Alumni

Alumni Board Member Profiles



Meet your 2021-2022 Alumni Board Members.  If you're interested in becoming involved or learning more contact Alumni Board President Laura Marcinek Purtell.

Laura Marcinek Purtell '06 - Alumni Board President

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
While at Williams, I played varsity soccer, performed in two musicals and was a proconsul my senior year.
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I'm a senior editor on the investigative team at ESPN. I live in Glastonbury, Connecticut, with my husband, Tim, and our daughter, Julia.
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
This isn't a fond memory, per se, but I have a point... In one of my last soccer games as a senior, we lost 2-1 in the CISAC finals when Hamden Hall scored off an indirect kick in the final seconds of the match, following an undoubtedly controversial call by the referee in our own 18-yard box (I will never forget it). It was a rainy, cold day. We were wet and covered in mud as we stood to watch the Hamden Hall coach accept the CISAC trophy (I'll never forget that either). It was a gritty match, but it was characteristic of our team that year -- we worked hard, we were tough and we were good. I had a lot of fun playing with those girls. 
Performing in Jesus Chris Superstar and Les Miserables (as the comic relief in the latter, no less) are also top memories from Williams.
 
A fun fact about yourself:
I got to meet some of my childhood idols in 2019 when I produced a reunion special for ESPN of the 1999 World Cup-winning U.S. women's national soccer team. Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Briana Scurry, Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain and Kristine Lilly all participated. Michelle Akers gave me a hug at the end of the day. Legendary.




Wystan Ackerman '95

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
I was Editor of The Phoenix (magazine), on Student Council, and played baseball.
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I’m a Partner at the law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP (Hartford, CT), defending class actions and complex insurance coverage litigation nationwide. I live in Berlin, CT with my wife Janet and daughter, Marissa.
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
Our class raised money to install the first flagpole in front of the school.
 
Give a fun fact about yourself:
In 2012, I wrote a successful petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.




Nat Duncan '08

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
I lived in Madison and Old Lyme and was a member of the lacrosse, swim, and sailing teams.
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I’m executive director of strategy at GE.  I live in Philadelphia with my fiancé Caitie, a physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and a reformed street cat we picked up during our time living in Chicago. 

A fond memory of your time at Williams:
Many, but fall sailing stands out as a particularly good time.

A fun fact about yourself:
 I’ve lived in 13 different cities across North America, Europe, and Asia during the first 7 years of my career.




Noah Jenkins '14

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Golf and Varsity Basketball. Additionally, I was a member of  "A cafellas” and the Head’s Advisory Board.  
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I’m currently living in Arlington, VA and working as an Engineer in the sonar and acoustics group at Metron, Inc. I primarily work on defense sponsored research and development projects related to undersea acoustic sensing systems. Additionally, I keep busy with traveling, various outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. 
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
Coffee Houses - I really enjoyed coming out to see the musical and singing talents of my classmates.  
 
A fun fact about yourself:
In 2020, I drove across the country 3 times! 




Patrick Madaus '15

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
I feel like I tried almost everything Williams had to offer! I played multiple sports and was involved in events like Compchorea. 
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I’m currently in the US Navy.
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
One of my favorite memories was making film projects for Digital Imaging. I think everyone in that class enjoyed it!
 
A fun fact about yourself:
I had the opportunity to sail on E/V Nautilus while a student at Williams. After Williams, I went back as an undergraduate ROV engineering intern.




Meaghan Meachem '99

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
Softball, Band, Thespians, Dance, FIRST Robotics
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I live in Vermont with my husband and two furkids.  I’m a professor of journalism and communications at Northern Vermont University.
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
Doing Winterfest in Harkness Chapel and Theater in the Arboretum.  What cool places those are to do art.  




Annie Nelson '11

 What were you involved with while attending Williams?
 
Many people mostly remember me as a three season athlete, but I also founded the Outdoors Club! Hopefully it still is active! Some of my favorite memories were hiking around southeastern Connecticut with groups of Williams folks.
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
 
I recently completed my PhD at Northwestern University in Earth and Planetary Science. I am a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University where I will be researching a new method of carbon capture and storage as a means to mitigate climate change. 
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
 
I loved playing guitar at coffeehouses, and watching the many (more talented) people perform and dance at Compchorea! I also loved the lip syncs during spirit week, and the legendary human bicycle my class did our senior year!
 
A fun fact about yourself:
 
I am obsessed with Harry Potter! I have read the series at least 10 times, and am a walking encyclopedia of the most detailed and random knowledge about the wizarding world.




