John Harvard Society Chairs

Nick ’73, JD ’77, MBA ’77 and Julie ’78 Sakellariadis

On July 1, 2019, Julie ’78 and Nick ’73, JD ’77, MBA ’77 Sakellariadis became the new national John Harvard Society co-chairs, the first time in our 30-year history that a couple has served in this capacity.

Julie recently co-chaired her highly successful 40th Reunion for the Class of 1978 and has been a member of the Committee on University Resources for several years. Her strategic planning skills, further developed by her leadership roles at the New York Botanical Garden, are a tremendous asset to the work of the John Harvard Society.

A long-serving co-chair of the Class of 1973 Gift Committee, Nick has also served as co-chair of the Harvard College Fund (HCF) and director of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), and is an active member of the HCF Executive Committee. He is a true University citizen, attuned to the inner workings of the College and FAS, serving Harvard Law School as the Class of 1977 fundraising vice chair and former co-chair, as well as on the Class of 1977 Major Gifts Committee at Harvard Business School (HBS). Nick recently became a member of the HBS Board of Directors.

Julie and Nick are also Harvard parents. Anna ’10, MBA ’20; Sophia ’11; Mary Jane ’13, MBA ’20; and John ’16 are all alumni.

Scott Abell ’72 (

During his 11-year tenure as national chair, Scott Abell ’72 oversaw an increase in Society membership by 50 percent, the launch of the Society’s dedicated website, and advised countless Harvard alumni and friends of the value of gift planning.

Scott’s past service to Harvard includes past president of the Board of Overseers, former president of the HAA, and active roles in numerous class and regional volunteer endeavors.

Ernie Monrad ’51 (1997–2008)*

In addition to stewarding the John Harvard Society during a period of rapid growth, Ernie Monrad ’51 served in more than 20 different volunteer leadership capacities across Harvard. He was a long-time co-chair for the Class of 1951, a former HCF co-chair, and former HAA director. His service also includes numerous visiting committees and activities at HBS and Harvard Divinity School.