The Alumni Society Advisory Board

2022 - 2023 Alumni Board Directory


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Joseph Sorbera, III '08, Chair

 Joe Sorbera is the Vice President of JLS Cost Management Systems Inc., his family's construction cost and project management firm based in lower Manhattan. He joined the Advisory Board in 2017. Joe knew he wanted to go to The University of Scranton the moment he set foot on campus, and his love for the school has only grown over the years. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Management and a minor in Japanese language, and was enrolled in the Business Leadership Program. Joe founded the Italian Society on campus, acted in many Liva Arts Company performances, and participated in the Model UN, as well as many other activities.

Joe lives in Kearny, NJ with his wife Kristen (Class of 2009). The two met at an Alumni Christmas reception and were both engaged and married on campus. He is the former co-chair of the Young Professionals Committee for Bideawee, a 116-year-old animal rescue organization based in Manhattan. Joe also serves on the alumni board for Loyola School in New York City.


 Katie Allen, DPT '18

Originally from Danbury, Connecticut, Katie graduated from the University of Scranton in 2018 with a bachelors in Exercise Science and Philosophy. During her time at Scranton, she engaged in a number of leadership and service activities, including being an Orientation Assistant and attending two Domestic Service trips to Louisiana and California. She also served the University at the Women's Golf team captain for its first two years at Scranton, as well as worked for the Clubs and Organizations office her junior and senior year.

Katie is currently continuing her higher education by attending the University of Long Island to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.


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Joseph Butash, M.D. '07

Born in Scranton and raised in Dickson City, PA, Joe graduated from The University of Scranton in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomathematics/Philosophy. He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 2011 and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital in 2014.

Joe is board certified in Emergency Medicine and practices at Cambridge Health Alliance. Joe and his wife, Ali, reside in Coopersburg, PA with their son.


 

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Joseph Casabona '07

 Joe is a native New Yorker who attended The University of Scranton before serving as both Computer Science faculty and IT staff. He started his career over 20 years ago as a freelance web developer before realizing his true passion - to help podcasters and online educators make money online. He uses his background in web development and a decade of experience teaching The U to do just that.

Today, he lives in Downingtown, PA with his wife Erin (’14) and their three future Royals, Teresa, Louis, and Abigail. 


matt-christy-headshot.jpgMatthew Christy '98

Originally from Altoona, PA, Matt Christy is a 1998 graduate of the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.  He followed that with a stint volunteering in Alaska for a non-commercial radio station (building on his four years with WUSR). Matt went on to earn his MPA from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by working in the public and private sector, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Governor's Office of Innovation as a Program Manager. Matt has a strong background in change management and organizational design, and is currently working as a federal contractor in process improvement initiatives. Matt and his wife, Bethanny, reside in Hershey, PA.


Paul DiePietrantonio '97

A native New Yorker, Paul graduated from The University of Scranton in 1997 with a B.S. in Accounting. An active student life, translated into an engaging lifestyle post-graduation. As CFO at Metropole Realty, Paul’s career spans over 20 years in finance within the real estate sector.
An avid advocate of the University of Scranton, Paul is also passionate about partnering within his local community through the support of organizations in the Hudson Valley region of NY. 

Inseparable from his wife, Elizabeth, daughter Lucy, and son Franklin Harvey, Paul calls his family the center of his life. When not enjoying family time at his home in Kingston, NY he can be found hiking, cycling, cooking, working on a home project, socializing with friends, or improving his golf game.


brian-duke-headshot.jpgBrian Duke, MHA, MBE '79

Brian M. Duke is System Director, Senior Services with Main Line Health, a health system serving part of Philadelphia and the western suburbs. In his current position Mr. Duke works with colleagues to provide coordinated care to older adults and families in the most appropriate setting.

Prior to this he completed a four-year term of service as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. During his service he led the Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force to create a State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.

Prior to his appointment, he served as Director of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging. Before that he served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, a statewide public charity dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to improve the quality of life of older people.

Prior to his work with the Foundation, Mr. Duke served as a consultant working with the US Administration on Aging, the AARP Foundation and WHYY, a public media organization, to improve the lives of family caregivers, help people to age and live well and improve the care for people living with chronic conditions.
Mr. Duke served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults which issued the Families Caring for an Aging America report in 2016.

He serves as Chair of the Board of Someone To Tell It To; Chair-Elect of the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society; Treasurer of the American Society on Aging, and as member of the boards of Penn Asian Senior Services, the Main Line Adult Day Center and Generations on Line. He is a member of the public policy committee of Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Duke participates at the national, state and local level to foster effective strategies to provide value-based care, support family caregivers, encourage aging well and build effective community partnerships.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Scranton, an MHA (Health Administration) from George Washington University and an MBE (Bioethics) from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania.


vincentgalko-headshot.jpgVincent Galko G'99

Vincent Galko has over twenty years of experience working on national, state and local issues and campaigns, Galko is regarded as one of the top political and government affairs strategists in Pennsylvania. He has worked for multiple United States Senators, Members of Congress, Pennsylvania Governors and he served as Regional Administrator for the United States Department of Education in President George W. Bush’s Administration.

