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 firmís bankruptcy and restructuring practice. He received a bachelorís 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 publicly traded global investment management organization. He is supervising principal of OCM Investments, L.P., Oaktreeís registered broker-dealer entity. He also serves on the executive committee of the board of trustees at Blair Academy and chairs the schoolís investment committee. He received a bachelorís degree in government from Lehigh University in 1984 and an M.B.A. from Saint Josephís 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 bachelorís degree in English from Lehigh in 1975 and a masterís 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 serves on the Social Policy Advisory Board at The Johns Hopkins University. She received a bachelorís degree in finance from the University of Delaware in 1980 and an M.B.A. from Pace University in 1985.
Peter E. Bennett ’63, ’93P
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 Libertyís portfolio companies and on the advisory board of the New York chapter of New Leaders for Schools. He received a bachelorís 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 Rochesterís Materials Science Program. He received a bachelorís degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1980, a bachelorís degree in engineering physics from Lehigh in 1981, and a masterís 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 bachelorís 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 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 in biomaterials science from the New York University College of Dentistry in 2010.
Thomas J. Campbell ’80, ’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 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.
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 bachelorís degree in geology from Lehigh in 1964, a masterís degree in geology from the University of Virginia in 1967, and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Arizona in 1977.
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 bachelorís degree in chemistry with honors from Lehigh in 1966. He also received a masterís 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, Calif. 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.
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 bachelorís 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 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 bachelorís 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 bachelorís degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1968 and a masterís degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
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 bachelorís 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 University Alumni Association. He received a bachelorís degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh in 1996 and an M.B.A. from Lehigh in 1997.
Francis J. Ingrassia ’75, ’16P*
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 bachelorís degree in finance from Lehigh in 1975.
Anne R. Kline ’81
Anne R. Kline is a senior vice president and commercial loan officer at Revere. She is on the executive committee of Washington National Operaís board of trustees and volunteers with LIFT, a non-profit organization serving individuals with special needs. 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.
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 Lehighís Young Alumni Council. He received his bachelorís 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 bachelorís 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 bachelorís degree in mathematics and economics from Lehigh in 1974.
Joseph R. Perella ’64
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 Stanleyís 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 bachelorís 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 Lehighís Engineering Advisory Council. He received a bachelorís 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 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 Lehighís Martindale Society and also serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of inMotion Inc. He received a bachelorís 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 bachelorís degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh in 1981.
Daniel E. Smith Jr. ’71*,
Daniel E. Smith Jr. is the 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 Techís 30 Most Powerful CEOs by Forbes. He received a bachelorís 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 Divisionís board of directors. She is also a rotational Board member of Girls, Inc. She received a bachelorís degree in finance from Lehigh in 1980.
Ralph Albert Thomas ’76, ’77G, ’15P
Ralph Albert Thomas is the chief executive officer and executive director of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and sits on its National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. He serves on the Supreme Court of New Jersey District VIII Ethics Committee for Middlesex County and on the presidentís advisory council of the National Association of Black Accountants. He is a member of accounting advisory boards at three universities. He received a bachelorís degree in economics from Lehigh in 1976 and an M.B.A. from Lehigh in 1977.
Karen O’Donnell VanderGoot ’99
Karen OíDonnell 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 Stateís 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 bachelorís degree in political science and French from Lehigh in 1999 and a masterís 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 bachelorís 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.
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 Forumís 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 masterís degree from Kingís 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 masterís 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. He is a member of the Lehigh University Board of Trustees.
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 Lehighís 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 bachelorís 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 bachelorís 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 or venture-backed companies. He is also the founder and CEO of Golf Genius Software, LLC. He received a bachelorís degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1970, a masterís 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
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
Dennis E. Singleton III ’66
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