Commons

Alumni Society Officers

2 Year Term (Terms Expire 2015)
  • PRESIDENT
    Martina A. Martin '80
    • martina.martin@uwcm.org

      Martina Martin is Chief Administrative Officer at United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) where she leads Strategic Planning, Governance, Human Resources and Auxiliary Services. She has previously led Marketing, Regional Development, 2-1-1, Volunteer Development and Government Affairs. 

      Prior to arriving in Baltimore in 1996, Martina spent 11 years at United Way of America (UWA) (AKA “United Way Worldwide”), a national association, serving in management positions helping United Ways and Fortune 500 companies nationwide and United Ways worldwide, with fundraising, marketing and community relations.  She was part a team that created the first marketing function at UWA and led its first national marketing efforts. She has a background in nonprofit management, strategic planning, marketing and training. She has authored and contributed to many national United Way publications and educational programs. Martina also worked in two Pennsylvania United Ways and had an early career in public relations and advertising with Bill Donovan Communications in Scranton.

      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 serves on the State of Maryland Health & Human Services Referral Board and chairs Strategic Planning for Peace Players International, a Washington, D.C.-based organization. She is President-Elect of the Alumni Board of Governors of the University of Scranton. A former Maryland Nonprofits (MANO) Board officer, Martina currently serves on its National Standards for Excellence and National Ethics Standards Committees.
        

      Martina has also served on local boards and committees focused on nonprofit development, ethics and accountability, conflict resolution, volunteerism and education. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Scranton where she was 2005 recipient of its Frank J. O’ Hara Award for Community Service. Martina and her husband, Don Struke, live in Baltimore with their son and daughter.

      University of Scranton Service Includes:

      • Treasurer of the Luzerne County Chapter in the early 80’s
      • Member of the Greater Washington Committee in the early 90’s
      • Member of her 30th Reunion Committee in 2010
      • Volunteer for Scranton Days of Service
      • Board and Executive Committee member, and past/current member of Marketing, Regional Engagement and Nominating Committees)
  • PRESIDENT-ELECT
    Col. Richard Henley Breen Jr. '77
    • lbr79@msn.com

      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.

  • VICE PRESIDENT
    Patrick Morgan ’01
    • pmorgan897@aol.com

      Patrick Morgan is currently Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources with the City of Philadelphia.  His responsibilities include public affairs, policy development, and strategic planning for the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Free Library of Philadelphia.  

      Previously, Patrick served as a member of the City of Philadelphia’s Performance Management Team in the Managing Director's Office.  Reporting directly to the Managing Director, the Performance Management Team was charged with implementing City-wide performance improvements and measures.  His primary responsibilities included serving as Project Manager for the Philly311 project.  Philly311 is the City’s first-ever non-emergency 3-1-1 customer service contact center.  Additional, Patrick has published articles and case studies for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and other professional journals. 

      Patrick graduated cum laude from the University of Scranton and went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania earning his Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) and Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed) degrees.  He has also completed coursework as part of the Brookings Institution’s Executive Education Program in Washington, DC.  Currently, Patrick is active in many civic and community organizations, including the Friends of Red Cross Leadership Council, Leadership Philadelphia Core Program, and Secretary for the Alumni Board of Governors at the University of Scranton.

  • SECRETARY
    Christina Meyer Bric '93
    • christybric@verizon.net

      Christina Meyer Bric (1993) currently works at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation helping to lead the Healthcare Innovation Awards for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Previously she worked at CVS Caremark as director of analytic products and as a researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Christy has a graduate degree in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Following Scranton she did a year of volunteer service with the Mercy Volunteer Corps of the Sisters of Mercy. Christy lives in Columbia, Maryland with her husband Allen Bric and actively supports the Scranton Club of the Chesapeake in addition to her board duties.

  • TREASURER
    Michael K. Short '99
    • mshort@allstate.com

      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 newborn son, Grady Michael Short.

      Mike owns two Allstate insurance agencies that provide multi-line insurance products to businesses, families, and individuals in the state of New Jersey. Mike is also Series 6 FINRA certified as a Personal Financial Representative and offers a range of financial products to his clients. 

      In addition to his insurance and financial services background, Mike is a licensed NJ REALTOR. Mike previously served as Director of Service Programs at Scranton Preparatory School and was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brooklyn, NY.

      During Mike’s tenure as an Allstate agency owner, he has won numerous company and industry awards. In 2010, Mike’s agency was the #6 Performing Allstate Agency Countrywide out of 12,500+ agencies. Mike’s additional awards include #1 Agency in NJ for Policy Retention (2010 and 2011), Allstate’s Inner Circle Elite (Top 1% of Agencies Countrywide), #2 Performing Allstate NJ Agency (2009 and 2010), Chairman’s Award, Honor Ring Award, President’s Conference Award, and 2011 Leader’s Forum Presenter. He has merited the distinction of Premier Service Agency since the award's creation in 2009. 

      Mike enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, studying business / entrepreneurship trends, real estate investment, skiing, golf, SCUBA diving, photography, and technology.

  • PAST PRESIDENT
    Thomas J. Grech ‘84
    • tom_grech@hotmail.com

      Born in Manhattan and raised in Rockville Centre, NY; Tom lives in Malverne, NY with his wife and their daughter and son. 

      Tom is a 1984 graduate of the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA with a BS in Accounting and received his MBA in International Business in 1993 from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY. His career has spanned the printing and publishing industries over the past 20 years with RR Donnelley and Sons Company and www.xlibris.com  

      Until 2011, Tom was a Supply Chain Executive with SONY DADC.  His other interests include investing and managing multi-family real estate, adviser to both for-profit and non-profit boards and teaching Entrepreneurship and Small Business as an adjunct professor at Farmingdale State College.  He is Founder and Principal of The Peritus Group, LLC, a sales development and marketing consulting firm.  Currently, Tom is Managing Director at JJT Energy, a natural gas and electric energy supplier.

      Other activities: 

      • University of Scranton National Alumni Society Board of Governors, 1998-2000, 2003-Present
      • Trustee, Village of Malverne Public Library, 2007-Present
      • St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary Alumni Board of Directors, 2006-Present
      • Board Member, Nassau Land Trust, 2010-present
      • University of Scranton Alumni Society, Philadelphia Chapter President, 1986-1987
      • University of Scranton Class President, 1982-1983
      • Member, NESA, National Eagle Scout Association, 1978-Present