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Board of Trustees

Steven M. Hayes, Chair

Steven M. Hayes, PC

Donna Dodge, SC, Vice Chair

Sisters of Charity of New York
Sr. Donna Dodge is currently the president of the Sisters of Charity of New York. She has held positions in the ministry of education on the elementary level, co-directed the Sisters of Charity Planning and Research Office, and went on to serve in higher education administration for almost 25 years. After a term as Assistant to the President of the Sisters of Charity, Sr. Donna became Executive Director and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in religious studies from Fordham University, and an EdD in higher education administration from Teachers’ College, Columbia University.

Margaret M. O’Brien, SC, Secretary

Sisters of Charity of New York

Susan R. Burns, President

University of Mount Saint Vincent
Susan Burns, PhD serves as the sixth president of the University of Mount Saint Vincent. Embodying a deep-seated commitment to the liberal arts and its inherent promise to provide access to an authentic, high-quality education to talented students of every background, Dr. Burns has dedicated herself to the common good, Vincentian service, and the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Carole Acunto

CINN Group, Inc.
Carole Acunto is founder and leader of CINN’s National Association Management Division and its 60 employees from 1988 to 2014, and chief administrator of the home offices of 24 national and regional financial, law, and insurance nonprofit associations. As an advocate in the fight to combat insurance fraud and as an exponent of fairness in the insurance claims settlement process, Mrs. Acunto appeared nationally in televised media, before hearings and editorial boards, to argue for high standards in battling fraud. Her efforts resulted in changes in laws and procedures affecting U.S. insurance buyers favorably. She received many top professional awards for her achievement as an executive, including an MBA, honoris causa, from the European School of Economics at Buckingham University and the highest awards given by several insurance associations.

Paula Marie Buley, IHM

Rivier University

John F. Caruso

Retired, ABC Television/Walt Disney Company
During his 40-year career at The Walt Disney Company, John Caruso worked his way up to serve as Senior Vice President of Disney ABC Sales after starting as an ABC Page. Leading the strategy and teams for marketing partnerships and sales agreements across various distribution platforms for ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel Worldwide, and Disney Syndication, he built strong relationships with national advertisers and leaders at global agencies. In his role, Mr. Caruso had the opportunity to hire, lead, mentor, and coach many talented people within the company—as Walt Disney said, “…it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Since leaving Disney, he continues to serve organizations that support people with diverse needs as a consultant for media and technology companies, further expanding his passion to help people across levels, functions, career lifecycles, and cultures become their best selves. An alumni, Mr. Caruso has also served as a mentor the University of Mount Saint Vincent for more than 10 years. He earned his MBA from Fordham University and also serves on the Boards of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and the Sisters of Charity Ministry Network.

Vita A. Cassese

Mardon Management Advisors
Vita Cassese has extensive experience as an independent director, having served on the boards of seven corporations since retiring from a 30-year career at Pfizer where she established a history of respected leadership through all stages of Pfizer’s growth from $500M to $62B. At Pfizer, Ms. Cassese served as member of the Worldwide Pharmaceuticals Executive Leadership Team heading the global technology, digital, and analytics organization, consisting of over 2,000 professionals across 100 international locations. She earned a BA in mathematics from the University of Mount Saint Vincent and her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Cristóbal Conde

A software entrepreneur and tech investor, Cristóbal Conde has a principal focus on helping software companies scale. Early in his career he started a software company which was acquired by SunGard. He stayed on and was promoted to run SunGard, which he did for 14 years, growing it to be a Fortune 500 company employing 25,000. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in astronomy and physics.

Noreen M. Culhane

Retired, EVP NYSE Euronext
After graduating from the University of Mount Saint Vincent, Noreen Culhane taught first grade for 5 years and then transitioned into a career in business. During her 20 years in sales and client service at IBM, she managed the securities industry business with responsibility for investment banks and brokerages headquartered in New York. At the New York Stock Exchange, she managed the global listings business with offices covering the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Culhane is also a trustee of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and is a board member of Mutual of America. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, rowing, reading, and traveling.

Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio

Yonkers Public Schools
Dr. Del Vecchio graduated from the University of Mount Saint Vincent in 1971 and earned her EdD from Fordham University, specializing in educational leadership, administration, and policy, with a concentration on partnership development and professional development of aspiring school administrators. Recently retired from St. John’s University, since 2005 she has taught, mentored, and advised students in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University School of Education. She was also the director of school leadership programs for aspiring principals and administrators in non-public schools, a partnership program with the New York City Department of Education and St. John’s University. Dr. Del Vecchio currently serves as Vice President for the Board of Education for the Yonkers Public Schools.

