Board of Trustees

Shadia Alvarez ’96

Executive Committee

Shadia Alvarez ’96

 

Alvarez was the principal at the Principal of House III; New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York. A one-time Antioch College community manager and assistant to the president for multicultural affairs, she also served on the Antioch College Task Force on Community & Community Governance.

Michael Casselli

Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Installation, Faculty Trustee

Michael Casselli

Michael Casselli has been interested in the hybridization of forms and media since he received his undergraduate degree in visual arts/performance theory from Antioch College in 1987. While at the college, he staged large-scale outdoor mixed media performance installations, whose primary focus was an attempt to clarify issues of sense-based perception and the physicality inherent in performative work. After Antioch, he was accepted into the Masters Program in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

While at RISD his worked started to move away from the performative context, while maintaining a vested interest in sense of physicality, choosing to focus on the role that the spectator plays as a necessary figurative element of a completed work. It was at RISD that he started to define the contextual framework through which his work was to be experienced. By eliminating physical boundaries between the viewer and the work, he provided the spectator with a choice as to how they would interact with it.

While these concerns still remain active in the work he produces today, his vocabulary has expanded to include more subtle ways of asking the same questions, and has allowed him to consider a broader palate of contemporary media in the creation of his work, utilizing video, robotics, and home-grown technologies. Michael spent twenty years in New York City within the underground art and performance scene, fully integrating his early concerns with performance and the visual arts. While continuing to create large-scale installations, he found himself able to apply many of the same concerns within the performance arena, creating scenic and video design for dance and theater, earning him a Bessie Award for Scenic Design in 1987. Michael relocated to Yellow Springs in 2009 to establish the Manic Design Studio, a place for hybrid experimentation in all media.

 

EDUCATION

  • MFA, Visual Arts, Rhode Island School of Design
    • Concentration: Sculpture
    • Thesis: Hybrid Form and the Question of Traditional Arts Practice
  • BA, Self-Designed Major, Antioch College
    • Concentration: Visual Arts/Performance Theory

COURSES

  • MEDA 101: Media, Internet, and Society
  • MEDA 130: Practical New Media
  • MEDA 160: Sound Art
  • MEDA 230: Reactive Systems

Chris Chavers ’21

Trustee

Chris Chavers ’21

Chris is the founder and President of the Black Student Union at Antioch College, and he is the Co-Chair (co-president) of ComCil. He is from Trotwood, Ohio, and his self-design degree is Pre-Law and Community Engagement. His Co-ops consist of The Transgender Law Center in Oakland, California, working in the communications and development department and is going to work at the Law Office of Phillip Brigham for his winter Co-op being a legal assistant. Chris has been a Miller Fellow for The Village Impact Project in Yellow Springs and a student assistant at the Coretta Scott King Center.

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Shelby Chestnut ’05

Trustee

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Shelby Chestnut ’05

 

Shelby is the Director of Policy and Programs at the Transgender Law Center (TLC), the countries largest trans led organization. Shelby’s work focuses on supporting the leadership of transgender people of color around the US, to ensure they are alive and thriving. Prior to TLC, Shelby served as the Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project for 6 years. Shelby holds a BA from Antioch College and an MS in Public Policy from the New School. Shelby has dedicated their career to organizing and mobilizing LGBTQ people, people of color and low income communities to ensure policies are informed by the people directly impacted by economic inequality and violence. Shelby lives in Brooklyn, New York, with their partner and two cats.

Shalini Deo

Trustee

Shalini Deo

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Shalini Deo is the principal law clerk to the Honorable Rita Mella, in New York County Surrogate’s Court, where she has worked since 2013. Shalini earned a Bachelor of Science in a Self-Designed Major titled “Botany, Environment, and Culture” from Antioch College. She is a 2008 graduate of CUNY School of Law, where she was a student practitioner in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic during her third year. Upon graduating from law school she clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York. She also serves as an adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law. Shalini lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her spouse and their awesome kid, Meena.

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Robert M. Hollister ’66

Vice Chair

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Robert M. Hollister ’66

 

A pioneer in the engaged university movement, Rob Hollister served on the faculty at M.I.T. for ten years and for 35 years at Tufts University.  He was founding Dean of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts, a university-wide program to prepare students in all fields for lifetimes of active citizenship – to educate citizen engineers and citizen physicians, citizen humanists and citizen businesspeople.  Professor Emeritus in the Tufts Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, he also was Dean of the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Talloires Network, a large global coalition to advance higher education civic engagement.  He earned a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Antioch, a master’s degree in City Planning from Harvard, and a PhD in Urban Studies and Planning from M.I.T.

