Alumnae Board

Alumnae Association Board of Directors

Tawana Lee Ware ’96
President
Nashville, Tenn.
Ann Glendinning ’68
Immediate Past President
Atlanta, Ga.
Helen Nash ’93
Secretary
Atlanta, Ga.
Kim Vickers ’87 (Ex-officio)
Director of Alumnae Relations
Atlanta, Ga.

 

Alumnae Board

Lisa Amaker ’07
Atlanta, Ga.
Jane Bingham ’06
Decatur, Ga.
Margaret Van Deman Blackmon ’63
Afton, Va. and Atlanta, Ga.
Whitney Brown ’07
Decatur, Ga.
Elizabeth Hanson Duerr ’58
Houston, Texas
Helen McGowan French ’54, ’74
Atlanta, Ga.
Helen Davis Hatch ’65
Atlanta, Ga.
Susan Stevens Hitchcock ’67
Suwanee, Ga.
Annie Chanpong Kuo ’99
Seattle, Wash.
Marianne Lyon ’77
Slyva, N.C.
Adele Dieckmann McKee ’48
Decatur, Ga.
Maria Wornom Rippe ’64
Richmond, Va.
Diane Rickett Sandifer ’84
Pine Mountain, Ga.
Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba ’01
Memphis, Tenn.
Edna Lowe Swift ’71 
Decatur, Ga.
Pam Tipton ’86
Decatur, Ga.
Barbara Black Waters ’73
Atlanta, Ga.
Harriett Schneider Williams ’73x
Greer, S.C.
Carol Reaves Wilson ’82
Augusta, Ga.

 

Student Members (Ex-officio)

Chandler Converse ’14
Student Representative
Alexandria, Va.
Elizabeth Rowe ’15
Student Representative
Bluffton, S.C.


Member biographies

Tawana Lee Ware '96, President 
Ware graduated with a major in biology. She earned her D.D.S. degree from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. During dental school, she held many leadership positions including president of the student government association and was active with community service. Ware was awarded a National Health Service Corps Dental Scholarship and inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the distinguished dental honor society. She went on to complete her pediatric dentistry training and obtained the M.S.D. degree at Indiana University and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind. While in residency, Ware was the recipient of the National Dental Association Foundation/ Colgate-Palmolive Dr. Bessie E. Delaney Scholarship and was featured in Ebony Magazine. After residency, she worked in public health and private practice for eight years. She is now a full-time professor at her alma mater, Meharry, teaching pediatric dentistry to dental students. Ware has held several national leadership positions and currently is vice president of the American Association of Women Dentists. Locally she serves on the board of directors for the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. Her passion for community service has inspired her to participate in dental missions and lead a trip to Jamaica. She has done international presentations on dental public health in South Africa and Guatemala. Ware and her husband, Jermaine, live near Nashville, Tenn., with their new daughter, Nasya.

Ann Glendinning '68, Immediate Past President
After graduating with a B.A. in psychology, Glendinning worked at the Georgia Mental Health Institute for three years. She then completed her M.Ed. and Ed. S. degrees in special education in the areas of emotional and behavioral disorders and learning disabilities and her Ph.D. in special education administration from Georgia State University. She taught students and was an administrator until she retired from the Cobb County School District in 2001 and was Assistant Superintendent for Special Student Services at the time. She has been on the part-time faculties of several colleges and universities and worked for the University of Georgia for three years on a grant with the Georgia Department of Education. She served on the Atlanta Steering Committee for the building campaign, coordinates the Agnes Scott College Book Award for young women in the Cobb County area, and established two awards that are given annually to Agnes Scott students, the Sara Glendinning Journalism Prize (named for her mother Sara Wilson Glendinning ‘33) and the John Hudson Prize in Special Education. She is currently fund chair for her class. She is married to Dale Kelly and has one stepdaughter and grandson.

Helen Nash '93, Secretary
Nash graduated with a B.A. in English with a minor in French and then joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1993. In more than 16 years with the company, she has served in a variety of communications roles, ranging from editor to speechwriter to blogger. Helen has worked in the the company¹s Archives, media relations, financial communications and employee communications areas. Since graduation, Nash has served as class secretary and currently is class president. She also helped form After-Hour Readers, a book club for alumnae.

Lisa Amaker '07

A Woodruff Scholar and native New Yorker, Amaker graduated with a B.A. in women’s studies and an Africana studies minor. Deciding to remain in Atlanta following graduation,  Amaker returned to a career in medical education and communications and now leads a national education initiative for medical professionals through the American College of Rheumatology. The Lupus Initiative attempts to reduce health disparities in lupus, a disease that disproportionately impacts young women, through the education of health professionals to improve disease recognition, treatment and management. An active member of her adopted community, Amaker volunteers with several nonprofits, is vice president of her homeowners association in Decatur and sits on the board of Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends. She is the proud owner of three rescued dog.

