VLAA Board


President: President-Elect:
Andrew R. McReynolds ’05
Ricoh Americas Corporation
70 Valley Stream Parkway
Malvern, PA 19355
Michael Drossner ’01
Drossner Law, P.C.
1500 Walnut Street, 21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-3523
First Vice President: Second Vice President:

Keith E. Smith ’92
Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellottt, LLC
Two Liberty Place, 22nd Floor
50 South 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Helen Han Mountain ’00
Lamb McErlane
24 East Market Street P.O. Box 565
West Chester, PA 19381
Immediate Past President:
Joni J. Berner '78
Berner, Klaw & Watson LLP
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 1100
WPhiladelphia, PA 19102

Board of Advisors

April M. Byrd ’95
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
One Liberty Place
1650 Market Street, Suite 3030
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7301
Trevor J. Cooney '00
Archer & Greiner P.C. 
One Centennial Square
33 East Euclid Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Thomas O. Fitzpatrick ’04
Mincey & Fitzpatrick, LLC
1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 1525
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-587-0006
Rachel K. Gallegos ’06
Steve Harvey Law, LLC
1880 JFK Bouelevard, Suite 1715
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Francesca Ann Iacovangelo ’02
Law Offices of Twanda Turner-Hawkins
1601 Cherry St. Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Justin Kerner ’10
Chambers of the Honorable Mary L. Cooper
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey 
U.S. Courthouse
402 East State Street, Room 5000
Trenton, NJ 08608-1507
Noreena Sondhi Lewis '05
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th and Civic Center Boulevard, Room 9NW53
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Stephen E. Luttrell ’11
Post & Schell
Four Penn Center
1600 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2808
C. Dale McClain ’64 
C. Dale McClain Ltd.    
P.O. Box 532
Haverford, PA 19041-0532
Francis T. McDevitt, Esq. ’77
Naulty, Scaricamazza & McDevitt
Greentree Commons
9003 A Lincoln Drive West
Marlton, NJ  08053
(856) 985-2005
Fax (856) 985-1963
Mary Ann Mullaney ’90  
The Axelrod Firm
The Beasley Building
1125 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
K.T. Newton '92
United States Attorney's Office
615 Chestnut Street, Suite 1250
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Angelo J. Onofri ’90
Office of the Mercer County Prosecutor
P.O. Box 8068
Mercer County Courthouse, Third Floor
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
Caroline K. Reeves ’88
Law Offices of Caroline K. Reeves
143 Park Avenue, 1C
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Diane L. Slifer '00
2444 Huntington Pike
P.O. Box 481
Huntington Valley, PA 19006-0481

Lauren Lonergan Taylor '95
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196

Hon. Steven C. Tolliver ’80
Montgomery County Court House
2 East Airy Street
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19401-0311

Ex Officio Members

President, DC/MD/VA Chapter
President, Delaware Chapter
Douglas Troutman ’00 
American Cleaning Institute
1331 L Street, N.W., Suite 650
Washington, DC 20005
Sean J. Bellew ’97
Duane Morris LLP
222 Delaware Ave, Suite 1600
Wilmington, DE 19801-1659
President, Minority Alumni Society
President, New England Chapter
Kali T. Wellington-James ’09
Pepper Hamilton LLP
400 Berwyn Park
899 Cassatt Road
Berwyn, PA 19312
Richard A. Toelke ’89
Bingham McCutchen LLP
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
President, New York City Chapter
President, Northern California Chapter
Jessica D. Wessel '09
Christopher D. Strunk ’98
Gordon & Rees LLP
Suite 2000
275 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Presidents, Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter
Lisa Roskovensky ’03
Vincent M. Roskovensky ’02
Thorp Reed & Armstrong
One Oxford Centre
301 Grant Street, 14th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1425
President, NovUs Chapter                                       
Marielle Van Rossum '12
O'Brien & Ryan, LLP
Hickory Pointe
2250 Hickory Road, Suite 300
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Law School Liaisons

Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Development 
and Alumni Relations
John Y. Gotanda
James C. Garvey, Ed.D.
Director of Alumni Relations Executive Director of
Development and Campaign
Sarah N. Ponzio ’04
Colleen Belz Frascatore
Alumni Relations Administrative Assistant
Karen A. Johnson

Past VLAA Presidents

We recognize the following past presidents of the Villanova Law Alumni Association for their dedication, leadership and service to the Law School, its alumni and students:

