Timothy Alden Council Executive Committee


The Timothy Alden Council Executive Committee (TACEC) is a leadership group of generous volunteers who partner with the College to increase participation and financial support to the Annual Fund. In honor of Allegheny’s founding year, Timothy Alden Council (TAC) members contribute $1,815 or more to the College annually.

TACEC looks forward to working with all alumni to raise funds that help to ensure Allegheny remains among the best liberal arts colleges in the country.

To learn more about our dedicated committee, please select a member’s name below.

Stephanie Schafer D’Andrea ’97 Judith La Manna Rivette
Jennifer R. Daurora ’99 Francis “Ric” Rivette ’74 (Chair)
Carol Darnell Freund ’54 Eric M. Smith ’92
Darrell Park ’91 John Sutphen ’78
Dan Perry ’77 Dan Van Aken ’95
Karen Elmeier Perry ’76 Jennifer Timcho Van Aken ’97

Jennifer R. Daurora ’99
Pittsburgh, PA

Why did you choose to attend Allegheny?
I visited a lot of colleges and universities. I kept coming back to Allegheny as the right fit. Although my first visit was a bit rainy, Allegheny just felt like home. Choosing Allegheny is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

What is your favorite Allegheny memory?
As a collegian, Run Out Day. I’ve always thought it was such a great Allegheny tradition and a unique way for Greek chapters to introduce their new members to campus. As an alumna, listening to Pat Tippie tell her Allegheny story at the dedication of the Tippie Alumni Center at Cochran Hall.

What was your first job after Allegheny?
I worked in the Client Services Division of Management Science Associates in Pittsburgh.

Why do you give to Allegheny?
Allegheny gave so much to me. As an alumna, it is my responsibility to invest in Allegheny so that future students can have as good of an experience, if not a better one, than I did. Additionally, I know that as the College does better, the value of my degree will increase. Having a degree from a highly respected institution is important to me and one reason that I invest in Allegheny.

Do you have any hobbies or community/volunteer interests?
I serve as national vice president for Alpha Chi Omega. I also volunteer locally with Leadership Pittsburgh and the Junior League of Pittsburgh. Giving back is an important aspect of my life.

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Carol Darnell Freund ’54
Coshocton, OH

Why did you choose to attend Allegheny?
My Latin teacher, an Allegheny alum, and a friend’s older sister who was a sophomore recommended Allegheny.

What is your favorite Allegheny memory?
Upon opening my just-received diploma, I discovered there was no presidential signature. After a campus chase I found Louis T. Benezet, who gave me his autograph on the correct line.

What was your first job after Allegheny?
Teaching sixth grade in a converted mansion in Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools.

Why do you give to Allegheny?
It’s important to be a part of providing for today’s students, just as others provided for me.

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Darrell Park ’91
South Pasadena, CA

Why did you choose to attend Allegheny?
I was so impressed with the campus, the professors, and the students when I visited as a prospective student. It felt like a place I wanted to be, and I have been very happy with my decision ever since.

What is your favorite Allegheny memory?
So many of them – nearly all conversations on the steps and in the hallways of dorms, the football championship win and the celebration afterward, getting the comp completed.

What was your first job after Allegheny?
Working as a sales representative for American Colors, a company owned and run by Jim Wible ’71.

Why do you give to Allegheny?
The older I get, the more I realize that each of us owes a debt to Allegheny that we can never repay. My donations and volunteer efforts are my attempt to give a little back for all that I have been given. Also, Allegheny is so efficient with its use of funds; there is no other organization that I give to that does so much with every dollar. It is so satisfying to know how well these funds are spent.

Why do you serve on TACEC?
It is so inspiring to be connected to such a great group of committed alumni volunteers who enjoy the important work of raising money to support the most important aspects of Allegheny College.

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Karen Elmeier Perry ’76
Pittsburgh, PA

What was your first job after Allegheny?
I worked for the Pennsylvania Geologic Survey in the Oil & Gas Division as an intern during the summers before and after my senior year at Allegheny. That led to employment as a geologist with the petroleum consulting firm of Huntley & Huntley in Pittsburgh.

What is your favorite Allegheny memory?
Other than the Fiji “Open” playing through Arter Hall and over the azalea bed in the spring, I always got a good chuckle when someone put soap in the fountain in front of South (now Schultz) and the Irish setter would play in the mound of foam.

Why do you give to Allegheny?
I received generous aid from Allegheny during all four years of my life-changing experience. After graduation, I began giving a very small contribution to the Annual Fund out of deep gratitude for the immense gift I was given.   

