Christopher L. Albanese, ‘90
Christopher Albanese is director, Institutional Client Group Sales for Barclays Capital in New York, N.Y. Before joining Barclays in 2009, Mr. Albanese was a vice president in the Fixed Income Department of Lehman Brothers in New York. Previously he held positions at Nomura Securities, where he was a vice president, and in Fixed Income Sales at Credit Suisse First Boston. He is a member of the Villanova Financial Club and holds a BA in English from Villanova University.
Kate Allison, ‘79
Kate Allison is a founder and CEO at Karma Agency, a marketing consultancy specializing in brand, strategic communications and public relations. In April 1999 she founded the company by acquiring the Philadelphia office of Golin/Harris International, where she had served as general manager since 1993. At Golin/Harris, a top 10 international firm, Ms. Allison directed strategies and communication programs for Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including some of the most recognized brands in the world. She has led communications for mergers and acquisitions, numerous crises, corporate reorganizations as well as branding, repositioning and anti-competitive campaigns.
Prior to joining Golin/Harris Ms. Allison served as vice president and director of public affairs at Fidelity Bank and subsequently First Fidelity Bank, and was manager of public relations for Industrial Valley Bank and Trust Company in Philadelphia. She is active in civic and community affairs as a director of the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a member of its Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Greater Philadelphia Regional Business Marketing Program. She is a member of The Forum of Executive Women and a founding member of the Paradigm Award for Business Leadership and Excellence sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She holds a BA in Communication from Villanova University.
Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., ‘73
Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., Esq. is a partner at Corboy & Demetrio in Chicago, Ill. His practice centers on representing plaintiffs in aviation and construction litigation, medical and professional negligence, product and premises liability, claims brought under the Federal Employers' Liability Act and vehicular accident law. Mr. Corboy has tried cases in a number of states throughout the country and served as lead counsel in litigation on behalf of Cook County, Illinois, against the country's major tobacco companies to recoup public monies paid out for treatment of tobacco-related illnesses.
He is a past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the American Association for Justice, where he served as an Illinois State delegate and on its National Board of Governors. In 2002, he was inducted into the invitation-only American College of Trial Lawyers, the country's pre-eminent organization of trial lawyers that limits its membership to those trial lawyers who are outstanding and considered the best in their state.
Widely recognized by his peers as one of the top attorneys in the state of Illinois, Mr. Corboy has attained the designation of Super Lawyer for the seventh year in a row, which is awarded to fewer than 5% of lawyers in the state. He is the 2011-2012 recipient of the DePaul University College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest distinction the College of Law can bestow. He is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois’ largest legal aid program for low income people. He holds a BA in Political Science from Villanova University and a JD from the DePaul University School of Law.
Ron Cruse, ‘77
Ron Cruse has conducted business in over 80 countries while traveling nearly two million miles worldwide for over 20 years. In 1986, along with three partners, he founded Matrix, first recognized in 1991 by INC. Magazine as #81 of “INC.’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S.”
In 1992 Mr. Cruse entered Russia just months after the collapse of the former Soviet Union and organized one of the very first U.S.-Russian Joint Venture Companies. The company became immersed in every major U.S. Government activity in the New Republics; from weapons dismantlement to nuclear reactor modernization to refugee assistance during the Chechen conflict. In late 1996 Matrix, by then an $85 million company, was bought by an investment group led by the former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, William Simon.
In 2001 Mr. Cruse founded Logenix International, Inc., which has assisted in the rebuilding of Afghanistan and the reconstruction of Iraq and is an integral facilitator supporting health and humanitarian assistance efforts across Africa and Asia. Mr. Cruse and his company have been profiled in Forbes and Financial Times. He is the author of the book Lies, Bribes & Peril: Lessons For The Real Challenges Of International Business. Mr. Cruse graduated from Villanova University in 1977 with a BA in General Arts..
Ms. Forster is the founder and CEO of Millennium Medical Education Resources, which was incorporated in December 1996. Prior to that, she worked for 20 years in the publishing and pharmaceutical industries in editorial, marketing, sales and product management positions. She pioneered the healthcare division concept within the medical publishing industry, creating or consulting on the creation of pharmaceutical divisions for several major US medical publishers. At Millennium, she provides guidance to the management team, serves as government liaison and is responsible for editorial development and overseeing company finances.
Ms. Forster holds a BA in English/Journalism from the College of New Jersey and an MA in English Literature from Villanova University. Her son, Ian, is currently a student in the Villanova School of Law.
