Claire Lewis “Yum” Arnold ’69 serves as chairwoman of the Campaign Cabinet. She offers a wealth of knowledge of and a passion for Mary Baldwin College. She served on the Board of Trustees for 19 years, and was the chair for five years. An entrepreneur, Arnold is chief executive officer and founder of Leapfrog Services Inc., a remote information technology management and solutions company. Her experience includes acquiring and growing a local consumer goods distribution company into one of Georgia’s five largest privately held companies, as well as serving as marketing manager for Coca-Cola USA. Arnold also is avidly involved in her local community and is a member of a number of boards and organizations. In 2009, she was awarded The Atlanta Rotary Club’s Armin Maier Community Service Award.
William (Bill) H. Atwood established architecture firm Atwood, Henningsen & Kestner, Inc. Architects in 1980, which was then known as William Harrison Atwood, Architects, Inc. As a senior architect with experience in all phases of design ranging across residential, commercial, and resort projects, Atwood offers invaluable insight into the transformational development of MBC’s new graduate school, Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS). The firm’s work can be seen across the southeastern United States, and in the immediate vicinity at Wintergreen Resort. Atwood is connected to MBC through his wife, former Board of Trustees member Bertie Deming (Bebe) Heiner, and through his mother-in-law, Bertie Murphy Deming Smith ’46, who is MBC’s lead donor for MDCHS and a former Board member.
Charlotte Jackson Berry ’51 is a member of the college’s Board of Trustees who has served for more than 35 years. Additionally, she formerly led the Alumnae/i Association as president in the past. Berry continues to devote her time and energy to volunteering and philanthropy in a number of capacities. After college, Berry worked as a psychiatric social worker at the University of Tennessee and served as national chair of volunteers for the American Red Cross. She has also served as vice chair for United Way of America and Volunteers of America. She was honored with the prestigious national Harriman Award from the Red Cross in 1998, and in 2002, Berry received the Lifetime of Dedication to Charity & Volunteerism Award from United Way of Buncombe County, Asheville, North Carolina.
Tracy “Lolita” Burks-Healy ’87 launched her own line of artistic stemware in 2004, Designs by Lolita, which has blossomed into a multi-million dollar business. In addition to stemware, her label produces ceramic ware, candles, tableware, and a variety of accessories, and her products can be found in prominent retail stores such as Macy’s and Hallmark. Prior to starting her own company, Burks-Healy worked in fashion marketing for Donna Karan, and later, Christian Dior Perfumes. A Board of Trustees member and ever an advocate for MBC, she generously donated a special line of commemorative glasses she has designed for MBC. These are sent as gifts to donors who give $1,000 or more to the college.
Anna Kate Reid Hipp ’63 served on the MBC Board of Trustees for more than 25 years, and in 1994, she was the first alumna to chair the board. Hipp is a longtime supporter of the college and her dedication inspires other alumnae/i. Aside from her commitment to Mary Baldwin College, Hipp is active in a number of organizations devoted to environmental preservation and community enhancement, and she serves on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Environmental Law Center, protecting the natural beauty of Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. In 2009, she was honored with the YWCA of Greenville Women of Achievement Award.
Margaret E. “Lyn” McDermid ’95 is a graduate of and strong advocate for MBC’s Adult Degree Program. She served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 2001–2014. McDermid is chief information officer for the Federal Reserve System. Prior to her current position, she worked at Dominion Virginia Power for 30 years in several management roles, and she was an engineer at Stone and Webster Engineering Corp., working on start-up plans for five nuclear plants. A recognized leader, she chairs the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and serves on other boards and committees as well. She was honored with the Executive Women in Business Achievement Award in 2008.
Jane Harding Miller ’76 have served on the Board of Trustees since 2004 and is the current chair. She maintains a close connection to her alma mater, supporting it with true passion. After graduating from Mary Baldwin, Miller earned her law degree from the University of Virginia, and became a member of the New York State Bar. She practiced tax law in New York City at the firm of Simpson Thacher and Bartett prior to becoming an investment banker at several major financial institutions. Most recently, she worked in alternative energy financing as a managing director of the principal finance group at HSBC Securities, Inc. For many years she was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the alumnae and other friends who have guided us so thoughtfully through the development of the Ever Ahead campaign.