Virginia M. Ambler, Ph.D.
After graduating from William & Mary in 1988 with a BA in English, Ginger Ambler earned an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. She then worked as Assistant Director of Residential Life at Franklin and Marshall College before being drawn back to her alma mater to assume the role of Assistant to the Vice President. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership at the College of William & Mary in 2006 with a Higher Education concentration and a Counseling cognate - a degree which she pursued over seven years while working full-time as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the College. After serving for one year in an interim capacity, Ginger was appointed the permanent Vice President for Student Affairs in the summer of 2009. Ginger is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Order of Omega, and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. She also has been honored by William & Mary students who have twice chosen her to be their Honorary Marshal at Commencement. In the broader Williamsburg community, Ginger volunteers in the public schools and is a member of the Williamsburg Youth Harp Society Board of Directors. Ginger has been married to her husband, Richard Ambler, for 23 years, and has three children. Ginger joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2011.
Mark T. Beck
Mark is currently a partner at 379 Associates, LLC, a boutique consulting firm specializing in helping firms fund alternative investments and specialized credit structures. As part of his work he serves as president and board member for Luxembourg Securities Holdings, LLC. Prior to that he spent five years as Head of Origination at Caldwell Life Strategies, an asset management firm focused on investment in structured insurance products. Additionally, Mark has over 20 years of Wall Street experience working for firms such as Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and UBS in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Tokyo, and London in various finance, sales, trading, and management roles. His wife, Leslie, is a graduate of the College, Class of 1980. Mark has a BA in Finance from Elmhurst College and is an amateur cellist. Mark joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2013.
Ellen F. Brown
Ellen is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications. Her first book, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood, which she co-authored, offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most popular and controversial novels in publishing history. A Bestseller's Odyssey was a Publisher's Weekly "top pick" for spring 2011 and was featured in the New York Times and USA Today, and on NPR and the CBS Early Show. Ellen lives in Richmond with her husband and two sons. She is a graduate of the College, class of 1990, as well as of the University of Richmond Law School. You can find her online at www.ellenfbrown.com. Ellen joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2014.
Elizabeth "Lee" Camp
Lee most recently served as Director of Coordination at St. Christopher's School where she worked directly with the Head of St. Catherine's to monitor the coordination of complementary and coordinated activities for K-12 from 1980-2001. Prior to her career at St. Christopher's, she taught professional seminars for the National Association of Bank Women and also served as the Vice President of the Association of Junior Leagues, International, from its New York headquarters. Lee is currently President of the Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation, a member of the Barkesdale Theatre Board in Richmond, and serves on the Board of Visitors of Virginia Military Institute and is acting Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. Past community activities include the Children's Hospital, the Richmond Urban League and the YMCA of greater Richmond. She also served as a Board member of Lime Kiln Arts, Inc. of Lexington, Virginia. She received her BA in Political Science from Smith College. Lee joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2013.
Virginia Rose Cherry
Virginia served for 19 years at Richard Bland College of the College of William & Mary as a Librarian, Director of Media Services, and was appointed Director of the Library in 2005. In addition to her duties as Director, Virginia has been actively involved in the Richmond Academic Library Association (RALC) and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) professional organizations and has presented at the American Library Association and the Virginia Library Association meetings. She began her professional career as a law librarian at Ohio State University School of Law and the University of Miami (Florida) School of Law. She was the first law librarian of the Chesterfield County Public Law Library, and worked at the University of West Georgia as head of the Teaching Materials Center and Test Center for seven years. Virginia is a member of the American Library Association, the Virginia Library Association, the American Business Women's Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Virginia Women in History Project sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Women, the past president of Ex Libris at Swem Library, and many others. Although retired, Virginia has remained active in the community as president of the Rotary Club of Petersburg, a member of the Excellence in Organizational Management Committee of the Cameron Foundation, a Board member of the Fund Development Committee to raise $12 million for the new Petersburg Public Library which will open in January 2014, the president of the Sussex County Historical Society, and historian of the Petersburg Garden Club. She received her BA in Philosophy from the College in 1966, her MLS from Emory University in 1969, and PhD in 1999 from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been married to Bob Cherry, a retired oral surgeon, for 41 years and they live on their family farm in Sussex County, VA with their four rescued dogs. Virginia joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2013.
