Donor Spotlight

Greater DC Chapter Co-presidents

Greater DC Chapter Co-presidents Roderick Tolentino ’03 COE and MaryEllen Macek ’09 CLAS share their Wildcat Spirit in DC.

The Villanova University Alumni Association is fortunate to have the support of wonderful chapter leaders who work hard to provide events and programs for alumni and parents in their local regions. Rod Tolentino and MaryEllen Macek are chapter co-presidents in the Greater DC Chapter who keep the spirit on campus alive in their community.

Rod Tolentino works as a US Patent Examiner for the US Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia. When first arriving in DC, he leveraged his love of sports through Villanova's alumni recreational sports league in the Washington, DC Capital Alumni Network (CAN). He started out as a player and later went on to coach the teams and still remains very involved in the program. Rod sees the CAN program as a great way for new alumni in the area to connect with other alumni, meet friends and develop networking connections. Staying active in the DC Chapter and sharing his experience in the alumni network helped him become acclimated in a new city. He encourages alumni in the area to become involved and stay connected to see what the chapter can offer them, and in turn how they can give back to the Greater DC Chapter and Villanova University.

MaryEllen Macek works as a reading/specialist for DC Public Schools. Like Rod, MaryEllen found the Greater DC Chapter a valuable resource to meet new friends outside of graduate school and work after moving to the area. She stayed active as an alumnae in the local chapter community because her Villanova experience was so special –particularly her service trips with Campus Ministry. The chapter offered a way to stay connected to the University and gain many new friends who have had similar experiences and want to extend that into their lives in DC. Chapter programs offered an opportunity to share her experience as an adult leader on a service experience in Morgantown, West Virginia. During her time with the chapter, she has raised money for the Be the Match program, welcomed new alumni in the chapter and provided leadership for many important causes and events. MaryEllen explains the value of staying involved with Villanova gave her the opportunity to give back to the University that gave her so much educationally, emotionally and spiritually.

If you would like to get involved in the Greater DC Chapter or want more information, please contact Rod and MaryEllen at dcvillanova@gmail.com.



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Donor Profile Joseph Delaney ’91 VSB

Joe Delaney graduated from Villanova with a BS degree in finance and received his MBA degree from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Joe has been instrumental in starting the Jacksonville/North Florida area chapter and currently serves as the president elect. He hosted the kick-off celebration for the chapter in 2014 as well as a scholarship golf reception. Additionally, he and his wife Lynne ’91, generously supported important facilities enhancements for the men’s basketball program through the Campaign for the Greater Great. In 2015, Joe participated in the Leadership Summit on campus sharing his expertise in Healthcare industry.

Joe served as President and CEO of MSC Care Management for six years after joining the organization in 2004 as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he served as a partner from 2002 to 2004 at The Parthenon Group, a strategic advisory and principal investing firm which he joined as a consultant in 1997.

When asked about the importance of Villanova University in his life, Joe replied, “The Villanova education I received has allowed me to achieve so much both professionally and personally and I’m happy to support the University in whatever capacity I can offer.” “I encourage alumni, parents and friends in North Florida to get involved with the chapter because it is a wonderful way to meet others who share the Villanova experience.”


 

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Thomas M. Venables ’78 VSB

Tom Venables has worked as a successful entrepreneur in the Swiss Watch Industry for the past 34 years and has traveled internationally developing brands globally prior to selling his business in 2013. Currently, Tom is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of L Capital Asia, a Private Equity Firm based in Singapore. He travels extensively throughout the Pacific, Middle East and Europe.

His experience in international business inspired Tom to share this passion with Villanova students. Tom and his wife Luane, endowed an Asia Business Initiative fund that will enable the Villanova School of Business (VSB) to support and expand its presence in Asia, including international programming, academic study abroad and internship programs. This pledge combined with an existing scholarship fund that the Venables established to provide VSB students with scholarships for a range of internship opportunities in Asia. The fund will support students participating in the VSB Shanghai internship program, the Asia Pacific Global Citizens program, and other internships in the region.

Additionally, Tom is a member of the Regional Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Campaign Committee and the Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Business.

Tom Venables willingness to generously share his experience and resources with the University, allows Villanova students to gain exposure and experience in this vital region and ignite change around the world.

