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.

  • James Boswell '86

    James Boswell has spent over 30 years working at the intersection of business, law, and government. His public-sector employment includes the Office of General Counsel of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and in the private sector he has been employed in various capacities including Chief Legal Officer.

    James is currently an Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Executive Partner at W&M’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He graduated from William & Mary in 1986 with a degree in English and Anthropology, and holds a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, a Master’s degree in Government from Harvard University, and a Professional Certificate in Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    As a student at W&M, James worked at Swem Library, and then continued as a regular staff member after graduation. He worked on significant projects including the digitization of the card catalog, the barcoding of the collection, and the reclassification of materials from the Dewey Decimal System to the Library of Congress System.

    James and his husband Chris Caracci actively support the Wolf Law Library’s recreation of George Wythe’s library. James and Chris are funding the George Wythe Room itself, and recently created the Boswell-Caracci Acquisition Fund to purchase volumes for the room. The fund has already added several rare volumes to the collection. James and Chris also funded the James Boswell and Christopher Caracci Gallery in the newly expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

    James is a Planning Commissioner for the City of Williamsburg and sits on the Williamsburg Architectural Review Board. He also serves on the MESDA Advisory Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Williamsburg-Peninsula Chapter of the William & Mary Alumni Society. For several years he taught a popular History course for William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association.

  • Virginia (Stuart) Dopp '62

    Virginia Stuart Dopp ’62, retired from Fairfax County Schools as English Department Chair at Edison High School, having also taught at Annandale and Oakton, at a military base in Germany and for an alcohol safety program. For Fairfax County, Dopp served on the Long-range Planning Committee and the Curriculum Council, sponsored the student-produced TV show, and was liaison to the Staff Development project at George Mason University.  She was a Forensics coach, President of the Northern Virginia English Teachers Association and state board member, and a peer coach. Completing her Master’s at GMU, Dopp continued course work at varied universities. Post-retirement, she was adjunct faculty at GWU and a curriculum writer for the Kennedy Center. 

    For William & Mary, Dopp co-chaired her 50th Reunion Gift as well as Activities committees, served on previous reunion committees, and was on the boards of the Northern VA and Charlottesville Alumni Chapters. She has been president of two chapters of Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Associations and was active in several churches. Other boards include The Shelter for Help in Emergency, Rivanna Garden Club (both Charlottesville), and The Muscarelle Museum at W&M.

    Stuart and her husband, Dan ’62, are W&M parents and grandparents. 

  • Kirsten (Kiki) Lee Dunton '89

    Kirsten ‘Kiki’ Dunton grew up in New York and graduated with a BA in Government from William & Mary in 1989 (with a year spent “studying” at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland).  While at W&M, she worked at Swem Library, mainly organizing and shelving books. After working in non-profit political organizing on environmental and consumer protection issues for several years, she earned her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.  Kiki now works as a family law attorney with Gray Law in Tallahassee, Florida.  She is trained in Collaborative Family Law, as a family law Guardian ad Litem, and qualified Parenting Coordinator.  Prior to private practice, she worked with Children’s Legal Services with the Florida Department of Children and Families, and in 2017, was awarded the Florida Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Attorney award for excellence in advocacy for children with special needs.  Her husband John Hugill ’89 is an emeritus of the W&M Libraries Board of Directors, and they live with Tallahassee with their daughter, Abigail, and on occasion, their son Jackson, who is usually off studying at Northwestern University in Chicago.  Kiki has served on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Tallahassee and is currently on the Board of Trustees at Maclay School, Tallahassee.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    A native of Alexandria, VA, Shannon L. Watson is the Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency at DOT responsible for reducing truck and motorcoach fatalities on our nation’s highways. Ms. Watson came to FMCSA in 2002 as Chief of the Policy and Legislation Division. In 2008, she was appointed by Secretary Peters, and reappointed by Secretary LaHood, to be the DOT representative to the Office of Gulf Coast Rebuilding, the Executive branch office responsible for coordinating the U.S. government’s recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    Ms. Watson manages the Agency’s advisory committees, plans and oversees listening sessions on a variety of topics of interest to the Agency and its stakeholders, and manages the office’s communications with Congress, Executive branch offices, and external groups. In 2017, she earned the Secretary’s Partnering for Excellence Award for her leadership on the DOT Presidential Transition Team. In 2016, she earned the Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement and the Secretary’s Transportation Safety Award for the Entry-Level Driver Training Negotiated Rulemaking Team.

    Ms. Watson began her career in government with Senator John Glenn (D-OH) as Legislative Assistant for energy, environment, interior, and transportation. Upon Senator Glenn’s retirement in 1999, President William J. Clinton appointed her as Senior Liaison in the DOT Office of Governmental Affairs. Additionally, she served on the staff of former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-SD) and as Legislative Assistant to Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Senate Majority Whip.

    Ms. Watson is a graduate of William & Mary with a B.A. in Government and French minor and earned her M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University. Shannon is a former president of the W&M Metropolitan DC Alumni Chapter, which earned best chapter under her tenure, and has served on her 20th, 25th, and 30th reunion gift committees.

    In addition to the Libraries Board, Shannon is Trustee of the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA), which has awarded more than $16 million in need-based college scholarships for students at T.C. Williams High School, Ms. Watson’s alma mater. She is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she chairs its Dinner Fellowship program.

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 Cooper was appointed Dean of University Libraries at William & Mary in August 2011. During her time with the university, she has overseen exciting renovations to the university’s main library, developed innovative faculty collaborations, and raised over $22 million for the campus libraries. 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. Before joining EKU, she worked as an elementary school teacher and a high school librarian. 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. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in educational policy, planning and leadership at William & Mary. 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.