Leadership

Board of Trustees

Matthew Monaghan P'13
Chair of the Board
Senior Vice President, Corporate & Regulatory and General Counsel, Closed Block Operations, Unum

Kenneth Lemanski
Vice Chair of the Board
Vice President of Government Relations, Westfield State University

Sister Mary Morey, RSM
Secretary of the Board
Local Coordinator, Sisters of Mercy Portland Northeast Community

Dr. James Dlugos
President, Saint Joseph's College

Jeanne (Donlevy) Arnold ’83
Retired Senior Vice President, Good Samaritan Health Systems

Sister Joanne Bibeau, RSM
President Emeritus, Marian Court College

Claire Fraser Bowen ’70
Retired President and CEO, Valley Regional Healthcare, Inc. and Valley Regional Hospital

Thomas Driscoll
President, E.S. Boulos Company

Matthew Ginnetty ’78
Senior Vice President, RBS Asset Finance

Steve Gorsun ’09
Assistant Vice President, Unum

Dr. Todd Hamilton ’99
Owner/Optometrist, Maine Optometry, PA

Joseph R. Hanslip
Retired Police Officer

Andrew Kovach
Vice President for Human Resources, Chief Administrative Officer, Atlantic Health System of New Jersey

Sister Joyce Mahany, RSM, (Hon. ’09)
Retired Director of Development, Saint Joseph’s College

Michael Mulhare ’79
Assistant Vice President for Emergency Management, Virginia Tech

Peter Richardson
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, R. M. Davis, Inc.

Michael T. Shea ’72/P’00
President, The Webber Group of Companies

John Straub
Chief Financial Officer and Chancellor, Archdiocese of Boston

Dr. Carol Strobeck
Past Interim Vice President, Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Saint Elizabeth

Mary Roche Sullivan (Hon. 12)
Retired Educator

Dr. Meredith Tipton
President, Tipton Enterprizes

Sister Ellen Turner ’69, RSM
Retired Mission Service Specialist, Mercy Hospital

Garrett VanAtta ’08
Vice President, Innovation Engineering, Auburn Manufacturing

Leadership Team

James Dlugos, PhD
President

Kristine Avery
Associate Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Joanne Bean
Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer

Stuart Koop
Interim Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Michael Pardales, PhD
Vice President & Chief Learning Officer

Lynne Robinson
Associate Vice President & Chief Enrollment Officer

Michael Sanderl, EdD
Vice President & Chief Sponsorship and Mission Integration Officer

Chip Stiles, Jr.
Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Board of Trustees Biographies

Jeanne ArnoldJeanne (Donlevy) Arnold ’83 retired as senior vice president at Good Samaritan Health Systems in Pennsylvania after a distinguished career in nursing and healthcare administration. A dedicated philanthropist, Jeanne is a longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and serves on their national executive board. Currently, she is spearheading a BSA task force on the prevention of childhood obesity. One of the College’s early distance education pioneers, Jeanne holds a BS in Professional Arts from Saint Joseph’s College. She received an honorary doctorate in humanities from Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. Jeanne and her husband Ed live in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.


Sr. Joanne Bibeau Sr. Joanne Bibeau, RSM was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and spent her childhood years in Northern Vermont and Southern New Hampshire. She attended high school and college in New Hampshire. Her first ministry, as a Sister of Mercy, was teaching English at Mount Saint Mary College in Hooksett, New Hampshire, where she later served as dean of students.

From 1980 to 1986, she was a member of the leadership council of the Sisters of Mercy of New Hampshire. At that time, the New Hampshire Sisters of Mercy were ministering not only in New Hampshire, but in other states and in Central and South America.

In 1987, Sister Joanne became the second president of Marian Court Junior College in Swampscott, Massachusetts. During her nearly 18 years there, the junior college of business expanded its program offerings, increased enrollment, and developed transfer agreements with colleges and universities. Marian Court College now successfully prepares graduates for career placement and for transfer.

