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AAVC Trustee and Career Networking Committee Chair

Photo of Karen Strain Smythe ’82

AAVC Trustee and Career Networking Committee Chair
Karen Strain Smythe ’82, New York
Term of Service: 2015–2019

Additional Vassar Volunteer Experience

Member, Campus Investor Responsibility Committee (CIRC), 2013–2016; chair, 35th Reunion, 2012–present; chair, AAVC House Committee, 2008–2012; member, AAVC House Committee, 2003–2008; phoner/notewriter, Annual Fund, 2001–2003.

Professional/Community Experience

Executive director, Beatrix Farrand Garden Association in Hyde Park, NY, 2014–present; president, C.B. Strain & Son, 2009–2014; vice president, C.B. Strain & Son, 1998–2009 (C.B. Strain & Son is a mechanical contracting firm started by Smythe’s great–grandfather in the early 1900s); vice president for marketing, Dannon Company, 1997–1998; vice president for marketing, Delisle Company, 1993–1997; product manager, Dannon Company, 1991–1993; associate product manager, Best Foods, 1988–1991; assistant product manager, Frito-Lay, 1987–1988; president, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House Board of Directors.