2019 seminar Participants
Sunil Ahuja, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Academic Affairs; Professor, Political Science
University of Scranton
Sunil Ahuja is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Scranton. Prior to this position, Dr. Ahuja was Vice President for Accreditation Relations, Institutional Change and Research at the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago from 2013-2017. His responsibilities at the University of Scranton include oversight of institutional accreditation, strategic planning and effectiveness, institutional research, academic assessment, faculty research and sponsored programs, global education, and areas of graduate and general education. Dr. Ahuja is a former dean and has held faculty positions at several universities. He specializes in political institutions and legislative politics, and has taught a variety of courses in these areas. He has published eight edited volumes, a sole-authored book, and many book chapters and articles on congressional behavior and elections and public policy. Dr. Ahuja earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska in 1995. He is a former American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow (class of 2008-2009) and a fellow in the Becoming a Provost Academy (class of 2018-2019), co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).
Geoffrey Bateman, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Student Support and Experiential Learning
Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Justice Studies
Geoffrey Bateman is Associate Dean for Student Support and Experiential Learning in Regis College and Associate Professor in the Department of Peace and Justice Studies at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. His publications include Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military, as well as articles on Horatio Alger and the history of sexuality in the American West, the history of Women’s and Gender Studies as an interdisciplinary field, the ethics of working with women writers experiencing homelessness, queer rhetorics and service-learning, and numerous book reviews and op-ed pieces in the Denver Post, the now defunct Rocky Mountain News, and other community newspapers. He teaches courses on a range of social justice issues, including justice, gender, and sexuality; gender and homelessness; liberation movements for social justice; and research and writing in the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime, drop-in shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Alicia A. Bourque, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Student Affairs
Loyola University New Orleans
Alicia A Bourque (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology), Executive Director of Student Affairs at Loyola University New Orleans, has 15 years of experience in the provision of clinical services and administrative oversight in university counseling and health. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Bourque completed her pre-doctoral internship at Texas Tech University, and a post-doctoral master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology from Alliant International University. She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in courses ranging from introductory psychology to psychotherapy practice. In spring 2016, she presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) annual convention in Montreal, Canada regarding higher education administration. Dr. Bourque serves on a number of university committees including the NASPA Culture of Respect initiative, JED Campus Program, Behavioral Intervention Team, and Threat Assessment Team. She attended the four-day Advanced Threat Assessment Academy at the Gavin DeBecker Institute in Lake Arrowhead, California in spring 2017.
Mary Kay Brennan
Director & Clinical Professor, Baccalaureate Social Work Program
Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW, is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work program at Seattle University. Dr. Brennan holds a master degree in Social Work (University of Michigan) and a doctorate in social work (University of St. Thomas and St Catherine University School of Social Work). She has been a faculty member at SU since 2002, helping to develop the BSW generalist and MSW clinical programs. Dr. Brennan teaches generalist and advanced clinical practice, human development courses, mental health diagnosis, and trauma-informed work with children. Her research interests include the training of clinical skills using videotaped simulation and self-reflection in a performance lab setting, pedagogical application of social learning theory, and anti-oppressive practice lens in clinical preparation.
Before transitioning into academia, Dr. Brennan was a practicing clinical social worker and supervisor in mental health and school-based settings for 20 years. Dr. Brennan is an independent licensed clinical worker (LICSW) in the state of Washington and an approved supervisor for licensure. She has advanced education and training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, child therapy, and trauma treatment. Areas of clinical specialization include children's mental health, play therapy, sexual abuse and trauma treatment, crisis response within the school setting and adult insight-oriented psychotherapy. Dr. Brennan has participated in numerous Jesuit formation opportunities; highlights include the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life and St. Ignatius Spain pilgrimage. She is an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society and will be a SU Faculty Associate for Mission Integration during 2019-20. She resides in Seattle with her dog Cooper and soon to be moving-out Gonzaga-graduate son. She loves to cook, remember how to play tennis, and travel.
Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Loyola University Chicago
Marshawn Brown joined Loyola University Chicago in December 2018 as Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusion.
Prior to Loyola, Ms. Brown spent 13 years at the National Headquarters for the Alzheimer’s Association where she served as National Director of Diversity and Strategic Alliances. In this role, she proudly championed diversity across an 80-chapter network through strategic planning, training initiatives, and fostering national partnerships - as well as consulting and mentoring senior leaders, staff and volunteers. A graduate of Howard University in Washington DC and a Chicago-area native, Ms. Brown is excited to now be a Rambler; bringing years of experience and passion developing, implementing, and celebrating initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion.
Director, University Communications
Loyola University Maryland
Rita Buettner is director of university communications for Loyola University Maryland, where she has worked for 10 years. Her previous experience includes time as a newspaper reporter and working in public and media relations for the Maryland Judiciary, McDaniel College, and Notre Dame of Maryland University. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Rita grew up in and has spent most of her life in Baltimore. A mother of two sons she and her husband adopted from China, Rita also blogs and authors a column for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Mary Mooney Burns
Vice President, Advancement
Mary Mooney Burns, certified non-profit professional, has been a development professional for 26 years. Recognized as an expert in her field, she has raised millions of dollars through major gift and capital campaigns, board and leadership development, annual fund campaigns, direct mail, and planned gift solicitations. Mary’s current role is Vice President of Advancement for Rockhurst University, her alma mater.