Jim Braithwaite

Donor Profile: Jim Braithwaite '62 VSB

Jim Braithwaite ’62 VSB is an Atlanta based alumnus who proudly supports the strategic direction Villanova University is charting. Jim, along with his wife, Nancy, and their daughter, Chaffee Braithwaite Heilman ’99 CLAS, has built a proud tradition of involvement and philanthropy on campus and across the Southeast region. 

Jim Braithwaite is president and CEO of KanAm, a Munich based sponsor of commercial real estate investment funds, where he has been the US managing partner since 1980. Amid the demands of his job, Jim has remained a dedicated leader within the Villanova community. As a member the Southeast Region Campaign Committee, he helps guide the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region toward achieving campaign goals. Jim is a member of the 1842 Heritage Society, sits on the advisory council for the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate in the Villanova School of Business and is a former Villanova University Alumni Association Board Member. 

Braithwaite’s experience, professional insight and mindset have been an asset to Villanova’s growth and planning over the years. “Villanova is moving forward, following a carefully crafted strategic plan. This is a historic move our University has made, I am proud to be part of the momentum surrounding Villanova as it emerges as a nationally ranked institution."

 

Colleen Lynch

Colleen Lynch '86 CON, '91 MSN

Colleen Lynch ’86 CON, ’91 MSN, president of the Richmond Alumni Chapter, is a volunteer and donor who exemplifies the spirit of Villanova. Though campus is far from home, Lynch focuses her energy on building the Villanova network in the area – providing alumni, parents, students and friends a Villanova experience within their communities. 

In her role as a teaching/research faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Colleen leads the interprofessional quality improvement and patient safety education for the VCU health science campus under the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, which spans five health science schools (Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy).  She is also pursuing her doctorate at The George Washington University. 

Driven by the desire to support Villanova University students, Lynch became involved in the Campaign to Ignite Change. Through her leadership, she is determined to further enhance current and future student opportunities and academic environments, including the College of Nursing, while ensuring it retains and attracts the greatest teacher-scholars in the field. Lynch is also a member of the 1842 Heritage Society and the Villanova Alumni Interviewing Program.

As the Richmond Chapter President, Colleen Lynch dedicates herself to building a network for Villanova alumni and friends – providing events and opportunities to network, socialize and learn while “cultivating the amazing, enduring spirit that unites Villanova alumni across the decades”. She has organized several events over the years supporting Villanova Football, the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service and the local Richmond community.

 

Bridget and Mike Morris

Donor Profile: Bridget '88 VSB and Mike '87 VSB Morris 

Bridget ’88 and Mike ’87 Morris understand the importance of a Villanova education. The Washington, D.C. residents have made giving back to the University a priority ensuring future generations have the same access to the excellent education and experiences they did, as undergraduates. This foundation has become their inspiration and motivation to give back – to become involved as alumni, and now parents.

Bridget is a CPA, providing accounting services to Washington School for Girls and TW Perry real estate entities, and Mike is the area manager for Caliber Home Loans Inc. They, along with their four children (including Quinn ’17 VSB), have made the University an important part of their family’s life - focusing their support on enriching Villanova students’ experiences and academic opportunities. 

 “We are so grateful for our experience and want to fuel the continued growth of our Wildcat community”. Through their generous contributions and active service as Campaign Communication Ambassadors for the Mid-Atlantic Campaign Committee and members of the President’s Club, they are helping to transform academic opportunities for current and future Villanova students. 

Bridget and Mike are also committed to securing Villanova’s future by attracting strong candidates to apply, by educating parents and students interested in attending the University.  On April 19, they hosted a workshop, at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., entitled “Navigating the Admissions Process”, an informative event organized by the Villanova University Alumni Association and the Office of University Admission.

Villanova University is proud of the strong alumni and parent community that is so dedicated to empowering its students and preparing them for a successful and fulfilling life upon graduation.

 

John Scarpa

Donor Profile: John Scarpa

John Scarpa, and his wife Jana, are helping to shape the future of a Villanova School of Law (VLS) education and are committed to ensuring the School will continue to thrive and its graduates are prepared to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market.

With a gift of $5 million for the naming of the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, the Center will serve as a resource for all Law students to gain wide-ranging academic and practical experience at the intersection of law and business, further aligning the educational experience with the demands today’s legal practice. Scarpa states that, “Through this Center and its initiatives, Villanova Law is creating a new generation of lawyers who will further integrate these two vital and interrelated fields. The work of these future lawyers will support and inspire a more dynamic business landscape.”

