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Where Expertise Supports Strategy: Meet Our Newest Board Members

The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing's Board of Consultors serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean of the College and provides an external perspective on matters that affect the nursing profession, the College and its strategic direction. Members of the Board include College and University alumni, parents, and nursing, health care and business leaders.

Meet some of the Board members who have more recently joined this group of talented advisors in support of our new strategic plan. 

Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes '92 VSB, Devon PA

CFO, Accolade

Steve Barnes is CFO of Accolade, which provides personalized health care delivery, navigation and advocacy services that dramatically improve the experience, outcomes and cost of health care for employers, health plans and their members. Accolade has been recognized as one of the nation’s 25 most promising companies by Forbes magazine, the fastest-growing private healthcare company by Inc. 500, and a top workplace. Steve joined Accolade in early 2015 and is responsible for shaping and driving the company’s financial operations, investment strategy and capital raising. He previously served in various executive roles at NRG including CFO of NRG’s Retail Energy business, Managing Director of NRG’s Northeast Business segment, and CFO of NRG’s Residential Solar business. In 2011, NRG acquired Energy Plus Holdings, where Steve served as CFO and later as President. In these roles, he oversaw finance, strategy and mergers & acquisitions in support of a rapidly growing business. Previously, Steve was Managing Director and CFO at Novitas Capital, Director of Finance and Investor Relations at Voxware, and he began his career as a CPA with KPMG. He serves on the board of LiveConnections (now part of World Café Live), a non-profit organization that brings innovative cross-genre music experiences to diverse audiences through live performances and interactive education. He earned a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in the Philadelphia suburbs and his hobbies include music, sports and spending time with his wife and two children.

Bob Bosse

Bob Bosse '86 VSB, P '25, Manhasset NY 

Executive Director, J.P. Morgan

Bob Bosse is responsible for building and managing relationships with premier asset manager clients in North America. Prior to his current role, Bob was head of Platform Sales for banks and broker dealers. He was responsible for driving the strategic development and growth of J.P. Morgan’s Securities Services business within this segment across North America. Bob also worked for BNY Mellon’s global client management division advising tier 1 institutional clients. He also worked at Westpac Banking Corporation in various senior positions including head of the North American Financial Institutions Group, senior credit trader and derivative salesperson. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Villanova University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.


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Tracy Brala ’90 VSB

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Partnerships, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, Pa.  

Tracy S. Brala joined the Science Center as VP Ecosystem Development in June 2018, a role she created to encompass her team's work of convening, galvanizing, and amplifying an inclusive Philadelphia innovation ecosystem. She was promoted to her current role in 2021. As Senior Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships, Tracy leads the strategy, marketing, corporate development and customer experience functions for the Science Center. Tracy came to the Science Center from Comcast where she served as the Executive Director for Growth & Strategy for Xfinity services. Tracy’s experience also includes a successful career at Campbell’s Soup Company and the founding of her own consulting company to help businesses grow through product and business development, branding, and marketing. She currently is on the Board of the Forum of Executive Women and is the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is a member of the University City District Board, and is on the PHL CVB Life Sciences Advisory Board. Tracy also served as the Co-Chair for the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, an initiative of the Economy League to develop leaders and visionaries in business, civic, and government organizations dedicated to making Greater Philadelphia a world class region.

Among her service to Villanova University, Tracy is past president of the Villanova Alumni Association Board of Directors, and she is a recipient of the 2022 Villanova University Alumni Association Loyalty Award. She earned a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Fred Flynn, Stamford, Conn. 

Founder, president and primary sponsor of the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Development Program, Inc.

Fred Flynn is founder, president and primary sponsor of the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Development Program, Inc. A former financial executive, Fred created the Flynn Fellowship program in the memory of his wife Susan, who died of ovarian cancer in 2013, out of respect for the skilled nurses and wonderful palliative care professionals who cared for her. The foundation’s goal is to help develop the next generation of oncology nurses by partnering with the country’s leading hospitals and undergraduate nursing schools to improve the future quality of cancer care for patients and their families. Several Villanova students have participated in the Flynn Fellowship Program each summer since 2015, having interned at leading hospitals, including CHOP, HUP, Boston Children’s, Greenwich Hospital and Children’s National.

Ruth Frey

Ruth Frey '81 BSN, P '16, Devon, Pa.

Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Ruth Frey, MSN, CPNP, is Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). As Vice President, Ruth is responsible for the strategic direction of CHOP’s Global Medicine activities. She has developed and currently leads teams implementing strategies for all key CHOP markets, including Latin America, Caribbean, the GCC Countries, Canada, and China. She also oversees new international initiatives and relation- ships, aiming to increase CHOP’s global footprint and impact. Ruth has established unique programs and collab- orations with key partners around the world. She has expertise in creating programs that leverage CHOP’s clinical innovation and align with overall hospital strategies and departmental goals. Pro- grams developed by Ruth link CHOP clinical and research leaders with international colleagues, to facilitate access to innovative treatments in Philadelphia and to develop local pediatric expertise globally. As Vice President, Ruth is responsible for developing and maintaining high-level international relationships on behalf of CHOP. She has extensive experience working with ministries of health, embassies, insurance companies, and hospitals. She has assumed responsibility for CHOP’s Global Health and Global Education Programs, ensuring a strategic impact on healthcare for children across the world. Ruth has been with CHOP for over 40 years. Her experience spans a wide range of clinical care settings, from the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, to the emergency and transport ser- vices, to CHOP’s primary care practices. She played an instrumental role in establishing CHOP’s Global Patient Services department establishing diverse international team members and their roles, as well as the overall operations structure of the department. Ruth is a frequent lecturer for professional organizations on the state of children’s health globally, and sits on the Advisory Committee of the US Co- operative for International Patient Programs, and the Moran Center for Global Leadership, Villanova University School of Business.


Monica Harmon, MSN, MPH, RN

Executive Director of the Community Wellness HUB at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions and Chapter President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Area Black Nurses Association.

Monica is a public health nurse, educator and researcher. She is convinced that community factors and social issues manifest in chronic disease and asserts health care practitioners must consider all determinants of health when addressing population health needs. Monica has practiced professionally in various settings, working with vulnerable and marginalized populations within in-patient pediatrics, home health, prisons, schools and group and retirement homes. Research activities include studying detained adolescent females in Philadelphia, maternal and child fatalities, diversity in nursing and community/public health nursing practice and education. Currently, Harmon is a co-investigator of grant-funded research focusing on competency-based workforce development of public health nurses and baccalaureate nursing faculty.

Monica has shared her public health and nursing knowledge and skills with public health undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the community/public health, maternity and pediatrics in the clinical and didactic areas. Harmon imparts her knowledge of how the determinants of health impact marginalized and minoritized communities.

She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson and Drexel universities with degrees in nursing and public health.

Julia Lanouette

Julia E. Lanouette '11 BSN, Montgomery County, Pa.

Director of Pharmacovigilance Operations – PV Agreements with Moderna Therapeutics

Juia Lanouette has over 12 years’ experience in the Biopharmaceutical Industry with 5 years’ experience in clinical nursing. Prior to entering the healthcare arena, Julia worked in Risk Management and the Technology sectors.  Currently, Julia is the Director of Pharmacovigilance Operations – PV Agreements with Moderna Therapeutics, Boston, Mass.  In Julia’s current role, she sets the strategy for the global pharmacovigilance agreements, develops and writes agreements, and manages relationships with Moderna’s business partners (i.e. other biopharmaceutical companies, government agencies, vendors, etc.) to ensure the safe exchange of safety data for both clinical trials and post-marketing products.  Previously, Julia held various roles  at Merck & Co., in Business Development and Pharmacovigilance Licensing, Regulatory Affairs International and Clinical Safety and Risk Management.  Prior to working at Merck & Co., Julia was employed as both an acute care nurse and a home care nurse for Doylestown Health where she served patients from the Bucks and Montgomery communities. In addition, she also worked in marketing and sales for Genzyme Corporation where she was able to engage with patients, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to help support patients and families who were diagnosed with genetic disorders.  

 Julia has a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies, International concentration from Dickinson College (2001), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University (2011) and a Master of Science in Nursing Innovation from Drexel University (2021).  Julia lives in Montgomery County, PA with her 13-year-old daughter.  Julia is a member of Sigma Theta Tau board at Villanova as well as the Fitzpatrick Alumni Board. 

Heather Major

Heather Major, Philadelphia, Pa.

Executive director, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

As the first executive director of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Heather Falck Major is responsible for advancing the Foundation’s grantmaking to drive equity and impact the health in communities across southeastern Pennsylvania. With nearly two decades of healthcare experience, first as an underwriter and ten years in corporate philanthropy, Heather has helped shape the strategy and programmatic direction of the Foundation since its 2011 launch. Heather has day-to-day oversight of the Foundation’s grants administration, operations, and programmatic initiatives, including the Foundation’s Institute for Health Equity, a $15 million commitment to advance health equity in our region and nation. She is responsible for Foundation communications, including managing editor and contributing author of its award-winning publications and is the host of the Foundation’s internationally reaching podcast, Someone You Know®. Heather is a member of the Corporate Engagement Advisory Committee at her alma mater, the Pennsylvania State University, and serves in advisory and committee roles for the PA Action Coalition and Urban Affairs Coalition. Heather also proudly serves as an inaugural member of the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Advisory Board at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and their Great Pyrenees dog.

