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Steering Committee Biographies

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Jessica Adolino
Dr. Adolino is an Associate Professor of Political Science and coordinator of the international affairs major. Her areas of teaching and research specialization are European politics, comparative public policy and international affairs. She has been at JMU 13 years.

Roger Baker
Mr. Baker has been City Manager of the City of Harrisonburg since 2000. He has worked for the City of Harrisonburg for 20 years and was previously Assistant City Manager. He has worked in Virginia local government since 1975.

A. Jerry Benson
Dr. Benson is Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Technology at JMU. He has been at JMU for more than25 years, serving as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and in various administrative positions. Before assuming his current position as dean of CISAT, he was Dean of the College of Education and Psychology.

Alexander B. “Sandy” Berry III
Mr. Berry, who lives in Richmond, is a Senior Industry Consultant for Teradata, a division of NCR. He joined Teradata following a 40-year career in banking which included serving as Senior Executive Vice President for Signet (now Wachovia) and Executive Vice President for Crestar (now SunTrust). He served nine years on the JMU Board of Visitors, including two years as Rector and two years as Vice Rector. He was the first Chair of the Executive Advisory Council to the JMU College of Business, was JMU's August 1994 Commencement speaker and co-chaired the University's Centennial Commission. His wife and their son and daughter are all JMU graduates.

Joanne Carr
Dr. Carr is Senior Vice President for Advancement at JMU. She is Chair of the Centennial Steering Committee and came to JMU in 2004 from the University of Idaho, where she was Vice President for Advancement. At JMU, she manages the areas of fundraising, communications and media relations and constituent relations.

Keo Cavalcanti
Dr. Cavalcanti is Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at JMU and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. He came to the University in July of 2004. He is a native of Brazil and has lived in the United States for the past 25 years.

Brandon Eickel
Mr. Eickel is a member of the Class of 2008 and president of the Student Government Association.. He was President of the Freshman Class in 2004-2005 and President of the Sophomore Class in 2005-2006. He is from Germantown, Maryland, and is in the JMU Honors Program and Delta Chi Fraternity.

Vanessa Evans
Ms. Evans lives in Charlottesville and is President of the JMU Black Student Alumni Chapter. She is the Associate Director of the Ron Brown Scholar Program-CAP Charitable Foundation, a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated African American high school seniors. She previously worked in admissions offices at the College of William and Mary and JMU. She has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from JMU.

Alexander L. Gabbin
Dr. Gabbin is KPMG LLP Professor of Accounting at JMU. His area of academic expertise is Financial Accounting and he is a Certified Public Accountant. He has been on the JMU faculty since 1985. His wife is Director of JMU's Furious Flower Poetry Center, Director of the Honors Program and a Professor of English.

Michael Galgano
Dr. Galgano is Head of the Department of History and Professor of History at JMU, where he had taught since 1984. He teaches courses in World, European and family history as well as Research Methods and does research about women and the family. His wife is an adjunct professor in Mathematics and Integrated Science and Technology at JMU.

Teresa Gonzalez
Dr. Gonzalez is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at JMU, where she has worked since 1975. She has previously been director of Counseling and the Student Development Center and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. A Professor of Psychology, she teaches in the graduate program in College Student Personnel Administration. Her youngest daughter is a 2005 graduate of JMU.

Meredith Strohm Gunter
Ms. Gunter, who lives in Charlottesville, is Vice Rector of the JMU Board of Visitors and has been on the Board since 2002. She conducts research for the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia and works on selected projects as a freelance writer, editor and planner. She was previously the Provost of the New College of Global Studies at Radford University, Assistant to the President at Longwood University and an administrator at the University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University. She was also a special assistant to Virginia Governor Gerald L. Baliles.

Linda Cabe Halpern
Dr. Halpern is Dean of General Education at JMU, where she has taught and been an administrator since 1986. She oversees the core curriculum for all JMU students, coordinates activities leading to the registration for each incoming freshman class and serves as Dean for all students not in an academic college. She is also a Professor of Art History.

Donna Harper
Ms. Harper is Executive Assistant to the President at JMU. She has worked at JMU since 1977 and held a variety of positions in the Division of Student Affairs for 24 years before assuming her current position in 2001. She has her bachelor's, master's and Education Specialist degrees from JMU and is the advisor for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and Relay for Life at JMU. Her husband is also a JMU graduate and they have a son who is enrolled at JMU.

Fred Hilton
Mr. Hilton is Director of the JMU Centennial Celebration. He has been at JMU since 1972, most of that time as the University's chief media spokesman and public relations officer. He was a committee member for planning JMU's 75th anniversary celebration in 1983. He has his master's degree from JMU and his master's thesis dealt with the 1970s transition of Madison College to James Madison University. Both of his sons and a daughter-in-law are JMU graduates.

Elaine Hinsdale
Ms. Hinsdale lives in Orlando, Florida, and is a graduate of JMU and President of the Alumni Association. She is Director of Communication for Enterprise Information Systems, the internal information technology arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Before joining Lockheed Martin in 1996, she held positions with the Consumer Electronics Association in Arlington, Virginia, the Grumman Corporation, The Washington Post and in a civilian position with the U.S. Army.