Scott G. Clayton
Scott is a Consulting Systems Engineer with Cisco focused on customers in the Mid-Atlantic. He holds a BS from William & Mary, Class of 1997. Scott and his wife Kathryn (Kate) Mansfield Clayton (W&M '97), and their two daughters, Sydney and Abbey, reside in Richmond. Scott enjoyed his time at W&M and welcomes the opportunity to give back through membership on the Swem Board. He believes that serving on this board is the best way to say thank you for all of the doors that his W&M diploma has opened. Scott joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2012.
Nathaniel is an undergraduate student at the College majoring in Hispanic Studies and serving as the Student Representative on the Swem Board. Originally from Ashburn, VA, Nathaniel is set to graduate in 2017. On campus, he sings with the Botetourt Chamber Singers, serves as the Business Manager for the Cleftomaniacs Co-Ed A Cappella group, and works in the Swem Music Library in Ewell Hall. In the summer of 2015, he completed an internship with the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, and hopes to pursue a career in a related field after graduation. Nathaniel joined the Board in the fall of 2015.
Virginia Stuart Dopp
Stuart'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 College, 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 College. They value its integrity and appreciate the fact that (to quote Tim Sullivan), W&M "educates hearts as well as minds." Stuart joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2014.
Jill M. Gunn
Jill is a graduate of Florida State University, where she earned her BS, and a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned her MBA. She also studied at the University of South Florida where she completed the requirements for her Florida CPA license. She has two children - Delaney Berman, W&M Class of 2016, and Jake Berman, a high school senior. In her early professional life, she served as the Controller at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school in St. Petersburg, FL, consulted and eventually directed Finance and Administration at Berman PLC, a Tampa, FL-based boutique law firm. She also served eight years on the Board of Trustees for her local Little League where she held the position of Treasurer. In 2008, she and her husband purchased a home in Coronado, CA, and she has since concentrated her efforts on parenting and volunteerism. Her recent philanthropic associations include, since 2009, the Sharp HospiceCare Regatta Committee in support of their Homes for Hospice efforts, and during 2011-2013, the USO San Diego Board of Directors. Her lifetime passions include education and nutrition, and her hobbies include antiquing and traveling with her husband and children when they are not at home in San Diego or Tampa. Jill joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2013.
John D. Johnson
John is Deputy General Counsel and a Senior Vice President at Amundi Smith Breeden, a Durham, North Carolina-based asset manager which is part of the global Amundi asset management group. Prior to joining Amundi Smith Breeden in 2013, 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 W&M in 1992, where he was awarded the William Hogan Award for Excellence in Classical Studies. He also currently serves on a part-time basis as an Assistant Director of Admissions for the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. 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 11- and 12-year-old players. He also plays ice hockey, and enjoys reading history and historical fiction. John joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2014.
Arthur just celebrated the 20th anniversary of his arrival at William & Mary to teach in the American Studies program and the English department, and to help found the Literary and Cultural Studies and Film Studies programs. He came from Chicago where he completed all his degrees in English at the University of Chicago (AB 83, MA 85, PhD 98). Arthur's research and his undergraduate honors thesis focuses on film and performance. His book publications are Disintegrating the Musical: Black Musical Performance and American Musical Film (Duke 2002) and Soundtrack Available: Essays on Popular Film and Music (Duke 2002; co-edited with Pamela Wojcik). He has published many scholarly essays and reviews, most focusing on African Americans and film, though he's currently working on a talk about Glenn Close (in conjunction with the Muscarelle Museum's fall 2013 exhibit) and an article on "crowdfunding" and changing ideas of "independent" film. Arthur is also researching and writing a book, provisionally titled "Black Star: A Cultural History of African American Fame." Some of the regular courses he teaches are Introduction to Film Studies, Contemporary Literature, Cinema and the Modernization of the U.S. Culture, and The Williamsburg Documentary Project, which engages students in collecting and interpreting Williamsburg's 20th and event 21st century history. Arthur and his partner, Martha Howard, have two daughters, one a sophomore at Bard College, the other a senior in high school. When not spending time with his family, watching movies, listening to music, or reading, he is either running or playing Brazilian music on his guitar. Arthur joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2013.
