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Hobart Alumni and William Smith Alumnae Councils Elect New Presidents

Sandra Rivera ’85 will serve as the new William Smith Alumnae Council president. Steve Cohen ’67 will serve as the new Hobart Alumni Council president.

July 17, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart Alumni Council and William Smith Alumnae Council have each elected a new presidents, to serve two-year terms. Stephen L. Cohen is the new Hobart Alumni Council president, and Sandra A. Rivera is the new William Smith Alumnae Council president.

Stephen L. Cohen is Managing Director of the Minneapolis-based Learning Solutions Group of Dove Consulting, an international strategy and organizational effectiveness firm headquartered in Boston. He is a 1967 graduate of Hobart College and earned a B.A. in psychology. Cohen, of Eden Prairie, Minn., also holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee. He was previously senior vice president of product development for Wilson Learning Corporation, as well as founder and CEO of The Learning Design Group. He has served on the board of directors of the American Society for Training and Development, which named him as one of the industry’s key thought leaders, and honored him with its coveted Torch Award for service excellence. He also served for six years as both a member and chair of the board of directors for the Instructional Systems Association.

During his time at Hobart Cohen played varsity basketball, made Dean's List consistently, and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and Chimera and Druid honor societies. He served on the Hobart Intramural Board, and as president of the Interfraternity Council and treasurer of his fraternity. He has served as a class agent, on the Alumni Council’s Executive Committee as a Member at Large and second vice president, and as chair of the Trustee Nominating Committee.

“I am deeply honored, and likewise committed, to being able to give back to the Colleges in this way,” said Cohen. “There is no greater service that we can provide to the Colleges at this time than to figure out a way to increase not only the amount of participation, but the quality of it as well, whether time or money contributed.”

Sandra A. Rivera, an international economist and project leader in the Research Division, Office of Economics of the U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, D.C., is a 1985 graduate of William Smith and was a double major in economics and Spanish literature.

She earned her M.A. in economics from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and a Ph.D. in international economics from the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Rivera, of Washington, D.C., was recently selected as a 2001 Fellow for the National Hispana Leadership Institute.

“This year, I am most enthusiastic about improving communications between the councils and working to lead from behind. Steve and I have already spoken several times and aim to work together on a few joint goals. Specifically, we are both working to promote a better understanding of what the councils do for Hobart and William Smith and to increase the participation rate of giving, an important factor in the Colleges' nationwide ranking. In addition, I'm always looking for ways to connect alumnae and current students through leadership and mentoring,” said Rivera.

While at William Smith, she studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain, and served as president of the Latin American Organization and vice president of the International Student Organization. In her senior year, she was elected to William Smith Deans' Committee and served as a resident advisor. As of July 1, Rivera ended her term as the William Smith Alumnae Council's Vice President.

Rivera has served as a mentor through Raising Hispanic Academic Achievement (a program for Latino youth), Boromeo Housing (which gives survivors of domestic violence access to mentors), and currently to Toastmasters International (in leadership and public speaking), at the U.S. International Trade Commission, and to several alumni and alumnae of the Colleges.

Professionally, Rivera provides expert economic advice to Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative through economic trade modeling and analysis on current and possible future trade policy. After spending some time on loan to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the Free Trade Area of the Americas, Rivera returned to lead the flagship study on the economic effects of significant U.S. Import Restraints 2002. She has taught economics at Georgetown University and the University of Kentucky at Lexington. Rivera serves on the board of Toastmasters Club 1795 and Iglesia San Jose, and is a member of several economic associations.

“Steve Cohen and Sandra Rivera bring a wealth of enthusiasm, ideas and experience to their new positions,” said Alumnae Relations Director Kathy Killius Regan ’82. “They both love these institutions and are dedicated to seeing them prosper. I’m looking forward to working with them both.”