Three new members have joined the IUP Alumni Association Board
of Directors, and four new officers have been elected for the 2014–2015 school
year. The new members will attend their first board meeting on October 10.
Mike Higgins, Sean Rollman, and Mike Moyer join the list of
dedicated alumni who, as board members, help to create new opportunities and
connections for IUP students and alumni. Phil Carrai, John Ninosky, Tracy
Settle, and Becky Pounds will serve as board officers.
Higgins, Rollman, and Moyer replace outgoing members Sandra
Koeppl Barsotti ’87, Micah Johnson ’85, and Michael Staub ’80.
“We appreciate the
service of our departing board members,” said Mary Jo Banks Lyttle ’86, M’89,
IUP’s Alumni Relations director. “Membership on the IUP Alumni Association
Board of Directors entails a great deal of commitment—an understanding of IUP’s
mission and advocacy on the university’s behalf. IUP is successful thanks to
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, Higgins 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. Higgins is active in Pittsburgh
mentoring activities and has helped arrange a reunion for alumni who competed
on the IUP Track and Field team.
and his wife, Mindy
Mertz Higgins ’80, live in Mars and have two grown children.
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 Rollman 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.
Moyer graduated from IUP in 2004 with a degree in chemistry. As a student, he 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. He is also is a member of IUP’s Strategic Planning
Currently, Moyer serves as COO of Environmental Service
Laboratories and Environmental Land Surveying & Solutions, both located in
Indiana. He works directly with gas
industry operators in all phases of drilling, including engineering, surveying,
permitting, selecting target analytes
and appropriate analytical methods in predrill testing programs, and
assisting with emergency response. He lives near Clymer with his wife, Billie
Jo Barnes Moyer ’04, and their children, Christian and Carly.
The IUP Alumni Association’s new president, Carrai, a 1983
graduate of the Eberly College of
Business, has served on the board of directors since 2008 and received the
IUP Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.
Currently president of the Technology and Training Group for
Kratos Defense and Security Inc., a billion-dollar public company focusing in
defense and public product safety and services, Carrai has spent the last 30
years in software, service, and media businesses, holding many executive
management and board positions. Carrai is a board member for both Vivisimo and Network
Alliance. He lives in Vienna, Va., with his wife, Angie, and their four
Having served three years on the IUP Alumni Association
board, Ninosky, a 1993 graduate of IUP’s Criminology Department, becomes vice
president of the board. Ninosky has assisted in Harrisburg with
mentoring events and is active with legislative advocacy and admissions recruitment.
A lawyer, Ninosky owns his own civil law practice, which
focuses on defending healthcare providers being sued in state and federal
courts. He is a former adjunct member of the advocacy faculty at the Dickinson
School of Law and has been named both a Rising Star and Pennsylvania Super
Lawyer. He was elected to serve as Paxtang Borough’s mayor.
He and his wife, Tammy Beale Ninosky ’93, have two children.
Settle, a 1980 graduate with a degree in business, becomes
the board’s treasurer. He regularly assists with IUP mentoring and networking
events in Washington, D.C., as well as with admissions recruitment. He received
the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.
An Army veteran with the rank of colonel, he 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.
Settle resides primarily in Bradenton, Fla., and Arlington, Va.,
with his wife, Sheri, and daughter, Meg.
Pounds becomes secretary of the IUP Alumni Association
board. She has been a board member since 2010 and has been active in Pittsburgh
networking and mentoring events. A 2001
graduate of the Cook Honors College,
she earned a degree in the pre-dental track of IUP’s pre-professional natural
After earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University
of Maryland and completing a residency at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General
Hospital, she opened her own practice in downtown Pittsburgh. Pounds 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.
Pounds and her husband, Damian Szwalek, reside in Bethel Park.
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