2011-2012 John P. Kopesky '79
2010-2011 Bethann R. Naples '94
2009-2010 John R. Bryck '99
2008-2009 Richard A. DeMichele, Jr. '95
2007-2008 Thomas G. Jackson '91
2006-2007 Thomas M. Gallagher '89
2005-2006 Sean P. Fahey '94
2003-2005 Yolanda F. Pagano '89
2002-2003 James C. King '93
2001-2002 Edward J. Hoffman '73
2000-2001 Noel C. Birle '93
1999-2000 Linda Love Vines '90 JD, '94 LLM
1998-1999 Richard A. Mitchell '70
1997-1998 Jane E. Lessner '88
1996-1997 Mason Avrigian, Jr. '87
1995-1996 Rosemary M. Flannery '64
1993-1995 Joseph A. Tate '66
1992-1993 Lawrence R. Lesser '67
1991-1992 Bernard J. McLafferty '61
1989-1991 Stuart H. Savett '63
1988-1989 James F. Kipp '63
1987-1988 Frank J. Benasutti '64
1986-1987 Arthur R. Shuman '72
1985-1986 Thomas S. Forkin '62
1984-1985 Thomas A. Riley '64
1983-1984 Hon. Joseph R. Glancey '56
1982-1981 Jerome E. Bogutz '62
1981-1980 Hon. Thomas A. Pitt, Jr. '61
1980-1979 George C. Brady III '72
1972-1979 Mark H. Plafker '64
1971-1972 William J. O'Brien '62
1970-1971 Albert P. Massey '64
1969-1970 Edwin W. Scott '63
1968-1969 Lawrence F. Flick '62
1967-1968 C. Dale McClain '64
1966-1967 Robert H. Ford '63
1965-1966 James W. Schwartz '59
1964-1965 George S. forde '58
1963-1964 Anthony J. Ryan '58
1962-1963 Vincent P. Haley '59
1961-1962 Anthony L. Bartolini '58
1960-1961 James A. Matthews, Jr. '57
1959-1960 Francis R. O'Hara '57
1958-1959 Robert P. Garbarino '56
1957-1958 D. Barry Gibbons '56
1956-1957 Hon. Joseph R. Glancey '56

VLAA Leadership Nominations

Each year, the Villanova Law Alumni Association seeks candidates for consideration for its leadership board. Self-nominations are encouraged.

About the Leadership

The Association is led by six Officers and a Board of Advisors, which consists of 18 members, as well as the presidents of the VLAA Affiliates (regional chapters and Minority Alumni Society) who serve as ex-officio members. The VLAA Officers and Board of Advisors establish the overall strategic direction for the Alumni Association, and provide advice and counsel to the Dean and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The Officers and Advisors also represent the VLAA and the Law School within and outside the Villanova Law community, as well as the diversity of the Association’s membership.

Leadership Responsibilities

The Officers and Board of Advisors meet four times per year, and attendance at these meetings is critical. Board members are also assigned to serve on at least one committee, chaired by an Officer, and to lend their professional expertise as needed. Officers serve one-year terms, and Advisors serve three-year terms. All VLAA leaders should be active members of the organization, not only in the governance and planning activities of the VLAA, but also in the events and programs sponsored by Villanova Law and the VLAA. All VLAA leaders should also seek opportunities to publicize their role in the VLAA and Villanova Law and VLAA activities and programs to their fellow alumni and other appropriate members of the legal and general community.

VLAA Leaders are also encouraged to interact with administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni to increase their knowledge of the Alumni Association and to advocate for current and future needs and goals.

How to Submit a Candidate for Consideration for an Advisor Position

Each year, the VLAA Nominating Committee appoints six advisor members to the Board for a three-year term commencing in the Association Year following their appointment.

To nominate yourself or another alumnus/a, please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Sarah N. Ponzio, Esq. '04, Director of Alumni Relations, via email to ponzio@law.villanova.edu or mail to Villanova University School of Law, 299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085.

Please note that the committee seeks those who have supported alumni involvement through the VLAA or elsewhere in the Law School, regularly participate in the annual giving program and support the Alumni Association's mission. The committee also matches identified needs of the Board with the skills of prospective candidates and strives to create a body that represents the diversity of the Association's membership.

How to Submit a Candidate for Consideration for an Officer Position

Each year, association members are elected by the Board of Advisors to hold the VLAA offices of president-elect, first vice president, second vice president and third vice president.  Each office is a one-year term commencing in the Association Year following the appointment.

The VLAA Officers are elected from among those members who are either nominated by the VLAA Nominating Committee or by a Valid Petition. The VLAA Nominating Committee considers members who are current VLAA officers or advisors, as well as all association members who have submitted petitions. Note that the committee nominates individuals who have demonstrated significant involvement in the Association and the Law School. A person may not be a candidate for more than one office.

Any association member may submit a petition for nomination for an officer position. The petition must meet the following criteria: (1) the petition must include a statement of the office the candidate is seeking, the candidate's qualifications and the ways that the candidate is able to assist the Association in fulfilling its mission; and (2) the petition must be signed by twenty-five (25) members ("Valid Petition"). Petitions for nomination of a candidate to an office must be received by the VLAA Executive Director no later than April 1st.

If the Nominating Committee does not nominate a candidate who has submitted a petition for nomination, the Committee shall advise the individual that he or she has not been nominated by the Committee, and that he or she has the option to run for election before the Board, provided such written request is received by the Executive Director no later than May 1st.

To nominate yourself or another alumnus/a, please submit a petition to:

Sarah N. Ponzio, Esq. '04, Director of Alumni Relations, via email to ponzio@law.villanova.edu or mail to Villanova University School of Law, 299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085.

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