Staff & Advisory Board

Meet the Staff

‌Melissa Quan

Director, Center for Faith & Public Life


‌Julie Mughal

Fairfield University Director, Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Associate Director, Center for Faith & Public Life




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Andrea Canuel

Associate Director of Center for Faith and Public Life for Service Learning


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Jonathan Delgado

Research Coordinator of the Center for Faith and Public Life


Advisory Board

Biff J. O’Reilly ’80, P’11, Chair

Biff graduated from Fairfield University in 1980 majoring in Economics and received his M.B.A. from Babson College in 1984. He is currently President, of PBS Capital LLC, a real estate investment company. Upon graduation from Fairfield he began his career with Merrill Lynch Relocation Management Inc., then after receiving his M.B.A. joined Moseley, Hallgarten, Estabrook and Weedon as a broker, later moving to Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, then ultimately joining E.F. O'Reilly Inc. He became Executive VP of New York Bus Service in 1996, rising to President in 1999 until it was sold to the City of New York and the Metropolitan Transit Authority in 2005. He is also a Trustee of Fairfield University. Biff resides in Greenwich with his wife Jeanne, Class of '82 and their two sons, Christopher, Class of '11 and Edward.


Kathleen Braga ’78

Kathy graduated from Fairfield in 1978 with her Bachelor's in Biology. She received her J.D. in 1985 from Georgetown Law, where she served as an editor on the Law Review. In 2008 she received her certificate from EPS, a four-year program of adult formation in theology and the Catholic faith. From 1979 through 1984 she was the Office Administrator for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. In 1993 she co-founded Thank You Research to support bench lab scientists involved in animal-based research. She served on the IACUC Committee of Children's Hospital National Medical Center from 1993-1994. She has served as the President of the Marian Foundation since 1998. From 2008-2012 she worked at the House of Mercy in Manassas, Virginia in various capacities, including serving on its Board of Directors from 2009-2011. It was here that Kathy first encountered the many issues facing the immigrant community, many of which were compounded by the reality of living below the poverty level. Through the years, while devoting herself primarily to raising her children, she has been involved in many voluntary aspects of the community, church and schools. She has been a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for over twenty years and has served the parish in many ministries, including as a member of the Parish Council and as a catechist for 13 years. She and her husband Steve ‘78 have lived in Northern Virginia for 33 years; they have four children.

Two years ago, they started their own law firm together, Law Office of Stephen L. Braga, PLLC, which specializes in representation of individuals in white collar criminal defense matters.


Mary Ryan Cunningham ’76.

Mary is serving her sixth year on the Board of Trustees at Fairfield Country Day School and is currently on the Executive Committee. Mary is active in many local charities including Shepherd’s, Inc. and Mercy Learning Center and has volunteered for many years at Lauralton Hall and Fairfield Prep where her children attended high school. She and her husband, Kevin ‘76 have lived in Fairfield for 25 years and have 5 children.


Laura R. Hull P’13

Laura holds degrees in both Business and Literature. She worked at Wertheim Schroder from 1982 until 1993, when she left to focus on raising her family. Laura and her husband, Brian ’80, have three children, one of whom, Matthew, will graduate from Fairfield in May of 2013. Laura sits on the boards of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer and the Friends of the Manhasset Public Library. She has a long history of civic and volunteer involvement as well as participation in fundraising activities.


Charlie MacCormack

Dr. Charles MacCormack is currently the Executive Chair of the Millennium Development Goal Health Alliance. He serves as Executive-in-Residence at Middlebury College, is the Senior Fellow for Private Development Assistance at InterAction and works with other international think tanks. Each of these activities advances knowledge and practice of the role of corporations, foundations, NGOs, universities, philanthropists and media in global health and development.

From 1993 through 2011, Dr. MacCormack was President of Save the Children, the world’s leading independent nonprofit organization serving children in need. With programs in the United States and more than 50 countries, an annual budget of over $550 million and more than 6,000 staff worldwide, Save the Children works to create lasting positive change in the lives of children in need through programs in health care and nutrition, education and economic opportunity. Save the Children also provides child-oriented humanitarian assistance during natural disasters, war and conflict. He also served on the Board of the International Save the Children Alliance, which currently programs more than $1.3 billion in over 120 countries.

