Alumni Association

Our Newest Council Members

The following members were added to the Alumni Council at the annual Alumni Association Meeting on Saturday, June 5, 2021. They will serve for a three-year term from June 2021 to June 2024.

Manuela Barreneche ’14
Alex Leff ‘00
Ouida Maedel '06
Vrinda Manglik ’08
Tasha Neumeister ’99

Our Mission

The purpose of the Sarah Lawrence College Alumni Association is to further the intellectual and fiscal vitality of the College, promote its educational philosophy, and encourage continuing interaction and collegiality among alumni, the College, and its past and present faculty and students.

Current Alumni Council

The following slate was elected to the Sarah Lawrence College Alumni Association Council during the Association's annual meeting on June 5, 2021.

Leigh Heyman '98—President (2020-2023)

Brookline, MA

leighheymanLeigh Heyman '98 studied Philosophy at Sarah Lawrence, an experience that set him up well for a career at the intersection of technology, and civic and political action. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Framework Homeownership, a fintech startup building technologies supporting inclusion and access for first-time and first-generation homebuyers. Previously Leigh was a White House Senior Policy Advisor and Technology Director in the Obama Administration, where he was responsible for the development and operations supporting President Obama's digital engagement. Since 2018, Leigh has also served as the Chair of The Fund for Sarah Lawrence. While at Sarah Lawrence, Leigh also joined the rowing team, and continued with the sport after graduation, eventually becoming a member of the U.S. National Team, competing at the World Championships and winning multiple national championships. In 2019 Leigh was inducted into the SLC Sports Hall Of Fame. In addition to his SLC degree, Leigh holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He currently lives in Brookline, MA with his wife, daughter, and cat.

Khaliah Williams '02—Vice President (2020-2023)

Brooklyn, NY

Khaliah Williams ’02Khaliah Williams '02 began her career in college admissions and counseling as a Sarah Lawrence tour guide and senior interviewer in the Office of Admission. After graduation she joined the office as an Admission Counselor and later as the Director of Multicultural Recruitment. She received her MFA in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has published her short stories and nonfiction at the Hawaii Women’s Journal, Frontier Psychiatrist, Buzzfeed Book Country, Day One, American Short Fiction and Day One Year One Best New Stories & Poems 2014. She is also a fellow at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. While at Sarah Lawrence Khaliah studied Italian, Literature, and Film History and credits Judy Serafini-Sauli, Bill Park, and Cristina Anzilotti for shaping her SLC experience. She is currently a college counselor at the Berkeley Carroll School and a Fiction Writing instructor at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

Myles Lewis Alexander '10—Member at Large (2021-2024)

Pasadena, CA

Myles Lewis Alexander '10

Myles Lewis Alexander '10 studied Economics with a concentration in the financial markets while at Sarah Lawrence College. His third and fourth year conference work on the 2008 Credit Crunch and Islamic financial products landed him a job as an Associate at Zeus Capital Advisors, a boutique financial services firm in Chicago, IL. After ZCA was sold to Northern Trust, he went to work at an options house, TradeMonster, and focused on technology and financial contracts. After a stint there Myles left the finance community to pursue a dream and race triathlons at a professional level earning All-American status three times, was crowned NYC Elite Champion, represented Team USA at the World Championships and Pan America Cup, and retired as world and multiple course record holder. He was then recruited by The Walsh Group where he put his knowledge of financial products back to work where he eventually championed their Leased Back Financial Design and Event Remediation Program. Alexander then joined Far Point Global as a Partner, and now serves as Managing Partner where they invest in firms, financial markets, and real estate. In addition to his work at the firm, he also serves on the board of BGW Zhu Holdings as acting Global General Manager and Vice President of US Sales and Acquisitions. He is an active member of the arts community in Chicago and Los Angeles and sits on the junior boards of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Manuela Barreneche '14—Member at Large (2021-2024)

Chicago, IL

Manuela BarrenecheManuela Barreneche  '14 graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. Granted DACA while a student, she attended every recruitment event to ensure that she had a job once she graduated. Applying for jobs she had experience in and was qualified for, it never occurred to her she could enter the tech or corporate world. At one of these recruitment fairs, an unexpected cancellation and some good luck led her to Morningstar, a financial software company. The company was looking for people who thought a certain way and would teach them about finance and tech. Manuelaworked at Morningstar for close to 2 and 1/2 years before being recruited to join Sagence, a management consulting firm where for 3 years, she helped CTOs with data strategy. This job helped catapulted her career to the next level! Currently, she is a Technical Product Manager II at Expedia for the Resiliency and Environment team working with all the developer teams within Expedia Partner Solutions. Manuela, passionate about bringing tech accessibility to those most marginalized in our communities, founded LatinasWhoCode.

