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RUAA Board of Directors

The Board of the Rutgers University Alumni Association has authority over the affairs of the RUAA. The board partners with the Department of Alumni Relations in the core functions of the department to further the goals of the mission of the RUAA.

Board Officers


Timothy Farrow CLAW'99
Chair of the Board
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Joseph H. Lemkin RC'90
Vice Chair of the Board
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Debra O'Neal LC'87
Treasurer
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Kim Sciallo UCNB’97, SMLR’97
Corporate Secretary
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Donna K. Thornton
Vice President for Alumni Relations
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Board Members

Greg Bedard RC'97, RBS'03
Carl Burns RC'64, RBS'73

Neal Collins RWJMS’83
James Cummings UCN'73, GSE'82
Michael Duncan UCNB’08, RBS’08
Kenneth Johnson ENG'66
Jeffrey C. Linfante CC'85, NJDS'90
Sean Murphy LC'06
Houshang Parsa RC'80
Keanna Ralph CCAS ‘04, GSC’05
Squire Servance ENG'04
Charles F. Spingler III RC’85
Mary Clare Venuto CCAS'07, GSC'09
Linda Wray CCAS’74, ’76

For information about term lengths for the RUAA Board of Directors, click here. For complete information about the board structure, powers, and duties, please see the RUAA By-Laws and Constitution.

Biographies

 
Greg Bedard RC'97, RBS'03 is a resident of Avenel, NJ and is a director at Prudential Financial. Greg is alumni class president, Class of 1997. He was also a member of the Alumni Executive Board of the Cap & Skull Society and served as newsletter editor for the Rutgers Alumni Association. Greg is team captain for Prudential’s recruiting efforts at Rutgers.
EMAIL: gregory.bedard@alumni.rutgers.edu
 
Carl Burns RC'64, RBS'73 is a resident of Manalapan, NJ and the vice president of the Rutgers Living History Society. A retired banking executive with an extensive background in management, marketing, community relations, and planning, Carl is a member of the Henry Rutgers Society and is a Loyal Son of Rutgers. A decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Carl also volunteers at the Rutgers Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services and teaches a course, “Vietnam Revisited,” at the Rutgers Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Carl was a campus leader and president of Zeta Psi fraternity, where he still volunteers as an adviser. He is also an active member of the Rutgers Touchdown Club and Rutgers Court Club.
EMAIL: cwburns@alumni.rutgers.edu

Neal Collins RWJMS’83
 A Chatham, New Jersey, resident, Neal is currently the medical director, U.S. medical affairs oncology, for AstraZeneca, where he oversees brand activities and clinical trials. He previously held numerous leadership positions with Pfizer and Merck from 1992-2013. Prior to that, he was a practicing physician in New York. He is a member of the Mayor’s Wellness Committee in Chatham and is a past councilman and board of health member for the borough. A former Henry Rutgers Research Scholar, he is a longtime member and a past president of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association and a current member of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Board of Trustees. He counsels Rutgers students on careers in the pharmaceutical industry and is a strong supporter of the medical school’s annual gala, which raises funds to support scholarships for medical students.
EMAIL: neal.collinsmd@alumni.rutgers.edu


James Cummings UCN'73, GSE'82 is a retired assistant superintendent for school business and resides in Toms River, NJ. Jim is an active member of the RUAA, serves on the Alumni Leaders Council Committee and the Alumni Benefits Committee, and previously served as an at-large member of the Alumni Leaders Council.
EMAIL: jim.cummings@alumni.rutgers.edu

  Michael Duncan UCNB'08, RBS'08 A resident of Ewing, New Jersey, Michael is a senior customer business manager for Campbell’s Sales Company, leading the Ahold USA business. He was an active member of the Rutgers Club of San Francisco and was a member of the Regional Clubs Committee when he lived in the Bay Area, and he is now a mentor for the Rutgers Business School (RBS) TeamUP program and Chi Psi fraternity. While a student, he was senator of the University College Governing Association, founder and president of the Financial Management Association, vice president of the Rutgers Business Governing Association, director of administration of Rutgers Inter-Fraternal Council, and a member and risk manager of Chi Psi fraternity.
EMAIL: michael.duncan@alumni.rutgers.edu