John is a member of the Villanova University School of Law Board of Consultors and is the former co-chairman and founder of American Cellular Network Corporation. The Palm Beach, Fl. residents are passionate members of the Villanova community and continue to strategically support of the University. In 2004, Scarpa established the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies and the annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture.

John and Jana Scarpa’s dedication strengthens the Villanova School of Law’s tradition of educating successful lawyersbypreparing its graduates for lives of achievement and fulfillment in the courtroom and in the boardroom.

Alex Martins

Donor Profile: Alex Martins '86 VSB

Alex Martins ’86 VSB found his calling in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse as a student assistant in Villanova University’s Sports Information department. Building on the foundation established in the halls of the Business School, Martins combined his passion for athletics with his education and began his career. He never looked back.

In 1989, at just 25 years old, Martins joined the newly franchised Orlando Magic as director of Publicity/Media Relations, making him the youngest public relations director in the NBA. Today, with more than 25 years experience in sports management, Martins is chief executive officer of the Magic – a position he has held since December 2011. Over the years, Martins has led the organization’s business process transformation and expansion, as well as spearheading several community development initiatives which have contributed to the economic development in the surrounding Orlando area. The CEO was also instrumental in securing the $480 million, state-of-the-art Amway Center, the Magic’s home court, for the city of Orlando.

Amid his success, Martins, a New Jersey native, and his wife, Juliet, have made Villanova University a priority. Alex heralds the University as his career’s launch pad, and a place that gave him so much. As an active member of the President’s Club and the Athletics Campaign Committee, Martins supports the vision for the University and is committed to the growth of the athletics program and strengthening student opportunities through the campaign, For the Greater Great®: the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change. At the Tampa Bay Campaign Celebration February 5, Martins encouraged alumni and friends to continue their support of the University, “Together, we can ignite the kind of change on campus and around the world that provides our students with the tools, facilities and experiences necessary to compete and succeed in the classroom and in our global community.”

 

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Donor Profile: William T. Powers '82 VSB

William T. Powers (Will) responsibilities include all North American finance functions covering accounting, treasury, corporate development, economic development, internal audit, corporate risk management, taxation and sales finance at Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. He also serves as a member of the Rolls-Royce North America Holdings Board of Directors and its Government Security and Audit Committees.  Will serves on the Board of Directors for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (“CCAM”) as well as the LORD Corporation.  Will also serves on the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his demanding schedule, Will has been an active supporter and volunteer for Villanova.  He has always remained connected, but 15 years ago when he moved back to the states from London, he committed to hiring Villanova students at Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.  Will personally visits campus to recruit students and he has hired more than 10 Villanova graduates who have had opportunities to work in the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, Germany, Norway , Peoples Republic of China and many sites across the USA.

When writing to a friend about a recent Villanova graduate he had hired at Rolls-Royce North America, Inc., Will noted, “I was addressing several hundred UAW workers at one of our plants and the high potential employee who was delivering the Rolls-Royce Passport discussion on the importance of ethics was a 2010 graduate of the Villanova School of Business (VSB).  You would have been very proud to see how this young woman conducted the presentation.   At the end of the presentation, the recent VSB graduate turned to me and said ‘I never thought I would be doing this type of presentation two years ago at Villanova.’   It made me very proud of this young woman and our alma mater.”

Will has been actively involved with VSB and served on the Dean’s Advisory Council. He now works as a regional volunteer in the DC region and recently hosted an event to encourage young alumni to engage and support Villanova. His daughter Katie is a freshman at Villanova following a long legacy of the Powers family who have attended the University.


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Arthur J.  Furia ’74 VSB, ’80 LAW


Arthur (Art) J. Furia is a corporate law and international business partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP in Miami, Florida Art Furia’s areas of legal practice include corporate and business law; domestic and international business planning; mergers and acquisitions; partnership formation and joint ventures; venture and mezzanine equity raising and distribution and licensing and corporate governance for not-for-profit organizations. He also serves as outside general counsel to a number of prominent Florida-based corporations.

