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Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board of Directors

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Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board of Directors

  • Janice Alperin, '74 Political Science
  • Andy Atkins, '81 Political Science
  • Linda Belfus, '70 English
  • Barbara Cohen, '74 Speech
  • Harry D'Andrea, '78 Foreign Service *President Emeritus
  • Rob Dwyer, '92 Economics
  • Joe Farrell, '85 History
  • George Gowen, '81 Economics
  • Dick Hayes, '68 Political Science
  • Moe Lage, '90g, '91 Ph.D. Economics
  • Jeff Lampo, '81 Economics
  • Dana Lawson, '90 General Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Lowe, '98 International Politics
  • Mary Ellen McMillen, '65 Arts and Letters
  • Kostas Mikropoulos, '87 Economics
  • Debbie Montick, '80 Political Science *President
  • Dale Predmore, '86 Labor Studies and Economics
  • Karen Rockoff, '81 French and Accounting
  • Michael Rosenblatt, '68 Psychology
  • Jerry Silverstein, '74g Economics
  • Randy Sones, '80 Foreign Service and International Politics
  • Jay Style, '70 Labor and Management Relations
  • Amy Ward, '90 Labor Relations
  • Steven Schneible, Junior English, Psychology *Student Representative 
Mission Statement

The mission of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board of Directors is to help identify and connect Liberal Arts alumni and friends with the College and, in the process, enable and encourage all to contribute their time, talent and resources to provide tangible support for the Dean’s priorities involving students, faculty, and programs.

Board of Directors members are active, engaged advocates for the humanities and social sciences, committed to advancing Penn State, and leaders in initiatives—including philanthropy and engagement with faculty and students—that guide and support the College’s progress and success.

Goals of Alumni Society Board of Directors

  1. Cultivate a worldwide community of alumni and friends by providing opportunities to connect to the College, and its students and faculty.
  2. Engage in activities that move alumni and friends to provide student and faculty support, specifically, program and financial support.
  3. Recognize the contributions of alumni and friends to the College community and to society as a whole.

Role of Alumni Society Board of Directors

Directors will assume a leadership role in developing, expanding, and sponsoring activities consistent with core values of community, education, and service, including:

  1. Programs—mentor program, student meetings, classroom opportunities, career workshops and panels, fundraising for student scholarships, faculty and department programs.
  2. Events—faculty speakers, tailgates, donor events, mentor events, identification and cultivation events on a regional and global level.
  3. Awards and recognition—unit, college, and university level alumni awards; on-line profiles of successful, engaged alumni and friends.
President's Profile

Deborah Montick

'80 Political Science

Senior Consultant, Patomak Global Partners

President, Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board

 

A self-described advocate of the “Liberal Arts Edge,” Deborah’s passion for the liberal arts stems from her own experiences as a Penn State student. For Deborah, the most compelling reason for joining the Liberal Arts Alumni Society Board was to pay it forward. As a student, she came to realize she could not afford the tuition. The generosity of an alumnus who created a scholarship specifically for students excelling in academics with a strong financial need allowed Debbie to finish college and inspired her to give back through the Alumni Society Board. 

Deborah says she has always been a lifelong learner who loves history, art, culture and travel. “The liberal arts takes the whole person idea and gives students the ability to research, to critically evaluate, to write well, and to summarize information and use it to organize and present thoughts to a group,” she said. To her, those are all skills that come out of the liberal arts.

“The board is made up of some of the most interesting, devoted, dynamic, and creative people you can imagine who have had great careers and life experiences, and working with them is completely energizing and exciting. It has been a fantastic experience for me and I am getting so much satisfaction out of it. Those kind of experiences, meeting with the Board and the students I mentor—they really increase my passion for the Board and for what it does for students.”

Deborah divides her time between New York and London, where her husband works. They have four children, three of whom have liberal arts educations. In her free time, Debbie enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, running, and biking.

Board Member Bio

Janice Alperin
Janice, ’75 political science, retired at the end of September 2017 from Colonial Pipeline Company, as Acting General Counsel. Colonial, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, provides transportation and related services to shippers of gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products. This followed several years in which she was Senior Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs and External Communications. Prior to working for Colonial, Janice was Vice President of Government Affairs for El Paso Corporation, and was a commercial litigation attorney for the Department of Justice. She is a mentor in the Liberal Arts mentor program and has participated in the College’s Law Careers program. She resides in Bethesda, MD. Janice joined the board in 2016.

