Congratulations to the newest members of Middlebury Alumni Association (MAA) leadership! Their terms begin July 1, 2022.
Each year, the Nominating Committee of the MAA Board puts forward a slate of candidates for the next fiscal year’s open positions. This year’s slate was approved by MAA members in April 2022.
Alumni trustees are Middlebury alumni elected to the Board of Trustees and serve five-year terms.
Shawn Ryan ’88
Shawn was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. At Middlebury, he played varsity soccer, was a WRMC DJ, wrote for the Campus, and was a junior counselor, ultimately graduating as a joint economics and theatre major.
While at Middlebury, Shawn immersed himself in theater as an actor, writer, and director of numerous productions. As a playwright, his senior thesis script, The Gamesmen, won Best Original Play in New England and Best Comedy Play in the country through the American College Theater Festival, leading Shawn to move to Los Angeles shortly after graduation to pursue a career in screenwriting.
Shawn received an Emmy nomination for Best Writing in a Drama Series for the pilot episode of FX’s first drama series, The Shield. He also received a Golden Globe for Best Television Drama, two AFI Awards, and a Peabody Award for Television Excellence for his work on The Shield.
As a creator, showrunner, and producer, Shawn’s credits include The Unit, Lie to Me, Terriers, The Chicago Code, Last Resort, Mad Dog, and Timeless. Currently Shawn oversees S.W.A.T. on CBS and The Night Agent, a show he developed, based on the best-selling novel, which will premiere on Netflix in 2023.
Shawn is a former board member of the Writer’s Guild of America, West. He has served on five consecutive Negotiating Committees for the WGA in their bargaining with the major Hollywood studios, most recently serving as co-chair of the committee in 2020. In 2014, Shawn represented the WGA, testifying in front of a U.S. Senate Committee on the issue of net neutrality.
Shawn lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 23 years, Cathy. They have two children who are now in college themselves.
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.
Cooper Couch ’14.5
Cooper grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, and graduated with a BA in Spanish with the Class of 2014.5. He holds a master’s degree in physician assistant (PA) practice from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and serves as a trustee of the PA Foundation and vice president of the Colorado Academy of PAs. He is a practicing PA in rural family medicine, providing transgender care, medication-assisted therapy for substance use disorders, and hepatitis C treatment, in addition to managing the primary care needs of his community.
At Middlebury, Cooper worked in the Admissions Office and the Office of Advancement. He was an active member of the Mountain Club; was involved in campus wellness efforts; studied Spanish, French, and German; lived in Weybridge House and Brooker House; volunteered in the community; and sang with the Dissipated Eight a cappella group. Upon graduation, he was the Reunion student host coordinator, then the bilingual administrative assistant at the Open Door Clinic. He also worked as a phlebotomist at Porter Hospital. Cooper served on the Addison County Humane Society board of directors and assisted with the development of their foster program. He has been an active alumnus, serving as an Alumni Admissions Program interviewer and as class correspondent.
Cooper lives in Cañon City, Colorado, with his husband, Marty, and three cattle dog rescues. He enjoys staying active in volunteer leadership, exploring the diversity of Colorado’s geographic landscape, and singing and playing the piano.
Beth Dorion Wyer ’85
Beth grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and graduated from Middlebury College in 1985 with a degree in English and minor in French. She was also very involved with the dance program. While at Middlebury, Beth met her husband, Skip Wyer ’83. They raised four children in Deephaven, Minnesota, and are now locals, living in Cornwall, Vermont. Two of their children, Sam ’12 and Isabel ’18.5, are Middlebury graduates. Beth volunteers as a class agent for Middlebury, has served on the 1985 Reunion committees, and frequently hosts friends who come back to visit the campus.
Out of college, Beth worked in admissions for the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. After moving to Minnesota, Beth served as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnetonka Public Schools and worked in the Minnetonka Aquatics office. She served as a founding board member of the Minnetonka Anchor Club, an organization that was instrumental in bringing a new competition pool and venue to the district.
