Alumni Board Prospectives
Thank you to all our alumni who nominated themselves or a peer, and to those who ran for election!
Brittany Blythe ‘20
Currently on staff as a Mental Health Therapist and Adult Blended Case Manager at Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Community Campus in Upland, PA, Brittany Blythe provides OP Therapy for adults ages 18 and older, including couple and family therapy, and works as a Case Manager for individuals and families. A first-generation college graduate, she earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Rosemont and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rider University (with a Certification in Legal Studies and Leadership Development).
She also has experience working as a Forensic Mental Health Case Manager at Crozer-Keystone, assisting the Delaware County Mental Health Criminal Court team and collaborating with community leaders such as judges, probation officers, court liaisons, behavioral health staff, public defenders, and local community housing programs to reduce the incarceration rate of mentally ill offenders in Delaware County by reintegrating clients back into society. Her previous employment experience includes working as a Service Coordinator at Abilities in Motion Center for Independent Living in Reading, PA.
Brittany is also a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi-National Society for Leadership and Success and the American Psychological Association.
A hereditary condition caused a bilateral leg amputation for Brittany at the age of 2, and she uses this experience to inspire and help others. Her message remains: “Never say never and never give up.”
“My time at Rosemont has helped me to experience the value of small colleges, and I want others to experience my passion as well,” she said. “As a first-generation college graduate, I know that it is important to have community resources and advocates to help overcome barriers.
I want to help students at Rosemont who are first-generation to not only gain valuable experiences but to see the value of remaining connected to Rosemont, because they face challenges that many do not understand, and it is important that they feel connected to the College with the support of experienced alumni.”
T Nicole Cirone ’94, ‘02
T Nicole Cirone, known to many as Nikki and to her Class of 1994 friends as Cirone, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Italian Studies before returning to Rosemont for her Master of Arts Degree in English Literature and Writing. While at Rosemont, she was active in many clubs, including Model UN, International Club, Women’s Forum, and Student Government Association. She was also a member of the Kistler Honor Society and the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society, and was the 1994 recipient of the Victoria Farnese Award for Excellence in Italian Studies.
After completing her studies Nicole pursued a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing — first in Poetry and then in Creative Nonfiction — at Fairleigh Dickinson University, completing the work for her dual concentration MFA in 2016.
Nicole is currently an English Faculty Member at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and a Writing Instructor at Widener University’s Writing Center. She taught English at Widener University and Neumann University; and she taught Literature, Creative Writing, and Creative Non-Fiction at Malvern Preparatory School for 12 years while serving three years as Malvern’s Director of Diversity.
A writer who has published several essays, poems, and stories, and whose novel Nine Nails: A Novel in Essays was published by Serving House Books in 2019, Nicole is also a poetry editor for The Night Heron Barks, a Yoga Instructor, and a Member of Tapestry Dance Project. She has also participated with her students over the years in numerous service and cultural experiences in the U.S. as well as in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and South Africa.
“I am a proud Rosemont alumna and a Rosemont parent today — my daughter expects to graduate in 2024, exactly 30 years after I completed my undergraduate degree,” Nicole said. “I have participated in events, conferences, and readings at Rosemont over the years and, as my daughter has grown, I’ve recently become more active in the College’s community-building alumni events.
I would like to become part of the Alumni Board to help keep the Rosemont community connected and encourage alumni to be a part of the exciting things happening at our College. I recognize the importance of ‘The Power of Small’ and, now more than ever, the value of the community Rosemont College has created. I hope to help continue to foster that sense of connectedness and community as an alumni representative.”
Katie Dailey ‘01
Katie Dailey graduated from Rosemont College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Minor in Art Studies. After graduation, she worked as a substitute teacher and server before moving to New York City to study Acting and Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. While working on various film and theater projects, she freelanced with a medical communications company and eventually settled into a permanent job with AdelphiEden Health Communications.
Initially, she worked in the editorial department, where she developed an interest in pathophysiology and disease management while fact-checking and editing scholarly articles on drug research. Two years later, she moved onto account management, where she collaborated with pharmaceutical clients to develop new projects for drug research and disease management programs.
During this time, Katie joined the Alumni Board of Directors at Rosemont and was designated the head of the Community Service Committee. She initiated and led various projects throughout her nine years on the Board. Developing projects to serve those in need aligned with her growing interest in disease management and patient care, so she left her corporate job in New York to attend Thomas Jefferson University to study Nursing. Today, Katie works as an Operating Room Nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has the honor of caring for some of the sickest and most vulnerable patients. While she continues to read literature's greatest stories, she also listens to her patients' stories every day.
