Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees at the University of Scranton serves an institution that is founded in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, committed to scholarship, community, and service. The primary duties of the Board include the oversight of the institution’s budget, the establishment of fundamental institutional policies, and the selection and appointment of the University’s President. The Board also sets overall directions and institutional objectives for the University, among other responsibilities. Much of the Board’s work is addressed via several standing committees: Audit, Compensation, Education, Enrollment Management/External Affairs, Finance, Governance, Mission, Student Life and University Advancement.
- Linda D. Barrasse, M.D., ‘77
- John Boken
- Rachele Mackin Browning '84
- Col. James F. Cummings, M.D. '88, H'15, USA (Ret.)
- Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Ph.D. '93, G'93
- Jacquelyn Dionne, R.N., ’89
- Anne L. Drucker
- Frank J. Dubas, Jr., CPA, ’75
- Matthew E. Haggerty, Esq.
- Mary R. Haveron, CPA ’85
- Timothy J. Kacani ’87
- William J. Kelley, S.J. ’73
- Ryan J. Maher, S.J.
- Richard G. Malloy, S.J.
- Joseph G. Marina, S.J. (President)
- John R. Mariotti, D.M.D. '75
- Keith F. Muccino, S.J., M.D.
- Liz Murphy ’83 (Co-Vice Chair)
- Thomas Neitzke, S.J.
- Crystal E. Newby, Ed.D., '04, G'08
- Kevin J. O’Brien, Esq. ’80
- Vincent R. Reilly, Esq., ’80 (Co-Vice Chair)
- Angelo J. "AJ" Rizzo, S.J., '03
- Stephen E. Sandherr '80
- Anthony G. Simone ’90
- James M. Slattery ‘86 (Chair)
- Joseph L. Sorbera, Jr.
- John P. "JP" Sweeney
- Anthony J. Yanni, M.D., '88
- Nicole E. Young '00, H'20
- Christopher M. “Kip” Condron '70
- Arthur J. Kania, Esq. '53
Linda D. Barrasse, M.D., ‘77
Linda Barrasse is a member of the Lankenau Heart Group, a division of Main Line Health in Philadelphia, PA. Her office is in King of Prussia, PA. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Scranton and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1981. Dr. Barrasse has been a member of the University’s Medical Alumni Council since 2011, and had previously served as a Trustee from 1977 to 1983, as well as on the University Council from 1990 to 2000. She was also the recipient of the University’s Frank O’Hara Award for Medicine in 2002. In 2014, Dr. Barrasse was appointed by Governor Corbett to Pennsylvania’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee. She serves on the board of the Gift of Life Donor Program, and has served on numerous other boards and committees, including Scranton Preparatory School, Lackawanna County United Way, Keystone College, Mercy Hospital-Wilkes-Barre and the Women’s Resource Center.
John Boken is a Managing Director in the Turnaround and Restructuring Services practice at AlixPartners, an international consultancy firm. John has over 30 years of corporate turnaround and restructuring experience and specializes in complex, high profile, national and cross-border cases. He has often been appointed to senior management positions in client engagements, including serving as CEO, COO, CFO, and Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO), helping companies address and resolve financial and operational distress. John’s experience spans a variety of industries, including energy, logistics, entertainment, homebuilding, industrial construction, manufacturing, retail, health care, and agriculture.
John started his professional career at Arthur Andersen, ultimately migrating to being a principal and co-owner of a premier boutique restructuring advisory firm, Zolfo Cooper. In late 2018, he and his partners merged their firm with AlixPartners, where he now serves in both a leadership capacity and continues as a senior client restructuring advisory practitioner. Recently, John served as Deputy CRO for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) in its landmark Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in California. Additionally, outside of his AlixPartners responsibilities, John serves on the Board of Directors for The Pasha Group, a privately owned, West Coast-based leader in the shipping, transportation, and logistics industry.
John has been recognized within the restructuring industry for his successful leadership of the turnarounds and reorganizations of NRG Energy (2004), Flying J (2011), and PG&E (2020).
John holds a B.S. in finance from Santa Clara University. He and his wife, Susie, who is also a graduate of Santa Clara University, reside in South Pasadena, California. John and Susie are the parents of three children, Brendan, Connell, and Eryn. Brendan is a graduate of The University of Scranton (2016) and Eryn is a current undergraduate at Scranton (Class of 2022). Both Brendan (Men’s Basketball) and Eryn (Women’s Volleyball) have been involved in intercollegiate athletics throughout their time at the University.
