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Alumni Board of Directors

The Alumni Board of Directors is committed to supporting the office of Alumni Engagement & Philanthropy's mission of engaging more alumni with Seton Hall in increasingly meaningful ways. An all-volunteer body, the board continues to aim higher and achieve more each year. Its members are inspirational examples of the types of alumni whose involvement continues to move Seton Hall forward. To contact the board, please email or call 1-800-992-4723 (1-800-992-GRAD).

Juan Sebastian Agudelo '07Juan Sebastian Agudelo '07
Juan Sebastian Agudelo is a vice president at PGIM Real Estate and a member of the U.S. Business Development group. Juan is responsible for marketing PGIM Real Estate’s global products and providing client service to institutional investors and consultants and will help PGIM Real Estate to broaden its client coverage of insurance companies and high net worth investors. Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate, Juan was an associate in the Financial Institutions Debt Products group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he advised and led the underwriting of debt capital to alternative asset management firms and affiliated funds. He was selected to participate and graduated from BAML’s Credit Management Development Program. Juan has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He resides in Succasunna, NJ with his wife and three kids.

Jesse Bright '10/M.H.A. '12Jesse Bright '10/M.H.A. '12
Jesse Bright, of Jersey City, N.J., graduated Seton Hall University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science, and then pursued a Master’s degree a Seton Hall as well. He graduated with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) in 2012. After graduation, he worked at Maxim Healthcare Services in Hackensack, New Jersey as a healthcare recruiter. Now he works as a Credentialing Coordinator at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He has been at that position since spring of 2013. While at Seton Hall, he accumulated accolades including being on dean’s list for his undergraduate years, and graduating Magna Cum Laude of his master’s program. He was also a part of Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, as well as an Edward Bloustein Distinguished Scholar from 2006 to 2010. He currently resides in South Orange, NJ.

Louis Capadona '03/M.B.A. '08Louis Capadona '03/M.B.A. '08
Louis is currently Vice President for the General Casualty and Construction Division of Allied World Insurance Company, responsible for a book of business that exceeds $100 million and 24 employees located in 7 offices throughout the country. Louis is an insurance professional with expertise in primary general liability, automobile liability, and excess liability insurance coverages and is a certified Construction Risk Insurance Specialist. Louis graduated magna cum laude at Seton Hall in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, former president of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, and a Seton Hall Legacy Scholar. Louis received his Master of Business Administration at Seton Hall in 2008. He is also an active member and volunteer for his church and daughters’ school, St Leo the Great of Lincroft. Louis currently resides in Middletown with his wife and two daughters.

Lydiette Diaz ’11Lydiette Diaz ’11
Lydiette Diaz is the Special Projects Manager at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a leading nonprofit civil rights organization headquartered in New York City. She leads programming that addresses the Latinx law school pipeline, as well as organizes annual fundraising events. She was instrumental in the growth and evolution of the organization's young professionals board. Additionally, Lydiette is a dance educator and choreographer working at the studio where she grew up dancing. Lydiette is married to fellow Seton Hall diplomacy alumnus Mark Loyka. They reside with their two children in Bloomfield, NJ.

Bonnie Evans, M.H.A. '02Bonnie Evans, M.H.A. '02
Bonnie Evans of Piscataway, N.J., graduated Seton Hall University’s School of Health and Medical Sciences in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Health/Health Care Administration/Management (M.H.A.). Prior to Seton Hall, she attended Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy/Therapist. She has served as CEO for the West Orange campus of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation since 2007. Evans has served the Kessler Institute in West Orange, after a long career of more than forty years with the Institute, they named her CEO of the West Orange campus. Not only involved with her work, she has served on a variety of nonprofit boards. The nonprofit boards include: the New Jersey Sharing Network, the Executive Women of New Jersey, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, Friend’s Health Connection, and the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey. At the 2015, Seton Hall University “Many Are One” Gala, Evans was presented with a service award for her dedication to her community and her consistent leadership within the sector of healthcare. In addition to receiving many awards, and volunteering her time, she is also an active member in her church. She was also honored as the keynote speaker at the graduation for the MHA Online program in 2015.

