Board of Trustees Profiles
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 is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is also a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and serves on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 1974 and a J.D. from Hofstra University in 1977.
Kevin L. Clayton ’84, ’13P*
Vice Chair of the Board
Kevin L. Clayton is a principal and director of Oaktree Capital Management, a global investment management corporation. He is supervising principal of OCM Investments, LLC, Oaktree’s registered broker-dealer entity. He also serves on the executive committee of the board of trustees at Blair Academy and chairs the school’s Investment Committee. He received a bachelor’s degree in government from Lehigh University in 1984 and an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1988.
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 í15P
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 on the Social Policy Advisory Board at The Johns Hopkins University. She has received a bachelorís degree in finance from the University of Delaware and an M.B.A. from Pace University.
Peter E. Bennett ’63
Peter E. Bennett is the chairman of Liberty Partners, a private equity investment firm that he founded in 1992. He sits on the boards of directors of several of Liberty’s portfolio companies and on the advisory board of the New York chapter of New Leaders for Schools. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lehigh in 1963 and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1967. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Nicholas P. Bigelow ’80, ’81
Nicholas P. Bigelow is the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Physics and Optics and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy 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.
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 a genomic technologist with Oncopath Laboratory. She serves as a director-at-large on Lehigh University Alumni Associationís Board of Directors. She is the president of the Class of 2005, a member of the Lehigh Club of Dallas, and has been developing the San Antonio/Austin alumni regional club. She received a bachelorís degree in bioengineering from Lehigh in 2005 and a masterís degree from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2010.
Thomas J. Campbell ’80, ’13P, ’14P
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 bachelorís degree in finance and accounting from Lehigh in 1980.
Maria L. Chrin ’87, ’10P
Maria L. Chrin is the founder and managing partner of Circle Wealth Management, LLC, an independent investment management firm. She was the managing partner and cofounder of Circle Financial Group, an exclusive multi-family membership organization. She began her career at Goldman Sachs, where she was a vice president in private wealth management for 15 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lehigh in 1987 and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1989.
John R. Delaney ’64
John R. Delaney is the director of the regional cabled ocean observatory component of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative. He is a professor of oceanography and holds the Jerome M. Paros Endowed Chair in Sensor Networks at the University of Washington. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Lehigh in 1964, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Virginia in 1967 and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Arizona in 1977.
Andrew C. Fiala ’92
Andrew Fiala ’92 is the vice president of human resources for CarFinance Capital LLC, a specialized provider of non-prime financing for auto dealers. He serves 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.
James M. Flanagan ’80, ’12P
James M. Flanagan works at Workday, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class, software-as-a-service solutions for managing global businesses. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University in 1980.
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 chairman of The Valley Hospital Board of Trustees and is a member of the Advisory Board for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He obtained his bachelorís degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1975 and his MBA from Wharton Graduate School, 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.
Margaret E. Goodman ’80, ’13P
Margaret E. Goodman teaches nutrition awareness classes at The Harlem Village Academies. She spent the first 15 years of her career primarily at Citigroup Investment Bank, where she was a vice president in the loan syndication group. Since then she has raised three children. She is a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and she has held leadership positions in numerous community programs. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh University in 1980 and a certificate as a Certified Health Counselor from Columbia University.
Daniel Haime ’82
Daniel Haime runs Grupo Grasco, a family-owned consumer products business with offices in Miami and Bogota, Colombia. He served as a trade adviser to the president of Colombia. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University in 1982.
James G. Hernjak ’96, ’97G
James G. Hernjak has worked in a variety of engineering areas at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company since 1997. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and he sits on the board of directors of the Lehigh Alumni Association. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh in 1996 and an M.B.A. from Lehigh in 1997.
Francis J. Ingrassia ’75*
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.
Anne R. Kline ’81
Anne R. Kline í81 is a senior vice president and commercial loan officer at Revere. She is on the executive committee of The Washington National Operaís board of trustees and volunteers with LIFT, a poverty alleviation organization. She received a bachelorís 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.
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 as president and chief operating officer of Towers Watson, a global professional services firm. He joined Towers Perrin in 1980 and was chairman and CEO until its merger with Watson Wyatt in 2010. He is the 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.
John E. McGlade ’76, ’80G
John E. McGlade is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Air Products, a supplier of gases and performance materials. He serves on the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council and the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness and is a member of the American Society of Chemical Industry. He is a trustee of The Rider-Pool Foundation and a member of the SteelStacks leadership team. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh in 1976 and an M.B.A. from Lehigh in 1980.
Marc L. Paley ’83
Marc L. Paley is a managing partner of Scura Paley Securities LLC, a private investment banking firm. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of Beacon Trust Company, a wealth management firm. He spent more than 18 years at Lehman Brothers, Inc., where he was a managing director and held several senior management positions through 2007. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 1983 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1987.
Joseph R. Perella ’64
Joseph R. Perella is the founder 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 CEO 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.
Sarat Sethi ’92
Sarat Sethi is a principal 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, ’16P
Philip B. Sheibley ’81 is a venture capital investor with a primary focus on alternative energy. He is also the chairman of Fiberight LLC, a biofuel company. He retired as a managing partner with Accenture in 2010. He is active with the high school crew team in New Canaan, Conn., the New Canaan Library and several charitable organizations. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh in 1981.
Dennis E. Singleton III ’66*,
Dennis E. Singleton III serves on the boards of directors of Digital Realty Trust, BRE Properties, Inc. and the Glaucoma Research Foundation. He previously served as chief financial officer, chief investment officer and vice chair of Spieker Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust, until its merger with Equity Office Properties. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh in 1966 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1968.
Daniel E. Smith Jr. ’71*,
Daniel E. Smith Jr. is the president and CEO 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 University in 1976. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Tara I. Stacom ’80
Tara I. Stacom is the vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate firm 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, and she sits on its 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 University in 1980.
Ralph Albert Thomas ’76, ’77G
Ralph Albert Thomas is the executive director of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, a nonprofit, professional business organization. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also on the board of The ARC of Essex County, New Jersey, and the Supreme Court of New Jersey District VIII Ethics Committee for Middlesex County. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council of the National Association of Black Accountants. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lehigh in 1976 and an M.B.A. from Lehigh in 1977.
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 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 University in 1999 and a master of public policy degree from Duke University in 2002.
John J. Vresics ’81, ’12P
John J. Vresics is the CEO 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.
Michael J. Yaszemski ’77, ’78G
Michael J. Yaszemski is professor of orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering at the Mayo Clinic and director of the Polymeric Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory. He is also a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. 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.
Michael D. Zisman ’70*
Michael D. Zisman retired in 2004 from IBM, where he served in a number of executive positions, including CEO of Lotus Development Corporation. He is a board member of several private equity or venture-backed companies. He is also the founder and CEO of GolfTripGenius.com. 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
Michael J. Caruso ’67
William L. Clayton ’51, ’84P, ’86P, ’88P, ’94PG
James J. Duane, III ’73, ’04P, ’06P, ’06PG
William B. Eagleson, Jr. ’49, ’88P
Murray H. Goodman ’48
William F. Hecht ’64, ’70G
Douglas C. Lane ’67
Eugene Mercy, Jr. ’59
Philip R. Peller ’60
Edwin F. Scheetz, Jr. ’54
Karen L. Stuckey ’75, ’10P
James B. Swenson ’59
James R. Tanenbaum ’70
R. Charles Tschampion, III ’67, ’68G
Ronald J. Ulrich ’66, ’98P, ’99P
Lee A. Iacocca ’45
Warren V. Musser ’49
Robert E. Zoellner ’54