Jay Galeota, '88
Jay Galeota is currently Senior Vice President, Strategy & Buisness Development for Global Human Health, and is responsible for building a new enterprise-wide function to broaden Merck's portfolio, establish a leadership position in franchises and markets, and help chart GHH's long-term strategy.
Mr. Galeota is a graduate of Villanova University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He currently serves on the boards of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Solaris Health System and the Metuchen Edison Woodbridge YMCA.
Mr. Galeota is married and has three children. In addition to business, his interests include sailing, skiing, flying, automobiles and music.
Rosa M. Gatti retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Communications Counsel and Corporate Outreach at ESPN. An ESPN and cable television pioneer, Gatti joined ESPN in 1980 in its first year of operation. As director of communications and, one year later, as vice president, she built the communications department, establishing policies and best practices. Over the years, she and her team helped to grow the ESPN brand. In 1988, she was promoted to senior vice president. During her tenure, she has also overseen Human Resources and diversity initiatives for the company. Before joining ESPN, Ms. Gatti enjoyed a distinguished career as the first female sports information director at an NCAA major college, her alma mater, Villanova University, in 1974. She later served as sports information director at Brown University.
Ms. Gatti was a vice president of the College Sports Information Directors of America, which presented her with the Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award for dedication to the organization and college athletics. She served on the Villanova University board of trustees for ten years. She joined the University of New Haven Board of Governors in 2010 and is president of the board of directors of the Association for Cable Communicators. She is a member of the boards of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. She has received numerous awards for her public and community relations efforts.
Ms. Gatti was graduated from Villanova with a BA in 1972. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from University of New Haven in 2013.
Prior to that he spent nearly 30 years in the Municipal Bond Department of Goldman Sachs, where he focused on financial solutions for state and local government, infrastructure programs for air infrastructure programs for airports, public power, transportation systems and non-for-profit hospitals and higher education institutions.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Eastside House Settlement a foundation that serves the Mott Haven area of the Bronx and focuses on Education programs which reach out to all ages from preschool to High School. He also co-chairs its Finance Committee and co-chairs its Investment Committee. In addition, he and his wife have served various organizations in Greenwich, Conn., including the Bruce Museum and the Greenwich Symphony. He graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Psychology in 1973.
Michael C. Linn, ‘74
Michael C. Linn is president of MCL Ventures LLC is the former chairman, CEO and president of LINN Energy, LLC (Nasdaq: LINE), which he founded in 2003. The Company became the first publicly traded E&P, LLC in 2006. The Company’s core areas of operation are the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Permian Basin, Los Angeles Basin, Michigan and Rocky Mountains and now has an enterprise value of over $14 billion dollars. In addition to serving on LINN’s board, he also serves on the Board of Nabors Industries, Ltd, and is a senior advisor for Quantum Energy Partners, LLC.
Mr. Linn has regularly represented the oil and natural gas industry before state and federal agencies, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate as well as the media appearing on CNBC. He has also published numerous articles in oil and natural gas trade publications and newspapers.
Mr. Linn currently serves on: National Petroleum Council; Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) – Past Chairman - Board of Directors – Chairman of Political Action Committee; Texas Representative for the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
His civic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, where he has served as chairman of Compensation Committee and member of the Finance Committee; Texas Heart Institute, on the Executive Committee and as chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee; and Houston Children’s Charity, of which he is a board member. Mr. Linn graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a BA in Political Science and cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Scott Mackin, ‘79
Scott Mackin is a Managing Partner and Co-President of Denham Capital and heads the firm’s Power & Renewables team. Denham has backed the successful development of numerous power projects across the globe, from wind and solar in South Africa to coal-fired in the Philippines. Denham’s projects have won Thomson Reuters Project Finance International Power Asia-Pacific Deal of the Year, Euromoney Project Finance Magazine APAC Power Deal of the Year and European Solar Deal of the Year.
Prior to joining Denham, Scott was President and CEO of Waypoint Energy, Managing Partner at The Chatham Group, President and CEO of Covanta Energy Corporation, and President of Ogden Energy.
Scott received a Bachelor Arts, Honors Program, from Villanova University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
JoAnn Magnatta, ‘81 MA
JoAnn Magnatta has served in senior healthcare positions for more than 20 years. Prior to her career in healthcare, she worked in Higher Education and the U. S. Senate.
