2017 Board of Governors Candidate Biographies

In February 2017 the Nominations Committee, composed of current members of the Board of Governors and Senators, convened to consider forty-three (43) nominations of qualified alumni to fill fourteen (14) positions on the Board of Governors this year. The nominations were made and supported by fellow alumni from across the country and around the world based on the following criteria:

  1. Volunteer Service to Georgetown University
  2. Public Service and Community Involvement; and
  3. Career Accomplishments

Seven (7) current members of the Board of Governors were recommended for nomination by the Nominations Committee to run for a second term, and seven (7) alumni were recommended for nomination for a first term. This recommended slate of fourteen (14) nominees was approved by the Georgetown University Alumni Association at their Plenary meeting on April 22, 2017.

The following fourteen (14) nominees now stand for election to the Georgetown University Board of Governors:

Gerard P. Alolod (F'05), Philadelphia, PA

Gerard Alolod has had several leadership roles in service to Georgetown. He was involved in New Student Orientation, Dahlgren Underground Choir, and the First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI). As a first-year student, he was appointed to the Lecture Fund, eventually becoming chair during his junior year. Alolod also held the role of executive director of the Filipino American Corps and led a service trip to Manila, Philippines. Since graduation, he has served as events chair for the Class of 2005. More recently, he was membership and communications chair and is current president of the Club of Philadelphia, which was named the GUAA's 2016 Large Club of the Year. He is also an AAP interviewer.

Trained as an anthropologist, Alolod is on faculty and serves as the director of research operations at Temple University's College of Public Health, where his work focuses on medical decision-making and end-of-life care.

Kate Fisher Baumann (B'07), New York, NY (Incumbent)

Kate Fisher Baumann has a long history of leadership in service to Georgetown including serving on the Board of Governors for the Georgetown University Alumni Association since 2013, a member of her Class Committee, class fundraising chair, AAP alumni interviewer, and cofounder of Women of Georgetown. Baumann holds a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, from Georgetown McDonough, where she majored in Finance and Spanish.

She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived around the world, including Buenos Aires and Madrid. Professionally, Baumann does marketing and investor relations for a hedge fund in New York.

Raquel Braun (L'10), Manhattan Beach, CA (Incumbent)

Raquel Braun currently serves as an elected governor on the Board of Governors, where she is a vice chair of the Career Services Committee. While at Georgetown Law, Braun founded the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance (GEMA), GEMA Law Chapter (GEMALaw), and the Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium, both of which just celebrated their tenth year. She is the president of the GEMALaw Board and co-director of GEMA Los Angeles. Braun also spearheaded the first Women of Georgetown event in Los Angeles. She returns to campus annually to speak to students about careers in sports, entertainment, and media.

Professionally, Braun is senior director of business and legal affairs at FOX Sports where her practice focuses primarily on sports rights acquisitions and advising on production-related matters and agreements for FOX Sports' MLB coverage and its primary soccer properties.

Braun resides in Manhattan Beach, California with her husband, Thomas Braun (B'05), a former member of the Hoya baseball team. She also has strong family ties to Georgetown University: her father, Albert del Castillo Sr. (C'79, L'82), and brother, Albert del Castillo Jr. (B'10, LLM'15), are both alumni and her sister, Allison del Castillo (C'18), is a junior in the College.

Ping Chen, M.D. (R'98, W'01), Clarksville, MD

Ping Chen was born and raised in Pennsylvania as a first generation Chinese-American. She was selected for the Penn State/Jefferson Six-Year Pre-Medicine/Medicine Program and was awarded a National Merit and an Army Scholarship. Dr. Chen served as an Army physician at the Pentagon, eventually retiring her commission as a major after 12 years of military service. Following her residency and fellowship at Georgetown, she joined a private practice specializing in nephrology.

A proud Georgetown alumna, she has been active with the DC Club, serving as its Community Service Chair. She also initiates alumni outreach through neighborhood gatherings and elicits sponsors for University Row, a fundraiser that generates several thousands of dollars.She has also participated in the Dine with a Doc program, served as a student interviewer, and is currently an alumni admissions program chair for the Georgetown Scholarship Program. She hopes to bring her strengths of dedication, insight, and leadership to the Board of Governors.

