Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Michael J. Connor '80
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.

John Franchini '97
Senior Vice President

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.
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.

James M. Flanagan '80
Alumni Trustee
Flanagan, of Chatham Township, NJ, is a regional manager with Workday, Inc. He has worked in the consulting and software industry for 30 years. Alumni activities include: president of the LUAA board of directors, class president, member of the 25th and 30th Reunion Fund team, and class correspondent from 1980-1995 and 2000-2005. He is a brother of Phi Delta Theta and served as house president. Jim and his wife, Ellen (Marshall) Flanagan '80, are members of the Asa Packer Society and parents of Emily '12.

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.

James G. Hernjak '96
Young Alumni Trustee
Hernjak, of Houston, TX, is an Americas reliability specialist with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and the team captain for ExxonMobil recruiting at Lehigh. Alumni activities include: chair of the LUAA board of directors volunteer engagement committee, Lehigh agent for the Lehigh Fund, board member of the Lehigh Club of Houston, and volunteer with the general reunion committee. He also won the prestigious Alumni Award in 2006. He is a loyal brother of the Sigma Chi fraternity and a member of the Asa Packer Society. He was a presidential scholar, and his undergraduate activities include: risk manager and academic chair for Sigma Chi, IFC rush adviser, new student orientation leader, and honorary society membership in Tau Beta Pi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Krista N. Kobeski '07
International Director-at-Large
Kobeski, of Mountain View, CA, is in user operations for Facebook. Her activities as an alumna include serving as class correspondent since graduation. As an undergraduate, she was class secretary, served in student senate, participated with the women's rugby team, and managed the wrestling team.

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 Emmaus, PA, is the director of distance education and instructional technologies at DeSales University. 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.

Wayne L. Bethea '91
Bethea, of Columbia, MD, is a senior researcher for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in computer science at Lehigh. He is a member of BALANCE. He established the Kappa Alpha Psi Student Success assistance fund as the Terry L Williams Brotherhood Kappa assistance fund. As a student, he was a founding father of Lehigh's chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and a member of the lacrosse team.

Richard D. Carpenter '76
Carpenter, of Plymouth Meeting, PA, is the chief financial officer of the Vanguard Group, Inc. As an alumnus, he has been involved with the Lehigh Club of Philadelphia and served as Vanguard's University Recruiting an Relations Team Champion. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity and Beta Alpha Psi accounting society, and played on the baseball team.

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.

John G. Hughes ‘65
Hughes, of Bethlehem, PA, is retired. As an alumnus, he mans the information desk in the Alumni Memorial Building and participates in student and alumni dinner club. While enrolled at Lehigh, he was a secretary of Delta Tau Delta and president of the Scabbard and Blade.

George J. Kuczynski '74
Kuczynski, of Allentown, PA, works as director of engineering, procurement and construction developing a potential third nuclear unit for PPL. He has been with PPL for 38 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.

Amanda J. Lasker '07
Lasker, of New York, NY, is the director of the Columbia College Young Alumni Fund at Columbia University. Since graduation, she has served on the Young Alumni Council, with the Lehigh Club of New York, and as class agent. As a student, she interned with LUAA, was a member of the senior class gift committee, and sang with the university choir.

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.

Bradley W. McGowan '87
McGowan, of Bethlehem, PA, is the head of financial sponsors coverage for SPECTRUM Capital Advisers LLC. Since graduation, he has served with the board of directors, as class president and agent, as a member of the Wall Street Council, and volunteers with Alumni Admissions Outreach. He won the Alumni Award in 1997. While in school, he was a brother of Delta Upsilon, a member of the Investment Club, and co-captain of the golf team.

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.

Gaurav K. Mirchandani '04
Mirchandani, of New York, NY, is the founder of Chayowo Games Inc. Since graduation, he has served as a member of the advisory board of the Lehigh Entrepreneurship Council and as a board member for Childrens' Hope India. As a student, he was a founding member of the Association for Student Alumni and president of the accounting club.

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.

Edward Ramos '89
Ramos, of Short Hills, NJ, is senior vice president at Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC He has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg, and has been interviewed by USA Today and Time magazine. He received an M.B.A. from the Columbia Graduate School of Business as a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow. He has been a featured speaker at Lehigh, the Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, and the World Pension Forum.

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.

Safiya J. Simmons '03
Simmons, of Washington, DC, is the president and C.E.O. of Kidous Consulting L.L.C. and a press secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives. 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, Genesis Gospel Choir, UMOJA House, and Office of Admissions Multicultural Ambassador. Since graduation, Safiya has been involved with BALANCE, L.U. Media and Communications Alumni, and the Young Alumni Council.  She has also been her class correspondent since graduation. Her mother, Linda Jafari '77, and husband, Enrique Simmons Jr. '04, 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
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.

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.

Steven A. Villas '75
Villas, of Summit, NJ, is the vice president of global crude oil marketing for Hess Corporation. As an alumnus, he has served as the chairman of the College of Education Advisory Council and the president of the Lehigh Club of Northern Ohio. As a student, he is a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

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.

Howard Foltz '77
Ex-OfficioGreek Alumni Council President

Howard Foltz currently serves as President of Lehigh’s Greek Alumni Council. He has served as a class officer and been involved in various reunion planning capacities. His current volunteerism focuses on Lehigh’s Greek community. In the past he was involved with the United Way of the Lehigh Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh in 1977 and an MBA from Lehigh in 1980. 

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.

Thom Healy, Jr. '85
Ex-Officio, Legacy of Leadership President

Joseph R. McLoughlin '09
Ex-Officio, Young Alumni Council President
Joseph, of Hoboken, NJ, is a systems integration consulting analyst with Accenture.  As a student, he was an active member of Student Senate and pursued independent research in the field of biomimetic adhesives as a part of the Eckardt Scholars program.  He is a brother in Sigma Phi Epsilon and served as chapter president from 2008 to 2009.  Joseph received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Lehigh in 2009 and and M.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Jacob J. Silber '14
Ex-Officio, Association of Student Alumni President

Richard Smith '55

Ex-OfficioSenior Alumni Council President
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.

The Lehigh University Alumni Association (LUAA) Board of Directors assists the Alumni Association staff in strategic planning to ensure that the activities and programs of the LUAA are implemented in a manner consistent with the mission of the LUAA.