Monserrate Among Four Named Duke Trustees

DURHAM, N.C. -- Four new members and three new observers will join the Duke University Board of Trustees, the university announced Wednesday.

Martha Monserrate E’81, G’82, of Rye, N.Y., Dr. Paul Farmer T’82, of Cambridge, Mass., Peter J. Kahn L’76 of Bethesda, Md., and Ralph Eads III T’81, of Houston, assume their six-year terms on the governing body July 1.

Monserrate, 49, is a licensed professional engineer and president and founder of the consulting firm Environmental Excellence Engineering, PC. She is president and founder of the Given Limb Foundation, which supports the development of prosthetics and adaptive devices for amputees. Monserrate was inspired to start the foundation by her brother-in-law, who served in Iraq, and Jon Kuniholm G'10, a biomedical engineering graduate student at Duke who, as a Marine reservist, was injured in Iraq and now works on prosthetics development.

Monserrate previously worked as an engineering project manager with CH2M Hill, Inc., and has served on the Conservation Commission/Advisory Council in her hometown of Rye, N.Y., where she is vice chair of the city’s planning commission.

She has served on the Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors at Duke since 2001, and on the Pratt Strategic Plan Executive Committee.

Farmer, 49, is a medical anthropologist and physician who has worked in infectious disease control for more than two decades. He recently was named chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, also effective July 1. He is currently the Presley Professor of Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health Social Medicine at Harvard, and an attending physician in infectious disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Farmer is the founding director of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization that provides direct health care services and conducts research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. His work is the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder’s book “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World” (Random House, 2003).

Kahn, 58, is a veteran lawyer involved in high-profile international cases. A partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, his international law practice involves a wide range of civil and criminal litigation matters, including cases involving theft of trade secrets, internal corporate investigations, fraud, and tax evasion. He represented the Israelis in the Jonathan Pollard spy case during the 1980s and the family of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin following his assassination.

Kahn’s Duke activities include serving since 1995 on the Duke Law School Board of Visitors, including as chairman from 2001-07; on the Law School Dean Search Committee; and since 2007 as co-chair of the Law School’s Law & Leadership Committee.

His awards include the Charles A. Dukes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Duke University, and the Dean’s Alumni Achievement Award for Extraordinary Service, Commitment, and Dedication to Duke Law School.

Eads, 49, is vice chairman of Jefferies & Co., Inc., a U.S. investment bank, where he chairs the firm’s global energy section that advises on the sale and purchase of oil and gas assets. Eads also serves on the board of the American Clean Skies Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides information about environmental and energy issues.

Eads’ Duke service includes positions on the Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors, 2002-2006; the Trinity College Board of Visitors, 1996-2002; and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy Board of Visitors, 1995-1998.

His civic activities include serving as chairman of Expectation Graduation, a program aimed at keeping young people in school that was started by Houston Mayor Bill White. Eads recently served as a trustee of St. George’s School in Newport, R.I., and has been active in the Nature Conservancy of Texas, the Houston Ballet, The Kinkaid School Foundation, and Small Steps.

In addition, Hardy Vieux T‘93, Sunny Kantha T’09, and James McDonald L’09 have been appointed as observers on the board.  Observers attend board meetings and serve on committee but do not have voting status.

Vieux, of Alexandria, Va., is the president-elect of the Duke Alumni Association. He earned his master’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan, works as an attorney at Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C., and has been active in a number of alumni activities.

Kantha, of Beavercreek, Ohio, earned a degree in economics and public policy studies from Duke this year, and served as executive vice president of Duke Student Government. He will be an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York.

McDonald, of Denver, earned his law degree from Duke this year after graduating from Bowdoin College. He will serve as a clerk for a U.S. District Court judge in New York.

Finally, Ann Pelham, current president of the Duke Alumni Association who has been an observer on the board for the past two years, becomes a voting member on July 1. Xing Zong and Ryan Todd, who were observers last year, will now have voting membership -- Zong for one year, Todd for two.