First row, left to right: Sandy M. (Koeppl) Barsotti ’87, President; William D. Speidel, IUP Vice President for University Advancement; Michael Driscoll, IUP President; Mary Jo (Banks) Lyttle ’86, M’89, Director of Alumni Relations; Glenn M. Cannon ’71, Past President; Michael A. Staub ’80, Past President.
Second row, left to right: Timothy R. Burns ’90; John A. Simpson ’79; Florence Mauchant M’85; The Honorable Dave Reed ’00, Secretary; Phillip D. Carrai ’83, Vice President; Ward S. Johnson ’80; Pamela Sledge-Coley ’97.
Third row, left to right: Michael J. Moyer ’04, First Alternate; Ryan D. Renz ’05; Jeffery A. Krakoff ’86; Thomas E. Costello ’88; John R. Ninosky, Sr ’93, Treasurer; Colonel Tracy L. Settle ’80.
Absent from photo: Micah Johnson ’85, Elaine (Tselepis) Sheetz ’71, and Rebecca Pounds Szwalek ’01
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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
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
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.
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.
In 1988, Thomas Costello graduated from IUP with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Management Information Systems. He is the founder and CEO
of UpStreme, Inc., a Philadelphia area-based business and technology management
consulting firm specializing in enterprise strategy, software logistics, and
executive education. He
has advised both private and public sector organizations ranging from the U.S.
Department of State and established top Fortune 500 organizations to
early-stage/prefunded startups. Tom sits on the advisory boards for
IEEE’s IT Professional, Computing Now, and Technology Management Council.
A member of the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors
since 2007, Costello currently serves on the board’s Strategic Planning Committee. He also serves the university
as a member of the Eberly College of Business Advisory Council and the IUP
Alumni Admissions Recruiting team. He served as a 2009 executive in
residence for Eberly, and was awarded Wall of Distinction honors by the Eberly
College of Business.
resides in West Chester, Pa., participates
in many of IUP’s Philadelphia area functions, and attends numerous campus
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.
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
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
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.
Elaine Tselepis Sheetz graduated from IUP in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, having completed majors in both Piano and Harpsichord and also a minor in Voice.
Throughout her life and through various professional positions, Elaine has been a private piano teacher since graduation. She published a number of her own compositions, and is currently working on a piano method for beginning students. Usually the teacher, Elaine is once again an apprentice, as she’s studying jazz piano with a musician who studied under Duke Ellington. Elaine is also busy composing a film score, which will be entered in the Banff Mountain Film Festival this fall.
In addition to her love of music, Elaine and her partner, Francesco, own Cesco Trattoria, a renowned Italian restaurant specializing in homemade Tuscan cooking, located in Bethesda, Md.
Elaine has been a member of the IUP Alumni Association board of directors since 2007 and serves on the By-Laws committee. She attends many of the music-related activities on and off campus, including IUP Plays Pittsburgh (held at Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh) and the International Festival of Women Composers (held at IUP). In addition, she can be seen at many of the IUP networking events in the D.C. area and regularly attends Homecoming and the Distinguished Alumni Awards gala.
Elaine lives in Great Falls, Va.
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
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.
Pam Sledge-Coley graduated magna cum laude from IUP in 1997
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a minor in Accounting. She
obtained an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001. Pam was recently appointed
to ExxonMobil Chemical's GEMS II (Global Enterprise Management System)
controller. In her new position, Pamela oversees the development,
implementation, and management of policies and procedures relating to the
controls of ExxonMobil’s Information Technology platform. Pamela is
focused on better defining governance and project management controls. It
is her goal to align business, financial, and IT strategies with overall
She was appointed to the IUP Alumni
Association’s board of directors in 2007 and serves on the board’s By-Laws
Committee. At IUP, Pam was a charter member of the Rho Rho chapter of Alpha
Kappa Alpha sorority and continues to support that organization. She’s been a
guest speaker in the Eberly College of Business, and attends many of the
Houston-area networking events.
resides in Houston, Texas.
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