SoAn Fall 2018 Alumni Panelists

Koby Altman HeadshotKoby Altman '04
GM, Cleveland Cavaliers

Koby Altman was named the 11th general manager in Cleveland Cavaliers history on July 24, 2017. As the GM, he manages and oversees all aspects of scouting, personnel, player acquisitions and transactions, and all team operations. Prior to being named GM, Altman had been a part of the Cavaliers’ basketball staff for five years, including being promoted to assistant general manager in September 2016.

Altman originally joined the Cavaliers as pro personnel manager in August 2012 and was promoted to director of pro player personnel in September 2013. In that role, Altman was tasked with talent evaluation of athletes across all levels of basketball, both domestically and abroad. In addition, Altman coordinated the Cavs’ domestic professional scouting efforts and assisted in all aspects the teams basketball operations.


Katie Flanagan Mobley '97
Executive Director,
Community College of Vermont

Katie has worked in higher education since 1997, beginning as an admissions counselor at her alma mater, Middlebury College. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Vermont’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program. She has worked at the Community College of Vermont for the past sixteen years in a variety of roles including Coordinator of Academic Services and Co-Director of Secondary Education Initiatives, where she was involved with ACT 77 and the Expanded Learning Task Force. She is currently the Executive Director of the Winooski, Middlebury and St. Albans Academic Centers. She has served on the Building Bright Futures Council, as well as the board of Vermont Family Network. She is currently the Chair-Elect for the board of Vermont Afterschool.


Chris Murton headshotChris Murton '03
Senior Designer, Reed Hildebrand

Chris Murton is a Senior Designer at Reed Hilderbrand, a Landscape Architecture firm whose work connects daily life to the visible phenomena and the invisible systems of nature. His experience spans multiple scales of landscape, from the Master Planning of university campuses and cultural institutions to the design of private residential properties.

Before joining Reed Hilderbrand, Chris worked at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in Cambridge, MA and Brooklyn, NY, and at dwg. in Austin, TX. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College, graduating with highest honors. Chris also earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a University Olmsted Scholar and received numerous design awards for his studio work.


Elise Shanbacker HeadshotElise Shanbacker '07
Executive Director, Addison County Community Trust

Elise Shanbacker currently serves as the executive director of the Addison County Community Trust, a non-profit organization in rural Vermont dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents.  She also serves on the board of the Vermont Community Development Association. 

Previously, she was a senior workforce development policy analyst at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and has also served as a board member for a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. 

Elise holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in sociology from Middlebury College.


Julie Tschirhart HeadshotJulie Tschirhart ‘11
Planner, City of Grand Rapids Michigan

Julie discovered her interest in urban planning as a sociology/anthropology major at Middlebury. She hails from Detroit, Michigan and studied the role of her hometown in the American cultural imagination in her senior thesis, for which she was awarded the 2011 Lank Prize. Julie continued her studies at the University of Michigan where she received a Master of Urban & Regional Planning in 2017, and was awarded the 2017 American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Award. Julie is currently a Planner for the City of Grand Rapids and works with a talented team to guide development within the city. She is also a board member and Secretary for Transportation Riders United, a Metro Detroit nonprofit advocating for more and better transit in southeast Michigan. She has professional experience in community development and transportation planning and hopes to use her planning background to bridge the divide between the suburbs and City of Detroit in her career.


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