Please go to wmalumni.com/vote to cast your vote for the current slate of nominees.
The board recommends a YES vote for the entire slate. Voting closes Feb. 10, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. All alumni are eligible to vote in board elections.
Jean Marie Walker Bentley ’99
Marie received her bachelor’s degree in English and music at William & Mary and her J.D. from the University of Richmond. Prior to devoting her full time to her family, Marie was a litigation attorney, most recently with Kaufman & Canoles, focusing on real estate title and professional malpractice defense matters. She has served on the board of the Portsmouth Humane Society and in various roles with historic preservation organizations in the numerous localities where she has lived since graduation. She joined the WMAA board in 2020. She is currently a class ambassador and actively volunteers with a number of organizations in the Williamsburg community. Marie and her husband, Tim Bentley ’99, are excited to have returned to Williamsburg to raise their young son.
“I decided to attend William & Mary when I was 6 years old, like my beloved babysitter and then current student. That was the first of many William & Mary connections which have molded my life. The opportunities for every alumnus to make positive impacts on the College community, future students and the greater world are unlimited. My primary goal for serving on the W&M Alumni Association Board is to foster interaction across generations of alumni, current and future students to allow others to benefit both personally and professionally, as I have.”
Jean Berger Estes ’75, P ’06
Jean graduated from William & Mary with a B.A. in elementary education. After teaching elementary school for several years, she left the profession to raise a family. She served as co-chair of her 30th reunion committee, as a trustee of the William & Mary Foundation and as co-chair of the Richmond For the Bold campaign committee with her husband, Rob Estes ’74. She also serves on the board for the Murray 1693 Scholars. She is a charter member of the Society of 1918 and a member of the Chancellor’s Circle and the James Blair Society. She joined the WMAA board in 2020.
“Being part of the William & Mary community has been one of the great joys of my life. It’s where I met my husband and made my lifelong friends. It’s where I learned life lessons both in and out of the classroom. I loved my four years on campus, and the connections made then have continued to enrich my life. Working in various capacities with my fellow alumni has affirmed my belief that William & Mary helps equip students to become capable, compassionate people who make significant impacts on their communities. I feel so lucky to be a member of this incredible Tribe and I would love to continue to serve on the W&M Alumni Association board.”
Willis H. Gee Jr. ’99
Willis is the global chief information officer at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is responsible for defining and executing the overall technology and digital strategy which enabled the firm’s business. He previously held several senior executive leadership roles in technology strategy and operations at Fortune 500 companies, including Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and Chubb Ltd. Willis received his bachelor’s degree in biological psychology from W&M, a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Science in information systems from Drexel University and a doctorate in global public health from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He is an active board member for the Boys & Girls Club of America (Hartford) and the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program. He joined the WMAA board in 2021. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut, with his wife, Grace, and daughter, Willow.
“There is no doubt that this esteemed institution continues to have a profound effect on just about every aspect of my life. William & Mary fueled my passion to be intellectually curious while being respectful and receptive to diverse points of view on challenging and difficult topics. I also learned the value of community, which is stronger and different than simply having a network. The potential for doing great things is limitless when there is shared passion, commitment and selflessness. With William & Mary’s strong community of professors, students, alumni and staff, we have a responsibility to instigate and affect change on a broad scale. As a member of the W&M Alumni Association Board, I hope to engage the alumni community is ways that transform the opportunity and promise into execution and progress.”
Alice Givens ’94
Alice is the chief legal, ethics and compliance officer for LL Flooring Holdings Inc., based in Richmond, Virginia. She joined LL Flooring in September 2020. Previously, she was the senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., parent company of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, based in Orlando, Florida, from 2016 to 2020. Prior to that, she was vice president and associate general counsel at J.Crew Group, Inc. in New York City, where she focused on securities, corporate governance and general corporate matters from 2007 to January 2016. Before joining J.Crew, she held various legal and compliance roles with Circuit City Stores, Inc., in Richmond, Virginia, for more than 10 years.
Alice has been active in the Orlando and New York City William & Mary networks. She hosted the Orlando Yule Log ceremony at her home for several years and participated in a number of Orlando events when she lived there. While in NYC, Alice hosted several alumni events and attended the NYC auction. Alice served on the W&M Annual Giving Board from 2008 to 2014. She joined the WMAA board in 2019. She also served on her reunion class gift committees for the 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th reunions and co-chaired two of those reunion committees. In 2018, Alice established an endowed need-based scholarship in memory of her grandmother, Louise Givens ’38.
“William & Mary has provided me with decades of friendships, learning opportunities and personal growth that have continued long past my graduation year. I believe the W&M Alumni Association plays a central role in keeping all alumni engaged wherever they are geographically, professionally and personally.”
Tina Reynolds Kenny ’92, P ’24, P ’27
Tina spent her professional life practicing law in New York and Virginia, specializing in corporate and telecommunications law. In addition, Tina was a founding member and creator of a local nonprofit corporation, a board member and president of the Cherry Blossom Chapter of National Charity League, Inc., and a board member and vice president with Young Men’s Service League, Inc. While attending William & Mary, she was the editor of the Colonial Echo. She received her law degree from St. John’s University.
