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Society of Alumni Welcomes New Leadership

Kelly Slonaker


Patricia Sordoni Rasmussen ʼ92 and William “Macy” Steers Jr. ʼ04 begin three-year terms.

During the first-ever virtual Society of Alumni Annual Meeting held on June 5, the Society of Alumni (SOA) elected new Co-presidents, Patricia Sordoni Rasmussen ʼ92 and William “Macy” Steers Jr. ʼ04, and approved four new Executive Committee members. Their terms began on July 1, 2020. 

Patricia and Macy have served on the SOA Executive Committee since 2013 and will serve jointly as Co-presidents for three years. They succeed Peter Tucker ’78, whose term concluded June 30, 2020.

After graduating with a B.A. in history from Lake Forest College, IL, and earning an M.A. in teaching from Simmons College, MA, Patricia spent six months in Ghana in 1998, starting an elementary school and bringing technology to secondary schools. Since that time, she has remained in close touch with the school, currently serving as an honorary board member and doing what she can to help from a distance. After returning from Ghana, Patricia taught middle and high school history for four years at St. Mark’s School in Boston, MA, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD, and coached soccer, basketball, and lacrosse before beginning her family.

While at Canterbury, Patricia was a Sacristan, Proctor, and Student Council member; was a tri-captain for the Girls’ Varsity Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse teams; and participated in School musicals and Women of Canterbury. She currently resides in the greater Philadelphia area, PA, with her husband, Erik, and her proudest accomplishment is her three sons, all of whom participate at a high level in their chosen interests. Because of the diverse (and busy!) activity level in Patricia’s household, she has been the quintessential volunteer. She has coached her sons’ basketball teams for many years and has volunteered extensively in the arts and education in the Philadelphia region, most notably at the Philadelphia Boys Choir, Lower Merion Public Schools, and Wolf Performing Arts Center—where she served as a board member, event chair and auctioneer for many years. Patricia returned to work in 2016 as a lifestyle model for Reinhard Model and Talent Agency in Philadelphia, PA. 

Commenting on the goals of her leadership role, Patricia said: “The COVID-19 crisis has reminded us all of the importance of relationships and staying connected, both to Canterbury and each other. I plan to focus on building and improving that connectivity, whether in person or virtually, because we are such a force when we band together. I also want to take advantage of our shared commitment to making a better world. No matter when you attended the School, values and service become a part of your Canterbury DNA, and working together to improve the world around us is a natural fit for our entire alumni community.”
Macy Steers joined Markel Global Insurance in 2013 as a function of the acquisition of Alterra Capital and currently serves as Senior Director, Financial Institutions for Markel. Macy joined Alterra in August 2012 with six years of executive liability underwriting experience focusing on the financial institutions sector. He was previously the Regional Underwriting Manager in the Executive Assurance division of Arch Insurance Group, where he oversaw management liability and related lines for its Southeast Region in the Financial Institutions segment. Prior to Arch, Macy underwrote financial institutions business for The Hartford in their Financial Products division. Macy received a B.A. in economics and history from St. Lawrence University, NY, in 2008.
A native of Westchester County, Macy currently resides in Rye, NY, with his wife, Jaime, and two young children. He is one of many Steers who have attended Canterbury School; his brother-in-law, Richard Straub ʼ10, is also a graduate; and his sister, Catherine ʼ24, is the newest Saint and member of the Third Form class. Macy’s hobbies include golf, squash, tennis, and paddle. While at Canterbury, he held numerous leadership positions and was Student Council President, a Sacristan, Proctor, and Admission tour guide. He was also captain of both the Varsity Golf and Squash teams.
 
Macy remarked on his continuing involvement with the School: “While I share a bond with many of my family members who graduated from Canterbury, my relationship with our school is very personal and profound. Reflecting on my years at St. Lawrence, throughout my career, or even as a dad, I attribute many of my successes to my time at Canterbury. I have an immense desire to give back to the institution that gave me so much. Originally joining the Society of Alumni Executive Committee in 2013 provided me a small venue through which I could begin giving back, and I feel very fortunate to have been involved in building the foundation for the organization. Canterbury has many assets, but it is the community and its people that are certainly at the top of the list. I am continuously humbled and motivated as I learn more about our extraordinary alumni, and I very much look forward to getting to know many more of them in the future.”

“Patricia and Macy have been especially valued members of our SOA Executive Committee since its inception,” said Rick Henderson, Chief Advancement Officer. “They have been strong servant leaders among this group of dedicated alumni, guiding the strategic direction of our alumni initiatives and offering inspiration, support, and a helping hand whenever they can. They are truly loyal Saints—with the extraordinary passion to match!”

The newly-elected Executive Committee members who joined Patricia and Macy on July 1 include:

Neil Boylan ʼ79, Vergennes, VT
Director of Business Development, Logical Machines
University of Miami 
B.S. in Business Management and Advertising/Marketing

Danielle Enage Conkling ʼ97, San Carlos, CA
Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & ESG, Silicon Valley Bank
Georgetown University
B.S. in Business Administration, Finance and International Business
Rice University
M.B.A.

Jack Elsas ʼ14, New York, NY
Investment Manager, Brown Brothers Harriman
Connecticut College
B.A. in Economic Studies

Christine Rubin ʼ84, New York, NY
Hospice Social Worker, Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Georgetown University
B.A. in English
New York University
M.S.W.

These graduates join existing SOA Executive Committee members: Vice President Victoria Bundonis Rovin ʼ81, Immediate Past President and Trustee Peter Tucker ʼ78, Elizabeth Dooley ʼ10, Thomas Esposito ʼ80, A. Garvin Hammer ʼ85, George Malhame ʼ74, and Joanna Martiska Woodworth ʼ77.    

“Our new Executive Committee members represent a variety of alumni experiences at Canterbury,” said Rick Henderson. “Their advice and perspectives are invaluable for the School as we work to engage alumni in meaningful ways. I am grateful for their leadership and commitment to their beloved School.”