While at Marian Court, Sister Joanne was active in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. She served as a commissioner and was a member or chaired accrediting teams in New England, Switzerland, and Sweden.

Recently, Sister Joanne completed 15 years of service as a public member of Massachusetts General Hospital’s North Shore Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews proposals for research on human subjects.

A Massachusetts-certified, long-term care ombudsman, Sister Joanne currently works in a nursing home in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Sister Joanne has a BA in English from Mount Saint Mary College and a MA in English from the University of New Hampshire. She received a graduate certificate in gerontology from the Ethel Percy Andrus School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California and did doctoral work at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.


Claire BowenClaire Bowen ’70 served as president and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare, Inc. and Valley Regional Hospital from 1999 until her retirement in 2013. Valley Regional Hospital is a critical access hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire, that provides a full range of emergency, diagnostic, rehabilitative, and surgical services. Valley Regional Healthcare, Inc. operates a home care division that offers visiting nurse, hospice, and adult day medical services, and is also a part owner of Summercrest, an independent and assisted living facility.

Prior to joining Valley Regional Healthcare, Inc., Ms. Bowen served as president and CEO at Fairview Hospital in Massachusetts; as senior vice president and COO at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont; as a resident and CEO at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in New Hampshire; and as vice president of Clinical Services at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire.

Ms. Bowen is a life fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a trustee emeritus of the New Hampshire Hospital Association and the Foundation for Healthy Communities. She has served on the boards of Summercrest, the Sullivan County Oral Health Collaborative, the Claremont Dental Initiative, Turning Points Network, and the Sullivan County United Way.

Ms. Bowen received her bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Saint Joseph’s College and her master’s degree in hospital and health care administration from Xavier University.


Jim Dlugos As the 14th president of Saint Joseph’s College, Dr. James Dlugos brings decades of experience in the administration of liberal arts higher education and more than 20 years of classroom leadership to the College. Before joining Saint Joseph’s in July of 2012, Dr. Dlugos served for seven years as the vice president and dean of Academic Affairs at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. Prior to that, Dr. Dlugos served for 16 years at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, in a variety of roles, including vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty.

At the College of Saint Elizabeth, Dr. Dlugos led a variety of strategic planning, assessment, and other initiatives. Among these was the renovation of the College’s science laboratories, made possible through successful funding drives. Dr. Dlugos also connected the College with the community, utilizing focused partnerships with the community colleges, organizations, and corporations to raise the visibility of the College and increase enrollment.

Dr. Dlugos is an active voice in higher education, authoring numerous scholarly papers and presentations, and providing extensive service to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Dr. Dlugos earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Boston College, a doctorate in English from the University of Virginia, and has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition, he completed a presidential vocation and institutional mission program through the Council of Independent Colleges.

Dr. Dlugos has four children and resides with his wife, Melissa, son, Matthew, and daughter, Sophie, in Windham, Maine.


Tom DriscollTom Driscoll is the retired owner, president, and executive director of the E.S. Boulos Company, which provides electrical contracting to business markets throughout New England. He first began working with E.S. Boulos as an electrician in 1968.

Mr. Driscoll has provided significant service to a variety of industry-related organizations, including serving as the president of the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) from 2006 to 2007. He has also been active with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and their joint training alliance with NECA, serving as past chair of the Pension Trust Fund, the Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund, and the Labor Management Committee. Additionally, he has functioned as a national committee member of the NECA Marketing Committee.

Mr. Driscoll is a member of the Maine Economic Growth Council of the Maine Development Foundation, as well as the Knights of Columbus. He has served on the building committee of the Parish of St. Anthony of Padua in Westbrook, Maine.

Mr. Driscoll earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Maine in Portland.


