Board of Directors and Trustees
Dwight Hall Board of Directors 2016
The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for the fiscal and long-term operation of Dwight Hall. The Board’s membership consists of Dwight Hall alumni, Yale professors, members of the New Haven community and current Dwight Hall student representatives.
Mr. John Meeske '74, Chair
Education: Yale College ’74
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 4+
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: None–but I am living proof that it is never too late to support Dwight Hall and Yale students!
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Chair, Executive Committee, Board Orientation Committee, Alumni Relations Task Force
Bio: As an undergraduate I majored in History of Art but was chiefly involved with singing groups ranging from the Bach Society and the Colleguim Musicum to the Alley Cats and the Whiffenpoofs. After graduation I worked in the Yale College Registrar’s office and in 1985 I became Registrar. In 1995 I was appointed Associate Dean in the Yale College Dean’s Office. I have performed a variety of functions in that role, including oversight of Yale College finances and administrative affairs, student organizations, and physical resources (including undergraduate housing). I retired from Yale in 2014. Outside of Yale I have been active in Trinity Church on the Green. My wife and I have two sons, one serving in the Peace Corps in Mongolia and the other working at a desert research station in Namibia.
Contact me about: Yale University administrative structure, Yale College rules and regulations, Yale facilities, Yale College student organizations, advantages and disadvantages of non-profit (501c3) status.
Ms. Nancy Alexander, Vice Chair
Mr. David Dodson ’77, Vice Chair
Mr. Bradford Williams '10, Treasurer
Education: Yale College 2010
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 4
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Dwight Hall Academic Mentoring Program at Yale (DHAMPY), Dwight Hall ExComm, CHE
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Executive Committee (Treasurer), Development Committee
Bio: I graduated from Yale in 2010 with a degree in Political Science. As an undergrad, I spent most of my time in New Haven working with the Dwight Hall Student Executive Committee and the Dwight Hall Academic Mentoring Program at Yale as a co-coordinator of both. I’m passionate about public school education and programs focused on expanding opportunities for public school students in urban environments, both through mentoring and advocacy. After graduation, I spent two years working at Barclays in their Mergers & Acquisitions group and two years with the private equity firm Crestview Partners. I’m currently working towards an MBA at Harvard Business School and will be rejoining Crestview Partners after graduation in 2016.
Contact me about: Mentoring/tutoring programs, education advocacy, how to stay involved with service despite a “for-profit” career path, moving to NYC after Yale
Ms. Sandra Lee '97, Secretary
- Yale College ‘97
- NYU School of Law ‘03
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: Almost 20, give or take 3-4 individual years when I was on hiatus between terms.
Dwight Hall Student Involvement:
- Executive Committee Co-Coordinator, Financial Coordinator
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Youth Reading Corps
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement:
- Executive Committee (current Secretary)
- Governance Committee (current Chair)
- Building Committee (current member)
- Nominating Committee (former Chair)
- Executive Director Hiring Committee (former Chair)
Bio: I was born and raised in the New York metropolitan area and hail from Fort Lee, New Jersey. I am currently the director of the Policy and Financial Services Strategy Office in the Executive Office of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In this role, I support the Bank’s President and senior management in advancing cross-Group collaboration and strategic engagement on a range of policy matters. Prior to joining the Bank, I was a corporate and tax-exempt organizations attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in NY. Prior to joining a law firm, I clerked for the Honorable Michael Chertoff on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Contact me about:
- Questions about transitioning from a law firm to the public sector/government
- Tax-exempt organizations law
Ms. Briana Burroughs ’17, Student Co-Coordinator Ex Officio
Mr. Carl Eifler ‘70, Ex Officio, Chair, Trustees
Education: Yale College BA ’70; Harvard Business School MBA ‘75
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 20+
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Anti-war movement (Vietnam), financial planning and sustainability for community organizations
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Executive Committee, Investment Committee Chair, Yale Relationship Committee, Governance Committee
Bio: Carl Eifler, Managing Director, is the global COO for BlackRock Alternatives Specialists (BAS) within the Institutional Client Business. Prior to his current role, Carl was global head of Hedge Fund Strategies in BAI and before that he was responsible in BAI for building the retail alternatives business. Before joining BlackRock in 2011, Carl was Chief Operating Officer of Lyxor Asset Management Inc, and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley for ten years. He began his career at First Boston. Carl is married and has five children.