John Fanta '17John Fanta '17
John Fanta is currently a commentator, host and reporter with FOX Sports and the BIG EAST Digital Network. He has covered a wide variety of events as the voice of the BIG EAST Conference since 2017, from the conference's legendary tournament at Madison Square Garden to multiple NCAA Tournament Final Fours. A 2017 Seton Hall School of Communication and the Arts graduate, Fanta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. While at The Hall, Fanta, a native of Cleveland, OH, felt truly at home and made his mark in coverage of Pirate Athletics. As the voice of the Pirate Sports Network, a fixture on 89.5 FM WSOU and a contributor to The Setonian and Pirate Television, Fanta was seen and heard covering Seton Hall sports teams and traveled over half the country covering teams throughout his four years. Because of his work, he became the first non-student athlete to receive the Seton Hall Most Valuable Pirate Award, typically given to a student-athlete who had gone above and beyond in their respective sport. Today, Fanta calls Hoboken, NJ home. He can still be seen at Seton Hall Basketball games covering the latest across BIG EAST Hoops and The Hall. His work has also been seen on ESPN's family of networks, NBA TV and more.

Bill Furmanski '90Bill Furmanski '90
Bill Furmanski leads communications at the nonprofit Fair Labor Association, an initiative that brings together global apparel and agriculture companies, universities, and civil society organizations to protect factory and farm workers. For nearly two decades, Bill worked in public health communications, leading media relations, editorial strategy, and strategic partnerships to prevent teen smoking and help adults quit smoking. Bill played a lead role in the launch of several national anti-tobacco marketing campaigns, including the award-winning truth teen tobacco prevention campaign. At the American Cancer Society, he coordinated advocacy communications for a national tobacco cessation policy project. Bill began his nonprofit career at a national association of consumer credit counseling agencies, managing public relations and marketing to promote personal financial literacy to help families budget and use credit wisely.

Samuel Gardner III, M.A. '11Samuel Gardner III, M.A. '11
Samuel Gardner III, M.A. '11 is currently an Assignment Manager on the CBS 3 and The CW Philly’s Eyewitness News team. Prior to joining CBS, Gardner served as Assignment Editor/Futures Coverage Planner at the NFL Network in California. Previously, he was National Assignment Editor for CNN which he joined in 2007. While at CNN, Gardner was part of the 2008 Peabody Award-winning team that produced the Presidential Debates and campaign coverage. Gardner has also held positions at ABC NewsOne, WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia and WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. A graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, Gardner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He also completed a Master of Arts degree in strategic communication and leadership from Seton Hall University.

Catherine Alicia Georges '65, Ph.D.Catherine Alicia Georges '65, Ph.D.
Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges is a leader in academic nursing, health policy development, community engagement, organizational development and healthy aging. Her leadership in these areas is known nationally and internationally through her service as a member of health policy boards, health care delivery boards, professional organizations, governmental boards and the world’s largest consumer organization board of directors. Dr. Georges is a proven leader in academic nursing with forty years of teaching nursing in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the United States. On June 6th, 2020 Dr. Georges was named Seton Hall University Most Distinguished Alumna for 2020.

Gerard Hanson '75/J.D. '78Gerard Hanson '75/J.D. '78
After graduating magna cum laude in 1975 with a BA in Economics, Jerry attended Seton Hall Law School, receiving his JD in 1978. Jerry has since practiced law as a trial attorney with Hill Wallack LLP in Princeton. Jerry also has had the pleasure working with the Adjunct Faculty at the Seton Hall Law School teaching Insurance since 1998. Jerry is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Helene Cody Foundation. Jerry and his wife Joanne live in Cranbury, NJ.

Florence Kariuki, M.A. ’11Florence Kariuki, M.A. ’11
Ms. Kariuki is a nursing leader at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, serving as Director New Models and Episodes of Care, within the Company’s Health Care Management and Transformation Department. She is responsible for crafting strategy, identifying and developing new innovative programs and partnerships, and overseeing all aspects of strategy, design, and implementation of the largest Episodes of Care Program in the nation. Among other initiatives, Ms. Kariuki has also led the design and implementation of programs aiming to reduce potentially avoidable Emergency Department utilization and readmissions, increase community/home-based care, optimize care coordination infrastructure, and evolve Horizon’s palliative care offerings. In her previous role, she led the scaling and expansion of Horizon BCBS NJ’s Community-Based Palliative Care and Social Determinants of Health initiatives. Ms. Kariuki promotes a payor/ provider integration strategy which includes a consumer and community centric care coordination model, built upon the tenets of the triple aim.