Michele C. Burris
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs
Michele graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in News Editorial Journalism and Political Science from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and then completed her Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Counseling at Providence College in Rhode Island, where she also served as a Resident Director. After completing her Master’s Degree, Michele served as an Area Coordinator at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She then joined the Fordham University Student Affairs Division in 1991 as the Assistant Director of Residential Life at the Rose Hill campus. She served as the Assistant Director for three years and then served for eight years as the Dean of Residential Life. Michele then joined the Marymount College of Fordham University Student Affairs team and served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Michele returned to the Rose Hill campus in 2006 to serve as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and has served in that capacity for the past thirteen years. Michele lives in Easton, CT with her husband Joe and their children James (17) and Katharine (15).
Anthony Davidson, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Anthony Davidson is a visionary leader, growth agent, consultant, and award-winning educator who draws upon a distinctive combination of experiences as a dean, professor and entrepreneur to establish excellence and build consensus while generating new growth opportunities. He is recognized as a strategic thinker whose multidisciplinary expertise enables him to solve complex challenges using innovative approaches that align with organizational objectives. After 15 years of teaching and developing curricula at major universities, he was recruited by New York University where he became the founding dean of the SCPS division of programs in business. Dr. Davidson promoted lifelong learning by building connections among education and industry at all levels, from graduate and undergraduate to postgraduate and executive. He developed rigorous, cross-disciplinary, globally focused on-site and online curricula that were attuned to market demands resulting in it becoming the highest-performing division in the school. Subsequently Dr. Davidson moved to Manhattanville College where he redesigned its graduate and undergraduate programs, each with a new focus and specific career path geared toward current and aspiring business professionals. It led to the creation of a School of Business of which he became the founding dean. The international appeal of the new curricula convinced the government of the Dominican Republic to fully sponsor 60 high-performing Dominican students to go to his school for their graduate education. Dr. Davidson also created and launched a widely-acclaimed Women’s Leadership Institute with annual conferences and a certificate program designed by women for women.
In August 2016, following a national search, Dr. Davidson was appointed as Dean of Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies and within 4 months launched a Real Estate Institute with an impressive advisory council comprised of leading industry professionals. In addition to a Master’s degree that has received industry acclaim and market popularity, it currently offers graduate certificates and several professional certificates. After just one year, Davidson’s strategies resulted in the school’s first year-over-year increase in revenue and enrollments in many years, a trend that has continued to date. Dr. Davidson is the author or co-author of numerous invited presentations and papers and has been featured as an expert in articles and on many television and radio shows in segments dedicated to business, e-learning, education, and professional development. He has a BBA in Marketing, an MBA in Business Policy/Finance and a Ph.D. in Management and Systems Science. Dr. Davidson sits on a number of advisory boards and lists the Literati Award for Excellence and a doctor of humane letters among his various honors.
Senior Finance Analyst, Capital Budgeting
Loyola University Chicago
Bryana has been at Loyola University Chicago since 2011 and currently manages the capital budget. Prior to Loyola she worked at a public accounting firm in the area of tax. Bryana double majored in accounting and management information systems at DePaul University. She earned her MBA from Loyola in 2015. She resides in Chicago with her husband, Charles, and their two cats, Quinn and Olivia.
Leslie Doyle, Ph.D.
Chief Inclusion Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri has appointed Dr. Leslie Doyle as the school’s inaugural chief inclusion officer where she will lead the newly established Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A Kansas City native who grew up across the street from Rockhurst, Doyle has more than two decades of experience working in higher education, most recently serving as the director of service, diversity and social justice at Fontbonne University, where she worked for the past 13 years. Doyle received a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in business and leadership from Fontbonne University and an Ed.D. from Maryville University.
Associate Provost for Finance and Administration, Health Sciences Division
Loyola University Chicago
Craig Duetsch is currently the Associate Provost for Finance and Administration for the Health Sciences Division at Loyola University Chicago. The Health Sciences division includes the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences & Public Health. Craig began his career at serving disadvantaged populations at non-profit social service organizations, first working with teens as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, then moving into program evaluation and information management, and eventually overseeing finance and administration. In 2010 Craig made a career shift and joined higher education as Assistant Vice President of Business Services at a public university. He joined Loyola University Chicago in 2018. He has master’s degrees in Social Work and Business Administration. Craig’s wife works at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital; he has two children at Marquette University and a third in high school
Ronald L. Dufresne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Leadership, Haub School of Business
Saint Joseph’s University
Ronald L. Dufresne, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Leadership in the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Dufresne earned a B.S. (with Honors) in Engineering Management at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army, where he served as a Military Intelligence officer. Following his service, he earned an M.S. in Organization Studies and a Ph.D. in Organization Studies (with a concentration in team leadership) from Boston College. Since 2006, Dr. Dufresne has taught courses at Saint Joseph’s University in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs. His teaching interests include leadership, organizational behavior, and teams. He is the founding director of the Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Sustainability major/minor at Saint Joseph’s, and is the founding co-director of the Dean’s Leadership Program. In 2018, the Leadership major was named #1 undergraduate leadership program in the country by HR.com. Dr. Dufresne’s research has produced over forty peer reviewed articles and presentations, and his research interests include Ignatian leadership, authentic leadership and contexts of ethical decision making. He has engaged in executive leadership development programs with a variety of companies, including Comcast, Wawa, Jefferson Health, and Ferrero. Dr. Dufresne has earned merit awards at Saint Joseph’s University for his teaching, research, service, and student advising.