Sally Booth '81—Member at Large (2020-2023)

Mystic, CT

Sally S. Booth ’81Sally Booth '81 studied Anthropology at Sarah Lawrence and has been working on global perspectives in education ever since. After earning a Ph.D. in Anthropology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, she worked in teaching and curriculum development at various institutions, including Friends World Program (Long Island University), Ross School, THINK Global School, and Keystone Academy.  Educational consulting has provided opportunities to work with students and teachers around the world (USA, Europe, and Asia), in different kinds of schools (independent, public, charter, college and K-12).  Recently, her focus is on developing new schools.  Her SLC experience has inspired her thinking in ways that are unique and powerful when shaping educational experiences for teachers and students.  Sally authored, Dirty Work: Immigrants in Domestic Service, Agriculture, and Prostitution in Sicily (with co-author, Jeffrey Cole), numerous articles, and presents occasionally at conferences.  She’s received teaching awards and research grants, and wants to encourage others in the gratifying and important work of education.  She lives in Mystic, CT and works in Beijing.

Andrea Fono '86—Member at Large (2021-2024)

San Francisco, CA

Andrea Fono '86Andrea Fono's passion for life is expressed through laughter and paintings which are collected around the world. Her art is an exploration of what "love looks like." In 2008, she founded Global Coloring; Painting for Peace in which more than 1200 people in Europe, Africa and Ecuador have participated as a community art celebration. Fono and her husband Frank, a native Fijian, have co-founded the Fiji Reads Project, contributing art supplies and thousands of children's books to schools in Fiji. Her joy is mentoring artist's hearts. A television segment she wrote on "inspiration" was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Joshua Gannon '03—Member at Large (2020-2023)

Medford, MA

Joshua Gannon '03

Joshua Gannon '03 moved back to his native state of Massachusetts after graduation, following stints in New York and Dublin. Working in academic journals for over a decade, his roles have spanned the entire publishing process, from editorial to production, typesetting, and design. Currently, he is a Journals Editor at De Gruyter, a German publisher with offices in Boston. He works mostly in the hard sciences. This surprises him, too. 

Eva Golinger '94—Member at Large (2019-2022)

Bronxville, NY

Eva Golinger '94Eva Golinger '94 is an attorney and writer, author of several books including The Chavez Code, a best seller in Latin America. Eva practices law in New York and hosts a world news and analysis show on an international satellite and cable network in Spanish. She is also a high-level Consultant on strategic matters relating to law, media, and foreign affairs. She has won the "International Journalism Award" in Mexico, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism in Latin America, and she has received numerous other awards and honors for her writings and investigations. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence and CUNY Law School, Eva is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, and the Bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. In her spare time, Eva writes children’s stories based on the adventures of her toddler son.

Melanie Hood-Wilson '93, MSEd '94—Member at Large (2019-2022)

Baltimore, MD

Melanie Hood-Wilson '93, MSEd '94

After receiving her BA in '93 and MSEd in '94 from SLC, Melanie returned to her native Baltimore to teach middle school. In 2001, she was hired to lead the Single Step Program at the Community College of Baltimore County, developing new career certifications and courses for individuals with disabilities, developing training  partnerships with state and local government, and supervising and coaching teachers.  During her tenure, Single Step grew from eight students to over 300.  Melanie and her program were honored with  five local and statewide awards between 2012 and 2016. She left CCBC in February 2019 to start her own education consulting company.

Between 2004 and 2012, Melanie was a founder and board president of Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore, chair of the Parent and Community Advisory Board for Baltimore’s school system, and member of Baltimore’s New and Charter School Advisory Board. As part of a small team, she attended the Public Education Leadership Project at the Harvard Business School drafting recommendations Common Core transition in Baltimore. She currently serves on the board of the Fund for Educational Excellence.