Rachele Mackin Browning '84
Rachele Mackin Browning is a Managing Director in SEI's Institutional Group. She has been with SEI since 1995 and is responsible for new client outreach and business development in the U.S. for healthcare, nonprofit and the corporate markets.
Prior to working for SEI, Rachele was a commercial lender at CoreStates Bank, responsible for business development in the United Kingdom and its U.S. subsidiaries. She later was responsible for the sales and marketing of the derivatives desk in CoreStates Capital Markets Group, hedging corporate client portfolios.
She is active in her community and currently serves on the board of Mindfulness through Movement, a Philadelphia organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children in underserved areas through mindful breathing and movement.
Rachele has two sons, Curran, 22, and Colin, 20. She enjoys traveling with her family and exploring new restaurants as the ultimate "foodie."
Col. James F. Cummings, M.D. '88, H'15, USA (Ret.)
James F. Cummings, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer at VAXART, Inc (VXRT, NASDAQ), a clinical-stage vaccine company focused on global health through the discovery, development, and commercialization of oral recombinant vaccines administered using temperature-stable tablets that can be stored and shipped without refrigeration, eliminating the need for needle injection.
Preceding his role at VAXART, Dr. Cummings served as President of ICON Government and Public Health Solutions, Inc., a global clinical research organization, providing clinical trial and functional services to government and commercial customers, in support of global health. Under his leadership, ICON GPHS grew to 480 employees and increased revenue by over 800 million dollars annually.
Prior to joining ICON Government and Public Health Solutions, Dr. Cummings served as Vice President of Clinical Development and Translational Medicine at Novavax, Inc., in Gaithersburg, MD. There he led the development programs for all Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases, to include human and veterinary vaccine development and polyclonal human antibody development, as part of a “One-Health” response to emerging pathogens, to provide a timely, broad response across the spectrum of emerging infectious diseases.
Colonel (Retired) Cummings enjoyed a 26-year career in the U.S. Army with a proven track record in vaccine, drug and diagnostics development, most recently as Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Emerging Infectious Diseases Surveillance and Response Systems (DoD GEIS) leading Biosurveillance for the US DoD with laboratories and partners in 71 countries, along with serving as the Consultant to the Surgeon General for all medical research and development. While at Walter Reed Army Research Institute of Research (WRAIR), he directed the comprehensive translational medicine research division within the WRAIR and DoD, and served as director of the clinical trials center in DoD, and was Chief of Overseas Vaccine Development for WRAIR’s Department of Immunology, Division of CD&I. A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Cummings trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Fellowships at Walter Reed and the National Capital Consortium and has been elected to fellow in the American College of Physicians (FACP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA) and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FASTMH).
Dr. Cummings has over 35 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters and has recently been a member of numerous national committees and editorial boards including: the U.S. Interagency Task Force on Anti-Microbial Resistance (ITFAR), the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Working Group on Ebola Response, multiple World Health Organization (WHO) working groups, the ASTMH’s “Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine” committee, the executive committee of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, Lackawanna County, PA, and on the board of directors for “Enspice,” a non-profit organization dedicated to improving nutrition for children in low to middle income countries.
A native of Dunmore, PA, Dr. Cummings received his Bachelor of Science in biology from The University of Scranton, where he also received an honorary doctorate in 2015 and delivered principal remarks at the graduate commencement. He resides in Annapolis, MD, with his wife, Julia, and their two children.
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Ph.D. '93, G'93
Kathleen Sprows Cummings is the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a professor of American studies and history at Notre Dame and a senior fellow in gender studies. Her teaching and research interests center on the history of Catholicism in the United States, the study of American women, and the relationship between religion and American society.
Her most recent book project, A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American, was published with the University of North Carolina Press in April 2019.
Jacquelyn Dionne, R.N., ’89
A native of Scranton and University of Scranton alumna, Dionne became a registered nurse upon graduating from Community Medical Center in 1986. She received a bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University in 1989. She began her career as a trauma intensive care nurse in Scranton and continued as a cardiothoracic nurse in Boston and the New Hampshire Heart Institute. She recently returned to a medical setting, working as an RN with elderly and Alzheimer’s patients.
