Foundation Board of Directors

  • Sandy BarsottiSandy Barsotti ’87

    Pittsburgh

    Sandy has been a member of the Foundation for IUP board since July 2010 and is a past president of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors. As a Foundation board member, she serves on the Governance and Strategic Planning committees and chairs the Development/Fundraising Committee. In 2014, she was honored with the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award for Service. Sandy is the founder and president of BarComm, a full-service marketing and communications firm based in Pittsburgh that provides senior-level strategy, expertise, and writing services to clients in North America and Europe. Sandy holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from IUP.

    David BluemlingDavid Bluemling ’85

    Baden

    Dave joined the board in 2017 and currently serves on the Audit Committee. He served as an advisor on the Audit Committee since 2015. Dave is a partner with BKD LLP CPAs and Advisors. He was selected in 2009 for the Eberly College of Business Outstanding Entrepreneur award and currently serves on the Business School’s Advisory Council. Dave serves on the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh board of directors as vice chair and is a past board advisor for the Baierl Family YMCA and Camps Kon-O-Kwee/Spencer.

    Tim BurnsTim Burns ’90

    Eighty Four

    Tim joined the board in 2015 and serves on the Fundraising Committee. Tim earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from IUP. He went on to found a pharmacy software company that ultimately employed more than 400 people when it was sold to a public company. He is now the president of ElecTekUSA, a political campaign software company. As a board member of the IUP Alumni Association since 2012, Tim has been active in college activities both locally in Indiana and the Pittsburgh area. Tim also is on the board of directors of CASANA, a national organization dedicated to helping children with a rare neurological disorder called Apraxia. In 2010, Tim received the Jefferson Award for community service for his work with special-needs children.

    Richard CarusoRichard D. Caruso ’83

    Meadow Lands

    Rich has been a member of the board since July 2007 and currently serves as its president. Previously, Rich chaired the Investment and Nominating committees. Rich is an independent financial consultant, and he brings a wide range of financial expertise to the Foundation board.

    Terry DunlapTerry L. Dunlap ’81

    Pittsburgh

    Terry has been a member of the board since July 2010 and is in his second term on the board. Terry serves as the vice president of the Foundation as well as chairman of the Governance committee and a member of the Strategic Planning committee. He is a principal of Sweetwater LLC and serves on the board of directors for Matthews International (MATW), TimkenSteel (TMST), Elliott Group (EBARA), as well as the advisory board for Innovu. He retired from Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in 2015 after a 31-year career, most recently serving as executive vice president of ATI Flat-Rolled Products Group and 12 years as the president of ATI Allegheny Ludlum. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the Eberly College of Business as well as an honorary doctorate of public service at IUP and attended Loyola University–Chicago in the MBA program.

    James Leda James C. Leda ’95

    Jersey City, NJ

    Jim joined the board in July 2018, where he serves on the Investment and Development/Fundraising committees. He is currently the managing director of US operations for KRyS Global, an international fraud investigation, asset recovery, and insolvency firm. Jim is also founder and president of Mount Vernon Capital Advisors LLC, a financial restructuring consultancy. Previously, Jim held senior positions at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith, as well as the US investment management arm of the Prudential plc. He earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting (double major) from IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, and his MBA with a concentration in analytic finance from the University of Chicago. Jim was inducted into the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Hall of Distinction in 2013, was a 1998 recipient of the IUP Young Alumni Ambassador Award (now called the Young Alumni Achievement Award), and served as student trustee on the IUP Council of Trustees from 1993 to 1995.

    David Mawhinney David Mawhinney ’86

    Pittsburgh, PA

    David has been a member of the board since July 2018 and serves on the Finance and Strategic Planning committees. He is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and senior executive with a demonstrated history of creating valuable companies. He was rapidly promoted in higher education for strong classroom performance and creating broad and deep experiential learning programs to benefit students, faculty, and alumni. He is a strong business development professional who received an MBA with Distinction focused on Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University–Tepper School of Business. He is a summa cum laude graduate from IUP with a major in physics and minors in applied mathematics and computer science.

