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College Of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

The College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors was launched in Spring 2005 and consists of an array of distinguished professionals with interests in liberal arts education and the diverse disciplines and programs offered in the College of Arts and Sciences. The leadership board serves as ambassadors of The College and assists in the fundraising efforts in support of The College's long-term growth.

Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors is a leadership board that serves as champions of The College's strategic direction and assists in securing the financial resources to achieve its long-range fundraising goals.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Champion strategic direction
  • Bolster (augment) College resources
  • Get involved
  • Attend three board meetings and other special events
  • Support fundraising strategies

Member Profiles

John Mancini '86, Chair

Get to Know John

John Mancini is a partner with the international law firm of Mayer Brown LLP, based in their New York office. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation representing such diverse clients as Google, Virgin Media, AT&T, EMI, and Neiman Marcus. John graduated from Georgetown University Law center in 1989 where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Tax Lawyer law review. Upon graduation from Georgetown Law, John entered private practice in New York City, where he has been practicing for the last 19 years.

Prior to law school, John was graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Politics where he was extensively involved in extra-curricular activities. Among other activities, John served at various times as:

  • FUSA Vice President; Orientation Committee Co-Chair
  • Residence Hall Counsel Chair
  • Circle K Club President
  • Fairfield Board of Trustees
  • Student Representative Advisor
  • and Alpha Sigma Phi Nu.

John was the recipient of the St. Ignatius of Loyola Medal of Honor upon graduation in 1986.

John has continued to serve his community after graduation. He has served as a board member for the Georgetown University National Law Alumni for, and is currently the chairman of the school advisory board for St. Aloysius School in New Canaan, Connecticut. John has been married to Katherine Marshall, a former nurse, for over ten years. They have five children. In their spare time, they enjoy tennis, skiing and golf.

Renee Appelle ‘03

Get to Know Renee

As SVP, Global Partnerships for Vox Media, Renee is responsible for building client partnership opportunities leveraging the entire suite of Vox Media, including Vox Creative and The Explainer Studio, Vox Media Podcast Network, experiential, video, concert, and programmatic. She leads the company's advertising strategy and solutions for marketing partners and is responsible for building a sales strategy team focused on the go-to-market approach for Vox Media's key client categories, including consumer electronics, automotive, food and beverage and financial services.

"Vox Media's dedication to compelling storytelling and transformative technology makes it a premier destination for loyal consumers and influential brands alike," Appelle said. "I am thrilled to be working with our partners on creating compelling initiatives that deliver against their brand goals."

Renee joins Vox Media from Hearst Digital Media where she was the executive director of agency development. She has over 15 years of experience in premium content and utility/audience based selling, driving results across diverse consumer touch points including digital, print, experiential, and TV. Having worked in both marketing and sales, she has extensive expertise in brand building, fostering client collaboration, and delivering on ROI driven partnerships.

Prior to Hearst's acquisition of Rodale, Renee oversaw the corporate sales and marketing teams for Men's/ Women's Health, Runner's World, Bicycling, Prevention and Organic Life. While at Rodale, she led the team to double-digit revenue growth. Renee was a top contributor at PopSugar and served in marketing roles at NBC and CBS as well.

Dr. Ismael (Izzy) Colon '72

Get to Know Izzy

Izzy Colon earned a BS in Chemistry from Fairfield University in 1972 and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Izzy taught Chemistry at W.P.I. as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1976-1977.  He then joined Union Carbide Corporation as a Senior Chemist in 1977. His initial assignments at Carbide were in the Engineering Polymers and Solvent and Coatings Materials Divisions of Carbide.  By 1988 he had risen to role of R&D Director.  From 1988 through 1994, he held a number of Director level business assignments with Carbide. 

