Alumni Advisory Board

The Arts and Science Alumni Advisory Board was formed in 2002 to provide advice, counsel, and assistance to the leadership of the college. Members of the board represent a wide range of careers and professions. They offer their expertise, experience and wisdom in order to enhance the quality of programs offered by the college and to enrich the quality of teaching and research.

Robert A. Alexander

photo of Robert Alexander(BA '92, Zoology)

Robert is currently CEO of ZS Pharma, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca. Prior to ZS Pharma, Robert was a Director at Alta Partners, a venture capital firm. During his time at Alta Partners, he led investments in SARcode Bioscience (acquired by Shire), Lumena Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Shire), ZS Pharma (acquired by AstraZeneca), and Allakos. Prior to Alta Partners, Robert was a Principal in MPM Capital's BioEquities Fund. Robert joined MPM from Genentech, where he worked in the Business Development group.

Steve Cook

photo of Steve Cook(BS '82, Mass Communication & Media Management)

Steve has worked in the television, entertainment and internet industries for over 30 years, most recently as Senior Vice President in Time Warner Cable's corporate strategy group, focusing on broadband and online businesses. He has also held positions in marketing, sales, programming, business and product development for several Fortune 500 companies. His background extends from helping to create some of the first interactive television programming at Warner Amex's QUBE to producing TV spots with the President of the United States and winning a Favorite Website of the Year Award for Road Runner. Steve holds an MBA in marketing and international business from New York University and a BS in mass communications and media management from Miami University. He resides in northern Virginia with his wife, Emily and their three children.

Sue Henry

photo of Sue Henry(BA '73, Political Science)

Sue Henry is currently retired. She formerly served as Of Counsel for Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, PC where she specialized in labor relations. Ms. Henry also served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Illinois. She received her B.A. in Political Science in 1973 and her J.D. from Northwestern University in 1977. Sue currently serves on the Miami University Board of Trustees.

Beth Hull

photo of Beth Hull(BA '86, English Literature)

Beth volunteers throughout her community and its schools. She serves on the Board of Directors of College Bound Opportunities, an organization that helps local low-income students get to college, succeed there and find jobs when they graduate. She also co-chairs the Writing Committee of Focus on the Arts at Highland Park High School, creating writing workshops for students run by professional writers during the biennial fine arts festival. Beth’s professional background was in high-tech public relations and she spent much of her career at Golin/Harris Communications in Chicago. She earned a Masters in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Michael Jacoby

photo of Michael Jacoby(BA '79, Economics)

Michael earned his MBA from Northwestern University. He is managing director for private wealth management for the Global Family Office Group of Deutsche Bank in Chicago. Additionally, Mike is responsible for Deutsche Bank's Private Wealth Management's offices in Chicago and Boston.

Elizabeth A. McNellie

photo of Elizabeth McNellie(BPhil '86, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Beth is a Partner at Baker & Hostetler, LLP working in the firm's Columbus office. She focuses her practice on litigating disputes between motor vehicle manufacturers and their dealers. Beth received her BPhil in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University in 1986 and her JD in 1989 from Columbia University School of Law. She has been active in the advisory boards for CAS and the Pre-Law Program.

Beth M. Mikes

photo of Beth Mikes(BA '91, Public Administration)

Bethis a Managing Director in KeyBanc Capital Markets, responsible for the Corporate Syndications team. She manages a team of seasoned professionals who structure and execute syndicated loans for clients of KeyBanc Capital Markets as well as middle market clients in Key Community Bank. Beth received her BA from Miami University and her MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is Series 24, 7 and Series 63 certified.

Graham Mitchell

photo of Graham Mitchell(BA '73, Zoology; MEn '76)

Graham also earned a Master's degree in environmental science from Miami in 1976. He recently retired, after 31 years of service, from the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, where he managed the program that investigated, cleaned up, and restored Department of Energy and Department of Defense facilities in Ohio. Graham also serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Nature Center, Three Valley Conservation Trust, and Fernald Community Alliance.

Mike Moloney

photo of Mike Moloney(BA '92, History and Political Science)

Mike is a Director in EY's People Advisory Services (PAS) practice, and head of operations & strategic initiatives for the Americas area. PAS provides a suite of services and offerings focused on our client's HR and talent strategies—focused particularly on business transformation and merger & acquisition solutions. Prior to his current role, Mike was in EY's Transaction Advisory group and IBM's business strategy practice. Mike has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and lives with his wife and three daughters in Hudson, Ohio.

