Alumnae/i board candidates

After extensive research, the nominating committee has selected the following candidates for the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors. Elections will be held at Homecoming on September 24. In accordance with the bylaws of the Alumnae/i Association, additional nominations may be made for positions other than alumna/alumnus trustee. Nominations must be submitted in writing at least two weeks before Homecoming. Nominations should include relevant information about the candidate, written consent from the nominee, along with at least 30 signatures from alumnae/i representing no fewer than three classes.

Lisa-Marie Arnone Barker ’89
Director of communications

Lisa-Marie Arnone Barker ’89Barker is director of interactive marketing and web channel strategy at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Previously, she has held several senior-level marketing positions. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Suffolk University and has taken additional leadership courses at Babson College and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. She is a member of a myriad of technology groups and online health care marketing organizations. She also volunteers a significant amount of time to her local community and 4-H farm, church and sports organizations, and the Carroll School in Lincoln, Mass. As a volunteer for Wheaton, she is serving as class webmaster and as Reunion webmaster. She recently attended ALC/Homecoming in 2010 and a senior alumnae/i networking reception in early 2011.

Mary “Polly” Bartlett Bryson ’79
Alumnae/i trustee

Mary Bryson is a partner at Terra Nova Partners, LLC., a commercial real estate investment firm in Cambridge, Mass. Previously, she was a principal at Spaulding & Slye (now Jones Lang LaSalle), and held several leadership positions at the firm, including New England brokerage manager, director of marketing and research, and New England regional manager. Throughout her career, she has also been involved in fundraising and leadership roles for several community service organizations, such as United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and YWCA Boston. She is a member of the President’s Commission at Wheaton, currently serving her third three-year term. She has also served as class fund agent, phonathon caller, Annual Fund leadership solicitor, and Reunion gift committee member. In 2007, she established the Professor Charles Aughtry Scholarship in memory of Professor Aughtry.

Rebecca “Becky” Hale ’99
National Reunion chair

Rebecca Hale is a studio staff photographer for National Geographic magazine. She shoots everything from events to portraits and works on projects for a wide range of departments. Recent projects have included illustrating articles about advances in organ regeneration, the dwindling number of redheads on the planet, and global trends in maternity and paternity leave. In 2008 she traveled to Turkey, Egypt and Italy, where she photographed famous sites profiled in the Photosynth project. Currently, Hale is a member of Wheaton’s Regional Club Committee and a Filene Center volunteer. She attended ALC/Homecoming in 2005 and the Washington, D.C., Wheaton Club event at the National Press Club in 2009. As a student, she was a member of the Wheatones and editor of Rushlight.

June Gray Fletcher ’78, P’10
Recognition chair

June Gray Fletcher ’78, P’10Fletcher is an elementary school teacher for the New York City Department of Education, at P.S. 11 Highbridge School in the Bronx. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Lehman College of the City University of New York, certification for gifted and talented education from Lehman College, and reading recovery certification from New York University. She is also a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club at the Riverside Church of New York. She has been a representative on Wheaton’s Recognition Committee since 2007 and was the interim vice president and chair from February to June 2010. She attended her 30th Reunion in 2008, ALC in 2008 and 2009, the alumnae/i of color event in 2009, and Commencement/Reunion in 2010. While a student at Wheaton, she was a member of the Black Student Society, the Drama Club, Italian Club and Sociology Club.

David Kromm ’97, S’95
Nominating chair

David Kromm ’97, S’95Kromm is an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in New York. The Port Authority is a bi-state agency that runs the regional transportation infrastructure, including the bridges, tunnels, airports and seaports within the Port District of New York and New Jersey. Kromm focuses primarily on law enforcement and negligence cases. He is a member of the Alumnae/i Association nominating committee and a member of APAC and the Alumnae/i Association ad hoc committee. He has attended several Wheaton New York Club events. The most recent one was at the Williams Club in February 2009. He also attended the Inaugural 85 Broads Student Alumnae/i Conference held at Wheaton in 2009, as well as Reunions in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2007, and ALC/Homecoming in 2002 and 2008.