Trustee Biographies

Board of Trustees

Kate Cordsen

Kate Cordsen is a photographer well known for her large-scale, minimalist landscapes. The Hartford Courant, in reviewing a solo exhibition, wrote, “The natural world is transformed by Cordsen’s astonishing eye.”  She employs alternative photography techniques including cyanotype and gum bichromate along with digital technologies to create her painterly photographs. She is represented by Kathryn Markel Gallery in New York and her photographs have been published widely in publications including, The New York Times, Elle Décor and Vogue.

Trained as an art historian with an emphasis on Chinese and Japanese art, she brings a scholarly eye to her work. She received a BA in the history of art and East Asian Studies from Washington & Lee University where she has the distinction of being the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree. Cordsen has an MPP from Georgetown University and studied the history of art at Harvard University and photography at The International Center of Photography.  She has served on numerous arts related boards including, the Japan-America Society, The Japan Society of Boston, Concordia Conservatory, and the Connecticut River Museum.

Eileen Eder

Eileen Eder is a fine arts painter who exhibits her work in several galleries along the east coast. She exhibits frequently in local and national juried shows and has won numerous national and regional awards for her work. Eileen currently teaches classes through the Lyme Art Association and at Lyme College Center for Arts programming. Ms. Eder has taught studio classes at Sacred Heart University, Gateway Community College, and at the Yale Center for British Art. She also has served as a department chair and instructor with the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven.
Mrs. Eder joined both the Lyme College of Fine Arts Board of Trustees and UNH Board of Governors in 2014. She is an elected artist at the Lyme Art Association, serves on the Board of Directors of Artspace in New Haven and is a former board member of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.
Eileen earned a B.F.A. from Albertus Magnus College and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. She has studied studio arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, New York Studio School and twice has participated in a master class in Italy with internationally renowned painter Israel Hershberg.
Mrs. Eder resides in Guilford, Ct., with her husband, Andrew, who is chairman of Eder Brothers Inc. Their son, Wesley, is a 2010 graduate of UNH’s Executive MBA program, and their daughter, Stacey Smith, is a 2010 graduate of UNH’s master’s degree program in education.

Tracey Jacey

Tracey Jacey chairs the Finance Committee.  She is currently the Director and Divisional Controller of Dealertrack Technologies, Inc., in Groton, CT.  She was previously the Chief Financial Officer, Director of HR and Treasurer at INNCOM International, Inc., an innovator in advanced software-based energy management systems for the global lodging, healthcare and educational housing markets.  After INNCOM was acquired by Honeywell in 2012, she remained in the CFO position until May 2013, when she joined Dealertrack.  Prior to joining INNCOM, she was the Accounting and Finance Manager at Sonalysts, Inc.  She is a founding member of the Shoreline Cohorts Investment Association and has chaired several non-profit fundraising events.

Suzanne Clum Joffray

Suzanne Clum Joffray joined the Board of Trustees in 1998. And has served on a variety of committees including: Academic, Student Services, Finance Committee, Development and Marketing Committees.  She has also served as a member of the Steering Committee to bring an Alumni Association to the Academy.  She is now working to develop an Archives for the College.  .

She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University with a BA in Speech and Drama.  She received a MALS degree from Wesleyan University and a Professional Certificate from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. She has exhibited her paintings throughout the area. 

Mrs. Joffray is retired from Loomis Chaffee School, in Windsor, CT, where she taught, and then became Associate Director of Development.

She is married to Donald M. Joffray and they have three children:  Marshall, Rexford and Jeffrey.

She is an owner and member of the Board of Directors of Product Development Corporation in Monterey, California.

Mrs. Joffray volunteers at the Nearly New Shop and in other capacities at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church.

John R. Schroeder

John Schroeder is Principal of John R. Schroeder, AIA, specializing in architecture, planning and interior design. His firm has won several design awards and his work has been featured in numerous publications including The Storm of Creativity by Kyna Leski. He is a LEED Green Associate and a member of the USGBC (United Stated Green Building Council). Before starting his own firm in 2003, John was with Centerbrook Architects and the S/L/A/M Collaborative. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to his design practice, John is owner of eo art lab art consulting, offering art procurement services to corporate, institutional, hospitality and residential clients. He is also owner of Monroe Properties, a property development company, which designs and builds high value projects throughout Connecticut.

John Visgilio

John Visgilio is a founding principal of Overabove, a new-breed advertising agency with a client roster including Marriott International, Royal Caribbean, Mohegan Sun and many educational and non-profit organizations. Before graduating from the University of Connecticut with a BFA, he became fluent in Italian while studying art history at the University of Florence. John began his career in the design business working as a broadcast designer for the Hartford, CT CBS affiliate. Later, he was recruited by Sonalysts, Inc. and charged with building an integrated marketing communications design studio. His multi-discipline expertise in concepting, directing and executing marketing strategies fueled one of the company’s fastest growing and most profitable groups. John became a founding principal of Overabove in 2002, and the boutique firm quickly attracted an impressive client roster in the travel & leisure, healthcare, not-for-profit and educational spaces. At Overabove, John sets the tone, plots the course and corrals the diverse personalities of strategists, writers, designers and account managers who make their creativity pay off for clients by developing compelling brands and powerful marketing communications in every conceivable medium. He has received a regional Emmy, several national Emmy nominations, HSMAI Adrian Advertising Awards and multiple Connecticut Art Directors and Ad Club of Connecticut Awards.

Diana Atwood Johnson

Diana Atwood Johnson joined the Board of the college in 1980 and continued to be a member through 2013.  She served as Chairman from 1996-2003 during the period when the college became accredited and opened the new Academic Center.  She served as Chairman a second time from 2010-2013.  She opened the Old Lyme Inn in 1976 and operated the Inn for 25 years.  She has served on the Board of several banks, tourism associations and was named Old Lyme’s 2012 Citizen of the Year for her advocacy work on behalf of the arts and the environment.  She is currently the Chair of both the Old Lyme Open Space Commission and the State of Connecticut Natural Heritage, Open Space and Watershed Review Board.