Board of Directors

Brendan Connell, Jr. ’87, President
Melanie Pastuck ’11, Vice President
Tim Stanne ’03, Treasurer
Peter Williams ’76, Secretary



Ashley Afranie-Sakyi ‘13
Washington, D.C. 

Sharang Biswas ’12 Th ’13
New York, NY

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As an undergraduate, Sharang received his B.A. in Engineering Sciences, followed by a B.E. in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering. While at Dartmouth, he was a member of GSX (Gender Sexuality XYZ), the vice-president of the Co-Educational Greek Council (now Gender-Inclusive Greek Council), a five-year trip-leader for the Dartmouth Outing Club, and an intern for the Sexual Health Peer Advisors. He is proudest of his role on the Executive Board for IvyQ, an inter-Ivy League queer conference, which allowed him to rub shoulders with gender-studies scholars, sex educators and adult film actors under one roof.

Sharang is currently pursuing a masters in interaction design and creative technology at ITP at NYU-Tisch. As an artist, he works primarily with games, interactive performance and digital art. Hence, his spare time is spent in serious research for his work: playing board and video games. He also enjoys cooking.


Brendan Connell ’87, President
Brooklyn, NY

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Brendan Connell, Jr. graduated from New York University School of Law in 1993 and is Managing Director and Counsel for Administration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Brendan also is a frequent speaker on art law and arts administration topics. Prior to working at the Guggenheim, Brendan was Director of Legal Services at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. Brendan was a History major at Dartmouth and served on the Collis Governing Board, as a member of his class council, and as an Admissions Office tour guide. He has been active with DGALA for many years, starting as a regional coordinator for New York City. Brendan serves as one of DGALA’s two councilors on the Dartmouth Alumni Council and will be chair of the Council’s Academic Affairs committee for 2014 – 2015. He also volunteers for Dartmouth as a class agent and as an alumni interviewer. Brendan lives in Brooklyn with his partner Rich Yeung ’93. Brendan is proud of his brother David ’90, who is serving the United States as a Foreign Service Officer, currently stationed in Istanbul, Turkey.

Sheila Hicks-Rotella ‘05
New York, NY


Melanie Pastuck  ‘11, Vice President
New York, NY

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Melanie Pastuck graduated from Dartmouth in 2011 with a major in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) and a minor in Philosophy. During her time at Dartmouth, Melanie was an LGBTQ Intern for the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and an OUTreach peer mentor (student LGBT mentor program). In addition to her involvement with LGBTQ groups on campus, Melanie served as President of the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby team, was a four-time DOC Trip leader, and was a member of Sigma Delta.

Melanie lives in Manhattan and works as an Account Manager at Google. In her spare time, Melanie also enjoys whitewater kayaking, hiking, playing rugby for the New York Rugby Club, and spending time with fellow Dartmouth alums in NY. Currently, Melanie is also an Alumni interviewer and serves as an Alumni Council representative for DGALA.

Amanda B. Rosenblum ‘07
New York, NY

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Amanda graduated from Dartmouth in 2007 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She was very active in campus life during her Dartmouth career, from editing Stonefence Review to coordinating the Prison Project, from working with first-years as a three-year Undergraduate Advisor to orienting new members at Epsilon Kappa Theta. She headed up Phoenix Senior Society and was trained as a Mentor Against Violence. She was a member of GSX and Rainbow Alliance and served on the organizing committee that brought gender-neutral housing to Dartmouth. Amanda currently lives in Manhattan and works at Young Women’s Leadership Network, a network of all-girls public schools, as a Girls Education Senior Manager. She founded the non-profit Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors. She is a co-chair of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition, working to remove barriers to higher education for people in prison and with criminal justice involvement, and volunteers as an Emergency Department Advocate for the Mount Sinai SAVI program for survivors of IPV and sexual assault. She is constantly reading for her two books clubs, traveling, seeing plays, laughing, and walking around the city.

Tim Stanne ’03, Treasurer
New York, NY

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Timothy J. Stanne is the Director of Graduate Admissions at NYU School of Law. Tim was born and raised in Massachusetts, attending Deerfield Academy before starting at Dartmouth. He graduated from the College in 2003 with a major in English and a minor in Latin American and U.S. Hispanic Literatures. The following fall, he moved to New York to complete his master’s degree at the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science. While an undergraduate, he was a member of the Tabard and Casque & Gauntlet, sang for the Chamber Singers, served as a SAPA, and worked in the undergraduate admissions office first as a tour guide and later a senior interviewer.

Peter Williams ’76, Secretary
Stockbridge, MA

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Pete was a Government major at Dartmouth, and after earning a law degree from Washington and Lee University, he lived and worked as a litigation attorney and high school teacher in New York City for 22 years. Pete then returned to his home town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts – to help his health-challenged parents (Dad ’49 and Mom were married before Dad’s senior year and lived on campus together) – and now serves as Dartmouth’s District Enrollment Director for Berkshire County Massachusetts. He has been a director of DGALA since 1994, and his law firm arranged for the non-profit incorporation and tax-exempt application for DGALA in 1996. Pete has edited Green Light, DGALA’s newsletter, since 1999.



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