In her free time, she reads, runs, cooks, writes, and spends time with her family, friends, and boyfriend. She lives in Center City Philadelphia with her sweet little rescue dog, Lucy. “I hope to serve Rosemont College once again as a Director on the Alumni Board,” she said.
Mira Devine ‘03
Mira Devine earned her Master's Degree in Management from Rosemont College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Raised on Philadelphia's Main Line, Mira lives in Bala Cynwyd, PA. She is the Founder and Owner of Polite Estique etiquette instruction. Mira loves ballet and the arts, as she is an advocate of fitness and all things health and wellness. A much sought after Motivational Speaker, focusing on lifestyle and success, her dynamic entrepreneurial brand shines to all. Mira enjoys running on the beaches of Long Beach Island, NJ, designing beautiful flower arrangements, and creating her signature custom-made Embroidery selections of Linens and Fashion.
Eileen Finn ‘75
Following her graduation from Rosemont with her Bachelor of Arts in English, Eileen Finn returned to New York to start her career in Human Resources. Her career included six years in corporate Human Resources and almost 40 years as an entrepreneur in the Executive Search & Coaching industry. Additionally, Eileen received her MBA from Fordham University's Graduate School of Business in 1980.
She started Eileen Finn & Associates in 1998 to focus on the identification of key talent in the Human Resources function. In 2013, she received her Executive Coaching Certification through Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. Eileen continues to grow her executive search and coaching businesses.
She has lived and worked in New York City for more than 40 years, where she raised her two children, Will and Megan Milne. Both of her children now reside in Pennsylvania with their families, close to the Rosemont campus. Eileen and her fiancé, Michael Weitzmann (Villanova University) live in New York City, spend time at their Long Island home, and frequently visit their children in Philadelphia.
Eileen plays an active role within her industry, serving on Boards and Advisory Committees on Best Practices and Program Development. In addition, she served as Vice President of the Parent Board of Bucknell University and previously for the University of Pennsylvania.
Eileen credits much of her business success to her experience at Rosemont. Her values were shaped by her family and they continued to be nurtured and sustained over her four years at Rosemont. Many of her lifetime friends are from her college days, and they gather together at least once or twice per year as if no time has passed. She is also serving as a Co-Chair for her upcoming Class Reunion.
She said, “I have enjoyed those interactions, and with the new leadership of the College, there will be many exciting changes and events that I believe I can contribute to,” she said. “I would be honored to serve on the Rosemont College Alumni Association's Alumni Board of Directors.”
Karen Santillo Fiorillo, EdD ’84, ’02
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Technology in Education (recipient of the 2002 Sister Mary Dennis Lynch Award for Excellence in the Field of Technology in Education) from Rosemont College. In 2015, she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership in Technology from the University of Phoenix. Since 1999, Karen has been employed by the Souderton Area School District in the Business Department as a Technology Integration/STEM 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 is an AAAI/ISMA and Barre Above Certified Group Fitness Instructor who teaches daily online classes. She has completed three Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walks, raising more than $7,500 toward breast cancer research. She resides in Skippack, PA, and is the proud mother of two ice hockey-playing sons; both Rutgers University graduates.
“I would be honored and delighted to serve my Alma Mater if re-elected for a third term to the Rosemont College Alumni Board of Directors," Karen said.
Eileen Potts Gorman ‘89
Eileen graduated from Rosemont College with a major in English and a minor in Business. Upon graduation, she returned to New York and began working in the field of Financial and Retirement Services for MetLife in Manhattan. She has continued in this field at Vanguard in Malvern, managing people, projects, technology, and operations teams. In 2000, she moved to Chester County, PA, to live near family as well as Rosemont classmates and friends.
Eileen 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. “I would like to serve a third term on the Rosemont College Alumni Association's Alumni Board of Directors, working to ensure that many more generations of students benefit from a superior education that is rooted in Christian values and teachings,” she said.
Anne Kathleen Guy ‘91
Anne Kathleen Guy has worked in the field of pharmaceutical research since graduating from Rosemont College and has held positions of increasing responsibility. Her starting point in the industry was as a university bench scientist before transitioning to roles in monitoring and managing global clinical research trials at several different pharmaceutical companies.
Anne has worked across various therapeutic areas, including Cardiovascular and Metabolism, Neuroscience, Oncology, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Respiratory, and Trauma. She is currently working on Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes prevention within a group at the company called World Without Disease as the Associate Director, Global Clinical Development Operations Trial Leader.
Anne has also spent nearly 10 years serving as a board member of the Mary Theresa Sher Foundation, which financially awards students who have shown to promote kindness, generosity, and respect throughout their community; honors students with special needs who achieve their goals; and supports other charitable foundations.
