Board of Trustees
Robert (Bob) Brucken
Class of 1956
Marietta College graduate of 1956. J.D. from University of Michigan in 1959. Retired Partner of the firm of Baker & Hostetler in Cleveland. He was the first recipient of the Wellman Award from the Joint Editorial Board for Trust and Estate Acts in recognition of his service to it for over the last thirty-five years. Founding Editor-in-Chief of Probate Law Journal of Ohio, a commercial journal for Ohio probate practitioners, he has negotiated or litigated tax cases presenting novel issues of estate and gift inclusion, asset valuation and tax deduction qualification. Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the national society of probate specialists. Has served on MAAP. Married to Marietta College graduate Lois Gilbert Brucken, '58; they live in Cleveland, Ohio. They have four adult children; one, Nancy, is a Marietta College graduate of 1983.
T. Grant Callery
Class of 1968
Marietta College graduate of 1968. J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. Principal, Oversight and Governance Solutions, LLC. Retired in 2012 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and a mem¬ber of the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB) Council of Board Chairs. Grant and his wife, Jacqueline Machan Callery (MC ‘71) reside in Bethesda, Maryland. They have two adult children one of whom, Megan, is a Marietta College graduate of 2003.
Timothy O. Cooper
Dept: Office of the President
Degrees: BA in Accounting, Marietta College (1973)
Year appointed: 2016
Timothy O. Cooper, a Marietta native, returned to his alma mater in early 2016 to assist with the presidential transition and became Interim President on May 16, 2016.
After graduating from Marietta College he embarked upon a highly successful career as a CPA that eventually saw him rise to partner in charge of the audit and business advisory practice at the Columbus, Ohio, office of Arthur Anderson LLP. Upon his retirement in August 2000, Tim devoted his energies to a new role as owner and president of Smokey Mountain Trains, a museum dedicated to model railroading in Bryson City, North Carolina. Tim sold the museum in 2006.
While Tim has been a devoted member of both the Metropolitan Ballet and Central Ohio Better Business Bureau, his greatest service has been to his alma mater. Tim served the College on the Board of Trustees for 10 years, including time as Chair from 1999-2004. After completing his term, Tim remained active in a variety of roles including chair of the annual fund drive for four years and membership on the boards of the Business and Economics Department and Office of Career Services. In addition, Tim has been a key member of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business’s charter committee, and has also served as its Executive-in-Residence.
Tim not only continues his volunteer work with the Cotton Society, but also is a charter member of the Erwin Academy, the College’s lifetime giving society and along with his wife, Susan, established endowments for three scholarships honoring faculty at Marietta College.
Tim has been recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award (1986), the MCAA Service Award (2002), and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities (2005).
Class of 1971
Marietta College graduate of 1971 and MA from Azusa Pacific University in 1975. In July 2014, Chris became Vice President of Military Affairs for Microsoft. Before that, he served as the General Manager of Strategic Operations at Microsoft Corporation for the U.S. Public Sector supporting efforts in State and Local Government, Education and Federal Government Agencies including the Department of Defense as well as other Cabinet Level Departments such as Department of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Energy. Additionally, he worked with Public Safety and National Security teams around the globe. Prior to that he was Microsoft’s lead strategist and spokesperson for the Worldwide Public Sector’s Government Industry, leading a global team which addressed eGovernment/Public Services, National Security, Public Safety, Postal Services, Taxation and Tourism. Before joining Microsoft in September 2006, Chris had served over 33 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a Major General. In his final assignment as commander of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Chris directed the recruitment of 40,000 new Marines per year, exceeding goals established by the Department of Defense. Prior to that, as Director of Operations for the United States Pacific Command, he oversaw operations for 300,000 U.S. military personnel in an area encompassing over half the globe.
Patricia Griffin Curtin
Class of 1969
Marietta College graduate of 1969 and J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1972. Pat is a retired Associate Justice of the District Court for the Trial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She served as a District Court Trial Judge for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Presiding Justice of the Brookline District Court and presided over the Drug Court in the Cambridge District Court from 1995-2013. She served on the District Court Education Committee which is responsible for continuing education for the judiciary as well as training for new judges. Pat also sat on the Appellate Division within the District Court and has been a frequent lecturer to bench and bar. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a partner in the Boston law firm of Lynch, Brewer, Hoffman and Sands where she handled a broad range of civil and criminal litigation. Before joining the firm, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Frank H. Freedman of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. At Marietta, Pat was Vice President of the Student Body, President of the Women’s Leadership Honorary, a member of the National History Honorary and the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. In 1999 she received the Outstanding Alumna Award. Pat and her husband John live in Osterville, MA and are the parents of two adult sons.
