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Leaders of Vision A brief biographical introduction to the members of the Neumann University Board of Trustees 

Fall 2016


PETER ABESSINIO serves on the audit committee of the board. CoPresident of Roch Capital Inc., he is responsible for investing firm capital in multiple asset classes as well as managing legal, financial, and operational functions. Abessinio works with Roch Capital Inc.’s executive team to set the strategic direction of the firm. He is also responsible for all private equity investing at Roch Capital Inc. and is a key decision maker for deploying firm capital in multiple asset classes, including real estate, private equity, public markets, private investments and co-investment opportunities. Abessinio earned his B.S. in accounting from Villanova University. He volunteers at several non-profits, has participated in capital campaigns, and has held board positions. He currently serves on the finance committee of his local church and coaches several children’s sports. SISTER ESTHER ANDERSON, OSF, Ph.D., ., is a member of the Sisters

of St. Francis of Philadelphia and served as Congregational Minister and president of the Sisters of St. Francis Corporation from 2008 through 2014. During those years, she was also president of the board of members of the Neumann University Corporation. She currently ministers as a consultant and facilitator for religious congregations and other groups. Previously, she was a trustee of Neumann University from 1996-2002 and again from 2003-2008. In addition, she chaired the academic affairs committee, and was a member of the trustee and the strategic planning committees. Sister Esther served on the board of stewardship trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives, a national health care system, from 1996-2006, and was chair of the board for three years. She was chair of Franciscan Health System from 19931996 and served on the steering council that consolidated that system with two other national systems. She has served on the board of members of Drexel Neumann Academy in Chester, PA, Transitions, a ministry to eradicate homelessness in Spokane, WA, and First Initiatives Insurance Limited. Sister earned her B.A. in social studies and education from Marylhurst University, OR, her M.A. in teaching from Lewis and Clark College in OR, an M.A. in religious studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and a Ph.D. in

organizational behavior and development from the Union Institute and University in Ohio. Sister Esther has made numerous presentations locally, regionally, and nationally on topics related to religious life, sponsorship of ministries, healthcare governance, and Catholic higher education. ANN BAIADA, RN, CRRN-Retired,

is vice chairperson of the board and chairperson of the strategic institutional planning committee. Her unwavering commitment to clinical excellence motivated her to create Project White Cap, a training program for new nurses and Project White Shoes, annual training for clinical leaders, both at BAYADA Home Health Care. Baiada’s business savvy has helped grow the company and has been recognized with such honors as the Best 50 Women in Business award from NJBIZ in 2010. Numerous awards followed. Baiada supports many local organizations, including Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia, PA; Sacred Heart School in Camden, NJ; Providence House in Burlington and Ocean counties in NJ; and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, NJ. She is a past co-chair of the University of the Arts Parents Council, Philadelphia, PA; and a current member and past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses in Greater Philadelphia, PA. She is also actively involved in the BAYADA Regatta, an adaptive-rowing event in Philadelphia. She has been recognized with various honors, including the Hall of Fame Award from Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing; the VNA Caring Award from the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia; the Richard J. Hughes Humanitarian Award from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton; and the Light of Hope Award from Catholic Charities. Baiada earned her certification in rehabilitation nursing from the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and her R.N. degree from Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She is the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree from Neumann University and a doctor of humane letters from Drexel University. She and her husband Mark reside in Moorestown, NJ. They have five children and ten grandchildren.


