Nominations for Alumni Board service starting in July 2019
In accordance with the constitution of the Reed College alumni association, and following a call for nominations, the nominating committee of the alumni association hereby gives notice of the following nominations to the alumni board (AB). All terms begin July 1, 2019. Some of these sketches have been edited for space.
In all offices for which there is only one nominee on April 1, the nominee shall be considered elected as of that date, except that the board of trustees must approve the alumni trustee nomination. The nominations process may be viewed here in the constitution.
Secretary (One-Year Term)
alea adigweme, Russian ’06, Iowa City, IA
alea adigweme is a multidisciplinary artist-scholar working in the fields of creative writing, book arts, social practice, and visual/dimensional media. In 2012, she earned an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. In 2018, she graduated from UI with an MA in Media Studies and a graduate certificate in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies. In addition to her public-facing work as an educator and cultural critic, alea is the author of birdbolt idolatry, a poetry chapbook released by dancing girl press, and her written work has been featured by outlets including Gawker, The Iowa Review blog, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Fightland. She is currently at work on an artist's book and a book-length essay.
At-Large Board Members (3-Year Term)
Jonathan Bates, Chemistry ’68, Portland, OR
Jon is a retired pediatrician and hospital executive, having most recently spent 20 years as the CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He relocated to Portland to be near his daughter (class of ’03), her husband (class of ’02) and their two children. Prior to Arkansas he held executive posts in San Diego, Long Beach and Boston, always in children’s hospitals. In Arkansas he served on various bodies including the Governor’s Medicaid Task Force, the Board of a health insurance company, and focused on correctable problems in children’s health in the state, particularly dental needs. He helped establish more than 20 endowed chairs in various pediatric disciplines. During Jon's tenure at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the hospital was on the Fortune 100 list of best companies to work for on four occasions. He is an avid woodworker, has a griffin engraved on a molar, and is compiling all the known primary data about the House F Owl (aka Doyle Owl). He and his wife Sally live in SE Portland about 2 miles from Reed and 300 feet from the grandchildren.
David Messner, Psychology ’90, Savannah, GA
David is the Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah. As a solo congregational minister he spends his time preaching, teaching, pastoring and doing public outreach (along with worrying about leaking ceilings and the like). His church works hard to be a “beacon of liberal religion” in the South. UU Savannah is also the home of Savannah’s only community radio station, 107.5 FM. David was ordained in 2012 after finishing his graduate degree in divinity at the University of Chicago (MDiv ’11). His first career was in corporate strategy and international business development with leadership positions at Eisai, Pfizer, and Bausch & Lomb. After Reed, he earned his MBA from Yale (1995). He is currently a graduate fellow (PhD, ABD) in Ethics at Emory where his work focuses on the moral life within institutions.
He has served as the NY Chapter Rep to the Alumni Board, as an Alumni Admissions interviewer, and as reunion class giving chair. Among his other community and professional service activities, he serves as Vice President of the Southeast UU Ministers Association, a Post Seat Holder on the Chatham County Georgia Democratic Committee, an Advisory Board member on the Clinical Pastoral Education program of Memorial Hospital, and a member of the Savannah Civil Service Board.
David and his wife, Jennifer, their two kids, giant dog, magic cat, two rabbits and a tarantula live on Skidaway Island, Georgia.
Rennie Meyers, Environmental Studies/History ’15, North Kingstown, RI
Rennie Meyers '15 is excited to serve on the Alumni Board, having recently recovered from her time working as Student Body Vice President. She currently works as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. She hopes to leverage her experiences as a ’15-16 Watson Fellow and graduate student in ocean governance at University of Rhode Island to make the maritime workforce more equitable and inclusive. She is eager to help Reed students and alumni have easier transitions out of school and support Reed's diverse and complex community in her first term as an At-Large Member. Otherwise, she is enthusiastic about baking, ceramics, and charismatic microfauna.
Shabab Miraz, Economics ’15, Washington, D.C.
Shabab took the scenic route through Reed, completing her degree in 9 semesters over 6 calendar years. Some of her favorite Reed memories include cooking Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of students with the residents of the Sub Free dorm, shaking her booty in Zumba class with the ever-fabulous Ernest, and a Gray Fund trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has volunteered with the PMP Alumni Advisory Board and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the alumni board, and has formally and informally advised students on jobs and work visas.
In her day job, Shabab researches LGBTQ policy at the Center for American Progress. She was a YLI Fellow with South Asian Americans Leading Together, and received the 2018 Revolutionary Award from the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance.
Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Shabab now lives and organizes in Washington, D.C. She enjoys subversive drag, social justice readings of sci-fi and fantasy media, and perfecting her shujir halwa recipe.