Jane Bigham ’06
Bigham graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and Spanish. After graduation, she worked
for the Carter Center Mental Health Program for five years. Her involvement in the program’s first international initiative in Liberia inspired her to pursue a Master of Public Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. In 2011, after graduating from Emory, Bigham received a Presidential Management Fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She currently works in the policy office of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at CDC. In her free time, she enjoys visiting local dog parks with her Boston Terrier, Quincy.

Margaret Van Deman Blackmon '63
After graduating with a degree in history, Blackmon taught eighth graders in Texas and earned a master’s in history at Texas Christian University. She moved to Virginia in 1971, where she taught at the community college and then in the Fredericksburg City Public Schools for 18 years. She earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia and moved to Farmville to be the superintendent of the Prince Edward County Public Schools for the next nine years. During 2005-2006, Blackmon was the president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. In 2004, she was a Fulbright Superintendent in Germany, and in 2006, she represented Virginia as part of the American delegation to the China-U.S. International Education Conference in Beijing. Following her retirement in 2006, she became the executive director of the Women Education Leaders in Virginia, headquartered in Charlottesville, and a consultant for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 2008, her Agnes Scott classmates elected her president of their class, and she has enjoyed collaborating with a dozen classmates to plan the 50th reunion for the class of 1963. She and her husband, Charles, split their time between Virginia and Atlanta, where their two grown children and six grandchildren live.

Whitney Brown ‘07 
Brown graduated with a Psychology and Music (History) double-major. She worked various jobs her first year out of college, and, in 2008 began working at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit. She worked her way up from a Marketing intern/Box Office Associate to the Communications & Development Manager. After three years at Theatrical Outfit, Brown recently began a job at Agnes Scott College as the Faculty Administrative Assistant for the Music Department. While an undergrad at Agnes Scott, she was a member of Collegiate Chorale, Tower Council, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, and was Editor-in-Chief of The Silhouette. She currently is the President of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and volunteers as a Suzi Bass Awards Recommending Judge, the Atlanta theater awards. She is also her class’ co-fund Chair and is active in the Decatur Alumnae Chapter.

Elizabeth Hanson Duerr '58 
Duerr received her B.A. degree in German and then returned to Houston where she worked for Humble Oil (now Exxon) in the production research department as a research librarian and document translator. After living in Germany for a year with her husband and children, Duerr became active in music, pursuing post-baccalaureate studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. A lifelong Presbyterian, Duerr was a member of a church music staff for 18 years as well as having served as an ordained deacon and elder. Current activities include serving on the Institutional Review Board of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and on the Board of The Houston Friends of Music as well as other civic and cultural organizations. Always active with the Houston Chapter of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association, she has served as chapter president. Now a widow, Duerr has a son and grandchildren in Atlanta and a daughter, also an Agnes Scott alumna, in Greensboro, N.C.

Helen McGowan French ’54
When the Return-To-College program was initiated in 1972, French returned to Agnes Scott to complete her degree in English, which had been put on hold twenty years earlier. She then earned a master’s degree in medieval art and theology from the Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory. She has served as a Girl Scout troop leader, Meals on Wheels driver and past member of the Administrative Board and the Staff/Parish, Long-Range Planning and Pre-School committees at her church. She has recently completed 25 years as a volunteer at the Buckhead Christian Ministry.

Helen Davis Hatch ’65
After graduating with a B.A. in mathematics, Hatch received her Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She joined tvsdesign (Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates) in 1973 and has had an exciting career as an architect specializing in the design of hotels, conference facilities and convention centers. A highlight of her career was having the opportunity to lead the architectural teams that designed the Alston Campus Center and McCain Library renovation and expansion on Agnes Scott’s campus. She is currently focused on the firm’s expansion in China. Hatch is past president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has been elevated to Fellow in the AIA. Hatch has served on the alumni council of Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Advisory Council for the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Auburn University College of Architecture Advisory Council. Hatch is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and has been named Outstanding Alumna of Agnes Scott College for her career achievements. She and her husband, Ted, live in the Ansley Park neighborhood of Atlanta.

