Officers of the Board
Brad Eric Scheler ’74 ’05P ’08P ’09PG*
Chairman of the Board
Brad Eric Scheler is a senior partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and chairman of the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 1974 and a J.D. from Hofstra University in 1977.
Jane P. Jamieson ’75*
Vice Chair of the Board
Jane P. Jamieson retired as executive vice president, marketing, at Fidelity Investments after a 28-year career at the firm. She currently serves as a trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Lincoln School (Providence, R.I.) and as an overseer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Lehigh in 1975 and a master’s degree in communications from Boston University in 1976.
Frank A. Roth, Corporate Secretary
Denise M. Blew, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary
Shari L. Aronson ’15P
Shari Aronson oversees the Aronson Family Foundation, whose primary mission is education reform with an emphasis on college and career readiness. She is also a member of the board of trustees at The Jewish Museum in New York City and serves on the Social Policy Advisory Board at The Johns Hopkins University. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Delaware in 1980 and an M.B.A. from Pace University in 1985.
Nicholas P. Bigelow ’80 ’81
Nicholas P. Bigelow is the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Physics and Optics at the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Rochester Quantum Information Center and the University of Rochester’s Materials Science Program. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1980, a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Lehigh in 1981, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1989.
Paul D. Bosco ’80
Paul D. Bosco of Concord, Massachusetts, is vice president of Market Development at Cisco Systems Inc., driving strategic initiatives with leading internet, telecommunications, and media firms. Paul earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh in 1980. He earned an M.S. and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982 and 1983 respectively and an M.S. from Yale University in 1984. As an undergraduate, Paul was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. As an alumnus, Paul is a member of the Lehigh Engineering Advisory Council and Career Advisory Network. Paul received Outstanding Technical Innovation Awards and Leadership Awards for his contributions to the Internet and National Science Foundation network.
Robert L. Brown III ’78*
Robert L. Brown is a partner in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Philadelphia office. He joined the firm in 1978 and became partner in 1989. He serves on the boards of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Zoo. He is also a member of the advisory committees for the Lehigh College of Business and Economics and the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business and Economics. He received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lehigh in 1978.
Marinee G. Cabrera ’05
Marinee Cabrera is currently a dental student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She serves as a director-at-large on Lehigh University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. She is the president of the Class of 2005 and a member of the Lehigh Club of Dallas and has been developing the San Antonio/Austin alumni regional club. She received a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Lehigh in 2005 and a master’s degree in biomaterials science from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2010.
Thomas J. Campbell ’80
Thomas J. Campbell is founder and president of DC Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment firm. He is chairman of his portfolio companies, including KS International LLC, Strategic Intelligence Group, and The Spectrum Group. He also serves on the boards of the National Guard Youth Foundation, the USOmetro, and the Middle East Institute and is a member of the board of trustees of Pomfret Preparatory School. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Lehigh in 1980.
Maria L. Chrin ’87 ’10P*
Maria is the founder and managing partner of Circle Wealth Management, LLC (CWM), an independent investment management and wealth advisory firm. Prior to founding CWM, she was managing partner of Circle Financial Group. She began her career at Goldman Sachs, where she was a vice president in private wealth management for 15 years. She is a trustee of the Kent Place School and a member of Women Moving Millions. She received a B.S. in economics from Lehigh University in 1987 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1989.
Michael J. Connor ’80 ’14P
Michael J. Connor of Morris Plains, New Jersey, is the CEO of Market News International Inc. (MNI), a leading real-time news agency that provides global capital markets with relevant trading information. He is also head of section for MNI’s parent company, Deutsche Boerse News Group. He is responsible for managing the production, delivery, and sales of MNI’s news and analysis products. Michael earned a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh in 1980. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and Mustard and Cheese, president of the Newman Association, a member of the senior gift campaign, a music critic for The Brown and White, and played intramural sports. As an alumnus, Michael served as president of the LUAA Board of Directors, as a founding member and past president of the Wall Street Council, and as a member of the Career Advisory Network. He received Lehigh’s Alumni Award at his 30th reunion in 2010.