M O NSI GN O R FEDERICO A. BRITTO ’05, chairs the student

affairs committee. He is the pastor of St. Cyprian Parish in Southwest Philadelphia. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Monsignor Britto was ordained to the priesthood of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1982. His interests beyond his parish include issues of cultural diversity and Catholic lay leadership. As vice president and president of the National Black Catholic Seminarians Association, and as a member of the coordinating committee for the National Black Catholic Congress, he has demonstrated impressive leadership for African Americans nationwide. Monsignor Britto served with the National Conference for Christians and Jews and was vice chairperson for the Interfaith Council for the United Negro College Fund for the Philadelphia region. He is chaplain for the Knights of (St.) Peter Claver and its Ladies Auxiliary, chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, St. Benedict the Moore Council, and chaplain to the Knights of St. John International. Monsignor Britto was vocation director for the African American Apostolate for Philadelphia, and confessor for the students at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia. He is also an adjunct professor at St. Charles Seminary religious studies division. Monsignor Britto received an M.A. in theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, an M.S. in strategic leadership from Neumann University, and holds a B.A. in philosophy. He also serves as a trustee on several boards in and around the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. THOMAS A. BRUDER, JR., has

served on the Neumann University Board of Trustees since 1971, and continues to serve as a member with an unlimited term. He is a former member of the development committee and is currently a member of the trustee committee. He was the owner of M.A. Bruder Paints and retired from the presidency of M.A. Bruder & Sons, Inc. in 2007. Involved in various community and Catholic activities, Bruder is a member of the Riddle Hospital board of directors and also serves on the board of Main Line Health. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Neumann University. Among the visible evidences of the Bruder family’s

generosity are the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center, the Thomas A. and Mary A. Bruder Athletic Center and the Thomas A. Bruder Athletic Fields. He and his wife Kathleen reside in Newtown Square, PA. RENOLD J. CAPOCASALE, serves on the academic affairs committee. CEO and founder of FlowMetric Inc., Capocasale has over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and development. He is an expert in polychromatic flow cytometry, cell sorting and immunology-based assay development. Prior to establishing FlowMetric, he worked for over 13 years at Centocor, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. He established the polychromatic flow facility at Centocor to perform polychromatic flow cytometry and cell sorting. His work at Centocor earned him five prestigious Johnson & Johnson awards for scientific excellence and innovation. He has worked on marketed compounds, Remicade® and Stelara®. Capocasale has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed, scientific manuscripts and publications. He is co-author of one U.S. Patent and has been invited to speak at international conferences. He has also co-authored a chapter on the “Application of Flow Cytometry in Drug Development” for Immunotoxicology Strategies for Pharmaceutical Safety Assessment, published by John Wiley & Sons in August 2008. Capocasale earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He is also a board member of iPraxis, a not-for-profit educational institution focused on science and technology education and an adjunct professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. TERESA (Terry) COFFEY ‘96 ‘83,

serves on the development committee. She worked as the head nurse at Quadrangle Senior Living in Haverford, PA. Prior to this position, she was the supervisor of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Philadelphia General Hospital and an ICU nurse at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, NY. She also previously worked at Presbyterian/University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Beaumont Senior Living. While raising her three children, Coffey continued her education by concentrating on the theological, philosophical and cultural aspects of humanity. Her advanced education continued on next page


centered on the psychological/spiritual aspects of the individual person. Although she is most proud of her accomplishments as a wife and mother, Coffey feels her education and life experiences have influenced much of her thinking. Her belief in the concept of body, mind and spirit has fueled her desire to honor and encourage others in their personal quest of wellness. Coffey is the recipient of the 2000 John Neumann Award and serves on the Scholarship Gala committee. She holds a nursing degree from Philadelphia General Hospital, a B.A. in humanities and a M.A. in pastoral counseling from Neumann University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She resides in Radnor, PA. JAMES D. DELANEY is chairperson

