Our Bios

  • Gale Hussman Arnold '58

    Gale H. Arnold is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (Sociology), and has an M.A. in English Literature from George Washington University. She transferred from the University of Arkansas to William & Mary and attended one semester during her senior year. Arnold is a former corporate secretary and Washington correspondent for the Palmer Media Group. Ms. Arnold also served as the program chairman of Senator Fulbright’s primary campaign. She is a trustee of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home and previously served on the W&M Libraries Board of Directors. Originally from Texarkana, AR, she moved to Washington, DC, in the mid-1970s and currently divides her time between Georgetown and Nantucket. Gale established the Gale H. Arnold Special Collections Endowment for British Literature at Swem Library in 2010. Her grandson Saxon Hart is currently a junior at William & Mary.

  • Gary A. Barranger '73, JD '76

    Gary Barranger received his B.A. in History and his J.D. in Law at William & May. He lives in Virginia and is president of his family’s wholesale construction materials business, Barranger & Co. Inc. He and his wife, Christi, are both licensed attorneys. Gary served on his 25th reunion committee, as well as being a class agent. The Barrangers collect rare books, stamps, coins, and art and are very supportive of Swem’s Special Collections Research Center.

  • Virginia (Stuart) Dopp '62

    Virginia Stuart Dopp's career in education included stints teaching GI's in Germany, consulting for an alcoholism agency, writing curriculum for the Kennedy Center, and representing a textbook company. For the long term, she taught high school English and Speech, also serving as department chair and peer coach, in Fairfax County, VA. Stuart managed an active forensics and debate team, and supervised the county's student TV program. Also within the larger system, she was liaison to George Mason University, teacher representative to the School Board's long-range planning committee, and an observer for the merit pay protocol. Her Master's degree and subsequent graduate work were through GMU and other universities in the DC area. After retirement, she was adjunct faculty at George Washington University before moving to Charlottesville. Stuart served as president of the English Teachers' Association of Northern VA and of several Alumnae Associations of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In various capacities, she has been active in her church and on the boards of the VA Association of Language Arts Teachers, the Charlottesville Shelter for Help in Emergency, Rivanna Garden Club, the Charlottesville and Northern VA W&M chapters, and the Muscarelle Museum at William & Mary. She and her husband, Dan, were classmates at W&M, and have remained close to the university, serving as chairs of their 50th reunion. Stuart also co-chaired the 50th and several other reunion gift committees. While they seldom miss a football game, she and Dan are most interested in the academic life of the university. They value its integrity and appreciate the fact that (to quote Tim Sullivan), William & Mary "educates hearts as well as minds." Stuart served on the W&M Libraries Board from 2014 to 2019 and was Chair of the Nominating & Board Development Committee.

  • Gilbert (Gil) Elston HON '13

    Gilbert (Gil) Elston received his B.B.A. from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1973 and an MBA from Golden Gate University in 1980. Gil retired in 2008 following a career that included the US Navy Computer Sciences Corporation. Gil and his wife, Sheri ’74, moved to Williamsburg in 2006 and have two children who attended William & Mary. Since retiring Gil has devoted his time to numerous volunteer efforts including the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Historic Jamestowne, Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg Symphonia League and William & Mary. Gil has volunteered in Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center since 2011 transcribing Civil War-era documents. Recently, he has been working with library staff in the transition to a new transcription system. Gil also portrays Lord Botetourt at the annual Lord Botetourt Affair and appears at various library functions. In 2013 Gil was inducted into the W&M Alumni Association as an honorary alumnus and was recognized for his volunteer work with Swem Library and with the W&M Athletics Department, serving as co-host of all home soccer matches and working the will call booth for many home football games.

  • Sydney L. Fuhrig '21

    Sydney Fuhrig is a senior at William & Mary and double majoring in History and Environmental Science, with a particular interest in environmental history. She is a James Monroe Scholar and a student researcher in William & Mary’s GeoLab, which provides open source data for researchers worldwide. In addition to her academic pursuits, Sydney is passionate about improving the community at William & Mary, particularly through participation in Campus Cursive as co-president and as a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She is also an active member of the W&M Libraries Student Ambassadors group.

