The Long Walk Societies Committee

 

​ ​The Long Walk Societies was formed in 1992 as a vehicle to show the College's appreciation for leadership level gifts to Trinity. The goal of the committee is to bring together a core group of distinguished alumni volunteers to serve as the face of the LWS program. The LWS Committee serves as an ally to the College so that it can better reach alumni, parents, and friends. 

Trustee Liaison, Nina McNeely Diefenbach '80, Pelham, NY


LWS Committee Co-Chairs​ ​


Caleb “Thayer” Fox ’03

New York, New York

Advanced Degree: Thayer earned his master of arts degree in corporate communications from New York University in 2009.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in philosophy, study away in Rome, Delta Psi, rugby, John Dando Prize, Student Government Association

Experience:  As Vice President of Corporate Communications at E*Trade Financial, Thayer executes proactive and reactive media strategies, develops thought leadership programs, and manages colleague and leadership communications. Thayer resides in New York City and is an adjunct instructor at New York University. He previously worked at Maslansky & Partners.





Tara Lichtenfels Gans ’88  

Potomac, Maryland

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in political science and international affairs, Cerberus, study away in Rome, assistant class agent, Academic Affairs Committee, Class of 1988 Reunion Committee.

Experience: Tara is a native of West Hartford, Connecticut, and began her career in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide to Congresswoman Barbara B. Kennelly M’71. Tara was a senior adviser and policy director to the congresswoman, the Office of the Deputy Majority Whip, and the Democratic Caucus. She has specialized experience in international trade and trade agreements, national security and defense, and education issues. Tara later served as Director of Federal Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, developing and implementing legislative strategy and representing industry interests before Congress and federal agencies. She is a participating member of Trinity’s Women’s Leadership Council in addition to several community, school, and charitable organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. Tara resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband and two children.


LWS Committee Members​ ​


Edward A. K. Adler, Esq. ’69

Sands Point, New York

Advanced Degree: Ed earned his juris doctor degree from Columbia University in 1972.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in economics, WRTC, Collage literary magazine, Delta Kappa Epsilon

Experience: Ed is a real estate attorney, developer and manager with Koeppel Companies LLC in New York City. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sands Point, NY for 25 years and has been mayor for the past five years. He is a director and past board chair of Greenwich House, a social services and arts nonprofit in New York City. He serves on the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School and is a former board chair of Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, New York. He is a director and past president of the Port Washington Library Foundation and currently chairs its Capital Campaign Steering Committee.

Lisa Alvarez-Calderon ’88

Westfield, New Jersey

Advanced Degree: Lisa received her master’s in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in political science, Cerberus, Student Government Association, study away in Rome, Guided Studies, senior admissions interviewer, Funston Trustee, President’s Fellow

Experience: Lisa is Vice President, Human Resources and a member of the Human Resources Executive Committee (HREC) for Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Previously, she held the position of vice president of human resources for Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical and Consumer Groups at Johnson & Johnson, based in Singapore. Prior to her work at Johnson & Johnson, Lisa worked in human resources for both Bristol-Myers Squibb and Cigna.




​Jeb E. Balise ’04

New York, New York

Advanced Degree: Jeb received his master’s in business administration from Fordham University.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in economics, study away in Rome, Alpha Delta Phi

Experience: Jeb is the CEO and founder of PuzzleSocial Inc., a digital gaming company based in New York City. PuzzleSocial is the creator of the social and mobile app Daily Celebrity Crossword, which is one of the most-solved daily puzzles in the world. Jeb also teaches at Fordham University Graduate School of Business.

Alissa Crevier ’03

New York, New York

Advanced Degree: Alissa completed her master's coursework in Arts Administration with a focus on for-profit models of the entertainment industry from Columbia University.

Trinity Involvement: BA in Art History, study away in Rome, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Track and Field, St. Anthony Hall (Delta Psi), Trinity Tripod

Experience: Alissa has been at the forefront of changing the way the globe ingests video and audio content for the last decade. In addition to managing the bands Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Pantha Du Prince, Dam-Funk, Panda Bear, and Cass McCombs, she worked as a music promoter for The Bowery Presents in NYC, where she spearheaded some of the largest known brand partnership deals for touring artists. 

She then moved on to head the North American Brand Partnerships team and the Global Artist Marketing and Original Content team at Spotify worldwide. She is now the Global Head of Brand Partnerships at Littlstar, a 360 degree and Virtual Reality video platform backed by Disney, Warner Music Group, A+E, Michael Eisner, etc. 

Alissa also sits on the Advisory Board at the Pablove Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to investing in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research, inspiring cancer families through education, and improving the lives of children living with cancer through the arts.