Contact me about: Financial issues, organizational structure, management practices
Mr. Justin Ash ’07
Ms. Kate Cooney
Mr. Mark Dollhopf '77
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: involved with several groups as an undergraduate.
Bio: After graduating from Yale and Harvard Business School, I worked as a development staff intern for the Campaign for Yale. In 1980, I founded the firm of Anderson, Cole & Dollhopf, which provides fundraising counsel to nonprofit organizations. From 2006 to 2015, I served as the Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni, which manages alumni relationships of the 180,000 alumni of the University. I am currently the President of Dollhopf & Associates, counseling universities, church institutions, and nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, visioning, board leadership, and volunteer engagement.
Contact me about: working at the university, nonprofit consulting.
Mr. Ricardo Henriquez
- A. Journalism and Communications, Universidad Catolica del Norte (1997)
- A. Nonprofit Management, New England College (2009)
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 6 +
Bio: I was born in Tocopilla, a small fishing in mining town in the north of Chile. At age 17 I attended Universidad Católica del Norte, from which I graduated with a degree in journalism and Communications. After working for 6 years as a political journalist, I decided to immigrate to the United States, looking for new opportunities and a less hostile environment for LGBT people. In 2006, I went back to school where I graduated with a Master Degree in Nonprofit Management. My work as an activist, community organizer, and now senior manager with United Way resulted in recently being recognized as one of the top Latino leaders in the State of Connecticut by the Progreso Latino Fund. Currently I work at United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, overseeing Financial Stability programs and strategies in the capitol region.
Contact me about: strategic planning, poverty issues, social justice issues, fundraising and crowdfunding.
Ms. Laura Huizar '06
Education: (Yale College, ’06; Yale Law School, ’12)
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 3
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Bridges (2002-2006); Dwight Hall ExComm (2005); Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Community Liaison (2007-2012)
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Nominating Committee (Chair)
Bio: I was born in Mexico City and grew up in Mexico and Orlando, FL. At Yale, I was a history major and involved in Dwight Hall through Bridges and ExComm. After graduation, I worked at Junta for Progressive Action in New Haven for three years, focusing on economic development programs and worker rights advocacy. I then went to Yale Law School where I continued to focus on immigrant and worker rights issues. After law school, I worked at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a civil rights organization based in New York City, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. I then spent a year as a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program before transitioning to the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in Washington, D.C., as a staff attorney.
Contact me about: Interest in law or policy work; working for grassroots organizations; immigrant rights or worker rights advocacy; undergraduate and post-law school fellowships; anything else I might be able to help with
Mr. Anthony D'Ambrosio '18 Co-Coordinator
Education: Yale College, Class of 2018
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 1
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Co-Coordinator of Student Executive Committee (2016), At-Large Coordinator of Student Executive Committee (2015), Unite Against Sexual Assault Yale (2015), Partners in Health Engage (2014-2015), Community Health Educators (2015-2016), Freshmen in Service Program (2014-2015), FOCUS on New Haven (2015)
Bio: Anthony D’Ambrosio is a member of Yale College’s Class of 2018. Having sat on Dwight Hall’s 2015 Student Executive Committee as an At-Large Coordinator, he serves as Co-Coordinator of the 2016 Committee. Anthony is also the Co-President of Unite Against Sexual Assault Yale (USAY) and former Director of American Sign Language (ASL) Sports, Inc. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys studying American History, social justice movements, and classical literature.
Contact me about: Public Service at Yale
Ms. Sharon Kugler
Education: MA Georgetown 1997
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 8
Bio: I have been the Yale University Chaplain since 2007. Before that, I was the University Chaplain at Johns Hopkins University for fourteen years. I’ve been the president of both the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) and the Association of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA), and currently serve on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chaplains in Higher Education (IACHE). I also teach in the Divinity School and have had several books published. I’m married to Duane and have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Contact me about: Life’s questions, big and small.
