Governance & Management

Governance and Management


David Anderson, Board Chair

President - St. Olaf College (MN)

Mary Patterson McPherson, Vice Chair

Executive Officer (emeritus) - American Philosophical Society (PA)

Carrie Abildgaard, Corporate Secretary

Director, Yale Investments Office - Yale University (CT)

John H. Biggs

Chief Executive Officer (retired) - TIAA-CREF (NY)

Paul Fronstin

Director of the Health Research and Education Program - Employee Benefit Research Institute (DC)

Paul J. Mason

Financial Services Consultant - Washington (DC)

Michael S. Noetzel

Managing Director, Institutional Client Services - TIAA (MA)

Stephen Parente

Director, Medical Industry Leadership Institute/ Professor, Department of Finance - Carlson School of Management University of Minnesota (MN)

Tamara M. Simon

Managing Director, Knowledge Resource Center - Buck Consultants (DC)

Anup Vidwans

Managing Director / Head of Retirement Products and Offer Management - TIAA (PA)


Daniel T. Konstalid (ex officio), Chair, Advisory Council

Vice President, Finance and Administration - Gettysburg College (PA)

Daniel T. Konstalid, Chair, Advisory Council

Vice President, Finance and Administration - Gettysburg College (PA)

Robin Aspinall

Vice President Business & Administration and Treasurer - Claremont McKenna College (CA)

Jennifer Cabral

Director of Human Resources - Kenyon College (OH)

Donald Mortenson

Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration - Seattle Pacific University (WA)

Barbara Naples

Executive Director, Benefits - Baylor College of Medicine (TX)

John Palmer

University Professor and Dean Emeritus of The Maxwell School - Syracuse University (NY); Former Public Trustee - Medicare and Social Security Trusts

Joseph F. Quinn

James P. McIntyre Professor of Economics - Boston College (MA)

Sheri Starkey

Director of Total Compensation - Southern Methodist University (TX)

Timothy E. Lane, President and CEO

Tim brings to Emeriti more than 20 years of experience working in senior management positions at TIAA-CREF, which included the launch of TIAA-CREF’s 529 College Savings business. As Managing Director in TIAA-CREF’s Government Market group, he was responsible for developing TIAA-CREF business relationships in the public sector, including state and local governments and their administrative agencies. Lane also served as a senior manager of TIAA-CREF’s institutional client services group, working with financial and human resources officers of colleges and universities across the nation. tel 845.567.6666; fax 845.567.4844

Deb Ondo, Vice President of Communications

Deb is a senior level business development, marketing, and communications professional, with experience across multiple sectors, including television and cable, and national nonprofits. Prior to joining Emeriti, she was the Director of Communications for CFY in NYC. Deb also served as Creative Services Director at New England Cable News, the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country. tel 845.567.6666; fax 845.567.4844

Roger Montgomery, Vice President of Finance

Prior to joining Emeriti, Roger was Director of Ceded Prorata Reinsurance at American International Group. Roger has also worked as a consultant, CFO and accountant for a number of financial and insurance-based institutions. tel 845.567.6666; fax 845.567.4844

The Emeriti Program emerged from a three-year, in-depth look at the issues related to retirement and retiree health care costs in higher education, sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This study, the Mellon College Retirement Project, was headed up and conducted by Dr. Linda Evers Cool and Dr. Kenneth E. Cool, both of whom retired from Emeriti in September 2013.

Linda Evers Cool

Linda Evers Cool was Founding Director of Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions. She served as lead investigator of a study of faculty retirement behavior and institutional retirement incentive policies at national liberal arts colleges since the lapse of mandatory retirement in higher education in 1994. Dr. Cool is also Professor of Anthropology at Union College. Previously, she served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Union College and, earlier, as Associate Academic Vice President at Marist College.

Her scholarly interests have focused on regional identity and politics from a cross-cultural perspective, with a special interest in the role of the elderly and their negotiations of power and identity in transitional societies. Her gerontological scholarship has been published in the Anthropological Quarterly, the International Journal of Aging and Human Development, the Journal of Social History and a number of edited volumes focusing on gerontology in the social sciences. She has conducted fieldwork among the Corsican ethnic population in France, the Portuguese immigrant community in the United States, and the retiring faculty cohort at national liberal arts colleges. Dr. Cool was a founding member and past president of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology. She was awarded the bachelor's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and completed her Ph.D. in the same field at Duke University.

She received support from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities for her graduate and post-graduate research.

Kenneth E. Cool

Kenneth E. Cool was President of Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions from inception through September 2013. He served as senior collaborator on a concurrent research investigation of faculty retirement behavior and institutional retirement incentive policies at national liberal arts colleges. Previously, he was Director of Academic Planning and Program Support at Vassar College for twelve years, with responsibilities at the intersection of academic affairs, fund raising and financial management. At Vassar, Dr. Cool coordinated strategic planning efforts for the first $200 million capital campaign.

Previously, he performed similar administrative responsibilities in fund raising, sponsored research and institutional planning at Santa Clara University.

His early career at Stanford, University of New Mexico, and Santa Clara focused on teaching and scholarship in foreign languages and comparative literature. He received a Fulbright graduate fellowship and a Mellon post-doctoral fellowship for his work in those fields. His literary scholarship has been published in the Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Stanford French Review. Dr. Cool received his bachelor's degree in French from Davidson College and was awarded the Ph.D. in romance languages and comparative literature from Duke University.