2016 Speaker Bios

Sarah   Apgar   T’11
Director, New Stores, Warby Parker   

As the Director of New Stores and Facilities at Warby Parker, Sarah Apgar oversees the planning, design and development of the company’s retail stores, corporate offices, and industrial facilities nationwide. She loves bringing a fresh perspective to the retail and real estate industries. Prior to joining the Warby Parker team in 2012, she spent her professional career in the military, outdoor education, and nonprofit sectors. She has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA from Princeton, and was an All-American Rugby player and Captain in the Army’s Corps of Engineers. In 2003 she deployed as a Platoon Leader attached to the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul, Iraq. An entrepreneur to the core with a passion for fitness, Sarah also runs a training outfit called Fitfighter, building firefighter-inspired fitness equipment and programs. Sarah loves: her husband Ben Smith, her rat terrier Jackson, powder skiing, hot chocolate, outdoor gear, and romantic comedies.

Vincent Bacote
Associate Professor of Theology, Director, Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College

Vincent Bacote (PhD, Drew University) is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  He is author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life, The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper, and has contributed to books including Black Scholars in White Space, Theological Questions our Students Ask: Christian Faith in Plain Language, and On Kuyper. He has also had various articles appear in magazines, journals and blogs. He a fellow of the Center for Public Justice, and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. He lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his family.

Randall Balmer
John Phillips Professor in Religion; Chair, Department of Religion
Director, Society of Fellows at Dartmouth      

A prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, Randall Balmer holds the John Phillips Chair in Religion at Dartmouth, the oldest endowed professorship at Dartmouth College. He earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for twenty-seven years before becoming the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2012 and the Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences in 2014. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, and Emory universities and in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was a visiting professor at Yale Divinity School from 2004 to 2008.

Peter Blair D’12
Campus Program Coordinator, Thomistic Institute
Peter Blair is a Dartmouth D’12, where he studied Philosophy and Government, and a former editor of The Dartmouth Apologia. After college, he co-founded Fare Forward (FF) and has served as FF’s editor-in-chief. He is currently the Campus Program Coordinator for the Thomistic Institute (TI) In Washington, DC. Before joining TI, he was an associate editor at The American Interest.

Michael Chen D’01
Director, Cross-Cultural Ministry
Rev. Michael S. Chen serves the CCO as Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry, and spent his formative growing up years on the icy tundra of Minnesota in a majority Swedish and Lutheran culture where he learned to inhabit a Scanadan-asian identity.  Voted most likely “To be beamed up by aliens” in high school, he was an eccentric fellow who was getting all A’s but realized he was flunking life.  The mystery and beauty of a more compelling figure than himself set him on a new path.   Originally recruited to play Ice Hockey at Dartmouth College, he discovered a passion for ministry, earned a degree in Sociology and later attended Princeton Seminary (M.Div).   He joined the CCO to minister to students at the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with City Church Philadelphia.

He is fascinated by the process of dis-enculturation that happens as students become exiles to form new identities, and has seen the joy and power of the gospel at work over the years through student ministries in New York City, Dublin, and Princeton.  He currently lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Sonja, and two sons, Jamison and Silas.

Gregg Fairbrothers D’76
Consultant, Fairbrothers Enterprise Development

Gregg Fairbrothers is a founder and chair of currently active technology companies in solid state semi-conductors, biotechnology, medical information technology. Previously and for fourteen years, Mr. Fairbrothers was the founding director of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, Dartmouth College, and an adjunct professor of Business Administration in entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. In 2004 he founded the Dartmouth Regional Technology Center (DRTC), Inc., a non-profit corporation that operates a 55,000 sq. ft. technology incubator facility.

Prior to returning to the Upper Valley in 1999, he was President and founder of a mid-sized international oil and gas producer, Samson International, Ltd., as well as President of Samson Resources, Inc. He earned an MS in Geology from Rutgers University, received his MBA from the University of Tulsa, and he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Catalina Gorla D’09
Founding COO, Informulary, Inc.

Catalina is the Founding COO of Informulary, Inc.  Informulary is committed to improving health by providing doctors and patients with the information they need to make wise decisions about prescription drugs. Prior to joining Informulary she was the Program Manager of innovations in translation and new initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery Science. In this role, Catalina worked with researchers and business professionals to create self-sustaining entities that address needs in the health care delivery system. Prior to Dartmouth, she worked as an economist for a large investment management firm, focusing on international financial markets. In this role, she developed new tools and analytical reports on investible foreign markets. Prior to her work in economic research, Catalina completed a financial leadership rotation program in the insurance industry, and held positions at an investment bank and law firm.