She joined Main Line Health in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Facilities Design and Construction. In this role she oversees the design, development and construction for four acute care hospitals, one rehab hospital, a drug and alcohol treatment facility and all affiliated entities. She is also responsible for the acquisition, disposition, development and management of all real estate ventures, medical office buildings and ancillary facilities. Prior to joining Main Line Health, Ms. Magnatta served as corporate vice president of Real Estate Services and Facilities at Continuum Services, a five hospital, Manhattan based Health System.
She is a member of several local, regional and national based organizations, including the International Facilities Management Association, CoreNet Global and Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW). She serves on the Boards of Saunders House and Bryn Mawr Terrace Nursing Homes and the President’s Council of LaSalle University. She was chair of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Initiative in 2009, Executive Campaign Champion in 2011/2012 and appointed to the American Heart Association Board in June 2012. Ms. Magnatta received her MA in Secondary Administration from Villanova University and her BA from LaSalle University.
Martinez-Fonts previously was a consultant to the U.S. Chamber as president of Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in homeland security and international issues. He was also affiliated with Adelphi Capital, LLC, and Command Consulting Group.
Before that, Martinez-Fonts served as assistant secretary and special assistant to the secretary for the private sector at the Department of Homeland Security. He was charged with providing America’s private sector with a direct line of communication to the department. Martinez-Fonts worked directly with individual businesses and through trade associations and other non-governmental organizations to foster dialogue between the private sector and the department. He served under secretaries Ridge, Chertoff, and Napolitano.
Earlier in his career, Martinez-Fonts worked for 30 years at JP Morgan Chase and its predecessors, Chemical Bank and Texas Commerce Bank. He served as president of Texas Commerce Bank in San Antonio. In 2002, he retired as chairman and chief executive officer of JP Morgan Chase in El Paso.
During his 30-year tenure in the banking industry, Martinez-Fonts worked in the metropolitan and international divisions. He lived and traveled extensively overseas, including managing Chemical Bank’s offices in Manila and Mexico City. He was regional manager, based in New York, of Chemical’s business in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia.
Martinez-Fonts served on many boards, including Project ARRIBA, ACCION International, and ACCION USA. He was a member of the Frito-Lay Hispanic/ Latino Advisory Board. He also served on the Fannie Mae Advisory Board and the American Bankers Association Communications Council.
He was chairman of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, The Greater El Paso Chamber Foundation, and president of The American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City. He was the 1995 recipient of The National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award.
Martinez-Fonts currently serves on the boards of the Safe America Foundation and Recall Infolink.
Peter T. McKeever, P ‘15
Peter T. McKeever is chief financial officer of Knowledgent, where he oversees and directs all aspects of the company's financial operations, human resources, facilities and IT. Previously, Mr. McKeever served as CFO of BusinessEdge Solutions for eight years.
Prior to that, he held numerous financial executive positions during a 19-year career at IBM. His last position there was as director of financial operations and controller for IBM's Americas Group. In that role, Mr. McKeever was responsible for the financial operations, strategy and controls of the company's largest profit center. Mr. McKeever has served on the Board of Trustees of The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center since 2000. He holds a BS from Fairfield University and an MBA from Tulane University. Mr. McKeever’s daughter, Katherine ‘15, is a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Michael P. Phalen, '81
Michael Phalen is executive vice president and president, Medical Surgery (MedSurg) for Boston Scientific and a member of its Executive Committee. In this role, he plans and executes Boston Scientific’s growth strategies for the Company’s Endoscopy, Urology/Women’s Health and Neuromodulation businesses. Mr. Phalen also oversees Boston Scientific operations in Canada and Latin America.
Prior to assuming his current position in January 2012, Mr. Phalen was president of Boston Scientific International. He was responsible for planning and executing Boston Scientific’s international growth strategy.
Phalen joined Boston Scientific in 1988 and held various management positions of increasing responsibilities including territory manager, product manager, regional sales manager, group product manager, director of Marketing, vice president of Global Marketing and senior vice president and president of the company’s Endoscopy division.
Before joining Boston Scientific, Mr. Phalen held management positions with MD Technology, Kendall Healthcare and Pennwalt Pharmaceuticals. He earned a BS in General Science from Villanova University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Anthony T. Ponturo, '74
Anthony T Ponturo is partner/ producer of Kirmser Ponturo Group, LLC , which conceives and develops new artistic work and provides marketing and consulting in the arts, sports and entertainment .
