In Loving Memory of DR. DONNA DALTON
Dr. Donna Dalton served on the CMHE Board of Directors from 2015 until her death in July of 2020. She will be remembered as a woman of integrity who always brought grace, wisdom and a spirit of Mercy to each meeting. Her sweet presence will be missed.
SR. MARGARET CARNEY, OSF, STD
Margaret Carney holds degrees from Duquesne University, the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University and the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome. From 1999-2004 she was the Director of the Franciscan Institute and then President of St. Bonaventure University for twelve years. During that time she chaired the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities and the Association of Catholic Colleges which recognized her work with the Monika K. Hellwig Award in 2017. She currently serves on the board of Duquesne University and is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.
DR. BASSAM DEEB
Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D. became the sixth President of Trocaire College on July 9, 2012. He is the second lay president in the history of Trocaire, a private, career-oriented Catholic college founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1958.
Dr. Deeb immigrated to the United States from Lebanon at the age of 15, going on to receive his BA in Geography and M.Ed. in Student Personnel from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis on Governance and Public Accountability from Kent State University.
Prior to working at Trocaire College, Dr. Deeb served as Vice President for Student Services and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Niagara County Community College; as Vice President for Student Affairs at West Liberty State University in West Virginia; and as Executive Director for Student Life and for Enrollment Management at Youngstown State University. Bassam started his career at Briar Cliff University, a private Franciscan institution in Iowa, as Director of Advisement and Retention.
Dr. Deeb has been involved in teaching throughout his professional career, especially at the graduate level in higher education programs in Ohio and New York, and currently serves as an evaluator for the Middle States Commission for Higher Education.
A member of the Western New York Consortium for Higher Education, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Holy Spirit in Lebanon and Maria College in Albany, New York; and the Board of Directors for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.
DR. JAMES DLUGOS
As President of Saint Joseph’s College in Maine, Dr. James Dlugos champions a bold plan to ensure that Saint Joseph is an exemplary 21st-century Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. Under his leadership, the College is pursuing a series of ambitious initiatives respecting their heritage as a faith-based, value-centered learning environment, while setting new direction that embraces sustainability and wellness and mission-aligned businesses in sustainable agriculture, hospitality, and integrative aging. This innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to ensure growth and sustainability for Saint Joseph College earned Dr. Dlugos recognition as one of 2015 Maine magazine’s “50 Mainers” who are shaping the future of the state.
Before joining Saint Joseph’s, Dr. Dlugos served for seven years as the vice president and dean of academic affairs at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. Prior to that, he served for 16 years at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, in a variety of roles, including vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
An active voice in higher education, Dr. Dlugos currently serves as president of the Maine Independent Colleges Association. Dr. Dlugos serves as the chair of the board of directors of Maine Campus Compact, which seeks to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education and is also a trustee for Scholarship America, the nation’s largest, nonprofit private scholarship organization.
Dr. Dlugos earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Boston College, a doctorate in English from the University of Virginia, and has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition, he completed a presidential vocation and institutional mission program through the Council of Independent Colleges.
DR. MARGARET ANNE DOUGHERTY, RSM – BOARD CHAIR
Sister Margaret Anne is a member of the Graduate faculty at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. In her twelve years at Alvernia Sister Margaret Anne served as an Executive in residence, Interim Provost and Vice President for University Life. She recently went to full time faculty status as an Associate Professor in the Education Department. Sister currently teaches educational administration at both the Masters and Doctoral level.
Prior to her time at Alvernia Sister Margaret Anne served as President of Chatfield College in Cincinnati and Vice President for Student Services at Gwynedd Mercy College (now University!). In addition to her work in higher education Sister also served as an elementary principal and teacher.
Sister Margaret Anne holds a Bachelor Degree in elementary Education from Gwynedd Mercy College, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State.
DR. JANE GERETY, RSM – TREASURER
Dr. Jane Gerety, RSM became the seventh president of Salve Regina University in July 2009. Prior to becoming president, Sister Jane had been a member of Salve’s Board of Trustees since 1995. Dr. Gerety retired from Salve in June 2019.
Sister Jane left the position of Executive Board Officer for Saint Joseph’s Health System in Atlanta. She entered the healthcare industry in 1992 when she joined Saint Joseph’s as Senior Vice President, Sponsorship and later Corporate Compliance Officer.
Prior to her move to Atlanta, Sister Jane was the Academic Dean at Carlow College in Pittsburgh, where she also served as an associate professor of English, and director of the Public Leadership Program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Mount Saint Agnes College in Baltimore, a M.A. in French from Middlebury College in Vermont and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. She has also taught at the junior high and high school levels.
Sister has served on a number of not-for-profit boards including: Saint Joseph’s Health System, Saint John’s Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Housing – Southeast, Project Adventure and Mercyhurst University. Sister Jane has served on the President’s Council of the Conference of Mercy Higher Education and as chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities/RI.
ATTY. MARIE-BERNARDE MILLER
Marie-Bernarde Miller, a former Religious Sister of Mercy, is now Deputy City Attorney for the City of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Her professional background includes an extensive career in corporate and employment law, as well as commercial litigation and appellate advocacy. She serves as Legal Counsel to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission. During her practice of law in the private sector, Miller was distinguished with rankings by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers for her skills and leadership in commercial litigation and general business law.