of the board, chairperson of the finance committee and serves on the trustee and audit committees. Delaney is a successful Catholic businessman with over 40 years of experience in the health care and financial service industries. He is the retired founder, president and CEO of the national specialty finance firm JG Wentworth. Delaney serves on the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Advisory Council of the Catholic Leadership Institute. He has served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in a variety of ministries including as the treasurer and trustee at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, treasurer of the Heritage of Faith-Vision of Hope Foundation, vice chairman of the advisory council to the Office of Stewardship and Development and board member of Bonner & Prendergast Catholic High School. He also serves on the board of directors of Catholic Athletes for Christ, the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute, the National Catholic Community Foundation, and the Irish American Business Chamber and Network. He and his wife Jacki are members of the Papal Foundation, Philadelphia Legatus, Aquinas Society of the Faith in the Future Foundation and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. They are lectors, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and Bible study leaders for their parish. They have received numerous awards from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Delaney has business degrees from St Joseph’s University (B.A., MBA) and Widener University (M.S.-Tax). He is also a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary’s Church Ministry Institute. He and Jacki make their home in Malvern, PA.

DEACON DANIEL N. DELUCCA, PD.D., serves on the strategic in-

stitutional planning and trustee committees. He has been a Neumann University board member for over 12 years, and previously served as chairperson of the audit committee. He is president emeritus of Alvernia University in Reading, PA, where he served for seven years. Prior to Alvernia, he was president at Spring Garden College for 13 years and served at Saint Joseph’s University for 22 years in a variety of positions, including faculty member, department chairman, assistant to the president and vice president. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph’s in the MBA program, which he established. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award and serves on the University’s Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics advisory board. A pioneer on the subject of business ethics, he authored the Freedoms Foundation Award publication, Business Social Responsibility. Deacon DeLucca is a past board member of Malvern Retreat House, Bonner & Prendergast High School and Holy Child Academy, where he continues to serve on the school life committee. He has produced and moderated radio and television shows, is the Lindback Award recipient for distinguished teaching and was awarded the Rev. Joseph S. Hogan, S.J. award of the Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association. Ordained a permanent deacon in 1986 for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Deacon DeLucca serves at St. Andrew the Apostle parish in Drexel Hill. In 2003, he was awarded the Papal Honor Of The Cross, Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice. In addition, he has served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as the clergy coordinator for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Delaware County Vicariate, an auditor for the Metropolitan Tribunal, a member of the planning commission and delegate of the Synod for the Tenth Archdiocesan Synod, and as an adjunct professor of Homiletics at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University, an MBA from New York University, an honorary doctor of humane letters from Saint Joseph’s University, an honorary doctor of pedagogy from St. Bonaventure University, and an honorary doctor of laws from Neumann University. A native of Hazleton, PA, his late wife is Margaret M. Quinn, R.N. They have four sons, two grandsons and seven granddaughters.


JAY DEVINE is a member of the

trustee committee, chairs the audit committee and served as chairperson of Neumann’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2012. He founded Devine + Partners, a leading strategic communications firm in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2003 and currently serves as the firm’s president and CEO. He is an experienced communications counselor with more than 25 years of experience advising international, national and Washington, D.C. clients. Until co-founding the firm in 2003, he was the general manager of Tierney Communications, where he had management responsibilities for Philadelphia’s largest public relations agency. He joined Tierney in 1989 as one of its founding members. Devine is a graduate of Georgetown University. He is an affiliate board member of the National Adoption Center, and a board member of the Philadelphia Charity Ball, the Brent Celek Take Flight Foundation and Greener Partners. In May 2013, he and his wife Bridget were awarded an honorary degree from Neumann University. He and Bridget reside with their two children in Strafford, PA. THOMAS DUGAN is a member of

the finance committee and chairs the newly formed technology committee. He has been working in Information Technology for over 40 years in varying capacities from field technician to senior management. As a parallel entrepreneur, Dugan started and sold two companies operating both organizations simultaneously for five years during which both organizations had astounding growth. His first company, eSource Group, was ranked as Philadelphia’s 14th Fastest Growing Company by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Shortly thereafter, his second company, Recovery Networks, ranked 6th on the Philly 100 in 2009 and was also on the list in 2010 and 2011. Recovery Networks was also the co-awardee for the Best Practices in Business Continuity along with HewlettPackard for its work in innovating recovery solutions. The company was also honored as one of the country’s fastest growing urban companies by the ICIC (ranked #45 in USA.) Recently, he was selected as the director of technology for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015.

