Alumni Association Board of Governors for the 2014-2016 Term
This dynamic group works directly with the Office of Alumni Relations on new and exciting programs for alumni. If you are interested in becoming involved as a potential board member, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (203)773-8502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sydney McAvoy '12
Melonie K. Bland '05
Alberta Conte '71
Anthony Cuozzo '08, '10 M.A. Leadership
Anne L. Demchak '04
Mary Lou Apuzzo DiPaola '72
Robert Gagne '12 M.A. Leadership
Rhonda Geddis '83
Melissa Jennings '08, '12 M.S. Human Services
Anthony Kane '03
Sgt. Tammi Means '07, '11 M.A. Leadership
Brian Puzycki '92
Kathleen Ryan '73
Sheila Flaherty Wycinowski '72
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Carolyn Behan Kraus '86
Director of Alumni Relations
Stefanie Stevens Seslar
Meet Your Alumni Association Board of Governors
The Alumni Association Board of Governors is a group of dedicated alumni volunteers who work together to support and further the mission and goals of the College through its Alumni Association. The Board assists the Alumni Office in many ways including event programming and fundraising efforts. Below are brief statements from our Board members on why they choose to serve alma mater.
Member, Alberta Conte '71
I owe a great part of my successful 38 year teaching career to Albertus Magnus College. The strong liberal arts curriculum and a teaching certificate gave me a great foundation to continue my academic endeavors. I was able to explore my potential and develop leadership skills which I used in my role as teacher and administrator. Now that I am retired, I can devote my time to giving back to the college that gave me my start. I look forward to serving on the Alumni Association Board of Governors.
Member, Anthony Cuozzo '08, '10
When I decided to return to college to finish my degree I started 20 years earlier, I was pointed to Albertus Magnus College by a colleague. From the moment I walked in, I was treated as family. Returning to school as an adult is scary. The enthusiasm on campus was contagious! The momentum I gathered had me completing my undergrad and Master of Arts in Leadership at breakneck speed. I love the spirit here at Albertus and I am lucky to be able to carry on as a member of the adjunct faculty and of the Alumni Board.
Member, Melonie K. Bland '05
I love Albertus!!! And that's the main reason I work on the Alumni Association Board. Due to the lessons I learned and friendships I made at Albertus, I am the woman I am today. Albertus allowed me to come out of my shell and taught me how to be a great leader. By being a traditional day resident student I had the opportunity to build many great relationships that have tremendously impacted my life in the midst of a supportive community. Now that I have graduated from Albertus and have obtained my graduate degree I feel it's important for me to give back to a community that gave me so much. I enjoy planning events for the College and being able to visit the College regularly to keep up with the happenings of the school. I'm very excited with the direction Albertus is going in and I'm proud to be a part of Albertus' continued tradition of excellence!
Member, Anne Demchak '04
For me, attending Albertus Magnus filled an empty spot in my life. I always expected to work, and college was a way to achieve more in my career, but Albertus became more personal to me. The people of Albertus, its faculty and leaders, fellow students and colleagues are a network more akin to family than simply acquaintances. The small campus has grown and advanced but the atmosphere of caring, knowing and validating each person in their own right has never changed and no one is ever forgotten. I feel I am an ambassador for the College, sharing my experience there with a heartfelt appreciation for what I have learned and for the lifelong sense of belonging that has enriched me as a person and a leader in my chosen profession.
Member, Mary Lou Apuzzo DiPaola '72
My experiences at Albertus Magnus College have afforded me many lasting friendships and a commitment to education with a strong liberal arts background. The AMC Community has always been a home away from home. Being at Albertus, allowed me to study and travel abroad as an undergraduate student. My AMC education assisted me to become a federal employee, a teacher, a mentor teacher, a teacher leader, and a business owner. I have been grateful and committed to the College, having been the President of the Alumni Governing Board previously. I look forward to my future connections with Albertus.
Member, Robert Gagne '12
Going back to school for my graduate degree at Albertus Magnus College was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My course of study, Leadership, was directly applicable to what I do in my professional life, serving as a Chief of Police. I found the program to be stimulating, enriching and motivating beyond any expectations that I had. The professors and course materials were all outstanding, and I grew significantly from the experience, both personally and professionally. The Dominican core values of study, community, service and spirituality are embraceable values that are truly descriptive of the Albertus Magnus experience. In keeping with those values, I was honored to have been offered a position on the Alumni Association Board of Governors. My wife Laurie and daughter Morgan are both Albertus graduates, making it a special place for our family. Serving the Albertus community is a privilege that I accept without hesitation.
Member, Rhonda Geddis '83
The reason I am thrilled to be serving on the alumni board of Albertus Magnus College is because Albertus was and remains a very important part of my life. My undergraduate experience at the college allowed me to learn, grow, spread my wings and start the adult chapter of my life fully capable to take on great challenges and be successful. I am who I am today because of my family as well as my college years.
I look back at my time at Albertus and I am so pleased on so many levels. Some of my strongest and most lasting friendships are with the women I met while an undergrad. Many life lessons were learned during that period in time and those memories are cherished. I am happy and grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Governors and I am excited to give back to my alma mater.