Matt GinnettyMatt Ginnetty ’78 has worked for more than 30 years in banking, specializing in the area of asset finance/leasing. He currently holds the position of senior vice president/national product manager for RBS Citizens Asset Finance, and is based in Boston. Prior to joining RBS in 2003, he was affiliated with the Bank of New England and the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in similar capacities, beginning in 1983. Mr. Ginnetty holds a master’s degree in finance from the Carroll School of Business at Boston College, along with various industry certifications.

Mr. Ginnetty has served on the Board of Trustees at Saint Joseph’s College for 10 years, and presently serves as vice chair of the Board and chair of the Sponsorship and Mission Integration Committee. He served on the Presidential Search Committee for Saint Joseph’s College in 2012. He also currently serves as president of the Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation and was a co-founder of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School in 1995, a public K-8 charter school currently serving 450 students.

Mr. Ginnetty has been a parishioner at St. Mary Parish in Franklin, Massachusetts, for 25 years, and has served on the Parish Council, is active as a Cantor in the Music Ministry, and has volunteered in numerous areas for the parish. He has been affiliated with the Wrentham Youth Baseball Association for many years, serving as a coach, and is currently active with the Rhode Island Senior Men’s Baseball Association.

Matt Ginnetty received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Joseph’s College in 1978. Mr. Ginnetty resides in Wrentham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Katherine, and their four sons.


Steve GorsunSteve Gorsun ’09 is assistant vice president, national client group underwriting, at Unum. A former Monks baseball player and team captain during his senior year, Steve earned his degree in business administration and entered Unum’s professional development program shortly after graduation. The accelerated leadership program placed him in strategic and operational roles within multiple sites and business units over a period of four years. Steve assumed his current position as assistant vice president in 2014 and is based in Unum’s Worcester, Massachusetts, location. He and his wife Sheena ’07 live in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Todd HamiltonDr. Todd Hamilton ’99 is a partner at Maine Optometry P.A. with locations in seven Maine communities: Standish, Gorham, Lisbon, Lewiston, Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick. The practice serves the southern Maine community with all primary eye care needs including the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cataracts.

Dr. Hamilton has served as the president of the Maine Optometric Association, is a member of the American Optometric Association, and has also been involved with the Iris Network, where he worked with the visually impaired.

Dr. Hamilton was the first chair of the Saint Joseph’s College Alumni Association, as well as a founding member of the Royal Blue Club.

An avid sports and recreation enthusiast, Dr. Hamilton enjoys activities such as baseball, basketball, golf, and football. He is a certified private pilot.

Dr. Hamilton received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Joseph’s College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in ocular science and a doctoral degree in optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Joe Hanslip Joseph Hanslip served as a police officer until he was retired due to injuries received in the line of duty. He is currently a city councilor in Sanford, Maine. His prior public service includes service as a county commissioner for York County, Maine, from 1997–2004, and as a trustee of the Maine Community College system from 2007–2011. In 2007, Mr. Hanslip began service as a member of the State of Maine’s Historic Preservation Commission, to which he was appointed by Governor John Baldacci and reappointed by Governor Paul LePage.

Mr. Hanslip served as the assistant director of Campus Security at Saint Joseph's College from 1995 to 2006.


Andrew KovachAndrew Kovach is Managing Partner of Andcinco, an industry advisory and consulting firm based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Previously he served as the vice president for human resources and chief administrative officer of Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey. In this position, he was responsible for all human resource policy and procedural matters throughout the organization. Having joined Atlantic Health System at its founding in 1996, Mr. Kovach led the organization to multiple prestigious recognitions, most notably being named to FORTUNE’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” seven consecutive times. Atlantic Health System leaped to its highest spot on the list in 2014 – No. 25 – a testament to the culture of employee pride developed during Mr. Kovach’s tenure.

Mr. Kovach began his career in engineering with the DuPont Company. He transferred to Allied Signal in late 1972, where he assumed positions of increasing responsibility in plant operations and human resources. He became director of human resources for the engineered materials sector in 1980 and moved back into operations in 1984 as director of commercial development in that same sector until 1988. He then joined Morristown Medical Center as vice president and later became the hospital’s senior vice president for human resources and information services.