As a member of the class of 1991, she recalls her college days with great fondness for all the friendships built on campus that blossomed and have continued to grow and strengthen. She has always had a deep appreciation for the professors, their educational rigor, and the expectation of critical thinking, which created an environment of learning and growth that she experienced at Rosemont.
Graduating from a school with a smaller matriculated class allowed a more personalized collaboration with the educational staff, in addition to off-campus opportunities such as her internship at Lankenau Hospital Research Center, she said. “That experience assisted in my being hired to my first professional position, and I would like to serve on the Rosemont Alumni Board of Directors as a way to give back to the College for all the opportunities it has afforded me through the years and to collaborate with other board members on issues that the school is facing,” Anne said.
“It is also a chance to help continue to grow the mission statement of ‘lifelong learners dedicated to academic excellence and fostering joy in the pursuit of knowledge’ and the College’s ‘focus on developing the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional well-being of each student.’ I believe having served on a board with a mission statement that embraces education, service to the community, and each person’s individuality dovetails with Rosemont’s mission and would bring experience towards my participation as a board member.”
Kelly Curtin-Hallinan, DO, FAAP ‘03
Kelly Curtin-Hallinan is a General Pediatrician in Central Pennsylvania who majored in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. After completing medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007, she served her Internship at Crozer-Keystone Medical Center and a Pediatric Residency at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Currently, Dr. Curtin juggles working as a Pediatrician for WellSpan Health Inc., a Consultant Medical Director for the PA Office of Medical Assistance, and a Medical Director for the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children Program. Kelly remembers her days at Rosemont fondly and cherishes the lifelong friendships she formed here.
As a Pediatrician and Mom, Dr. Curtin appreciates the importance of the formative college years. She attributes much of her success to her Rosemont education. “As a student, I was extremely involved and I now hope to become involved as part of the Alumni Board,” she said.
She lives in the “Sweetest Place on Earth,” Hershey, PA, with her husband and three beautiful daughters.
Emily Javitt ‘17
Emily Javitt earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Rosemont College in Theology & Religious Studies while serving as the Student Body President and a member of the Women's Tennis Team. She was also heavily involved in Campus Ministry and attended mass (almost) every Sunday. After Rosemont, she earned her Master's Degree in Higher Education from Penn State University and now works as the Assistant Director for Engagement & Leadership at Shippensburg University.
“Being a member of the Board of Directors would be a fulfilling and tangible way for me to continue showing my love for Rosemont,” she said. “I want to ensure current and future students have the opportunity to learn and grow at such a special place, which can be done if we continue to follow our mission. Go Ravens!”
Erinn Victoria King ‘12, ‘14
The Operations Manager at Spectrum Health Services Inc. in Philadelphia, Erinn is responsible for managing a complex multi-site healthcare facility. She leads efforts to improve quality outcomes and health center operations in a way that contributes to an enhanced experience for staff and patients. Erinn oversees the functioning of key systems vital to health center operations, including efficient systems for scheduling and management of clinic flow.
In her current role, she also serves on multiple committees and is involved in the development of new standing orders, workflows, and polices. She has always prided herself in giving back to others and is excited for the potential opportunity to work with fellow Directors of the Alumni Board towards a greater good for Rosemont College. “I would love the opportunity to give back,” she said. “I have a strong interest in the opportunity to work with others and watch ideas and goals come to life for our Rosemont community.
That is the true benefit of this opportunity. Once a student’s studies have ended, it becomes easier to neglect and harder to look back and continue to help with the growth and success of the school. This is my opportunity to come back and help our school in its continued efforts to grow and connect. As a potential member of this organization, I plan to put the much-needed time into working towards a greater Rosemont College.”
Ben McGinty ’00 SGPS
Ben McGinty has been actively involved with Rosemont College since his commencement, participating on several committees and periodically serving on the Alumni Board of Directors. Ben has more than 40 years of experience in Production Operations and Business Management. In 2016, Ben retired from the position of Senior Director, Business Development for Reed Technology and Information Services Inc.
Prior to his 20 years at Reed Tech, he managed activities at Lockheed Martin’s Management and Data Systems Division in Valley Forge, PA, supporting U.S. federal government defense contracts. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University and a Master of Science in Management from Rosemont College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Since retiring, Ben has focused his volunteer efforts primarily at Rosemont College and the Gift of Life Family House in Philadelphia. At the Family House, Ben provides essential support to organ transplant recipients and their families. Ben says, “I truly enjoy serving Rosemont College and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve during these challenging times.”