Victor S. Consoli ’87

New Canaan, Connecticut

Advanced Degree: Victor received his master’s in business administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Trinity Involvement: B.S. in biology, Alpha Delta Phi, rugby, The Trinity Tripod, varsity wrestling

Experience: Victor is a partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, an asset management firm based in New York City. Previously, he worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. as a senior managing director of the distressed debt sales and trading group, director of high yield research, and most recently, co-head of corporate credit strategy.


Jennifer A. Dakin ’97

Washington, D.C.

 Advanced Degree: Jennifer received her master of business administration degree in finance from Case Western Reserve University in 2001.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in economics and minor in models and data, John C. Alexander Memorial Award, Delta Delta Delta, varsity field hockey, varsity lacrosse, Class of 1997 Reunion Committee

Experience: Jennifer is a senior vice president and team leader in Wells Fargo Bank’s hospitality finance group in Washington, D.C. She has 18 years of lending experience in all property types of commercial real estate and has spent the past 10 years primarily in the lodging space. Jennifer started her banking career in the corporate management training program at KeyBank National Association in 1997 and subsequently worked in various lines of business at KeyBank, including mezzanine finance, structured finance, and loan sales and syndication.

Loren Deland Davis ’07

New York, New York

Advanced Degree: Loren received her Master of fine arts candidate at The New School for Public Engagement.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in English, J.C. Underwood Memorial Prize

 Experience: Loren has recently been awarded a fellowship from CIEE and will spend the next year traveling around the world collecting and translating poems from 42 different countries, with the goal of launching a media initiative and published compilation in late 2016. She received her MFA from the New School in May, and previously worked in recruiting at Morgan Stanley and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Adam C. Dawson ’10

New York, New York

Trinity Involvement: B.A.in economics, varsity rowing

Experience: Adam is an Associate with Mousse Partners where he is focused on making venture investments into early-stage Consumer and Internet companies. Prior to joining Mousse, he was an Analyst with StepStone, where he supported a variety of primary, secondary and co-investment private equity activity. And to start it all, Adam began his career with Piper Jaffray, where he was an Analyst with the investment bank's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group.

William F. Detwiler ’85

New York, New York

Advanced Degrees: Bill received his juris doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law and his master of science degree in accounting from the University of Hartford.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in political science and computer science, Delta Phi, The Trinity Tripod

Experience: Bill is the Chief Investment Officer of United Safety Ltd., a global energy safety services company based in Calgary, Houston and Dubai.  Formerly, he was a partner at Three Ocean Partners, a boutique investment and merchant banking firm based in New York City. Prior to this he was co-founder, president, and COO of Watch Hill Partners, where he advised clients in the consumer, energy, health care, industrial, and retail sectors. Before his work at Watch Hill Partners, William was a corporate attorney.


Amy Dilatush ’94

Chicago, Illinois

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in art history, study away in Florence, news editor of The Trinity Tripod, class agent, admissions volunteer

Experience: Amy developed a career in advertising and marketing prior to becoming a full-time mother. In addition to parenting, she is a nonprofit board member and writer. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

​Chanel Erasmus '15

Cape Town, South Africa

Advanced Degree: Chanel received her BA in Theater and Dance with a concentration in performance from Trinity College. She is currently doing her Master of Arts in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban Development at Trinity College.

 Trinity Involvement: A member of the women’s Squash and Crew Team. Won two team National Championships in 2014, one for squash and one for crew. In 2015 won the Varsity 8 National Rowing Championships.  Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in 2015. Received the Robert R.Bartlett Award for Excellence in Athletics and devotion to the community. Won the Coaches award in 2015, Courtney Geelan Award in 2013 and 2014 and the James Belfiore Award in 2012 for Squash. Won the F.W Brown Award for Public Speaking in 2012. During her time at Trinity, Chanel was also a resident Assistant for three years, did the public addresses at sports games and was on the programming board for the Vernon Social center.

 Experience: Chanel works as a Trinsition Fellow for the Bantam Network, a first year mentoring program which was implemented in 2015. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa she resides in Hartford, CT.


Bailey Johnston Farrin, ESQ ’82

Durham, North Carolina

Advance Degree: Bailey received his juris doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 1990.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in English, track, Trinity Tripod

Experience: Bailey is a practicing attorney at Marcus E. Hill. Previously, she practiced civil litigation in Los Angeles, CA from 1990 to 1995.

​Robert N. Goldsmith, D.M.D. '99

New York, New York

Amanda Hatfield ’08

Fairfield, Connecticut

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in political science, study away in Rome, Concert Choir, Ivy Society (chair of scholarship), Inter Social Council.

