RADNOR, Pa. (Aug. 20, 2012) — Cabrini College has elected three new Trustees:
William deSante Jr., senior manager at Interactive Data Corporation in New York, N.Y.
Robert Jara, president and chief executive officer of First CornerStone Bank, in Pennsylvania
Jacqueline Pomfret Kirby, vice president, U.S. government affairs at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Del.
The appointments were effective July 1.
For more information about Cabrini’s Board of Trustees, visit www.cabrini.edu/Board.
A municipal bond analyst with more than 30 years of experience, deSante has served in his position at Interactive Data Corporation since 1997. There, he leads a group of credit analysts responsible for monitoring a large number of high yield, distressed and high grade municipal bonds.
Prior to joining Interactive Data Corporation, deSante was managing director at Moody’s Investors Service, where he directed 75 analysts in the areas of higher education, health care, housing, structured finance and bond insurance.
He earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Boston College. He is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Municipal Analysts Group of New York.
A certified public accountant, Jara has served in executive roles at First CornerStone Bank since 2000, and was named President and CEO in 2006. Previously, Jara held executive positions at CNB Investments, which incorporated to form First CornerStone Bank, and with First Commercial Bank of Philadelphia.
Jara is active in the community, serving on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Lansdowne Historic Theater Corporation in Lansdowne, Pa., and the Daemion Counseling Center in Berwyn, Pa.
Jara also is chairman of the finance committee of Saint Philomena Roman Catholic Church in Lansdowne. He earned a master of business administration degree in finance at Widener University, and a bachelor of science in accounting at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. He also graduated from the American Bankers’ Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Jara’s son, Andrew, is a senior psychology major at Cabrini.
A corporate affairs leader and health care policy advocate, Kirby has two decades experience in the private and public sectors. Since 2003, she has served in strategic legislative and commercial positions with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and the America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Kirby began her career as a policy analyst for Massachusetts State Senate Majority Leader Thomas C. Norton. She has served on the Steering Committees for the Democratic Leadership Council 2004 and 2008 National Convention, and was a member of the Health Benefits Education Campaign (1999-2000) and the Healthy Futures Task Force (1995-98) for the United States Department of Labor.
Kirby earned a master’s degree in liberal arts-political science from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University. She is a member of Women in Government Relations and the Health Care Business Association.
About Cabrini CollegeStudents do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College provides a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice.
Cabrini offers 1,300 full-time undergraduate students more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. More than 1,900 students are in graduate studies programs at the main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 13 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.