University of Scranton
Christine Falbo serves as an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Scranton. In this role, she provides students with guidance in course selection, major decision-making, academic support, goal setting and career development. In addition, she teaches a workshop for undecided first year students. Christine works closely with students on Academic Probation and is a member of the Student Behavioral Concern Committee and the Retention Committee. Christine earned her Master of Science in Community Counseling and her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Scranton. Christine is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
Holly Slay Ferraro, Ph.D.
Director & Associate Professor of Management, Professional MBA Program
Holly Slay Ferraro is an Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Professional MBA program at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics. She received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University, she served on the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research examines how people grapple with dimensions of self (e.g. age, race, gender) in making career decisions and in various contexts such as family businesses. She is also interested in how organizational and institutional practices contribute to struggles with aspects of identity. Her aim is add to our knowledge of how growth, learning, and superior performance occur in the face of forces that cause people to question their beliefs about who they are or should be. She has published articles in Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Group and Organization Management, and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Her research on midlife/midcareer transitions won a Cutting Edge Award from Academy of Human Resource Development. Before pursuing her doctorate, she held technical and managerial positions in industry for over 12 years.
Interim Dean & Professor, School of Law
University of San Francisco
Interim Dean and Professor Susan Freiwald joined the USF School of Law faculty in 1997. A former software developer, Freiwald has published numerous articles on the regulation of online surveillance, including, most recently, in the Harvard Law Review. As amicus curiae, Freiwald has briefed and argued major cases involving the Fourth Amendment protection of new communications technologies and has been recognized for her leadership in securing landmark electronic surveillance legislation in California. Freiwald serves on several advisory boards in the fields of privacy and cybersecurity and her scholarly work has been cited in numerous state and federal court decisions. Dean Freiwald became the Interim Dean of the law school for a two-year term in July of 2018 after serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2017-18. As Associate Dean, Freiwald spearheaded a revamp of the curriculum, redesigned the first year orientation and tutorial programs, and launched the Academic and Bar Exam Success Program. As a faculty member, Freiwald received the School of Law Distinguished Professor Award and served as chair of the school’s strategic planning, budget, status, appointments, and honor committees. In addition, she has served on a host of university committees, including the university budget committee and as the faculty representative on the USF Board of Trustees development committee from 2006–2014.
Kem Gambrell, Ph.D.
Chairperson & Associate Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies
Kem Gambrell, Ph.D. serves Gonzaga University as an associate professor and chairperson in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies. Having spent the last fifteen years teaching a variety of leadership, organizational change, sociology and psychology classes, her current research interests include leadership from under-represented groups, constructive development, meaning-making and social justice as they relate to leadership studies. Kem holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership Studies and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences with an emphasis in Leadership Studies from the University of Nebraska. In addition, she has consulted for not-for-profit, business and medical organizations on a variety of leadership and organizational change topics over the past nineteen years. Some of her favorite things to ponder are “who are we becoming”, and “who do we want to be in the world?”
Project Manager, Jesuit Networks & Assistant, Secretary of Higher Education of the Society of Jesus
Universidad Loyola Andalucía
Ignacio Garrido-Cruz is Project Manager for Jesuit Networks at Universidad Loyola Andalucía, the Jesuit University in southern Spain. He also serves as the Assistant to the Secretary of Higher Education of the Society of Jesus. He is proudly Jesuit educated, a graduate from Universidad Loyola Andalucía and Loyola University Chicago in Business Administration. He recently completed the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University.
Director of Freshman Admissions
Brian is a proud graduate of Kentucky State University where he also played football and ran track. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Brian has worked in the field of admissions since 2001, currently serving as the Director of Freshman Admissions at Xavier University. He has a passion for education and helping to guide young people through their transitions of life.
Lesli D. Harris
Chief of Staff
Loyola University New Orleans
Lesli D. Harris serves as Chief of Staff at Loyola University New Orleans. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Harris reports directly to President Tania Tetlow and serves as a key strategic adviser to the President. She interfaces with all aspects of the University, including marketing and admissions initiatives, legal issues in connection with the General Counsel, facilities planning and redevelopment, and academic and entrepreneurial programs. In addition to serving as Loyola’s Chief of Staff, Ms. Harris is a nationally recognized lawyer and expert in intellectual property law. She received her LL.M in Trade Regulation, with a concentration in Intellectual Property, from New York University School of Law. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Virginia. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York.
Erika M. Hollis
Vice President & General Counsel
Erika M. Hollis joined Regis University as vice president and general counsel in July 2013. She works on all University legal matters, including real estate, employment, transactions, compliance and risk management. She oversees the University’s EO and Title IX function and is managing the University’s 2018 Master Plan Update. Hollis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa as well as an MBA from University of Colorado - Denver. She joined the Colorado Bar in 1997. Prior to joining Regis University, Hollis served entrepreneurs and higher education clients in a private practice that included litigation and transactional work. In the community, Hollis currently serves on board of directors for Africa School Assistance Project and Colorado Academy. She previously served as a board member for College Track and the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Hollis is a member of the 2012 Leadership Denver class. Hollis resides in Denver with her husband, two young daughters and a golden retriever.