In this role, Dugan was tasked with managing all aspects of the World Meeting of Families Congress as well as the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States. Working with various public and private entities, he helped prepare the City of Philadelphia for arrival of millions of visitors, tens of thousands of attendees, thousands of priests, hundreds of bishops, scores of archbishops, dozens of cardinals and one Pope. He currently is a senior director at Dell Technologies focused on private cloud converged and hyper-converged architectures. Active in numerous activities, Dugan is a high school rugby coach and certified referee, a member of the MS leadership class of 2004, and co-founder of the first VMware users group in Philadelphia. He holds a B.S. in computer science and a B.S. in mathematics from Drexel University. SISTER MARY FARRELL, OSF '85,

serves on the student affairs committee. She is the former principal of St. Francis de Sales School in Lenni, PA, and is a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She previously served as assistant principal of Corpus Christi School in Wilmington, DE, and as a teacher at Father Charles Hall Middle School and St. Catherine Catholic School in Baltimore, MD. During her 31 years in Catholic education, she held several positions for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including coordinator of the induction committee, secretary for District 10 principals and executive board member for the Elementary Administrators Association. Sister Mary Farrell has been recognized with the Distinguished Principal Award from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the St. John Neumann Alumni Award from Neumann University. She earned her B.A. in religious studies from Neumann and her M.S. in instructional leadership from Boston College. She resides in Aston, PA


JOHN C. FORD is a member of

the development committee. After serving on Neumann’s development committee as a non-board member, Ford filled an unexpired board term from 1993-95 serving on the development committee and then as board chair. He completed his first full term from 1996-99 as an executive committee member. He is the principal of John C. Ford Associates, a consulting firm specializing in organizational development and communications. His practice includes seminar development, delivery and executive coaching. He writes and speaks extensively on management and leadership topics Ford began his career in financial services with positions at the American Stock Exchange and Merrill Lynch and Company. He then transferred his focus to broadcasting and cable, where he had senior human resources responsibilities at CBS, Inc. (establishing its award-winning School of Management), ABC, and the Home Box Office division of Time Warner. He serves on the adjunct faculty of the Harvard Business School as a moderator for its Leadership Direct programs. John chairs the board of visitors for the University of Maryland’s Theater, Dance and Performance Studies program and also sits on the board of overseers of Emerson College in Boston. He has served on his parish council, and is a facilitator for Protecting God’s Children, the safe harbor program for the Archdiocese of New York. Also a parish lector and cantor, he is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. He and his wife, Dr. Sandra Sollod Poster, reside in New York City and are the recipients of the Neumann University Presidential Humanitarian Award. REGINA HANEY, Ed.D. ‘72 serves on the academic affairs committee. She is the executive director of the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA). Prior to joining NACPA, Haney was the executive director of the Department of Boards and Councils of Catholic Education at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). She earlier served for nine years as the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Raleigh, NC. Among her achievements as superintendent, she counts the revision and implementation of a system-wide accreditation plan, several publications, including CRE-ACTION, a “hands-

on” science guide for all grade levels, and the establishment of a network of curriculum coordinators. A resident of Alexandria, VA, she received her doctorate from St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN, in 2004. SISTER ELIZABETH HOWE, OSF, M.D., FACEP ’76, serves on the student

