Board of Visitors

The Columbia University School of General Studies Board of Visitors comprises a committed group of alumni, parents, and friends who represent and value the diversity of experiences, interests, and talents embodied by the School's nontraditional students and alumni. Their leadership and expertise serve to support the School’s mission, long-range planning, financial development, and standing within the academic community.

The Board meets three times annually, and hosts additional events throughout the year. Outside of standard Board meetings, members also participate in dedicated committees and working groups.

2019-2020 Board of Visitors

Allison Fillmore Magliocco '97GS

Allison Fillmore Magliocco '97GS

Chair of the Board of Visitors

Allison Fillmore Magliocco was a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Monitor Capital, a broker dealer specializing in private placements for hedge funds and private equity funds. Before then, she was was a Partner and Managing Director responsible for management, marketing, and investor relations at Sierra Global Management, a European long short equity hedge fund. She also served on the Investment Committee, participating in stock evaluation and portfolio construction including derivatives. She served on the firm’s Investment Committee, participating in stock evaluation and portfolio construction utilizing derivatives, and was responsible for business development, investor relations, and operational management. Before joining Sierra Global, she was Head of Strategic Marketing at MarketXT, where she launched an extended-hour ECN (electronic communication network) with a consortium of Wall Street Firms. 

Ms. Magliocco started her career in E.F. Hutton’s analyst/manager training program, and has 25 years of executive experience in strategic marketing, product management, and relationship development at noted firms such as E.F. Hutton, PaineWebber, and Fidelity Investments. She feels passionately about supporting women and children in need, and served as the Philanthropy Committee Chair of the international nonprofit 100 Women in Hedge Funds, where she is a permanent Angel. 

Ms. Magliocco also served as a board member of High Water Woman and was a President’s Council Member to the International Women’s Health Coalition. She is currently a Sterling Fellow at Yale University, a Whitney Museum of American Art Director Council member, and a Strategic Advisory Board Member for Restore NYC. 

Ms. Magliocco was awarded The Martha Hampel Award for documenting a new technology, is fluent in Italian, and is an avid golfer. She is proud to serve as Chair of the Board of Visitors for her alma mater, the Columbia University School of General Studies, from which she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature.

Pavan Surapaneni '06GS

Pavan Surapaneni '06GS
Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors

After graduating from the School of General Studies, Pavan Surapaneni went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2009, and is currently a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, with a multidisciplinary transactional practice spanning the sports and real estate industries.

Named a “Rising Star” in Sports by Law360 and an “Emerging Leader” by The M&A Advisor in 2018, Mr. Surapaneni has extensive experience, and has advised clients on numerous related acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, developments, reorganizations, and general corporate matters. In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors, Mr. Surapaneni is a director of Saving Teens in Crisis Collaborative and a director of the American Alpine Club.

Patrick James Burke, III '89GS

Patrick James Burke, III '89GS

A leader in the design and construction industry, Patrick James Burke has spent decades overseeing the development of capital projects for large-scale, technically-complex biomedical research facilities and health care buildings. At Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), he leads Capital Project Management, successfully delivering more than 2,000 projects with gross project budgets totaling more than $900 million. He was also central to the development of CUIMC’s strategic capital plan, working with senior administrators to align programmatic needs with available real estate, devise creative solutions, and prioritize projects.

Mr. Burke previously practiced architecture for several firms and completed building and planning projects for pharmaceutical companies, universities, and for-profit companies. His career reflects a passion for using architecture to advance clinical care, research, education, and strategic institutional initiatives. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in New York. Mr. Burke holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

 Eli Decatur Casdin '03BUS, '03GS

Eli Decatur Casdin '03BUS, '03GS

Eli Decatur Casdin founded Casdin Capital in 2011 after nearly ten years spent focused on disruptive technologies and business models in life sciences and healthcare, including authoring the black book The Dawn of Molecular Medicine. Casdin Capital’s combination of long-term vision and strong industry relationships keep it focused on the big picture yet nimble, while maintaining a consistent approach: take aim at big markets, invest in great ideas and great teams, stay focused, and avoid hubris.

