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Villanova University 2015 Leadership Summit to Explore Collaboration and Innovation in Healthcare

Paul A. Tufano, Esq. ’83, ’86, chairman and chief executive officer of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
Highlighting the Summit is a keynote address by Paul A. Tufano, Esq. ’83, ’86, chairman and chief executive officer of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. Tufano also serves as Chair of Villanova University’s Board of Trustees.

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s 2015 Leadership Summit will bring together thought leaders in healthcare and related fields to explore the critical topic of “Collaboration and Innovation in Healthcare.” Highlighting the Summit is a keynote address by Paul A. Tufano, Esq. ’83, ’86, chairman and chief executive officer of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, one of the nation’s leading Medicaid Managed Care organizations, headquartered in Philadelphia. Tufano also serves as Chair of Villanova University’s Board of Trustees.

Numerous Villanova thought leaders will converge on the University’s campus Thursday, April 30 for a full day of presentations and discussions. Among the panelists and speakers will be Villanova alumni, academic deans, faculty and staff. The event will take place in The Connelly Center on Villanova’s campus beginning at 9 a.m.

“As a University, our alumni are one of our greatest assets,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “This year’s Leadership Summit brings alumni back to campus to not only discuss their success, but to inspire others to help shape the future of healthcare. With a strong commitment to Augustinian values and ideals, I believe Villanovans are uniquely positioned to help address the opportunities and challenges facing the healthcare industry.”

A series of panel discussions will focus on topics ranging from “Collaborating to Put Patients First” to “Innovating the Next Big Thing.” Panelists and speakers include:

  • Stephen J. Andriole, PhD, Professor of Business Technology, Villanova University School of Business
  • Madeline Bell ’83 CON, President and Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sarah-Vaughn Brakman, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Raul Damas ’96 CLAS, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Purdue Pharma LP
  • Joseph P. Delaney ’91 VSB, President and Chief Executive Officer, One Call Care Management, Inc.
  • Kathryn V. Fitch ’77 CON, P ’11, Principal, Healthcare Management Consultant, Milliman
  • M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean, Villanova University College of Nursing
  • Dorrie Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN ’72 CON, P ’12, Dean & Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, UVA Medical Center
  • Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering, Villanova University
  • John Y. Gotanda, Arthur J. Kania Dean & Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law
  • Patrick T. Higgins ’79 CLAS, P’15, President and Chief Operating Officer, Tekmira/OnCore, Inc.
  • Steven Lewis ’90 VSB, Executive Vice President, Willis Metro Human Capital Practice
  • Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Interim Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Edward V. Loftus, Jr., MD ’84 CLAS, P ’16, Surgeon and Professor of Medicine, The Mayo Clinic
  • Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean, Villanova School of Business, Villanova University; Provost-Elect, Villanova University
  • Brian McDonough, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Temple University School of Medicine; Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, Chief Medical Information Officer and Board of Directors, Saint Francis Healthcare; Medical Editor, KYW1060 (Philly)/1010 Wins (NYC)
  • Mary Alice Morro, RN, MSN, ’83 CON, Director, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Dublin, Georgia
  • Sarah Marchal Murray ’98 CLAS, Senior Vice President, External Relations, The END Fund
  • C. “Nat” Nataraj, PhD, Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Moritz, Sr. Endowed Chair Professor in Engineered Systems; Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University College of Engineering
  • Paul A. Tufano, Esq. ’83, ’86, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies; Chair, Villanova University Board of Trustees.
  • Rohan Udeshi ’09 COE, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Health Recovery Solutions

During the Leadership Summit, the VUAA will present the 2015 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal and the 2015 Villanova Young Alumni Medal. The St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Villanova University Alumni Association, is conferred on alumni who best symbolize the spirit and legacy of St. Thomas. Alumni selected for the honor have achieved a level of distinction within their chosen fields or professions and have brought extraordinary benefit to the University and their communities. The Villanova Young Alumni Medal is awarded to an alumnus/alumna who has reached a significant level of achievement in his/her profession and who is a model of the quality and caliber of today’s Villanova student.

St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal Recipient

This year’s recipient of the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal is Richard Kreider ’83 VSB. Kreider’s commitment to Villanova University and the Long Island Alumni Chapter has opened doors for many students, ensuring future generations have access to an education at Villanova. Over the years, as his career thrived and his family grew, Kreider made the University a priority, investing his resources and time—fueling Villanova’s growth and achievement.

Kreider graduated from Villanova in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and went on to receive his MBA from New York University. Soon afterward, Kreider joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co L.P. (KKR), an international asset management company, one of the largest in the world. In 2014, after 28 years, Kreider retired from KKR as the fund controller and principal.

Over the years, Kreider has committed himself, through volunteerism and philanthropy, to Villanova University. Impressed by his daughter’s experience in the College of Nursing (CON), he became a founding member and chair of the CON Board of Consultors. He is chair of the College of Nursing Campaign Committee and is a member of the Campaign Executive Committee supporting For the Greater Great®: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change. He serves as a member of the Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA) Board of Directors and is a member and former chair of the Villanova Financial Club. Kreider is a former member of the Villanova School of Business Accounting Advisory Committee.

In addition to his work with Villanova, Richard Kreider is dedicated to his local community. He works closely with St. Anthony High School and is a board member of the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Nassau County, NY. Richard and his wife, Marianne, are the proud parents of five children, including two Villanova University graduates – Kristen Kreider Triesch ’05 and Kelly ’09. Currently, their son Brian ’18 is enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

Villanova Young Alumni Medal Recipient

This year’s recipients of the Villanova Young Alumni Medal are Matthew Baldwin ’06 VSB and Megan Evans Baldwin ’07 VSB. Matthew and Megan met through the Blue Key Society while attending Villanova University. The Baldwin’s passion for Villanova has inspired them to support the University and assume leadership roles within student and alumni programs.

Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and is vice president of Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco. Matt graduated from Villanova in 2007 with a degree in finance. Upon graduation, Matt joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) and is vice president of Foreign Exchange Corporate Advisory based out of San Francisco.

Today, the couple continues their involvement in the University. Both are active members of the Northern California Chapter of the Villanova University Alumni Association and have hosted several events in New York City and on the West Coast. In addition to their membership in the President’s Club and the Young Alumni Circle, the Baldwins serve as members of the Far West Campaign Committee and the President’s Advisory Council.

Megan is a mentor within the Villanova School of Business Mentor Program, which connects undergraduates with alumni—building a bridge between the classroom and the professional world. Matt, a member of the Villanova Financial Club, has helped facilitate several events, including Working on Wall Street. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for Villanova student interns and has been instrumental in securing annual Villanova programming at BAML.

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