She received her AB from Dartmouth in 2009 where she studied Art History and Italian Language and Literature. She also went on the Italian LSA and Art History FSP as a sophomore, and received a grant to research provincial Trajanic war monuments in Romania and Italy while a freshman. As a senior Catalina discovered Professor Gregg Fairbrothers’ Introduction to Entrepreneurship course which she audited. Conversations that ensued cultivated an interest in building her own entrepreneurial skill set, which she has pursued by working on several entrepreneurial ventures, including founding the DEN Ohio chapter in Columbus, serving as Vice President for the Dartmouth Club of Central Ohio, founding “Our Books,” a manager-led discussion forum, and co-founding a venture in healthcare IT.

Sara Holston D’17
Student Director, Eleazar Wheelock Society
Co-Chair, The Dartmouth Apologia
Sara Holston D’17 studies English at Dartmouth, where she also serves on staff with the Apologia and as the Student Director of the Eleazar Wheelock Society. She is a sound designer for theater productions, co-President of the Dartmouth Swing Dance Club, and a member of Alpha Theta co-educational fraternity. She has worked as a research assistant in Economics, Biology, and English, as well as in the English Department as part of the Vitality Committee, and in Tiltfactor Lab as a Game Design Intern. Claiming both Palo Alto and Philadelphia as home, Sara loves medieval literature and myth, stories, and playing outdoors.

Hilary Johnson D’15
Student Director Emeritus, Eleazar Wheelock Society
Hilary Johnson D’15, TH’15 graduated with her BE and BA in Engineering in four years, remaining in Hanover for a year to mentor EWS and Apologia leadership as Student Director Emeritus, to pursue the Wheelock House project, and to work as the Thayer Design Fellow. Pursuing her love of mechanically minded design, next year Hilary will embark on a masters in mechanical engineering at MIT. While at Dartmouth, she dedicated leadership to the Freshmen Trips program. Hailing from Portland, Oregon Hilary is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying backpacking with her family, mountaineering, and trail running.

Paul Lim
Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Professor Paul C.H. Lim is an award-winning historian of Reformation- and post-Reformation Europe.  His latest book, Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012), won the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Prize as the best book in history/theology by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.  He has published two other books in that area: The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge, 2008); and In Pursuit of Purity, Unity, and Liberty: Richard Baxter’s Puritan Ecclesiology in Context (Brill, 2004).

In addition, history of evangelicalism and global Christianities are his other foci of research.  Currently, he is writing a book on the transformation of global evangelical attitudes toward and endeavors on eradication of human trafficking and structural poverty.  He obtained his BA from Yale University, his M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary, his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Drew Matter TH’14
Vice President of Manufacturing, FreshAir Sensor Corporation

Drew Matter manages product development for the FreshAir Sensor Corporation, a Dartmouth-based startup whose mission is to “improve lives through novel sensor technology.”  Prior to FreshAir, Drew worked in hardware design for NASA and automation engineering for US manufacturing centers.  He also worked with an NGO in Sarajevo, Bosnia promoting community among ethnic Bosnians, Serbians, and Croatians, and helped plant City Church Philadelphia, an urban community integrating faith and vocation. 

Drew earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Engineering Management degree from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.  He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.  Drew lives in Hanover with his wife, Susie, and three children.

Bruce McKenzie D’81
SVP and Fiduciary Group Manager in Wealth Management, The Northern Trust Company          

McKenzie is responsible for the supervision of a group of fiduciary professionals who advise and administer large, complex trusts, family limited partnerships, charitable trusts, and investment management accounts for individuals and families with $25 million or more in net worth .  Bruce joined Northern Trust in 1986 and has been a Senior Vice President since 1999.

McKenzie is on the Advisory Boards of  Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a Homeless Service Organization, and First Rate, Inc. a privately held financial software company in Arlington, TX.  He has served on the Board of EWS since 2010.  He has been an active member of the Western Springs Baptist Church since 1999 where he teaches Sunday School and oversees men’s ministries.  Bruce lives in Western Springs, IL with his wife Debbie and their three sons.

He received a BA degree in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College in 1981 and a Masters in Divinity, summa cum laude, from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1986.   McKenzie has also completed the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).

