Board of Directors


In accordance with the by-laws of the Lehigh University Alumni Association, these individuals are recommended for nomination as officers, directors, and alumni trustees. All are three-year terms except as noted.

President (one-year term)
Kira C. Mendez '83

Senior Vice President (one-year term)
Gary K. Chan '80

Alumni Trustee
John J. Franchini '97

Young Alumni Trustee
Safiya Jafari-Simmons '03

Kathleen S. Hutnik '84

Michael J. Blackwell '97
Leon D. Caldwell '91
Joann Giangiulio '92 (renewed)
Barry J. Glickman '79
Corey L. Harrison '03
Anthony S. Hillman '01
George J. Kuczynski '74 (renewed)
L. Craig Lemle '74 (renewed)
Lauren M. Manduke '05
John J.Meehan '10 (renewed)
Frederick C. Zamparelle '08 (renewed)

John Franchini '97

Franchini, of Linwood, N.J., is vice president and assistant general counsel for JPMorgan Chase Bank. In 2000, he earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is the Class of 1997's president, a member of the Lehigh Lawyers Association, the LUAA Awards Committee, and Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He received the Undergraduate Merit Award in 1997 and the Alumni Award in 2007. He is a former young alumni trustee and LUAA Young Alumni Council member.

Kira Mendez '83
Senior Vice President
Mendez, of New York, N.Y., was a former partner of The Bridgespan Group. As a student she participated in concert band, wind ensemble, and the LUVME (modern music ensemble). She won the Williams senior essay prize, and was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kapp Nu. Mendez has served on the College of Engineering advisory council, the Corporate advisory council, the Global Village development team and is a past chair of the United Way of Morris County (now Northern, NJ).

Michael J. Connor '80 '14P
Alumni Trustee
Connor, of Morris Plains, N.J., is the chief executive officer of Market News International Inc. and is also head of section for the Deutsche Börse News Group. He is a past president and a founding member of the Wall Street Council, former class correspondent, and served on the Phi Gamma Delta alumni board. He received the Alumni Award at his 30th Reunion in 2010. He is an Asa Packer Society member. As a student, he represented Phi Gamma Delta on the I.F. C., was the president of the Newman Association, a member of the senior gift campaign, a music critic for The Brown and White, and played intramural sports.

Deborah Zajac '97
Alumni Trustee

Zajac, of New York, N.Y., is vice president of business development for General Electric. She has served Lehigh as a young alumni trustee, an advisor for the L.U. Baker Center for Entrepreneurship, an Asa Packer Society member and as a founding member of the LUAA Young Alumni Council, serving as president from 2005-2006. At Lehigh, she was an Iacocca and Trustee scholar, a Gryphon, a member of Delta Zeta, and a founder of the Global Village program. She received a B.S. in finance and a B.A. in Asian studies at Lehigh and an M.B.A. from the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business.

Andrew C. Fiala '92
Alumni Trustee
Fiala, of Fullerton, CA, is a vice president, Human Resources for PIMCO. In 2000, be earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His alumni activities include: young alumni trustee, two-terms as director-at-large of the LUAA Board of Directors, and Alumni Admissions Outreach. Andrew is a member of the Martindale and Asa Packer societies.

Gina L. Whitfield '05
Young Alumni Trustee
Whitfield, of Philadelphia, P.A., is the manager of business development at Sunoco Logistics. In 2013, she earned her M.B.A from The University of Texas where she received the Dean’s Service Award for Leadership and was a member of the Internal Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma. Whitfield has served Lehigh as the chair for the Alumni Outreach Committee, was a member of the Young Alumni Council, and class of 2005 Ambassador. As an undergraduate she was a University Admissions Fellow, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Association of Student Alumni, and the Lehigh Class Gift Committee.

Gregory J. Kuklinski '98
Young Alumni Trustee
Kuklinski, of Allentown, Pa., is a civil engineer at Alfred Benesch & Company. He is the class correspondent and practitioner advisor to the Student Chapter of the America Society of Civil Engineers. At his 15th Reunion this year, he received the Alumni Award for his class. He has served on the LUAA Board of Directors and the Young Alumni Council. As a student, he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was also active in the Newman Center and served as organist in Packer Church.

Marinee G. Cabrera '05
Young Alumni Trustee
Cabrera, of San Antonio, TX, has a B.S. in bioengineering from Lehigh and an M.S. in biomaterials science from New York University. Having recently transitioned from a career in engineering to dentistry, she is now a student at the University of Health Science Center at San Antonio, with an expected graduation date in 2017. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. She was also a member of the Young Alumni Council from 2006-2009. She is the Class of 2005's president and was awarded the Alumni Award in 2010.

