Advisory Board Bios

Kurt R. Bauman, MBA

Kurt provides leadership and vision as the executive director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC) and Vice President, Community Services for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance. He leads a variety of economic and community development initiatives including the nonprofit assistance center, Energy Resource Center and NEPA’s Research & Information Center. Kurt has contributed to the formation of the NEPA Grantmakers Forum, a consortium of foundations that seek to more efficiently and effectively address the grantmaking needs of the communities throughout the region. Prior to joining NEPA and NCAC, Kurt served as a project manager for the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and several environmental research and consulting organizations in the region.

Kurt serves as Board President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) NEPA Chapter and on the Board of Directors of the NeighborWorks NEPA and Athletes Caring Together (ACT). Kurt has also served on the Board of Directors of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Greater Scranton YMCA and on a Special Advisory Committees for the Penn East Federal Credit Union and Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Partners. Kurt is a certified Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Standards for Excellence Consultant and a liaison of The Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. Mr. Bauman earned a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Scranton. Kurt resides in Dickson City with his wife Shara and their children, Keira and Cole.

Dr. Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, CPA, CMA

Doug has over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of leadership, business turnarounds, corporate governance, accounting, finance, operations, and consulting. He has served in executive roles in start-up, middle market, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit organizations where he has held the titles of Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operations Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.

Doug has directly led and served on teams that have realized outstanding financial results including: $320 million in operating margin improvement; $3.1 billion in acquisition targeting, due diligence, negotiations, and deal closings; $225 million in acquisition integration synergies; and $525 million in debt placements.

Doug has served on Boards of Directors of both public and private companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Allied Services Integrated Healthcare System. In addition to his role as Director, he serves as Chairman of the Board for the Skilled Nursing Division, Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Board and as a member of the Finance Committee.

He has served on the Board of the Susan G. Komen of Northeastern Pennsylvania, on the Board of Directors of GeneLink Biosciences, Inc. and as its Audit Committee Chair and a member of its Nominating, Governance and Compensation Committees. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors for Chiliad, Incorporated and as a member of its Finance and Capitalization Committees.

In 2008, Doug transitioned from practice into a full-time academia academic career. He currently serves as the Accounting Department Chair, Director of the Master of Accountancy (“MAcc”) Program, and as an Associate Professor at the University of Scranton. He recently led the development and successful launch of an innovative online MAcc Program, secured a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, established an Accounting Department Professional Alumni Counsel, and developed a FAL-Con Program aimed at engaging high potential high school students in precollege consideration of accounting as an appropriate choice of major. Under his leadership, undergraduate deposits have grown by over 170% over the past four years and the MAcc Program has admitted over 60 students.

In addition, Doug has most recently served as the Faculty Senate President, a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the Academic Policy Committee Chair of the Faculty Senate, a member of the University Governance Council, the Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustee Enrollment Management and External Affairs Committee, a Faculty Representative to the Strategic Financial Planning Steering Committee, a Faculty Representative to the Strategic Enrollment Committee, and a Faculty Liaison to the University Planning Committee.

Doug is an accomplished teacher in several disciplines. He was awarded the prestigious Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Educator of the Year award for 2015. He also received the University of Scranton, Kania School of Management Alperin Teaching Fellow Award (2015 – 2018) and was Teacher of the Year Award for 2011 – 2012 and
2009 – 2010. In addition, he was awarded the University of Scranton’s Provost Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award for 2014. Doug has taught courses in leadership, sustainability, finance, auditing, accounting, strategy, consulting, and healthcare. In addition, he has developed over 10 courses and the curriculum for the MAcc program and serves on the Board of the
University of Scranton’s Business Leadership Program. In addition, Doug teaches Applied Dissertation Research in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program at Creighton University as a Visiting Jesuit Partner.

Doug is national award winning researcher. He has received several national recognitions including: a Gold Lybrand Medal in 2016 from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for publishing the outstanding article of the year, a Silver Lybrand Medal in 2015 from the IMA, a Bronze Lybrand Medal in 2014 from the IMA, Certificates of Merit from the IMA for 2012, 2015, and 2016. His dissertation received national recognition by being awarded the Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Award from The Institute of Internal Auditors in 2011. He was also awarded the University of Scranton’s Provost Excellence in Scholarly Publication Award in 2012 and the Kennesaw State University Accounting Department DBA Excellence in Research Award in 2010. In addition, he has received numerous external grants from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, The Institute of Management Accountants, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Over the past five years, Doug has had over 40 articles accepted for publication in top tier academic and practitioner outlets as: The Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (JAPP), Accounting Horizons, Current Issues in Auditing, The Journal of Accounting Education, The Journal of Accountancy, Strategic Finance, Management Accounting Quarterly, The CPA Journal, The PICPA Journal, Internal Auditing, The Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, The Journal of Applied Business Research, and The Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences.

