Notice of Elections
The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association has nominated the following individual to serve as president-elect for a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2013, after which he will become the next president of the association:
Mr. Trevisan has endeavored to live the examined life. After graduation from the Annapolis campus in 1984, he enlisted in the Army and spent three years as a parachute infantryman in the 82d Airborne Division before going to Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy, and Washington DC. Following SAIS he returned to Italy for six years, working for an Italian pharmaceutical company, first managing sales to Eastern Europe and then in a strategic marketing role. He returned to the US in 1997 and worked in a variety of marketing roles in various pharmaceutical companies. For the past three years he has been working in a management consulting firm specializing in pharmaceutical marketing.
Throughout this time he has stayed connected to the college, attending as many croquet weekends as possible, returning for homecoming and co-leading the Class of 1984’s fundraising effort for its 25th anniversary. Mr. Trevisan feels very strongly that St. John’s provides a unique educational experience – the ability to learn to think for oneself, rather than to memorize portions of textbooks that professors have assigned – and thinks his background and experience would enable him to make a meaningful contribution to the Alumni Association as it “encourages the continuing fellowship of alumni with one another” and works to “serve, preserve, and advance the best interests of the college as one community of and for liberal education.”
Mr. Trevisan has served on the Alumni Association Board since 2011.
The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association has nominated the following six individuals to serve as at-large directors on the Alumni Association Board for two-year terms beginning on July 1, 2013:
Martha (Marti) Acosta
Ms. Acosta enrolled in St. John's Santa Fe campus in 1986 and divided her time between both campuses until she graduated from Annapolis in 1992. She was involved with the planning of the 2011 Alumni Leadership Forum and served on the Alumni Awards Committee in 2013. She earned an MBA and an MA from Southern Methodist University in 1996; she served on SMU's Cox School of Business Alumni Board from 2001 to 2003. Ms. Acosta has worked in the corporate training and development field for over 15 years; she received the Director's Achievement Award in 2005 for her work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She currently works for multinationals in the IT, pharmaceutical and financial services industries as a consultant for Harvard Business Publishing, Advanced Network Information, and The Learning Factor in Australia. Ms. Acosta is also a doctoral candidate in Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University. Her dissertation research addresses how leaders cognitively deal with organizational paradoxes.
Matthew F. Calise
Mr. Calise spent all four years of his undergraduate career at the Annapolis campus where he participated in leadership positions in Reality, the croquet team, and the intramural sports program. In his alumnus life, Mr. Calise has been involved as a volunteer for the college for over six years. He has served in a number of capacities for the Alumni Giving Council, and since 2008 has served as its co-chair. He was also honored to serve as a member of the recent President's Alumni Task Force. He is currently a sitting member of the association board up for reelection. Mr. Calise works for Georgetown University where he is the director of alumni relations for the Law Center on Capitol Hill. He lives in Alexandria, VA., with his wife, Tiffany Joly (A02), and son.
Mr. Ewart graduated from the Annapolis campus in 1985 after attending both the Santa Fe and Annapolis campuses. Mr. Ewart has been involved with the Alumni Association for numerous years as a chapter leader of the Houston Area group. He also assisted with the recent revision of the association’s chapter handbook. For several years Mr. Ewart hosted events at his home for prospective students from the Houston area. Mr. Ewart is the associate general counsel of a publicly traded energy company in Houston Texas. He has been a practicing attorney since 1991.
Robert A. George
A 1985 graduate of the Annapolis campus, Mr. George has attended the Alumni Leadership Forum and served as a member of the College Board of Visitors and Governors. He is an editorial writer for the New York Post, blogger, and pundit. In addition to his position with the New York Post, Mr. George also has appeared on the CNN public affairs program Take 5 and regularly appears on other political affairs programs. Mr. George has written for the conservative National Review, the libertarian Reason and the Huffington Post.
Ms. McClure attended St. John's as an undergraduate on the Annapolis campus and graduated in 2008. She began her formal involvement with the Alumni Association at the 2012 Alumni Leadership Forum. Ms. McClure is currently a PhD student in the Human Development and Public Policy track of Georgetown University's Department of Psychology, from which she intends to graduate in 2015. Her research examines the emotional engagement of very young children and adults in face-to-face versus screen-mediated interactions. She is an active mentor of St. John's students interested in the cognitive sciences, a co-chair of the Annapolis Class of 2008 through the Class Agents Program, and a member of the ALF 2013 Planning Committee.
Michael D. Soejoto
Mr. Soejoto spent all four years on the Annapolis campus and graduated in 1999. He has attended each Alumni Leadership Forum since the first in 2010. In 2002, Mr. Soejoto received his JD from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is a partner in the tax department of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks in Los Angeles. Mr. Soejoto was included on the 2012 Southern California Super Lawyers-Rising Stars list.
The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association has nominated the following individuals to serve as the Alumni Association representative to the Board of Visitors and Governors for a three-year term beginning in October 2013:
Betsy Bassan is founder, president and CEO of Panagora Group, a woman-owned small business providing integrated and novel solutions in health and development. Previously, she held executive and leadership positions with a variety of organizations, including Chemonics International, Save the Children, and SID-Washington. As a senior vice president at Chemonics, Ms. Bassan led many strategic initiatives, including two highly successful start-up divisions, the International Health Group, and the Europe and Eurasia region; she also helped develop and lead Chemonics’ pivotal outreach and grant support to the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). At Save the Children, she served as project director for a major USAID initiative to increase PVO/NGO capacity in family planning, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Bassan has served on many boards. She chairs the Small Business Association of International Contractors (SBAIC). She is the immediate past president of SID-Washington, the leading professional association for international development practitioners, where she led a participatory five-year strategic planning process that significantly enhanced the organization’s profile and impact. She played a key role in founding the Coalition of International Development Companies (CIDC) and served on its executive committee, and also served on the board of the USGLC. Ms. Bassan is a senior planner and management specialist with more than 30 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating international development projects, strengthening institutions, and building public-private partnerships. Her sector expertise includes global health and private sector development. Her regional experience includes Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East. She has carried out consultancies and long-term assignments for a wide range of organizations.
Ms. Bassan lived and worked for seven years in Kenya and Sudan. She speaks French. She holds an MA from Columbia University, where she participated in a joint degree program on Planning in Developing Nations within the School of International Affairs and the Division of Urban Planning, and a BA cum laude from St. John’s College.
Nomination by Petition
Other nominations for any of these positions may be made by petition (a) signed by no fewer than twenty-five members of the association in good standing, (b) accompanied by biographical sketches of proposed candidates and a certification that the consent of all such persons to becoming nominees has been obtained, and (c) presented to the secretary or the director of Alumni Relations at least four weeks prior to the annual meeting at which the relevant elections will be held.