Nominee Bios

The 2014 election for the Alumni Board of Directors will take place from April 15 through May 15. There are four open positions for Undergraduate College candidates, and three open positions for Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies candidates. All alumni are eligible to vote in the election, and each person may vote once. The ballot can be found here.

Undergraduate College

Jennifer Jamelia Ayoub '04

Jennifer graduated from Rosemont College in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in communications with dual minors in French and studio art. She also holds a master of education degree from Cabrini College. After college, she worked at the Social Security Administration as a social insurance specialist and at the Haverford Township public library. At Rosemont, Jennifer served as secretary of the International Club, contributed to the Rambler (student newspaper) and was the commuter representative for the student government association. She presently acts as a Reunion committee class leader for Rosemont and has been a volunteer at the annual Rosemont Epiphany party; she performs seasonal service at Philabundance in Philadelphia, and volunteers with Give to Get.

"To be able to contribute my time and energy as a Rosemont Alumni Board member would be a great passion for me, a fulfilling service I can give to the College. I am ready to work alongside other alumni to build upon the College's past achievements and to continue the vision and visibility of Rosemont," she says.

Diane Nave Bednarik ’89

In 1999, Diane exchanged a position with a Philadelphia advertising agency for a role as entrepreneur and work-from-home mom. She founded dNb Promotions in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. The company started small (family and friends) and quickly expanded. Today, services include logo development, corporate branding technique recommendations, and promotional products – and clients are from around the globe. Diane is particularly proud that dNb Promotions is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She firmly believes in the power of businesses owned and operated by women – a philosophy that stems from her experience at Rosemont. Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (Minor in Business). Her sister Theresa Nave Hartzell graduated from the College in 1983. “Rosemont provided me with a great education and foundation,” Diane says. “If elected to the Alumni Board, I would like to help spread the message about the advantages of attending Rosemont and the many success stories of Rosemont alumni.”

Jamie DeAngelis ’08

Jamie graduated from Rosemont with a bachelor of arts degree in studio art in 2008, and will be graduating from Drexel University with a master of science in arts administration degree in June 2014.  She currently works as the director of operations for Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia’s center for contemporary craft and design. Before beginning at the Art Alliance in 2012, Jamie interned and volunteered at several nonprofits in the city and continues to support many of those organizations through volunteerism. If elected to the Alumni Board, Jamie hopes to “use my professional networking skills to mentor alumni and encourage other others to get involved and support Rosemont,” she says.

Waynetta Faust ’12

As a Senior Corps Member with City Year Greater Philadelphia, Waynetta currently leads a team of diverse young adults in their challenging year of educational service with students of the School District of Philadelphia. Additionally, she serves on behalf of the Bethesda Project, a nonprofit that provides shelter through God’s guidance to Philadelphia’s homeless.  She holds a bachelors of arts degree in political science and philosophy from Rosemont. While at the College, she was a member of the student government association for four years, serving as executive board president for two years. Waynetta was the recipient of the Rosemont College Outstanding Service Award, the Ethel C. Levenson Leadership Award, and the Harry H. Cabell Scholarship. She was also recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

If elected to the Rosemont Alumni Board, she hopes to “foster a culture of networking and giving back to the College, particularly among younger alumni.


Eileen Potts Gorman ‘89


Eileen graduated from Rosemont College in 1989 with a major in English and a minor in business.  Upon graduation, she returned to New York and began working in the financial and retirement services field for MetLife in Manhattan. She has continued in this field, managing people, projects, and operations teams ever since.

In 2000, she moved to Pennsylvania, living close to family and Rosemont classmates and friends. Eileen has children and one grandchild. She attributes her business successes to the solid, liberal arts education that she received at Rosemont. She also believes strongly in the value of the teachings and principles of Cornelia Connelly and the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, upon which Rosemont was founded.

“I would like to serve on the Rosemont Alumni Board, working to ensure that many more generations of students benefit from a superior education that is rooted in Christian values and teachings.”

