First row, left to right: Michael Driscoll, IUP President; William D. Speidel, IUP Vice President for University Advancement; Mary Jo (Banks) Lyttle ’86, M’89, Director of Alumni Relations; Colonel Tracy L. Settle ’80, Treasurer; Suzy Kuhn Teele ’82, Past President; Rebecca Pounds Szwalek ’01, Secretary; and Sandy Koeppl Barsotti ’87, Past President.
Second row, left to right: Michael J. Moyer ’04; Michael A. Staub ’80, Past President; Jeffery A. Krakoff ’86; Timothy R. Burns ’90; and Ryan D. Renz ’05.
Third row, left to right: Pamela Sledge-Coley ’97; Michael Higgins ’79; Ward S. Johnson ’80; Sean M. Rollman ’92; Phillip D. Carrai ’83, President; and Thomas E. Costello ’88.
Absent from photo: Florence Mauchant M’85; John R. Ninosky, Sr. ’93, Vice-President; and Elaine Tselepis Sheetz ’71; and John A. Simpson ’79
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In 1983, Phil Carrai graduated from IUP with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and Accounting. He later earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. Eberly College of Business and Information Technology recognized Phil for his entrepreneurship and inducted him in the
Eberly Alumni Hall of Fame.
Phil joined the IUP Alumni Association board of directors in 2008 and currently serves as president. In addition to his leadership role, he is on the Awards Committee and the Finance Committee. He regularly attends Homecoming, the Distinguished Alumni Awards gala, and other numerous IUP events
in his local area.
He currently serves as the president of Information Technology Solutions for Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc., which provides critical engineering, IT services, strategic communications, and war fighter solutions for the U.S. federal government, state, and local agencies.
In 2014, Phil received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his career achievements.
He and his wife, Angela, live in Vienna, Va., with their children, Matthew, Susan, Hannah, and Rebekah.
John Ninosky graduated from IUP in 1993 with a criminology degree and earned his juris doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in 1996. John is a shareholder with the law offices of Johnson Duffie in Harrisburg and is a trial lawyer whose practice involves primarily the defense of health care providers and institutions in civil litigation throughout Pennsylvania’s county and federal courts. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in 2010 and 2011 and serves as the cochair of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute’s Professional Liability Committee.
John was appointed to the IUP Alumni Association board of directors in 2012. He has been a member of the Governmental Relations Committee and an active volunteer for admissions events in Harrisburg.
He resides in Harrisburg with his wife Tammy Beale Ninosky ’93 and their children, Kristen and Johnny.
Tracy is a 1980 graduate of IUP with a degree in business, as well as a Distinguished Military Graduate of IUP’s ROTC program. Following his graduation from IUP, he received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College as well as a Master’s Degree in Business
Information Systems/Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He regularly assists with IUP mentoring and networking events in Washington, D.C., as well as with admissions recruitment. In 2012, he received the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.
An Army veteran with the rank of colonel, Tracy has worked as a stockbroker, advertising executive, small-business owner, and bison producer. Currently, he works with a law enforcement training corporation and has other professional focuses on education and at-risk youth. His community
service includes membership in Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow, the National Guard Association of the U.S., the Goodwill Sarasota Veterans Task Force, and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to being a Distinguished Alumnus, Tracy has received the Suriname Military Medal of Meritorious Service and the National Guard Association of the US Distinguished Service Award, among many other recognitions.
Tracy resides primarily in Bradenton, Fla., and Arlington, Va., with his wife, Sheri, and daughter, Meg.
Becky is a 2001 graduate of the
Cook Honors College, where she earned degree in the pre-dental track of IUP’s
pre-professional natural science program. She has been a board member since 2010 and has been active in Pittsburgh networking and mentoring events. After earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland and completing a residency
at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital, she opened her own practice in downtown Pittsburgh.
Becky has been recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s top dentists, and has been noted as one of America’s Top Dentists. In 2009, she was chosen as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and she has served as
the honorary co-chair for the On Your Mark Club. She is a member of American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Society of Western Pennsylvania, Discovery Study Club, and an alumni member of the Psi Omega
Becky is an active member of the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh, where she serves on both the Board of Governors as well as the Young Executive Council. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Heritage Valley Health System.
Becky and her husband, Damian Szwalek, reside Bethel Park.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1972 and a Master of Science degree in 1978. He currently is the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center’s executive director and serves as a music instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as UPJ’s band and jazz ensemble director and
conductor. The retired Fine Arts Department chair and band director in the Richland School District, he received the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association’s Citation of Excellence in Teaching in 2011, 2002, and 1987. He is listed numerous times in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.In 2014, Mike performed as guest artist with the IUP Jazz Ensembles and the
Alumni Jazz Band during the annual alumni jazz reunion. Throughout the weekend he taught and mentored students. He has participated in various reunion groups and consults with the faculty in the IUP College of Fine Arts.
He and his wife, Glenna, reside in Johnstown and are the parents of Zachary.
Jerome earned his B.S. in communications media in 1997. As a student, he was active with WIUP-TV and The Entertainment Networking and was a peer tutor at the Writing Center. After earning a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of
Pittsburgh, he became a development associate at Pitt. Currently, he serves as a defense analyst with the US Government Accountability Office. He is involved with the Montgomery County Road Runners Club, Montgomery County Office of the Inspector General Advisory Board, Young Government Leaders, and Blacks in
While in Pittsburgh, he assisted with planning IUP alumni activities continued in the same capacity after moving to the Washington, DC, area.
Jerome and his wife,
Jill Dash, are the parents of Maya and Harper.