Associate Vice President, Engagement
Loyola University Chicago
Diane is the Associate Vice President of Engagement at Loyola University Chicago, overseeing the departments of Special Events, Alumni Relations, Donor Relations, and Annual Giving. Whether overseeing commencement, building the most effective engagement strategy for Alumni Relations, stewarding our donors or building a solicitation calendar, Diane enjoys creating a culture of philanthropy with Jesuit values.
Assistant General Counsel
Frank Hruban began serving as Assistant General Counsel at Gonzaga University in 2016. Frank earned his B.S. from the University of Idaho, J.D. from the University of Oregon, and LL.M. from the Army JAG School. He previously served as a state assistant attorney general serving Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Transportation. Before joining the Washington Attorney General’s Office, Frank served as a member of the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Frank’s practice areas of emphasis have included contracts, employment law, health law, higher education law, water law, real property, and construction. His interests include jogging, hiking, cross-country skiing, and natural resource conservation in northeastern Washington.
Dave Hunt serves as the Director of Marketing for Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. He joined Rockhurst University in July 2017 after spending three years at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to entering the world of higher education, Hunt spent nearly a decade in broadcast journalism, most recently as the Sports Director for KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska. His roots in journalism have fostered a passion for visual storytelling, and getting a chance to tell the stories of the amazing students he comes to know make each day at Rockhurst a true joy.
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
University of Detroit-Mercy
Amber Johnson joined the University of Detroit Mercy as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services in 2016. In this position, Amber focuses on providing academic, professional, and cultural developmental opportunities for students who identify as first-generation, low-income, and/or students with documented disabilities. She holds an MS in Human Development and Family Studies and is a Ph.D. candidate pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership, both from Central Michigan University. Prior to her current position, Amber held the role of Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Academic Student Services at Central Michigan University. During her tenure, she was responsible for developing retention initiatives for multicultural students and educational initiatives to assist with the advancement of cultural intelligence, diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion both on-campus and in the community. Throughout her career, she has taught courses and conducted research related to multicultural students, international education, student engagement, retention initiatives, and student support services. Amber has also served as a presenter for various organizations such as the National Academic Advising Conference, Michigan Library Association, Detroit City Youth Council, and Central Michigan University. Amber is involved in various organizations that promote academic empowerment, community service, mentoring, equity, and cultural awareness. In her free time, she enjoys providing service to youth and the community through her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Jeffrey Kegolis, Ph.D.
Director, Student Conduct & Assessment
University of Scranton
Jeff Kegolis, Ph.D., began serving as Director of Student Conduct & Assessment in July 2015. In this role, Jeff is responsible for administering the University’s student conduct process and coordinating assessment efforts for the Division of Student Life. In addition, Jeff takes the lead role in fostering collaboration between the Center for Health Education & Wellness, the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and other entities that promote and ensure student well-being. Jeff earned his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, where he previously served as an Assistant Dean in both the Office of Campus Activities supporting the Fraternity & Sorority Life program and the Office of the Dean of Students supporting the student conduct program, the Center for Leadership, and Off-Campus Student Services. Additionally, Jeff has supported the experience of new professionals in the field of Student Affairs through his service on the Placement Exchange (TPE) Planning Committees, and NASPA’s Investing in Our Future Webinar Series.
Saera Khan, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence
University of San Francisco
Saera Khan is a social psychologist who received her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research explores the social cognitive processes involved in the reliance of stereotypes for judgment and the consequences of these prejudicial judgments for stigmatized groups. She also studies the role of identity and culture in the formation of moral judgments. She currently serves as the Co-Director for Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence at the University of San Francisco.
Vice President, Communications
College of the Holy Cross
Dan Kim is Vice President for Communications at the College of the Holy Cross, a private liberal arts college in Massachusetts. He oversees Government and Community Relations, along with College Marketing and Communications. Dan has over 25 years of experience leading innovative, creative teams – at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, West Virginia University, the Detroit News and Free Press, and the American Bar Association. He has won numerous awards, including awards for mobile app development, communications, and video storytelling. Dan received his JD from the University of Michigan, along with a bachelor’s degree. He lives in Holden, Massachusetts with his wife, Mary. He has two sons, Dillon and Marshall.
Melissa Labonte, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Melissa Labonte serves as Interim Dean of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which comprises some 45 doctoral, master’s, and advanced certificate programs. She holds the rank of Associate Professor of Political Science, and received her A.B. in International Relations from Syracuse University and her A.M and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. Dr. Labonte’s research and teaching interests include the United Nations system, humanitarian politics, peacebuilding, multilateral peace operations, conflict resolution, human rights, and West African politics. She is the author of Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms, Strategic Framing, and Intervention: Lessons for the Responsibility to Protect (London: Routledge, 2013); co-editor (with Kurt Mills, University of Dundee) of Human Rights and Justice: Philosophical, Economic, and Social Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2018); and Accessing and Implementing Human Rights (London: Routledge, 2018). Her research has appeared in leading international relations journals, including African Affairs; Disasters; Global Governance; International Journal of Human Rights; International Studies Perspectives; and Third World Quarterly. Dr. Labonte serves as sub-Saharan Africa Advisor to Freedom House and as a member of the Advisory Committee responsible for publishing the official papers of former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. She is a former UN Liaison for the International Studies Association; Board Member and Vice Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS); and Core Planning Committee member of the Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General. Dr. Labonte also served as an academic researcher with the Office of the President of the 63rd UN General Assembly on issues including Security Council reform, the global economic and financial crisis, and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). She has carried out extensive fieldwork analyzing the international community’s peacebuilding efforts in Sierra Leone, as well as post-conflict transitions in West and East Africa. Dr. Labonte is the 2013 recipient of Fordham’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Social Sciences Award, and the 2012-13 Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal’s Faculty Mentor Award in the Social Sciences.