In 1994, Izzy joined Troy Corporation as Vice President Science and Technology. During his 21 years at Troy, Izzy has taken on a variety of different assignments in addition to running the technology organization on a worldwide basis.  He has run operations in Thailand, was Managing Director for Troy’s European Operations from 2006 through 2010. He is currently Vice President/General Manager for Troy’s Additives Business Unit. 

Izzy has generated an extensive list of patents and publications throughout his career. In addition to his formal degrees, Izzy also completed a Business Administration Curriculum sponsored by Union Carbide and taught by faculty from New York University. 

Izzy has been married for 43 years to his high school sweetheart (Cecelia Colon). Cele and Izzy have a daughter (Christi) and two Grandchildren (Elijah and Abel) and live in Denville, New Jersey.

Joellin Comerford '74

Get to Know Joellin

Joellin graduated from Fairfield University in 1974 with a BA in English. Following a short stint in insurance, she returned to Cornell University, graduating with an MBA in 1977. She joined Accenture Ltd (then Arthur Andersen Consulting) in 1977 and worked happily there for 30 years until her retirement in 2007. While there she had many different roles, including running the Capital Markets Business, working in Corporate Development and for her last 5 years, running the Accenture Outsourcing Business.

Joellin traveled continuously for business and lived for periods of time in Tokyo, London and San Francisco (while always wanting to return to New York!). Joellin is single, the oldest of nine children and aunt to 17 wonderful nieces and nephews. Of those in university, none have gone to Fairfield yet, but 13 remain in the wings.

Joellin currently resides in Miami and New York. She still enjoys travel (for leisure), opera and is attempting to improve her Brooklyn accented French and Italian.

Robert Feigenson

Get to Know Robert

Mr. Feigenson has spent over 16 years in the public finance industry focusing exclusively on education and not-for-profit municipal market financings nationwide. He currently works on the investment banking team for education and 501(c)(3) borrowers at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that he worked with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and FirstSouthwest Co. Since 2000, Mr. Feigenson has served on financing deal teams for a broad range of higher education, not-for-profit and cultural institutions nationwide and has worked on more than 160 municipal bond and commercial bank lending financing transactions totaling over $8 billion during that period. He has developed a particular expertise in highly structured financings utilizing a variety of security features and asset/liability strategies as well as P3 development projects. He has focused specifically on the creation of long-term capital plan financing tools to stress-test operating forecasts, as well as to evaluate debt capacity and credit strength within the capital planning process. Mr. Feigenson has previously served in a volunteer capacity as a member of the Georgetown University Main Campus Academic Committee, the Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences Admissions Committee and as a member of the special committee tasked with writing the Georgetown University Mission Statement. Mr. Feigenson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University.

Thomas A. Franko '69

Get to Know Thomas

After graduation from Fairfield University in 1969 with a degree in English, Tom started teaching English in Copenhagen, N.Y. He also became active as a church volunteer, Boy Scout master, coach, and other roles. Tom also served as president of the teachers' union local. Tom then entered Fordham University School of Law and moved back to the New York City area.

Since graduation from law school, Tom has held legal positions with a number of securities brokerage firms, including:

  • Shearson Hayden Stone (while still in law school)
  • E.F. Hutton, the New York Stock Exchange
  • Cralin & Co
  • L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg Towbin.

Since 1986, Tom had been associated with Pershing, LLC, including its predecessor firms. He retired as managing director, general counsel, and member of the Executive Committee. Tom has been active in industry-related organizations, serving as a member of various legal and regulatory committees. Tom currently is engaged in the private practice of law and frequently acts as an expert witness in securities matters.

Tom is currently active in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, involved in church activities, and is a trustee of Fairfield University. Tom lives in Chatham, N.J. with his wife, Bethany. They both enjoy travel and golf.

Scott Fredrickson '82

Get to Know Scott

Scott is a 1982 graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in Psychology. He was a four year member of the Rugby club and three year member of the Football club. His career includes 30+ years of technology sales and sales management experience including 10+ years at Adobe Systems and 12+ at Apple Inc. At Apple, he managed a team of sales executives and managers that successfully produced over $2 billion in sales. Currently, he is an individual investor in small business startups and owns a vacation rental business. 