Matthew Loughlin '79Matthew Loughlin '79
Matt Loughlin is an American sportscaster who is the radio play-by-play voice of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League on WFAN, where he is partnered with former goaltender and former Devils TV color commentator Chico Resch. Loughlin attended St. Mary's High School. A 1979 graduate of Seton Hall University, Loughlin worked as a sideline reporter and pre- and post-game show host for Devils' telecasts on Fox Sports Net New York from 1997 to 2006. He also hosted intermission reports, where he was often paired with Stan Fischler for a question-and-answer feature called "Matt and the Maven". Loughlin substituted for play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick on occasion, often due to Emrick's conflicting national broadcast assignments. He served a similar role on New York Mets telecasts from 1996 to 2005. He is a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.

Robert Manganaro '99Robert Manganaro '99
Robert is the director of student affairs at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and Los Angeles. Robert graduated Seton Hall with a B.A. in English and a minor in music in 1999. He then received his M.A. in student personnel services, with a focus in individual counseling at Rowan University in 2001. Following his master's degree, Robert spent two years at Teachers College, Columbia University studying developmental psychology. Robert has also served as an adjunct professor at both Rutgers University and Middlesex College, teaching English composition and building community. A native of Princeton, N.J., Robert currently resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Laurel Murray ’17/M.S. ’19Laurel Murray ’17/M.S. ’19
Laurel Murray was born and raised in Princeton, NJ. She graduated Seton Hall University 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Visual Media, Television Production. Laurel then continued her studies at SHU, graduating in May 2019 with a M.A. in Strategic Communication. She currently is employed at Verizon Communications Inc. in Basking Ridge, New Jersey as a Communications Analyst in Information Security. During her undergraduate time at Seton Hall, Laurel was very involved. She was a Peer Adviser, Cheer Leader and was a part of the Student Alumni Association. Prior to graduation in 2017, she was awarded the Community Impact award and the Coaches Award for her leadership in peer advising and cheer leading respectively.

Anthony J. O'Boyle '09/J.D. '12Anthony J. O'Boyle '09/J.D. '12
Anthony O'Boyle was born and raised in North Arlington, New Jersey and is a proud product of the schools of the Archdiocese of Newark, including Seton Hall University and Seton Hall University School of Law. Anthony graduated from Seton Hall University in 2009 with a B.A. in history. He graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2012. Anthony is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar and has served as a communications and public policy advisor to senior government officials and non-profit executives. He has also taught undergraduate students as an adjunct Professor of Business Law at the Montclair State University Feliciano School of Business. Anthony is active in many local and national charitable organizations dedicated to bettering the lives of others.

Christos Paizis ’13/M.B.A ’15Christos Paizis ’13/M.B.A ’15
Christos Paizis graduated Seton Hall University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management and a minor in Broadcast and Visual Media. In 2015, Christos graduated with his Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. While at Seton Hall, he was actively involved with Seton Hall Athletics in various roles and served as a lead play-by-play broadcaster for 89.5 FM WSOU. Christos currently works at The Topps Company as the Associate Brand Manager, eCommerce. Christos is currently the Seton Hall University Young Alumni Club President, Digital and Philanthropic Engagement and a member of the New York Mets Fan Advisory Board.

Monsignor John RadanoMonsignor John Radano

Stephanie Rozalski '12Stephanie Rozalski '12
Stephanie is President of ZIANE Activewear (SychoFit Athletic Apparel) and is an Attorney with Rozalski & Associates LLC. SychoFit is a fashionable fitness apparel line for women. The brand aims to empower women to feel confident and healthy at any size. The company was founded by Stephanie and her two sisters, Michelle and Kasia. Previously, Stephanie served in NCAA Compliance at Seton Hall University from May 2014 to December 2014 and as a summer associate at Jackson Lewis LLP from June 2013 to August 2013. She served as an intern at CBS News from 2011 to 2012. Stephanie was Owner of World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City from 2007 to 2012. From 2009 to 2011, she was a model for Abercombie & Fitch. Stephanie was one of six winners of the 2015 Annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Awards bestowed by The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at Villanova University. She was recognized for developing a sports apparel business, Sychofit, with her sisters. This award recognized her work and accomplishment in creating an innovative business with growth potential. An accomplished track and field athlete, Stephanie was inspired to pursue this entrepreneurial opportunity full-time. Stephanie received her B.A. ‘12 in Journalism; Legal Studies of Business from Seton Hall University. She was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She received her J.D. ’15, Sports and Entertainment, from Villanova University School of Law.