Ari Kepnes '12—Member at Large (2020-2023)

San Francisco, CA

Ari Kepnes '12

Ari Kepnes '12 studied the intersection of technology, media, and psychology while at Sarah Lawrence and has extended these interests into his career in digital media strategy and marketing. Ari recently moved from New York City to San Francisco to lead marketing at Density, a venture-backed startup. Density collects anonymous data that helps tailor work environments to the people who use them, which relates directly to his senior year conference project on the future of the workplace. Ari is appreciative of the conference system and his Sarah Lawrence professors.

Ari previously worked with Sarah Lawrence alums at Contently, where he built a department that shapes the editorial strategy of thousands of freelance journalists who work with global brands, and at Zeitguide to consult Fortune 500 executives on the impact of digital trends on business. Ari believes involvement in the Alumni Association Board is an opportunity to serve the extended alumni community, and welcomes any alumni to contact him with views they’d like represented.

Sarah Blanche Klein '20—Member at Large (2020-2023)

Locust, NJ

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Sarah Blanche Klein '20 is all about sharing happiness with the world in all ways possible. From her current /minty fresh/ position as assistant buyer at Bloomingdales to her continuous volunteer efforts and general day-to-day-non-stop-action… she’s determined to keep our community the beloved, best! Sarah’s academic concentrations at SLC ranged from economics, global inequalities, public policy, marketing, and philanthropy, all while participating or leading any and every extra-curricular group possible: creating school-wide digital engagement programs during COVID was a brief, but powerful highlight. She also spent her time as an Admissions Ambassador & Higher Education Administrative Fellow, Chaired the SLC Committee for Student Life, served as General Committee Senator & Representative, Senior Class Gift Ambassador, rallied the Class of 2020’s contributions towards The Fund for Sarah Lawrence, collaborated with the Food Security Working Group, Health & Wellness, Peer Mentorship programs, and more. What’s next? She’s all ears to make it happen!

Alex Leff '00—Member at Large (2021-2024)

Washington, DC

Alex Leff ‘00

Alex Leff '00, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, is a digital editor on the international desk at NPR in Washington, D.C. After completinghis BA at Sarah Lawrence College in 2000 (largely in social sciences, but with many arts and music courses in between), he moved to Barcelona, where he taught English, resumed studying piano and choir singing as he had done at SLC — this time performing with a Catalan chorus in centuries-old churches. While in Europe he eventually discovered his passion: international journalism. He completed a master’s in journalism taught at the University of Barcelona in conjunction with Columbia University, and became a reporter at a local newspaper. He soon relocated to San José, Costa Rica, where he edited stories at The Tico Times newspaper and went on to report for Reuters, GlobalPost and other publications. There he also met his future wife, Jessica Webb, an environmental conservation professional. The two finally moved back to the U.S. in 2012, first to Boston for a few years, and now in Washington, where they live in a little old rowhouse and recently adopted a rescue dog from Puerto Rico.

Allison Lenk '83—Member at Large (2019-2022)

Belmont, MA

Allison Lenk '83Allison Lenk '83 studied child psychology, film, and literature while at Sarah Lawrence. As a junior, she enjoyed a guest year at Tulane University in New Orleans, and she has the Mardi Gras beads to prove it. Allison has been an educator for 30+ years, beginning as a Moderate Specials Needs Teacher, Title 1 Teacher, then moving in to her present role as a Literacy Specialist. She is passionate about all students getting what they need to reach their full potential. Outside of work, she is involved in several environmental organizations. She also enjoys spending time in nature, particularly the woods on Cape Cod, and traveling. 

Of her alma mater, Allison says “I become more appreciative of all that Sarah Lawrence gave me as the years pass. This has increased my involvement in the College in myriad ways including giving modestly, but regularly, to benefit present and future students, and attending and hosting alumni events.  I welcome the opportunity to contribute to Sarah Lawrence in a new way, through my involvement in the Alumni Association Board.”  

Ouida Maedel '06—Member at Large (2021-2024)

Washington, DC

Ouida Maedel

Ouida Maedel '06 has served as a Theater and Musical Theater Specialist at the NationalEndowment for the Arts since 2018, where she manages a diverse portfolio of applicants and grantees seeking funding for arts projects across all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

Previously, she was the Grants Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC.  In that capacity, she leveraged more than a decade of experience in theatre performance and production to maximize efficiency and collaboration in institutional fundraising efforts and special project management including Woolly’s participation in the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Adaptive Capacity program, the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative, and the Weissberg Foundation’s Fund for Diversity in Theater.  While at Woolly Mammoth, Ouida also served as an inaugural co-chair of the theatre’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group. 