Scott and his wife Susie (Martin) ’82 met at Fairfield and reside in Weston, CT where they have raised three daughters. Susie and Scott actively support St. Francis Parish, HomeFront Inc. and the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center in Newport, RI.

James P. Higgins '70, P'15

Get to Know James

James P. Higgins ’70 P’15, a native of Pawcatuck, Conn., received his BA in English Literature from Fairfield University.

In the late 70’s, Jim took his career from being a rock band roadie to freelance writing and eventually to a career in technical writing for a short list of Los Angeles banking corporations.

In 1979, he was head-hunted to a small financial management firm in Beverly Hills. While there he wrote feature articles for Premiere Magazine including "Incorporating The Individual" and "Premiere’s Guide To Independent Film Financing."  In 1981 he started his own financial management firm in Burbank, and grew it successfully for over fifteen years. During that time he served on and occasionally chaired a variety of Boards, including public companies, private companies, a private school, charitable organizations, and municipal government Commissions. 

He began writing full-time in 1996. His archived material includes numerous short stories, songs and poems, a comedic novel about the origins of World War I, an illustrated book-length poem, and an incomplete novel about a modern Mashantucket teenager coming of age during the tribe’s swift ascendancy (1975-1990) from pig farmers to billionaires.  Since 2006, he’s been researching and writing a biography of Isabelle Palms Buckley (1900-1986), founder in 1933 of The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks.

Higgins writes in a happy, noisy house on the north bank of the Los Angeles River, where he lives with his wife, Jill, and a periodic rotation of their eight adult children. His son Spencer is at Fairfield in the class of 2015.

George Kemble, Ph.D., P'15

Get to Know George

George earned his BS in Biology from the University of Santa Clara in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from Stanford University in 1989. George has led crossfunctional R&D teams and organizations focused on creating, understanding and developing new drugs for serious diseases, including the FluMist® vaccine for influenza.  George was formerly the Vice-President of vaccine R&D and the Senior Vice-President of Research for MedImmune, Astra Zeneca’s global biologics R&D division.  Currently he is the Chief Scientific Officer for 3-V Biosciences located in Menlo Park, CA, a small, entrepreneurial company developing drugs for cancer and infectious viral diseases of humans. George has had the privilege of coauthoring over 60 publications and a number of patents during his career. In addition, to scientific presentations at International meetings, George has often presented at sessions discussing his insights on scientific careers in industry to undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

In addition to his career activities, George and his wife, Terese, have raised two children.  George has had the opportunity to be both Cub Scout den leader for Matthew (Fairfield Univ. Class of 2015) and soccer coach for Amanda (Univ. of Puget Sound, Class of 2017).  George and Terese make their home in Saratoga, California along with their two cats and one dog.

Terese M. Kemble, MBA, P'15

Get to Know Terese

Terese is currently the Senior Vice-President for Human Resources at Lam Research, a global leader in the semiconductor equipment manufacturer sector. Terese graduated from Santa Clara University (SCU) with a B.S. in Psychology and later went on to earn her MBA at SCU. Terese has held leadership roles at several global high tech companies including Applied Materials, TE Connectivity and most recently Lam. During her career, Terese has had, and continues to have, frequent opportunities to travel to various parts of the U.S., Europe and Asia and regularly leads cross cultural teams and organizations that have a global impact on the business.  Several years ago Terese earned her certification as a Life Coach through the Coaches Training Institute. In her professional life, she has combined her coaching skills with her value for learning to help others develop their own careers, strengthen business relationships and fulfill their career aspirations.

Terese, along with her husband, George, has raised two terrific children and a number of pets including dogs, cats, fish, and a horse at their home in Northern California.  Her youngest daughter Amanda currently attends the University of Puget Sound in Washington and her son Matthew is at Fairfield in the class of 2015. Terese and George currently live in Saratoga, CA.