  Timothy Farrow CLAW'99 resides in Collingswood, New Jersey, and is currently a partner/attorney at law with Dash Farrow LLP, where he practices criminal defense at all levels throughout South Jersey. Active in many Rutgers alumni activities, he has previously served as vice chair of the RUAA, and as chair of the RUAA Alumni Benefits Committee, the Awards and Recognition Committee, and the Nominations Committee. Tim also served as chancellor of the Rutgers–Camden Law Alumni Board. In addition to his Rutgers activities, Tim is very involved in his home and professional community, including his current service as a board of education member and past service as president of the Burlington County Bar Association.
EMAIL: tfarrow@dashlaw.net

 Ken Johnson Kenneth Johnson ENG'66 is a retired aerospace executive who resides in Cranbury, NJ. Among his many Rutgers alumni activities, he serves as chair of the alumni benefits committee, as chair of the advisory board for Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and as president of the Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA). He has previously served as chair of the RUAA Alumni Leaders Council Committee and as president and board member of the Engineering Society. Ken is a 30-year member of the RU Loyal Society and was inducted as a Loyal Son of Rutgers in 2007.
EMAIL: krjohnson@alumni.rutgers.edu
 
Jeffrey C. Linfante CC'85, RSDM'90  is a dentist in private practice in Spring Lake Heights, NJ. He is an assistant professor of clinical dentistry in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at New Jersey Dental School. Jeff is a resident of Oakhurst, NJ, and has assisted the Rutgers University Foundation as a member of the Monmouth and Ocean Counties Regional Campaign Committee. Jeff is a career mentor and has spoken to Rutgers pre-health clubs and organizations to help students interested in the healthcare profession.
EMAIL: jeffrey.linfante@alumni.rutgers.edu


  Joseph Lemkin RC'90 The chairman of the bankruptcy department at Parker Ibrahim & Berg LLC, Joe has been very active with Rutgers. In addition to his Rutgers degree, Joe earned a JD from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1994. He was an RUAA board member from 2011 to 2014 and served as chair and member of the RUAA’s Awards and Recognition Committee as well as the Nominations Committee. In addition, Joe has been executive board member of the Touchdown Club for the last 15 years and served as club president for four years. During his tenure, the club raised significant funds for Rutgers athletics and succeeded in engaging a number of former letter winners with the football program. Joe has also been a part of the football Hall of Fame committee and the athletic department’s annual Knights of Networking event. He has volunteered with Sigma Phi Epsilon, participating in the group’s class agent program, mentoring program, and the Balanced Man Scholarship. He is also actively involved with the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. Joe was honored by the RUAA with the Block R Award in 2009 and named a Loyal Son of Rutgers in 2013.
EMAIL: jhlemkin@alumni.rutgers.edu
 

 

Sean Murphy LC'06 is a member of the Rutgers Club of Arizona and previously served as an at-large member of the RUAA Alumni Leaders Council. His committee work includes a role on the RUAA Awards and Recognition Committee. He is a mentor for Rutgers students seeking law enforcement careers. Sean is a former police officer in the City of Phoenix Police Department and is currently enrolled in the full-time MBA program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He remains active in the police department as a reserve police officer.
EMAIL: spmurphy@alumni.rutgers.edu

  Debra O’Neal LC’87 lives in Delaware, but is a native of Bergen County, New Jersey. As the class of 1987 vice president, she was actively involved with reunion and campaign planning for the class’s 25th reunion. Debra is vice president of the Livingston Alumni Association and chair of the RUAA Awards and Recognition Committee. She is the training/education administrator for the State of Delaware Children’s Department and the past president of the National Association of Social Workers, Delaware Chapter.
EMAIL: dahoneal@alumni.rutgers.edu
 
