Board of Trustees, 2019-20
Thomas A. Barron
Barron served as board chair from 2012 – 2015. Among his distinctions as chair was his crucial role on the Strategic Planning Committee that developed Hollins’ strategic plan 2012-2018, Connecting Liberal Arts Education and Experience to Achieve Results.
Barron enjoys a strong connection with Hollins. His wife, Jane Henderson Barron, is a member of Hollins’ class of 1971, and his three daughters, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Anne, graduated from Hollins in 2004, 2007, and 2011, respectively. He also has a sister and cousin who are Hollins alumnae, while Jane Barron’s mother and sister are graduates.
Barron has been president of Florida’s Capital City Bank since 1995. Active in his community, Barron currently serves on the boards of the Capital Health Plan, and Tall Timbers Foundation, Inc.
Clark Hooper Baruch ’68
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Board chair from 2007 – 2010, Baruch played an important role in the Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places, the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in school history and the largest ever undertaken by a women’s college in the South. She currently serves as chair of the board’s committee on development.
Baruch retired from the National Association of Securities Dealers as executive vice president, policy and oversight, in September 2003 and was president of Dumbarton Group LLC, consulting on securities industry regulatory issues until January 2007. Baruch serves on the boards of 81 mutual funds in the American Funds family, 77 of which she serves as chair. She is also a trustee of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she also serves as vice chair to the board and chair of the audit, compliance and risk committee.
Alfred R. Berkeley III
Berkeley is a son of the late Jane King Funkhouser Reid ’40, a great-granddaughter of Hollins founder Charles Lewis Cocke. He earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently chairman of Princeton Capital Management and vice chairman of Gentag, Inc. He has also served in leadership roles with the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.
Among the public and private companies, institutions, and nonprofit organizations Berkeley has directed are Safeguard Scientifics, Policy Management Systems, Comshare, Cognos, Webex Communications, ACI Worldwide, Realpage, Edgar Online, The Nature Conservancy, The World Economic Forum USA, and Johns Hopkins University. He has also been a member of a number of government advisory panels, including the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council; U.S. Department of Homeland Security Committee on Homeland Advisory System; Committees on Scientific Communications and National Security; and the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s International Advisory Council.
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.
Barbara A. Duckworth ’72
Duckworth majored in sociology and participated in the Paris Abroad program during her undergraduate career at Hollins. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in government from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of the National War College. A 30-year career with the U.S. Department of Defense ensued with assignments in Washington and overseas at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Duckworth has co-chaired Hollins’ Signature Internship Program in Washington since 2015. In addition, she serves on the Hollins Alumnae Board, where she was elected president in June 2019.
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 founding and senior pastor of Georgia’s Ray of Hope Christian Church. 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.
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.
In addition to her service on the Hollins board, Harrington is a member of the finance and investment committees at the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, and actively supports a variety of efforts focused on financial literacy, women in the workforce and historic preservation.
Cynda Ann Johnson
Dr. Johnson served for ten years as president and founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. In April 2019, she was conferred the title of dean emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. During her leadership, the school earned national accreditation and she oversaw the curriculum and the education of its students, who consistently exceeded the national mean on medical licensing exams and earned a 100% residency match rate every year since the first class graduated in 2014.
With nearly 40 years of clinical, research, and teaching experience, Dr. Johnson has held positions at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine, and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Medicine, and holds an 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 was with National City Bank in Cleveland for 25 years, retiring as a senior vice president in 2004. During her banking career, she held senior management positions in commercial lending, treasury management, private banking, wealth management, and institutional asset management. A native of Rumson, New Jersey, she completed Rutgers University’s Stonier Graduate Program in Banking and attended Ohio University’s Ohio Bankers Trust School.
An active volunteer, Kolb was recently elected emeritus trustee at the Cleveland Play House and is assuming the position of vice chair at ideastream, Cleveland’s public television and radio entity. She also continues to chair the Civil Service Commission for the City of Shaker Heights.
Elizabeth Brownlee Kolmstetter ’85
Kolmstetter, an industrial and organizational psychologist, has pioneered numerous innovative talent management programs across six federal agencies. She excelled in the male-dominated world of national law enforcement while working for the FBI, and currently works for NASA as the Director of Talent Strategy and Engagement in Washington, D.C.
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’s mother is former Hollins president Paula Pimlott Brownlee.
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, a year-long celebration of Hollins’ 175th anniversary, and the inauguration of Pareena Lawrence as the university’s 12th president. 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 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 as 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 2007 and served two terms, including one 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.
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.
Suzanne Allen Redpath ’69
New York, New York
Redpath spent her entire professional career at CBS News, first with the CBS Evening News and then as the senior coordinating producer for 48 Hours. She won numerous awards during her career, including three Emmys. Along with CBS News she shared in one of broadcast journalism’s most coveted honors, the Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University. She covered a wide range of important national and international stories, including the 1980 Winter Olympics, Poland’s Solidarity movement, the democracy movement in China, the U.S. invasion of Panama, the first Persian Gulf War, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina.
Redpath serves the board of directors for the School of American Ballet, the feeder school for the New York City Ballet and the International Women’s Media Foundation. She has also been associated with AFS, an exchange student organization. She has served as vice chair of the Hollins Board of Trustees since 2007.
Savon Shelton Sampson ’04
Glen Allen, Virginia
Sampson graduated from Hollins with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. While at Hollins, she had the opportunity to intern in the office of admission and complete 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 is currently a marketing strategy leader. She previously worked for True Health Diagnostics and McKesson Medical-Surgical developing solutions for laboratories in community hospitals and health systems. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and serves as a mentor to other marketers. She is also president of the Junior League of Richmond and serves on the board of the Henrico Education Foundation.
Holly Hendrix Schneider ’75
Schneider is a managing director at UBS Financial Services, Inc. She started her career as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in 1977, and then joined PaineWebber in 1985. Her bicoastal practice, HSG Wealth Management Group, specializes in advising high net worth individuals, families, and small corporate clients in the areas of estate planning, liability management, asset management, and retirement planning.
Recognized on the Financial Times Top 400 Advisors in 2014 and 2015, Schneider was named one of the top 100 Women Advisors by Forbes in 2018. She is a past president of the Hollins Alumnae Board, and of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Board of Trustees. She is a member of IMCA, the DAR, the Financial Women’s Association, the Women’s Bond Club of NY, and a member of the UBS Chairman’s Council.
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.
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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 is a founding member of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee and is an executive co-sponsor of the company’s LGBTQA employee resource group. She oversees corporate, social, crisis, Lauder family, and philanthropic communications.
Trower is a member of the International Women’s Media Foundation Board of Directors, and The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation and The Secular Society, both of which are committed to supporting girls and women, with a focus on education. Ms. Trower is also a Board trustee for the American Funds family, 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.
Against the backdrop of Hollins’ steadfast commitment to its mission as a women’s college, the Board of Trustees is convening a task force to review the adequacy and application of the university’s current Transgender Policy.