Assistant Director, Leadership Development and Racial Justice Initiatives
Whitney Maddox serves at the Assistant Director for Leadership Development and Racial Justice Initiatives for Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service. Whitney received her Bachelors in Communication from Alabama State University and her Masters degree in Journalism from Georgetown University. In 2019, Whitney will receive her second Masters degree from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology.
Manager, Career Services
Universidad Loyola Andalucía
Lourdes is from Andalucía, Spain, in the south of the country. She has been working at Loyola University for seven years in different positions in areas such as Executive Education, Marketing and Admissions. Currently, she is Manager of Career Services at Loyola University Andalucía in charge of leading different initiatives to improve students´ competencies for employment and to improve the offerings of the Career Services team. Previously, she worked for more than ten years in human resources, running various regional offices. She has an educational background in several fields, having completed the Executive Program in Management of Marketing and Sales from ESADE, a Human Resources Master’s and different courses in Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching. Lourdes was selected as a participant for the Identity and Mission Program, an ongoing training designed by UNIJES, the Spanish Jesuit Institution of Higher Education.
Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management
Saint Joseph’s University
Robert McBride is the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Saint Joseph’s University. He serves as an advisor to the president and vice president of enrollment management and is a member of the University Leadership Council. Robert’s contributions have helped Saint Joseph’s improve selectivity, as well as racial and socioeconomic diversity, among undergraduates. He is presently leading the university’s strategic enrollment planning process. Robert brings 25 years of Catholic higher education experience to the position including 8 years as chief enrollment management officer. His career, thus far, has included direct responsibility for undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, financial aid, billing, registrar, student service center, institutional research, finance systems, enrollment systems and analytics, and university-wide administrative systems. Robert has participated on a number of external advisory boards and has presented at professional conferences including CASE, NEAIR, PABUG, MSACROA, and the SCT Summit. In 2012, he served as president of PABUG, the nation’s largest regional user group of Ellucian’s higher education solutions. Robert possesses a Master’s degree in Professional Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Marketing. He has completed the Ignatian Colleagues Program, a national program of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) designed to educate and form administrators and faculty more deeply in the Jesuit & Catholic tradition of higher education.
Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis
Michael McCarthy is Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Fordham University. He is responsible for providing effective leadership and direction for the Office of Financial Planning and Analysis including all policies, practices, and procedures related to the development, management and monthly monitoring of the annual operating budget, multi-year financial plan, annual capital budget, and all related financial forecasts and variance analyses.
Michael joined Fordham University in January 2019. He previously worked at Stryker Corporation in various financial roles. During his time at Stryker, Michael had the opportunity to attend the Harvard Leadership Academy. Prior to joining Stryker, Michael worked for a transportation company and had the opportunity of working internationally, in Hong Kong. Michael holds a BBA in Accounting from Pace University in New York. He is a CPA and CMA. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
Erin McDonald, CSJ
University Minister for Service and Social Justice
University of Detroit-Mercy
Erin McDonald is the University Minister for Service and Social Justice at the University of Detroit Mercy and Erin is also a Sister of St Joseph. Erin has a masters degree is social work from West Virginia University and a masters degree is pastoral ministry from Loyola University New Orleans. Erin has worked as the director of the Service for Social Action Center at Wheeling Jesuit University, as a humanitarian aid worker with the Jesuit Refugee Service Rwanda, and as a social worker at Freedom House Detroit, which is a shelter and residential program for people seeking asylum in the US and Canada.
Deputy Chief of Campus Safety
Loyola University Chicago
During Edward’s thirty-one year career in law enforcement (twenty-seven with the Illinois State Police and four with Loyola University Chicago’s Campus Safety), he has been in charge of some of these agencies’ most significant positions. These assignments include, serving as commanding officer of specialized detective divisions in intelligence, major crimes, officer-involved shootings, public integrity, auto theft investigations, and executive protection. As Deputy Chief, Edward has continued his leadership through training, professionalism and education of department personnel. He has implemented programs such as general orders and policy, active threats on campus, simulator training, investigations, special attention patrols, mandatory training requirements, security assessments, dispatch center initiatives, student interaction solutions, and supervisory contact requisites.
College of the Holy Cross
Greta Morgan is currently the Director of Development at the College of the Holy Cross. Greta is a key member of the senior management team and partners closely with the Vice President on fundraising strategy development, and provides leadership in the area of comprehensive giving and solicitation strategies in the College’s $400 million campaign. She is responsible for leading a staff of 20, comprised of the Leadership Giving, Annual Leadership Giving, Holy Cross Fund, and Crusader Athletics Fund teams. Greta has nearly three decades of experience in annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, and campaign planning. Prior to Holy Cross, Greta spent 12 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she served as the Executive Director of Leadership and Campaign Initiatives. Her other higher education experience was at Harvard and M.I.T. She holds a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Assistant Dean, Office of Student Life
Santa Clara University
Ngoc Nguyen-Mains is an Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Life at Santa Clara University. She has served in this role for the past 13 years. In this role, Ngoc supervises the University’s Wellness Center, works with the Residence Life team on Student Conduct and Student Welfare Concerns, and coordinates the University Campus Advocate Program. Prior to working in the Office of Student Life, Ngoc served as a Resident Director for 5 years with the Office of Residence Life and Housing at SCU. Ngoc has a B.S. in Biology from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and a MEd in Post-Secondary Administration from the University of Southern California.