Stuart “Andy” Atkins
Andy, ’81 political science, founded CRM manager®, a Salesforce Ventures Company, in 2006. In November 2017, Andy successfully sold CRM manager to Simplus, one of Salesforce.com's leading partners in the US today. Andy created an unrestricted fund to support the mission of the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network in 2014. He also regularly recruits interns from the College of the Liberal Arts to work for Simplus. Andy and his wife, Jane, have two daughters: one of whom, Bobbie, graduated from Penn State in May 2018. The family resides in Chadds Ford, PA. Andy joined the board in 2016.

Linda Belfus
Linda, ’70 English, is a Publishing and Content Strategy Consultant. Previously she was a senior vice president at Elsevier, one of the leading worldwide providers of web-based, digital information for science and health professionals. While there, Linda oversaw the global content management team and co-chaired the Elsevier Women’s Network, a group that highlights the talent that women bring to the company and promotes their professional progress. Linda’s publishing career started as a proofreader at W.B. Saunders, where she rose through the ranks to become the first female vice president in company history. Ten years later, she co-founded and served as president/CEO of the Philadelphia-based medical publisher, Hanley & Belfus, which was acquired by Elsevier in 2002. In addition to her Penn State degree, Linda earned her master’s degree from Villanova University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. She remains connected to Penn State through the Liberal Arts Mentor Program and recently made a gift creating the Linda and Alan Belfus Undergraduate Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts. She currently resides in Media, Pennsylvania.

Harry D’Andrea, Past President
Harry, ’78 foreign service, is Managing General Partner for Valhalla Partners a Washington D.C-area based venture capital firm. Harry has served as the Chief Financial Officer for both established and startup companies for over twenty years. Prior to co-founding Valhalla Partners, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Advanced Switching Communications, Inc. (ASC), a telecommunications equipment supplier, that he helped take public. Prior to ASC, Harry was the Chief Financial Officer at Call Technologies, Inc. and at Yurie Systems, where he was instrumental in one of the largest technology mergers in the Washington DC area. Harry is a member of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council and previously served on the Nasdaq Stock Market Listing Qualifications Panel. As part of his venture capital work, Harry serves on numerous boards. He has mentored several students as part of the Liberal Arts mentor program. He joined the board in 2013 and is Board President. Harry and his wife, JoAnne, established a family fund in the Career Enrichment Network, and also have an undergraduate scholarship. They reside in Potomac, MD.

Robert Dwyer
Rob, ’92 economics, is managing partner for Dominion Real Estate Partners and Dominion Real Estate Investments in Scottsdale, AZ. The companies offer clients private placement investment opportunities in land, commercial/industrial, and multifamily real estate. Rob also heads a consulting firm, Private Investment Partners, which assists clients in business development and investment. He joined the board in 2016. Rob and his wife Jeanne have a son and a daughter. They reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

Joseph Farrell
Joe, ’85 history, is Partner at Latham & Watkins, based in Los Angeles, CA. He provides employment law advice to and represents employers in litigation in the automobile, biotech, finance, food services, garment, healthcare, retail, technology, telecommunications, and utilities industries. Joe also provides legal advice to not-for-profit organizations. Joe writes on a variety of employment law topics, for instance he is the Contributing Editor for the Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide, Employment Litigation, Age Discrimination chapter. He also teaches Employment Law as an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law. Joe is a mentor in the Liberal Arts mentor program, and he has established a Trustee Scholarship in honor of Professor Art Goldschmidt. He joined the board in 2015. Joe resides in Altadena, CA.

George Gowen
George, '81 economics, is an active Liberal Arts alumnus; he participates in the college's mentor program and agreed to serve as a panelist for the inaugural Alumni in Business program in January. He worked in computer sales for IBM before going into the commercial real estate business in 1984, starting as an industrial sales and leasing broker at Jackson-Cross. In 1998, he started the Wilmington, Delaware-based Avir Realty Group, LLC, the consulting and brokerage affiliate of Avir Corporation, which focuses on corporate real estate work. George's roles have included acquisitions, dispositions, analysis, debt origination and the full range of asset management, leasing, and property management. Proficient in financial modeling and analysis, George has also supervised construction from ground up development through minor tenant improvements.
George and his wife, Karen, a professional photographer, are annual donors to the Liberal Arts Futures Fund. They have three adult children. The couple resides in Chester County, Pa. He joined the board in 2019.

