Board of Trustees Elects New Members | St. Lawrence University

Board of Trustees Elects New Members

St. Lawrence University’s Board of Trustees has elected Jeffrey Killeen ’75, Mark Klett ’74, Stephanie Birrell Luedke ’94, Kathleen Welch ’81, and Will Wilson ’88 as new term members. The trustees will serve for a period of six years beginning on June 1.

Ashley Jeffress ’13 and Oke McAndrews ’10 were elected as McCurdy-Sprague trustees for a period of four years. Their terms also begin on June 1.

Jeff Killeen ’75

Jeffrey Killeen’s professional career spans 40 years as an entrepreneur, corporate operating executive, CEO, board chair and board member in the information services, media and internet industries. Most recently, he was chairman and CEO of GlobalSpec, the leading provider of digital content to the global design engineering community. Killeen has served on three public company boards and numerous private company boards, as well as being board chair for several major non-profit corporations. Currently, he is chairman of the Center for Disability Services, Chairman of Life Quality Solutions Incubator, and chairman of The Fund for Lake George and a Partner in the Jefferson Project, which focuses on applying best-in-class science and technology to guide the protection of fresh water and assets in both North American and globally.

Killeen graduated from St. Lawrence with a double major in government and political science. He was a member of the basketball and lacrosse teams, music director at KSLU and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. As an alumnus, he has served as a career advisor and Reunion planning chair. Killeen and his wife, Judy, live in Lake George, where they are active in community affairs.

Mark Klett ’74

Mark Klett is a photographer whose background included working as a geologist before turning to art practice. His interests include making new works that respond to historic images; creating projects that explore relationships between time, change and perception; and, exploring the language of photographic media through technology. Klett received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, and the Japan/US Friendship Commission. His work has been exhibited and published in the United States and internationally and is held in over 80 museum collections worldwide. He is the author of 17 books and is Regents’ Professor of Art and Distinguished Sustainability Scholar at the School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

Klett graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honorary society. He was editor of the first student photographic publication on campus, Portfolio 1. Klett has remained affiliated with the St. Lawrence University’s Geology Alumni Conference and was presented with an honorary degree by the University in 2004. Klett and his wife, Emily, also a photographer, live in Tempe, Arizona.

Stephanie Birrell Luedke ’94

Earlier this year, Stephanie Luedke joined Neuberger Berman as head of private wealth. Previously, she was managing director, global head of Citi Investment Management for Citi Private Bank. In this capacity, she oversaw the global teams responsible for approximately $73.2 billion in assets under management an advisement. Until joining Citi in 2012, Luedke was executive vice president of investment management at Fiduciary Trust Company International, where she oversaw all aspects of investment management, investment administration, performance evaluation and risk management. Prior to joining Fiduciary Trust, Luedke held roles at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Fidelity management & Research, INVESCO Management & Research and Coopers & Lybrand. She serves as a trustee and chair of the Investment Committee for the Cultural Institutions Retirement System, as a trustee for Ridgefield Academy and as a trustee for The Conference Board.

Luedke received her bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from St. Lawrence. 

Kathleen Welch ’81

Kathleen Welch is a founding principal of Corridor Partners, a consulting firm that advises clients investing in advocacy and elections to build support for policy change. Corridor’s current portfolio includes state and federal level work in the United States on a range of issues, with a particular focus on climate change, energy and the environment. Welch brings decades of advocacy, campaigns, and philanthropic experience, holding leadership positions in state and national non-profit groups, the Legal Services Corporation, and as executive director of Equal Justice Works. Welch was instrumental in the creation of the country’s largest postgraduate legal fellowship programs, which have supported thousands of lawyers working in underserved communities. For nearly a decade, Welch served in senior roles at The Pew Charitable Trusts, overseeing investments in climate and clean energy advocacy, and serving as deputy director of the Environment Group. Welch currently serves on the advisory council of the Brainerd Foundation, the advisory board of the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, and the national boards of the League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the NRDC Action Fund.

Welch graduated with honors from St. Lawrence University and the University at Buffalo Law School. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife, Shelley Hearne, a public health doctor and president of CityHealth.

Will Wilson ’88

Will Wilson is the president of Longfellow Management, an investment and asset management company focused primarily on early stage companies concentrating in technology, life sciences and commercial real estate. Before serving in his current role, Wilson spent over 20 years with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. In the firm’s Boston office, he served as the co-chair of the real estate department. Wilson serves on the Board of Trustees of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Wilson received a bachelor’s degree in government from St. Lawrence in 1988 and a JD from University of Miami in 1994. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and studied abroad in Austria. As an alumnus, he has served in many volunteer capacities, including as Reunion Planning Committee co-chair, Reunion Development chair, Saints network, career advisor, panelist for SLU Connect-Boston, and member of the Laurentian Major and Planned Gift Committee. Wilson and his wife, Laura, have five children and live in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

McCurdy-Sprague Trustees

Ashley Jeffress ’13

Ashley Jeffress is program manager for Women at HubSpot, where she executes innovative content, events and strategy for the advancement of women in the workplace. She works to build leadership programming for every stage of career growth and oversees this initiative for HubSpot’s nine global offices.

While at St. Lawrence, Jeffress majored in performance and communication arts and minored in sociology. She worked as an Admissions Ambassador, studied abroad in London, led recruitment for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and was a member of Singing Sinners. After graduation, she moved to Boston, where she started her career as a buyer for e-commerce retailer Wayfair and, after that, as a merchandising manager for The Grommet. As an alumna, Jeffress has volunteered in many capacities, including as a Laurentian Admissions Associate, member of the Alumni Executive Council, Laurentians in Residence participant, member of her Reunion Development Committee and as a site host for SLU Connect-Boston.

She and her fiancé, Adam, are settling into their new home in Canton, Massachusetts, and will marry this fall.

Oke McAndrews ’10

Oke McAndrews is a vice president in the New York office of Greentech Capital Advisors. He is focused on providing M&A and capital raising advisory services to companies in the renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure sectors. Prior to Greentech, McAndrews worked at GE Energy Financial Services, where he worked on tax equity investments in wind and solar assets as well as debt investments across the thermal and renewable energy sectors. McAndrews’ focus within the renewable energy team had been the structuring, valuation, and underwriting of the first repowered wind assets to close in the market totaling ~800MW across West Texas. Before breaking into the renewable energy sector, McAndrews worked for GE in their Corporate Audit Staff, where he completed consulting and auditing reviews across the capital and industrial divisions of GE. McAndrews began his career in the GE Financial Management Program, an accelerated two-year entry-level program spanning four rotational assignments within GE Capital.

McAndrews holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from St. Lawrence and lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife, Martha.

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