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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Keith Schomig ’13, ’17 President-Elect

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Beshel ’06, ’08, ’14 Michael Beshel has

extremely important as my new role kept me in the

been a model USF

office 60–70 hours per week. I needed to be able to

graduate student…

do my classwork at my time, and at all hours of the

three times! Beshel

day and night,” explained Beshel.

received his master’s

degree in Health

beckoned to Beshel again as he started looking into

Administration in 2006,

doctorate programs. Many of them required

his MBA in 2008, and

students to have an MSN. He once again reached out

then decided to return

to USF to explore his options. Since he had many

Two years later, the University of St. Francis

Caroline Portlock ’02, ’04 Past President

Shawn Walsh ’00, ’15 Vice President for Constitution

Jason Whiteside, J.D., ’00 Vice President for Programs

Erika Martinez ’11, ’15 Vice President for Scholarships

Karen Ciarlette ’94, ’97 Vice President for Young Alumni & Student Engagement

Candice Quinerly ’10 Secretary

Wihelmine Vidmar ’68

master’s credits through his previous degrees, it made

Sisters of St. Francis Representative

obtaining an MSN through USF easy. He was able to

Sr. Lois Prebil, OSF ’61

like Beshel exhibits hard work, loyalty, and a true

complete it all online.

Faculty Representative

commitment to the Franciscan values of respect,

Joseph Ferrallo ’85, ’06, ’07

integrity, service and compassion.

knowledge that helped to prepare me for new roles,

and helped me to become a great leader in the health

and obtain an MSN in 2014. Often referred to as a “triple-alum” at USF, an individual with three degrees

Beshel’s first degree was obtained in a traditional

“Each one of these degrees gave me different

Student Representatives Victoria Daugherty Ava O’Connor

three-year program at a satellite campus in

systems I was working for. In fact, it allowed me the

Roberto Santillan

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was very close to the

opportunity to move up in the organization to the

Alumni & Family Relations Office

hospital facility where he worked at the time. He

highest role in the nursing department for several

Aubrey Knight ’04, ’07, Director

learned about the University of St. Francis through

years, which actually has afforded me the opportunity

some advertising materials that came to the hospital.

for an early retirement,” he said.

“I was so appreciative of the flexibility of the USF

When asked for advice on how to keep balanced

Ashleigh Dillon ’13, ’15, Assistant Director

GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS

Matthew Bisek ’10

program. It allowed me to continue with my very

while obtaining a degree, Beshel had good suggestions.

busy schedule as a nurse executive, and also maintain

my family life while raising three children at the time,”

will gain you. Second, be sure that you have a

he said.

good contact with the university who can guide you

Sharon Dewart ’78

through the correct order of classes. Through all

Elmer F. Eddy ’80

advocated for USF and shared information with the

of my degrees, USF staff members were always

Jacqueline A. Edmonson ’63, ’88, ’94

nurses he oversaw, to see if he could get more

outgoing and helpful, ensuring that we, as students,

Laura Eggert ’09, ’13

of them signed up for the USF experience. That first

were obtaining our goals,” advised Beshel. “And

H. Richard Hagen, J.D., ’90

degree also got him promoted from director of

finally, make sure you only take on as much as you can

Linda M. Kilroy ’72

nursing to chief nursing officer. With the promotion,

handle in your work, school and family life.”

Eric Lawhead ’07

and the business responsibilities that came with

Frances H. Naal ’58

the role, Beshel felt strongly that he needed to

relocated to Florida. He may consider some type of

Jan Novotny ’67

return to school again—this time to enhance his

part-time role in the future, but for now, he’s happy

L. Scott Pekol ’99

business background.

and comfortable.

Alan Randolph ’07

Corey Richardson ’09

Beshel liked the program so much that he

“I returned to my alma mater to obtain my MBA.

The program offered by USF was amazing and allowed

“First, always make sure you know what the degree

After his retirement, Beshel and his wife

“The education I received from USF has given me

a life that many could only wish for,” he said.

me to complete the entire program online, which was

Patricia Bracken ’73, ’86, ’94 Judith M. Bulat ’72 Danielle Ciechanski ’08

Susan Rogina ’94, ’99 Anne-Christine (Tompkins) Day ’13, ’14

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