Board of Trustees Welcomes Five New Members

Scripps College announces the election of five new members to its Board of Trustees, four of whom are alumnae of the College. Their three-year terms begin July 1.

“Each new member brings a wealth of expertise as they join a deeply talented, devoted, and enthusiastic board, which sets a high bar for Scripps,” says President Lori Bettison-Varga. “The board provides a level of vision and leadership that has helped propel Scripps to the top tier in American higher education and has embraced aspirational goals, such as our current comprehensive campaign. The board is delighted to welcome these new members.”

Deborah David ’72 rejoins the board after serving as an emerita trustee since 2002. During her previous term, she served on a range of committees, including chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee from 1991 to 1995. A resident of London, David is a mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London. She has extensive dispute resolution experience, both as a mediator and a client representative.

Robert Sacks, parent of Alexandra Sacks ’14, is a partner at the international law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. Sacks works in the law firm’s Los Angeles office. Sullivan & Cromwell’s clients have included Goldman Sachs and Microsoft. Sacks is a resident of Pacific Palisades.

Laura Vausbinder Hockett ’85 is a community volunteer and member of the Ellen Browning Scripps Society. A resident of Wellesley, Massachusetts, she is director of the human resources board for the town of Wellesley. Hockett is a former director of surgical marketing for Haemonetics Corporation, a medical device firm.

Devanie Candelaria Dóñez ’94 has more than 12 years of experience in nonprofit management, public service, and education. Dóñez teaches in the social science department at Pomona Catholic High School and serves as the school’s acting head senior class moderator. A resident of Upland, she previously worked for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, assisting the city’s homeless population. She joins the board as an alumna trustee, filling the position held by Carolyn Ditte Wagner ’72.

Madeline “Maddy” Ruvolo ’14 is the recent graduate trustee-elect. While at Scripps, she was president and co-founder of the Disability Illness and Difference Alliance of The Claremont Colleges and wrote her thesis on the social isolation of young adults with chronic illnesses. Ruvolo, a resident of Ross, California, is a systems change advocate at the Marin Center for Independent Living.