Katherine (Katie) Connelly Collins (C'83), Buffalo, NY (Incumbent)

Katie Collins has a long history of involvement and service to Georgetown. She was an alumni admissions interviewer for 30 years, served as a mentor to the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP), and has been involved in most annual funds and capital campaigns since she graduated in 1983. Collins has been a member of the Finance Committee for her last three class reunions, currently serving as co-chair for her 35th reunion in 2018.

She works as a family advocate in the mental health field. Her oldest two children—Erin (C'13) and Jack (F'14)—are fourth generation Hoyas.

Joel H. Feldman (C'76), Boca Raton, FL

Joel Feldman has been an avid Georgetown alumnus for 40 years. He was a student senator and commissioner of the Lecture Fund as an undergraduate, while also working on Capitol Hill. Now a matrimonial lawyer in Boca Raton, Florida, Feldman remains committed to Georgetown. He maintains a home in D.C., which gives him the opportunity to attend many Hoya basketball home games and multiple Georgetown functions including the annual Leadership Conference. He has given presentations on campus concerning Interfaith Issues in Marriage and Divorce. Feldman was an AAP interviewer for over 20 years and is currently a Class Ambassador, a member of Hoya Gateway, and a member of his Class Reunion Committee.

He has been active in Georgetown's alumni association in South Florida and has hosted events for Georgetown. He and his wife Cheryl have a pact—he hates Ohio State for her and she hates Syracuse for him!

Parker Stanzione Karpinski (C'91), Rockville, MD

Parker Karpinski has served for three years on the Board of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance (GEA) and been a co-chair of their Communications Committee. She participates on the Career Services and Alumnae Programs Committee developing women's leadership programming for GUAA. During her time on the Hilltop, she was a varsity member of the Georgetown Sailing Team (GUST) and gained All-American honors. Years later, she served on her 15th Reunion Committee.

Currently, she serves as the vice president of HR/Talent Development of Cryo Associates in the D.C. area. Prior to that, Karpinski was the director of corporate relations at the Center for Women & Business, developing women's advancement and diversity programs for Fortune 500 companies.

Jacqueline P. Kenneally (C'89), Houston, TX (Incumbent)

Jacqueline Kenneally earned a bachelor of arts from Georgetown in 1989. In June 1993, she married her husband Michael Kenneally (C'89), and moved to Houston, Texas. She earned a master of arts education and a master's in special education in 1998 from the University of Houston. In January 2005, she founded artmix creative learning center in Houston.

In addition to her family and work, Kenneally has held a number of leadership positions in the Georgetown Alumni Club of Houston, including the AAP, club events coordinator, and club vice president. She served as the club president for several years before joining the Board of Governors in 2014. She currently serves as a regional club vice chair for the West Coast and Southern Region and serves on the Awards Committee.

She and her husband have three sons: Liam (19), Sean (17), and Ryan (15). Liam is currently a freshman in the School of Foreign Service.

Rosa Levy (C'88), Miami, FL (Incumbent)

A native of Colombia, Rosy Levy graduated from the College with majors in international relations and government, and a Latin American Studies Certificate from the SFS. She worked in NYC for Chase as an international private banker and earned an MBA in Operations Management from Columbia University. Levy then moved to Venezuela with her husband and opened a large retail furniture chain which still operates stores in Colombia and Venezuela. She currently lives in Miami and works as an Interior Designer at DWD Inc.

Levy has served as president of her children's Parents Association and a member of the Parent Leadership Committee of the University of Pennsylvania. She was president of the Georgetown Club of Miami for six years, co-chair of JCW Miami 2014, and vice chair of the GCL Program Latin American Board. Levy is also part of the GUAAP, a GSP mentor, and a Class of 1988 committee member while serving on the College Board of Advisors and as vice chair of SE and Latin America Alumni Clubs for Board of Governors.