Ronald Kander
Dr. Kander is Head of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at JMU and a Professor of Integrated Science and Technology. He teaches and does research in the areas of polymer processing, manufacturability and rapid prototyping/tooling technologies. Before coming to JMU in 2001, he was a faculty member at Virginia Tech for 11 years and a Senior Engineer with E.I. DuPont.

Susan Linn
Ms. Linn is Co-Chair of the Employee Advisory Council at JMU where she has worked for more than 20 years in the Division of Student Affairs and University Planning. Previously, she worked in higher education at East Carolina University, the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. Her husband is Associate Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Programs at JMU.

Virginia Andreoli Mathie
Dr. Mathie retired from JMU after 29 years in 2004. She was a Professor of Psychology and headed the Department of Psychology from 1994-1998. She co-chaired the University's Centennial Commission. When she retired from JMU, she became Executive Director of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology with offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jason McClain
Mr. McClain is Co-Chair of the Employee Advisory Council at JMU where he has worked for more than 10 years. He is Assistant Director of the Budget Office and previously worked in the University's Division of Student Affairs. He has his master's degree from JMU.

Charlotte McNulty
Ms. McNulty is President of Greater Madison, Inc., a community support group for JMU. She is Executive Director for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board, a public agency that serves people with mental and substance abuse disabilities. She is Managing Editor of the Virginia Child Protection newsletter, a publication funded by the Department of Social Services to JMU's Psychology Department. She has two master's degrees from JMU.

Alfred Menard
Dr. Menard is Associate Vice President for University Planning and Analysis at JMU, where he has worked since 1978. During his career at JMU, he has been involved in many aspects of student affairs and student life. He currently works with University planning and supervises the areas of Institutional Research and Judicial Affairs.

Towana Moore
Ms. Moore is Associate Vice President for Business Services at JMU and has been at the University since 1999. She is responsible for food services; the bookstore; facilities management, planning and construction; parking; card services; and procurement. Before coming to JMU, she worked at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Radford University. Her husband is Coordinator of Risk Management at JMU.

Joseph Paxton
Mr. Paxton is County Administrator of Rockingham County. He has his bachelor's degree and his master's degree from JMU. His wife also has both her bachelor's and master's degrees from JMU.

Marshall and Gloria Price
Mr. Price is the director of Massanutten Technical Center, a regional vocational and technical school for high school students and adults. He has his bachelor's and master's degrees from JMU.

Ms. Price manages the family's rental business. She has her bachelor's and master's degrees from JMU. One of the Price's sons is a graduate of JMU and their daughter is a sophomore and member of the Class of 2008. The Prices are on the JMU Parents Council.

Faye Reubush
Dr. Reubush is Associate Vice President Emerita for Academic Affairs and Professor Emerita of Psychology. After being a public school teacher and counselor, she joined the Madison College staff in 1966 as Assistant Dean of Women and Assistant Professor of Psychology. She held a number of administrative positions in student affairs and academic affairs before retiring in 1989 as Associate Vice President. She has worked with three of JMU's five presidents.

J. Patrick and Glenda Rooney
Dr. Rooney is in his 25th year as Director of Bands at JMU where he coordinates the band program, which consists of the 350-piece Marching Royal Dukes, three concert bands and the university athletic bands. A Professor of Music, he also directs the JMU Wind Symphony. The JMU marching band brought national recognition to the University in 1994 when it won the Sudler Trophy – the “Heisman Trophy” for college marching bands.

Ms. Rooney retired in 2003 from JMU as Associate Vice President for University Relations after 22 years at the University. She returned to JMU in 2004 in a part-time capacity as Assistant to the Provost and is in charge of all major academic events, such as Commencement and James Madison Day. She held a number of administrative positions in University Relations, including heading the Office of Parent and Constituent Relations. Both of the Rooney's sons are JMU graduates.

Steve Smith
Mr. Smith is Associate Vice President for Constituent Relations, the area that works with involving alumni, parents and donors in the life of the University. He has been involved with JMU since enrolling as a freshman in 1967. He has his bachelor's and master's degrees from JMU. His previous positions at JMU include working as an Admissions Officer, Director of Alumni and Capital Gift Officer. He has also worked at Bridgewater College and in private industry. His wife is also a JMU graduate.

Judith Shreckhise Strickler
Ms. Strickler, who lives in Harrisonburg, has been a member of the JMU Board of Visitors since 2004. She is a JMU graduate and formerly taught at the University. She is active in a number of civic organizations in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area and is closely involved with the Arts Council of the Valley, an advocate of art and cultural resources of the area. One of her daughters is a graduate of JMU.

Robert Sullivan
Mr. Sullivan was City Planning Director for the City of Harrisonburg for 26 years before retiring in 1991. He has been a part-time faculty member of JMU's Department of Political Science since 1970. He is active in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society and gives frequent speeches on Harrisonburg 's history as well as taking groups on “Downtown Historic Walks.”

D. Kent Zimmerman
Dr. Zimmerman is former Speaker of the JMU Faculty Senate. An Associate Professor of Management, he has been on the JMU faculty since 1975. His academic area is Organizational Behavior and he also teaches a course in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving. He is active in theater programs, both at JMU and in the local community.