Visiting Committee

Lance E. Banwell DDS

Lance E. Banwell

A 1970 graduate of Norwich University with a BS in Biology. I am a 1974 graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry with a DDS. I served four years at Ft. Campbell, KY as an Army dentist. I ran a private practice in general dentistry in Woodbury, CT.

I am currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, and The Dental Society of Greater Waterbury.

Also I serve as a Dental Commissioner for the State of Connecticut and a Dental Examiner for the Northeast Dental Examiners.

David Briggs ’68

David Briggs

A 1968 Graduate of Norwich with a BS in Civil Engineering. My engineering career, powered by the NU math curriculum, began in consulting with Metcalf and Eddy of Boston and continued with an assignment with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Minnesota. Following three years of active duty, I returned to Vermont and worked in real estate development at Quechee Lakes and then as a consultant in private practice in Vermont and Minnesota. My interest in historic preservation and real estate development led me back to Vermont where I am the owner of the Hotel Coolidge Block and a manager with the Gates-Briggs Company in White River Junction.

I have been involved in the NU Peace Corps Preparatory Program, the NU Board of Fellows and the Todd Lecture Series extending over a period of 20+ years. Civic involvement also includes the White River Jct Rotary Club and currently (2012) as the Chairman of the Hartford Development Corporation.

Dr. Christopher W. Allen

Christopher W. Allen

Dr. Allen came to the University of Vermont in 1967 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Therald Moeller. He has been a Senior Visitor at Oxford and Edinburgh and a consultant to several corporations. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers , Phosphorus, Sulfur, Silicon and the Related Elements, Recent Patents in Materials Science and research Letters in Inorganic Chemistry. He was named a UVM University Scholar for 1982-83, received the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award in 1986, was named a Mass High TECH “Allstar” in 2000, received the Dean’s Lecture Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004 and the Luther F. Hackett award from the Vermont Technology Council for contributions to economic development in Vermont in 2005. He was elected to the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering in 2005. He served as the Director of the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) ,Director , and later as Outreach Director, of the Vermont Genetics Network, the Interim Director of the Vermont Technology Council, Interim Director of Technology Transfer at UVM, and Interim Director of the Vermont Advanced Computer Center,. In addition to being an Emeritus Professor, he is the Senior Scientific Advisor to the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies and President of the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering.

Rebecca R. Cooper ’91

Rebecca R. Cooper

At Norwich, I served as cadre for rooks (squad leader as a junior) and S1 1LT as senior. I graduated from Norwich in 1991 with a BS in Biology. I also swam all four years and was the co-captain my junior and senior years. At Norwich I was part of the Christian Fellowship, Maroon & Gold Key, and was a charter member of Chi Sigma Chapter of Tri Beta – Biology Honor Society. I was selected for direct commission as Ensign with US Coast Guard. I served on active duty for seven years as a Coast Guard officer. I returned to Norwich in 1998 and completed my Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine. I earned my master’s of Physical Therapy at the University of Cincinnati in December 2001. I have been working at a large hospital in Lima Ohio as a Physical Therapist. I was appointed to the Norwich University Board of Fellows in 2006.

Kevin D. Crowley MD ’70

Kevin D. Crowley

Born in Northfield Vermont, May 28, 1948. Parents: Francis J. and Anita O. Crowley NU class of 1945

I spent my grade school and high school years in Wilmington, Delaware, and summers with my grandparents in Vermont. I returned to Vermont as a rook at Norwich University in 1966 and majored in Biology. After graduating in 1970, I went to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and graduated in 1974 with a Doctorate in Medicine. I then served my commitment to the United States Army at Fort Bragg North Carolina, while completing my family practice residency. In my third year, I served as the hospital’s Chief Resident and following residency I stayed on as a teaching fellow in family medicine. During the two years as a teaching fellow I was also attached to the 325th Airborne Infantry as part of the 82nd Airborne and I was awarded the Association of the United States Army outstanding family practice physician award before leaving Ft. Bragg in 1979. I returned to Northfield, Vermont as a family physician to the town and Norwich University and I have had a great pleasure in watching the University grow in the past 32 years. I have a special love for its students, especially in the math science endeavors and particularly those who come from Vermont backgrounds.