  • Susan Soaper Gaston '88

    Susan Gaston, Founder and President of The Gaston Group, is a government relations and public affairs consultant. She has over twenty years of lobbying experience in the United States Congress, the General Assembly of Virginia, federal and state regulatory agencies, and local government bodies. Her firm represents a diverse client base spanning housing and real estate, renewable energy, casino gaming, commercial fishing and other business interests. Recently, she was appointed to the Board of Advisors for the Sorensen Institute for Public Policy at the University of Virginia. An active member of her community, Susan is on the Regional Board of Directors for Village Bank, serves as a Class Ambassador for the William & Mary Alumnae Association, is a Charter Member of the College’s Society of 1918, is a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (Virginia Chapter) and the Williamsburg Garden Club, is a devoted congregant of Bruton Parish Church, and is on the Board of Directors for Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom. Susan is an honors graduate of William & Mary with a degree in American Government and English and holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development from The George Washington University. She is married to Dr. David W. Gaston, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools for Charles City County and a tenured adjunct professor in the Darden School of Education at Old Dominion University. Susan and Dave met at university during their sophomore year, in the kitchen of the Kappa Alpha Theta house, recognizing that they were in a Government class together taught by Professor John McGlennon! They have two sons, John, a 2nd Lt. in the United States Marine Corps, and Henry, a Fourth Year at The University of Virginia.

  • Mark J. Hofer

    Mark Hofer is a professor in the William & Mary School of Education and the inaugural Director of the Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI). He began his career in education as a high school history teacher.  He then worked as a school and district technology coordinator where he led professional development for teachers in technology integration.  This interest led him to pursue a Ph.D in instructional technology at the University of Virginia.

    After two years as an assistant professor at Towson University, Hofer joined the faculty at William & Mary in 2005. In the School of Education, he teaches undergraduate, Masters and doctoral students the Curriculum and Instruction as well as the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership departments that are focused on technology integration and learning design. In 2016, Hofer and Professor Lindy Johnson were founding co-directors of the School of Education’s Center for Innovation in Learning Design.

    As the director for the new Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation, Hofer leads a team to support faculty, students, and staff from across the university opportunities to collaborate with one another and learn about diverse modes of teaching and learning as well as new technologies and innovative teaching practices. The STLI encourages collaboration, expands the range of learning and research opportunities, and fosters effective coordination of programs and activities to promote a flourishing culture centered on teaching and learning.

    His research and project work focuses on educational innovation, deeper learning, educational technologies, and designing professional learning experiences for teachers, school leaders and university faculty. Hofer regularly publishes and presents his work for scholarly and practitioner audiences.

  • John D. Johnson '92

    John is Chief Compliance Counsel and Associate General Counsel at Amundi Pioneer, a Boston-based asset manager which is part of the global Amundi asset management group. Prior to joining Amundi Pioneer, John served as the head of general corporate and governance attorney for Federated Investors, Inc., a publicly traded asset manager. He has also worked in private practice at the law firms of Reed Smith LLP, K&L Gates, and McGuire Woods LLP. John received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995 where he served on the Articles Review Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and History, cum laude, from William & Mary in 1992, where he was awarded the William Hogan Award for Excellence in Classical Studies. He also currently assists the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program on a part-time basis with the admissions review process. John lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and five sons. He is active in youth sports, having coached both football and hockey, and currently is a youth hockey coach for high school age players. He also plays ice hockey, and enjoys reading history and historical fiction. John joined the W&M Libraries Board in the fall of 2014.

  • Rowan Lockwood

    Rowan Lockwood is chair of geology at the William & Mary, where she joined the faculty in 2001. Lockwood is an internationally recognized paleobiologist who uses data from the fossil record to predict how modern marine animals will respond to future environmental changes, including global warming. She has published in numerous leading journals including Science and Nature. Recently, Lockwood became a pioneer in the burgeoning field of conservation paleobiology, using information on fossil organisms to restore endangered ecosystems. In 2013, Princeton Review named her one of the top 300 professors in the United States, out of 42,000 total. Her dedication in the classroom has been recognized with multiple teaching awards, including the Thomas Jefferson Award (2009), the Advisor of the Year Award (2005) and a Plumeri Award (2015).

  • Elizabeth (Gail) McClenney '83

    Elizabeth (Gail) McClenney has served as the Director of Fintel Library at Roanoke College since July 2015. Prior to her arrival at Roanoke College, Gail served as Deputy Director of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta. She has also held positions at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Virginia State University, Old Dominion University, Georgia State University, and William & Mary. Gail was elected to the LYRASIS Board of Trustees, a non-profit member organization for archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities. She is completing her second term as chair of the Board. She is also a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries and several of its sections.  Gail received an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Spanish from William & Mary.

  • Tracy Melton '85

    Tracy Melton graduated from William & Mary in 1985. During his senior year, Tracy met his wife Pam and became engaged on Crim Dell Bridge and married in Wren Chapel. He pursued his graduate degree in History at the University of Maryland at College Park. He also completed all requirements for a Ph.D., except the dissertation, which was eventually overtaken by the joys and workload of being a stay-at-home father for his three kids. He has written two books including Hanging Henry Gambrill: The Violent Career of Baltimore’s Plug Uglies, 1854-1860, and numerous articles, primarily on Baltimore in the nineteenth century. He is currently working on a couple of fun stories about the same place and time. Tracy and his family now reside in Williamsburg as their youngest daughter has transferred to William & Mary.