Kathy is the owner and president of CMIT Solutions of Grand Rapids, an information technology and consulting firm. Prior to opening her business in 2014, Kathy spent over 25 years in marketing and general management, leading the marketing organizations and growing businesses for Herman Miller, Kodak, and Warner Lambert. Most recently, Kathy served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and as a member of Herman Miller's Executive Leadership Team. In addition to leading marketing and brand management, Kathy was responsible for overseeing Herman Miller's facilities design and management, and led corporate strategic planning. Prior to joining Herman Miller, Kathy served as Chief Marketing Officer for Kodak's Healthcare and Entertainment business units. She began her career in consumer packaged goods marketing, leading the Listerine, Lubriderm, and Benadryl brands, and serving as Warner Lambert's first Global Category Director. Kathy serves on the board of directors for Family Futures in Grand Rapids, and is a member of Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2012. She is an active committee member for the Center for Community Leadership, the YWCA West Central Michigan, and ACG West Michigan. Kathy earned a BA in Religion and Psychology from W&M, class of 1980, and an MBA from Columbia University, class of 1984. She values the critical thinking skills she developed at W&M, and appreciates the opportunity to give back to the College by serving on the Swem Board. Kathy and her husband, Bob, are recent empty-nesters and enjoy cycling, traveling, and spending time with family and friends, especially their two adult sons, Tim (W&M 2011) and Dan (Elon University 2013), both of whom live and work in New York City. Kathy joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2010.
Margaret Nelson Phillips
Margaret is a 1979 graduate of the College of William & Mary where she was active in student affairs, president of her Senior Class and an officer of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She worked in Washington, DC and San Francisco and after a five-year hiatus, returned to Virginia and received her law degree from the University of Richmond. After marrying a law school classmate, she has practiced law for almost twenty five years primarily in the field of criminal law. Margaret has litigated on both sides of the aisle in the courtroom: as a prosecutor and as a public defender. For the past ten years, she has managed her own firm in her hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia. She has worked to promote critical thinking and action involving indigent defense, children and poverty law issues and recently was honored by induction as a Fellow of both the Virginia Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation in recognition of excellence in the practice of law coupled with extraordinary service to her community and the legal profession on the state and national level. Margaret serves by appointment of the Supreme Court of Virginia as a member of the Virginia State Bar Council, is the Immediate-Past President of the Access to Legal Services Committee for the Virginia State Bar, and is concluding a nine year appointment by the Lynchburg City Council to the Youth and Prevention Services Board where she currently serves as Board President. In addition to her professional work, Margaret has served as a director and executive officer for many local and state community service boards including the Lynchburg Public Library, Central Virginia Mental Health Association, YWCA of Central Virginia, Interfaith Outreach Association and Camp Kum Ba Yah. Margaret was honored by the YWCA as an Outstanding Woman of Achievement for her service. Margaret joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2010.
Jacob H. Rooksby
Jacob is an assistant professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law, where he teaches courses in the area of intellectual property (IP) law and focuses his scholarship on the impact of IP law and policy on higher education. A member of the Virginia State Bar, Jacob formerly practiced law as an associate with McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Virginia, where he was a member of the firm's IP litigation/patents department and higher education practice team. "Super Lawyers" magazine named him a "Rising Star" attorney in Virginia in 2009, 2011, and 2012 in the area of IP law. Jacob holds JD, M.Ed (social foundations of education), and Ph.D (higher education) degrees from the University of Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Hispanic studies and government from W&M, class of 2004, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Jacob joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2014.
William E. Schmierer, Jr.
Bill began his career in the financial industry in New York City with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and Bernstein-MacAuley. He then spent 11 years at Brick Securities/Gerard Klauer Mattison, becoming Senior Partner, Senior Trader, and Senior Sales Trader before leaving for Knight Securities in 1997 where he served as Senior Vice President. Before retiring from LaBranche Financial, he served there as Senior Vice President and Head of Trading. Bill graduated from St. John's University in Flushing, NY with a BA in Finance (1979) and an MBA in Management Science (1981). Since retiring, he and his wife Susan moved to Williamsburg, having enjoyed visiting their daughters Catherine (2005) and Margaret (2010) while they attended W&M. Bill now spends his time tutoring GED candidates, volunteering in Swem's Special Collections, reading, and traveling the country and world.