Allen King ’12

Allen completed a dual degree at Rosemont, earning a bachelor of arts degree in international business and a master of business administration. He currently serves as the interactive marketing manager for Trueaction and eBay Company, managing the accounts for Calvin Klein, Lucky Brand, and Donald J. Pliner. Outside of work, Allen volunteers with a girls basketball league, and is part of the Philadelphia Interactive Marketing Association. Allen says it was the education he received at Rosemont that helped him expand upon interests he has held since childhood, and provided him the tools for his professional life. “I wanted to be a marketer,” he says. “I will say my love for advertising and marketing began before my time at Rosemont; however it grew and was nurtured there by the wonderful professors I encountered who mentored me.”

Allen stepped in to fill in a mid-term vacancy in winter 2014. If reelected to the Rosemont Alumni Board, Allen says he would “really like to focus on getting the younger alumni involved as their experiences are still fresh. I believe if we get them involved with alumni functions sooner rather than later they will have a greater stake in those activities and a desire to stay involved long term.”


Alana Kardine Moran ’98

Alana is seeking a first term on the Rosemont Alumni Board to “assist in fostering the strategic vision of the College as well as mentoring younger alumni.” Alana graduated from Rosemont with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. She earned a certificate in management from Penn State University in 2009, and has served in various business consulting and sales roles since graduation. She currently works as a consultant for a web design and Internet strategy company near her home in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She also serves as a commissioner on the Downingtown Historic and Parks Commission and is active in the Downingtown community, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and baby son. If elected to the Rosemont Alumni Board, Alana hopes to “utilize her sales and networking skills to bring other alumni back into the fold. I hope to help to continue to cultivate the great tradition that is Rosemont College.”

Anna Peak ’02

Anna is seeking a first term on the Rosemont Alumni Board to contribute to the College’s strategic plan and to assist in student recruitment. Anna graduated from Rosemont with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. She earned her master of arts degree in English literature from Temple University in 2007, and her doctoral degree also from Temple, in 2010. She is currently an assistant professor in Temple’s interdisciplinary Intellectual Heritage Program.

Anna is active in her community in South Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, and three cats. She also regularly mentors students through Temple’s Diamond Peer Teacher program and Honors program, and serves on a number of committees at Temple as well as on the board of the journal Interdisciplinary Literary Studies at Penn State. While a student at Rosemont, she served as an orientation counselor and member of student government, wrote for The Rambler, and edited The Thorn. If elected, Anna hopes to use her experience as a mentor to recruit students to Rosemont and to Rosemont’s Honors Program.


Michele Tartaglia ’98, DO

Michele graduated from Rosemont College in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry —
biochemistry track. She went on to attend Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, earning a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in 2002. She currently practices as a full-time OB/GYN and serves as assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine).

While a student at Rosemont, Michele played on the field hockey and softball teams, was the editor of the Rambler, participated in student government as vice president and president of her class, and was a resident advisor in the residence halls. Michele has continued to support the College by serving a term on the Rosemont Alumni Board (she is running for reelection), attending various alumni and reunion events, and participating on alumni leadership/mentorship panels. In 2007, Michele was awarded the Rosemont College Young Alumni Award.  

SGPS

Karen Santillo Fiorillo ’84, ’02 SGPS

Karen earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Rosemont in 1984, and a master of science degree in technology in education in 2002 (she was the recipient of the Sister Mary Dennis Lynch Award for Excellence in the Field of Technology in Education graduation honor). Currently she is an Educational Leadership in Technology doctoral candidate at the University of Phoenix (anticipated graduation: summer 2014); her dissertation topic is “Guidance Counselor Perceptions of Cyberbullying in a K-12 Environment: A Case Study.”

Since 1999, Karen has been employed by the Souderton Area School District as a Technology Integration Specialist. Her Instructional I and II Certifications are in Elementary Education (K-6) and Business and Computer Technology (K-12). She has also served as an adjunct professor at Rosemont.

In Karen’s spare time, she participates in Yoga, dance, and participates in a Praise Band at St. Eleanor Church.  She has completed three Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walks, raising over $7,500 toward breast cancer research. She is also a mother of two ice hockey-playing, honor student sons.
“I would be honored to represent Rosemont as a member of the Rosemont Alumni Board,” she says.