She is active in numerous charitable organizations, including having served as a vice president for the National Charity League, Westport Chapter, as well as Horizons Organization of Bridgeport Connecticut, Meals on Wheels and several other nonprofit organizations. Dionne previously served on the University’s board from 2011 through 2017. During that time, she chaired the advancement committee, served on the executive committee, and on both the presidential and provost search committees. In 2015, she was instrumental in the creation of the Kania School of Management’s Business Wall of Fame. In 2013, she and her husband, John D. Dionne ’86, were co-recipients of the University’s President’s Medal, an honor presented by the President’s Business Council. In 2008, the University named its newly created green at the heart of its campus in honor of her and her husband.
Anne L. DruckerDrucker is currently serving as a pharmaceutical consultant for Drucker R.Ph. In this role, she provides consulting services in the pharmaceutical industry with emphasis on program and portfolio management and analytics, organizational and change management, and innovation processes. Formerly, Anne was the director of Pfizer's Rx to OTC segment in addition to Global Program Management at Pfizer, and she previously led Enterprise Risk Management council for Novartis. She has served on the University's Parents' Executive Council and has been an active member of its Scholarship Committee. She has further supported the University's philanthropic efforts with the Drucker-Dunstone Scholarship named in honor of her parents, William and Shirley Dunstone, and her husband, Steve Drucker. In addition, she and her family are supporters of the University's President's Business Council. Drucker received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences (now University of the Sciences) and her professional certification includes a PMP (Project Management Professional) from the Project Management Institute. She resides at her Newton Lake home and enjoys time in the Sarasota, Florida area. She is the mother of Michael, Kevin '14, and William '16.
Frank J. Dubas, Jr., CPA, ’75
Frank Dubas recently retired as a global managing partner for sovereign financial institutions at Deloitte, a New York City-based tax, auditing, business consulting and financial advisory services firm. He oversaw a global network of approximately 1,700 Deloitte professionals from more than 100 countries. Previously, he was managing partner of Deloitte’s global structured finance practice. He has been with the company 41 years and was on the board of directors of Deloitte’s Global Financial Services Industry. At Scranton, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He serves on the President’s Business Council and the advisory committee to the Kania School of Management. Dubas is frequently asked to participate in discussion panels including at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the European Securitisation Forum’s Global Asset-Backed Securities Conference, the Annual South African Capital Markets Summit and the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s Annual Summit. He has also lectured on financial topics at many academic institutions, including Harvard, Oxford and Peking universities.
Matthew E. Haggerty, Esq.
Matthew Haggerty and his wife, Chrissy, are the owner operators of two manufacturing companies in New Berlin, Pennsylvania. Prior to 2019, Matthew was the managing director of Elk Lake Capital, the private equity arm of the Lynett-Haggerty family. He was also the CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications and publisher of the Times-Tribune in Scranton, the Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, and the Standard Speaker in Hazleton. Times-Shamrock Communications is a fourth generation, family-owned media company. Haggerty graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from Villanova University. He earned his law degree at Catholic University of America. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. There, he prosecuted criminal cases and defended government agencies in civil cases. He has served on the boards of several Northeast Pennsylvania organizations, including Board Chair of The Scranton Area Foundation, Board Treasurer of Northeast Pennsylvania Healthcare Foundation, as well as the board of trustees of Mercy Health Partners, Scranton Preparatory School and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Scranton with his wife Chrissy G'06 and their five children - Abigail, Caroline, Cecelia, Matthew Jr., and Joseph.
Mary R. Haveron, CPA ’85
Mary Haveron is a certified public accountant and accounting and finance director of Tire Alliance Groupe, LLC in northern New Jersey. She has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting field, including as a principal of an accounting and consulting practice that works with small businesses and serving as CFO at Customized Mortgage Solutions in Old Tappan, New Jersey. She has been active with several charitable and community organizations. A native of Scranton, she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University. She is a member of the University’s Accounting Department Professional Council where she advises and assists the Accounting Department on various initiatives. Mary lives in Old Tappan, New Jersey with her husband Patrick '83. They have three sons, Matthew, Andrew and Sean '18.
Timothy J. Kacani ’87
Kacani is the chief operating officer at Atlas Merchant Capital LLC, a global financial services investment firm based in New York and London. He is a member of Atlas’ investment committee and serves on the board of directors of several Atlas portfolio companies. Before joining Atlas, he served as CFO of Lightyear Capital LLC. Kacani is involved with the University’s President’s Business Council and Accounting Department Professional Council. A CPA, he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Scranton. Kacani lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, with his wife, Karen ’88, and their three children Katherine, Brendan and Kelly.
