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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.

Leadership

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.

Dylan Bolduc ’15, works as a legal assistant at Spears & Imes LLP, a boutique criminal litigation firm. While at Vassar, Dylan spent much her time in the Office of Admission as both a tour guide and a senior intern. In addition to being a member of the programming committee, Dylan is the Chair of the Admissions Committee for the Vassar Club of New York. Dylan also serves as an alumni member for The Mitchell Institute, a scholarship organization founded by Senator George J. Mitchell. As a student, Dylan was actively involved in musical theater and residential life.

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.

Kat Espiritu-Philson ’01, is the Director of Admissions for Fordham Law School. She has spent her entire career in Higher Education and held previous positions at New York Law School, Columbia Law School, and Columbia University Medical Center. She is dedicated to increasing diversity and access to law schools and regularly participates in pipeline programs targeted towards underrepresented groups in legal education. She is affiliated with the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors and was a recent member of the Law School Admissions Council’s sub-committee on Test Development and Research. At Vassar, Kat earned a double B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She was also a member of the Vassar College Choir and spent all four years working with the Office of Admissions, with her senior year spent as one of five senior interns. She continues to remain involved with the College as an interviewer for the Alumnae/i Admissions program. Beyond Vassar, Kat plays semi-recreational soccer and recently moved to the New Jersey suburbs with her wife and two cats.

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. Outside of his practice, he is an adjunct professor of negotiation and conflict resolution at the City University of New York.

Stephanie Goldberg ’14 is the Project Manager of the Hall of Fame and Visual Art programs at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Previously, Goldberg worked with Lincoln Center Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood Music Center of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Recording Academy in various areas of arts administration, including artist management, programming, production and development. Outside of office hours, Goldberg is Deputy Chair of the VCNY Programming Committee and Co-Chair of the Vassar Fund for the Class of 2014. At Vassar, Goldberg double majored in Music and Psychology. Vassar activities included Jewett House Team, VSA Executive Board, Daisy Chain, Founder’s Day Committee, Women’s Chorus, Jazz Combo and Ensemble, Future Waitstaff of America and Modfest. During the fall of 2017, Goldberg will begin study at New York University in the M.A. in Music Business program.

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.

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 A.B.D., 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.

Tara Pyle ’06, is a Global Marketing Director at L’Oreal, where she works on new product launches and international business expansion for essie nail polish. She has been at L’Oreal since 2012, following receiving her M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Her prior Vassar service includes a term on the Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College Nominating Committee, co-chairing 5th Reunion, admissions interviewing in New York City and New Hampshire, and participation in Career Development events. While at Vassar, Tara studied Art History, which led to her interest in visual culture and the beauty industry.

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.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Vassar Club of New York (VCNY) is to lead the alumnae/i who live or work in the five boroughs in advancing the interests of Vassar College. VCNY will be relevant to its alums and to Vassar College by sustaining a sense of community, maintaining traditions, sharing resources, fostering connections and encouraging a lifelong desire to learn.