 Experience: Amanda currently resides in Fairfield, Connecticut, and is an associate in the client service and marketing department of Bridgewater Associates, an investment management firm in Westport, Connecticut. Amanda was previously an analyst at Ardmore Park Capital.

James F. Heneghan ’98

Fairfield, Connecticut

Advanced Degree: Jim received his MBA from Columbia University Business School in 2009.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in Economics, Trinity Men’s Rowing Team

Experience: Jim is the Global Business Manager for Grains Oilseeds Sugar at BTG Pactual Commodities.He is also an Owner and Managing Partner of Champion Enterprises of Connecticut, LLC. Previously, he was a Senior Trader, Executive Vice President, and Director at Louis Dreyfus Commodities.

Jim is currently the president of the Trinity College Club of Fairfield County, Fairfield CT since 2009.

Joanna Hill ’09

Venice, California

Advanced Degree: Joanna is a student at the Gemological Institute of America.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in English and a minor in film studies with faculty honors, study away in Paris, NYU in London, Cinestudio.

Experience: Joanna is in graduate school and has worked at Chernin Entertainment as a film assistant, as a producer’s assistant at HBO, and at International Creative Management.

Juliet K. Izon ’07

New York, New York

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in English and minor in French studies, Admissions Alumni volunteer, study abroad in Rome, Trinity Tripod.

Experience: Juliet is Entertainment Editor at Niche Media. Previously, she was Events Editor at Life & Style Weekly.

Julianna M. Katrancha ’99

New York, New York

Advance Degree: Julianna attended the French Culinary Institute

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in Women’s Studies and English, Bantam Alumni Mentoring Network, Trinity Tripod, crew.

Experience: Julianna is the Senior Vice President and Group Strategy Director at McCann Erickson. Previously, she was a guest lecturer at Fordham University and Vice President and Director of Brand Planning at Arnold NY. She also worked as an account planner at Deutsch, Inc. and MVBMS/Euro RSCG.

​Andrew J. Koris '12

New York, New York

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in Economics, Varsity Men’s Baseball, Psi Upsilon, Trinity Club of New York – Young Alumni Contact

Experience: Andrew is a Financial Advisor with the Excelsior Wealth Management group at Morgan Stanley. He develops in-depth financial plans to guide clients in areas including investment management, debt organization, and wealth transfer. In this role, Andrew is also responsible for business development with a focus on technology and communication for the group.

 

Duncan T. Ley ’03

San Francisco, California

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in political science, rugby, Alpha Delta Phi

Experience: Duncan currently lives and works in San Francisco, where he owns and operates six bars and restaurants. Tonic Nightlife Group is his management company, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the establishments and for managing events all over Northern California. In addition to hospitality, Tonic Nightlife Group runs a small property management company. Duncan lives with his fiancée, Kasey Dutra, and his dog, Scott.

​Levi D. Litman '98

Scarsdale, New York


Michael A. Magdelinskas ’11

New York, New York

Advance Degree: Michael received his juris doctor degree from Cornell Law School in 2014.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in English and Urban & Global Studies, study away in Paris, “Boomtowns of the Yangtze” – China summer expedition, Accidentals, Chapel Singers, Honor Council, Long Walk Societies Scholar, Human Rights Summer Fellow, Kenneth Grossman Global Research Grant Recipient, Arthur Vining Davis Institute Grant Recipient

Experience: Michael is currently the Senior Associate for Global Engagement at JPMorgan Chase, where he monitors and advises the firm on international political events and manages external relationships with government entities, think tanks, such as the Council on Foreign Relations and The Brookings Institution, as well as consultants. Prior to this Michael held government affairs roles with Alcoa and Altria, and was a fellow at the U.S. State Department.

Andrew M. Merrill ’85

Rowayton, Connecticut

Advanced Degree:Andrew received his master of business administration degree in finance from Columbia University.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in English, varsity rowing, Pi Kappa Alpha

Experience: Andrew is a Partner with Prosek Partners, a leading strategic financial communications advisory boutique based in New York. Prior to joining Prosek, Andrew was a senior managing director at Teneo Strategy, a management consulting firm with offices in New York City. Prior to joining Teneo, Andrew was the U.S. chief executive officer of Finsbury, a strategic communications firm based in London. Prior to Finsbury, Andrew led Edelman's global financial communications practice, which he joined from Abernathy MacGregor, a strategic financial communications consultancy where he was a partner and managing director. Andrew is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. Andrew and his wife, Erica Merrill ’85, have three children, Hanna, Hadley ’17, and Sam.