William J. Kelley, S.J. ’73
Rev. William Kelley, S.J., was ordained in 1985 and is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. He is currently a member of the pastoral team at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. Previously he served as secretary for social and international ministries for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. He served six years as provincial assistant for pastoral ministries in the California Province and for 18 years in parish ministry in the U.S. and Chile. Fr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Scranton. He finished his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California and earned a master of arts in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. At Stanford University in California, he completed further graduate studies in political science. Fr. Kelley has also directed Jesuit Missions, Inc., a nonprofit that offers financial support and grants that aid the international works of the Society of Jesus. His first experiences with Jesuits occurred while a student at the University. Since then, he has ministered in Jesuit parishes in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Camden, New Jersey, as well as ministering, teaching and studying in Chile.
Ryan J. Maher, S.J.
Father Ryan Maher is the oldest of Mike and JoAnne Maher’s six children. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. A product of Catholic schools from first grade through doctoral studies, he first met the Jesuits as a high school student at Brophy Prep, the Jesuits’ high school in Phoenix. From there he continued his Jesuit education at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he majored in Linguistics and fed his passion for politics. After graduating, he worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant in the United States Senate.
Father Maher entered the Jesuits in 1986, at age 26. In the course of his training, he earned Masters degrees in Philosophy and Divinity, and a doctorate in Education. He has taught in Jesuit high schools in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and he spent 11 years as an associate dean and professor at Georgetown University, including two years at Georgetown’s branch campus of its School of Foreign Service in the Persian Gulf. He served for 3 years at the University of Scranton where he was the Director of the Jesuit Center, a resource center he founded to help University faculty and staff understand and engage more fully in the Catholic and Jesuit mission of the University. He then served for 6 years as president of Scranton Preparatory School. Father Maher is currently Vice President for Mission & Identity at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School in Georgia.
Richard G. Malloy, S.J.
Fr. Richard G. Malloy, S.J. currently serves as the Director of Mission and Ministry, Crito Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, MD. Fr. Malloy, aka “Mugs,” was born at Temple University hospital in Philadelphia, the friendly city of brotherly shove. He earned a doctorate at Temple. So, he didn’t go very far in life!
He graduated from St. Joe’s Prep, the Jesuit High School in Philadelphia. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where he played football, lacrosse, and Rugby. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and is very happy there was no internet in the 1970s to record any of his undergraduate shenanigans. He entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Wernersville, PA. While in Jesuit formation, he spent two years teaching High School in Osorno, Chile and one year in Pastoral work in Santiago.
His book, A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century (Orbis Books, 2008), examines the relationships between the practices of faith and the cultural currents and changes so rapidly occurring in our global world. He has also published Being On Fire: the Top Ten Essentials of Catholic Faith (Orbis Books 2014). His third book, Spiritual Direction: a Beginner’s Guide was published by Orbis in the Fall of 2017. All three books were recognized with awards by the Catholic Press Association in the category “Best Presentation of the Catholic Faith.”
He lived and worked as a member of the Jesuit Urban Service team at Holy Name Parish in Camden, NJ, from 1988-2003. While in Camden, he also served in various positions at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
At the University of Scranton he is the University Chaplain and teaches courses in Anthropology, Sociology and Theology. He lives in a First Year dorm (anthropological fieldwork!).
Fishing is his passion in life, and he prays for the day when he will catch a 10 lb. trout or a 47 inch Muskie. He is convinced that such a catch, the Eagles winning (another!!!) Super Bowl, or the Phillies beating the Yankees in the World Series, are all sure signs that the second coming of Jesus is imminent.
Joseph G. Marina, S.J. (President)
On June 14, 2021, Joseph G. Marina, S.J., became the 29th president of The University of Scranton.
Prior to becoming Scranton’s 29th president, Father Marina served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Le Moyne College from 2016 through the spring of 2021. His responsibilities included overseeing the Jesuit college’s three academic schools, honors program, library, campus life, student housing, conduct and Title IX compliance, diversity and inclusion programming, global education, student success and support services, disability services, and several other areas. From December 2020 to February 2021, Father Marina served as acting president at Le Moyne while the college’s president Linda M. LeMura, Ph.D., participated as a Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Syracuse University.
Prior to his tenure as provost and vice president for academic affairs, Father Marina held positions at Le Moyne as associate provost, interim chair of the education department and special assistant to the president.