Harry H. (Hap) Esbenshade
Chairman and CEO of The Mountain Company and Laurel Management Group. The Mountain/Laurel Group oversees contracting companies covering the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeastern United States. He also has business interests in real estate, venture capital, and investment companies. Hap has been involved with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. He currently serves in board, trustee, or leadership roles with Duke University (where he graduated with a degree in management sciences), Cleveland Clinic Centennial Development Campaign, Clay Center for the Arts, CEO, and various industry associations. At Duke, Hap has served on reunion leadership gift committees, the Annual Fund Executive Committee, and was chairman of Annual Fund Leadership Giving. He is a past member of the Trinity Board of Visitors, Center for Financial Economics Board, and Arts Initiative Task Force, and chairman of the Trinity Task Force on Revenue Generation. Hap and his wife, Meg, have four daughters and live in Vienna, West Virginia, with a second home in Tequesta, Florida.
Mr. Fenton is a 1971 graduate of Wesleyan University. He is President of the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, W.Va. He was formerly the Executive Vice President and Manager of manufacturing at Fenton Art Glass.
Mr. Fenton participated in a Harvard Business School OPM (Owner/President Management) Program. He and his wife, Nancy Gollinger Fenton, live in Williamstown. They have two adult sons.
Andrew D. Ferguson
Marietta College graduate of 1995. Andrew is Vice President for UBS Financial Services Wealth Management Americas. Andrew works out of the Silicon Valley Complex. At UBS, Andrew manages the investments of corporations, charitable foundations, and high net worth individuals. Prior to joining UBS in 2002, Andrew worked as a Global Account Manager in the telecommunications industry for AMP Incorporated, ADC Telecommunications, and Gould Electronics, Inc.Andrew is an Ohio native and proud of his Midwestern heritage. Andrew was raised in Northeast Ohio where he attended Mentor High School. After high school, he followed in his father's footsteps and attended Marietta College where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management '95. While at Marietta, he was a 3-year varsity soccer letterman and 8 time Dean's list award winner. In 2001 Andrew went on to earn an M.B.A. degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. In 2006, Andrew formed Threshold Racing, LLC where funded a team that specializes in event management of races to benefit charities. Threshold has raised monies for multiple charities including Alzheimer's Foundation, Jenny's Light, The Hoyt Foundation, YMCA Camp Campbell, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, the Livestrong Foundation, and the San Jose Leadership Academy. Andrew resides in Los Gatos, CA where he and his wife Kate stay busy raising their daughter, Josette Marietta. Andrew still tries to find time to pursue his passions engaging in the triathlon and crossfit communities.
Barbara A. Perry Fitzgerald
Class of 1973
Marietta College graduate of 1973. Her professional career began as a Management Trainee for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in New Jersey. She spent 24 years with Sears in numerous store operations positions (including Store General Manager and District General Manager), Home Improvement store support positions and strategic planning. Her last assignment was VP/GM for Sears Freestanding Hardware Stores, an off the mall chain she grew to 150 stores in 3 years. She left Sears in 1997 and joined Toys “R” Us as VP/GM for NY/NJ, the company’s largest market with annual sales of $1 billion. She was promoted to VP of People Development and led the company-wide initiative (This Magic Moment) designed to transform Toys “R” Us into a customer focused organization. In early 2000 Barbara was named President of Harmon AutoGlass, then the nation’s second largest installer of replacement windshields. She joined PetSmart at the end of that year as Senior VP of Store Operations. In that position she led the strategic focus on customer service, launching a company-wide service initiative: PetSmart Unleashed. She retired from PetSmart in June 2007. She is a member of the Board of The Be Kind People Project in Arizona and a past member of the PetSmart Charities and The Schwan Food Company Boards. Barbara and her husband, Paul, reside in Scottsdale, AZ.
