Alumni Association Board of Directors

Joshua Boyce '81
Joshua A. Boyce '81 (Alumnus Trustee)

Term: 2016-2020

Joshua A. Boyce, M.D., is the Albert L. Sheffer Professor of Medicine in the Field of Allergic Diseases at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the Director of the Jeff and Penny Vinik Center for Allergic Disease Research and the Associate Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He leads one of the nation’s largest and most successful Allergy research and training programs. He is the principal investigator on one of only nine Asthma and Allergic Disease Cooperative Research Center grants awarded in the US by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has published over 100 original articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals dealing with the immunologic basis of asthma and over 50 reviews and textbook chapters. More than 20 of his former MD and PhD trainees are full-time faculty at US medical schools, as well as comparable institutions in Europe and Japan. He has served as the Chairman of the Expert Panel that drafted the 2010 and 2016 versions of the NIH-sponsored guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy, and in an advisory capacity to the NIH on several committees. He has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the premier journal in the specialty, since 2003. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He has been named faculty Teacher of the Year by the Residents at both the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts General Hospital, and has twice been recognized by Boston Magazine as one of Boston’s best physicians.

After graduating from Skidmore in 1981, Dr. Boyce obtained his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also did his residency in Pediatrics. After serving as Chief Resident, he spent two years practicing general Pediatrics before returning to academia to do fellowships in Pediatric Pulmonology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Allergy and Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1996. He has been a strong advocate for the sciences at Skidmore and for its students. Since starting his research program twenty years ago, he has employed 18 Skidmore graduates as full-time research assistants in his lab, almost all of whom went on to M.D. or Ph.D. programs. He has also sponsored payed summer lab internships for 12 Skidmore undergraduates, and has hosted several students as part of Skidmore’s Career Development Center Job Shadowing program. He is a regular participant in the Skidmore Career Jams program.

cooperAlexandria M. Cooper '10 (Chair of Young Alumni Giving)

Term: 2016-2019

A recent graduate of Columbia University’s School of Nursing, Alexandria Cooper is a registered nurse employed by Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Ali is passionate about healthcare delivery and equality and hopes to one day run a major metropolitan emergency department. She brings passion, warmth, and technical skill to her nursing practice. After graduating from Skidmore with a degree in chemistry, Ali worked as a private tutor for an internationally-competitive equestrian athlete. From 2011-2014, she worked for PwC, a Big Four accounting firm, in a finance and operations management role. Ali hails from Nutley, New Jersey, where she grew up riding horses and participating in Nutley’s renowned choral music program. When not at the hospital, Ali enjoys spending time outside with her dog, Ghost, riding horses, and singing karaoke duets with her partner, Josh, an iOS developer. Ali is forever thankful for her years spent at the College and is incredibly excited to have a role in Skidmore’s future.


Sibyl Waterman HaleySibyl Waterman Haley, '71 (President)
Term: 2017-2020

Sibyl majored in English at Skidmore and went on from college to jobs in academia. Initially employed by Harvard in their Freshman Dean's Office, she returned to Skidmore to work as Assistant Director of Admissions. That position was a defining one for her, as her relationship with the College changed to promoting it. She has promoted it zealously ever since. Subsequent jobs at Bowdoin College, first as an Editor, then as Assistant Director of Admissions were supplemented by extensive volunteer work in her community. Sibyl ran numerous school volunteer programs and assisted in many political campaigns. For many years she worked part-time at Sugarloaf/USA, and she worked for years in the offices of US Senator Olympia J. Snowe, until the Senator's retirement.Sibyl's deepest loyalty was always in service to her Alma Mater. Her contributions have been varied: Maine Club President, Class Secretary, Class Agent, AAC, Fund Chair, REGPAC member (Chair, Reunion Giving), First Vice President of the Alumni Association, National FOP Chair. She has experienced five terms on the Alumni Board, with two as President and two as Alumna Trustee. She has been active in all 1971 class and reunion activities, and received the Alumni Service Award in 2006. Sibyl's passion for Skidmore is a driving one in her life and she continues to spread the Skidmore message zealously. Born in Boston, raised in Iowa, she lives in Portland, Maine.

melvisMelvis N. Langyintuo '12 (Chair, Friends of Athletics)
Term: 2017-2020

It’s not often that a young alumnus joins the ranks of a group that includes NBA greats like David Robinson and Magic Johnson. But that’s exactly what Melvis Langyintuo ’12 did several years ago, when Business Insider magazine profiled him, along with several professional athletes who left the game to launch careers in finance, among The 32 Best Basketball Players on Wall Street. 