affairs committee. An emergency physician with St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA, she was previously the director of the department of emergency medicine at St. Joseph. In addition, she is a former faculty member of Penn State University at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. Sister Elizabeth Howe has done medical mission work in the Philippines and Haiti. She is the recipient of the St. John Neumann Alumni Award from Neumann University, and is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Oley Valley Combined Training Association. In addition to numerous presentations, Sister Elizabeth Howe is also the author of several medical publications. Sister earned her B.S. in nursing from Our Lady of Angels (now Neumann University) in 1976 and her M.D. in 1993 from Georgetown University. She resides in Reading, PA. FRANK J. JANTON has served as the chairperson of the development committee since 2007. He is former president of F.J. Janton Company, founded in 1970, which specializes in consulting and implementing direct, non-profit and permit mailings. Janton spent his early career in pharmaceutical sales for Wyeth Laboratories and as a hospital representative for Baxter/Travenol where he was promoted to a national sales trainer. Active in several philanthropic endeavors for many community organizations, he is a member of the Kennett Education Foundation and the American Catholic Historical Society. He also served on the presidential advisory committee for Salesianum School in Delaware from 1980 to 1998. Janton is a life member of the Union League of Philadelphia and has served on various promotional committees since 1993. A former president of the Knoxlyn Farm Homeowners Association, he also served as the chair-

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man of the architectural review committee. A strong supporter of the Delaware County Symphony, he is the founder of its “Musicians Lifetime Achievement Award.” Every year since 2002 he has presented this award at the Orchestra’s final concert of the season. Janton holds a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University and lives in Kennett Township, PA. He is a recipient of the Neumann University Presidential Humanitarian Award. RICHARD F. KLINEBURGER, III, ESQ., ‘92 serves on the de-

velopment committee. In 2004, he formed the partnership of Klineburger & Nussey, with offices in Philadelphia, Haddonfield, NJ, and Woodstown, NJ. He has earned a reputation throughout the area as a tenacious trial attorney trying many complex felony and homicide cases. His 15 years of trial experience makes him a tough litigator no matter what the case. As a veteran trial attorney, who has tried over 50 jury trials in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state and federal courts, he has won acquittals in cases alleging murder, drug trafficking and an array of other charges. He also currently serves as special counsel for the Township of Haddon, Camden County, NJ. Prior to forming the Klineburger & Nussey partnership, Klineburger served a judicial clerkship in two states. He originally clerked for the Honorable Thomas Dempsey of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania in the Family Court Division and then clerked for the Honorable Timothy G. Farrell, JSC, of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Salem County where he was the sole clerk for the Family and Civil Divisions. In 1997, he decided to start his own law firm with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Klineburger is the immediate past president of the Salem County Bar Association and has been named as one of the top attorneys in Philadelphia and New Jersey, and Super Lawyer in Philadelphia Magazine and New Jersey Monthly Magazine. He is recognized as one of the youngest attorneys to ever earn the recognition of the New Jersey Supreme Court as a criminal trial attorney, a title held by only 250 attorneys in the state. A West Philadelphia native and a graduate of West Catholic High School, Klineburger earned a bachelor’s degree in the honors program from Neumann University, his juris doctorate degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law and was admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.

MICHAEL L. KRANCER, ESQ.,

serves on the academic affairs committee. A partner with Blank Rome LLP, he is an experienced policy and substantive thought leader in energy development and deployment. With over 20 years of energy industry and public policy experience, he is a valued advisor to U.S. and global energy companies of all types regarding the full range of legal, public policy, government relations, state and federal regulatory, financial, corporate, and labor matters. Prior to rejoining Blank Rome, Krancer served as Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under Governor Tom Corbett. During his tenure, he oversaw the environmentally responsible development of shale natural gas in PA, and was a key member of the Governor’s team that attracted new and environmentally sensitive economic development to the Commonwealth. A litigation partner with Blank Rome from 1992 to 1999, he also served as Judge and Chief Judge and chairman of PA’s Environmental Hearing Board (EHB), and was assistant general counsel to Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest competitive energy providers, where he was responsible for environmental health and safety matters, energy policy development and government relations. As a prominent and popular speaker and writer, Krancer is widely recognized for his practical thought leadership on a wide range of energy policy issues. He serves on the board of directors of Inn Dwelling, a non-profit, faith-based initiative associated with St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia, whose mission is capacity-building among disadvantaged families in the Germantown and Northeast sections of Philadelphia. He also served on the board and as vice president of the Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA. An avid student of Hebrew and Christian Biblical Canon, Krancer has pursued coursework in theology and biblical studies and exegesis at Villanova University. He is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and is a Civil War re-enactor being a proud Private of the 20th Maine Volunteers, Company E (Army of the Potomac, Fifth Corps, First Division, Vincent’s Brigade). Krancer resides in Bryn Mawr, PA, with his wife Barbara and their four children.


