The NCAA Board of Directors serves the New College Alumnae/i Association in carrying out its mission in support of the College.
The NCAA Board of Directors serves the New College Alumnae/i Association in carrying out its mission in support of the College. The board meets four times a year annually and oversees NCAA’s core programs, services, fundraising, communications and events. The board of directors invites open comments and suggestions for their activities.
Cindy Hill ’89-’93 – Chair of the NCAA Board
Cindy Hill is the immediate past-chair of the NCAA Board of Directors. She is an attorney in Sarasota. Cindy studied Medieval/Renaissance studies at New College. She earned master’s degrees in Renaissance literature at both Florida State University and Oxford University. She earned her J.D. from Florida State University. Cindy lives in Nokomis with her children, Maeve and Ewan, and their dachshund, three cats and two hedgehogs. Cindy has been a member of the board since 2005.
Steve Jacobson ’71-’75 – Chair-Elect of the NCAA Board
Steve Jacobson attended New College from 1971 until graduating in 1975. He studied biology, but evolved through sculpture and did a senior project on “The Development of a Low-Cost, Flat-Plate, Solar Collector for Heating Water.”
While at New College, he served on a faculty committee for six of his nine terms, either as at-large representative or as a member on one of several faculty committees. He graduated with a degree in General Studies.
After graduation, he built a sawmill for another former New College student in Oregon, as a prelude to building a house that was self-sufficient for energy. The house was never built. He then went to the Chicago area and got a job in a machine shop, which led to a job at Northwestern University building scientific instruments for researchers. Fifteen years later he left for a three-year stint in Hong Kong, building a research machine shop at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, before returning to Northwestern as a design and prototyping specialist in the Engineering Design and Communication program.
He is currently at Northwestern as a cryogenics engineer, distributing liquid nitrogen and liquefying helium for the research community.
He is married to Karen Perl Jacobson. They live in Evanston, Illinois, where half their house and all of the garage are devoted to shops and studio. The dog, Suzy, lives upstairs, while the cats, Tarzan and Chloe, live downstairs, to prevent canicide or felicide.
Frazier Carraway ‘72-’76 – Immediate Past Chair of the NCAA Board
Frazier grew up in Atlanta where he graduated from Tucker High School. He started New College in 1972 concentrating in sculpture. Frazier graduated from New College with a BA in Anthropology in 1976 and enlisted in the Army. He was commissioned as an armor officer after Officer Candidate School and served 3 ½ years on active duty and a further 12 years in the Individual Ready Reserve. After the service he worked for US Home Corp. as a construction superintendent and manager overseeing and coordinating construction of houses and condominiums before attending Stetson University College of Law. At Stetson he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and graduated cum laude in 1988.
Frazier is in private practice in Tampa with the firm of Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons P.A. concentrating in business and construction litigation. Frazier is counsel to the Board of Trustees of Hillsborough Community College.
Frazier is married to Claire Bailey Carraway (NC ’75) and they have two daughters, Margaret and Bailey, who are attending Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Chad Bickerton ‘05 – Governance Chair
Chad graduated from New College with a double major in History and Political Science in 2009. He wrote his thesis on the German legal system and legal professionalism during the Third Reich. After New College, Chad attended law school at the University of Florida. He graduated, cum laude, in 2012. Currently, Chad is an associate attorney at Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsey & Johnson. He practices primarily in the areas of general civil litigation and insurance defense.
In his free time, Chad continues to play for the New College Bones softball team where he plays third base and bats cleanup. Chad has played for the Bones, on and off, since being a first year at New College. He also enjoys playing pub trivia with a team of New College alums and professors.
Hazel Bradford ’75
Hazel Bradford is the Washington reporter for Pensions & Investments, a daily news website and print publication. Her previous positions included director of communications for the International Masonry Institute and Washington correspondent for McGraw-Hill publications, including Business Week and Engineering News-Record.
She is a founding board member of the Gardenia House for migrant farm worker families on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a board member of the News Literacy Project, which introduces high school students to journalism. She attended New College from 1975-1977.
Jordan Clark ’04-’08 – Communications Chair
Jordan Clark ‘04 graduated from New College in 2008 with a concentration in Economics. Her thesis focused on natural resource economics, specifically fisheries management in Russia. At New College, she served as the only student on the Board of Directors for WSLR LPFM, was involved in student government, and played in a band called Furniture. Currently, she works in business development for a firm that removes landmines, and enjoys traveling when she can. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Robert ‘Bob’ Freedman ’83
Bob Freedman was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and divides his time between Vancouver, British Columbia, (when he is not in security lines at various airports) and Rancho Mirage, California. Bob attended New College from 1983-1987 and worked with Penny Rosel, majoring in Sociology. After that, he spent the next several years as a “professional student:” he obtained a masters degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, then an LL.B. from Queen’s, and finally a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia in 1991.
Bob has been a lawyer in Canada for the last 22 years. He works exclusively representing First Nation clients on a variety of matters – treaty negotiations, land claims, negotiations with government and industry (mainly pipelines, oil and gas, water and related issues). He is one of the principals in JFK Law Corporation, one of the leading First Nation rights law firms in Canada.