Prior to his position at Save the Children, Dr. MacCormack was President of World Learning (formerly known as the Experiment in International Living) from 1977 to 1992. His first experience at Save the Children was as Vice President of Programs in the 1970s and for four years he worked as the Director of the Masters Degree Program in International Management at the School for International Training. Before that, he was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at The Brookings Institution. He earlier served as Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University. Dr. MacCormack was an instructor of Latin American Politics at the University of New Hampshire Summer School and was a staff associate for the First National City Bank International Division in Caracas, Venezuela.

Dr. MacCormack served as Board Chair of InterAction, the national association of over 160 U.S. international humanitarian and development organizations from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the Board of World Learning and is a Founding Board Member of Malaria No More. While CEO of World Learning, he was Chair of the International Exchange Association, the national membership organization of America’s leading citizen exchange organizations. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Throughout his career, Dr. MacCormack has served in many consultative and official roles. He sat on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and the Food Security Advisory Committee, and was President of the Non-Governmental Committee on UNICEF. He was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to participate on the Founding Committee of the United Nations University and served as a member of the United States Delegation to the 1997 World Food Summit and the United States Delegation for the 2002 General Assembly Special Session on Children. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education by Middlebury College, and an honorary Doctor of Law by Clark University. He was made a member of the Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Istiolal by former King Hussein of Jordan.

Dr. MacCormack received his doctorate and master's degrees from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. He participated in a special three-summer program at the Harvard Business School on the Leadership of Global Non-Profit Organizations.

Dr. MacCormack resides in Easton, Connecticut and Middlebury, Vermont. He is married to Susan Ross, Former President of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. They have two sons, Cameron and Fraser.


Robert Murphy ‘71

Robert Murphy was named vice president of Administration in September 2007. He played key roles in the re-launch of “Nightline” and in organizing ABC’s 2008 political coverage. Mr. Murphy was named senior vice president, Multimedia in March 2000. He was responsible for transforming ABC News from a traditional broadcast news organization to a high-quality, digital newsgathering organization, producing news program content on a variety of platforms, including broadcast, cable, internet, broadband and wireless. Additionally he oversaw, ABC News Radio and ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News.

A 32-year veteran of ABC News, Mr. Murphy was senior vice president for Hard News for ABC News since January 1993. He had editorial, operational and budget responsibilities for Hard News operations of the division. In this capacity he was responsible for all news coverage, ABC News bureaus, “World News Tonight,” “World News Now,” “World News This Morning,” weekend news, NewsOne, radio news, special events and political coverage. Mr. Murphy joined ABC News in April 1976, on the Washington bureau's assignment desk, becoming its manager in March 1978. He was named deputy Washington bureau chief in January 1980, and served in that capacity through April 1981, when he moved to New York as director of television news coverage. He served as vice president of television news coverage from 1984 until his appointment to senior vice president.

Prior to joining ABC News, Mr. Murphy was a staff assistant to Congressman Peter Rodino for the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry from October 1973 to October 1974. He was assistant superintendent of the House of Representatives' radio and TV gallery from October 1974 to April 1976. Mr. Murphy is a 1971 graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut. He holds a Master's degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Kelly Nakamoto ‘89

Kelly Nakamoto is a Tax Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP located in McLean, Virginia. She has over 20 years of experience providing tax consulting services to inbound and outbound public and private multinational companies. Kelly has consulted with multinational clients requiring expertise in corporate taxation, international tax, and mergers and acquisition planning. Kelly has led client service teams advising on the tax implications of major business transactions for Fortune 500 companies. She drives benefits for clients by managing the balance between the global tax effective rate and the desire for cash tax savings. She has worked extensively with multinational companies and has significant experience working with boards of directors. Kelly has become a trusted business advisor to several "C Suite" executives of Fortune 1000 companies. Kelly has been an active participant in the leadership and future of PwC and is an active member of the community. Kelly has been an adjunct professor at American University where she has taught Federal Income Taxation in the MBA program for the Kogod School of Business. In addition, she has co-authored several technical tax articles for the Tax Advisor.