Mr. Kovach earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University. In addition to serving as a Trustee of Saint Joseph's College, Mr. Kovach is a board member of both the Leadership Development Group and HB Investment Co.


Ken Lemanski A former interim president for Saint Joseph’s College, Kenneth M. Lemanski has been an active member of the board of trustees since 2008. He is currently the vice president of government relations at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts, where he plays a major role in advancing private, state and federal dollars for university priorities, including $71 million from the Massachusetts State College Building Authority.

Lemanski earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts; a law degree from Western New England University School of Law; and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the area of higher education policy, leadership, and administration. Lemanski served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in various leadership positions for 13 years from 1976 to 1978 and 1980 to 1991, and has led numerous nonprofit community service efforts. He is a former member of the New England Board of Higher Education. While at the University of Massachusetts in Boston for seven years, he played a key role in city and state government relations as associate chancellor and chief of staff.

Throughout his career, Lemanski has held a diverse set of responsibilities in academics, enrollment, financial aid, and strategic planning. While executive director at the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State University system, he coordinated the efforts of the campuses in their relations with the state and federal governments, reporting to nine presidents. He was responsible for initiating the legislative designation of those former colleges as universities. At the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, he chaired the successful self-study process leading to the New England Association of Schools and University reaccreditation of the institution.


Sr Joyce MahanySister Joyce B. Mahany was born and raised on a potato farm in Easton, Maine. She worked with her father and brothers on the farm until she entered the convent in 1950.

Sister Joyce received her bachelor’s degree from Husson University and her MS in business education from Boston University. She taught fourth grade for four years, high school for 12 years, and was then appointed the first director of development at Saint Joseph’s College in 1970. While director, Sister Joyce furthered her education by attending many workshops and seminars, including those at University of Notre Dame and Harvard University. She also served as both a member and president of the Windham Chamber of Commerce.

In 1993, Sister Joyce left Saint Joseph’s to care for ailing Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith, until the senator’s death in 1995. At that time, Sister Joyce became the director of development at Catherine McAuley High School, until her retirement in 2008.

Sister Joyce has served on the board of the Visiting Nurses Association since 2007. She received an honorary doctorate from Saint Joseph’s College in 2009. In 2010, she was invited to join the College’s Board of Trustees and was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Athletic Hall of Fame that same year.


Matt MonaghanMatt Monaghan received his B.A. in English and in Government & Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He currently serves as Senior VP, Corporate & Regulatory and General Counsel, Closed Block Operations, at Unum, a leading provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Unum, Matt was a partner in the Portland, Maine, law firm of Monaghan, Leahy, Hochadel and Libby, where he worked for 12 years, specializing in insurance defense litigation. Matt is a member of the Maine, First Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court bars and a member of the Maine State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Matt has served on the Greater Portland boards of the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross; on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine; on the board of the Association of California Life and Health Insurance Carriers; and is the former chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Legal Education and Admissions Committee. He has served on the Saint Joseph's College Board of Trustees for four years and was elected to the role of Chair in the Spring of 2015.


Sr Mary MoreySister Mary Morey ’65 is the local coordinator of the Sisters of Mercy Portland Area Northeast Community in Portland, Maine. Previously, she provided pastoral care for the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters at St. Joseph’s Convent in Biddeford, Maine, and served as the director of mission integration at St. Andre Health Care, also in Biddeford. For three years, Sister Mary served as the president of Catherine McAuley High School in Portland. She also served for a number of years as vice president and as a member of the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community in Portland. Earlier in her career, Sister Mary was the director of formation for the Portland Sisters of Mercy. She has worked in various positions in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

In addition to her extensive service on the board at Saint Joseph's College, Sister Mary serves on the board of Mercy Hospital (Portland), and chairs its Catholic Identity and Ministry Committee.

