Conference for Mercy Higher Education
Elizabeth C. Barton, J.D., Chair
Partner — Day Pitney LLP
Patricia J. Rooney, RSM, ’58, M ’72, Vice Chair
Fund Development Consultant (retired)
Brewster Perkins, M.B.A., Secretary
Commercial Lines Client Executive — Smith Brothers
Gregory A. Boyko, J.D.
Chairman & CEO (retired) - Hartford Life International/Honorary Consul General of Japan
Judith A. Carey, RSM, M’72, H’91, Ph.D.
J.R. Carnegie-Hargreaves, M.P.S.
Founder - CARHAR, LLC
Andréa Comer, B.A.
Executive Director – Educators for Excellence
Manon Cox H’14, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Founder & CEO – NextWaveBio
Suzanne N. Deliee, RSM, B.A., B.S.
Community Health Nurse — Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service
Mary D. Dickerson ’89, M.B.A.
Dickerson Development Consulting, LLC
Rhona C. Free, Ph.D.
President — University of Saint Joseph
Rohan A. Freeman, B.S.
President & CEO - Freeman Companies, LLC
Sandra Bender Fromson, Ph.D.
Academic Specialist – Urban Studies Program, University of Connecticut
Martha S. Gervasi ’83, M.B.A.
Executive Vice President of Human Resources — The Hartford
Marion Griffin, M.S., M.B.A.
Vice President, Investment Strategy (retired) — Prudential Retirement
Paul Iannaccone, J.D.
Principal — RisCassi and Davis
Robert King, B.A.
Senior Vice President, Original Content — ESPN
Paddi LeShane, M.B.A.
CEO — Sullivan & LeShane, Inc.
Elizabeth A. McAuliffe, RSM, Ed.D
Dean of Undergraduate Studies — Salve Regina University
Jeanne B. Merola, B.S.
Senior Vice President (retired) — Hartford Steam Boiler
Thea Montañez, B.S.
Chief of Staff — City of Hartford
Cornelius O’Leary, J.D.
Adjunct Professor — UConn School of Law and Central Connecticut State University
Gerri A. Roberts ’72, J.D.
Principal Personnel Manager (retired) – CT Department of Developmental Services
John F. Rodis, M.D.
President — Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Janet Ruffing, RSM, Ph.D.
Professor of the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership — Yale Divinity School
Joseph J. Spalluto, J.D.
Robert Stingle, B.S.
Head of Wealth Management Americas Audit — UBS
Elaine M. Sweeney, RSM, M’85, Ph.D.
James Wakim, J.D.
President and Chief Operating Officer — The Simon Konover Company
Kathleen Driscoll Amatangelo ’62
President - KDA Interiors
Gerald J. Boisvert, B.S.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer — Hartford Hospital
Martin J. Gavin, B.A.
President and CEO (retired) — Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
E. Clayton Gengras Jr.
Chairman - Gengras Motor Cars, Inc.
Edward L. Hennessy Jr., B.S.
Chairman of the Board (retired) — Allied Corporation
Mary A. McCarthy, RSM, M.A.
President - Mercy High School
Fay O’Brien, RSM, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant (retired)
Philip J. Schulz H’13, B.B.A.
Managing Partner (retired) — PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Edmund See, J.D.
Partner (retired) — Day Pitney LLP
Joseph P. Toce Jr., J.D.
Managing Director — Andersen Tax
Reading Time: 1 minute On April 17, 2019, the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC) held their 22ndAnnual Connecticut Immigrant Day at the state capitol. This ceremony recognized 19 immigrants living in the state of Connecticut who have made significant contributions to the state and nation, including the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) Campus Ministry Music Coordinator Ezequiel Menéndez.
Reading Time: 1 minute On Wednesday, June 10, 2019, Gengras Center transition coordinators/vocational teachers Kathleen Walsh and Caroline Wilson were recognized as Advocates of the Year by Harc, an organization that provides special needs support to individuals with intellectual and related disabilities and their families. The Advocate of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievements in the area of individual
Reading Time: 2 minutes The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is a staple on the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) campus. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, the CAE staff and its peer tutors moved beyond the Center’s walls: first, by enlisting the USJ community to help reunite a military service dog with his veteran handler, and then by presenting
Reading Time: 1 minute On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA) visited the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) to host an all-day workshop called, “Social Emotional Learning through Yoga and Mindfulness.” Participants discussed how integrating the use of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) can be beneficial for students in the classroom. “CSCA
Reading Time: 1 minute The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will welcome Amanda Devitt as the new athletic director. Devitt, who will serve as the first female athletic director at USJ, was most recently the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services and Success at the University of Hartford. “I am extremely excited to be the next Athletic Director
Reading Time: 1 minute On May 10, 2019, Hartford’s AXA XL office – a multinational insurance firm – volunteered at the University of Saint Joseph’s Gengras Center for their annual Global Day of Giving. This year, the volunteers worked outside the Gengras Center to clean up the playground and surrounding areas from the winter. From removing weeds to filling
Reading Time: 2 minutes On Monday, May 6, 2019, the University of Saint Joseph’s department of Education– part of the School of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education– held its annual Graduate Awards Ceremony. Gathering in the Crystal Room, students and their families enjoyed an evening of celebration, reflecting on their hard work and achievements from this academic year. Daniel
Reading Time: 2 minutes On Monday, May 13, 2019, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) held its 84th commencement ceremony at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Family and friends gathered in the audience as the University awarded 235 bachelor’s degrees, 500 master’s degrees, and more than 80 doctoral degrees. Among the graduates this year was the inaugural class