Doug holds a DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) from Kennesaw State University with a concentration in Accounting and Behavioral Research, an MBA from Columbia University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Scranton.

Doug is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant and Six Sigma
Black Belt trained in operations. He has completed ongoing Executive Programs at Harvard
Business School, Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, The Center for Creative Leadership and the Chopra Center in operations, human resources, strategy, leadership, and wellness, respectively. Doug has completed the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Bridge Program where he obtained the designation of a professionally qualified faculty member in finance, accounting and management.

Doug was admitted into the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in 2004. He is a member of the Woodstock Business Conference, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Laura Ducceschi, MBA, MA

Laura Ducceschi is President & CEO of the Scranton Area Foundation (SAF), where she oversees Lackawanna County’s public community foundation which both administers the charitable vehicles and helps guide the philanthropic initiatives of those in our community; and which through the years has provided over $16 million in grants to support educational, human service, environmental, civic, arts & cultural organizations, and to improve the quality of life in our region. The Foundation manages over 200 individual charitable funds.

In addition, Laura also serves as Administrator of the Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation, a public foundation which provides grants to support community health and community wellness initiatives, and which since its inception in 2011 has provided funding to Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties. As of 2016, the Scranton Area Foundation will also serve as Administrator of the Robert Spitz Foundation.

Since taking over at SAF in 2012, Laura has instituted the Foundations first strategic plan; instituted the organization's first community wide open forum for non-profit organizations; Redesigned the grant-making cycle to respond to community needs and to drive collaboration amongst service providers; Implemented a capacity building initiative, including strategic planning program for over 25 organizations and their boards of governors; and instituted a Medallion Partners Program which allows the Foundation to partner with external advisors to increase charitable giving opportunities.

One of the newest initiatives which Laura is instituting at the Scranton Area Foundation is the Women in Philanthropy initiative which will aim to educate and challenge women to be visionary leaders and philanthropists, and through this process, to make a difference in our local community. In just over one year, Women in Philanthropy has raised over $1 million and garnered over 80 members.

Prior to taking the role at the Scranton Area Foundation in May 2012, Laura spent 15 years in the Philadelphia area where she managed non-profit organizations and programs, conducted public policy research, and administered grant-making initiatives which provided funding for both domestic and international projects.

Laura serves as a trustee on the Schwartz-Mack Foundation and on the steering committee of NCAC Grantmakers. She is a board member at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, MetroAction, Life, and NCAC, and she serves on the Geisinger Advisory Board. She is a member of the Older Industrial Cities (OIC) working group, a collaboration of The Funder’s Network (TFN) and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Laura has an MBA in Organizational Management from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business; an MA in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; and BA in Communication from the University of Scranton, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Esquire

Rob Kelly is a founding partner of the Scranton Law Firm of Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP. His practice focuses on the legal and financial interests of tax-exempt organizations, high-net-worth individuals and closely held businesses. A significant part of his practice is devoted to tax-oriented planning, with an emphasis on: non-profit and tax-exempt organizations; estate planning and administration; estate and trust litigation; and business counseling (the acquisition and disposition of business interests, structuring business transactions, family-business succession planning and corporate governance issues). He brings an innovative and practical approach to all phases of the client counseling process. 

Rob’s experience as a Certified Public Accountant prior to practicing law gives him unique insight into the financial and operational obstacles facing the Firm’s entrepreneurial and non-profit clients. His extensive experience as a business advisor helps him to provide practical and creative problem-solving advice. In the area of tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving, Mr. Kelly’s experience with a variety of community-based organizations, private foundations, health care institutions, educational institutions and social service providers affords an in-depth understanding of the increasingly complex charitable and philanthropic environment.
Since 2006, Rob has served as a Trustee of the Baltimore-based Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, which distributes $100 million annually to charitable organizations in the United States, Israel and the former Soviet Union. He has also served as a director of a number of financial, health care and community service organizations. He has published numerous articles on tax planning, and has lectured at the local, state and national levels on topics of tax-exempt organizations and estate planning.
Bob and his wife, Margi, live in Clarks Green and are the parents of three children: Peter, Kevin and Claire.

B.S. Economics: Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1983)
J.D.: Villanova Law School, Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif (1988)
LL.M. (Tax): Temple University School of Law (1990)

Prior Professional Experience:
CPA: Price Waterhouse (Manhattan/Washington, D.C.) – 1983-1985
Attorney: Morgan Lewis & Bockius (Philadelphia) – 1988-1991

Trustee - The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore, MD (2006 – Present)
Director - Citizens Savings Bank, Clarks Summit, PA, 1993 – 2010 (Audit Committee Chair)
Director - Moses Taylor Health Care System, Scranton, PA (1996-2005)
Director/Treasurer - Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce (1997 – 2005)
Director/President - Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (1999 – 2009)

Robert L. McKeage, PhD.

