Inductees to the Inaugural Class of Dean’s Circle of Excellence
Emmitsburg, Maryland - Eight extraordinary alumni are heading into the inaugural class of the Mount St. Mary’s University Dean’s Circle of Excellence in March.
The Circle of Excellence recognizes distinguished Mount alumni — particularly those who have achieved significant accomplishments in their professional field or in service to their community.
Representing the College of Liberal Arts were Denise A. Cronin, C’85, and Charles E. Robinson, C’62.
Cronin was a history major at the Mount and went on to earn a certificate from New York University in sports licensing. She has been in the book publishing industry for 27 years, specializing in subsidiary rights, and currently is the Vice President and Director of Subsidiary Rights at Random House.
Robinson earned his doctorate at Temple University after graduating from the Mount and is retiring as a Professor of English from the University of Delaware this summer. A specialist in English romantics, Robinson has authored a number of books, and was invited to edit the never-before-published manuscripts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein held in the Bodleian Library in Oxford University.
Representing the Richard J. Bolte, Sr., School of Business were Paul J. Palmieri, C’92, and Heath P. Tarbert, C’98.
Palmieri is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Millennial Media, a publicly traded mobile advertising and data company, with more than 265 employees worldwide. Palmieri has played a key role in the birth of the now thriving app economy, mobile display advertising market, text interaction, and mobile game industry and has been featured in publications including Forbes, Fortune, and the Wall Street Journal.
Tarbert graduated first in his class from the Mount with a double major in accounting and business. He then obtained a J.D. and S.J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. Tarbert’s expertise includes transactional and regulatory expertise related to banks and financial institutions. In 2008-09, he served as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, and currently is a partner at the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal, and Manges LLP.
Representing the School of Education and Human Services were Barbara Spartana Conticelli, C’78, and Michele Egan McGuire, C’87.
Conticelli graduated summa cum laude from the Mount and began her career teaching, and then worked in the home raising her children, Maria and Anthony. Conticelli also spent time working as a paralegal and has recently committed to earning her master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University. Conticelli has been a servant to the Church, leading various Scripture studies, sponsoring candidates becoming Catholic in the Rite of Christian Initiation, and living a life of witness to the Catholic faith.
McGuire began her teaching career with the Montgomery County Public Schools, teaching first- and second-grade students. In 2003, she received the Christa McAuliffe Scholarship, a full scholarship, to earn her M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from the University of Maryland, and is currently teaching ESOL to students pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Germantown, MD.
Representing the School of Natural Science and Mathematics were Lawrence E. Donato, Jr., C’96, and Mark S. Sobus, C’89.
Donato majored in biology and minored in chemistry at the Mount, and following graduation, attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine —completing his surgery residency at Michigan State University. Donato is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon for the Atlantic Orthopedic Specialists, and is the head of the department for surgery at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, VA.
Sobus was a psychology major at the Mount, and went on to earn his doctorate in social psychology and his law degree from the University of Nebraska. He is a leading expert in the field of jury consulting, publishing numerous articles on the topic and speaking at legal conferences, and recently founded his own consulting firm, Edge Litigation Consulting, in 2012. He resides in Texas.