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Alumni Board Members and Nominations

Alumni Board Election 2019

Nomination Bios - Current Members Seeking Re-Election
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Taryn Kennedy ’01 - After graduating from Rosemont, Taryn earned her master’s degree with counseling certification from the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a psychotherapist and supervisor/manager of various mental health programs/teams for 12 years. An interest in the legal field led her to pursue paralegal certification, and today she is a corporate paralegal at Duane Morris after working as a paralegal with Cozen O'Connor in the real estate practice for almost 5 years. Recently elected as the South Eastern District Director of the Pennsylvania State Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (PSSDAR), Taryn supports 22 DAR chapters in 6 counties.

She previously served a three-year term as Regent of the Philadelphia Chapter and as PSSDAR State Vice Chairman of the Valley Forge Bell Tower Committee, which provides support to the Justice Bell and the tower where it rests in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Taryn also fundraises for and volunteers for various causes, including Wills For Heroes and Unclaimed Persons, and she provides free mentorship and counseling to various members of her community. As a result of her volunteer service with Philadelphia VIP's Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, Taryn won the 2015 Pro Bono Award from the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals.

She still credits Rosemont for nurturing her confidence and talent, and said she has very fond memories of being an active student leader. “I love serving on the Rosemont College Alumni Board of Directors and would be honored to continue supporting the future of Rosemont College in this way,” she said.


Margaret O'Neal McManus ’78  -

Margaret has more than 40 years of experience in business analysis, training, administration, and consulting positions in the insurance industry and is currently a director of operations with Global Indemnity, an organization that provides specialty property and casualty coverage for a wide range of markets. She has served as a volunteer for Experience Fund phoning at Rosemont College and has served as the alumnae ambassador for Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

While her children attended Presentation BVM in Wynnewood, she was very active on the Home and School Association and was president from 2002-04. From 1993-2003, she served as a Girl Scout leader and is currently serving as a member of the advisory committee for Bottom Line Legal Billing Solution and for Image Right as the customer advisory representative. Margaret is married to Bill McManus and they have 3 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren. She currently resides in Ardmore and is seeking her 3rd term on the Rosemont Alumni Board of Directors.


 Helen McDevitt-Smith ’63 -

Helen has served on the Rosemont Alumni Board of Directors for the past 6 years and has represented the Ministry and Mission Action Committee (MMAC) of the college for the last 4 years. (The purpose of the MMAC is to gather together diverse representatives from the various constituencies of the Rosemont community, administration, faculty, staff, and students to discuss and advise on programs and initiatives and to implement the policies and goals of the Office of Mission, the Office of Campus Ministry, and the Cornelian Service Corps.)

“It has been my pleasure to serve on this committee and to report back to the Alumni Board the various ways that the vision and spirituality of Cornelia Connelly, the foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, has taken root at Rosemont College,” she said. “Rosemont has expanded a great deal beyond the women’s undergraduate liberal arts college that I attended in the early 1960s. I have enjoyed meeting and working with board members who have graduated from the later academic programs and who share with me the same love and gratitude for their education at Rosemont.”


Dwayne Dantzler ’99 - A Magna Cum Laude graduate from the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies who holds a bachelor of science degree in management, Dwayne is a quality director at Agilent Technologies, a company that provides laboratories worldwide with instruments and other services, where he has been employed and has held several positions for many years. He attributes his career advancement opportunities to his extensive work experience complemented by the world-class education that he received at Rosemont College and Saint Joseph's University, where he continued his studies by earning an MBA in 2002.

During his tenure at Rosemont, Dwayne was nominated and recognized as a recipient of the Who’s Who Among America’s College Students and he has been an active director of the Alumni Board while serving on several committees during his two terms of service. The current chairperson of the board’s Nominating & Recognition Standing Committee, Dwayne was also selected to serve on the Rosemont Campaign Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at Rosemont who has facilitated courses in leadership, business systems, and diversity since 2015.


Lauren Hunter Farrell ’04  - Lauren earned her bachelor’s in religious studies and is seeking her second term second term on the Rosemont Alumni Board of Directors. After graduating, she worked as a director of religious education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 6 years. During this time, she was honored with the Companions on the Journey Award, the highest recognition from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, presented to adults who exemplify the best attributes of ministry and Catholic teaching to youth.

She also met her husband Robert Farrell and was married in November 2006. In 2010, she decided to be to be a stay-at-home mom to raise her two sons, Luke and Sean. Once they were in school full time, she looked to become more involved in her community and was invited to be a member on the Abington Health Foundation Women’s Board Junior Auxiliary and she chaired the Junior Auxiliary for 5 years.

