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Eckerd College Announces New Members of the Board of Trustees: Norman A. Barker, Leah K. Rubino '81 and Kathleen H. Trott

posted on 10/05/2012

Eckerd College is pleased to announce the addition of lawyer and CPA Norman A. Barker, alumna Leah K. Rubino '81 and attorney Kathleen H. Trott to the College's Board of Trustees. The three new Trustees began their three-year terms at the Board's May 2012 meeting. The first Board meeting for the 2012-2013 academic year will be held October 19-20.

Trustee Norman BarkerNorman A. Barker, lawyer and CPA, is currently a Principal in the Wash., D.C., office of Bernstein Global Wealth Management, where he serves as a member of the firm's Senior Investment Advisor Group. Prior to joining Bernstein, Norman was a senior partner with Ernst & Young LLP in the firm's National Tax Department.

As a former member of the Board of Directors for the Children's National Medical Center in Wash., D.C., Norman currently serves on the center's Legal Affairs and Audit Committee, and works closely with CNMC's wholly-owned Cayman Islands-based captive insurance company, Bearacuda Re. He served on the Board of Trustees for both the Norwood School in Bethesda, Md., and for the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Orange County, Calif.  He chaired the Finance Subcommittee for the 111th U.S. Open Golf Championship, hosted in 2011 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

Norman earned his B.A. degree in Psychology and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Kathryn, currently live in Potomac, Md., and their daughter, Jordan, will be graduating from Eckerd in 2013.

Trustee Leah Rubino '81Leah K. Rubino '81 has volunteered her time and efforts to several organizations for more than two decades. She has served on various boards and associations with academic institutions including Eckerd College, the University School of Nashville, and three different Nashville public schools. At Eckerd, Leah and her husband, Bill Rubino '81, have served on the Parent Council since it was established in 2008-2009 and co-chaired the council in 2010-2011.

After taking time off to raise their two children, Leah returned to work in 2004, joining Vanderbilt University. She works in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions assisting with applications evaluations, and also at the Peabody Research Institute conducting curricula studies.

Leah received her Bachelor's degree from Eckerd College in 1981, marrying fellow Management major, Bill, two years later. They live in her hometown of Nashville, Tenn., and have two adult children, Will, who graduated from Eckerd in 2011, and Laura Lea, a member of Eckerd's Class of 2013.

Trustee Kathleen TrottKathleen H. Trott currently serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Michigan Attorney General's Office, where she represents the Wayne County Department of Human Services in child abuse and neglect civil actions. Previously, she served as a Magistrate in the 48th District Court, and worked as a litigation attorney at Trott & Trott, P.C. Throughout her career in business law, she has focused on preventing child abuse and helping underprivileged children achieve a better life.

During a law school internship at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in the Child and Family Abuse Division, Kathleen learned firsthand of the hardship and neglect that some children unfairly encounter. Since then, she has committed her career and charitable efforts to fighting child abuse. Kathleen serves on the Board of Trustees for the CARE House of Oakland County, a child abuse and neglect council; she manages her family's charitable foundation; and, she has published work in Metro Parent magazine on warning signs of child abuse and prevention tips.

Kathleen received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from the University of Detroit, and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

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