Prior to founding Casdin Capital, Mr. Casdin was a Vice President and Analyst at Alliance Bernstein and a member of its “thematic” based investment group, responsible for researching and investing in the implications of new technologies for the life science and healthcare sectors. His early experience includes time at Bear Stearns and at Cooper Hill Partners, one of the earliest biotechnology-focused investment firms.

Mr Casdin earned his BS from the School of General Studies and his MBA from Columbia Business School, and serves on the Board of Directors for Exact Sciences, Prominex Dx, Genomatica, and Tenaya Therapeutics as well as participating as a board observer of several early-stage therapeutic companies.

Sasha Cohen '16GS

Alexandra “Sasha” Pauline Cohen '16GS

Sasha Cohen works in investment management as a disruptive change analyst at Morgan Stanley, and is a podcast host for the United States Olympic Committee. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2016 after an award-winning career as a two-time Olympian, three-time World medalist, Grand Prix Final champion, and 2006 U.S. Champion. Following her competitive career, she worked as an “Inside Edition” correspondent at the Academy Awards, an Olympic Analyst for Good Morning America and Yahoo Sports, and a speaker at Columbia University’s TEDx conference. 

Ms. Cohen now serves as an advocate for Figure Skating in Harlem and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. She graduated magna cum laude from the School of General Studies in 2016, and was the School's Class of 2018 Class Day Speaker.

Joseph Ehrlich '92GS

Joseph Ehrlich '92GS

Joseph Ehrlich leads the Private Equity, Hedge Fund and Financial Services Practice Area of Owens Group Insurance and manages the firm’s Claims Department. Prior to joining the Owens Group, he spent many years practicing law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP and its predecessor, O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell LPP. Mr. Ehrlich graduated cum laude from the School of General Studies with a Bachelor of Arts in classics, and received his JD from New York University’s School of Law in 1997.

Mr. Ehrlich serves as President of New York University's Law Alumni Board. He also volunteers as Chair of Columbia University’s Benefits Committee, and is a member of the Columbia University Alumni Association (CAA) Strategic Planning Committee, as well as a board member of the Columbia Club of New York. In 2018, he was awarded the Columbia Alumni Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for distinguished service to the University.

Susan Kay Feagin '74GS

Susan Kay Feagin '74GS

Susan Kay Feagin serves as President of John Brown Limited, a boutique fundraising consulting firm dedicated to building sustainable major gifts/planned giving programs and running successful campaigns. From 2002 to 2010, she was Executive Vice President for development and alumni relations at Columbia, and from 1998 to 2002, she was Vice President for Development at the University of Michigan. At Harvard University, Ms. Feagin also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences for Development and Director of University Development.

Ms. Feagin is a member of the Columbia Athletics Leadership Committee, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of General Studies in 1974. She received a GS Owl Award for alumni volunteerism in 1998 and was awarded the Columbia Alumni Medal in 2011.

Keren Gottesman

Keren Gottesman 02GS, '08BUS

Keren Gottesman is Global Managing Director at Art Agency, Partners, a bespoke art advisory firm and a subsidiary of Sotheby’s.

Prior to joining Art Agency, Partners and Sotheby’s in 2018, Ms. Gottesman served for a decade in various management roles at Christie’s, including as Senior Vice President and International Managing Director of the company’s 20/21 Business Group. Prior to that, she led business management efforts across numerous sale departments at Christie’s. While at Christie’s, she also managed the company’s Client Development and Business Intelligence groups and was actively involved in Christie’s CSR initiatives.

Ms. Gottesman had previously been Vice President at NetJets Europe, where she was a Territory Head responsible for managing and developing strategy, sales, marketing, business development, and operations, while also managing a portfolio of clients.

