A two-time Tony-Award winning playwright and lyricist, Joseph G. DiPietro has been a distinguished player in the theater industry for more than twenty years. His work has appeared in thousands of productions on Broadway and around the globe.
DiPietro received two Tony Awards for co-writing Memphis, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. He was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award and won a Drama Desk Award for Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick. His other plays and musicals include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (the longest-running musical revue in Off-Broadway history); The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical); the much-produced comedy Over the River and Through The Woods; The Art of Murder (Edgar Award-winner for Best Mystery Play); and the Broadway musical All Shook Up.
In the fall of 2013, his play Clever Little Lies, starring Marlo Thomas, debuted at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ, and his musical Chasing the Song debuted at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, CA.
Sheri McCoy is chief executive officer and a director of Avon Products, Inc., a company that has empowered and inspired women for more than 125 years. She is responsible for driving new long-term growth initiatives, developing earnings opportunities for women, and advancing Avon as the world’s premier direct seller of quality beauty products.
McCoy joined Avon after a distinguished 30-year career at Johnson & Johnson, most recently serving as vice chairman of the executive committee. As vice chairman, she was responsible for the pharmaceutical and consumer business segments, which represented more than 60 percent of the company’s revenues.
As the worldwide chairman of the pharmaceuticals group, McCoy led the organization through a major restructuring and integration effort that strengthened the product pipeline, boosted innovation, and significantly improved operating efficiencies.
As the head of Johnson & Johnson’s consumer business, McCoy had oversight for the development and marketing of products that touch women’s lives every day, including Neutrogena, Aveeno, and Johnson’s Baby Oil. Additionally, she had oversight for Baby Center, the world’s leading online community for new and expecting mothers. McCoy is a passionate advocate for customer focus and product quality, recognizing that trusted day-to-day products help make consumers’ lives healthier and better.
McCoy joined Johnson & Johnson as a scientist in research and development in 1982 and holds four U.S. patents for her work in that role. She subsequently managed businesses in every major product sector, including consumer, prescription medicines, and medical devices. She had responsibility for key markets worldwide, including businesses in China and Brazil, operating responsibility for the medical device and diagnostics business in Latin America, and the global presidency of the baby and wound care consumer franchises.
McCoy believes that a great company begins with passionate and empowered people. Throughout her career, she has consistently promoted employee engagement, leadership development, and diversity of thought. She is committed to Avon’s five core values of trust, respect, belief, humility, and integrity.
Born in Quincy, MA, McCoy earned a bachelor of science degree in textile chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She earned a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a master of business administration degree from Rutgers University.
In 2013, McCoy ranked number 20 on Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" list, on which she has been included since 2008. She serves on the boards of Partnership for New York, Catalyst, Stonehill College, and FIRST, a non-profit organization created to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
Daniel C. Reda, Ph.D., ENG’65, GSNB’67, ’69 is a mechanical engineer who has made outstanding contributions to state-of-the-art reentry physics and aerodynamic measurement methodologies over his 44-year scientific career.
As senior research scientist at NASA-Ames Research Center, Reda received their highest form of recognition, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, joining the ranks of notable astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and Edwin Aldrin. He was awarded four U.S. patents on aerodynamic measurement techniques and has fundamentally advanced the understanding of roughness-induced transition in the re-entry of spacecrafts into planetary atmospheres. He has also pioneered innovative new research methodologies in his field. Among his many accomplishments at NASA, his work was integral to the success of the billion-dollar Galileo mission to Jupiter.
A three-time graduate of Rutgers University, Reda earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1965 from the Rutgers School of Engineering, a master of science degree for teachers in mechanical engineering from the Rutgers Graduate School of New Brunswick in 1967, and a doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering also from the Graduate School of New Brunswick in 1969. Reda began his career as an aerothermodynamics engineer for Convair Division of General Dynamics from 1969 to 1970, and went on to serve as postdoctoral fellow for the National Research Council at NASA-Ames Research Center from 1970 to 1972, as research scientist for the U.S. Naval Ordinance Laboratory from 1972 to 1978, and as a senior member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories from 1978 to 1990.
In addition to the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Reda has received the NASA Space Act Award, was awarded the distinction of fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, was elected the Ames Associate Fellow for sustained innovative and creative contributions to transition research, and was selected as a finalist for the 1995 NASA Inventor-of-the-Year competition.
An internationally recognized authority in his field, Reda has published more than 100 scientific papers and has been invited to lecture at prestigious institutions across the globe, including the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and Columbia University Geologic Observatory.
Harvey M. Schwartz LC’87 is chief financial officer of Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking, securities, and investment management firm. A leader in the finance industry for more than 25 years, he is also a dedicated supporter of undergraduate education at Rutgers.
Prior to his appointment as chief financial officer in January 2013, he served as managing director, partner, and co-head of the global securities division at Goldman Sachs and as a member of the firm’s executive committee. After graduating from Rutgers in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics, he began work as a trader at J.B. Hanauer & Co. He went on to work at First Interregional Equity Corp. and Citicorp before joining Goldman Sachs. He earned his executive master of business administration degree from Columbia University in 1996.
Schwartz received financial aid from Rutgers to complete his bachelor’s degree and dedicates his time and financial support to help support current students in their academic endeavors. Among his many philanthropic efforts, he endowed a $1 million scholarship through Goldman Gives to annually pay tuition and fees for four full-time School of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students. Since the scholarship’s creation in 2010, 25 students have been recipients of aid.
Schwartz sits on the Rutgers University Board of Overseers and the School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. He also serves as chair of the Wall Street Leadership Committee, in which he has been a vigorous advocate of student mentoring and recruiting efforts through the Rutgers on Wall Street Initiative. He has championed an effort to provide financial support to students pursuing a career in the finance sector and helps to connect students with alumni executives.
Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D., DC’83 is the senior vice president of curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop and worked extensively on educational research for Sesame Street. She is a leader in the child and developmental psychology field.
Rosemarie T. Truglio is the senior vice president of curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop. Truglio is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on which Sesame Street is based and oversees curriculum and content development for all Sesame Workshop co-productions around the world. This includes the development and review of content across all media platforms and products.
Previously, Truglio oversaw all educational research pertaining to program development, the results of which informed both the production and creative decisions for how to enhance the entertaining and educational components of linear and interactive content. Since March 2009, she has also overseen the educational content for The Electric Company that airs on PBS Kids. Truglio co-edited G is for Growing: Thirty Years of Research on Children and Sesame Street, published in 2001 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Before joining Sesame Workshop in 1997, she was an assistant professor of communication and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Through her research, she investigated the effects of television on the cognitive and social development of children and adolescents. She has written numerous articles in child and developmental psychology journals and presented her work at national and international conferences. Truglio has appeared on numerous broadcast, cable, and radio news and talk programs, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, Showbiz Tonight, NPR’s Morning Edition, and has been interviewed by reporters from a variety of national newspapers and news agencies.
Truglio currently serves on several advisory boards including the PBS KIDS Next Generation Media; PlayAbility Scale Board/Parent’s Choice Foundation; The Ultimate Block Party/Learn Now; and an NSF REESE grant titled Collaborative Research: Using Educational DVDs to Enhance Preschooler’s STEM Education. She previously served on the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council, the Children’s Digital Media Center Advisory Board, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education.
Truglio received a doctoral degree in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She received distinguished alumni awards from Douglass College in 2005 and the University of Kansas in 2013.