Board of Trustees and Advisors

E. Eugene Carter, Chair and President, is a graduate of Wichita (KS) High School East, Northwestern University (BS), and Carnegie Mellon University (MS, PhD). He has been a professor of finance at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he retired as Associate Dean. For over thirty years he was a Director of A. G. Edwards, Inc., a national brokerage firm headquartered in St. Louis, retiring as lead director and chair of the audit committee in 2007.

Jane R. O’Neil, Secretary, is a graduate of Bound Brook (NJ) High School, Barnard College (AB) and Stanford University (MA, PhD). She has been a faculty member in economics and educational administration at Wellesley College, Simmons College, Johnson and Wales University, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has also been associated with Cardean, Abt Associates, Argosy University, and MindEdge, Inc. Dr. O’Neil developed the Opportunity Award concept. She may be reached at

John Aldridge, Vice President, is a graduate of Mountain View High School (Mesa, AZ), the University of Arizona (BS in Optical Engineering), and Boston University (MS in Optical Engineering). He is an engineer on the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA.

Richard A. Cohn (deceased), former Secretary, attended Bakersfield (CA) High School, Harvard College (BA) and Stanford University (MA, ABD). He was a professor of finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Hartford. He was an active consultant with various state insurance regulators. Among his articles is “Inflation, Rational Valuation, and the Market,” Financial Analysts’ Journal, May, 1979, co-authored with Franco Modigliani, 1985 Nobel Award in Economics recipient.

Bree Beardsley Aldridge, Engineering Program Advisor, is a graduate of University High School (Tucson, AZ), the University of Arizona where she was a Flinn Scholar and Watson Scholar (BS, Computer Engineering; BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in Biological Engineering). In graduate school, she was the recipient of a US Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University School of Engineering. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a recipient of the 2013 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.

Kelly Levi Sartorius, Program Development Advisor, holds bachelor degrees in journalism and U.S. history from Kansas State and Wichita State universities respectively; a master’s degree in American studies from the University of Maryland; and a PhD in American history from Kansas State. Her book Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement was published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan. She has served as a development officer of the Schools of Engineering at Kansas State University and the University of Arkansas, and at Washington University, St. Louis. She may be reached at

Trustees are not compensated and there are no employees of the Foundation.