In addition to serving as a top political adviser, Vincent has represented some of the nation’s most influential businesses and organizations on legislative and public relations matters. These range from matters of health care to finance, transportation, infrastructure and technology.

Vincent was appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentenal to plan the celebration and events surrounding the 250th birthday of our nation. He is a past member on the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. He currently sits on the The University of Scranton’s Alumni Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors member at the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Economic Alliance and a former member of Scranton Preparatory School’s Board of Trustees. He has served as part-time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of St. Eulalia’s Parrish where he is religious education instructor and lector.

Vincent holds a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University, an M.A. from the University of Scranton and an M.G.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Megan reside in Northeastern Pennsylvania with their five children.


gremse_headshot.jpgKevin Gremse '87

Kevin Gremse is a Senior Director at the National Development Council (NDC),  one of the nation’s oldest and innovative non-profit economic and development organizations. Kevin leads of team of professionals and coordinates a multi-disciplined set of economic development services and investment and lending products in the eastern Unites States.

Kevin is a 1987 graduate of the University of Scranton. While at the University, Kevin was and Resident Assistant, was a member of the baseball team, and was active in Campus Ministries. Kevin participated in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and earned a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.

Kevin lives in Fairfield Connecticut with his wife Melinda and four children. He has served on the board of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County and a local community development financial institution (CDFI). 


alison-lott.jpgAlison Lott '99

Alison graduated from the University of Scranton in 1999 with a B.S. in Biology and Mathematics. While at Scranton, she was involved in the Honors Program, Student Government, and the Symphonic Band, as well as serving as a Teaching Assistant and Peer Tutor. Following a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan, she received her M.S. in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Upon returning to the Scranton area, Alison completed her M.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Scranton. She currently teaches mathematics at Wyoming Seminary, where she also serves as the 8th grade team leader.

Alison resides in Olyphant, PA with her husband, Steve G’05. They have 2 children, Gabriel and Abigail.


Scott R. Mullen, Ed.D. '03
Chair, Student Engagement Committee

Originally from Philadelphia, Scott teaches Latin at his alma mater, St. Joseph's Preparatory School, where he currently serves as the Classics Department Chair, and during his tenure has also served as Assistant Dean of Students, and head coach of the wrestling team. For five years he also taught Latin and served as department chair at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Scott earned his BA in English Literature at Scranton, his MAT in Secondary Teaching at Wilmington University, and his Doctor of Education program in Education Leadership at Widener University. While at Scranton, Scott participated in intramurals and Search 45, was a Freshman Retreat leader, Resident Assistant, and Orientation Aide.

Scott currently resides in Wilmington, DE with his wife, Melissa, who graduated from Scranton with her BSN in 2003.

Christopher Neumann, Esq. '87

Chris Neumann graduated from the University of Scranton in 1987 with a B.S. in Public Administration. He resides in Northport, New York with his wife Nancy (Lange) Neumann, C.P.A. (U. of S. graduate, 1987) and their two sons, Christopher and Timothy. Chris earned his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in 1990. After graduating from law school Chris began his legal career with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he continues to work today. Chris has extensive litigation experience in the Federal and State trial and appellate courts in New York and New Jersey. He handles complex personal injury cases from inception through trial and appeal. Chris also manages the Port Authority’s self-insured Workers’ Compensation program including supervision of staff, and providing legal advice to the Port Authority’s treasury department. Chris represents the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation in all administrative hearings and applications regarding regulatory compliance before the Federal Railroad Administration. Chris has been a regular lecturer at the Port Authority Police Academy and the New Jersey Self Insurers Association.

Chris enjoys spending time with his family and is passionate about fishing and basketball. Chris still attempts to play basketball but he spends a lot of time coaching the game. He is the CYO basketball coordinator for his home Parish, St. Philip Neri in Northport. He is a recipient of the CYO of Nassau and Suffolk Role Model award for his long time work with kids in youth basketball. 


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Jessica Palmeri '11, G'13
Chair, Recent Graduate Engagement Committee

Jessica Palmeri is a native of Northeast Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Connecticut and works as the Community Manager at Hyrell Online Hiring Systems -- a SaaS software company that provides HR software and applicant tracking solutions. Her primary job responsibilities include: marketing automation, mass email marketing, blogging and content strategy development, and social media networking.

