Board of Directors 2017-2018

Executive Committee July 2017 - July 2018

L to R: Hannah Kirby '10 '11M, Greg Czarnecki '89 and Jessica Nelson '04 '10M in Old Main Boardroom, June 25, 2016.


Gannon University Celebrates 100% Giving from National Alumni Board

Erie, Pa. -- Gannon University’s National Alumni Board reached a milestone this year with unanimous support to the University for the fourth consecutive year.  Jim Ahearn, a 1961 alumnus and former Gannon Knight Basketball star, who now serves as a director on the Alumni board, said, “Reaching 100% board giving is a shining example to all other alumni.”

The board is comprised of 17 directors from Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Colorado, Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, and Florida who work to encourage alumni engagement with the University.  The Alumni Association promotes alumni success; fosters personal and professional networking; communicates Gannon news, events, and priorities to the alumni body; and supports the traditions and growth of Gannon University.
Gannon University alumni can be found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories, and in 56 nations around the world.

The Annual Fund for Academic Excellence supports scholarships, technology upgrades, student and faculty research, library resources, and many other projects and initiatives. For more information about the Annual Fund, contact Miranda Grom, director, at (814) 871-5368 or

Please note: Links to National Alumni Board (NAB) members' emails are provided to facilitate Alumni Association networking between and among Gannon and Villa Maria College alumni ONLY. It is not acceptable to contact NAB members for solicitation or marketing purposes. Vendors may contact Alumni Services at


Greg J. Czarnecki '89
Executive Director
PA Dept. of Conservation & Nat.'l Resources
Wild Resource Conservation Program
Harrisburg, PA
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Vice President

Hannah E. Kirby '10, 11M
N.P.I Quality Engineer
LORD Corporation
Erie, PA
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Jessica L. Nelson '04, '10M
Director of Development
Villa Maria Elementary
Erie, PA
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James P. Ahearn '61     
Retired, President 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society 
Rochester, NY 
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Alissa Verone-Boyle, Ph.D. '09
Clinical Pharmacology Post-Doctoral Assoc.
Athenex, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
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Bradley Collins '99
Staff Hospitalist/Med Director of Appeals
Providence, RI
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Michael A. Demma '63
Fort Collins, CO
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Rebecca Erwin-Cohen '90
Cancer Research Fellow
National Cancer Institute
Hagerstown, MD
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Danielle King '16
Graduate Student
D’Youville College
Buffalo, NY
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Julie Kleber '11
Registered Nurse
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
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Richard J. Kujawinski '73
Retired, President
The Pegasus Group
Rochester, NY
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Heather Neu '07
Attorney Callihan Law PLLC 
Rochester, NY 
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Taylor Shaffer '15
Ernst & Young, LLP
Pittsburgh, PA
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Aaron Susmarski '09
Institutional Director of Human Resources, Institutional Title IX Coordinator, EEO Coordinator
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Erie, PA
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James Theisen '02
Altman-Hall Associates
Erie, PA
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John S. Vail '63
Norcross, GA
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Rachel A. Maloney Joyner '07
Transportation Planner
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Cleveland, OH
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Danielle R. Petrozelle '06 '07M
Occupational Therapist
Cleveland Clinic Children's Rehab
Cleveland, OH 
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John Dobrosky '73 '78M
Sr. Coordinator, Community & Family Services
Young Adult Institute
New York, NY
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Carl R. Hoegerl, D.O. '97 
Chair of Medicine 
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Lynchburg, VA
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Joseph M. Cuneo '13
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Stairways Behavioral Health 
Erie, PA
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James B. Toohey '92
MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP
Erie, PA
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Donald M. Carlson '73
President, Carlson Real Estate Services
Pittsburgh, PA 

Dana M. Fallon, Esq. '91
Director of Alumni Services
School of Law, George Mason University
Washington, DC
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Russell J. Forquer '71
President, The Forquer Group
Erie, PA 

Scott M. Krall ’84
Manager of Environmental Governance
Bayer Material Science 
Pittsburgh, PA
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Brian M. Kurtz '08
Project Manager
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh, PA
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James A. Scozzie, Ph.D. '65
Concord, OH
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