    Bradley Peterson Bradley Peterson

    Indiana, PA

    Brad has been a member of the board since July 2018 and serves on the Investment, Development/Fundraising, and Residential Revival Board committees. Brad is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of arts degree in business economics with a concentration in finance. He is the managing director of InFirst Financial Advisors, LLC, senior vice president of InFirst Bank, and an investment executive with Infinex Investments, Inc.  Brad is a chartered retirement planning counselor and an accredited investment fiduciary providing wealth management services to individuals and businesses. Brad is an active member in the community, having volunteered his time to serve as a board treasurer for the United Way of Indiana County, past board member and annual fund chair for the YMCA of Indiana County, current president of the Indiana County Advisory Board for Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, and a regional board member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

    Ruth RiesenmanRuth A. Riesenman ’64

    Indiana

    Ruth has been a member of the board since July 2006 and serves on the Governance and Development/Fundraising Committee. She has been in higher education since 1968, when she attended graduate school at Kent State University. After receiving a master’s degree in counseling at Kent State, she became the first woman administrator at Washington & Jefferson College. In 1979, she moved to Indiana with her husband to begin her career at IUP as the associate director of Career Services, later becoming the director of that office. While in Career Services, she completed her doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1992, she was asked to serve as interim assistant to the president, and, after a national search in 1993, she was appointed executive assistant to the president. In November 2002, she was named interim vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Foundation for IUP and served in that role through April 2004.

    Frank RobertsFrank Roberts

    Punxsutawney

    Frank has been a member of the board since July 2008 and serves on the Executive and Finance committees and as chair of the Investment Committee. Frank holds a bachelor of business administration degree from St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York. Before his retirement, he was president of Punxsutawney’s Frank Roberts and Sons, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor serving the natural gas exploration industry and heavy highway contractors in the United States and Canada. He is a director for the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, a member of the Punxsutawney Area College Trust committee, and also serves as president of the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corporation.

    Daniel SarverDaniel R. Sarver ’90

    Gibsonia

    Dan joined the board in 2015 and serves on the Finance and Investment committees. Dan holds a bachelor of science degree from IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business. He is currently managing director of Confluence Advisors, an Investment Banking Firm, and has more than 25 years of diverse experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting. Dan is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania (inactive) and is a past board member and treasurer of the Association for Corporate Growth, Pittsburgh Chapter. He is an owner of Burrell Scientific, a manufacturer and distributor of laboratory instruments, chemicals, and supplies, and Reagents, a manufacturer and distributor of laboratory chemicals.

    William ShipleyWilliam R. Shipley ’75

    Pittsburgh

    Bill rejoined the board in July 2010, having served previously as the representative of the IUP Alumni Association from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Bill serves as chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Governance, Strategic Planning, and Executive Committee. He holds a bachelor of science degree in management from IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. Bill retired as a partner from the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in 2004 and then served for six years as the executive director of Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP (now Clark Hill, PLC), a regional law firm based in Pittsburgh. In 2018, he retired as regional director for McKinley Carter Wealth Services, a registered investment advisory firm. He received the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990, the Outstanding Business Alumni Award from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology in 2001, and Eberly’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He was also inducted into the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Hall of Distinction. He currently serves as a member of Eberly’s Business Advisory Council. Bill is a past president of the IUP Alumni Association.

    Gregory SteveGregory A. Steve ’88

    Upper St. Clair

    Greg joined the board in July 2015. He has served as an advisor on the Audit Committee since July 2012. Currently, he serves on the Audit and Investment committees. Greg holds a bachelor of science degree from IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. Greg also serves on the board of directors of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and is a member of Eberly College’s Business Advisory Council. He served on the IUP Alumni Association board of directors from 2002 to 2008. He is senior vice president and regional marketing manager at Wells Fargo Bank in Pittsburgh.

    Regina StoverRegina D. Stover ’75

    Pittsburgh

    Regina returned in July 2014 to the board after first serving two terms in the early 2000s. She is currently chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and a member of the Executive, Audit, and Finance committees and previously served as chair of the Investment Committee. Regina holds a bachelor of science degree from IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1999, Regina was honored as an IUP Distinguished Alumna. She is a retired managing director at BNY Mellon with expertise in portfolio risk management, fiduciary compliance, and auditing.

    Richard UbingerRichard M. Ubinger ’81

    Venetia

    Rick joined the board in July 2012. He currently serves on the Audit, Strategic Planning, and Investment committees. Rick holds a bachelor of science degree from IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. He is currently co-owner and chief financial officer of Acuity Finishing, located in Cranberry Township, as well as financial advisor to several small businesses. He also serves on the board of directors of Wesley Spectrum Services and as a member of Eberly College’s Business Advisory Council.