Inductees to Dean’s Circle of Excellence - 2014
Emmitsburg, Maryland - Nine extraordinary alumni are being inducted into the Mount St. Mary's University Dean's Circle of Excellence on March 8.
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.
College of Liberal Arts
Katherine M. Marshall, C'77
Kate majored in English at the Mount and went on to receive her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1980, and practiced law in Illinois for several years with the Illinois Attorney General's Office and Health and Human Services, specializing in litigation and appellate work. After moving back to the Washington area in 1986, Kate focused on her family and community service. She has been an active volunteer for the past two decades. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board to the College of Liberal Arts at Mount St. Mary's.
Philip Vincent Moyles, C'54
Following graduation with a degree in History, Phil attained his LLB from the University of Virginia Law School and was admitted to practice in the US Court of Appeals 2nd, 5th and 11th Circuits and the State Courts Circuit of New York. He tried cases in US Districts Courts of New York, Florida, Texas, and Oregon and participated as a delegate of the Commité Maritime Internationale in Montreal (1981) and Venice (1983). He retired from the United States Marine Corps, with the rank of Major, in 2001.
Through the years, Phil served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Mount St. Mary's Bicentennial Pioneers, and was a donor to the Veteran's Walkway.
Richard J. Bolte, Sr., School of Business
Nancy Tenaglio Lafferty, C'86
Nancy Tenaglio Lafferty graduated from Mount St. Mary's in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in Accounting and Business (with a concentration in Finance). Presently Nancy serves as a Customer Interface and Planning Manager at ExxonMobil Corporation. In this advisory role, she manages profitability and ensures facility operations are in line with Exxon's high standards and expectations. While a student at the Mount, Nancy was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; she was also named to Outstanding Young Women of America. Nancy has been a generous and faithful supporter of Mount St. Mary's University and is a member of the Richard J. Bolte School of Business Board of Visitors.
Donald J. Stevenson, C'85
Donald J. Stevenson received his Bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's in 1985 and majored in Business and Finance. Soon after graduation, he began his career in the telecommunications industry. After graduation, he attended the University of Virginia Darden Business School Executive Program and the University of Texas Executive Program.
During his notable career, DJ has risen through the ranks and currently serves as the Head of Commercial Strategy - OSS Software for Ericsson Telecommunications, the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. He is a strong supporter of the Mount's Annual Fund has given generously to building and scholarship programs.
School of Education and Human Services
Nora G. Dietz, C'00
In 1992 Nora Schmidt Dietz began her career in education with Montgomery County Public Schools as a special education para-educator. Nora continued her service as a para-educator while she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Mount St. Mary's University in 2000. She graduated magna cum laude and was among the first to graduates of the Mount's Weekend College.
In 2005 Nora earned her master's degree and entered school administration serving as an assistant principal and later as principal of Daly Elementary School, where she continues to serve. Nora supports her alma mater through the School of Education and Human Services Fund for Excellence and the Mount Annual Fund.
Mary Lawrence Melvin, C'84
Mary Lawrence received her Bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's in 1984, graduating with a degree in Sociology, and earned her MBA from the Mount in 1989. She began her professional career here at Mount St. Mary's as an Admissions Counselor and is currently President of the Waterford Creek Corporation and owner of the Melvin Group, a company that contracts with colleges and universities to supply microfridges for dorm rooms. She holds a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Virginia and a Professional Certificate in Youth Ministry from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. As an undergraduate, Mary Lawrence was awarded the Monsignor George D. Mulcahy Memorial Prize for her "distinguished service to others," and the Sister M. Basil O.S.F. Memorial Prize for "representing in an extraordinary way the Catholic ideals of Mount St. Mary's.
School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Dr. H. Stephen Fletcher, C'63
Dr. Fletcher is an Attending Surgeon and Director of the Vascular Laboratory at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey where he has also served as Co-Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Clinical Chief of Surgery. He has held faculty appointments at the College of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey and at Rutgers University School of Medicine and was Attending Surgeon for renal transplants at Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. Steve received his M.D. at the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1967 after graduating from Mount St. Mary's in 1963 with a B.S. in Chemistry. For the past 14 years, Steve has been leading humanitarian missions to Milot, Haiti under the auspices of the Knights of Malta and more recently the Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Salvatore J. Romano, C'63
Dr. Salvatore Romano graduated magna cum laude from Mount St. Mary's in 1963 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He attended graduate school at Rutgers University and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1968. He then embarked on a long and storied career devoted to developing innovative polymers and biomolecules and novel analytical techniques for the food, biomedical, and pharmaceutical industries. His innovations include synthetic absorbable sutures, the use of collagen for artificial skin and bone replacement products, and an analytical procedure for ethylene oxide that is now used globally. By the 1980s, his leadership potential was recognized, and he transitioned into leadership positions in companies like Devro, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation, Ethicon, and eventually Johnson & Johnson. where he was employed for over ten years. Currently, Sal continues to work as a consultant and serves on the Board of Visitors for the School of Natural Science and Mathematics.
Mount St. Mary's Seminary
Fr. Brett Brannen, S'91
Fr. Brannen graduated from the University of Georgia in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He entered the Mount St. Mary's Seminary graduating Cum Laude with a Masters in Divinity in 1990 and Magna cum Laude with a Masters of Arts in Scripture in 1991. He returned to the Mount to serve as Vice Rector from 2005 to 2011. As Vice Rector, Father Brannen directed the Seminary's Human Formation Program as well as the Counseling, Formation Advising, and Mexico Summer Study Programs. Father Brannen has devotedly served his diocese of Savannah, Georgia as Parochial Vicar, Vocations Director, and in numerous parishes; he is now the pastor at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah.
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