Each year, the Nominating Committee of the Middlebury Alumni Association (MAA) Board puts forward a slate of candidates for the next fiscal year’s open positions. This year’s slate is for the term beginning July 1, 2021.
Announcing the new Alumni Trustee and MAA Board Directors:
Alumni trustees are Middlebury alumni elected to the Board of Trustees and serve five-year terms.
Danielle “Dani” Shaw Virtue ’82
Dani grew up in Stowe, Vermont. A member of the Middlebury tennis team and three-year captain of the ski team (which won two national championships during her tenure), she moved to New York City after graduating in 1982 to work for AIG, Integrated Resources, and Sotheby’s. She kept a strong connection to Middlebury, serving on the bicentennial campaign and co-chairing the leadership gifts committee.
Over the years, Dani has served on the boards of St. Vincent’s Hospital and TWIG of United Hospital, on the Brunswick School and Duke University Parents’ Councils, and as a trustee of Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. Currently she serves as a vice president of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation.
Dani and her husband, Ted Virtue ’82, a trustee emeritus, raised four children. Two of them, Matt ’10 and Taylor ’15, attended Middlebury.
The MAA Board of Directors meets twice a year to discuss ways to engage with and advocate for alumni, serving as an advisory group for the Alumni Office. In addition, the board votes on the annual Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Plaque Award, and Alumni Trustee candidates.
Jasmin Johnson ’05
Jasmin is an international development and public policy professional with 15-plus years of experience, primarily in the areas of education and human capital development. She is currently an advisor to the Ministry of Education of the Solomon Islands. Prior to this role, she served in the prime minister’s office in the government of Malaysia and before that worked for the United Nations and the World Bank in the United States. She has worked in various countries across Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and Europe. However, she says that the experience that most prepared her for impact in the public sector and international development space—as both strategist and implementer—was the year she spent as a high school teacher immediately after graduating from Middlebury.
At Middlebury, Jasmin majored in English and sociology/anthropology. She was a writer with the Middlebury Campus, participated in the Music Department’s recitals and shows, and was part of the International Students’ Organization. She also volunteered for various nonprofits in the broader Middlebury community. Since graduating, she has volunteered as a class correspondent and alumni interviewer with the Middlebury Alumni Association. Jasmin also has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland, with her husband.
Jasmin loves animals and is a cofounder of a small nonprofit, Compassionate Paws International, that helps street animals in Africa and Asia.
Steve Bouchard ’76
Steve graduated from Middlebury in 1976 with a degree in sociology/anthropology. He attended high school at Bishop Guertin in Nashua, New Hampshire, and was elected to the school’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
At Middlebury, Steve was a member of the DU fraternity and as a senior was the resident advisor for Stewart Hall. He was a four-year starter for the baseball team and a three-year starter for the football team. He captained both teams in his senior year and received the John P. Stabile Award for the athlete who best exemplifies the Middlebury spirit. In 1975 he was named All–New England for his play on the Middlebury football team. Steve says, “Middlebury has been a great gift in my life. It is as if Middlebury chose me, and I am so grateful. Middlebury has given me my family and lifelong friends and mentors.”
After graduation, Steve remained on campus as an assistant football coach. In June of the next year, he married Kyle Anne (Ky) Prescott ’77 in Mead Chapel. He received an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire in 1979.
In 1980, Steve began his 35-year career in the cable TV business as the general manager of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, cable system. Over the course of his career, he moved several times, to places including Boston; Richmond, Virginia; St. Louis; Chicago; and Denver. Steve retired as senior vice president of sales and marketing from Comcast Cable Corporation in 2015. In that role, Steve was based in Denver, Colorado, and was responsible for all sales and marketing activity for Comcast’s markets across the western U.S.
Steve volunteers as the Colorado regional chair for the Middlebury Alumni Admissions Program. He and Ky enjoy DIY projects, traveling, playing golf, skiing, and hiking. They have two children, a grandson, and two golden retrievers.
Beth Prasse Seeley ’70
Beth earned a BA from Middlebury in 1970, majoring in French. She holds a master’s degree in computer science from Boston University. She is an active alumna for Middlebury, serving as a class agent and member of numerous Reunion committees. For the past 10 years, she has served as class correspondent, publishing a quarterly column of classmate news in Middlebury Magazine. In 2015, the College named her Outstanding Class Correspondent.
Beth is retired from a 35-year career in information technology: 20 years with IBM in various sales support, consulting, and management positions; 10 years at major financial services firms in IT management; and five years managing a consulting practice at Sun Microsystems.
In her retirement, Beth now participates in various local organizations, including as a Lake Dillon Theatre Company board member since 2016; Summit Choral Society’s second soprano, performing at Carnegie Hall in 2015; and a member of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture team, winning championships from 2007 to 2011.
A veteran runner, Beth has completed six marathons, six half-marathons, one triathlon, and numerous 25K, 10K, and 5K road races. She is an avid skier and enjoys hiking and biking during warmer weather. Beth resides in Silverthorne, Colorado, with her husband, Rich, and loves spending time in the outdoors with her four grandchildren.