Mike has worked in the publishing industry for 28 years, 20 of them in not-for-profit activities related to scholarly publishing. His most recent role was Executive Vice President for Global Content Alliances for ITHAKA, where he also served as Managing Director of JSTOR. Prior to the merger of ITHAKA and JSTOR in 2009, Mike was the Executive Director of JSTOR. The JSTOR platform, in collaboration with over 600 scholarly publishers and contributing libraries, integrates and makes accessible over 1,200 scholarly journals covering 50 disciplines, as well as primary source materials such as pamphlets and high resolution images used in research. The platform serves a global community of academic libraries, research institutes, government agencies and other educational institutions. Prior to JSTOR, he served for 12 years as the Director of Membership and Meetings for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the scientific society that publishes the journal Science. At Science, one of his responsibilities was developing the initial business model for Science Online personal and site-wide licenses. Mike has an MBA from The George Washington University, an MA in Literature from the University of Virginia, and a BA from the College of William & Mary. He lives in Little Falls, NJ with his wife; they have two adult children. Mike joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2011.
Caryn served as Undersecretary of Intelligence and Analysis in the Department of Homeland Security from February 2010 until December 2012. As such, she acted as the senior intelligence advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, the Department's Chief Intelligence Officer and Chair of the Homeland Security Intelligence Council, and the Information Sharing Executive for the Department. Prior to serving in the Department of Homeland Security, Caryn worked on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as the Budget Director and Cyber Security Coordinator, in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as the first Chief Financial Officer of the National Intelligence Program, and at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as the Deputy Director for Analysis and Production and as the Senior DIA Representative to Europe and NATO. Caryn received a BA in English and History from the College in 1979, and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1987. She and her husband, Carlyle Lash, live in Arlington, VA. Caryn joined the Swem Board in the fall of 2013.
Carrie L. Cooper
Carrie was appointed Dean of University Libraries at the College of 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.
Kimberly comes to Swem with a background in library fundraising and non-profit management. She is a W&M alumna class of 1991 and received her MA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as director of development and community relations at VCU Libraries for the past fourteen years. At VCU she worked with major and annual gift prospects, the Friends of the VCU Libraries giving society, volunteers, alumni, and managed the Friends of the Library and the James Branch Cabell Library Associates advisory boards. Additionally, she built a cultural program series that engaged the hearts and minds of over 6,000 students, faculty, alumni and Central Virginia residents each year. Prior to her work with VCU Libraries, she was Director of Development for VSA Arts Virginia. She is a member of ALADN, AFP and the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives. Kimberly enjoys reading, knitting and watching baseball in her spare time and is a fan of the Washington Nationals and the Richmond Flying Squirrels. She and her husband Michael (W&M '93) live in Richmond.
Tami C. Back
Tami comes to Swem Library 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 Swem Library allowed Tami to combine two of her passions: writing and libraries. As associate director of strategic communications and outreach, she manages media relations, communications and events for the College’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, Conner and Everly. She enjoys reading, writing, playing with her children, spending time with family and visiting with friends.
Barbara comes to Swem with both a library and a W&M background. She earned her bachelor's degree in English at Christopher Newport University before working as the assistant to the director of the Hampton Public Library for many years. After a brief stint working for the director of the Hampton Arts Commission and the Hampton History Museum, she moved to Williamsburg and began working as the office manager for the Mathematics Department at W&M. That position led to three years as office manager of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy. She could not let the opportunity pass to return to her first love, libraries, when she attained the position of assistant to the Dean of University Libraries. Barbara was born in West Virginia but due to her father's career, the family moved all over the east coast during her school years. She settled in Virginia upon graduating from high school many years ago and considers herself an almost-native Virginian. She is a certified Master Naturalist, volunteers many hours with the Virginia Living Museum, and if she had the time, money, and space, would raise and train Search and Rescue German Shepherds. Instead, she has one rescued hound/labrador mix, and is constantly on the lookout for another German Shepherd who needs a good home.