Earlier in his career, Father Marina served as the dean of the School of Continuing Education at Providence College, assistant dean for the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University, and assistant dean for Metropolitan College at St. John’s University. In addition, he taught religious studies at Providence College and mathematics at St. John’s University. He served as pastor of the Church of St. Francis Xavier and as associate pastor of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, both of which are in New York City.
Father Marina was recently a trustee at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York, and serves currently on the board of Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York, where he is chair of the board’s governance committee. He previously served on the boards of St. Thomas Aquinas College, Regis University, Canisius College, Xavier High School and Le Moyne College.
His research interests include leadership and organizational change, and, in the area of theology, scripture and the question of non-belief. His presentations include “Inner-city Healthcare and Higher Education: A Partnership in Catholic Social Teaching,” “Graduate and Continuing Education in the Jesuit Tradition” and “Educational Delivery System Options: Programs to Attract and Retain and Educate Adult Students.”
Father Marina holds a Doctor of Philosophy in administration and supervision from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Boston College and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from St. John’s University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences, with a theology minor, from St. John’s University.
Father Marina entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2012.
John R. Mariotti, D.M.D. '75
Dr. Mariotti began working toward a career in orthodontics after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Scranton. He went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple University, and after graduating, he joined the United States Army and was commissioned as an officer with the rank of Captain in the Army Dental Corps. He spent three years stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia, and after completing his tour of duty, Dr. Mariotti returned to New York where he pursued his post-graduate degree in orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester.
The Eastman Center is recognized as one of the top dental training centers in the United States. While studying at Eastman, Dr. Mariotti did research in growth and development and TMJ disorders. He was recognized as an outstanding student, and before graduating, he was invited to join one of the faculty practices. After receiving his Certificate in Orthodontics, Dr. Mariotti began practicing in 1984. He is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics in the specialty of Orthodontics.
Since returning to Scranton, Dr. Mariotti has been very active in community affairs. He served as Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Scranton District Dental Society, and was a member of the board of the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, having served as its president in 2005.
Dr. Mariotti is an active member of the Medical Alumni Board at the University of Scranton. During the past few years he has been chosen to be a fellow of the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Both societies honor doctors throughout the world who aspire to excellence.
Keith F. Muccino, S.J., M.D.
Father Muccino is about to begin a new apostolic Jesuit assignment as Associate Director of Pre-Health Professions Advising at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He also holds a joint appointment at UMass Medical School, where he serves as Educational Consultant to the Office of Medical Education.
Father Muccino, an alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross (BA, 1974) and Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine (1977) entered the Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville in 1988. He studied philosophy at Loyola College in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received his Master of Divinity in 1996 from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He served on numerous committees at the Stritch School of Medicine, and has served as a trustee at St. Louis University, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and currently at The University of Scranton. He is also an experienced retreat director.
Liz Murphy ’83 (Co-Vice Chair)
Liz Murphy is CEO and Chairwoman of the Board for CampusWorks, Inc., a professional services company that transforms colleges and universities by providing an independent perspective and creative solutions to improve operations, reduce costs and position students for success.
Liz has devoted more than 35 years to higher education having served as an institutional fundraiser for both a university and community college foundation. She spent 21 years at Datatel, an enterprise software provider to higher education, serving in marketing and professional services leadership roles and culminating in her role as Chief Client Officer. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of CampusWorks for 10 years.
Liz is passionate about helping colleges and universities reimagine and transform to meet changing student and societal needs.
Thomas Neitzke, S.J.
Fr. Thomas W. Neitzke, SJ, Ed.D. is the Dean and Executive Director at Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Fr. Neitzke earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago, a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of San Francisco, a master of divinity degree from Santa Clara University, and a doctorate from Creighton University focusing on educational leadership. His dissertation, Jesuit Collaborative Fundraising: Religious and Secular Non-Profit Partnerships, studied the historical and modern roots of Jesuit fundraising and presented a collaborative process between secular and religious non-profit organizations.
Fr. Neitzke served as president of Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha and was also an adjunct faculty member at Creighton University in the Graduate School. In addition, he taught courses in strategic and political leadership, school law, foundations of education, and supervised internships in elementary/secondary administration. He is also an adjunct faculty member for the Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins. Fr. Neitzke served as chairman of the board at Creighton Preparatory School before his term as president and currently serves on the boards of Marquette University. Marquette University High Schooland Jesuit Academy. His past board service includes Georgetown Preparatory School, Loyola Academy, Seattle University, Brophy College Preparatory School and Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.