He has helped bring several sports plays to Broadway including Lombardi, Magic Bird and most recently Bronx Bombers . These works brought the trademarks of the NFL, NBA , MLB and the New York Yankees to Broadway for the first time in history. He has received Tony Awards for his role as producer for Broadway hits Memphis and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Also,he is the executive producer of the feature film Lombardi , based on the Broadway play and in development with Legendary Films
Mr. Ponturo spent 26 years with Anheuser-Busch Incorporated, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. , joining as director of media Services in 1982 . He was named vice president of Media and Sports Marketing and president and chief executive officer of Busch Media Group in 1991. He also served for 10 years as vice president of Global media , sports and entertainment marketing and served on the companies’ Strategy Committee.
He was regularly ranked as one of the most influential figures in sports and was ranked 14 among Business Week's list of the 100 most prominent sports executives . He has been a regular guest on Bloomberg News discussing various sports topics Recently , he served on the 2014 NFL Super Bowl Committee .
Mr. Ponturo graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Economics.
Paul Scura, ‘73
Paul Scura is a founder and managing partner of Scura Paley & Company, a New York City based, middle market, full service investment banking firm. Prior to forming Scura Paley, Mr. Scura held a series of positions with Prudential Securities from 1986 to 2000 including executive vice president and head of global investment banking (1994-2000) and vice chairman and head of the firm’s private equity investment activities.
From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Scura was co-head of Prudential’s Mortgage and Asset-Backed Securities Group, which included sales, trading, structuring, research and banking for all collateralized securities and financial institutions. He was a member of the firm’s Operating Council. He was a voting member of the Investment Committee of four separate private equity funds and Prudential Securities’ merchant banking fund, Prudential Bache Inter-funding. Mr. Scura began his professional career with J.P. Morgan & Co. in 1975 where he spent 11 years in both New York and London.
Mr. Scura received an AB in Economics from Villanova University, graduating magna cum laude, and an MBA degree in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a trustee of the Seton Hall Preparatory School in New Jersey, sat on the Business School’s Advisory Board at Villanova University and was an elected member of the Board of Education in Essex Fells, New Jersey. Mr. Scura also started and was the CEO of a successful specialty finance company, Plymouth Financial Company, Inc. which was sold to Bear Stearns and Company in 2006. He presently sits on several private company boards.
Mark J. Servodidio, ‘87
Mark J. Servodidio received the Villanova University Graduate Alumni Medallion 2011. He is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Avis Budget Group, the parent company of Avis Rent A Car, Budget Car Rental, and Budget Truck Rental, with responsibility for more than 30,000 employees. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.
Mr. Servodidio oversees Avis Budget Group’s worldwide human resources activities including labor and employee relations, staffing strategy, compensation, equal employment compliance, and employee loyalty initiatives. Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, Mr. Servodidio was with Kraft Foods where he led the HR efforts for its Nabisco Division’s sales and supply chain unit. Other key roles there included rebuilding Nabisco’s direct store delivery system, overseeing organizational effectiveness efforts, and implementing the initial integration strategy for Nabisco and Kraft as a result of the acquisition by Phillip Morris.
Mr. Servodidio also served as vice president of human resources for Stella D’Oro & Christie Brown, Nabisco’s specialty cookie unit. He is a member of Benefits Implementation Team of the Business Roundtable, which partners with a White House team on healthcare reform implementation on behalf of the Business Roundtable. He is also a member of the Senior Advisory Council of the Villanova University Graduate Human Resource Development Program. In addition, Mr. Servodidio was selected as co-chair of the New Jersey Human Resources Leadership Summit in 2011.
Dennis Shea, ‘75
Dennis Shea has more than 25 years of investment experience spanning both the buy and sell-side, including 23 years at Morgan Stanley. From 2006 to 2008 he served as chief investment officer and global head of Equity for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where he was responsible for more than 20 Investment teams that invested in Global Equities comprising growth, value and core strategies as well as the equity trading and research operations.
He has been a consistently highly ranked sell-side analyst, led a top ranked domestic and Global Equity Research, Strategy and Economics Department and has overseen more than $300 billion in long only equities for clients. He also has extensive management experience, including running an 1100-employee department and a highly profitable division with over $1.8 billion in annual revenue. He holds a BA in History from Villanova University and an MBA from Notre Dame University. He is currently retired.
Anne E. Stanley, ‘72
Anne E. Stanley, Esq. is corporate counsel for TDK U.S.A. Corporation, where she oversees corporate compliance and contract review, litigation oversight, legal counsel and training. She also serves as liaison with global corporate affiliates.