Karraine Moody '01

Hartford, Connecticut

Gary A. Morgans '75

Arlington, Virginia

Advanced Degree: Gary received his law degree from Georgetown in 1978. 

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in Economics, captain of the track team, president of the student government

Experience: Gary is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C., where he practices public utility law. Previously, he worked at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Gary has served Trinity as class secretary and co-chair of his class’s reunion committee, and as a member of the National Alumni Association Executive Committee.  Gary has three daughters, Katie (29), Jennie (25) and Melissa (22).  He is still running, and will be running the Boston Marathon next April.

Gavin P. O’Reilly ’03

San Francisco, California

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in economics with honors, varsity football, Alpha Chi Ro, Pi Gamma Mu scholarship medal recipient, Newman Club, study away at University College Dublin

Experience: Gavin is a director in Cowen and Company’s Consumer Investment Banking Group. Gavin began his investment banking career with Cowen in 2003 and has worked primarily with consumer companies in his 12 years with the firm. He has executed transactions for his clients including mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, and public and private equity capital raises.

Elaine F. Patterson ’76

Los Angeles, California

Advanced Degree: Elaine earned her master’s in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in 1979.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, resident assistant in Jones Hall, study away in Rome. Since graduation, Elaine has served on the executive committee of the National Alumni Association, Class of 1976 Reunion committees, Board of Trustees (2005-2013), and received the 2006 Alumni Medal for Excellence.

Experience: Elaine has worked as a human resources professional for more than 30 years, starting with Texas Instruments. She spent 25 years at Unocal Corporation (now Chevron), ultimately becoming the general manager, international human resources and later worked at GM in global people development. She currently serves as the organization and leadership adviser at Breitburn Energy, an upstream oil and gas master limited partnership headquartered in Los Angeles. Elaine is a trustee at Maine Central Institute, a town academy in Pittsfield, Maine.


Elizabeth “Gracie” Phillips ’13

Stamford, Connecticut

Trinity Involvement: B.S. in psychology with a minor in hispanic studies, co-founder of the psychology club, president of the annual community events staff, Community Learning Initiative Research Fellow, recipient of the Alexander A. Goldfarb Award.

Experience: Gracie lives in Norwalk, CT and works for REACH Prep, an educational access program based out of Stamford, CT. At REACH, Gracie focuses on program operations, administration, communications, and development. Prior to her work at REACH, Gracie worked in fundraising for the New York Public Library. Gracie is also involved in a campaign that fights for farmworker’s rights in New York State.

David V. Pimentel ’01

New York, New York

Advanced Degree: David received his master of business administration degree in finance and portfolio management from the University of Texas at Austin.

Trinity Involvement: B.S. in psychology, varsity soccer

Experience: David is a wealth management adviser at Merrill Lynch, where he focuses on client needs such as financing the growth of a family business, managing and financing real estate portfolios, and holistic retirement strategies. Prior to Merrill Lynch, David worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s private client group in Houston, Texas.



Alex Raffol, ‘13

Boston, Massachusetts

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in Economics, Trinity Football, Psi Upsilon, Trinity Club of Boston, Class Agent

Experience: Alex is an Investment Associate at Cambridge Associates in Boston, MA. He is responsible for providing investment management, estate planning, tax recommendations, and guidance on charitable giving to private clients and nonprofits in the U.S., U.K. and Latin America. Alex has earned the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation.

Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Alex was an Associate at BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Boston. Alex also worked as an Assistant Football Coach at Harvard University for the 2013 season (2013 Ivy League Champions) and interned for the New England Patriots in their Coaching and Scouting Departments for three years. Alex also serves as a member of the Roxbury Latin Alumni Council.


Edward “Teddy” Schiff ’01

New York, New York

 Advanced Degree: Teddy received his master’s in real estate development from Columbia University in 2007.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in economics, study away in Rome, varsity ice hockey

Experience: Teddy is a partner at Arel Capital, a real estate private equity firm. Prior to joining Arel Capital, he was the managing partner at Oyster Capital Group, a real estate development and investment partnership that he founded in 2008. Until 2007, Teddy was part of the acquisitions group of Anbau Enterprises, a Manhattan-based boutique condo developer. From 2001 to 2006, he worked for Lehman Brothers as a credit derivatives and corporate bond trader.


Abigail A. Smitka '11

Boston, Massachusetts

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in History and minor in Classical Antiquity, Trinity College Equestrian Team

Experience: Abigail is the Associate Director of Leadership and Annual Giving at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Harvard Law School before moving to her current role.