A distinguished professor who has served as a faculty member at The University of Scranton for more than 35 years, Dr. Robert L. McKeage is the director of the University’s Business Leadership Honors Program and an Associate Professor of Management in the Kania School of Management. Dr. McKeage played a key role in the development of Scranton’s Business Leadership Honors Program, which has graduated more than 200 elite students who have completed the prestigious two-year program.

An award-winning, dedicated faculty member, who always places student learning first, Dr. McKeage’s numerous teaching accolades include the Alpha Sigma Nu’s Edward Gannon Award for Teaching, the Kania School of Management’s Student’s Choice Award for Teaching and the Provost’s Enhancement Award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Most recently, he was named an Alperin Teaching Fellow. Recently, Dr. McKeage has expanded his love for teaching to online education by developing multiple online courses for the Kania School.

A study by Dr. Robert McKeage, associate professor in the Management/Marketing Department, is among the most-cited articles in the thousands appearing over the years in the more than 600 journals published by SAGE, one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly research publications. Dr. McKeage’s “Developmental Patterns in Small and Large Groups,” published in Small Group Research, ranks 23rd among SAGE’s most-cited articles.
Named as one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s “Top Educators” by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal, Dr. McKeage continues his active research efforts, with recent publications focusing on improving student mentoring.

Dr. McKeage is an active volunteer in the greater Scranton area, having served on several regional non-profit boards. Currently, he serves as a board member of Safety Net, a local food bank.

A native of Montrose, Pa., Dr. McKeage holds both a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Scranton. He also earned a Master’s of Science from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. from Temple University. While at Scranton, Dr. McKeage participated in the ROTC program and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

In his free time he enjoys, golf, swimming, biking, reading and traveling.

Daniel J. West, PhD., FACHE

Dr. West is the Chairman and Professor in the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources, University of Scranton. He teaches in the Graduate School at the University of Scranton and has specialized in global health management, international accreditation, globalization, multiculturalism, health care leadership, and diversity management. He holds a Professor in Public Health appointment at Trnava University, Slovakia; a Visiting Professor appointment at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic; and a Visiting Professor appointment at the University of Matej Bel and St. Elizabeth University in Slovakia. He has an Affiliated Faculty appointment at Tbilisi State Medical University, Department of Public Health and Health Management, Tbilisi, Georgia and at the University of Georgia, School of Health Sciences & Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia. Dr. West has an Affiliated Research Professor appointment at the Center for International Health Services Research and Policy at Washington State University. Recently he was appointed Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Medicine, The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Professor at St. Elizabeth University of Public Health College of Health and Social Sciences. In 2007 Dr. West received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Health (Dr.h.c.) from St. Elizabeth University in Health and Social Sciences for his international leadership.

He is President and Chief Executive Officer of HTC Consulting Group, Inc. Dr. West received his master and doctoral degrees from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. West is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a dedicated and hardworking teacher, consultant and scholar who has achieved success and been recognized for his accomplishments in international healthcare projects and activities in Central Europe, Haiti, Slovak Republic, Eurasia, Mexico, Brazil, and Caribbean. He is recognized as in International Fellow at the University of Scranton and serves as Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Global Health and Rehabilitation. Each year Dr. West conducts study abroad tours for graduate MHA students to CEE countries and to Central & South America.

Dr. West has been a CEO for a hospital, medical practice and several health care businesses. In addition to 41 years of health care management, consulting and leadership experience, Dr. West maintains Fellowship with the American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Medical Practice Executives, American College of Health Care Administrators, American Academy of Behavioral Medicine, and Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Executive Network and the EPAHEN Program Planning Committee. Other Board memberships include the Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative, Penn State Graduate School Alumni Society, Medical Advisory Board of the International Brain Trauma Association, Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education IRB, the Behavioral Health Research Institute, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Northeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate. Recently he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Moses Taylor Hospital (CHS) an Affiliate of Commonwealth Health. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and also serves on the Executive Committee, Strategic Issues Committee, Governance Committee, Finance & Audit Committee and Executive Committee.

Serving as a member of numerous national/international boards and committees, Dr. West has authored over 281 articles dealing with various aspects of health services administration and leadership. He serves on 30 editorial committees and has over 539 presentations at regional, national and international conferences. Current research efforts focus on international accreditation and global health management education partnerships.