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Members of the PAAC United States

John Meyers ’86 (New York, NY)

John Meyers is Managing Director – North America for Swisscontact and Executive Director, Swisscontact North America. In these capacities, he represents Swisscontact, a Swiss-based NGO working in 33 countries, to North American constituencies and to the UN Economic and Social Council.

John serves as Co-President, Microfinance Club of New York, a membership organization focused on microfinance and impact investing, and is on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Active internationally for much of his career, John administers and was appointed twice to the United States delegation to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Human Resource Development Working Group. Further, he served as Executive Director of Lawyers Without Borders and was a founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education.

John received his BA in International Relations from The American University of Paris; MLS from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information; and MA in History from Columbia University.

Jeffrey Durgee ’64 (Loudonville, NY)

Jeffrey Durgee was recently made Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). At RPI, he teaches consumer behavior and product design as well as advertising and branding. He also taught at the Helsinki School of Economics and the International University of Japan.

His research has been published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, the Journal of Advertising Research, Psychology and Marketing, the Design Management Journal, The Design Management Review, and MSI Working Paper Series. He has three books – one on branding and two on entrepreneurship in the Maghreb.

Jeffrey has consulted for many companies including Procter & Gamble, Kodak, and Enterprise Rental Car. Previously, he worked in the Creative Research Department at Young and Rubicam in New York City. Jeffrey’s PhD is in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh; his undergraduate degrees are from the University of Pennsylvania and The American University of Paris.

Shaunna Spalten Prissert ’96 (New York, NY)

Shaunna Prissert is a Communications and Marketing Executive in wines and spirits focused on creative brand building, strategy, and innovation. Most recently Shaunna was VP Communications & Marketing for Pasternak Wine Imports, owned and operated by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). Previously, Shaunna held several strategic business development and marketing positions with other importers, including Freixenet USA, and most notably over ten years with Moet Hennessy USA, a division of LVMH.

Shaunna sees her role in brand development as a professional story-teller, and her greatest strength in bringing to life the unique differences and rich, often generational histories of the estates with which she works. Under her marketing leadership, Veuve Clicquot and its iconic Yellow Label Champagne, grew to become the #1 best-selling champagne in the United States.

As an art history major at The American University of Paris, Shaunna’s introduction to the wine world was daily life in Paris. Returning to the US for a position at the Guggenheim Museum, Shaunna soon decided to turn her passion for wine into a career. It has since been her ambition to help make learning about wine and the French art de la table both accessible and fun.

Shaunna has two young daughters, Lucca and Mika, with her French husband, Thierry, and lives in New York City.

Elan David Garonzik ’70

Elan David Garonzik is Vice President for Program Administration at ELMA Philanthropies, which focuses on improving the health, education and livelihoods of vulnerable children and youth in Africa. Previously, he was a program officer at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, one of the USA’s largest foundations, where he handled grantmaking that strengthened the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in the US and internationally. From 1991 to 1997, he was the deputy director of the European Foundation Centre, in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to that, Elan worked at the Foundation Center in New York. He served on the board of the Michigan AIDS Fund and was a board member and board treasurer of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). Advisory committee service has included the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the International Committee of the Council on Foundations.

Elan is also an accomplished playwright. His play Scenes and Revelations was produced at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, off-Broadway at The Production Company and on-Broadway at Circle in the Square, with numerous regional productions. A drama, The Blue Mercedes, was produced at Actors Theater of Saint Paul. A recent comedy, Eternity, has had some 20 productions, broadly in the USA as well as in the Philippines, Scotland and Wales. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Center.

Elan holds an AA from The American University of Paris from the class of 1970, a BA from George Washington University, an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Martin Avidan ’80 (Greenwich, CT)

Bradlee Berk ’06 and G’07 (Reno, NV)

Michelle Breslauer ’02 (Brooklyn, NY)

Sarah Burns ’05 (Brooklyn, NY)

Sean Casey ’04 (King of Prussia, PA)

John Chamberlain ’81 (Silver Spring, MD)

Sharon Faccinto ’87 (Larkspur, CA)

Sarah Finnigan ’12 (Santa Rosa, CA)

Howard Fisher ’71 (Beverly Hills, CA)

Jennifer Friar ’02 (Richmond, VA)

Monica Heslington ’97 (New York, NY)

Kristina Keenan ’08 (Washington, DC)

Carey Kluttz MA ’09 (Washington, DC)

Luke Laumann ’05 (Brooklyn, NY)

P. Alice Maguire G’10 (Winter Park, FL)

Charles A. Miller III ’82 (Newport, RI)

Michael Miller ’95 (New York, NY)

Silver Miller ’68 (Colleyville, TX)

Peggy Montgomery ’75 (Falls Church, VA)

Barbara Nance ’85 (Burbank, CA)

Max Nokhrin ’08 (Toronto, ON)

Alan Peterson ’89 (Irvine, CA)

Jean-Marc Quach ’82 (New York, NY)

Jean-Marc Quach is currently President and CEO of The Alpha-1 Project, the venture philanthropy subsidiary of the Alpha-1 Foundation. He was previously a Vice President at Bayer Healthcare, responsible for Market Access i.e. managed care, durable medical equipment, reimbursement, government and contracts.

Prior to Bayer, Jean-Marc held various senior leadership roles in line and staff positions at Express Scripts Inc, from 1998 to 2006. As the Vice-President and General Manager of the Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services subsidiary, he presided over the growth of a start-up to a $100 million entity. He and his team also launched the direct distribution model for an augmentation therapy product for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Earlier, he worked at NYLCare Health Plans and at American Express.

He earned his BA from The American University of Paris and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Stephanie Razzieri Hughes ’02 (New York, NY)

Benjamin Rowbotham ’00 (Weston, CT)

Andrew Seid ’71 (New York, NY)

Maryland Swensen ’63 (Sausalito, CA)

Peggy Tierney ’92 (Indianapolis, IN)

Heather Walters ’96 (New York, NY)

Gina Torry ’98 (New York, NY)