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John K. Jacobs Jr. ’76

Treasurer

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John K. Jacobs Jr. ’76

 

John K. Jacobs (not to be confused with John L. Jacobs ’76) has many Antioch connections. He met his wife Mary (class of ’74) when he entered in 1972, his father John K. Jacobs Sr. graduated in 1940, and his first cousin Evelyn Lamers ’69 and her husband Tom (class of ’69) are, or were, all proud Antioch alumni.

After graduating from Antioch with a focus on the fine arts, sculpture in particular, John continued his studies at the MFA program at Hunter College in New York. While there he began working part time in galleries and museums in New York and after leaving Hunter in 1980 he joined the staff of The New Museum where he took the job of Registrar, managing the exhibitions and collections of the museum. After spending 6 years at the museum and seeing it grow into the most cutting edge contemporary art museum in New York he left to join the fledgling art services company, Crozier Fine Arts. This company specialized in the storage, shipping, crating and packing and installation of fine art all over the world and provided the commercial experience that he would need to found his own company.

In 1989, with his wife Mary and their three small children, he left New York for Washington, D.C. to establish ARTEX Fine Art Services in the former post office building of Takoma Park Maryland. The company quickly grew and established offices in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale and today is the largest art service provider in the United States, specializing in working with museums, galleries, private collectors and auction houses.

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Maureen A. Lynch

Chair

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Maureen A. Lynch

 

Maureen Lynch is an active community leader who has volunteered for more than 35 years in support of women’s rights, civil liberties and access to health care in Dayton and Yellow Springs, where she resides. A native of Akron, Ohio, Lynch currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Dayton Foundation.  She previously has served as a board member or officer for a number of local organizations, including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Planned Parenthood of the Greater Miami Valley, NARAL Ohio, Think TV, Dayton YWCA, Friends Care Community and Lion Apparel, among others. She was recognized in 2003 as one of the Dayton YWCA Women of Influence.

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Tom Manley

President

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Tom Manley

Manley is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received a bachelor's in East Asian history and education from Towson University. He earned a master’s in Asian studies, and doctorate in education from the Claremont Graduate University. He has a long history of board and volunteer service to organizations such as the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Initiative, National Endowment of the Arts Education Leadership Initiative, and the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities. Manley has nearly four decades of experience in higher education, including 12 years as president of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland and 22 years at the Claremont Colleges -- primarily at Pitzer College -- where he held a variety of administrative posts and served as a member of the faculty. Visit the President's Office website for more. 

Susan Jean Mayer​ ’79

Trustee

Susan Jean Mayer​ ’79

 

Susan Jean (Shay) Mayer is a developmental learning and curricular theorist who writes on a range of issues related to democratic K-12 practice, social science method, and the study of learning within schools. Mayer draws on contemporary understandings of the work of psychologists Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky and on the philosophy of pragmatism as explicated by John Dewey. Her 2012 book, Classroom Discourse and Democracy: Making Meanings Together, employs classroom discourse analysis in order to characterize and theorize distinctively democratic features of secondary literature discussions.

Mayer has taught in teacher education programs at Brandeis and Northeastern Universities and worked in secondary textbook production for five years. She is editor-in-chief of the online Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies and was a founding member of Critical Explorers, a non-profit that conducts curricular research and design residencies (criticalexplorers.org). An edited book on the use of the teaching approach Critical Exploration in the Classroom within teacher education programs is in review.

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Sharon Merriman ’55

Trustee

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Sharon Merriman ’55

 

Merriman is a graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is of counsel in the law firm of Voyles Zahn Paul, a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association, and an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She served on the Antioch University Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2012.

In the past, Sharon worked with Planned Parenthood of Central Indiana, Big Sisters (before they merged), and currently serves on several committees at All Souls Unitarian Church. Additionally, she is a reader for IRIS an organization which works with our public radio/television station to read for the visually impaired. Sharon is an active member of the Travelers Century Club, having visited over one hundred countries and all continents.