Crystal E. Newby, Ed.D., '04, G'08
Dr. Crystal E. Newby is an education and DEI professional with 17 years of experience in the higher education and association sectors. Dr. Newby recently accepted the role of Senior Director of Strategic Admission, Access, and Diversity Initiatives at the College Board. Previously, Dr. Newby served as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) where she served for eight years. She worked in college admission offices at the University of Scranton, Montclair State University, and Bloomsburg University. Her educational credentials include a BA and MS from the University of Scranton and an EdD from Johns Hopkins University.
In addition, Dr. Newby served as a selection committee member from 2015-2020 for the American School Counselor Association's School Counselor of the Year award as well as a facilitator and consultant for the National Association of Secondary School Principals from 2016-2017. Most recently, she joined the Advisory Council for the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable, a college access and completion network. In 2020, she interviewed Professor Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of How to be an Antiracist and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You co-authored by Jason Reynolds. In June 2021, Dr. Newby had an essay published in Chicken Soup for the Soul- I'm Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope.
While a student at Scranton, Dr. Newby was an active member of Performance Music, United Colors, Liva Arts Company, and University Players. She also served as a resident assistant, orientation assistant, student teleworker, and received the Lawrence A. Mann Award her senior year which recognizes leadership and service to the University community. In addition, Dr. Newby worked in the Admissions Office from 2004-2009.
Kevin J. O’Brien, Esq. ’80A practicing attorney in the Philadelphia area since 1983, O’Brien is currently managing partner at Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien, Doherty & Kelly, P.C., a regional litigation firm with offices in five states in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to his involvement with the University, he serves on the board of St. Malachy School, and is a Hearing Committee member for the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. After receiving his bachelor’s degree at Scranton, O’Brien attended Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a resident of Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, Kathy Coleman O’Brien ’81. The couple has three children, Daniel, Colin and Erin.
Vincent R. Reilly, Esq., ’80 (Co-Vice Chair)
Reilly, who graduated from The University of Scranton in 1980 and Villanova University School of Law in 1983, has been active in civil litigation in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On Jan. 1, 2000, along with Tracey McDevitt ’93, he founded the law firm of Reilly, McDevitt and Henrich, where he serves as managing partner of the firm with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. Reilly serves on the advisory board of the Friends of St. Malachy Inc., a nonprofit corporation assisting St. Malachy Parish in North Philadelphia. He previously served as a University trustee from 2011 to 2017 He is married to Eileen O’Neil who graduated from the University in 1982. Four of their five children, Brigid ’05, Peggy ’08, Brendan ’11 and Colin ’14, graduated from The University of Scranton. Their son Tim graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009.
Angelo J. "AJ" Rizzo, S.J., '03
Rev. Angelo J. Rizzo (“A.J.”) is a priest of the Maryland Province Society of Jesus. He returns to Scranton Prep from New York City, where he serves as Director of Mission and Identity at Regis High School.
Fr. Rizzo has deep ties to Scranton, having taught English, religion, and Latin at Scranton Prep from 2011 to 2014. He is also an alumnus of the University of Scranton, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both biology and philosophy in 2003.
An alumnus of St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, Fr. Rizzo has ministered at several other Jesuit high schools on the east coast. After completing his undergraduate studies, he returned to his alma mater as a volunteer teacher in the school’s Alumni Service Corps. He subsequently moved to Loyola Blakefield, where he was the director of Christian Service at Loyola Blakefield for three years. During his time in Baltimore, Fr. Rizzo completed a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland.
After entering the Society of Jesus in 2007, Fr. Rizzo attended Fordham University, earning a Master’s degree in Humanities in 2011. After teaching at Scranton Prep, he was missioned to theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. He completed a Master of Divinity degree in 2017, and was ordained to the priesthood the same year. In 2019, Fr. Rizzo was awarded a doctorate in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. His dissertation research focused on educating students with learning differences in Jesuit secondary schools.
Fr. Rizzo has served as a trustee of St. Ignatius High School (CA), St. Elizabeth High School (CA), and Fairfield Preparatory School (CT). He was assistant pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola parish in Baltimore, and earlier was a deacon at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Fr. Rizzo is the second oldest of Peg and Tony Rizzo’s six children.
Stephen E. Sandherr '80
Steve Sandherr has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in Arlington, Virginia, since 1997. AGC is the nation's largest commercial construction trade association, with over 27,000 member firms across the country. In that capacity, he leads efforts to protect and promote the construction industry in Congress, federal agencies and the courts. For the past 12 years, the newspaper The Hill, which chronicles lobbying and politics, has named Steve as a top association lobbyist. He has also served as Labor and Small Business Counsel for the National Association of Home Builders and practiced law with the firm of Thompson, Mann and Hutson.