Jessica is a two time graduate of The University of Scranton ('11 and G'13) and a passionate and supportive alumna of her alma mater. Since 2013, Jessica has worked with The Kania School of Management Professional Development Passport Program, volunteered as a Regional Alumni Club Leader, served as a 2011 Class Representative, and helped to mentor a dedicated team of student committee members who plan and implement the annual Kania Young Alumni Day Conference.


matthew_prudente.jpgMatthew Prudente, Ph.D. '09

Matt is an assistant professor of mathematics at Alvernia University.  He is originally from Allentown, PA. Matt received is BS in Mathematics in 2009 and received his MS and PhD in Mathematics from Lehigh University in 2011 and 2015, respectively.  He taught at Saint Vincent College before returning to the Lehigh Valley.

While at Scranton, Matt was a three year Resident Assistant, Orientation Team Leader, and member of the math club.  Over his time there, he was involved with USPB, give tours, and was a supplemental instructor.  Currently, Matt stays involved with the Lehigh Valley Alumni Chapter.

Matt currently lives in Alburtis, PA with his wife, Mary, his two sons, Owen and Jack.


shaverRosemary Shaver '12

 Originally from Shavertown, PA, Rosemary graduated from the University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. She also completed a Theology and Religious Studies minor, Peace and Justice Studies concentration, and the Honors Program. As an undergraduate, Rosemary was highly involved in student activities including as editor-in-chief of The Aquinas and President of Alpha Sigma Nu.

Inspired by her passion for education and experiences as a first generation college student, Rosemary earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University. She is Senior Program Manager for Programs with the African Sisters Education Collaborative, a non-profit education collaborative based at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. In her work, Rosemary works with Catholic universities and partners in 10 countries in Africa to facilitate educational opportunities to Catholic Sisters in Africa. Rosemary completed the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities' Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education at Boston College in 2022. She also serves on the University of Scranton's Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Advisory Board. 



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Mara Smith, J.D. '13

Mara Smith, a 2013 undergrad and 2021 graduate student, is Associate Counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Mara received her bachelor’s degree in International Business and after spending a year doing Jesuit Volunteer Corps working for a legal aid clinic in San Francisco she attended the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University and earned her JD with a health law concentration, she worked for a Philadelphia-based law firm and a regional health plan administrator before starting in her current role in 2020. 

Mara also holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration degrees from The University of Scranton and currently sits on Scranton’s Alumni Society Advisory Board and Council of Alumni Lawyers. During her career, her writings have been published by The Philadelphia Inquirer and American Health Law Association’s Connections magazine.  

She lives in South Jersey with her husband, Ken, and two cats and when she isn’t working, you can find her running, practicing yoga, or reading.


Amanda Sonzogni '15

Amanda Sonzogni graduated from The University of Scranton in 2015 with a B.S. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and minors in Operations Management and Business Leadership. Amanda is currently the Implementation Manager at Corporate Jet Support. Prior to her current position, she began her career working for Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Amanda has been engaged with the University since graduation through Young Alumni Day, Scranton’s Day of Giving, the President’s Business Council, as well as assisting current students in obtaining internships and full-time opportunities. She has also stayed connected with the Scranton community as an Advisory Board member of Dress for Success Lackawanna.

Amanda currently resides in New Jersey where she enjoys traveling and training for triathlons.


Lisa Thomas, M.D. '87

 Lisa C. Thomas, MD, practices medicine at Hematology & Oncology Associates of Northeastern Pennsylvania and is a senior partner. Her particular clinical focus is in the areas of breast cancer and esophageal and colon cancers. In addition to serving as regional assistant dean for the North Campus, Dr. Thomas is a preceptor for third- and fourth-year medial students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, as well as for physician assistant students.

Dr. Thomas earned her B.S. in Biology from The University of Scranton and her M.D. from Drexel University College of Medicine. She resides in Archbald, PA.


Brianna Tucciarone '20

 Bio coming soon...


kathleen.jpegKathleen Tuohy '12

 Kathleen Tuohy is an experienced Special Education Teacher with a demonstrated history of working with students diagnosed with language and learning disabilities. She graduated from The University of Scranton in 2012 with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education, and then served full-time in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She earned a master's degree in Educational Development and Strategies from Wilkes University.

Today, Kathleen is a Special Education teacher at KIPP New Jersey. She resides in Philadelphia. 


Thomas P. Umile, Ph.D. '06, G'06
Chair, Alumni Connections Committee

Tom Umile is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Villanova University. He is originally from Jessup, PA. Tom received a BS in Biochemistry and MA in Chemistry from The University of Scranton and earned his doctorate in Chemistry from Princeton University. He previously taught at Gwynedd Mercy University.

 At Scranton, Tom was a member of numerous Performance Music bands and choirs, performed in or directed many Liva Arts Company productions, and completed the Honors Program. At various times over the years he also served as a Teaching Assistant, Royal Ambassador, and reporter for The Aquinas.

Tom currently lives in Philadelphia and is co-chair of the Philadelphia American Chemical Society Younger Chemists Committee. He serves as a cantor at Old St. Joseph's Church, where he also sings in the Loyola Choir and organizes parish running events.