Blue and White Spotlight
Tyonne D. Hinson '01
As an alumna of the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing (FCN), Dr. Tyonne D. Hinson ’01 MSN, DrPH, MSN, RN, NE-BC has championed Villanova nurses, diversity and inclusion initiatives and the leading role nurses play in tackling public health challenges.
With more than 20 years of experience, Tyonne’s career has blended a strong background in executive nursing leadership with focuses on neonatal intensive care and maternal-fetal health, global public health, health equity and cross-cultural competencies. Since May 2018, Tyonne has served as Director for Nursing Diversity Initiatives and the Nursing Career Lattice Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
She contributes her expertise and time to Villanova as a member of the FCN Board of Consultors, chairing the Board’s Alumni, Parents and Friends subcommittee, and in her role as a faculty member of the FCN Nurse Manager Leadership Certificate Program in Continuing Education. Tyonne has been instrumental in cultivating the relationship between FCN and Boston Children’s Hospital to generate professional opportunities for Villanova Nursing talent in the New England region.
Tyonne is an active supporter of the University’s and FCN’s efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion; she has facilitated opportunities for the professional growth and advancement of students with diverse and inclusive backgrounds and was a panelist for the 2019 Villanova University Leadership Summit. In 2019, she received the Dr. Terry Nance Award for Inclusive Excellence and in January 2021 received the Black Achiever Award during Martin Luther King Day events at Boston Children’s Hospital.
During her time at Villanova, the opportunity for Tyonne to conduct her Master’s thesis research in Barcelona, Spain helped to cultivate her passion for global health policy. She was also the first graduate of an innovative academic partnership between FCN and Villanova School of Business designed to equip future nursing leaders with the skills to solve real-world business challenges.
Tyonne credits the encouragement and exposure to professional opportunities she received through FCN as essential to her success.
“Nursing faculty and leaders have been critical not only in my academic education, but also in every significant professional career decision I have made since 2001. They were invested in my success since day one and pushed me to recognize my value to the profession of nursing, healthcare arena, and public health,” she said.
Bob “Mud” ’80 VSB & Kathy (McGoldrick) Mulhall ’80 VSB
For Bob ’80 VSB and Kathy Mulhall ’80 VSB, Villanova is deeply ingrained in who they are as people—and a couple. The pair, who met as accounting majors at Villanova, began dating after going on a double date with Bob’s DTD fraternity brother and Kathy’s roommate. After graduating in 1980, Bob and Kathy married in 1981, moved to Boston and went on to have three children: Bobby ’07 VSB, Tara and Tim.
Professionally, both Bob and Kathy passed the CPA exam shortly after graduation, all the while striving to keep a Villanova connection. In fact, Bob visited the Villanova campus annually, starting in the late 1980s, to recruit students for EY Boston until moving to London in 1996 for a new job.
This connection grew stronger after Bob returned to the United States in 1998 and began having regular discussions with the University about increasing their philanthropic involvement. That was followed by a deeper reconnection with Villanova, taking on a new role as Villanova parent, when their son, Bobby, started his freshman year at Villanova in 2003. In addition to bringing the family back on campus at least once a year during Bobby’s time as an undergrad, Bob continued his recruiting. His transfer to EY’s Philadelphia office in 2007 allowed him to become further involved with Villanova by managing all EY recruiting at the University—a top recruiting school for the company.
With Bob’s desire to stay involved, he went on to join the Villanova School of Business (VSB) Accounting Department’s Advisory Board, the VSB Dean’s Advisory Board and the Villanova University Alumni Association Board. He and Kathy also now proudly serve on the President’s Advisory Council together.
Though the Mulhalls retired back to the New England area in 2018, they maintain their connection to the Philadelphia area and Villanova through regular visits—and through their friendships with fellow Villanovans. Many members of their friend group have remained close since their time at Villanova, keeping in touch often. In fact, even while living overseas, the Mulhalls stayed connected with friends from Villanova. Of all the experiences they had abroad, Easter dinner with college classmates and their families remain one of the most memorable, they said. While working in Philadelphia, the Mulhalls also had season passes for the Villanova Men’s basketball games at Wells Fargo, which they say was a great way to reconnect with old friends and meet many new ones.
Despite no longer being physically close to campus, the Mulhall family’s Villanova pride runs strong no matter where they are in the Nova Nation. “Every Villanova game day you will see the Villanova flag flying from the Mulhall ski house in New Hampshire,” Bob said. “We miss being at the games, but we love watching them with our Villanova ski friends! Go Nova!”