Daniel R. Pietrzak '97
International Director-at-Large
Pietrzak, of London in the United Kingdom is the managing director of global markets with Deutsche Bank. In 2005, he received his M.B.A. from Wharton. As an alumnus he has been a member of the Career Advisory Network, the Wall Street Council, the Greek Alumni Council, and has served as a Greek Alumni Advisor. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and participated in Men’s Golf.

Kathleen Hutnik '84
Kathleen Hutnik is the director of graduate student life at Lehigh University. She has received the Lehigh Tradition of Excellence award three times, as well as the WAVES award from Lehigh’s Women’s Center. Her passion is for student affairs and promoting healthy relationships. She received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 1984 and a Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Tonya B. Amankwatia '08G
Amankwatia, of Virginia Beach, VA, is director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Regent University and Associate Professor in the School of Education. She earned a Ph.D. from Lehigh University in Learning Sciences and Technology with a concentration in instructional design. As a student, she was a member of the graduate student senatethe Lehigh Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, and served as a graduate student orientation ambassador.  She was also a charter member of the College of Education's Graduate Student Life Enhancement Committee.  She received a Cochran Intern Award from the Association of Educational Communications and Technology, recognizing her as a future leader in the field.

Bora Baloglu '08G '11G
Baloglu, of Chandler, A.Z., is a staff engineer with Amkor Technology. As a graduate student he served as vice president and president of the Graduate Student Senate, trustee of the Lehigh Valley Turkish American Association, and president of the Turkish Student Club. He helped institute an annual cultural breakfast with graduate students and the Board of Trustees. This event allows trustees to get to know the motivations and research projects of the graduate students at Lehigh.

Ludwig Benfante '69 '98P
Benfante, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is the president and history department chairman of the Heritage Library Foundation. He graduated magna cum laude with Interdepartmental Honors Dean’s List and was a member of Lehigh’s Beta of Pennsylvania chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. As an alumnus he has been a member of the Alumni Admissions Outreach Committee and Class of 1969 Reunion Committee, served as an officer for the class of 1969, and has hosted College Nights in New York, New Jersey, and South Carolina. Benfante is the founder of the Lehigh Club of South Carolina Lowcountry.

Charles F. Bustin Jr. '04 '05G
Bustin, of New York, N.Y., is an equity research analyst for Douglas C. Lane and Associates, Inc. Charlie graduated magna cum laude and was a Presidential Scholar. While at Lehigh he was a member of the soccer team earning a spot on the Patriot League academic honor roll. In 2005, he received his M.S. degree in Accounting and Information Analysis from Lehigh. He is a former member of the Industry Team Strategy Committee, Ernst & Young LLP and was tasked with setting the strategy and agenda for the media and entertainment industry.

Danielle Carpino '96

Carpino, of Stamford, C.T., is the assistant director of database marketing at the American Institute for Foreign Study. In 2014, she earned her M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. As a student Danielle was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and was a Lehigh Admissions tour guide. She is currently the 1996 class president, a member of the Delta Zeta sorority Fairfield County alumni chapter, and on the board of the Westchester/Fairfield Alumni Club.

Gary K. Chan '80

Chan, of Lake Forest, Ill., retired as the senior vice president of finance transformation for Mondelez International. He is an Alumni Admissions Outreach volunteer and a member of the Asa Packer Society. As a Lehigh undergraduate, he was president of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity. He received an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Houston in 1985.

Joann Giangiulio '92
Gianguilio, of Ardmore, PA, is an associate at O'Brien and Ryan, LLP. She earned her J.D. at Widner University in 1999. As a student, she was a member of the Gryphon Society. She is the past president of the Lehigh Club of Philadelphia where she particularly enjoys the annual First-Year Student Sendoff.

Jennifer S. Gonzalez '08, '09G

Gonzalez, of Hoboken, N.J., is an environmental/transportation planner for The Louis Berger Group, Inc. She is a member of the executive board of the Lehigh Club of Northern New Jersey, as well as past president and member of the Young Alumni Council. She is active as a class volunteer serving on the Reunion Committee. As a student, she belonged to the Association of Student Alumni, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, and the World Affairs Club.

Jonathan I. Green '92

Green, of Fair Haven, N.J., is co-founder and partner of Targeted Financial Services. He is a member of the Wall Street Council and an Alumni Admissions Outreach volunteer, for which he received the program's Unsung Hero Award in 2011. He is a member of the Asa Packer and Tower Societies. He and his wife, Michelle, endowed the Jesse Siegel Writing Award. 

Andrew T. Hartmann '99

Hartmann, of Philadelphia, Pa., is a senior structural engineer at AECOM. He has been an active member of the Lehigh Club of Philadelphia holding several offices, most recently that of president. He has hosted first-year student sendoffs, Lehigh-Lafayette telecasts, and has organized successful community service club events in his region.

