Alumni Board Announces New Directors
The Syracuse University Alumni Association Board of Directors has announced the addition of four new directors. Effective July 1, Jennifer Dandrea ’05, Karen (Au) Frank ’03, Melissa Richards-Person ’89 and Jason Yaley ’05, G’06 are directors on the SUAA Board.
The SUAA Board of Directors guides the Syracuse University Alumni Association in establishing priorities for alumni engagement consistent with University goals. Board members have distinguished themselves as leaders within the alumni community while demonstrating a personal commitment to the University. They are ambassadors who have great knowledge of SU’s history, traditions and activities.
The board’s mission is to create an environment in which alumni, former students, parents, students and friends become and stay connected to the University and support it with their work, wisdom and wealth. The term of service is two years, and board members can serve two terms. Committees within the board structure include: Awards, Clubs, Nominating, Philanthropy, Diversity and Inclusion, Generation Orange, and Veterans and Military Engagement.
Dandrea, an engineering manager with Boeing, has been president of the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Seattle since 2010. A resident of Seattle, she enjoys representing Syracuse University on the West Coast. Dandrea is a triathlete, and she volunteers in her community to support STEM initiatives.
Frank has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than a decade, currently in the role of global change management director. She has been a member of Big Apple Orange (the Syracuse University Alumni Club of New York City) and the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Northern New Jersey since 2008, including serving as president of the New York City club. Frank, who lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, is on the advisory board for the Friends of Leadership & Public Service High School.
Richards-Person is vice president of international marketing at Papa John’s International. A member of the Newhouse Advisory Board, she was a Newhouse 50 Forward honoree and has served on the Class of 1989 reunion committee for the 10-, 20- and 25-year reunions. A resident of Louisville, Kentucky, Richards-Person is particularly interested in using her work experience to grow SU’s international alumni clubs and international presence in general.
Yaley is assistant vice president at Aerospace Industries Association. He created the Orange Around the World service project at Syracuse University in 2006, sending care packages to alumni serving in the armed services. Yaley was also involved with the Office of Alumni Engagement as a student and was a member of Sour Sitrus Society. In 2016, Yaley, who lives in Washington, D.C., received the Generation Orange Award from Syracuse University.
The SUAA Board of Directors will hold its fall meeting Friday, Oct. 6, during Orange Central. Tracy Barash ’89, president of the SUAA Board, will emcee the Arents Awards Celebration. Andrew Laver ’01, vice president of the SUAA Board, will emcee the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Luncheon.