  • Deborah (Debbie) Ann Monark

    Debbie Monark has been a resident of Williamsburg for ten years.  Prior to moving to Virginia, she was a resident of San Diego for 25 years.  Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Debbie received her degree in business management and administration from the University of Cincinnati in 1984.  Her career spanned 15 years in human resources management and executive administration.

    Debbie has devoted much of her time to several non-profit organizations over the past 30 years.  She currently serves on the board of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League and works with the League’s Encore Affairs Committee in addition to volunteering in the office of the symphony.   She also serves on the board of the Governor’s Land Garden Club as Hospitality/Events Chair and as her community representative for Neighbor to Neighbor.  In addition, she has volunteered with the Community Kitchen, sponsored by the Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, providing meals to the food needy of Williamsburg/James City County.  She has also spent time as a tutor with Literacy for Life and, along with her husband Ron, regularly hosts students with the Canterbury Association of the Episcopal Church at William & Mary.

    Debbie’s husband, Ron, is a 1961 alum of William & Mary and is recently retired from the faculty of the Mason School of Business.  He previously served on the W&M Libraries Board of Directors from 1999 to 2005.  During his time on the board, Ron served as Board Chair and Emeriti Representative.  Their daughter, Lauren, is also a 2013 graduate of William & Mary.

  • James (Jim) L. Mullins

    Jim Mullins has over 40 years of library experience. He was at Purdue University as dean of libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor from 2004 to 2017, when he came from MIT Libraries where he was associate director for administration. Earlier, he held administrative/faculty positions at Villanova University and Indiana University. Mullins received BA and MALS degrees from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Indiana University.

    He has been active in national and international professional associations. He is a published author and has been recognized as a leader in advancing research libraries and their roles in data management, scholarly communication (with emphasis on the role of the university press, library publishing and open access), and redefining space use within libraries, along with rethinking the role of a librarian and how it must change and evolve within the research university environment.

    In 2018 Jim retired from Purdue University and now resides in Williamsburg, Virginia.

  • Scott Osmun '99

    Scott Osmun grew up in Kalamazoo, MI but also lived in Brussels, Belgium for three years. He attended William & Mary and majored in Biology. Scott returned home after his first semester when he was diagnosed with cancer. After finishing his treatments in Michigan, he returned for his sophomore year and was able to graduate on time with his class. During his time at William & Mary, Scott served as a student representative on the library board. After graduation, he was accepted to Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. In 2003, Scott moved to Washington, DC for his Ob/Gyn residency. He has recently started a new Ob/Gyn practice called Bloom Ob/Gyn and has spent the past few years building the practice. 

  • Kelvin W. Ramsey ‘79

    Kelvin Ramsey is native of Virginia and graduated from Randolph-Henry High School in Charlotte County.  He joined the Delaware Geological Survey at the University of Delaware in 1987 and currently serves in the position of Scientist. Kelvin’s areas of expertise include Sedimentology and Stratigraphy as related to research and applied studies of the Atlantic Coastal Plain. He had conducted geologic mapping over much of Delaware and is currently involved in regional geologic syntheses of the Quaternary geology of the Delmarva Peninsula.  He has published numerous geologic maps, geologic reports, and journal articles related to the geology of Delaware and the Atlantic Coastal Plain and a report on the forensic hurricanology of the Hurricane of October 1878.

    Kelvin is a member of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency Technical Assessment Center and provides scientific information during storm events. He also is involved in assessment of offshore sand resources in federal waters which may be used for beach nourishment and has a secondary appointment as Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Kelvin graduated from William & Mary in 1979 with majors in Geology and Classical Studies and went on to receive his master’s from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate from the University of Delaware, both in Geology.  Over the past several years, he has hired W&M undergraduate Geology majors as summer interns working on paleoecology and mineral resources related to offshore sand resources and has collaborated with several of the faculty in the W&M Geology Department on research projects.

    Kelvin is an active collector of stereographs and magic lantern slides, many of which he has donated to Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center. The collection includes hundreds of nineteenth- and twentieth-century views of eastern landscapes, mostly Virginia (including many of William & Mary).

  • Karen Gruber Shepherd ‘00

    Karen Shepherd is the Director of Government Affairs, Advancement and Community at The Washington Ballet, the ballet of the nation's capital.  In this role, Karen leads the government, foundation and corporate fundraising initiatives for The Washington Ballet in addition to providing strategic oversight and operating plans for community impact programming.  She has over twenty years of experience in arts management and arts education for both non-profit and for-profit sectors of the arts industry. Before the Washington Ballet, Karen worked as Head of Campuses for the Levine School of Music, at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and as a manager of classical musicians at IMG Artists in New York City.