Richard Hayes
Dick,’68 political science, is the retired senior vice president and tax director for Allianz of America, an insurance and asset management firm that provides services to more than 86 million customers in 70 countries. He also previously held senior leadership positions at Arthur Young and Co., First interstate Bancorp, and Wells Fargo. In addition to his Penn State degree, Dick earned J.D. and LLM degrees from the New York University School of Law. Dick and his wife, Bebe, currently reside in Livermore, California. They are long-time supporters of Penn State and the College of the Liberal Arts, having established a Dean’s Fund in the College and funded programs in the Department of Political Science and the Child Study Center. Dick joined the board in 2017.

Maureen “Moe” Lage
Moe, ’90 MA, ‘91 Ph.D. economics, is owner of HealthMetrics in Bonita Springs, FL, a health outcomes research company whose clients are pharmaceutical companies. HealthMetrics research utilizes insurance companies’ data on patients to examine the costs and benefits of pharmaceutical interventions. Prior to working at HealthMetrics, she was a research scientist for Eli Lilly and Company and an Associate Professor of Economics at Miami University. Moe has mentored undergraduate students through the Liberal Arts mentor program. She has established a graduate fellowship in economics, an undergraduate scholarship in the College, and an internship for undergraduate students through the Career Enrichment Network. She joined the board in 2012 and chairs the Alumni Engagement task force. Moe and her husband, Mike Treglia, ’87 MA, ’89 Ph.D. economics, reside in Bonita Springs, FL.

Jeff Lampo
Jeff, ’81 economics, is the end-to-end supply chain manager for Covestro (formerly Bayer Material Science), one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech polymer materials. He has more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, product management, supply chain management, and project management.
In addition to his Penn State degree, Jeff holds an MBA from Robert Morris University; he is also a Certified Supply Chain Professional and a SBTI-certified six sigma Master Black Belt. Jeff remains connected to Penn State by being a Liberal Arts mentor and participates regularly in Pittsburgh-area alumni events. Earlier this year, he and his wife, Lisa, created the Jeffrey and Lisa Lampo Open Doors Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts.
Jeff, Lisa, and their son Brenden—a student studying information sciences and technology at Penn State—live in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Lowe
Jennifer Lowe, ’98 international politics, is vice president of national strategy and engagement for The Boeing Company. Prior to joining Boeing, Jennifer spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill, including stints as chief of staff for Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota) and chief of staff for the Office of the President Pro Tempore during Sen. Ted Stevens’ (R-Alaska) tenure—the first woman to hold that position. She also directed the U.S.-China Interparliamentary Group, which was the official dialogue vehicle between the United States Senate and the National People’s Congress. She and her husband, George, recently established the Mies Lowe Family Trustee Matching Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts. Jennifer joined the board in 2017. The couple and their three children currently reside in Arlington, Virginia.

Mary Ellen McMillen
Mary Ellen, ’65 arts and letters, is the retired Vice President Legislative Policy for Independence Blue Cross’ Harrisburg office, headquartered in Philadelphia. She was responsible for development of legislative and regulatory policy and legislative strategy on a wide range of issues, including healthcare reform and government programs. Mary Ellen is a mentor in the Liberal Arts mentor program and joined the board in 2015. She recently established the Mary Ellen McMillen Undergraduate Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts. Mary Ellen lives in Harrisburg, PA and Pawleys Island, SC.

Kostas Mikropoulos
Kostas, ’87 economics, is a Partner in Aivazoglour & Mikropoulos law firm based in Eddystone, PA. The firm serves clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Kostas participates in the college’s mentor program and has been a long-time annual contributor to the college, Penn State Athletics, and Penn State Brandywine. He and his wife, Depina, reside in Newtown Square, PA. They have four children, two of whom are Penn State students. Kostas joined the board in 2019.

Debbie Montick, President
Debbie, ’80 political science, is Managing Director at Patomak Global Partners in New York, NY, where she advises corporate clients on strategic regulatory, governance, and operational matters. She was senior counsel and director in the legal department in asset management at Nomura in New York City from 1993–1999 and 2004–2007. Previously, she was Associate Counsel and First Vice President at Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management Inc., Associate Counsel at Kemper Financial Services, Inc., Senior Attorney at Guardian Life Insurance, and an Enforcement Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Debbie is active in the Liberal Arts mentor program. She joined the board in 2013 and chairs the Student Engagement task force. Debbie and her husband Jeffrey Jennings established a Trustee Scholarship in the College. They have four children and reside in Westfield, New Jersey and London, England.