Andrew C. Nielsen

photo of Andrew Nielsen(BA '07, Mass Communication)

Andy is President and CEO of Everything But the House (EBTH). Since joining the company in 2012, Andy has led the company to more than 500% growth and been instrumental in raising $43 million in venture capital. Under his leadership, the company has expanded from 1 to 28 markets, hired over 650 employees and been named one of the Cincinnati Business Courier's Fast 55 and one of Inc.'s 5000 Fastest Growing Private companies. In 2014, Ernst and Young named Andy an Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to EBTH, Andy helped launch Riverstone Development Group, a multi-family development and construction company. He holds an MBA from Xavier University and a BA from Miami University. Andy and his wife are Miami Mergers and their family resides in Cincinnati, OH.

Jonathan C. Nielsen

photo of Jonathan C. Nielsen(BA '05, Mass Communication)

Jon Nielsen, Chief Revenue Officer and co-owner of Everything But The House, is responsible for driving exponential revenue growth in EBTH's 28 markets and counting. Under Jon's leadership, EBTH has grown by over 500% in the last three years. He leads a growing sales and business development staff of more than 70 professionals and focuses on supply acquisition initiatives and strategic and corporate partnerships. Before EBTH, he founded the Riverstone Development Group, which under his leadership developed, constructed and sold nearly $20 million of real estate between 2009-2012. Jon is a graduate of Miami University and is actively involved in the school's entrepreneurship program and Cincinnati's startup community.

Dana C. Paris - Vice Chair

photo of Dana Paris(BA '00, Psychology)

Dana is the Chief Marketing Officer at Vogue International a Johnson & Johnson Company. She has been in CPG Brand Strategy and Marketing for the past 16 years with a focus in Beauty. Prior to Vogue, Dana was with L'Oreal USA for 8 years in various Brand Marketing and Strategy roles. She has also worked as a Brand Marketer for Hallmark, Kraft Foods, and Hearst Magazines. She received her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and currently resides in Tampa, FL.

Jeff Patton - Chair

photo of Jeff Patton(B.Phil. '88, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Jeff is General Counsel for Midwest Tape,  LLC. After graduating from Miami, Jeff Patton earned a Master's degree from The University of Sheffield, in Sheffield, England, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is currently General Counsel of Midwest Tape, a privately held distributor of audiovisual materials to public libraries. Midwest Tape's digital service, hoopla, allows users of participating libraries to access thousands of movies, television programs, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and music albums via the web or the hoopla Apps for mobile and streaming devices.

James G. Reichert

photo of James Reichert(BA '84, Political Science and English)

Jim is an entrepreneur and author. His ventures have included CPG, apparel, and technology; and he has co-authored five books. He holds Master's in Public Finance from UPenn and International Affairs from WashU and was both a student and faculty at Bread Loaf (Middlebury College.) He has two children, Sydney, an MU Senior and Shane, a Union College Freshman. He lives in Westchester County, NY and has served on numerous civic boards including: United Way; Jewish Federation; American Youth Soccer; and others. Relatively meaningless, but perhaps interesting, he plays tournament-level platform tennis and tennis, is a low single digit golfer, is a current world record holder in indoor rowing, and, is an avid, but pedestrian, fly fisherman. He is currently writing a novel and a non-fiction book.

Russell B. Starkey

photo of Russell Starkey(BS '64, Physics)

After graduation I spent approximately 10 years as an officer in the Navy submarine force. Served aboard three submarines, one conventional and two nuclear. Left the Navy at the rank of LT Commander. Spent the next 35 years in the civilian nuclear arena. Among other management positions, I was Corp. VP and General Manager of two nuclear power generation stations and then Corp.VP and General Manager of two uranium enrichment plants. My wife, Joan, and I raised three daughters and retired to Oxford, Oh. in March 2010.

Woodrow Stroud

photo of Woodrow Stroud(BA '63, Political Science)

Woody is Miami Class Agent for the Class of 1963 and chair, Class of 1963 50 Year Reunion Committee. He is retired president of Merchants Capital Management Corporation, retired senior vice president of National City Indiana, and retired lieutenant colonel, United States Air Force/Air National Guard last serving as commander, 178 Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Woody believes in Miami's philosophy of community engagement and so continues to participate in civic activities. He currently serves, or has served, on the executive committee and board, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission; chair, Greene County Transit Board; Dayton VA Medical Center Veteran Advisory Board; Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association VA Medical Center Task Force; Dayton Development Coalition 2010/2020 Committee; president and trustee, Miami Valley Military Affairs Association; chair, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) Military and Federal Government Affairs Committee; DACC Board of Directors; interim chair, Ohio Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; president and trustee Greater Dayton Jaycee Housing.

Martin H. Vogtsberger

photo of Martin Vogtsberger(BA '70, Political Science)

Martin is the retired managing director and head of institutional brokerage for Fifth Third Securities, Inc., in Columbus, OH. He is responsible for the day-to-day management and supervision of the capital markets division and the public finance department. He serves on the firm's governing board and risk management committee with responsibility for oversight of retail sales and capital markets compliance and operations. Martin earned a Master of City Planning from The Ohio State University's School of Engineering and is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Public Finance Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.