Prior to becoming Deputy City Attorney, Miller was Of Counsel with Williams & Anderson PLC, and was a shareholder with Gill Elrod Ragon Owen & Sherman, P.A. Her public service legal career includes being Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Arkansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for Health Care Fraud matters, and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 6th Judicial District of Arkansas.
Miller served as Special Counsel to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, successfully prosecuting, and arguing before the Arkansas Supreme Court, the removal of the first judge in the history of the Arkansas judiciary. She also served as Special Counsel to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct in the disbarment action against President William Jefferson Clinton.
Miller is a past President of the Board of Governors for the University of Kansas Law School; she has served as a member, and as Chair, on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas Bar Association. Miller is Master of the Bench in the Judge Henry Woods Inn of Court, and also is a Founding Member of the Arkansas Heart Foundation.
TIMOTHY MULDOON, PhD – VICE-CHAIR
Tim Muldoon (Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Duquesne University) is a mission leader, professor, author, and pastoral theologian. For eight years, he taught at Mount Aloysius College as a professor of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology, and served for four years as the department chair. He spent twelve years at Boston College, first as director of the Church in the 21st Century Center and later as a Mission officer. He is the author of ten books, the editor of two others, and the past editor of Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education. He has advised a number of Boards and senior leaders at Catholic colleges and universities around the country. He is married and the father of three young adults.
SISTER MARIE PARKER, RSM
Sister Marie Parker RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community. She served as a teacher and principal prior to extensive ministry in healthcare administration. Sister Marie was Regional Vice-President, Mission Services for Mercy Health Partners, the Northeast Region of Catholic Health Partners (now Mercy Health) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently, she served as the Director, Mission Integration and Spiritual Care for Catholic Health East (now Trinity Health). Through various mission roles, she was active in sponsorship & governance activities, design & implementation of values integration in organizational processes, promoting & assessing Catholic identity, developing an on-line pastoral education program with Loyola University, and facilitating processes for mergers and transitions of facilities.
Sr. Marie has served as Vice President of the Dallas Regional Community and was active in creating the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy. During that time, she was a member of the original Sponsors’ Council for CMHE. Prior to leadership, she was the Director of Incorporation and Formation for the Dallas Community. Sr. Marie also co-chaired the Mid-Atlantic Sponsors’ Council. She currently serves on the board of Marian Woods (Hartsdale, NY); previous board involvement includes the PA Catholic Health Association, Mount Aloysius College, and the United Way of Wyoming Valley.
Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and English from Misericordia University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Duquesne University, and a Master’s degree in Theology from Boston College.
THOMAS J. RUTHEMEYER, CPA
Thomas J. Ruthemeyer began his career auditing manufacturing facilities. Currently a full-time clinical professor in the Graduate Program for Health Services Administration at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), Tom also served as adjunct professor and advisor to the Graduate Health Informatics Program at Northern Kentucky University.
Prior to his current position in higher education, Tom served for 28 years in the health care industry as Executive Vice President of Mercy Health Partners in Cincinnati which he was instrumental in forming. Other professional and community involvement includes membership in the American Institute of CPAs, membership in the Financial Executives International, and a wide variety of community and other professional organizations.
Tom holds an MBA in Management from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting with a minor in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. He is an associate with the Sisters of Mercy and a member of the Sponsorship Council of the Sisters of Mercy South Central regional community.
MOYA K. DITTMEIER, EdD – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EX OFFICIO
Moya K. Dittmeier’s entire career has centered on Catholic education at the tertiary and secondary levels.
Moya currently serves as Executive Director of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, a position she has held for twelve years. Working in concert with an 11-member Board and the Mercy Presidents Council, Moya develops programs, policies, and practices and builds relationships intended to sustain and enhance the Catholic identity and Mercy ethos of the 17 US colleges and universities founded by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
Before this role, Moya served as Vice President for Planning at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this work, she designed the first assessment process for the administrative functions of the University while leading the development of a new strategic plan. Moya also chaired the Mission Committee of the University, worked as Special Assistant to the President, and served on many accreditation teams for the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.
During her tenure at Holy Family University, Moya was a member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) United Nations Non-Governmental Organization on Peace, Conflict Resolution and Disarmament Education. This work saw her planning various academic conferences around the world, including South Africa, China, and the Philippines, on the topic of peace and conflict resolution in the higher education curriculum. She also served on the boards of the Partnership for Global Justice, an NGO of the United Nations serving religious communities, the Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women in Baltimore, MD, and Saint Michael the Archangel School in Silver Spring, MD.
Prior her work in higher education administration, Moya taught university courses in writing and rhetoric for students at all skill levels, from developmental writing to senior-level courses in creative writing and writing for publication. She also taught English for many years at Nazareth Academy High School in Philadelphia, PA.
Moya received her BA degree in English summa cum laude from Immaculata University, her Master of Arts in the Teaching of Writing with honors distinction from Arcadia University, and her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Widener University. Her dissertation examined the styles and status of strategic planning in Catholic higher education. She and her husband, John, an artisan blacksmith, live in Silver Spring, Maryland.