Steve also holds a juris doctorate from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America and is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia. He is an honorary trustee of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and was elected to the National Academy of Construction. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Cynthia.
Anthony G. Simone ’90
Anthony Simone is president and vice chairman of Renaissance Capital, a frontier and emerging markets investment bank with offices in Russia, Africa, Europe and the US. There, he focuses specifically on the bank’s international footprint and is responsible for corporate strategy, client engagement, regulatory impacts, governance and other matters. He also serves as chairman and CEO of its New York City-based RenCap Securities, Inc., and CEO of its London-based Renaissance Capital Limited. Prior to joining Renaissance Capital in 2008, Simone was CEO of Investec Securities in New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University and his MBA from Fordham University. He and his wife Kelley '90, G'91 were the inaugural co-chairs of the University’s Parents’ Executive Council, and remain members of the organization. The couple has two children, Anna and Anthony ’17.
James M. Slattery ‘86 (Chair)
James M. Slattery, C.P.A., is the chief operating officer of North America for Melrose PLC, a London-based company that “buys, improves, and sells” companies that engage in the manufacture of highly engineered products. Melrose PLC is traded on the London stock exchange. Prior to joining Melrose, Jim was the chief financial officer for McKechnie Aerospace in Placentia, California. Slattery has served as chief financial officer for 180s, Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse and DAP Products, Inc. and controller for Wassall PLC. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand. Jim received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Scranton and served as the Chair of the University’s President’s Business Council (PBC) Annual Award Dinner in 2013. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Peachtree City, GA, with their three sons.
Joseph L. Sorbera, Jr.
Joe Sorbera is the CEO/President of JLS Cost Management Systems Inc. Based in New York City. His firm manages finances, costs, and strategies associated with major construction projects being conducted by businesses across the United States and Europe. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix. Since 2004 Joe has served The University of Scranton in multiple capacities: first as an involved parent, then in a leadership position alongside Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., in the Pride, Passion, & Promise Campaign, as an Executive in Residence for KSOM, and as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 2009-2015. Joe is currently a member of the President’s Business Council and was honored to receive the President’s Medal in 2018. Joe also serves as a long-standing member of the board of directors-executive management committee of Bideawee, a 118-year-old animal rescue and adoption organization. Joe and his late wife, Diane, have three married children Christina, Diana ’08, and Joseph III ’08, and a granddaughter, Danielle Marie.
John P. "JP" Sweeney
JP is First Vice-President - Investment Officer in the Private Client Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Scranton. Before entering the financial services industry he served as Vice-President / Program Manager with Specialty Defense Systems headquartered in Dunmore, PA.
He and his wife Davida served as Co-Chairs of the University’s Parents Executive Council for the 2019-20 academic year. JP has been a member of the Carlesimo Golf Tournament and Awards Committee along with serving on several local non-profit Boards.
The Sweeney’s have five children, Kathleen ’08, Patrick ’14 Marc, Maeve and Meg ’20. Kathleen and Marc both have Master degrees from Scranton.
Anthony J. Yanni, M.D., '88
As Senior Vice President and Head of Patient Centricity at Astellas, Dr. Yanni is responsible for leading the development and execution of the company’s global patient centricity strategy across all functions of the organization. With a shared vision to better and more genuinely understand the patient journey in the real-world setting, along with the continued development of a patient-centered corporate culture worldwide, one area in which he is focused is on creating sustainable processes to address key areas that matter to patients and applying their unique insights to the entire product lifecycle – from early research to development and, ultimately, to utilization.
Previously, Dr. Yanni held multiple roles at Sanofi most recently serving as Head of Patient Insights, Solutions and Outcomes where he led a global team to create a first-in-industry process to integrate the patient and clinician perspective into research portfolio decision-making.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Yanni spent nearly 15 years in clinical practice serving as a primary care physician, Chief of Internal Medicine and Chief Medical Officer for a health system in the Northeastern United States.
Most recently, Dr. Yanni was selected as one of 2021’s 100 Most Inspiring People in the life-sciences industry by PharmaVoice Magazine
He currently serves on the board of directors for Patient Focused Medical Development (PFMD) and holds an MD from Drexel University School of Medicine (formerly Hahnemann), an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a BS from the University of Scranton.
