Lisa Tachick Hooper ’95
Lisa Tachick Hooper was raised in New Mexico and Colorado. She received her BFA in Dance, cum laude, from Marymount Manhattan College in 1995, and was that year’s recipient of the Dance Medal. After college, Hooper danced professionally for ten years, freelancing with (among others) the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas in Venezuela, Connecticut Ballet, Dance Galaxy, and Chamber Dance Project. She also performed in the opening ceremony of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
An avid and longtime supporter of MMC’s Department of Dance, Hooper started the Tachick Hooper Scholarship at the College to allow qualified students who are unable to afford the membership costs to be a part of the MMC Dance Company. The MMC Dance Company is a selective and prestigious yearlong “residency” that offers students an opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most renowned choreographers and perform at top locations across New York City.
Hooper and her husband now live in Rye, New York, with their three children. Hooper is deeply involved in the Rye community and, for the past six years, has directed or co-directed the Resurrection Grammar School’s annual school play, overseeing and inspiring approximately 70 children each year in what has become one of Resurrection’s most popular after-school activities.
Hooper is also a member of Rye’s Westchester Country Club, where she has served on several board advisory committees, including in leadership roles. In addition to her family, her passions include playing the piano and volleyball.
Trish Shortell ’90
Trish Shortell has spent 25 years in the executive search business, in both search firm and client-side roles. Based in New York City, she has a multi-disciplinary focus in marketing, finance, digital, and analytics and, from an industry perspective, works across professional services, retail, apparel, financial services, technology, telecommunications, and healthcare, among others.
Currently Managing Director, Executive Search, at MediaLink, Shortell oversees executive search in addition to organizational strategy and design services for MediaLink’s clients. Previously, she served for more than 10 years as Senior Vice President, Executive Recruiting and Talent Management, at WPP, a global marketing and communications company. In her tenure at Heidrick & Struggles, Shortell fulfilled searches for clients that ranged from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-national corporations, was a faculty member for training and development programs, and initiated a firm-wide process for enhancing diversity efforts across all practices. She also spent several years at law firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.
A thought leader in the communications industry, Shortell has served as chairperson of the BritishAmerican Business Human Resources Roundtable. She also helped to establish New York City’s CAPITAL Program, which introduces inner city, high-potential youth to the creative industries.
Shortell and her husband live in Riverdale, New York, with their three teenage children and bichon, Scooter. A member of the Class of 1990, Shortell received her BA in Communication Arts. Her outside interests include photography, cooking, and travel.