Jane Lubchenco has been appointed to the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees. She and two other new trustees join 18 others who are leaders in science, education, law, business, finance, government, and public service. Jane is a world-renowned environmental scientist. She was the undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2009 to 2013.
Sallie Ritter and her husband, Kent Jacobs, were presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The award is the highest artistic honor in the state. Sallie is a professional artist whose work is collected internationally, including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Sally Nash Pera has joined the Board of Directors of Pan Pacific Bank in California. She is renowned as a Silicon Valley business connector and is current CEO of the Association for Corporate Growth — Silicon Valley. She is also the executive director of a private endeavor to build an alternative STEM high school in Silicon Valley. Since 2012, she has served on the advisory board of PatientKey, a patient medical information service company. She received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and attended the Stanford University Directors College. She grew up on a large working cattle ranch west of Pikes Peak.
David Herbert was planning on a little more free time after completing two terms as president of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society in California, but those plans changed. He is now serving as the president of the Sacramento Waldorf School Board of Trustees. His son, William, is in the fifth grade. David continues to practice critical care medicine and infectious diseases, and he mountain bikes almost every day.
Suzanne Stenmark White has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy in Colorado. Suzanne is a senior program officer at the Colorado Health Foundation, where she works to identify opportunities for funding to support the group’s mission and strategies. She is working on solutions to address critical health care issues in Colorado. She has 30 years of experience in health care management, policy, and philanthropy and a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Matt Claman was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, District 21, in November 2014. He was formerly acting mayor of Anchorage (2009) and also represented West Anchorage on the Anchorage Assembly (2007 to 2010). Currently counsel to the Lane Powell law firm, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Anchorage Rotary Club. Matt is a licensed emergency medical technician and professional river guide, and he is an active hiker, cyclist, and skier. He and Lisa Rieger, who works for Cook Inlet Tribal Council, have raised two children, Maia and Ben.
Heather Dickinson Exby earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Colorado State University in May 2014. Her dissertation focused on the lives of high school instructors who teach college dual credit courses in their high schools. Heather works at Colorado Mesa University as director of student services for the community college division. She lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, with her husband, Allan Exby, and their two children.
Craig Dehning received the Denver Bar Association’s 2014 award for Education in the Legal System. The award recognizes individuals who have shown their commitment to the legal field and the community.
Peter Lindgren has been named president and CEO of Otter Products, a company known for its protective cases for handheld devices under the OtterBox and LifeProof brand names. Peter joined Otter Products in 2012 as chief operating officer.
Before that, he worked for more than 25 years in the electronics manufacturing services industry, most recently serving as executive vice president of global operations for Celestica Inc.
After receiving a degree in business economics from CC, he completed executive education programs in finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and strategy programs at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gena Tollis Caretto retired in June 2014 from the State of Colorado after 25 years of service. She worked for the Colorado Tourism Board in Cortez, Colorado, and then transferred to Pueblo, Colorado, to work for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. In July 2014, after one weekend of retirement, Gena started a new career with Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, as a recruiter for ancillary services.
Scott Van Bramer of Wilmington, Delaware, a professor of chemistry at Widener University, has been named by the university as an inaugural distinguished university professor. He is one of three Widener faculty members selected to hold this post for three years. He will receive a reward of $2,500 for each year of the appointment. Faculty members chosen for the position must be tenured and hold the rank of professor, be identified by students and colleagues as an outstanding teacher, have achieved national or international recognition for scholarly research, and have made a significant contribution as a leader in the university. Scott was also the recipient of the Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award at Widener. His program involved using structured feedback to improve student learning in chemistry courses.