J McCallion

John D. McCallion, P'26

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MetLife, Inc., and Head of MetLife Investment Management

John McCallion is executive vice president and chief financial officer, MetLife, Inc., and head of MetLife Investment Management (MIM), MetLife’s institutional investment management business. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team. In these roles, McCallion is responsible for all financial management matters, including financial reporting, treasury, corporate actuarial, tax, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions, and oversees MIM’s approximately $600 billion in total assets under management.

McCallion served as MetLife's treasurer from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, he was chief financial officer of MetLife's EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region, based in London, from 2012 to 2016. As MetLife's head of investor relations from 2011 to 2012, McCallion managed and coordinated the presentation of the company's financial results, messages and strategies to the analyst and investor community. He also previously served as vice president and chief financial officer of MetLife's investments department, managing financial analysis and reporting for more than $450 billion in investments.

McCallion joined MetLife in July 2006 after spending 10 years in PricewaterhouseCoopers' insurance audit practice, where he worked with multinational and U.S. clients in the life and property/casualty insurance industries. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Syracuse University, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, and is a certified public accountant.

Mary Myers

Mary Myers '81 BSN

President of Home and Community Based Services for the Johns Hopkins Health System, and President/CEO, and Chief Quality Officer of Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Inc.

As President of Home and Community Based Services for the Johns Hopkins Health System, and the President/CEO, and Chief Quality Officer of Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Inc., Mary Myers is focused on providing the highest quality care to patients within their homes and the community. Myers began her tenure with Johns Hopkins Medicine in 1981, after graduating from Villanova University with her Bachelor of Science in nursing. She later attained her Master of Science from the University of Maryland. During her career, Myers has led acute intensive care teams, served as a consultant for nursing, and designed various quality and safety programs. 

As a recognized leader in patient safety and quality, Myers is currently focusing on delivering innovative care models in the community and home environment. Myers also has a passion and focus in developing the future of nursing, which she believes is in the home and community.  To achieve her goals of improving patient – and family – centered care, Myers works to bring stakeholders together across the care continuum at a local and national level. She continues to advocate for home- and community-based services by serving on multiple local and national boards. These include the Hospice of the Chesapeake, Potomac Home Health Care, Potomac Home Support, Allegheny Health Network Home Medical Equipment, the National Home Infusion Association, in addition to serving as chair of the board of directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. At the 2019 National Home Infusion Association Conference, Myers was awarded the Lynn Giglione Women in Leadership Award which recognizes revolutionary and emerging female leaders in the home infusion setting. 

Elizabeth Minnigh

Elizabeth Carrott Minnigh, Arlington, Va.

Shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and Chair of the Wealth & Succession Planning group

Elizabeth Carrott Minnigh earned her B.A. from Kenyon College (cum laude and with highest honors, 1997); a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania (2001); and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University (2007). She is shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, where she chairs the Wealth & Succession Planning group, a part of the firm's Tax Section, as well as the firm’s interdisciplinary Nonprofit Organizations and Family Office groups.  She was  admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

Elizabeth is past president, Washington Estate Planning Council; member, Bloomberg Tax Estates, Gifts and Trusts Advisory Board; member, STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners); recipient of Accredited Estate Planner® Designation from the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils; co-author of two Tax Management Portfolios: Social Enterprise by Non-Profits and Hybrid Organizations and Planning for Authors, Musicians, Artists, and Collectors; as well as a frequent speaker and writer on estate planning, art law, nonprofit organizations, and social enterprise.

Wendy Naratil

Wendy Underwood Naratil P '18, Warren NJ

Freelance artist and volunteer

Before becoming a freelance artist, Wendy Naratil was an art director at a small medical advertising agency in New York City. As a volunteer through her church’s outreach program in Newark, New Jersey, Wendy enjoys tutoring disadvantaged children and running a therapeutic arts and crafts program at a specialized long-term care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS or recovering from acute illness or injuries. She has served on the Red Carpet Party Committee since its inception over a decade ago to produce an annual fundraiser for Family and Children’s Services in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Wendy is a member of the Yale School of Nursing Dean’s Leadership Council and the Women’s Health Research at Yale Advisory Council. She was Co-Chair of her 30th, 35th, and 40th Yale Reunion Gift Committees and is a member of the Yale For Humanity Campaign Committee. Wendy’s husband, Tom, is a former member of the Board of Consultors. Their daughter Melanie is a 2018 graduate of the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing and works in the NICU at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.