Ms. Gottesman received her BA in English from Columbia University, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives with her husband and three children on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Larry J. Lawrence '69GS

Larry J. Lawrence '69GS, '71BUS

Larry J. Lawrence is currently the manager of JPBC Associates, LLC, a family investment company. Previously, he was the founder and managing partner of Allegra Partners, a venture capital firm that invested primarily in early-stage companies in the telecommunication, software, and services sectors. Prior to that, he was the founder and managing partner of Lawrence Venture Partners and president and chief investment officer at Citicorp Venture Capital.

Mr. Lawrence attended Yale for two years and served in the Marine Corps before matriculating at the School of General Studies where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He went on to earn an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1971. He is a former member of the Columbia Alumni Association Honors and Prizes Committee and was a co-chair of the Columbia Undergraduate Campaign Council during the University’s $6 billion capital campaign, which was completed in December 2013. Mr. Lawrence was awarded the Columbia Alumni Medal in 2010 and the Witten Award for Transformational Volunteer Leadership in 2013.

Alicia Graf Mack '03GS

Alicia Graf Mack '03GS

Alicia Graf Mack began her inaugural season as Director of Dance at The Juilliard School in the fall of 2018 after enjoying a distinguished career as a leading dancer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, before which she was a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem under the tutelage of Arthur Mitchell, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Ms. Graf Mack has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyoncé, John Legend, Andre 3000, and Alicia Keys. As a dance educator, Ms. Graf Mack was an assistant professor of dance at Webster University in St. Louis, and on faculty at Washington University and University of Houston. She is a co-founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative created to enrich the lives of young dancers through master classes and intensives, and the proud mother of two beautiful children, Jordan and Laila Mack. Ms. Graf Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in history from the School of General Studies and holds an MA in nonprofit management from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2008, she received the University Medal for Excellence, which is awarded to an alumnus or alumna at Commencement for an outstanding record in scholarship, public service, and/or professional life. 

Ariel Milo '03GS

Ariel Milo '03GS

Ariel Milo is a Managing Director at CIM Group, a real estate and infrastructure investment firm that specializes in investing in urban areas, as well as Co-Head of CIM’s Global Partners Group. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Oakland, and Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining CIM in 2011, he worked at Credit Suisse as a vice president in the alternative investments division after joining the firm as an associate in the real estate finance group.

Mr. Milo received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the School of General Studies in 2003, and an MBA with concentrations in finance and real estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Currently, he serves as an Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee representative for GS.

Katharine "Trina" Overlock '73GS

Katharine S. “Trina” Overlock '73GS

Katharine Overlock serves on the boards of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. She is also a member of the Open Space Council of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, and a trustee of the Emwiga Foundation, a family foundation.

Mrs. Overlock is a former board member of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and Prep for Prep, which works to provide educational opportunities to talented students from underrepresented backgrounds in New York City. A graduate of the Santa Catalina School and of Columbia University, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of General Studies in 1973.

Millicent Powers

Millicent Powers

Millicent Powers is a real estate investor and asset manager who expanded her finance career to include non-profit management. As an architect, she worked on complex urban developments in the U.S. and abroad, earning a BS and M. Arch. from the University of California, Berkeley. She then completed her MBA at Stanford University and joined the private equity investor Fremont Funds in San Francisco, managing and repositioning the firm's real estate assets. Powers also holds a master's degree in law firm management from The George Washington University.

Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer of Greenfield Southwick LLP, a commercial and intellectual property litigation firm in Silicon Valley, and has served on non-profit boards for such organizations as United Way, San Francisco Ballet, and Zhukov Dance Theatre, among others, including chairing the Board of Trustees for Silicon Valley Ballet from 2013 to 2016. Powers also served as interim Executive Director for the organization in 2015.