When not working or traveling for work, Bob and his partner Grant spend as much time as they can at their second home in Rancho Mirage, California. Bob and Grant are heavily involved in the Mid-century Modern (“MCM”) movement in the Palm Springs area. Had Bob been aware of MCM architecture while at New College (and if he had any money at the time), he would have purchased a Paul Rudolph MCM home in Sarasota.
Carmela French ’06-’10
Carmela spent the first half of her childhood in South Florida before moving to Atlanta, where she attended Norcross High School. At 16 she graduated high school and prepared to attend New College, studying Biology and German. While at New College (2006-2010) she participated in and assisted organizing the Rock Climbing Club and the Scuba club. After graduation she moved to Philadelphia and became involved in staffing and onboarding professional services.
One year later she moved to Washington, D.C. Since, she has been involved in federal contracting and serving as volunteer coordinator for the local NCAA chapter. Today she Is involved with numerous veterinary welfare organizations and travels whenever possible. She is available to assist alumni in their career search, whether to serve as mock interviewer, resume reviewer or feedback source for cover letters. LinkIn with her at www.linkedin.com/in/CarmelaFrench
Leslie Reinherz ’70-’74
Leslie Reinherz graduated from New College with a major in biology in 1974. She then attended Duke University, where she received a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1980. She went on to a career as a filmmaker and journalist, specializing in science, technology and medicine, producing programs for outlets such as the PBS “Nova” series, the Audubon Society, and the New York Times.
She owned and operated a production company in the 1990s, producing works for television, museums, and publishing houses. After a 10-year break to raise her daughter and take care of aging parents, she switched focus and began teaching. Currently she is an instructor of biotechnology and of English as a second language, teaching adult immigrants in the Boston area through a program at Jewish Vocational Services. Leslie lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, with her teenage daughter. She is the stepmother of Rachael (Herrup-Morse) Simms, ’95-‘99. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys travel, charity work and cooking.
Norman Stein ‘69
Norman Stein graduated from New College in 1973, a member of the last graduating class before New College became part of the Florida university system. He majored in English and loved almost all his professors, especially David Schatz, Penny Rosel, and Arthur Borden. He met his wife (Ellen) there and their son (JJ) met his wife (Bonnie) there.
Today he is a law professor who teaches a number of subjects and writes mostly about pensions, health care, and social insurance. He taught at the University of Alabama for 25 years and now teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has worked part-time over the years for the Pension Rights Center, AARP, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Funds, the Department of Labor, and the General Accounting Office. He has also moonlighted as a pro-bono lawyer for death row inmates and gets to carry a flashlight once a month as part of Philadelphia Town Watch.
James ‘Jim’ Tietsworth ’84
Jim is a native Pennsylvanian who came to New College in 1984. He played volleyball and softball (with the early Bones), played bass guitar in the New College funky “High Decibels” with Kelleth Chinn and was an RA under Pete Fazio and Mark Johnson. He worked with John Morrill and Paul Scudder completing a Biology/Chemistry degree in 1989, studying the photogenic Lytechinus Variegatus sea urchin embryo as many other Morrill protegé have done. A four year stint in the frozen wastelands of Atlanta for medical school convinced Jim to head back to Florida for good, with brief stops at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville and USF Tampa for more training.
Sarah Thompson ’06–‘11 – Treasurer / Finance Chair
Sarah Thompson graduated from New College in 2011 with a concentration in Literature/Spanish Language and Culture. Her thesis focused on depictions of dictatorial power in two Latin American novels by Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. She grew up in Sarasota and both her older brother and sister-in-law are fellow Novo alums.
After graduating, Sarah worked as alumnae/i coordinator for the New College Foundation for two and a half years where she helped organize chapter events, reunions and annual fund communications. She also designed and edited theNimbus among many other tasks.
Sarah now serves as assistant director of The Swarthmore Fund at Swarthmore College. She is responsible for Swarthmore’s phonathon, senior class gift, student philanthropy education and young alumni giving programs. She lives in center city Philadelphia with her cat Louis. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to political and design podcasts, taking long strolls through the city, and attempting to organize reunions with her group of 5 close friends from New College.
Gera Peoples ’94
Troy Winfrey ’87
An Atlanta native, Troy Winfrey graduated from New College in 1991 with a degree in British and American Literature. He earned a master’s degree in English at Syracuse, worked in higher education and arts nonprofits for a decade, and changed careers in 2006, becoming ABD in Communications Design before working in industry. For the past decade, he has been a user experience researcher and strategist, helping companies make interactive products that delight customers and are easy to use. He lives in Atlanta, where among other things he manages the NC(F) Daimon Facebook group.
Vernon Woodworth ’70–‘74
Vernon attended New College from 1970-1974, taking one semester off to work in a furniture factory in Lisbon, New Hampshire. He forged a major in Urban Design with the help of Bob Benedetti and Jack Cartlidge, and participated in two European workshops led by Dr. Lee Snyder. Vernon received his architect’s license in the State of Massachusetts in 1984 and was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2012.
Vernon has taught at the Boston Architectural College since 2003, works by day as a consultant in code compliance at AKF Group, and nights and weekends pursues architectural design through his LLC, “Urban Determination.” Vernon has been married to fellow New College alum Alyson Haley for 36 years, with whom he has one son, Jonathan, age 30.