Ms. Zoe Mercer-Golden '13
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 5+
Education: Yale College ‘13
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Dwight Hall Urban Fellows, Bridges ESL, CHE, Dwight Hall Board of Directors, 2013 Celebration Gala
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Nominating Committee, Board Orientation Committee
Bio: I was born in Hong Kong and grew up between London, England and the San Francisco Bay Area. At Yale, I studied Art History and English and worked at the Writing Center, the Yale University Art Gallery, and of course Dwight Hall, as well as IRIS and the Community Foundation. Since graduation, I’ve worked with people with disabilities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and spent most of 2014 on a teaching Fulbright in Brazil. I now live in Boston, where I work at a company called Panorama Education that is run by fellow Dwight Hall alums!
Contact me about: EdTech and education work, transitioning from college to the “real world,” balancing service work and paid work, international service work, and finding fellowships.
Ms. Michelle Rosenthal ‘05
Rev. Samuel Slie ‘52MDIV (emeritus)
Mr. Tim Tompkins '86
Education: Yale Undergrad 86 / Wharton MBA ‘93
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 3
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Cabinet Co-Coordinator
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Development Committee
Bio: Tim Tompkins is the President of the Times Square Alliance. Prior to that, he was the Founder of Partnerships for Parks. He has worked at NYC’s Economic Development Corporation, and was briefly the Nationals Editor at the Mexico City News, an English-language newspaper in Mexico. He has an M.B.A. from Wharton, and currently teaches “Transforming the Urban Economy” and “The Arts and Artist in Urban Revitalization” at the NYU Graduate School of Public Policy. When he is not spending time in the most urban and unnatural place on the planet, he enjoys boating in New York City’s natural areas and waterways, and also practicing yoga.
Contact me about: Interests in urban affairs
Rev. J. Philip Zaeder ’58 (emeritus)
Education: Yale BA ’13, Yale Divinity School ‘62
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: over 50 years of involvement
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: active as a student both as an undergraduate student and while at the Divinity School
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Emeritus member of the board
Bio: After completing my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Yale, I served as the chaplain and an English teacher at the Taft School from 1961-9. I returned to Yale as an associate Chaplain from 1969-77, and then moved to Phillips Andover Academy, where from 1977 to 2000 I was a chaplain, English instructor, and the Dean of the Faculty. My wife Sylvia Thayer and I have three children and seven grandchildren, and currently live in rural Milton, New Hampshire.
Contact me about: service and religion
Dara Kovel '91, '06
Education: Yale College ’91, Yale School of Management ‘06
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 2 years
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: YHHAP, various other volunteer activities during undergraduate years
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Dara serves on the National Advisory Board for the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing and on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Advisory Council.
Bio: A New Haven native, Dara Kovel currently runs the development company for Beacon Communities, a nationally-recognized multifamily developer based in Boston. Dara has over 25 years of experience in real estate policy, development, operations and finance in the public, for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Beacon Communities, Dara was Chief Housing Officer/Vice President of Multifamily Programs at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority in January 2010. Dara’s responsibilities included oversight of all CHFA multifamily housing development and asset management programs as well as three years running the single family division. Prior to CHFA, Dara worked in both the non-profit and for-profit development sector with Jonathan Rose Companies in New York and Mercy Housing in California.
Contact me about: Affordable housing, real estate and community development, state and federal planning and policy, living in New Haven
Jackson Stallings '17
Education: Yale College ‘17
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 1
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Student Executive Board
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Building Committee
Bio: From Oklahoma, I’m currently a junior at Yale and a member of the football team. I am the president of the Yale Student Athlete College Council, a member of the Provost and Dean’s Financial Aid Revision Committee, an Ambassador for Team Impact, a Yale College Civic Leader, and a member of the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Drive Committee.
Contact me about: Athletic involvement in Dwight Hall and Building Committee questions.
Jenny Friedland '17
Education: Yale College ’17
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 1
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Freshmen-in-Service program participant, term on board of Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project (YHHAP) as organizer of Project Homeless Connect (PHC), tax preparer for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), former Research Analyst for the Yale Roosevelt Institute, Dwight Hall Board of Directors
Bio: I am a current junior in Berkeley College from Newton, MA who enjoys studying psychology and philosophy. On the Dwight Hall Board, I serve as an elected student representative. In addition to my work with Dwight Hall, I am a Communication and Consent Educator. I am also involved with the Slifka Center for Jewish Life.