Sister Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Joseph's College and her master’s degree in theology from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. In addition, she earned a graduate certificate from the Institute for Religious Formation in St. Louis, Missouri.


Michael MulhareMichael Mulhare ’79, assistant vice president for emergency management at Virginia Tech, has over 25 years of experience as an emergency manager, first responder, and scientist. From 1985 to 2008, he served the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management in various capacities, rising to chief of the Office of Emergency Response. Michael is a frequent speaker at emergency management conferences across the country. He holds a BA in biology from Saint Joseph’s and an MS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Rhode Island.


Peter RichardsonPeter Richardson is vice president and portfolio manager at R. M. Davis, Inc. in Portland. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, he served at KeyBank and its affiliates for 22 years, most recently as senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for the bank’s East Region Trust and Investment Group.

Mr. Richardson is an active member of the greater Portland community. In addition to his service on the Saint Joseph’s College Board of Trustees, he is a trustee of the Portland Public Library, a director and former board president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, and president of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association. In the past, he has served on boards or committees of United Way, the Gulf of Maine Aquarium, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.

Mr. Richardson graduated from Bowdoin College magna cum laude in 1979. He is a Certified Financial Planner.

Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Mr. Richardson currently resides in his hometown with his wife, Beth. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, travel, and beekeeping. He has two grown sons.


John StraubJohn Straub joined the Archdiocese of Boston in 2011, where he now serves as chief financial officer and chancellor. Previously, he was part of the senior management team at Kane is Able, a logistics firm based in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He served in the White House as a special assistant to President George W. Bush, is a former associate dean of Harvard University, and held administrative roles in the U.S. House of Representatives. John is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.


Carol StrobeckDr. Carol Strobeck retired from the position of interim vice president of academic affairs at the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2014. The College of Saint Elizabeth is a four-year Catholic institution of higher education in Morristown, New Jersey, which has academic programs exclusively for women, as well as coeducational undergraduate and graduate programs. In the position as academic vice president, Dr. Strobeck assumed responsibility for all academic programs and the faculty of the college.

Prior to joining the College of Saint Elizabeth, Dr. Strobeck was a faculty member in the nursing departments at the University of Cincinnati, Boston University, and William Paterson College. Dr. Strobeck was first hired at the College of Saint Elizabeth to develop an upper-division, undergraduate nursing program. (Now fully accredited, this is the largest program at the college today.) Dr. Strobeck proceeded to serve as assistant dean, registrar, associate dean, and dean of the women's college and undergraduate studies at the College of Saint Elizabeth before assuming her most recent position as academic vice president.

During a professional career in higher education that spanned almost 45 years, Dr. Strobeck took on a variety of diverse responsibilities related to enrollment, academic program development, accreditation, budget management, grant acquisitions, and strategic planning. She served as a college representative to many accreditation and professional organizations.

Dr. Strobeck holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Duquesne University, a master's degree in nursing from the University of California Los Angeles, and a doctoral degree in higher education curriculum and instruction from Rutgers University.


Mary Sullivan A native of Massachusetts, Mary Sullivan graduated valedictorian of her class at Mount Saint Joseph Academy and cum laude from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Boston College, where she served as the first female graduate assistant in the Economics Department.

In 1966, Ms. Sullivan began her teaching career in statistics at Bentley College alongside her late husband, Dr. Charles Sullivan, a lawyer and economist who served on the faculty there. In 1972, she and her family moved to Bangor, Maine, where she and Dr. Sullivan again served as a powerful team, as parents, as administrators and faculty members at Husson College, and as noted public servants in the community. Their six children graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor.

Beginning in 1981, Ms. Sullivan taught mathematics at John Bapst, and she remained on the teaching staff for 17 years. From 1985 to 1991, she served as an elected member of Bangor’s City Council, and in 1988, she became the first female mayor of Bangor in 154 years. When Dr. Sullivan followed in her footsteps as mayor, the couple earned the distinction of being the first married couple to hold the office of mayor. From 1992 to 1994, Ms. Sullivan served as an elected representative to the 116th Maine state legislature.

