Speaker Biographies


Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) is serving his ninth term in Congress for Massachusetts' Seventh District, which includes most of Boston. He is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Financial Services Committee. Capuano is co-chair of the Congressional Independent College Caucus.   He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College (NH) and a law degree from Boston College Law School.

David Clinefelter, Ph.D., is chief academic officer at The Learning House, Inc., where he develops academic tools, training and strategies for online higher education. Clinefelter was a professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha; a lecturer at The Ohio State University; and both vice president of academic affairs and president at Graceland University (IA). In 2002, he was provost at Kaplan University (IA), and joined Walden University (MN) as chief academic officer in 2010. He earned a master's degree and a doctorate from The Ohio State University.
Richard Ekman, Ph.D., has been president of the Council of Independent Colleges since 2000. He previously served as vice president for programs at Atlantic Philanthropies and, from 1991 to 1999, as secretary and senior program officer of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In addition to overall administrative responsibilities, he was focused on directing programs in higher education, technology and scholarly communication, libraries, area studies, and faculty development. His campus experience includes service as vice president and dean of Hiram College (OH), and assistant to the provost of the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Sarah A. Flanagan, NAICU vice president for government relations and policy development, has an extensive background in higher education policy, education, and the federal government. She has been instrumental in a number of successful policy efforts with NAICU. Previously, she was the professional staff member for higher education on the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities, and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Children, Family, Drugs, and Alcoholism. Flanagan earned a B.A. from Providence College (RI) and an M.A.T. from Rhode Island College. She is a trustee of Mary Baldwin College (VA) and Beacon College (FL), and a trustee emerita of Providence College (MA).

Jon W. Fuller, Ph.D., serves as a consultant, coordinating the work of NAICU’s Legal Services Review Panel.  He previously was a member of NAICU’s government relations staff; he also served as president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and was a senior federal education official.  He earned a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University (NJ).
Stephanie Giesecke, NAICU’s director for budget and appropriations, represents the association with Congress and the higher education community on budget and appropriations issues. She is the key staff member for the Student Aid Alliance. Previously, she was a legislative assistant for the Association of Community College Trustees, and was a legislative assistant for Rep. Bill Alexander (D-AR). She is an active member of the Committee for Education Funding and served as president in 2006. Giesecke earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (MO) and a master’s degree from The George Washington University (DC).

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Roanoke, VA.  He currently serves as chair of the Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Agriculture Committee. Goodlatte is co-chair of the Congressional Independent College Caucus.  He is a graduate of Bates College (ME) and the Washington and Lee University School of Law (VA).

Jim Hundrieser, Ph.D., is associate managing principal, AGB Institutional Strategies. Before joining AGBIS, Hundrieser served as vice president of marketing and enrollment management at Plymouth State University (NH), where he reengineered marketing, communications, and recruitment efforts, leading to two straight years of record enrollment. As vice president with Noel-Levitz, he worked with more than 50 colleges and universities implementing strategies for small private institutions as well as large research institutions. Using data-informed tools to shape strategy, Hundrieser has focused on creating enrollment plans to drive revenue growth. His expertise covers strategic enrollment planning, student recruitment, retention, academic advising, assessment, co-curricular programming, athletics, and campus organization. He earned a Ph.D. in leadership and education from Barry University (FL).
Paul B. Hunt is president of Millennium Advisory Services, Inc., a registered investment advisory firm he co-founded in 2000. His career in financial services began in 1988, and he founded his first independent firm in 1994. Hunt began working in the private nonprofit education retirement plan market in 2007 and has headed the firm’s strategic initiative of implementing turn-key solutions for nonprofit retirement plan sponsors. He testified in front of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee regarding the transparency of fees in retirement plans. Hunt graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in administration of justice and a certificate in accounting. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), a Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) and holds a Series 65 securities license.
Karin Johns, NAICU’s director of tax policy, is responsible for developing legislative strategies and representing the association on tax policy issues with Congress and the higher education community. She also serves as liaison to the NAICU Secretariat, chairs the Coalition to Preserve Employer-Provided Education Assistance (IRC Sec. 127) for the higher education community, handles post-9/11 issues affecting international students, and Department of Labor issues and regulations affecting colleges and universities. Previously, she was legislative director for Rep. Phil English (R-PA), managing legislative staff and overseeing Ways and Means Committee issues. She also worked for Rep. Fred Grandy (R-IA). Johns graduated from Westminster College (PA) with a B.A. in information arts, and a concentration in political science. After graduation, she attended the Fund for American Studies Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University (DC).
Andrew J. Magda is the manager of market research of The Learning House, Inc., where he leads in the development of custom and large-scale market research studies and assists partner institutions with their research needs. Prior to Learning House, Andrew was a senior analyst at Eduventures and a project manager at the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut.

Tim Powers is director of accountability and regulatory affairs at NAICU. He serves as a liaison to Congress, the Executive Branch, and the broader higher education community on accountability and regulatory issues, including accreditation, state authorization, campus-based aid, and distance education. Powers joined NAICU in January 2015 after more than five years on the staff of former U.S. Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY), where he focused primarily on higher education issues under the jurisdiction of the House Education & the Workforce Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Wake Forest University (NC) and an MBA at Georgetown University (DC).

Mary Pat Seurkamp, joined Yaffe & Company in 2013 as a Senior Consultant and is also a Founding Partner of MPK&D. She was appointed president of Notre Dame of Maryland University in 1997 and was named president emerita when she retired July 2012.  Seurkamp now serves as senior advisor and director for the CIC New Presidents Program, and also is engaged in other consulting activities in higher education.  Before her arrival at Notre Dame, she served at St. John Fisher College (NY) for 21 years. Seurkamp has served on a number of Boards including chair of the Board of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), chair of the Maryland Independent College and University Association, and Board and Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Webster University with a B.A. in psychology, earned an M.A. in counseling from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
David L. Warren, Ph.D., became president of NAICU in 1993 after nearly a decade as president of Ohio Wesleyan University. Earlier, he held administrative and faculty positions at Yale University and Antioch University, and served as chief administrative officer of the City of New Haven, CT. At NAICU, Warren has led cooperative efforts with other national higher education associations, such as the National Student Aid Alliance, National Campus Voter Registration Project, Campus Cares, and the University & College Accountability Network (U-CAN), a major national consumer information effort for informed college-choice decisions.. His work on behalf of higher education has been recognized with 24 honorary degrees.

Alexander C. Yaffe has been with Yaffe & Company since 2001, holding a number of roles until he was promoted to President & Chief Executive Officer in 2013. As the second-generation leader of Yaffe, he continues to advance the firm particularly through the development of complimentary service lines and optimizing alignment and efficiency. Yaffe has developed expertise in the technical, operational, relational, and governance aspects of executive compensation and deferred compensation plan design and implementation, as well as the regulatory requirements of compliance with numerous Internal Revenue Code Sections. He has led client engagements in higher education and other sectors nationwide with assessing executive compensation programs, Presidential and Cabinet performance management, retirement plan designs, leadership transition, and succession planning. In his work, Yaffee aims to weave best practices from multiple sectors to achieve optimal alignment of expectations, understanding, and performance in an evolving landscape that impacts both organizations and individuals.