IUP Alumni Association Announces New Board Members, Officers

Posted on 8/7/2014 3:42:06 PM

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 alumni support.” 

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.

He 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 Committee. 

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 children.

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 science program.

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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