Annaliese Rush '86/M.B.A. '90Annaliese Rush '86/M.B.A. '90
Annaliese Rush is a former Vice President and Marketing Manager, Defined Contribution Investment Services with JP Morgan Chase & Co, from 2014 – 2015. Prior to JP Morgan, she served as Director and Senior Investment Consultant, Retirement Group with Merrill Lynch, 2001 – 2005, Vice President, and Investment Consultant with Merrill Lynch, from 2000 – 2001. In addition, she worked for ADP, Inc. as a Manager of Global Retirement Plan Investments, Corporate Treasury Department and Manager of Corporate Treasury Department, from 1997 – 2008 and 1996 – 1997, respectively. Annaliese serves as Captain of Volunteer Team, Secretary of Board of Directors, Member of Executive Committee at the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, since 2006. Annaliese is married to fellow alum, Eric Rush B.S.B.'85, he is a Senior Vice President with Tokio Marine HCC. They reside in Morristown, NJ.

Donna Silver M.S. ’99Donna graduated with a M.S. in Chemistry from Seton Hall University, and B.A. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech. She has significant pharmaceutical experience and is currently a commercial training and development leader at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Prior to Teva, she spent 12 years with GlaxoSmithKline holding various positions of increasing responsibility in sales and product training working with eleven therapeutic markets, twenty two branded medications, and led multiple sales teams to national awards. She started her career as an analytical chemist for International Specialty Products and holds two patents. Donna serves as a Girl Scout leader for GSNNJ since 2008 and is the Executive Secretary for Hillside Hose Ladies Auxiliary in Morristown, NJ, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Philip Sanford '05Philip Sanford '05
Philip Sanford is a 2005 graduate of Seton Hall University, majoring in finance with a minor in communication. He has been an Alumni Ambassador since graduating, organizing alumni events and engaging with potential students in Ohio through 2008 and in North Carolina for the past 12 years. Philip was awarded the Alumni Impact Award at the 2015 Many Are One gala. Professionally, Philip has worked in benefits administration and human resource management for ADP since Sept. 2008 after working for independent financial advisors for three years. Outside of work, he has capitalized on his love for running and community building. A certified coach with the Road Runners Club of America, Philip is on the board of directors for the Charlotte Running Club, coaches grade school boys in the Let Me Run program, helps lead the largest organized weekly run club in Charlotte, and is the event director for the Get Your Rear In Gear 5k in Charlotte. His sister, Rachel, is a 2007 graduate of Seton Hall University and former member of the Seton Hall Board of Regents. Philip is married to Jessica Lackey and they live in Charlotte with their dog and cat.

Mary Elizabeth (Betsey) Sheprow '78Mary Elizabeth (Betsey) Sheprow '78
Mary Elizabeth (Betsey) Sheprow graduated from SHU in 1978 from the School of Education with a BA in Elementary Education. Betsey spent her career teaching kindergarten through third grade, and after retiring, now works part-time at the same daycare facility as her grandson. Betsey lives in Sea Girt with her husband, Matthew Sheprow, who graduated from SHU in 1977. Betsey and Matthew spend most of their social time with a group of 12 friends, all Seton Hall University graduates who went to school around the same time. Later this spring, they will be celebrating their 40th anniversary of SHU graduation together. She commented that when they get together, which happens often, they can spend hours retelling stories about their college days, and the days since then. Needless to say, Betsey has a great affinity for Alma Mater.

Sam Stoia '86Sam Stoia '86
Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Sam attended Seton Hall Prep, then Seton Hall University where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting. After college he worked in public accounting for approximately four years before starting law school at Ohio Northern University. Upon graduating from law school, Sam clerked for the now retired Hon. Robert L. Penza, J.S.C. of the Superior Court of New Jersey. After working in a business litigation firm in New York City for several years, in 1999, he went to work at West, a Thomson Reuters Business, selling software to large international law firms headquartered in New York City. In 2012 he started his own law practice concentrating on litigation, largely family law matters. As a resident of Jersey City, NJ he was the president of the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, and in that capacity led the renovation of historic Hamilton Park. He also began the Seton Hall Prep Alumni Networking breakfast. Sam is presently on the board of the Griffin Bridges Foundation of Seton Hall Prep, which provides scholarship for academically qualified inner-city students.

Jill Surdyka '01Jill Surdyka '01
Jill Surdyka is currently the Director of Corporate Communications at Macy's Inc. Before Macy’s, Jill served as Director, Communications and Community Engagement for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and National Ambassador of AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer leading programs and engaging with stakeholders nationwide. Prior to that, she held roles in the communications functions at Avon Products, Inc. and global PR firm Weber Shandwick. Jill lives in New York City and grew up in Rhode Island. She graduated from Seton Hall with a B.A. in Communications in 2001 and with an M.A. in Corporate Communications in 2005. Jill is also a mentor with Seton Hall's communications department and a former adjunct professor.