Member, Melissa Jennings '08, '12
For me becoming a part of the Alumni Board of Governors was a way for me to give back to the college I owe a great deal of my success too! I not only completed my undergraduate degree here but I then went on to complete my graduate degree as well. It was an easy decision since I always felt so comfortable and welcomed by the staff and faculty who worked on campus. The small campus was just what I was looking for. I knew that if I needed something or was having trouble with a particular class I could approach my professors and they were always available to lend a hand. When I was asked to become a member of the Board, I was very happy and honored. It was my opportunity to attend events, speak about my time at the college and welcome new and prospective families and students to the long standing history and tradition that Albertus offers!
Member, Anthony Kane '03
Ever since the first day that I walked onto the Albertus Magnus campus something captivated me. Everyone that I met was eager and excited to be a part of AMC, the professors wanted to see their students succeed and the students were hungry to showcase their talents everywhere that they could. I made long lasting friendships, have lifelong memories and built a solid educational and spiritual foundation at AMC that has afforded me numerous opportunities to succeed throughout my life. Hearing about the opportunity to give back to Albertus through volunteering as part of the Alumni Board of Governors, well, I honestly could not reply fast enough! I truly believe that I would not be where I am today without everything that AMC provided me and being able to come back in hopes of helping current AMC students, alumni and the College itself was something that I could not pass up. I am extremely eager to once again become an active part of the Albertus Magnus community and look forward to contributing my time and talents in giving back to a college that has provided me with so much.
Member, Sgt. Tammi Means '07, '11
I knew from the first moment that I walked onto the campus that Albertus Magnus College would be the place for me. I ran into acquaintances that were employed by the College and also enrolled as students. Their testimonials about College’s Adult Continuing Education Program sealed the deal for me. I found the size of the classes and the academic atmosphere promoted nothing less than excellence. Being born and raised in New Haven, as a youngster, I knew of College’s affiliation with the parochial schools I attended; and there was a large spacious campus that I used to ride my bicycle on and sled down the hills in the winter. As an adult, and currently employed by the City of New Haven, I found that completing my undergraduate and graduate degree at the College has instilled in me a drive to achieve on a level that would not have been possible without the education I received at Albertus Magnus College. Albertus Magnus College helped me to complete my educational journey. I am thankful to have been selected to serve as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors. I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to the Albertus Magnus College community.
Secretary, Sydney McAvoy '12
The moment I set foot on campus, I knew Albertus was my new home; our personalities just "clicked." The intrinsic energy of the school, the way the staff, students and faculty behaved and thought, was that X factor that lead me here. Albertus presented me with so many wonderful opportunities to learn both inside and out of the classroom whether it was a spirited discussion, an internship experience, or working as a math and writing tutor. I am who I am and where I am because of the opportunities Albertus provides to it's students. The opportunity to serve and give back to the school and community that gave me so much is just another wonderful opportunity Albertus has provided me with. Albertus does have a tradition of excellence and successful students, and I want to make sure that the wonderful opportunities I experienced are open for every student who makes it through that iconic archway.
President, Jennifer M. Paskiewicz '06, '12
When I think about my time at Albertus I often smile. Albertus has given me so much; this was a place where I gained not only knowledge but friendships and contacts that will last a lifetime. Albertus became a second home and family to me, and just like family does, Albertus has impacted who I have become which is something I am truly thankful for. So when I was given the opportunity to give back by serving on the Board I couldn't help but to take the opportunity. I am proud and enjoy being a part of what Albertus is today and am hopeful that the contributions that I make will assist in what the Albertus of tomorrow will be. I truly believe it is an honor to serve on the Board of Governors.
Member, Brian Puzycki '92
I have come to a point in my personal and professional life where I have some time to take on tasks and responsibilities outside of each that I couldn’t before but always wanted to pursue. I believe that education truly is a life-long process, the ability to continue to grow new skills and get involved in new opportunities keeps your perspective fresh and your mind challenged. When I look back at my time at at Albertus, I have more and more fond memories of those days. I have been back on campus many times over the past few years and I really believe the school is moving in the right direction and I am excited to be part of it again. I have been looking for the chance to volunteer my time towards something I strongly believe in and the Alumni Association Board was a perfect fit. Being part of the first Albertus sports teams to compete on the NCAA Division III level was a tremendous experience and to see how far the teams and school have come is great, I am hoping that I can bring some of my real world perspective and passion for the school to good use. I look forward to meeting new and old friends and am grateful to serve on the board.
Member, Kathleen Ryan '73
My Albertus education has opened doors for me my entire adult life. I treasure the memories of my professors and their classes and my experiences at Albertus over my four years there. Friends that I made at Albertus over 40 years ago are friends today. I owe much to Albertus Magnus College, and serving on its Alumni Association Board of Governors is one small way to thank the College for its lasting gifts to me. As a member of that Board, I wish to strengthen and further develop the relationship that the College has with its thousands of alumni.
Member, Kathleen Ryan '73
Albertus Magnus College allowed me to grow and develop into the person I am today. I gained many lasting friendships and the faculty provided me with leadership opportunities, skills and knowledge. I received a strong liberal arts education coupled with a teaching certificate. These opportunities led to a successful forty year career in education and educational leadership. I have been committed to the college since 1972 serving more recently on the Advisory Panel for Education. As I begin my retirement, I look forward to serving on the Alumni Association Board of Governors.