Commissioner-Elect Biographies

Kristin Carvalho

Kristin Carvalho (Public Member) is a Senior Executive Leader of Banking, Audit, and Financial Services with substantial success in increasing market share, acquiring new customers, and improving profitability. Skilled in all aspects of Financial, Investment, Fiscal, Regulatory and Merger & Acquisition management, as well as extensive business development, compliance, credit, loan, retail, and marketing experience. Dr. Carvalho earned her Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Science in Financial Services and Banking from Suffolk University, an MBA from Bryant University, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from UMass Dartmouth.

Art Chang

Art (Public Member) teaches in Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, where he is Associate Professor of Practice and Associate Program Director of the Masters Program in Technology Management, whose mission is to empower future leaders to make economic and social impact in a world of constant change and digital disruption. Art is also the Board Chair at CACF, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, the leading voice for micro organizations and businesses. Art ran for Mayor in the 2021 NYC Democratic primary. Art has been an intrapreneur in large organizations like JPMorgan Chase and the New York City and State governments. He has been a technology entrepreneur, advisor, media and entertainment, e-commerce, fashion, finance, mobile, healthcare, and other sectors, in the U.S. and internationally. Art received his MBA in Finance from New York University and his BA from Yale University in Women’s Studies while he worked full-time.

Noemi Custodia Lora

Dr. Noemi Custodia Lora holds the position of Vice President of Lawrence Campus & Community Relations at Northern Essex Community College, Lawrence, MA. She oversees the overall operations of the Lawrence Campus in addition to leading several projects with external stakeholders. Her primary interest lies in the Hispanic community, where she is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for higher education and cultivating relationships with both local and international organizations. She oversees the Center for Adult Basic Education, which includes correctional facilities education, as well as the Center for Equity and Social Justice. She leads PIES Latinos de NECC, the sole Hispanic-focused initiative that aids professional immigrants in validating their foreign credentials and advancing their careers in the United States. Additionally, she holds positions as a board member in various organizations, such as the National Skills Coalition on Racial Equality Panel, the Lawrence Alliance on Education, the Ana Jaques Hospital board of directors, and Unidos in Power. She oversees multiple projects in cooperation with university partners and the Ministry of Higher Education, Sciences, and Technology in the Dominican Republic. Noemi possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physiology-Molecular Endocrinology from Boston University, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from Tufts Medical School in Boston. 

Amy K. Donahue

Dr. Amy Donahue is Provost and Chief Academic Officer at the United States Coast Guard Academy. She is responsible for ensuring the academic enterprise fulfills its mission to educate and graduate leaders of character to serve as officers in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is also professor emeritus of public policy at the University of Connecticut. She is engaged in policy work at the state level, helping design Connecticut’s new policy and curriculum for police use of force, and at the national level, serving on NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, which advises the NASA Administrator and Congress on safety and risk management. Previously, Dr. Donahue served as UConn’s Vice Provost for Academic Operations, responsible for operational decision-making, labor-management relations, financial resource oversight, crisis planning and response, and capital planning for fourteen schools and five regional campuses. From 2002-2004, Dr. Donahue was Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Homeland Security at NASA. She began her career serving in the U.S. Army on active duty in the 6th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Her military assignments included serving as Officer in Charge of a Forward Surgical Team, as the Training and Operations (S3) for the 706th Main Support Battalion, and as Chief of Mobilization, Education, Training, and Security for Basset Army Hospital. She moved on to manage a 911 communications center, and to volunteer and work part-time as a firefighter and medic in Fairbanks, Alaska and upstate New York. She is currently certified as a Wilderness EMT.

Harry E. Dumay

Harry Dumay is Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Saint Anselm College. His degrees include an MBA and graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance from Boston University and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Previously he worked in finance positions at Harvard (SEAS), Boston College (Research Administration), and Boston University (College of Engineering). Harry is an experienced team member and has served on the ARFE Committee.

Adam Gross

Adam Gross (Public Member), FAIA, has provided the broad design direction for Ayers Saint Gross Architects & Planners since 1983. Today, Ayers Saint Gross is a 200 person multidisciplinary design firm with offices in Washington DC, Phoenix, AZ, and Baltimore, MD. The firms focuses on work for colleges, universities and non-profits, with a goal of creating facilities which foster the dissemination of knowledge and culture. Ayers Saint Gross has worked for over 300 institutions of higher education along with clients such as the Smithsonian Institutes, the Bronx Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Areas of discipline include architecture, campus planning, landscape architecture, space analytics, strategic planning, and graphic design. Adam’s goal as a designer is to engage people and places to create uplifting designs that enrich the world. With 45 years of experience in urban planning and architectural design, he has worked across the United States and abroad. Adam has also taught architecture and planning studios as the Key Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Architecture and as the Fay Jones Teaching Fellow at the University of Arkansas. Adam also spent 6 weeks as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. He has written and lectured extensively on urban design, architecture, and campus master planning and served on many design award juries. Adam earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. He now splits his time between Baltimore, MD and Tiverton, RI.

Ryan Low

Ryan Low is the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration and Treasurer at the University of Maine System, overseeing finance, government relations, facilities, procurement, and information technology. With a robust public sector finance background, Ryan has also served as CFO/VP for Administration and Finance at the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington. His career in higher education followed significant roles in Maine’s state government, including Commissioner of Finance, State Budget Officer, and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor. He has managed state biennial budgets, overseen stimulus funding, and contributed to budget reform at the State and University level. Ryan’s expertise was recognized through his service on the transition teams for Maine’s last two governors and as an active member, and former chair, of the State of Maine’s Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission. Additionally, he contributes to various Boards and Commissions, leveraging his extensive experience in finance and administration.

Juan-Francisco Perellon

Juan is a member of EHL Group’s Executive Leadership Team in charge of the Academic Office. He Holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Lausanne, and a PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London. Education and training policy is Juan’s professional passion. He particularly specializes in all aspects of Higher Education and Research, as well as the development of quality assurance, accreditation, governance, and funding systems. After gaining his PhD, Juan served as the head of the Higher Education Department of the Observatory on Science, Policy, and Society at the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), before joining the State of Vaud’s education ministry, where he became Deputy Director General of the Board of Higher Education in 2012. For more than 10 years, Juan has spearheaded some critically important accreditation projects such as the NECHE accreditation, the association agreement with the HES-SO and the negotiations of the Singaporean government that led to the opening of the first EHL International Campus. Juan is tasked with formulating the Group’s program development strategy as the Chairman of the Certification Board, he is responsible for Group-wide certifications and oversees the academic quality and accreditation. Juan also joined the Board of Directors of EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality in June 2020. With a Spanish and Swiss dual citizenship, Juan was born in Barcelona in 1970 and grew up in the Swiss Alps, where both his parents worked at the “Hotel du Parc”, the oldest hotel of Crans-Montana, built in 1893. Juan is one of the rare recipients of the Marie Sklodowska-Cure Fellowships, the prestigious scholarship awarded by the European Commission which financed his doctoral studies in London.