Vice President, Human Resources
Claudia Paetsch serves as vice president for human resources. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and implementation of human resources strategies and programs that support and enable the University’s mission and goals. Accountabilities for the human resources team include recruitment and retention, training and organizational development, performance management, employee relations, total rewards (compensation and benefits), and human resource information systems. She also oversees the Marquette University Child Care Center. Claudia joined Marquette in April 2019. Prior to that, she was a senior HR director and member of the HR leadership team at Northwestern Mutual, working with C-suite executives and their teams throughout the organization. She previously held Human Resources director roles in talent acquisition, employee relations, shared consulting services, and employee health services. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Paetsch worked in talent acquisition at Aurora Health Care, and in training and development at Blue Cross and Blue Shield/United Wisconsin Services. Paetsch earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds certifications as a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for HR Management (SHRM-SCP) and as a Senior Professional HR (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute.
She has actively volunteered for the United Way, UPAF, Feeding America, Hunger Task Force and the Ronald McDonald House and is currently a member of Professional Dimensions Inc.
Deena M. Presnell
Deena’s career spans more than 30 years where she has developed an abundance of expertise and experience in business and financial management. Her career began in public accounting, where she ultimately served as Senior Manager of Business Assurance Service with PwC. From there, Deena transitioned into private industry working primarily as the Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operations Officer for both public and private companies, in a variety of industries from food manufacturing to telecommunications. Deena joined Gonzaga University in 2015 as a member of the Finance Department in charge of the Controller’s office. Working at Gonzaga University has allowed Deena to align her professional expertise with her passion for education and developing and mentoring her teams’ individual strengths to have a positive impact at work, home and the community. Deena’s family includes her husband Martin, son Jared, a recent graduate of Colorado State University and daughter Makenna, a nursing student at Gonzaga University.
Drew Roberts, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Enrollment Management and Marketing
Santa Clara University
Drew Roberts, Ed.D. is a scholar and practitioner with over 15 years of experience working in Jesuit higher education. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Marketing for Santa Clara University's Jesuit School of Theology. In addition to his work in enrollment management, Drew has extensive experience in student affairs and previously held full-time positions in intercollegiate athletics, student conduct & student housing. Drew’s research focuses on the intersection of espoused Jesuit mission, and the social, political, and economic forces that are driving the national landscape of higher education.
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Patrick Romero-Aldaz, MA.Ed., currently serves as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Regis University where they lead and supervise Community Standards & Care, Counseling & Personal Development, Military & Veterans Services, New Student Orientation & Transition Programs, Student Engagement & Leadership, Student Health Services, Student Housing & Residential Engagement, Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention, and Wellness & Recreation. In this role they also serve as the Advisor to the Regis University Student Government Association (RUSGA). Patrick has previously served as the Dean for Student Leadership & Transition Programs at Mount Ida College, directed the Offices of Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of South Florida and Tufts University, and previously worked with Fraternity & Sorority Life, Leadership Programs, Student Engagement, and Residence Life at Virginia Tech, Salem State University, and the University of New Mexico. They also served on the faculty of the Leadership Studies program while at South Florida. A first generation college student, Dean Romero-Aldaz earned their bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico in 1999, and holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from Virginia Tech (2001). Patrick’s professional interest include Social Justice and Inclusion education, Access, and Student Engagement and Success. They are most energized helping students learn something new, realizing their potential, and recognizing their ability to make a difference.
Jonathan Rossing, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair, Communication Studies
Jonathan Rossing is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Communication Studies at Gonzaga University. He studies the rhetoric of social justice, particularly in relation to race and racism in the United States. His primary focus is on the way people use humor to provoke conversations and to provide a critical education about race. Jonathan also specializes in communication pedagogy including studying the systems of meaning faculty create through the language choices and syllabi.
Denise Rotondo, Ph.D.
Dean, Wehle School of Business
Denise Rotondo is dean of the Wehle School of Business at Canisius College, a private comprehensive university in Buffalo, New York. Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Prior to joining Canisius in 2018, she served as the dean of the School of Business at SUNY Geneseo and at Meredith College in North Carolina. Rotondo has extensive experience with AACSB International including service on the Initial Accreditation Committee and as chair of the Small Schools Network Affinity Group. She has served on peer-review teams and as a mentor for schools in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. She is a former member of the board of the Southern Business Administration Association. Her research interests lie in the areas of stress and coping, career development, and leadership, and her consulting work includes expert witness testimony about HR issues in federal court. Rotondo holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior as well as an M.B.A. from Florida State University. Her B.S.B.A. degree is from the University of Florida.
Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Santa Clara University
After a 25+ year career in high technology marketing, Celine came back to her alma mater, Santa Clara University, to head the marketing and communications team for the university. The switch to higher education has been very fulfilling, as she leads the branding efforts as well as the various teams responsible for media relations, social media and digital marketing, storytelling, magazine and e-newsletters, creative services and brand marketing. Aside from her degree in Marketing from SCU and her MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Celine has a passion for Jesuit education, with more than six years of experience, as past president and board member of the Bellarmine College Preparatory Mothers’ Guild.