In 1995, Boston College’s Alumni Association honored Dr. and Ms. Sullivan with an award for outstanding excellence in public service, citing the couple’s “tireless pursuit of excellence in political life and inexhaustible enthusiasm for Jesuit education.”

Ms. Sullivan served St. Mary’s Parish in Bangor as a member of the school board and as a Eucharistic minister, and both she and her husband were members of the Bishop’s Family Advisory Commission. Between 1979 and 1985, she was a member of the Diocesan Board of Education, serving for one year as its first female chair. She is currently a member of the board of trustees at Saint Joseph’s College.


Michael SheaMichael Shea ’72, P’00 is the president and chief executive officer of The Webber Group of Companies (Webber), which is a private company headquartered in Bangor, Maine, involved in commercial real estate, insurance, and wholesale distribution of heating and plumbing supplies. Webber divested its 78-year-old petroleum businesses, including retail and wholesale heating oil, propane, and gasoline, prior to 2014. Mr. Shea joined Webber in 1996 after a 20-year career with major wholesalers of petroleum products in Boston.

Mr. Shea currently serves as a trustee and chair of the board of Acadia Hospital in Bangor. Previously, he served on the board and as chair of the board of the United Way of Eastern Maine. He has served multiple terms on the Saint Joseph’s College Board of Trustees since 1975. Mr. Shea and his wife, Nancy (Brembs) ’74, have three children and four grandchildren. There are currently eight members of the extended Shea family who have graduated from Saint Joseph’s College.


Meredith Tipton Dr. Meredith Tipton currently consults through Tipton Enterprizes, Inc. The focus of her work is health systems improvement and the application of public health science. Previously, she served the US Public Health Service as a commissioned officer and held leadership positions in several state and county health departments including serving as director and health officer in Portland, Maine. She developed and directed the Health Services Research department at Maine Blue Cross Blue Shield. While serving as associate dean at the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine, she instituted and directed the Division of Community Programs. In that position, she developed and became the founding director of graduate programs in public health education at UNE.

Dr. Tipton has served on numerous non-profit boards at the national, regional, and state level. She continues to serve on multiple boards in Maine.

Dr. Tipton earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of San Francisco, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Westbrook College, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from LaSalle University.


Sr. Ellen Turner Sister Ellen Turner ’69 retired from Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, after 25 years of service. She served in various capacities at Mercy including as the vice president for mission effectiveness and in other mission services roles. Her most recent service prior to retirement was in the Human Resources Department.

Previously, Sr. Ellen worked for a number of years in primary and secondary school education in Maine. She served as a teacher or as a principal in Bangor, East Corinth, Portland and on the Passamaquoddy Indian Township and Pleasant Point Reservations.

In addition to her service as a past secretary of the Board at Saint Joseph's College, Sr. Ellen has served in Portland on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities, the Institutional Review Board of Mercy Hospital, and on the Advisory Committee of Gary’s House, a home-away-from-home for families and individuals with loved ones receiving medical treatment in a Portland area hospital.

Sister Ellen earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Saint Joseph’s College and her master’s degree in special education from Fordham University in New York.


Garrett Van AttaGarrett VanAtta ’08 is currently the vice president of innovation engineering at Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI), in Auburn, Maine. AMI is the industry’s leading expert in the manufacture of high performance textiles for extreme temperature protection. For decades, AMI textile solutions have been applied around the world in the manufacture of metals, petroleum, chemicals, glass, paper, and anywhere flames and extreme heat can be a danger.

