Ithaca College Quarterly 2004/2 South Hill Today


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New Trustees Elected

Eight members were recently elected to the Ithaca College Board of Trustees. Caroleen Feeney '86, David Fleisher '91, Jack Gallagher '69, and Daniel Karson '69 will each serve for the next four years as term trustees; Kip Opperman '79 for three years as alumni trustee; Elia Kacapyr for three years as faculty trustee; Margie Malepe for three years as staff trustee; and Raphael Golberstein '06 for two years as student trustee.

Drama graduate Caroleen Feeney is an actor. Her most recent film, the comedy Duane Incarnate, premiered in May at the Tribeca Film Festival. After graduation Feeney studied acting at the London Theatre School and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

She has provided funding support for Ithaca College's Richard M. Clark Endowed Scholarship Fund and for the Leesa Noury Endowed Fund, which supports presentations, performances, and workshops given by alumni for theater students. Feeney is also a trustee of the French American Charitable Trust, which awards grants to about 40 agencies using a community-based model for implementing social change, with emphasis on community organizing for social and economic justice.

A 1991 School of Business graduate, David Fleisher is executive vice president and a managing partner at Progress Financial Resources, a financial management firm in Philadelphia. A member of the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Township Council since 1997, he was elected president of the township's governing body in 2002.

Fleisher was a member of the Ithaca College Alumni Association Board of Directors for nine years, serving for three years as its president. He has been an integral part of the school's Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series and is an active member of the School of Business Volunteer Committee.

A School of Music graduate, Jack Gallagher made his professional mark in the world of finance. He is a retired vice president of public finance for Fannie Mae, the nation's largest source of financing for home mortgages.

Gallagher belongs to the President's Associates select donor group and is a member of the School of Business Campaign Committee. He and his wife, Gloria, have hosted various alumni events, including a recent President's Associates reception and a send-off party for incoming first-year students.

Daniel Karson is executive managing director and counsel for Kroll, an independent risk-consulting company. He took part in corruption investigations against former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos and former Haitian president Jean Claude Duvalier. He has written numerous articles on tracing concealed assets and on conducting internal corporate and due-diligence investigations.

A 1969 politics graduate, Karson holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law. He served for nine years as a prosecutor in New York City, holding positions as general counsel and assistant commissioner of the Department of Investigation, director of the Inspector General Program, and assistant district attorney for Bronx County.

HSHP graduate Kip Opperman operates KipOpp Consulting. The Ithaca-based service provides guidance on all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as sign language interpreting services. A member of the National Association for the Deaf, he has held leadership roles with the Massachusetts Association on Higher Education and Disability and the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing.

Opperman served in 1998-99 as interim assistant director of the Office of Alumni Relations. A nine-year member and former vice president of the alumni association board, he has been a career network volunteer, reunion class chair, and coordinator for the Boston Alumni Club.


Raphael Golberstein is a cinema and photography major with minors in Jewish studies and culture and communication. He serves on the boards of Hillel and the Interfaith Council, and he is currently treasurer of Friends of Israel. He also works as a resident assistant for some 90 students.

Golberstein works in a program that brings local Holocaust survivors to speak with first-year students and has helped organize a series of cross-departmental film screenings. Last November he gave a guest lecture, "Sergei Eisenstein's Influence on the Representation of Time and Space in Film," at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.


Professor and chair of the Department of Economics Elia Kacapyr has been teaching at Ithaca College for 19 years. His College service has included membership on the School of Humanities and Sciences Curriculum Committee, Academic Policies Committee, Comparative Institutions Task Force, and Committee on Instructional Evaluation. He is currently president of the New York State Economics Association.

His continuing projects include the monthly updating of the Index of Economic Activity in Tompkins County, a data service of Ithaca College that monitors fluctuations in local jobs, retail sales, and other economic indicators. He has served as a faculty consultant to Educational Testing Service and for two years was a contributing editor to American Demographics magazine.


During her 17 years at Ithaca College Margie Malepe has held several managerial positions. Currently associate director of the Office of Conference and Event Services, she is responsible for coordinating and administering event planning, special programs, marketing, and staff issues. She has served on the Campus Life Awards, Safety Awareness, Relay for Life, Celebration of Service, Commencement, and Staff Benefits Committees.

Malepe previously held positions as assistant to the director of student activities at Mohawk Valley Community College and director/conference coordinator in the student affairs office at the State University of New York College at Cortland.

Photos: Raphael Golberstein and Margie Malepe by John Clisham '02
Elia Kacapyr by Jillian Bendig '03

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