She currently serves on the auxiliary and is entering her 10th year. Lauren was awarded the Abington Health Foundation Auxilian of the Year Award in 2014 for excellence in fundraising and volunteerism. After receiving this award, she was asked to serve on the Abington Jefferson Health Women’s Board, and today she is entering her 5th year as a board member, having chaired many successful fundraisers that help raise money to assist needy members of the community to have access to healthcare.

She also serves as a room mother for both her sons’ classes at school and is cantor at her parish - St. Hilary of Poitiers in Rydal. “It has been an amazing experience serving on the board of the College that left an imprint on my heart,” she said. “I hope to continue to serve this great community in the future and to be a part of the growth of Rosemont.”


Erin Hennicke ’92 - Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Rosemont and started her career in publishing (subsidiary rights department of Viking Penguin) before segueing into the film industry as a story editor at Barbra Streisand’s production company Barwood Films, where she managed development and production.

In 2000, she joined Franklin & Siegal & Associates, the largest literary scouting agency in New York, where she has scouted books and material for clients such as Universal Studios (on the feature film side), and has added Paramount TV to her roster.

She has also been involved in a number of professional and charitable organizations, including the Cornelia Connelly Center, a school for at-risk girls on the Lower East Side, and she has supported organizations such as Children of Bellevue, a nonprofit devoted to providing companionship and support to pediatric patients and their families at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.


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Peg Isselmann ’64  - Peg has long exercised leadership in keeping her class members connected to each other and to the College. Over the last 10 years, she has organized local meetings to plan for Reunions and to recruit people to attend other Rosemont events. She has also served as a Reunion class representative, and “she exemplifies the community spirit which we all learned to appreciate while at Rosemont,” according to her classmate Marianna P. Sullivan, who nominated Peg for a Board seat.

 Along with her husband John, Peg also served on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church’s 150th Anniversary Committee beginning in 2016. She also chaired the church’s history committee that, with the help of other parishioners, pieced together details of 150 years of church, school, and parish history, and how parishioners through the ages have participated in parish life, social outreach, and ministry.


Erinn Victoria King ‘12, ’14 - As the scheduling coordinator at Spectrum Health Services Inc. in Philadelphia, Erinn is responsible for developing, maintaining, and managing all aspects of complex multi-site physician patient schedules. She initiated a site-wide electronic scheduling system and is directly responsible for continuous management and maintenance of the system software at her company. In her current role, she also serves on multiple committees and is involved in the development of new standing orders, workflows, and polices.

She has always prided herself in giving back to others, and is excited for the potential opportunity to work with fellow alumni board directors towards a greater good for Rosemont College. “I would love the opportunity to give back,” she said. “I have a strong interest in the opportunity to work with others and watch ideas and goals come to life for our Rosemont community; that is the true benefit of this opportunity.

Once a student’s studies have ended, it becomes easier to neglect and harder to look back and continue to help with the growth and success of the school. This is my opportunity to come back and help our school in its continued efforts to grow and connect. As a potential member of this organization, I plan to put the much-needed time into working towards a greater Rosemont College.”


Caitlyn Dupon ’18 - A legal assistant at Fleischer, Fleischer & Suglia in Marlton, NJ, Caitlyn is responsible for filing case-sensitive documents and assisting staff with various assignments. Her professional background includes sales and serving as an administrative assistant for KYW News Radio in Philadelphia, where she helped to develop podcasts and helped to produce on-air programing.

While at Rosemont College, she was on the Dean’s List and was a retreat leader for Campus Ministry. She also worked as a secretary in the Office of Student Life. “I’m full of ideas and think I would bring a great perspective to Rosemont as member of the Alumni Board,” she said. In May, Caitlyn will begin her Master’s in Education program at Rowan University.


Victoria Nastri ’92  - A development director at United Service Organizations (USO), an organization that seeks to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to our nation, Victoria is an experienced nonprofit development director.

She specializes in corporate partnerships, cause-marketing campaigns, programmatic funding, capacity-building, and employee engagement. She also has a strong background in media, marketing, and higher education student affairs. In her previous career track, Victoria worked at Rosemont as the director of student activities from 1996-98 and has previously served on the Rosemont Alumni Board of Directors.


Paula Iacovelli Wholey '74 - After more than 30 years working in radio, television, and digital marketing, Paula founded AIM Media Partners, a Media Buying and Planning service. Currently, she’s managing the launch of a client’s national program to help first-time homebuyers. 