Prior to joining the development team at Harvard, Abigail worked in the Trinity College Advancement Office, in the roles of Alumni Relations Officer and Assistant Director of the Trinity Fund.

Currently, Abigail serves on the Alumni Board at Dexter Southfield School (Brookline, MA) and is a member of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Cambridge, MA) Alumni/ae Council.

Andrew S. Terhune '78

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania





Kathryn T. Van Sickle ’12

New York, New York

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in American Studies and Religion, Trinitones A Cappella, Student Admissions Associate, Chapel Council, Trinity Rowing

Experience: Kathryn is a Leadership Gift Officer at Columbia University. Previously, Kathryn worked in the Office of Advancement at Trinity for almost three years. While she enjoyed working at her alma mater, the move to New York has been rewarding on many levels.



​Stephanie T. Viall '13

New York, New York

Trinity Involvement: B.S. in Neuroscience and minor in Writing, Rhetoric and Media Arts, Chapel Singers, Student Admissions Associate, Tour Guide, Annual American Cancer Society's Relay for Life Planning and Fundraising Committee Member.
 
Experience: Stephanie resides in New York and is the Clinical Research Supervisor for the Thoracic Service in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). She is responsible for supervising the day-to-day activities of the research study assistants and ensuring the efficient and effective management of research operations. She previously worked as a Research Study Assistant in the Department of Medicine at MSKCC where she managed industry-sponsored, therapeutic trials for ovarian cancer patients along with non-therapeutic, quality-of-life studies for geriatric ovarian and breast cancer patients.

Stephanie is a member of the American Cancer Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), is the assistant editor of the scientific journal, Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and enjoys participating in Cycle for Survival and the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge.

Rebecca S. Weintraub '12

New York, New York

Advanced Degree: Rebecca is studying for her master's in public administration at Baruch College, City University of New York.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in History and Political Science, Zeta Omega Eta

Experience: Rebecca is an associate at Finsbury, a strategic communications firm based in New York City. Previously she worked in government relations and for a New York State Assembly Member. She is an active member of the Metropolitan Museum's Apollo Circle Patrons.

Lorraine Saunders White ’85

New York, New York

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in psychology, Cross country, track, tennis, Student Volunteer in the Admissions Department, prospective students interviewer, Student Government Association, Senior Class Committee, news broadcaster at the College's radio station, WRTC.  

Experience: Lorraine has worked in corporate sales for United Healthcare, previously known as Oxford Health Plans, for almost 20 years. Prior to joining United Healthcare, Lorraine was a benefits consultant at Williams, Thacher & Rand. She also worked at MetLife in the corporate sales department.  Lorraine was the first alumna to be president of the National Alumni Association Executive Committee, where she served two two-year terms. She also was a member of the Board of Fellows for four years.

Benjamin J. Willig ’08

New York, New York

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in economics, recipient of the G. Keith Funston Prize in Economics, varsity football, recipient of the Bob Harron Award for most outstanding student-athlete.

Experience: Benjamin is a Sales Manager and Leader at Anchor Associates, a real estate firm based in Manhattan that is focused on apartment sales and rentals. Benjamin was voted a Top 2 Agent of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and his success has allowed him to develop his own team within the firm, the Anchor Knights. Prior to working at Anchor Associates, Benjamin executed global corporate real estate transactions for Credit Suisse, where he managed more than $3 billion and 1,300 employees.

Molly (Goodwin) Zaentz ’09

New York, New York

Advanced Degree: Molly earned a master’s in public administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University in 2013.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in American studies, Hillel, current Advisory Board member, past student president, Alumni Admissions Support Program, prospective student interviewer

Experience: Molly is the program director for a New York City based family foundation focused on giving second chances to the most vulnerable women and girls around the world. She lives in the East Village with her husband, Adam.





Rachel Zinny ’92

Wellesley Hill, MA

Advanced Degree: Rachel earned her master’s in accounting from Bentley University in 1994.

Trinity Involvement: B.A. in political science, transferred from UCLA, club rugby

Experience: After graduation, Rachel joined a training program at KPMG She began working at Bentley University and remained there for 8 years (92-2000) ultimately moving into College Recruiting. Following, Rachel joined Brain Consulting as the National Director Of Campus Recruiting (2000-2001) then became the Director of the Masters in Accounting Program at the Boston College Carroll School of Management. (2001-2005). Rachel has founded her own business, dearjohnnies in 2005, which she still currently runs. She also co-founded another business Spoiled Sports in 2014.

 

For more information on becoming a Long Walk Societies volunteer, please contact Erin Pollard, Long Walk Societies Program Director, at erin.pollard@trincoll.edu or (860) 297-4229.