The Alumni Society Advisory Board
The Advisory Board is responsible for setting the goals for alumni activities and ensuring that the membership is directed toward them. The officers of the 24-member Board carry out the directions of the Board, which sets policy for the Alumni Society, reviews progress, and suggests its future course.
Current Board Members
Current Board Members
Colonel Breen earned a bachelor's degree in communications from The University of Scranton and master's degrees in administrative management from Central Michigan University and television production from Loyola Marymount University. In his position as Commander of the Soldiers Media Center, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., he is responsible for all print, Web, broadcast and outreach communications for the U.S. Army around the world. Col. Breen has nearly 30 years of active service as a signal corps and public affairs officer in the Army and has served in several states and countries. He was the senior Army and Department of Defense spokesperson at the Pentagon on site for the first three weeks following the attacks of 9/11. He is married to Lt. Col. Lorraine Breen.
Born in Scranton and raised in Dickson City, PA, Joe graduated from The University of Scranton in 2007 (B.S. Biomathematics/Philosophy). He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 2011 and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital in 2014. Joe is board certified in Emergency Medicine and practices at Cambridge Health Alliance. Joe and his wife, Ali, reside in Boston.
John C. Cardone, M.D. is a cardiovascular surgeon and member of the Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Surgery group at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va.
Dr. Cardone graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton, received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1986, and completed his General Surgery residency at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He finished his surgical training at Allegheny General Hospital with a Residency in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.
After spending 2 1/2 years in practice in Kansas City, Dr. Cardone returned to Pennsylvania as the Director of Cardiac Surgery at Westmoreland Regional Hospital for 7 years. He has also been a part of the cardiac surgical group at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, PA, Forum Health in Youngstown, Ohio, and named as Forum Health’s Director of Graduate Medical Education. In 2014, Dr. Cardone joined Mary Washington Hospital where he also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Originally from Apalachin, New York, Don has been involved in the Scranton community both as a student and now as an alumnus. While majoring in political science, Don served as Student Government
Reflecting on his time at Scranton, Don has said, "During my time at Scranton, I am most grateful for the life-long relationships I have made with my classmates, the faculty and staff, and alumni. It is my goal as a member of the Board to assist students and young alumni in cultivating lifelong relationships with fellow Royals."
Don currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia and serves as an Advance Representative for the Office of the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.
Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Mary Beth Driscoll D’Andrea graduated from The University of Scranton in 1982 with a B.S in Accounting in 1982 and in 1993 with an MBA in Finance. Upon graduation from the University of Scranton, she was actively involved with the formation and inaugural establishment of the regional alumni club, the Scranton Club of Lehigh Valley.
Mary Beth is currently employed as a Senior Vice President in the commercial lending division of Community Bank, NA and has over thirty years of experience in the banking industry. She is actively involved in her Northeastern Pennsylvania community and serves as a Board Member of several non-profit agencies. She is the Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Scranton and a recipient of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal Top 25 Women in Business award.
She has a son Nicholas, who received his B.S. in Accounting in 2014 and his Master of Accountancy in 2016 from The University of Scranton.
Noradeen has worked IBM’s Retirement Fund as a senior member of the investment team for the majority of her career. As Head of Global Equity, she was responsible for over $14 billion of global equity investments including, all internally and externally managed portfolios, transition management, operations, and trading. In addition, she was the Senior Portfolio Manager of six in-house passive portfolios and the externally managed active international portfolio.
She has pivoted her career towards social justice initiatives and socially responsible investing and has a deep personal interest in economic and
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Theresa Rice Haughey graduated from The University of Scranton with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1987 and went on to receive her MBA from Rider University, Princeton, NJ, in 1993. Theresa is Senior Director, Pharmacovigilance Quality Assurance at GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She has over 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry supporting the research and development of pharmaceutical products. She started her career as a Formulation Chemist with American Cyanamid in Princeton, NJ, before transitioning into Quality. During her lab tenure, she was awarded
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After graduation, Frank worked in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governors' Office, Bureau of the Budget. In 1967, he joined Sears Roebuck & Co., where he held various Logistics Managerial positions including Fashion Center Manager, Territorial Human Resource Manager, National Operations Manager & President, Delano Logistics Services.
After a 28-year career, he relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia, where he received a Real Estate license and is currently an Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Towne Realty.
He has served in a plethora of roles for The Williamsburg Association Of Realtors, including President of the Association, Chairman of the Investments Committee, Member of the Public Policy Committee, and Director, Vice President &
Frank is a Graduate of the Virginia Leadership Academy, an honor extended to approximately 250 of the Commonwealth's 30,000 realtors. He and his wife, Susan Hughes, have two children and three grandchildren. The oldest, Sean, is a pitcher for the Boston College Baseball team.
Kevin A. Kucharski is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Achillion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven, CT. He joined Achillion in 2013 with more than 25 years of clinical operations expertise, with a focus on conducting U.S. and global clinical trials ranging from Phase 1 through Phase 4. Prior to joining Achillion, Mr. Kucharski was Vice President of Clinical Operations at Pharmasset, and then at Gilead Sciences following their acquisition of Pharmasset. While at Pharmasset, Mr. Kucharski provided effective oversight and execution of various global clinical development projects. Prior to that, Mr. Kucharski held positions of increasing responsibility in Clinical Operations at Schering-Plough Research Institute and Altana Pharma US, a Nycomed Company. In 2015, Mr. Kucharski was named one of PharmaVoice’s 100 Most Inspiring People in the pharmaceutical industry.
