Donor Spotlight

Darla Wolfe

Darla Wolfe '06 EMBA

When Darla Wolfe ’06 EMBA graduated from Villanova, her involvement with the University did not cease—in fact, Wolfe said she feels that her connection to her alma mater deepened even more.

“I have taken Villanova’s goal of ‘life-long learning’ to heart,” Wolfe said. “My learning and growth experience have included so much more than what occurs in a classroom.”

Wolfe has established herself as a leader among University alumni through her steadfast commitment to supporting Villanova’s mission and community. She was elected to the Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA) Board of Directors and further strengthened her involvement by serving as a co-host for the 2018 VUAA Women’s Leadership Summit and as the VUAA representative of the Mid-Atlantic States recertification effort.

In addition to her involvement with the VUAA, Wolfe is a founding advisory member of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership, has spoken at several Villanova Women in Tech conferences and served as a contributor to the University’s Ten-Year Strategic Plan.

“I support Villanova because I believe the University and the larger Villanova community exemplifies its motto of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas,” she said. “Our Villanova community strives for continuous improvement, and I am impressed with so many initiatives, especially those from the ICE Center and those centered on diversity, equity and inclusion. The more I participate, the more I learn about the breadth of generosity and philanthropy both at the University and alumni level. I can wear my “V” proudly knowing that my time and financial contributions are being put to good use.”

Wolfe, who has more than 20 years of leadership experience in Information Technology, manufacturing and entrepreneurship, is currently Head of IT at Myoderm Clinical Trials Supplies and CEO of her own business, Sweat EquitE, LLC. She has held senior-level roles at Fortune 500 companies including DuPont, Rohm and Haas, and SAP America as well as advisory roles in local start-ups and emerging businesses. She was named a “Tech Disruptor You Need to Know” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and one of the top 12 technologists of color in Philadelphia by Technical.ly Philly.
 

Deanna Hutowski

Deanna Huntowski '06

As a two-time alumna with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation, Deanna Huntowski knows the value of a Villanova education. She is now a successful CPA in Delaware but finds ways to stay active with the University. In addition to regularly returning to campus for various events, Deanna serves as the President of the Club of Delaware and strives to “keep the feeling of community alive” with local Villanovans. 

As the President of the Club of Delaware, she is very involved with local Villanova alums, but also makes it a point to come back to campus for athletic events, as well as accounting functions at VSB. Deanna said the University holds a very special place in her heart because it was so integral to her development, and she still remembers her days on campus fondly. “I want everyone to have that experience and love it as much as I did—and still do,” she said. “We have such special people who love to give back and help other Villanovans. There’s nothing better than Villanovans helping Villanovans.”

Deanna said it was the people at Villanova who made her experience on campus so real—and so powerful. “The people are some of the kindest, most compassionate, intelligent, enthusiastic, driven and charitable people I have ever met,” she said. These individuals were at the center of her Villanova world, including her fellow students, faculty and staff that helped her to figure out her passions, where she was a natural leader and taught her the skills she needed for a successful career and purposeful life.

“The clubs and organizations I was involved in—from Orientation to Club Soccer—helped to mold me into who I am today and were an important part of my Villanova journey,” she said.