Prior to her work at Woolly Mammoth, Ouida led artistic producing efforts for Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD as Partnerships and Production Manager. Notable projects under her supervision were How to Lose a Mountain which included a 500-mile hike and community engagement tour from Washington, DC to West Virginia and culminated in an award-winning National Performance Network commission for the stage, and Bricks & Bones, a multi-site performance series developed in partnership with Dallas Faces Race. She has also worked with New York City based organizations Move This World, 13th Street Repertory Company, and NYU Tisch’s Lee Strasberg Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute where she was a Stage Manager in Residence, among others.
Ouida has served as a mentor for early-career stage managers through USITT’s Stage Management Mentor Project, and Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the American theatre, named her a Rising Leader of Color in 2016. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MA in International Communication and Arts Management from American University, where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Award in the School of International Service. 

Vrinda Manglik '08—Member at Large (2021-2024)

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Vrinda Manglik ’08Since graduating from SLC in 2008, Vrinda Manglik '08 has spent over a decade working in non-profits and foundations including the Pisces Foundation, Sierra Club, Environmental Law Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a field organizer on Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. She currently works as a Data Storyteller at Google, creating content relating to the company's 24/7 carbon-free energy goal and data center economic and community development programs.

Vrinda is passionate about climate change and holds a master's in environmental management from the Yale School of the Environment. She is also an illustrator, loves singing and music, and is grateful for the space a Sarah Lawrence education provides to explore varied interests and passions. Vrinda serves on the board of the non-profit Corporate Accountability, lives in Oakland, CA, and loves connecting with members of the Sarah Lawrence community.

Shirin Narwani Meir '90—Member at Large (2020-2023)

London, England

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Shirin Narwani Meir '90  previously worked at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Petroleum Economist and the Centre for Global Energy Studies. She has a BA in Economics from Sarah Lawrence College and an Master of Philosophy in Modern Middle East Studies from the University of Oxford. She has published papers on oil markets; energy and the environment; petroleum in the FSU; OPEC; country studies on the petroleum sectors of Tunisia, Iran and Libya; and consumer-producer relations. She has also contributed to studies on Saudi oil policy and the UKCS. Her special interests include oil markets and the oil price formation process. Shirin is also a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford. During her time at SLC, Shirin studied abroad at the Oxford Program.

Tasha Neumeister '99—Member at Large (2021-2024)

Chicago, IL

Tasha Neumeister ’99Tasha F. Neumeister '99 focused her studies on developmental psychology, African American literature, and creative writing while at Sarah Lawrence. During her junior year, she participated in the now discontinued Florence program, which had a pivotal influence on her world view and fostered a love of opera and Italian culture.

After graduating, Tasha earned a master’s degree in newspaper and online journalism from Syracuse University. She went on to become a multimedia journalist for several NPR affiliates and print media outlets in New York, Cleveland, and Chicago. Covering topics from economics and municipal government to education and politics, a highlight of her journalism career was covering the 2008 presidential election and the ultimate election of President Barack Obama.

Tasha now works in higher education communications and faculty development, having won numerous accolades and serving on the board of PRSA’s Counselors to Higher Education. A  native of Los Angeles, Tasha finds herself still adapting to Midwest winters after living in Chicago for more than a decade. In her free time, she spends time fighting for racial equity and inclusivity in K-12 public schools and hanging out and indulging the curiosities with her two little people.

Sarah Noble '97—Member at Large (2020-2023)

Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Noble ’97

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence, and then teaching high school for 6 years, Sarah Noble '97 went on to pursue a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She currently works at Albert Einstein Medical Center as an Attending Psychiatrist. Her areas of interest are women's mental health, particularly postpartum depression, and LGBTQ mental health. She has worked within her hospital to educate staff and doctors, and to create systems of care for both of these populations.

Sarah Lawrence is a singular place and because of that it holds a distinct place in all of our hearts.  My goal is to engage as many as possible in our alumni network for the benefit of the school, but also to knit together our diverse and far-flung community.