Contact me about: Getting involved with Dwight Hall groups as an undergraduate, communicating student concerns and ideas to the Board
Yingjie Wang '17
Education: Yale College Berkeley ‘17
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 1+
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Development Coordinator for ExComm, Demos, Camp Kesem, Dwight Hall Board of Directors
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: ExComm
Bio: I was born in Germany but grew up in Upstate NY! I’m a junior Economics major at Yale, focusing on global health and development. I’ve spent my summers interning at nonprofits: last summer I worked at Innovations for Poverty Action, and the summer before that I worked at two mental health nonprofits, one in New Haven and one in Hong Kong, through the Yale-China Association. After my internship in Hong Kong, I solo travelled and ate my way across East Asia and managed to avoid dying while doing so. During the school year, when I’m not adding every free food event to my calendar or emailing people about Phonathon, I Facebook and Tweet professionally as the social media coordinator for the Student Technology Collaborative.
Contact me about: service at Yale, global health and economic development, business and technology, travelling around Asia, free food, required Phonathon hours that your group hasn’t done yet.
Dwight Hall Board of Investments 2015-2016
The Board of Investments is responsible for managing the assets of the Dwight Hall at Yale endowment.
Mr. Carl Eifler ‘70, Chair
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. Eifler was Chief Operating Officer of Lyxor Asset Management Inc, Societe Generale’s New York based fund of hedge funds subsidiary. Previously he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley for ten years responsible for building that firm’s industry leading global Prime Brokerage and Securities Lending business. Mr. Eifler began his career at First Boston, where he was a member of the Corporate Finance Department, started and led the firm’s Mortgage Finance Department and headed the Public Finance Department.
Mr. Eifler earned his BA degree from Yale College and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Rhodes Fellow.
Mr. William E. Curran ’49
Ms. Sheilah Rostow
Mr. Edward Swenson '67, '80
- Yale BA Modern East European History 1967,
- Columbia University City of New York Masters in Urban Planning 1969,
- Yale SOM MBA 1980
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 20, of which was Chair: 9 years
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Was on Student Cabinet. Co-chaired 1966
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Currently a Trustee
Bio: After completing my undergraduate degree at Yale and a masters in urban planning, I traveled around North Africa and Asia before taking a job as a City Planner in Philadelphia for eight years. I returned to Yale to the SOM, and then worked as a management consultant to the finance director of the city of Philadelphia. At the same time, I founded the Energy Department Story and Public/Private Ventures. In 1984, I began working as a fundraising consultant to non-profit organizations through Goodale Associates, Inc. From 1989, I founded and ran Edward F. Swenson & Associates Inc., a management and fundraising consulting group for nonprofits. I’m married to Joan and we have one son, Edward.
Education: Trumbull College ‘16
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: 2
Dwight Hall Student Involvement: Dwight Hall Board of Directors, Dwight Hall Student Executive Committee, Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund, Dwight Hall Public School Internship Program, Dwight Hall Education Network, Roosevelt Institute, Hemispheres.
Board Committees and Other Current Dwight Hall Involvement: Audit Committee
Bio: I was born in New Delhi, India. At Yale, I major in Ethics, Politics & Economics (but take most of my classes in the history department), work at the Office of International Students & Scholars, and am involved with Dwight Hall’s initiatives focused on education and socially responsible investing.
Contact me about: K-12 education (all aspects), socially responsible investing (anything from value investing to shareholder activism), and international development, global heath and international service work broadly.
Mr. Daniel Viederman '85
Education: Yale (PC) ’85; Columbia School of Int’l and Public Affairs (Master’s)
Years on Dwight Hall’s Board: Trustee since 2001
Bio: As CEO of Verité, Dan Viederman has worked closely with NGOs, governments, investors, and the biggest multinational brands in the world to improve working conditions and eliminate human rights violations across geographies and business sectors. For the impact that Verité has had on the millions of workers around the world, Viederman was the winner of a 2007 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and was named 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the Year in the United States by the Geneva, Switzerland-based Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Dan has managed NGOs in developing countries since 1993 and worked with internationally-recognized institutions such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Catholic Relief Services. He has lived extensively in Asia and speaks Chinese. Dan is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and Nanjing Teacher’s University.
Contact me about: Socially Responsible Investing; business and human rights; labor rights; social entrepreneurship; careers in non profits.