Associate Vice President, Financial Planning and Budgets
Shawn joined Xavier in 2009 and serves as Associate Vice President of Financial Planning and Budgets. She has full ownership and decision-making responsibilities for the Managerial Accounting System which is used to inform resource allocation and financial management decisions, the planning and administration of the multi-year Operating, Strategic Planning and Capital financial plans, the coordination of the overall University planning as the primary staff member for the University Planning and Resource Council, and responsible for financial information systems and applications related to planning and budgets, which includes integrating functions and operations. She also serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, CBO’s Executive Team, and assists the CBO in supporting the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining Xavier, Shawn had over 25 successful years of progressive experience in the corporate world. She began her career with First Union Bank and has worked in senior management positions at E. W. Scripps and Harte Hanks. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Murray State University and was a on the Rifle Team as a competitive shooter. Shawn is an active volunteer in the local community serving on the Finance Committee of St. Joseph Parish, volunteer teacher of Art Appreciation to local parochial grade schools, and a Sunday school teacher. She and her husband, Ralph, have two children, Kyle and Sarah.
Rajneesh Sharma, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Assessment & Strategic Planning
Saint Joseph’s University
Dr. Rajneesh Sharma is the Associate Provost for Assessment & Strategic Planning and Professor of Finance at Saint Joseph’s University. He obtained his Ph.D. from The City University of New York. He also holds FRM (Financial Risk Manager) designation. He teaches both in the undergraduate and graduate programs. His primary area of research is Investments. He has published more than 30 articles in refereed academic journals. In the past, he has served as Department Chair, Secretary of Faculty Senate, Coordinator of Assurance of Learning, and Director of Trading Room.
Deputy Director, Athletics
Loyola University Chicago
Holly Strauss-O’Brien, who spent the previous three years at the University of Hartford, was named deputy director of athletics at Loyola University Chicago on August 1, 2018. Prior to her arrival in Rogers Park, Strauss-O’Brien served as the deputy athletics director at Hartford. During the 2017-18 academic year, Strauss-O’Brien served as the deputy athletics director at Hartford, where she also doubled as the senior woman administrator and was the program administrator for five sports as well as the areas of athletics development/fundraising, sports medicine and strength and conditioning. She joined Hartford in 2015 as the associate athletics director for advancement and one year later, she was promoted to senior associate athletics director for development and internal operations. In that capacity, she provided oversight for the Hawks’ internal operations, including student-athlete welfare, compliance, sports medicine, financial aid, academics and coaches’ development, along with sport team administration. Prior to shifting gears and moving into the administrative side of collegiate athletics, Strauss-O’Brien was the head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Connecticut from 2005-14, posting a career .617 winning percentage and earning Big East Conference Coach of the Year accolades in 2013. She guided the Huskies to postseason play in eight of her ten seasons in Storrs. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Strauss-O’Brien was a part of four Tar Heels volleyball teams that reached the NCAA tournament and helped the squad to a 32-4 overall record, Sweet 16 appearance and a No. 8 national ranking in 2002. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Connecticut and her family is no stranger to Rogers Park as her husband, Tim, served as the head coach of both the Loyola men’s and women’s volleyball programs for one season.
Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
College of the Holy Cross
Amit Taneja currently serves as the Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer at the College of the Holy Cross. He provides leadership on a number of institutional priorities, including faculty & staff hiring, training, policy and practice updates, etc. His research focuses on the intersections of race, class, gender and sexual orientation for LGBT students of color on historically white college campuses. He currently serves on the executive board of the Consortium for Faculty Diversity, and as the President of the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) Consortium. Amit formerly served as the Chief Diversity Officer at Hamilton College. He has taught academic courses in Sociology, Women’s Studies, First Year Forum, and the Summer Start program at Syracuse University. He has facilitated numerous intergroup dialogues on race, gender, and sexual orientation. He served as the co-chair of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and has previously worked professionally in Residence Life, Disability Services, Multicultural Affairs, LGBT Resources, and as a Special Assistant on Equity to the Senior Vice-Provost. Amit is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional (C.A.A.P.) and serves as a consultant and speaker on a range of leadership, diversity and inclusion topics.
