Four New Members Elected to Villanova University Alumni Association Board (VUAA)
John (Jack) Pund ’78 VSB; Kerry Cooley Bruggeman ’06 COE; Greta Kropp Gilbode ’02 CLAS; and Joe Lamack ’87 COE; will serve three-year terms representing the VUAA
Tracy Setlock Brala ’90 VSB, begins two-year term as the president of the Alumni Association, while Terence P. Delaney ’83 CLAS will serve as president-elect
VILLANOVA, Pa. – Four Villanova University alumni have been elected to the Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA) Board of Directors, the governing body that establishes the overall strategic direction of the VUAA. John (Jack) Pund ’78 VSB; Kerry Cooley Bruggeman ’06 COE; Greta Kropp Gilbode ’02 CLAS; and Joseph Lamack ’87 COE; will serve three-year terms representing the VUAA within the University community and providing guidance to the Office of Alumni Relations.
Additionally, Tracy S. Brala ’90 VSB, begins a two-year term as the president of the Alumni Association. Terence P. Delaney ’83 CLAS will serve as president-elect.
“We are fortunate to have such talented and dedicated professionals on our Alumni Association Board,” said George R. Kolb ’84, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations at Villanova University. “Their dedication and leadership strengthens the relationship between the University and its alumni where they live and work around the world.”
John (Jack) Pund, of Newtown Square, Pa., is managing director of JLP & Associates LLC, Finance Counsel, a professional service firm specializing in finance counsel services to attorneys, courts and business owners. Prior to this, he was the chief financial officer and general counsel at Optical CrossLinks, Inc. and a principal with ParenteRandolpf, the largest Pennsylvania-based CPA firm. Pund is a member of a number of professional associations including: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), as well as the American Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He was a former Chair of PICPA’s Statewide Committee on Forensic and Litigation Services. Pund received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Villanova School of Business (VSB) in 1978, and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law, an MBA from VSB, and an LLM in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.
Kerry Cooley Bruggeman, PE, LEED AP of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minn., is a principal at Michaud Cooley Erickson, a consulting engineering firm in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Bruggeman has worked in the consulting engineering field since 2006, and her background includes the design of HVAC and plumbing systems for public, commercial, industrial, office and retail building projects. She is a board member and former president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, and is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Bruggeman graduated from Villanova University in 2006, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
Greta Kropp Gilbode, of Merion Station, Pa., is the assistant director of PeriOperative Services Technical Operations at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Gilbode was selected for Penn Medicine’s prestigious fellowship program where she worked directly for the CEO of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the COO of Penn Medicine for two years. Upon completion of the program Gilbode was offered a position in the hospital’s administration. In her current position Gilbode shares the responsibility for the management of non-nursing technical operating room staff and the daily operations for the hospital’s inpatient and outpatient operating room facilities. A former captain of the Villanova women’s varsity rowing team, Gilbode is still connected to the program, volunteering her time to assist with the Knecht Cup Regatta. She graduated from Villanova University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and went on to receive an MBA in health care administration from St. Joseph’s University.
Joe Lamack, of Macungie, Pa., is the CO2 General Manager at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy through Villanova’s NROTC program, Lamack served on Active Duty with the Navy for six years. He retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserves after serving for an additional 20 years. Lamack joined Air Products and Chemicals in 1993, and has worked in several engineering, commercial and operations positions. He has worked principally at the company’s World Headquarters in Trexlertown, Pa. Currently he is CO2 general manager for North America Merchant Gases at Air Products, at the business headquarters for the newly acquired CO2 business in Monroe, La. Lamack graduated from Villanova University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He went on to earn an MBA from Providence College in 1993.
The 21-member VUAA Board of Directors will be chaired by newly-appointed VUAA President Tracy S. Brala, of Villanova, Pa. Brala is the founder and president of TSB Marketing and Strategy Consultants, where she is committed to creating value for her clients. Her industry background includes expertise in technology, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and service. Prior to forming her own consulting practice, Brala led teams and initiatives at The Campbell Soup Company and The Scott Paper Company/Kimberly Clark Corporation. Brala graduated from Villanova University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Villanova School of Business. She served as captain of the women’s varsity diving team while at the University. Brala would go on to earn her MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania in 1998.
Terence P. Delaney, who retired from his position as Vice President at Gallagher Benefit Services in 2012, will begin a term as VUAA president in June 2016. Delaney’s role at Gallagher Benefit Services included business development and account management. He previously worked for an employee benefits consulting firm, RSI, which he joined as partner in 1991. RSI merged with the Gallagher Benefits Services division of Arthur J. Gallagher in 2008. AJG is the fourth largest insurance brokerage firm in the world and is traded publically. Prior to joining RSI, Delaney worked at MetLife and served as regional director overseeing business development and account management operation in the Delaware Valley. He graduated from Villanova in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Delaney was a member of the Villanova track and field and cross country teams.
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