Sharon T. Pollack MS '16—Member at Large (2019-2022)

New York, NY

Sharon T. Pollack MS '16

Sharon Pollack MS '16 graduated from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics in 2016. She currently works as a genetic counselor at Breastlink of New York where she provides risk assessment, education, and support to individuals and families at risk for, or diagnosed with hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes. She volunteers her time at Genearations, the Center for Rare Jewish Genetic Disorders at Bonei Olam, a non-profit organization which provides resources and support to couples experiencing infertility. Sharon has also earned her master’s degree in Bioethics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her time at Sarah Lawrence allowed her to develop treasured and lasting relationships with supervisors, faculty and classmates for which she is very grateful. She looks forward to the opportunity to participate in fostering and strengthening connections in the alumni community as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Frederic Richter '10—Member at Large (2019-2022)

New York, NY

Frederic Richter '10Frederic Richter '10 studied history, film, and literature at Sarah Lawrence, and he was editor-in-chief of The Phoenix. He earned his MFA from The American Film Institute (AFI). His thesis film, MACHSOM, was screened at over twenty-five festivals, and it won numerous grants and awards. His screenplay APPEARANCES, won 1st place in the Slamdance Screenwriting competition. His script, BLIND, co-written with Joe Novoa, is slated to shoot in 2016, with Parallax (Sally Hibbin) producing. Frederic has worked as a Story Analyst for numerous companies, including QED International, Black Label Media and The Black List 3.0. He is a Creative Executive at Tradition Pictures. He has taught classes on screenwriting, film, and the entertainment industry at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU, and The Ghetto Film School. He is a Teaching Artist at The Ghetto Film School, an Instructor at NYU SPS, and The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence.

Adam Treitler '15—Member at Large (2019-2022)

New York, NY

Adam Treitler ‘14

Adam Treitler '15 is a data-driven people advocate with a personal and professional mission to empower workers in the entertainment industry with clarity, compassion, and collaborative technologies. Adam graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Fall 2014 where he concentrated in Poetry and Film & TV Production. After freelancing in unscripted development at an eOne production company and working part-time at an eco-friendly startup company, Adam landed his first full-time position at Viacom in July 2015. Since then, he has grown from a recruiting assistant into a dynamic Talent Acquisition Operations and Process role. Currently, Adam implements new technologies, redesigns recruiting processes, and delivers insights to business leadership. He is an active member of the NYC HR Analytics community, a frequent partner with Sarah Lawrence’s Office of Career Services, and Co-Chair of Viacom’s Emerging Leadership group. He lives in Manhattan where he explores new foods and films on a weekly basis.

Emma Tynan '20—Member at Large (2020-2023)

Los Angeles, CA

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Emma Tynan '20 studied filmmaking, writing, and literature at SLC. She is currently attending the University of Southern California (USC), pursuing a degree in entertainment law while working remotely in the Talent and Music department at “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”. Throughout her time at SLC, she was an active member of General Committee, The Committee on Student Life, and the Senior Gift Committee, Budget Committee and Curriculum Committee. While working toward her degree, she held multiple different internships in the entertainment industry. Her recent internships have included time at “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and Paradigm Talent Agency. She is working toward becoming a late-night television producer with the goal of creating innovative, comical and progressive content that pushes the boundaries of storytelling.

She is beyond grateful for the enchanting academic experience she had at the College where she developed treasured relationships with an extraordinary battalion of professors, staff and peers. She has two dogs named Beckham and Woody, and they are the most precious cinnamon rolls on earth. She loves glitter, friendship, networking, her don (Joe Lauinger), cookie dough ice cream, Taylor Swift and the Sarah Lawrence College faculty.

Elisabeth von Uhl MFA '05—Member at Large (2020-2023)

Bronx, NY

Elisabeth von Uhl MFA ’ 05

Elisabeth von Uhl MFA '05 earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2005. In 2016, she was a finalist for the “Bronx Recognizes its Own” (BRIO) Fellowship. She has earned scholarships to the Prague Summer Writer’s Conference and the Postgraduate Writer’s Conference.  Her work has been published in The Cortland Review, Cream City ReviewThe Broome Review, and other journals.  Her poetry has also been anthologized in Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen Press, 2017).  Her chapbook, Ocean Sea, which was a semi-finalist in the Black Lawrence Press Chapbook Contest, has been published by Finishing Line Press.  She has taught at Montclair State University, Fordham University, City College of New York, and Bronx Community College.

Honorary Council Members

The following alumni are honorary members of the Sarah Lawrence College Alumni Association Council:

  • Stephanie Cooper '65, MFA '76
  • Barbara Kolsun '71
  • Nancie Schnur '74
  • Estha Weiner '72
  • Harriet Wohlgemuth '59, MFA '79