    Currently, Karen serves on the Children’s Health Board of Children’s National Hospital and is a frequent grant reviewer for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In the past, she was a member of the Young Fellows Board of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City where she helped grow the board and secure gifts for capital campaign projects. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in Music (violin) and German from William & Mary (’00) and a Certificate of Business Management from the Mason School of Business ('18).  During her time at W&M she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, The Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, The Gallery Players and was Associate Concertmaster of the W&M Symphony Orchestra.  She resides in the District of Columbia with her husband and three children.

  • Martha Frechette Tack ‘78

    Martha Tack received her B.A. in elementary education from William & Mary.  She recently finished serving on the William & Mary Foundation Board, where she co-chaired the Academic Subcommittee. Martha’s husband, Carl ’78, daughter, Catharine ’06, and parents, Fred ’46 and Caroline ’50 Frechette, are alumni of William & Mary.

    Martha and her husband Carl established the Tack Fund for the Visual Arts and the Tack Faculty Lecture Series Endowment at William & Mary.  She is a former director and independent arts organization fundraiser for the Almeida Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, and Bonachela Dance Co.  The Tacks reside in Williamsburg.

  • J. Goodenow (Goody) Tyler III HON '11

    Goody Tyler graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S.N. and later a M.S.N. in Nurse Anesthesia.  He formerly served as a nurse in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, serving a 90 day tour at a Forward Operating Base hospital in Afghanistan. He also worked as a nurse anesthetist in Greenville, NC, and the Bon Secours Hospital System in Norfolk. Goody previously served on the Campaign Cabinet and is a current member of the Campaign Steering Committee (2020) of the For the Bold campaign. Tyler volunteers at the local zoo in Norfolk as a trail host and serves as an at-large director on the Road Runners Club of America board. He has also volunteered in the past for the American Red Cross and the Norfolk Botanical Garden.  His wife Elizabeth “Bee” McLeod was both an alumna of William & Mary and an emerita of the W&M Libraries Board of Directors. Goody was named an honorary William & Mary alumnus in 2011.

  • Shannon L. Watson '89

    Shannon Watson received her B.A. in Government from William & Mary in 1989 and went on to earn her M.A. in Public Policy from Georgetown in 1995. She lives in Virginia and serves as the senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Transportation; previously, she worked in legislative affairs and served as the legislative correspondent for Senator John Glenn for ten years. Shannon is a former president of the W&M DC/Northern Virginia Alumni Chapter, and has served on her 20th and 25th reunion gift committees.

William & Mary Libraries Staff

  • Tami Back , Director of Communications & Strategic Planning

    Tami comes to W&M Libraries with a background in public relations and journalism. She served as communications coordinator for the City of Hampton, VA where she managed the city’s media relations and crisis communications. As part of the city’s marketing team, she served as lead content manager for all city communications including publications, web and social media. Prior to her work with local government, she was a reporter for the Daily Press, covering education and community life. Tami has a bachelor’s degree in English from Christopher Newport University and a master’s degree in English from Old Dominion University. Joining W&M Libraries allowed Tami to combine two of her passions: writing and libraries. As director of communications and strategic planning, she manages media relations, communications and events for the university’s libraries. She enjoys capturing the library’s stories and sharing them with the public. Tami recently moved to Williamsburg with her husband David and their two children. She enjoys reading, writing, playing with her children, spending time with family and visiting with friends.

  • Carrie L. Cooper , Dean of University Libraries

    Carrie Cooper

    Carrie was appointed Dean of University Libraries at William & Mary in August 2011. Her first five years have been focused on strategic planning, staff development, donor engagement, library space and faculty collaboration. Prior to coming to W&M, Carrie served as Dean of Libraries at Eastern Kentucky University. She previously served as the library's coordinator of research and instruction, managing reference, library instruction, university archives, government documents, the Learning Resources Center and distance education. A native of Florida, Carrie received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Florida State University and her master's degree in library and information services from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining EKU, she worked as an elementary school teacher and a high school librarian. Carrie is the mother of twin boys. She enjoys spending time with them and their labradoodle, Ginger.

  • John M. Hunter , Director of Development

    John joined the William & Mary Libraries leadership team in the spring of 2018.  Prior to coming on board, John worked in advancement at William & Mary for five years and most recently served as Associate Director of Regional Advancement on the Virginia team.  In that role he worked with alumni, parents, and friends of William & Mary in Central Virginia to raise support for all areas of the university. At the Libraries, John is focused on efforts to further the growing culture of engagement and philanthropy. In addition to his experience in development at William & Mary, John’s professional background includes work as a relationship manager in banking and as a history teacher at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, VA. He holds a B.A. in history from Washington & Lee University and an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College.   He lives in Richmond with his wife Lisa and their three sons.  Beyond work and family, John enjoys fitness, reading, and music.