JULIA CAVALLO, EdD – Executive Director, Ex Offico
Julia is in her first year as the Executive Director of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE). Working in concert with an 11-member Board and the Mercy Presidents Council, Julia 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.
Prior to joining CMHE, Julia served as Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and as the Executive Director of the Association for Benedictine Colleges and Universities. She has much experience developing and implementing assessment processes institutionally, as well as experience with research and planning. Julia also served two years on the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium Board of Directors. Before working in higher education, Julia began her career as a staff writer for a daily newspaper.
Julia attended Catholic schools from K-12. She went on to earn her BA degree in Communication cum laude from Saint Vincent College as well as her Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2020, Julia completed her doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation looked at ways to create and sustain a culture of student learning outcome assessment. In 2021, she received the Outstanding Alumni Dissertation Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education.
DR. JANE GERETY, RSM – Board Chair
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 – Board Vice-Chair
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.
SISTER MARIE PARKER, RSM – Executive Committee Member
Sister Marie Parker, RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She served in educational ministries prior to extensive ministry in healthcare administration with Catholic Healthcare Partners (now Bon Secours Mercy Health) and Catholic Health East/Trinity Health. Through various Mission roles, she was active in sponsorship and governance activities, design and implementation of values integration in organizational processes, promoting and assessing Catholic identity, and facilitating processes for mergers and transitions of facilities.
Sister Marie also served in Incorporation/Formation and Leadership roles for the former Dallas Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy. During that time, she was a member of the original Sponsors’ Council for CMHE. She currently serves on the boards of Marian Woods (Hartsdale, NY); Holy Cross Health (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); and The Mercy Foundation (Dallas, PA). Previous board involvement included Mount Aloysius College, PA Catholic Health Association, and the United Way of Wyoming Valley.
Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and English form Misericordia University, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Duquesne University, and a Master’s degree in Theology from Boston College.
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.
SISTER CATHERINE DARCY, RSM
Sister Cathy joins the CMHE Board July 1, 2021. Welcome Cathy!
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
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. KATHERINE A. GREINER
Katherine A. Greiner is associate professor of theology at Carroll College in Helena, Montana where she is currently holds the Schneller Endowed Professorship in Catholic Mission and Identity. She earned her Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College. Her dissertation, “There is a Wideness to God’s University: Exploring and Embodying the Deep Stories, Wisdom, and Contributions of Women Religious in Catholic Higher Education,” focuses on questions concerning Catholic identity, charism, and mission in Catholic colleges and universities founded and sponsored by women Religious congregations. The Sisters of Mercy and Mercy higher education were at the center of her doctoral research and she has a deep and profound love for Catherine McAuley and the charism and deep stories of the Sisters of Mercy and their ministries. Her teaching and research interests include Christian spirituality, the theology of Christian medieval women mystics, contemporary lay ministry in the Catholic Church, and feminist and contextual theologies. She currently serves on the College Theology Society Board. She has been regular contributor to the blog Daily Theology and is a regular contributor to Liturgical Press’s Loose Leaf Lectionary.
TIMOTHY MULDOON, PhD
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.
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.