John Pierog '76 CLAS
For John Pierog ’76 CLAS, the education he received from Villanova provided a foundation for life-long success. “Villanova taught me you need to be prepared, work hard, and be committed if you want to achieve your goals,” he said of his experiences at the University.
After graduating from Villanova, John went on to earn an MBA from Babson College. He spent 35 years in progressive financial leadership roles, culminating in his current position as Global Controller for the Chomerics Division, a manufacturer of EMI shielding and thermal management with facilities in nine countries.
In recognizing the impact and power that a Villanova education can have, John and his wife, Lynn, made the decision to support the University by creating the Pierog Family Endowed Scholarship in Support of the Luckow Scholarship Challenge Program in 2016. “Lynn and I believe the best way to support the University was to endow a scholarship to provide prospective students an opportunity for a great educational experience,” he said.
John has also remained involved with Villanova by attending alumni events, supporting the Annual Fund and attending Villanova football and basketball games. He looks forward to enjoying his forthcoming retirement this year, and the opportunity to experience different cultures and histories through his international travels with Lynn.
Nancy '88 VSB and Mark '88 VSB Murphy
For Nancy ’88 VSB and Mark ’88 VSB Murphy, their philanthropic journey with Villanova has been a joint venture from the very beginning.
“Villanova University has been an integral part of our life together,” Mark said. “Nancy and I met when we were in the same orientation group as freshmen, [and] also met so many people who have remained our friends for more than 30 years.”
The couple, who says they have “great respect for the values of Villanova University” is thrilled that their youngest daughter will become a member of the Villanova community herself when she begins at the University as a member of the Class of 2023 this fall.
“Villanova teaches the importance of being part of a community,” Mark said. “We have been so proud to be part of the Villanova community and what it represents, including the importance of service to others.”
It is that spirit that was the driving force behind the Murphy’s desire to give back to the University.
Because of their love for the Nova Nation, the Murphys have remained closely involved, including Mark serving as the Vice President and then President of the Villanova University Club of New England, and Nancy serving for years on the Reunion Committee for the Class of 1988. In addition, both regularly return to campus to attend Homecoming, Reunions and basketball games.
In fact, the Murphys were in their freshman year when the Villanova Men’s Basketball team triumphed over Georgetown to win the 1985 National Championship and have remained lifelong Villanova Basketball fans.
Both Nancy and Mark have enjoyed successful professional careers closely tied to their Villanova degrees. Mark, a graduate of the Villanova School of Business with a degree in Accounting, exemplifies one of the pillars of a Villanova education—the intersection of Law & Business. After graduating from Law School, Mark held various legal roles, eventually starting his own law firm in 2015 focusing on state and local taxation.
Nancy Murphy, a fellow VSB graduate, studied marketing and worked as a manager and buyer for several retail companies. She then started her own vintage business, which she ran for a number of years. She currently works for the elementary schools in their hometown.
The couple resides in Westwood, MA, and has three children: Jack, MaryKate and Hannah.
Michael and Fran Howley P '18, '20, '23
Although Michael and Fran Howley P '18, '20, '23 are originally from Georgia, they now call the Northeast their home. Currently residing in Boston, their strong ties to Philadelphia are made by their three sons who attended Villanova.
The family’s Villanova journey began when their eldest son was accepted to the University. When they came to visit him in the fall for Family Weekend, they were impressed that everyone they met was so helpful and approachable. “We marveled at the fact that within just a few weeks, our son was able to assimilate and call Villanova home,” Fran said. “This was incredibly important to us with our first born heading off to college.”
It was this sense of community that has forever tied the Howley family to Villanova. They have been members of the Parents Executive Council for the last four years, hosted new student receptions in the Boston area, regularly attend alumni and parent events in the city and have also attended the BIG EAST Basketball tournament in New York City every year with their children.
Michael and Fran are true believers in the power of a Villanova education. “Our oldest son graduated in May with a degree in mechanical engineering and got a job…BLESSING, our middle son is a senior at the Villanova School of Business and has an internship this summer and our third son was just accepted into the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing—triple play!” Fran said.
The Villanova community is now and forever a part of the Howleys, and they couldn’t be more grateful and proud of this. “We have entrusted Villanova with our family and we have never regretted that decision. We’ve been made to feel that we are also Villanovans,” Fran said.