Carolyn Needham ‘90
Carolyn graduated from Rosemont College with a major in English Literature and a minor in Business. Upon graduation, she stayed in the Philadelphia area to work in the Catering and Events department of The Barclay Hotel on Rittenhouse Square. Hearing a call for teaching and art, she moved to Chicago to attend The School of The Art Institute of Chicago to obtain her Teaching Degree in the arts.
She taught in lower-income schools of Chicago, where she felt she found her true calling. In 1997, she married her Chicago love, John Needham, where they raised two beautiful boys who now attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and The Culinary Institute of America in New York. She attributes her love of education to the wonderful professors at Rosemont who taught her about having a passion for her simplest goal – to be inspired and passionate for the love of learning and to take it wherever you go.
"I would be honored to serve on the Rosemont College Alumni Association's Alumni Board of Directors to offer advocacy to future Rosemont graduates and reinforce the strong sense of history and tradition at Rosemont College," she said.
Colleen Mulqueen Scott ‘90
As an undergrad, Colleen served as Freshman Class President, then as Secretary, President, and Vice President on the Executive Board. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, she worked as an admissions counselor at Rosemont, where she interviewed and recruited students. “It never felt like work,” she said. “I loved my Rosemont experience. I shared that genuine enthusiasm at every school I visited, and with each student I met.”
Following her admissions experience, Colleen worked at ExecuTrain, a computer training company, until her husband’s Navy position moved them to the West Coast. Colleen used her admissions and computer-training experience in the college counseling office at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA. Since then, she and her husband have enjoyed a Navy adventure that has moved them 11 times all over the world.
Along the way, they were joined by three wonderful daughters, Keeley, Bridget, and Meghan. If asked, Colleen would share that raising them has been the most amazing and rewarding experience of her life. In addition to assisting her husband in establishing his own business, she has volunteered on school committees, organizations, and fundraisers for many, if not all, of the schools her daughters have attended. As her children have become more independent and her husband’s job no longer moves them every 2-3 years, Colleen obtained her Real Estate License and works for Berkshire Hathaway Gallo in Rehoboth
Beach, DE. Besides spending time with family and friends, Colleen’s interests include reading and creative writing. She is also currently working on her first novel, relying on the many skills cultivated at Rosemont that have had a lasting impact on her life.
Melissa Torbik ‘91
A Sales Representative for Johnson & Johnson the last 16 years, Melissa Torbik, sells products to hospitals and hospital systems, a role that involves not only understanding the science behind each product but also a great deal of customer relations across the ever-evolving hospital landscape. The learning curve and changes necessary are often swift and must be embraced to achieve success, and navigating these changes takes quick thinking as well as setting goals that benefit the distributors, hospitals, and patients.
“I believe my experience gives me valuable input into helping navigate the changes Rosemont also faces,” said Melissa, a first-generation college student who credits Rosemont’s close-knit, welcoming atmosphere with greatly helping her to succeed from day one.
“The professors were bright and welcoming, and the smaller classes allowed them to promote and encourage critical thinking,” she said. The gift of critical thinking and speaking out enhancing valuable discussions proved to be as valuable because my education guides me today in both my professional and personal undertakings.”
“I would like to be a part of the board to marry the old to the new. As an employee of corporate America, I am very used to constant change. The sooner we discover the best way to work in the new, the sooner it can enhance what also worked well in the past. The classes of the late 80s and early 90s are quite nostalgic about their years and experiences at Rosemont, and this should be capitalized upon while integrating the best of the new. I believe I could help achieve this connect.”
Melissa lives in Dallas, PA, with her husband Chris deVilleneuve and their four rescue dogs and one cat. They are passionate advocates for fostering and rescuing animals.
Faith Elizabeth Vavra ’96
The Deputy District Director for Congressman Anthony Brindisi in New York’s 22nd District, Faith Elizabeth Vavra is an experienced Public Relations Specialist and Community Liaison. She has led community meetings, local conferences, press conferences, and professional association meetings and currently serves on Brindisi’s team, working closely with local, state, and federal representatives.
Faith has partnered with several community groups and social service agencies to assist
with programing needs, and in 2020 won the Junior League of Binghamton’s Lifetime
Achievement Award, the Watrous Bowl. In 2020, she also was the recipient of the Status
of Women’s Council Woman of Achievement Award for her work and advocacy in the field
of STEAM. Faith has also delivered well-received, comprehensive presentations to community
leaders and policy makers.
"During a challenging time for everyone I would like to lead Rosemont forward and look positively into the future. Rosemont gave me a strong foundation and opportunities that I would not have had anywhere else where I was just a number. It's time to give back."