James (Jim) B. Fryfogle
Class of 1973
Jim graduated from Marietta College with a BS in petroleum engineering in 1973 and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. Jim is Vice President, Bulk Supply and Logistics of Plains All American Pipeline, LLC where he is about to celebrate his 12th year. In his current position he is responsible for purchasing, marketing and transporting crude oil. Prior to his work at Plains, he worked for Marathon Oil (or an affiliated company) for over 28 years in various positions including Marketing Manager for Domestic Natural Gas, Senior Vice President Scurlock Permian, Manager of Domestic Crude Supply and Manager of Crude Supply. Jim serves on the Board of Northwest Assistance Ministries and enjoys traveling, playing golf, skiing, and reading in his spare time. Jim and his wife Wendy Keck Fryfogle (MC ’75) have two adult children and reside in Spring, Texas.
Class of 1997
Matt is currently a pathologist at Marietta Memorial Hospital, but combines his dedication to his profession with a passion for support of his friends and colleagues through his active volunteer work and service to his hometown. A 1992 graduate of Marietta High School and 1997 graduate of Marietta College, Mathew went on to earn his MD from the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in 2003. A board-certified pathologist, he completed his residency in Pathology at Summa Health Systems in 2007 before becoming the Chair of Surgery at Marietta Memorial Hospital. In addition, his credits include medical directorships at Selby General Hospital, Physicians Care, Belpre Strecker, and Blood Bank. Matt has also been on the board of the Memorial Health Foundation since January 2011. Matt has been a special contributor to his alma mater's Physician Assistant Program giving a presentation in January 2011 and he continues to enjoy his collaborations with faculty, staff, and students.
Class of 1968
Graduate of Marietta College class of 1968. A Certified Public Accountant, he retired in June 2005 as Partner of the Indianapolis office of Ernst & Young LLP where he was responsible for the real estate and construction industry practice for Indiana, Kentucky and Southern Ohio. He began his professional career with Arthur Andersen in Cleveland in 1968, and later became the managing partner of the Columbus, Ohio office of Kenneth Leventhal & Company prior to its merger with Ernst & Young in 1995. Brent serves as the Board Chairman and Treasurer for the Dream Center Clinic, a free medical clinic for low income and uninsured families in the Charleston, SC area. Brent also serves as a Trustee for Seacoast Church and is the site leader for the Mt. Pleasant, SC AARP free tax program. Previously he served as Treasurer of the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association, United Way, Ohio Hotel and Motel Association, and the Woodland Country Club where he was a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer. He and his wife Charlie are members of Seacoast Church and Snee Farm Country Club, where he is an active tennis player. They reside in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Mr. Milone earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He retired in 2012 from H.J. Heinz Company as Executive Vice President, Rest of World, Enterprise Risk Management & Global Infant/Nutrition. He worked for Heinz for 32 years. Mr. Milone joined Heinz in 1980 as an Assistant Product Manager. He was quickly promoted through the ranks and held various positions including: Senior Product Manager, Heinz Ketchup; General Manager, Condiments; General Manager, Dog Food Marketing; and Vice President, Pet Products Marketing. In 1996, he was appointed President and COO of Heinz Pet Products. He became a Senior Vice President in 2000. He held the title of Executive Vice President starting in 2010. Mike and his wife, Julia Harrison Marshall, reside in both Naples, Fla., and Nantucket, Mass. They have two children, John Marshall Milone ’12 and his wife, Gail ’12, and James McIlvaine Milone.
Class of 1991
Michael is the Dean and the Philip H. Knight Chair in Law at the University of Oregon School of Law. He was previously the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Director of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Oregon, where he taught negotiation, dispute resolution, and civil procedure. Before joining the Oregon Law faculty, he was a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, served as the Clinical Supervisor of the Harvard Mediation Program, and spent several years as a consultant with Conflict Management Group. Moffitt has published more than twenty scholarly articles on mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution. He co-edited THE HANDBOOK OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION, (Jossey-Bass, 2005), an award-winning compilation of original chapters by leading scholars and practitioners in the field. He also co-authored the innovative, student-focused book, DISPUTE RESOLUTION: EXAMPLES & EXPLANATIONS (Aspen 2008) (2d ed. Aspen 2011). A graduate of Marietta College and Harvard Law School, Moffitt is an award-winning teacher, a devoted but mediocre snowboarder, an aggressive tennis player, and the exhausted parent of two young daughters.
