The University Honors College Board of Visitors was formed late in 2013 to provide candid, comprehensive, and informed reactions to the College’s educational objectives and programs and to provide insight and guidance in the College’s strategic planning process. Members of the Board were appointed by the chancellor in consultation with the provost and the Honors College dean. Like all University boards, the Honors College Board of Visitors includes members of the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees and is chaired by a trustee.
All twelve members of the Honors College Board of Visitors are Pitt alumni with ties to the Honors College or to the earlier Honors Program at the University. The Board is chaired by Mary Ellen Callahan.
University Honors College Board of Visitors, 2014-2016
Daniel E. Armanios is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned BA (Political Science) and BSE degrees (Mechanical Engineering) at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a Goldwater Scholar and a Truman Scholar. As a Rhodes Scholar, he then received MSc degrees in Management Research and in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, he earned a PhD in Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.
Mary Ellen Callahan is a partner in Jenner & Block, a large international law firm, and works in their Washington, DC office. She earned a BPhil degree (1990, Political Science) from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD degree (1997) from the University of Chicago. She was the longest-serving former Chief Privacy Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security (2009-2012). She has a unique and broad knowledge of and experience with the interface of the protection of privacy, civil rights and civil liberties with cybersecurity and national security issues. She is a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees (2010-2018).
Shelly Culbertson researches public sector development in the Middle East at the think tank The RAND Corporation. Her work focuses on education reform as well as science and entrepreneurship policy. She currently coleads a multi-year effort to advise the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq on improving education. She earned a BPhil degree (1999, Political Science, Philosophy) and a BS degree (1999, Mathematics) from the University of Pittsburgh, before receiving a MPA degree in international relations and development studies in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Michael J. Fasolka is the Deputy Director of the Material Measurement Laboratory in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. He earned BA (1994, Liberal Studies) and BPhil degrees (1994, Materials Science and Engineering) from the University of Pittsburgh, where he won the Emma Locke Award as a senior. He received a PhD degree (2000, Materials Science and Engineering) from MIT and did postdoctoral work in the NIST before joining the staff.
David C. Frederick is a partner in Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, which is a trial and appellate litigation firm based in Washington, DC. He received a BA degree (1983, Political Science, History) from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a Truman Scholar and also was the first Pitt student to win a Rhodes Scholarship, which enabled him to study at the University of Oxford in the UK, where he earned a DPhil degree (1987). He received his JD degree from the University of Texas, School of Law (1989). He has argued dozens of cases before the US Supreme Court. He was a recent Legacy Laureate at the University of Pittsburgh (2011).
Lisa A. Martinelli is Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer at Highmark Health. She earned BPhil (1997, Philosophy, Political Science) and JD degrees (2000) from the University of Pittsburgh. She also received a master's degree (2011, Theology) from Duquesne University and is a candidate for a PhD degree (anticipated 2017) from the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne. She received the Jefferson Award for Public Service (2009) for her work with children with autism, and she serves as a member of the UHC committee selecting winners of the G. Alec Stewart Student Achievement Award. She also is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law teaching information privacy law.
Guy N. Molinari is Counsel in the international law firm Kilpatrick Townsend, and works in their New York City office. He earned a BA degree (1983, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, summa cum laude; Chancellor's Scholar) from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA degree (1987) from Columbia University Business School, and a JD degree (1987) from Columbia Law School.
Marlee S. Myers is the founding partner of the Pittsburgh office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and was the office's managing partner for 19 years. She is a member of the firm's Corporate and Business Transactions Practice. She earned BA (1974, English Literature) and JD degrees (1977) from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University (2002-2016) and serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has won many awards, including the Pittsburgh Business Times' Women First Award, recognition by the former Governor as one of Pennsylvania's Top 50 Women in Business and by the National Diversity Council as one of the "Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania." She is active in many community organizations, including the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, which she co-founded, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Anna M. Quider is the Director of Federal Relations for Northern Illinois University in Washington, DC. She earned BS (2007, Physics and Astronomy) and BA degrees (2007, History and Philosophy of Science, Religious Studies) from the University of Pittsburgh. She won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the UK, where she received her PhD degree (2011, Astrophysics). Since returning to the States, she has served as a Congressional Science Fellow in the US Congress and an Innovation Program Manager at the US Department of State.
Nicole C. Rudolph is Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and of History, at Adelphi University in New York. She earned BA (1990, American History, French Language and Literature) and MA degrees (1993, French Language and Literature) from the University of Pittsburgh, a DEA degree (1999, Social Sciences) from the Ecole Normale Superieure/Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and a PhD degree (2005, French Studies) from New York University, where she won a Fulbright Research Scholarship. She is former director of the Maison Française at Columbia University and currently serves as Director of the International Studies program at Adelphi.
Margaret A. Weitekamp curates the social and cultural dimensions of spaceflight collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. She earned a BA degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1993, History) and MA and PhD degrees in History from Cornell University. Her publications cover topics ranging from women pilots taking astronaut tests, Apollo 11 commemorative medals, Star Trek's Lt. Uhura character, Space Shuttle toys, and 1950s space-themed programs. She is the lead space history curator for the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, opening in July 2016.