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New Chairs Named

New chairs have been named for the Alumni Advisory Board, Council of Alumni Lawyers and the Medical Alumni Council.

Alumni Society Advisory Board Names New Chair

sorbera-index.jpgDuring the Alumni Society Advisory Board’s virtual meeting May 22, outgoing chair of the board Mike Short ’99 transferred leadership of the board to his successor, Joseph L. Sorbera III ’08.

Sorbera joined the Alumni Society Advisory Board in 2017 and has led the Student Engagement Committee of the Board for the last year, working closely with the Future Alumni Network of Scranton (FANS) Club to foster the alumni-student connection. Joe graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Management and a minor in Japanese language. During his student days, Sorbera founded the Italian Society on campus, acted in many Liva Arts Company performances and participated in the Business Leadership Program and the Model UN.

Sorbera, vice president of JLS Cost Management Systems in Manhattan, lives in Kearny, New Jersey, with his wife, Kristen ’09, and their daughter, Danielle. 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, and also serves on the alumni board for Loyola School in New York City.

View current members of the Alumni Society Advisory Board at

Council of Alumni Lawyers Names Next Chair

lawyerchair.jpgMara I. Smith, Esq. ’13, G’21 has completed her term as chair of the Council of Alumni Lawyers (CAL) and transferred leadership of the CAL to Eric D. Brophy, Esq. ’92, executive director of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority.

Brophy serves as the chief executive officer of the Authority and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a New Jersey independent authority responsible for the issuance of taxable and tax-exempt bonds, as well as the administration of several state-backed grant programs for institutions of higher education in New Jersey.

Previously, Brophy served as a member of The University of Scranton Alumni Society Advisory Board. In addition, he and his wife, Elaine ‘92, endowed the Ignatian Global Citizen Program in the University’s Department of Political Science in 2018. Eric graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1999 and spent 20 years in private practice at several law firms, eventually running his own law firm for 11 years before joining Governor Murphy’s administration.

Medical Alumni Council Names Next Chair

mac.jpgThe Medical Alumni Council (MAC) of The University of Scranton has named Joseph A. Butash, M.D. ’07, as its executive committee chair.

Born in Scranton and raised in Dickson City, Butash graduated from the University with a bachelor’s in biomathematics and 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.

Butash is board certified in emergency medicine and practices at St. Luke’s University Health Network. He and his wife, Ali, reside in the Lehigh Valley with their son. Butash assumed leadership of the MAC at October’s MAC Symposium, where April L. Troy, M.D. ’02, the previous executive committee chair, completed her term of service and transitioned to the position of immediate past chair. Medical Alumni Council Names Next Chair

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