NOAA NovemberNovember2005

Alumni board nominations for 2006-07

In accordance with the constitution of the Reed College alumni association, and following a call for nominations to all alumni in the May 2005 Reed magazine, the nominating committee of the alumni association hereby gives notice of the following nominations to the alumni board. All terms begin July 1, 2006.

President (one-year term):

Anthony H. Fisher ’80, economics
Fisher is the managing director, Municipal Securities Group, at UBS Financial Services. He earned an M.P.P. at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 1982. He has served on the alumni board since 2004 and has been a member of Reed’s National Advisory Council since 1995. Fisher and his wife, Beth, live in Lake Oswego. They have two children, Antonia and Ian.

Vice President (one-year term):

Konrad Alt ’81, political science
Alt is the managing director of the Promontory Financial Group. In 1987, he earned an M.P.P. and J.D. at Harvard University. He has served on the alumni board since 2003 and has been a member of Reed’s National Advisory Council since 2000. Alt is married to Maureen Kennedy and they have three children, Jasper, Corey, and Wyatt. They live in Piedmont, California.

Secretary (one-year term):

Rachel Hall Luft ’95, French
Luft received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the office of college relations at Reed. As the campaign assistant in the development office, she helped to establish Reed’s Lemming Society. Luft has served on the alumni board for one year and has done volunteer work for development and career services. She is married to Ulrich Luft ’94, and they live in Portland with their young son, Konrad.

At-large board members (three-year term):

John Alderete ’93, biology
Alderete is the chief scientific officer of Xenotope Diagnostics, Inc., and also serves as a managing partner of Targeted Technology Partners, LLC. In 2000, he earned a Ph.D. in microbiology/virology from the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas in 2005. He has volunteered for the admission office for two years. Alderete and his wife, Karen, live in Palo Alto, California, and they have a son, Ethan.

James “Jim” Kahan ’64, psychology
Kahan is a senior behavioral  scientist with the RAND Corporation, where he has worked for 25 years. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, his research has addressed group decision making to determine the appropriateness of medical procedures; the design of command-and-control structures for high-level military planning; balancing safety and environment in protecting Dutch rivers from flooding; keeping the blood supply safe from contamination; and how cities can address the harms of drugs. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematical social psycho-logy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968. He was the 2005 commencement speaker at Reed and has volunteered for the admission office for 33 years. After residing in The Hague, the Netherlands, for nearly a dozen years, Kahan now lives in Portland with Kathia Naumann Emery ’67. He has two daughters, Rebecca and Runa. 

Willie Koo ’83, biology
Koo is the co-founder and CEO of AssetExchange.  He earned an M.B.A. from Cornell University in 1990.  He was a member of the Reed Entrepreneur Network for two years. Koo is married with two young children and lives in Portland. 

Pearlette Toussant ’96, philosophy
Toussant joined the law firm of Barrack, Rodos & Bacine in 2002. At Reed, she was president of the Black Student Union and was awarded the McCree Memorial Scholarship and the U.S. West Scholarship. Toussant earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000. She lives in Philadelphia. 

Timothy “Tim” Wei ’91, history
Wei is an attorney for the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1998 and has worked in the public and private sectors. In addition to specializing in securities law, Wei represented law schools in First Amendment litigation, protecting the schools’ right of academic freedom. He also represented medical organizations in the recent Supreme Court case in which the Court decided that the U.S. Constitution prohibits the execution of adolescents. He has volunteered for the Reed admission office for two years. Wei and his partner, Darren Gibson, live in New York City with their dog, Clementine.

Nominating committee (one-year term):

David Gossett ’91, psychology
Gossett is a partner with the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. He earned an M.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1997. Gossett has served on the alumni board for three years, including two years spent as chair of the outreach committee. He has also been in the alumni admission network for the last decade and was the class reunion-giving chair for his tenth and fifteenth reunions. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Sara Nichols ’83, psychology
Nichols is a partner and founder of What’s the Big Idea, an intellectual-property development group. She earned a J.D. from SUNY-Buffalo in 1988 and completed coursework for an LL.M. from George Washington University. She has served on the alumni board for four years, including a year spent as chair of the Reunions 2003 planning committee. She is married to Bill Magavern; they have two children, Nicholas and Emily, and live in Sacramento, California.

Richard “Rich” Parker ’75, political science
Parker is an attorney with Parker, Bush and Lane, specializing in bankruptcy and immigration law. Parker earned a J.D. from Golden Gate University, and has served on the alumni board for three years. He and his wife, Jan, live in Portland.

Alumni trustee (four-year term):

Sheldon Hochheiser ’73, chemistry and history
Most recently, Hochheiser was the corporate historian for AT&T Corporation. He earned his Ph.D. in history of science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1982. Hochheiser has served on the alumni board for 10 years, including serving as president and New York chapter chair. He also is a long-time alumni admission volunteer. Hochheiser is very involved with Reed’s oral history project. He is married to Laura Leviton ’73 psychology; they live in Highland Park, New Jersey.

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