Do you have any hobbies or community/volunteer interests?
I enjoy sewing and gardening, and I still volunteer for the Upper St. Clair Girl Scouts summer day camp. In the car, I keep my bike for any opportunity to ride the rail trails and my own personal flotation device for kayaking or canoeing whenever I can.

Is there any information about your family you wish to share?
Our three daughters are also Allegheny graduates: Maura ’05, Meghan ’08 and Shell ’12. Although the central campus buildings look the same, Allegheny is such a different place than it was 40 years ago. Maura had a few professors that Dan and I knew, but the campus has grown so much and is even prettier than when I lived there. The College itself has adapted to the changes in our society and is so very alive to me. I’m going through withdrawal because for the first time in 11 years we don’t have someone attending Allegheny.

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Judith La Manna Rivette
Liverpool, NY

Why did you choose to attend Allegheny?
I am “Allegheny by marriage.” I only discovered the College when I began dating my husband, Francis “Ric” Rivette.

Why do you give to Allegheny?
We believe in a strong base liberal arts education.

Why do you serve on TACEC?
We believe in giving back and in supporting our beliefs about education.

What is your favorite Allegheny memory?
The 25-year Reunion Weekend of my husband’s class when he and his friends put “The Band” back together and had the party that all the other reunion classes came to.

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Francis “Ric” Rivette ’74
(Co-Chair)
Liverpool, NY

What was your first job after Allegheny?
Residential Construction.

Why do you give to Allegheny?
I give to Allegheny to help others.

Why do you serve on TACEC?
I want to serve as an example.

Do you have any hobbies or community/volunteer interests?
Vintage car racing; Onondaga Historical Association.

Is there any information about your family you wish to share?
My wife, Judith, has become “Allegheny by marriage” after attending many other universities.

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John Sutphen ’78 (Co-Chair)
Fayetteville, NY

What was your first job after Allegheny?
I was an officer in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps trying cases as an attorney before U.S. Navy Courts Martial.

Why do you give to Allegheny?
Because our College develops graduates that understand how to integrate various concepts and that have the ability to communicate the value of integration.

Why do you serve on TACEC?
I serve because the TACEC mission is tied to two very important parts of our College’s development efforts – the Annual Fund and alumni participation.  

Is there any information about your family you wish to share?
My daughter Christina ’09, my wife Jamie ’79, my sister-in-law Beth ’84 and my brother-in-law Robert ’87 all are alums of our Allegheny College.

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Dan Van Aken ’95
Chicago, IL

Why did you choose to attend Allegheny?
I wanted a small-school experience where I could receive a broad-based, diverse education. My older brother went to Allegheny, and I was fortunate enough to meet students when I picked him up for holidays/breaks. I liked the people and felt a sense of belonging. That was quickly affirmed during my first semester on campus.

What is your favorite Allegheny memory?
There are so many good memories. One that stands out is when a fraternity brother of mine and I painted our bodies for Homecoming. The high that day was probably 30 degrees, and I nearly froze. It was a lot of fun rooting for the Gators and celebrating the day.

What was your first job after Allegheny?
I was a leadership and education consultant with Theta Chi Fraternity. I drove to over 30 colleges and universities during a nine-month period meeting with various chapters across the country. What a fantastic way to see the country, meet great people, and do a lot of thinking (many nine+ hour days of driving alone).

Why do you give to Allegheny?
I worked in the development office for four years while I was a student at Allegheny. One of my jobs was to seal the old paper records of alumni for preservation. I read a lot of interesting life stories that spanned nearly two centuries and realized that Allegheny is an institution that really contributes to the fabric of the country and the world. Great educators, businessmen, doctors, scientists, politicians, military leaders, social workers, and leaders in general have graduated from Allegheny. I feel an obligation to help ensure that this near-200-year legacy continues. I’ve also come to learn the value of being able to think critically, write, and communicate effectively. Allegheny teaches that. I view my giving as an investment in future leaders.

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 Jennifer Timcho Van Aken ’97
Chicago, IL

Why did you choose to attend Allegheny?
I was drawn to Allegheny because of my interest in biology and the impressive then brand-new science facilities. Little did I know that I would major in math and spend many hours in Carr Hall instead.

What was your first job after Allegheny?
My first job was in the trust department at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, PA.

Why do you serve on TACEC?
I hope to encourage alumni to think about the value of the education they received at Allegheny and consider giving back.

Why do you give to Allegheny?
My professors challenged me to analyze problems, develop creative solutions, and present and defend my ideas. These skills were crucial in helping me to succeed after graduation. I give to Allegheny because I want to help others benefit from the rigorous liberal arts curriculum.

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