Kathleen Mitchell Murphy
Class of 1982
Kathleen Murphy joined the Maryland Bankers Association in 1999 as President and CEO of the only professional association representing commercial banks and thrifts in Maryland. The mission of the Maryland Bankers Association is to make Maryland banks stronger and more successful.
With a career spanning state and national banking trade associations, Kathleen served for 13 years as Director of Community Banking for the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C, as Director of Communications for the Ohio Bankers Association and in the Financial Card Services Division of Bank One, in Columbus.
Among many volunteer positions, Kathleen serves on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy, as past president of the Maryland Government Relations Association, on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of CPAs, on the State Comptroller's Business Advisory Council and on the Maryland State Department of Education's Financial Literacy Advisory Council. She was elected by her peers as Chair of the 55-state Alliance of State Bankers Associations and served on the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association in 2009-2010. She is also a former member of the National BankPAC Committee.
Kathleen earned a bachelor of arts degree from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and has completed Executive Education Programs from the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Maryland and was named an Influential Marylander by The Daily Record in 2009.
An artist and avid sailor, Kathleen and her husband Mike reside in Annapolis.
RN, BSN, MBA is Retired Vice President and Medical Director for American General Life Companies with 15 years of industry experience, particularly in the life brokerage and affluent markets. She has an extensive clinical background in cardiovascular nursing, primarily in ICU, Cardiac Cath Lab, and management. Cathy earned her MBA in 1996. In addition to providing medical consulting support to a large underwriting staff, Cathy participates in cross-functional initiatives regarding mortality improvement, product development, and sales initiatives. She was also heavily involved in underwriter training for her company, including the development of American General’s Associate Underwriter Training Program. Cathy has authored chapters for the Association of Life Underwriters (ALU) textbooks and serves on the association’s Curriculum Committee. She is a regular speaker at insurance industry meetings around the country. Cathy and her husband Steve reside in Richmond, Texas.
Class of 1996
Jason is Executive Vice President responsible for acquisitions & divestitures, land and new ventures at Hilcorp Energy Company. Jason oversees Hilcorp’s midstream component, Harvest Pipeline Company. He joined Hilcorp Energy in 2008 as its Asset Team Manager of Gulf of Mexico properties. Effective October 1, 2009, he became EVP. His previous three-year employment was with GE Capital, as Senior Vice President, Oil & Gas, and prior to GE, he had 10 years with Chevron, both domestic (California and Louisiana) and international. He brings more than 18 years of experience in upstream knowledge and experience, including business development, economic analysis, reservoir engineering, project management and operations. Mr. Rebrook holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering with Honors from Marietta College and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University. Jason is a member of the Duke University’s Energy Task Force and serves on the board of the Foundation for Energy Education.
Ronald (Ron) Rinard
Class of 1972
Mr. Rinard graduated from Marietta College in 1972 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering. He earned his MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1974 and completed "The Management Program" at Rice University in 1984. Mr. Rinard is Managing General Partner of Asher Resources Partnership which invests in various oil and gas ventures. Formerly, Mr. Rinard served as President of Terra Resources and Pacific Enterprises Oil Company. He serves on the Boards of numerous energy-related companies. He was named a Petroleum Engineering Distinguished Alumnus by Marietta College in 2009. Mr. Rinard and his wife Cecilia reside in Dallas, Texas where they both serve as Directors of the Isaac I Foundation which focuses on the needs of children and students. They have one son, Luke.