As a business owner, she now has more time for community efforts. Paula has experience serving on many various boards during her career, and currently serves on the alumni boards of the Holy Child Schools, Mothers’ Home, and the Life & Family Council at the Archdiocese. As a sculptor and painter, she’s served on the boards of arts groups, including the alumni board of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Terry Beck’s Dance Troupe. She shows her work in open juried and invitational settings, as well as at a gallery in Ocean City, NJ. She resides in Drexel Hill with her husband, John. 


Jean C Ebbott '84 - The operational and solution director at SEI Investments in Oaks, PA , Jean manages 35 operating professionals in her role and has a reputation for leading successful onboarding initiatives and launching new services through the validation of data integrity, managing project plans, and hiring/training production staff to support needed services.

She holds two professional financial securities licenses and has been a board member for the SEI Women's Network since 2014. "I have a deep sense of commitment and loyalty to Rosemont College, and to the future of the College," she said. "I have served on the SEI Women’s Network Board, which was dedicated to educating, inspiring, and connecting women, and I enjoyed the success of our initiatives. I would like to continue leading and making a difference."


Madison Leonard '15  - A third-generation Rosemont alumna, Madison also attended Northeastern University, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. She then took the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and began working at the Montgomery County Public Defender's Office as a Pretrial Attorney. She recently began to transition into a trial position and has always had a goal of working in public interest law.

Her co-ops while in law school were all public defense-related – she worked at the Massachusetts EdLaw Project, Legal Aid Society Prisoner’s Rights Project in New York, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston. While at Rosemont, Madison was involved in Campus Ministry, an orientation leader, president of the Pre-Law Society, and played a year of basketball and tennis.

“I loved Rosemont and the friends it gave me that turned into family,” she said. “My grandmother and two of my aunts are alumnae, and my sisters are current students, so my connection to the school runs very deep. Getting an opportunity to stay involved in the future of Rosemont by working on the alumni board is something I'm very interested in. I think Rosemont has so much to offer and I am ready to participate in and facilitate its success!”


Brittany Blythe '19  - A first-generation college graduate, Brittany earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Rosemont with a 3.9 GPA in 2019. She is employed as a forensic mental health case manager at Crozer-Keystone Health System, where she works with the Delaware County Mental Health Criminal Court team and collaborates with community leaders such as judges, probation officers, court liaisons, behavioral health staff, public defenders, and local community housing programs to reduce the incarceration rate of mentally ill offenders in Delaware County by reintegrating clients back into society.

Her degree will also allow her to help counsel mentally ill offenders. “My time at Rosemont has helped me to experience the value of small colleges, and I want others to experience my passion as well,” she said. As a first-generation college graduate, I know that it is important to have community resources and advocates to help overcome barriers. I want to help students at Rosemont who are first-generation to not only gain valuable experiences but to see the value of remaining connected to Rosemont, because they face challenges that many do not understand and it is important that they feel connected to the college with the support of experienced alumni.”

A hereditary condition caused a bilateral leg amputation for Brittany at the age of 2, and she uses this experience to inspire and help others. Her message: never say never and never give up. She recently returned from participating in the Schools of Graduate & Professional Studies 2019 Global Studies program trip to Sorrento, Italy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Rider University, where she studied psychology, legal studies, and leadership, in 2014.


Lauren J. Curtis '05 - As the national alumni relations coordinator at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Lauren was responsible for the planning, implementing, and promoting of alumni programs that supported AMDA’s strategic plan, as well as the establishing and building of relationships with a wide range of alumni. In her position she also maintained regular communication with alumni via digital and print publications and managing departmental email, phone, and personal communications in support of alumni events and activities.

As a former Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Rosemont, Lauren said she would like to serve on the Alumni Board of Directors because Rosemont has a very special place in her heart. She has a passion for development and working with alumni, and giving back to the Rosemont alumni community is very important to her.


Kira Justice Wells ’04, ’13  - A member of the first class of Rosemont College’s RISE (Rosemont Initiatives in Student Education) Program, Kira has been a part of the Rosemont Community since the age of 15. She graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, then again in 2013 with an MFA in Creative Writing (with a concentration in poetry).

Kira’s Rosemont education helped to lead her to write her first book, Shouting from Constricted Lungs, in 2014 while she was beginning her career in real estate with Greystar Management after serval years serving her various communities through case management, child care, and volunteer efforts. Kira previously served on the Rosemont Alumni Board of Directors before fully emerging herself in her career of property management. Being a part of Rosemont’s legacy has been a pillar in Kira’s professional life and her personal life, and she said that she is “looking forward to continuing to grow with the ‘Power of Small’ by returning to the alumni board.”