Mr. Kucharski has been a volunteer coach for Little League and fast-pitch softball. He is an active parishioner at St. John Neumann in Califon, NJ, enjoys playing golf, working in the yard and traveling. Married for 30 years to his wife, Marion, they have 2 children: Kevin ’14 and Alison ’16. He has enjoyed supporting the University as a member of the Parents Executive Council and panelist on several accepted student day receptions.
Martina Martin is SVP & COO at United Way of Central Maryland where she leads Strategic Planning, Governance, Human Resources and Administration Services. She has previously led marketing, regional development, 2-1-1, volunteer development and government affairs.
Martina spent 11 years at United Way of America helping United Ways and Fortune 500 companies worldwide with fundraising,
Selected as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women three times, Martina is a graduate of Leadership Maryland and the Greater Baltimore Committee's Leadership Program. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees and is currently on the Maryland Health & Human Services Referral Board.
- Treasurer, Luzerne County Chapter
- Greater Washington Committee
- 30th Reunion Committee
- Day of Service Volunteer
- Alumni Board and Executive, Marketing, Regional Engagement and Nominating Committees
- 2005 recipient of Frank J. O’ Hara Award
Colleen M. Neary, Esquire ’88, is a founding member of the firm Sweeney & Neary, LLP, a firm whose practice is limited to family and matrimonial matters.
Active in both her local and state bar associations, she is a Past President of the Delaware County Bar Association and is a leader in the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Ms. Neary's commitment to the legal profession has been recognized through numerous awards, including Lawyers Club Man of the Year Award, Hon. Frank T. Hazel Hall of Fame Award, and the Chief Justice John C. Flaherty Award.
Ms. Neary is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national organization whose membership is limited to those who are considered to be experts in the field of family law.
She is a frequent lecturer on family law and has taught numerous continuing legal education courses for various bar associations and local universities.
Jessica Palmeri is a native of Northeast Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Scranton and works as the Community Manager at Hyrell Online Hiring Systems -- a SaaS software company that provides HR software and applicant tracking solutions. Her primary job responsibilities
Jessica is a
Jeff Rossi earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from The University of Scranton and a master’s degree in Organizational Performance from Bellevue University. He is also a Certified Financial Planner™.
Jeff is the Vice President of Global Compliance and Regulatory Training for Credit Suisse Bank.
Jeff is married to his University of Scranton classmate, Kathy (Waszak) Rossi '82, and they have 2 children, Thomas and Nicole.
Mike Short graduated from The University of Scranton in 1999 with a B.S. in Marketing. He resides in Mendham, NJ with his wife Susanna Puntel Short, ’01 and son, Grady Michael Short. Mike owns two Allstate insurance agencies in the state of New Jersey that
While at Scranton, Mara majored in International Business and minored in Spanish and Philosophy. She was actively involved in SJLA, went on an ISP trip and studied abroad. Following Scranton, Mara did a year of volunteer work in San Francisco through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In 2017, Mara graduated from Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law with a health law concentration. Currently, she is a parishioner at Old St. Joe's, Philadelphia's Jesuit Parish, and is a member of the Office of
Joe Sorbera is the Vice President of JLS Cost Management Systems Inc., his family’s construction cost and project management firm based in lower Manhattan. He joined the Advisory Board in 2017. Joe knew he wanted to go to The University of Scranton the moment he set foot on campus, and his love for the school has only grown over the years.
He graduated from Scranton cum laude with a B.S. in Management and a minor in Japanese language and was enrolled in the Business Leadership Program. Joe founded the Italian Society on campus, acted in many Liva Arts Company performances and participated in the Model UN, as well as many other activities.
Joe lives in Staten Island, NY, and received his MBA from Pace University. He is co-chair of the Young Professionals Committee for Bideawee, a 114-year-old animal rescue organization based in Manhattan. Joe also serves on the alumni board for Loyola School in New York.
P.J. Tabit is a supervisory policy analyst with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, he held positions in the Congressional Reserve Service and with Congressman Jason Altmire. He graduated from The University of Scranton in 2010, double majoring in political science and philosophy and minoring in economics. He also holds master’s degrees in public policy from the George Washington University and predictive analytics from Northwestern University.
P.J. is the chair of the board of directors of the Wiki Education Foundation, an international non-profit dedicated to integrating Wikipedia-editing into college classrooms. He also leads the Scranton Club of Washington, D.C.
After graduating from the University in 2014 with a major in Communications (PR and Advertising), Sasha started her career at PepsiCo's Headquarters in New York and has been with the company ever since. Since then, she has had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in multiple functions within the company, including Executive Communications, Social
She has a love affair with yoga, an obsession with tea, a fascination with wine and an urge to travel anywhere, anytime. She is a South African currently living in New York State who dreams of moving to the D.C. Metro area.
Jane has been a nurse for 46 years in various clinical and academic settings. Currently, she is a Clinical Quality Management Consultant for the Highmark Health Plan. She was raised in Scranton and received her BSN from Georgetown University. Her husband, Bill, is a Dentist at the Scranton Primary Healthcare Center. Together, the couple has raised three sons who are now raising their four grandchildren. She was thrilled when the University developed the Nursing Master's program, where she gained immeasurable knowledge and a new sense of her career path that