Class of 1987
Mike Salvino is group chief executive of Accenture Operations. In this role, he oversees Accenture’s business that provides Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services as well as Infrastructure and Cloud services. He leads an 81,000 strong global team of both consulting and outsourcing professionals focused on delivering business value and driving productivity improvements for clients. In addition, Mike serves as a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and represents Accenture on the Board of Avanade. In the early part of his career, Mike also held senior leadership positions at a number of start-up and publicly traded companies such as the HR BPO pioneer Exult, where he was President of Americas region and subsequently at Hewitt, where he was the Global Sales and Accounts Co-Leader for their HR Outsourcing Group. Under Mike’s leadership, Accenture has received many accolades and has consistently been recognized by industry analysts and influencers as a market leader in operations. In 2014, Mike was inducted into the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) Outsourcing Hall of Fame. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Marietta College, Ohio where he graduated cum laude and now serves as a member of the Board. Through their 5MPower foundation, Mike and his family regularly give philanthropically to charitable causes in the Charlotte area, with a particular focus on cancer research, people in need, youth sports and education.
Edgar L. Smith, Jr.
Edgar Is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of World Pac Paper, LLC, a fast-growing Inc. 500 and BE100 company and award winning global distributor of high quality printing & packaging papers and packaging solutions. World Pac Paper was named the 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. The company received the 2011 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Washington, DC) in 2011, as well as being included on the Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE100 – The Nation’s Largest Black Businesses for a fourth consecutive year (2011-2014). The company has been recognized by Fortune Magazine and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), three times, as one of the nation’s fastest-growing inner city companies in the US. He has over 25 years of solid sales and marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies, lastly as Vice President, National Sales with Coca-Cola North America. More specifically, thirteen years of increasing industry experience with commercial printing, packaging and paper companies including R.R. Donnelley &Sons Co., James River Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Smurfit-Stone. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally. He has developed significant international business in Asia, South America, Mexico and the EU. Edgar is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He is also a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati – Class XXI (1997-1998), and a past Fellow for The Regional Leadership Forum – Class II (2003-2004). He has also completed the Advanced Management / Minority Business Executive Education Programs at, both, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. As a successful entrepreneur, in June 2014 he was selected as a Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Finalist. In May 2010 he was named the Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Ohio and Region V of the United States, which covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In August 2008, he was selected as Cincinnati Minority Contractors Business Assistance Program’s (MCBAP) Male Entrepreneur of the Year. In January 2008 he received the Innovative Creative Entrepreneur Award (ICE) – Outstanding Alumnus from the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center. He received the 2011 Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the University of Cincinnati College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurial Education & Research. He also was awarded the Champion Award for Convention/Meeting Sales from the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2011. Twice (2011 & 2012) named one of the Tri-State’s most influential leaders, “The Power 100” by Cincy The Magazine for Business Professionals. Edgar has also served on several corporate boards, which include the Paul Hemmer Companies (Construction & Real Estate) in Ft. Mitchell, KY 2000-2001 and BrandWatch Technologies, Inc. in Tukwila, WA 2003-2006. He is an avid community volunteer and he currently serves in leadership capacities on the Board of Directors of many prominent Cincinnati civic and community non-profit organizations, which include the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber (past Vice Chair), ArtsWave, formerly the Fine Arts Fund, (Executive Committee, Secretary and Community Campaign Chair - 2011 & Life Trustee), Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (Vice Chair), Regional Tourism Network, Dan Beard Council-Boy Scouts of America, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Ex-officio – Executive Committee). Previous boards included the Cincinnati Arts Association and the American Red Cross (past Chapter Chairman 2006-08). Edgar was elected in 2011 to serve on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Washington, DC). Edgar was appointed and serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University. In October 2012 he served as the Marietta College visiting Executive in Residence at the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. He was recently elected to the Board of trustees for The Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH) and to Public Media Connect/CET-Think TV Network. He was selected, by the American Red Cross, to serve on the National Leadership Council (Washington, D.C.) (2009-2011). He previously served nationally with the American Red Cross as the Vice Chair, National Committee on Nominations (2004-2006). He received (June 2012) the Clara Barton Honor Award from the American Red Cross for meritorious volunteer leadership. Edgar was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC) and he also serves on the Executive Board of Business Committee for the Arts (New York, NY), a division of Americans for the Arts. Edgar recently (February 2013) received the Good Scout Award-Centennial (Eagle Scout) Honoree from the Dan Beard Council-Boy Scouts of America. He and his company are the recipient of numerous business awards and community honors.
Dr. Toni Robinson-Smith, M.D.