Nicole E. Young '00, H'20
Nicole Young is a producer for 60 Minutes, the most watched news program in America now in its 54th season.
Few producers have done as much as Young at her age. Since becoming a producer at 60 Minutes many of the major awards won by the broadcast have been for stories produced by Young. She has been honored with sixteen News and Documentary Emmy Awards, three Alfred I. DuPont- Columbia Awards, four Writer’s Guild Awards, two Gerald Loeb Awards, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards, four National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, a George Polk Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award, a Gracie Award, a Media for Liberty Award, and a Wilbur Award to name a few.
Young’s most recent 60 Minutes assignments was breaking news coverage on the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump; China’s beloved pandas; reporting on Syria from the front lines on the refugee crisis, the use of chemical weapons and The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as “The White Helmets”; multiple interviews with King Abdullah II of Jordan; reporting on the famines in South Sudan and Yemen; a segment on “Gold Star Parents,” whose children died while serving in the military; and multiple stories on the historic opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. (Links available to her stories upon request)
During her time with 60 Minutes, Young has followed the trail of toxic electronic waste illegally sent to China, documented the plight of lost children in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and recorded the after-effects of unemployment in a small Ohio town after the closing of a DHL plant. She has reported on civilian deaths due to airstrikes in Afghanistan, on how gold mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo is helping to fuel one of Africa’s deadliest wars and was on the ground 24 hours after a magnitude-9 earthquake shook northeastern Japan, unleashing a savage devastating tsunami. Her innate interest and skill in storytelling stretches boundaries and sometimes takes her and her team to some of the most dangerous places on the planet. Some of Young’s most pivotal stories, however, are those focusing on job loss, poverty, homelessness, and especially child hunger in the United States.
Young has produced compelling 60 Minutes breaking news stories including the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy, Pope Francis, the re-established relations between Cuba and the United States and the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France.
In addition to producing pieces for 60 Minutes, Nicole played an essential role as a senior producer at the CBS Evening News. She brought her talent and energy to their coverage of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the March on Washington, the historic election choice of Pope Francis in Rome and the coverage on both broadcasts of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown. During her time she has produced multiple interviews with President Barack Obama, as well as interviews with First Lady Michelle Obama and President Bill Clinton.
Young arrived at CBS News as an intern at the age of 19 and has worked for CBS in Washington, DC, London and New York. She joined 60 Minutes in 2004 as Scott Pelley’s assistant and became his producer a few years later.
When she’s not on the road producing her next story, Nicole Young resides in the New York area with her family.
Christopher M. “Kip” Condron '70
Christopher M. ‘Kip’ Condron, is a Director of the General Partner of AllianceBernstein and Chair of the Compensation Committee. He is also a member of its Corporate Governance and Executive Committees. Formerly, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial since May 2001, he retired from his AXA positions effective January 1, 2011. Prior to retiring, he was also Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of AXA Equitable and a member of the Management Committee of AXA. In addition, Mr. Condron was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of MONY and MLOA, which AXA Financial acquired in July 2004. During 2010, he assumed the additional responsibility of overseeing AXA’s Global Life & Savings and Health businesses.
Prior to joining AXA Financial, Mr. Condron served as both President and Chief Operating Officer of Mellon Financial Corporation [‘Mellon’], from 1999, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dreyfus Corporation, a subsidiary of Mellon, from 1995.
Mr. Condron had been a member of the Board of Directors of Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a full service investment bank and broker-dealer, since January 2007. He also served as Chairman of KBW’s compensation committee and as a member of its audit committee and its corporate governance and nominating committee before the company was sold.
Mr. Condron has extensive financial services, insurance, sales and sell-side experience achieved from his service to AXA and Mellon, as well as his directorship at Keefe Bruyette & Woods.
A 1970 graduate of the University of Scranton, Mr. Condron was a member of its Board of Trustees for four terms, serving as Chair from 2009 to 2014. He was also a Director and Member of The American Ireland Fund.
Arthur J. Kania, Esq. '53
Mr. Arthur Kania is a senior partner in the Bala Cynwyd law firm of Kania, Lindner, Lasak & Feeney, which specializes in corporate and real estate finance. Additionally, he is a principal in Trikan Associates, which owns and manages various real estate holdings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Florida.
In 1998, the university renamed its business school the Kania School of Management to recognize Arthur J. and Angela Kania's lifelong commitment to the University.
Mr. Kania earned his bachelor's degree from the University in 1953 and his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University.