Peter DeNunzio

The Dwight Company
Peter DeNunzio is a long-time CEO of several marketing, advertising, and digital strategy organizations. His experience has coincided with seismic changes in marketing driven by technology and data advancements that have changed the way people communicate, transact, and form relationships. He is a passionate supporter of education, serving not only on the University’s board, but also that of Deerfield Academy and the Advertising Educational Foundation.

Susan Chiaviello DiDonato

A talent professional with more than 30 years of successful leadership experience, Susan DiDonato is an accomplished marketer and communicator. Ms. DiDonato is a trusted advisor and indispensable business partner in the area of Talent Management and, most recently, Business Integrity at WPP, the world’s largest communications organization.

Cathy-Ann Martine Dolecki

Retired, AT&T
Cathy-Ann Martine Dolecki possesses more than three decades in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. In addition to her work with the University of Mount Saint Vincent, Ms. Dolecki is a also board member for public company and SPAC.

Alex Ehrlich

Percapita Group, Inc.
Alex Ehrlich, founder and CEO of Percapita Group, Inc., built and led prime brokerage businesses throughout his career. He co-founded Goldman Sachs’ Prime Brokerage business in the early 1990s, and headed or co-headed that business in Europe and Asia, until he departed from the firm after 24 years. Mr. Ehrlich went on to lead Prime Brokerage at UBS in London and New York for six years, after which he co-headed Prime Brokerage for a decade at Morgan Stanley, where he also oversaw the Listed Derivatives and Fund Administration businesses, served on the Equities and Securities Operating Committees, and chaired the Diversity Council of the Investment Bank. He left Wall Street with gratitude for his many mentors and friends, and recognition of how privileged he was to have had such opportunities.

Kelvin Gentles

Archdiocese of New York

Deborah J. Hamilton

Hamilton Advisors, Inc.
Deborah Hamilton is the founder and CEO of Hamilton Advisors, a wealth management firm with an emphasis on family office management. Hamilton Advisors is based in Greenwich, Conn. and has been in business since 1980. Additionally, she serves as the Executive Director of the Business Insurance Foundation, which focuses on the recruitment and betterment of individuals in the insurance industry. Ms. Hamilton has served on many nonprofit boards over the years and continues to do so in her own community and internationally.

Maureen A. Henegan

Henegan Construction

Anita Palmieri Kerr

Robert Lorenzo

Eden Roc Capital
With more than 20 years of experience, Robert Lorenzo is currently Managing Director of Eden Roc Capital, a U.S.-based private equity firm. Since 2019, he has lead Eden Roc’s initiative into Health Care and Technology, including interests in BioTech, MedTech, Diagnostics & Imaging, Life Sciences, Healthcare IT, and Care Services, as well as FinTech and InsuranceTech. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lorenzo held senior positions at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and Chase Manhattan Bank—both in New York and Europe. He earned a BS, summa cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Ronita Macklin

Maura A. Markus

Paul W. Mourning

Crowell & Moring LLP
Paul Mourning is a partner in the New York office of Crowell & Moring and co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Group. His multidimensional practice is focused on health care and nonprofit organizations, particularly relating to corporate, regulatory, and transactional matters. Mr. Mourning also serves as National Legal Counsel to The Salvation Army for many years and advises a variety of tax-exempt clients in a number of service areas, including religious organizations, foundations, educational institutions, museums, social service agencies, and trade associations. He received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and his AB, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Pamela Newman

PJN Strategies LLC

Dominica Rocchio, SC

Elizabeth Vermaelen, SC

Cheri Walsh

Joan D. Walsh

Kashbox Coaching
Joan Walsh has been a coach for more than 30 years. Currently residing in Charleston, S.C., Ms. Walsh has two sons, loves to workout, and is very active in her church with bible studies, prayer shawl ministry, and as an extraordinary minister. Additionally, she is a trustee at the Robert and Joan Dircks Foundation, a family foundation, and is on the advisory board at S&T Bank, as well as being a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Susan L. Whitney

Retired, IBM
Susan Whitney is a retired IT professional and a graduate of the University of Mount Saint Vincent. She had a 35 year career with IBM, living various places around the world. She concluded her responsibilities managing the PC Server division. Ms. Whitney has also served on multiple boards in the semiconductor industry.

Trustees Emeriti

Stefano Acunto
Rosemary T. Berkery
James J. Campbell
Gail Vance Civille
Noreen Doyle
Patrick Grace
Jane Iannucelli, SC
Stephen A. Manzi
Valerie E. Mastronadi
Joan Maloney Moran
Deryck Palmer
Raul Rivera
H. Gerard Seitz