The Presidential Search Committee is being assisted by Shelly Weiss Storbeck and her firm, Storbeck Search. Committee membership includes trustees, alumni and faculty, a student and a member of the administrative staff.

image of Robert SellRobert E. Sell ’84 H’18, chair

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Bob joined the Board of Trustees in 2006 and became board chair on July 1, 2018. He is the recently retired chief executive of Accenture’s Communications, Media, and Technology Operating Group. In 2016, he and his wife, Susan, established the Richard H. Jr. ’60 and Joan K. Sell Chair in the Humanities, in honor of Bob’s parents.

photo of Linda Assante-Carrasco ’90Linda Assante-Carrasco ’90

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
Former managing partner with investment management firm Jasper Ridge Partners

Linda joined the Board of Trustees in 2013 and became vice chair on July 1, 2018. Prior to her service on the board, she was chair of the West Coast Advisory Council. In 2012, she and her husband, Marc, established the Global Learning and Community Engagement Fund; in 2020, they created the Assante Program for Honors Research Travel

photo of Tanuja DehneTanuja Majumdar Dehne ’93

Member of the Board of Trustees
President and Chief Executive Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Tanuja became a member of the Board of Trustees and the president of the Dodge Foundation in 2019. An attorney, public company director and former executive vice president, chief administrative officer for NRG Energy Inc. Tanuja was recognized in 2018 as one of the 100 most influential leaders in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

photo of Jonathan EllisJonathan Ellis ’98

Alumni Representative
Portfolio Manager and Director of Research at Axiom Investors

Jonathan is immediate past president of the Alumni Association. During his tenure, the Alumni Association focused on “Connecting Lafayette to You” and the “3P’s” for active alums that included partaking in events, participating by donating to the College and promoting the school at any opportunity.

photo of Antonio FernandezAntonio F. Fernandez ’81

Member of Board of Trustees, Chair of Audit Committee
President, AFF Advisors, LLC

Tony, an expert in supply chain strategy and operations, is an independent director on several boards and serves as a consultant. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2017, and serves on the Educational Policy, Executive Committees, as well as chair of the Audit Committee. He and his wife, Susan DePhillips Fernandez ’83, are creators of the A and S Fernandez Family Scholarship Fund, which supports deserving students who wish to study engineering. They have also provided funding for a new student laboratory space in the Acopian Engineering Center. Tony also has been an active supporter of Gateway Career Center programs.

Chawne Kimber, Ph.D.

Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Professor of Mathematics
Co-Director, Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education

Chawne is a recognized proponent of access and inclusion in STEM education and a celebrated textile artist who exhibits quilts and embroidery in museums, galleries and festivals across the United States. She is a recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to campus life.

photo of Kamaka MartinKamaka Martin ’04

Alumni Representative
Vice President of Managed Services at Legility

Kamaka is vice chair of the West Coast Advisory Council and President of Bay Area Alumni Chapter. She is also the founder of Better Insight, a consulting company focusing on leadership training and coaching for new, seasoned and aspiration managers. She is a Lafayette history and government & law honors graduate who holds a J.D. from Melbourne Law School in Australia. Kamaka is an expert in the field of legal technology and intellectual property law.

Photos of Christian McCumberChristian McCumber ’89

Member of the Board of Trustees
President, Blumhouse Television

Chris became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2017. A longtime television executive, he sponsors externships and has helped students gain internships and jobs at NBC Universal, and has taught seminars for media courses on campus.

photo of jenn rossmanJenn Rossmann, Ph.D. 

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Co-Director, Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education

Along with her nationally recognized research in fluid dynamics, Jenn also has gained attention as an author, including her essay  series An Engineer Reads a Novel for Public Books and her first novel, The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh, set in Silicon Valley. Jenn is a recognized proponent of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in STEM education. 

David Stifel, Ph.D.David Stifel, Ph.D.

Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics

David serves as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. His research interests focus on development economics; applied micro-econometrics; poverty and infrastructure; and agricultural production and markets. Each member of David’s family was born in a different country — David (Thailand), wife (Canada), son (USA), and daughter (South Africa).

Photo of Hanna TatuHannah Tatu

User Services Specialist, Information Technology

Hannah is immediate past president and a member of Lafayette’s Administrative Council. She is a frequent organizer of the Lafayette Community Book Club  

The Honorable Alvin M. YearwoodAlvin M. Yearwood ’83

Member of the Board of Trustees
Acting Supreme Court Justice, Bronx County, N.Y.

Alvin presides over jury felony trials that involve charges such as homicide, sex crimes, child abuse and police misconduct. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, he was first appointed as a judge of the New York City Criminal Court by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2003. Prior to assuming the bench, he worked as an attorney in the public and private sectors.

Mary ZimmermanMary Zimmerman ’21

President of Lafayette Student Government

Mary is a government and law major with a philosophy minor, and she is a member of the swimming and diving team. Mary has been an orientation leader and peer mentor, and active in Greek life. She is from Auburn, Pa., and plans to attend law school after graduation.