Susan Stevens Hitchcock '67 
After graduating with honor from Agnes Scott with a B.A. in psychology, Hitchcock completed a 25- year corporate management career with BellSouth. Her second career began in 1992 with the Turknett Leadership Group as VP Client Services where she helped expand services, grow revenue and significantly increase the client base over an 18-year tenure. She also introduced a highly regarded executive development program for women including a monthly Women in Leadership Seminar Series now in its 10th year. In 2003, Hitchcock played a key role in Turknett’s launch of its Leadership Character Awards program—a highly regarded annual event that recognizes outstanding leaders in the business, education and non-profit sectors. As a community activist for four decades, she has served as a mentor, an adult literacy tutor, child advocacy counselor and fundraiser. Her past leadership roles have included the boards of the Atlanta Women’s Network, Georgia Executive Women’s Network, Possible Woman Foundation International and Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta. In addition to the Agnes Scott Alumnae Board, Hitchcock currently serves on the boards of the Global Ethical Leadership Foundation and the Georgia Women’s Institute. She’s also a partner/member and former VP of the Atlanta Chapter of CEO Netweavers, a national non-profit organization based on the principles of servant leadership. For the past three years, Hitchcock has served as a judge for the Women of the Year in Technology Awards and is an adviser with Emerge Scholarships, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to non-traditional women across the country. Recognized in 2012 as a Womenetics POW Award recipient for her advocacy of women’s equality and advancement, Hitchcock is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership. Her special passion for this subject resulted in the “SHEroes project”—interviews and profiles of more than 50 inspirational female role models in fields from A to Z. In 2010, she began Act III of her life, which she calls her “time of 100 percent flexibility.” In addition to selected professional and community activities, she spends time with her husband of 40 years, enjoys reading, traveling, keeping up with her two daughters and four grandchildren, mentoring young women, flower gardening and HGTV!

Annie Chanpong Kuo ‘99
Kuo graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in International Relations and Spanish. While a student, she founded the organization that is now Asian Women at Agnes Scott. Her last semester was on exchange at Mills College in Oakland, California, which brought her to the coast that she now calls home. Kuo holds a public relations certificate from the University of Washington and a M.S. degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. At Northwestern, Kuo was editor-in-chief of the 2009 academic journal and a Lagrant Foundation scholar. In 2006, the Public Relations Society of America named her the Puget Sound region's Outstanding Young Professional. She has worked at Edelman and Ogilvy, two global agencies for marketing and public relations. Previously, Kuo was an arts administrator at Portland Taiko, an Asian American drum performance company, and Kennedy Center Jazz in Washington, D.C. Kuo is now a marketing consultant based in Seattle, where she is also a Young Adult Advisor to the Seattle Art Museum and a 2011 class member of Project LEAD and the Asian Community Leadership Foundation.

Marianne Lyon ’77
Marianne Lyon graduated with a B.A. in English. She lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for ten years, where she volunteered for The Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange, counseling Malaysian students who wished to pursue higher education in the United States. After later living in Norway, Scotland and England, she returned to the U.S. in 1991. For the past 22 years she has been actively involved with the Company OnStage Theatre in Houston. Lyon has acted in and directed numerous productions, as well as served for more than ten years on the Board of Directors and most recently as Dramaturge. She has served as her ASC class reunion chair for the last two class reunions. She currently lives in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband and their four rescued cats.

Adele Dieckmann McKee ’48
Adele Dieckmann McKee graduated from ASC with a double major in music and Latin after serving as vice president of student government in her senior year. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board and Eta Sigma Phi classical society. She received a master’s degree in Latin from Wellesley College in 1949 and in 1955 a master’s in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music. McKee is also a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. Her first job was as a teacher of Latin, music theory and chapel organist/choral accompanist at the Northfield School for Girls in Massachusetts. In 1955, she returned to Atlanta where for a time she taught Latin at the Westminster Schools while becoming director of music/organist of Trinity Presbyterian Church. The latter soon became a full-time position where she stayed for 27 ½ years. In 1985, she became organist/ choir master at St. Luke’s Presbyterian in Dunwoody. She served on the National Council of the American Guild of Organists and the National Board of the Choristers’ Guild. In 1970, she was elected to be the first national president of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Her last work in music was as a volunteer at the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde where she was president of their board for four years, guiding fundraising resulting in an endowment fund of a quarter million dollars. She was married to Dr. Dean G. McKee, former president of the Biblical Seminary in New York and later professor of Biblical exposition at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Maria Wornom Rippe ’64
After graduation with a major in history, Maria Wornom Rippe continued studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in library science and then worked as a librarian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Later, she and husband Peter, a museum director, moved to Houston, where she worked as a school librarian. After their return to Virginia, she earned a Master of Divinity and served as a Lutheran supply pastor for small congregations, while continuing her library career in the Waynesboro school system. Rippe’s life changed direction ten years ago when she opened an old document box and found a small Bible with a long list of slaves once owned by her Virginia ancestors. Since then her focus has been research, local history, community dialogue and the future of Richmond’s past, which has led her to organize an inter-racial heritage alliance. She is currently working on a book that she hopes will honestly address slavery and its legacy in today’s society.