Joseph S. Ianoale ‘05
Ianoale, of Philadelphia, P.A., is an investment banking associate at Wells Fargo & Securities. As an undergraduate student at Lehigh he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and participated in varsity soccer. Ianoale is a member of the ASA Packer Society and an active member in the Philadelphia Club. He has hosted an ASA Packer Society Sayre Associate focus Group for the Lehigh Fund and is a sponsor of the Lehigh CBE Scholarship.

George J. Kuczynski '74
Kuczynski, of Allentown, PA, recently retired as director of engineering, procurement and construction developing a potential third nuclear unit for PPL. He worked for PPL for 40 years. He was a brother of Zeta Psi fraternity as an undergraduate. He was a member of the freshman basketball team - 1970/71 season. As an alumnus he has served his class as a past secretary as well as conducting reunion planning and outreach. He is also an Asa Packer Society member. His son, Eric, is a member of the Class of 2001.

L. Craig Lemle '74
Lemle, of Scarsdale, NY, is the senior managing director at the real estate brokerage firm:  Studley, Inc. in Manhattan. He is a brother of Sigma Alpha Mu. His activities as an alumnus include: Wall Street Council; serving on the ire@l executive committee and as a mentor in that program; an externship host; and he is a member of the Asa Packer and Tower societies. His wife, Amy '75, and son, Cliff '04 are also members of the Lehigh Family.

John M. Meehan '10
Meehan, of New York, NY, is an equity research analyst for Barclays Capital. As a student, he was president of his class, a member of the senior class gift campaign, and the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He is a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He has served as the volunteer engagement co-chair for the Young Alumni Council and is a member of the Asa Packer Society. His parents, sister, and brother are all Lehigh alumni.

Nicholas Noel III '74
Noel, of Easton, P.A., is the founder principal partner, and president of Noel, Kovacs & McGuire, P.C. In 1977, he earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit. He has been a member of the Greek Alumni Council, the Lehigh Lawyers Association, a representative for the Fraternity Management Association, served as class of 1974 treasurer, and is currently the Lehigh Wrestling Club president. As an undergraduate, Noel was a member of The Forum (Lehigh’s governance body in the 1970’s), the 1970 freshman football team and Sigma Chi fraternity. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Northampton County Bar Association.

Kevin P. O'Sullivan '91

O'Sullivan, of Moorestown, N.J., is a partner for I.T. audit and security, for Crowe Horwath LLP. He has actively served on numerous boards from trade groups and non-profits to education with a strong governance background. He is a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.

Stephen C. Rittler '99
Rittler, of Bethlehem, PA, is the CEO of CounterMarch Systems. He has served on the Young Alumni Council, including a term as president. He was the Alumni Award recipient for his class in 2009. As a student, he was the drum major for the Marching 97, a member of the jazz and symphonic bands, a Williams Prize winner, and a member of the honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.

Braden H. Ryan '00
Ryan, of Redondo Beach, CA, is a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. During his Lehigh days, he walked onto the soccer team and made the Patriot League All-Academic team. He was a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon and Phi Beta Delta honor societies. He was also a Presidential Scholar.

Curtis A. Schmidt 75
Schmidt, of Bound Brook, N.J., is a senior geologist at H2M Associates, Inc. As an undergraduate, Schmidt was captain of the football cheerleading squad and a member of the Kappa Alpha Society. He has served as an Alumni Admissions Outreach volunteer, president of the Mid-Jersey Lehigh Alumni Club, and is currently a member of the Central Jersey Regional Lehigh Alumni Club. Schmidt is currently the chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Somerset County Cultural Arts Center and a member of the Bound Brook Community Emergency Response Team.

Safiya Simmons '03
Simmons, of Washington, D.C., is the president and C.E.O. of Kidous Consulting L.L.C. Her undergraduate activities include: writer, editor, columnist and business staff member of The Brown and White, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, National Society of Black Engineers, Paul Franz Advancement intern, and Office of Admissions Multicultural Ambassador. Since graduation, she has been involved with Balance, L.U. Media and Communications Alumni, and the Young Alumni Council. Her mother, Linda Jafari ʼ77, and husband, Enrique Simmons Jr. ʼ03, are part of the Lehigh family as well.

Sabrina I. Slater '05
Slater, of Princeton, NJ., earned her M.S. in education at Wagner College in 2009.  She is currently pursuing a masters in divinity at Princeton University. Slater was a member of the crew team, Gryphon Society, and Kappa Alpha Theta, as well as being involved with multicultural affairs during her undergraduate days. As an alumna, she is a member of BALANCE.

Thomas S. Spencer '69 '97P
Spencer, of White Hall, MD, was a partner and director of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver of Baltimore, Md. Prior to that, he was chairman of the department of English at Westtown School in Westtown, Pa., He has also co-authored four guides to American art museums and public gardens. He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has done graduate work in historic preservation at Goucher College. His alumni activities include: volunteer for the Career Adviser Network; Lehigh Fund phonathon host; AAO volunteer; and capital campaign volunteer. He is a brother of Phi Gamma Delta, and a member of the Asa Packer and Tower societies.

