Meet the Sage Team
Judy Cohen, MACS ‘12
Judy has been affiliated with the Goucher community through various connections for over 20 years. Before coming on board at the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in 2016, she was the Managing Director of Historic Hampton, Inc., the friends group that supports Hampton National Historic Site–an unit of the National Park System. Judy graduated with Goucher’s first class in the Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability (MACS) program in 2012, having completed her Capstone on the Hampton Arts Initiative, a program that works to get established and burgeoning artists in the community to creatively interpret the cultural landscape and resources of the site. She continues her affiliation by volunteering with the National Park Service. In addition to Judy's role as a member of the Welch Center team and serving as the pioneering director of Sage, she also enjoys her position on the Executive Committee as Secretary of the Board of Directors with the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC). Outside of Goucher Judy pursues a variety of other interests, including clawhammer banjo, and volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities-Maryland in downtown Baltimore, the Student Support Network of Baltimore County, and Pets on Wheels of Maryland with her therapy dog, Chica.
Melinda Burdette '72
Melinda Burdette graduated from Goucher in 1972 with a degree in Visual Arts. A member of Goucher’s Board of Trustees since 2010, she has a long history of volunteer service to the college. Her forty-year career in institutional advancement began in 1975 at her other alma mater, Friends School of Baltimore. In 1987 she left Friends to become director of annual giving at Goucher, then moved on to start a development and community relations program in 1997 at the Roland Park Place retirement community. A love of the Southwest drew her to Cortez, Colorado in 2002. After working at nearby Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for 12 years, she retired as vice president of advancement in 2015. As a first step toward moving back to her native Baltimore, she now has a home in Fallston that allows her to spend part of the spring and fall close to Goucher. “To me, a college campus is synonymous with vitality, and I want to take advantage of that kind of environment as much as I can,” Melinda says, adding, “I’m so proud of Goucher’s decision to establish a membership program for lifelong learners. The campus is a friendly, welcoming, lively and energizing place—a perfect setting for endlessly curious people—no matter their age—to enjoy the mental and social stimulation of learning from each other, expanding horizons, and sharing the thrill of discovery.”
Advisor, Director of Distance Learning
Linda is the Director of Distance Learning at Goucher, where she works with graduate faculty and students to help them thrive in a global learning environment. Her career in education spans decades of technology growth and change, but it is centered on a love of teaching and learning and on the rewards of continuing education. A lifelong learner herself, Linda earned a bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television and Film at the University of Maryland College Park, and a master’s in Education and Human Development at the George Washington University in a distance learning program that set standards for higher education offerings. A favorite quote exemplifying her professional philosophy is from Arthur C. Clarke: “Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.”
Advisor, Financial Analyst
Jesse graduated from Towson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2016, while majoring in Economics, minoring in English, and editing their literary magazine. After graduating, Jesse worked on writing investment editorials. He came to Goucher in December 2016, and is currently a financial analyst here in the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. Jesse enjoys cooking, hiking, science fiction, data science, and music.