Don O’Neill D’61
Chairman, Paper Manufacturers Company

Paper Manufacturers is a family owned company established in 1905 in Philadelphia.  O’Neill joined the company in 1961and in 1973 he was elected President and CEO.  In 1987, O’Neill purchased the company from his father, thus assuring third-generation ownership.  The Company was a worldwide manufacturer of products as diverse as medical packaging and paper-based office supplies.  Revenues grew from $14 million to over $140 million under his leadership.  In April 1996, the medical packaging division (Perfecseal) was sold to Bemis Corporation.  Perfecseal received the Shingo Prize, the top award for manufacturing excellence in the United States the following year.  Mr. O’Neill remains owner and chairman of the remaining office products company, PMCO LLC.  O’Neill is a past member and chair of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Philadelphia chapter.  He is also former member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO).

At his alma mater, Malvern Preparatory School, Don has served Chair and member of the Board of Trustees, founder of the Alumni Association, and Chair for 3 capital campaigns.  He served as a Director on the Board of Beneficial Savings Bank in Philadelphia for more than 20 years and a member of the Board of Holy Redeemer Health System in Meadowbrook, PA for almost 30 years.  O’Neill also devotes time and talent to The Immokalee Foundation which provides educational and life-skill training to the children of migrant workers in Florida, serving as Chair and a member of the Board of Directors.

O’Neill is an avid sportsman. He plays golf and tennis, rides road bikes, lifts weight, and occasionally hunts.  He ran 5 marathons, his best being a 2:52 Boston Marathon in 1981.

A lifelong Roman Catholic, his personal journey in recovery began 40 years ago when he put down alcohol.  He has been able to find his Lord Jesus Christ in coping with some of his most difficult struggles and challenges.  He is a firm believer in the power of surrender to God’s will. O’Neill and his wife, Ellen, split their time between Naples, Florida, Little Compton, Rhode Island and visits with family and grandchildren in Pennsylvania.

O’Neill is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Class of 1961 with a BA in Economics.

Lawrence Principe
Drew Professor of Humanities, Johns Hopkins University     

Lawrence M. Principe is the Drew Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry. Hisresearch focusses on the late Medieval and early modern periods, with particular emphasis on the history of alchemy/chemistry and the interactions of religion/theology and science. His books include The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest (1998) and Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry (co-authored with William R. Newman; Chicago, 2004), winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize. He has authored two books for general readers: The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (2011) and The Secrets of Alchemy (2013), and produced the DVD courses “Science and Religion” and “History of Science to 1700” for The Teaching Company.

Prof. Principe’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the inaugural recipient of the Francis Bacon Medal (2005) for significant contributions to the history of science. He is currently completing a study of the transformations of chemistry at the Parisian Académie Royale des Sciences, 1666-1730.

He earned undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Liberal Studies at the University of Delaware, a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in History of Science at Johns Hopkins University.

Andrew Schuman D’10
Joint MAR/MBA Student at the Divinity School and School of Management at Yale

He comes to Yale from Dartmouth College where he completed his undergraduate degree in engineering sciences and philosophy and served as the founding director of several initiatives that integrated of faith, reason, and vocation in the academic setting. During the summer of 2013 he joined the staff of YCFC as a manager for the Life Worth Living Project.

Dave Stone D’79
Founder and CEO, First Rate, Inc.

David A. Stone is the founder and CEO of First Rate. Stone acts as the visionary for the firm, providing direction for product development and guidance for customer service.

Stone launched First Rate in 1991 with the vision of providing a dynamic set of analysis tools that offer web-based performance solutions. Since then, the company has enjoyed significant annual growth in revenue, which can be partly attributed to its reputation in the industry for building strong personal relationships with clients.

Stone’s experience, before establishing First Rate, includes eight years at National FSI and SEI Investments where he worked as a programmer, developer and product manager. He has also worked as an application consultant at ComShare. Stone embarked on his career in 1979 at Banker’s Trust of South Carolina in the management training program. After successfully completing the program, Stone worked as an investment officer for several years.

Stone graduated from Dartmouth College where he studied economics and mathematics, while earning Varsity letters for football and track. Stone, being very committed to community service, serves on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth With a Mission, Friends of Youth With a Mission, Turner 12, and The Eleazar Wheelock Society. David and his wife, Trina, also serve with Youth With a Mission as pioneering members of the Business As Mission movement. Dave speaks around the world on his experience of keeping God first in business and has also written a book: First Rate Living in God’s Company.