Kelly is a native of New York and holds a Masters in Taxation from the American University Kogod School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University. She is an active supporter of Capital Hospice, Washington Jesuit Academy and serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteer Fairfax. Volunteer Fairfax is an organization, which matches the skills and interests of volunteers and donors to the needs of local non-profit organizations, helping to build a better community through service.


Gregory Neville P’11 and Marianne O'Connell Neville ’79, P’11

Marianne and Gregg live in New Canaan. They have two children: Laura Leigh (a Fairfield sophomore), and James (age 10). Marianne graduated from Fairfield in 1979 with a BA cum laude in English, before pursuing a ten-year career with the Irving Trust Company in financial institutions banking. Gregg is a Director in Credit Product Sales with Barclays Capital in New York. Gregg received a BA from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Gregg and Marianne have had a longstanding commitment to Fairfield; in addition to their daughter, three of Marianne's sisters, all three of their husbands and several cousins are Fairfield graduates. The Nevilles are looking forward to help with this very important effort. N


Nicholas Napolitano

Nick Napolitano is the Assistant for Social Ministries for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Jesuits. In that role, he supports the faith-justice engagements of Jesuit communities, parishes, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the East coast. Nick received his BA and MA from Fordham University, where he worked for six years in the service-learning, community service an justice office. Before returning to work for the Jesuits, Nick was an advocate for three years with homeless individuals and families in New York City. He lives in the Bronx with his wife Michelle and daughters Grace and Hannah.


Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan is the Coordinator for the Inter-Governmental Consultations on Migration Asylum and Refugees (IGC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The IGC is an informal, non-decision making forum for intergovernmental information exchange and policy debate on issues of relevance to the management of international migratory flows. The IGC brings together 17 Participating States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Organization for Migration and the European Commission. Ms. Ryan also serves as a Board Member of the Inter-American Foundation, a U.S. government development agency, after she was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 29, 2012.

Ms. Ryan has worked both as an attorney and as a policy maker in the U.S. government. From 2010-2013, Ms. Ryan was the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she was responsible for DHS immigration policy oversight and development. Ms. Ryan has also advised the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a member of its advisory group of eminent persons. From 2002-2009, Ms. Ryan served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. She was a lead U.S. negotiator of the UN Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities and lead U.S. negotiator of a bilateral treaty with the Government of Canada on a “safe third country” agreement relating to allocation of asylum claims. She has concluded agreements with the governments of the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. During her tenure at DOS she led inter-agency efforts to reform the United States refugee admissions program. From 1992–2002, Ms. Ryan practiced law, most recently as the chief of the Refugee and Asylum Division of the Immigration and Naturalization Services Office of the General Counsel. She directed the division responsible for advising the Department of Justice on immigration law and international protection questions raised under the U.S. legal system.

Ms. Ryan has led numerous U.S. delegations, including the United Nations Economic and Social Council; the UN Commission on Population; the UN Population Fund; and the 2006 High Level Dialogue on Migration. She led the U.S. delegation to the Hemispheric Conference on Migration and Trafficking (Santiago, Chile 2002). She was the U.S. Vice-Minister at the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM) from 2002-2008, 2010-2013. She chaired 2007 RGCM sessions in New Orleans when the US served as Host and President Pro Tempore of the RCM. Ms. Ryan led the US delegation to the Inter-Governmental Consultations on Asylum, Refugee, and Migration Policies in Europe, North America, and Australia during the 2002-2008, 2010, 2013 high level sessions. She has testified before various committees in the United States Congress and made numerous presentations before Congressional staff, academics, and immigration and human rights advocates and the public. She has presented U.S. positions at various fora, including the United Kingdom’s House of Lords; Heritage Foundation; American Enterprise Institute, Migration Policy Institute; Fairfield, Fordham, Georgetown, Harvard, New York, and Tulane, George Washington, and American University. She has made numerous appearances before major international and national print, television, radio and print media outlets including CNN, BBC, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio, New York Times, Radio Free Asia, Univision, Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times.