Matthew Morgan ’99

Trustee

Matthew Morgan ’99

 

Matt Morgan currently lives in the Northwest, with his wife Karla, and their two children. When not out walking in the woods, enjoying the fresh air of the ocean, or wondering if the tremors on Mt. Hood mean anything, Matt works with his business partner Sean Devine on documentary films. Recent work includes an exploration of suspension art, a short documentary about Hispanic day laborers, and training videos for nonprofits. The early focus of the business was on producing promotional DVDs for area bands, as well as for nonprofit and for-profit clients. Prior to starting his own business, Matt worked in the environmental field as a water quality monitoring field technician with Altivia and played in several bands as bass guitarist and lead vocalist. Matt graduated from Antioch College with a B.A. in environmental science. He has taken additional courses at Wright State University and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Karen Mulhauser ’65

President, Alumni Association Board of Directors

Karen Mulhauser ’65

Mulhauser has been providing consulting services to nonprofit organizations, grantmakers and political candidates since 1988 (including the Obama for America campaign and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton ‘60). She coordinates a network of over 1,030 Washington, D.C.-area self-employed women. She is founder and coordinator of Trusted Sources, a nonpartisan voter engagement organization. She serves on the D.C. Human Rights Commission and the Advisory Council of Women’s Information Network, which each year presents a D.C. woman with The Karen Mulhauser Award for service to support the advancement of young professional women.

Before consulting, Mulhauser was the Director of the Center for Education on Nuclear War and an affiliated lobbying coalition, Citizens Against Nuclear War (CAN), and was Executive Director of the National Abortion Rights Action League during most of the ‘70s and through 1981.

Sharen Swartz Neuhardt

Secretary

Sharen Swartz Neuhardt

 

Neuhardt is a Partner at Thompson Hine LLP in Dayton, Ohio specializing in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and technology law. She was the head of the firm’s corporate transactions and securities practice group from 2005-2008. Neuhardt was also the Vice President and General Counsel of Mead Data Central, Inc. (now known as LexisNexis) from 1987-1990. In addition to her work with the Ohio Democratic Party, Neuhardt has been active in Planned Parenthood for decades. She earned a BA from Northwestern University in 1973 and holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Mohammad Saeed Rahman​

Trustee

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Mohammad Saeed Rahman​

 

Rahman has 32 years experience in the financial industry as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Wachovia and Vice President for Private Clients at Merrill Lynch.  He is the founder of several business ventures and non-profit organizations. His ventures include Rubicon Global Asset Management, Rubicon Global Holdings, Rubicon Global Research, Always On Network, Maui-Rubicon Broadband and Z-Motors US.

Rahman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Portland State University, and his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree from Reed College. Rahman received his Investment Management Analyst Certification from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as an adjunct professor at the School of Marketing & Finance at Portland State University for eighteen years and has served as a Board Member for the Portland State Endowment Foundation.

Rahman served for 10 years on the board of the Counsel of Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE). He also founded One Ummah Foundation in memory of his son, Mustafa Saeed Rahman. OUF is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of illiteracy and poverty in underdeveloped countries. He also previously served on the board of the Institute of Halal Investing.

Rahman has an avid interest in demystifying halal investing and bringing it within the mainstream of the investing industry on a global scale. He was a member of the Reuters panel on Islamic finance in Singapore, and presented his paper on Micro Equity Venture at the Harvard Islamic Finance Forum.

His resourcefulness and love of networking lead him to various investment projects from companion animal pharmaceuticals, to wireless telecommunications, to biotech engineering. He continues to travel extensively in Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe.

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Malte von Matthiessen ’66

Executive Committee

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Malte von Matthiessen ’66

 

von Matthiessen joined the board of trustees at Antioch College in October 2014. Subsequently, he chaired the presidential search committee that led to the hiring of Thomas Manley on March 1st, 2016. He served as Chair of the Board in the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Previously, he was a member of the board of trustees of Antioch University, 1980-1996 (board chair 1989-1995). He was a recipient of the Alumni Association’s J. D. Dawson award in 1992.

In addition, Malte also served on the board of trustees at Wilberforce University (1997-2000); the board of directors at the Wright State University Foundation (1999-2007) and the board of directors at Western State College Foundation (2005-2010). He also served on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (AGB) from 1994-2007; and was a recipient of AGB’s distinguished service award.

He spent forty years in global business; retiring from YSI (Yellow Springs Instrument Company) on September 1st, 2011.


Honorary Members of the Board

  • Kay Drey​
  • Atis Folkmanis ’62, Trustee Emeritus
  • David Goodman ’69, Trustee Emeritus
  • Terry O. Herndon ’57
  • Frances Degen Horowitz ’54, Trustee Emerita
  • Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60
  • Joyce Idema ’57, Trustee Emerita
  • Lee Morgan ’66, Trustee Emeritus
  • Barbara Slaner Winslow ’68, Trustee Emerita
  • Jay W. Lorsch ’55, Trustee Emeritus
  • John K. Jacobs Jr. ’76, Trustee Emeritus

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