.
John W. 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.
Elizabeth Goodman Pritchard ’80
After nine years with SunTrust Bank as a vice president in the Investment Department in both Atlanta and Nashville, Pritchard, who majored in economics at Hollins, returned to college to complete a Bachelor of Arts in interior design. In 1993, she started her own design firm, E. Pritchard Designs, specializing in residential interior architecture and design.
She is past chairman of the board of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, as well as past president of the Peachtree Battle Alliance, an Atlanta neighborhood civic association. She has served as vice chair of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods and currently serves as a trustee of the Sara Giles Moore Foundation.
Anne Lindblad Quanbeck ’79
Quanbeck, a biostatistician with more than 38 years of experience serving both industry and government clients, is 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.
After completing her B.S. degree in statistics at Hollins, Quanbeck 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.
Savon Shelton Sampson ’04
Glen Allen, Virginia
Sampson graduated from Hollins with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. While at Hollins, she studied abroad in London, interned in the office of admission, and completed a summer internship at the New York Stock Exchange. After graduation, she served in a variety of buying/merchandising roles with increasing responsibility at Circuit City Stores, Inc., and Target Corporation. She worked for 10 years with McKesson Medical-Surgical developing solutions for laboratories in community hospitals and health systems. Sampson recently joined EAB where she collaborates with higher education partners to help them achieve their adult learner and graduate program enrollment goals and tackle institutional priorities. She specializes in delivering strategies and programs that achieve a partner’s unique goals and solve complex challenges. Sampson also serves as a board member of the Henrico Education Foundation and as the immediate past president of the Junior League of Richmond.
Natasha Trethewey M.A. ’91
Trethewey was the 19th poet laureate of the United States and is the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work, Bellocq’s Ophelia, Native Guard—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—and Thrall. She has also written a book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Beinecke Library at Yale, and Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.
Trethewey joined Northwestern University’s department of English in 2017 after spending the previous 15 years at Emory University, where most recently she was the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing. In 2013 she was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017 she received the 22nd Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, honoring her achievements as a poet and writer. She was presented the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction in 2021, which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.
Photo by Jon Rou
William F. Trinkle
Since 1995, Trinkle has served as president and CEO of C.W. Francis Real Estate, a company specializing in property management, development, residential, and industrial real estate in Roanoke. He was a member of the Empire State Pride Agenda Board of Directors, which he also co-chaired, from 1999 – 2008. He currently serves on the board of the Virginia Foundation for Humanities. Prior to joining C.W. Francis, he worked as a broker with Brown Harris Stevens.
Trinkle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and media studies from the University of Virginia, and studied real estate investment analysis at New York University.
Alexandra Trower ’86
New York, New York
Trower joined The Estée Lauder Companies as executive vice president, global communications, in 2008. In addition to serving as an executive officer of the company and on the executive leadership team, she was a founding member of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee and an executive co-sponsor of the company’s LGBTQA employee resource group. She oversaw corporate, social, crisis, Lauder family, and philanthropic communications. Trower retired from Estée Lauder in 2021.
Trower is the former co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation Board of Directors and is treasurer of The Secular Society. Both organizations are committed to supporting girls and women, with a focus on education. She is also an Independent Director for American Funds, one of the largest mutual fund families in the U.S.
In 2018, Trower was presented one of the communications industry’s highest honors, the Matrix Award. Presented by New York Women in Communications, the award is given to extraordinary female leaders at the pinnacle of their careers.
Trower was elected chair of the Hollins Board of Trustees in 2018.