Trustee Biographies

Board of Trustees

Dr. Robert W. Pratt Jr. Ph.D.

Dr. Pratt joined the Board in 2008 and was elected Board Chairman in 2013.  He had previously chaired the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee.  Dr. Pratt joined General Electric Company in 1963 as an Economist.  He spent 14 years with GE in marketing and strategic planning assignments, and later was responsible for strategy development at Heublein, Inc., R.J.Reynolds Food & Beverage Group, and Avon Products, Inc.  In 1992, he retired from Avon as Executive Vice President and a member of the Corporate Executive Committee.  From 1992 through 1998, Dr. Pratt taught a course in Strategic Marketing Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was Marketing Executive-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor.  In addition, he advised several corporations in the areas of marketing and strategic management.
Dr. Pratt has served on several for-profit boards, including Liz Claiborne Cosmetics and Greenfield Industries, and several not-for-profit boards, including the Louisville School of Art (Chairman), the Institute for Global Ethics (Vice Chairman), the Osborn Retirement Community (President), the Marketing Science Institute, and Ventures in Education. He is a former member of the Kentucky Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.  Dr. Pratt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, and his MBA and PhD from the University of Michigan. 
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.
Laura Lee Miller-Bowes

Laura Lee Miller-Bowes is the Founder and President of Brand Solutions LLC, providing strategic marketing, branding and licensing services for fashion designers, celebrities, manufacturers and retailers. She began her career at L’Oreal, USA in New York, followed by senior level marketing roles at Calvin Klein Cosmetics and Unilever. She was President of Vera Wang Licensing leading a $750 million licensing portfolio. She also owned and operated Souleiado in Chester, Ct and Westport for over a decade.
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.” Kate employs unique and varied methods to create her painterly images. She exhibits in New York and internationally 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 art. 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, The Artist Residency Program, and the Connecticut River Museum.

Kate and her husband, Richard, live in New York City and Essex, Connecticut. They have two children, a son at Cornell University and a daughter at Princeton University.

John K. Gallant

John Gallant is Vice-President with Gartner Inc., a Technology Research and Advisory firm. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He founded and developed a non-profit company, Computers 4 Kids, partnering with large corporate entities to address the challenges of technology access/development facing education and children at risk. In 1995, Computers 4 Kids received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Socially Aware businesses. Further, he was previously Director of Development at Saint Joseph College and a consultant for non-profit organizations.
Alex Richardson

Alex is Vice President, Global Business Development and Digital Operations at Tory Burch LLC, New York City. Considered one of the architects of omnichannel retailing technology, Alex was the recipient of the 2007 Industry Innovator of the Year for his work on developing the interactive store windows for Ralph Lauren Corp. Prior to Ralph Lauren, Alex was Founder , CEO & Board member of Netkey Software, acquired by NCR Corporation. Alex pioneered the development of a new enterprise software market for the management of digital and interactive displays. Alex is co-holder of two multi-channel technology patents Alex also had brief stints at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising (New York City) and with U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (CT). Alex has an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in Physics and Economics from Connecticut College. Alex is married to E.H. (Liddy) Karter, General Partner at Enhanced Capital and their year son, Nicholas, is a Senior at St Pauls School, Concord, NH.
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. 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 Outthink, 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 Outthink in 2002, and the boutique firm quickly attracted an impressive client roster in the travel & leisure, healthcare, not-for-profit and educational spaces. At Outthink, 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.
Martin Wolman

Martin Wolman, Of Counsel, in the West Hartford office of Day Pitney LLP, is a member of the Connecticut and California Bars. He holds an A.B. degree from Brown University and an LL.B. from the University of California at Berkeley. Martin is currently a member of Day Pitney’s Individual Clients Department and has served the firm in a variety of capacities, including as Chairman of its Executive Committee. He is a member of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel as well as a number of other professional organizations. He is past Chairman of the Board of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Hartford Hospital and Kingswood-Oxford School. He has served on the Boards of Hartford Healthcare Corp, Wadsworth Atheneum, Russell Sage College, Hill-Stead Museum, the Institute of Living, and several other institutions.
Dr. Wayne O. Southwick, MD

Wayne was Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale University, where he was in charge of the residency training program for more than 20 years, and remains on the staff and faculty as Professor Emeritus. He has been extensively published in medical periodicals and widely recognized for his interest in and development of surgical approaches and the biomechanics of the spine. In 1979, he began to study drawing and sculpture with instructors of the Lyme Academy and continued to study with Bruno Lucchesi. He has bronzes at the Museum of Nebraska Art, Yale School of Medicine, Loomis Chaffee School and others. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.