New York, like Vassar, is thrilling. Its spirit is eclectic and electric. New York, like Vassar, is a cultural and intellectual epicenter. It’s diverse and global, local and limitless. And like Vassar, one belongs to New York instantly—as much in five minutes as in five years. It’s a place where ambitious, inventive people can accomplish the extraordinary.
It should be no surprise, then, that thousands of Vassar alumnae/i live and work in the five boroughs. Founded in 1922, the Vassar Club of New York (VCNY) connects these many graduates both to one another and to the College they love. The Club hosts a wide range of innovative programs throughout the city. We bring members of Vassar’s esteemed faculty to New York for readings and lecture series. We work closely with the clubs of other elite colleges and universities, allowing Vassar graduates to meet peers and form new friendships. Perhaps most importantly, the Club organizes career discussions with Vassar alumnae/i leaders in various industries, giving VCNY members valuable networking and professional development opportunities.
In short, the Vassar Club of New York advances the mission of the College by fostering a lifelong desire to learn and sustaining enduring bonds among graduates.
Jane Bender, ’67, Secretary of the Vassar Club of New York, is a Social Worker with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City. Previously, she worked as the Administrative Supervisor for The Children’s Aid Society. She has remained intimately connected to Vassar as VCNY’s Board Secretary, an Alumnae/i Admissions Committee Interview Coordinator, as well as Co-Chair of the Class of 1967’s Special Gifts Committee and 40th Reunion. Jane holds an M.S.W. from Columbia University and a M.S.I.L.R. combined degree from Cornell University and Baruch College.
Eric Bergner, ’87 is an attorney and chair of Moses & Singer LLP’s Intellectual Property Group and its related sub-groups, Sports & Entertainment, Internet/Technology, Promotions Law and Advertising. He is Co-Chair of the Global Outsourcing and Procurement and Privacy and Cybersecurity groups. He holds his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
James C. P. Berry, ’72, now retired, served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary for JPMorgan Chase & Co. He has been extremely involved with Vassar since graduation, serving as Vice President of the AAVC as well as an AAVC Trustee. He currently sits on the Pyramid Society. James, who holds a J.D. from Yale University, is very involved in law and advocacy for the arts community, serving on the Boards of The Helene Foundation, Inc. and Emerging Artists Theatre, Inc., as well doing pro bono work for the National Executive Service Corps, Inc. and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Marie Dugo, ’11, is the Marketing Manager for NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, at NBCUniversal, Inc. In addition to her role as a VCNY board member, she is also the chair of VCNY’s Programming Committee, overseeing the Club’s one-dozen annual events. Marie has worked at NBC since participating in the acclaimed Page Program following her graduation from Vassar, and also serves on the membership committee for New York Women in Communications. She also serves Vassar as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Alumnae/i Admissions Interviewing Program.
Brian D. Farkas, ’10, President of the Vassar Club of New York, is an associate attorney at Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP, focusing on business litigation and intellectual property. He graduated from Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. He serves Vassar as a member of the AAVC Nominating Committee, Annual Fund Council, and Co-Chair of his class’s fundraising efforts. He is also an Admissions Interviewing Coordinator for Manhattan. At Vassar, he served as a vice president of the student government and editor-in-chief of The Miscellany News.
Rachel Greenfield Minkoff, ’77, is founder and president, RGA, LLC, a media consulting firm. Previously she was executive vice president for publishing of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She serves as co-class fund chair, and formerly sat on the AAVC Board of Directors. Rachel holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Beyond Vassar, she is a treasurer for the Riverside Choral Society.
Lisa Flores, ’82, has been an attorney for over 25 years. An active Vassar volunteer, she is Co-Chair of her Class Fund Committee and has previously served as an Annual Fund notewriter, Admissions Committee Chair and interviewer, Co-Chair of her 15th reunion, Class President, and Director at Large/Admissions Chair of the AAVC Board of Directors. After Vassar, she earned her J.D. and L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Fanny G. Greber, ’66, is the First Vice President, RBC Wealth Management. She previously served as Latin American Economist for Bankers Trust and a foreign exchange advisor for Chemical Bank. She was also a Lecturer in Economics at Queens College (CUNY), U. Mass Boston, and Cambridge University, UK. For Vassar, she is President of her class and served as 40th Reunion Chair. She earned a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and was ABD, Newnham College, Department of Political Economy, University of Cambridge. Her other volunteer activites include being the Convener or Cambridge in America, Chairperson and Founding Member of Cambridge University Association of New York, and a Board Member of the Oxford Cambridge Dinner Committee.
Tatiana Kaletsch, ’85, is a certified Corporate Employee Wellness Specialist based in Manhattan, working as a consultant with corporations such as Google, Disney, Medtronic, Coca-Cola, and Columbia University. She is a delegate at the Global Wellness Institute, whose mission is to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration of wellness organizations worldwide. Previously she worked as Director of Sales, Spa Marketing Associate, and VIP Special Events Manager for Kempinski Hotels International. She has served as Alumni Ambassador for her previous schools, was the Founder and Director of Membership at the L.A.C.E. women’s international networking group, and is the Honorary Chairman of the Kaletsch Family Foundation. Her interests outside of work include nature conservation with NYParks , NY Audubon Society, and the Vassar Haiti Project.
Diana Pearson, ’78, a strategic communications professional, identifies and articulates the strengths and values of various organizations to effectively communicate with stakeholders and influential audiences. She has worked as a senior executive and has served as a consultant in media, higher education and health care, for Newsweek, Time, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, the National Geographic Society, Dartmouth College, The Cooper Union, Connecticut College and The Mount Sinai Medical Center. A native of Bay Shore, New York, Pearson majored in history at Vassar College and served as editor-in-chief of The Miscellany News and student editor of the Vassar Quarterly. Pearson also has worked as a journalist with Gannett Newspapers and the Associated Press. She has served on the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, has volunteered for the Clinton Global Initiative and has supported the efforts of Save the Children, particularly in Bolivia. She now resides in New York City and Norwalk, CT.
Diego S. Segalini, ’02, Vice President of the Vassar Club of New York, serves as Vice President at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). At Vassar, Diego earned a double B.A. in Drama and Mathematics and served as Treasurer of the VSA. He was also active as a set designer on campus, and designed the logo for Matthew’s Bean. After graduation, Diego continued to stay involved with the College as an interviewer for the Alumnae/i Admissions program and as a participant in career day events and other panel opportunities. Beyond Vassar, Diego is a member of the Advisory Board for Third Rail Projects, and is Co-Chair of the Ways & Means Committee for La Societa’ Val Trebbia e Val Nure.
Eli Stein, ’12, works at the Ad Council where he helps develop Public Service Advertising Campaigns for a variety of nonprofit and government organizations. He is also a class agent and an interviewer for the Alumnae/i Admissions Program. Prior, he worked in Vassar’s Office of Admission as their Assistant Director, reviewing applications and representing Vassar in over a dozen states and countries worldwide. As a student, he worked as the intern to the Dean of the College while running several clubs and organizations. In his spare time, he runs his own college consulting company, plays basketball, and likes to travel.