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 October 16. 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.

—Scott Hesser ’01, S’01, nominating chair

Laura Blanchard ’08


Laura Blanchard'08Laura Blanchard is the alumni and development officer at Boston University’s Metropolitan College, and recently received her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from BU. Her experience while a student at Wheaton included a leadership role in BACCHUS, and working in Student Financial Services and the Admission Office. She spearheaded the first Student/Alumnae/i Association and initiated a program to bring alums into the First Year Seminars. She has served as class gift co-chair and helped achieve 90 percent participation. She recently was elected class president. Blanchard is currently a Filene Center volunteer and a member of the Greater Boston Wheaton Club Committee, where she has organized several young alumnae/i events.

Rebecca (“Becky”) Burtt Callow ’73

National Wheaton Fund co-chair

Rebecca Burtt Callow '73Rebecca Callow coauthored the book The College Selection Compass: Helping Families Navigate a Difficult Course, about how parents can be helpful to their children in the college admission process. Since retiring from a 40-year career in primary and secondary education, she has written two children’s books, Anthony’s Gift and The Marble. She is serving a second term on Wheaton’s President’s Commission, and has been a class gift chair for the past nine years.

Scott St. Onge ’99

National Wheaton Fund co-chair

Scott St. Onge '99Scott St. Onge is a director at Washington Capital Management, a Washington, D.C.-based political and business development and public affairs consulting firm, with an emphasis on strategic relationships, fundraising, long-term strategic positioning, and political branding. Prior to joining Washington Capital Management, he was with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee. While living in Boston, he was a credit counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern New England. A former rugby player, he currently is vice chair of the Wheaton Men’s Rugby Alumni Union, which he founded with several fellow rugby players to support undergraduates as mentors. The union also has established an endowed fund.

Austin Simko ’09


Austin Simko '09Austin Simko is the director of public policy at the Massachusetts Slow Growth Initiative, a nonprofit that advocates for sustainable energy, fiscal, and land use policy. While at Wheaton, he served as president of the Student Government Association; helped to organize an energy conservation contest in Wheaton’s residence halls; and wrote a biweekly column for The Wire. He was a student panelist at the April 2009 meeting of the President’s Commission on the topic of “Perspectives on Sustainability.” An inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated summa cum laude. He was also a member of the Gentlemen Callers, as well as the Wheaton Chorale and Chamber Singers. He plans to attend law school this fall.

Kerin Stackpole ’84

Alumnae/i trustee

Kerin Stackpole '84Kerin Stackpole is a partner at the Burlington, Vt., law firm of Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick, LLP, where her practice areas include employment law, business counseling, and general civil litigation. In addition to practicing law, she has taught at the law schools of Catholic University of America and American University, and has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Vermont and Champlain College. She has lectured at Georgetown University’s law school. Stackpole also regularly designs and presents training programs for businesses and management personnel on employment law issues. In 2009 and 2010, she was recognized as one of Vermont’s top labor and employment attorneys by Chambers & Partners (USA). In the past, she has served as class president, Alumnae/i Association president for a threeyear term, class fund agent, and Reunion gift chair. Currently, she is an APAC volunteer and frequently comes to Wheaton to speak with students on various legal issues.

Ebony Williams ’08

LGBTA chair

Ebony Williams '08For the past two years, Ebony Williams has been the program coordinator for intercultural learning at the Marshall Center at Wheaton. She has coordinated campus-based programming focusing on gender issues and women, and assisted with the Marshall Center’s general multicultural and academic programs. She also has supported the center’s operations by organizing and facilitating diversity trainings and helping with intercultural orientation. As a student, Williams was a preceptor and president of The Alliance. She was a Posse Scholar, and as an undergraduate was awarded the Ujima Award for demonstrated dedication to the advancement of multiculturalism through campus commitment. This fall she plans to go to graduate school at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. She will be in the critical studies/writing program, working her way toward an M.F.A.