SALVATORE J. MATTERA ‘09 ‘07,

is a finance committee member. He is vice president of store operations for Wawa, Inc., and is responsible for working with the ten regions of operations in all six states. A Wawa employee for more than 39 years, he started his career as a part-time associate. He previously held the positions of senior director of store operations services, director of store effectiveness, and director of store operations. Mattera has worked with numerous cross-functional teams including the Coffee Unplugged Project, store labor redesign, start-up of the NJDC, foodservice efficiency redesign, store-of-the-future, and the blueprint phase of Wawa SAP start-up. The Wawa corporate chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and co-chair for the National Adoption Center (NAC), he served as a member of the board of directors for the South Jersey Chapter of JDRF from 2001 to 2010. Mattera holds a B.A. in liberal studies and a M.S. in strategic leadership from Neumann University. He and his wife Cathy reside in Mullica Hill, NJ, along with their three children. REV. MSGR. JOSEPH C. MCLOONE

serves on the strategic institutuional planning committee. He is the Pastor at St. Joseph’s in Downingtown, PA. Ordained in May 1988, he also held several other pastoral assignments in the Philadelphia area, including Parochial Vicar/Assistant Pastor at St. Anne Church, St. Martin of Tours Church and the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, and Pastor of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish in Mt. Airy and Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester, PA. McLoone is a founding and current board member of Drexel Neumann Academy (DNA), established to keep Catholic education available and affordable in the city of Chester. In January 2010, he was awarded Papal Honors and named a chaplain to Pope Benedict XVI with the title of Reverend Monsignor. He has helped organize many Archdiocesan celebrations and has been active in the Irish community as a member of the Donegal Society and the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame.

Raised in Philadelphia, he earned his B.A. in philosophy and his M.Div. and M.A. in theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. ROSALIE M. MIRENDA, Ph.D.,

became president of Neumann University in July of 1996. From the moment she took the helm of the institution, she has forged a reputation as a tireless advocate and savvy visionary. Since she became president, the total enrollment tripled (from less than 900 to 3000), annual and capital giving has increased by more than 30 percent, the campus has expanded from 14 to 68 acres, new academic programs were added (including three doctorates), athletic teams have grown from nine to 21, and fully wired residence halls have been built to accommodate 850 students. Dr. Mirenda is committed to the Catholic Franciscan mission of the University. She has enhanced this distinctive identity while leading Neumann into its future. Dr. Mirenda takes great delight in sharing her Catholic faith, beliefs and wisdom with others, both as a writer and as a speaker. She participated and spoke at the Rally for Freedom: Relevance to Higher Education–Stand up for Religious Freedom in 2012. In addition, she has presented at a number of varied higher education annual meetings and conferences on the Role of Mission and Student Experience, Optimizing the Role of Collaboration in Meeting Institutional Challenges, and Ensuring Student Success: Getting the Right Fit. She served on the board of the World Meeting of Families 2015, Inc., and served as chair of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary’s Task Force on College which completed its work in June 2013. She was appointed by the late Bishop Joseph McFadden to the Excorde Ecclesiae Working Group for the Committee on Catholic Education, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Dr. Mirenda has been recognized by a number of organizations for her distinguished character and numerous accomplishments. She received the Gary Papa Award (2013) from the Delaware County Community Foundation, the Sons of Italy Distinguished Achievement Award (2013), the Sourin Award (2012) from the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Society, the Catholic Graduate Hall of Fame Award (2011) from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Woman on the Move Award (2011) from the Main Line Times, The Key and Sword Award, Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul (2011), the Catholic Leadership Institute Award continued on next page