Dr. Paul Lakeland

Get to Know Paul

Dr. Paul Lakeland is the Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies and founding Director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University.   He has taught at Fairfield since 1981, serving as department chair in Religious Studies for ten years and six years as Director of the Honors Program. He teaches courses in liberation theology, Catholic ecclesiology and religion and literature. For the past five years he has also served as Visiting Faculty at Yale University Divinity School. 

Dr. Lakeland holds a Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Heythrop College in the University of London and his Ph.D. in 1981 from Vanderbilt University. He is the author of nine books, the latest of which is A Council That Will Never End: Lumen Gentium and the Church Today (2013).  His 2003 book, The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church, received the Catholic Press Association award for the best book in theology in 2004. Lakeland is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Theological Society and the Catholic Theological Society of America. His research interests include Roman Catholic ecclesiology and the relationship between Jesuit spirituality and higher education. He is currently at work on a book provisionally entitled Wrestling With Ignatius: Reflections on Jesuit Education

Dr. Lakeland has numerous academic and teaching awards.  He blogs occasionally and reviews fiction for Commonweal, a Catholic journal of opinion. He is married to Beth Palmer and has one son, Jonathan; both of them are professional classical pianists. He has absolutely no musical skills himself. When he is not being a theologian or a literary critic he likes to cook and play table tennis. He goes to the gym regularly but he doesn’t like that as much.

Carol Chamberlin McCabe ‘81

Get to Know Carol

Carol McCabe earned a B.A. in English from Fairfield University in 1981. From 1981 through 1989, she held positions in public relations and retail promotion in the cosmetics and fragrance industry first with Revlon and then with European luxury brand company, Prestiluxe, a subsidiary of Bénédictine. Carol has spent the ensuing years raising her children and serving as a community volunteer in various leadership capacities with educational and performing arts organizations.

She is currently the President of the West Hartford Playhouse on Park Board of Directors and is a member of the Max Cares Foundation Board of Directors. Carol resides in West Hartford, CT with her husband Patrick and they have three children.

Patrick McCabe ‘80

Get to Know Patrick

Patrick is an attorney and public affairs consultant with over 25 years of political, public affairs and legal experience. He is a founder and senior managing partner of Capitol Strategies Group, a strategic communications and public affairs firm that develops and implements lobbying, grassroots/strategic communications, and earned-media strategies for a wide range of clients. He received his undergraduate degree in politics from Fairfield University class of 1980, and his JD from the Fordham University School of Law. He is admitted to the Connecticut and New York Bars.

Prior to forming Capitol Strategies, he practiced law in New York City with Rogers & Wells, where his practice focused on the areas of banking, securities, and public finance law. As a public affairs consultant since the early 90’s, Mr. McCabe has represented over 250 organizations at the State Capitol in Hartford and in Washington, DC.

Long active in community affairs, he served three terms on the West Hartford Town Council where he was the Minority Leader. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Partnership for Strong Communities.

As a student, he was very active in the Fairfield University Student Association and was a member of the Rugby Club for four years. Patrick met his wife, Carol Chamberlin McCabe ’81, at Fairfield. They have three children, their youngest, Mairin, is a Fairfield graduate class of 2016.

Margaret Kelly Murray P'07

Get to Know Margaret

Mickey lives in New York City and is a residential real estate salesperson at The Corcoran Group in Manhattan. 

From 1996 to 2005, Mickey served as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Conn., which both her sons attended for their middle and high school years. As a trustee she chaired the Diversity Committee and was a member of the Search Committee that elected a new Head of School in 2002. Her tenure on the St. Luke's board was during years of tremendous change and growth that included major milestones in capital improvements, fundraising, and curriculum. 

Mickey is a former ​trustee of the Matthew Gaffney Foundation. The Gaffney Foundation is a Connecticut based not-for-profit organization that offers economically disadvantaged students college preparation and placement support.  