Diane Rickett Sandifer ’84
Diane Rickett Sandifer is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate who majored in mathematics and completed certification in secondary education. After a career in management consulting, Sandifer stayed at home raising their two sons while simultaneously serving on the Harris County Board of Education. While serving as the president of the Georgia School Boards Association, Sandifer was elected to the National School Boards Association’s Board of Directors. Sandifer co chaired one of the major components of Georgia’s Vision for Public Education, worked on a three-year education research project with the Wallace Foundation, graduated from the Disney Leadership Institute and is on the Board of Directors of NAMI GA (National Alliance for Mental Illness). She serves on the Christian Education Council for LaGrange First Presbyterian Church and was the 2011 Agnes Scott College Outstanding Alumna for Service to the Community. Sandifer is participating in the 2013 Education Policy Fellows Program through the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba '01
After graduating with a major in international relations and a minor in English, Sciubba earned her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2008) in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. From 2005-2007 she served as a demographics consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). Following this appointment she received a fellowship to further her study at the International Max Planck Research School for Demography in Rostock, Germany. She is currently the Mellon Environmental Fellow in the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College and has recently published her first book, The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2011). Sciubba is active volunteer with the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She is married to Paul Sciubba.

Edna Lowe Swift ‘71
Swift graduated with a BA in Spanish and earned an MA in Spanish Language and Culture in 2001 from the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. She completed her ESL endorsement in 1991 and the Translation Certification Program in 1999 – both at Georgia State University. Her teaching career with Atlanta Public Schools spanned 28 years. She retired in 2005 but continues to work part time doing Substitute teaching, tutoring, translating and interpreting. Swift serves on the Executive Board of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys her affiliation with “Witkaze” and was Agnes Scott’s first Black graduate.

Pam Tipton ’86
Pam Tipton ’86 is the director of executive programs at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School where she is responsible for the design and delivery of custom and open enrollment executive education programs. Previously, Tipton served as executive director of consulting at Pathbuilders and in a number of leadership roles for BellSouth / AT&T Corporation. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott with a B.A. in economics and a Beta Gamma Sigma M.B.A. graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Atlanta and is on the executive committee for the Board of Directors of the Executive Women of Goizueta. Additionally, Tipton offers her time and talents to others by serving as a mentor to Goizueta Business School MBA candidates, as class president of ASC’s class of 1986, as a team lead and consultant for non-profit organizations through the Community Consulting Teams of the Atlanta Business School Alliance and by serving others through local and international outreach ministries at her church.

Barbara Black Waters '73 
Barbara Black Waters graduated with a degree in English and pursued her goal of a career in journalism, working as a reporter, feature writer and then editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper in New Jersey before turning to a career in nonprofit development. She has professionally fundraised for The Nature Conservancy, The Bostonian Society, the Island Alliance, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta Girls’ School and the Center for the Visually Impaired. She has been co-fund chair of her class for the past five years, is Reunion Fund co-chair this year and serves on the Atlanta committee of Agnes Scott’s comprehensive campaign. She is also a member of the Cathedral of St. Philip, most recently co-chairing the 2013 Tour of Homes, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Buckhead Christian Ministry.

Harriett Schneider Williams ’73x
Williams started her undergraduate work at Agnes Scott and completed her B.A. in English and secondary education at University of South Carolina. After pursuing an M.A.T. in English at Tulane and teaching high school English for seven years, she received a Ph.D. in English education from the University of South Carolina. Her research focus was rhetoric and composition, an interest which led her to a 28-year career teaching writing at USC and to becoming a National Writing Project site director as well as a national consultant for NWP. This organization, headquartered at the University of California at Berkeley, is a nationwide network of university educators working with teachers K-12 to improve the teaching of writing in the nation’s schools. After retirement from USC, Williams and her husband, Blake, moved to the Greenville, S.C. area where their daughter, Julia, her husband, Todd Cunningham, and granddaughters, Beattie and Sullivan Cunningham, live nearby. Williams is active with ASC alumnae in her area and with her church, Greer First Presbyterian, and she and Blake enjoy traveling and reading.

Carol Reaves Wilson '82 
After graduating, Carol Reaves Wilson had several work “careers” before beginning her best and most successful career as a stay-at-home mom with her three children. She has served extensively as a volunteer at church, preschool and the school library. She also has dabbled in most crafts including needlework and basketry and is attempting to learn how to spin yarn. She’s been the fund chair and secretary for her class, enjoying reconnection with classmates through all sorts of communication methods. She uses her economics degree managing a financial planning office and loves working with the clients in service and support. Agnes Scott is in her blood as her great-grandmother was there on the first day of the first class and her daughter graduated as a fifth-generation Scottie.