(2010), the Outstanding Alumnus Award (2006) from Widener University, and was awarded the Pontifical Honor of the Cross, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (2003). Dr. Mirenda earned her Ph.D. from Widener University, her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.S. in nursing from Villanova University. She is married to Anthony D. Mirenda. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. MARIAN D. MOSKOWITZ ’91,

serves on the strategic institutional planning committee. She has been a principal in multiple real estate projects and many other small businesses, including companies involved in cosmetics, trucking and various retail activities. Her most notable real estate development work has been the adaptive reuse of an abandoned, old (built in 1903), vacant, large (225,000 square foot) factory located in Phoenixville into Franklin Commons. Purchased in 2006, it is now a vibrant educational and mixed use complex. It was named “Best MixedUse Project of 2011” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and “Best Land Use Project of 2011” by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Moskowitz has been a member of the board of directors of the Chester County Economic Development Council and the South Eastern Economic Development Council of PA for the past six years. She now serves as treasurer and is a member of the executive committees of these two institutions. In addition, she has served on the council of trustees of West Chester University since 2006 (first appointed by Governor Rendell and then reappointed by Governor Corbett). She also serves on the board of the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA, and serves as the co-chair of the campaign committee for the expansion of the theater. In addition, she has been a board member of the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind for over 20 years. Most recently Governor Wolf appointed Moskowitz as Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority. Prior to her current board positions, she served as a board member of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. She was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and received the 2015 Ellen Ann Roberts Award for Excellence in the Field of Business from the March of Dimes. Moskowitz received a B.A. in liberal studies from Neumann University. She has been married to her husband David for 30 years. They have five children and five grandchildren.

JEFF MULLEN serves on the finance

committee. He is president and COO of Apple Leisure Group’s distribution company, Apple Vacations, the largest travel tour operator in North America. Mullen oversees administration, finance, product development, revenue management and technology. Mullen has worked toward restructuring the organization through acquisition and consolidation with operations in six countries. Mullen also serves on the board of trustees for Waldron Mercy Academy and co-founder of Little Smiles,®, a 501C3 foundation which provides gifts, wishes and smiles to children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters through its network of healthcare professionals. He received his B.S. in business administration and MBA from Villanova University. He currently resides in Villanova, PA, with his wife Suzanne and their five children. THOMAS P. PHIAMBOLIS, M.D.

serves on the development committee. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical lipidology. He has been a member of the Lankenau Hospital Department of Medicine and the Kelly Cardiovascular Group since 1989, and more recently, The Lankenau Heart Group. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College where he serves as a clinical assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Phiambolis is director of cardiac CT angiography for Main Line Health System. He recently was named the director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at Lankenau Medical Center. Presently, he is a member of the Lankenau Heart Institute executive committee. His interests include clinical and preventive cardiology and cardiac CT angiography. Dr. Phiambolis served in the U.S. Air Force as active duty captain, flight surgeon, and chief of aeromedical services, Pope Air Force Base, NC. The U.S. Air Force awarded him the Military Airlift Surgeon of the Year Award and the Air Medal. He also received the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association and the Miljewvic Chemistry Award from Georgetown University. Dr. Phiambolis has been serving on the Philadelphia continued on next page