Jennifer Taboada ’05Jennifer Taboada ’05
Jennifer Taboada has been in the financial services industry for over 10 years and has deep experience creating, implementing and presenting educational programs on financial planning topics. Currently, she leads the Social Security Consulting team at BlackRock and serves as a national specialist on the topic of Social Security. Jennifer is an active member of BlackRock’s Women’s Initiative Network and believes that engaging and fostering the full potential of women is key to financial planning success. Jennifer was raised in Ocean Township, New Jersey where she now lives with her husband Michael and daughter Isabella. She attended Seton Hall University where she received a BS in International Economics and a BA in Modern Languages with a specialization in Spanish and Italian in 2005.

Lynn Tecza '21Lynn Tecza '21
Lynn Tecza is a senior majoring in Elementary Education. She is a proud a legacy student because her sister attended Seton Hall and graduated in 2018. Currently, she serves as the president of the Student Alumni Association (SAA). When not working on SAA business or taking classes, she enjoys spending time with her AOII sisters, playing in the band at basketball games, being the goalie for Seton Hall's club soccer team and most importantly just showing her Pirate Pride!

Joseph Testa '12Joseph Testa '12
Joseph W. Testa is a proud 2012 graduate of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. Upon graduation, Joe started his career with ADP, a leading payroll and HR company as a Success Driver/Resolution Support Specialist. As part of his strong commitment to Seton Hall, Joe is as an active Alumni Mentor and Coach for our undergraduate mentoring programs. He is also an active Pirate Mentor/Brand Ambassador for the Career Center. Joe was named the 2018-19 Keynote Speaker as part of the Sophomore Mentoring Program, and participates in on-campus activities. He was a member of the Young Alumni Club for several years, and has recently been appointed to President. Joe is an active member of his church community and serves as a Lector with his local church. Joe currently resides in Caldwell, NJ and is working to complete his MBA, with concentration in Management.

Paul Tyahla '03Paul Tyahla '03
Paul Tyahla is Vice President at SmithSolve, a communications consulting firm, where he provides support for life science companies developing treatments for patients with rare diseases. Prior to joining SmithSolve, Tyahla was a senior strategist in reputation and risk management for Syneos Health Communications. Previously, he was Vice President of Government Affairs at the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. Paul graduated from Seton Hall in 2003 with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy and is currently an MBA candidate at Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business. He lives in Cranford, NJ with his wife, Shannon, M.A. ’17, and their three children.

Crystal Ulrich '10/ J.D. '13Crystal Ulrich '10/ J.D. '13
Crystal M. Ullrich, Esq. received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University with a minor in Psychology in 2010, and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2013, focusing her studies on family law, criminal law, and domestic violence. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, and focuses her practice in the areas of family law, criminal defense, and civil litigation. Ms. Ullrich actively participates in State and County Bar Associations where she is involved in facilitating close relationships between local attorneys and judges, as well as presenting Continuing Legal Education seminars to fellow attorneys on updates and changes in the law. She has been selected as a Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in both 2019 and 2020. She was also chosen as the 10 Best Attorneys for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Ms. Ullrich volunteers as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist for Middlesex County Family Division. She is also a volunteer and speaker at Metuchen High School’s yearly Senior Seminar to help students understand their responsibilities in the community and how to best deal with social issues facing our youth.

Dr. Michael J. Vacca '67Dr. Michael J. Vacca '67
Michael Vacca received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Seton Hall University's College of Arts & Science in 1967. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. Dr. Michael Vacca is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. After earning his medical degree from the University of Bologna School of Medicine in Bologna, Italy, he came to the United States to complete his residency at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Vacca has special interests in neonatal medicine and asthma and allergy. Now retired, he and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.

Shana Walther '08Shana Walther '08
Shana is a senior marketing communications manager at Coyne PR, a full-service, integrated communications agency based in Parsippany, N.J. A member of the agency’s new business and marketing team, Shana leads PR and marketing for the agency, as well as new business development efforts spanning a range of client industries. In addition to the Alumni Board, she is a founding member of the University's Young Alumni Club and is active in the Public Relations Society of America. Shana currently resides in Clifton, N.J. and holds a B.A. in communication, with a minor in advertising art & design.