Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Cabrini University, responsible for charting the institution’s course and ensuring the resources needed to fulfill its mission.
Frank R. Emmerich Jr. (’92) - Chair
Frank R. Emmerich Jr. is one of Philadelphia’s leading commercial trial lawyers. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to smaller entrepreneurial businesses.
Emmerich earned a bachelor of arts in English/Communication and political science from Cabrini College in 1992. He received a Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in 1995 where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
Amy Lambert - Vice Chair
As a former Senior Vice President at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Amy Lambert managed the operations, strategic growth, and financial viability of the largest pediatric ambulatory network in the nation. Amy is now consulting in strategic planning for healthcare organizations, and is a certified Executive Coach.
Her expertise is in operations, strategic network expansion, and affiliation relationships.
Lambert holds a bachelor’s of arts in psychology and special education from Lynchburg College.
Shirley Dixon (’84, MEd’89, EdD'18) - Secretary
Shirley Dixon worked with the Philadelphia Housing Authority for nearly 20 years before transitioning to Education, teaching fifth grade and then serving as principal at Girard College Elementary School.
In 2007, she joined the Cabrini faculty full-time as an assistant professor in the Education Department. In 1990, she was asked to join the Cabrini College Board of Trustees, becoming the first African American to do so. Dixon was the first student in Cabrini University's history to be awarded a doctoral degree in 2018.
George Badey III, Esq.
George has been a Philadelphia trial lawyer since 1982, fighting for individuals against large corporations and institutions. Every year since 1996 he has held an ‘AV’ rating (the highest available) from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and every year since 2005 George has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” in Philadelphia Magazine. He resides in St. David’s, has been Chairman of the Radnor Township Democratic Committee for many years and was the PA-7 Democratic nominee for Congress in 2012.
Valedictorian of his class at South Philadelphia High School in 1975, he received academic scholarships to the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1979 with a B.A. in music and political science, and received his law degree from Villanova Law School in 1982.
Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, PhD (HON'18)
Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, PhD (HON'18), is a Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, where she also directs the Community Leadership Center, a service and research center dedicated to the revitalization of urban communities through education, leadership and community development. She led the efforts to establish LEAP Academy and is a staunch supporter of quality educational options for all children.
Santiago is the author of the book titled, “The Miracle on Cooper Street: Lessons from an Inner City.”
Anne Marie Borneman, EdD (’80, HON'12)
For more than two decades, Anne Marie Borneman, Ed.D (’80, HON'12), has worked in schools—first as a special education classroom teacher, and more recently as a school psychologist—in both suburban and urban school settings.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary and Special Education from Cabrini College, and her Master of Arts in Human Development and School Psychology Certification from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Borneman was awarded a doctorate in education, with an emphasis on urban schools, from St. Joseph’s University. While at St. Joseph’s, she taught as a visiting professor and served as Director of the Center for Catholic and Urban Education.
Nancy Gorevin Costello (’71)
Nancy Gorevin Costello is a 1971 graduate of Cabrini College. She is a co-founder of the Philadelphia-area Catholic Collegiate Mission Consortium. Costello was appointed as the Guadalupe (formerly Stella Maris) Province Director of Mission Integration for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Costello currently serves as the Website/Communications Director for the Province and coordinates the Guadalupe Province Vocation Promotion Team.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling with a concentration on the spirituality of organizations from Neumann University, as well as a Master of Science in Education from West Chester University.
William deSante Jr.
A municipal bond analyst with more than 30 years of experience, deSante has served in his position as senior manager 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.
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.
Angela Dowd-Burton is the former President of the Women’s Business Development Center (also known as the Women's Business Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit dedicated to building up businesses run by women.
Previously, after a long career in Rohm and Haas, she served for seven years as the Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Dowd-Burton earned an MBA in Finance and a BS in Accounting from Drexel University.
Francis E. Fox
Francis E. Fox has served as the fifth president of Archbishop John Carroll High School in Delaware County since 2013, and is the school’s first lay president. Fox is a proud graduate of Archbishop Carroll, class of 1977.
Prior to his role at Carroll, Fox was senior managing director of the Philadelphia regional industrial team with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a global real estate service firm. Fox earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
More than two decades ago, Hernán Guaracao founded AL DÍA, a multi-platform news media organization which showcases the Latino experience in the United States.
Guaracao has served as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) as well as a Board Member of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), a national organization revolutionizing the inclusion and recognition of U.S. Latinos in corporate America today in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance.
Guaracao earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Bogota and a Master of Arts in Journalism and U.S. Media from the University of Iowa.
Robert Jara (P'13)
Robert Jara is a senior finance executive and certified public accountant with over 35 years of success as a leader in the banking industry. Mr. Jara has an extensive record of strategically leading organizations within executive roles such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operation Officer and President but his passion lies within the Financial Officer position. He earned a BS in Accounting from Saint Frances University and an MBA from Widener University.
Mr. Jara serves on numerous non-profit Boards including Cabrini University, Children’s Village, and the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation.
Michael Kazanjian (’03)
Michael Kazanjian is the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Professional Capital Services, LLC (PCS), one of the nation's fastest growing retirement plan recordkeepers, and was named as one of “Twenty Rising Stars in Financial Marketing,” by The Gramercy Institute in 2013.
Kazanjian completed the Securities Institute Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He earned a BA in English and Communications from Cabrini University.
Andrea Kelliher (’97)
Andrea Kelliher is the founder and President of Positive Solutions, a marketing and public relations agency formed in 2007. Prior to forming Positive Solutions, she has worked for marketing agencies and firms developing regional and national campaigns since graduating from Cabrini University. Andrea has a wide range of skills in PR, Marketing, Sales, Social Media. Andrea is active in her community as well.