Govind Nair, Economics ’83, Fairfax, VA
Govind Nair ’83, took an early retirement in 2010 as Lead Economist from The World Bank after a 25-year career, and subsequently established an independent practice in global public speaking, international consultancy, and business development. Having been a visiting faculty member at universities in Australia and Malaysia, he also teaches a graduate course in managerial economics at the George Washington University. He has been an active volunteer in various community boards, ethical and humanist societies, high school programs, community and activist organizations. A dual USA/Australia national, Govind is a frequent traveler, having visited over 90 countries on all continents; fluent in French, Spanish, and Malay; and currently divides is time between Washington DC metro and Cambridge, UK. He has been active in admission work for Reed and also for Princeton where he pursued graduate studies in economics and public policy. As a leader in public policy and business strategy workshops worldwide, he is committed to adult education and lifelong learning, and is also very interested in international education, minority student recruitment and retention, and student career guidance and support.
Alumni Trustee (Four-Year Term)
Aravind Sankar, Physics ’91, Austin, TX
A general and renal transplant surgeon in Austin, TX Aravind, has served in several leadership positions over the course of his 23 year career, including chief of surgery. On multiple occasions, Aravind has been named a Texas Monthly “Super Doc.” In addition to his work as a surgeon, Aravind is a co-owner of Thirsty Planet Brewing Company. Brewer of the widely regarded Thirsty Goat amber.
Aravind’s volunteer work includes: multiple ecumenical medical missions to Guatemala with Faith and Practice, a Houston-based organization. Aravind is a past board member of that organization. A steadfast leader at Reed, Aravind has served the college in various capacities. He played an active role as a member of the Strategic Planning Partners and continues to be a mentor for students via the Center for Life Beyond Reed. Aravind has hosted over 10 Reed students in various job shadows.
Aravind is the father to 2 young children and together they agree, nothing beats an escape to the ranch in the Texas hill country.
Continuing Alumni Board for 2019-2020
President: Jinyoung Park ’11
Vice President: Melissa Osborne ’13
Past President: Lisa Saldana ’94
- Mo Copeland ’82
- Scott Foster ’77
- Darlene Pasieczny ’01
At Large Members:
- Eira May ’01
- Michael McGreevey ’04
- Ben Rankin ’87
- Andrei Stephens ’08
- Dave Baxter ’87
- Molly Case ’12
- Emma McLean-Riggs ’14
- Peter Mostow ’87
- Kelly Reed ’13
Nominations for Nominations Committee service starting in July 2019
Nominating Committee (1-Year Term)
Steve Halpern, English ’85, Portland, OR
Steven R. Halpern ’85 is a wildlife photographer whose photos have appeared in a variety of media since the 1990s. His recent Reed volunteer work includes organizing the College's May 2018 alumni trip the famed Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017 he was a presenter at the Reed Reunions Alumni College. His talk was about the ethics of wildlife photography. After the lecture, he led the participants on a walk at Sauvie Island, just outside Portland. Steve is also the founder of the Reed Culinaria–a Facebook group open to all Reedies and their families to share food recipes, techniques, equipment reviews, and thoughts on food in history and literature.
Melissa Lewis, Psychology ’13, Portland, OR
Melissa Lewis is a data reporter and developer for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Prior to joining Reveal, she was a data editor at The Oregonian, an engineer at the financial tech company Simple and an analyst at the data visualization firm Periscopic. She is an organizer for PyLadies Portland and the Portland chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. She is also an occasional technical reviewer for O'Reilly Media and No Starch Press. She has been a a Working Weekend mentor, a volunteer for the career network and a volunteer for Alumni Fundraising for Reed.
Andrew Schpak, Political Science ’01, Portland, OR
Andrew Schpak is the Co-Managing Partner at Barran Liebman LLP, where he has been exclusively representing management in employment litigation and providing advice regarding all types of employment matters and claims for over fourteen years. In addition to his legal practice, Andrew has led both the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. He now serves on the Board of the Portland Business Alliance and Transition Projects, Inc., as well as the Immediate Past President of the Multnomah Bar Association Board of Directors. Andrew is listed in the Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, and has been named as a Super Lawyer since 2013. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) by the Society for Human Resources Management. Andrew graduated from Reed College in 2001 and thereafter received his J.D. from Cornell Law School. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts.
Jinyoung Park, Linguistics ’11, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jinyoung is the assistant director of the Center for Public Policy Research at Tulane University's Murphy Institute, where she directs external relations with funding agencies and policy groups. She works with Tulane’s faculty on grant development and submission, manages grant-funded activities and special projects, and coordinates the annual Yates Lecture. In addition to her work at Tulane, she is the lead vocalist, website administrator, and booking contact for a local band, U4ria. Jinyoung earned a B.A. in linguistics from Reed College in 2011 and an M.B.A. from Tulane University in 2015. She joined Reed's alumni board in 2015. She also has served as a career network, admission, and Alumni Fundraising for Reed volunteer; on the alumni engagement committee; and as a local alumni host. Jinyoung lives in New Orleans, LA.
Continuing Nominations Committee for 2019-2020
Lisa Saldana ’94, Past President