Peter C. Diamond
Peter C. Diamond of New York is senior vice president of Programming for NBC Olympics at NBCUniversal. A 14-time Emmy Award-winner, Peter is responsible for programming NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games and United States Olympic Trials. He has been the U.S. network Olympic programmer every Summer Games since 1984 and every Winter Games since 2002. The 2016 Rio Olympics will be his 17th – more than any broadcast network executive in television history. Peter graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in history in 1974. Peter’s father, Ted Diamond ’37 ’85H (deceased), earned a B.A. in chemistry from Lehigh in 1937 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree by Lehigh in 1985.
Frank L. Douglas ’66
Frank L. Douglas is president and chief executive officer of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Ohio. He is a university professor in the College of Polymer Science and Engineering at The University of Akron and a professor of Integrated Medical Sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors from Lehigh in 1966. He also received a master’s degree in chemistry from Cornell University in 1968, a doctor of philosophy degree in chemistry from Cornell University in 1973, and a doctor of medicine degree from Cornell in 1977. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution and a fellowship in neuroendocrinology at the National Institutes of Health.
Andrew C. Fiala ’92
Andrew Fiala is the vice president of human resources for PIMCO in Newport Beach, California. He sits on the Lehigh University Alumni Association Board of Trustees and served on the LUAA Board of Directors. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lehigh in 1992 and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2000.
Vincent A. Forlenza Jr. ’75
Vincent A. Forlenza serves as chairman, chief executive officer, and president of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company. He is chairman of AdvaMedDx and serves on the board of the Advanced Medical Technology Association. He is a member of The Valley Hospital Board of Trustees and of the advisory board for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1975 and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
Eduardo D. Glandt
Eduardo D. Glandt is the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and the American Physical Society. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1968 and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jordan Hitch ’88
Jordan Hitch of Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a managing director of Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private, alternative asset management firms. He joined Bain Capital in 1997. Jordan graduated from Lehigh in 1988 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1995. As an undergraduate, Jordan was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. He currently serves on the board of several Bain Capital companies including Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Burlington Stores, and Gymboree. He also serves on the Board of Cradles to Crayons, a Boston based nonprofit.
Francis J. Ingrassia ’75 ’17P*
Francis J. Ingrassia is the president and CEO of Clever Devices, Ltd., a transit technology company that provides sustainable technology to eight of the 10 largest transit agencies in North America. He is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs. He is also chairman of the board of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and a board member of Friends Academy and the Long Island Association. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh in 1975.
Stephen K. Klasko ’74
Stephen K. Klasko of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System. Previously, Stephen was the CEO of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida (USF). At USF, he led, designed, and built CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation), the world’s largest center aimed at ensuring medical competence, and the SELECT program, a partnership between USF Health and the Lehigh Valley Health Network (where he served as a trustee), in which medical students are chosen based on emotional intelligence and leadership potential. Stephen earned a B.A. in biology from Lehigh in 1974 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He earned an MD from Hahnemann University and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at HealthEast Teaching Hospitals. As an undergraduate, Stephen was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. As an alumnus, he served as a member of his 25th Reunion Fund Committee and as a member of the Lehigh Engineering Advisory Council.
Anne R. Kline ’81
Anne R. Kline is a senior vice president at Revere. She is on the executive committee of Washington National Opera’s board of trustees and volunteers with LIFT, a non-profit organization serving individuals with special needs. She received a bachelor’s degree in social relations and Spanish from Lehigh in 1981. She also attended Maryland Banking School at the University of Maryland and received a Certificate of Financial Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Professional Banking Diploma from the American Institute of Banking.
Gregory J. Kuklinski ’98
Gregory J. Kuklinski is a project manager at Alfred Benesch & Company. He is the class of 1998 correspondent and received the Alumni Award at his 15th reunion. He is the practitioner advisor to the Lehigh Student Chapter of the America Society of Civil Engineers and serves on the Lehigh University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was a founding member of Lehigh’s Young Alumni Council. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh in 1998.