Dale Predmore
Dale,’86 labor studies and economics, has more than 20 years of experience providing reinsurance transactional and regulatory counsel in general, particularly with drafting and negotiating finance arrangements. He is senior vice president and senior legal counsel for The Swiss Re Group, a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance, and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dale has also provided counsel to Steel City Re, American International Group, Wilton Re Services, Converium, and Zurich Reinsurance during his career. Dale also received an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. At Penn State, he has served as a Liberal Arts mentor. In 2017, he and his wife, Lisa (’87, communication disorders), created the Lisa and Dale Predmore Scholarship in the College of the Liberal Arts. The Predmores and their children, Dan and Alison, reside in Syosset, New York.

Karen Rockoff
Karen, ’81 French and Accounting, is currently working for Credit Suisse in Raleigh, NC in the Chief Risk Officer division, focused on global credit risk review. In addition to her core responsibilities, she is highly engaged in creating a robust recruiting program for the expansive growth plans for the Raleigh Risk team. Previously, she served as Chief Risk Officer for Peapack-Gladstone Bank in Bedminster, NJ, playing a key role in integrating the bank’s regulatory compliance, underwriting, credit administration, and enterprise risk management functions into its overall strategic plan. Prior to that role, Karen worked in the credit risk management area for Morgan Stanley for 17 years. Karen, who joined the board in 2015, is a mentor in the Liberal Arts mentor program, a donor to the Four Diamonds Fund and the College of the Liberal Arts and is actively engaged in the Lion Link mentoring platform.

Michael B. Rosenblatt
Michael, ’68 psychology; J.D., New York Law School, is Of Counsel at Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. based in New York City. He is a prominent expert in landlord/tenant and rent regulatory law. Prior to joining Rosenberg & Estis, he served as general counsel for the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR)’s Office of Rent Administration. Michael began his legal career with the New York City Legal Aid Society and was an administrative law judge with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board. He also worked for the DHCR’s Enforcement Bureau and later as general counsel for the Rent Stabilization Association of New York City. Michael has served as a Liberal Arts mentor and participated in the College’s Law Careers events. He and his wife, Karen, support the Paterno Fellows Program. The Rosenblatt’s resides in New York, NY. Michael joined the board in 2016.

Gerald Silverstein
Jerry, ’74 M.A. economics, is a retired Economist for the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. He worked in a variety of policy areas including health care, international taxation, insurance taxation among others. He continues to do contract work for the U.S., particularly in developing countries. Jerry is a mentor with the Liberal Arts mentor program. He joined the board in 2014 and is vice chair of the Alumni Engagement task force. He and his wife, Abby, recently established a scholarship in memory of Edward C. Budd, to support economics undergraduates. Abby is a ’74 M.A. computer science graduate. They reside in Silver Spring, MD.

Randall Sones
Randy, ’80 foreign service and international politics; J.D., American University, has served as General Counsel for Allegis Group, an international staffing company serving many industries for close to 20 years. Prior to Allegis Group, Randy was an associate in the Corporate and Securities Department at Piper & Marbury. He is a past participant in the College’s Law Careers program and is currently a mentor in the Liberal Arts mentor program. Randy established a Trustee Scholarship in honor of former college roommates. He and his wife, Karen, have three adult children and reside in Woodbine, MD, and Vero Beach, FL. Randy joined the board in 2014.

Jay Style
Jay, ’70 labor and management relations; MBA, Widener University, is the retired CFO from Mathematica Research Policy, a firm with over 800 employees providing social policy research and program evaluation to business, non-profits and education. Prior to Mathematica, Jay worked for the Pa. and U.S. Department of Labor and the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Jay has mentored a number of students through the Liberal Arts mentor program. In 2017, Jay received the College’s Service to Penn State award. He and his wife, Nancy, support the Paterno Fellows Program. They reside in Washington Crossing, PA. He joined the board in 2014.

Amy Ward
Amy, ’90 labor relations, recently started a new job at MUFG Union Bank as Chief Human Resources Officer for the Americas. Previously she was Senior Vice President/HR Executive for PNC Financial Services Group headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Amy has participated in the Liberal Arts mentor program since 2010 and recruited Penn State students to join PNC’s summer internship and full-time development programs. Amy and her husband Matt, reside in Gibsonia, PA Atlantic Highlands, NJ. They have two college-aged daughters, one of whom, Remy, is a student at Penn State. She joined the board in 2016.

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