Jill Triani '94
Triani, of Riegelsville, P.A., is a former project manager with Mark Johnson & Associates. As a student Jill was a member of the Lehigh Wind Ensemble, the American Institute of Architecture Students, and was the president of the Residence Hall Association. She has served as the Michigan Alumni Club president, Reunion Chair Class of 1994, and has been the class of 1994 flag bearer at first year student rallies. Jill is actively involved with her kid’s sports team as a manager and coach.

William Trotter '67
William Trotter has served numerous terms on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. He is active on the Home Club Board and is a member of the Asa Packer and Tower Societies.  He currently is a leader within the LU Football Partnership, and is involved with the South Side Boosters. Bill also serves as a board member and volunteer at New Bethany Ministries. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 1967 and an MBA from Columbia University in 1971.

Scott Wojciechowski ’09 ‘10G
Scott Wojciechowski is a residence life coordinator at Gettysburg College. He is also the founder and chief educational officer for I Lead with Integrity, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based non-profit focused on the leadership development of high school seniors. He is a former Young Alumni Council member, and currently volunteers for Alumni Admissions Outreach. He is president of the Class of 2009 and was involved as a G
ryphon, orientation leader, and a member of ASA as an undergraduate. Scott is a brother of Delta Chi. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 2009, a master’s degree from Lehigh in 2010, and a master’s degree from The University of Iowa in 2012. 

Frederick Zamparelle ’08
Fred Zamparelle is a Senior Associate in KPMG, LLP’s Advisory Practice. He is the President of the Class of 2008 and has been an Asa Packer Society member since his graduation. As an undergraduate, he was a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, where he served as chairman of their Election for Cancer Research philanthropy campaign and as a Social and Programming chair as well. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Lehigh in 2008, and currently resides and works in the New York Metro area.

Brooks Goldman '58
Emeritus Director
Brooks Goldman is a retired associate administrator with the Federal Aviation Administration. He is president of the Class of 1958 and has been an annual reunion participant for many years. He is active in administration activities at his church and has a passion for increasing volunteer participation. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 1958.

James G. Hernjak '96
Emeritus Director
Hernjak, of Houston, TX is an Americas Reliability Specialist with ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company; and the team captain for ExxonMobil recruiting at Lehigh. Alumni activities include: Chair of LUAA BOD Volunteer Engagement Committee; Lehigh Fund Lehigh agent; board member of the Lehigh Club of Houston; and volunteer on the General Reunion Committee. He is a loyal brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and a member of the Asa Packer Society. 

Lauren Manduke '05
Ex-Officio, Young Alumni Council President
Manduke, of Far Hills, NJ, is a commercial litigator at Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, a mid-size law firm based out of Hackensack, NJ, and is the Republican female District 20 Represenative for Bernards Twp and member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. She has served Lehigh as a Young Alumni Council member since 2011, both as a member and committee chair, and remains active with the Varsity Crew Team. At Lehigh, she rowed on the Varsity Crew team and was a sister of Pi Beta Phi. She received a B.A. in political science and minor in Urban Studies followed by a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Shannon Varcoe '15
Ex-Officio, Association of Student Alumni President

Shannon currently serves as the president of the Association of Student Alumni. She is a senior working toward an Integrated Degree in Engineering Arts and Sciences with concentrations in Mechanical Engineering, Product Design and Entrepreneurship. Shannon participated in the Mountaintop Summer 2014 Program designing and developing toys for children with ADD/ADHD. She is also involved as a student worker for Lehigh After Dark, a leader in the Innovation and Leadership Residency program, and a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta.

Robert Sobieski '12
Ex-OfficioGreek Alumni Council President

Robert is a member of the class of 2012 and graduated from the College of Business and Economics. While at Lehigh, Robert was President and Founding Father of Pi Kappa Alpha and Secretary of the Inter-Fraternity Council, as well as a member of the Order of Omega and the Beta Alpha Psi business fraternity.

Richard Smith '55
Ex-Officio, Senior Alumni Council
Dick currrently serves as president of the Senior Alumni Council and is a desk volunteer in the Admissions Office.  He serves as class president and has been involved in various reunion planning activities.  He received the Alumni Award in 2005.  He currently is involved in volunteering activities with his church and the Cicada Music Festival at the Chautauqua of Pennsylvania.  He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh in 1955.

Legacy of Leadership

The Legacy of Leadership program was established as a place for past Board members to remain connected, engaged and involved with Lehigh. It serves as support for the mission and goals of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees and a social network for alumni to cultivate valuable connections with fellow alumni.

For more information on the Legacy of Leadership, please contact Samantha McGinty Dutton.