Beth currently works at the Stone Mill in Middlebury. On Fridays she can be found making pans of mac ’n’ cheese for the Community Supper in town, helping feed community members in need.
Beth loves her new home in Vermont, where she stays connected to Middlebury and all that it offers. She enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and knitting, and is grateful for the beauty of the place. Beth and Skip enjoy frequent visits with their kids and are eagerly expecting their first grandchild in April.
Casey W. Mahoney ’11, MANPTS ’12
Casey is an international security policy professional and researcher with 10 years of experience in roles in government, international organizations, and academia. Currently, he is a U.S. Institute of Peace–Minerva Peace and Security Scholar based in Washington, D.C., as he completes a PhD in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on alliance politics, military strategy, and emerging technology.
After graduating from the College in 2011, Casey was part of the inaugural “4+1” joint BA/MA degree cohort at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He completed the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies in 2012 and received the Institute’s Nunn-Lugar Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Defense. While at the Pentagon, Casey supported WMD nonproliferation programs in the Asia-Pacific region and subsequently served on the Office of the Secretary of Defense counter-ISIL team as country director for Jordan. He has also conducted policy research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, and the Middlebury Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
At Middlebury, Casey majored in Russian, studying at the Language Schools and the School Abroad in Irkutsk, Russia, and minored in political science. He sang a cappella with Stuck in the Middle, worked in the admissions and career services offices, and led the Polar Bear Club. Casey has since volunteered over the years for Middlebury Institute recruitment efforts and conducted interviews for the Alumni Admissions Program.
Casey is from Chandler, Arizona, and is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Julisa Salas ’10
Julisa Salas is the chief of staff at Toast, an all-in-one platform built for restaurants, where she is responsible for driving the company’s operating system and working alongside the executive team to manage strategic initiatives. Prior to her role as chief of staff, Julisa established and led the Go-To-Market Strategy and Operations Department at Toast, which led the GTM team’s efforts across data/funnel optimization, operations, and systems. Julisa was an early employee at Toast, joining in 2016 and serving as chief of staff to the CEO when the company went public in 2021. Before coming to Toast, Julisa worked at J.P. Morgan, where she provided financial advice to ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Julisa was recognized by El Mundo’s “Latino 30 under 30” in 2016 and was awarded the Toast Founder’s Award in 2019.
Julisa majored in English and minored in French at Middlebury. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she focused on entrepreneurship. Julisa received a full tuition scholarship from Middlebury as part of the Posse program, which identifies, recruits, and selects student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called “posses.” As a student, she participated in student government, worked at the phonathon all four years, and then upon graduation transitioned to being a class agent for the Class of 2010. Julisa is currently a Middlebury Boston chapter lead, where she organizes events for Boston alumni. She hails from NYC (Washington Heights) and lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband.
Laura Woodward Tufts ’03
Laura graduated from Middlebury in 2003 with a major in economics and minors in mathematics and classical civilizations. She graduated with highest honors in economics and was the recipient of the Fredericks C. Dirks award for Distinguished Achievement in Economics.
While at Middlebury, Laura participated on the Finance Committee and Comprehensive Fee Committee. She was also the cofounder of the DigitalBridges 2.0. Laura loved the four years she spent mentoring a local middle school child. Being a campus tour guide and introducing new families to Middlebury was also a favorite activity. Laura has remained active with the Middlebury community through conducting interviews for the Alumni Admissions Program and then serving as a regional chair.
After leaving Middlebury, Laura joined Charles River Associates in consulting, went on to receive her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and then began five years in strategy consulting at the Monitor Group/Monitor Deloitte. Currently, Laura is the director of operations for the U.S. Market Access Consulting and Analytics division at IQVIA, where she has worked for the past eight years. She is responsible for the development, staffing, training, performance, onboarding, and recruiting strategy for the consulting practice.
In 2008, Laura married fellow Midd alum Brad Tufts ’03, and they live in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with their nine-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. She and her family love to frequent Marblehead’s beaches in the summer and do creative art projects. They all built lots of Legos during the pandemic, and her kids have recently discovered the joys of skiing.
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