Archdiocesan Wellness Committee since his appointment by Cardinal Rigali in 2006. He and his wife Margaret (Sibby) are parishioners of St. Helena and live in Blue Bell, PA. FRANCIS G.X. PILEGGI, ESQ., is a member of the audit committee. A partner in the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC, where he leads the Delaware office and serves on the executive committee. He focuses his efforts in corporate and commercial litigation In Delaware and Pennsylvania. Pileggi was recognized as one of Delaware’s top lawyers by Delaware Today magazine. He maintains a blog at www.delawarelitigation.com called Delaware Corporate and Commercial Litigation blog. His outstanding legal record and community service have earned him several prestigious honors, including the title “Cavaliere” conferred on him by the president and prime minister of Italy, and the title of “Kentucky Colonel” presented by the governor of Kentucky. He is also a member of the Knights of Malta. He has served as president of the St. Thomas More Society, and was on the boards of Glen Mills Schools and St. Edmond’s Academy. In 2015, he received the Chief Justice William Killen Award for Second Amendment Appellate Advocacy. He is an author/lecturer on business law and professionalism and writes an ethics column for The Bencher, the national publication of the American Inns of Court. He earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law and a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University. He resides with his wife Jean and daughter in Malvern, PA. SISTER MARIE ANGEL A PRESENZA , OSF ‘71, serves as

secretary to the Board of Trustees and is also chairperson of the trustee committee. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, and presently ministers as program coordinator at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA. She received a B.A. in English from Our Lady of Angels College, an M.A. in educational administration from Villanova University, and a principal/supervisor certificate in educational administration from the state

of NJ. She has extensive professional experience as an elementary educator and administrator, and she has been involved in various programs and committees at the parishes in which she ministered as well as on the diocesan level. Sister Marie Angela has served as a member of the board of trustees and mission/ministry committee of St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ. She resides in Aston, PA. SISTER CHRISTA THOMPSON, OSF, Ph.D., ‘69, serves as chairperson

of the academic affairs committee. She is the director of the Franciscan Spiritual Center, where she has worked since 1998 providing overall leadership and management of the Center, Clare House and the Hermitages with a special focus on marketing, planning and finance. In her ministry, she also presents programs on spirituality and values integration. Sister Christa has 30 years of educational experience including nine years at Neumann as well as ten years in health care administration. As a trustee of St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, she serves as secretary of the board, chairperson of the mission, ministry and advocacy committee and member of the stewardship committee. She is also a board member of Drexel Neumann Academy. Sister Christa Marie received a B.A. from Our Lady of Angels College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. MICHAEL J. TIERNEY, ESQ., serves on the trustee committee. Tierney is a partner in the corporate and real estate departments at Dilworth Paxson LLP, a Philadelphia-based law firm. He concentrates his practice in a variety of corporate and real estate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity financing, fund formation, corporate governance issues, zoning, land use and tax assessment appeals. He represents companies and individuals in forming new businesses, structuring corporate governance arrangements, performing due diligence review and analysis in connection with proposed acquisitions and investments, and drafting and negotiating business agreements. Among other

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engagements, he was lead counsel representing the group of local investors who purchased The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com from the McClatchy Company. Additionally, Tierney represents individuals and entities in obtaining necessary zoning, use, building and other development-related permits, variances and approvals from the relevant city or suburban agencies needed to build or modify a building or otherwise operate a business. He also represents property owners appealing their tax assessments before city and suburban assessment boards. Among other successful appeals, Tierney recently secured a significant tax savings for a $100 million regional shopping mall. After law school, Tierney clerked for Magistrate Judge Peter B. Scuderi of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA. He received his law degree from Widener University, where he was an editor of the law review, and his B.A. in chemistry from Denison University

DANIELLE FRIEL ‘08, a Neumann University employee since 2006, is assistant to the president at Neumann University and staff secretary for the Neumann University Board of Trustees. Her additional responsibilities include managing the University’s overall distribution of policy and maintaining and distributing current/updated institutional strategic and operational plans. She serves as adjunct faculty for Neumann University and is a member of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE), and completed the Delaware County Leadership Certificate Program. Friel received a B.A. in journalism from Penn State University and an M.S. in sport management from Neumann University. She resides in Media, PA, with her husband Ted and daughter Addison.

One Neumann Drive • Aston, PA 19014-1298 1-800-9-NEUMANN • www.neumann.edu FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Danielle Friel, assistant to the president • 610-558-5502 • wagnerd@neumann.edu


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