Ms. Ryan received a B.A. in History and English cum laude from Tulane University, a J.D. from Georgetown University and an LL.M with Honours from Cambridge University.


Rosellen Walsh Schnurr ‘74

Rosellen graduated from Fairfield University with a BA in History in 1974 and received her Master’s in Eastern World History from Georgetown University in 1978. Rosellen’s 30 years of experience as an educator in both the private and public sector has provided her with many rewarding and exciting opportunities, serving in many different administrative roles, including as the Dean of Liberal Arts of a private school. She has also taught classes in many subjects such as Western Civilization, Economics, Psychology and History, as well as been involved in establishing curriculums.

Rosellen has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1995, and has served as the vice-chairman, on the Executive Committee, and as the Chairman of the Committee on Trustees. In addition, she was part of the Presidential Search Committee that was responsible for the hiring of the Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., who became the eighth President of Fairfield University in July 2004. Rosellen was the recipient of the Alumni Service Award in 2004. Rosellen was the first of three Walsh children to attend Fairfield, followed by her brother, Thomas J. Walsh III ’78 and sister, Marianne Saladino Walsh ’88. In 1990, the Walsh family name became permanently and publicly attached to Fairfield when an art gallery at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts was named for Rosellen's grandfather, Thomas J. Walsh. In 1999, in recognition of the family's $5 million gift, the athletic center was named for her father, who was president and chairman of Colonial Wire and Cable Company.

In addition to her longtime commitment to Fairfield, Rosellen currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Mural Project, a 3-dimensional mixed media mural, measuring 120’ long and 50’ high that is a tribute to America’s work ethic and ingenuity. The project will culminate with interactive educational technology made available to America’s classrooms. It is estimated that over 10,000 Americans will take part in helping to produce sections of the work, which was originated by artist and creator, Ellen Griesedick. Since 1992, Rosellen has served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville CT. In that role, she has run board meetings, oversaw the budget and fundraising issues, and assisted in the merger of 2 schools to form one that is K-9. Rosellen recently became of member of the Cosmopolitan Club, a professional women’s club in New York City.

Rosellen has been married to Robert C. Schnurr, M.D., ’74, for 31 years and is the mother of Brian (27), who is employed in her family’s business, Michael (26) who will be starting his final year of law school at Georgetown University this fall, and Christina (19), a rising sophomore at Bates College. The Schnurrs reside in Sharon, CT.


Dan Sullivan ’73

Dan Sullivan, President and CEO of Collette Vacations, has over 25 years in the travel industry. Sullivan’s travel experience includes tour guiding, product development, sales, and marketing; as well as managing the corporate team and providing the strategic vision for the company. As CEO, Sullivan has brought Collette from a $60 million dollar domestic entity to a $170 million global enterprise. Dan has been responsible for such innovative first-to-market initiatives as launching a worldwide sales team and driving new product development to non-traditional destinations.

Dan is an active supporter of travel and non-profit causes including the USTOA, the Travelers Conservation Fund, as well as the Boys and Girls Club, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 1999, he established the Kosovo Relief Fund to benefit the victims of the War. The fund was developed with the American Red Cross and challenged all travel suppliers to make donations, which Collette would match. More recently, Collette Vacations donated $25,000 to two organizations helping in the tsunami relief effort, and another $25,000 in support of those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Both relief efforts accepted match donations from Collette employees, dollar for dollar, up to $15,000. Dan also launched a 2006 initiative to donate all New Orleans tour profits to The Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.

Sullivan is on the Board of Directors for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, as well as Tourism Cares for Tomorrow (TCFT). He serves as Co-Chairman of the Pawtucket Foundation, an organization committed to the continued economic development of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Collette's home city. Sullivan was named as a finalist for the New England Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997 and 1998. He graduated from Fairfield University in 1973 with a degree in marketing.


