The Alumni Society Advisory Board










Directory of Current Alumni Board Members


Executive Committee

Mike Short '99 
Alumni Society President

Mike Short graduated from The University of Scranton in 1999 with a B.S. in Marketing. He resides in Mendham, NJ with his wife Susanna Puntel Short '01 and son, Grady Michael Short. Mike owns two Allstate insurance agencies in the state of New Jersey that provide multi-line insurance products. He is also Series 6 FINRA certified as a Personal Financial Representative and a licensed NJ REALTOR. He previously served as Director of Service Programs at Scranton Preparatory School and was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brooklyn, NY. During Mike's tenure as an Allstate agency owner, he has won numerous company and industry awards. In 2010, Mike's agency was the #6 Performing Allstate Agency Countrywide out of 12,500+ agencies. Mike's additional awards include Allstate's Inner Circle Elite (Top 1% in the country), #2 Performing Allstate NJ Agency (2009, 2010), Chairman's Award, Honor Ring Award, and the President's Conference Award. He has merited the distinction of Premier Service Agency since the award's creation in 2009. Mike enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, studying business/entrepreneurship trends, real estate investment, skiing, golf, SCUBA diving, photography, and technology.


Colleen Neary, Esq. '88

Colleen M. Neary, Esquire '88, is a founding member of the firm Sweeney & Neary, LLP, a firm whose practice is limited to family and matrimonial matters. Active in both her local and state bar associations, she is a Past President of the Delaware County Bar Association and is a leader in the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Ms. Neary's commitment to the legal profession has been recognized through numerous awards, including Lawyers Club Man of the Year Award, Hon. Frank T. Hazel Hall of Fame Award, and the Chief Justice John C. Flaherty Award. Ms. Neary is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national organization whose membership is limited to those who are considered to be experts in the field of family law. She is a frequent lecturer on family law and has taught numerous continuing legal education courses for various bar associations and local universities.


Col. Richard H. Breen, U.S. Army (ret) '77
Past President

Colonel Breen earned a bachelor's degree in communications from The University of Scranton and master's degrees in administrative management from Central Michigan University and television production from Loyola Marymount University. In his position as Commander of the Soldiers Media Center, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., he is responsible for all print, Web, broadcast and outreach communications for the U.S. Army around the world. Col. Breen has nearly 30 years of active service as a signal corps and public affairs officer in the Army and has served in several states and countries. He was the senior Army and Department of Defense spokesperson at the Pentagon on site for the first three weeks following the attacks of 9/11. He is married to Lt. Col. Lorraine Breen.


Theresa Rice Haughey '87
Chair, Student Engagement Committee

Theresa Rice Haughey graduated from The University of Scranton with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1987 and went on to receive her MBA from Rider University, Princeton, NJ, in 1993. Theresa is Senior Director, Pharmacovigilance Quality Assurance at GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She has over 30 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry supporting the research and development of pharmaceutical products. She started her career as a Formulation Chemist with American Cyanamid in Princeton, NJ, before transitioning into Quality.During her lab tenure, she was awarded United States and European Patents for "Implant Compositions Containing a Biologically Active Protein, Peptide or Polypeptide." She currently leads a global team to provide GSK senior management assurance on the effective management of safety data, compliance with global regulatory requirements, and the protection of patients. Theresa has been married to Dave Haughey for 24 years; they have two children: a daughter, Alanna, who attends Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, and a son, Devin, who attends the University of Pittsburgh.


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.


Jeffrey Rossi '88
Chair, Alumni Connections Committee

Jeff Rossi earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management from The University of Scranton and a master's degree in Organizational Performance from Bellevue University. He is also a Certified Financial Planner

Jeff is the Vice President of Global Compliance and Regulatory Training for Credit Suisse Bank. Prior to his current position, Jeff spent over 25 years leading corporate learning functions in the financial services industry with AIG and TD Ameritrade. He previously owned Peak Wealth Advisors, a NJ-based registered investment advisor and financial planning company.

Jeff is married to his University of Scranton classmate, Kathy (Waszak) Rossi '88, and they have 2 children, Thomas and Nicole.

Current Board Members


Katie Allen '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.

Following graduation, she will be continuing her higher education by attending the University of Long Island to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.


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 Boston.

Matthew 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.

Mary Beth Driscoll D'Andrea

Mary Beth Driscoll D'Andrea '82, G'93, P'14

Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Mary Beth Driscoll D'Andrea graduated from The University of Scranton in 1982 with a B.S in Accounting in 1982 and in 1993 with an MBA in Finance. Upon graduation from the University of Scranton, she was actively involved with the formation and inaugural establishment of the regional alumni club, the Scranton Club of Lehigh Valley.

Mary Beth is currently employed as a Senior Vice President in the commercial lending division of Community Bank, NA and has over thirty years of experience in the banking industry. She is actively involved in her Northeastern Pennsylvania community and serves as a Board Member of several non-profit agencies. She is the Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Scranton and a recipient of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal Top 25 Women in Business award.

She has a son Nicholas, who received his B.S. in Accounting in 2014 and his Master of Accountancy in 2016 from The University of Scranton.

sameera-desai-873963ca.jpgSameera Desai '05

 CHief Accounting Officer at SoulCycle Inc.  Full bio coming soon.




Noradeen Farlekas '83

Noradeen has worked IBM's Retirement Fund as a senior member of the investment team for the majority of her career. As Head of Global Equity, she was responsible for over $14 billion of global equity investments including, all internally and externally managed portfolios, transition management, operations, and trading. In addition, she was the Senior Portfolio Manager of six in-house passive portfolios and the externally managed active international portfolio.