Houshang Parsa RC'80 is a resident of New Brunswick, NJ and is retired from working in the field of education and real estate management. Houshang is the current chair of the Class of 1980 Reunion Committee and the coordinator of the 2014 Rutgers Alumni Association’s Alumni Council and Annual Meetings. Previously, Houshang chaired a number of Rutgers Alumni Association committees, including the Alumni Family Day, Grants and Gifts, and Undergraduate committees. In 2013, Houshang was elected to be a Loyal Son of Rutgers.
EMAIL: parsah@alumni.rutgers.edu
  Keanna Ralph CCAS'04, GSC'05 is a native and resident of Camden, New Jersey, and is involved with and committed to a variety of nonprofits and initiatives in the area. As a guest services/operations manager with the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Keanna is specifically responsible for the oversight of several key departments, including membership and marketing, conferencing and events, and community education. In this capacity, she has partnered with Rutgers’ Office of Civic Engagement to offer free workshops and classes to residents of the Camden community. A former assistant to the mayor of Camden, Keanna has volunteered with the District Council Collaborative Board in Camden, which works to improve the city’s public safety and quality of life. She is also part of the 2014-2015 Black Alliance for Educational Options’ Bailey-Sullivan Leadership Institute Fellowship. In addition to obtaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers, Keanna earned certificates in human resource management and project management from the university. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a recent recipient of the National Hook Up of Black Women D.I.V.A. (Dedicated Involved Volunteer Advocate) Award, and a published author and speaker.
EMAIL: keanna.ralph@alumni.rutgers.edu
  Kim Sciallo UCNB’97, SMLR’97 is a resident of Somerset, New Jersey, and is credit risk manager for John Wiley & Sons, Inc. She is chair of the University College–Rutgers New Brunswick Alumni Association (UCRNBAA), chair of the Alumni Leaders Council Committee, and a member of the Beta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. Kim has been active on the Grants & Gifts and Community Service committees of the Rutgers Alumni Association; with many UCRNBAA and RUAA committees; and with the planning of many RUAA events, such as Homecoming and reunion. She chaired the Run for RAH Committee in 2013 and 2014. Kim has participated in various community service activities, such as Rutgers Against Hunger, the United Way Gifts of the Season program, and the Rutgers Alumni Day of Service project to provide hygiene bags for Elijah’s Promise.
EMAIL: kim.sciallo@alumni.rutgers.edu
 
Squire Servance ENG'04 is an associate attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and resides in Sicklerville, NJ. In June 2014, Squire completed his term as vice president of the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance, Inc., a position he has held since 2010. He also co-chairs the Class of 2004 Reunion Campaign Committee and has implemented and led various fundraising activities for political campaigns and nonprofit organizations.
EMAIL: squire.servance@alumni.rutgers.edu
  Charles F. Spingler III RC'85 studied Economics and was a member of the Rutgers Men's Soccer Team. He is the former president of the Rutgers Club of New York City. He actively participated in the University's annual effort to encourage NYC High School Seniors, who were admitted as students, to choose to attend Rutgers. He has been a presenter at the Rutgers Alumni Leaders Council Annual Meeting. Professionally he has held various executive positions in large telecom, technology and financial services firms. He is currently a resident of Bergen County where he is an advisor, consultant and soccer coach.
EMAIL: charles.spingler@alumni.rutgers.edu
 
Mary Clare Venuto CCAS'07, GSC'09 is as a resident of Oaklyn, NJ and is the development coordinator at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She started her career in higher education at Rutgers UniversityCamden when she was still earning her degrees. She also served as executive administrative assistant to the provost and director of academic operations at Philadelphia University. Mary Clare has been a member of the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni House Fundraising Committee. She is an RUAA alumni ambassador as well as co-founder of the Honors College Alumni Association at Camden.
EMAIL: maryclare.venuto@alumni.rutgers.edu
  Linda Wray CCAS'74, '76 Having served as a discharge planner/managed care coordinator for Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia for 18 years and as a former nurse and nurse manager at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Hahnemann University/Allegheny Hospital, Linda is now retired and eager to give back to Rutgers. A Haddon Township, New Jersey, resident, she has remained actively involved with the university, serving as the first president of the Rutgers Alumni Rowing Team at Camden, for which she is the coxswain, and as a member of the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni Association Board of Directors. Linda is a regular volunteer for university reunions, regattas, and days of service. In addition to her Rutgers degrees in English and nursing, she holds a master’s degree in health administration from Saint Joseph’s University.
EMAIL: linda.wray@alumni.rutgers.edu



Term Lengths


THREE-YEAR TERM
Expiring June 30, 2016


Carl Burns RC'64, RBS'73
Jeff C. Linfante CC'85, NJDS'90
Sean Murphy LC'06
Debra O'Neal LC'87
Kim Sciallo UCNB'97, SMLR'97

THREE-YEAR TERM
Expiring June 30, 2017


Greg Bedard RC’97, RBS’03
James Cummings UCN’73, GSE’82
Houshang Parsa RC’80
Squire Servance ENG’04
Mary Clare Venuto CCAS'07, GSC'09

THREE-YEAR TERM
Expiring June 30, 2018


Neal Collins RWJMS’83

Michael Duncan UCNB’08, RBS’08
Keanna Ralph CCAS'04, GSC'05 
Charles F. Spingler III RC'85
Linda Wray CCAS'74, '76

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