Accomplished Trio Joins Board
by Sherri Kimmel
Three alumni — a national leader in cancer care, a groundbreaking researcher and electrical engineering professor, and a head of industry for Google — are new members of Bucknell’s Board of Trustees.

Thomas Buchholz ’84, a philosophy major, decided to become a physician after shadowing a doctor at Geisinger during his sophomore year at Bucknell. He spent the bulk of his career at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as a radiation oncologist specializing in breast cancer treatment. In the latter years of his 20-year tenure he was provost, executive vice president and physician-in-chief. In 2018, he moved to San Diego to become the first medical director and a corporate senior vice president at the newly opened Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Buchholz received Bucknell’s Service to Humanity Award in 2014. He and wife Mara Reece Buchholz ’85 have two children.

Electrical engineering major Keren Bergman ’88 has built a distinguished two-decade career at Columbia University. Currently she is the Charles Batchelor Professor of Engineering, scientific director of the Columbia Nano Initiative and director of the Lightwave Research Laboratory. In the latter role, she leads research programs on optical interconnection networks for advanced computing systems, data centers and other entities.

Bergman is a member of the global advisory board of Womensphere, an organization dedicated to unleashing the potential of women and girls, is a leadership council fellow for the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, and serves on the dean of engineering’s advisory council at Bucknell. A resident of New York City, she has two sons.

Sam Nana-Sinkam ’10 began working at Google a year after receiving his degree in management. Since 2018 he has been head of industry — fashion, sports and toys. In this role, he and his team build partnerships with fashion, sports and toy companies and help grow their digital sophistication — from website design to YouTube advertising.

In recent years, Nana-Sinkam has lent his expertise to Bucknell as a member of the Freeman College of Management advisory board and panelist at the Freeman Week Business Trends Summit.

Nana-Sinkam and wife Sara Bloom ’10 live in Brooklyn, N.Y., with their son, Charlie, 1.