New Appointments to Board of Visitors Announced

Posted: July 25, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: July 25, 2011 at 7:00 am

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell recently announced four new appointments and one reappointment to Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV), the policy-making and oversight body for the university.

The BOV’s 16 members serve four-year terms on a rotating basis.

The BOV is led by Rector Ernst Volgenau. Continuing board members are Vincent F. Callahan, C. Daniel Clemente, Kathleen M. deLaski, Lovey L. Hammel, Carol Kirby, Charlie H. Mills III, Edward J. Newberry, R. Carter Pate, Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer and David-Imad Ramadan.

Mark F. McGettrick, BS Business Administration ’80, was appointed to the board for the first time in 2010 for a one-year term, and he has been reappointed. McGettrick is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dominion Resources.

New appointments to the BOV follow.

Karen Alcalde, BIS ’84, JD ’87, is a sole practitioner providing legal consultant services in Arlington, Va. She is also co-owner and counsel for a breeding and farming operation in Middleburg, Va., called Takaro Farm.

Alcade previously worked as a marketing manager for Savin Corp. and as a sales and marketing analyst for American Can Corp.

As a board member, Alcade provides pro bono legal services and volunteer work for the following organizations: Life With Cancer−Inova Health System, the Galapagos Foundation, Museum of the Americas Foundation, Hispanic Designer Foundation, Ivy Inter-American Foundation and Evening in Old Saratoga Foundation.

She also provides pro bono legal services and volunteer service to the following organizations of which she is a member: the National Center for Therapeutic Riding, the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center, the National Cancer Society, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Wolf Trap Foundation and the Capital Speakers Club.

Alcade resides in Arlington, Va.

B.G. (Buddy) Beck was the vice chairman of the board for Viisage Technologies and, prior to that, president and chief executive officer of Trans Digital Technologies Corp. from 1998 until its acquisition by Viisage in February 2004. Viisage Technologies expanded to L-1 Identity Solutions, where Beck continues to be a member of its board of directors.

An industrial entrepreneur and business executive, Beck founded a number of successful companies, including Trans Digital Technologies Corp.

In addition to his endeavors working at the forefront of secure advanced technology identity solutions, Beck served on the National Security Council staff in the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations.

Beck sits on the boards of nine other public and private companies and serves on a number of national security boards as well as those of various nonprofit organizations.

In 2005, Beck and his wife, Charlotte, began the Beck Foundation, which recently established a program for veterans returning from war zones.

Beck has a BS from Arkansas State University and an MS from the University of Southern California. He was also awarded a fellowship at the Brookings Institute.

Beck resides in Fairfax Station, Va.

Reginald J. Brown is a partner in the WilmerHale law firm’s Regulatory and Government Affairs and Litigation/Controversy departments, where he serves as vice chair of the Public Policy and Strategy Practice Group and as a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Working Group. Brown joined the firm in 1997. He served as special assistant to the president and associate White House counsel from 2003 to 2005.

Brown’s practice focuses on providing strategic counsel, investigation-related expertise, regulatory support and crisis management assistance to a broad range of companies and senior executives confronting challenges at the intersection of government, law and public policy.

Brown has a JD from Harvard Law School, completed the University of Chicago’s executive finance program, and has a BA in political science from Yale University.

After graduating from law school, Brown clerked for Joseph W. Hatchett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, from 1996 to 1997.

Brown resides in Alexandria, Va.

Kimberly O. Dennis is president and CEO of the Searle Freedom Trust. From 2002 to 2006, she also served as director of the National Research Initiative, a program that assisted the American Enterprise Institute in supporting and publishing research by university-based scholars and other intellectuals.

From 1991 until 1996, Dennis served as the executive director of the Philanthropy Roundtable in Indianapolis, and she was director of public affairs for the Fairfax, Va.-based Institute for Humane Studies from 1989 to 1991. Her other previous employers include the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy and the John M. Olin Foundation.

Dennis has a BA in sociology from Bowdoin College and completed graduate course work in political science at the University of Vermont.

She is chairman of the board of directors of the Donors Trust, and is a member of the boards of the Philanthropy Roundtable and the Property and Environment Research Center. She is also a trustee of the Earhart Foundation and a member of the selection committees for the Manhattan Institute Hayek Book Prize and the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Dennis resides in McLean, Va.




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