President’s Advisory Committee


Robert P. Kenny, a native of Vermont, returned to Goddard College in April 2014 after serving as vice president of finance and administration at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. He had overseen finance and administration as well as academic affairs while at Goddard from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that he served in administrative roles and as a professor of business at St. Michael’s College. Kenny has an MBA from the University of Vermont. He served as Interim President at Goddard from April 30, 2014 to July 1, 2015.


Chief Advancement & Strategy Officer

Lucinda Garthwaite is a writer and strategist focusing on liberatory systems change. She is the founding partner of the consulting collaborative, ChangeMakers Partners, working to increase the impact of educational, non-profit and business organizations focused on social justice, and was a fellow in Social change, Diversity and Inclusion at the Fielding University Institute for Social Innovation from 2015-2017. Lucinda held a variety of positions at Goddard from 2002-2011, beginning on the faculty of the individualized BA program. She served as interim dean for community life, co-director of the Individualized BA program, founding director of the BFA in Creative Writing program, special assistant to the president for enrollment management, and academic dean. Lucinda was also interim academic dean at Vermont College of Fine Arts, associate dean for student life at the University of New Hampshire, and program coordinator at Outright GLBTQ youth-adult partnership in Portland, Maine. She taught writing and women’s studies at the University of New Hampshire, Bradford College and Granite State College. With her sister, Lynn G. Olsen (M.Ed. ’96), she founded Teachers’ House, an all-volunteer nonprofit supporting teachers as thinkers and leaders on the ongoing evolution of education for positive social change.


Chief Business Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer

Sherri Molleur has more than 30 years of experience as an accountant, comptroller and director of business services in higher education, municipal government, and the private sector. She served as director of Goddard’s Business Office for 5 ½ years before assuming the post of chief business officer and interim chief financial officer. Prior to assuming a leadership role in the Business Office, Molleur held various posts, including staff accountant in the Goddard Business Office, assistant comptroller at the Independent Food Company in Burlington, VT, and financial assistant in the City of Burlington Treasurer’s Office. Molleur has an AS in accounting from Champlain College.


Director of Human Resources

Leesa Stewart has grown and developed mission driven organizations for over twenty-years. The projects Leesa has been involved in include the merger of the national organizations Sane and the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign (now Peace-Action); the facility expansion and BA accreditation process of the former Woodbury College in Montpelier, Vermont and the merger of the New England Culinary Institute and the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. As Director of Finance and Administration at the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Leesa developed foundational systems that enabled the organization’s growth and facilitated the successful passage of environmental legislation. As Municipal Manager of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, Leesa led this union municipality through a process of financial recovery and programmatic growth, while hiring a talented team to expand educational activities and environmental services to nineteen member towns. Leesa holds a BA in Public Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, a professional certificate in Human Resources Management from Champlain College and a MS in Human Resources Management from Southern New Hampshire University.


Interim Academic Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Steve James has worked at Goddard since 1993. A former trustee of the American Psychological Foundation (APF), Dr. James is also President Emeritus of American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues and President Emeritus of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. He has taught at Goddard College since 1993. Dr. James was most recently the Chair of the Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He has previously served as Goddard’s Associate Academic Dean and Interim Chief Academic Officer/Dean. Dr. James has an PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Union Institute, and ABs in Psychology and in Philosophy from Dartmouth College. He served as Chair of APA’s Division 12’s (Clinical Psychology) Section VI, the section on Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities. He has served as an Associate Editor of APA’s journal, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. He currently serves as a Consulting Editor for APA’s journal, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Steve is also a Trustee of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, where he lives with his husband and two sons.