New Alumni Association board members and officers
By Steve Seepersaud
The Alumni Association Board of Directors is composed of 21 volunteers who actively partner with the Alumni Engagement office to plan and implement events and programs on and off campus throughout the year.
The following members of the board were elected to officer positions with two-year terms that commenced May 8.
Gary Kibel '90, MBA '92 - President
Kibel has been a member of the board since 2011, and previously served as vice president before becoming president in May 2017. He lives in Westchester County, works in Manhattan and regularly attends alumni events in the Metro New York area. He was previously chair of the association's Communications Committee and the initial driver behind many social media initiatives. Kibel is a partner with the law firm of Davis & Gilbert LLP, practicing in the areas of digital media/advertising, technology and privacy/data security law. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School.
Lisa Abbott, MBA '93 - Vice President
Abbott has served on the board since 2012. As a graduate student at Binghamton, she worked as a resident director in Endicott Hall at Newing College. She has been an active alumni board member, chairing the board’s Volunteer Engagement and Signature Events committees. Abbott has played a leadership role in the introduction of the Alumni Leaders Conference and Alumni Global Day of Service, as well as the enhancement of the Alumni Association’s Special Recognition Awards Program. She was the board’s secretary for two years before being elected vice president. She is senior vice president for human resources and community affairs for Lifespan Corporation, the largest hospital system in Rhode Island, and Brown University’s teaching affiliate.
Scott Feuer '90 - Treasurer
Feuer has served on the board since 2015. As a student at Binghamton, he lived in College-in-the-Woods before moving off campus to the west side of Binghamton. He majored in psychology and graduated with honors. After graduation, he attended Brooklyn Law School where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and a member of the Brooklyn Law Review. He is currently a partner in the real estate group of Rivkin Radler LLP, a commercial law firm with offices in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. Feuer has been a frequent Homecoming attendee and he has volunteered for admissions and participated in the Alumni Global Day of Service.
Taris Rodney '08 - Secretary
Rodney has served on the board since 2015. As a student, she was a resident assistant in Dickinson for two years, president of the Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, worked as an Off Campus College Transport bus monitor, and worked in Mountainview's Appalachian Dining Hall. After graduating from Binghamton, Rodney received a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. In 2011, she created the Taris T. Rodney ’08 Scholarship at Binghamton, awarded to an Educational Opportunity Program graduating senior who plans to attend law school. To date, the scholarship has been awarded to seven graduating seniors. She also stays in regular contact with the scholarship recipients and mentors them. Rodney continues to be engaged with the University by regularly attending Homecoming, serving as a site leader for the annual Alumni Global Day of Service and participating in the Binghamton Alumni Mentoring program. Professionally, she is a child protective attorney and litigates child neglect and abuse cases for the city of New York.
Heidi Goldstein '81 - Past President
Goldstein has served on the board since 2010, was president from 2015 to 2017, and has been on the Executive Committee since 2012. She also served as chair of the taskforce that spearheaded the first University-wide strategic plan for alumni engagement, and before that she chaired the governance task force, which operationalized a consultant’s report that led to the reorganization and revitalization of our organization. Goldstein also serves on the Harpur Law Council, and has taught a Winter Session class to pre-law students for several years. As a student at Binghamton, she started out living in Newing College, and then lived briefly in Hinman before interning on Capitol Hill, and returning to live off campus.
Goldstein earned her law degree from New York University. She spent most of her career as a litigator at a global law firm, and now serves as general counsel at Phoenix House, an organization that provides treatment for individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. She met her husband, David Kepke ’81, while they were students at Binghamton.
The Alumni Association welcomes three new members to the board; their terms of service begin July 1, 2017.
Harry Sharlach '84
Sharlach's entire family is connected to Binghamton University. He is married to alumna Judith Sussman Sharlach ’85; his eldest daughter Jackie Sharlach ’16 is an alumna; and his twin daughters will be attending Binghamton this fall. Sharlach is chair of the Parents Leadership Council. He was a member of the Binghamton University Foundation Board’s Investment Committee. He has also volunteered at the University through the School of Management’s Executive in Residence program. Sharlach is a Chartered Financial Analyst and NYS securities analyst. As a student, he was an Off Campus College intern, senior student manager of the University Union and chair of the SA Judicial Board.
Larry Stein '88
As a student, Stein was a founding member of Zeta Beta Tau and a Telefund caller. Following graduation, he maintained a strong connection to friends made at Binghamton and, many years after graduation, he and his fraternity brothers endowed a scholarship at the University. He attends Binghamton University events in the Metro New York region and was a volunteer for the 2016 Alumni Global Day of Service. Some of Stein’s other campus involvements included the Lacrosse Club, Hinman newspaper staff and serving as a teaching assistant in the Philosophy Department. He earned his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University, where he was business editor of the Syracuse Law Review and served as law student president. Stein has worked at major New York law firms and as in-house counsel. For more than 15 years, he has been at General Reinsurance, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, where he is a senior vice president and member of the legal department.
Cara Treidel '16
As a student, Treidel was highly involved in President Harvey Stenger’s Road Map initiative as a consulting intern, overseeing the Road Map Student Task Force and assisting with the progress of each Strategic Priority. In addition, Treidel was a resident assistant in College-in-the-Woods and was an active member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity. At one point, she was president of Onondaga Hall and part of the Emerging Leaders Program. She continues to be a member of the Road Map Renewal Committee, and frequently attends University events in the Metro New York area.
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