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Board of Trustees

Composition of the Board

The Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College comprises not more than 34 members and 12 standing committees

  • Before MHC
  • During MHC
  • After MHC
  • Audit/Risk Committee
  • Conference Committee
  • DEI Task Force
  • Executive Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Fundraising Strategy & Momentum
  • Investment Committee
  • Nominating & Governance Committee

Additional ad hoc or advisory committees are formed from time to time. Each trustee serves on at least three of these committees and contributes to the deliberations of same and the Board as a whole, in a substantive and informed manner.

Role of the Board

The role of the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College is to:

  1. Define, preserve and protect the mission of the College.
  2. Guard and enhance its resources.
  3. Appoint, support and assess the President.
  4. Lead strategic direction-setting for the College in collaboration with the President.

Policy on Conflicts of Interest

Trustees and others with significant responsibilities for Mount Holyoke have a fiduciary duty of loyalty to the College. At all times they shall act in a manner consistent with this fiduciary obligation and shall exercise particular care that no detriment to the interests of the College (or appearance of such detriment) may result from a conflict between those interests and any personal interests which the individual trustee or other key individual may have. This duty manifests itself in the requirements to avoid conflicts of interest wherever possible and to deal openly and fairly with the College with respect to matters which are conflicts of interest. Each individual is also expected to avoid actions or situations that create the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Meetings and Events

  • September 27-29, 2018
  • February 21-23, 2019
  • May 2-4, 2019

  • September 26-28, 2019
  • February 27-29, 2020
  • May 8, 2020
  • June 11, 2020
  • June 13, 2020

October 8-10, 2020
February 25-27, 2021
May 6-8, 2021

October 7-9, 2021
February 24-26, 2022
May 5-7, 2022

Current Members

Chair of the Board

Karena Strella ’90

Sausalito, CA

President of the College

Sonya Stephens

South Hadley, MA


Elizabeth Barbeau ’85
Executive in Residence, .406 Ventures
Owner, Race Point Consulting
Boston, MA

Ashanta Evans Blackwell ’95
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Teach for America
Memphis, TN

Jennie Berkson ’76
Founding Partner, Common Cents Capital
Founding Partner, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT
Leland, MI

Lori Bettison-Varga
President and Director, National History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth Cochary Gross ’79
Adjunct Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy, Tufts University
Concord, MA

Katherine E. Collins ’74
Vice President for Finance, Rice University
Houston, TX

Sally Durdan ’81
Former EVP, Head of Strategy for Chase Consumer & Community Banking
Rye, NY

Erin Ennis ’92
Vice President, Global Public Policy, Dell Technologies
Washington, DC

Carrianna K. Field ’97
Director of Graduate and Exchange Programs, UConn School of Law
Hartford, CT

Ellen J. Flannery ’73
Deputy Center Director for Policy, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Washington, DC

Mary Hughes ’74
Political Strategist
President, Hughes & Company

Palo Alto, CA

Rhynette Northcross Hurd ’71
Circuit Court Judge, State of Tennessee 
Founder, Mediator and Arbitrator at Blair Ridder Hurd PLLC
Adjunct Professor, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

Monica Landry ’90
Senior Advisor, Farallon Capital Management
San Francisco, CA

Joud Mar’i ’19
Computation and Neural Systems PhD Student, California Institute of Technology
San Francisco, CA

KC Maurer ’84
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
New York, NY

Anne McKenny ’79
Retired Engineering Manager, General Motors Corporation
Howell, MI

Avice Meehan ’77
Former Chief Communications Officer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Natasha Mohanty ’03
Engineering Leadership, Stripe
San Francisco, CA

Hallie Nath ’92
Former Associate, Citigroup Inc.
New York, NY

Ellen Hyde Pace ’81
Global Managing Director, WPP Red Fuse
New York, NY

Jennifer Rochlis ’94
Vice President of Products and Solution Architecture, Teledyne FLIR
Arlington, VA

Raj Seshadri ’87
President of Data and Services, MasterCard Worldwide
New York, NY

Mona Sutphen ’89
Partner and Head of Investment Strategies, The Vistria Group
New York, NY

Michelle Toh ’85
Former Senior Vice President, Moody's Investors Service
Stanley, Hong Kong

Louise Wasso ’75
Global Head of Private Wealth & Intermediary Distribution Angelo, Gordon & Co
New York, NY

Elizabeth Weatherman ’82
Special Limited Partner Warburg Pincus
New York, NY

Sarah Wells ’10
Product Marketing Manager, WP Engine
Austin, TX

Shirley Wilcher ’73
Executive Director, American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity
Silver Spring, MD

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