New NAA Executive Committee Members

John H. Ellwood ’65, P’95
John Ellwood graduated with a B.A. in English. He then served for five years in the U.S. Navy as a supply corps officer, first aboard the USS Wrangell (AE-12) and later by assignment to the Navy regional finance center in Washington, D.C., as the central disbursing officer responsible for paying the Navy’s largest bills and Navy personnel in the Washington area. Following his military service, Ellwood earned an M.B.A. in finance from Harvard Business School in 1972 and then joined T. Rowe Price Associates in Baltimore as a portfolio manager for institutional clients such as McDonald’s, 3M, and the Mayo Foundation. In 1977, he moved to Chicago, where he founded J.H. Ellwood & Associates, an investment consulting firm and pioneer in providing independent, comprehensive advice free of all conflicts of interest to corporate retirement plans, foundations, endowments, and hospitals. When Ellwood retired in 2004, his firm had grown to have a national clientele with combined assets exceeding $40 billion. Ellwood has long been involved with educational organizations, serving as a trustee for Berkshire School and on the board of Scholarships for Illinois Residents, which sends exceptional students from Illinois to Trinity on full merit scholarships. He also leads the Southwest Florida Trinity Alumni Club and is a member of the Winnetka Community House Endowment Board.

Patrick R. Greene ’07
An award-winning composer of contemporary classical music, Patrick Greene spends his days working for Oxfam, an international NGO. His music has been widely performed by artists including Boston Musica Viva, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Chamber Players, Loadbang Ensemble, and Trinity’s own Christopher Houlihan ’09. Greene is collaborating with the National Book Award-winning novelist M.T. Anderson on a ballet for Boston Musica Viva and the Northeast Youth Ballet that will premiere in 2019. Within Oxfam, Greene is part of a global team working on learning and organizational development. Tackling complex issues including gender dynamics, multidimensional teams, power biases, and program leadership, his team equips Oxfam staff around the world with cutting-edge resources and training. He earned a B.A. in music from Trinity and, in 2010, a master’s in music composition from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Greene lives with his wife and two sons outside Boston, and, in his spare time, he co-hosts three podcasts and sings with a number of ensembles in the region. He also is wrapping up his second term on his town’s cultural council.

Jawanza J. “Joe” Gross ’94, P’12
Joe Gross is a managing director and the chief administrative officer of BNY Mellon Investment Management. He has more than 25 years of financial services experience and is responsible for working closely with the division’s leadership team on critical business initiatives. Gross also engages key business partners on behalf of the division, including audit, compliance, risk, legal, finance, and communications on various risk, compliance, regulatory, and organizational matters. He previously was the chief administrative officer of BNY Mellon’s Global Asset Servicing Division, leading a global organization and working closely with the executive team on executing business strategy. Prior to that, he served as the head of business planning and analysis for asset servicing, as well as vice president of credit management for the business. Before BNY Mellon, Gross worked for 15 years in fixed-income sales, trading, and research at RBC Capital Markets and 14 years within Morgan Stanley’s investment-grade credit business in sales, strategy, and research roles. He spent his early career at American Express in sales and marketing roles. Gross, who previously served on the college’s Board of Fellows, is a graduate of Deerfield Academy; he also holds a B.A. in economics from Trinity and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Jeannie Guzman ’10
Jeannie Guzman has been an educator for more than seven years. She is passionate about creating transformational behavioral change. At the heart of how she engages learning and development programs is a deep-rooted belief that they should be fun, participant driven, tailored, and experiential. Guzman graduated with honors with a B.A. in human rights and Hispanic studies and then received a Fulbright Award to teach English at the Universidad de Medellín in Colombia, where she developed a strong interest in the psychology of adult learning and development. Following a two-year stint teaching secondary Spanish and Latin American history in Washington, D.C., with Teach For America and seeking to broaden her own perspective of cultures and other education models around the world, she joined an education start-up in Nairobi, Kenya, working to bridge the education-to-employment gap among young college and university graduates. She also worked with employers on skills training for entry-level to senior-level managers. Over two years, Guzman trained 150 managers of leading East African companies on foundational management skills. She strongly believes that facilitative learning enables participants to achieve professional and personal transformation in ways unmatched by any other forms of knowledge delivery. Guzman’s interests include habit change, organizational effectiveness, talent management, and leadership development. While completing an M.A. in adult learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, she oversees talent recruitment for a global workforce development nonprofit.

Monete G. Johnson ’11
Monete Johnson majored in sociology and economics at Trinity, where she discovered a passion for student organizing and held various leadership roles, including secretary for the Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), vice president for Imani: Trinity’s Black Student Union, co-chair for the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization (TCBWO), and treasurer of the Lambda Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also was a member of Trinity’s indoor and outdoor track teams and the women’s squash team. Johnson went on to Rutgers University, where she earned a master’s in public policy with a concentration in research methodology. After graduate school, she worked as a research associate at the Education Law Center, assisting with data collection and analysis to support national, state, and local litigation and policy advocacy. Johnson now serves as program manager of college advising at SEO Scholars, using her unique research background to make the college advising process more data-driven and tracking systems more efficient. Through her professional expertise and personal involvement in youth development programs, she has developed a passion for working to strengthen organizations that support the positive development of all students and especially those from historically under-resourced communities.

Jonathan P. “Jonny” Smith Jr. ’03
Jonny Smith earned a B.A. in history from Trinity, where he was a member of the men’s squash team that won four national championships; he also served as captain during his senior year. Upon graduating, Smith moved to New York City, where he worked for two years at StreetSquash, an urban youth enrichment program. He then served for three years as an assistant squash professional at The University Club. For the past decade, Smith has been the head squash professional at the Union Club on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He also plays on the professional doubles tour, and, as of mid-October, was ranked No. 8 in the world in his division.

Dede Seeber Stone ’81, P’14, ’16
Dede Stone graduated from Trinity with a B.A. in American studies. While a student, she was a four-year member of the women’s varsity tennis team, a writer for The Trinity Tripod, a contributor to the Ivy, a student fundraiser for the Development Office, and a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee. After graduation, Stone entered the Executive Training Program at R.H. Macy & Co. in New York. Following her move to Chicago in 1984, she worked as a major account executive with MCI. She also served as the treasurer and vice president of development for the Junior League of Chicago, president of the Trinity Club of Chicago, a member of the Junior Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and a member of the Chicago Yacht Club Race Committee. Following the passing of her first husband in 1998, Stone returned to Connecticut with her three young children. They settled in Madison, Connecticut, where she became a board member of the Deacon John Grave Foundation, ultimately serving as its president. She also was actively involved in her children’s activities and schools. Stone now works for a New York firm in sales of antique architectural artifacts and elements to designers, television and film production companies, restaurants, and hotels. She has remained active with Trinity as a longtime member of the alumni admissions group, a class agent, a class secretary, and a Reunion Committee member. Stone and her husband, Doug ’80, reside in New York and Madison, Connecticut. She has three children: Caroline, Molly ’14, and Drew ’16.