Prior to joining AMI, Mr. VanAtta served as president of SPX Communication Technology, an engineered solutions manufacturer of television, radio, and wireless antenna systems and aviation obstruction lighting and monitoring equipment. This organization provided 70 percent of the U.S. television broadcast market with technology for the analog to digital conversion, and was awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2009. In addition, SPX provided broadcast and wireless equipment to most regions of the world. Mr. VanAtta’s background also includes roles in industrial engineering and operations management in the automotive and paper industries.

Mr. VanAtta currently serves on the Board at Saint Joseph’s College and also develops and facilitates MBA and undergraduate business courses for the College as an adjunct faculty member. Additionally, he has served on several committees for the town of Standish, Maine.

Mr. VanAtta received his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Keene State College in Keene, N.H., and his leadership MBA from Saint Joseph’s College.


Leadership Team Biographies

Kris Avery Ms. Kristine Avery, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is Associate Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at the College. She was initially appointed as the Director of Human Resources in June 2013, where she served 1,000 staff and faculty members in a strategic Human Resources leadership role. Prior to her appointment at the College, Ms. Avery was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for 12 years at FISC Solutions in Lewiston, Maine. FISC is a national financial services and payment processing provider. The company was named a 2011, 2012 & 2013 Best Places to Work in Maine employer.

Since 2006, Ms. Avery has served as a volunteer leader for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the world’s largest Human Resources membership organization. From 2013 – 2014 Ms. Avery served as the 2013/2014 Membership Advisory Council Representative for the Northeast Region. She served as the SHRM Maine State Council Director in 2011 & 2012 and served two years prior as Director-Elect. In addition, Ms. Avery has held numerous SHRM chapter leadership roles including Treasurer, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President of HRASM, Maine’s largest SHRM chapter. Ms. Avery has been an instructor of the SPHR/PHR Certification Preparatory Exam course at the University of Southern Maine since 2007. She was named Maine’s 2010 HR Leader of the Year and inducted into Maine’s HR Hall of Fame in 2011.

Ms. Avery is a graduate of the travel and tourism program at Southeastern Academy in Florida and has continued her studies in Human Resource Management at the University of Southern Maine.

Ms. Avery resides with her husband, Dan, in Windham, Maine.


Joanne Bean Ms. Joanne Bean joined Saint Joseph’s College in June 2014 as Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer. In her role at the College, she oversees marketing, communications, public relations, all fundraising initiatives and events, the annual campaign, planned giving, mission aligned business ventures, and other advancement activities.

Joanne is an accomplished development executive with over 17 years of experience in fundraising for hospital, voluntary healthcare, and independent research institutions. Prior to joining the College, Ms. Bean served for seven years as the Senior Director of Development at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), a global nonprofit independent research institution headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine. Ms. Bean created JAX’s National Council, an influential network of philanthropists, supporters, and advocates that reinforced the JAX mission and strategic direction.

Prior to her work at JAX, Ms. Bean was the Northeast Senior Director for the American Diabetes Association where she led corporate relations, government relations, and professional relations. Ms. Bean successfully spearheaded comprehensive insurance legislation in all six New England states. She has also served in numerous leadership positions within the hospital and healthcare industry. Ms. Bean received her nursing degrees from Gwynedd-Mercy University in Pennsylvania and earned her MBA from Thomas College in Maine.

She currently resides with her husband, Paul, in Portland, Maine.


Stuart KoopStuart Koop brings over 20 years of finance and administration expertise to the Leadership Team. Most recently, Mr. Koop held the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, where he oversaw campus planning, facilities, budget and finance, and general administration.

Prior to his work with Holy Names University, Mr. Koop consulted at Saint Louis University and West Virginia University, where he assisted with the implementation of student and alumni systems, consulted on process changes in their tax and payroll departments, and offered consultation to management.

Mr. Koop also spent several years with Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, where he held the position of Vice President for Business and Finance. His areas of responsibility included accounting, student accounts, human resources, security, food services, the bookstore and physical plant, risk management/insurance, and property management.

