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
- Rachele Mackin Browning '84
- Patricia Byrnes Clarke ‘86
- 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.
- John R. Mariotti, D.M.D. '75
- Keith F. Muccino, S.J., M.D.
- Liz Murphy ’83
- Kevin J. O’Brien, Esq. ’80
- Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. ’H15 *deceased
- Vincent R. Reilly, Esq., ’80 (Vice Chair)
- Stephen E. Sandherr '80
- Anthony G. Simone ’90
- James M. Slattery ‘86 (Chair)
- John P. "JP" Sweeney
- Robert S. Weiss ‘68
- Nicole E. Young '00
- Christopher M. “Kip” Condron '70
- Arthur J. Kania, Esq. '53
Current Board Members
Current Board Members
Linda D. Barrasse, M.D., ‘77
Linda Barrasse is a partner with North Penn Cardiovascular Specialists. She is currently on staff at Regional Hospital, Moses Taylor Hospital, and Geisinger Community Medical Center, all of which are based in Scranton. 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.
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 and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Curran, 22, and Colin, 20. She enjoys traveling with her family and exploring new restaurants as the ultimate "foodie."
Patricia Byrnes Clarke ‘86
Patti Clarke is Chief Talent Officer for the Havas Group, one of the world's largest global communications groups founded in 1835 in Paris.Patti is responsible for leading all aspects of global human resources as well as talent and cultural strategy for the group’s 20,000+ employees in over 100 countries.
Supporting the group’s vision to create meaningful connections between people and brands through a truly integrated creative, media and data offering, Patti is a key strategist in attracting top talent to the group while spearheading innovative talent programs that enable employees to live the collaborative culture of “to better together.”
To date, she has launched initiatives on network mobility, high-potential leadership development, global onboarding and global employee engagement, employer branding and most recently programs in women’s leadership development & advancement and diversity & inclusion.
Patti’s experience includes a 20-year career at Dun & Bradstreet, where she was Chief Human Resources Officer for nine years and also ran global internal communications. She led D&B to industry honors as one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Admired Companies”. Before joining the Havas Group, Patti also ran her own consulting business with a focus on helping private equity backed companies develop their talent management capabilities.
Col. James F. Cummings, M.D. '88, H'15, USA (Ret.)
James F. Cummings, M.D., is the 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. From international partnerships and affiliations to government relations and local alliances, ICON Government and Public Health Solutions delivers projects spanning the government, academic and commercial marketplaces in support of global health. The company, with over 380 personnel, has a distinct ability to provide boots-on-the-ground and rapid response efforts to global health crises. ICON Government and Public Health Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICON, plc.
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 Chevy Chase, 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 in Randolph, New Jersey, and enjoys spending time at her Newton lake home. 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, and currently serves as a member of the Old Tappan Recreation Commission and its Town Day Committee. 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. In addition, Haveron currently serves on the University’s Parents’ Executive Council.
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, D.C., where he majored in linguistics and fed his passion for politics. After graduating, he worked for three years on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant in the United States Senate.
Father Maher entered the Jesuits in 1986, at age 26, and was ordained a priest in 1997.
In the course of his training, he earned master's degrees in philosophy and divinity, and a doctorate in education. He has taught in Jesuit high schools in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., 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.
Father then served for three years at the University of Scranton as the executive 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.
Since 2015, he has been the president of Scranton Preparatory School.
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.
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
Liz Murphy is chair of the board and chief evangelist for CampusWorks, Inc., a higher education professional services company. She has more than 35 years of experience in higher education, having first served as an institutional fundraiser for both a university and a community college foundation. For more than 21 years she worked at Datatel, an enterprise software provider to higher education, serving in marketing and professional services leadership roles, before advancing to the position of chief client officer there. She then served as chief executive officer of CampusWorks for more than six years.
Murphy serves on the boards of Oohlala, Quality Matters, and the Alliance for Innovation and Transformation. She also served as director and chair of the board of the Lupus Foundation of America, D.C. Maryland and Virginia Chapter.
She is married to University of Scranton alumnus and former University Trustee Justin Murphy ’76.
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 longtime resident of Marlton, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, Kathy Coleman O’Brien ’81. The couple has three children, Daniel, Colin and Erin.
Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. ’H15 *deceased
Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., became the 27th president of The University of Scranton on July 1, 2018 after completing his term as president of Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. Previously, Father Pilarz served as president of Marquette University from 2011 to 2013, and as Scranton’s 24th president from 2003 to 2011.
During his tenure at Scranton, the University earned national recognition for academic quality, community engagement and student success. He expanded international mission and service opportunities and programs to enhance Scranton’s Catholic and Jesuit identity. He also established dedicated support for research by new faculty. Transformational capital projects during his tenure included: the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center; Christopher and Margaret Condron Hall; the John and Jacquelyn Dionne Campus Green; and the Loyola Science Center, among others. The University’s progress was supported by the Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign, the most ambitious capital campaign in the University’s history, which surpassed its $125 million fundraising goal.
As a scholar, Father Pilarz’s research expertise is in medieval and Renaissance literature. His book, Robert Southwell, S.J., and the Mission of Literature 1561-1595: Writing Reconciliation, was published by Ashgate Press. He has also lectured and published on topics related to Jesuit education.
He has received numerous awards for teaching, service and scholarship, including the John Carroll Award from Georgetown University for lifetime achievement and an honorary degree from The University of Scranton.
Father Pilarz earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University; master’s degrees from Fordham University and the Weston School of Theology; and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 and was ordained a priest in 1992.
Vincent R. Reilly, Esq., ’80 (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.
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.
John P. "JP" Sweeney
JP is a Vice-President 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.
Robert S. Weiss ‘68
Mr. Weiss recently retired from the position of Chief Executive Officer and President and is a current member of the Board of Directors of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (“Cooper”), a New York Stock Exchange company. Cooper, based in Pleasanton, California, manufacturers and markets specialty healthcare products and has annual revenues in excess of $2.5 billion. During his 41-year career at Cooper, he performed many roles including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and Treasurer. He also served as President of CooperVision, Inc., a subsidiary of Cooper, which is the third largest contact lens company in the world. In addition, Mr. Weiss is a member of the Board of Directors and member of the Audit Committee of Accuray Incorporated, a global leader in the field of radiosurgery. Accuray is dedicated to providing an improved quality of life and a non-surgical treatment option using the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System for those diagnosed with certain forms of cancer. Prior to joining Cooper in 1977, Mr. Weiss, a CPA, was an audit supervisor at KPMG LLP, a leading independent accounting firm. He also served in the U. S. Army where he achieved the rank of Captain. Mr. Weiss was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Army Commendation medal during his service in Vietnam. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA where he graduated cum laude in 1968 with a BS in Accounting and in 2008 received the Frank J. O’Hara Alumni Award for management. Mr. Weiss was recognized in CEO magazine for 40 Best Companies for Leaders for four years (2011-2014). He was honored by San Francisco Business Times, in 2012 as the most admired public company CEO in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Marilyn, have three children and two grandchildren.
Nicole E. Young '00
Nicole Young is a producer for 60 Minutes, the most watched news program in America now in its 52nd 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.