Matthew J. Thibeau
Interim Director, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy
Senior Adjunct Lecturer, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Loyola University Chicago
Matthew J. Thibeau is a management consultant with extensive expertise and experience in publishing, strategic planning, and operations working with corporate, higher education, associations and nonprofit organizations. At Loyola he serves as Interim Director, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy in the Office of the Provost, directing and encouraging excellence in teaching and learning by facilitating the role of faculty and staff in the formation of the student as a whole person. The Center promotes the implementation of creative teaching strategies that reflect the intellectual, social and spiritual context of today's students. Since 2010 he is also a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS teaching courses in management, communications, organizational and leadership development. He has created new course offerings in management of nonprofit and faith based organizations. Student base is drawn from adult learners in degreed courses, lectures and workshops. As a management consultant, he has worked across various industries advising C-Suite executives on organizational development, strategic planning and change management. Clients include the UFPA/PMA, AM&AA, UNITE HERE HEALTH, Archdiocese of Chicago, Mount St. Mary’s University, Indiana Institute of Technology and multiple faith based and nonprofit organizations. Thibeau served as the senior vice president of strategy and organizational effectiveness for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). He held a leadership role in the formulation and execution of CHA’s board-directed strategic plan. Prior to joining CHA, Thibeau was the senior vice president at World Book, Inc. As a member of the Executive Committee, he focused on the Sales and Marketing Divisions for the preeminent publisher of reference and literacy materials. Since 1988, Thibeau had an extensive career in publishing. He began with McGraw-Hill as an educational consultant and after its merger in 1989 with Macmillan, he was promoted to director of private/parochial marketing for the School Division. In 1990, he was named California district manager for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. Additionally, he continued to serve as the School Division’s corporate representative to the National Catholic Education Association and Council on American Private Education. With Harcourt, Inc.’s acquisition of Harcourt Religion Publishers (formerly known as BROWN-ROA) in 1994, he was appointed president of this K-12 religious education publisher based in Dubuque, Iowa. Matt’s most recent publication, Plan the Work, then Work the Plan on Catholic parish based strategic planning appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Human Development Magazine. He also authored the McGraw-Hill’s Reading Teachers Supplement for Faith and Values, and coordinated the development of the Integrating Catholic Heritage, a supplement to The World Around Us social studies program. He was the contributing author to the National Catholic Education Association’s book Character Development in the Catholic School and the Today’s Catholic Teacher Article Reviewing and Selecting the Most Appropriate Religious Education Program. Thibeau, a former high school teacher and football coach, served as Treasurer and Board member of Ministering Together, a non-profit organization seeking to enhance and facilitate collaboration among Church ministries. Previously he has served on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Book Publishers Association and the National Catholic Educational Exhibitors. He also served as a founding board member of the Kucera Center at Loras College. He was the founder and director of the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Education Foundation, an organization that seeks to identify, acknowledge, and empower the work of classroom teachers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.
Arto Woodley, Ed.D.
Executive Director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning
Dr. Arto Woodley is fulfilling his purpose and passion by connecting people, institutions, and communities for the development of children and local communities. He started his journey as a student traveling with the university president to recruit first generation students to attend Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His leadership experience led him to serve as the CEO of an inner city nonprofit in Orlando, Florida where he created a model to equip young leaders starting at preschool. Between 2012 to 2014 he served as the White House Strong Cities Strong Communities Fellow in Chester, Pennsylvania as an advisor to the mayor to develop public-private partnerships and build the capacity of local faith and neighborhood leaders. He is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning at Fordham University where he and his team are building an integrated model of connecting faculty, students and community leaders in asset based community relationships. Arto has served in higher education, social services, government and ministry. His degrees were earned at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Widener University in Pennsylvania. His principle area of research is engaged scholarship how higher education institutions connect the classroom, curricula, and the community. Involved in a variety of civic and community activities, Arto is an Emeritus Member of the African American Community Fund at the Dayton Foundation in Dayton Ohio, past member of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, past member of the Bowling Green State University Alumni Board, Past Council Member of Florida Council for Social Status of African Men and Boys; founding member of Governor’s Faithbased Advisory Committee in Florida and a founding member of the Orange County, Florida Early Learning Coalition; and Florida Department of Children and Families Independent Living Advisory Council. The Central Cities Ministries of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo named him an Urban All American. He received the Orange County Florida’s Humanitarian Award. The Healthy Communities Initiative in Orlando named him a Champion of Sustainability. Lifework Leadership in Orlando presented him their Servant Leadership Award, he received the Whitney Young Award from the Central Florida Boy Scout Council and he was inducted into the St. John’s Jesuit High School Men for Others Hall of Fame.
Assistant Vice President & Director of Athletics
Loyola University Maryland
Donna (Mulhern) Woodruff, an administrator with more than 25 years of experience in college athletics, was named Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics at Loyola University Maryland on May 23, 2017. At Loyola, Woodruff oversees a department of 65 staff members and 18 sports that compete as members of the Patriot League. During her first two years at Loyola, the Greyhounds have won several conference titles and competed in multiple NCAA post season events. Off the field, the student-athlete’s current cumulative grade point average is a 3.39 and Loyola ranks third in the nation with a 98% NCAA graduation success rate. Woodruff joined Loyola after spending the previous 13 years as the Deputy Director of Athletics at Stony Brook University. Prior to her time on Long Island, she was the Director of Administrative Services for Athletics at Villanova University after beginning her career as a coach and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania from 1991-2000. The Philadelphia-area native was recently named to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee and previously served as a member of the NCAA Division I Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Cabinet. She has been a featured speaker at Women Leaders in College Sports, and completed the Sports Management Institute in 2010-11. In 2011, she was a recipient of the NACWAA Administrator of the Year award for her work at Stony Brook.
Woodruff’s participation in college athletics dates to her days at Penn where she was a standout field hockey and lacrosse player for the Quakers. She was a five-time All-Ivy League selection, earning the honors three times in lacrosse and twice in field hockey. She was a National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America honorable mention recipient following her senior season, and she also earned regional All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. She led Penn to the 1988 NCAA Semifinals and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, to date the only Quaker player to be so honored. Woodruff was recognized for her excellence on the field as a member of Penn’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class X in May 2017. Woodruff earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and later received a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in higher education administration, from the Ivy League school in 2000. She was a standout student-athlete at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, where she was inducted to the hall of fame in 2007. The former Donna Mulhern is married to Mark F. Woodruff.