A global macro trader at Goldman Sachs who had launched his career at Morgan Stanley, Melvis is making his mark in a highly competitive industry.  But his achievements involve far more than business acumen and athleticism.  Melvis’ resume reveals another passion—a true avocation—that he was already pursuing during his student days at Skidmore.  An advocate and philanthropist, he has been opening doors to education in impoverished communities around the globe, including those in his native Ghana.

Melvis was attending high school in Zimbabwe when he was selected for Africa Top 100 Camp, part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders initiative, which expands opportunities for youth in underdeveloped countries. His drive and talent drew the attention of several NBA coaches, who suggested that he apply to the Lawrenceville School, a college-preparatory academy in New Jersey.  Melvis landed a scholarship and enrolled, distinguishing himself in the classroom and on the basketball court.  He graduated determined to play college basketball and get a great education. “Skidmore, he says, “was the perfect fit.”

In 2010, Melvis partnered with Johane Simelane ’13 to author and successfully executive a Davis Project For Peace proposal to build a sports complex and renovate a child care center for Swaziland’s impoverished Mpolonjeni community. 

As he builds his career on Wall Street, Melvis continues to help children in developing countries receive the transformative gift of a good education. “It’s an investment really—in Africa and in the future.”  As a member of the Leadership Council for nonprofit Pencils of Promise, he has raised over $115,000 to build primary schools, promote healthcare, and introduce e-readers to students in Ghana, Laos, and Guatemala.  Not content to stop at fundraising, he has helped to scout building locations, participate in construction, and review student/teacher evaluations.  

Closer to home, Melvis and his team of colleagues captured first place in the Wall St. Decathlon in 2015, raising $62,692 for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Melvis, who won the vertical jump, raised more than $20,000 by himself.  They remained victorious the following year, besting peer teams in all 10 of the competition’s events.

In 2017, he was recognized by the Alumni Association with the Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement.

Amy MunichielloAmy Munichiello '94 (Chair, Career and Professional Development)
Term: 2016-2019

Amy graduated Skidmore in 1994 with a degree in Business and Government and a passion for the “organizational psychology” side of business.  She began her career at Accenture in Boston as a change management consultant providing solutions to Fortune 500 clients before moving into a global human performance consulting practice based in NYC.  Following Accenture, Amy joined a boutique consulting firm focused on the development and implementation of competitive work/life/flexibility strategies to drive employee engagement and retention.  

Amy relocated to Boston in 2000 upon joining Ernst & Young, where she is currently the Director of Organization Effectiveness Consulting, Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY’s Financial Services Organization.  Amy leads an internal Organizational Development consulting practice which designs consulting solutions to retain and develop leaders, enable the highest performing teams, build an inclusive culture, and drive employee engagement.


Merilee Mapes Perkins

Merilee Mapes Perkins '76 (Chair of Reunions)
Term: 2016-2018

Merilee Mapes Perkins ’76 is the Senior Program Director of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA in Sanford, Maine where she manages all programs, develops organizational collaborations and is the liaison to community partnerships. Previous to her twenty years at the Y, Merilee worked as a fitness consultant, vocational rehabilitation counselor and physical education teacher. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she is a volunteer faculty trainer and instructor for YUSA. She continues to teach Pilates, Spinning, aqua fitness and TRX. Merilee has B.S. and M.S. degrees in physical education from Skidmore College and Purdue University, respectively. A class agent since graduation, Merilee been reunion chair and class president for the Spirit of ’76 since 2000.  In 2016, she was recognized by the Alumni Association with an Outstanding Service Award.  Merilee has served on the Board of several local organizations that foster the development of wellness and healthy living. She currently serves on the Maine Community Foundation County Committee, Partners for Healthier Communities Advisory Board, County District Health Council and SMHC Physicians Services Board. Merilee is a past chair of Goodall Hospital is currently vice-chair of Southern Maine Health Care. Merilee lives in Shapleigh, Maine with her husband John. They have two grown daughters.

Diana V. Perry '89
Diana Perry '89 (Alumna Trustee)
Term: 2015-2019

Diana V. Perry ’89, MD, MPH is currently Associate Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, MA.  She is also an Associate Attending in Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics Part-time at Harvard Medical School. She is Board Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. After graduation from Boston University School of Medicine in 1994, she entered and completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Upon completing her pediatric residency, Perry came to Boston Children’s Hospital in July 1997 as a fellow in the Harvard Combined Program in Newborn Medicine.  Since 2009, Perry has been a member of the Women in Science Committee at the Museum of Science, Boston. She enjoys helping to develop programs at the museum that encourage young girls to enter science and medicine.  Perry’s current academic interests include Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Simulation training, neonatal ethics, neonatal resuscitation and care of the extremely preterm infant.