A 1990 graduate of IUP, Tim Burns earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He went on to found a pharmacy software company that ultimately employed over 400 people when it was sold to a public company. He is now the president of ElecTekUSA, a political campaign software company. Tim also is on the board of directors of CASANA, a national organization dedicated to helping children with a rare neurological disorder called Apraxia. Over the years, Tim has been involved in a number of other nonprofit projects, including local flood relief efforts as well as being part of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. In 2010, Tim received the Jefferson Award for community service for his work with special-needs children.
Tim has been active in college activities, attending Homecoming games and events in the Pittsburgh area. He lives in Eighty Four, Pa., and has two sons, Brock and Trent.
Mike Higgins graduated from IUP in 1979 with a degree in computer science and first worked as a systems designer for Eastman Kodak before taking on an array of management roles several companies. Currently, Mike is principal of SPI Consulting, which provides solutions and automation to manufacturing companies. He also is a senior consultant for Aginzo Consulting Group and a senior automation consultant for ARK Innovation. Mike is active in Pittsburgh mentoring activities and has helped arrange a reunion for alumni who competed on the IUP track and field team.
He and his wife, Mindy Mertz Higgins ’80, live in Mars and have two grown children.
A graduate of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Tonya earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education in 2000. During her undergraduate years at IUP Tonya worked in the Financial Aid office and served as the President of IUP
Ambassadors which lead her to stay at IUP and obtain her Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. She now serves as the assistant director of Financial Aid at Franklin and Marshall College, has served as an adjunct faculty member with the National Association
of Financial Aid Administrators and as a member of the Financial Aid Office staff at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She holds memberships in several student financial aid organizations and received a Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid
Administrators in 2012.
Tonya has stayed involved with the University by assisting with reunion planning, mentoring students, and has stayed involved in her region as well as attending a variety of campus activities.
She and her husband, Danny, are the parents of Alana and reside in Lancaster.
Ward Johnson is a 1980 graduate of the College of Health and Human Services, is a 1984 graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business (MBA), and is currently a senior vice president for Wells Fargo and is based in the Philadelphia area. At Wells Fargo, Ward is responsible for the management of the segment of the company’s Global Financial Institutions business, which serves the banking, investment, and risk management needs of depository institutions headquartered throughout the northeastern United States.
Ward and his family have been active members of the IUP family for many years. In the 1980s, Sally Johnson Hall was dedicated in memory of Ward’s grandmother, a former trustee of IUP and Ward’s father, David served as a longtime trustee and dedicated volunteer.
Ward resides in Bryn Mawr with his wife Elaine, a 1986 IUP graduate, and two teenage daughters.
In 1986, Jeff Krakoff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He serves as president of Krakoff Communications, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based public relations/marketing communications firm with clients in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and New York. Jeff also is an adjunct faculty
member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Business.
A member of the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors since 2013, Jeff currently serves a co-chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the Communications Committee. Jeff is active in Pittsburgh alumni events and returns to campus for a variety of events.
Jeff has been involved in IUP’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter.
He resides in Upper St. Clair, Pa., with his wife, Lori, and their three children.
In 1985, Florence Mauchant earned an MBA from IUP after receiving her graduate degree from the Institut Commercial de Nancy (France). She is the managing director and partner at HT Capital Advisors, LLC. Florence is responsible for business development, the
wealth advisory services, and strategic direction for the firm. She also serves as a board-level advisor to HT Capital’s portfolio companies on the merchant banking side.
Her experiences with the friendly residents of Indiana, committed faculty members, and colleagues who became life-long friends shaped her commitment and dedication to IUP today. She is an active member of the IUP alumni organization in New York City,
where she works to build networking opportunities. Florence is also a member of the IUP Alumni Association committees for Strategic Planning, Finance, and Committee for Program Funding and Endowment Management.
Florence received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for her career achievements.
Florence resides in New York City.
In 2004, Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He now serves as chief operating officer of Environmental Land Surveying and Solutions. Mike works directly with gas industry operators in all phases of drilling, including engineering, surveying, permitting, selecting target analyses and appropriate analytical methods in predrilling programs, and assisting with emergency response.
As a student, Mike was an active member of the IUP Ambassadors program, serving as president his junior year. He has stayed involved with the university by speaking to classes, mentoring students, and attending a variety of campus activities. Currently, Mike is on the Committee for Strategic Planning.
He lives in Commodore with his wife, Billie Jo, and their children.
A graduate of the Eberly College of Business, Ryan Renz earned an Accounting degree from IUP in 2005. As a student, he was an active member of the IUP Ambassadors, the student alumni association, and served as the president in his senior year.
Ryan joined the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors in 2009 and serves on the Finance Committee and Committee for Program Funding and Endowment Management. As a local member of the board of directors, Ryan is called upon to represent the Alumni Association at many on-campus
events. Additionally, he serves the IUP Alumni Association’s regional representative for Indiana County.
Ryan is an active supporter of the Crimson Hawks and attends many of the university’s sporting events. He currently lives in Indiana, Pa.
Sean Rollman, a 1992 graduate, is a member of the IUP College of Business Advisory Council, is active in the alumni association’s Pittsburgh regional mentoring activities, and is a former member of the Alumni Corporate Development Committee. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand before taking financial management positions at FreeMarkets and Ariba, as well as Plextronics, where he was named the 2007 CFO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Currently Sean is the CFO of ZOLL LifeVest, a medical device company based in Pittsburgh.
He lives in Franklin Park with his wife, Michele Holdren Rollman ’92, and two high-school-aged children.
In 1979, John Simpson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with minor in Economics from IUP. He now is employed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, responsible for the execution of all Steelers marketing events, managing corporate sales
accounts, Heinz Field Luxury Suite sales, and overseeing the marketing internship program.
John has been a member of the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors since 2013 and serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. He has been involved in alumni activities in the Pittsburgh region since graduation.
John lives in Irwin, Pa., with his wife, Darlene, a member of the class of 1980.
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