 

Monica Nelson '10

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
While at Williams, I spent most of my time on the field.  I played lacrosse every year, two seasons of Soccer and Basketball, and was on the swim team for a season.  I was also involved with Compchorea and danced in Miss Bo’s dance classes every year.  I also volunteered with Alliance for Living and led the Williams volunteer group there and was involved with the Senior Day committee, Prom committee and yearbook committee.  
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I currently work in Construction Management for Gilbane Building Company in our Manhattan office, and have since my graduation from Lafayette College.  I lead my company's national Young Professional Group, as well as our local NYC group, and am very involved in Women in Construction groups, both with work and outside of work. 
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
My favorite memory from Williams would have to be Sports Days at the Athletic Complex. I loved having so many teams and fans together on one day playing, watching, and cheering on players.
 
A fun fact about yourself:
I am an avid skier and count down the days until ski season! I plan ski trips every year with my family.




Suzanne Podurgiel '87 P '24

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
Field Hockey, Softball, Drama, Chorus and Student Government
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
Our family lives in Noank. My husband has worked at Pfizer for 32 years. Our daughter is a member of the Class of 2024 at Williams.  I am retired from Pfizer and currently employed part-time at our church.  I enjoy volunteering my time on Boards and Committees at Williams as well as our daughter's swim team.
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
Morning Assemblies
 
A fun fact about yourself:
I have completed two Ironman triathlons.




Jamie Schellens '06

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
Lived in Old Lyme and I was involved in soccer and lacrosse.
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I work as an investment advisor and live in Stamford, CT with my wife Katrina and daughter, Madeleine. 
 
A fun fact about yourself:
I am in the local volunteer fire department.




Brett Terry '87 P'18, '21

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
I was involved in soccer, music, and drama.
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I’m the Principal Software Engineer/Tech Lead for Game-based Modeling & Simulation Group at Sonalysts. I live in Mystic and am married to Andrea Wollensak, a Professor of Art at Connecticut College. Our two daughters are both Williams graduates: Sophia ’18 went to Smith, and Anna ’21 to Vassar.
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
My first experience playing in a band was with Chris Payer and Revell Carr during assemblies. I also remain grateful for Mr. Dauer for helping me learn to write well, and to Mrs. Dixon and Mrs. Cibes for encouraging me to study Mathematics.
 
A fun fact about yourself:
I have 3 CDs of my songs on iTunes.




Hunter Tura '90

What were you involved with while attending Williams?
I was involved with literally everything during my six years at Williams! 
 
It almost sounds the character Max from the movie ‘Rushmore,’ but I played three varsity sports (soccer, basketball and baseball), helped run the Service Committee for two years, was the Editor-in-Chief of a student-run ‘zine called “Iskra,” was one of the Literary Editors for ‘Legenda,' and even was in the Spring play my Junior year as ’Soldier 1’ in ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.’ 
 
Moreover, during my Junior and Senior years, I was able to DJ a radio show from 6-9am every Saturday at WCNI on the Conn campus as well as take advantage of all of the lectures, exhibitions and concerts that were happening at the College in those years. That ability to do everything from representing the School in a State-wide all-star basketball tournament to having my “poetry” and art published in “Hilltop" is what made my time at Williams such an amazing - and expansive - period of my life.
 
 
What are you currently doing (career, family, etc.)?
I am the CEO of Syndicate Sub Rosa (an MTM Company), an award-winning strategic design consultancy, where I’m responsible for the firm’s overall strategic direction, creative excellence and global business development.    
 
From 2010 to 2019, I was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Mau Design (a member of the MDC Partners network of companies) with offices in London, New York and Toronto.
 
A fond memory of your time at Williams:
I loved it all - but certainly I have great memories of playing on the Soccer team (especially my Senior year when Rob Kenyon ’90 scored 50 (!!) goals and we made a run deep into the SENE Tournament); Senior Day was always a blast; I loved my coursework (particularly, Rick Dauer’s 'History of Russia and China' and Bill Heinzen’s 'US History' - both of which changed my life!), and of course, the friendships during my time at Williams were a huge part of why the School was such a great experience for me.
 
A fun fact about yourself:
My career in Design has allowed me to work with some really amazing collaborators and take me to some pretty incredible locations across the globe (I did a project in Mongolia!), but in terms of fun facts, not many people know that I was featured as a commentator in a documentary film that came out in 2018 called “Design Canada”.