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Our Board of Advisors

Lynne Schiffman Delise '92

Lynne serves as Advisory Board Chair and has a 30+ year history with the Rassias Center. Lynne received her first Rassias drill training in high school and has held almost every teaching position available at the Center over the years. She has been an Assistant Teacher for Spanish, French, and ESL, and a Master Teacher for Spanish and ESL. She has also served as the Lead Master Teacher for the Spanish ALPs program, and as the overall ALPs coordinator. In addition, over the years, she has worked in the Rassias Center office, acted as lead teacher for private ESL programs for the Center, and coordinated various intensive language programs. She has also served as a leader and Assistant Teacher for Rassias Method teacher training workshops.

Lynne graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in Spanish modified with Education. She completed her New Hampshire public teacher certification at the Upper Valley Educators Institute and has taken graduate courses at the University of New Hampshire. She has taught in the classroom at Endicott College (MA), Souhegan High School (NH), and Professional Children's School (NY).

Lynne is the Director of Operations at Artisan Healthcare Consulting in Waltham, MA. She currently serves on the boards of a number of nonprofits, including The Miriam Fund, YMCA Camp Coniston, and the Cohen Camps. She also volunteers for Dartmouth College in a variety of ways. True to her Rassias roots, Lynne speaks Italian, Spanish, and French, and spent the spring of 2016 living in Italy with her then 13-year-old son so that he could connect with his Italian heritage.

Robert W. Andrade, Jr. '91

Robb is an entrepreneur experienced in scaling US and Europe-based B2B companies. Specializing in Electronic Warfare with the US Navy landed him with the automation engineering department at Siemens Building Technologies; this eventually sent him to a Directorship at the Siemens Divisional HQ for Building Technologies in Switzerland where he lived for seven years. There, he was able to fully immerse himself in the languages he had grown to love as a Dartmouth undergraduate learning under the Rassias Method.

After Siemens, Robb joined a small Swiss-German Software as a Service start-up and scaled it from one office into eleven offices in Europe, South America and Asia. Upon returning to the US in 2014, Robb started several US-based companies and continues to develop them in preparation for eventual exits. His love of language and its importance in socio-economic factors drew Robb to the Rassias Center, which he believes does vital work throughout the world.

Pauline Christo ’99

Pauline is an attorney in New York City experienced in corporate finance transactions including cross-border transactions. She has represented a wide range of companies with their legal needs from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Pauline graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Economics. While at Dartmouth, she was an Assistant Teacher for Modern Greek. After Dartmouth, she attended Boston College Law School where she received her J.D. While attending law school, she was a visiting assistant professor of Modern Greek at Hellenic College Holy Cross where she was integral to the establishment of and curriculum design for the Kallinikeion Institute at Hellenic College Holy Cross, an intensive Modern Greek language program sponsored by the Kallinikeion Foundation. She also taught Modern Greek for the program for several years.

After graduating from law school, Pauline was selected to be a Fulbright Scholar in Athens, Greece. During her Fulbright Fellowship, Pauline analyzed international law through the prism of three generations of refugee narratives as part of her research project entitled: The Consequences of Legal Ethnic Cleansing: Analyzing the Lausanne Convention through the Narrative of Christian Refugees.

Pauline currently lives in New York City. Her interest in indie film production led to her involvement with the award winning film, A Light Beneath Their Feet. In 2016, she ran her first New York City Marathon. She is also an avid student of languages having studied, in addition to Greek, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Todd Gibby '91

Todd is a serial software entrepreneur and operator, having spent nearly 20 years as a senior executive within numerous high-growth technology businesses. Todd was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of BoardEffect (acquired by Diligent Corporation in November 2016), the leading provider of board portal software to volunteer and nonprofit leadership worldwide. Todd joined BoardEffect in 2014, after serving as the president of Hobsons’ Higher Education Division. Todd became part of Hobsons in 2011 through the acquisition of Intelliworks, where he was CEO. Earlier, Todd held multiple executive leadership positions at Blackboard, playing an instrumental role in the company’s trajectory from an early-stage startup company to the global leader in digital education.

Todd sits on the Board of Directors for Compass of Greater Philadelphia, serves as the Network Officer for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, and advises several early-stage software companies. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Todd lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, two children, and Labrador Retriever.

Michael Johnson-Cramer

Michael is Interim Dean of Management at Bucknell University. He is also an Associate Professor of Global Strategy and Ethics. Michael conducts research on the causes of conflict between companies and their stakeholders. He has published work on how to cultivate stakeholder dialogue in global companies, the nature of managerial discretion in stakeholder relationships, and the processes of organizational and strategic decision-making. His research has appeared in Strategic Organization, Organization Studies, the Journal of Business Ethics, the California Management Review, the Oxford Handbook of Organizational Decision Making, and other journals and edited volumes. He has also facilitated strategic planning processes for large companies, non-profit organizations, and professional services firms. Michael received his doctorate from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, a master’s degree in business administration from Solvay Business School – Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), and his undergraduate degree with a focus on Chinese politics from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at Bucknell, Michael taught at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Nottingham (UK). In his time as an administrator at Bucknell, Michael has worked closely with faculty and staff colleagues to formulate and implement a distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, led the successful effort to earn initial accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, partnered closely with the development and admissions functions to achieve significant growth in both admissions applications and alumni giving, and championed the founding of a College of Management.