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IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors

2013-2014 Alumni Board of Directors

2013–2014 IUP Alumni Board of Directors

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

The Alumni Association Board of Directors looks for opportunities and programs that will enable graduates of IUP to stay connected to their alma mater.

Know of an active alumnus or alumna who would make a great addition to the Alumni Association Board of Directors? See our Board of Directors Nomination Form

2013–2014 IUP Alumni Board of Directors Officers 

Sandra Koeppl Barsotti ’87Ms. Sandra Koeppl Barsotti ’87, President

In 1987, Sandy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a minor in History. She is marketing director for Direct Response Technologies in Pittsburgh. 

A member of the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors since 2006, Sandy currently serves as the board’s president.  In addition to her leadership role, she is a member of Communications Committee, the Strategic Planning committee, and the Nominating committee.

Involved in Pittsburgh alumni functions since the early ’90s, Sandy has attended many activities on campus, including the Pioneer and 50th Anniversary Reunions, Commencement, Homecoming, and the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala. 

Sandy also serves on the Foundation for IUP’s board of directors and serves as a member of the Nominating and Audit committees. The Foundation acts as the repository for private financial support and has fiduciary and legal responsibilities for the management, investment, and disbursement of the funds, which include nearly $300 million in assets, approximately $50 million in endowed funds, and $250 million in real estate.

In 2014 Sandy was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service.

Sandy resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Ron, and their son, Greyson.

Phillip Carrai ’83Mr. Phillip Carrai ’83, Vice President

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 vice 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 ’93Mr. John Ninosky ’93, Treasurer

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. 

David Reed ’00The Honorable David Reed ’00, Secretary

Dave Reed graduated from the Robert E. Cook Honors College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Economics in 2000. As a javelin thrower for the IUP’s track and field team, Dave was named a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. 

He is currently serving his fourth term representing Pennsylvania’s 62nd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Dave focuses on legislation aimed at spurring economic growth and creating jobs in Pennsylvania. 

He became a member of the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors in 2006 and is a member of the Strategic Planning and Government Relations committees. In addition, Dave represents IUP’s interests in Harrisburg as a state representative, as well as serving on a number of advisory boards through the university. He often speaks to classes and regularly employs interns from IUP who work in his offices. 

He and his wife, Heather, live in Indiana, Pa., with their three children. 

Directors

Mr. Tim Burns ’90

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.

Mr. Thomas Costello ’88

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.

Tom resides in West Chester, Pa., participates in many of IUP’s Philadelphia area functions, and attends numerous campus events.

Mr. Micah Johnson ’85

Micah Johnson attended IUP in the College of Education and Educational Technology bachelor’s degree program in Communications Media. He is the CEO of Media Stars Worldwide, which recruits and represents talent for major broadcast and cable networks and reality TV shows. Previously, he was an anchor/correspondent at CNN and NBC. He’s the recipient of numerous Emmy awards and nominations and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.

Micah just began his term as a member of the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors. He is a 1989 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni award and is actively involved in alumni events in the Phoenix area.

Micah lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr. Ward S. Johnson ’80

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.

Mr. Jeff Krakoff ’86

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. 

Ms. Florence J. Mauchant M’85

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.

Mr. Ryan Renz ’05

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. 

Colonel (Retired) Tracy Settle ’80

In 1980, Colonel (Retired) Tracy Settle earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at IUP. He then went on to receive a Master of Science from University of Southern California and a Masters in Strategic Strategies from the U.S. Army War College. Tracy now has over 33 years of military and business experience as an Army officer, commander, and program manager. He is presently developing global business initiatives, leveraging U.S. and foreign partner public-private cooperative ventures for MPSC, a Falls Church-based, defense-related company.

Tracy was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award in 2012 and has been a member of the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors since 2013, serving on the Strategic Planning and the Government Relations committees.

Tracy and his wife reside in Florida

Ms. Elaine Tselepis Sheetz ’71

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. 

Mr. John Simpson ’79

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.

Ms. Pamela Sledge-Coley ’97

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 corporate objectives. 

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.

Pam resides in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Rebecca Pounds Szwalek ’01

Dr. Rebecca Pounds is a 2001 graduate of IUP’s Robert E. Cook Honors College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science/Pre-dental. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Maryland’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and today owns a dental practice in Pittsburgh.

She is a 2010 appointee to the IUP Alumni Association’s board of directors. Active with other regional alumni, Becky assists with many social and networking events in the Pittsburgh region. In addition, she serves on the Strategic Planning committee. A lifelong fan of IUP sports, Becky is many events on campus. At IUP, Becky was a member of both the track and field and cross country teams. She and her husband Damian Szwalek reside in Pittsburgh. 

Mr. Michael Moyer ’04 (First Alternate)

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.

Ex-Officio

Ms. Mary Jo Lyttle ’86, M’89

Director, Office of Alumni Relations
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Michael A. Driscoll

President
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Mr. William Speidel

Vice President for University Advancement
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Marisa Olean

President
Student Government Association
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Tim Lynch

President
IUP Ambassadors
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

All past presidents of the IUP Alumni Association

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