Matthew P. Moore (B'08), Jackson Heights, NJ

Matthew Moore would like to thank the Georgetown community for this opportunity to serve on the Board of Governors. As an undergraduate, he sang with the Georgetown Chimes, served on his Senior Class Committee, interned with the Athletic Department, and coordinated Leadership & Beyond, a pre-orientation program through the Georgetown Office of Leadership Development. Since graduation, he has had the pleasure of participating in the Alumni Admissions Program, working with the Real Estate Alliance on coordinating events in New York City, and since 2012, serving on the Club of New York board as young alumni chair, communications chair, vice president, and currently co-president.

Moore appreciates the integral role of an Alumni Club within the greater landscape of alumni engagement. As a result, he, along with the Club's outstanding Board, strives to coordinate a diverse slate of cultural, social, educational, and service events for alumni in the New York area. Moore currently works in commercial real estate as an asset manager.

Eamonn K. Moran (C'04, L'07), Arlington, VA (Incumbent)

A native New Yorker, Eamonn Moran graduated from Georgetown College in 2004 with a double major in history and government. While at Georgetown, Moran served as president of the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program (GAAP) and student chair of the Georgetown Honor Council. He then graduated from Georgetown Law in 2007. He is a member of the Georgetown Law Alumni Admissions Interview Program and serves on one of Northern Virginia's AAP committees. Moran currently serves as the President of the Georgetown Club of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He previously served as secretary of the D.C. Alumni Club from 2011-2015. A diehard Hoyas fan, Moran also serves on the Hoyas Unlimited Board of Directors and Hoya Hoop Club Board of Directors. He chaired the Reunion Committee for the Georgetown Law Class of 2007's five-year reunion.

Professionally, Moran is a Counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he focuses on consumer financial services.

James A. O'Neill Jr. M.D. (C'55), Nashville, TN (Incumbent)

Dr. O'Neill, currently professor of surgery and global health at Vanderbilt University, has been involved continuously in Georgetown alumni and leadership activities since 1967 and has participated in the alumni interviewing program for 43 years, part of the time chairing a local committee which is moving towards establishing a local alumni club. He has also served on the Dean's Advisory Committee and the Board and Executive Committee of the Woodstock Theological Institute at Georgetown. Dr. O'Neill chaired his 50th Reunion and Class Gift Committees. He has been an active contributor to the GUAA Board during his first term serving on the Audit and Finance, Revenue and Royalty and Communications Committees as well as Hoyas Connect. Through the latter, he has mentored and funded Georgetown students interested in Medicine to work in his laboratory.

He has a 50-year history of annual giving as well as significant contributions to major capital projects and a Legacy Society bequest to fund a Chair in Biology. Three generations of O'Neills are Hoyas. Dr. O'Neill looks forward to a second term on the Board and has committed himself to spend the necessary time.

Kevin Peak (F'93) Atlanta, GA

As an undergraduate, KevinPeak was a member of his sophomore and junior class committees. He also served as co-president of the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program, and was the student representative on the admissions committee to choose the SFS Class of 1997. Since graduation he has served on two of his reunion committees. He has been an AAP interviewer since 1997, and he is the current Treasurer of the Georgetown Club of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Peak received an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University and is the Chief Popper of CaJa Popcorn, a gourmet popcorn retailer and wholesaler, as well as an investor in several other ventures. He and his wife, Mary Clancy, have two children, Caroline and Jack, and he volunteers his time with their swim and baseball teams, his parish community, and with Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with cancer.

Zaid Zaid (F'97) Washington, D.C.

Zaid A. Zaid has been active as alumnus since he graduated. He served on the Board of Governors from 2013–2015, stepping down to serve at the White House. Zaid is an outreach ambassador for his 20-year reunion, and he served on the outreach committee for his 10-year reunion. He was also on the organizing committee for the Black Alumni Summit in 2015. Zaid conducted interviews for undergraduate applicants from 2002–2015. He is a mentor for the Patrick Healy Fellowship and the "Friends of SFS" program. Zaid has been active in Georgetown's LGBTQ alumni community in New York and Washington. In 2002, he helped found the Georgetown Club in Cairo, Egypt.

Zaid recently left the Obama Administration after serving at the White House and USAID. He is married to Giles Herman, and they have two young boys, one of whom has already learned "Hoya Saxa."