Reunion 2020 General Chairs
Karen (BS’80) and Bill (BA’80) Fesmire are Reunion 2020 General Chairs. Karen is a former member of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust (2008 – 2012), a former member of the Alumni Association Board (2000 – 2008), past president of the Alumni Association (2006 – 2008), a former member of the Parents Leadership Committee and served as Weekend Chair for her 20th Reunion. Karen has also served as a Reunion volunteer, Chapter leader, VUConnect Career Advisor, and an alumni interviewer. Bill is a former member of the Parents Leadership Committee, served as Weekend Chair for his 20th Reunion, and has helped out as a Reunion and CoRPs volunteer. Together, they hosted the 2019 Memphis Summer Send-Off Party at their home.
Karen and Bill have been long-time supporters of Vanderbilt athletics and have season tickets to men’s basketball, baseball, and football.
The Fesmires live in Memphis, TN, and have two children. Their daughter, Maggie Fesmire Canter, BA’09, is married to Ted Canter, BA’08. Their son, Witt Fesmire, graduated in May 2020 and is currently pursuing his MA in social foundations of health. Karen is on the National Council for Kappa Delta. Bill is a pediatrician.
Reunion 2021 General Chairs
Suzanne Perot McGee (BS’86) and Patrick K. McGee (BS’85) are the Reunion 2021 General Chairs. They have been long-time supporters of Vanderbilt, both financially and through various volunteer roles. Suzanne currently serves on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, is a former member of the Parents Leadership Committee, and led the efforts as Weekend Chair for her 25th Reunion. Patrick served as Fundraising Chair for his 25th Reunion. Together, they have hosted several dinners and events for Vanderbilt donors, parents, and students, including Dallas Summer, Send-Off Parties in both 2012 and 2015.
Suzanne and Patrick and their family have established two need-based scholarships: The Priscilla Call Craven Scholars and The Margot and Ross Perot Scholars. Suzanne and Patrick also support Vanderbilt Athletics, the School of Engineering, Peabody College, and the Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Suzanne and Patrick live in Dallas, TX, and have four children. Patrick, BA’15, William, BA’16, and Margot, BS’19, are Vanderbilt graduates; and their youngest, Cameron is a junior at the University of Texas. Suzanne and Patrick look forward to celebrating Reunion with their fellow Commodores, especially their sons, Patrick and William, who will be celebrating their 5th Reunions.
Reunion 2022 General Chairs
Teresa Ford Chope (BA’87) and Douglas B. Chope (BS’86, MBA’88) are the Reunion 2022 General Chairs. Together, they Chair the Campaign Cabinet for the School of Engineering and have been long-time supporters of Vanderbilt, both financially and through various volunteer roles. They have hosted numerous events in their home to support the Owen Graduate School of Management, the College of Arts and Science, and the School of Engineering. Douglas currently serves on the Engineering Board of Visitors. He was a member of the Owen Alumni Board from 2008 to 2011 and served on the National Committee during the Campaign for Vanderbilt in the early 1990s. Teresa is the former president of the Philadelphia Vanderbilt Alumni Chapter and has volunteered for Commodore Recruitment Programs. Teresa volunteered for her 25th and 30th Reunions, and Douglas volunteered for his 30th and 35th Reunions.
Douglas honored his father by establishing the Wilbert E. Chope Memorial Scholarship at the School of Engineering. In 2016, Teresa and Douglas strengthened the impact of the scholarship with an additional commitment. They also funded a fellowship at the Owen Graduate School of Management.
Teresa and Douglas live in Boston, Massachusetts, and have three children: Ford, BS’22, Sallie, BA’24, and Clasby, who is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, with a BS in computer science. They look forward to celebrating Reunion while their children enjoy Vanderbilt Homecoming with their fellow Commodores. Douglas is a Principal Solutions Engineer at Tableau (Salesforce.com). Teresa is the CEO and Founder of BOOST Journeys, a boutique travel concierge firm.