Paul N. Leitner ’76*
Paul N. Leitner is a principal and co-founder of the The Leitner Thomas Group, a private investment firm. His directorships include Tops Supermarkets Inc., Caressa Inc., and Providence Washington Insurance Company. He is a trustee of the St. Elmo Educational Foundation and the Convent of Sacred Heart Prep School. He received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lehigh in 1976 and an M.B.A. from the Stern School at New York University in 1980.
Mark V. Mactas ’74*
Mark V. Mactas is retired president and chief operating officer of Towers Watson, a global professional services firm. He joined Towers Perrin in 1980 and was elected chairman and CEO in 2000. He served in that capacity until the merger with Watson Wyatt, forming Towers Watson on January 1, 2010. He currently serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of Save the Children. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Lehigh in 1974.
Joseph R. Perella ’64 ’06H*
Joseph R. Perella is the founding partner and chief executive officer of Perella Weinberg Partners, a corporate advisory and asset management firm. Prior to that, he was the worldwide head of Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division and chairman of the Institutional Securities and Investment Banking Group. He also co-founded the merger advisory boutique Wasserstein Perella. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lehigh in 1964 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1972. He also served in the U.S. Air Force and the New Jersey Air National Guard.
J. Stuart Ryan ’81 ’11P ’13P
J. Stuart Ryan is the chairman of the board of directors of Calpine Corporation and the chairman of Aggregates USA. He is also the founding owner and president of Rydout LLC, a private investment firm focused on energy and power. He also serves on Lehigh’s Engineering Advisory Council. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1981 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1986.
Karen S. Schaufeld ’83 ’14P ’17P
Karen Schaufeld co-founded All Ages Read Together, a program that brings senior citizens and preschool-aged youth together to instill a love of reading in children. She also helped found NEW Customer Services Companies, Inc., the nation’s largest administrator of consumer product warranties, where she served as General Counsel. She currently serves on the Board of Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Educate Loudoun, and Venture Philanthropy Partners. She recently published her first children’s book, The Lollipop Tree. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Government from Lehigh and a J.D. from George Washington University.
Sarat Sethi ’92
Sarat Sethi is a managing director at Douglas C. Lane & Associates, a registered investment advisory firm. He is a chartered financial analyst, a chartered investment counselor, and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He is the president of Lehigh’s Martindale Society and also serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of inMotion Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lehigh in 1992 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1997.
Philip B. Sheibley ’81
Philip B. Sheibley is a venture capital investor with a primary focus on alternative energy. He is also the chairman of Fiberight LLC, an advanced biofuel company, and serves on the board of directors for a number of his other portfolio companies. He retired as a managing partner with Accenture in 2010, where he was industry director for the Life Sciences industry practice. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh in 1981.
Daniel E. Smith Jr. ’71 ’14H*
Daniel E. Smith Jr. is the former president and chief executive officer of Sycamore Networks Inc., which develops and markets optical networking and mobile broadband optimization products. He was named one of High Tech’s 30 Most Powerful CEOs by Forbes. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh in 1971 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1976. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Tara I. Stacom ’80
Tara I. Stacom is an executive vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate firm headquartered in New York City. She is a director of the Realty Foundation of New York and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, where she sits on the Ethics Committee and Commercial Brokerage Division’s board of directors. She is also a rotational board member of Girls, Inc. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh in 1980.
Karen O’Donnell VanderGoot ’99
Karen O’Donnell VanderGoot is a senior conflict advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She previously served as a director for African affairs at the National Security Council and was a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s policy planning staff. In 2006, she received a Meritorious Honor Award for exemplary advocacy and support to USAID work in the field. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Lehigh in 1999 and a master’s of public policy degree from Duke University in 2002.
John J. Vresics ’81 ’12P
John J. Vresics Jr. is the chief executive officer of Step2 Holdings and a director of CHG, a manufacturer of metal and plastic plumbing and hardware products. He received his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lehigh in 1981 and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.