A nationally recognized educator and leader in multicultural consulting for more than two decades, Toni Robinson-Smith, MD is the founder and managing principal of p.r.n. Consultants, LLC based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an academic physician, entrepreneur and business owner specializing in a variety of areas of healthcare, business (technology optimization solutions) and education. In 2004, she established a national consultation practice, while serving as an academic physician at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She specializes in professional, self-development counseling, business consulting and professional coaching. Her consultation practice encompasses healthcare initiatives, cross-cultural competency in healthcare and business, recruitment & retention strategies, strategic planning, professional and program development and professional coaching. She has extensive experience in lecturing, teaching, and training on various current topics and organizational initiatives. She has a unique perspective to reach the entire person through coaching, networking & skills training. She is a dynamic and sought after speaker to healthcare organizations, businesses, professional & women’s groups and individuals. Her professional development lectures and seminars on enhanced communication and leadership has taught many professionals and she has added to their fundamental understanding of leadership and management. Dr. Robinson-Smith has dedicated herself to enhancing the lives of others through providing valuable and advisory information. Most recently, since 2009, Dr. Robinson-Smith joined her husband in his growing business where she serves as a Vice President within the organization. She brings a wealth of professional experiences and administrative competency to that company. She enjoys and manages her busy professional lifestyle with zeal because she works with industry veterans and a wonderful team within each organization. Her unique background and pro-active approach to all things provides a catalyst for positive change. As a business consultant, she draws from various facets of professional experience and references, which encompass the core operations and competencies of an organization to the culture, from leadership effectiveness to management practices to support systems. Utilizing systems-based & practice-based optimization methods she and her team help to identify key limiting factors and barriers to determine realistic approaches to improvement and enhancement of organizational behaviors to realize the vision and mission of the organization. In addition to having served on nonprofit boards, including the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. She is an author and lecturer on entrepreneurism and individual & organizational performance. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Robinson-Smith received her Bachelor’s of Science, Medical Doctorate & Fellowship training from the University of Pittsburgh and medical training from the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Robinson-Smith has worked at the University of Pittsburgh-Magee Women’s Hospital, Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and the University of Cincinnati. While at the University of Cincinnati she served as an Associate Professor with funded cancer research and clinical responsibilities. She led at the institution as a course director, a training program director, a procedural clinic director and a laboratory director of a surgical hospital. While at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, as an Associate Dean, she developed and implemented strategic plans for the healthcare system, recruitment & retention programs and policy practices. She is a dedicated professional and proven leader in various organizational realms
Charles W. Sulerzyski
Charles Sulerzyski is President and Chief Executive Officer for Peoples Bancorp Inc. and Peoples Bank, National Association. He is responsible for the future growth and financial success of Peoples and continues to keep the company focused on being a leading provider of financial products and services. Sulerzyski’s career in the banking industry spans more than 35 years. He has held senior level positions in the investment, insurance and banking industries. Prior to joining Peoples, Sulerzyski was President of the Great Lakes Region for KeyBank, N.A. There he managed commercial banking, business banking, private banking and retail banking initiatives for Ohio, Michigan and Indiana (2,500 employees; 340 branches). Earlier in his career, Sulerzyski served as a Managing Director with Marsh & McLennan, Inc., a New York company which provides risk and insurance services. Preceding these positions, he served with The Provident Bank, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, with Fidelity Investments, located in Boston, Massachusetts and with Banc One Corporation located in Columbus, Ohio. While at Banc One, Sulerzyski was CEO of the Investment Management and Trust Group. Sulerzyski earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University and his MBA in Marketing from Fordham University Graduate School of Business. Sulerzyski also holds the National Association of Security Dealers Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses. Giving back to the community is a value Sulerzyski embraces and encourages. He has served on various boards and service organizations during the past three decades. In addition to serving on the Board of Marietta College, Sulerzyski currently serves on the Boards of Memorial Health System and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Class of 1962
Dr. Thrasher grew up in Sistersville, West Virginia and went on to graduate from Marietta College in 1962 with a B.S. in Biology. Pursuing his studies in medicine, he graduated from West Virginia University’s Medical School in 1966 and completed his internship at Ben Taub Hospital at the Baylor Medical School in Houston, Texas. Following military service as a Flight Surgeon attached to the Manned Orbiting Lab Program, Dr. Thrasher went on to a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the WVU Medical Center and a Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and earned Board Certification and membership in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1975. Beginning in 1974 and continuing until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Thrasher held concurrent appointments as a Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA and Orthopaedic Surgeon in the M.I.T. Medical Department as well. On an intermittent basis, he was also an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon on the staff at Mass General. A dedicated educator, Dr. Thrasher served as a Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School while also balancing commitments to his profession and community on the boards of Mt. Auburn Hospital and the Belmont Day School. Married with two grown children, he and his wife, Antra, share time with their family between their homes in Lexington and Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
Class of 1963
Mr. Wartluft’s career included 20 years with IBM, 13 years at Ernst & Young LLP, and 2 years with Capgemini Ernst & Young Consulting. At IBM, he held numerous technical consulting, sales and marketing, and executive management positions. At Ernst & Young and Capgemini Ernst & Young Consulting, he held numerous executive management positions, and retired in 2001 after serving as CEO of the Americas. In both companies, he served on their executive management governing boards. After retiring, he served four years on the Board of Directors for Intellinex, a web-based education content and service company. Mr. Wartluft is also involved in charity work.
