2010 Recipient Bios

J. Kenneth Brody has served Yale with distinction and devotion over sixty years.  That volunteer service has taken many forms including:  Assembly delegate, Alumni Schools Committee interviewer, leadership in the Campaign for Yale and the…..And for Yale campaign, membership in the Yale Tomorrow campaign committee, the Development Board, college and Law School reunion gift committees, and as a long-term Yale Alumni Fund class agent.  Brody’s special bond with Yale is perhaps best demonstrated by Yale, a Celebration, the illustrated anthology he co-edited with his daughter, Alison E. Brody ‘95, to commemorate the University’s Tercentennial.

Susanna E. Krentz is a consummate alumni volunteer and leader. Over the past fourteen years, she has served the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) as a delegate, board member, officer, Chair, and ex-officio member of the University Council. One of AYA’s most effective Chairs, Krentz led the search for AYA’s current Executive Director and the formation of AYA’s Strategic Plan, which has expanded the scope of outreach and engagement of alumni through the AYA. She has participated in AYA’s three inaugural Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange visits with members of the International Alliance of Research Universities, and is a founding member of Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Endowment Resource (WISER), a fund dedicated to supporting women's varsity athletics at Yale.

James Leitner’s volunteer service to Yale is multi-faceted – from astronomy and engineering to international studies – and far-reaching, touching alumni, students, faculty, and New Haven community students and families.  His numerous contributions to the University community include service on “the Yale’s Investments Committee” and the President’s Council on International Activities, as well as “the Board of the Yale Alumni Association of Bergen County.  In recent years, he established a program in international and comparative political economy at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, endowed a professorship in international studies, and supported a number of international summer internships. 

Bobbi Mark has remained an incredibly loyal and active volunteer since graduating from Yale, including distinguished service as the first woman in the University’s history to chair the Yale Alumni Fund.  In other aspects of her volunteer life, she has served on the Alumni Schools Committee for New York City, on the University’s Development Committee, and as a Class Agent, Chair of Agents, Reunion Gift Committee Chair, and Class Council Member for the Yale College Class of 1976.   She is a former ex officio member of the AYA Board of Governors as well as the University Council. Mark remains active as a volunteer for the Yale Tomorrow Campaign and as Co-Chair of her 35th Reunion Gift Committee.

Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed has significantly advanced Yale’s international interests, giving generously of his time, experience, and counsel on countless occasions over the years.  The Ambassador served as a charter member of the President’s Council on International Activities and was the driving force for the landmark “Culture and Civilization of China” book series which was the result of an extraordinary publishing partnership between the Yale University Press and China International Publishing Group.  In addition, Ambassador Reed served for decades on the Governing Board of the Yale University Art Gallery and has made significant gifts of works of art to the Gallery’s collections.