In the early 1980s through the early 2000s, Mr. Koop held several positions at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where he began as the Director of Computer Services and advanced to the Vice President for Finance and Business.

Mr. Koop holds a Master of Arts, summa cum laude, in management information systems and a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in chemistry.


Michael Pardales Dr. Michael Pardales joined Saint Joseph’s College in July 2013 as Vice President & Chief Learning Officer. Most recently, Dr. Pardales served for three years at Canisius College in New York as the Dean of Education and Human Services.

Dr. Pardales’ background demonstrates a dedication to academic leadership and support for the intellectual health of a college community. His past roles include chairman of the Education Department and the General Education Curriculum Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan-Flint, in addition to being the director of the department’s graduate programs. Dr. Pardales is a noted professor and an accomplished author of numerous scholarly papers.

In his role at Saint Joseph’s, Dr. Pardales is responsible for ensuring the quality and intellectual integrity of the College’s learning community. He supports the College’s mission, core values, strategic goals and intellectual growth across its two academic mediums: the traditional, on-campus student body and those who study online.

Dr. Pardales is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the American Educational Research Association. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy, and his doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State University. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in philosophy for children from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

He resides in Yarmouth, Maine, with his wife, Stacey, and their three children.


Lynne RobinsonLynne Robinson joined Saint Joseph’s College in 1996 as adjunct faculty teaching on campus in the business department. In 1997, she began working at the college full time as the Director of Online Admission. Lynne has more than 20 years of experience working in multiple areas of the college. Most recently serving as Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Operations.

In her role, Lynne oversees all admissions recruitment efforts for online and campus, as well as recruitment marketing and educational partnerships and special programming. She is responsible for all areas of student enrollment and strategic direction of future recruitment efforts.

Lynne serves on the advisory board for the Maine Development Foundations Educational Initiative, which focuses on educating the workforce of Maine.

Lynne earned her BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Maine at Orono and her MBA from Husson University.

Lynne has two grown daughters, Kate and Emily, and currently lives in Portland with her husband, Larry.


Michael E. Sanderl Dr. Michael Sanderl joined Saint Joseph’s College in August 2016 as the Vice President & Chief Sponsorship and Mission Integration Officer. He provides leadership to actively promote and integrate the mission and vision of the College, its Catholic identity and Mercy Heritage. He works collaboratively to engage all members of the College community to express and strengthen the mission. Dr. Sanderl is also responsible for promoting positive relations between the College and religious, civic and church communities.

Dr. Sanderl possesses a commitment to Catholic higher education having served as the Dean for Mission and Ministry, adjunct faculty member and resident director at Saint Mary’s College of California and Director of University Ministry at Dominican University in Illinois. He has also provided mission integration leadership across Catholic healthcare ministry settings.

Dr. Sanderl holds a doctorate in Catholic educational leadership from the University of San Francisco, a master’s degree in theological studies from the Franciscan School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Saint Mary’s College of California. He has also earned a certificate of advanced study in Catholic bioethics and health policy from Loyola University of Chicago.

He resides in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Stacey, and their sons, Liam and Paul.


Chip StilesCortland "Chip" Stiles, Jr. joined Saint Joseph’s College in May 2016 as Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Chip brings more than 20 years of experience in information technology, most recently serving as Chief Information Officer at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. At Merrimack, he was responsible for strategic direction and operations of all information technology at the College during a period of rapid growth.

Prior to his work at Merrimack, he co-founded Serensoft, a technology services and consulting firm based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In his role as chief operating officer, he worked with a range of higher education institutions around the country to help them manage change as it relates to information technology.

Chip serves on the Advisory Board for the Maine Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, an initiative of the University of Maine System focused on integrating multiple campus graduate programs under one roof.

Chip earned his BA in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Maine in 1989, and he is working toward an MEd in Higher Education at Merrimack College.

Chip has two college-age children, Hattie and Graham, and lives with his wife, Janice, in Eliot, Maine.