In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing lots of golf and tennis. Mr. Wartluft and his wife, Judy, live in Atlanta, Georgia, as do their two daughters and four grandchildren.
Matthew (Matt) B. Weekley
Matt is the national healthcare practice leader for Plante Moran. He specializes in advising health system executives and boards so that they can stay on the cutting edge of the healthcare industry. Matt is known for his no-nonsense approach to focusing on the fundamentals during times of change and uncertainty, while keeping a constant eye on the horizon. His 34 years of healthcare industry experience includes 11 years as a health system executive. As leader of the firm’s healthcare industry practice, Matt works with his partners to serve their clients, mentor and train our team of professionals, and implement the strategic objectives of the firm. He is often asked to speak to clients, their boards, and at industry conferences about topics of current interest to leaders, including positioning for success in a post-health reform era, governance best practices, and patient-centered care models. Matt is a graduate of Marietta College and attended the Harvard Business School program “Leading Professional Services Firms”. Matt is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is a member of the Marietta College Board of Trustees.
Jo Ellen Diehl Yeary
Class of 1976
Jo Ellen earned her B.A. in English and Economics from Marietta College in 1976 and her J.D. from Capital University Law School in 1980. A founding member and retired Vice President and General Counsel of Northeast Natural Energy LLC, Charleston, WV, Jo Ellen commenced her legal career in the natural gas industry in 1981 following a judicial clerkship with the Fourth District Court of Appeals of Ohio. She was a member of the legal department of Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation until 1989 when she joined Columbia Natural Resources. In 2001 she became a founding member of Triana Energy where she served as Vice President and General Counsel. She held the same title at Columbia Natural Resources upon Triana’s acquisition of that company and at Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, following its acquisition of Columbia Natural Resources. Jo Ellen is Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Star USA Federal Credit Union and serves on the Board of Counselors of Capital University Law School. She is a past board member of Family Counseling Connection and of MAR Systems, Inc., a Solon, Ohio, water treatment company. She and her husband, John, reside in South Charleston, WV. They have one adult son, Philip.
Patricia Kral Zecchi
Class of 1971
Since graduation from Marietta College in 1971, Patricia has been actively involved in civic, charitable, and educational Boards, as well as financial and investment activities. Her educational contributions include: President of the Petunia Foundation (Private foundation involved in schools and educational programs in several third world countries); Director of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver; Executive Director of Midland (Texas) ISD Volunteer Programs; Director of The Congo Relief Mission (Private organization involved in school operation and construction in DRC); and Founding Member of Littleton (Colorado) Public Schools Foundation. Patricia has also been active in several real estate, energy and private investments ventures, including: Director of Central Resources, Inc.; Director and Major Shareholder of Goldeneye Energy, Inc.; Director of Central Argentina Corp.; Director and Major Shareholder of Osprey Properties, LLC; Director and Secretary of Green Oaks Homeowners Association; Founding Member of Pine Creek Watershed Association; and Private Investor. Patricia is married to Paul J. Zecchi, a 1970 Petroleum Engineering graduate of Marietta College. Patricia and Paul reside in Houston, but split their time among Houston, Denver and Fairfield, CT.