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Dr. Patricia Y. Fechner

Dr. Patricia Y. Fechner is the daughter of an alumna, the late Miyako Y. Fechner ’53. She is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist in Seattle and has been in practice for 23 years. Dr. Fechner is currently an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at the Universityof Washington’s School of Medicine. She also serves as medical director of the Disorders of Sex Development Program,a joint program established by Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Universityof Washington to care for children with disorders of sex development. Her clinical and research interests include Turner syndrome, androgen insensitivity syndrome, and other disorders of sex determination, as well as growth- hormone and IGF-1 deficiency.

Dr. Fechner received her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed a pediatric endocrine fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins and Stanford University prior to moving to Seattle.

Patricia “Trish” Jackson ’82

An alumna trustee for 10 years, from 2001 to 2011, Patricia “Trish” Jackson ’82 was also assistant director of the Annual Fund at Scripps in 1983–84. She held various Alumnae Council roles at Scripps between 1982 and 2002 and was president of the Alumnae Association between 2002 and 2004, which began her service on the Board. Jackson has more than 30 years of advancement experience at a wide variety of nationally ranked higher-education institutions. In February 2013, she completed her eight-year tenure as vice president for development at Smith College, where she managed all fundraising initiatives, including the $450 million Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith. Currently, she serves as interim vice president for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Health.

Jackson earned an MBA with anemphasis in economics of nonprofitsfrom the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.She lives in Norwich, Vermont, withher husband, William Millard, who is professor of psychology and educationat Mount Holyoke College.

Gale Picker P’14, P’19

Gale Picker P’14, P’19, the mother of Jean ’14 and Evy ’19, is a certified counselor who specializes in working with parents and families. Picker is the founder of the Family Leadership Fund, a Seattle-area organization that has raised more than $1 million over the past decade to improve the lives of children and families in communities of color. For many years, Picker served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Finance and Senate Budget Committees. She was the first director at C-SPAN, and the political programs that she produced and hosted received awards from the cable television industry. Picker serves on the advisory board of the Seattle Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor grants program and Barnard College’s Athena Center and on the board of the Branta Foundation Inc. She has also served as a trustee of Seattle Girls’ School.

Picker received her BA in economics from Bryn Mawr. She lives in Seattle with her husband, John Larsen.

Lucinda Bowen Smith ’88

Lucinda Bowen Smith ’88 is an accomplished global executive with more than 20 years of business experience. She serves as senior vice president of global business services at AGCO Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment. Bowen Smith is responsible for the functional management of all human resources and information technology organizations worldwide, as well as for AGCO’s Shared Services Center in Budapest, Hungary. She has been a key player in the creation of the AGCO Global Women’s Network, established to develop, promote, and advocate for the leadership of women as growers of profitability, collaboration, and diversity across the company.

Bowen Smith participated in the first Scripps in Residence Program in October 2015. She serves on the Manufacturing Institute’s advisory board and is a board member of the American Red Cross Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. In 2011, the National Diversity Council honored her as one of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women. She lives in Atlanta and Sarasota, Florida, with her husband, Edward Smith (CMC ’88).


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