Thomas Reardon '08GS

Thomas R. Reardon, Ph.D. '08GS, '13GSAS, '16GSAS

Thomas Reardon is an American computational neuroscientist and the CEO and co-founder of CTRL-Labs. He trained in the Jessell and Losonczy Labs in the department of neuroscience at Columbia, where he received a PhD in May 2016. Formerly, he was a software developer at Microsoft.

Dr. Reardon is credited with creating the Internet Explorer project at Microsoft, which for many years was the world's most-used browser. He was a founding board member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the languages HTML4, CSS, and XML, and served as Openwave’s chief technology officer, where he led development of the first mobile web browsers. He was also included in the 2003 list of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by MIT Technology Review, and has been published in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and Neuron.

Dr. Reardon received a Bachelor of Arts in classical languages and literature from the School of General Studies in 2008, an MS in neuroscience from Duke University in 2010, and an MPhil and PhD in neuroscience and behavior from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

Barrie Sardoff Roman '84GS

Barrie Sardoff Roman '84GS, '88SEAS

Barrie Sardoff Roman grew up in East Meadow, Long Island. She has worked for IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Salomon Brothers and Oppenheimer and Co, serves as a Trustee of Barnard College, and is a member of Barnard's Parents Council. She has also been a member of the Columbia College Parent Leadership Council and Barnard's President's Advisory Council on Technology. Barrie moved to London in 1992 and returned to New York in 2016.

In 1984, Ms. Sardoff Roman graduated from the School of General Studies summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science in computer science. She earned an MS in computer science from Columbia Engineering in 1988 and an MBA from Stanford University in 1991. Her elder daughter graduated from Columbia College in 2018, and her younger daughter is a member of Barnard College's Class of 2020.

Elizabeth Rudolf '74GS

Elizabeth D. Rudolf '74GS

Elizabeth D. Rudolf is a retired actress and drama teacher who previously taught drama at the Nightingale-Bamford School, and was administrative director of an off-off Broadway theater company. She helped produce Sold, an independent movie about human trafficking of young girls, and Sweetheart Deal, about drugs and prostitution in Seattle. Ms. Rudolf is a former member of the Undergraduate Campaign Committee at Columbia University, and previously served on the board of Hedgebrook, an organization dedicated to nonfiction storytelling as a means of raising awareness about social issues. She is a board member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre Foundation, and is also involved with the Seattle chapter of the ARCS Foundation, which awards fellowships to US citizens pursuing PhD degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Ms. Rudolf received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of General Studies in 1974.

William Strong

William W. Strong

William Strong is the portfolio manager and founder of Eschaton Opportunities Fund, a global value, cross-capital structure hedge fund that he launched in 2016. Previously, he was the founder and chairman of Mason Hill Advisors LLC, an investment firm he launched in 1986. He is the co-president and secretary of the Strong Family Foundation.

Mr. Strong received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Williams College in 1971. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Strong attended GS, served in the Army Reserves, and began his investment career as an underwriter of municipal bonds for Loeb Rhoades & Co., a Wall Street investment bank. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.

Judith Tanenbaum '84GS

Judith Hertz Tanenbaum '83GS

Judith Tanenbaum is an endowed (in will) Betts-Tanenbaum Chair in Clinical Psychiatry and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, who has been in practice for 27 years.

Dr. Tanenbaum has previously served on the General Studies Leadership Volunteer Committee. She completed the Columbia University Postbac Premed Program at the School of General Studies in 1983, and went on to earn her MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1988. In 2010, she was the Keynote Speaker at the Postbac Premed Program Class Day ceremony.

Stephen Tobias '10GS

Stephen R. Tobias '10GS

Stephen Tobias is the co-founder and president of SRT Securities, a derivatives brokerage firm. Previously, he was a partner at Dishy, Easton and Company, an equity brokerage firm. He has also been an independent floor trader at the American Stock Exchange. Mr. Tobias received a BA in English and comparative literature from the School of General Studies in 2010, and is a former member of the Columbia Undergraduate Campaign Committee.