Tina is a charter member of the Society of 1918, a member of the Admission Volunteer Network and a class ambassador. She joined the WMAA board in 2018 and is currently serving as board development chair of the WMAA board. Tina and her husband, Stephen Kenny ’92, live in Oakton, Virginia, with their son. Their daughter is currently a student at William & Mary.
“William & Mary shaped my life. I met my husband here and received a liberal arts education that prepared me to take on any challenge that arose in my career. W&M has a strong heritage and is always striving for excellence. We have had great success in alumni engagement and I hope that my passion for W&M will inspire others to become involved.”
William “Bill” Schermerhorn ’82
Bill is creative director for Colonial Williamsburg’s signature events, combining storytelling and event experience with the traditions of the 18th century to create memorable productions. He was previously vice president and creative director for Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group, where, for over three decades, he brought his vision, from concept to telecast, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks, along with numerous Flower Shows, Christmas Tree Lightings and Gala Store Openings. Bill is a two-time Emmy Award-winning songwriter and an honorary U.S. National Park ranger. He has a B.A. in history from W&M. Bill has advised alumni partners and students on various events, including the Homecoming Parade, and enjoys collaborating with W&M organizations on annual CW celebrations. Bill was born on the 4th of July and resides with his husband, Dan Dutcher, in Williamsburg.
“The wide range of liberal arts courses — and dedicated W&M professors — played a major role in preparing me for the great opportunities I’ve been given to create fantastic holiday memories for both young and old, from Times Square to Market Square. As a member of the W&M Alumni Association Board of Directors, I would strive to be a bridge between students and alumni and to shine a spotlight on the multitalented students who make the world their stage.”
Umesh Trikha ’03
New York, New York
Umesh is a managing director and an international wealth advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, managing over $2.8 billion in client assets, with a focus on developing financial goals with clients tied to each individual’s life goals. He has more than 19 years of experience in specialized financial products, including international currencies and rates. Among his various wealth management industry accolades, in 2019, Umesh was named to On Wall Street’s “Top 40 Under 40 Advisors” and ranked in Forbes’ “Top 250 Next Generation Wealth Advisors in America” and Forbes’ “Best In-State Wealth Advisors.” Umesh also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst®, (CIMA®) certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association®.
Before joining Merrill in 2003, Umesh worked for American Express and The Economist, Intelligence Unit. Umesh was born and raised in England and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with concentrations in finance and marketing from William & Mary. He joined the WMAA board in 2020. Umesh’s passions range from good food, music and theater to soccer, cricket and performing magic shows. He is actively involved with several nonprofit organizations including United Way Campaign and Doing Art Together. He is currently pursuing a Global Executive MBA through Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
“Throughout my career, I’ve always valued the power of connections and networking; as a wealth advisor, I meet new people from different backgrounds on a regular basis. I truly believe that we’re better when we’re connected, a principle that I’ve come to learn at W&M. As a board member, I would ensure that each and every student can fully utilize the vast resources available to them at W&M, from the diverse clubs, groups and fraternities, to office hours for getting to know professors outside the classroom. It’s imperative for our student body to value the diverse backgrounds of their colleagues.
William & Mary was extremely influential in shaping my career and stimulating my intellectual curiosity. Studying economics during college, I found that professors were very passionate about ensuring the success of their students. Joining as an international student, I felt welcomed across the university, as a member of the Indian Cultural Association, playing cricket amongst other international friends, as a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and with the Reves Center for International Studies. I’ll always remember Economics Professor Donald Campbell, who was so kind as to invite me to his family’s Thanksgiving dinner during my freshman year, realizing how homesick I was at that point. I’ve established many lasting friendships built across a diverse student body.”
John D. Windt ’89
John is currently an instructional assistant in the special education department at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia. He spent 24 years in the healthcare industry, first with Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and the last 18 with Gilead Sciences, working in roles of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing. In service to William & Mary, John was a member of the New York City Alumni Chapter Board for four years in the 1990s, serving as vice president and president of the chapter. He also spent seven years on the Annual Giving Board, with two-year terms as vice chair and chair. He is a lead class ambassador for the Class of 1989. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Marie. They have three children.
“One Tribe, One Family. When that slogan and accompanying rubber wristbands were launched approximately a decade ago, it really resonated with me. I had received so much from the College — a wonderful education, critical thinking and life skills, and a great group of friends. My wife, who I met through a W&M friend, encouraged me to dedicate myself to a life of service, so I dove in headfirst to give back to William & Mary. In my role on the W&M Alumni Association Board, I plan to use all the knowledge I gained serving on the Annual Giving Board to effectively engage with our alumni base, educate them on the current state of affairs at W&M and encourage them to give back by attending events, volunteer their time and give back financially.”