Norinda Rosario Yancey '04 - As President and Chief Executive Officer of Fierce Buddha Productions, a consultancy firm dedicated to helping individuals and organizations become their best selves, Norinda has 25 years’ experience serving as an educator and nonprofit leader - working with schools, families, and community organizations to help provide support, guidance, and opportunities for others to achieve personal and academic success.

 Norinda recently served as director of community impact for United Way of North Central Florida, where she managed donor investments, partner networks, and community impact. At Rosemont, she served as editor of the Rambler, vice president of commuter affairs, and served as an undergraduate women's council member.


Andrea Frangiosa '98 - Andrea is a senior scientist at Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) in Collegeville, PA, with more than 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with more than 2 years in high-volume QC laboratories and 18 years of experience in biopharmaceuticals and parenteral products. She is currently attending Strayer University and working towards an MBA degree with a concentration in project management.

She has experience with drug product formulation and process development, CMC regulatory documents, and stability technical lead. She was a significant contributor to the BLA/MAA regulatory documents for the approved biopharmaceutical drug product Nucala and the product line liquid extensions. A member of the American Chemical Society, she has previously served on the Rosemont Alumni Board of Directors and said she "very much enjoyed planning various events while serving the College and the alumni."


Faith Elizabeth Vavra '96 - As a public relations specialist and community liaison, Faith has participated in more than 200 community meetings, local conferences, press conferences, and professional association meetings. She is currently on the staff of newly elected Congressman Anthony Brindisi in New York’s 22nd District and has served as the primary contact for state legislative liaisons, assisted in efforts to have contact with senators and representatives, and has chaired meetings of up to 250 people.

She has also partnered with community groups and social service agencies to assist in programing needs and has delivered well-received, comprehensive presentations to community leaders and decision-makers that detail programs and development.

As a member of the Broome County Executive Office leadership team in New York, she has helped to provide constituent services, guidance to department supervisors, and has attended meetings on behalf of the county executive. A professional who also has experience working in many leadership roles, grant writing, and fundraising, her community service positions include serving on the: Impact Council of United Way of Broome County, Junior League of Broome County, Faith in Action Advisory Committee, Hockey for Hope Board of Directors, and Wendy’s Walk for Kids.

She earned her master’s in public administration from Troy University and her master’s in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina. She would like to join the Board because she feels "it is time to give back to the place that built me."


Tanzania Jenkins-Schaub '12 - The owner of Heroic Financial Services LLC in Elkins Park, PA, a finance company launched in 2014 that offers money management, time management, and income tax services, Tanzania meets with clients to assess their financial status in order to present a financial plan that includes both short- and long-term goals. She also helps clients with financial planning for retirement, education, daily expenses, and investment strategies. During her time at Rosemont she served as a resident assistant and class president. She would like to serve on the Board in an effort to help alumni to keep in contact with their alma mater.


Current Alumni Board

Executive Committee

Eileen McMonagle `75:  Officer Term Ends 2020

Linda Romanowski `75

Zelda Brafman `01, `04:  Officer Term Ends 2020

Karen Santillo Fiorillo `84, `02:  Officer Term Ends 2020

Directors

Dwayne Dantzler: 2nd Term Ends 2019; Currently Up For Re-Election

Taryn Edmonds: 1st Term Ended 2018; Currently Up For Re-Election

Eileen Potts Gorman: 2nd Term Ends 2020

Erin Hennicke: 1st Term Ended 2018; Currently Up For Re-Election

Lauren K. Hunter Farrell: 1st Term Ended 2018; Currently Up For Re-Election

Alexis M. Kropp-Kwon: 1st Term Ended 2018; Currently Considering Re-Election

Helen McDevitt-Smith: 2nd Term Ends 2019; Currently Up For Re-Election

Ben McGinty: 3rd Terms Ends 2020

Margaret McManus: 2nd Term Ended 2018; Currently Up For Re-Election

Mary Anne Schofield: 1st Term Ends 2019; Will Not Seek Re-Election

Nadia McCrimmon: 1st Term Ends 2021

Olesya Kuchma: 1st Term Ends 2020

Ashley Montecchio: 1st Term Ends 2021

Nompilo Nyathi: 1st Term Ends 2021

Jennifer Beronio: 1st Term Ends 2021

Elizabeth McCluskey: 1st Term Ends 2021

Catherine Nakonetschny: 1st Term Ends 2021

Jennifer South: 1st Term Ends 2021