A.T. Tshibaka D’70, T’71
Board Member:   Ecobank Transnational Inc., Citibank Kazakhstan, EWS

Until his retirement in December 2007, Kadita ‘AT’ Tshibaka was Divisional Risk Management Director for the Wholesale & International Banking Division of Lloyds TSB Group plc. AT joined Lloyds TSB at the beginning of 2005, prior to which he had spent 33 years in Citibank undertaking a variety of roles in different geographies, functions, and business responsibilities – including country, regional and global executive positions. From July 2002 to December 2004, he held the role of Head of Corporate Credit Risk for Emerging Markets at Citigroup (77 countries).

Effective July 1, 2014, A.T. joined the Board of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, a pan-African financial institution with operations in some 36 African countries. He continues to be a member of the Boards of Citibank Kazakhstan, The Tucker Foundation, and Eleazar Wheelock Society (the latter two organizations at Dartmouth College).

Tshibaka was interim President and CEO of Opportunity International U.S. (04/09-03/10) and, until December 2013, served on the Boards of Opportunity International US and Opportunity International Network, where he chaired their Risk and Audit Committees. He continues as a member of the Board of Governors of Opportunity International, believing in (and passionately supporting) the organization’s mission to help poor people in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty through microfinance products and services.

He obtained his BE from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Tuck School. A.T. is married to Priscilla Madlyn Johnson Tshibaka, he is a father of two, and grateful grandfather of five.

Louis Tucker D’95
CEO, Mission Sync, LLC       

Mission Sync LLC is a national security sector consulting firm focused on the intelligence and special operations communities.  Tucker also serves as the President of the Foundation for Innovation and Discovery (FINND), a non-profit corporation that hosts executive level forums for collaboration among CEOs, decision makers, and critical thinkers in the defense, intelligence and national security communities.

Tucker is a Navy Reserve Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) Commander who last mobilized onto active duty from May-November 2015, to serve as the senior Special Operations advisor in East Africa.  Earlier in his career, Louis served as the Republican Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1995 with a BA in History and he earned a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in 2006.  Tucker sits on the advisory boards of several technology companies and is a Trustee of Community Bible Study.  Tucker learned the importance of timing when he formed an Internet start-up company in 1995-6 and unsuccessfully tried to convince businesses that the Internet could be used to sell their products; he was 18 months too early.  He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife Jane-Anne (D’95) and their three sons.

Eric Wadsworth D’74
Faculty Director, Dartmouth’s Masters of Healthcare Delivery Science Program

Eric Wadsworth is a 1974 graduate of Dartmouth College. He worked in public accounting as a CPA for several years, and then returned to Dartmouth as CFO at the Medical School through the ‘90s.  After completing his PhD in Management in ’07 he was invited to join the Dartmouth faculty at the Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.  He has appointments at Geisel School of Medicine and at the Tuck School of Business, teaches on a range of business and healthcare finance topics, and serves as Faculty Director for Dartmouth’s Masters of Healthcare Delivery Science program.  He also maintains a private practice in financial planning, specializing in retirement planning, asset allocation, and personal taxation.

Eric and his wife Laurie have remained active in the Upper Valley faith community, with the Dartmouth Area Christian Fellowship from the early ‘70s through 1990, at Valley Bible Church in WRJ for the next 15 years, and at the Etna Baptist Church for the past decade.  Across those years Eric has been active as Bible study leader, a Sunday School teacher, lay preacher, missions committee chair, and currently as President of the Church Council for the Etna Baptist and Hanover Center UCC congregations.

Eric and Laurie raised two daughters and have two grandchildren.

Kemper Wagner T’16
Tuck Second-year MBA Student

Kemper was raised on a small farm in Southern Virginia.  He attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management in 2007.  He also attended the University of Oklahoma and received a master’s degree in International Relations in 2010.  After commissioning, he served seven years as an Air Force intelligence officer.  His assignments included four years at Ramstein Air Base, Germany and two years at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, and a deployment to southern Afghanistan in 2011.   Kemper is passionate about renewable energy and sustainable agriculture and has been blessed to pursue these interests as a student at the Tuck School of Business.  He loves his beautiful wife, Marcie, and together, they are having a blast exploring the Upper Valley.  After graduation, Kemper and Marcie will be moving to Raleigh Durham, NC where Kemper will begin a career in agriculture working for Bayer Crop Science.