She has pivoted her career towards social justice initiatives and socially responsible investing and has a deep personal interest in economic and education related social justice initiatives. Noradeen recently completed her doctorate in law and policy while concurrently working at IBM. Her research focused on combining impact investing and philanthropy to increase educational outcomes for students living in concentrated poverty. As Founder of Social Equity Investment Solutions, Noradeen is presently consulting and advising nonprofits, foundations, and socially-oriented investment firms.

Mike Guarnuccio '89

Michael Guarnuccio '89
Chair, Development Operations Committee

Mike Guarnuccio graduated from The University of Scranton in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He began working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City immediately after graduation, and has built a successful career with PwC ever since, currently serving as a partner. Mike has remained engaged with the University community in many ways, often returning to campus to address students in the Kania School of Management and recruit on behalf of PwC. He has supported the President's Business Council for many years, participated in regional alumni programming, and in 2015, Mike joined the Alumni Society Advisory Board. Mike and his wife Marie, who is also a Class of 1989 Scranton graduate, have three children and reside in Westfield, N.J.


Maura Hayden '08

Maura Hayden graduated from The University of Scranton in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She earned her master's in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as a Nurse Practitioner at Penn Medicine. As a student at Scranton, Maura was an Orientation Assistant. She remained engaged after graduation by serving on various alumni volunteer committees, attending alumni events in the Philadelphia area, mentoring and speaking to current students, and in 2014, she joined the Alumni Society Advisory Board. Maura currently resides in Philadelphia.


Frank Hughes '65

After graduation, Frank worked in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governors' Office, Bureau of the Budget. In 1967, he joined Sears Roebuck & Co., where he held various Logistics Managerial positions including Fashion Center Manager, Territorial Human Resource Manager, National Operations Manager & President, Delano Logistics Services.

After a 28-year career, he relocated to Williamsburg, Virginia, where he received a Real Estate license and is currently an Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Towne Realty.

He has served in a plethora of roles for The Williamsburg Association Of Realtors, including President of the Association, Chairman of the Investments Committee, Member of the Public Policy Committee, and Director, Vice President & President Elect of the Board Of Directors.

Frank is a Graduate of the Virginia Leadership Academy, an honor extended to approximately 250 of the Commonwealth's 30,000 realtors. He and his wife, Susan Hughes, have two children and three grandchildren. The oldest, Sean, is a pitcher for the Boston College Baseball team.

Kevin Kucharski '85, P'14, P'16

kevinkucharskibust.jpg Kevin A. Kucharski is the President of JPM Clinical Solutions LLC, a Clinical Research and Operations consulting firm. He has 30+ years of clinical operations experience, conducting US and global clinical trials ranging from Phase 1 through Phase 4. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Achillion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven, CT, from 2013-2018. Prior to joining Achillion, Mr. Kucharski was Vice President of Clinical Operations at Pharmasset, and then at Gilead Sciences following their acquisition of Pharmasset. While at Pharmasset, Mr. Kucharski provided effective oversight and execution of various global clinical development projects. Prior to that, Mr. Kucharski held positions of increasing responsibility in Clinical Operations at Schering-Plough Research Institute and Altana Pharma US, a Nycomed Company. In 2015, Mr. Kucharski was named one of PharmaVoice's 100 Most Inspiring People in the pharmaceutical industry.
Mr. Kucharski has been a volunteer coach for Little League and fast-pitch softball. He is an active parishioner at St. John Neumann in Califon, NJ,and St. Michael's in Fernandina Beach, FL. He enjoys playing golf, working in the yard and traveling. Married for 32 years to his wife, Marion, they have 2 children: Kevin - University of Scranton class of 2014; and Alison class of 2016. He has enjoyed supporting the University as a member of the Parents Executive Council and panelist on several accepted student day receptions.

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. 

Matthew 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.

Brian Raftery, Esq. '91

Brian E. Raftery is a partner in Dentons' Trusts, Estates and Wealth Preservation practice, as well as a global practice leader for this practice. He brings his background as a certified public accountant to his law practice, which focuses on domestic and international estate planning, creditor protection through the use of foreign and domestic asset protection trusts, estate planning for artwork, wealth preservation, life insurance planning, protective dynasty trusts for children and grandchildren (against creditors, estate taxes and division in the event of a divorce), business succession planning, trust estate administration, pre-immigration planning and post-immigration tax planning.

In addition, Brian counsels clients with respect to the preparation of simple and complex wills, trusts, limited liability companies (LLC) agreements, partnership agreements and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. He is also experienced in litigating will contest cases and negotiating will contest settlements.

Brian represents ultra high net worth individuals, including celebrities, international families and professional athletes, and helps them find the solutions that best meet their planning needs.


Mara Smith, J.D. '13

While at Scranton, Mara majored in International Business and minored in Spanish and Philosophy. She was actively involved in SJLA, went on an ISP trip and studied abroad. Following Scranton, Mara did a year of volunteer work in San Francisco through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In 2017, Mara graduated from Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law with a health law concentration. Currently, she is a parishioner at Old St. Joe's, Philadelphia's Jesuit Parish, and is a member of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality's Contemplative Leaders in Action program. Mara lives in South Philly and is working in Montgomery McCracken Walker and Rhoads, LLP Philadelphia's office on a wide variety of legal matters.

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.


Joseph Sorbera, III '08


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.

Thomas P. Umile, Ph.D. '06, G'06

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.

Jane Yeomans G'04

Jane has been a nurse for 46 years in various clinical and academic settings. Currently, she is a Clinical Quality Management Consultant for the Highmark Health Plan. She was raised in Scranton and received her BSN from Georgetown University. Her husband, Bill, is a Dentist at the Scranton Primary Healthcare Center. Together, the couple has raised three sons who are now raising their four grandchildren. She was thrilled when the University developed the Nursing Master's program, where she gained immeasurable knowledge and a new sense of her career path that has lead her to where she is today.