Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring 2013


Alumni Reunion Weekend
October 18 & 19     

Alumni Women’s Leadership Panel

On March 20, 2013, a distinguished panel of women participated in an interactive discussion that highlighted the opportunities and challenges faced by female business and community leaders. 

Panelists (left to right):
  • Anne FitzSimmons, Assistant Chief, White Plains Department of Public Safety
  • Christine Connolly, PhD, Health Services Faculty, Berkeley College.
  • Cheryl Hutin Lavery ‘84, Head of Human Resources for BAM (Build America Mutual Assurance Company) and Berkeley’s 2013 Alumni of the Year for NY
  • Moderated by Dallas Reed, PhD, Associate Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life.
Attendees included alumni and current students, including national honors society students.

Alumni of the Year

Each year, two alumni that have distinguished themselves in their professional and personal lives are chosen for the Alumni of the Year award. The award is presented at the annual commencement ceremony, held this year on April 26.

2013 Awardees:

Donna Boles ‘72
Sr. Vice President Human Resources, Becton Dickinson

Donna Boles joined Becton Dickinson in 1973 and took on positions of increasing responsibility before becoming vice president, human resources for BD Medical, the organization’s largest business segment, in 2001.

Ms. Boles has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen, Sussex & Passaic, Inc. since 2005 where she currently holds the position of Vice-Chair of the Board. She has also served on the Board of the Center for Human Resource Strategy at Rutgers University and as a member of the HR Advisory Councils of the Conference Board. Ms. Boles is a member of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and the Executive Leadership Council.

Cheryl Hutin Lavery ‘84
Head of Human Resources, Build America Mutual Assurance Company (BAM)

After spending a few years in the fashion industry during turbulent times for the field, Cheryl was recruited by her headhunting firm and her career in human resources began. In 2011, after 25 years in the field, she was invited to lead human resources efforts for a new company, BAM.

In additional to her professional accomplishments, Cheryl has devoted significant time to mentoring and literacy programs in New York City and was a speaker at Berkeley’s Women’s Leadership Panel event.