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.

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. 

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 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.

Dr. Wayne O. Southwick, MD (1923-2016)

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.