Precious Thomas Graham ’11 SGPS

Precious graduated from Rosemont in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in business management. Since graduation, Precious has become a licensed minister, obtained her master of business administration degree from Saint Joseph’s University, and earned a certificate in project management from the University of Phoenix. 

She found her Rosemont experience to be “a safe environment to grow and learn. I know I stand on the shoulders of the women who went before me and now I would like to give back. Rosemont provided me spiritual and intellectual tools to serve my community.”

Precious notes that Rosemont has not only impacted her, but it has also impacted her family. Her husband is currently a student in a Rosemont master’s degree program and anticipates graduating in May.

If elected to the Alumni Board, Precious hopes to use her skills in business and public relations to further the mission of spreading the values of “trust in and reverence for the dignity of each person; diversity in human culture and experience and persistence and courage in promoting justice with compassion.”



Kira Wells ’04, ’13 SGPS

Kira Wells has been part of the Rosemont College community since her first year of high school.  In 1996, she enrolled in Rosemont’s Summer Success, a program that was the brainchild of Dr. Mulvihill and Dr. Horse. Staying on Rosemont’s campus for several weeks throughout the summer had a lasting impression on Kira. She enrolled as an undergraduate student in August 2000; she quickly positioned herself as president of her freshman class as well as a starter on the volleyball team. After a few hiccups with switching majors from biology to sociology and finding balance between social and academic life, Kira increased her presence on campus. She became a residential counselor and mentor in the program that introduced her to Rosemont College. By senior year, she was vice president of activities for student government, president of the organization for African American students, and a devoted member of various other organizations on campus.  In 2010, Kira returned to Rosemont to pursue her passion as a writer. Exploring her love for poetry, Kira changed her pen name from Justice to K.J. (Kira Justice) before receiving her M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2013. Kira currently works at Korman Residential as a leasing representative—and she is excited about the release of her first chapbook, Shouting from Constricted Lungs (Author House Publishing).


Bea Majka ’00 SGPS


Bea graduated from Rosemont’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies with a bachelor of science degree in management.  Her studies at Rosemont included international classes in London, England at Imperial College, and Dublin, Ireland at Trinity College. Bea graduated with a master of business administration degree in international management from the University of Phoenix. She is currently enrolled in Walden University’s doctoral program in international management.  

Bea has been a member of Rosemont’s SGPS adjunct faculty for the past ten years. She also works for GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, serving as part of HR Services in Learning & Training Development and coordinating leadership training worldwide. Previously, Bea held positions as a supply chain analyst in biopharm and as an employee services supervisor.

Bea has her Six Sigma Green Belt for process improvement. She is a long-time member of the Alumni Board of Directors at Rosemont, having served for eight years, including the role of secretary on the Alumni Board’s Executive Committee. Bea enjoys the Alumni Board and being part of brining new ideas to the alumni community.  She has served on many committees and wants to continue to bring the SGPS as well as traditional alumni together.

Ben McGinty ’00 SGPS   

Ben has over 35 years of experience in production operations and business management As a senior director in life sciences business development for Reed Technology and Information Services, Inc., Ben currently leads the company’s efforts in the life sciences market. Previously he served as Reed Tech’s director of production operations for data conversion, capture and delivery of U.S. patent applications for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to his 16 years at Reed Tech, he managed various production and business administration activities at Lockheed Martin’s Management and Data Systems Division in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, supporting U.S. Federal Government defense contracts. Ben holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s University and a master’s in management degree from Rosemont College.

Ben says, “During my first term on the Rosemont Board, I was pleased to find that  many new process changes were being implemented to allow the Board to service alumni more effectively. It’s exciting to be able to share all the positive things that are going on at Rosemont with fellow alumni. The College environment is changing, and I enjoy playing a role in communicating those changes. I look forward to having the opportunity to continue to serve during this exciting time for Rosemont and into its future. I am hoping to participate in the full implementation of the changes planned for the Alumni Board during this upcoming term.“

More Information

Kevin Gary
Alumni Relations Assistant
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