Mickey served as a long-time trustee of Reach Prep and Lawyers for Children.  Reach Prep is a program that prepares students of color to enter independent schools in the Fairchester League. 

She was also a long time trustee of Lawyers for Children, founded in 1984, is one of the leading professional, not-for-profit organizations in New York City dedicated to representing children in foster care. 

Mickey was the founder and merchandise director of Whispering Pines. Established in 1988, Whispering Pines is a home and apparel lifestyle catalog and web retailer.

Cindy Stack ‘80

Get to Know Cindy

Cindy Stack earned a BA in Economics from Fairfield University in 1980. After graduating from Fairfield, Cindy worked for three years as a Management Trainee in retail. She joined the banking industry in 1983, first working at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in the International Division as a Training Manager. Her initial assignments were teaching accounting and other US Banking methods to Correspondent Bankers. Cindy was recruited by Citicorp to work as a Human Resources Generalist. She then served as Training Manager for the Consumer and Real Estate Business and rose through the ranks to lead the global recruiting and development activities for the Management Training Program.

In 1991, Cindy joined The Stride Rite Corporation as Director of Professional Development. At Stride Rite, she designed and developed executive leadership programs using 360-degree assessment. As an internal coach, she worked with management to support achievement of strategic goals. She designed and delivered sales leadership and customer service programs.

In the 2000s Cindy started her own business, coaching leaders and organizations to help enable them to achieve their strategic goals. She graduated from the Coaches Training Institute and is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). As a certified life coach and a graduate of the Positive Psychology program at the Wholebeing Institute, Cindy’s clients are individuals who seek support in life changes.

Cindy serves as a Trustee at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School and for AccesSportAmerica.

Cindy lives in Acton, Massachusetts with her husband and 5 children. An avid gardener, you’ll find Cindy in her beautiful yard most of the summer.

Dr. Edmund (Ted) J. Sybertz '72

Get to Know Ted

Dr. Sybertz received his B.S. in biology from Fairfield University in 1972. He completed a Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Minnesota in 1977 where he studied mechanisms by which the nervous system controls cardiovascular function. Ted then did postdoctoral training in pharmacology at the University of Virginia. From 1979-1998 he was employed at Schering Plough Research Institute and held positions of increasing responsibility in drug discovery and development and was appointed to the position of senior director and Presidential Fellow from 1995-1998. Ted was responsible for directing efforts toward the discovery of new therapies for treating cardiovascular and CNS disorders and led the research efforts that culminated in the discovery of Zetia/Vytorin, a novel and important therapy for treating hypercholesterolemia.

Ted joined GelTex Pharmaceuticals in 1998 as senior vice president of Research and Development. In 2000, GelTex merged with Genzyme Corporation, and Ted has been employed at Genzyme since then. He is currently senior vice president and general manager of Drug Discovery and Development.

Ted is the author or coauthor of over 100 scientific publications in the field of drug discovery and pharmacology. He is a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He has been active as chairman of the research committee and a member of the board of directors of the New Jersey chapter of the American Heart Association. Ted also serves on the scientific advisory board of Sirtris Pharmaceuticals.

In addition to his professional activities, Ted is an avid and active sportsman. He played ice hockey while at Fairfield and was inducted into the University's athletic hall of fame in 1987. He currently is an avid sailor and skier. Ted is married to Sharon Purdie and has two children; Sherry is a student at Wesleyan University, and Jeff is a student at Lincoln Sudbury. Ted and his family live in Sudbury, Mass.

David Wakefield ‘98

Get to Know David

David Wakefield is currently Vice President Strategy, Planning and Analytics of Asset Management for Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.  David earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from Fairfield University and his master of business administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

David and his wife Suzanne ’96 first met at Fairfield.  Together they have three children:  Eamon, Kelsey, and Declan and reside in Newton, MA.

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