Ashley Toombs ‘07

Ashley graduated from Fairfield University in 2007 with majors in International Studies and Spanish. In 2015 she earned her Masters of Public Administration, Environmental Science and Policy, from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Ashley is currently the Manager of External Relations at BRAC USA where she supports technical assistance efforts, public engagement and strategic fundraising initiatives.Previously, Ashley was part of the fundraising team at the Nature Conservancy’s New York office. She also spent four years working with the Peruvian Environmental Ministry first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and, after, as a technical facilitator specializing in community-based environmental management and youth development.


Erin von Uffel P’12

Erin von Uffel graduated from Marywood College with a B.S. in Fashion Buying, Marketing and Education in 1978. After graduation she worked at the French fashion designer Boutique, Emmanuel Ungaro. She gained experience in all areas of the retail business while executing fashion shows, creating store displays and working closely with clientele, some of whom she dressed for their character's costumes in Broadway Shows and in film. In 1979 she left the world of retail behind to become a High School Teacher in Bethpage where she taught Home Economics. She enjoyed interacting with the students and gave all her free time to coach gymnastics and cheerleading. It was at that time she received her Master's Degree from New York University in Education. In 1986 Erin left teaching to give birth to the first of her five sons. While raising a family she then turned her attention to charitable undertakings. She continued her involvement as the Chairlady of the German Quadrille Ball. In 1990 the Marians from the Divine Mercy Shrine appointed her an Apostle of Divine Mercy. At the time of the first "Gulf War" she started "Project Support" which was acknowledged by the White House and reported by all the major news services, including print, radio and TV. She was an active member and chaired functions for the Junior Welfare League, Holiday House and St. Johnland.In November of 2003 she was inducted as a Dame of Malta. In 2006 she produced a film for Mary's Media Foundation. In 2007 she created the Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey Foundation and is President. Over the past few years she has been asked to speak to various groups domestically and internationally on Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, D.C.,Foundress of Mary's House in Ephesus, Turkey. In 2006 Archbishop Celestino Miglore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, asked her to join his committee for the Path to Peace Foundation In 2008 she was appointed as Hospitaller for the Order of Malta. As a Parishioner of St. Patrick's Church she became a Eucharistic Minister, started prayer groups, lead pilgrimages, taught Confirmation Class, Summer Bible Camp, and volunteered at Homes for the Elderly and ministered to patients at the Hospital. From 2008 to present she has been the guest on television and radio shows, and speaker at conferences to promote peace through prayer. She has served at the bequest of Archbishop Francis Chullikatt for the Holy See, "Path to Peace Committee," from 2010 to present. In 2011, "The Life of Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey & Mary's House in Ephesus," which she worked on was published. In 2013, the Roman Postulator working with the Vatican appointed Erin "Vice Postulator," of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of SERVANT OF GOD, Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, D.C.


G. Kurt von Uffel P’12

Kurt is originally from Haddonfield, N.J. and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a B.S. in Economics. Immediately after graduating Kurt joined International Raw Materials Ltd., a small commodities trading firm in Philadelphia. He then moved to Dean Witter Reynolds in NY in 1982, joining the government bond-trading desk. Kurt worked at DWR for five years as the long bond trader, becoming a Senior Vice President. In 1987 he joined L.F. Rothschild as a Director and worked there for two years. After a brief stay at Prudential Securities in 1989, Kurt joined Morgan Stanley later that year as a Vice President in government trading. Kurt quickly became a Principal and then, in 1996, a Managing Director. Kurt held a number of positions at MS including market maker, proprietary trader, and trading desk manager. Kurt managed desks in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom (where he lived with his family for 3 years), and Tokyo. Within the firm he served on the promotion committee and participated heavily in the recruitment of undergraduates and graduate students for the firm. Kurt also served as Head of the Interest Rate Division and on the Executive Committee of the Bond Market Association. Kurt left Morgan Stanley in 2004 to become Head of Interest Rate Trading and Deputy Head of Fixed Income at Nomura Securities International. Kurt retired from Wall Street in April of 2007.

Kurt lives with his wife, Erin, and five children (all boys ages 22 to 14) in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Kurt is a Knight of Malta since 2003. He is also a member of the United Nations Path to Peace Dinner Committee.

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