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.


Erin Hennessy

photo of Erin Hennessy(BA '92, English Literature; Political Science)

Erin Hennessy, is the chair of Bracewell's trademark and copyright practice, focusing on trademark law, copyright law and internet and social media issues spanning many industries including entertainment, media, publishing, technology, retail, fashion and financial services. Erin counsels clients on all aspects of IP with a particular emphasis on supporting legal and marketing teams with branding issues facing their businesses. Prior to joining Bracewell, she was the assistant general counsel and chief trademark counsel for Time Warner Inc. Erin attended Miami's Luxembourg program. She earned her BA at Miami University and her JD from Widener University School of Law. She is married to Colonel Joseph D Davidson.


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.


Rebecca A. Messina

photo of Rebecca Messina(BA '94, Spanish; Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs)

Rebecca Messina serves as Senior Vice President & Global Chief Marketing Officer of Beam Suntory, the world's third largest premium spirits company. With almost three decades of global beverage experience, Messina joined Beam Suntory in 2016 and is responsible for the company's global brand strategy development and communications, product innovation, research and development and consumer insights for Beam Suntory's world-class portfolio of brands - including Jim Beam, the world's number one bourbon, Maker's Mark, Sauza Tequila, Courvoisier Cognac, Yamazaki Whisky, among others. Prior to joining Beam Suntory, Messina built a career at The Coca-Cola Company. In roles of increasing responsibility and leadership, Messina joined Coca-Cola in 1994 and spent five years in Atlanta with numerous global media and marketing roles before expanding her career in Chile, Australia, France; and ultimately, back in Atlanta, where she held numerous roles of increasing responsibility, most notably the position of Vice President, Global Marketing Capability & Integration. During her time in that role, she led the strategic development of the global marketing agenda to continue growth in a highly competitive and changing landscape. In 2014, Messina assumed her role as SVP, Marketing & Innovation, Ventures & Emerging Brands (VEB), the internal incubator at TCCC where she was responsible for leading the marketing strategy, innovation and capabilities for Coca-Cola's VEB portfolio of premium, high growth brands. A native of Batavia, NY, Messina holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian. She is currently on the Global Board of the Mobile Marketing Association(MMA), and has also served on the National Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Georgia State Marketing Roundtable and the Atlanta Executive Board of the AMA. Messina is married, has two children, and lives in Chicago, Illinois.


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.


William G. Naphin

photo of William G. Naphin(BA '86, History and Political Science)

William has a 30-year career in financial derivatives with a specialization in interest rate options, yield curve analysis, and macroeconomic forecasting. He is currently managing a sales team at R.J. O'Brien in Chicago where our clients include investment banks, hedge funds, and global asset managers. William recieved his  MBA from Northwestern University in 1995.


Dana C. Paris - Vice Chair

photo of Dana Paris(BA '00, Psychology)

Dana Paris is the Head of Marketing at Vogue International a Johnson & Johnson Company. She joined Vogue International in 2014 as the Chief Marketing Officer and developed the global marketing vision and strategy. She was a key member of the management team that led the process of the sale of Vogue International to Johnson & Johnson in 2016 for $3.3 Billion. She has worked in CPG Brand Strategy and Marketing for the past seventeen years with a focus in Beauty and was awarded the 2017 Top Talent Award by the Cosmetic Executive Women’s Organization. Prior to Vogue International, Dana was with L'Oreal USA for eight years in various Brand Marketing and Strategy roles. She has also worked in Brand Marketing for Kraft Foods, Hearst Magazines, and Hallmark Cards. She received her BA from Miami University and a MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She current serves on Miami University’s College of Arts & Science Advisory Board as the Chair and as the President of The Helen Gordon Centre for Women Board.


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 (St. Louis,)and was both a student and faculty at Bread Loaf (Middlebury College.) He has two children, Sydney, a 2016 MU graduate and Shane, a Northeastern Sophomore. 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 play, a non-fiction book, and a novel.


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.