VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes the lives and accomplishments of its most distinguished alumni every year at its Alumni Medallion awards. On October 23, four alumni were recognized as 2014 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion recipients at a special on-campus celebration.
Diane Tierney ‘83 CLAS (Economics) and Raymond M. Tierney III, ’81 CLAS (Political Science) received the College’s Alumni Medallion. Ms. Tierney is the co-founder of Lotte & Lilly, LLC and co-president and CEO of The Mike Foundation. Raymond M. Tierney III is the chief executive Officer and president of Bloomberg Tradebook LLC.
In addition, Keith Jones ’07, co-anchor, NBC10 News (Communication), received the Young Alumni Medallion, and Jill A. Marsteller ’80 MA (English), senior vice president for Advancement, Ursinus College, received the Graduate Alumni Medallion.
“As a College, we are proud when our graduates demonstrate a great capacity for creativity, innovation and contribution to the common good,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Interim Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The professional and philanthropic endeavors of Diane and Raymond Tierney, Keith Jones and Jill A. Marsteller continue to transform the lives of others, and they bring honor to Villanova University.”
Diane Tierney ’83 CLAS (Economics), 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 ’10 CLAS, 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) and serves as a charter member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.
Raymond M. Tierney III, ’81 CLAS (Political Science), P ‘10
Raymond M. Tierney III is Chief Executive Officer and President of Bloomberg Tradebook LLC, an electronic agency broker for institutional traders, broker-dealers, hedge fund managers, plan sponsors, market makers and portfolio managers worldwide. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mr. Tierney was at Morgan Stanley for 16 years, starting in 1994 as an executive director and senior sales trader. He was elected a managing director in 1998 and named head of North America cash sales trading in 2004. Mr. Tierney was named global head of equity trading for Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) in 2006, responsible for leading MSIM’s worldwide trading efforts. He started his Wall Street career as a trader at Paine Webber (1981–1986), served as a vice president at First Boston (1986–1991), and was a vice president and sales trader at UBS Warburg (1991–1994).
Mr. Tierney received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Villanova University. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Investment Professionals (NOIP) and serves as executive director of The Mike Foundation. Mr. Tierney is also involved with Wings Over Wall Street and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is a member of the Villanova University President’s Leadership Council.
Young Alumni Medallion
Keith Jones ’07 CLAS (Communication)
Keith Jones joined NBC10 Philadelphia in 2012. He currently co-anchors NBC10 News at 5 PM and files reports for NBC News. Prior to joining NBC10, Mr. Jones was with ABC affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he spent two years as a reporter and anchor. Before that, he fulfilled the same role at WHSV in Harrisonburg, Virginia. During his tenure as morning news anchor at WHSV, the station was awarded 'Best Morning News Show' by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.
Mr. Jones has distinguished himself as a solid journalist whose reports include the trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and the devastating 2013 tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma. He was an integral part of NBC10’s coverage of The U.S. Open at Lower Merion, and in 2013 he received a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for best morning newscast for his anchoring during breaking news coverage of a kidnapped child found safe.
A native of New Egypt, NJ, Mr. Jones earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications in 2007 from Villanova University, where he also minored in Philosophy and Journalism. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of Broadcast Journalism at Villanova and in 2014 was honored with the University’s annual Ethos Award. The award recognizes an alumnus who serves as a role model to students by demonstrating character, service and excellence in the field of communication.
An avid sports fan, Mr. Jones once interned in the NBC10 Sports Department and was one of the team managers for the Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team. Mr. Jones serves on the board of Main Line Deputy Dog, an organization that helps people with physical challenges or mental health concerns train their own dogs to be fully-certified service dogs.
Graduate Alumni Medallion
Jill A. Marsteller ’80 MA (English)
Jill A. Marsteller is a dedicated fundraising leader and a tireless non-profit advocate. Her impressive and varied career is a testament to her passion and talent. She received her Master’s degree in English from Villanova University in 1980 and her Bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College in 1978.
Ms. Marsteller began her career as an adjunct English instructor at Ursinus College before moving to the College Relations Department. After leaving Ursinus College in 1995, she served as a senior administrator and ultimately vice president for Advancement at Lehigh University. Ms. Marsteller then moved on to Haverford College, where she led a successful $200 million campaign. Her efforts bore a two-fold increase in annual giving, three integrated academic centers, an athletic center dedicated to 9-11 victims, and the establishment of an International Council. In 2007, she left to serve as the President of Cedar Crest College, before being appointed in 2008 as the senior vice president for Advancement at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
Over the years, Ms. Marsteller has lent her expertise to non-profits as a consultant and serves as principal of CALICO International, LLC (Creative Advisors Looking to Improve Charitable Organizations). Her clients include The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, Chemical Heritage Foundation, The Haverford School, The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, and Western Connecticut State University. She has chaired the National CASE Conference twice and served as a presenter for decades. She is currently a member of the Forum for Executive Women and AAUW. She was Founding Chair of the Parents’ Program at Albright College. She previously sat on the Boards of the YWCA and the Perkiomen School.
In 2009, Ms. Marsteller returned to Ursinus College where she serves as the senior vice president for Advancement. In October 2013, the College benefitted from nearly a $10 million week, including the largest outright alumni gift in the history of the school and a multi-million dollar art collection.
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