Frank E. “Ted” Walsh III ’88
Ted Walsh III of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is founding partner of WR Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity investment partnership, and vice president of Jupiter Capital Management Partners. Jupiter and its affiliates invest in a wide variety of public and private securities on behalf of their clients. Ted earned a B.S. in marketing from Lehigh in 1988. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Newman Association and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. As an alumnus, Ted is a member of the College of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Council and the Career Advisory Network. Ted serves as a director of First Constitution Bancorp (NASDAQ: FCCY) where he is a member of the audit and compensation committees. He is also a director and Audit Committee member for World Point Holdings, which operates petroleum storage facilities primarily in North America. He also serves as a trustee for St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark, New Jersey, and is an officer of two other private foundations. Ted’s father, Frank E. Walsh Jr., graduated from Lehigh in 1963.
Gina N. Whitfield ’05
Gina N. Whitfield of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a business development manager at Sunoco Logistics and has worked for the company since graduation. After completing several engineering assignments, she was promoted to her current role, which focuses on developing pipeline projects for Sunoco’s crude oil assets. She earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh in 2005 and an MBA from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin in 2013. As an undergraduate, Gina was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, the cheerleading team, the Association of Student Alumni, the Admissions Fellows and the Senior Class Gift Committee. During her time at UT, Gina was a member of the Graduate Business Council and the McCombs Admissions Committee. She also established the inaugural Texas MBA Houston Women’s Forum and received the Dean’s Leadership and Service award. As an alumna, Gina is a member of the Alumni Admissions Outreach, Career Advisory Network, and the LUAA Club Board. She has served as a member of her Reunion Fund Committee, the LUAA Young Alumni Council, and the LUAA Board of Directors.
Deborah Wince-Smith is the president and chief executive officer of the Council on Competitiveness. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, including as the first assistant secretary for technology policy in the Department of Commerce. She is the president of the newly formed Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils and serves as the vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Global Competitiveness Forum. She is also member of the Commission on the Theft of Intellectual Property. She earned a degree in classical archaeology and graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College. She earned her master’s degree from King’s College, Cambridge University, and has an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Michigan State University.
Michael J. Yaszemski ’77 ’78G
Dr. Michael J. Yaszemski is the John and Posy Krehbiel Endowed Professor of orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering at the Mayo Clinic and director of its Polymeric Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory. He is a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general. He has just completed his term as president of the Mayo medical staff. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1977, a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1978, an M.D. from Georgetown University in 1983, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995.
Mark R. Yeager ’81
Mark R. Yeager is the founder and owner of MRY Associates, LLC, a private equity real estate organization. He is a member of Lehigh’s Wall Street Council, Lehigh Leadership Council, and the Athletic Partnership Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the Regional Business Partnership. He received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lehigh in 1981 and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1983.
Deborah E. Zajac ’97
Deborah E. Zajac is the vice president for business development, GE Idea Works, General Electric in New York City. She served as a Lehigh alumni trustee from 2008-2011 and as Lehigh University Alumni Association president and is currently a member of its board. She is also on the advisory board of the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation. She received her bachelor’s degrees in both finance and Asian studies from Lehigh in 1997 and her M.B.A. degree from the New York University Stern School of Business in 2007.
Michael D. Zisman ’70*
Michael D. Zisman retired in 2004 from IBM, where he served in a number of executive positions, including chief executive officer of Lotus Development Corporation. He is a board member of several private equity and venture-backed companies. He is also the founder and CEO of Golf Genius Software, LLC. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1970, a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, and a Ph.D. in decision sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.
* Indicates corporate trustee
Nancy Berman ’97H
Michael J. Caruso ’67
James J. Duane, III ’73 ’04P ’06P ’06PG
William B. Eagleson, Jr. ’49 ’83H ’88P
Murray H. Goodman ’48 ’88H
William F. Hecht ’64, ’70G
Douglas C. Lane ’67
Eugene Mercy, Jr. ’59 ’98H
Philip R. Peller ’60
Edwin F. Scheetz, Jr. ’54
Dennis E. Singleton III ’66
Karen L. Stuckey ’75 ’10P
James B. Swenson ’59
James R. Tanenbaum ’70 ’13H
R. Charles Tschampion, III ’67 ’68G
Ronald J. Ulrich ’66 ’05H ’98P ’99P
Lee A. Iacocca ’45 ’69H
Warren V. Musser ’49
Robert E. Zoellner ’54