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St. Lawrence Board of Trustees Elects New Members

St. Lawrence University’s Board of Trustees has elected Edward W. Keller ’86, Lisa Tarbox Luke ’82, Dr. Heather L. McCauley ’06, and Scott O’Connell ’87, P’16n, P’18 as new term members.

The trustees will serve for a period of six years beginning on June 1.

Edward W. Keller ’86 joined Morgan Stanley in March of 1994 and is a managing director and the head of Prime Brokerage for the Americas. He sits on Morgan Stanley’s Equity Operating Committee as well as the Prime Brokerage Executive Committee. Keller previously ran Global Equity Sales in the Americas, was head of Morgan Stanley’s Boston office and spent five years with them in London. He graduated in 1991 from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and serves on the Kellogg Finance Network Advisory Board. 

In 1986, Keller graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is both a world and national champion in the Sonar sailing class. He and his wife, Sara, have three children: Chris a junior at Tufts University; Caroline, a first-year student at Colorado College; and, Eliza, a sophomore at The Berkshire School.

Lisa Tarbox Luke ’82, P’12, P’20 serves as director of the Sea Girt Public Library in Sea Girt, New Jersey, a role that utilizes not only her technical library and development skills, but also her vision to create a vibrant community space. She has been intimately involved with The Pennington School, as vice president of the parents association and then co-chair of the parent giving effort, and Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, as a trustee.

Lisa graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sigma and elected to the honorary ODK. She was a Baker/Vilas scholar, served on Thelomathesian Society and was president of the co-ed national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. As an alumna, Lisa has served on the Parents Committee and Reunion development and planning committees.

She and her husband, John Luke ’82, have hosted several events for the University, including the annual SLU vs. Princeton hockey game pre-reception. In 2009, they established the Luke Family Endowed Scholarship that supports members of the men’s and women’s hockey teams who demonstrate high academic achievement. The Lukes were some of the earliest supporters of The Campaign for Every Laurentian, with a gift to unrestricted endowment. Both of the Lukes’ children are also Laurentians: John “Ned” Luke III ’12 and William “Will” Luke ’20.

Dr. Heather L. McCauley ’06 is a social epidemiologist and assistant professor in the department of human development and family studies at Michigan State University. After graduating with honors from St. Lawrence in 2006 with a degree in sociology, she earned a Master of Science in global health and a Doctor of Science in social epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her NIH-funded research focuses on the health impacts of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and reproductive coercion, with emphasis on victimization among marginalized populations (e.g. sexual and gender minorities, foster youth, incarcerated women).

McCauley has written more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and has given more than 100 regional and national presentations on her work. She has also developed programs for the One Love Foundation, the United States Air Force, the United States Army, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves as associate editor for the multidisciplinary research journal Psychology of Violence.

As a student, she was a member of Kappa Delta Sigma, president and recruitment chair of Panhellenic Council, an Orientation Leader, and a member of the University Chorus. McCauley studied abroad in Denmark and Thailand, experiences that led her to pursue a career in global health research. As an alumna, Heather has served on the Alumni Executive Council, on reunion planning committees, as a McCurdy-Sprague trustee (2013-2017) and as a presenter to students, community assistants, orientation leaders and the Board of Trustees on issues of sexual abuse and trauma, healthy sexuality, violence prevention and public health.

Heather and her spouse, Renee Kleszczynski, live in Okemos, Michigan.

Scott O’Connell ’87, P’16n, P’18 is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, chair of its 350-person litigation department, and a member of the firm’s management committee. Before joining Nixon Peabody in 1997, he was an associate and then partner at Hale and Dorr (now known as WilmerHale), where alumnus Tom O’Connor ’75 served as his first mentor. O’Connell has a national trial practice focused on class action and aggregate litigation, corporate governance and control contests, and other complex commercial disputes. He has been recognized and highly ranked by his clients and peers in The Best Lawyers in America , Chambers and Benchmark Litigation.

O’Connell dedicates substantial time to pro bono matters with a focus on representing women and children suffering domestic violence and abuse. He received the Fredrick Douglass Human Rights award from the Southern Center for Human Rights for his representation of a Guantanamo detainee. He has served on many community boards, including the Farnum Center, a statewide alcohol and drug in-patient recovery program, the New Hampshire Food Bank, New Hampshire Task force to Prevent Child Abuse, and the Heritage United Way Community Investment Process, to name a few.

As a St. Lawrence student, O’Connell was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, ODK, Thelomathesian Society, Student Judiciary Board, Laurentian Singers, Singing Saints, Academic Standing Tripartite Committee, Mummers, and participated in concert band and orchestra. He was a Dean’s List student, studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, was a student delegate to the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, Resident Assistant and Dana Scholar. After graduating from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in government, Scott O’Connell attended Cornell Law School, earning a J.D. in 1991. At Cornell, he was an editor of the Cornell Law Review and chancellor of the Moot Court Board.

As an alumnus, O’Connell has a long list of volunteer service to St. Lawrence. He served on the Alumni Executive Council and as Reunion Development Committee Chair for his fifth, 10th, 20th, 25th and 30th Reunions. He has also been a career advisor, served on Reunion Planning Committees, the Leadership Gifts Committee, and as a LINC Mentor. He was a founding director of the Alumni Lawyers Association. O’Connell has participated in the SLU Connect programs in Washington, D.C., Boston and San Francisco. He and his wife, Sue (Jacobs) ’86, have two children, Brandon ’16n and Catherine ’18.