She earned a BA in English and Communications from Cabrini University in 1997.
John P. Lafferty (MS'12)
John P. Lafferty (MS'12) is the President & CEO of CellMyLight, Inc., a manufacturer of solar flashlight/cell phone chargers which are sold throughout the world.
Lafferty is the past chairman of various societies including the Delaware American Society of Quality and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Light of Marnie, a 501c3, providing financial resources to help schooling and clinics throughout much of West Africa.
Lafferty is a graduate of Drexel University and earned his Masters from Cabrini University. He resides in Chester County with his wife, Jennifer and considers himself an avid golfer, chess player, saltwater fisherman, and horseshoe pitcher.
Sister Diane Olmstead, MSC - Provincial
A native of Boston, Sister Diane Olmstead has been a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus since 1980. During her years as a Missionary Sister, she has been missioned to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Guatemala.
Sr. Diane was elected Provincial of the newly formed Guadalupe Province of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, effective March 2018.
Her ministries have included nursing, administration, family casework, vocation ministry, and youth and parish ministry. Sr. Diane earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's in psychiatric mental health nursing from Texas Woman's University in Houston. Sr. Diane has a Certificate in Cross-Cultural Ministry.
Sister Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC (’75)
A native of New York, Sr. Pietrina is a graduate of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary School (Brooklyn) and Mother Cabrini High School (Manhattan). She received a bachelor's degree in education from Cabrini College in 1975 and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from La Salle University.
Sr. Pietrina is President of the Cabrini Mission Foundation and the former Provincial of the Stella Maris (now Guadalupe) Province of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
She is an accredited representative of the Bureau of Immigration Appeals, representing clients in immigration interviews when applying for benefits.
Sr. Yolanda Flores, MSC (’82)
Sr. Yolanda Flores is a Missionary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Since 2012, she has served as Immigrant Family Program Coordinator and BIA Accredited Representative at Cabrini Immigrant Services in New York, NY. She previously served as a simultaneous translator in Rome as well as a high school and elementary school principal and high school teacher in Nicaragua.
She earned a BA in Theology and Religious Science from the Pontifical Lateranense University in Rome, Italy and BS in Simultaneous Translation from the Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori in Rome and Kingston University in London. She also earned a BA in Education from Universidad Autónoma de Nicaragua, in Managua, Nicaragua, and a BA in Fine Arts and Religion from Cabrini University.
Claire Roth (’69)
A program management and communications professional, Claire Roth ’69 has more than two decades of experience helping organizations achieve strategic goals and improve performance.
Roth is currently the Director of Program Management forInsurCard, a provider of electronic payment programs for the insurance industry. Roth received a bachelor of arts in English from Cabrini and a master of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary Beth Senkewicz (’76)
Mary Beth Senkewicz is associate general counsel and policy advisor at the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Prior to that, Senkewicz was a consultant on federal legislation, state proposals, and insurance issues.
Formerly, as deputy commissioner for the State of Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Senkewicz oversaw financial solvency and compliance of health and life insurers and HMOs.
Senkewicz received a bachelor of arts in English and philosophy at Cabrini College and a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University.
Sister Lucille Souza, MSC ('72)
Sr. Lucille Souza, MSC, (’72) has served in various roles within the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus including CEO and Founder of the Cabrini Mission Foundation, Director of Cabrini Mission Corps, Provincial Councilor and Resident Superior of the Sacred Heart Convent Assisted Living Center.
Sr. Lucille received her BS in Elementary Education from Cabrini College in 1972 and her MS, Education from Fordham University in 1983. In addition to serving on the Cabrini University Board of Trustees, she currently serves on the Cabrini Mission Foundation Board. She previously served as a Trustee at Cabrini College from 2003-2008 as well as the boards of the Cabrini Mission Foundation, Mother Cabrini High School and St. Cabrini Home in New York.
William Stemper serves as president of Comcast Business Services for Comcast Cable. In this role he oversees Comcast’s expanding business service strategy that promotes the deployment of new and existing communications products and service to the business marketplace.
Stemper holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Marquette University.
Eric Tidwell (’96)
Eric Tidwell is an IT Security Architect at IBM. He previously served in a similar role at Astra Zeneca, Metrics3 LLC, and MEDecision, Inc.
Tidwell earned a BS in Computer Information from Cabrini University in 1996.
Patrick J. Ward
Patrick J. Ward joined WSFS in August 2016 as Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Market President. He also serves on the Board of Directors of WSFS Financial Corporation. Mr. Ward has over 32 years of banking industry experience and previously served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Penn Liberty Bank.
Mr. Ward is active in the community and in addition to serving on the board of Cabrini University, he serves on the boards of the Foundation for Catholic Education for Southeast Pennsylvania, the Brian C. Zwaan Legacy Fund, Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Foundation, Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, and the advisory board for Falcon Capital Advisors.
Mr. Ward is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
- Joanne Balshi ('69)
- Elizabeth Riley Bell ('69)
- Joan Buzzallino ('66)
- Terry Cavanaugh ('74)
- Robert L. D’Anjolell (HON’08)
- Edith Robb Dixon (HON’80)
- Margaret Hamilton Duprey (’73, HON’08)
- James J. Maguire (HON’13)
- J. Bradley McManus (HON’99) (deceased)
- Barbara W. Rawls (HON’08)
- Deb Takes (HON'14)
- Andy Trolio (HON’97)