I live in Northfield with my wife Valerie who was gracious enough to stay by my side all through my years as a cadet and on through medical school to the present. We have a few farm animals and we enjoy camping in Northern Vermont.

My hobbies include jazz guitar, woodcarving and reading and I am interested in multidisciplinary studies.

Dr. David Elkowitz ’89

Dr. Elkowitz received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1997. He graduated from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont, in 1989 with a BA in political science and a minor in public health studies. He completed a four-year combined residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset, New York, in 2000. He also served as chief resident during the last two years of his residency. Dr. Elkowitz then went on to complete a surgical pathology fellowship at North Shore University Hospital in 2001.

Dr. Elkowitz was an attending pathologist and director of autopsy service at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, where he also served on the graduate medical education committee. Dr. Elkowitz is currently an assistant professor in the department of Biomedical Science at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. He has served on the Dean’s council, admissions committee, and curriculum committee. He is a member of the academic senate, serving as president in 2003-2004. Dr. Elkowitz was awarded Mentor of the Year at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004 and was a finalist for American Osteopathic Association Educator of the Year in 2004.

Jane A. Donahue-Holt ’83

I am a 1983 graduate of Norwich with a BS in Business Education. I started teaching immediately in information technology, which after a year brought me to Burlington Technical Center where I taught a variety of technology courses including Cisco Networking, and now am the Career Services Coordinator. I received my M.Ed. in 1992 from St. Michaels College in Education Technology. I am earned the Cisco Certified Network Associates certification in 2001. In addition to my full-time employment with BTC, I have taught Cisco Networking for the Community College of Vermont for ten years, and am the Executive Directors of SkillsUSA Vermont, a career and technical student organization that provides leadership and skills training for secondary and post-secondary students.

For 17 years, I have been involved in Camp TaKumTa, an oncology camp for children ages 7–17, who have been treated for cancer in Vermont. I am also a Wish Grantor for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, and work with children and their families to plan their wish. I served on the NU Alumni Board for nine years, and currently serving on the Board of Fellows.

Marc A. Nascarella, PhD

Marc A. Nascarella

Dr. Nascarella is a toxicologist specializing in comprehensive chemical evaluation, dose-response assessment, and environmental epidemiological investigations. Dr. Nascarella also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences where he lectures and conducts research in the areas of dose-response assessment, and occupational/environmental health. In addition to being a military veteran, prior to joining the Toxicology Practice at Gradient, Dr. Nascarella has held post-graduate academic research positions and has served as a toxicologist for a state public health agency.

David Young ’85

David Young

Young is a veteran administrator and teacher. He currently is the Superintendent of South Burlington Schools. Young is a graduate of Burlington High School and Norwich University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Mark Sturgeon

Mark joined the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Norwich in September of 2010. Although this is his first experience in development, Mark has an extensive background in marketing in the banking and pharmaceutical industries. He was very excited to join the Norwich community and to get started working with alumni in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin.

A native Vermonter, Mark grew up in the Burlington area and attended Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. In 2002, Mark graduated with a BA in History and minors in Political Science and Medieval Studies.

After graduating college, Mark worked in the banking industry as a Residential Loan Officer for Aegis Lending and then TD Bank. He spent much time volunteering at Champlain Housing Trust in Burlington where he educated clients on the home-buying experience and personal credit policies. He left banking in 2007 to join Takeda Pharmaceuticals as a Regional Sales Professional. He spent his time marketing numerous medicines to physicians and pharmacists throughout Vermont and also spear-headed territory marketing and training initiatives.

Mark has recently moved to the Montpelier area to be close to Norwich. He enjoys all outdoor activities, sports, music and spending time with his extensive family.

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