Art Furia has been involved with Villanova since his student days when he taught undergraduate classes while attending law school. He served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and as the Miami area alumni chapter president where he still remains actively involved.  Art hosted the Miami New Student Send-off in July and often hosts events for the Law School in South Florida. 

Currently Art serves the University in support of the campaign as a member of the Regional Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Campaign Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Council at the Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights (CMCI) at Villanova School of Business. And as a member of the 1842 Heritage Society, Art encourages Villanovans to consider including the University in their estate planning. “A planned gift may help you increase income, reduce taxes or avoid capital gains tax. Planned giving through the 1842 Heritage Society is a wonderful and easy way to honor the University which has had such a powerful impact on our lives and it will allow future students to benefit from a Villanova education.”



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Donor Profile: Jerry Quinn '87 VSB

Jerry Quinn ’87 VSB burst onto the scene at Villanova University when he walked-on to the men’s swim team as a freshman from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. From that moment on, Jerry, the former president of the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Villanova Alumni Association has been thoroughly involved in all things Villanova.

Immediately upon graduation, Jerry jumped into the alumni network and began to give back to the community that “provided him with so much opportunity”. From his involvement with admissions and recruitment, to enhancing internship opportunities and organizing a chapter backpack donation for a local DC school in desperate need, Jerry has been an invaluable resource. “I think the one thing that always makes me so proud of my involvement with Villanova is the ability for Villanovans to help Villanovans.” Quinn truly dedicates his time, talent and treasure in meaningful ways – always searching for where he could make the greatest impact. Over the years, he has served as a member of the Alumni Recruiting Network, president of the Greater Washington DC chapter of the Villanova Alumni Association (VUAA) from 2003 – 2013, and as a VUAA Regional Coordinator – providing direction and feedback to local chapters.

Outside of his Villanova involvement, Jerry maintains a successful business life. In 2003, Quinn established GJC Consulting LLC, specializing in system integration and project management. Quinn resides in Maryland and is filled with pride as he watches his oldest daughter experience Villanova University as a member of the class of 2016.

 

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Donor Profile: Bob McCarthy '75 VSB

As a Villanova University student waiting tables at a Marriott restaurant, Bob McCarthy ’75 VSB never dreamed that in 2012 he would become the company’s chief operations officer. He truly capitalized on the theory and practice learned in the classroom to build his 38-year rise through the ranks of Marriott International Inc. where he oversaw global operations spanning 3,800 hotels among 19 brands across 74 countries and employing 300,000 Marriott associates.

“Villanova helped me to develop relationship skills,” says the Troy, N.Y., native. “Having the ability to understand the complexities and interdependencies of human interaction made me a better leader. I could motivate people and lead them to perform in ways they didn’t know they were capable of.”

Presently, McCarthy is retired from Marriott, is an investor in two companies offering digital apps with hotel applications and is also an investor in several hotels. He continues to use his leadership ability to ignite change and give back to Villanova University in several key roles. In addition to hosting alumni events and New Student Send-offs with his wife, Audrey, at their home in Virginia, McCarthy has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council in the Villanova School of Business and was a panelist at the 2012 Leadership Summit. McCarthy is a member of the Matthew Carr Society, which recognizes the generosity of donors who have made lifetime gifts totaling $1 million and named Villanova University in his estate plans. Today, Bob serves as a member of Villanova University’s Board of Trustees and is co-chair of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Campaign committee.

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Donor Profile: Craig Norton '92 CLAS

Craig Norton ’92 CLAS has built a 20 year career within Morgan Stanley serving in a variety of leadership roles. He was named a Managing Director in 2008, and is currently the Regional Director for the Southeastern U.S.

After relocating from Florida, Norton, his wife Trudy and their children Mary Pat ’17 CLAS, Joe ’17 CLAS and Loretta live in Atlanta. Craig is a dedicated member of the Villanova University community - he serves as the co-chair of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Campaign Committee, where he works with Villanova University to further its mission and support the Strategic Plan. Norton is also an active member of the President’s Leadership Circle, the Villanova Financial Club of New York, and the Villanova Football Advisory Board.

“Villanova has always been an important part of my life because of the opportunities and connections it has provided. And, over the years, it’s become a home and a way of life for my wife,Trudy, and our family. As the University pursues its Campaign goals, we feel Villanova’s vision is clear and truly exciting. We encourage our fellow alumni, friends and family to invest in our University’s future.”

 

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