SuzanneClair Guard, Executive Director

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Suzanne has been the Executive Director of the Leopold Schepp Foundation since 2004.  Previously, she served as Director of Financial Aid at Barnard College for 20 years.  In her capacity as Director of Financial Aid, she reported to the Board of Trustees, set policy, managed a yearly budget of $26 million, represented and traveled for Barnard throughout the United States and parts of Europe.  She was the College representative at College Board, COFHE, Seven Sister and Ivy meetings.  She was responsible for interpreting federal and state regulations and implementing those regulations at Barnard.  Suzanne also served as a student advisor for students and families struggling to finance a Barnard education.


Leslie Warren Lin, Advancement Director

Prior to joining the Schepp Foundation’s staff in 2016, Leslie served as Development Director for The Piatigorsky Foundation and the Fiver Children’s Foundation.  As a past Schepp scholarship recipient, she is committed to helping make college affordable and accessible for the next generation of Schepp scholars.  Leslie is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.


Kathleen C. Smith, Executive Secretary

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Kathy has worked for the Schepp Foundation since 1988.  Before coming to the Foundation, she worked for Skills Update, a division of Gotham Registry, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine coordinating continuing education programs.   She has been affiliated with the Natural Gourmet Institute for 35 years, studying culinary arts for healing.  As an associate member of the Association of Black Women Attorneys, Kathy assists in the scholarship selection process for students attending law school. She is active with her church where she serves as a lector.  She attended New York University.

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