Ms. Stanley has also served as deputy chief, Civil Division in the office of the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York. While there, she was responsible for litigation at all stages of civil cases on behalf of the U.S., form pleadings, argument of motions, trial, settlement and appeals. Her community service work includes serving for six years as chair of the Eliza Corwin Frost Child Center Steering Committee. Ms. Stanley received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her BS in Mathematics, cum laude, from Villanova University.
David J. Stetler, ‘71
David J. Stetler, Esq. is a founding principal of Stetler, Duffy, & Rotert, Ltd. His practice is primarily concentrated in the defense of complex civil and administrative matters and white collar prosecutions and investigations. He handles all aspects of federal criminal prosecutions through the investigative, administrative, prosecutive and appellate stages. Mr. Stetler has extensive federal trial experience in both jury and non-jury cases, and has argued numerous cases in the Seventh, Third and Eighth Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Stetler also has extensive experience representing corporations with agents and employees who have been implicated in misconduct, including conducting internal corporate investigations, both prior to and following commencement of governmental investigations. Finally, Mr. Stetler’s practice includes the representation of civil litigants in complex financial lawsuits and civil RICO matters, as well as clients subject to federal administrative and regulatory audits and investigations.
A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the American Bar Foundation, Mr. Stetler was formerly a partner for nine years in the Litigation Department in the Chicago office of McDermott, Will & Emery. Until 1988, Mr. Stetler served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. As an assistant U.S. Attorney, he investigated and prosecuted complex financial crimes and public corruption cases. He was appointed deputy chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and later, chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division, where he supervised 25 federal prosecutors and supervised all criminal appeals from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Mr. Stetler has taught trial practice for the U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute and John Marshall Law School. He holds a BA in English and a JD (Class of 1974) from Villanova University.
Paula Sutter, '89
Paula began her career in fashion over 20 years ago at Madison Avenue Design Group, a multi-line showroom, where she learned the fundamentals of sales and merchandising. Her interest in fashion coupled with her sales-driven mind eventually led her to Donna Karan where she was named Vice President of Sales & Marketing. There she ran all domestic divisions of DKNY including DKNY clothing, Classics, and Specialty Sizes, significantly growing the business.
Paula joined Diane von Furstenberg in 1998 with the task of re-launching and rebuilding the DVF brand. Since then, Paula has expanded DVF into a global luxury lifestyle brand, ultimately reestablishing DVF’s legacy. Under her direction, the DVF brand has evolved beyond the wrap dress into a comprehensive global lifestyle brand including dresses, sportswear, eveningwear, swimwear, jewelry, luggage, fragrance, shoes, and handbags.
Diane Tierney, ‘83 LAS, P ‘10
Diane Tierney received her BA in Economics from Villanova University. Following her graduation, Ms. Tierney pursued a career on Wall Street serving as an equity trader for what is now AXA Equitable. After taking time to raise her three children, including Kaitlin LAS ’10, Ms. Tierney currently devotes her energy toward a number of entrepreneurial and charitable activities. She currently serves as Co-Founder of Lotte & Lilly, LLC, a women’s apparel company headquartered in Greenwich, CT. She also serves as co-president and CEO of The Mike Foundation. Over the years, Ms. Tierney has been involved with Wings Over Wall Street, the Breast Cancer Society, and the New York Botanical Garden. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the School of the Holy Child (Rye, NY) and the Parent Board at Georgetown University. She is currently a member of the Auxiliary Board of St. Vincent’s Hospital (Harrison, NY).
Catherine Barr Windels, ‘75
Catherine Barr Windels has over three decades of public affairs experience in government and business, with a strong focus on policy communications, and on stakeholder and opinion media relations. Prior to founding The Policy Workshop at CapitalHQ, she was senior director for Worldwide Policy Mobilization at Pfizer Inc, where she served as Pfizer’s liaison with policy think tanks around the world. In that capacity, Ms. Windels developed specialized networks of think tanks and policy experts across the globe, and sponsored studies and signature events. She also created and managed “Pfizer Forum,” a global advertorial program that appeared in publications including The Economist and The Financial Times, and featured articles by prominent policy experts.
Before joining Pfizer in 1987, Ms. Windels served in the Reagan Administration for six years in positions including that of Acting and Associate Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, and Director of the Office of Media and Special Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. Windels serves on the board of the American Studies Center, the parent organization of the Radio America network and of the American Veterans Center. Ms. Windels is a graduate of Villanova University with a BA in Honors, where she serves on the President’s Leadership Circle.